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Date:2011-10-14 14:47
Subject:Writer's Block: Flashback films

Who is your favorite 80’s moviestar?

Corey Feldman!!!! :)

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Date:2011-09-26 18:36
Subject:Writer's Block: And the forecast is…

What’s your favorite kind of weather?

The cold kind of weather is the best.

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Date:2011-09-11 19:31
Subject:Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

At your mom's house.

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Date:2011-09-07 09:52
Subject:Interesting what you find when you Google your name.

I found this,


I did a little project for Dakota Communities helping them clean up their file server. I didn't know I was mentioned anywhere. That's kinda nifty.

I also found this,


I don't remember anything like this. And the question attached to my name seems pretty lame, even for me.

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Date:2011-09-02 08:58
Subject:Writer's Block: Can't we all just get along?

What is one way to stop or prevent bullying?

Fight back. When you do, fight dirty. Just be prepared for all of the anti-bullying measures that were never brought against the actual bullies to be brought against you. Teachers hate it when you ignore their "just ignore them and they'll go away" advice. Remember, kids: Violence doesn't solve every problem. But the problems it does solve, it solves quickly and efficiently.

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Date:2011-08-29 09:39
Subject:Deus Ex Human Revolution

So I have played through Deus Ex Human Revolution once. Here's what I have to say.

Cut for spoilersCollapse )

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Date:2011-08-29 08:31
Subject:Writer's Block: Everybody hurts

Have you or a friend ever been bullied? How did you get through it?

Yes. I called it "school." I got through it using violence. Lots and lots of violence. This whole, "ignore them and they'll go away" shit doesn't work. Use violence.

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Date:2011-08-17 23:08
Subject:Just got tired of things working properly.

Ah well, at least video performance is good. I'll fuck around with the audio tomorrow.

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Date:2011-08-12 09:39
Subject:Video card ordered. Win7 better behave.

So I ordered the video card. UPS will be bringing me the card before long. Probably sometime next week. I'll get it installed and that will give me about a week to install Windows 7 and make it my bitch...I'll need every fucking second. Shit better work. With the new processor, new memory and stupid amounts of it, and a new video card, Win 7 better be fucking blazing fast.

It's going to be rather irritating moving to 7 for my gaming desktop. For years I've been on XP and taken the attitude that it's just not worth tweaking it because it's just going to play games. Win 7 will REQUIRE tweaking in order for it to be useful as a gaming OS. UAC needs to die, Aero needs to die, Windows Firewall needs to die. So far, a pretty short list of customizations. But I'm not looking forward to having a list to begin with. Customizing one's OS becomes a hassle WHEN you need to reinstall because WinRot has set in with a fury, and thus cons you in to just living with the sluggishness.

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Date:2011-08-08 11:00
Subject:Deus Ex 3!!

So Deus Ex 3 is coming out soon. Which means it's time to step up the video card hunt. Came across this bad boy on a quick Newegg browse.


Radeon HD 6870 chip with 1120 SPUs...Shit I was going to be happy with 700-800, but 1120 for $190? Sold.

With that I'll be able to "upgrade" to Windows 7. This time around I'm just not going to have a speaker system. My current speakers will be used in the media machine project. For my desktop I'll go headsets all the way in an attempt to avoid Windows' audio mixer train wreck. $10 says I'll still have to fuck with the microphone for 4 hours to get it working. But that won't hold me back from playing a single player game.

But it will be nice to finally take advantage of all 8 gigs of memory I have.

omgomgomgomg! Deus Ex 3! It better not suck balls. And if there's a goddamned circle menu in the game, I'm taking a trip to Montreal to bitch slap some peeps.

But hey, since I mentioned the media machine, let's talk a little bit about that. I hollowed out the old radio the other night. No more cast iron record player, no short wave radio, no tuner, no speaker. It's literally just a wooden box with a little bit of cloth and some screws. It's a LOT lighter.

