March, 2010

I'm outta here!

Feeling: Excited


I've always loved Rube Goldberg machines.

John Hartwig, principal of Lutheran private school, was fired for writing a document which challenged the church's position to give women authority in church matters. Hartwig's fate was decided upon by only his male peers, because this church doesn't allow its females to vote, or in this meeting, even speak. Praise Jesus.

Some numbers are laid out in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I've moved the Goonies II soundtrack into the VGMPF Wiki, and added info and screenshots for all the songs.

Well, I'm off to Pittsburgh! I'll see everyone again on Monday.

Is it Thursday yet?

Feeling: Okay


The thing I love about Christianity is that it's a religion of peace. Not like those Muslims who resort to violence and terror. Jesus said, if a man strikes you on the face, turn the other cheek and let him strike your other cheek, and that is exactly what Christians do.

God prepares for more genocide in the Blasphemer's Bible.

5 animals that basically can't be killed.

The disease that barely existed in the US continues to make resurgences, thanks to retarded parents who don't vaccinate their children.

Louis CK found out the truth about the Catholic church.

I beat The Goonies II last night. Now I'm working on the first.

Is it Pittsburgh yet?

Feeling: Blah


I spent most of the weekend in bed, so I'm not quite as sick now. I only popped out to watch my friend Lauren's production of Fiddler On the Roof, and RHPS with the old RHPS cast, though. due to finals, there were only three of us that made it.

Kitteh obstacle course!

God declares his omnipotence in the Blasphemer's Bible.

The Back to the Future scene we all wanted to see.

Not much else to say, I'm prepping for my trip to Pittsburgh, a mere three days away!

Is it bed time yet?

Feeling: Sick


I showed up for the first half of work today, but couldn't quite handle it and took the second half off. On the same topic, how can one human nose produce so much snot? It seems like all the water I've been drinking has just been going straight into my nose to come right back out again! And blowing your nose when you have a beard is kind of gross, because te snot kind of collects on your whiskers.

God and Abraham have a picnic in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Yup, sick after all

Feeling: Sick


As it turns out, I was getting sick. I've been trying to figure out what has been causing the recent rash of sickness (no pun intended), and I have concluded on two main causes. One, my new girlfriend is a nurse, which means I'm being exposed to all sorts of wonderful new and exciting diseases that her immune system has already figured out. Second, I spent Monday evening in a hospital visiting my friend, which only increased the amount of contact I had with diseases. It appears to only be a minor cold, so I should be at full health by the time I leave for Pittsburgh next week. In the mean time, I've taken the day off from work and spent the majority of my day in a prone position.

Minor updates from what I've done. My box of seeds from Giants arrived. I now have more sunflower seeds than I'll be able to eat in a year. Also, I finally beat the game Deja Vu for the NES. I was a little disappointed with the how hard it was to beat. I had everything figured out, but I spent hours trying to figure out what to do to win. It turned out that there was an item near the beginning of the game that I was supposed to take and hide before I could hide another main item. There was also a very annoying walking-death scenario that caused me to restart the game numerous times to get by.

Abraham gets dinner on the way in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I better not be getting sick!

Feeling: Blah


I awoke this morning to a minor sore throat and runny nose. I'm attributing this to the fact that I haven't gotten a decent night's sleep in a long time, but it has nothing to do with getting sick before a vacation.

Dave Chapelle does not approve of the power of positive thinking.

Tired of your boring old staircase? Make it more unique!

Holy crap! God himself appears to Abraham in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Speaking of God--what happens when religion is allowed to run rampant over science education? You get people saying that dinosaurs came from evil angels having sex with women to spawn reptiles. You also get pro-slavery, white-supremacist, gay-bashing rednecks fired from their jobs.

This cat is very awestruck about something.

The Bad Dudes page in the NES Hacker Wiki has been updated quite a bit.

Too young for this!

