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"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cool bunny.



This bunny is cooler than you'll ever be, just accept it. It'll make your life a lot easier.

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Best man speech.

If I'm ever the best man at a wedding, this is the speech I will give. Let's just call the groom Tom and the bride Mary for the sake of this post.

Ladies and gentleman and Mark, welcome. We are here today to celebrate the union of two unique people. Mary, a woman of beauty, talent and class. And Tom, a man of many, many felonies. Tom is a long time friend of mine, we go way back. Who knew that a mugging could turn into a lifelong friendship? The world is truly a magical place. He's always been there for me and me for him. I've bailed him out of jail for, at LEAST 32 arrests regarding cocaine. He's helped me through numerous border crossings. No one hides controlled substances like Tom, he's very crafty.

Now, I don't know Mary very well but I have read the police reports. She sounds like a fantastic women to have in a knife fight.

Some might say these two finding each other was an unlikely event, I disagree. I've seen the maps Tom has of her workplace, home, family's homes and most traveled routes. I'd say him finding her was a damn near certainty. Again, Tom is a very crafty fellow. A finer man with Google Earth you'll never find.

Call me hopeful, but I'm certain that Mary and Tom will be very happy together unlike the previous 42 wives Tom has had that have gone missing. I wish you both a happy life together and I hope you'll excuse me because my guild is raiding today and I was supposed to be back 5 minutes ago.

Or something like that.

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WoW: Cataclysm info.

Anyone out there play World of Warcraft?

If so, you've probably heard about the upcoming expansion, Cataclysm. Info, at least officially, is kind of scarce. Luckily there are websites that have a bunch of info leaked from the current alpha of the game. Either by people actually in the alpha or just running the leaked client.

One of the better sources of leaked info I've found is the forums on MMOwned. For some footage it shouldn't take long finding some on Youtube. The standard spoiler warnings apply and all that.

And now for a Cataclysm trailer that's slightly less official than the official one but still pretty amusing.



Edit: Looks like the closed beta for Cataclysm has begun. The NDA has been lifted and therefor you shouldn't need any "leak" sites for info now. Woo!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Keep your ears clean.

If your ears aren't clean, you can sometimes misinterpret what people say. Take this for example. I was recently babysitting and was told to prepare shake'n'bake for the kids. I misheard and thought the parents said "shaken baby".

Not only can I never babysit again, I had to explain to Timmy why his little brother wouldn't grow up. That was awkward.

So keep your ears clean. Think about it.

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Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain?



Yes. That's what I say to this.

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Should we argue about religion?

Don't make any mistakes, I'm not suggesting by the title of this post that we join hands and sing in peace with the crazies, I just wonder if it still has any point.

Why should we bother, at this point, to argue about religion with ANYONE? Does it actually serve any purpose? How many people are, in the face of evidence, going to simply drop their beliefs and join the sane people? Is it just a waste of time?

I really don't think it's worth doing. I haven't seen too many religious people that are actually interested in listening to science and fact. They don't care about any evidence you have that contradicts their beliefs. You've got the crazies that simply don't want to hear anything you have to say and, perhaps worse, the ones that actually try to argue but use no logic whatsoever.

"You can't prove god DOESN'T exit!" and such. Proving a negative is a silly thing to propose in the first place. Religious people are just as incapable of proving that Thor doesn't exist as everyone else is of proving the non-existence of god. It's a false argument. I could list a hundred other examples but... why? I look at sites like reddit.com that has a section devoted to atheists. You'll see articles all the time pushing science, evidence, reason, thought, etc.

It just seems like beating a dead horse with a redwood tree at this point. I mean, why continue? They've got nothing, they never had anything. I don't think religion needs disproving at this point. It's 2010, why are we still discussing this? I'm not saying we shouldn't be combating religious bullshit. We have to. They want to fill our schools, government and lives with their garbage. That has to be fought. But arguing with them on the merits of the religions themselves? Pointless, I say.

You'd be better off proving that I'm not secretly a giant purple monkey, king of mars and half of jupiter.