The next step is to get all of the hardware, obviously. I had it priced to something like $230 for everything that I wanted, including a little external DVD drive so I can play and rip DVDs. Still going to need to drop some money on hard drives for space to place all of the ripped DVDs, but I've got a bunch of space to work with for now.

James picked up an awesome hot swap enclosure for like $80. Holds 4 drives and fits in to three 5.25" bays. How awesome is that? When I get the new hard drives for the DVDs, I'd like to get one of those as well and really get my NAS riced out.

And that's about all I have for right now.

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Date:2011-08-08 08:21

Today is a day to be watching Bloomberg. Shit's not terrible yet. Maybe it'll blow over? I hope not, but maybe?

Edit: Oh, there it went. 1.5 hours in to the trading day, DOW is up 60 pts. 3 min later, down 200+ points. lol crash.

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Date:2011-06-30 16:00
Subject:A quiet, nice looking media machine.

So we've got an HDMI capable TV. It's been a hoot and a half. Though we've been having issues with Windows 7 and audio out. I've got money that says Windows 7's multi-audio-out feature is getting in the way...again. So with that I'm pricing out some hardware for a media machine.




External DVD drive:

Wireless keyboard & mouse:

Boot drive:

Power supply:

I still need to get a heatsink. I'd like to see if I can find a heatsink that has heat pipes long enough to escape the case, but that's not a necessity. Scythe makes a very low profile heatsink, and their fans are generally very very quiet. Obviously the goal here is to have an incredibly quiet computer.

No case. I have a giant old radio in the garage that I am going to use as the case. This will easily be the heaviest computer I have ever built. But also the nicest looking computer. That's the secondary goal here. This old radio also has a record player in it. I'm going to gut that guy out of there and maybe throw in this guy here,


I needs to take pics at some point. I bought this radio quite a while ago and I'm just now looking at getting this started.

So the idea is I've got all of my DVDs. I'd like to start ripping them and storing them on my file server. Don't currently have the space for all of my movies, but I've got enough to get a start on it. I'll be picking up a few 1TB drives down the road and eventually my movies will live on the FreeNAS box. Until then, I'll rip a few and the rest that aren't ripped can be played on the external DVD player.

I am a little wary because there have been a few DVDs that have been released that don't play under Linux. The previews and main menus will play, but the actual content will not play. It will just loop back to the main menu. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is more MPAA asshattery. But it's not the end of the world. I suppose there's always the option of running the Windows version of VLC in Wine. :)

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Date:2011-06-29 21:06

Tomorrow I will be downloading and installing WoW on my work computer.

Friday is going to be dead. I have options.

1. Play with Drupal and SharePoint.
2. Play with Backup Exec and cry at the horror it has become since receiving the reverse Midas touch of Symantec.
3. Play with PGP Universal Server and once again, play in the horror that is shitty Symantec code. (Oh my god, Symantec support is sofa king worthless. But that's another rant.)
4. Play WoW all day.

I've been doing so much of 1-3 recently, I'll probably pick 4. I've got a warlock on Pipkin's server that I have to get up to 85. WoW is free to play up to level 20, by the way. They say all of the restrictions that made the trial version of WoW suck balls have been lifted. So play the game as it was intended, up to level 20. If you decide to pick it up, I highly recommend the warlock. It's a lot like cheating.

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Date:2011-06-27 08:31
Subject:Moore's Capitalilsm: A Brief Review

I watched it. And I laughed. Hard.

The biggest laugh was had during the piece about evil derivatives and how confusing they are and how they only exist to be confusing so the few people who understand them can make money. Apparently they are a new way for the evil capitalists to make money all cloak and dagger style. Moore even posted a large mathematical equation to demonstrate how confusing derivatives are.

So Moore makes a passing attempt to talk to the experts about derivatives. It actually looks a lot more like the Dawkins evolution ambush and less like an actual attempt to understand anything. I suppose if he wanted to understand anything, he could've just checked out Wikipedia. But in his defense, if he did that, his contention would be exposed as the straw man argument it is.