Feeling: Happy


I spent some time in the hospital last night visiting my friend who just had a mild heart attack. Crazy thing is, he's still in his early 20s, but they found out that he's diabetic, which may have helped trigger it, since he's been eating like a non-diabetic for years now.

Last month I made a video for my friend Devin as he was going through boot camp. I've uploaded it to YouTube for all to see.

Abraham circumcises Ishmael in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I think I'm going to go be healthy tonight.

Helping other people isn't so Christian after all!

Feeling: Proud


The Health Care Reform Bill just barely passed last night, 219 to 212. I've already seen a good amount of squawking from Conservative Christians saying that the world is over, we'll have to pay obscene taxes, and that government will take over our lives. To them I say, "shame on you!" You spend all your time riding around on your high-horse, bragging about how you follow the teachings of Jesus, while a whole bunch of people are suffering and dying because they can't afford health care. Then, when a bill comes along to actually help them, you refuse because you're too greedy! I've read the Gospels, and as I recall, Jesus never said, "Love thy neighbor as long as it doesn't cost too much or increase government." If you really want to emulate Jesus, you should do what he tells you to do in Luke 12:33, sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. But you won't do that, you won't even vote for higher taxes because you need all your precious money for yourself. Well, here's another verse for you hypocrites, Matthew 19:24, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

Ranting aside, my weekend was lots of fun. I spent Friday night with my friend Robin, Saturday at my niece's birthday party, and later with Emily and Robin watching the Flint Derby Girls get wasted by Mid-Michigan, and Sunday with Emily again walking through a park and throwing around a softball.

Here are several awesome photos of rivers as viewed from satellites.

Best dog-biscuit commercial EVER!

Abraham learns about God's not quite so never-ending covenant in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I'm a bad enough dude to rescue the president.

Feeling: Happy


Several of my more conservative friends and relatives have been bashing Obama's healthcare reform bill saying that it is socialist. In their mind, the very idea of socialism is so vile that any plan that uses it can't possibly be good and is bound to fail. It's difficult trying to explain to them that the USA already has several socialist plans, like our school system, the Interstate Highway System, the National Park Service, our police and fire services, and several others. We even already have socialized medicine for the poor and elderly through Medicaid and Medicare. Stop being blind people. Judge a plan on it's merit, not on it's political color.

Will we see a new Commodore computer on the market? Barry Altman is betting on it.

God tells Abraham about his upcoming son in the Blasphemer's Bible. I also added a honeypot to the commenting section to trick some of the spambots that have been hitting my site.

Even better than a puppy.

Self-proclaimed psychic Syliva Browne claims to have an 87%-90% accuracy when working with law enforcement. Her actual percentage is 0%.

Mexico continues to use ineffective bomb detectors, even though they can't possibly work.

Running away from an abusive family in Afghanistan cost this 19-year-old her ears and nose.

My name's Dean, and I'm a seed-a-holic... Hi Dean.

Feeling: Okay


I've been eating sunflower seeds (in their shells) for many years now, and I've always found that David brand seeds have been the best. That is, until I bought a bag of Giants seeds. You know how you get the occasional rotten seed? Well, I went through an entire bag of Giants and never hit a single one! Also, as I neared the bottom of the bag, there wasn't a bunch of broken shells and salt, like there is with David brand. Giants brand was pretty much better on every account. If you don't find any local sellers, you can order online.

Ever seen a 10,000-year-old tree?

God tells Abraham to hack off some penises in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Tampon manufacturers aren't allowed to use the dreaded v-word in their commercials, some networks won't even let them say "down there".

A dealership in Texas learns the hard way that adding wireless devices to their cars isn't a good idea when a disgruntled employee abuses the system.

Headaches are not as much fun as you'd think

Feeling: Okay


The weather was so nice yesterday that I went for a one mile run. I've gotten back in shape from my DDR playing, but running uses different muscles, and this morning I'm feeling exactly which ones!

