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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't ask don't piss me off.

Seriously? Are we still debating and arguing about gays and lesbians serving in the military?

This isn't a discussion about "combat effectiveness" it's pure, religious bigotry. Do you REALLY think that a soldier who might be getting shot at or even bombed on a regular basis is losing sleep over someone in his platoon possibly being gay? Really?

I'm honestly tired of the whole thing. These people are willing to put their lives on the line, more than I'm willing to do. Just get out of their way already and stop being irritating.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More holiday gift ideas.





1. Harmony Remote
Really incredible remotes. If you have a home theater setup with lots of gadgets, these are really great to have. At the touch of a buttom, your DVD player comes on, audio receiver turns on and TV switches to the correct input, etc. The final piece of any great home setup.



2. New Super Mario Bros Wii
I'm a fan of Nintendo Wii, so here's a few great games for it. Starting with New Super Mario Bros Wii. It plays a lot like the older, side scrolling mario games. But it incorporates newer graphics and power ups. Tons of fun and it even has 4 player co-op.



3. Mario Kart Wii
Perhaps the best online game on Wii. I absolutely loved the SNES and N64 Mario Kart games and the Wii version is no exception. This game features fantastic online multiplayer, motion controls via the included Wii Wheel (that actually work very well) and an assortment of new courses, items and even bikes to race alongside the karts. Great game for all ages. A MUST HAVE for Wii.



4. Super Mario Galaxy 2
You should already have the first Super Mario Galaxy if you own the Wii, but the second one is just as good. Originally intended as the original with some new content, it was changed to be an all new set of worlds and levels. Fantastic gameplay, great controls, amazing graphics. If you loved the first Mario Galaxy, or any mario game ever, you need to pick this one up.



5. Super Smash Bros Brawl
Follows the tradition of the previous Super Smash Bros games. Various characters from Nintendo games including others such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Solid Snake get together to brawl. Lots of game modes and unlockable content and characters including online multiplayer. Lots of fun for all ages and another must have for the Wii.

More later. Maybe. Thoughts?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm still convinced that comcast = jesus.

Ok so my connection dies. It comes back three days later and then, bam, gone again. Nowhere to be seen.

I'm told that it's ascended to heaven and that it died for my sins... what?

I think it just doesn't exist.

Evolution!

Saw this and had to share it.



You just couldn't say it better than that, I think.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday gift ideas.

I know what you've been thinking... "Why can't some random asshole on the internet give me some holiday shopping ideas?" and I'm here to help.

Here's a few gift giving ideas from me to you.




1. Wii
Yeah, of course. You know Wii. do I have to explain? Nintendo has sold a bajillion of these things. I had one a couple years ago and sold it for lack of interesting games. I recently picked it up again and am happy to say that problem seems to have been solved. There's plenty to love about this system no matter what age you are. System is available in White, Black and even a limited edition Red bundle.



2. G13 Gameboard
I've had one of these for a while now and love it. Fantastic way to play a variety of PC games but especially good for games like World of Warcraft. Features a ton of keys, analog thumb stick, great rubber grips, programmable functionality and a screen to display a lot of information. The keys are lit and can be set to any color you want. I can't imagine playing an MMO without it at this point.



3. Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4.
Probably the most comfortable mouse I've ever used. Has a unique vertical design that alleviates wrist and arm stress. You don't need to have issues with PC mice to use it though, it's a joy to use either way. It's probably the only PC mouse I'd use at this point. This is the new version, version 4. I'm still using 3 personally but I'll be ordering this soon. A must have for, in my opinion, any PC user. Especially if you tend to spend a lot of time on your PC.



4. Fatal1ty USB Headset.
Yeah, you may have heard that the actual guy who goes by the name "Fatal1ty" is a huge asshole. He probably is. But the headset is still quite awesome. This headset is USB, meaning it plugs into any USB port on your computer and bypasses your sound hardware. And it works even if you have no sound card or built-in hardware for sound. the sound quality is great, the headset is comfortable even over long periods of time and the mic is removable. Plug it in when you need it, disconnect it and put it away when you don't. The mic itself sounds good and is very flexible.



