Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Make that Yellow Ribbon Brown ...


... and shove it up your ass. You're not supporting the troops with these damn things and I am far far far from sick of seeing them.

You bought these damn magnets at Walmart or a gas station and while it makes YOU feel good, it makes NO ONE else feel good at all. It doesnt make me feel good, the troops feel good, the Chinese guy who earned 30 cents that day to make it or you after awhile because I'm sure you've forgotten about it 5 minutes after you put it on. So just stop.

If you really want to support the troops kindly do one of the following after you've pulled your head out of your ass:
  1. Research who you are voting for in every election and their policies on troop usage and care and vote for the guy who really does take care of them and not just says he does.
  2. Volunteer some of your time at a local Veterans Hospital or care center. Trust me they need all the help they can get.
  3. Put together a care package and mail it to a random soldier.
  4. Recycle - yep you heard me. Cell phones are a big one, but recycling lots of other stuff really helps cut down on production time for things that soldiers actually need.
  5. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity or other low-income housing solutions. About 75% of all homeless people in America are veterans. Yeah your magnet ain't doing shit for them.
  6. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry and donate food. Buy a little extra at the store or go out hunting and donate the kills to a local meat service that donates the meet to needy families. You'd be surprised how many soldiers, active and veterans, that are hungry and need this type of help.
  7. Volunteer for the Armed Forces yourself. No better way to support a troop then to directly help one out who's next to you getting shot at or your presence could displace one of them entirely. I mean 6 or 7 tours in Iraq has probably got them a bit frazzled. And you're in luck the Army has dropped recruiting standards thru the floor.

And you, my sinews, grow not instant old, But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee!I

Okay I've officially had it.

Username and Password remembering is an ENORMOUS pain in the tuckus. Any Microsoft domain never remembers me. Google is better but still forgets after awhile. Firefox always remembers but wont tell the page and makes you go thru the login process again.

All this Microsoft Passport shit and OpenID can all suck a big pile of gopher weenie. None of it works how humans function. Basing it on arbritary cookie time-limits for rechecks that are different across multiple domains is infuriating.

Think of how many pages you go to that require you to login in AND offer the "Remember my username and password" but then forget you after some time.

Oh sure, security you cry, yep security. You know what else is secure - boarding an airplane buck ass naked with a speculum up your netherbits, but we dont have shit like that going on. There's a limit.

I want one username and password, tied to Windows or a thumbdrive or a magic the gathering card being furiously rubbed on the monitor that remembers who I am and all my various incarnations across the internet and just fucking logs me in and keeps me logged in when I'm there and not when I'm not. How can this still be this hard?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Simple Minds

There's nothing like leaving a party and the first song that plays in the car is "Don't You Forget About Me".

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays Everyone!



Sorry for the lack of posts. Too busy on this end between work and the holidays.

Just wanted to drop by and wish everyone a great Yule, a Merry Christmas, Happy New Years and all the great holidays this time of year.

Oh and btw, I've lifted enough weights the last two times at the Y to equal the weight of two full grown elephants.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Odd shoplifting

AP: NAPLES, Fla. - An X-ray marked the spot for southwest Florida police who say a teenager swallowed a $16 pair of earrings after taking them from a JCPenney store at a mall.

Authorities say William Colburn faces charges that include retail theft and tampering with evidence.

Naples Police say the 18-year-old was in the store on Saturday when security saw him remove the earrings from a box, drop them into a bottle of water and leave without paying.

When a security officer approached him outside the store, authorities say the teenager drank the water, swallowing the earrings.

Police said Monday the X-ray confirmed the earrings were inside him. A police spokesman didn't know whether the suspect required medical treatment for having swallowed the earrings.

Police do not know if he has an attorney. A phone listing for Colburn couldn't be found.

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I find this just a bit odd. So the security guard saw him put the earrings in the water bottle and then stood by him as he drank the water bottle and the earrings, yet they still X-rayed him. So the price of taking him into the hospital and using the X-ray machine to do this was worth it for this pair of $16 earrings. The only thing I can come up with is that they mistook the kid for Chris Angel and thought that he was pulling some weird magic trick.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

This cant end soon enough...

I cannot wait for January 20th to put the last 8 years of incompetence and hell finally to an end.

This is the United States of America the last 8 years has wrought:

The new round of White House pardons announced late last night are Mr Bush's first since March, and come less than two months before the end of his presidency.

The beneficiaries' crimes include drugs conspiracy, tax evasion, poisoning bald eagles, dumping hazardous waste, bank embezzlement and theft of government property.

John Edward Forte, a Grammy Award-winning rapper, is arguably the best known of those pardoned. He was arrested at Newark International Airport in 2000 after being found with a briefcase containing $1.4m of cocaine and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

And at the same time:

Ms. Amero, a substitute teacher prosecuted on felony charges after a malware-infected computer in her classroom began spewing ads for adult entertainment sites, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, pay a $100 fine, and surrender her credentials to teach in the state of Connecticut. "I'm disappointed it ever got this far."

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I just cant take much more of this.

Not saying Barack wont make bad decisions or do things I dont agree with, but at the end of the day it will just be nice to have someone else to complain about. An overwelming majority of Americans are crying "UNCLE", we're done, we want out of this spiral.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A heartbeat away ...

... from getting your head chopped off.



If she thinks politics can be hard to deal with, she should try being a turkey. Or a turkey politician - that's total hell!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Keyboard


I bought a new keyboard. A Microsoft Comfort Curve keyboard. Pretty nice button motion so far. The space bar's a little rattly and when I try to fix it, it looses it's spring back. All the extra buttons just work without installing any new software. No extra USB ports though.

But it does have a button sepecifically to open the Calculator:

Finish This Song

Circus life
Under the big top world
We all need the clowns
To make us smile


Just finish that section of the song before the chorus and bonus points for Song Title and Artist.

And no cheating, do it from memory!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Better World ...

Here are some things that I think would make the world a much better place:

1) Thunderstorm sounds in public bathrooms.

The random thunder noises would cover up the random butt sounds for the poopers and the rain sound would help people with shy bladders. Everyone wins.

2) The new version of Windows would be new.

Start from scratch. Do it all brand new and dont worry about being legacy compliant. Apple has proven you can do both. Create an ultimate super stable and secure version of Windows from the ground up and if you want to run old Windows apps, you can do it virtually.

3) Allow me to own all of my personalization options.

I should have one password file, one wallet file, one bookmarks file, one of everything that I use and I should be able to use it on any system I get on. There would be no difference between my data on a cell phone or an ATM or anything else.

4) Make celery taste like bacon.

You can eat celery and burn more calories doing it then you take in and while it's yummy by itself it could be better. So they need to start doing some genetic engineering on it and get us some new flavors. Bacon flavor would be a good start. I can just imagine a crazy lab setup with a stalk of celery strapped to one table and some bacon strapped to another table with all these wires connecting the two thru some huge crazy machine with random blinky lights. Although in the wrong hands I guess you could end up with bacon that tastes like celery.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

O, Holy Night the Cross is Brightly Shining!

