November 29, 2009

Crap

Unbelievabile.
They got the crap kicked out of them.
And now I need a new TV.

Oh well, the day was great right up until 8:20.

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November 25, 2009

Spawts

Well, the New York Football Giants won.
I was thinking it was a test game. Were they the suck team we've seen the last 4 weeks or the bruising, in yo face team we saw the first 5?
We still don't know.
We do know that Tynes will miss at least one field goal a game.
Hakim Nix still looks good.
We learned that Manningham can play a game without bobbling everything he touches.
Danny Ware can be good.

Now to the Islanders.
They look just good enough.
This year they wanted to suck to get one more top draft pick but their goalies are kicking butt.
They'd be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Sure it's only a third of the way through, but last year they were like 20 points out by now. Heck, by the middle or the season I thought they were mathematically eliminated for this year.
Their games are fun too. In the beginning of the season, they would get a lead and then lose it at the end and lose in OT. It went like clockwork.
Then, they started being the ones buzzing around the net in the last 2 minutes and started winning those games.
The rookies are kicking butt, Tavaris is darn good and this kid, Quincy, played too many games to be a rookie, but not enough to have really played so he's a rookie pretty much and he's kicking butt.


Well, if they're both gonna lose anyway, at least they're keeping me interested.

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November 22, 2009

Filthy lies are funny

By popular demand (well my demand, and I'm pretty popular with the owner of this here moronblog) in this exciting episode of steali.... paying homage to FrnakJ of IMAO, we bring his first filthy lie where he was trying to get Instapundit to link to him.

Hey, everyone! It's Frank J. I hope you're having a good weekend, but I have to tell you about this horrible thing I found out. See, I ran into Glenn Reynolds today and he was drinking what looked like some sort of smoothie. So I asked him, "Hey, Glenn Reynolds, what are you drinking?"

And he said, "It's my special energy drink to keep me fit and my intellect sharp."

"Wow," I responded, "How do you make it?"

"I put a puppy in a blender!" Glenn Reynolds laughed and then took an extra long sip.

"You can't put a puppy in a blender!" I said in complete horror.

"I can do whatever I want! I'm Glenn Reynolds!"

"You monster!"

He took another drink. "Mmmm... puppy. And, the cuter the puppy, the better the energy drink. Muh ha ha ha ha!" He then ran off, drinking his puppy.

Click for the rest, including poorly photoshoped evidence.
That was a funny time. He kept making up filthy lies and Glenn kept messing with him. Like the link to IMAO in Insty's blog roll went to a pic of a drooling fool and other stuff like that.
Finally he did give FrnakJ the link so it worked, and IMAO is still around 6 years later.

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November 19, 2009

I love it when a plan comes together.

I updated below, but I should do it up here.
Apparently this is fake. Oh well, it's a good fake.
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Heh.

Update.
Apparently it's not true, at least according to the Victoria Advocate.

Snopes says it's fake too, but I don't trust them on anything even remotely related to politics.

It's still funny.

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They're better than you.

California is what you get when all the leftist stereotypes get together and make a state. It's pretty funny.
This story has a bunch to make it good.
First, the CA legislature is trying to make pii=3, or something similar.

The most power-hungry television sets could soon be banned from store shelves in California as state energy regulators on Wednesday consider a first-in-the nation mandate intended to lower electricity demand.


Okay, so just typical so far, but look at what they're mandating
For example, all new 42-inch television sets must use less than 183 watts by 2011 and less than 116 watts by 2013.

Heh, let's see what TVs use now
42-inch Hitachi plasma TV sold in 2007 uses 313 watts while a 42-inch Sharp Liquid-crystal display, or LCD, TV draws 232 watts, according to Energy Commission research

That's nearly in half for plasma and in half for LCD. I expect Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Mexico to see huge increases in tv sales.

But why the headline? you ask?
TVs larger than 58 inches would not be covered under the rule,
 
Geez, you don't expect the rich and famous to watch crappy TVs, do you?