5. Battery charger.
May qualify more as a "stocking stuffer" than a full-on gift but... really, everyone needs a battery charger. Once you get one you realize that you were incredibly stupid for not doing so sooner. This one will charge AA batteries as well as AAA batteries. This may be one of the biggest money savers you buy this year. Do the math yourself, a set of AA batteries will recharge a good 100 times or so before you have to replace them. Four AA batteries, at least 100 charges. You get 4 AA batteries that keep you from buying around 400 or so. You see what I'm talking about? It's a no-brainer. If you or the person(s) you're buying for don't have one, get them one. NOW!

That's all for now. I may have more later. Give these a look, and let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Did smurfs have names?

This is something I've been thinking about recently. Perhaps my meds have gone bad. At any rate, I was wondering... did any smurfs have names?

No, I don't mean "jokey smurf" or "papa smurf" I mean... actual names. Like, uh, Ted. Or Steve. Or something. Have you ever seen a smurf named Ted? I didn't think so.

It's been a while since I watched the show, but I don't recall any real names. The closest thing to a "name" was "Smurfette" which isn't much of a name. It's really just an acknowledgement that she's the only female smurf.

Don't you think that's odd? No one bothered to give each other names, or even name themselves?

"Hey, this guy likes to prank people. We'll call him... uh.. jokey. Yeah, genius."

Here's what I'm thinking. This can't be coincidental. There's got to be more to this. I'm thinking... running from the law? Tax dodge? Or worse... terrorism? Are the smurfs actually a group of radical terrorists? Have YOU ever seen any of their birth certificates? I didn't think so.

And you've seen this so-called "papa smurf" yeah, that's right, BEARD. Coincidence? I don't think so. Notice his clothes, red. Why red? Everyone else's is white. Obviously, it's blood. The blood of honest, god-fearing white American upper class republicans. You know, decent people.

I know what you're thinking "this guy is a fucking genius!" and you'd be right. And did you also notice how they talk in CODE? Smurf this, smurf that, you can never understand them. They could have been sending terror cell activation messages for years, right in our living rooms and we never knew it.

I must say it is brilliant. Of course they made one fatal flaw... they let it go to their heads. They thought they were un-touchable. They're even starring in a movie soon! How brazen can you be? I say we take these bastards down, secure America once and for all.

How? It's very simple. I say we hire government officials to molest kids and humiliate the disabled at our nations airports! Genius right? Exactly. It's what jesus would have wanted. He told me so himself. Trust me.

Xbox 360 Kinect: What a piece of shit.



/facepalm

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The gamestop experience.

Does anyone else hate gamestop? I sure do. The typical gamestop experience, for me, goes something like this:

I walk into gamestop, crowded and sometimes cramped. TONS of used games, way more than new ones.

I check for PC games, but, of course, no PC games are even being sold there anymore for some reason. I guess used console games make up most of their profits. They don't give a shit about PC games any more, except for the occasional big seller like the WoW expansion Cataclysm.

I pick up a "new" game. I say "new" in quotes because, of course, it's just an empty box. I go up to the counter and the guy pulls the "new" game out of an envelope. So the game has already been opened, handled and if you believe what some have said online, probably taken home and played. This is not by any definition a "new" game anymore and how this shit is legal I'm not even sure.

I'm at the counter and here comes the bullshit questions.

"Do you have any games to trade in towards this purchase?"

No.

"Are there any upcoming games that you would like to pre-order today?"

No.

"Would you like to insure this game for a year against scratches and blahblahblah?"

NO.

"Would you like to sign up for a Gamestop card? It comes with a magazine subscription and blahblahblah...."

NO!

"Do you know how much money you could save by switching to Geico for all your insurance..."

FUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

Etc. How irritating.

This is why I almost never go to gamestop any more. What a hassle.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oppose the internet censorship bill!

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. agencies and officials would get new powers to go after foreign websites that sell counterfeit goods and pirated music, movies and books under a bill passed on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill, which supporters hope will set the stage for action next year, targets "rogue websites" in countries such as China that are outside the reach of U.S. law.

