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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
7:44 pm
Feminism and Firefly
I found one hell of an LJ post about Firefly and its apparent anti-feminist message on Fark today:

Whoa there...

I also found a link in the comments to a speech by Joss Whedon regarding his thoughts on the subject.

On the other hand...

I'm pretty much dead on with Joss Whedon's viewpoint on the subject, and I think there is a very good parallel with all the garbage revolving around the democratic primaries at the moment.

It really makes me wonder how people come to develop such fantastically different viewpoints on the same subject matter, and what it must be like to live a life where you get so riled up about something as innocuous as Firefly.
Thursday, May 8th, 2008
11:35 am
Obama officially gets my vote

In other news, Karen graduates next week. The week after that we're going to Ohio to do drive-bys on a whole bunch of houses and apartments to weed out the garbage. The week after that we're going to Ohio again to do a walk through of any leftover good candidates, (and play D&D, BITCHIS).

This guy here looks pretty sweet,


7 grand? I think we can swing it..
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
7:32 am
Viral video for Neoware!
Not appropriate for elementary school students

I haven't gotten to see it yet since we can't watch it at work :-P
Sunday, May 27th, 2007
5:37 am
Saturday, May 12th, 2007
3:43 am
Some absolutely ridiculous breakdancing!

Baek Tribute

Baek jumping off one hand while doing a handstand and clapping is definitely my favorite. All of it must take an absolutely ridiculous amount of fitness, training and control.
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
4:24 am
Going out in style
If there ever was a way to create magic items, this would be it. Too bad it'd cost about $200,000 to have all of your remains crystallized.

Personally I'd go for one or two gems and scatter the rest of the ashes.
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
10:37 pm
For Scottle(#32)
Kratos is comin' home, bitchis.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
5:33 pm
game programming in .net
So I had this really great idea for a video game based off of the Falling Sand Game. I think this game has a really awesome concept, but is lacking in the, uh, game department, seeing as it's completely aimless.

My idea was that you start with an empty field and a bit of dirt, water, a sun, and a few seeds. You place your dirt and water to start your empty world. Then you plop down your sun and ignite it. It starts shooting out photons, which hit your dirt and water, but don't really do much yet. Then you plop down a seed, and depending on where you put it, it grows into different organisms. Put it on the ground and it grows into a tree or a bush, or maybe moss to start. Put it in the water and it turns into algae, or maybe kelp or some such. It grows when water and sun hits it. Each time a photon hits it it causes some radiation damage, which has a chance of causing it to mutate into another organism. Eventually you get a variety of organisms interacting and growing in your little fish tank, and then who knows?

The game part comes in with a currency system based on your life essence. The more organisms you have, the more essence you get, and you can "buy" things with essence, like water, dirt, more seeds, photon bursts, tools to move existing dirt or water, new object types like rock, oil, metal, etc.

So I started working on it using Visual Studio 2005, with VB .NET as my coding language, mainly because it's spectacularly easy to code in and I just read the graphics chapter in my exam study book. I got the beginning of it coded, I made it so there are random specks of dirt all over the screen right when you start, then they fall to the ground, ala the falling sands game. And... it runs so slow it's completely unplayable. I had it running with an 800x500 "fish tank", so I dropped it down to a quarter of the size, 400x250, and it still ran slow as molasses. ugh. So I completely recoded based on an array instead of a matrix, decreasing the time from n^2 to n, which should have increased its speed drastically, since it was only doing calculations on the 16,000 specks of dust instead of the whole 400*250 = 100,000 spec playing field. I ran it again, but it still sucked the big one. So then I reduced the number of specks to 1000 and it ran great, but I can't really do much of anything with 1000 specks, so poo. I'm not sure if I want to use a different language that doesn't do things REALLY slow, but is alot harder to code in, or try to figure out some ingenious way to keep the number of specks moved per frame down to less than 1000.

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
6:04 am
Telgarth wins at the internets
That's right bitches, page one. (Third from the bottom, sort by number of views)

Read it and weep.
Friday, April 6th, 2007
11:18 pm
Overclocking madness
My quest started rather simply. The fan on my video card for my second monitor recently went bad, so I was aiming to buy a new fan. I quickly found that it was a special, tiny fan that I'd likely only be able to get from the manufacturer. Of course there were absolutely no markings on the card telling me who made it. There were plenty of NVIDIA markings, but nearly all video cards these days are made by one of two companies, NVIDIA or ATI, and they sell their chips to manufacturers, who add various goodies to the cards and wala, we have competition. Of course, NVIDIA obviously didn't stoop to the level of selling fans, so I was SOL.

