Friday, October 31, 2003
Chill PC police. :) I'm not gonna bother with the moral high or low ground on this one. It's been done to death. All's I know is if you enjoy shooting as a hobby and don't kill anyone. More power to ya. I probably won't take up the sport but it is tempting. I like weaponry of all kinds from military planes, to glocks, to the elegant katana. And if you so happen to be a weapon that turns into yet another massive walking talking weapon - well, that just makes me giddy.
Oh God no. . . . all this talk about guns. Have you not seen what happens when people have guns? Bowling for Columbine anyone? Oh wait, this is Canada. Carry on.
"From my cold dead hands. . . ." I saw that scene. Now imagine if Shatner lead the Gun Control lobby, just think how dramatic this battle would turn out to be. You could take it can make a movie out of it. Over acting at its finest :-)
Identical guns you say? Interesting. Is it permissible to have different finishes on said guns? Say a silver and black motif, or perhaps something in a gun metal. Would walnut be too adventurous? Is it acceptable to exclaim "are you talkin to me?!" while trying on said nouveau attire? Teach me oh Wise One.
I can see where the authorities might be concerned regarding the mid 80's relic. Simply put it looks very real, especially from a distance, no odd colors or red caps on this baby. No sir. It even has heft to it because of the diecast metal. They definitely don't make em like they used to. If I came across a guy with a gun I'd respect his piece... and give him a wide berth. Hmmm I wonder if they made a bullet clip that turns into a robot?
T: Although it's possible to use two different guns in the two-handed approach, two _identical_ guns are preferred - but one a left-eject and one a right-eject. The symmetry from those standing in front or behind is quite a view, especially when firing.
And remember, not only are real guns not permitted on planes, but toy guns are not allowed as well. In fact, the official list of items not permitted on planes specifically states that toys that transform into guns are not permitted.
As for bringing your P38 to work? I highly recommend it. I've found that co-workers are often curious about such hobbies. In fact, I have some bullets and spent casings on my desk right now. Much like coffee table books, they're great conversation pieces, and when I'm having a bad day, my co-workers are always eager to talk to me to make sure things are "OK". Instant popularity! The girls will love you! The men will envy you! The geeks will wonder how the f*** you managed to get Megatron! The only thing left is to rob the Kwik-E-Mart. And then life will be perfect.
My boy. *sniff* He's all grows up! He's all grows up! *weeps openly*
There was one litle tidbit of interest in Greg's last posting that caught my attention. The part about people respecting you.
Excellent advice. I'm going for the Chow approach as soon as I get a Browning to complement my P38. Greg, your world is scary and wonderful at the same time. I think I'll bring my Walther to work. I mean, James Bond was able to, so why not?
And the P38 actually shoots, God bless the Japanese.
A pistol, huh? Well, the rules are a little different. Yelling the phrase previously described doesn't quite work for pistols. And you do need to change your attire. There are many choices available to the young man these days. You can try the "Dirty Harry" approach (best used for larger revolvers), the "Chow Yun-Fat" approach (best used when you have at least 2 guns and you're asian), the "Punk" approach (a 'piece' stuck in the waistband of your pants, to be pulled out and held sideways at the dude who's on 'your turf'), and various others. One of my favorites is the 'holster carry', where you have your piece on a hip holster in full view of everyone (note that it's not actually necessary to hold the gun - you just need to look at it periodically), which commands respect from all who see you, without the need to appear aggressive. Other variations have a shoulder holster hidden inside a jacket, whereby, once again, you don't need to hold it - you just open your jacket to show the person that you're carrying. It's a more stealthy approach, and leaves most passersby wondering why you're smiling to yourself all the time, even in the proximity of 'those kinds' of people.
Like art, there are many styles, and you're free to choose your own. Enjoy the purchase of your P38. The Germans thank you.
It's a Walther P38 UNCLE. ^_^ Do I have to change my attire? I'm afraid I don't have a shooting shirt... yet...
Cold dead hands eh? I like the sound of that. Might I improvise by adding 'Bitch' to the end of that phrase? Or is this strictly forbidden by NRA rules?
T: Well, usually when I buy a rifle, I hold it above my head and shout, "FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!" But it varies somewhat with the type of gun you have. Can you describe it for me?
I now own a gun. Greg, is there a certain way I must walk? I'm new to all this. Also, is it permissible to aim the gun out the window or shout like a Texan while flailing said impelment of destruction skywards? Please advise.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
1.5 weeks and counting until I return to Korea....and Peter, I am touched that you would have come and kept me company....I am sorry that we didn't get to meet up. As for Greg's suggestion, was going to but apparently airport security has this thing about 'public lewdness' with the children present and all...
survived ottawa.....barely. Arrived in a snow storm...hasn't stopped snowing yet- that was 2 days ago. it's -23 outside now. What were my parents thinking?
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Which OS are You?
....interesting...many questions are less than accurate considering the whole gender difference, and the bit about programming languages, but what the heck
Oh my hugging Christ.
1. a transforming Harrier
2. a transforming Boeing
3. requisite techno score
4. Takeshi Kaneshiro who was in Onimusha and is the Japanese counterpart to Chow Yun Fat
5. did I mention it had transformers?
Stupid limited release. I wanna see this movie now!
Which OS are You?
I'm the same OS as Ming. Wow. And I didn't even say that Ming the Merciless was my favorite evil guy. Probably because I don't know who he is. [searches internet]
Well, at least I'm useful. . . .
Which OS are You?
