Wednesday, March 31, 2004
I love how real fairy tales are way more violent than the ones they taught us in school.
gmail.google.com. Alleged 1 GB free webmail accont from goodle.
Now to pour some goats blood on the ground and pray to the Internet gods that this isn't an April Fool's joke. This Press Release says March 31st. Perhaps that will stand up in court.
And from the Canadian World Domination site...
That goes both for the music and for the rear wheel drive.
Ah yes, let's go after the cruising because of some bad apples that commit violent crimes. Brilliant. Yes, we're more concerned with traffic violations than stemming violent crime and drug dealing. I've heard all the stories. The LAPD towing away spectators cars at an official rally event in California (they didn't break any laws) to the NS police pulling over vehicles cruising to the car show at the Moncton Coliseum (again, no broken laws). Let's not kid ourselves. Age, sex, and race discrimination does exist.
Where are you from? What are you doing here? And yes, I can pull you over if I want to.
Email forward of the day:
-------- Original Message --------
From: Leah Smith
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 18:42:14 +0000
Subject: FW: [Fwd: Fw: WHY I'M SO TIRED]
WHY I'M SO TIRED...
For a couple years I've been blaming it on lack of sleep, not enough sunshine, and too much pressure from my job, ear wax build-up, poor blood or anything else I could think of. But now I found out the real reason: I'm tired because I'm overworked!
The population of Canada is 30 million.
11 million are retired.
That leaves 19 million to do the work.
There are 5.5 million in school, which leaves 13.5 million to do the work.
Of this there are 3 million employed by the federal government, leaving 10.5 million to do the work!
1 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing the Taliban.
Which leaves 9.5 million to do the work.
Take from the total the 7 million people who work for Provincial and city governments. And that leaves 2.5 million to do the work.
At any given time there are 476,000 people in hospitals, Leaving 2,024,000 to do the work.
Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons and 812,000 on Employment Insurance and Welfare.
That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And there you are sitting on your butt, at your computer, reading jokes.
I'm all a tizzy over Hell Boy, but I did notice they made a movie based on The Duc's life story.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you - The Bat Humvee.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Waste of money. Get a flash card. Download the ROMs. Run it on the GBA-NES emulator. It works quite well. Ah piracy. ^_^
And if you really need that retro look. Get these guys to make you a skin.
I want one. Now.
Nintedo's shipping a Game Boy Advance skinned to look like a first-generation Nintendo Entertainment System controller, with a suite of classic NES games.Link(via Engadget)
via boing boing.
I was unaware of this. We MUST bomb Denmark. Damn Vikings.
Menu boy no be coward, like shrimp; menu boy be brave, like prawn.
Menu boy must move a silently, like ghost. Leave no footprint, only runch spesho.
TechReviewer.com :: Tweak Windows XP :: Intro: "The purpose of this guide is to tweak Windows XP for optimal performance, get rid of all the useless extras that Windows XP comes with, and to decrease the startup time of Windows XP."
Monday, March 29, 2004
That's what you get for pissing on START-2. Asshats. Shooting down ICBMs is not easy. Get that through your big wasted military budget heads. Don't get me started on the Patriot missile system's fabricated "success".
Moscow to Washington: This is what happens when you break anti-ballistic missile treaties.
Just added another link to the side bar. This chick seems to rock the 8-bit world, even if she doesn't update much.
Impaired drivers are detected by conducting random spot checks, through trained visual observation, through public assistance and often after a motor vehicle accident has occurred.
So. It turns out they _can_ do that.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
okay to be a sport and just to post because I haven't posted in a while
1. I cannot walk past a penny and not pick it up (I am very superstitious)
2. I believe in curses and the lot, secretely I think I am cursed when it come to many things
3. I know kim and I are telephathecally connected.
4. I like scratch tickets
5. I am an "Angle" Freak, I can't miss an episode with out being upset.
6. I think peanutbutter goes with just about anything (can't make a MacDonalds comment here, lack of choices there)
7. I prefer stormy nights to calm night, some how the storms are more comforting
8. I can't eat soup with out a peanutbetter sandwitch
9. I alphabetize my CD's and books
10. I think Seth Green is the cutest actor out there
Playing with a FireWire Hard Drive now... never have I seen such speed... lord help me I think I need a cigarette.
Friday, March 26, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Shamelessly stealing from BoingBoing, mostly to test out my new favourite blogging program, w.bloggar. Also playing with the BlogThis extension to Mozilla FireFox. Lawrence Lessig could be called a cultural environmentalist. One of All creative works-books, movies, records, software, and so
Lessig's Free Culture, free online, under a Creative Commons license
Larry Lessig's new book "Free Culture"
-- which is about the value of freedom to cultural production -- is out
in stores today, and, unlike his previous two books, Larry has foudn
the leverage to convince his publisher to let him release the full text
of the new book online under a Creative Commons license...
A landmark manifesto about the genuine closing of the American mind.
America's most original and influential public intellectuals, his focus
is the social dimension of creativity: how creative work builds on the
past and how society encourages or inhibits that building with laws and
technologies. In his two previous books, Code and The Future of Ideas,
Lessig concentrated on the destruction of much of the original promise
of the Internet. Now, in Free Culture, he widens his focus to consider
the diminishment of the larger public domain of ideas. In this powerful
wake-up call he shows how short-sighted interests blind to the
long-term damage they're inflicting are poisoning the ecosystem that
on-are a compromise between what can be imagined and what is
possible-technologically and legally. For more than two hundred years,
laws in America have sought a balance between rewarding creativity and
allowing the borrowing from which new creativity springs. The original
term of copyright set by the Constitution in 1787 was seventeen years.
Now it is closer to two hundred. Thomas Jefferson considered protecting
the public against overly long monopolies on creative works an
essential government role. What did he know that we've forgotten?
Lawrence Lessig could be called a cultural environmentalist. One of
All creative works-books, movies, records, software, and so
Dude, Jimmy Swift are playing on Saturday here in Freddie. There's your entertainment.
Now to decide whether it's safe to expose certain girls to certian acquaintances...
Ming's Weekend Travel Itinerary:
Thursday Evening: Leave Summerside.
Thursday Night: Arrive in Grand Falls.
Friday & Saturday: Spend time with the mother.
Saturday Afternoon (approx. 2pm): Leave Grand Falls.
Saturday Afternoon (approx. 4-5pm): Arrive in Fredericton.
Saturday Evening: Devore massive amounts of Chicken.
Saturday Night: *** some form of entertainment ***
Sunday Morning: Leave for Moncton.
Sunday Early Afternoon: Spend time with the sister.
Sunday Late Afternoon: Leave and arrive in Summerside
Sunday Evening: Jouer aux hockey.
Sunday Night: Play D&D
Monday Morning: Sleep and go to work.
