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Friday, January 11th, 2008
8:39 am - Oh Come On, I Never Checked the 'Do You Want a Wacko As President' Box!
98% Dennis Kucinich
94% Mike Gravel
79% John Edwards
78% Chris Dodd
78% Joe Biden
75% Barack Obama
72% Hillary Clinton
69% Bill Richardson
28% Rudy Giuliani
26% Ron Paul
19% John McCain
14% Mike Huckabee
12% Mitt Romney
10% Tom Tancredo
4% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

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Friday, December 14th, 2007
10:27 pm - Cross-Post Madness
Blogger has put their OpenID implementation out of beta, so now those of you stuck in Livejournal land can comment on my blog. It's like graduating from the kiddie table at Thanksgiving! Come join us, we have wine and boring conversation about Aunt Myrtle.


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Thursday, December 13th, 2007
8:48 am - Cross-Post
Terry Pratchett has announced he has a form of early-onset Alzheimers.

Yet another blow for the theory of a benevolent God.


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Sunday, December 9th, 2007
11:02 pm - Just a little crosspost
Nidoking might be interested in this news.


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Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
9:24 am - Won't Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children?

Hmm, judging by the URL Blogger will forever store this article in the November folder because I saved the first draft back then.

Despite republishing and redating it. Interesting.

Anyway, it's, you know, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, so we have to have a slew of articles about pointless threats to children and Jesus. As opposed to meaningful coverage of, say, the complete collapse of the regulatory apparatus regarding toy and consumer product safety.

I'm looking at you, China.

Anyway, here you go. Relevant a couple days ago when I started it.

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Saturday, November 24th, 2007
9:29 am - Superspecial News of the Day
Read it here before your life loses all meaning.


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Friday, November 23rd, 2007
11:24 am - Read My New, Semi-Professonal Blog, And You Might Get Candy
http://hctomorrow.blogspot.com/Read more...Collapse )

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Friday, November 9th, 2007
7:28 am - Time Wasting Interblaggage
Considering dragging the Jenny to a movie in the evening. 30 Days of Night, Michael Clayton, American Gangster, something like that, just to get out of the house.

Bloomingtonians who might want to waste a couple hours in a theatre can supply input as needed here.

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007
12:38 pm - Dumbledore's Gay (And Other Ways to Promote a Franchise After the Main Run Has Concluded)

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Friday, October 12th, 2007
7:23 am - Gore Wins!

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Thursday, August 30th, 2007
6:31 am - Hysterical Laughter

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
4:27 am
The Dark Carnival Day 1

Today we went to the first night of free screenings at the Cinemat that's kicking off The Dark Carnival film festival.

First they had a short, 'Broken', that was a patently obvious ripoff of the John Cusack movie 'Identity' from a few years back. Only with stupid gunfighting added. Laaaaaaaaaaaame.

Next up, though it got interrupted by a bad DVD and had to be finished at the end, was Rage. Rage was a variant on the string of 'horrible monster killer who mutilates his victims because he had an abusive childhood' movies, like See No Evil. Of course this basic idea goes all the way back to Psycho, so it's not hugely new.

It's also a redneck movie, so it's got a bit of that Deliverancey feel.

The movie itself was kind of derivative, very silly, etc. The most interesting part for us was that it's one of the local submissions. It was shot in Ninevah and Morgantown Indiana. You can see Hoosier Lottery signs up in the drugstores, Ohio plates on the main character's car, and Indianapolis Star papers on sale. It's honestly just as much fun watching for tells about the location as it is to see the actual flim.

Finally, riding to the rescue as the Baron put it, was Doomed to Consume, a zombie picture. Obvious references to Night of the Living Dead, a sense of humor, but ultimately weighted down by a slow narrative and the worst editing I've ever seen in a movie. There must be 20 consecutive slow fade-to-black scene transitions in this movie. AT LEAST. Then toward the end they throw in some crossfades. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SOMEONE BUY THESE PEOPLE A COPY OF FINAL CUT PRO.

Also, the framerate was off. Not sure why.

Still, a night of free movies to open up the week, and they weren't unwatchable, just unintentionally hilarious.

Tomorrow night we have a real treat lineup on the other hand. One of the FREE FREE FREE movies showing is Blood, Tea and Red String, a very creepy looking stop motion horror flick. It's from the Czech Republic or something, so it's come a long way to entertain ME personally.

We can't miss that one. We've been dying to catch it ever since we saw the first Dark Carnival trailers a month to six weeks ago.

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Monday, August 20th, 2007
7:58 am - Something for Tom to Peruse
So anyway, being that I failed somewhat miserably at the last attempt to get Jenny's computer upgraded, I wanted to have a second set of eyes look over the part list for the new one. If you get a chance, Tom, tell me what you think about these:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121059

(Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHZ Conroe)


Graphics Card:

New PSU:



As you can see, I picked a very well liked Intel motherboard and a Core 2 Duo processor. Since the Intel motherboard was designed to be Crossfire capable, I went with an ATI graphics card (Direct X 10 compatible), not that I ever intend to go to using Crossfire (they recommend 750 watts of power to use two cards!)