This year the American Family Association is selling the light-up Christmas cross for your yard or porch.

I'm sure this will be a big hit with KKK members who are into holiday yard kitsch.

From the site:

"Looking for an effective way to express your Christian faith this Christmas season to honor our Lord Jesus? Now you can.... with the "Original Christmas Cross" yard decoration."

So let me see, there is a need for a way for people to express their Christian faith this Christmas? Isnt the point of Christmas the celebration and expression of your Christian faith? I mean sure there's all the pagan influences and the focus on giving and getting gifts, but Christ is in the name.

Thankfully this is the "Original Christmas Cross". You wouldnt want to get home to find that you bought a fake Christmas Cross. Wait this Christmas Cross ... it's hooked at the top and has an arrow at the bottom. OMG - it's the symbol Prince used! We've been had! *shakes fist*

Unless they meant that this was a facsimile of the "original" cross, you know the one that was used to kill Christ? Remember that one? I just dont get this cross fascination. At least not everyone uses the one with a statue of Jesus actually hanging on it.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Verizon XV6800

So as some of you may have read, my Samsung i760 crapped out on me (signal wise at different times) and after speaking with a Verizon tech, I found out they are recalling the phone.

So I had to go to our local Verizon Corporate store (which is normally a nightmare of 18 hour waiting followed by a sensation similar to salt being rubbed into your eyes) to get my phone replaced.

The lady on the phone initially said they would replace it with the new XV6900, but upon closer inspection I realized the only other phone they offered that matched the feature set of the i760 was the XV6800. I was a bit worried to switch phones because I was quite happy with the i760 and thought it was doing a good job at everything I was doing. Boy was I wrong.

What I like about the XV6800 over the i760:
  • It's faster. The CPU is slower, but this thing is a lot more responsive.
  • They keyboard is more logical and has great extra keys and good alt function controls.
  • it has a rotary thumb button
  • hardware buttons are more logically placed and a LOT harder to accidentally push
  • the power/data jack is mini-USB
  • It has an IR port if you want to goof with that
  • It's very simple to enable the true GPS on it so you can use it with Microsoft Live Search or Google Maps (even with the phone radio off)
  • way more sensitive touch screen - you can actually use your fingertip for the tiny on screen keyboard if you want
  • Extra stylus and a screen protector is included in the box
  • Camera has a flash
  • Software, software, software ...
The standard install of software on this phone (including phone setting software) is heads and shoulders above the i760. Some notables:
  • Adobe Reader Lite
  • Modem Link
  • Way better MMS software (night and day difference here)
  • Built-in App Killer/multi-app kill interface based off the "X" button
  • Built-in ZIP software
  • Sliding Sound control
  • Clear Storage App to easily wipe the phone
  • Better Key Lock management
  • Text Message Options for threaded or not (with WinMo 6.1 firmware update)
  • "Comm Manager" allows for control of certain phone and communications functions all in one spot
  • Access to all program control for hardware button assignment
Now for the drawbacks:
  • No automatic voice dialing, you have to train the system and assign values to it
  • the back battery cover is really thin and feels cheap and flimsy when removed
  • the slide out keyboard key clicks are a little mushier than the i760 but not super bad
  • no numeric hard keys (not that big of a deal after the first day or so though)
  • When fully open the top half wobbles a bit, not much
  • no 2.5mm headphone port. Instead you get a little mini-USB "Y" dongle (not a huge problem)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Deep Thoughts...

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.

- Jack Handey

Obama Zombies


Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Well it's all over...

Well it's all over. We've elected a new President. I'm so amazingly happy and just sorta still dumbstroke over all of it. What an amazing time to be alive to see something like this and to be a part of it was something I'll never forget.

Now I just gotta figure out what to do with the 40-60 hours a week I gave to the campaign now. Well I guess I could finally tear into Fable 2.

Oh and I got a new phone. My Samsung i760 wouldnt do an Active Sync over-the-air and after trying everything I called Verizon and I guess there's an issue with them losing data signals and just flaking out on the signal so they've recalled it.

They said they'd replace it with an XV6900 but yuck. No wifi, no slide-out keyboard. The folks at the Verizon store hooked me up with the XV6800 and I gotta say so far I actually am liking it a LOT better than the i760 so far. It's a very nice phone and with having Zimbra at work and all the stuff server-side, flipping phones is super damn easy now. Wooo. And I got Windows Mobile 6.1 updated on it and the GPS hacked to work with anything on the phone now like Windows Live Search.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Google Election Coverage Live Map

Google's Election Map

*I took the actual map down because it was taking forever to load and bogging down the page.

It's November 4th - Election Day!

GO OUT AND VOTE!

Leave a comment if you've voted already and where you're from.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday is Winding Down, the Election is Winding Up

Today was an amazing day in Auglaize County with the Barack Obama campaign. Lots of volunteers pounding the pavement and getting voter information out.

It's been a long long day. One more to go.

And can anyone help me here... I've been chewing on this the past couple of days and I cannot come up with one good reason to not make Election Day a nationally recognized holiday. Can anyone think of one?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Joe Biden in Lima



Wow I got a good place to stand. if Joe starts his Gallagher routine I'm totally going to get splattered.

-- Update --



The speech was absolutely awesome! He literally blew the roof off the place. And I got to shake his lovely wife's hand and the hand of the next Vice President of the United State of America.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Senator Joe Biden is coming

Senator Joe Biden is coming to Lima this Friday Oct. 31st @ 430pm. He'll be at the Lima Senior High School. Everyone's invited.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Presidential Election Prediction



Since I'll be super busy starting tomorrow until next Tuesday, I'm not sure how often I'll have time to post, so I thought I'd post my election map prediction for this year's election.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This is America.

This is what it's all about right here. This is an AMAZING video.



Honestly, no sarcasm here. This is one of the greatest things I've seen during this election. You have a group show up and voice their opinion and another group show up and voice their opinion and thru talking they resolve the conflict (with Group A leaving).

I applaud the folks in this video for standing up for what they believe and talking it out and choosing tolerance and respect and intellect.

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain's Robocalling


In 2000, when McCain was the target of those robocalls, he said, "I promise you I have never and will never have anything to do with that kind of political tactic."

According to campaign finance reports, the RNC has paid the firm more than $8 million this cycle. On Friday, a recipient of one of those calls, Chris Shoff of Minnesota, said that he had tied the origins of the campaign to the St. Paul-based firm FLS-Connect, run by prominent GOP figure Jeff Larson. The same guys who slimed McCain in 2000 with robocalls like this.



Here's the transcripts the other calls (besides the one heard in the clip) going out now:

"I'm calling on behalf of John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama and his Democrat allies in the Illinois Senate opposed a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions -- a position at odds even with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama and his liberal Democrats are too extreme for America. Please vote -- vote for the candidates who share our values. This call was paid for by McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at 202 863 8500."

