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|Friday, June 10th, 2005|
|Yet another meme thingy
What D&D Character Are You?
You Are A:
Lawful Good Half-Orc Fighter
Lawful Good characters are the epitome of all that is just and good. They believe in order and governments that work for the benefit of all, and generally do not mind doing direct work to further their beliefs.
Half-Orcs are often brutish and mean creatures, unaccepted by both thier heritages. They are little better than orcs. But some can be clever and successful in the society of adventurers
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.
Law and Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral - XXXXX (5)
Chaos --- XXXXX (5)
Good and Evil:
Good ---- XXXXXXX (7)
Neutral - XXX (3)
Evil ---- (0)
Human ---- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf ------ XXXX (4)
Gnome ---- XXXXX (5)
Halfling - XX (2)
Dwarf ---- XXXX (4)
Half-Orc - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Fighter -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (15)
Barbarian -XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Ranger --- XXX (3)
Monk ----- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Paladin -- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Cleric --- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Mage ----- XXXX (4)
Druid ---- XXXXXX (6)
Thief ---- (-3)
Bard ----- XXXX (4)
|Friday, May 27th, 2005|
|Time to pull out the tin-foil underwear...
story linked to on slashdot. They're going to be installing scanners at airports that will literally see through the clothes of every passenger. "Well, you'll see basically everything," said Bill Scannell, a privacy advocate and technology consultant. "It shows nipples. It shows the clear outline of genitals."
Anyone else outraged by this? I mean I'm all for the technology to see through clothes, but only if it's in the right hands (i.e. mine. :P) Having this done by the fucking government
seems way wrong somehow. And how long until choice pictures will be leaked to the net?
|Thursday, May 12th, 2005|
|Which religion best suits you?
| You scored as agnosticism. You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof).|
Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.
Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Hmm, never realized I was that close to Satanism....
|Wednesday, May 11th, 2005|
|It's official, Secretary of Homeland Security is above the law
And checks and balances are dead. With the passage of the Real ID Act in the Senate (100 - 0 since it was attached to a money for the troops bill), "the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section."
(taken directly from the bill, now law.) Furthermore, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph; or to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision."
Basically, if the Secretary doesn't like some law (be it a law against rape, murder, nuking of San Francisco, whatever,) he can say "this law stands in the way of expeditious construction of the barriers and roads along our borders" and waive the law. No court will be able to do fuck about that, without first finding Section 102 of the Real ID Act unconstitutional. And who knows how long that will take.
More info here
|Monday, April 18th, 2005|
|And we wonder why the world hates us...
Out of morbid curiosity I posted the following topic on the War on Terror discussion board at gamefaqs. This forum always has at least a half dozen heated conservative vs. liberal debates going on, with the occasional libertarian or satanist piping in.
The topic:Completely hypothetical situation here. There is a button. If you don't press it within the next 20 seconds, everybody inside the borders of the United States of America, plus every U.S. citizen abroad, dies. If you press the button within the next 20 seconds, every American citizen and everybody within the boarders of USA lives, but every other person on Earth dies. It's a quick death, they literally won't know that anything hit them (unless you believe in the afterlife.)
The only exception is you: you get to live no matter what, though of course there is nothing to stop you from committing suicide afterwards. You are the only person on Earth who knows about this button and no one will ever know about your actions (unless you choose to tell them and they actually believe you.) There is absolutely nothing you can do to save both America and the rest of the world. There is absolutely nothing you can do to destroy both American and the rest of the world. You can assume that if you press the button, any Americans in danger of dying because of being aboard foreing airliners and such will be teleported to safety.
Summary, your only options are:
1. Press the button, America lives, the rest of the world dies.
2. Don't press the button. America dies, the rest of the world wins.
Do you press the button?
The results so far, 9 in favor of pressing the button (+1 tentative), 2 (not counting myself) opposed to pressing it. To be fair 2 of those in favor of pressing it mentioned their family/loved ones as being the main reason.
Some of the replies:
"Press it. I wouldn't even hesitate..."
"I would press it while eating pancakes."
"Press it. Hell, press it three or four times, just to be sure."
"3) Press a fake button on live international TV...
... then I'd be all "PSYCH, *****ES!". Then I'd press the real button."
Ok, the last one was pretty funny....
|Friday, April 15th, 2005|
|It's Kitty Genovese all over again, on a high school level
Short version: Developmentally challenged girl gets (allegedly) forced into oral sex with two guys in front of many witnesses, one of them with a rolling video camera, in the school auditorium. No one tries to stop it, though unlike the Kitty Genovese case a few did run for help. The school Principal and vice-principals don't call the police because they don't want media attention.
I'm really not sure what's more disturbing, that so many students watched and did nothing, or that THE FUCKING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS REFUSED TO CALL THE POLICE FOR FEAR THAT THEIR SCHOOL MIGHT GET A BAD REP!!!!!!!
