Wednesday, May 31, 2006

300th Post

Welcome to post number 300. It's crazy that I have posted this much stuff so far. Honestly when I started the blog I only did it because I am a play-baby and need to mess with websites and settings and options and new tech even if I have no use for it. I didnt have really anything to write about (and most days I still dont). I didnt want to make some super personal journal type blog because that normally ends up hurting people when they read things the wrong way or whatever. And people who can only express their true feelings in blog posts and not human-to-human just really annoy me anyway.

So ... anyfart ... I was going to make this post a classic "RANT" post, but when I started I realized I couldnt think of anything to rant about. And normally if I try to force a rant post out, it takes forever and sucks really bad. I seem to be in a really good place in life right now and not many things are bugging me enough to get a good rant post out. So that's good.

Okay well this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for over a day now, so I am going to go ahead and post it. Blogs with out updates suck (hint Wulf, hint, hint).

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Enjoy (yeah right)

SEPTEMBER 11: Evidence to the Contrary REDUX 2006

It is a new year and many new developments have occurred in the unfolding case for ... all » September 11.

September 11: Evidence to the Contrary REDUX 2006 is the film that brings it all together.

You will find that the information contained in this is a superior compilation of 911 evidence that the buildings had explosives in them. This 86:24 min video is a great intro for anyone seeking answers about that day.

Great Song

I am loving this 3 Doors Down song "Landing in London"

Post #297

In case you were wondering (and I know you were), this is post number 297.

Also Wulf added me as an author to his Blog. I hope I dont accidentally post there since Blogger doesnt allow you reorder your quick list. :P

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Big Red and Ginger Kids

A little odd thing that I have found - and you can test this for yourself. ALL red-haired people like Big Red. I dont know why, I personally hate the shit (which is fine since I dont have red hair). I think they just latch onto it's iconic status in an effort to elevate their self esteem from being beaten down by a society that views them as different. You poor Ginger Kids drinking that sucky pop.

"I think..."

Never use the phrase, "I think..." when calling technical support.

This seems to be where the majority of frustration on everyone's part comes from. When you call tech support (or at least a good tech support), they will do the thinking for you. You have given up your right to think at that point when you asked for our help. You had ample time to think on your own before calling us and you chose the easy way out and to call us. So your "thinking privileges" are revoked when you pick up that phone. You are now our meat puppet, you're "thinking" only gets in our way.

Abortion Solution

I am totally and personally against abortion, however I am 100% pro choice. I realize that dichotomy is hard for some to understand. And it's just as easy for some to call me a baby killer as it is for me to say they are for a rapist's right to reproduce by force. At any rate, I believe I have come up with a solution to the whole issue of abortion in the United States that seems equal and fair.

1) Abortion is 100% illegal in the third trimester unless it is to save the mother's life.

2) If you want an abortion in the first or second trimester you must register with a state. The state would add your name to the list as a viable canidate for adoption. You must carry your baby for at least 2 months while on this list to give someone an ample chance to adopt your child. If someone agrees to adopt it then you MUST have the baby, unless it will result in the mother's death. If no one agrees to adopt your child within two months you are legally allowed to have the abortion.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My Firefox Extensions

I really love Firefox. So if you want to be cool like me, you can start by trying some of my favorite Firefox extensions. If you know of any other good ones, drop a comment.

IE Tab
Bookmarks Synchronizer 3
Google Send to Phone
Gmail Notifier
Google Notebook

New Blog

My friend just started a blog. Check it out, but be warned - it's sure to get perverted quick!

And if you know me personally, I bet you can guess who's blog it is too. This is going to be an interesting daily read.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:

* A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
* 512 MB of system memory.
* A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.

Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs

To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware.

A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:

* 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
* 1 GB of system memory.
* A graphics processor that runs Windows Aero2.
* 128 MB of graphics memory.
* 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
* DVD-ROM Drive3.
* Audio output capability.
* Internet access capability.

Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

In shock

Oh god ... I cant believe I am doing this.

I am actually running OSX. I have it running (surprisingly snappy) in VMware on my home PC inside of XP.

I am futzing around with it for right now and playing is all. I am actually kind of liking it so far.

Oh no, I cant believe I just said that. Ack.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Caught in the locker room

So there I was on Saturday, at the Y, minding my own business. My friend and I were all done with our workout and were heading back to the locker room to get changed and to use the hot tub and swim.

