October, 2008

This is Halloween, this it Halloween

Feeling: Festive


Don't get stuck with these Halloween costumes that will earn you a beating.

I took Halloween off work, so no update tomorrow. Enjoy trick-or-treating, scaring small children, and walking amongst the dead (AKA couch potatoes).

My costume is pretty much finished for Youmacon. I'll see you all there on Friday-Sunday.

Welcome to Hell, enjoy the buffet!

Feeling: Okay


We got our first snow of the year last night, and a little more today. So far, it's all melted on impact, but I'm probably going to have to get some winter tires on my car soon.

How many of the top ten worst computer viruses do you remember?

The world's largest beach ball is large.

The world's stupidest car thief is stupid.

I opened up a bag of M&Ms today and they were all deformed! I think someone is trying to poison me. Instead of having Ms on each candy they all had Ws! Obviously, there is a conspiracy.

Costuming again tonight. I'm almost completely done now, only a few touch ups left.

The world is full of idiots so how can it be wrong?

Feeling: Annoyed


Let's say you're a 15-year-old boy who is hacking around on your computer at school and you realize that there is an unencrypted file which contains the social security numbers, drivers license numbers, and names of a some of the school staff just asking to be exploited. Should you:

A: Make a copy of the file and then steal the identity of everyone on the list.
B: Don't tell anyone and hope that nobody malicious gets a hold of it.
C: Alert the school so that they can take proper measures to secure the file.

The answer, if you attend Shenendehowa Central School, is NOT C! Rather than exploit the schools gaping security flaw, the budding hacker decided to take an honest approach and send an email to the principal of the school explaining to them they had insecure sensitive data just begging to be abused. The principal acted quickly--he fixed the security hole, and then had the kid arrested! Yes, for playing the good Samaritan, a 15-year-old boy was given three counts of computer fraud. This just shows how incredibly backwards people are when it comes to computer security. Can you guess what this kid is going to do the next time he finds an insecure list of social security numbers?

Top ten most outrageous opening lines of literature.

Top five reasons why Luke Skywalker is a complete idiot.

Off to do more costume work tonight.

Death, death, devil, devil, devil, devil, evil, evil, evil, evil songs

Feeling: Sleepy


The First Annual Flint Vampire Ball was a lot of fun, and more specifically, seeing Voltaire live was awesome! He mostly played his new songs, but threw in a few favorites as well. I bought his first four albums and he signed each of them for me, w00t! The full account is here. Now all I have to do is finish up my Nikki costume for Youmacon, and I'll be all set.

Take the roflcopter to the lollerskating club

Feeling: Anxious


It takes a long time to format a terabyte hard drive. Erika is almost finished. She currently has 1.5 terabytes of on board SATA disk space, and I could throw in another 400 GB of IDE drives, but I figure I'll just get a couple more terabytes when I fill up what I have.

I -finally- got a chance to play Bionic Commando: Rearmed last night. It's amazing! So far, what I've seen is the perfect combination between retro and modern.

I picked up some incredible gauche boots for my Voltaire outfit. I'm really looking forward to the concert tomorrow. It's supposed to rain, which will make it very cold for my open-chested blouse, but I think I'll manage.

Sleep deprivation is a bad thing

Feeling: Sleepy


The annoying asshole neighbors from hell strike again. I think they have some serious OCD. They will stomp back into their bedroom, open their closet door, close their closet door, stomp into their living room, open their balcony door, close their balcony door, open it again, close it again, stomp to their faucet, run the water for three seconds, turn the water off, sit down for thirty seconds, and then repeat the whole process again for hours on end. And I'm not using hyperbole, they seriously do this for hours. It's not always in the same order, sometimes they'll open and close their balcony door three time, sometimes only once. Sometimes they won't run the water for ten minutes, sometimes they'll sit down for only five seconds before repeating the process. Regardless, there is something seriously wrong with them that they can continue to do this for five hours straight, and they really should never, EVER, have anyone living beneath them. I tried drowning out their stomping by turning my floor fan on full blast, but with seven years of, use, it squeaks louder than my neighbors. I tried playing white noise really loud through my speakers, but it was too high pitched to drown out the stomping. I tried to make a noise complaint today, but they told me that I have to make a complaint while the noise is going on, even if it's at four in the morning, by calling the emergency maintenance number. Next time Gadget... next time!

My outfit for the Voltaire concert is done, although I think I might get some new shoes for it tonight. Now all I have to do is finish the Youmacon costume and I'll be able to relax for a few days.

Enjoy the fail blog.