No wonder I can't fine time to do anything anymore! Note to self: I need more time off.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
The copyright has expired on the original Night of the Living Dead, and you can watch it here.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Ok, Ok...here's my list;
1. Anytime I eat peanuts I count them out first so that I am always eating an even number. ( which I then split in half and then split in half again so that I am always eating a quarter of a peanut at a time)
2. I always set my alarm clock 5 times out of obsessive paranoia
3. When eating a McDonald's hamburger, I eat the buns first and save the meat for last...I also strip my nuggets naked of batter before eating them
4.I wear preparation H under my eyes at night to reduce puffiness and swelling
5. Ever since seeing the movie 'the Ring' I keep my tv on at night and throw a towel over my monitor
6. I believe in telepathic abilities and firmly maintain that Nathalie and I are connected somehow
7. I find the whole vampire culture thing fascinating (though not really a part of it) and I have seen "The Underworld" six times since it came out on video here 3 months ago
8. I only have nightmares if I eat apples, nuts, yoghurt or cheese before bed...sometimes I do just to induce nightmares out of boredom
9. I occassionally sniff-check socks when lazing around my apartment
10. I have a secret crush on John Goodman
I's ain't here to refute that one component of dreaming is to promote learning and retention. What I will dispute is that the study is subjective in nature (obviously). :)
I know when I've dreamed. When I'm lucky, I know when I'm entering REM sleep. I also remember most of my dreams for a few minutes upon waking up.
To date, I have not had more dreams before/during/after sleep with regards to Italian plumbers, hyperactive hedgehogs, saving princesses, slitting throats, or ninjas. However, there has been a marked increase in well endowed, scantily clad women.
Scientific American article: Tetris Dreams:
How and when people see pieces from the computer game in their sleep tells of the role dreaming plays in learningvia Wiley Wiggins (that guy from that movie)
I was surprised (and maybe a little aroused) to find Marge Simpson on the cover of Maxim. Awww who am I kidding? Wilma Flintstone all the way. I'm a sucker for redheads.
Postcards from Tairon:
I've managed to evade getting eaten by the local fauna - after several tries. It's nice to see the gaming tradition of 'level boss = much bigger than you' hasn't been messed with. Performing 100 hit combos in a field of 10 on 1 is a site to behold. God bless those bladed nunchuks.
Out of curiosity I checked out the Ninja Gaiden discussion boards. I find it amusing that the negative reviews have one thing in common: it's too hard. God forbid you should pay for a game and expect it to last these days. Damn whiners. Yes it's hard, but in that "I've memorized all the pits and traps in Super Mario Bros. I'm gonna beat the level this time for sure!" kinda way. The difficulty would be a valid complaint if the control or AI was anything short of kick ass. This is the bar. This is how it's done. Tecmo can now call every action game bitch.
In other news, the new Sarah Harmer makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Ten Confessions (idea stolen from HelloDita.com)
1) I have never once eaten a fast food meal without obsessively making sure I finish the fries only when there is one bite of hamburger left, never before or after.
2) I've memorized the Animaniacs song where Yakko sings the names of all the countries in the world. ("United States, Canada, Mixico, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru...")
3) When it looked almost certain that the Montreal Expos were going to be no more, I had to decide on a new baseball team to cheer for. My number one thought was the Cubs because they never win either.
4) I prefer the taste of less-spicy food, but can physically handle an incredible amount of hotness, so I order it that way to impress people.
5) I've watched The Princess Bride at least once every few months since it came out on video in 1989.
6) I have a secret crush on Hilary Clinton.
7) For the Slut Test, which assumes you are female, it asked you to name a famous man you would sleep with. I chose Isaac Newton.
8) For the past two years straight I've only ever bought one kind of cereal, oatmeal crisp.
9) I once read through and memorized all the cards of a trivial pursuit game.
10) I'm afraid of snow plows.
Now belly up to the bar, bitches, and list yours.
Monday, March 22, 2004
I'm assuming one of you other bloggers (most likely chibi-G) added the comment to "Best. Name. EvAr." Cause I know Al would never make such a gaffe. Comic Store Guy? :o)
Less dairy. More gaming. Confirmation that I'm on the correct path. And if not, m'eh I had a good run. :)
Acts of Volition Radio courtesy of.. well.. Acts of Volition.
... I think I should do something similar, do a radio session and talk about the songs I play, make random comments, etc. Will keep all posted if I decide to do it.
Yay, we just got a bunch of new robots for the lab. Hey Ming, you know how to solder, come up here and put them together for us. We also have a big arm we can attach a spinning blade or a drill to as well. Now to remember my Motorola assembler so I can program it to seek and kill intruders...
Fuck I love grad school sometimes.
Unable to resist really bad joke...
What's next? The Winnipeg DeskJets? ^_^ You may now commence virtual booing.
Worst stadium name ever award has to go to the San Jose Sharks' "HP Pavilion". Just shameless. Next up I'm sure will be a sports team called the "Dell Dimensions".
I just had a divine idea. Sweet Zombie Jesus! I'm drawn to zombie flicks like eating brains. Yummy. And if anyone asks, I'm really there to see mini-Uma, I mean Sarah Polley. Or maybe it's cause deep down, I've often pondered what Road to Avonlea would be like - with Zombies!
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Today marks one year since mom passed away, and I have only two things to say....1) time goes by waaaay too quickly and 2) I need hugs. Send me you hugs (save the weakass ones for yo mamma. a'ight)
Japan seems to be pushing all my happy buttons lately. Sweet jeebus I'm going to be neck deep in kick ass anime this year.
The latest Doctor is that bastard from Gone in 60 seconds?! Cool. :) Guess they won't be picking up where the ill-fated FOX movie left off. Bugger.
Man I love how Handel-C lets you create a wire that adjusts its size to fit a struct object that I can transmit directly to another part of a circuit instead of having to manually hash it out into a set of bits and then unpack it again on the receiving end.
Sometimes those engineers get it right :)
File this under I don't understand a fucking thing but that's ok. Wow. Way to remake an 80's anime. I'm impressed.
You know you've frequented the same music store too often when the helpful sales lady informs you that the new Sarah Harmer is out this Tuesday.
Space Nerd Alert
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, the five planets visible to the naked eye, can all be seen simultaneously after sunset over the next few weeks. Viewing details. The next opportunity will be in 2036.via MetaFilter.
Went to a Thai dinner last night. The food was absolutely amazing, but then again I'm just a big fan of food in general. The funny part is that the Thai student association that put it on is made up of all ten Thai students at UNB (nearly all of whom seem to be Chem Eng. grad students, go figure..), and they managed to put together a much better-organized night than pretty much all the other student cultural society nights that I've been to.