"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats got caught putting Hollywood above America," the call says. "On the very day our elected leaders gathered in Washington to deal with the financial crisis, Barack Obama spent just 20 minutes with economic advisers, but hours at a celebrity Hollywood fundraiser. Where are the Democrats' priorities?"

"With higher gas prices, grocery costs, and a struggling economy, we cannot afford Barack Obama's and the Democrats' one-trillion dollars in new taxes and spending," the call says. "With the Wall Street bailout we're simply in way over our heads. We cannot afford another one trillion dollars in big-government bureaucracy, higher taxes, and more wasteful spending that our children will have to pay for."

"Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats aren't who you think they are," the call says. "They say they want to keep us safe, but Barack Obama said the threat we face now from terrorism is nowhere near as dire as it was in the end of the Cold War. And Congressional Democrats now want to give civil rights to terrorists. John McCain and his party allies understand the threats we face," it says. "When you vote, vote for the team you can trust to keep America safe."

Here are my problems with this:

1) They make "normal" ones like the tax one and the Hollywood one to be able to say their robocalls are fine and not horrible. Even though they represent a gross misrepresentation of the facts, but they can hide behind their words on these. So when someone calls them on the crap ones they can deny they're all crap.

2) It's absurd to think of supporting a man who decried the abuse he suffered by these same tactics and company that sunk him in 2000 to then turn around and employ not only the same tactics but the same people.

3) They dont finish the statement and thus leaves them with plausible deniability even though they know the assumptions that will be made will be the wrong ones. They ask "Who is Barack Obama?" and then leave it up to the person to decide after you mention "he pals around with terrorists". If this isnt a classic baiting scenario then you dont understand the power of human language. It's been proven time and time again that you can illicit a response (often times contrary to what the person actually thinks) by simply stating something in a specific way. If McCain is truly better than Obama he wouldnt have to resort to this kind of stuff.

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More on This ...


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, told reporters on Sunday that if she called the shots she would end the automated calls being made by McCain's campaign, including some that link Obama with 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

"As you know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin's standards on negative campaigning," Obama, an Illinois senator, told the crowd.

McCain defended the calls, shrugging off Palin's remarks in an interview to be aired on Tuesday morning.

"Well, Sarah is a maverick," McCain told CBS's "Early Show." "That robocall is absolutely accurate and by the way, Senator Obama's campaign is running robocalls as we speak."

But that didn't stop her from recording her own robocall on behalf of the McCain campaign. How mavericky of her.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Racist signs at McCain rallies: follow-up

Okay so maybe the previous post about crazy signs at McCain rallies wasnt clearly racist enough so we'll try this one.

Now the point of the previous post was not that there are racist people in the world with the minimum of intelligence required to construct a sign and show up at a location within a certain time period. I know they exist.

The issue in the previous post was not only do I know it, someone on the McCain campaign at that rally knew it as well and apparently thought it was fine to have that held up a dozen rows or so from the stage.

The guy in this picture is using his First Amendment rights and is lawfully standing outside a McCain rally. And while I severely disagree with what he's doing he has the right to do that.

Which then I guess brings us back to the previous post. Either McCain's campaign felt so strongly about putting Country First that they felt they should censor the person's sign or they agreed with the sign and the sentiment behind it (which was not to be funny).

Monday, October 13, 2008

"Obama Bin Lyin" sign at McCain Rally


Okay something's not right about this. This was a sign at the McCain rally today. In fact a person right next to these people had one as well. Both signs colored in with the same type of marker and similar "font" style.

The thing is that campaign rallies like this dont allow you to bring in homemade signs like this. When you go to a rally, they actually hand out the "rally" signs (official ones) and "homemade" ones that people make or are cleared that people have brought to the event and then are re-handed out to people near the front.

So one of three things happened here. Either these people snuck this sign in (which is doubtful since there are no signs of folds or bends). Or someone brought this, it was taken and screened at the door and re-handed out. Or the McCain Advance Team made this sign (which both sides do) and handed back out to the crowd.

Given the first option is the least least likely that only leaves the other two.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Where's your god now?

Man I remember back in the day when I came up with this. You remember that Joel?

Funny then and funny now. My new thing is just saying everything is "god's plan". No matter what it is. It's a great line and your cant refute it.

ABC News with Charlie Gibson stops in Wapak

Yesterday the ABC News Tour Bus stopped in Wapakoneta (the town I work in) on their 50 states in 50 days tour.

As you can see from the video it was pretty quick and fairly pointless as they didnt leave much in the discussion. What you cant tell from the video is that the bus is driving down a street that doesnt even appear to be in Wapak and it stopped in some parking lot that is no where near the Cloud 9 cafe.

What really happened was is that the bus pulled up in front of the Cloud 9 (you can see it a bit thru the window outside) and blocked the whole front of the cafe. Then they setup barricades on the sidewalk so you couldnt walk past the cafe or get into the cafe at all while they were doing this. Also they look like they're in the cafe chatting, which technically they are, but Charlie Gibson is literally sitting just a few inches inside the front door. I dont know if they thought things would go crazy and they'd have to pull him out or what.

The rumor also is that the guy they talked to to get people in there is a big McCain supporter and he tried to stack the resteruant with McCain people. Some guy was wondering around with a "McCain / Palin" shirt on trying to get in on the situation.

If they would have actually shown outside the cafe at all you would have seen the HUGE Obama logo I painted in the office on the opposite corner.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Anyone got a wireless card?

Standing outside smoking a random guy comes driving past in an old van and yells out the window:

"Hey you got any wireless cards? I need a new one - my dog chewed the antenna off mine."

Um ...

Yeah I have no idea why he thought I would have one and even if I did if I would be willing to play Let's Make a Deal with it.

A Slow Descent into Total Malevolence

Well maybe not so slow ...

Looks like with the announcement that McCain is going fully negative from here on out all the gloves are coming off. Ugh, this could get real ugly.

Hopefully people start standing up and saying "ENOUGH" to this type of crap like some workers in West Virginia did recently.

Weekend

Wow another long weekend, well not too bad. 29 days to go till the election.

Did a 4 hour canvas on Saturday and a lot more people have moved from the undecided column into the Obama column around here and all around Ohio, so that's good.

Today is the LAST DAY here in Ohio that you can both register to vote and VOTE right on the same trip to the local Board of Elections (*cough* Buehler).

Ramping up for Tuesday, which is the 2nd of 3 Presidential debates. Should prove interesting, especially in the light of the fact that McCain has decided to go all out negative with his campaign from here on out. :P

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Early Voting


OHIO!


Starting today all Ohio voters can begin voting for the General Election. And if you arent registered you have until the 6th to register. So you can go to your local Board of Elections and vote early or register and vote all in one stop. No excuses.

And yes "Ohio" includes you too Buehler.

Monday, September 29, 2008

SICK? GO TO WALMART !!