Ultra Magnus was a Matrix choker. When it came time to light the Autobot's darkest hour, the weenie couldn't even pull through. "Open dammit! Open!" Then he gets blown to kingdom come. And don't get me started on Hot Rod... frikkin Prime killer. Yeah way to go. Ass.
Tuan. Who's a little bitter after they killed off his childhood hero. Funny thing is, I ended up eventually buying the Hot Rod re-issue.
P.S. Galvatron and Grimlock are the shit.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Sausage of Power.
I would have chose Ming the Merciless. But I had to go with KHAN!!!
And while we're at it... 29 out of 30, I'm so off my game...
No. I'm afraid that much like the Dynasty. The Duc's preambles never grow old.
Finally - The Duc- Has - Come - BACK - From - The - Men's Room!
And The Duc says this... know your tires Jabroni! The Duc will teach you about the difference between H and Z rated tires. The Duc _knows_ aspect ratio. If you don't listen to The Duc. The Duc's gonna tell ya what The Duc's gonna do. The Duc's gonna take that tire iron, shine that sumbitch up real nice, and stick it STRAIGHT UP your CANDYASS!
T: I noticed that. And I prefer Czar. And I wouldn't mind being in a car club with Duc. Although having to start every meeting with "FINALLY, THE DUC HAS COME BACK TO THE WEEKLY READING OF THE MINUTES" would probably get old after a while :)
I've PM'd the president and secretary of FMC, and they responded. I'm hoping to hook up with the two of them some time later this week. Having met the ricers, etc. that Freddy has to offer, I figure at this point it's either FMC or I'm going to get a part time job delivering tofu to Grand Falls. I doubt I'll join the social clubz (cliques) that care more for pizza than autocross. I'll keep you posted.
Civic Nation, representing Fredericton, New Brunswick.
G: Funny how the number of Freddy threads in the NB forum exploded since you got there. :) And the New Breeds topic is locked. That's what you get for annoying the mods with talk of a 'rival' car club. :D
You and The Duc should start a club. Maybe call it the Canadian Car Club of the People - CCCP for short. ;) Then you could make yourself Junior Tsar or Czar, whichever you prefer. I even have the prefect logo! It involves copius amounts of red and a yellow star.
Honda trying to overtake Volvo in safety? Cool. North American SUV makers take note.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
P: You're losing your touch in your old age. Sigh. And don't worry about the loop. The blog has no clue as to the itinerary of Miss C. But one thing the blog does know - the blog knows chair crab.
C: 8 Hour lay over in Ottawa Chantal? if I had know you were flying through my neck of the woords I would've skipped part of work to help you waste the day. Damn me and being out of the loop.
and I understand your pain, the Ottawa airport is one of the most boring ones in the country (ranking just behind Fredericton).
T: Check out them X rated tires on that chair crab (just trying out the chameleon skills and trying to blend into your conversation)
Sweet Zombie Jesus. Seeing as Renault pretty much owns Nissan's ass. I thought this was amusing.
G: You know what they say about 'going Jap...'
C: Take G's advice. It really does take the edge off. Trust me. I'm a pro.
I forgot about the C6. I so want a vette. And the HSC/NSX. Deciding how to spend money I don't have is actually quite difficult. And some Fredericton guy is selling an RX-7, I think. Got just under 200hp at the rear wheels. And it has those flip-up headlights from the late 80's/mid 90's that I so like. If there ever was a way to tempt me out of my cash...a turbo-charged Japanese sports car would probably be it.
C: Wow. I don't know anyone's ever paid $5 to write in a blog before. We'll take that as a compliment. You know, in 8 hours, you could probably have _walked_ to...where...ever...you...are...um...going. Well, um, keep up the good work. Have you tried masturbation? That sometimes works to pass away the time :) :) :)
today I suffer and wallow in new depths of misery....8 hour stopover in Ottawa...nothing to do but pay $5 to check email and write this blog....good god I am bored...I have had 4 cups of coffee (2 tim's, 1 cappuccino, 1 chocolate latte), no sleep and a severe lack of stimulus...
And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.
from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15
And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.
Apparently Dunkin' Donuts is dropping the crueller. This used to be their trademark, but since they can't make them using their newfangled machinery, they dind't want to botehr keeping it on the menu, as cruellers need to be handmade.
If Tim Horton's follows suit I swear to god I'll open my own bakery to fill the void. Fuck corporate effeciency.
If the looks of the R35 match the performance. I'm learning stick and jumping ship. This is my goddamn dream car. I'm not pullin a Geoffie and settling for a Protege. No sir. :) You only live once. I'm keeping the RS til 2008, going a few years without car payments won't hurt and I have no gripes about my current ride. Goddamn this is awesome. Subaru and Mitsubishi have been bitch slapped I wonder what their response will be? Horsepower wars of the mid 90's returning. Wheeeeeee!
Greg, what is it this week? Corvette C6 or Honda HSC? Make up your mind. ;)
And did you notice one of the related stories? 1000 GT-R's sold in 1 day in Japan. The buggers come with an 8-speed manual transmission. That's insane. No, really. Insane. But they sold for about $45k US. By 2007, you will have $45k US in your bank account, or, at least, enough for a down payment.
Now, who wants to learn to drive stick? :)
M: Give me a call sometime so we can set something up.
If you read this, picture me running around like an idiot shouting expletives gleefully at the top of my lungs.
G: Any weekend you want to drop down is fine (as long as I am on the Island). Rememberance day, Holloween, call in sick for the hell of it day are also acceptable.
