Monthly Archives: December 2008

Trying to come up with something relevant

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But while I am working and trying to be creative – I have to share this WoW Machinama done by a rather talented (and laid off) game studio person.


The Craft of War: BLIND from percula on Vimeo.

Be sure to watch this in HD.

You will never look at Lady Katrina Prestor or Mathias Shaw the same way again.

Much less Blood Elf Ninja Rogue Assassins.

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Fun stuff

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Lunch at Threadgills in Austin with my father, step-mother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle.

Things are pretty good.

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Think nice thoughts

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Well, I’m getting ready to head out from College Station for San Antonio.

Good thing is I will be seeing my grandmother so we can celebrate her 90th birthday tomorrow.

Anxious thing is I will also be seeing family members that I don’t always get along with, haven’t spoken to in about 10+ years, and who didn’t even bother to show up for my mother’s funeral.

So think good thoughts for me today.

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So very wrongedy, wrong, wrong, wrong.

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*shakes head*

Just when you think it can't get any stranger

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I have one for you.

The Hello Kitty Platinum card

And according to the link on the page – Bank of American is offering Hello Kitty checking, savings, CD, and money market accounts too. Complete with a Hello Kitty Visa Debit Card.

The Bank of American Hello Kitty account package.

That damn cat is going to take over the freaking world.

Commute fun

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Well, I have added a lot of blocks to my morning and afternoon walks. Partly out of sheer perversity.

Instead of walking one block from train station to bus, I have started walking about six blocks, past several other stops – just for the extra exercise. In the afternoons, I add about ten blocks and walk past four train stations before catching the train.

So, yes, I must be crazy.

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Your daily source of snark.

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Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case

Dear Not So Honorable Senator Craig,

Guess what? The court just agreed that you are a closeted old queen. Get over yourself and please fade into obscurity now.


‘Day Without a Gay’
Homosexuals urged to skip work

The HR office has probably never encountered this before: People across the country are being urged to skip work Wednesday after calling in “gay.”

Call in ‘gay’.

Oy.

You know – There are so many things I could say here, and every time I try and come up with something witty or snarky, well – I got nothing.


Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrested, charged

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said today that federal authorities arrested Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich this morning because the governor went on “a political corruption crime spree” that needed to be stopped.

Fitzgerald said secret tape recordings showed Blagojevich was attempting “to sell the U.S. Senate seat” that President-elect Barack Obama recently vacated. Fitzgerald said, “We make no allegations” that Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by Blagojevich.

Dude, your career is so toast. What were you thinking? I know that traditionally, Chicago politics has a reputation of being corrupt, but still – this is beyond the pale.


Gordon Thinks I’m Gay

So, my iPod thinks I’m a big gay homo.
Two things about that: 1, I am a big gay homo, so it doesn’t really rankle me that Gordon the iPod seems to have an opinion on matters. And 2, it’s not Gordon so much as the Genius function on Gordon.

Yes, Kevin – you are a big gay homo. But that is part of the reason we love you so much. That, and the fact that you can take my world and make it just a bit surreal.


I have also found a neat art studio in Arkansas that I want to get art from. Klaatu Varata Studios .

I want the cyberscorpion.

Here is the description.

Sharp claws, Massive Stinger, Eight Legs, Crushing Pincers, Armor Plating……I would stand still if I were you.

This Scorpion is constructed of motorcycle engine parts and sheet metal. It weighs in at 120lbs. This is a conversation piece with an attitude. I built this for a garden center piece but the restaurant I made it for is relocating and there is no garden at the new location so now it is available to you! It stands four feet tall and is five feet in length. I have given it a clear coat for protection from the elements. I can change the color of the metal if you desire. Thanks for looking!!

Well, it's about time

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Many thanks to furrbear for giving me the heads up on this!

Court declines Obama birth case

Posted: Monday, December 08, 2008 10:19 AM by Domenico Montanaro

From NBC’s Pete Williams
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case that questioned whether President-elect Obama met the Constitution’s requirement that only a natural-born citizen is eligible to be president.

Video: NBC’s Pete Williams on the Supreme Court decision not totake the Obama citizenship case. 

As is the court’s usual custom, the request to take up the case was denied with no explanation.

And of course, the wingnuts are already out in force.

My favorite was an “anonymous” poster by the name of “wayne” (no last name and no location given) who had this to say.

so much for upholding the Constitution. I am very curious as to the reasoning.

Dude, I have a shocker for you.

SCOTUS does not answer to you. For that matter, they don’t answer to me either.

But there is an interesting piece of detail from the Baltimore Sun.

