Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What do you call them?

So I bought a Nintendo DS Lite and am thoroughly enjoying some Mario Kart DS. I love love love Mario Kart games - man they are the best. Anyfart, while talking to another guy at work I realized that we all call the "Red Turtle Shells" in Mario Kart something different.

I havent checked (and I am too lazy to scour Google now for the official manual), but I am fairly certain their official name is "Red Homing Shells". My friends and I called them simply "homers". This guy at work and his friends called them "Tracers". So my question is, what did YOU call them? Post a comment and let me know. :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

20 Amazing (Scarey) Facts About US Voting

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was 'committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.'
5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.

Click here for the whole list: 911Archive.org

Monday, June 26, 2006

Energy Drink Fun

We were making fun of energy drinks the other day at work. This is what we came up with:

Sperm Energy Drink

"Take a Shot in the Mouth!"

Sunday, June 25, 2006

More Ink


Got some more ink done today. This finishes my tat now. The shading will become lighter and less redish as it heals up - this is only a few hours old. I will post some more once it heals up. And yes I have more earrings now. Add two new holes to my right ear and put 14 guage rings in all four ear holes so I match and am all balanced. The one hole I already had had to be stretched with a taper and wow did that hurt - but it was pretty cool too. Also - there is NO way I am ever getting my ears done with anything but a needle - those guns at the mall suck and hurt. I got the new ones done by a professional with a needle and wow they were 100x better. WOOT!

Gay Pride Parade - Columbus Ohio 2006



A quick shot from the Gay Pride Parade in Columbus Ohio 2006. Across the street are the crazy street preachers shouting hate and the Dykes on Bikes standing guard and riding up and down (they were cool). A quick float goes by too. Just a little video capture with my camera. It was pretty neat time. Below are a few more pictures from the event.







Friday, June 23, 2006

Thought Police

FBI Says Suspects Sought to Form Own Army:

'It's an example of the philosophy of prevention. These arrests were made during the talking stage, long before any bombmaking stage,' said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Florida. 'While they may be seen as bungling wannabes, they are potentially dangerous wannabes who, based on the allegations, were pursuing extremely dangerous plans.'

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Look I dont know if these guys would have done anything or not - nor do I wish to see ANYONE suffer or die. However this would seem to be that the mere thought of this was enough. Apparenlty you are now unable to gather together and discuss anything if there is even the mere guise of intent behind it. They are in our heads now - they will be there listening and pretty soon the things we talk about today will be illegal and then there will be no one to blame but ourselves.

I am not talking some whacked out conspiracy theory or anything. Just go grab the US Constitution (including the Bill of Rights) and a copy of 1984 and read them both before voting next time.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fast Chickens and Loose Women

I passed this on the way home from work the other day. It's the first time I think I've ever seen chickens being hauled around in a trailer. Man they looked freaked out. Well some did. Others seemed to have this knowing malaise of their impending doom.

Other's seemed to just be enjoying the ride.

Human's are a lot like that. Posted by Picasa

Short Attention Span RV

Here's a really cool RV I passed the other day. I forget where I was at the time. I have NO idea who makes this thing, and you cant really tell by the picture, but it's really squat. It's like lower than a normal full sized van and it's really wide. It was pretty cool looking.

I would love to retire and travel the country in a thing like this or on my bike or whatever. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nissan Terranaut

I would so buy this car: Nissan Terranaut

4 Way Stops

I am seriously beginning to HATE four way stops. I think I just might start avoiding them altogether.

If you come to a four way stop, the person on the RIGHT who got there first goes first. This isnt some sort of social junction where you can spend time smiling at me or acting like you are king of the road and wave me or anyone else thru. If you want to be a traffic cop, go to school and get a uniform.

In the meantime, however - learn how to drive.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

This Old House, This New House

Firstly (wait is that a word) -- First, I would like to say hello to my dear reader in Sandbakken, Troms Norway. That sounds like a super fine place to live. Dont know how you found me but - yo.

Anyfart ... The house I currently live in, I rent from my uncle. It's a real nice place except the heating doesnt do a very good job and there is no central air. Well a new house has opened up two places down from me that he has that is a bit bigger and has central air and some other nice little refinements. I was thinking about renting the new place - it's a little more a month, but the extra stuff seems worth it.

