I can’t sleep…

December 30, 2008 at 9:23 PM (Uncategorized)

I can’t sleep.

This is a pretty rural place where I’m living at the moment. Farm country basically, so people tend to have all kinds of animals. There’s about 50 or so feet of trees separating my property from a dirt road where several other people live.

Someone on that road leaves a dog out at night. This dog barks if it hears anything, which happens a lot because deer and other animals are wandering around at night. The dog is very loud.

Somebody else has a rooster.

When the dog barks, it causes the rooster to crow. When the rooster crows, it causes the dog to bark at the rooster.

When the dog barks at the rooster, it causes the rooster to crow. That causes the dog to bark at the rooster.

Then the rooster crows because the dog is barking.

All of this at 2AM…

I hate my neighbors.

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RIP – VHS

December 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM (Uncategorized)

Somebody dig a hole. VHS is officially dead. The last major supplier has called it quits.

Standard DVDs, which is what made VHS obsolete to begin with, can’t be far behind. Pretty soon it’ll be blu-ray and nothing else.

I’m not buying a blu-ray player. I wanted HD-DVD to win the format war, because that standard mandated that one backup copy can be made of an original disc to guard against damage (or whatever). No doubt that’s probably why it lost the format war to begin with. Idiotic movie companies didn’t like that at all and few would release movies in the standard.

When I can no longer buy regular DVDs… Well, unless there’s a way to stream or download, I guess it’s off to The Pirate Bay with me, because, like I said, I’m not buying a damn blu-ray. I refuse to touch one. I don’t do movie theaters anymore, after an incident with an obnoxious child and her far more obnoxious parents.

*Off-topic: Bringing small children to “grown-up” movies and then not keeping them quiet should be a felony punishable with a car battery and a set of jumper cables. I’d happily volunteer for that job.

My first DVD player was a Christmas gift. When I got it home, I discovered that my TV was too old to hook it up. It didn’t have the right connectors. My VCR *did* have the right connectors and it was already hooked to the TV anyway, so I just hooked the DVD player up to that and popped in a disc to see if it was gonna work. Seeing that it seemed to be working, I threw a bag of popcorn in the microwave and started to watch the movie (also a gift).

I’m sorry to say, I wasn’t very impressed.
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England, please stop trying to be as stupid as we are

December 23, 2008 at 9:26 PM (Uncategorized)

It’s bad enough that the UK is racing the US to the bottom as we both slide downhill toward a fascist state. Now they are trying to compete with us on ignorance and stupidity!

Three in 10 [UK] science teachers believe creationism should be taught in science lessons, according to a new survey.

If that’s true, then it means that 3 of 10 teachers in the UK are unfit for teaching and should be fired immediately for incompetence. We have been forced to fight against this rubbish in the US for years and I can’t believe it has actually spread now to the UK. I thought the English had more damned common sense than that.

The most important natural resource of any nation, the one that must be protected above everything else, is its children. In thirty years, they will be running things. If we do not give them a proper education, we are committing national suicide. We should not use ancient mythology to explain natural events to them.

Lightning does not happen because Zeus is tossing around thunderbolts and so this should not be taught in science class.

Thunder does not happen because Thor is angry and so this should not be taught in science class.

Rain does not happen because the angels are weeping and so this should not be taught in science class.

Humanity did not happen because Jehovah breathed on a puppet he’d sculpted in the mud and so this should not be taught in science class.

Teach that sort of thing in the context of mythology where it belongs, not as science. Those kids will be running the world thirty years from now. We need to make sure that they have a firm grasp of reality when they take over.

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CAN-SPAM Act is Five Years Old

December 17, 2008 at 6:53 PM (Uncategorized)

The CAN-SPAM Act is now five years old.

Let’s all check our inboxes real quick. I’ll wait.

Yeah, thought so.

I’ve just read a three-page article with the title of CAN-SPAM: What went wrong? Well good God, I can answer that and I don’t need three pages to do it.
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Power Corrupts… And Makes You Stupid

December 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM (Uncategorized)

Over the years, I’ve changed my political outlook on the world in many ways and occasionally have gone all the way around again. I was thrilled when Bill Clinton was elected, then disgusted with him by the time he left office. I actually voted for Bush the first time around. By the time he was up for re-election however, I’d changed my tune rather dramatically. I voted for Kerry and I voted for Obama last month.

If Hillary had won the nomination, I’d have just stayed home. I’ve had quite enough of the Bushes and the Clintons.

One opinion that I’ve never changed is that we need to take a lot power and authority away from our government. They say that power corrupts. I say it also makes you stupid. If you need any proof of that, go no further than this article at Cracked.
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Total Epic War

December 8, 2008 at 10:12 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Let me say right off that if you’ve never played Galactic Civilizations II, you probably aren’t going to understand wtf I’m talking about. I’ll try to explain as I go along. Also, this is about the original Dread Lords version, with none of the content of the expansion packs. This is basically a really (really) long-winded after action report of an amazing war I just fought in this game.
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Where did Rooker go?

December 8, 2008 at 6:26 PM (Uncategorized)

There may be a few people wondering about Rooker. Or not, but I’ll tell you what happened anyway.

I had a very nice job in Florida, which paid well and didn’t take up much time. That gave me a lot of free time to goof off, which was spent mainly playing EVE Online.

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Well, it seems that over the last decade or so, certain money lending corporations decided to buy up a crapload of bad debt, then other companies started investing in that debt, on the theory that… well, that it was worth investing in it.

When the congress of our fine republic started asking questions, like “is that really a good idea?”, these corporations responded like anyone with that much cash would.

They bribed them (through their lobbyists) to make them shut up. Gotta love a country where you can get the best damn laws money can buy.

One day, someone suddenly realized that what makes bad debt “bad” is the fact that nobody is ever going to pay it. Upon realizing that several trillion dollars had become tied to something less valuable than this cup of coffee on my desk, the American economy collapsed.

To make a short story shorter, I got laid off. I couldn’t afford my rent (on a very nice house in Fort Myers) and had to move to cheaper accommodations before my savings account was eaten up entirely.

I now live in Georgia, in a place where the local ISP’s scratched their heads and looked at each other in confusion when I asked about DSL or cable internet. There is only dial-up, which would have to go over ancient telephone cables that can barely carry voice and there is satellite.

So I got satellite. And EVE just doesn’t work over satellite. I tried. I managed to log in once or twice, but it never let me stay connected longer than about thirty seconds. Not a very healthy thing for a combat character. So, I let Rooker expire.

Sucks too, because he was just getting good at it. Just over 30 million skill points, which is definitely above the sweet spot. And CCP, goddamn them, changed it so that you can’t train skills when you’ve expired. I think Battleship 5 may have finished an hour or two before they shut it off.

One day, if a job ever opens up again anywhere on the North American continent (I’ll sneak into Mexico if I have to), I’ll be back. Shooting at you.

And your pod.

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That round thing that spins

December 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM (Uncategorized)

You know that round thing they have in some school class rooms? With all the blue? You know, the one you would start spinning like crazy when the teacher left the room? It’s called a globe and it has the name of every country in the world on it! Who knew?

So, how many countries can you name – and spell correctly – in five minutes? I got 65. It would have been 66, but I was trying to spell Ecuador with a “Q” for some reason. :o

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