All my life I never knew that "fish cakes" could be anything other than greasy disgusting Beaver cafeteria lunch fodder. Turns out they can be greasy, delicious dinner main courses too. Learn something new every day I guess. The girl I went with is rather well-traveled and said that the food was actually good, having been to Thailand twice I put more stock in her appraisal than in my own 'mmm.. food' assessment.
The funniest part was during the slide show showing all the different things in Thailand she would be like "yeah, I've been there... been there.. been there". She then got into a conversation about how the flight to Bangkok from Hong Kong was so much easier than from Toronto, and complaining about the direct flight from Toronto to Hong Kong. So needless to say I'm feeling rather insulated and un-traveled right now :)
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Friday, March 19, 2004
Fix that bitch up.
You know what The Duc thinks about your broken Civic? The Duc doesn't care what you broke! The Duc says, go to a bodyshop smooth that dent out, shine that sumbitch up real nice, and SHOVE IT straight up - your CANDY ASS!!! ~_^
So I smacked my bitch up.
The right side of my bumper and front-right quarter panel took a bit of a beating when I used some spruce trees to slow down the car. The damage runs in the several hundreds of dollars, but I'm not sure if I'll bother fixing it. On one hand, it doesn't seem right to have a relatively new car running around with a broken lip and a black eye, but I'm not fond of repairing cosmetic damage, especially when I want to get into some cone-avoidance motorsports during the summer, should I be around.
I seek advice from THE DUC.
Haven't seen The Crow, but yes Dark City was a very good film. Will Smith will forever be ingrained in that corner of my psyche along with Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. :) Saw the I, Robot trailer, it was quite crap-tastic. It reeked of "blockbuster". I'll wait for the reviews, but I ain't gettin my hopes up. Now Episode 3, *that's* where I get my hopes up!... Hmmmm, why do I have this sense of impending ennui?
Now this is a story all about how
My life got flipped turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I become the prince of a town called Bel-Air
In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And all shootin' some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started makin' trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom GOT scared
And said you're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air
I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way
She give me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket
Put my walkman on and said I might as well kick it
First class yo this is bad
Drinkin' orange juice out of a champagne glass
Is this what the people of Bel-Air live like
Hmmm this might be all right
But wait I hear they're prissy, bousiour and all that
Is this the type of place that they should send this cool cat
I don't think so I'll see when I get there
I hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air
Well uh the plane landed and when I came out
There was a dude looked like a cop standin' there with my name out
I ain't tryin' to get arrested yet I just got here
I sprang with the quickness like lightening disapeared
I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The licensce plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought man forget it yo homes to Bel-Air
I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabbie yo homes smell ya later
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Yet more proof engineers shouldn't write compilers:
The Handel-C hardware design language compiler claims to e able to infer a variable or wire's width from the context. That is, if you create a variable, then create anotehr variable and assign the value of the first variable to it, you don't need to specify the bit width of the second variable, it simply accomodates it for whatever the width of the first variable is. This is generally good. However, you can't define an enum type, comprising a set of constants to act as opcodes in my case, and use those along with a switch statement, because for some reason switch statements only expect a certain width of variable as input. This isn't caught by the Handel-C precompiler itslef, but only causes problems when the C++ compiler chokes and dies on the C code generated for the simulator.
This leads us to the general difference between how engineers and computer scientists write software. For engineer, a program is done when it works well for the usual, expected cases. God help you if you try and do something that is syntactically correct but outside the realm of his imagination. A computer scientist, on the other hand, is not satisfied until his program works for all possible cases, and provably so at that.
I was able to fix my little problem by padding all my switch case contants with 0 bits on the left side. My point is that I shouldn't have to do this.
Hardware design is so much fun...
Will Smith + total travesty. Oh, I think I'm gonna be sick...
Yes there's no good definition for planet, The IAU is still wrangling with that can of worms. I've always thought Pluto to be very peculiar anyways. It's orbit is f'd up and so is it's inclination. Sorta like how Phobos and Deimos aren't really moons, well the classical definition anyways. I think of em more as captured asteroids. Pluto is a KBO along with Sedna. That and I don't wanna remember 20+ planet names. Unless they name one, Wang. :)
P.S. 4 lights.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
A more straight forward proof that Tetris is NP-Hard.
"what kind of country am I living in? "
This kind. (video)
St. Paddy's day in Korea sucks...noone at work wore green ( and I work with two irish people)...Guinness is waaaayyyy too expensive, and even then it is mixed with Lauger...the whole night was waaaaayyy too uneventful *sigh*...there wasn't even a "kiss me I'm Irish" button to be found...what kind of country am I living in?
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Well, I'm here at school, and my computer crashed. Unfortunately the licence server that I have to connect to to get my development environment to work still thinks I've got the licence checked out, so I can't get any work done. Dear Celoxica: I still hate you.
So anyway, I decided to spruce the place up a bit. Added comments, trackback, and a hit counter, just because they were free and all the cool kids have them on their blogs. Though I still haven't figured out how trackback works yet.
The 'XML' icon on teh right side of the screen lets you download an RSS feed of this site's content. I highly recommend downloading a program like SharpReader which lets you have all the content from sites you read regularly delivered in a format similar to email, instead of having to wade through numerous different sites checking for updates.
--------------------Configuration: graphcontroller - Debug--------------------
Controller.hch Ln 28, Col 1-36: Macro 'c_MeshSize' expanded 200 times. Possible infinite recursion
Controller.hch Ln 28, Col 1-36: Macro 'c_MeshSize' expanded 3000 times. Possible infinite recursion
Controller.hch Ln 28, Col 1-36: Macro 'c_MeshSize' expanded 8800 times. Possible infinite recursion
The compiler then ran out of memory and crashed. Damn them for not solving the halting problem yet.
Interesting observation from Annekenstein; funny how accusations tend to turn on the accuser:
"Help Put An End To Piracy"
Edit: Fixed the link.
…he read on the screen at the movie theatre. Movie cost for 2 adults, 1 child: $25.50. Snack purchases cost: approximately $20.
Monday, March 15, 2004
I'm not sure of the exact location. It's near the 1/3-mile racetrack east of Fredericton. I forget the name of it.
And congrats on winning a transformer.
chibi-G, where is the Blissville Military air strip? Close by I assume? Word has it FMC will be running Solos on it.
Programming competition questions. These are the questions that our UNB undergrad programming club had to solve this year. One guy got all seven. Take a look at the problem list and see how good you are.
Note to self: When faking death, make sure to use same sex cadaver.
Hey missa spaceman! You make a funna da chi nee? Me no can see wit outta da beeg round eyes. ^_^
The unwritten rules of Roll Up The Rim Season:
1. Never buy coffee for someone else.
2. Never have someone buy coffee for you.
So many marriages and friendships could have been saved if people obeyed these simple rules.