Because, you know, I am.

Edit: To clarify, I mean we SHOULD be "combating religious bullshit" as in, keeping it out of our schools and government. I meant we should NOT be simply arguing the merits of religious claims.

Religious indoctrination.



It happens at a young age. A very sad thing.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New PC building bloopers.

I'm not sure what a "blooper" is, exactly. It almost sounds like some kind of fish or pokemon. But I had a couple building my current PC. It was the first PC I've ever built myself. My friend found this amusing so maybe you will too.

The first thing that happened was, sometime shortly after building my PC, I wrecked the processor. A brand new AMD Phenom II 3.0ghz X4 black edition. Whoops!

Now, what happened was, I was attempting to replace the default heat sink. I failed to realize that thermal paste holds like hell if it's not heated. I attempted to pull the heat sink off of the processor and ... pulled the processor out of the motherboard right along with it. I looked at the bottom... bent pins. Son of a bitch.

I was too pissed off to think to attempt to straighten them, that was quite a costly mistake. I learned after that to heat the paste, such as running CPU intensive applications like folding@home for a little bit and THEN pull the heatsink off with a slight back-forth twisting motion.

The second blooper is a funnier story. One night my PC shut down and I heard a sudden, loud, non-stop "BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP".

Uh oh... that can't be good. I tried to start the pc back up... no deal. Oh crap. I simply couldn't figure out the issue although I suspected the motherboard had gone bad. I tore the pc down piece by piece. Even after disconnecting the motherboard from the power supply I still heard the beep. "It is the UNDEAD!" I thought, or some such. Why would it still be beeping after disconnecting the power from the motherboard? Well, some internal battery, I presumed.

After removing the motherboard from my room here I still heard the beep... coming from inside the room. Oh shit... it's not the computer! Come to find out, it was the UPS! It must have gone bad, or at least partially. That explained why the PC shut down but a couple other things that were still plugged into it were still going.

Bad UPS? Fuck it, my PC was alright! Woo! I tossed the UPS out, put my pc back together and all was right with the world again.

Definitely some funny stuff there, but I learned from my experiences and am smarter now for it. I learned more about PC building... the hard way... and am currently almost finished building my sister a PC. It's going much better @_@;


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Do you ever get the feeling that you're watching someone?

I get that feeling all the time. It's strange... and on a completely unrelated note, the man in the bushes is just the uh, gardener. Pay no attention to him.

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R.I.P. Robert Byrd

Reporting from Washington —
Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called this generation's conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died Monday. He was 92.

Very sad news indeed. He had made some mistakes (such as his KKK membership which he later called "the worst mistake of my life") but this was, all in all, a fantastic senator who truly fought for the American people. One of the few left that you can truly say that about. He ranked up there, imo, with the likes of Kennedy and Kucinich.

He will be missed.

Link.

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The only safe driving is abstinence from driving.

Ran across this on the interwebs.

Newsgroups: co.general,boulder.general,nyx.misc
From: pgilmart@nyx.cs.du.edu (Paul Gilmartin)

The number one killer of young Americans is the automobile. However, the Secular Humanists dominating our schools refuse to acknowledge that the only safe driving is abstinence from driving. Instead, they advocate courses in ``Driver Education,'' in which teenagers are taught ``Safe Driving,'' and no attention is given to traditional values. They are even taught the use of ``Seat Belts'' (and some classes even give explicit demonstrations of the proper method of applying these belts!) with, at best, a passing mention that the protection provided by these belts is only partial. Clearly, this sends a mixed message to our young people: it appears to condone driving, and the more inquisitive will surely feel encouraged to experiment with driving.

Stop the wanton slaughter! Contact your school board member and insist that driving be taught in the family, in a climate where the moral implications are not overlooked, not in the schools where hedonistic instructors teach driving as a mere form of pleasure.

Link.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The best thing you'll see today.

Grandpa busts a move to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face"



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Hams

US presidents painted, holding hams. Why? Why the hell not?