These people must be fired, NOW.
|Monday, March 28th, 2005|
|This is just rediculous
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|Thursday, March 24th, 2005|
|Haven't done a meme in a while...
So I decided to try the one lazypenguinness did
| You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
What philosophy do you follow? (v1.01)
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|Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005|
|This thing is so freaking cool
Quote from the article
:You can't see him, and he can't see you, so there's no need to fear his mighty claws. He lumbers around on his eight legs in search of food and... wait...did I just say "eight legs"??? Yep. This lovable, microscopic, gummy bear is one of nature's little known secrets. Looking like a child's favorite snack food, it has amazing features. It can shrivel down to almost coffee ground consistency and fall asleep during a drought, but just a drop of water will revive it, even 100 years later! In their dry state, they can survive freezing, extreme heat, and radiation. They are most likely to be found in a mossy area, though they have even been found in Antarctica!
Controversy seems to follow this little guy. Some say it is extraterrestrial in origin. In fact, in their dry state, they can survive the vacuum of space.
Take a look at the video
, it's awesome!
|Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005|
|Microsoft employees aren't mindless drones afterall
"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."
The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player -- that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft's corporate campus. "This irks the management team no end," said the source.
Read the full Wired News article
, it's quite good.
|Wednesday, January 5th, 2005|
|This can't be good....
Just found out that the project I'm on at work has been cancelled by the customer because of lack of satisfaction with the product and speed of updates. The thing is we here in the trenches haven't heard that anything was wrong till... well now. For instance, one of the features they apparently really wanted and the lack of which factored into this event has pretty much been completed 9 months ago in a branch off the project mainline. If we had known that it was such a priority, it could have been delivered 8 months ago instead of all the other stuff that we were doing. Furthermore, apparently this decision was made last week. Nice to know I've spent at least
2.5 days working on something that no longer matters.
Anyway, not sure what exactly this means for me. On the one
hand it could mean that I might actually be put on the project I was hired
for (the project that nothing has been done with because of all the work with the project that was just dropped.) On the other
hand this hibernating project is for the same customer
who we just found out is so very unhappy with us, so....
|Monday, January 3rd, 2005|
|Dave Barry's "Year in Review"
My mother showed me this article by Dave Barry
in the Washington Post magazine. It's really funny. Goes through 2004 month by month, focusing on such earthshaking events as the Janet Jackson nipple, carbohydrates, and the Scott Peterson trial. To wet your appetite, here's the introduction:Looking back on 2004, we have to conclude that it could have been worse.
"HOW??" you ask, spitting out your coffee.
Well, OK, a giant asteroid could have smashed into the Earth and destroyed all human life except Paris Hilton and William Hung. Or Florida could have been hit by 20 hurricanes, instead of just 17.
Or the Yankees could have won the World Series.
But no question, 2004 was bad. Consider:
• We somehow managed to hold a presidential election campaign that for several months was devoted almost entirely to the burning issue of: Vietnam.
• Our Iraq policy, despite being discussed, debated and agreed upon right up to the very highest levels of the White House, did not always seem to be wildly popular over there in Iraq.
• Osama bin Laden remained at large for yet another year (although we did manage, at long last, to put Martha Stewart behind bars).
• The federal budget deficit continued to worsen, despite the concerted effort of virtually every elected official in Washington — Republican or Democrat — to spend more money.
• As a nation, we managed somehow to get even fatter, despite the fact that anti-carbohydrate mania worsened to the point where the average American would rather shoot heroin than eat a bagel.
• The "reality"-show cancer continued to metastasize, so that you couldn't turn on the TV without seeing either Donald Trump or a cavalcade of dimwits emoting dramatically about eating bugs, losing weight, marrying a millionaire or remodeling a bathroom.
• Perhaps most alarming of all, Cher yet again extended her "farewell" tour, which began during the Jimmy Carter administration and is now expected to continue until the sun goes out.
So all things considered, we're happy to be entering a new year, which according to our calculations will be 2005 (although the exit polls are predicting it will be 1997). But before we move on, let's swallow our anti-nausea medication and take one last look back at 2004, which began, as so many years seem to, with . . .
Ok, go read the whole thing now! I mean it!
Oh, and I also want to say I'm glad my new avatar went over so well. I will strive to uphold the ideals it represents. Now, where are those nine sacrificial orphans? I want my Hadoken dammit!!!
|Friday, December 31st, 2004|
|Happy Upcoming New Year everyone!
