One more thing….

I just realized something.

I need more happy icons.

For all of my friends who are knitters!

*dances around the room happy*

So, for A-Kon, I had scheduled eight days off this year.

Today through 6 June 2007.

Why so much time you ask?

So I can relax, decompress, take it easy, enjoy the con, and most importantly, drain off enough bile and hatred for humanity that I won’t feel obligated to punt obnoxious fanboys and fangirls over the horizon.

You know, I slept in an extra two hours today?

I have no issues in my queue, no horked off customers to call and smooth their ruffled feathers, and I have an Out of Office turned on in my work email telling people that at best I will have limited access to email and therefore, if you are stupid enough to try to contact me for something when I am scheduled OOF, you are forewarned that it ain’t getting done.

Today I am puttering around, doing some housework, running a few errands, may either play a little WoW or Supreme Commander, might even veg some and watch some good TV (that is possible, there is just not much of it) and pet the cat some (boy when she realizes I am going to be leaving tomorrow and won’t be back until Sunday, she will not be happy).

And the best of all, my boss told me that he is going to do everything he can to avoid calling the batphone. He told me “Take your time off, go play, go have fun, and do not worry about work.”


You know what?


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He’s like the night, and the storm, and the heart of the sun, he is ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the heart of the universe.

I can’t wait.

As everyone knows…….

The problem with “it” flowing downhill, is that no matter where I go, and no matter what do, I always seem to be at the bottom of said hill that “it” rolls down.

*swirling data pours itself into my brain*

*opens eyes*

I know Kung Fu.

*bwak* *bwak* *bwak* *bwak*

For, Lo! I am the seagull of happiness, flying overhead, squawking happiness and pooping joy to everyone around.

(The bluebird of happiness is a pussy – he just flys around, perches on women’s fingers and sings)

Nobody can get no sleep, there's someone on everyone's toes

Everybody’s building ships and boats
Some are building monuments, others are jotting down notes
Everybody’s in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Everybody’s gonna jump for joy

Come all without, come all within
You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn

*gets out the shovel*

1266 Emails in my inbox to delete after two days.

*shakes head*

To all strategic thinking gamer geeks out there

I must warn you.

Remember, Total Annihilation?

Well, I loved that game, and it was one of the few games I could play that would cause me to look up and wonder where the last six to twelve hours went

Well, the guy who created the game, Chris Taylor, went to work for Gas Powered Games. And has now created the successor to Total Annihilation. Supreme Commander.

And it is crack for the brain.

I played the demo Thursday, picked up the game on Friday, and managed to make it through work all day Saturday without jonesing out.

Then I got home, and as tired as I was, I went ahead and installed it.

I told myself I would play one quick scenario (opening gambit for one of the campaigns) and then go to bed.

The next thing I knew, it was 4:30 in the morning. – The average time for one scenario appears to be 90 to 120 minutes, and it just sucks you right in. I have only made it to the second level of the tech tree so far. And I love it.

Now I will tell you that if you want all the pretty stuff, the hardware requirements are pretty steep.

Here are the recommendations.

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, or Vista
3.0 GHz Intel or equivalent AMD processor or better
1 GB of System RAM or better
8 GB Available Hard Drive Space
256 MB video RAM, with DirectX 9 Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader 2.0 support (Nvidia 6800 or better)
Sound Card, speakers or headphones
Internet connection with Cable/DSL speeds

And that is why a lot of the European reviews are so hard on the game – most of them are complaining that the system requirements are too steep, But you know what? I don’t really care.

My current system is as follows:

Dual Core Pentium D 3.0 Ghz
2 GB of System RAM
250 GB of Hard Drive Space + 500 GB of external HD storage via USB2
nVidia GForce 7900 GTO with 256 MB of RAM
Raltek HD Sound

And I am running the game with all the visual goodies set to max and at 1680 x 1050 resolution.

With no slow down.

And I know that if I upgrade my system in the next year or two, the game will keep up. This game actually is designed with the new Quad Core CPUs in mind – your “robot” AI and the “enemy” AI each get their own separate thread. And when you throw in the physics engine on the game, the system will use four cores if they are available.

So, to sum up this game, with this installed on my computer, who needs men? This is no drama and just as entertaining, with plenty of mental stimulation.


I have just had my innocence savaged.

Witness this news article from The Register

Gloves come off in George Bush buttplug rumpus

There’s nothing our American cousins like more than a bit of light litigation, and it appears that two US websites are about to unleash the lawyers in an unholy scrap over copyright on a rubber George Bush figurine which disgruntled Democrats can stick where the sun don’t shine.

The two rival George Bush buttplugs Indeed, those among you who might think there’s a limited market for US presidential buttplugs are directed to and Celebritybuttplugs, both offering synthetic Dubyas for the discerning Friend of Dorothy and both claiming to be the inventor of the Texan poo-packer.