Even though I'm sticking with the one graphics card, I've heard these ATI beasts get a little juice hungry so I picked out a 550 watt power supply, just in case. Surely that's enough juice.

Rounding it out is a Samsung monitor, because, well, I like those.

Finally, since I botched the heatstink choice so badly last time, I was wondering if you had any recommendations on a CPU cooler for this setup.

Sorry to be a pest, but the Maternal Unit wants me to finalize this so we can apply for financial aid reimbursement.

If this works out Jenny will surely draw a Train-Zombie for you, or something.

PS: Have you heard anything about one of these? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822240001

I'm thinking about it as a lazy-mans backup box.

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Saturday, August 11th, 2007
3:13 am - ATTN: Nidoking
We're presently considering seeing the Simpsons movie in the afternoon on Saturday or Sunday. Let us know if you're interested. There are shows at 2:45 and 3:30 that look fairly good to us at this point, but we're flexible.

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Monday, August 6th, 2007
5:30 am - Amusing Story of the Army Corps of Engineers
The same geniuses behind the faulty levees in New Orleans, and for that matter, the entire disastrous Mississippi floodplain (which results in tragic and entirely preventable erosion of the Louisiana delta, a massive anoxic zone forming off of the Gulf Coast, etc), have now apparently taken to mining public beaches with explosives. No, seriously. In Surf City, NJ, they were supposed to dump sand on the beaches, presumably to fight erosion. Well, they got their sand....

SURF CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers, which accidentally dumped sand filled with old military ordnance on Surf City's beach, now wants the town to help pay to remove it.

.... Along with thousands of World War One era explosives.

the Army Corps unwittingly took sand from an offshore site where the military had dumped explosives decades ago.

More than 1,100 explosives, each about 4 inches in diameter and 8 inches long, were removed from Surf City's beach.

Surf City reopened its beach over Memorial Day weekend with new rules: Don't use metal detectors, don't dig more than a foot into the sand, and report anything suspicious to lifeguards.

And now the Corps. wants them to pay for its mistake. With money this time, not human lives, but hey, those explosives aren't going anywhere until they do. It's almost like a mob shakedown.
Army Corps spokesman Khaalid Walls said local governments are routinely asked to help pay for projects.

"That's protocol. All our projects are cost-shared," Walls said.

Hilarious. Honestly, why do we pay these people? They couldn't dig a hole without creating a body to fill it.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
2:08 am - For Shame, BBC Video
First they charge 80 bucks a season for Doctor Who, now they make the DVD info track on Fawlty Towers read 'FAULTY TOWERS'

Literally all caps; most DVD title track info is all caps, I dunno if it's the standard or what. But the bigger issue is that they take their own show's pun literally and respell it.

Great observational skill there, nimrods.

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Thursday, July 5th, 2007
8:30 am - This Isn't Highly Suspicious At All
Al Gore's son was just arrested on drug possession charges based on a 'traffic stop' search of his car. In Orange County, the most Republican Place on Earth. Ok, in all of California.


Gore's kid was known to have drug problems. He made for an easy target I'd wager.

Whether or not he's 'guilty', whatever that means for simple possession, this doesn't even come close to passing the smell test. Bush's daughters can be caught ON CAMERA drinking illegally, and that's ok. The cops go out of their way to catch Gore's kid with pot before an election.

Uh-huh. Pull the other one, it has bells on.

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Sunday, July 1st, 2007
1:55 pm - General Electric is a Bunch of Fuckwits and Sears Maintenance are Incompetent LIars
So we have, or more probably, HAD, a GE dryer. With the world's loudest buzzer that let you know that the cycle was up.

You could not alter this buzzer. You could not turn off this buzzer. We live in an apartment and the buzzer is louder than a smoke detector, louder than most fire alarms.

So we needed to disconnect it. Sears said it was a very low priority, even though we paid for the super platinum deluxe extended quadruple bypass warranty and service plan, and that we could expect no help from them in the near future, but that if we wanted, we could disconnect it ourselves.

I did. It worked for precisely one cycle, then died.

Reconnecting it does not help one iota.

So now we're just plain fucked. I'd also bet the fucking house, so to speak, or my fucking computer, not to use a metaphor, that they'll refuse to fix this under the warranty despite authorizing us to disconnect it ourselves after refusing to do their own job in a timely manner.

Yeah. From now on, I'm never having any communication with anyone on any matter other than ordering a pizza without a voice recorder turned on.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
3:51 am - Samsung Software is the Worst Shit Ever Written, Period, No Exceptions
I was almost done with installing and setting up my computer. I had just decided, for a laugh, to install one of the default programs that comes with my new monitor.




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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
7:47 pm




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