Court won’t review Obama’s eligibility to serve

By Tim Jones | Tribune correspondent
10:16 AM EST, December 8, 2008

UPDATE: The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a “natural born citizen,” one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama’s citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed. Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg’s lawsuit.


*spocks*

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

“Natural-born citizen” Hmph.

*tongue planted firmly in cheek*

You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

OK – This is very cool and I hope that they do it

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Now this is just cool.

UK plans lunar phone network

A UK-led mission to put a satellite in orbit around the Moon which could one day enable lunar colonists to use mobile phones to communicate with each other has inched a step closer to blast off.

The British National Space Centre (BNSC) has announced it will undertake a technical feasibility study of the MoonLITE mission. The study will report with a full mission schedule and costs late next year. Depending on the outcome, the Moon Lightweight Interior and Telecom Experiment mission could launch by around 2014, the BNSC said.

The plan for the mission is to put a satellite in orbit around the Moon for use as a telecoms station, relaying data from a network of geophysical instruments on the Moon’s surface back to Earth.

The instruments will gather data on the strength and frequency of moonquakes and the thickness of the crust and core. They will also be able to determine whether organic material or water is present in the Moon’s polar regions.


I just want to know why we ever stopped.

Mmmm

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My but I love growly German Industrial while working on servers.

Geek Lust!

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I am (almost) ashamed I want this.

The e-volve Gadget Shoulder Holster.

Of course, owning and wearing it will make damn sure I never get a date – but still, I will have my tech easily accessible.

Srsly

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Well I got another “anonymous” user – this time, at least the IP was a US IP.

Though the post made even less sense.

(Anonymous) (209.6.218.55) wrote:

Dec. 7th, 2008 03:30 pm (local)
Choice
The choice facing the Supreme Court boils down to civil unrest to protect the Constitution or civil war to proceed to ‘inaugurate’ a non-”natural born citizen”.

Once again – here is what I was able to glean from the IP..

This one has a firewall to block pings – but the Reverse DNS was also interesting.

209-6-218-55.c3-0.nwt-ubr2.sbo-nwt.ma.cable.rcn.com

From what I could find that is from this ISP – most likely in Boston.

http://www.rcn.com/boston/

12/07/08 15:44:49 IP block 209.6.218.55
Trying 209.6.218.55 at ARIN
Trying 209.6.218 at ARIN

OrgName: RCN Corporation
OrgID: RCN
Address: 196 Van Buren St.
City: Herndon
StateProv: VA
PostalCode: 20170
Country: US

NetRange: 209.6.0.0 – 209.6.255.255
CIDR: 209.6.0.0/16
NetName: RCN-BLK-9
NetHandle: NET-209-6-0-0-1
Parent: NET-209-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: AUTH1.DNS.RCN.NET
NameServer: AUTH2.DNS.RCN.NET
NameServer: AUTH3.DNS.RCN.NET
NameServer: AUTH4.DNS.RCN.NET
Comment: ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
RegDate:
Updated: 2002-11-05

RTechHandle: ZR40-ARIN
RTechName: RCN Corporation
RTechPhone: +1-888-972-6622
RTechEmail: noc@rcn.com

OrgAbuseHandle: RAD75-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: RCN Abuse Department
OrgAbusePhone: +1-888-972-6622
OrgAbuseEmail: abuse@rcn.com

OrgNOCHandle: ZR40-ARIN
OrgNOCName: RCN Corporation
OrgNOCPhone: +1-888-972-6622
OrgNOCEmail: noc@rcn.com

OrgTechHandle: ZR40-ARIN
OrgTechName: RCN Corporation
OrgTechPhone: +1-888-972-6622
OrgTechEmail: noc@rcn.com

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2008-12-06 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN’s WHOIS database.

Seriously, folks.

If you want to debate me, fine. But I have two requirements.

(1) I want to know who you are – anonymous posts only get mocked as I have no way to address you back. And if I am willing to put myself out here, then the least you can do is tell me who you are so I can respond back.

and

(2) Please be prepared to defend your arguments. The argument that SCOUS has to choose between civil unrest to protect the Constitution or civil war to proceed to ‘inaugurate’ a non-”natural born citizen” (emphasis mine) is facetious at best. I want to see your sources – and they had best be reliable.

Truth be told, I fully expect to see no such responses as people who make anonymous comments are much too cowardly and stupid to mount a real debate.

One thing that I find interesting

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As some people most likely know – I have my LJ set to screen anonymous postings – you would not believe the amount of irritating SPAM that this blocks.

Well, for my last post, I got an anonymous post, that while it appears to not be SPAM, I find some things very interesting about it.