Drove to Grand Falls on Friday. Left Summerside with a full tank of gas. Arrived at my mom's cottage just outside Grand Falls 4.5 hours later (including a stop in Lincoin). For reference sake, normal trip time between Grand Falls and Moncton: 4 hours. Summerside and Moncton 1.5 hours. . . . Much time can be shaved going 195 kph at the expense of fuel.
Note: Being a one-man moving company is NOT FUN. I did 4 truck loads by myself. Load truck. Drive truck half-an-hour to town. Unload truck. Move articles to proper places. Drive truck half-an-hour back to cottage. #$*%ing REPEAT. Next day, I was navigating between the rafters in the roof pulling out speaker wire and replacing them with new wire and reconnecting new speakers.
I got a chance to drive my mom's Envoy. That thing is a beast. More specifically, it corners like a cow. I hate the suspension on that thing. I can feel the body rolling when I take a corner, not great when you're trying to navigate river road. The suspension is funny. You can feel the bumps on the road, but it completely dampens the feel of acceleration. Oh, and that thing stops about as well as a mac truck. I don't understand why people feel "safe" in these things. Sure, if you're in an accident you're more likely to survive. On the other hand, I like avoiding the accident all together by driving around it.
Greg, Tuan: I must show you river road sometime. I grew up racing down it when I was younger. It is also where I spun out the Corolla back in High School. It makes the Cookerville circle look like a go kart track. Going over 120 kph is pretty insane. It is narrow. Zero shoulder with a few inches of gravel on the edges. You know those white lines they normally paint on the edges of the road, they're not there because the road isn't wide enough. Past the gravel on one side, a ditch and inches futher are trees. On the other, a few thin trees will attempt to slow you down a 30+ foot drop into the St. John river. Throw in a few People's "S"-like corners and that is the fabled River road of Grand Falls.
Monday, October 27, 2003
Guiseppe is a happy monkey.
I met up with some more car fans on Sunday. We all agree it'd be good to have something on the go in Fredericton (especially they guy with the '88 prelude and his 4-wheel-steering), but it remains to be seen if anything happens. There are about 50,000 people in this city and about 6 of us would like to race around pylons. Oh well, we'll see how it goes. At least there's some mechanical knowledge among those I've met, so even if FMC doesn't set itself up as an official Solo-II group (or any other type of event), the people might be useful to know anyway. Most of them seem to be up for something, even if it's just to talk about cars over coffee. *shrug* Still, doesn't compare with Moncton, Halifax, or PEI. [/envy]
Most of the car mods I saw so far were cosmetic. Seat covers, tint, white gauges, shifter knobs, etc. Makes sense, I guess. Turbochargers and superchargers run about 6 grand. That'll buy a car. Oh, and they all have loud mufflers. C'est la vie. We'll see what happens.
Go Tracy. I'm not into CART but I can appreciate a canuck excelling in the sport.
Hot damn. The new FIA points rules sure spice things up. 4 way battle for the WRC driver's championship with 1 rally to go. Subaru's Petter Solberg is in 3rd behind by a point. If I had the money I'd be in Great Britain come 1st week of November.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Congrats, Paul Tracy
For finally winning a CART championship. And doing it without pansying out and driving for points, either. He was all about racing hard and going for the wins. His talents have finally paid off, and in one of the best CART seasons I can remember, too. Seeing Paul race in the early 90s was what got me seriously into watching racing, so I've been waiting quite a while for this. CART couldn't have asked for a better, more exciting season, either.
Saturday, October 25, 2003
Yeah Freddy's dead, so they came down to Monkey Town... Good weekend yup. :)
Life is so much slower after you've been in an STi...
Goddamnit, the Fredericton Rice Chronicles website is 404ing. If we don't keep up the fight you people might take over. That guy in the yellow truck is their leader.
Friday, October 24, 2003
I met up with a guy who drives a VW Jetta 1.8T with all the trimmings, including a mod chip to get about 225hp at the crank. I got to see what an extra 100hp feels like. It's very good. I also found out what turbo lag feels like. Lag is bad, but turbo is good. Very good. I must mod my car now. 115hp just isn't doing it for me. Driving is so much more fun when you can accellerate in ALL the gears.
Must mod car. But none of this little '5hp muffler' crap. No no. Go big or go home. I need another 100 hp. No, 200. No, 300. Yeah. Get me a Supra. 310/315 hp/ft.lb torque.
[and so it begins]
But from what I hear the scene in Fredericton is almost nil. There's a few "all show no go" ricers, but very few engine mods, and very few events - cone or otherwise. Certainly nothing like Moncton or Halifax. And so I'm left to wonder what life would be like if I robbed the Kwik-E-Mart.
By "other week", did you mean other than Rememberance Day weekend? Or other than this weekend? And there's a bunch of people selling cars on lowmotion.org. I can't vouch for any of them, but they're there to be had.
I have not joined lowmotion.org. Should I? And what can they do for me? I like to drive fast. I do not talk about driving fast as it distracts me from driving faster. :-) I'm barely "home" during the summer given my current employment. Any other time, I find myself running around doing stuff.
Planning on storing the People's Celica. Apparently my mom sold the Accord she was trying to fix up so I'm back in the market for a winter beater. Got a line on a '94 Cav, ~$2500 from a guy I know. Saw a white Dynasty on the lot for ~$1700, but I decided against it for obvious reasons. Called the insurance people. Apparently it will only cost me an additional $120/a for a second car. Anyone know someone else selling a good 10 year old car for cheap?