More computer geekery to ensue...Collapse )
More importantly, I also discovered how to overclock CPU/memory, and found out that it's actually extremely easy on new motherboards. You simply enter the BIOS by pressing delete or F1, or whatever it asks for when it boots up, and meander about (you can't break anything if you don't save) until you find something that looks like "bus frequency". It's probably on the same page as a bunch of voltages and maybe your CPU multiplier. You simply change your bus frequency to be higher than it is and blam! overclocked CPU. How it works is that your bus frequency is the speed at which your motherboard transfers info between your CPU and memory. Your CPU also has this thing called a multiplier, and it's usually somewhere in the range of 14-16. Your multiplier times your bus speed is your CPU speed. For me it was 200Mhz bus x 14 = 2.8Ghz. I bumped my bus speed to 220Mhz for a CPU speed of 3.08Ghz. Bumping up bus speed changes two things, how much heat your CPU produces, and how much energy it uses. You solve the heat part by having a good, CLEAN, heat sink and working fan on your CPU, and the energy part by upping the voltage going to the CPU, using the BIOS. In my case I didn't even have to increase the voltage, but if I was to go much higher, I'm betting I'd have to up the voltage or the PC wouldn't start.

In my case, I was still using the stock heat sink, and the net affect was that it raised the core temperature about 4 degrees Celcius, from 20 to 24, still well within the operating range of less than 70 degrees ^.^
I was also able to easily overclock my video card using RivaTuner.

The best part about it is that new CPUs and GPUs will shut down when they get too hot, so you as long as you don't do anything too drastic, you don't have to worry about destroying your equipment. It really just ends up being a way to get more processing power out of your computer for free, which is a big plus in my book.
Monday, March 19th, 2007
10:24 am
So, we got a notice from our landlord saying that during a recent inspection it was noted that our apartment was being kept in an unsanitary condition. and that THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. In all caps, Bold, underlined, AND highlighted.

It then said if we didn't pass the next inspection we would be evicted.

It didn't even say what was unsanitary.

So I call the office today, and they say there was open food on the counter. I asked what it was and she said she didn't know. We had two bananas and an empty, closed jug of milk on the counter. WTF? This place is ridiculous, I think it's about time to find a new place to live.
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
12:15 pm
No D&D sunday so Scottle can get a big paper finished. We might be able to hook it up Monday though if you guys can swing it. Thoughts?
Friday, March 16th, 2007
10:03 pm
Be there some ancient Torn and/or Epic gaming Sunday night?
Thursday, March 15th, 2007
4:48 pm
The end is nigh..
Ever wake up with an unshakable feeling of doom? It's perturbing to say the least. I keep expecting for something disastrous to have happened while I was asleep, but everything seems fine so far...
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
12:05 am

Intriguing stuff, one of the places I applied to recently. I made it to step 2.

Essentially a collection of working groups double-linked in a hierachical fashion.

Could be interesting, it would certainly be a nicer work environment.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
10:47 pm
Favorite genre
I finally figured out a good way to describe my favorite genre, surreality. It's essentially any tale that takes place in a world similar to our own, but with a number of changes bordering on the fantastic, strange or surreal. Many times it can deal with connections between worlds or realities, but not always. A whole bunch of my favorite books/games/movies/shows fit into it:

The Dark Tower series
The Prestige
The Green Mile
The Illusionist
The Dreamcatcher
Alternate zombie world
Lady in the Water
The Terminator
The Sixth Sense

as well as a few taking place in a near or distant future:
Shade's Children
Enders Game and crew
Deus Ex

Of course this isn't the whole list, or the only genre I like, but it is a large, easy to explain grouping of tales that I really enjoy.
Monday, January 29th, 2007
2:12 pm
Renewed Faith
The Federal Student Loan Servicing website has renewed my faith in the government. I click the big button on the right that says, "Pay online", fill in my account info and blam, that's it. Then it asks me if I want to enroll in online notification, I click the link, blam it's done.

No filling out questionaires, pages of account info, email confirmations, credit card numbers, weaving through pages of garbage, re-entering account info, phone calls, 72 hours "processing" times, just click, done. I love it. This is how the internets should be.
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
6:34 am
phone minutes
I've only got 32 minutes left on my phone left from now until the 7th of February, any minutes over cost $0.25/minute. So if I seem curt that's probably why. E-mail, LJ or Karen's phone (until she kills me) are awesome ways to contact me so I can minimize the damage. I'll also be available for call backs from my phone at work after about 10:00pm wednesday-saturday.

PS How did I manage to talk 1000 minutes on the phone since January 7th? That's 50 minutes a day..
Saturday, January 20th, 2007
2:33 am
Oh Google, how I love ye in your infinite wisdom.

I think I'm going to die trying not to burst out laughing at work.
Friday, January 12th, 2007
6:18 am
US budget website
Intriguing tables, especially S-3, the third one down.

US budget. It came loosely from this site.

Here's Britain by comparison, pie chart on the last page.

From here the UK has 59.8mn people.
From here the US has 292.8mn people.

The US spends $55.7bn on education, $375.7bn on defense, $68.9bn on health care.
The UK spends $122.0bn on education, $319.5bn on defense, $156.9bn on health care. (conversion by Google)

Pseudo-statistics paints a pretty picture for the UK.
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