McCain Campaign's Sexism Claims

This blows out any claims of sexism by the McCain Campaign when people talk about or try to ask questions about Gov. Sarah Palin.

www.voteforthemilf.com


Think it's just a redirect to the site from someone else? Well you'd be wrong the McCain Campaign owns the domain and is apparently using it.

Ohio's Election - the Ground Game

I was recently interviewed for an article for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. If anyone is interested in checking it out.

It's a good piece, that talks about the strategy and effort going into the campaigns here in Ohio.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Open Thread

If you want to watch the debates tonight on the big screen at the HQ, let me know. We're also doing some phone banking prior to it.

Other than that, this is an open thread, chat away ...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I'm still alive

I'm working furiously for the campaign we had (and are having) several events this week.

If you're interested in watching the first debate on a REALLY big screen, let me know and I can hook you up.

Obama/Biden '08

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Friend Joel

I have a friend named Joel. He's a regular on my blog comments. I've known him for years. Him and I love to argue and debate. I love that about him.

I love that he and I can disagree totally and still go back and forth and be the better for it. I cant actually think of a single time that one of us have convinced the other to change our position on something, but personally I've always felt the better and smarter after one of our "debates". Joel's a smart guy and I respect that.

Joel has an enormous faith in his savior Jesus Christ. And while I dont share his faith, I think his faith has been a positive influence on my life. He has shown me that you can be strong in faith in an intangible force and be the better for it and not squander it or use it to control someone else.

I have a friend named Joel and I am very thankful that I do.

Rant, it's like "ant" but with a big fucking R in front.

It's been awhile, but it's back - the rant post! I guess I've been at peace with a lot of things in my life and havent felt the need to in awhile.

1) Using the word "real"

We live in such a fake ass world that people feel the need to specify what is "real". Oh how I wish we lived in a world that was the opposite and everything was just assumed to be real and you had to label if it was "fake". I was in line at Taco Bell and they have those new Fruitista things and the sign said "Topped with REAL Strawberries". *blink* Wow. People we are in a recession and the lowly fake strawberry farmer has it hard enough already without you helping to put him out of business by buying all these REAL strawberries.

2) kk

I hate the net lingo response "kk". Ugh it's such a waste. I'll just assume you agree if you dont tell me otherwise. I dont need you to divert my attention back to your message window to read your damn "kk's". I hate it even more when i accidentally use it.

3) People that cant name one Tina Turner song

Do yourself a favor, find one and enjoy it and memorize it.

4) People who claim they never pick their nose

What-the-fuck-ever. You know you have. Hell you might be doing it right now. It's your nose and your finger and as long as you're not wiping it on me or stuff I own, man, go balls out.

5) People who dont understand the width of their own car

I hate when people veer left of center because they cant judge how close a parked car is to the right of them. I'm not talking a little bit of lateral motion but a HUGE weave into oncoming traffic. Sure some streets are so narrow that with parked cars they turn into a one lane road, but most streets can accommodate four cars abreast and you should figure out that you can squeeze thru there and if you cant judge that distance than sell your car and buy a bike.

6) People who are rude on the phone, but polite face-to-face

You know what jerky? I know where you live - I can come to your house. I hate people who think they can say whatever they want on the phone to you that they would never in a million years say to your face. Stop hiding behind the absurd fact that a phone call is interrupting your private time and a knock on the door isnt and then that somehow leads you to behave in any rude or childish manner you choose.

7) The loss of "regular" size.

Go to McDonalds and order a "regular size" Coke and watch the person's brain explode as they try to figure out what size that is. Maybe I'm just getting old now, but does anyone else remember when a "regular" size was a medium?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 08, 2008

And the final reason I will never buy an iPod

Apple Admits British Man Invented iPod in 1979, Uses Him to Win Patent Lawsuit

And they havent given him a dime except to pay him for his time that he went and spoke at their trial for the patent lawsuit.

Apple - you suck.

More Obama Art



Someone spray painted this addition to our Obama office in Wapakoneta, Ohio. We called the police, the officer came and took a picture and said "There's your picture." and said they'd make a note of it and then just left and apparently acted like he was put-out and not interested at all.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Local Obama Art in Ohio



Here are some pics from the area. The barn is yet another barn getting painted with the Obama logo and the others are shots of the painting I've done at the headquarters in Wapakoneta.

Obama in Dublin, Ohio



Here are the pictures I took at the Obama rally in Dublin, Ohio. Wow was it awesome. Senator Brown was there, Senator Glenn, Gov. Strickland, Senator Biden and Senator Obama all spoke.

There were about 20,000 people there to hear these great men and women speak.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I love Jon Stewart



I want to kiss his face and pat his head.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Republican Convention

I just watched Rudy's speech and Governor Palin's speech. Yes the entire speech. I really cant believe Rudy's speech at all. Wow. I cant believe his ability to stand and graze past the facts so many times simply for applause.

I dont really have the energy to comment on Gov. Palin's speech right now. I cant really think of anything that I agree with or liked ... what are all your thoughts?

Monday, September 01, 2008

Proximty to Russia equals Foreign Policy Street Cred



Okay, it was one thing when the one guy on Fox News said this exact same line, but now Cindy McCain repeats it? While talking to my friend (and yours probably) Wulf, he made a good point, "Obama has some then also. Illinois is close to Canada."

And continuing that chain of thought - Bush lived in Texas, near Mexico (which actually has attacked the US several times thru our history) and we see what kind of super policy experience and judgment he's had. :P

And here you just thought volcanos could do it.

Ta-da! A brand new island has formed. This is a first during the entire span of human history. Yep the Artic Sea Ice has officially detached from both sides and the northeast and northwest passages are fully opened. Thank god this has absolutely nothing to do with man made driven climate change according to Republican VP Nominee Gov. Sarah Palin. Wow - that's a load off, I was really worried that we were fucking stuff up.

Friday, August 29, 2008

What?

Are you kidding me? Are you absolutely kidding me? This is who he picked? Wow. I am seriously shocked and flabbergasted. Yes faithful readers, my flabber has been officially gasted.

How can you try to make the case that Senator Barack Obama doesnt have enough experience and then pick Governor Sarah Palin? She's been on city council, then was mayor and now is on her first term as Governor of Alaska. I gotta tell you there's a serious doubt if McCain is healthy enough to undertake this job (which I honestly hope is not the case for several reasons) and if he's not then you have President Palin who has less experience than Senator Obama.

Senator McCain is trailing Barack by almost 4 points in Alaska, but if she makes up that margin for him - Alaska only has 3 Electoral Votes.

She is no Hillary Clinton. If he was going for the women's vote and trying to snarf votes from bitter Hillary supporters this does not do it for you, not by a long shot.

I cant see how this wont be seen as 1) a political stunt and 2) a choice of the what's left over and not the best choice (oh god I'm starting a list of thoughts within a list of thoughts - I'm a madman!).

I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was a good pick for this, but for right now I cant see it and I think John McCain and the Republicans will have a very tough time with explaining who she is, and why she's the best pick - especially to their base.

Wow.

Barack accepts the nomination

Wow! That speech was absolutely amazing!