Until I started thinking about it more and the "small" increase in rent would even out what I pay here for my high gas bills from the broken heating system (the system is new, just the installation was done by a complete idiot on crack).

However he gave me another option to buy my current place on a really good deal and use the extra money to fix everything that needs it here. I have a goal to buy a house by the time I am 30 and this place does suit my needs and is nice (except for the few things I would fix) and I am already here and well anyway to make a long story short, I think instead of renting the new place I am going to BUY this house. Oh god that sounds kinda crazy but woot it's also kind of exciting because now I can do all the stuff I've been wanting to do and it's a really amazing deal he's doing for me.

Now I just have to break the news to my mom who sweated her butt of at the other house today cleaning and mopping. :P

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Change of pace

I need to get a new job. Not that my current job is bothering me anymore than normal. It's just I am so burned out and really need a change of pace.

I need to not work in some sort of customer service type scenario or any employee management type role. The people I manage now are great and all and I really really like the people I work with and for, but it wears you down after awhile too.

I think I am going to check out a local college for a commercial arts degree maybe. I still would really love to be a park ranger still though too.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Cat in a fishbowl


Hahaha this is too fucking funny. Cats RULE!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

My Tattoo

Well today was the day that we all got tattoo's. I took my mom and sister to Spectrum Studios in Sidney (Ohio). And we all took the plunge. My sister got a kanji (sp?) symbol for love on her lower back, my mom (a huge Elvis fan) got TCB (Takin' Care of Business) and a lightning bolt on her calf and I got the bird drawing I showed a few posts ago and as you can see in the picture.

I just got the outline done and I am TOTALLY loving it. The artist - Dave "Sandman" wanted to do a little fill in work with a gray wash to make it pop out a little. I think it's a totally cool idea but I wanted to go with just the outline for a few weeks to see how it grows on me. I might go back and get the gray wash added into it for some filler, but everyone says they like the design sort of simple how it is.

The pain? Nah it didnt hurt. Haha ... the worst part was the initial press of each line, which sort of felt like a hard scrape on your skin. Then the rest of the line was like a buzz and about 1/3rd of the way into the tat I was pretty well buzzing from the whole endorphin/pain kick and it actually felt pretty damn good. There were a few tender spots over parts of my spine, but that just added to the fun of getting it really. I can TOTALLY see this becoming something I could get addicted too.

I still cant get over I got a tattoo. This is so great and shocking and amazing all rolled into one. Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 09, 2006

2 Wheels!

Hooray! Motorcycle rider training has now been completed and I am going tomorrow to get my state endorsement. :)

I am now fully legal to ride my motorcycle (or will be tomorrow).

Now I think it's time for a little trip - as long as the Relay for Life doesnt whip my ass too much tomorrow night.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

45% doubt 9/11 story

While political leaders in Washington desperately try to convince Americans that the major threats to the country are gay people having weddings, Mexicans picking lettuce and the off chance that somebody might one day burn a U.S. flag, the American people seem to have more serious concerns in mind.

A solid 45% of people polled by Zogby International now agree that 'Congress or an international tribunal should re-investigate the 9/11 attacks, including whether any U.S. government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success.'

In other words, nearly half the country suspects there are U.S. government officials who permitted or even helped plan the horrific mass murder of September 11, 2001.

Sploid: 45% doubt 9/11 story

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Gay Marriage Ban Headed for Certain Defeat

A constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is headed toward certain Senate defeat, but supporters say new votes for the measure represent progress that gives the GOP's base reason to vote on Election Day.

"The House plans a vote on the amendment next month, said Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

'This is an issue that is of significant importance to many Americans,' Boehner told reporters. 'We have significant numbers of our members who want a vote on this, so we are going to have a vote.'

Like the Senate, the House in 2004 fell short of the two-thirds vote needed.

Bush, his popularity sagging and his conservative base dissatisfied with Republicans' efforts on social issues, issued a fresh appeal for passage Tuesday, the third time in as many days.

'The administration believes that the future of marriage in America should be decided through the democratic constitutional amendment process, rather than by the court orders of a few,' a White House statement said.

The Vatican also weighed in Tuesday, naming gay marriage as one of the factors threatening the traditional family as never before.