G: You can probably drop down any other week. Let me know before hand just in case, my boss can and has sent people to the field on short notice before. . . . Example: "Steve, here is a ticket for Florida. The plane leaves this afternoon." At least that was how it told it to me anyways.
I'm off to Grand Falls for some back-breaking moving. Later.
Greg, I've molded you well (been checkin up on your progress on LowMo). *sniff* My baby's all grows up! He's all grows up! Best of luck getting a club together. I hear you have teh mad HTML skillz, maybe you could put up a site - Yellow Feevah Racing. :)
The ol girl is all ready for ol man winter and after my curb incident I can say she's one tough little bitch. The fog covers are off, winter tires are on, bring on the snow!
My buddy got the WRC Transformer before I did and damn I'm even more impatient now. It is a work of art. It's also sold out. Subaru might be winning the driver's championship this year. I'm not rooting for them cuzza the ol jinx factor. :)
What did her big sister do?
Have you joined www.lowmotion.org? I'm thinking your phat ride would be well accepted by the gearheads and ricers on the island. Have you thought about getting into "the scene"? You could drive around pylons with the best of 'em - without $5k of mods. [/secretly envies Celica....remember G: it's FF. You want FR, remember? Right.]
Granted, when winter comes it seems the "racers" want to hibernate....
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Indeed Japan is lightyears ahead of America Town, and yes I just used a measure of distance to indicate time. Those Detroit wenches better be mother huggin spectacular to make up for Tokyo. All lined up like that? I mean, MY GOD! It's like some sort of Chinese Buffet. Crap. Just ripped my pants. Again.
Just saw autoweek's set of pictures of the Jgirls. Oh.......my.........
Book your flights now. October 2005.
*sigh* if only reality were like that......
Having seen countless honda F1 engines explode in spectacular fashion makes me not want to see them build something that could run after me before it blows up.
Let the Americans build one first, then let the Europeans refine it and finally the Japanese can mass produce it and make it smaller and cheaper and put a Hello Kitty sticker on it. Such is the way of things.
Mmmmm. Asian girls and robots. This is why Japan will eventually take over the earth. And why everyone will like it.
A: I don't mind Ming's mom. She had porn. It's his father that scares me. Not the man I want to meet in a back alley, no sir.
T: Ah, yes. I forgot about the "extras" that stand next to the cars. You know, if you were a REAL asian (like, say, living in Asia : ) you'd probably be benefiting from either low-cost asian girls or cheap trips to Tokyo Motor shows. Or both. Oh, and GT4 is nice too.
Let the race (riots) begin!
But if we'd never met, I'd never have known about anime, or about your hot newlywed cousin. (She's hot. Big rack.)
M: VHS, eh? I have that. Specifically, I have your old set. Would some future weekend work for you? Maybe a long Rememberance Day weekend? What better way to remember the fallen than to watch the animation of a country that had many...uh...fall?
Oh well, back to work.
G: *raises eyebrow* hmmmmm
This is Tuan. This is Tuan kicking himself.
G: I have most of Initial D on crappy VHS. I believe I have the remainder of the original series in some flavour of DiVX (I think the last two episodes are in Cantonese). Ming has stuff. As people commonly refer to them, "toys". Lots of toys. As for the unmentionables I have gotten from the internet, they will remain unmentioned. Hence the name :-)
I'm going to Grand Falls this weekend to help my mom move. . . . again. I'm starting to think she does this in an attempt to con me into driving up and visiting her. . . . and working me like a slave. Conversation generally goes like this:
Ming's Mom: "Ming-Duc, (insert random event) is going on this (weekend/day/or holiday). Are you coming to Grand Falls?"
Ming replies with his plans for the weekend which did not involve a trip to Grand Falls.
Ming's Mom: "Ok. when are you going be home?"
Ming repeats his plans for the weekend and attempts to explain why he cannot fit in a trip to Grand Falls on said occassion (i.e. work/not presently in Canada/already promised to attend other event/playing hockey/etc).
Ming's Mom: "If you don't come home, (names random tragic consequence)"
Ming weights the consequences and if truly tragic, attempts to "fit" a trip into his busy schedule.
My mom still hasn't realized I have a life (although mostly disfunctional) and I am not always available at her beck and call. Of course, whenever I ask her to visit me on the Island she always says "Oh I can't. I'm busy that day." or "I can go to Moncton. . . Moncton is closer. . ." or "why don't you come to Grand Falls instead?" When I bring up that she hasn't visited me on the Island for almost 2 years, her reply is always: "I would but you're never home," (while I'm standing in my apartment).
I sometimes wonder.
Crud. A real Walther P38 costs 700 plus bucks, a bit more than I'm willing to spend. Hmmm maybe I'll buy that Freightliner truck instead or a katana, yeah, definitely a katana.
I was thinkin Glock should give Hasbro a call, I mean, they're the "plastic people". Better yet, a Megatron Desert Eagle. *drool*
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
BWHA HA HA HA HA HA HA! YES!!! Megatron is in the mail wooooooo! Take that silly toy laws! Now to further my plans to rob the Kwik-E-Mart.
Soooo Anstey, you got a new crew to hang out with eh? Well stay the hug away from the east side! that's Subie turf. And stay away from the west side, Cookie Kwan runs that joint.
I've found a better solution to the magentic logo - electro static decals. :)
I've signed up both in lowmotion.org and on the temporary FMC site. Some guy named killerb09 has been answering my questions. Seems helpful. I also noticed a post of yours re: a certain symbol you want magnetized. Hope it works out.