This has been a long week - and I thought fair week was long. Well hopefully I'll get some time to rest and be at home longer than 10 minutes and not fall asleep.

Barack Obama really brought it last night and wow. Just wow. I'm so proud to have him as my candidate and I'm proud to be busting my ass for his campaign.

What did everyone else think of the speech?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

McCain rolls a 2d6 and gets a 2

From JohnMcCain.com via Boing Boing:
"It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman's memory of war from the comfort of mom's basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others."
But he almost immediately apologized over at Politico:
"If my comments caused any harm or hurt to the hard working Americans who play Dungeons & Dragons, I apologize. This campaign is committed to increasing the strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, wisdom, and charisma scores of every American."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Steve Jobs is SCARY

Click on this image and look at it full sized and tell me you'd buy anything from a man with this expression.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I'm at the convention training program

This place is jam packed. there are over 900 people here getting trained and going over strategy to get Barack Obama elected with Ohio's help. Governor Strickland just spoke and it was awesome.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bill Gates: The Last Day



haha ... I cant believe this is the first time I've seen this. Very funny.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The things I do for votes...


During phone banking we found a man who didnt know if he was registered to vote and didnt know where to vote. So I printed off some info for him and printed him a form to mail in to register to vote and one to request an absentee ballot. It turns out he was an older guy and a little confused about the whole process. This was his driveway. When I took this picture I was about 1/4 of the way down it. His house is behind me and way way way up ahead is the road.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

On the topic of McCain



Oh man. "In the 21st century, nations dont invade other nations." He voted to authorize us to do that same thing in Iraq 5 years ago.

And even more fun:

McCain's top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was until March a registered lobbyist for the Republic of Georgia. His firm continues to work on behalf of Georgia and other countries in the region. In 2006, lobbyist Scheunemann accompanied McCain on a trip to Georgia.

And I'm not even going to mention his remarks on the Republic of Georgia being lifted almost verbatim from Wikipedia ... oh wait, I just did. Oh well, it's my blog.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Man asks people to pray for rain during Obama's DNC speech



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hum·ble
adj., -bler, -blest.
  1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Obama Roll



I hope this means Rick Astley is on the short list for VP.

Stone arch collapses in southern Utah park


ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - One of the largest and most photographed stone arches in Arches National Park has collapsed.

Wall Arch fell sometime early last week, though no one has reported seeing it collapse, said Paul Henderson, the park's chief of interpretation.

He said the arch, located along the popular Devils Garden Trail, was claimed by forces that will eventually destroy other arches in the park: gravity and erosion.

Rumors of the bridge collapsing after several midgets and an old man in a robe attempting to cross it while being chased cannot be confirmed at this time.

Oh man


When I first looked at that headline, I thought it said "U.S., others urge Russia to accept juice".

Two incredibly different stories if you change that one word.

Fact Check: More Tax Deception

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Guess What I'm Talking About

68,000,000 acres = 106,250 square miles

The State of Colorado = 104,100 square miles, Nevada is is the next biggest with 110,567 square miles.

Now use your good commenting ability to figure out what this relates to.

Ready? 3 - 2 - 1 ... GO!

Dog's Love people playing Wii

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Rich Cordray & I at the fair

Had a great time working the Democrats booth at the Auglaize County Fair. While I was there yesterday I met with Rich Cordray. He's the Treaurer of Ohio and is running for Attorney General this year. He's done some great work. Check him out @ www.richcordray.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I have some things to think about.

During the Democratic primary here in Ohio, I placed a Barack Obama sign in my yard.

When you put a sign in your yard or a bumper sticker on your car for a sports team or a political candidate you can expect a minor amount of ribbing by your neighbors or even some times a random passerby.

I sure did - one neighbor was super pro-Hillary and another neighbor's daughter told me she heard Barack Obama said in a speech that if he was elected he would tax white people higher than blacks. I didnt bother responding, because if she did actually believe this, I didnt want to argue over something that absurd anyway.

I have long since taken the sign down, partly because it advertises the concept of voting for him in the primary and mostly because lots of wind and weather had all but sheered the turgidness of the metal legs. It's leaning against my living room wall right now.

The neighborhood that I live in is 99.999999999% white. A block away from me lives a man who runs a motorcycle gang. And when I say this, I dont mean some guy who fancies himself a biker on the weekends. He's a man who runs a very legit and very tough biker gang that started over 40 years ago. He carries at least one bullet in his body that cannot be removed and several biker-style tattoos on his body. I mention the tattoos because at least one of them is quite a large "SS" tattoo on his forearm. He's a nice guy and has always shown me neighborly respect when we've interacted. I've always just chalked up the "SS" tat as some poor and hasty descision in his youth that he now wears to remind himself of the error.

Well it turns out he's the local head of the KKK as well. Now I dont know how "local" local is ... I dont know how far out that radius from this point reaches, but I'm guessing it's a fairly large local.

Some of his buddies were delivering food to my neighbor's house back then when my sign was out and mentioned something about burning a cross on my lawn.

...

And I have to admit that while every fiber in my body says "I dont care what anyone thinks" ... I'm re-thinking putting another sign out in my yard. I'm also mildly worried about even having a bumper sticker or my mom having one. Then again I tend to worry too much, and I'm sure the cross burning thing was just a flippant reference and I'm a huge proponent of the nation having this dialog and facing this hurdle in our on going struggle with race relations. And I'm a little mad at myself for even worrying or needing to worry about this.

I need to think about this further.

Hellboy 2

So I went and saw Hellboy 2 today and WOW WOW WOW. That was an amazing movie. Definitely recommended. Simply amazing and now I hear that Guillermo del Toro may direct the new Hobbit movie, which sounds freaking great based on his work I've seen so far.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Cellphone


Woot. I finally got my Samsung i760 today. Got my contacts sync'ed and email up and running on it. This is going to make my life a LOT easier.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!


It's a twister it's a twister.

This was taken from someone in the town I live in.

Check the map here for where the pic was taken.

They are stealing my thoughts.

Well no not really but man I'm getting sick of thinking of cool ideas for products and inventions and then never doing anything about them only to have some other schmuck come out and make the thing.

I really need to figure out how to get some patents and shit so when I get a good idea I can make some bank. Two that really jump to mind are the Super Soaker and a GPS system for your car that shares vehicle data with other users. I dont care if you dont believe me about the Super Soaker. I know I had the idea of a squirt gun being boosted by pumped pressurized air way before it came out in '89. And I dont want to go into more details on the whole GPS data sharing thing for cars, because the one company I know that builds something similar isnt even getting close to tapping all the interesting things I thought you could do with it.

Stupid US patent system being too damn confusing and expensive. :(

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

RIP iMac

So we bought a second generation iMac way back in the day at work. We needed it so we could provide better support for our customers who used Macs.

We got it with OS8 and 9 and later updated it to OS10 and from day 1 it was nothing but a pain in the ass and man I hate Mac's in general.