Beauty always comes with dark thoughts

Feeling: Determined


I flirted with the takeout girl at Applebee's last night. She totally digs my ride. But then, who wouldn't?

I worked on my costumes last night and did little else (hand stitching sucks) and I'll be doing the same thing again tonight. They're both almost done even with with time to spare. I love it when a plan comes together.

You should know how it feels, my friend

Feeling: Contemplative


I picked up a new leather jacket last night. It's one of those modern vintage ones that rub your neck and don't fit all that well. But it was on sale, and looks so darned cool! Plus, since I ate the carcass of a cow for dinner, it would have been wrong of me not to also wear it's fashionable skin. Don't judge me!

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish there was a sport that involved stuffing ferrets down my pants." Of course you have; who hasn't? Well, take a look at Cracked magazine's list of the 8 Most Baffling Sports From Around the World.

The vocabulary word of the day is: Deangasm - n - What someone named "Dean" has when he's really excited.

Off to work on my costumes for the upcoming Voltaire concert and Youmacon. I feel like a crone.

But I'll have to face the music bye and bye

Feeling: Annoyed


The wedding was typical as was the rest of the weekend. I spent most of it working on computers--loading mine and fixing someone else's. Boring... Apologies to those still waiting for an email, I'll get it out as soon as Erika is fully functional.

Are you annoyed with all of the different volume rates on your music collection? Try using MP3 Gain and Vorbis Gain to even things out. However, they'll only be useful if your music player supports replay gain. The two primary players that I suggest, Winamp and Rockbox, both have options for it.

Hate me for all the things I didn't do for you

Feeling: Okay


Most of last night was spent getting Erika all loaded up with new software and moving the settings from my Octavia to her. I've almost finished with that. Next comes transferring all the data, which will be pretty easy. I just need to get another SATA hard drive and I'll be all set.

Only in America can a self-righteous teenager change her name to a Web site's URL! In protest of animal dissections in schools, Jennifer Thornburg had her name legally changed to CutoutDissection.com, the URL of a PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) Web site. I guess she -really- loves earth worms, fetal pigs, and frogs. I'm still waiting for her to show up on the sex offenders list under the bestiality section. It's only a matter of time...

This weekend--I double checked to be sure--I'm going to my cousin's wedding. It's fun to visit with my extended family every now and then so that I can remind myself why I don't visit with them more often.

Did you think it's cool to walk right up and take my life and fuck it up? Well did you?

Feeling: Angry


I've spent a whole three hours using Windows Vista, and already I think it's the worst OS I've ever used. Even worse than Mac OS, even worse than PC-DOS, even worse than Windows 3.0. Very little is customizable, I get a stupid pop-ups for trivial matters every ten seconds, and some of the core OS features (like the start menu) actually have bugs in them! What a piece of shit.

Anyway, I've picked a name for my new computer: Erika. Note that I'm using a "K", not because it looks cool, but because the name is Scandinavian and thus properly spelled with a "K". The cognate "Erica" is an English bastardization (not that I have anything against attractive single girls who spell their Erica with a "C" *cough*callme*cough*). Anyway, Erika is the feminine form of Erik, which comes from the Norse words ei and rikr which mean "ever" and "ruler" respectively.

Someone else agrees with me about the futility of quantum encryption.

Prayer kills another teenage boy. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley's 16-year-old son, Neil, had urinary-tract blockage. Now, even a the most irresponsible of parents would still know enough to take their child to the hospital and let doctors skilled in human anatomy perform the simple procedure to fix the problem. However, Jeffery and Marci are not responsible parents, they're faith-believers. They decided that they couldn't trust a qualified doctor to heal their son when they had the all-powerful, all-loving, king of kings at their beck-and-call. So, they prayed for God to heal their son. Then the festering disease caused heart failure and he died a painful death. From this, we can conclude that prayer does work, only you have to make sure you know if it's opposite day in heaven or not, so God won't think you wanted your son killed instead of healed.

The presidential debates could have been a lot more fun if only...

I'm so gay, I don't even like boys!

Feeling: Overwhelmed


My new computer arrived today! Her specs are: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+, 4GB DDR2 800, NVidia GeForce 9500GT 512MB, and all the other usual stuff. Sadly, she has Vista on her, but that's kind of unavoidable these days. She's empty right now, so I need to load her up with all my software and I also need to transfer all my music, movies, games, documents, porn, etc. from Octavia onto her, so she's in for a lot of work. I also need to think of a good name for her too, but I want to get to know her better before I do that.