T&A (heh): And thank you both all for your posts as to where quick steak food can be found. I will be sure to check them out.
And like Maddox says: For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat 3.
M: No, really. Do you have the entire Initial D series? It is a long trip, but I can see 3 reasons to visit:
1. I haven't seen Initial D in a long time.
2. I haven't seen Ming in a long time.
3. I haven't seen Ming's Celica in a long time.
4. I haven't seen some of the more interesting things available on the internet that I know Ming has got to be into at least a little bit but probably won't say....in a long time.
[*note to self* hmmm, it seems i'm more interested in ming's stuff than seeing the old bugger himself. hmmm. perhaps i should get that checked. in the meantime, long live materialism.]
[*note to self* i have no inner monologue]
Compare and contrast:
Yesterday lunch: Black QAngas steak sub from Quinos, putting any steak burger to shame with it's hot-pepper, oven-toasted steak power.
Supper: Egg noodles. Plain. With lots of butter and salt.
We call days like these "stop putting off grocery day for christ's sake" days.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
For truly, indeed, I have seen the 2nd coming of Christ. And this time He comes in a juicy divine sacrilicious form! I have supped upon the sweet sweet nectar of beefy goodness that is the A&W Steak Burger and nestled upon it's golden teet. I have tasted God!
Mark my words, from this day forth I shall only eat Steak Burgers. I will single-handedly re-invigorate the Canadian beef industry. I will piss off vegetarians by eating their share in meat. I will travel from city to city following the A&W Steak Burger phenomenon. I will call it... Burgerpalooza!
I swear, I'm going on an all-beef diet until the limited time offer expires, or I expire from Mad Cow, whichever comes first. And after I have done so, I will call up the fine folks at A&W to declare "Look at me bitches! I've eaten nothing but steak burgers and I'm rail thin! Take that Jared from Subway!". And thus my 15 minutes of fame shall be thrust upon an unsuspecting populace. And when they least suspect it, WANG!
Hell, I'll be so succesful that I'll open up a rival chain called Burger Wench which serves up the finest beefy treats with buxom scantily clad hoes (patent pending).
What? It's been done? Crap. Nevermind.
Whoopsie. I linked to a members only section. Here ya go:
Fredericton Motorsports Club's temporary home, their server crashed.
You can register yourself on LowMotion and contact a member known as Turbo_II (I don't know him). He posts in the NB forum. You can register yourself on subaruclub.ca if ya like. GC8 (Larry Heins) owns a silver RS in Freddy and he's also interested.
This stuff bugs me to no end. Personally, I don't even care for Grand Theft Auto. The game engine is revolutionary but the game itself (to me) is uninspired.
Let's get this straight people. A videogame can hone your ability to press a goddamn button - a button! Sure, you'll be able to lift refrigerators with your thumbs after a few bouts of Street Fighter II, but that won't make you a marksman over night.
Can someone please explain to me how a kid playing Quake, with mouse and keyboard in hand, can know how to shoot a firearm right off the bat? I'm not saying it's overly difficult to shoot a gun. I'm just saying the 2 skills are not intertwined, it takes effort, previous knowledge if you will. Lest one puts an eye out.
Videogames are not the "death simulators" so lovingly espoused by our piss-poor journalism. On the contrary, they're an escape so we _don't_ have people acting out their agressions in the real world. Not that every game can be lumped under the violent category. That's only one genre out of hundreds. I played a lot of Super Mario, but you don't see me trying to jump on people's heads to squash them. I'm not at the construction site hurling steel girders at people for many nights of Tetris either.
Grand Theft Auto has sold millions of copies. So if logic follows we'd have at the very least thousands of re-enacted murders, correct? Coupled with gangsta-rap, The Matrix movies, and Martha Stewart, we should be a country bathed in blood. Sigh, There's no accounting for the media gleefully jumping on everything.
I do so enjoy poor parenting these days. Motto: "Hey! Let's blame everyone but ourselves!". Modern society lacks simple common sense. It's far too easy for a single person to ruin everything for the whole. Hell if I were more evil I'd go on a rampage and blame it all on knitting. Take that grannies! "So how'd you kill her son? I stabbed her with a sewing needle. I just got caught up in the thrill of knitting, I couldn't stop myself officer!"
Sadly we live in a world where you can sue for spilling hot coffee on yourself. A pity really.
Sometimes when you link to your subie site, I get sent to a page that asks for my name and password. This is one of those times.
I am, however, able to read posts at subaruclub.ca, so is there some other way you could set up the link that I can read it?
M: I'm tempted. But it's a long drive. Do you really have the entire series?
G Diddy, funny you should ask that. A couple of the F'ton Subie members wanna set something up. FMC didn't get their application approved by the Atlantic motorsports body so they couldn't hold any events. Plus their server went kablooey. Details here.
Alberto, the url gave it away, plus I'd already seen teh faux news article twice before. Still amusing though.
G: Ming is in Summerside. Drift all the way to the Island and you can watch Initial D. Then you can try breaking the course record on the way home :-p
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Google doesn't have any hits for the phrase "fuck Jeffrey Loria"
I'll put a stop to that.
Fuck jeffrey loria with a splintered broomstick.
I'd like to talk to someone at the Fredericton Motorsports Club, but they're not the most advertised group in the world. Their website tends not to be up, and Google knows nothing about them. Do you have any contacts in the MMSC or subaruclub.ca that could hook me up with one of their high-ranking members? I want to know what the FMC does, when they do it, and in what they do it. And, since the weather's getting cold, when they're likely to do it again.