So now it's finally dead:





That's one deer slug from my 20 gauge right into the screen. You cant tell in this picture but we actually have it plugged in. The thing wont boot anymore and the screen comes on but it wont boot anymore. It would seem lead isnt Mac compatible.

And more death reigning down:





That was 3 rounds of buckshot from my friend's 12 gauge pump action. All told the evening was spent putting 20 deer slug rounds and almost 30 rounds of 12 gauge buckshot into the iMac - very satisfying.

Check out the pictures:



Monday, June 23, 2008

Vacation is officially over

No more vacation for me.

Today we went to the Newport Aquarium and then swung over to the Argosy Casino. The aquarium was amazing as usual. Not too sure about the casino. It was beautiful and everyone was super nice, but gambling just doesnt do much for me. I blew $172. I won some back and blew some more, but all told at the end I blew my whole wad. I might go back again, it was a neat experience all told.

Oh and here's some pictures I took at the zoo in Indianapolis.



I didnt get any actual pictures of the dolphins, I was too busy checking them out. At one point I was sitting in part of the tunnel to get away from the people in the domed area. I started making a noise into the glass and the dolphins seemed to really groove on it and came over and was curling up and hugging the glass on the other side of me and checking me all out. It lasted about a few minutes but it felt like forever. Man it was amazing. Then I turned around and everyone from the dome came out and was huddled around me - like 40 people or so. It was funny. I guess I was hogging the dolphins - oops. I am going to make a reservation for the dolphin experience.

Friday, June 20, 2008

My Fridge

Ever wonder what the inside of my refrigerator looks like? Well wonder no more. Click below and check out the glory that is my fridge!


Top Shelf Inside:
  • Mt. Dew
  • Empty bottle of Mt. Dew full of water
  • Bottle of Distilled water for my HHO. Not sure how it got in the fridge.
  • A 2-liter of Coke with about 2 sips left
  • A big block of cheese
  • A pint of macaroni salad from Lees (about 2 weeks old)
  • A bottle of Simply Orange in the back (almost 2 years old - it's awesome)
Second Shelf Inside:
  • More Mt. Dew
  • A box of Papa John's Pizza with 3 slices of various pizza (2 weeks old)
Top Shelf Door:
  • 1 can of bacon bits (1.5 years old)
  • 1 small tub of ranch wing sauce from Dominos (3 months old)
Second Shelf Door:
  • 1 bottle of Ranch salad dressing
  • 1 bottle of English Pub Chop sauce
  • 1 bottle of mustard
  • 1 bottle of ketchup
  • 1 bottle of French salad dressing
  • 1 bottle of what I think is tar tar sauce
  • 1 bottle of Bullseye BBQ
Stay tuned for shots of my freezer and sock drawer!

Words of Wisdom in 30 minutes or less

A very good friend of mine is starting a job delivering pizza and I wish her the best of luck. I delivered Pizza for a few years for the local Pizza Hut and Little Caesars. It was the second most best job I had. It was so much fun. Here's some tips:
  1. Never give change in $5 bills. Change them all into $1's when you can. The more $1's you give the better the chance you'll get multiple $1's back as a tip. You'll very rarely see that $5 back.
  2. Work all the Friday and Saturday hours you can. You'll always be out on deliveries, the time goes fast and the money racks up fast.
  3. Get used to your car smelling of pizza for days on end. Dont try to over power it with air fresheners, just deal with it. Otherwise your car will smell like New Car and Meat Lovers Pizza which is even worse.
  4. DONT tell your car insurance you are delivering pizza.
  5. Learn how to change your own oil and change it every 1500 to 2000 miles or every month and a half. The work is VERY hard on your card.
  6. Get an MP3 player that hooks into your car or a deck that plays MP3 CD's. Point is cram as much music as you possibly can in your car. You're going to need the music.
  7. Keep a small but STRONG flashlight in your car to shine up onto people's houses. Not only will it help you find house numbers, but it will make you look like a cop to people who look quickly (especially if you make siren noises with your mouth while doing it).
  8. If the house looks weird, DONT go to the door. Trust your gut. And in the event of someone doing something, throw them the pizza and the money bag and bolt.
  9. Buy real gas. Dont go for the cheap Walmart gas or smaller chain gas stations. Also use some fuel injector cleaner.
  10. You cant carry an umbrella and a pizza, so dont bother. You'll get wet, but the wetter you get normally the tips go up.
  11. Smile, have fun. It's really a great job.
  12. If you dont have a good memory, start writing down good tippers. Remember the last name or the addresses. Most people get deliveries a lot and you'll find you're favorites fast and rack up the bucks.
  13. Leave your car running and get used to putting on your parking brake. It's easy to forget putting the car in Park when you're in a hurry and chasing your car down the street would suck.
  14. Put a thin dish towel under the magnetic sign toppers so the magnetic disks on them wont scratch your paint.
  15. Double check your order before leaving the building. Dont forget the extra stuff for the order, the people bagging them up for you dont really care since they dont get your tips.
  16. Put your check in the bank and live off your tips for your little day-to-day needs.
Okay I think that's it.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sup?

So not a whole lot has been going on lately, but enough to keep me busy and away from making any blog posts.

I finally got a couple of spots on the bike welded up so now I wont burn my leg constantly when I'm trying to get my kickstand down. So that's exciting. I've been riding a lot and getting a lot of sun. However I keep getting burnt in new places. So I got 10 tanning visits at a local shop. Hopefully I can get brown enough I'll stop burning in my stray white areas.

The HHO work for the car is still on hiatus until after this weekend. I'm not going to Gatlinburg as planned. Instead we're going to the Indy Zoo, Newport Aquarium and the Argosy casino boat thingie. I'm looking forward to doing all that instead of going to Gatlinburg and it's cheaper, so that's cool too.

Once I'm back and the O2 confuser my friend Don is building is done, I'll hook the unit back up to my car and start running some fuel efficiency tests. Once we have that part debugged and done, I'll be ready to make a few more for other people's cars.

If you follow me on Twitter or check my Twitter roll over on the right here on my blog, you'll know I went and seen the new Hulk movie. Holy shit did it suck BAD. The only hope for it is that all the shit that Ed Norton came up with that they cut might have made it better - maybe it'll be on the DVD. The only payoff for the movie was when Tony Stark showed up at the end talking more about getting a "team" together. So this is all a big lead up for an Avenger's movie - which might be cool. I bet we'll have to wait on the Thor movie to come out first to tease it some more. Honestly I'd much rather see a Cap't America movie. Oh well.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The End is Nigh ...


As much as I'd love to say "you're full of shit" when you tell me the end is nigh, I know it will do no good so I keep quiet.

With the planet going thru some drastic changes due to our polluting and abuse of the entire ecosystem, we are seeing some drastic results. However no one I knew locally really talked about it - until now.

They were busy trying to figure out how to make enough money to put gas in their cars, or food on their table. And just normal day-to-day life things. But recently now that these changes to the Earth are hitting more close to home, I have heard more than a few people speak in disbelief of these apparent events they are experiencing. And in the face of these changes, I've heard more than a few of them say something that this might be "the end of days".