The measure, approved by the Senate panel in a 19-0 vote, has the backing of companies including Disney (DIS.N), Nike (NKE.N), Merck (MRK.N) and Time Warner (TWX.N) and groups such as the Screen Actors Guild, the Motion Picture Association of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Critics like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, have attacked it as "Internet censorship" that could harm the credibility of the United States as a steward of the global domain name system.

Via Reuters

This is exactly the kind of slippery slope we need to avoid. Censoring the internet under the guise of fighting piracy.

This will not only harm the internet and it's freedoms but will simply serve to push piracy and whatever else they're supposedly trying to fight further underground. No good can come of it.

Please contact your representatives now and tell them you oppose this garbage completely.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hero worship?

So I've had discussions with people over the years online about hero worship. More specifically, that firefighters are not heroes.

I don't think they are. Why? Because if you're a firefighter, your job is to save people and put out fires. Now, if you go "hey, I just saved some people and put out some fires!" I wouldn't consider you a hero. That's your job.

Who WOULD I consider a hero? The guy who runs into the building and pulls someone out of it. Not because it's his job, just some random guy or girl who happened to be there and cared enough to do so. That's a hero to me.

Doing your job is not heroic. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we have firefighters. I'm also glad we have janitors, scientists, mail carriers and air conditioner repairmen. It's not that I don't appreciate what people do, I just wouldn't consider it heroic.

Thoughts?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Help the Animals... reblogged?

So I found this message on twitter asking people to "reblog" this post about helping animals. Apparently there's a website where you click a button and then... that's it. The advertisers give money and it's used to feed neglected and abused shelter animals. You can click it daily. I've never heard the term "reblog" before but I have one of these blog thingamajigs so I thought I'd give it a try. Here goes.


Hi, all you animal lovers! This is pretty simple… please reblog this along! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.

It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. From one click, which you can do DAILY, it gives around 6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs.

Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Here’s the web site! Please pass this along!

www.theanimalrescuesite.com


There. It has been reblogged... I think.

Don't (always) hate the player, hate the game.

So a lot of people will tell you about evil corporations bent on world domination and the ritual sacrifices they do of the little guy to their money gods.

Far be it from me to defend big business, but I think it's a little more complicated than that in most cases.

Capitalism, in my opinion, is the real source of evil in most of the cases. It's "the game" that businesses play. Capitalism is itself an evil system that puts profits ahead of people. It places the value of the dollar above that of the individual. The pursuit of ever increasing amounts of money trumps the common good every single time. If you live in a Capitalist country such as the USA and you're a business, it's how you operate.

Now, I'm not letting big business off the hook here. They frequently go "above and beyond the call of duty" in their quest for profits. Such as this case:

Consumers' right to file class actions is in danger
If AT&T has its way before the Supreme Court, any business that issues a contract to customers would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits, taking away arguably the most powerful legal tool available to the little guy.

Full Article.

To me, that's just plain bullshit. I don't think a business should EVER be able to remove the threat of class action lawsuits. Some people I've argued with about this say it's a GOOD thing, they get to be "involved" and perhaps save some money on their bill or some such because the company gets sued less.

Really? Big Business rarely has the peoples best interests at heart. They'll stick a "oh yeah you can't sue us lolz11!" deep down in the fine print. And you think they'll pass any savings along to you? Get real.

But that's just one example. All I'm saying is, it's complicated. Big Businesses can do some evil shit but it's also the system they operate in that shares the blame.

If you must have Capitalism, I think the solution is very REGULATED Capitalism. You have to have a strict set of rules that big business has to play by to ensure that the general public doesn't get COMPLETELY fucked over on an hourly basis.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Contest.

Cheap Ass Gamer is running a contest to win... a bunch of crap. It's probably the best contest I've seen since the great muffin giveaway of '72.

One lucky CAG will win a 320GB Sony PlayStation 3 Slim with Move Starter Pack, a 250GB Microsoft Xbox 360 S with Kinect, a Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Red Nintendo Wii, a Nintendo 3DS or DSi, a Sony PSP, and an iPad. Oh, and a $500 gift card so you can stock up on games. So not quite everything, but what more could you want?

So, yeah, whoa.

You'll definitely want to Enter Here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Political Compass test.