So autoweek has a blog for updating the Tokyo Motor Show. And they've got a couple of sketches from Initial D on the right hand side of the page. There's the Panda (of course) and the car that the two girls drive (whose name I forget). Right on. I must watch Initial D. All of it. Where's Ming when you need him? :)
Although it's not exactly as I remember it, I think the plane was "Fireflight". While checking them out, I did notice one that I owned but had forgotten - "Skydasher".
Monday, October 20, 2003
Greg why aren't we here? Oh right. The money.
Anyways I'm still seriously up for the Detroit show in January, you still in? The Duc?
And yes I'm still salivating over the Honda HSC and Saab's version of the WRX. :)
Sunday, October 19, 2003
Saturday, October 18, 2003
*blushes* *looks down, toes dirt*
Uh...nice of you to say...um...
Perhaps I will see you another time. I don't have any particular desire to go to Bathurst, though. So, in the meantime,
**turns it into a bigger hug**
Enjoy your travels, be they northern NB, northern AB, or northern Korea.
This post is directly from the archives of Maddox.
Why can't commercials, TV, music, and everything be more original and interesting? How about this scenario for a tampon commercial:
The same gray haired mother is sitting on a couch talking to her daughter, when suddenly she remembers that there's only one tampon left in the house (because her and her daughter were talking about tampons, as they always do). She notices that her daughter is acting a bit peculiar, so she gets up to go to the bathroom to take the last tampon for herself. The daughter stands up and says "Over my dead body, bitch.." and takes out a sawed off shotgun from under her dress and blows her mother's head off. The mother staggers around the room for a bit, and collapses with a satisfying thud. The daughter screams "Oh no!! What have I done?!", as she realizes that in her shooting frenzy, a stray shot went into the bathroom cabinet and ruined the last tampon. She falls to her knees, sobbing uncontrollably. The camera pans over to the still smoking shotgun lying on the floor. She picks it up, puts it to her chin, and blows her face off. The camera fades to black and some guy says "Tampax... they're that good."
Friday, October 17, 2003
hello all....Greg, soooo sorry that we couldn't meet up for coffee....schedule got very busy very fast, and with only a few days to do it in....but are u up for a visit to Bathurst anytime soon?
*voice lowers a bit* of course, this puts u at a slight advantage- this means that next time you are due for some serious, quality time ....*voice lowers again* how's that sound?
As for the Capt and the falling it out, I called it before they even got married, sigh....now someone will just have to go and console the poor man on his recent loss...
...everything is going according to plan......- minus the whole missing out on a great hug from greg....awww, c'mon now, don't be modest, u know you give great hugs...
Baron Von Joy is the Porsche that I owned. So it turns out he's a GoBot. That explains the lack of an autobot or decepticon sticker on his body. I even remember the double-barrelled gun. Ah, nostalgia. Now if only I can find the red autobot plane that I owned, with a heat-sensitive autobot sticker on his (left?) wing....
Much better idea than Al's phallic waving *shudder*. I prefer my acts of grandiose patriotism more how you say symbolic.
"BAM! 3rd wheel!" that Maddox article was mother hugging funny.
More than meets the eye
Autobots wage their battle to
Destroy the evil forces of
Robots in disguise
More than meets the eye
Maddox's latest rant on Segway tech.
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So it's time to fuck with teh google ads again is it? Let's get started.
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That ought to do it.
Well now I'm off to PEI for the weekend.
EGM did a piece where they got kids to play classic video games and say what they thought of them. This is why I have no hope for the future:
On the subject of tetris:
oops, time to fuck up the google ads.
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Thursday, October 16, 2003
I soooo own the google ads it's not funny.
I too am curious as to the whereabouts of Ms. Doucet. Could it be? Could she actually be on location courting the gallant Captain Optimus Prime? I can't say his real name because that could swing the ads in favor of a certain other franchise. ;-)
P.S. Transformers™ :-)
Nostalgia glosses over all
So curiosity struck me and I went digging. However, unlike Transformers, these little guys are horrid. Baron Von Joy? What the hug kinda name is that? I mean Jazz is a Porsche, and he turned out ok. Don't get me wrong, the Go-bot vehicle modes were spot on, but I think they left the transformation for a 6 year old to work out. No wonder Hasbro bought you guys out.
And don't get me started on the spin-off Rock Lords. It's a robot that turns into a freakin rock?! Ummm thanks? Pity they were all plastic, they'd make decent weapons to biff at little kids or paper weights at the very least.
Oh well, they did make a Go-bot AE86 and Corvette that combined into this fella. Not bad. I think I owned him or parts of him.
That's enough reminiscing, I gotta get back to eBay and hunt down a Mayor McCheese pull back car.
Finally a chance to kick winamp to the recycle bin after all these years.
iTunes for Windows.
The HSC is likely "just" the next-gen NSX. I doubt Honda's got room for 2 mid-engined sportscars, unless it happens to be the Honda equivalent of the MR2. But with the S2000 in their lineup (and a possible S1000 for the Asian markets), I suspect that the HSC will basically be the NSX with a new name.
And where's Chantal? I kind of figured she'd be calling to go out for coffee. But, alas, with Captain Picard now available....
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Oh dear lord, Kill Bill is awesome incarnate. Tarantino finally did justice to the art of sword play. Greg, if you haven't gone to see it yet I will drag your ass there and you will thank me. And as incentive, there's yellow feevah a plenty.