The rest here.

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New weaponry...

You've heard of meth labs. They are, from what I hear, extremely volatile. Because of the chemicals they are basically explosions waiting to happen.

What I'm thinking is, why don't we make a ton of small meth labs and DROP THEM on our enemies? Cheaper than bombs, right?

Yeah, I know, brilliant...

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Radical Muslim patriotism?

If a radical Muslim terrorist suddenly defected to America... would he celebrate the fourth of July by strapping fireworks to himself?

I'm gonna have to think about this one for a while...

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Harassing the harassers.



Well, that bitch had no pancake mix. Did you see any? That's right, you didn't.

Soaking up oil...

A thought just, unfortunately, crossed my mind...

Wouldn't pelican feathers work well to soak up the oil? Because... well... you know...

And I'm shutting up @_@

Smurf midgets?

Last night, me and my sister had a discussion about Smurf midgets. Or, more precisely, is it possible for a smurf midget to exist. Well, exist in the realm of smurfs that is. You know where that is, it's off I-95 past Fred's. You can't miss it.

I figured that it may be possible, if they had the specific condition(s) that caused one to be a midget. She figured it isn't possible because... they're smurfs. She said they were already short so I guess that means they couldn't be any shorter, or some such. I decided to read a little bit on the subject.

From Wikipedia:


Midget is an extremely short person. The term generally describes a person with the medical condition dwarfism. The terms midget and dwarf are often used synonymously, because both terms mean someone who has been short in stature since birth, but they were not originally synonyms.


Well, Smurfs ARE extremely short but only by human standards. By Smurf standards their height is normal. As far as actual Dwarfism though, I'm not sure if they could be born with it. Apparently Dwarfism can be caused by about 200 distinct medical conditions according to wikipedia. I'm not sure if they could acquire any of those, but do they have any such conditions of their own that might cause it?

Webster.com's definitions of the word "Midget" include this one:


a front-engine, single-seat, open-wheel racing car smaller and of less engine displacement than standard cars of the type


That's an interesting one. I've never considered the possibility that the Smurfs are actually small race cars. Obviously they don't look it, but looks can be deceiving. I mean, think about the recent movie The Dark Knight. The Joker? Best, Joker, EVER! If you've seen the movie you know what I'm talking about.

Think about it... Heath Ledger, would you have thought he would have made such a fantastic Joker? I sure wouldn't have. Someone, somewhere had some crazy-awesome vision, let me tell you. I can imagine it went something like this:

Executive: Hmm, who can we get to play the Joker in our new movie?
Someguy: I'm not sure... hmm. I know... penguins...
Executive: What about... penguins?
Someguy: They're birds right? But they can't fly...
Executive: Go on...
Someguy: So, Heath Ledger.
Executive: What? You mean that guy in the gay cowboy movie?
Someguy: Yeah, the guy who played a gay cowboy in that gay cowboy movie.
Executive: Are you mad, sir? Him? As the JOKER?
Someguy: Remember sir, penguins.
Executive: Yeah yeah I know... ok do it.

And you know what? Best Joker EVER! So things are not always as they appear. But, I fear, not being able to examine any REAL smurfs (they are good runners and have a mean fear of needles) we may never actually get to study one and find out for sure.
It may end up being another great unsolved mystery.

Rachel Maddow: Obama getting a lot done.

Saw this earlier.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


Very excellent points, as usual, by Rachel Maddow. I, being a liberal, have things that I wish Obama would do, do differently or just wish he hadn't done. But no president is ever going to live up to our ideals 100%. Humans are different, independent thinkers, even among the same political party or set of ideals. No two people are EVER going to agree all the time about everything.

Obama looks like he's getting things done and for the better, unlike the jackass that came before him. I got an Obama poster and put it on my wall before the election. I've had moments where I was disappointed in him but, for now, that poster is staying up. Keep up the good work, Mr President.

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DBZ Abridged.

Have you ever watched Dragon Ball Z? If so, you might find this fan parody/edit of the series amusing. Here's episode 1.