A couple things jump out at me from this page. First off,

One of the oldest derivatives is rice futures, which have been traded on the Dojima Rice Exchange since the eighteenth century.

Oops. Guess derivatives aren't that new. The other piece that jumps out at me is that the crazy math that appears in Moore's "documentary" doesn't appear anywhere on this page. Wikipedia, in my experience, has never been shy in showing it's math. For example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi

Suffice it to say that this "documentary" is pretty hilarious. The attempts to play on your emotions are thinly veiled at best. All in all, a good laugh. ... If you can avoid crying because so many people actually listen to this drivel.

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Date:2011-06-23 08:59
Subject:Stop it.

I was told, in a firm and serious tone, that if you take a 1000 ft spool of cat 5 and put a head on both ends, the cable would transfer data just fine.

I replied, in a firm and serious tone, that the maximum certifiable cable length is 328 ft.

I was then asked, in a wavering but still serious tone, what the actual maximum length was. Because apparently "if you use higher grade cable there is more attenuation so the signal can go farther."

I replied, in a firm and serious tone, if that was the case then those cables would be exceptions to the certifiable rule and the boxes of such cables should inform you of their maximum length. Until such a box is recovered, you should stick to the 328 ft rule.


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Date:2011-06-18 14:21
Subject:Another quick $40

Courtesy of Dell's shitty hardware. Thanks Dell!

To all of my friends:
Never ever ever ever ever buy a Dell. They're not valid computers.

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Date:2011-06-16 20:09

I can watch documentaries on Netflix. For some reason they consider the shit from Michael Moore to be documentaries. Oh well. Maybe I'll give some more of his shit a go, y'know, like when I need a good laugh. I can't wait to rip apart the one about capitalism.

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Date:2011-06-09 10:19
Subject:The UPS truck should be comin' tomorrow!!

This time it's not bringing me parts from Newegg. This time it's bringing me ammo!!! Only 340 rounds. 200 of .45 and 140 of .223. But it's enough to take some people shooting. Which is good, because I have a line starting. James and Tina want to go shooting and my co-worker Beth wants to go shooting. Got two other co-workers who want to go shooting as well, but they've already handled guns and are quite capable of going shooting on their own. People who are not likely to shoot on their own get priority.

So we've also got some .300 Win Mag, 7.62x39mm, 9mm, and .357 ammo, and of course .22LR. Likely we'll be shooting the .22 bolt action just so people can get used to the range and pointing things in a safe direction. Then we'll hit up the AR-15, get them used to a bigger rifle that still has very little kick to it. Then the SKS and then we'll see if anyone wants to tackle Winnie the Winchester. :)

Then pistols. My USPs .45 kick about the same as the Hi-Points in 9mm, but I think we'll start off with the USPs just because they're worlds more reliable. The Hi-Points will be good to show people what to do when a gun jams on you. And of course we'll see if anyone wants to fire the .357.

I did set aside 20 rounds of .223 just for me. I picked up some 75 grain rounds to see how they performed. Most .223 is either 55 grain or 62 grain. My AR-15 is a match grade rifle, so apparently it likes heavier stuff.

Anywho, that should be a fun day of shooting right there. The only problem is I'll probably be out of ammo by the time the day is done. :)

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Date:2011-06-04 21:40

Jasper's doin' better. Hopefully should be coming home in the next couple of days.

In other news, I may need to start up on my pro-gun rants again.

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Date:2011-06-01 21:40
Subject:Moar new baby!

So he had an air bubble outside of his lung that was preventing him from breathing properly. That one went away and then another one developed, but it's not so bad and I think may have gone away now. He seems to be breathing pretty normally. Now we're basically waiting on him to be able to eat all normal like and then we can take him home. Until then, I sit.

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