My new hero is Ralph Conone, a 68-year-old man who, for three months now, has been going to Walmart, bunching his keys up in his hand, and punching children in the back of the head. He'd walk away as soon as they started crying, so their parents wouldn't know what was going on. Unfortunately, the guy was caught.

Did you know that St. Patrick was a huge masochist? That's why we pinch each other on St. Patty's day; to honor his twisted perversions. Don't bother looking it up, just trust me on this.

Microsoft has their preview of IE9 out. They're actually advertising their 55% accuracy on the Acid3 Test, as if that were something to be proud of! Several browsers get 100% on the test, and most browsers are at least in the 90s. It's like Microsoft is jumping up and down, showing off the D- they got on a pop quiz in a room full of straight-A students. How embarrassing!

Abram and Sarai level up in the Blasphemer's Bible.

We have obtained energy recovery pills

Feeling: Nerdy


Chloe is going in for surgery this morning. Her gas gauge wasn't working properly, so she's being outfitted with a new one. Due to the gas tank being fully self-contained, the entire tank must be replaced.

Ladies! Do you have an angry vagina? Act fast or you might get vagina diseases from your angry vagina!

I finally figured out where the end of the area items are stored in Bionic Commando. The table has been added to the NES Hacker Wiki.

God blesses Abram with mere perfection in the Blasphemer's Bible.

The number of UFO sightings increases seems directly proportionate to the released of Photoshop.

Apple makes a bold claim regarding their iPad: if the battery ever fails they will give you a brand new iPad! That sounds great, but there are just some minor catches. Your iPad has to be in perfect condition with no damage, spills, dents, or tampering of any kind. Also, this doesn't cover normal battery degradation, only batteries that short circuit for some reason while your iPad is still under warranty. Also, your replacement iPad won't have any of your data on it. Also, the replacement iPad will probably be a refurbished model. Also, the replacement will cost you over $100 (which is more than you'd spend on a aftermarket battery). But other than that, wow a free replacement!

Sure, these days we all have our cameras that take 10 megapixel pictures, but have you ever wondered what a 26 GIGApixel picture would look like?

Happy belated Pi day!

Feeling: Happy


I forgot to buy pie on pi day (3.14). Shame on me.

It turns out that the current Pope was partially responsible for allowing pedophile priests to stay out of jail. Can't say I'm shocked.

Over the weekend I beat the NES game Uninvited. I originally played the game back in the 90s and got really far into it. When I beat it on Saturday I discovered that I was only a few screens away from having beaten it back then! The game was pretty good, but it did have its share of annoyances. What you do with the spider makes no sense, the bird was just a red herring that wasted time, the entire jail room was useless, but all-in-all, it was an enjoyable play.

Ishmael is finally born in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Boy do I love the bureaucratic process. A few days ago I got a letter from the state telling me I'd be getting a letter from the state for the 2010 census. That's all well and good, but why didn't I get a letter telling me about the letter I was going to get that would inform me about the census letter? And why can't I just go online to fill this thing out? Snail mail is for chumps?

What if the movies nominated for Oscars had honest titles?

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance has nothing to do with prayer, but instead represents patriotism. I guess the message they wanted to send to the 60,500,000 people in the US who don't believe in God is, you can't possibly be a patriot without also believing in our particular version of God. Of course, the words "under God" were nowhere to be found in the original Pledge of Allegiance, and were only added in 1954, at the height of the Cold War, thanks to some good old fashioned McCarthyism.

But, on the plus side, courts have ruled that the 5,300 parents trying to sue vaccine manufacturers for using Thimerosal do not have a leg to stand on. They agreed with the overwhelming scientific studies which show that vaccines do not cause autism. The parents are infuriated with the ruling. Who needs evidence when you have Jenny McCarthy and her lap-dog, Jim Carrey?

Mississippi has had a wonderful history of accommodating minorities. And by that, I mean the state is a bunch of racist bigoted hicks. Recently, Itawamba Agricultural High School decided to cancel their prom rather than let a lesbian student and her girlfriend attend.