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November 18, 2009

Sorry Meryl

First, I'm totally against gerrymandering. I don't like "safe" districts, that gives us Denny Hastert and Nancy Pelosi.

I've voted twice for Congressman since I moved to Alexandria, VA.
My congressman is Jim Moran.
The GOP usually doesn't even run anyone against him so I just write in Meryl Yourish. No reason, she just mentioned something a few years ago about writing her in for some other office and it makes me laugh. I'm not wasting my vote anymore than not voting or writing in Zombie Reagan.

So this year he's actually going to have competition!
I get to vote for a real person
for Congress!

I'm actually kinda scared.

Via the Puppy Blender

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November 12, 2009

Slippery slope

Drudge link, so sue me.

Brit researchers are experimenting with using human DNA in animals.

For one of the few times in my life, I don't agree with Bart Simpson, I don't want my monkey man.

We're getting into an interesting time. We're advanced enough we can start playing god while many of the scientists who are doing so don't believe in a god or in any ethics resembling Christianity.
I don't believe in a god, but I still try to live the rule of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Which means that, unless you're being an asshole, I try to leave others alone.

I can imagine a time when commies and socialists (who inherently don't have any respect for people not themselves) start breeding "workers". Like people with ape DNA who are very strong and can carry a lot or something.

Interesting times.

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What are the odds?

I forget where I saw this, but Futurepundit talks about how "user interface researchers" are going to use cute stuff to make people do what they want them to do.
One experiment showed that when programming a washing machine, people were more inclined to follow energy consumption advice about different cycles when it came from iCat rather than graphs and numbers. That suggests the savings which simple awareness can provoke can be magnified by using more "social" mechanisms to deliver advice.

I wonder, which "people" did they use for this study?
Me? I don't like being told what to do, I would probably use extra-wasteful energy settings if some stupid iCat told me what to do.

I save energy as a matter of course. I turn off lights I don't need, I have a window office at work and if the Sun is up, my lights are off. Which means I almost never use them. I have a one bedroom apt and unless it's summer and I need the A/C, my electric bill is less than $50.
I take the bus to work and walk home.
Not because of enviro stuff, but because I'm cheap.

But if some stupid, cute little cartoon character tells me to do it, I'd probably start driving to work (2 miles) and leaving the lights in my office on even when I'm not there.
I'm actually surprised I still have a nose.

The problem with Americans is that we're assholes, we don't like being told what to do.
I flew to Vegas (duh), and all around me people were getting pissed. because the TSA people are idiots and mini-Napoleons puffed up with their own importance. The only reason I didn't get more upset was because they can make the next 10 hours of my life a total hassle.

It's like today's version of "customer service". I won't deal with AT&T or Comcast for anything and DirecTV is pissing me off. I don't hate Verizon as much, but I hate dealing with them. I tried to get a telephone in my house and spent over an hour explaining that no, I haven't had the same number for the last 5 years so I don't owe them for another guy's number. After the hour+, they agreed and then wanted to transfer me to someone who would set up my phone. I told them "no thanks".
I have a Sprint cell phone because their customer service even though their coverage area is the smallest of the big companies because, while not all that competent, they will fix what they've screwed up and usually don't start off with "You're wrong, now gimme your money", unlike the others listed above.

Our intellectual, social, moral and political betters are getting mad we're not EUnuchs who put up with that crap.
Me? I think we're reaching a breaking point. Pretty soon Americans are going to revolt. It'll start small, but the people who think they're our masters will overreact and it'll snowball until the chit really hits the fan.

I think things are about to get very darn interesting.
(comments are back on, when I go away without computer, I'm not in the mood to have to delete a million comments from some b00t company or whatever spam is filling up comments).

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November 11, 2009

I'm back

Well, I'm back.
It was a rough weekend, I didn't get back until late last night and had to go to work this morning.
Ugh.
Detroit sucks (sorry Eric), if they hadn't thrown a damn INT for a TD in the last minute my whole trip would have been free. But no.
Oh well. That's why they call it gambling.