Screw Star Wars.
This year, Shrek 2 opens on my birthday. :D
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Thank-you for your posts Al, with the info...I will keep an eye on the research, and should concrete scientific proof emerge that proves the diet unhealthy, I will consider alternatives...like the South beach (same as atkins but they have some carbs...whole grainy ones and concentrate on less fat, chicken and fish...)...but for now...
On a different note, my computer repair guy is my new hero...after getting that virus, I took it in (finally) to get fixed...he backed up some of my files, and gave me the new Norton Antivirus, as well as a few extras for the same price of the repairs...just glad to have my pc back for late night online chats and to alleviate extreme boredom...
Also, writing a book at work has been less than fun...too many distractions and waaaaayyy too much noise.
Umm.. I do have a house. We can meet up there. Close to downtown, too, which is eminently convenient.
212 Saint John. St
Okay everyone. This is a call to arms (err. . . wings). The chickens have had it too good in Freddy Beach. I implore all able bodies to join in on the chicken massacre in Fredericton on Saturday March the 27th. Some of you may be thinking, "why single out the chickens?" Well, we can also punish their collaborators carrots and celery if desired. But let it be known that chickens pull the strings. Down with chickens! Who is with me!
Any suggestions on a gathering spot? Since I do not know when chibi-Greggu's trailer is hidden, I was thinking either somewhere on UNB or the mall would be good.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Just finished watching Chapters 1 to 10 of Star Wars: Clone Wars on Teletoon. Proving yet again that animation can easily trump live action when in the right hands. Heck I wouldn't mind if Episode 3 was done in animation.
Two new Gundam series this year, the Ghost in the Shell TV series and sequel film, 04's gonna be a good year. Thanks Genndy Tartakovsky for bringing me Dexter and this excellent epic. I'm all giddy again.
Friday, March 12, 2004
Damn was my Mayor's Island in Sim City the shit. It had everything. Well, that is until I ran outta money - but that's what cheat codes are for.
Very interesting discussion over at Ask.MetaFilter on organic vs. grid vs. radial layout of cities.
The mere thought of that lard dripping chicken skin makes my mouth water. Ummmmmm chicken skin...
The Duc, you left out the part about the ambulance and the stomach pump. Diagnosis? Arteries clogged with meat. I remember that day well. Nuthin says lovin like a bucket o KFC. Mark my words. I will be back to challenge the "full bucket" next time.
KFC lady: "That's odd, where's your family?"
Me: "Ummm they're waiting outside."
*scurries off with KFC family meal*
Ah yes. I remember the bucket. Fond memories of how we "almost" died. Of course, to bring back the conversion that led up to the "bucket incident":
Ming: So, should we get something besides chicken?
Tuan: No. Just chicken.
Ming: Are you sure you don't want some fries or salad . . . . *thinks about it for a moment* . . . never mind. So, how many pieces?
Tuan: I don't know.
Ming: That's seven and a half pieces each. . . .
As far as this diet thing is concerned, if it works, great. I'm not too sure about the whole high protien thing, and maybe since most people spend most of their time sitting at a desk, driving instead of walking, and eatting their super-sized meals. I think there's more to it than just the diet thing. People just like to blame one thing. I guess it's easier, more tangible. Blaming the diet and fast-food is easier than changing a person's lifestyle. I'm pretty sure the high-protien KFC diet doesn't work too well though.
I can fit in the MazdaSpeed Miata? Huzzah! ;-)
Current infatuation: Maserati MC12, The Chairman's Volta, in that order.
Our lab is literally littered with robots and parts and a big giant arm and all sorts of cool custom hardware. The beer-pouring bartender robot that is smart enough to tip the glass and can make casual conversation and point out the hotties across the room is just around the corner.
Nice. Geggie likes.
Honda: Look! We've built a robot that can walk on two legs and wave!
Toyota: Ours can play the trumpet.
Although I'd kind of prefer that Honda be the big name in robot/vehicles, I do also like that it's catching on with other legit companies. Although it would be much more fun if I were in on it. All I need is people with expertise in robotics and cars, and the building thereof. And money. [Wanders off to see how DARPA's race is doing]
Toyota Motor Corp. President Fujio Cho poses with the automaker's new humanoid robot as Toyota shows the robot in Tokyo. The 120 centimeters (47 inches) tall unnamed robot with dextrous fingers and mechanical lips played a simple melody on a trumpet before reporters. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The Duc, you do realize this means war! :) Dammit Honda, one-up those cheatin bastards. I betcha they hired Sony and Honda engineers too. ;) :D Competition in the robotics field, I love it! Won't be long now... *hums Transformers diddy*
Schmatar, congrats on your success! ^_^ I only brought up Atkins earlier in response to Al's views on corporate deception. Much as I don't enjoy being told what to eat, if the diet works for you great! I have no issues over what people put into their bodies, so long as they don't play the blame game.
This is of course coming from THE most unhealthy person on the blog. I'd like to date a nutritionist, just so she'd be mortified by my eating habits (or lack of). :) I promise you I'm gonna leave a good lookin corpse - and blame it on years and years of knitting. I dunno, to screw over the grannies I guess.
Man I really really miss the A&W Steak Burger that was a damn fine 3 weeks of juicy bliss. To the Duc: Remember that bucket of KFC we had back in the day? Never again my friend. Never again. At one point in the binge I could see through time.
there's never been any proof that it does anything to your kidneys, and specialists were consulted on the issue. And ketosis is the natural process that occures when you burn fat.
We still eat carbs it's just we've changed what kind of carbs we eat...and how many.
And drinking a lot of water is a given as it is recommended with almost any diet I have ever tried.
This diet does not work for everyone, and it isn't suitable for everyone, but I truly do think that for those it does work out for that it is not unhealthy.
For my part I know all about the processes of ketosis that go on when you shock your system by going on this diet, and have read a fair bit about it and personally I don't think it's something I'd recommend over simply cutting out refined / processed foods all that boring stuff that might take a little longer, but won't murder your kidneys. Good luck all the same, though, and if it works for you I'm glad, but that was just my reasonably informed opinion on the merits of the diet itself, wihch I don't think make it appropriate for the mass appeal it is enjoying at the moment.
PS. I hope you're drinking a _lot_ of water.
for the record on the whole atkins stuff:
Atkins died from complications due to a head injury after he fell and got a concussion outside of his condo. Yes, he had a heart problem but it was the result of a viral infection, not heart disease and not diet related. Also, Atkins's personal physician has released public statements saying that his weight was 195 when he died, which for his height of 6'4 puts him at a bmi 0f 26...well within the healthy range for his age.
You may think that Atkins' diet is dangerous and idiotic, but I think your opinion is uninformed-gossip aside.