I have so much stuff going on this month! Aside from having to load up my computer, I have to fix my friend's computer, finish up my costume for the upcoming convention, finish up my outfit for the concert next weekend, prep for the wedding this weekend, and still manage to find a way to sleep with a nocturnal Godzilla for an upstairs neighbor. Ugh!

If it's all the same, I'd rather just forget you

Feeling: Okay


I stayed up late last night working on it, and I've just uploaded a demo of the new map system for Space Cowboy. The demo is pretty simple on the surface, it lets you move around in a temporary galaxy map that I've made. View the readme file for an explanation for what's going on behind the scenes and you'll see the depth of it. This mapping system will allow me to make gi-nor-mungus galaxies, while still using very little memory. The hard part comes with trying to incorporate this map into the existing game, which is what I'm going to work on next.

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.

It must be fun being a doctor and getting to remove all the weird stuff that people swallow.

Programmers are getting closer and closer to perfecting an AI that can beat the Turing test.

Simpsons drawn in comicbook style.

Music videos make much more sense when the lyrics are changed to fit literally. Case in point, Take On Me, by a-ha.

I don't even know what I'm lookin' for

Feeling: Blah


I think if luck existed, which it doesn't--but if it did--Monday the 13th would be a lot unluckier than Friday the 13th.

I picked up a new jacket on Saturday. It has a skull on it, so that makes it cool. I bought it while wearing a Queen shirt, so that makes it doubly cool. The cashier, a 70-year-old woman, gave me my receipt and then gave me a coupon for 20% off women's apparel. She said, that I would definitely want it because of my Queen shirt. So basically, the Sears cashier thinks I'm a transvestite. Awesome! On Sunday, I saw Religulous. It wasn't as intellectual as other anti-religious documentaries out there, but it was a lot funnier.

Apparently, today is Paddington Bear's 50th Anniversary. So, in order to celebrate, give your girlfriend the old Paddington Ambush.

I'm trying to start work on Space Cowboy again. There isn't an update yet, but I'm currently working on a map system that will allow for a scrolling background and an enormous map, all the while taking very little space on disk, and even less in memory. It's a hassle to deal with maps this way, but since I want galaxy-sized maps, I kind of have to.

Revenge is a dish best served with fries and a side salad

Feeling: Cold Sore


Although I already have the best car in the world (ever), there are plenty of other cars out there. Some of them are also green, not green in color, but green in fuel economy. Take a look at some of these bizarre green vehicles from the electric Lightning which is comparable to the Viper and Corvette to the wood burning Yugo.

Forget 1024 bit encryption, I want quantum encryption! Of course, even though the encryption is solid, there are still a million ways an inventive hacker can get around it.

Happy to be wrong

Feeling: Cold Sore


Chloe's back and better than ever! When I returned the loaner car the salesman informed me that someone -again- offered to buy my car, but he had to tell them that someone already owned it. It feels so good to have someone envious of my car for once. Apparently, nobody was envious of my banged up Neon. Or the ugly teal Neon before that. Or the banged up half working Beretta before that. But now... now I have a car that people envy, and even though I shouldn't be shallow, I can't help but take pride in that.

I hate cold sores. I assume this one came about because of the lack of sleep and wind/sun burn of Cedar Point, not to mention the stress I've been under recently due to female woes. It started Tuesday evening, but armed with my trusty acyclovir it should be gone by the weekend. Which is good, because I have a wedding to go to, and I'd hate to not look spiffy.

Kid Rock advocates theft. Damn funny.

If you're like me, and you want to commit premeditated murder, you'll need a flowchart.

Hate me, mock me, hurt me... just don't lie to me

Feeling: Frustrated


Chloe is currently in the shop having some repairs done on her; just some minor stuff that has been scheduled since I bough her, but the dealer now actually has the parts. The dealership gave me a loaner vehicle while they fix her and it's terribly lame. It's a sage colored station wagon. So, basically, I went into the dealership with the best looking car on the lot, and drove out with something an old grandma wouldn't be caught dead in. Actually, it kind of smells like a grandma died in it. Although, I guess I should be grateful to be given a loaner vehicle at all.

I am now the proud owner of the book "Easy" which was written by the same author who wrote "Loose Girl", which you should really read now, if you haven't already.

If you were able to escape from the first office, maybe you can do it again with the new office. The interface for the new one is kind of annoying. When the items act as your cursor the hot spot for where they click changes. The match is really annoying, it's several pixels below the head of the match. I beat it fairly quickly though.