There's 15 episodes so far, hopefully they'll continue to make more. Watch the rest here.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Never try this.

If you're in an airport, you should never yell out "HI, JACK!" even if you have a friend named Jack.

Even if you're excited to see him.

It's a bad idea.

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Attention Internet.

Vuvuzela's are not funny. Seriously, they really aren't.

If you're reading this and don't get what I'm talking about, the vuvuzela is apparently some "instrument" that's been blown by fans at the recent soccer games in Africa. More info here.

The internet, as it tends to do, takes something mildy amusing and runs it into the fucking ground. If you've been most anywhere on the internet, including sites like Digg and Reddit, you've probably heard enough about the vuvuzela to last several lifetimes.

But you know what IS funny? Vin Diesel on Helium.

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Open letter to Microsoft.

I've been an avid gamer for... most of my life. I've owned a NES, SNES, N64, PS1, Virtual Boy, Gameboy, Gameboy color, Gameboy Advance SP, Dreamcast, Xbox, Wii, Xbox 360 and currently have a custom built gaming PC.

For all but one, the consoles have been rock solid. Built like tanks. They'd last for... as long as you played them. I've never had one go bad until... Xbox 360.

Now, right out of the gate I heard of console failures. And more... and more... and more. Red Rings all over the fucking place. Like a lot of Xbox fans/fanboys, I thought most/all of these reports were simply sony fanboys trying to stir up shit and spread FUD and, undoubtedly, at least a few probably were.

But most were probably true. Something I didn't realize at the time. I thought for sure this "red ring" thing was unlikely to happen to me, as I treat my electronics well. Plenty of ventilation, dusting and all that good stuff. But while having a chat online with friends about, funny enough, Xbox 360s getting the red ring of death, I turned on my console and bam... red ringed. Amazing.

So I sent it off to Microsoft, eventually got mine back, all good, right? Sadly not. Some time later, I got another red ring. I figured my run of bad luck is over. Hell, I even convinced my sister, who was originally going to get a ps3 just because... it was playstation. I showed her the games and the great online service, Xbox Live and she got one.

She's also had a red ring or two plus other issues including a dying DVD drive and random red ringing that her 360 was just sent in for. All in all I think we've had about seven 360s die on us. Red rings, disc drive failures, one even stopped connecting to networks. Seriously, it wasn't the network settings. We tried EVERYTHING. The "new" 360 that replaced it connected just fine, same settings and everything.

So, here we are. I'm on my second Elite system and her system is probably at the repair center now. I'm currently considering selling my Elite system before it dies. At this point, I'm 100% certain it will. I mean, it's an Xbox 360, that's what they do. Sell the system and games, trade it all for a Wii.

Don't get me wrong, I love the system (when it works) and I love the games. It's got a great online service that's well worth paying for. I just don't know how much more patience I can muster. It's draining, I just don't feel like dealing with it anymore. And why should I? Why should anyone?

That's the amazing thing, people do. I'm not the only one that's had multiple 360s die. Plenty of people have. They do what I've done, move on to system number 2, 3, 4 and beyond and just keep gaming. They just keep buying systems, accessories and games for the system.

People love Xbox, that's why they put up with it. Microsoft, via Xbox, has gained quite a lot of good will, at least among gamers. Sometimes I wonder if Nintendo could get away with it if some people were on their 5th, 6th, 7th or even 8th Wii. What about Sony? What if PS3s died more often than Kenny? I'm not sure that either of those companies could get away with what Microsoft has gotten away with.

What do I want from Microsoft? I just want the damn things to work. I want you guys to step up your game and actually make these things last more than a year or two. It's absolutely insane that a SNES we have still works when we've gone through so many 360s. It's completely unjustifiable for a company of your stature.

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Zach Anner interviewed on RedEye.



How do you not love this guy? I really hope he wins and gets his own show, I'd watch it. Watch Zach's entry and vote for him here.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

More of the same.

If a deaf person also had tourrette's syndrome... would they randomly sign curse words?