Or should that be "Happy New Years"? I'm not caught up with all that newfangled holiday lingo you capitalists use ^_^. I decided to treat myself to a real live (figuratively) LiveJournal avatar icon! You like?
|Tuesday, December 28th, 2004|
|40 FUCKING THOUSAND
My mother said that surely this catastrophe is a sign that there's no God. Always the agnostic, I replied that there can still be a God, but It would be either an apathetic or a sadistic one. "I'M TIRED OF WATCHING THESE HUMANS KILL EACH OTHER DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I WANT IN ON SOME OF THE ACTION TOO!
|Wednesday, December 15th, 2004|
|Maybe Texas isn't so bad after all
Ok, granted, this even worse than handing out Christian propoganda at school, since this one actually encourages illegal acts (i.e. underage orgies). But still, I can imagine it now:Satan
- "THIS IS UNSEEMLY. ALL THE EVIL IN THE WORLD IS BEING PERPETRATED BY HUMANS. IT IS AS IF THEY DO NOT NEED US ANYMORE! WE MUST REMIND THEM OF OUR EXISTENCE, AND THAT EVIL MUST GO THROUGH US!!!"Beelzebub - "Leave it to me, my Lord."
|Tuesday, December 7th, 2004|
|The best Darwin Award EVER!
Was browsing Darwin Awards
and found one which might just be the best one ever.
Here's the text:Living on Zionist Time
1999 Darwin Awards Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin
5 September 1999, Jerusalem In most parts of the world, the switch away from Daylight Saving Time proceeds smoothly. But the time change raised havoc with Palestinian terrorists this year.
Israel insisted on a premature switch from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time to accommodate a week of pre-sunrise prayers. Palestinians refused to live on "Zionist Time." Two weeks of scheduling havoc ensued. Nobody knew the "correct" time.
At precisely 5:30pm on Sunday, two coordinated car bombs exploded in different cities, killing three terrorists who were transporting the bombs. It was initially believed that the devices had been detonated prematurely by klutzy amateurs. A closer look revealed the truth behind the explosions.
The bombs had been prepared in a Palestine-controlled area, and set to detonate on Daylight Saving Time. But the confused drivers had already switched to Standard Time. When they picked up the bombs, they neglected to ask whose watch was used to set the timing mechanism. As a result, the cars were still en-route when the explosives detonated, delivering the terrorists to their untimely demises.
Isn't that just fucking awesome??!!
By the way, Darwin Awards also has the best 404 error page I've ever seen. Check it out (I'll leave locating it as an exercise for the reader.)
|Friday, December 3rd, 2004|
|Guess I'm alternative too
Who knew ^_-
Got the quiz from Lazypenguiness' journal. And here I thought I was a pure conformist.....
| You scored as alternative. You're partially respected for being an individual in a conformist world yet others take you as a radical. You have no place in society because you choose not to belong there - you're the luckiest of them all, even if your parents are completely ashamed of you. Just don't take drugs ok?|
Upper middle Class
Luxurious Upper Class
What Social Status are you?
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|Wednesday, December 1st, 2004|
While I'm all for the seperation of church and states, some people take it way too far. Take a look at this
. A teacher in California is forbidden from showing his students any historical documents that mention God, including The Declaration of Independence
. Am I the only non-conservative who sees how fucking moronic this is????
|Tuesday, November 30th, 2004|
|Two firsts for me last Friday!
Last Friday I went to my first ever High School Reunion (5th year). It was an unofficial reunion organized by some folks, so I was surprised at how many people showed up - must have been over 100! It was nice - got to talk with some people I haven't talked with since college, some people I haven't talked with since high school, and a few folks that I don't believe I've ever talked with at all. Too bad my high school crush wasn't there, but ah well. Had 4 buffalo wings (free) and 2 white russians (drinks, expensive).
Before the reunion worldly cousin advised me that there's a decent "Gentlemen's Club" one block away from the bar the reunion was held at, so I decided to visit that afterwards. This was my second "first" for the night. I know those who know me might find it hard to believe, but I've actually never been to a strip club before. And there was no cover charge, and this is D.C. which doesn't have Virginia's silly laws against bottomless strippers :). I only stayed 5-10 minutes since I'd made a deal with my father to pick me up at the metro (pathetic, I know). But one of the dancers had a really
great body. Near perfect IMO! I tipped her $3 ($1 at a time of course), and $1 to another one.
So all in all, it was a great night! Maybe someday I'll go back to D.C. and find out if that stripper gives lap dances.... But probably not, I'm too lazy.
|Tuesday, November 9th, 2004|
|Well isn't this interesting
here is a slashdot story about a bunch of "Election Weirdness." Here's the blurb minus the links:
Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday November 08, @02:59PM
from the stuff-to-think-about dept.
I've read dozens of submissions about election anomalies in the last week and they show no sign of slowing so I've decided to post a few of the main ones here to let you all discuss them. The first is the Common Dreams report that shows that optically scanned votes have a strange anomoly in florida: the Touchscreen counties roughly matched up to party registration numbers, but optically scanned paper ballot counties showed strangeness like one county where 69.3% registered democrat, but only 28% of them voted for Kerry. Palm Beach County, Florida logged 88,000 more votes than there were voters; that machines in LaPorte, Indiana discounted 50,000 voters; in Columbus, Ohio voting machines gave Bush an extra 4,000 votes; in Broward County, Florida voting machines were counting backwards; Lastly, precincts in New Mexico gave provisional ballots that will never be counted to as many as 10% of all their voters.