According to Celebritybuttplugs – manufacturer of the George W Tush – there’s already “enough competition in the anal effigy market from Dubya himself”, and the website has pledged to “kick the ass” of’s rival Bushplug. The latter declares that there “may not be room in this world for The Bushplug and George W Tush!” and ominously notes: “I’m not real sure what to do about this. I need to talk with the lawyers.”

We look forward with relish to the seemingly inevitable court case, in which highly-paid attorneys will make impassioned pleas for their clients’ rights to punt the Bush buttplug while the judge looks to find precedent in the now legendary “Tricky Dicky” clitoral stimulator patent spat of 1972. ®

What is it with me and the crazy people?

What is it? Do I spray something on myself in the morning that just attracts the crazy?

Somehow I got a sales call routed to me.

And this man is a Epic level (20+) conspiracy theorist. It seems that there is a secret cabal between the government, Microsoft, and “The National Science Council” who are trying to shut him down for his physics research.

You can tell I am my mother’s son that is for sure.

I am a bad, bad man…….

[15:11:46] David Harwell @ DRTN says: What did you just do to BMW?

[15:11:50] David Harwell @ DRTN says: They went *boom*

[15:12:08] Charles Downing says: all of the sitescope errors?

[15:12:15] Charles Downing says: they’ve been there a while

[15:12:28] David Harwell @ DRTN says: Five new alerts in AMS too

[15:12:54] Charles Downing says: if they’re related to .129, they can be linked

[15:13:04] Charles Downing says: have to work with 3rd party in Germany

[15:16:00] Charles Downing says: so quit breaking my shit

[15:16:10] David Harwell @ DRTN says: Hey, I got bored

[15:16:24] Charles Downing says: bastard

[15:16:44] David Harwell @ DRTN says: Wait until I install the “Buy a Toyota” virus on the servers

[15:17:03] Charles Downing says: rofl

[15:19:37] David Harwell @ DRTN says: And I installed the “Lotus Notes” virus on the exchange server too

[15:35:26] Charles Downing says: Lotus is a virus…

[15:35:28] Charles Downing says: thanks, pal

[15:35:36] Charles Downing says: i’ll make sure virgins dance at your funeral

[15:36:02] Charles Downing says: … which may be sooner than you expected

[15:37:34] David Harwell @ DRTN says: Now would those be *real* virgins, or BMW “Certified Pre-Owned” Virgins?

[15:38:25] Charles Downing says: they’d be as pure as yellow snow

Wow, and you thought a rabid wolverine with hemorrhoids war grouchy . . .

What about having a clueless n00b walk into a virtual room full to the gills of world weary, cynical, burned out techs and try to advertise is new “computer consulting” business with a drug use based name to us.

Well…… that happened last night late in .

Now let me quote from the community profile.

For Technical Support Reps to say everything you always wanted to say to a customer, without losing your job.


IF you want to go to a community that is setup to answer technical questions, go to: .

For tech to tech questions, Please look at our Off Topic community at .

Policy statement added as of 5/17/2007, On Advertising: “Advertising services (especially computer support services!) in this community is generally prohibited, unless otherwise approved by the moderation team. Most of us do support as a day job, and frankly don’t want to hear about it during our off hours. If you post advertising in this community, your post will be mocked mercilessly before it is deleted and you WILL BE BANNED.”

Now, in this yobbo’s favor, his post was what triggered the policy change. But that having been said, go read the post, and enjoy the mocking. In less than 12 hours, there have been 92 comments, none of them showing any love for this particular mook.

[EDIT – I want to mock the fact that his corporate site is a myspace site, but that is like kicking a puppy with four broken legs.]

I know what will wake me up and put me in a better mood……

Nurse! I need six Ferrets. Stat!

That much cute and that many carpet sharks will improve anyone’s mood.

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Psst. Buddy. Do I have an Eldritch Horror for you!

Coming in June of this year…… Cthulhutech!

The Last War

2085. Humanity faces extinction. Alien insects from the edge of our solar system, long hidden behind the façade of reality, descend to enslave us. Hordes of unspeakable horrors roll out from Central Asia, laying waste to anything in their path. The church of the fish-god scours the world for lost occult secrets to unleash terrible forces. Dead gods awaken and turn their dreadful eyes toward the Earth. And within hides a cancer, eating away at the very heart of the New Earth Government.

This is the Aeon War. This is the time of CthulhuTech.

Climb inside a thirty-foot tall war machine and rain down hell on the unwavering Migou. Fight tooth and nail on the front lines against the horrific beasts of the Rapine Storm. Seek out the disgusting corruption of the insidious Esoteric Order of Dagon. Explore the dark world of the malignant Chrysalis Corporation and their unseen monstrous agents. Sift through secrets long thought lost and bend the power of the cosmos to your will. Join in symbiosis with something beyond time and space and become a shape-shifting bringer of wrath.

My inner geek wants this so bad, I want to playtest it, and see if you can meld eldritch horror and cyberpunk into one.

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