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How I de-roached our house.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a professional exterminator. You are responsible for any outcome for trying anything I mention here. I'm just telling you what worked for us, try this at your own risk.

A few years back we moved into a nice little house that had one problem. Apparently, the previous residents were kind of slobbish. The house had a bit of a roach problem. We tried different products, sprays, foggers, etc.

Before I go any further, let me tell you my way of thinking regarding pest control. It's basically this: Why use a flyswatter when a tank works even better?

With that said, I wanted to find something so strong that I probably shouldn't be using it. We had a professional scheduled to come the very next day when I thought "there must be SOMETHING out there I can use to do this myself". So, $50 in hand I went to our local Wal-Mart in search of something deadly.

I finally found some of this. It's Bengal Concentrated spray. Browsing the page you'll see Recommended for commercial and industrial use... PERFECT! I link to Amazon because I haven't been able to find this stuff at Wal-Mart recently. Anyhow...

This stuff is absolutely the shit. Combined with a cheap/decent one gallon sprayer you're good to go.

The concentrate is... well... highly concentrated. You mix it with water in one of two mixtures. For a light infestation or just maintenance after you've sprayed before, mix one half of a vial of concentrate to one gallon of water. For a heavy infestation or if you just prefer the "nuke them from orbit, only way to be sure" approach mix one whole vial to one gallon of water.

Remove any children or pets from the room and spray every crack, cleft, corner, cranny and crevice with the stuff. Once the room is completely dry, the children/pets can safely re-enter. Do this for every room, hallway and closet in the house. It may also be useful to go around the perimeter of the house, around windows, doorways and such.

If your problem is specifically roaches then, once the area is dry, you might want to lay down some roach bait to get any survivors. I find the Gel stuff to be easy to work with and it'll stay where ever you put it.

This worked wonderfully for us, it just eradicated the fuckers. Like I said at the start of this post, I'm not exterminator. Try this at your own risk, I'm not responsible for what happens. I can only tell you that it worked for us and I'll definitely be using bengal concentrate from now on for pest control.

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Is this real?

Ran across this on the intertubes. I'm not 100% sure it's a REAL article but if it is... it's awesome.



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If...

If Whoopi Goldberg had a Whooping Crane and it got Whooping Cough, what would b*HEAD EXPLODES*

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New version of VLC out.

My current favorite program for viewing video files/dvds/etc on PC just released a new version.

Tons of improvements and new features including GPU acceleration for video playback. ATI support to come soon with a new driver update.

See the full list of changes and download VLC 1.1.0 here.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Midget...dom.

So in my very recent quest to find the worlds tallest midget, I happened across some information on google. Apparently the legal limit to be considered a midget is 4 foot 10 inches tall, no taller.

What I'm wondering now is, probably because I need sleep, is could you change that at will? I mean, does the legal height limitation of 4 foot 10 inches include hairstyle? Hats? Shoes? could you, say, slip on a big hat and suddenly not be a legal midget any more? Maybe some boots or, for the ladies, heels? Could you swap back and forth and it be 100% legal and legit?

I'm guessing something like stilts definitely WOULDN'T count, while shoes or hats might. Hairstyle? Why wouldn't it count? I'm not sure. What about a pogo stick? What if the person was a midget but then developed a large growth on the bottom of both feet? These are the questions you never hear those so-called "scienists" and "intelligent people" raise. Why is that? Why am I the only one asking for the truth?

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Is Oprah rigging votes against Zach Anner?

You may or may not have heard about all of this. Oprah is running a contest right here to give away a show. People submit videos, votes are voted, counts are counted... all that good stuff and things.

Here's Zach's audition video for the contest:



I don't know about you, but I love it. And so did most of the rest of the internet too. Large voting campaigns were launched all across sites like digg, reddit, 4chan, etc. Zach took the lead and kept it... until recently. Apparently, in a span of about 20 minutes his nearest competitor, a "Dr Phyllis" or some such got about 300,000 votes and passed him. She's now ahead by a good margin.