This troubles me, deeply. I dont want this to be an anti-religion rant and I'm not questioning anyone's faith or belief here ... what troubles me is that this "oh well it's all going to end" attitude. More than a few people I know think like this and do nothing to try to change their day-to-day behaviors. They take no action to reduce, recycle or reuse and are fine with continuing to live the same way and just figure God's clicked on shutdown and there's no changing it so you might as well go out big.

That's a dangerous way to think. No one (well maybe Joel) can argue that everyday our behavior and consumption is destroying the lives and connections throughout the whole global ecosystem and that we are ultimately linked to all of that and thus we are hurting ourselves.

So if you think that one day God will start the end process, please do the rest of us a favor and still recycle and use less power and work towards helping our planet out. He's going to end the world anyway when he wants to and so far I havent heard any angel's sounding the trumpet, so it's a pretty safe bet that this isnt it. And even if it is, there will still be a lot of us left down here when it's all over and I dont want to deal with your garbage.

Monday, June 02, 2008

HHO Generator Rev.2 - Phase 3 Install

Today I fired up revision 2 of my HHO generator. It works great. I tested the system under vacuum by plugging the output tube into the PCV air intake line into the intake manifold and wow it really increased production.

I was also able to tweak the bubbler cap setting for the air intake. So the next step, I setup an old kool-aid pitcher with bungie cords for a place to sit the unit, then I wired it up. I hooked a vacuum T junction up to the intake line from the PCV and drilled a hole and installed another hose insert on the air plenum on the clean side of the filter. The PCV line will draw HHO during idle and more so during engine load and the air filter line will draw during driving.

Then I took it out for a drive and WOW it had a lot more performance from a stop and during acceleration at speed. The car shifted way smoother and more even. It idled smoother and quieter and the whole engine seemed to run way smoother.

The Check Engine light came on, but that was to be expected. The code it gave was that the O2 sensor was reading a problem and cylinder 1 and 2 both had a misfire detected in it. The O2 sensor misread was to be expected as the exhaust temp drops the O2 sensor will think the car's not getting enough air and throw the code. It will also dump more fuel into the mix.

So the next step is to build my O2 sensor confuser so I can adjust it's voltage by hand and make it think it's not a lean mix going thru the engine and then my MPG should go thru the roof.

The only thing I didnt count on was the misfire reading in cylinders 1 and 2. Hopefully that's just a misread by the ECM since it was getting bad data from the O2 sensor.

I was talking to a guy at our local Advance Auto Parts and he built the same unit I did and put it on his truck and he just unhooked his O2 sensor and he's getting 8 to 10 mpg more out of his struck. With the O2 hooked up and effectively tricked you should see a much larger gain.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Pics or it didnt happen

Here are the promised pictures of my adventure today. And a link to a video of the hydrogen being produced. So without further adieu...


This is the aftermath of my test today and the result of lighting the output tube to see how much HHO was being produced. The answer? Enough to snap the lid into two parts - knocking the core of it completely out and then snapping the collar of the lid and ejecting it off the bottle about a foot.


This is a close-up shot of the edge of the center of the lid. This is was the primary point of structural failure.


Zoomed out shot, showing how I had it sitting in my car and a shot of the Mt. Dew bottle I couldnt get to bark any burn out of, so I ended up lighting the exhaust tube instead to test it - thus ending with the lid 'splosion.





So what have we learned? The first cap design was a little too complex. I've slimmed down the version 2 design and made the second version in about 15 minutes. You can make fine tip nozzles for Goop glue tubes with electrical tape in a pinch. Super Glue is overrated and doesnt bond most things together for very long so totally skip that part. The jar has a very small likely hood of bursting since it's thick and full of water. If the system is breached by combustion, the lid will always be the weak spot. An internal kill switch is definately needed when installed.

Tomorrow or the day after I should have the Version 2 installed in my car and we'll see what that does. Wish me luck.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

HHO Generator update

So I finished the HHO unit and I hooked it up today and PRESTO - Hydrogen. WOOT! Well Di-oxyhydrogen or HHO gas.

Right now I'm posting this on a friend's ASUS eeePC and I'm just doing this post quickly. I will post pics later. To test the HHO output I tried to fill a little of the gas in a pop bottle and light it to see if it would ignite, but I couldnt either trap enough gas or whatever to get it to ignite. So I just said screw it and lit the end of the hose and BOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

haha It was so awesome. It was so powerful and loud it blew the plastic lid apart and had my neighbor coming out to check if I was alright. I gathered some great data from turning the thing up today and from igniting it and checking the stress points, etc. So version 2 of the build is drying right now and I should be ready to do a car install in the next 24 hours or so.

I'll post the pics of the after-boom later. YAY!!!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

HHO Generator is ready to make HHO




I finished production last night. You definitely want to notch the core unit when stringing the wire. It's really hard to keep a separation if you dont do that. We're using 18 guage wire here, so no need to braid it (hopefully). I'll have to keep an eye on the cathode wire, since that's where the oxygen output happens and the oxygen will attack the wire like crazy.

Hopefully I'll have time tonight to mix up some water (distilled water + baking soda) and give it a try. I dont know if I want to do a peaceful test (fill a balloon and float a GI Joe guy up in the air) or a evil test and just try to find as many things I can fill with hydrogen and explode.

I'll try to post some videos, at least to document my life before and after having all my fingers.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More HHO


Okay so I had to work all weekend and was busy with other stuff to do much work on it, but here is where it's at now.

The only thing left to do is install the wires and fill it up. I need to put on the air adjustment cap too, but I can run it without that for now while I wait on the delivery of those from the Drip Depot.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

CNN Story Mashup

Here are two news articles that I'm reading. Read together they are FUN FUN FUUUUN!

Bush had several suggestions for how to honor the sacrifices of those who have fought for the United States -- place a flag at a veteran's grave, go to a battlefield or say a prayer. He said the moment of remembrance would be marked Monday at 3 p.m. local time.

"At that moment, Major League Baseball games will pause, the National Memorial Day parade will halt, Amtrak trains will blow their whistles and buglers in military cemeteries will play taps," he said Saturday in his weekly radio address.

The president said that as people "fire up the grill" and mark the unofficial beginning of summer, they need to honor the sacrifices that make freedom possible.
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But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.

Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gases and plotting a cyberattack.

To justify holding him, the government claimed a broad interpretation of the president's wartime powers, one that goes beyond warrantless wiretapping or monitoring banking transactions. Government lawyers told federal judges that the president can send the military into any U.S. neighborhood, capture a citizen and hold him in prison without charge, indefinitely.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

HHO Generator



More pics. I'm pretty much done till I can get the last couple of parts from my friend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

HHO Generator

Did some more work last night. I should have this portion done tonight. The core and electrode wires will be completed by this weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fatties vs. Fags

The next fat person I hear saying homosexuality is a sin, I'm going to punch them in their donut hole!