The locker room is setup with 8 rows of lockers with 4 benches between the pairs of lockers and the rows of lockers come out of the wall perpendicular. So in each little area there’s a bench for the two rows of lockers.

In these rows it’s only big enough for about 2 people to stand and have enough room to move around and change without it being overly crowded. When my friend and I walked in, there was a man in our row sitting on the bench.

He was changed into his long baggy swimming trunks and wore nothing else and sat there with his locker open. He was a bit overweight, with a beer gut, and looked to be in his late 40’s. When we saw him though he froze like a deer in the headlights, because we caught him doing something I don’t think he intended anyone to see.

He was eating Doritos and pretzels. It was funny because he was really stuffing his face and crunching really loud too in a very hurried way. The whole situation was funny because it’s really the most obtuse place to find someone chomping down on snacks – the locker room at the Y.

My friend got into his locker and as to not crowd Pretzel Man, I walked into the back and used the bathroom to give him time to move. Well he did, but apparently he wasn’t done with his pretzels. When I came back to change he had gone to the next spot over from us and was still cramming his face full of pretzels.

He was a very odd acting man too and followed us into the pool and swam a lap that looked like he was having more of a spasm then actual swimming. And then he got out of the pool and ate something else, more pretzels I think. We got into the pool when he headed to the hot tub and I think he left before we did. It was just a very odd thing.

Friday, May 12, 2006

New Google fun

Try out the new Google Trends.

It's a fun way to see who's searching for one and comparing two or more searches. Seperate strings with a comma to compare. Ex: boobs, butts

The craziest spam ever

I just received this spam message today:

Subject: Save your budget, powerful medicine for a low price.

Good day to you Sir!

I am ready to kill myself and eat my dog, if medicine prices here (http://addressofthespamsite/whichiwillnotutterhere) are bad.

Look, the site and call me 1-800 if its wrong..

My dog and I are still alive :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Water power

CLEARWATER -- Denny Klein thinks he has found a new commercial use for hydrogen technology.

Working in a small, two-room shop at the Airport Business Center, Klein, 63, said he has developed a gas that speeds welding and fusing times and improves automobile fuel efficiency 30 percent.

Although the technology Klein uses -- electrolysis -- has been around for decades, he said it's the form of gas that comes out of his electrolyzer and the characteristics of the gas that set his hydrogen technology apart.

Klein's gas is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Sound familiar? Yep, it's water.

Electrolysis is a process that uses an electrical charge in water to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen. But coming out of Klein's gas generator, the H2O 1500 electrolyzer, it's not water, he said. Klein, president of Hydrogen Technology Applications Inc., calls it HHO, or the brand name Aquygen.

Klein also has outfitted a 1994 Ford Escort station wagon with a smaller electrolyzer that injects his HHO into the gasoline in the car's engine. He said he has increased his mileage per gallon by 30 percent.

That also is undergoing testing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other private motorsports companies, Klein said.

Klein said he has 19 projects in the works.

Clearwater Man Puts Technology To Work: From The Tampa Tribune

I am currently uploading a newscast video of this to Google video and will add the link to it here. Seeing is believing, this is the most amazing thing ever.

How Bush redefines the intent of the law

President Bush signed a military spending bill in December that included a hard-fought amendment banning the cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of foreign prisoners. Then he put a statement in the Federal Register asserting his right to ignore the ban when necessary, in his judgment, to protect Americans from terrorism.

In March, Bush signed a renewal of search and surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act and said at a public ceremony that civil liberties would be protected by a series of new amendments. Then he quietly inserted another statement in the Federal Register that virtually nullified one of those amendments, a requirement that the administration report to Congress on the FBI's use of its powers under the Patriot Act to seize library, bookstore and business records.

EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY / How Bush redefines the intent of the law / Instead of vetoing bills, he officially disregards portions with which he doesn't agree

America is being ran by one man. I hope you liked democracy (or even the small sense of the one we had) because it is now over.

Domestic spying inquiry killed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers security clearance.

The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, or OPR, sent a fax Wednesday to Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey of New York saying it was closing its inquiry because without clearance it could not examine department lawyers' role in the program.

'We have been unable to make any meaningful progress in our investigation because OPR has been denied security clearances for access to information about the NSA program,' OPR counsel H. Marshall Jarrett wrote to Hinchey. Hinchey's office shared the letter with The Associated Press.