Bringing action from the likes of Ninja Scroll and Kenshin to the big screen was mother hugging brilliant! Incorporating a whole chapter with animation from Production I.G. (the best hugging animation studio on the planet) was also genius.
C: You in Freddy Beach? And there are hugs and kisses involved? Cool.
Coffee would be ok. More likely iced tea of some brand or another. Perhaps even some poetry. Or perhaps not.
Give me a call. My number's in the book. Tuesday good? Wednesday? Thursday? Do you have any cute friends? Are they hot?
Remind me never to channel again. That sounded much too desperate. But yeah, coffee's good.
hey guys...just wanted to write a quick thank-you for friday...
Tuan...thanks for your hospitality...Ming for the hugs and Alex for helping me stave off boredom on the bus and for the impending offer to crash over.
As for you Mr Anstey....are you up for coffee sometime before friday?
Alex, what's your schedule, hon?
It's so wonderful seeing you all again...I had forgotten how much you guys make me laugh....*cue single tear*..you guys frikkin' rock!
Luv ya all....*big kiss for everyone*...cheers
And now Malaysia wants to launch a rocket into space.
This is the country where a hobby among city dwellers is to go out into the jungle and catch an iguana for supper. Them's good eatin'. But the government thinks it's a good idea to send a pile of their tax money into outer space. I guess it's still better than the military, but can't we just settle all this with an actual literal dick waving contest? It would be much cheaper. Don't know how Malaysia would do, but I know I could step to the plate and do my patriotic duty if called to serve for my own country. *sheds tear* *hand on heart*
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I websurfed, weak and weary,
...Over many a strange and spurious website of 'hot chicks galore',
...While I clicked my fav'rite bookmark, suddenly there came a warning,
...And my heart was filled with mourning, mourning for my dear amour.
..."'Tis not possible," I muttered, "give me back my cheap hardcore!" -
Quoth the server, "404".
Monday, October 13, 2003
Need sometihng to hate? Hate this: The Unofficial Scrappy Doo Fan Page
It was just curiosity for which I drove the Echo. At canadiandriver.com, the reviewer spoke highly of the shifter, saying it was better than those found on more expensive cars, and better than those <$20k, except maybe the Honda Civic. So I had to see.
And it's much easier to get a test drive in a new Echo than an RX-8.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Word up G Dawg, I can only surmise that you were curious and we'll leave it at that. Next time, try to weasel your way into an RX-8 or something a bit more substantive, say, a BMW M3. :)
From the land of the Hasbro lawsuit, I give you: Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Mothafuckah.
I test-drove a 2004 Echo hatchback today.
It's like driving a really small mini-van. The good points: The drive-train was typical of Toyota. Once inside, the dashboard had a similar design to the Celica (similar colour, round vents). The nice thing about the interior of the Echo is that it isn't ugly, like its exterior.
And the speedometer in the center? I didn't find it as odd as I would have thought. Kinda like when cruise control is put in with the signal lights, instead of on the steering wheel. You adapt. Only less so, as it's completely obvious where the speedometer is.
The bad points: Toyota salesmen aren't that bright. They seem to have trouble dealing with different demographics (I don't care about the LATCH system - I already told you, I have no kids. And the car is "easy to get in to"? I can't say I found other cars difficult. Perhaps he thought I had rode in on a horse). The seat is "up high" (a la minivan), so I found it to be an uncomfortable ride. And of course, I find the car hideously ugly. Not to the level of an Aztec, say, (that's the shame about being fat and ugly - there's so much more ugliness there), but not something I would buy. Too bad, though. In theory, at least, I like small, efficient, well-built cars with a short clutch (and no deadspace) with the gas and the brake so proportioned to make heel-and-toe downshifting easy. And a tachometer would be nice. But Toyota's forgiving transmission doesn't require exact shifts.
As for the power: sufficient for its purpose. I can accellerate in 5th gear - 100-130kph, say - without any difficulty, so although the machine doesn't pin you back in your seat, I can't say the machine is underpowered. It's just a dull ride.
And the Toyota Supra on the northside (red) is a standard, but looks to have been very mistreated by its former owners (some UNB Staff stickers on it, curiously enough), and the red C4 corvette and the silver 97 camaro are automatics.
I also got a private tour of Fredericton's wastewater treatment facility.
Friday, October 10, 2003
What I tried to say in my less-than-alert state yesterday:
I'm not going to Cookerville this weekend.
I don't have a good reason for (not) doing so.
There's another Supra twin-turbo in Fredericton. It's at a used-car dealership on the north side. Red.
Thursday, October 09, 2003
THE DUC says this: Lukewarm Greg Anstey! Get your CANDY-ASS down to Cookerville! Can you SMEL-EL-EL-EL-EL-ELL what the DUC is cook-in'?
I can pick up Al at the bus station if necessary. An approximate time of arrival would be nice though. Al, you can call my cell, 902-954-1427, with your ETA if you end up on the bus.
Greg: Do you not like Chantal? Can you not spare a few hours to see her arrive back in the maritimes? Honestly, don't you think seeing Chantal is better than sitting around in your trailer playing on the PS1 or whatever people do in the trailer park? Come on Greg "Where's the Love?"
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
So Greg says he's not likely to be heading to Moncton this weekend. Any chance I could be picked up at the bus station if I choose to go that route?