I have been doing the Atkins diet for a few months now...before I did the diet I had a racing pulse, heart palpitations, high cholesterol and high blood pressure...now my doctor tells me that my cholesterol and blood pressure are fine, and I haven't experienced any heart flutters in ages.
If you don't understand the science behind it, that's fine. But all of his research sources are listed in the back of his book (there's like 10 pages of it), and the diet has been around since the 70s - since that time there has yet to be a single case of someone dying as a result of the diet, and many people not only still follow the diet, but lead very healthy lives. There's also more research that comes out every year to support his diet, and the naysayers now generally tend to be dieticians still clinging to an old and outdated food pyramid guide.
Go ahead and think it's idiotic, but me and my healthier heart, steak and cheese intend to stick with it.
PS- new concept...man has not perfected science...we once thought that the world was flat, could just be that the current food pyramid guide is also flawed....
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Too Old to Rock, Too Young to Die
“I started doing so much cocaine, my dick was completely useless,” Hickey recalls. “So when girls would come around and say they were willing to do anything to meet the band, I just started throwing meat at them. That’s what they had to do to earn their backstage pass. I’d make them strip down and stand in the corner while we pelted them with the deli tray. After a while, it became like this daily event. “All the bands would stop sound check and gather round, just to watch me throw meat at some chick.”via MonkeyFilter
I saw the leaked pic of the horribly burned Anakin for Episode 3. I am a happy camper. Now if only the movie is good. *prays*
Mmmm. Pretty. You know, I've got a birthday coming up in September....but then, yours is coming up in the Spring, isn't it....
And now to do a line of coke off a hooker's ass.
I would say that consumers, when united, exercise a great deal of power. If they could use this power to get themselves better prices, that's their perrogative.
PEI, on the other hand, regulates gas prices, so consumers don't get screwed over on long weekends, etc. Which is entirely sensible.
Hmmmmm let's see if this draws the ire of Mr. O'Neill...
Tuan to motorists: Fuck you! It's still cheaper than water, the gov'ts make a hefty profit off it, and the same cycle happens every year. I stopped complaining long ago, please stop spamming me with your latest let's boycott Company X plan. Don't like it? Walk.
Should they get compensation and why?
I don't know, since we haven't seen the evidence of McDonald's product development practices yet. Once those are subpoenaed and we can get a glimpse into how they ran their business then one can form an opinion as to their culpability. Right now I think the case at least merits looking in to.
Well, now I agree in that case. But you didn't answer my question. :)
A little birdy told me a good idea and I fully endorse it. Let's put a picture of a giant clogged artery on all fatty foods. I'll still eat em, but it would be a good deterrent. in addition to warning contents are hot or on a peanut package, warning may contain traces of nuts.
They managed to spin that coffee case remarkably well in their favour.
The truth about the McDonald's coffee case.
For the record my mom and pop are not tricking anyone. May contain traces of cat and cat byproducts is clearly labelled on the menu.
I just gotta ask your opinion on the fatties VS MickeyD's to satisfy my curiosity. Should they get compensation and why? Yes. This ranks up there with the I spilled coffee on myself thing.
Yeah that Atkins stuff is pretty dangerous, and idiotic. Personal responsibility is a two-way street, though. Since corporations are legally recognized as people under the law, then corporate responsibility plays just as important a role.Tricking dumb people into giving you their money is still fraud, no matter how much one argues that one's victims were being irresponsible.
Funny you should mention deception. Mind you, yes I do agree Subway is a healthier alternative to McDonald's. I'm fascist. That sooooo kicks ass. ^_^
Personal responsibility is a term that's been way overused by the corporate apologists on the right lately, and frankly it's getting tiresome. Knowingly deceiving your customers is still illegal, it's a basic principle of our society, in fact.
Here's a quote I like to have at the ready just to offer a bit of perspective:
" Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini
Also, remember that lawyers are the ones who are on our side.
And that's fine. I don't take issue with healthy. I take issue with lack of personal responsibility. That really burns me up.
What's the fastest growing fast food franchise on the planet? Subway.
People primarily go to fast food places because they're fast. McDonald's is finding that a certain percentage of their customers will order healthier food if given teh choice, and thus it is profitable for them. Simple.
MickeyD's alters their menu not because it suits consumer tastes. On the contrary people want what is unhealthy. You can see it in their waistlines. They alter because they are under pressure from the minority who have no fucking clue about personal choice. Why would you go to a fast food place to eat healthy? If eating healthy was that profitable we'd have more Soy Burger Shacks than you can shake a stick at.
A buncha overweight teens sue McD's cause eating makes em fat. I'm siding with the big corporation here. Y'know, cause big implies evil and such. Regarding the tobacco industry. Past lawsuits were ok. But with today's knowledge if you knowingly injest a product with a giant diseased lung on the package and sue. Fuck you. Seriously.
I don't know about you. But if some wise ass sues my parent's for "making them fat". I'll tell em where to go. Lawsuits cost money. Sue if you have a legitimate gripe.
I drink a lot of Pepsi. Will I sue them when my teeth fall out? No. Will I sue my beloved Tim's if I get a rapid heart beat from all the caffeine I injest? No.
I'm sorry but passing a massive umbrella protection against lawsuits is utterly fascist, it would effectively give the fast food industry a blank cheque to do whatever they want. If such lawsuits are meritless, then courts will find in their favour or throw the cases out of court, no harm, no foul.
Passing a bill to give legal protection to an entire industry runs counter to the very reason people prefer to live in a constitutional democracy where the government and corporations don't weild total power.
The market is already causing McDonald's to alter their menus to suit consumer tastes, and the mad cow scare will help that along as well, as some people realize what shit they're putting in their bodies and what it is doing to them.
But if the fast food industry acted similarly to the tobacco industry in their business practices, there's no reason why they deserve any kind of protection now.
Some easy blog filler:
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.
What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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by Joseph Heller
Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you
see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense
of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an
ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You
could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of
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at the Blue Pyramid.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
I think Costa Rica and Thailand need to fight it out over who gets to keep that flag they both seem to like so much.
After that's over with, Colombia needs to tell Ecuador to stop just taking their flag and sewing a stupid seal on it.
And finally, Canada should just up and steal this flag from the Norfolk Islands, given what most of this country actually looks like, foliage-wise:
Kidding aside, I think it's awesome that they're training female taikonauts.
If ya can't beat em part 2.
I'm gonna make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed.
Normally I'm not into 'ockey sur glace, but when it involves sweet sweet revenge, whoo boy! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! ^_^
I also recommend C2: Judgment Clay. Actually Krusty's Super Funhouse is the most underrated game. OK, maybe not. Why oh why was that my first ever SNES purchase?