I'll start posting tomorrow when my brain catches up.
One good thing about Vegas, you don't get jet lag, you just get burned out.
You don't get jet lag because you pretty much just sleep every now and then for a few hours, time doesn't matter unless you're waiting on a poker tourney or something.

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November 06, 2009

I'm outta here

I'm off to Vegas tomorrow, I won't have a computer with me.
Wish me luck.
Actually, wish me no luck. I have lots and lots of luck when I gamble.
All of it bad.

Monday, I'm shooting machine guns. Woo-hoo.

I'm hoping to shoot the full auto versions of semi-autos I have, like a Thompson, an M-16, an M-2 carbine and an Uzi.

I figure I'll try 3 round bursts and save the Uzi for last and do a 32 round burst.
Heh.

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November 04, 2009

Privacy in numbers

The Cato Institute has this story about how we don't have privacy anymore. I've thought about this some and it's an interesting problem.

If someone wants to find out everything about you they can. Our whole lives go through the intertubes these days, from bank accounts to employment to what we write on Facebook et al.
If one geek can write protections another can get around them.

But.... there's nearly 400,000,000 people in America, there's privacy in numbers.
The scenario in 1984 would be very difficult as you'd need nearly as many watchers as watched.

What should we do about it? I don't know, I do what we do do about it, don't worry about it until it's too late.
That's the human way.

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Project Valour-IT

Soldier's Angels is having their annual competition between the services for donations to Valour-IT. They buy computers with special features for injured soldiers.
I root for the Marines.
It's easy to say, but if I hadn't been blinded in my left eye when I was 19 I'm pretty sure I would have become a Marine.
I failed spectacularly in my first year of college (I literally tripled my 1.3 cum from my first year of college in 1981 to when I went back and graduated with a BS in ME), and was screwing around the summer after when BAM, I lost my left eye and my options closed.

Oh well, I'll never be a Marine, but I can help them win this competition.
Go Teufel Hunden!

If you want to give in the name of a different branch, click the first link and there will be links to the other services.

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Hockey!

So, how about them Islanders? They're actually on a winning streak.

Hockey is my second sport, my cable bill is a fortune from September to February paying for both the hockey and football packages.

The Islanders came out this year expecting to be in the cellar for a few reasons, the biggest is that their "goalie of the future", Rick DiPietro was injured a couple years ago and is going to miss nearly all, if not all, of this season.
They wanted one more early first round pick to get someone to play with John Tavaris, but the goalies they got have been playing pretty good hockey and the defense is starting to play the whole game instead of just the first 54 minutes.
Their first 10 games nearly all went into OT. They would go like this, get a lead, lost it in the last few minutes and lose in OT but recently they started winning in regulation.
They even beat the Capitals in DC! I've spent a lot of money going to some serious ass-kickings. The Isles never win in DC. It's depressing.

Eh, I still have high hopes for the Giants, but I like that the Isles are keeping me interested and they couldn't have gone on a winning streak at a better time than when the Giants are getting their asses kicked as they're playing good teams the last 3 weeks.

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November 02, 2009

Woe is me!

Crow eating halftime update.
Woe really is me. Crap.
4th quarter update
WTF? They can't stop the run? Seriously?

The biggest problem at the beginning was they were too predictable.
1st down, long pass
2nd down, run.
wash, rinse, punt.

Back in Simms' early days they did that all the time. Then, they started throwing 15 yards and shorter and won the Super Bowl.
You know, they way they won it two years ago. Eli had Simms-like numbers that year, 19 for 28 for 220 or something.
How the hell do you go backwards? Throw the damn ball 15- yards 90% of the time, once in a while go for the gusto, but not all the damn time.
Being a Giants fan is not easy. It's exciting, but not easy.

Original post.
It's funny watching the pregame, oh woe is the Giants without Mario Manningham.

Yeah, they lose two very good catches and 4-6 drops and in the meantime, Hakeem Nicks and Dominic Hixon (who can be very good or very bad) get to play more.

Montana losing Rice it ain't.

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