So I'm driving around, and I decide to drop into the Toyota dealership at about 9pm or so. Wanted to take a look-see at the new Echo hatchback. I take a look around back, checking to see if there're any Celicas to be seen. I see a low-profile white car, reminiscent of a Porsche I'd seen not too long ago. I drive a little closer. I realize that it can only be one car, if it has the Toyota badge on the front. It does.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fredericton dealer has a twin-turbo Toyota Supra. White exterior, black (leather?) interior. Covered VIN, so I can't tell the year. And I didn't check to see the transmission. But if it's a 6-speed....
I got an email from Miss Doucet, she will be staying over. Ok gentlemen, this is how it works, I get to hit on her first. Pending the ensuing restraining order, the rest of you may draw straws. Be forewarned I'm breaking out the "big guns" of pick up lines. Like "Hey baby, wanna Sim-Fuck?"and my personal favourite "Y'know, the most sensual part of a woman, is the boobie."
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
I have email?
[checks mail.com] So I do. And I know the person of whom you spoke.
I presume you have at least one female roommate.
As if my weekly tithing to Bandai wasn't bad enough, remind me not to piss off Optimus Prime.
What I'm talkin bout
Is it too late to change my vote?
Hey Greg, read your email.
I just want to know if I could get a ride to Moncton with you this weekend? I'd certainly be remiss in not seeing Ms. Doucet upon her arrival.
Monday, October 06, 2003
G: What has Ming been up to? After I finished cleaning the apartment, a few people from Whitehorse dropped by (friends of a friend). I've been hanging out with them a bit. The great Canadian climate pulled a fast one on me and I am now stricken with my first cold of the year (damn this sucks). Right when I decide to take a week off! Bastards! There is no justice is this world. I've been pumping obscene amounts of water and orange juice plus as much sleep as possible.
Had 3 out of 4 computers running a counter-strike LAN game earlier today (laptop, the main Linux Box, and the new XP box). Along with a few guys, I proceeded to lay waste on anything that moved.
Have to rest up. My mom is coming down to Moncton on Tuesday for a little birthday get together. Hockey on Wednesday. Chantal on Friday (Greg do you have more of that poster board?) Up to Bathurst on Saturday for a wedding (as long as I'm feeling a lot better). Maybe I should take another week off. . . .
Well, back to bed. . . .
Sunday, October 05, 2003
T: A good read on the history of Mitsubishi and their marketing strategy.
But the same problems are always evident: Cars are much more powerful than necessary for the roads they drive on. Even those of us with lowly econoboxes find ourselves hampered by the legal speed limits, and when we ignore them completely, we find that the maximum speed of the major highways is often less than 180kph.
What we need is the German equivalent of the autobahn - both on pavement and on gravel. But that'll never happen.
I re-discovered the joys of rallying again. The feeling of going much too fast around blind turns, then (almost) losing control of the car and (almost) getting up close and personal with the local flora while listening to loud German metal is fun. Really gets the heart pumping. *sigh* If only I could spend every Saturday that way. I don't want to destroy my car, especially since I probably wouldn't be allowed to have one ever again. But rush hour traffic at 50kph just isn't doing it for me. If I'm going to have a $20,000 car, I want to have the equivalent of $20,000 worth of fun with it.
Untiil that happens, I'll have to be satisfied with GT2. And perhaps I'll look into getting a couple of VHS tapes (remember those, people?) of Initial D to watch.
Back to the real world.
And what's new with Ming these days?
Saturday, October 04, 2003
Oh, but they do (only in the US). It's called the Lancer EVO VIII, maybe you've heard of it? :) The 7th gen version was in 2 Fast 2 Furious as you may recall. We can't get it in Canada due it not passing our stricter bumper laws. But that's a bit over-kill to compete with your bro's WRX, don't ya think? The cars aren't even in the same class. You could go down a notch, oh wait, nevermind, anything below the EVO in Mitsubishi's North American lineup wouldn't be able to compete with me. *cheeky grin* And ya wonder why they're losing market share? Barenaked Ladies anyone?
For the record, I dig Mitsubishi Japan, just as I do Nissan in it's home country. As for their North American counterparts...
There is an article in the October edition of Popular Science on rally racing. For those who want to get in on the fun, it ranges between $6k and $46k (US pricing), including a car. ($1k 20-yr-old Golf at the low end, $30k STi at the high end.)
Ah, but to have access to lots of dirt-abundant people-free roads and $20k.
[As Greg mindlessly surfs the net, wondering if perhaps Mitsubishi is selling anything similar to Subaru's $50k STi, only perhaps fuelled by something less than 94 octane....because sibling rivalry would take on a whole new level....]
Friday, October 03, 2003
I love that S2000 story. It's so Initial_D.
[Simpson's misquote] "Ohhh, but that Japanese guy hasn't done anything yet. You know he's going to do something cool any minute now."[/quote]
I think I now want an s2k.
Finally. . . . THE DUC has come back to Summerside!
Got everything on the ship fixed and nothing came up after RTF, so I got green light to leave a few days early. I should have left on Tuesday though, but Eric wanted me to "stay and make sure all the issues were closed" before I left. So, I essentially SAT ON MY ASS for 2 frigging days on the off-chance the customer found something wrong. Of course that wasn't likely happen since the customer wasn't using or even looking at the sim. Whatever makes management feel better.
Anyways, managed a trip to Amsterdam this time around. Interesting story, but that will have to wait for another post as I am frigging tired right now.
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Another satisifed customer
My posts have been short and lame as of late, here's the reason. Heroin is a gateway drug compared to Disgaea.