Jarrett wrote that beginning in January his office has made a series of requests for the necessary clearances. Those requests were denied Tuesday. - Domestic spying inquiry killed - May 10, 2006

More bullshit. We cant even investigate their illegal activity. This has got to stop. Unbelievable.

NSA has domestic phone call database

WASHINGTON - The agency in charge of a domestic spying program has been secretly collecting phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, including calls made within the United States, USA Today reported on Thursday.

It said the National Security Agency has been building up the database using records provided by three major phone companies -- AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. -- but that the program “does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations.”

USA Today said its sources for the story were “people with direct knowledge of the arrangement,” but it did not give their names or describe their affiliation.

Paper: NSA has domestic phone call database - U.S. Security -

My god. What a country we live in. We are now full tilt out of control.

Monday, May 08, 2006

PS3 Price final

$499 november 17th for the PS3 with a 20gb harddrive and $600 for a PS3 with a 60 gb harddrive. Fanboys better get a second job.

And still only a few minutes of actual in-game content.

Kotaku's got a blow-by-blow of the snoozefest.

HD DVD nugget

This is a way cool idea ...

HD DVD also offers new 'twin discs' that have an HD DVD version and a DVD version on the same disc. This gives consumers an easy and affordable way to build their movie collection that will take full advantage of every TV in the house—whether it's the HDTV and new HD DVD player in the living room, or standard def TV and DVD player in another room, car, or even PCs and laptops.

Blu-ray's option is to require consumers to buy two discs at full price, an HD version and the standard DVD version separately.

Friday, May 05, 2006

New AP-Ipsos Poll

This week’s survey of 1,000 adults, including 865 registered voters, found:

* Just 33 percent of the public approves of Bush’s job performance, the lowest of his presidency. That compares with 36 percent approval in early April. Forty-five percent of self-described conservatives now disapprove of the president.
* Just one-fourth of the public approves of the job Congress is doing, a new low in AP-Ipsos polling and down 5 percentage points since last month. A whopping 65 percent of conservatives disapprove of Congress.
* A majority of Americans say they want Democrats rather than Republicans to control Congress (51 percent to 34 percent). That’s the largest gap recorded by AP-Ipsos since Bush took office. Even 31 percent of conservatives want Republicans out of power.
* The souring of the nation’s mood has accelerated in the past three months, with the percentage of people describing the nation on the wrong track rising 12 points to a new high of 73 percent. Six of 10 conservatives say America is headed in the wrong direction.

Republican right abandoning Bush - Politics -

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Chili Peppers angered by Web leak

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers have lashed out at a music pirate who leaked the funk-rock band's upcoming album onto the Internet, and urged fans not to download it illegally.

The band's spokeswoman said on Wednesday the offender was being tracked down. The group's highly anticipated first studio album in four years, 'Stadium Arcadium,' is still on track to go on sale on Tuesday via Warner Music Group Inc.'s Warner Bros. Records, she said.

In a rambling open letter, the band's bass player, Michael 'Flea' Balzary, said he and his colleagues would be heartbroken if fans downloaded the album beforehand.

'For people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some a--hole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me,' he said.

'I can not put in words how much this record, 'Stadium Arcadium,' means to us, how sacred the sound of it is to us, and how many sleepless nights and hardworking days we all had thinking about how to make it be the best sounding thing we could and now, for someone to take it and put it out there with this poor sound quality it is a painful pill for us to swallow,' Balzary added.

If caught, the leaker could face the same fate as two men indicted by the U.S. government in March on allegations of making parts of an album by rock singer Ryan Adams available on the Internet before it was released.

Under a provision of the 2005 Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, which makes it a separate crime to pirate music and movies before their official release date, they each face up to 11 years in prison if convicted. - Chili Peppers angered by Web leak - May 4, 2006

Flea's and the Chili Peppers' hard work and time is worth you going to jail for 11 years. I guess they need to make a ton more money to buy 8 more gold toilets or some more tattoos of them buying gold toilets. I hate when rich people whine about getting ripped off. Quite honestly I even highly doubt these were his words and not the words of his publicist on behalf of the RIAA since it keeps pushing the "sound quality" issue so strong. They always act like MP3's are some how inferior to CD quality to make the CD seem more worthwhile to buy, which is totally pathetic and wrong.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

Here again - in game screenshot. The new Brothers in Arms game. The XBOX 360 doing this right now. What are you playing?

Amazing Rando's Xbox 360 blog

No it's not a blog about my 360 (Amazing Rando is my gamertag on XBOX Live), it's a blog written and posted to BY my XBOX 360.