You've probably seen this around once or twice before, but it's always interesting to see what results you get from this test. Here's mine:

Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.79



You can take the test and compare your results to mine.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I get no respect...

I get no respect...

I got hit by a car and the grim reaper showed up late. He told me he had a dentist appointment.

I'm not religious, I tried religion once, it didn't work out so well. I wanted to follow jesus... he got a restraining order!

I went with a friend to a restaraunt, they told him they don't serve animals there.

I took my wife to the used car lot, she tried to trade me in, they told her they didn't take clunkers.

When I was 6 my mother took me to the doctor for a check up. They told her she'd probably have better luck with me at the vet!

Speaking of dogs, when I was little my mom took me to a pet shop to get a puppy. The lady at the counter looked at me and said "We don't do trades"!

Can you believe it? I went to a Goodwill and they told me they were fresh out!

I went to my doctor and I said "doctor, I think I have a condition" he said "I don't think ugly is considered an illness".


A few random Rodney Dangerfield style jokes I came up with. Nothing like his jokes, but no one will ever be like Rodney again.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Comcast called my sister a bitch... and other reasons they suck.

So I've been offline for about a week or so now. Why? Because I use comcast.

It started when we had a couple days of hard rain. The first day we had a few moments of slowdown with our cable modem service. The next day we had a few short outages along with more slowdowns. The day after that, we had long periods of no service. We called and was told it was an outage and they were working on it. Ok, fine, no big deal.

The next day the internet service was more or less unusable. We called and was told that they'd send someone over the next day. The next day came and someone from comcast shows up, says they'll need to send a line technition over later that day. No one shows up.

Why not? The next day we called and they said that because they saw that the lights on one of our modems was on, they assumed everything was ok.

(We use a standard cable modem and a second one that doubles as a normal cable modem and a phone modem.)

We tried describing the problem but to no avail. We've had issues like this in the past after a heavy rainstorm and it's usually a box on the line out back that needs to be repaired.

The connection spends all day trying to connect and trying and trying and it will, sometimes, connect. Although when it does "connect" it's far too slow to use. Too slow even to connect to msn messenger or load google.com. It quickly dies. So they checked at the time it was, in only the most technical sense of the word, connected and even though someone else from comcast already wanted to send a line tech, they assumed everything was fine and cancelled on us.

We call later that day and find out what happened so we schedule someone to come over the NEXT day. The NEXT day comes and... wait for it... no one fucking shows up. Repeat this another time or two and you get the picture.

They tell us to reset our modems/restart our systems or some other bullshit and promise to show up and never do.

Like I said, we know what's going on. We've been through it before. A line technition can come out here and have it fixed in about an hour or less.

So, earlier (11/05/10) my sister calls from a payphone to attempt to get them to send a line technition tomorrow (which would be 11/06/10 as I'm writing this) and get this shit fixed finally. She tells them (my idea) that if this doesn't get fixed we're switching to DSL. The supervisor she's talking to says "bitch" and hangs up. Wow. Fucking unbelievable. Was she rude? No, not in the slightest. In fact I wish she would have been but it's not really in her nature.

She was about as nice about it as you can be. After a week or so of unusable internet service, my sister is talking to comcast on a payphone in the cold because, yeah, our phone service is comcast so it doesn't fucking work either, she gets called a bitch for wanting our service to be fixed.

We've known that comcast is run by the elite squad of the moron brigade for some time now, but that's low even for them. Not only do we have to put up with horrible service and lies, but harassment now?

Bah. I just wanted to give an update on what's being going on with me and why I've been absent.

Remember, when you want lies, bullshit, a horrible broken service and harassment... it's comcastic!

P.S. Just in case I didn't mention it, the person she was talking to that called her a bitch was a supervisor. His name started with a "D". It was "Dory" I think.

P.P.S. As of 2 PM CST 11/06/10 it's back up, finally. Absolutely horrible in all ways. If you have the option, never deal with comcast EVER.

Monday, November 1, 2010

And now for something completely differenter.



Yep, that's Shaq. He dressed as... I'm not sure who that's supposed to be. But he's lip-syncing a Beyonce song.