Senate Democrats, all of whom except Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska oppose the amendment, say the debate is a divisive political ploy.

'The Republican leadership is asking us to spend time writing bigotry into the Constitution,' said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, whose state legalized gay marriage in 2003. 'A vote for it is a vote against civil unions, against domestic partnership, against all other efforts for states to treat gays and lesbians fairly under the law.'

Gay Marriage Ban Headed for Certain Defeat
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This vote is not about gay marriage. This vote is for republicans to try to energize their base of voters who do not support equal rights for gays and lesbians. This will bring them to the polls in November as well. This came up in 2004 right before the elections too. It's just Carl Rove pulling the strings again. And every time they dangle this little tidbit in front of a certain group of people, those people - like good little dogs - do exactly what is needed to keep this whole cycle of bull going.

Gay marriage is about equal rights. It's not about gays wanting more than straights, it's about an equal and fair treatment, which does not exist now for many people.

Dickless motorcycle training

So this week I took vacation and am going thru motorcycle training at night. It's four hours a day for four days and at the end they give you the eval and you can go straight off and get your endorsement without taking the state test. It also teaches a lot of nice safety things, etc.

I've finished the first two days and so far, I highly recommend it. It's a great system and it's fun. But this post isnt about all of that. It's about something that struck me funny last night at class.

Our two instructors are these older guys. They seem to be ex-marines or something and are just a pair of good guys who LOVE motorcycle riding. Honestly I have never met anyone so into riding bikes. Granted I havent met a shit-ton of bikers either so this might be normal.

Anyway, these guys are great and are great teachers - their names are Dick and Les. I will repeat that. Their names are Dick and Less. We do introductions everyday of class and when it gets to the end to them, Les says, "And he is Dick and I am Les.". If you arent at least giggling a little bit by now you might want to skip this post and check out your funny, it might be broken.

Last night some of us had a hard time not snickering during the introductions and we started talking at break about the fact there is no good way to say the names, you are either - dick-LES or LESS-dick. One way you have no dick and the other you have very little dick (or I guess none if you started out with very little to begin with).

So tonight I am off to night number three of my Dickless motorcycle training. Wish me luck as I think it's going to rain all night.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Xbox 360 releases over 125 new features

Xbox 360 releases over 125 new features to enhance next-generation gameplay and entertainment

NEW FEATURES

* “Download manager” - Marketplace items now download in the background, queue up to six pieces of content
* DVD bookmark support will remember the film’s timing and location when resuming viewing
* Fast-forward and rewind now offered at 2x -16x for any videos saved to hard drive
* “Boot to Dashboard” setting will bypass the loading of any disc in the drive and open directly to Dashboard during power-on
* Begin slideshows from any photo
* Music player saves “shuffle” setting
* Much player save “repeat” setting
* Music player now displays which file is currently playing in the playlist
* Music volume level persists between game / reboots
* 8 new locales added (Chile, Brazil, India, South Africa, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
* Separate settings now offered for Game and User volume controls"
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Xbox.com | Xbox News - Xbox 360 releases over 125 new features to enhance next-generation gameplay and entertainment

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Haben Sie gehört das Deutsche band?

The Producers has got to be one of the funniest movies. I cant believe it's taken me this long to get into it - I love Mel Brooks, but I've never watched the original movie and I didnt go see the musical when it was on tour and near me. If you havent seen this yet, go rent it and check it out. God it's great.

Music to go

I found a sweet ass JVC CD receiver at Walmart today for my motorcycle. It plays Audio,MP3/WMA CD/CD-R(W)s, it also has an auxilary jack on the front, a SD Card reader and a USB input on the front to nab MP3's from basically anything you can plug into it. I wonder what would happen if I plugged my new 250 gig hard drive into it. *DROOL* The best part it was only $80 too.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Tattoo


My mom wants to get a tattoo but she wants someone to go with her and get one. I've always wanted a tattoo, but could never find something I loved enough to be a permanent addition to my body.

And after my father died I really wanted one to mark that change in my life as well. Well I saw this really cool bird line drawing recently and modified it to something I like. I have to redraw it and make all the gaps an equal distance apart. I want to get it in the middle of my shoulders below my t-shirt line, about the third the size of my back.