Gluttony is a sin too asshat, so put that stone down and keep your own house.

Monday, May 19, 2008

GTA4 is not a 10

So I've been playing a buttload of GTA4 and I can honestly say it's a great game but it's absolutely not a 10 like many game rating sites gave it.

So far issues that I see with the game:
  • No integration with the XBOX360. No muting or volume leveling or music off when streaming music. The game does not pause when the guide button is pressed. This is really inexcusable as the API already exists for integration into games.
  • The Radio SUCKS. Normally GTA games have great radio, but this time it's bad. The only good station is Liberty Rock Radio and the best thing (as always) are the ads and newscasts. But beyond that the other stations are horrible. The only other redeeming quality is that they have "One Vision" by Queen.
  • No checkpoints on mission. Every mission goes like this: Drive to Person X and find out why Person Y has pissed them off and needs to die. Drive at least 1 mile to find Person Y, engage Person Y and get killed. Mission restarts with an option on the cell phone only to have you start over by driving to Person X, listening to the same shit (Pro Tip: Spam the A button to skip it) and then drive miles and miles to Person Y and start the killing again. This gets really tedious - there needs to be a save point between the drive and the mission.
  • A lot of great looking buildings and storefronts that do absolutely nothing at all. Just when you thought you found an interesting place you might be able to enter you end up wasting time running into a texture.
  • GPS Voice Prompts are a neat feature, but are more buggy than useful. Some times the audio has all the turn direction the opposite way or talk way too late. The cornering "bing-bong" is nice way to change a long drive into something enjoyable than a mini-map watching excursion into traffic dodging.
  • The police are dumb. Drive past them at 100 miles an hour and bash head-on into 5 cars doing maximum vehicle carnage and they dont do anything, but bump their car a little too hard and you're going to jail mister.
  • Not enough clothing options. Some missions require you to wear a suit and tie (but there's no way to really know till you drive all the way there only to see the prompt telling you that you need a suit). So once you get enough money, buy a suit and tie and you end up leaving it on the whole time just to be on the safe side. Makes Nico a little unbelievable as a living person. Oh well.
  • Boats. WTF? Why bother? Drive one, do one jump and that's the extent of the enjoyment to be had there. Whoopie.
  • This CITY IS ALIVE!!! Oh wait, no it's not. Rockstar did a great job making most parts of the game seem "alive", but some obvious things were missed and something's never move or change. While they are few and far between they are glaring stand-outs against the dynamic nature of everything else.
  • Ricky Gervais? Really? That's who you got? Really? I mean I LOVE Ricky. He's very very funny (Extras was an awesome show), but his stand-up isnt the greatest. Kat Williams on the other hand was the perfect pick and I find myself actually laughing during his routines at the comedy club. I really hope they have some Downloadable Content (DLC) to add more comedians and performers at the other clubs to keep it fresh. I highly doubt they'll do this, but I can hope.
  • The television is totally awesome (I spent about 20 minutes one night watching The History of Liberty City which is fucking hilarious) but most of the channels and shows suck balls and it's simply a neat aside to the game play. Would have been nice to combine this with dating (invite the girl over and chill watching TV).
  • The Cell Phone interface is very nice most times. It's a great way of having an interface without pulling you out of the "in-game" feel ... BUT ... when you just get done killing 38 people in the middle of a busy intersection as part of a mission with cops all around, the mission completes and some of them you will call your contact to tell them that Dildo McFleabag is dead while the action is still concluding. So as the cops are piling on you and bullets are still whizzing by you are casually walking and talking on your phone and most times you die before you even finish the call (I hope I dont get charged airtime for that).
  • You cant get a job cutting down giant trees ... oh wait, I guess I can forgive this part (I've been watching too much Ax Men).
  • "Excuse me Miss, but this coffee is cold." You can go on a date and get with a chick after, but the "sex" is done by showing the outside of the building with the date saying something like "Oh that's great. Nico Bellic you are the man." like she's cheering you on about the great job you are doing cleaning out the fish bowel gravel with your jock strap (that simile is for all of you that are still reading - enjoy). This is just plain dumb and a insulting and irritating way to handle this part of the situation. ESPECIALLY considering when you pick up a hooker you can see an animation for a hand-job, blow-job and the girl grinding the crap out of your invisible wang. So on one end (where there might actually be love involved for the other person) you get a sex scene fit for Sesame Street and when you pay a hooker for it to support her drug habit you get to see a semi-explicit sequence. It's a MATURE game already, stop pulling the wrong damn punches. I'm not talking about making a fuck-me, suck-me game but treat an adult interaction like what it is.
  • Subtitles ... wow. When you deal with Little John & Badman (two rasta-men) you have to have them turned on or you will have NO CLUE what they are saying and sometimes characters slip into non-english languages that you would have no idea what they are saying without the subtitles. How about some smart subtitles that come on automatically when the person is speaking another language (including rasta ... wow) and off the rest of the time?
  • Melee ... I've seen better melee in Wii Bowling. A is block, Y is one type of hit and so is X, but only when X isnt jump which is when you're holding a melee weapon or the third Thursday of any month ending in "r". WTF? Go steal a helicopter and if one of the air crew get ahold of you they will get about 27 punches in before you can throw a punch or the interface catches up to where you can actually draw a weapon. It's utterly worthless, the worst part is waiting on the animation to cycle after you press the button.
  • Nico was a soldier and fought in the war and did some heavy dirty stuff and it must have been hard on his knees since he can neither run or sprint up or down stairs. So take off running super fast on a foot chase, hit stairs and navigate them like a one-legged 90 year old woman with a broken heel and no quadraceps.
  • Watch out for that door. I tell you that door in that strip club really should have had a sign on it "Danger may kill the person who came with you to see tits if it hits him the wrong way as he's trying to follow you around". Or at least one of those little stick figure guys re-enacting that warning.
  • I'm not quite dead! No wait, that door wasnt as lethal as first thought, you're friend got taken to the hospital and will call you for a ride back to his house to salvage some of the good friend's vibe bonus you would have gotten from watching barely covered titties with him if it hadnt been for that aforementioned homicidal door. Does NO ONE else in this game own a car? Maybe it's called Grand Theft Auto because none of the people in the game own them and they are all stolen vehicles and he's too lazy and bruised up by the door-of-death to be bothered with jacking his own ride so he bothers you.
  • Barely covered tits. Uncover the goddamn tits already. Hell make a version with the extra adult shit that you can ONLY buy online for me to get to make sure no little kids accidentally get it from a mis-stocked store shelf. Conan, Conan had bare tits. Not that I'm all that big into tits, but I'm sure Nico is and I'm certainly into a full expression of a gritty adult life without glaring PG-13 rated pauses.
Okay I think that's enough griping for now. I'm going to watch a bit of TV and then head to bed. Did you play GTA4? Got anymore opinions that I missed, well then get off your ass (wait that saying doesnt apply to internet users) ... STAY ON YOUR ASS and post a comment!