Also it seems the vote count for Zach himself is in question. There's been people saying that his votes go up, down, back up and down at weird, random rates. Talk of his votes being given to "phyllis" or some such. I tested this earlier while showing my sister the contest. When I viewed his page he was at exactly 4,296,647 votes. After a page refresh a few minutes later he was at exactly 4,279,691 votes. What the shit?

There's no legitimate way the contest allows someone to lose votes. I'm not sure what's going on, either website issues or real tampering but either way I don't like it.

Nothing is confirmed yet, but until something else is found out you should vote for Zach if you like his audition as much as I did. Watch his vote totals, you might see something weird.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oh Glenn Beck, you are a childish waste of skin.

Glenn Beck is a miserable pile of shit, we know that. As bad as he is, he always finds ways to keep his stupidity fresh. And for that I applaud him.

He's apparently taken to pretending to vomit into a bucket on the radio when Nancy Pelosi speaks, at least in this case.



I don't really have too much to say about it, what could I say? It's Glenn Beck for fucks sake. What needs to be said...? I just thought it was amusing. Why some people actually take this guy seriously I really don't know. It's almost like Fox News, being totally amazed that people were buying their bullshit, tried to top themselves.

Put someone out there who's so incredibly fake and stupid acting and just DARE the public to take it seriously. And holy shit, they did. Wow.

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And now for something completely different...



From one of my favorite sites rathergood.com. All kinds of similar and not so similar stuff. Lots of WTF to be had there.

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Why coddle the religious in the workplace?

This kind of thing has always puzzled me. Coddling to religious beliefs in a workplace. I ran across this on the internets recently, yet another example.

The fact that it isn't entirely an American thing really isn't any consolation. It's retarded no matter what country it happens in. You know what I'm talking about, cases where, say, pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control because of their religious beliefs.

I understand we have laws against discrimination in the workplace for a reason, but this is really too much. My take on it is, if your beliefs prevent you from doing a job... don't take it in the first place. If someone isn't doing their job, they should be fired. It doesn't mater WHY they weren't doing it, religious reasons or other.

As for defenders of this bullshit, how far should we take it? Can I become a cop and claim my religious beliefs prevent me from driving a car, carrying a gun, tazing children and the elderly or eating doughnuts? Should I get a job at the librarian and claim I have a phobia of books? If I'm severely allergic to pet hair should I be a vet tech?

What a load of shit.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Who inspired this rule?

Sometime ago, after getting a job at Lowes I was sitting in a back room listening to the human resources guy talk a bit. The rules, the company ideals, such and such.
One of the things he mentioned, straight from the documentation we had, was that Clogs aren't allowed to be worn by employees.

Now, wait, WHAT? Clogs?



THOSE kind of clogs? I just started laughing as the image of an employee coming into work in his wooden shoes, ready for the day ahead entered my mind.

"Ready for work, boss!" *clonk* *clonk*

"What? You can't wear those wooden shoes to work."

"Really? Well.. shit!"

*storms off* *clonk*clonk*clonk*clonk*

The manager then thought "damn, gotta put that one in the rules".

I'm not sure if that's how it happened, but that's how I imagine it. Because I'm weird like that.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sarah Palin wants to pray the oil away.

From Sarah Palin, via Twitter...

Gulf disaster needs divine intervention as man's efforts have been futile. Gulf lawmakers designate today Day of Prayer for solution/miracle

Why stop there? Why not just pray for the oil spill to have never happened? While you're wasting time praying for things to your imaginary god, why not pray for some fucking intelligence?

What a dumb shit.

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What pisses me off? ADS IN GAMES!

Yeah, ads for real world products in video games. Now, we see ads all the time. On TV, Newspapers (well, for those that still read newspapers), billboards along roads, clothing, everywhere. One of the very few places we could just escape all the ridiculous advertisements is video games. Until recently...