Claymates is amont the most under-appreciated games for the SNES. Play as multiple characters with different abilities, smooth movement with acceleration, gorgeous claymation sprites. Go download SNES9x and google for the ROM and make your day a little sillier.
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Actually the Nuon had nothing to do with Linux. The idea was to add a special chip to a consumer DVD player to allow it to play interactive content. You buy a special controller that takes the place of the remote and pop in a game disc and off you went. It would have actualyl been a pretty good idea, but the company ran out of money before getting it completely together. They did have interest from electronics companies, though.
Wow. Everyone wants in. Hmmm whatever happened to that vaporware Linux gaming machine? The Nuon.
A lesson in economics. When launching a new gaming console 'tis best not to raise the ire of the nerds to whom you are targeting said product. Also, don't go on public record stating that your console will be bigger than Sony and Jesus then retract that statement. A whole lotta hoopla and idiot investors parting with their money. Let's just pray they're not streaming Pacman and calling it revolutionary. :)
meh. I'll take it.
You're Costa Rica!
You're about as peaceful as anyone on the planet, a real dyed-in-the-wool
pacifist. And why not? No one really poses much of a threat to you and
everything seems to work out, no matter how much violence and insanity rages all around
you. So you relax and appreciate nature and culture while the rest of the world carries
on their petty disagreements. If only everyone could follow your
Country Quiz at the
Monday, March 08, 2004
late as usual, but here it is:
Mystical and rain-soaked, you remain mysterious to many people, and this
makes you intriguing. You also like a good night at the pub, though many are just as
worried that you will blow up the pub as drink your beverage of choice. You're good
with words, remarkably lucky, and know and enjoy at least fifteen ways of eating a potato.
You really don't like snakes.
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the Blue Pyramid
Hey, you know what they say... if ya can't beat em and are too stupid to reverse engineer em - buy em.
GM breaks down and buys a Honda.
Not an overly interesting read, except for the small bit about the Saturn VUE powered by a Honda 3.5L V6.
Greg witnessed my subsequent mauling and being mauled by a horde of tha Ninja! Tycho speaks the truth.
So you picked up a hitchhiker, did you discuss 7 minute abs? They call me G-sempai, the blue wind of Furinkan High!
I drove the winner back to Fredericton. On the way he told me there are a couple of Japanese girls at the university (which, of course, is to be expected). I only mention it because one of their names is "Akane".
chibi-Greggu: Where I'm going there'll be no shortage of Vietnamese girls. These are the rules. How can you skirt the rules?! A beffudled G replies. :o)
Doki! Doki! Waku! Waku!
Man you take out all the fun. You wouldn't even let me wear my bathrobe and shout "I love you pig tailed girl!" at the top of my lungs. Poo.
UNB wins again. Our lone competitor defeated 17 others from UPEI, Mt. A, and SMU in the beginners category. The 3rd-year CS student will be representing Atlantic Canada in the nationals (beginners category) held in Montreal. Reminded me of last year, it did. :-) I kinda wished I could have competed in the Intermediate category, but, alas, I am not a student. The grand prize winner was an advanced student from Mount A who spoke Japanese better than the judges and teachers. No, really. He was good.
And T: you missed the Vietnamese girl with the boobs. Tsk, tsk.
This is ummmm ...weird....I do however prefer the constant hum of urban life, but would we call me scary? *flutters eyelashes*
You're small but well-built and people are a little afraid
of you. You might even walk with a cane that people find somewhat menacing,
rather than seeing it as an aid to your mobility. You like an urban lifestyle,
with little time for nature or the more rural pleasures of life. This
fast-paced lifestyle suits you, and you wish everyone around you would just
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Sunday, March 07, 2004
Saturday, March 06, 2004
Plus Side: Great food
Down side: That whole underage prostiution, disease thingy
Calmer and more staunchly independent than almost all those around you,
you have a long history of rising above adversity. Recent adversity has led to questions
about your sexual promiscuity and the threat of disease, but you still manage to attract a
number of tourists and admirers. And despite any setbacks, you can really cook a good
meal whenever it's called for. Good enough to make people cry.
Take the Country
Quiz at the Blue Pyramid
the United Nations!
Most people think you're ineffective, but you are trying to
completely save the world from itself, so there's always going to be a long
way to go. You're always the one trying to get friends to talk to each
other, enemies to talk to each other, anyone who can to just talk instead of
beating each other about the head and torso. Sometimes it works and sometimes
it doesn't, and you get very schizophrenic as a result. But your heart
is in the right place, and sometimes also in New York.
face="Times New Roman">Take the Country
Quiz at the Blue Pyramid
Friday, March 05, 2004
OMG. I'm one of my favourite bands - Texas.
Cool. I'm a redneck.
"You aren't really much of your own person, but everyone around you wishes you'd go away, so you might as well be independent. You're sort of loud-mouthed and abrasive, but you do have a fair amount of power. You like big trucks, big cattle, and big oil rigs. And sometimes you really smell. But it's not all bad, you're big enough to have some soft spots somewhere in all that redneck madness."
Wow, that really does fit well :)
Mystical and rain-soaked, you remain mysterious to many people, and this
makes you intriguing. You also like a good night at the pub, though many are just as
worried that you will blow up the pub as drink your beverage of choice. You're good
with words, remarkably lucky, and know and enjoy at least fifteen ways of eating a potato.
You really don't like snakes.
Take the Country Quiz at
the Blue Pyramid
You know - just in case you want to know the right thing to say to the JGirls....
MegaTuan's current get rich quick scheme: sue Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft for sedentary lifestyle.
Binnie would be proud. I picked up a white dragon yesterday. I had no intention of buying the new transforming Escaflowne toy due to the mediocre reviews.
"18th place - Yamato Escaflowne Guymelef
The only reason that the Yamato Escaflowne deserves to be on the ballot at all is because it's a diecast, transforming version of this much beloved mech. With glowing reviews such as; "Ass" and "It sucks but I love it anyways", it was evident pretty early on that Esca didn't have a snowball's chance this year. The toy itself comes three years late and is a complete disaster in just about every aspect of execution. Whereas one can generally feel the love that went into designing most Yamato products, Esca feels like its designers gave up on it in frustration and then decided to go ahead and release it anyway."
Alas geekdom got the best of me. I transformed him once, and whoo boy was that a royal pain in the ass. Musn't break. Musn't break. Huzzah! At least they had legible English along with the Japanese instructions this time.
Now to find me a Panda-Z...
J girl: And that concludes Mount A's Japanese Speech Contest, are there any questions?
J girl: Yes. You with the Subaru hat and otaku T-shirt.
Van sama: Fohgivahaness pweese. Can I smell your panties? Oh, and you have a good fish misa man, preese send a foh moh to house. Sank you.