Every time I come to a rut in my dating life I start thinking about revising the manner in which I date. My current approach when I find someone who interests me is to test the waters by going on "friends" dates until I get to know them. Then, if things work out, I escalate the dates to something more romantic, but I still don't make anything exclusive in case the person ends up being a psycho. A lot of people call this having "commitment issues", but I call it being "logical". If things continue to work out, and a future looks possible, then I start dating the person exclusively. This is quite different from my high school approach, which was become the boyfriend of any girl stupid enough to want me. The trouble is, I can't remember if I'm happier now that I take a wiser, more cautious approach, or back then when I was na´ve and took a haphazard approach. Sometimes I want to go back to those inexperienced days, but I don't think I could even if I tried. I mean, how do you convince yourself to enjoy the ride when you know the train you're on is going to derail?

I joined the sinful to regain innocence

Feeling: Lonely


The awful soundtrack to the awful port of Pac-Man has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

You haven't been wasting all your time working have you? Not when you can view the top 150 online Flash games?

Although highly religious people aren't too keen on it, the space administrations around the world have been looking for extra solar planets, more specifically, extra solar planets that could be suitable for life. In their search they have come across the recently designated COROT-exo-3b. Astronomers haven't seen anything like this before. If you lived on COROT-exo-3b you would weigh about 9,000 pounds since the planet is more dense than lead and about the size of Jupiter! You would also burn up instantly because the planet is very close to it's sun. But on the plus side, you'd get to celebrate your birthday a lot more because a year on COROT-exo-3b is equivalent to four days on Earth.

Moved the August posts to the Old News section.

Our species eat the wounded ones

Feeling: Exhausted


Cedar Point was a whole lotta fun. It was interesting to go on a bunch of the rides that I normally skip (although I think it'll be another ten years before I go on the Mean Streak again). My throat is still raw from shouting.

Want to know how to get an excitable mother to drag her kids away from you? Dress in jeans, a black band T-shirt, and lots of chains; head to your neighborhood Barnes & Nobel bookstore; grab a copy of "Steal This Book" off the shelf and start reading it; wait for an inquisitive eight-year-old to ask you what the book is about; explain it uncensored.

While at the mall I walked past one of those jewelry stores for young girls (I think it was Claire's), and I saw a little girl, no more than five-years-old, sitting in the piercing chair screaming, "I don't want it, I don't want it!" while her mother tried to convince her to get her ears pierced. I think the mother should have bought a porcelain doll instead of having a kid.

Political cartoonists couldn't ask for a better subject than Sarah Palin.

Even the losers, get lucky sometimes

Feeling: Cynical


The new Punch-Out!! for the Wii looks amazing!

I'm heading down to Ann Arbor tonight and in the morning I'm off to Cedar Point with Amber, Meg, and Charlie. I could really use the excitement and time with friends after such an awful week.

I'd rather not celebrate my defeat and humiliation here with you

Feeling: Angry


Last night, my upstairs neighbor decided to jump around their apartment until 4:00 in the morning. I hope they stub their toe.

I found this sentence on a person's online profile, "I hate guys who think that the world evolves around them." Funny; I'm pretty sure the world is going to evolve around you whether you like it or not.

Anyone out there know of a good personal firewall that is also free? I haven't really noticed anyone trying to hack my precious Octavia, but I don't see any point in leaving the Internet door unlocked when I don't need to.

Leave me be, and cease to tell me how to feel

Feeling: Anxious


Here we are on the first of October, my favorite month of the year. It didn't start all that great, but I have hope that it will get better.

If you never saw what Google looked like in the "old days", circa 2001, they're showcasing their homepage from that era as part of their 10th birthday.

We all know what an altruistic company Apple is, right? I mean, they do everything in their power to help out the little guy (sarcasm doesn't translate well to the written word, so I'm informing you that this is indeed sarcasm). Well, when it comes to music, they're even nicer. Rather than give the lion's share of iTunes profit to the recording artists (you know, the people that actually make the music), they prefer giving them about 8% so they can share the remaining 92% between themselves and the record companies. Amazingly, even though the cost to sell online music is a lot cheaper than CDs, the percentage of profit for the artists on iTunes has decreased from the traditional record companies percentage. Actually, Apple was really trying to drop they payment to the artists below 5%, claiming that only getting a mere 94% of the revenue just wasn't enough. So when the copyright board thought that maybe the artists should get something more like the 15% (still a pathetic amount, but at least an improvement), Apple decided that it was impossible and threatened to shut down iTunes all together if it ever went above 9%. Apple... YOU SUCK!