newsobserver.com | His sister in danger, 4-year-old plays hero

November 30th, 2006

This is a good story and all – but that kid is totally going to die when he does the same thing again.

newsobserver.com | His sister in danger, 4-year-old plays hero
DURHAM – The robber was holding a gun to 5-year-old Mary Long’s head when a 3-foot-tall Mighty Morphin Power Ranger leapt into the room.

“Get away from my family,” 4-year-old Stevie Long shouted, punctuating his screams with swipes of his plastic sword and hearty “yah, yahs.”

The robber and his accomplice, who was waiting outside the apartment Friday night, fled with credit cards, jewelry, cash and other items that Stevie’s mother, Jennifer Long, dumped from her purse.

Supporting Death and Destruction by Michael Gaddy

November 30th, 2006

Supporting Death and Destruction by Michael Gaddy
Supporting Death and Destruction

by Michael Gaddy
by Michael Gaddy

DIGG THIS

“It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service in this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”

~ Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, 1933
Two-time recipient of the Congressional Medal of Hono

Microsoft

November 30th, 2006

Microsoft “Innovation”
Microsoft “Innovation”
Index
Contents

* C Compiler
* Common Internet File System
* DirectX
* DOS
* Flight Simulator
* Frontpage
* Intellimouse Explorer’s Optical Tracking Technology
* Internet Explorer
* Powerpoint
* RPC
* SQL Server
* Standard C Library
* TCP/IP Stack
* TrueType
* Visual Basic
* Windows
* Windows NT

Intro

A few years ago, a friend sent me an email that attacked Microsoft’s oft-repeated innovation claim. The email listed a number of Microsoft products and where they are supposed to originate. Although I knew some of the history of products like Windows or DOS, I was surprised at the number of products the email suggested originated elsewhere. The idea stuck in my mind, but since the email didn’t give any evidence I didn’t know whether to trust it. So I started noting down sources that backed up the claims in the email. Here they are…

If you have any additions or comments you can email me here alistairmcmillan75@gmail.com

Late to the party but loving it anyway

November 22nd, 2006

Line rider looks like awesome fun. If I had a tablet then I would play this all day and night. Maybe I can make a copy of this for Dex or something. I tried making something cool but my wrists let me down.

I especially like this sample movie because it uses the Cowboy Bebop theme music and I loved that series a ton.

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Baby LOG

November 21st, 2006

Star date – 11/21/06

I finally got around to putting up a log for our baby on the way. 

http://bb.slowburn.net/babylog 

In reference to those laboring monkies

November 20th, 2006

There was some subtly in my post ” There is no God if these monkies can’t get into heaven For one – there is no heaven… and since the monkeys won’t be going there the papers had it right, God is dead.

It was discussions like this back in my freshman year in religion class at Hudson Catholic High School that fortified my atheism and started to kindle my hatred of organized religion. My teacher was a pious man and relatively smart but did not have a very hardened understanding (of anything) that could withstand a 15 year old’s rhetoric. It started… do babies go to heaven? fetuses? retarded people? people in comas? Bonobos? No? No Bonobos in heaven? Well humans are above all over things and made in the Lord’s image, of course, so no one could question who should die first; a rat or a human. But what about a gorilla and a human? What about a particularly docile and communicative gorilla and a human hell-bent on killing gorillas.

It seems to me that this thing that catholics (read as most religions) use to distinguish the chosen from the scenery is very arbitrary – and if it DID exists, then it is something that can be earned, assigned, squandered and rejected whether the popular dogma thinks it otherwise. Without that attribute you couldn’t have holy wars and inquisitions and the like. Any attempt to divide between one species and another quickly mirrored every other social club with it’s secret handshakes, jingoistic self affirmation and logistical gymnastics to handle the blatant inconsistencies of policy and blah blah.
Here’s where I had to decide ‘why’ religion needs to exist – mostly because of the challenges my father laid before me in respect to my beliefs (or lack of)… Why is there religion? Well because Man needs resolution. It can not as a species live with the causality of the universe. I controls what it must and assigns a value and boxes up what it can not. That’s in the old religions there is a God for every single super-scientific occurrence; the sun, war, love, snakes. Add more science and religion too needs to expand in order to control the hearts and minds of men. Eventually religion is chased down into dark corners and then extinguished… and we laugh at those silly romans and there gods of War or Ocean.

All religions serve their masters and the masters of religion are the men who perpetuate their existence.

The last image was brought to you by xkcd.com and friends

November 20th, 2006

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This is a funny site…. I should log in and vote for a set number of pictures per day:

http://thefunniest.info/

KIll the Unicorn – but watch out for the retribution

November 20th, 2006

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There is no God if these monkies can’t get into heaven

November 15th, 2006

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Monkeys ride on the back of a pickup truck fully loaded with coconuts after collecting them from a plantation in Chumphon province, southern Thailand Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006. The monkeys, the pig-tailed macaques, can quickly scamper up the trunk of a coconut palm, select the ripe ones and with a twist and pull the fruit will drop to the ground. ‘One monkey can pick about 300 coconuts a day. The monkey works 10 times quicker than a man,’ said Somboon Cheumuang, the monkeys’ owner. About 1,200 trained monkey are working as coconut pickers in the country’s southern coastal provinces of Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong and Nakhon Si Thammarat. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

 http://www.freshplaza.com/2006/07nov/2_th_monkey.htm

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/11/07/thailand.monkeys.ap/

[ Edited, added sources.  I need to be a little more thorough in my snatching of news tidbits because there really are people out there who occasionally read this thing. ]

Gliffy for glaphing

November 13th, 2006

This is a web based diagramming replacement for visio.I have a hard time remembering it when I need it… here’s the link for posterity:

http://www.gliffy.com/gliffy/#d=1103611&t=Raif