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Like, totally… and other things. August 22, 2008

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I am one of the few people left in the world that holds onto just about everything I am given until such time as someone pops out and decides that I need to clean  and I reluctantly do it.  One of the things that I have held onto and this will most likely be the last week or so that I am using it, is my PowerMac G4, a dinosaur in todays computing world, it is the last mac besides the iMac sitting here {a snow, G3-600} that can run OS8-9.  Now don’t get me wrong, my computer can run, and does, Leopard 10.5.4, it is my primary Lightwave and Modo  machine, with the USB2 card i threw in it, my little TV Tuner stick works, and I have no real want to replace it, other than the fact that some of the stuff I’m modelling is now starting to tax the poor machine beyond what would normally be considered good. I think Lightwave3D crashed no less than 2 times yesterday modelling the Izamani, which is now at 5.6 MB of file size.

Anyhow… I digress, his post is about older things being useful, not trash.  I would give my left eye teeth for an Amiga again, I miss those machines with passion.  Also maybe one of the old C=128’s so I could continue to play Jumpman Jr.  All in all, even though computers are much more advanced now, what can they really do differently except give us glitzyer looking graphics hmm?

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Space Invaders goes un-PC August 21, 2008

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Space Invaders 08 WTC

Space Invaders 08 WTC

I have now seen it all.

Woke up this moning, hoping to get just a tad little bit of work done on an article I’m writing about the changes in moviemaking and the prevelence of CGI in those movies, and what hit me right in the face?  An e-mail from a friend talking about the newest version of Space Invaders, a version, I may add, that is as disturbing as say having a million Jem Hadar soldiers ammased upon your front lawn at noon on Sunday.

Space Invaders has now gone Polictically Correct Tailspin.

I used to play this game when I was younger, in fact somewhere around here I probably still have it, just like I am still a fanatic when it comes to Jumpman Jr, an old C=64 game, but now……   You couldn’t get me to even touch this version.  A French-American artist, has decied that while you are blasting away aliens from beyond the stars, that you may now also watch as the twin towers of the fallen WTC blow away with them.  Can we say tasteless?

How anyone could watch this, and play this without getting a really bad taste in their mouth or a swelling feeling of extreme guilt is a mystery to me.

Wednesday Wanderings August 20, 2008

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I am tired.  Bottom line.

That aside, todayis the middle of the week, and by all accounts, there are only two more working days left before a nice relaxing weekend.  But there’s a catch.  What about those people who work on the weekends?  I know I’m about to head out to Denver to help cover the DNC, oh joy ad rapture, a whole week of listening to whiney people bark about how Hillary should have been the nominee (Hillary?  What has she even done for her own home county much less the country except try to grab headlines any chance she gets?), or whiney people complaining about how much Obama needs to be in because we need some real change, although I’m a bit confused as to what he means by change, change what? The amount of oil that his family gets to use as Gas? Give me a break!

Of course shortly there after will be the RNC, and again a bunch of whiney over religious zealots will try to tell us that McCain needs to be Pres because well just because he is sent by God.

I ask, why can’t we just write in Bugs Bunny?  He’s over 35, An American in good standing, has a passport, knows foreign places, althogh he’s usually trying to get to Pismo Beach, and his attitude would certainly put people like Vlad Putin in check.

It’s not like we’ve not had an actor as President before…

Midday Mayhem August 19, 2008

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Was sitting writing my column for the day and upon rereading it to see if I had made any m ajor grammatical mistakes, I always let the computer check my spelling, and I realized, Why the heck am I doing this?  Why am I not doing what I want?  Why do I have to every day come up with some lame-assed excuse for a thought?

Of course reason soon set in, and I remembered the power bill, which around here is not just your usage, but a delivery charge that equals your usage, Con-Ed gets you twice.  And I couldn’t live without FiOS, it’s just changed the way I do things, and of course my aging 97 Vic that seems to have a bad day every other day now.

So that’s my reason for plodding along doing my job for now.  If I could move I would, maybe ot a place where power isn’t 400 bucks a month and I could relax, but for now…   Oh well.

Georgia (not the one above Florida) August 19, 2008

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We all are outraged when a person or group of people, in this case a nation, charges across it’s borders with a flimsy excuse for military action.  Actions that have the consequence of one nation invading and occupying another, and serve no purpose but to prove the superiority of the invading power.  The United States has done it in the past, see Grenada, and Panama, but there were some well defined goals there.  Russia it seems, has but one goal, retaking territory that it lost when the Soviet Union broke apart in the early 90’s.  Mind you most of these nations that now exist were forcibly occupied by the Soviets for many years, and their independance is just a return to what they were prior,  but, on the whole, Russia isn’t taking this well.

Poland is joining NATO, Georgia has applied, others as well.  It’s pushing Russia into a corner it doesn’t want to be in, a corner that could see the threat of WW3 not from some Middle Eastern fanatic, but rather from a former world power desperate enough to use it as an excuse for expansionism.

We need to be vigilant, we need to be aware.  Terrorism doesn’t just come in the form of car, plane or train bombs, but in the form of countries invading others as well.

The Izamani August 19, 2008

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Being the Trekgeek I am, I started today on a new starship that will one day grace my desktop.  Here’s a start pic.

Izamani

Izamani

120% Pure Stupidity August 19, 2008

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I got a really strange e-mail today, and I’m really not sure from whence it came, but I do know that whomever wrote it must have been either high on acid or just the most stupid, backwards idiot ever to grace the internet.

I’ll sum it up.

Girls cannot be comuter savvy, they must be tech illiterate.

I say… pffffft.

I posted this on a forum I belong to and low and behold I found other tech savvy girls and guys who thought this was just purely insane.  Hurts to be wrong sometimes and on this one, I hope that I sent the dart straight ino the heart.