This is the comment, unedited and in its entirity.

(Anonymous) (85.168.39.13) wrote:

Dec. 7th, 2008 01:39 pm (local)
Do you mind?
Does it bother you if American Citizens would like to make sure that the Constitution of the United States is upheld? How can we trust someone who doesn’t show his true origins? The Certification of Live Birth has been shown to be a fraud, and does not indicate that Obama was BORN in Hawai’i. Also, with his father being a British Subject at Obama’s birth, he was considered to have allegiance to Great Britain, and therefore, did not fulfill the requirements of being a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution must be upheld, and must be adhered to, otherwise we as a country will fail. This was put in our constitution to protect our country.

So do you mind if we make sure that the US Constitution is upheld? It is not lunatic, it is not crazy, it is a very good thing- whether one is democrat or republican.

Please don’t be confused… just be aware that there are hundreds of thousands of true patriots out there, who will not be fooled, and who would like to uphold our dear Constitution, which makes our country what it is.

Of course – I also log the IPs of every comment (and post, for that matter) as a matter of record.

And that IP address struck me as “unsusal”, so I checked it out.

12/07/08 14:10:02 ping 85.168.39.13
Ping 85.168.39.13 …
1 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 156ms, TTL: 51
2 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 146ms, TTL: 51
3 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 155ms, TTL: 51
4 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 149ms, TTL: 51
5 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 151ms, TTL: 51
6 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 146ms, TTL: 51
7 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 150ms, TTL: 51
8 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 163ms, TTL: 51
9 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 153ms, TTL: 51
10 Addr:85.168.39.13, RTT: 154ms, TTL: 51

12/07/08 14:10:07 IP block 85.168.39.13
Trying 85.168.39.13 at ARIN
Trying 85.168.39 at ARIN

OrgName: RIPE Network Coordination Centre
OrgID: RIPE
Address: P.O. Box 10096
City: Amsterdam
StateProv:
PostalCode: 1001EB
Country: NL

ReferralServer: whois://whois.ripe.net:43

NetRange: 85.0.0.0 – 85.255.255.255
CIDR: 85.0.0.0/8
NetName: 85-RIPE
NetHandle: NET-85-0-0-0-1
Parent:
NetType: Allocated to RIPE NCC
NameServer: NS-PRI.RIPE.NET
NameServer: NS3.NIC.FR
NameServer: SEC1.APNIC.NET
NameServer: SEC3.APNIC.NET
NameServer: SUNIC.SUNET.SE
NameServer: TINNIE.ARIN.NET
NameServer: NS.LACNIC.NET
Comment: These addresses have been further assigned to users in
Comment: the RIPE NCC region. Contact information can be found in
Comment: the RIPE database at http://www.ripe.net/whois
RegDate: 2004-04-01
Updated: 2004-04-06

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2008-12-06 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN’s WHOIS database.

So, by ping times, it has got to be one of three things, (1) dial-up, (2) a device under an extremely heavy load, or (3) behind a really overloaded router. Occam’s Razor leads me to lean twoards option one, at least for now.

A Reverse DNS lookup gives me this as a domain name – 85-168-39-13.rev.numericable.fr – and numericable.fr appears to be a French ISP who also appears to operate 70-odd Internet Cafes.

So I have someone in France (or someone using a bot-net that has devices in France at the least, and from reading the phrasing of the comment, I have a hard time accepting that the person who made the post is a native “American English” speaker – and in fact, the syntax is (once again, to me) more Gallic in origin. So I must once again, work under the assumption that this person at least resides in France or the surrounding area.

So I now have to question, why does someone in France have so much invested in an American election that they would track down a post in a private blog that referenced a minor media article and comment on it telling me that I should be demanding even more proof to what is nominally a non-issue?

Can someone please explain this to me?

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Preferably in small words, because I just don’t understand the logic chain.

The fringe movement to keep Barack Obama from becoming president.

Whole article behind the cut just in case they (whoever they are) get to the server.

Because I work with geeks

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Two really wrong Star Wars mashups:

1 – “Hello, my name is Han Solo, you killed my wookie. Prepare to die.”

(Complete with Dread Pirate Vader, because no one would be afraid of Dread Pirate Anakin)

and

2 – Kill Palpatine – complete with Leia in a yellow and black biking suit.

Wow

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Addison has changed a *lot* since I was last up this way.

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I am a bad, bad man

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I ordered this shirt as a present for myself for Christmas.

One Velociraptor Per Child

The mission statement says it all:

Mission Statement: To increase the Darwinian fitness of the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-energy, internet-enabled velociraptor with content designed for collaborative, practical, self-empowered survival.