Yeah, look at that. What a pile of fuck. Now, advertisements in games are not EXACTLY new, these date all the way back to Crazy Taxi for the Dreamcast. The developers of that game wanted to have places like pizza hut in the game. The game developers actually PAID the people at pizza hut (along with the other establishments) to use their names and logos in the game.

Somewhat more recently, game developers realized they could get a free extra source of income via their games. The justification for this garbage is that, in games where realism is the focus, the ads serve to make the world feel more real. Yeah, real shitty. Sorry, but I don't care if I'm in metal gears of halo shooting up "pepsitown" in the "pepsicenter", I don't want to see one goddamn pepsi logo or slogan anywhere.

Ads are not only annoying, it's the principle of it. We aren't getting so much as a discount or apology, it's just pure greed on the part of the game developers/publishers at the expense of their paying customers. I hate the idea of being advertised to, in my video game, that I bought, and at least getting no benefit from it. Now, I know what you might be thinking. The ads make the world feel more real! You know what else would add to the realism? If someone were to punch you in the face if you get hit in a game.



But, game developers deserve the money! Making games is expensive! You might add. Well, game developers said just that when they raised the price of games to $60 (for Xbox 360, PS3 and even some PC games) and we paid. The extra money is getting to developers. As far as everything else goes, if they make GOOD games they'll profit. If they don't and fail, so be it. That's how the business works.

Listen, don't get me wrong, I want GOOD game developers who make GOOD games to thrive. I just don't think putting ADS in VIDEOGAMES is the way to do it. It's annoying and, for me, hurts my enjoyment of games immensely. I sold Saints Row 2 back to Gamestop when I found ads in it. Which is a shame, because I was actually enjoying the gameplay. But I just can't support that kind of bullshit.

Another one was Mercenaries 2 for Xbox 360. A game I went back and forth on buying because of the ads but ended up getting. Mostly because a friend of mine really wanted to play it co-op with me. It took several days for the ads to start showing up but when they did... holy shit. They were ads for some shitty movie. I don't remember the name of it but they were EVERYWHERE. As soon as we were done with co-op I promptly sold this game to Gamestop.



Now, for actual solutions. The best solution would be for developers/publishers to just cut it the hell out. Stop it already. Ads have no place in games, ever.
If they MUST include advertisements why not put them in the case as paper inserts. I'd throw them all away, but I'd at least see them while doing so. Mission accomplished, right? Just keep them out of the game is all I want and I don't think that's too much to ask.

What can you do? Well, the best thing is to not buy games (at least, new) that have in game ads. If you have game(s) with ads, contact the companies behind the products being advertised and let them know you'll be boycotting their products until they stop buying ad space in games. Making this practice not worth it financially to the companies involved is going to be the key.

Some of the companies that have made the greatest profits on games used games without ads, they didn't need them. Games like fallout, elder scrolls, mario, gears of war, halo, grant theft auto, red dead redemption and a ton more I'm too tired to name. Those games did amazingly well because they were good. No ads required.

I'll leave you with a comic on the subject by Penny Arcade.



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The amazing iPad!



How could you sum it up better than that? I'm not sure.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Iran cleric issues fatwa against dogs

Oh religion, when will you stop amusing me?

A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are "unclean" and should not be kept as pets — a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership in the Islamic state, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

An Iranian cleric, eh? You know, I've seen those guys. Their faces are FAR more harry than your average dog. And I don't know about you, but something tells me they don't wash those face-wookies much either.

As a dog lover and a religion hater this is both funny and... well... yeah it's pretty damn funny. These guys forget something that religious people tend to conveniently forget all the time... Humans are animals too. And frankly, I'll put the cleanliness of our dogs up against these douchebags any day of the week.

Full article via MSNBC.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Sign stutter?

If someone is deaf and has parkinson's disease... when they use sign language do they have a stutter?

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Christopher Hitchens - The New Commandments

Ran across this on the intertubes. The always interesting Christopher Hitchens.



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Trolling, dead?

You probably know what a an internet "troll is" or at least think you do. The current definition of "troll" is far different from what it used to be.