Perhaps I could lend you my "I am a pervert" T-shirt. Oh, and rule #4: You may not wear anything for sale on tshirthell.com.
G: Baka!! No wait. G-sempai never said anything about wearing my Hentai ROXXORS! shirt. Excellent. Oh man, I am sooooo going to cosplay it up. Hmmm should I go all bishoujo or bishounen? Decisions. Decisions.
Flopper quotes of the day:
So now we fight with pictures of swords?
I'm going to enjoy kicking your ass. Assuming I roll a 4 or better.
T: Fair enough. But I'm not competing this year. You need to be attending a university Japanese course to qualify. But I'm up for some company if you want to come see. I have noticed there are more Japanese girls there than one normally sees in the general population ^_^
Rule #1: No "5-dalla" jokes.
Rule #2: No humping.
Rule #3: Tycho is the man. The she-worm Arbalex is not.
And if I may suggest some saturday entertainment: I saw Silence of the Lambs a couple of days ago, so if you can find "Hannibal", that'd be all right. I'm also looking for "The Cube" (Canadian movie a couple of years old). *digs the psychological films*
I thought I had big balls, this guy is betting 10-1 odds that Jenson Button (BAR) outscores Kimi Raikkonnen (McLaren) this year. That is, any takers will get $10 from him if Kimi comes out with more points, but have to pay him $100 if Jenson finishes the season ahead.
Judging by yesterday's practice times in Australia, he may have just secured his retirement.
G-chan: Why not drop by for the weekend? I'll even go check out the contest (read: scope for chicks) with ya. Transformer? I hardly knew her.
I'll root for ya. Greggu-kun! kawaii! *swoon*
T: I'm going to be in Sackville (Mount Allison? I don't even know her!) on Sunday. Give me a call if you want to hook up.
The 6th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Language Speech Contest is being held, and I want to see the crown passed on to the next generation. (Ah, the glory! The fame! I shall miss it so! *sheds tear*) That, and I'm going to root for UNB - we have one participant this year. (Nobody rooted for me...[/bitter])
The blog presents another Peter Anderson post:
Why Bruce Campbell still rocks. I'm getting a Six String Samurai vibe.
"Now this is a fucking controller."
Yes it is. I almost bought it 2 Xmas's ago. ^_^ Subsequently, I've found out I'm not that hardcore. The controller costs as much as a console and can currently be used on only Steel Battalion and it's sequel.
This is just plain weird. It reminds me of an old sketch on The Muppet Show where a guy used a mallet to bonk these little ball-shaped muppets on the head, each one saying 'ouch' in a different note. (flash)
Thursday, March 04, 2004
The latest Ninja Gaiden = teh hard. But boy do I loves me some beheading.
And now to make The Duc buy the game using my awesome powers of persuasion. Ahem. Ayane and Kasumi are in it... *hears cash register ding* Also, the first three games are on there for the unlocking. :)
"Michael Dell is calling it quits as CEO of Dell, and has named Kevin Rollins..."
Oh man, it'd be so much cooler if he named Henry Rollins as his successor. There would really be some ass kicking going on then...
Dude, you're getting a fucking punch in the face!!!
At gunpoint? I explained in the very post that it would be more profitable for them to shore up their future prospects then to try and outbid the western markets on the oil markets. This is what I've been saying, most of these environmental measures end up making economic sense in the medium-term.
They are doing some things right, Calcutta has one of the best subway infrastructures in the world, for example. What should happen is that entreprenneurs in developing countries should try and learn from the mistakes made in the past, and look for oppourtunities to make money where the Western industrial machine is weaker, not just by cloning their practices. And first world countries should, of course, take the lead in developing cleaner sources of energy, instead of bombing counties that have oil left in them.
I grow weary of this topic. Now back to tires! :)
Of course it was, and how are we going to tell China what to do? At gun point?
All roads lead back to the "cancerous tit of the oil companies". Hell I'm guilty of it right now, using electricity that was produced from burning fossil fuels to read this blog. Typing on this plastic keyboard, another byproduct. Commuting to work because hot damn I enjoy driving.
Do you have any suggestions? Keeping in mind we don't get hydrogen for free. Note to self: Remind Mr. Bush.
The industrial revolution was pretty repulsive if you actually take a close look at worker safety, pay levels, environmental practices, resource utilization. Frankly, we learned the hard way. And it would be, frankly, colossally stupid for China and India to build their respective industrial bases on a dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, just from the persepctive of their own future ability to make money.
Also, I'm all for curbing population growt, if only the damn church would get their noses out of it and stop telling people birth control is evil we might actually get somewhere in this area.
Suburban sprawl (subsidised by the taxes paid by city-dwellers), subsidies to dinosaur industries like coal and steel in the US, disgustingly unnecessary use of cars and poor transport infrastructure within cities, all these things should be tackled individually just to improve people's quality of life, with the environmental benefit being a side bonus, really.
You have your views I have mine, obviously. I look at the bigger picture. Global population levels are not going to drop (barring a cataclysm). Hydro, solar, and wind energy is not sufficient for the rising global energy demand. Too many groups are against nuclear. The fossil fuel supply is finite. So we're in a bit of a bind aren't we?
Also, citing 2 examples of regional weather and assessing that that's what the global picture is like - I don't buy it. 1998 was the hottest global year on record. If we simplify it down to more C02 = more hot, then why isn't each year succesively hotter? Too may variables, not enough info, not enough scientific understanding.
Don't even get me started on cars.
The situation is grim. Follow through with Kyoto and you send yourself down the slippery slope of an energy crisis. Unless an alternative is found. We've all seen what happens to big cities when the power's out. I'd rather not see people freeze to death because they can't afford the heating bill due to the premium put on fossil fuels.
Also, why should we deny developing China from going through their industrial revolution? Who gives us the right?
Come to think of it, why do I even bother bringing this up? Assuming the Kyoto science isn't flawed. They don't have enough people signing on. Russia? Out. US? Out. Australia? Out. Pity Canada's dumb enough to sign.
It's true that Kyoto doesn't go far enough to lower CO2 levels enough to have an effect on the earth's greenhouse gas level, however the side result of it is less black shit being pumped into the air and into my lungs, so I'm all for it regardless.
That's OK. I've already heard the story. Even other parts that didn't make the internet version. I noticed that there was no mention of a Ford Focus in that story. Interesting.
He also tells me he might come up for a week or so this month. I'll have to teach the little bro how to drive, I suppose.
The blog presents a very special Peter Anderson post:
of S rated tires...
I admit it. I'm a tattling on his bro. Mom! I'm telling!
I spoke too soon. They wanna play volleyball in the Martian arctic.
As Mr. Spock would say: Fascinating.
A well written article on the subject.