It posts if it misses me or talks about what I played or did on it. I hope it doesnt post if I touch it in an impure manner. So go over and check out what my 360 is doing.

Amazing Rando's Xbox 360 blog

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Grand Prize?

I really hope they dont give away the Nintendo Wii as the grand prize this year.

Oh Nintendo you silly heads with your complex motion based controllers.

For more fun and flops check out the following in the long list of what's to come for the Wii:

The Nintendo U-Force
The Nintendo Power Glove
The Sega Activator

See a pattern here? Yeah 'a lot of movement' plus 'video games' equals big time bomb. And if you dont believe me, ask anyone still pounding out games on their PowerPad or who plays DDR any more than once a month (or isnt some hyperactive kid hopped up on kool-aid).

And if you thought Sony's marketing was bad (what are those little dirt ball things anyway?) check out the movie below, courtesy of Nintendo Power:

Pre-E3: Too Human (XBOX 360)

Bow to the awesome power that is the XBOX 360.

They are not CG, they are not renders, they are not some promised hype. They are screenshots of the game.

Intacs (Intracorneal rings)

Intacs corneal ring prescription inserts are placed within the substance of the cornea under topically applied (eye drop) anesthesia. No needles or injections are required. Some patients may experience mild and temporary discomfort during the procedure. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the top of the cornea, creates a 180 degree tunnel in which to place the first prescription insert, and then places the Intacs ring in the corneal tunnel. A similar procedure is used to place the second Intacs ring.

Two Intacs inserts are placed in each eye, each of which approximates a near half-circle. The tiny incision through which the Intacs are placed is usually closed with a single stitch that can be removed within a few days or weeks. The entire procedure usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes per eye.

Eye Procedures > Intacs (Intracorneal rings)

This is the surgery I will be having done to my left eye to cure my keratoconus. Hopefully I will know more of when this will actually happen in a few weeks.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Daily Kos: Missions

In the 1,095 days since 'major combat operations' finished in Iraq, 2,207 American service members have lost their lives. That's 94% of all fatalities suffered by the U.S. military in Iraq. Here are some more numbers, courtesy Think Progress:

Daily Kos: Missions

Sony hypes *cough* lies about its FLOPS

It seems to me that now that the 3rd Playstation is to be released in the foreseeable future, the average person would realize that Sony loves to over exaggerate how powerful their products are. It also seems that IBM has run spec tests on the PS3 and has come to quite an interesting conclusion.
“At this year’s E3 (or thereabouts) Sony proclaimed that their processor could achieve 200GFLOPS! However, according to IBM’s white paper, only 155.5 GFLOPS was actually achieved (Table 4). BUT, IBM’s tests used all 8 SPEs. The PS3 will only use 7 SPE’s, due to manufacturing yield issues.

The efficiency of the Cell is 75.9% (Table 4), with of a theoretical peak of 201GFLOPs (Figure 5)–running 8 SPEs at 25.12GFLOPS apiece (Table 2). Similarly, the theoretical peak for the PS3’s processor will be 176GFLOPS, using 7 SPEs at 25.12GFLOPS apiece. Assuming the same 75.9% efficiency, we could easily interpolate the PS3’s Cell to be capable of 133.6GFLOPS.”
What? 133.6GFLOPS? 133.6GFLOPS doesn’t look very much like 200GFLOPS. The Xbox360 is capable of 115GFLOPS. I may not be too great at Math, but that seems a little far from the “twice the processing power of the Xbox 360″ statement that was thrown around by Sony execs in the past. I will never understand why the army of Sony fans will defend a brand who lies to them time and time again whenever new hardware is released.

With this news, and word that the OS on the PS3 might be sucking down 19% of the processing power, Microsoft is making the Xbox360 look more and more honest and consumer friendly. Not in the way that it’s easy to use, but the fact that Microsoft doesn’t seem to lie to the consumer about the Xbox360.
Killzone 2

This was also in their report:
“…Not to mention that one of the SPE’s in the PS3 are reserved for the OS and the bottlenecking of the data transfer between the SPE’s and the on board memory. I see the 360 hand in hand with a gaming Revolution taking home this next round at least, if not the whole cake over time.”
Things are looking up for the Xbox 360’s position in the consolewars.

Xboxic: Is Sony pulling its classic hype tricks with the PS3?

Too funny...

Got this from someone I know serving in Iraq right now.