In the past, a "troll" was someone who would flame, harass, argue and generally act like an asshole. This person would go into, say, a forum thread about soccer and start talking about how much the sport sucks, everyone there was a retard for liking it, etc. That was trolling.

Today that doesn't seem to be the case, at least in most places. Today, most people consider "trolling" to be making someone believe something false. Lying or stating something obviously not true and getting people to argue with you.

Something like posting a fake ad on craigs list wanting to sell an obvious piece of shit car for 50,000 dollars. A bunch of people tell the guy he's out of his mind and thus he has "trolled" them. Perhaps this is thought of as more modern or clever but it just seems dumb. Modern "trolling" is basically the art of trying to convince people you're stupid and then laughing at them if they believe you.

Guy: Hey everyone, the sky is purple and clouds are made of cabbage!
Everyone else: What? Are you high or stupid?
Guy: OMG LOLOLOL TROOOOOOLLEDTROLOLOLOLOL11!!eleven1!!!one!11!!!1111!

Now, recently I was temporarily banned from the World of Warcraft official forums for trolling, although I wasn't intentionally trying to troll. I had called some guy who got hacked an idiot for not securing his system. So at least some places still recognize the old definition.

So is this the internet getting dumber? Just the changing of the times? I'm leaning towards the former but I'm not sure.

Update:

I've been told by several people that stating falsities to "troll" has always been the case. That may have always been part of the practice/definition of the term but it wasn't widely done until somewhat recently. In the last few years or so. I've been on the internet for around 16 years, I've seen it happen.

As for those who think it's a more "artful" or "sophisticated" version of it... well, I think it's just stupid.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Why did the priest cross the road?

To get to the other SLIDE! HAH! I slay me! ....ok I'm shutting up now @_@

Lifetime... television for women??

Just wanted to share something that's puzzled me for some time. We know the network Lifetime, it's "television for women" apparently.

Far be it from me to judge what kind of TV women like but... it seems strange that a network with so many movies about spousal abuse, rape and woman beating would be popular programming for women. I mean, you don't see movies about men struggling with impotence, male pattern baldness and enlarged prostates on Spike TV.

Maybe it's drama, overcoming certain adversities that are unique to women... I'm not sure.

What I AM sure about, however, is that THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What about clown rape??


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Do you think they're clowns who rape, or rapists who strictly attack clowns?

Deep stuff, man.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

You know what pisses me off? FREE DEMO!

Something that pisses me off is the term "free demo". I'm speaking of video game demos here. Almost everywhere you can find game demos you'll usually see the "free demo" term used.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love game demos. I enjoy them. But think about what a demo actually is. A game demo is an advertisement for the game. That's their point, to get you to buy the game. It's basically an interactive commercial.

You don't see comedy central or TBS going on about their "FREE COMMERCIALS" so advertising the fact that your demos are FREE just seems irritating. Like I would actually pay for a commercial.

A "free" demo is expected. You don't get to be thought of as a super hero for offering us a free interactive commercial. You're not doing charity work or some great service to humanity. It's a commercial for a game. So cut it the hell out already.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

You know what pisses me off? RATE THIS VIDEO!

Attention youtube goers and video uploaders. You do not need to tell me to "rate 5" or "thumbs up" or "rate this video!" or "subscribe!" on your video. Seriously. These pleading, begging, annoying annotations are a major pet peeve of mine, ESPECIALLY when you fill the entire screen with them so I can't even see the fucking video anymore.

You need to stop doing this and let the quality of your video speak for itself. I'll decide if your video deserves a thumbs up or your stuff is interesting enough for me to subscribe. Now I know what you might be thinking "just turn annotations off!" but no, I actually use them. How? If I see any such annotation asking me to vote, subscribe, etc, I automatically give the video a thumbs down.

And that pains me because sometimes I really like the video, but I have no choice if you're going to resort to ridiculous bullshit like this to get high ratings and subscriptions. I want to give a thumbs up guys, I really do.

But seriously... stop it. Seriously.

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