Schmatar's earlier post got me thinkin. Man, there's a buncha theories to wrap one's head around; like global cooling. The more articles I read on both sides of the fence. The more I realize we can do dick all to stop it.
I also found the study of arctic ice cores interesting. Apparently the global average temparature for the previous 4 ice age cycles is warmer than it is now, with less C02. Keen.
I'm going to pull a _Greg_ and go all _mathematical_. ^_^ Show me a computer model or equation where there is conclusive proof that global warming is:
1. not natural (meaning manmade sources are the #1 culprit)
2. not reversible (not part of a natural cycle)
Then I'll support Kyoto.
I never thought that I would seriously like an electric-hybrid car. I like the Supra for all it's amazing power, but feeding petro to it is a bit of a nightmare. Now, the Volta. . . . I WANT ME ONE OF THOSE. And here I was looking forward to driving the People's Celica. This car clasifies as the Chairman's Volta.
The thing with the stage and the history.
So the Soul Calibur film rights have been snatched up. Ming errr I mean, The Duc, Fohgivaness Your Excellency. I can see it now. Starring: polearm girl, camel toe ninja, chick with the rack, small asian guy with the big stick, Todd McFarlane's Spawn, Jesus, and many more...
Hmmmm come to think of it, Soul Calibur's story is Lord of the Rings - with swords! Sure it'll suck, but I'm in it for the camel toe.
God Bless your company, Duc. Insight? Prius? Now we're talkin.
Yes. They are jumping the gun. It's just that they're shaking the Magic Space Ball and all signs point to yes. The rovers are incapabale of digging deep enough to find water, assuming there is any at the landing sites. They've done the equator thing a few times now. I'm curious why not a polar lander. There's obviously ice there.
Mars for me is exciting, so is the prospect of seeing a return to the moon and a Mars mission in my lifetime. What I'm giddy about is a possible splashdown on Titan.
Also, I want to be the rock naming guy. They'd all have Ming Dynasty references mind you. We'll name that phallic outcropping, Mount Wang.
Which is more impressive? That there was water on Mars, or that, by finding stuff that _isn't_ water, scientists conclude that there _was_ water.
For the record - I'm saying they're jumping the gun. Because you can form crystals by evaporating water does not mean that the crystals you found were actually formed by water. It might be a good sign (depending on whether or not you want Mars to have had water), but nothing more.
Wake me up when they actually find something drinkable.
Pele says, to be king of your kitchen...
M'eh. Tis commonplace in motorsports, and the cars look better with the sponsor livery.
That's an interesting theory Schmatar. ^_^
a professor in UNB's Forestry department has an interesting theory on global warming. He says that if you look at certain scientific data from the past ice ages then the data can also be interpreted that we possibly never fully came out of the last one... rather than experiencing global warming now, we are shaking off the last of the most recent ice age....just what I heard....and no, I don't know the prof's name.
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
I don't. The Pentagon has scenarios for Canada invading the US. They have reports for worst case scenarios on everything, including little green men. This is not new.
What I am arguing is the Kyoto Accord is flawed. Is world energy rationing to achieve a 0.1 degree change in global temps justified? I don't think so. We're humans. We've been messing with the environment from the get go. The reason we are even at this point in time is from messing with Mother Earth.
The whole issue is C02. Please, spare me the gov't funded conspiracy crap. There's no scientific consesus on global warming.
Obviously I don't have all of the facts or knowledge at hand. But my gut tells me the weather is more complex than P implies Q. We have best guess computer simulations, that's it. We can barely predict weather. When you put up a greenhouse and in the prescence of sunlight does it heat up the inside, 10, 100 years from now?
The sun also fluctuates in energy output. One dip and boom, another ice age, regardless of the amount of C02 we pump out. There's other gases to blame y'know? Hence why Kyoto is flawed.
I knew I had a rant coming.. feels better now. Anyway, to make up for it Here's some more the funny.
When even The Pentagon says global warming is a problem then I worry.
When temparatures rise and fall they cause things like the last dark ages, hurricanes reaching further up North than ever before (waves to Mr. Juan), and according to some theories, may be the cause of the massive dumps of snow we've been seeing lately.
Bottom line is don't pay much attention to scientists who receive their funding from the US government, and don't expect humans to be able to live for very long guzzling from the dirty, cancerous tit of the oil companies.
Not that I really care, but Bada ba ba baaaa! I ain't lovin it.
We could make pink Volvo jokes, but alas, that concept isn't going into production. :) Dammit. I want a real manly man's car. Right. Now. I want - The Homer. I want a cupholder here, here, and here. And a horn that plays La Cucaracha.
That's awesome! I had no problem reading it at all. And to think I bother with such unimportant things as spelling....
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
*stupid keyboard!* ;o)
Because you shouldn't leave Civic owners in the dark.
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Ah yes, I can now wander into Gamezilla unmolested for my anti-Tolkien views. ^_^
Theological Thought of the Day:
Is the Anti-Christ really made of positrons?
Monday, March 01, 2004
Deal. *off to costume shop*
Has anyone seen the film? I just wanna know if they drove the stakes through His palms or His wrists. Cause the palms won't support the weight of the body. Y'know? To satisfy my morbid curiosity. And from what I read they should have spoke Greek instead of Latin. And did Jeebus really shout out "JESUS CHRIST THAT HURT!"?
From now on that religious slasher movie is to be referred to as The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre.
In addition to this, the first one of you who dresses up in a red devil costume to go watch this movie will, no matter what other dumb shit you do in your life, will have the words "rocks" and "funkopotomous" somewhere on your tombstone.
Specs aren't final yet, but this should make Al happy. Reminds me of Sun powered MS websites.
Dammit. Stop that.
Oh you know's what I'm talkin bout. "Christ a superstar at box office.", "One King to rule them all!" What next? "If you only see one crucifixition this year - make it this one!"
Actually I find it amusing. :) Why? Cause it reminds me of that Simpsons episode. The one where Mel remakes "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" into a bloody epic. "All in favour? Say die!"
The hoopla is a bit much n'est pa? I mean nobody cried anti-semitism when John Travolta made an epic about his Scientological God - L. Ron Hubbard.
And now that I've offended the lot of you Jesus lovers. :) Let me end by saying alright already you nerds freakin won. You've single-handedly made up for Annie Hall beating Star Wars in the 1977 Oscars, and then some.
Enough with the fantasy, and the hobbits, and the my precious, and the freakin ring. A nerd cannot dine on fantasy alone. We need to sup from all the major food groups: bad sci-fi novels, cheesy comic book adaptations, piss poor videogame screenplays.
Now where's my HellBoy?!
Ah, EA, how you continue to baffle me. Denounce a system you publish on? Brilliant!
In more meaningful news: Roll up the rim to win!!!