We're finally back to Daylight Saving Time! Oh how I love that extra hour of daylight in the evenings! When will the world learn to get rid of Standard Time all together?

I've got, one ticket to paradise!

Feeling: Excited


Eve 6 is playing in Flint on the 8th of April, and yours truly has a ticket!

Last night I finally beat the Microprose version of Magic: The Gathering on it's hardest difficulty. It was quite a journey. The white castle was extremely difficult, every enemy began the game with an Elder Land Wurm and a War Elephant already in play. Plus, the final boss has 400 hit points to my 31. Knowing I wasn't going to be able to do that much damage, I constructed a poison deck and hit him up with 10 counters! In your face!

The Texas State School Board is voting to include more pro-Conservative propaganda in their history books and less of that fruity Liberal crap. In particular, they want to talk about the important role the NRA has played, how the civil rights movement created unrealistic expectations of equality, the major impact country music has had on the nation, how the US's invasion and occupations of foreign countries wasn't imperialism, but merely "expansionism", how Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederacy) was just as important as Abraham Lincoln, and how government is bad for business.

Hagar gets some sound advice from the angel in the Blasphemer's Bible.

An African religious group has caused the death of 110 children by refusing to allow them measles vaccinations. I guess they weren't wearing their WWJV bracelets (Who Would Jesus Vaccinate).

The Catholic church -still- isn't out of the woods with their child-raping priests.

Tattoos are getting out of hand. Whatever happened to the good old days with hearts that say "mom" or swastikas on the forehead?

There's a glow of spring in the hall tonight

Feeling: Cheery


My body is really screwy. Yesterday, I exhausted myself with DDR, lifted some free weights, didn't have any caffeine, and for some reason, I still couldn't fall asleep until 2:00 AM, and this morning, I woke after only five hours of sleep. What's the deal?

The temperature made it all the way up to 18C today! That's 64F for you outdated rubes. I had the top down on Chloe and the wind in my hair. It was a little odd to see snow banks in such warm weather, but it felt great! Pretty sweet considering it's not even spring yet!

Hagar is visited by an angel in the Blasphemer's Bible.

FINALLY! You can buy your own personal jetpack!

Skate or die dudes!

Feeling: Happy


Once again, the Catholic church contributes to the AIDS epidemic by telling its followers not to use condoms. Hey, and while we're at it, lets not let women get birth control pills too.

Sarai gets a little crazy in the Blasphemer's Bible.

I've added some memory addresses for Skate or Die and Mega Man to the NES Hacker Wiki.

Finally! A judge actually sentences a pair of negligent Christian parents to real jail time. Jeffrey and Marci Beagley will serve 16 months in prison for allowing their 16-year-old son to die from something as treatable as urinary tract blockage. They weren't going to get off as easy as their son-in-law who only served 60 days for letting his 15-month-old daughter die.

Put me in a special school, 'cuz I am such a fool

Feeling: Happy


Hagar is raped by Abram in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Think your 1024 bit encrypted data is safe? Think again!

There are plenty more updates in the NES Hacker Wiki including a guide on hexadecimal and the NES palette.

A Catholic preschool called the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Boulder, CO is refusing to let a child with lesbian parents attend. The Archdiocese of Denver said that they "expect all families who enroll students to live in accord with Catholic teaching." A demonstrator made an excellent point about this being a double standard because the preschool allows children with divorced parents and parents using birth control, two other things the Catholic church condemns. My position on this depends on their tax-exempt status. If the school is getting government kickbacks, then they should be forced to accept everyone (though, I doubt the child would feel welcomed). However, if the school is a private organization, then they have every right to discriminate and be as bigoted as the rest of the Christians in this country.

Energizer recently sent out a USB battery with some good old fashioned malware in its online drivers!

By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up. ~ Eve Babitz

Feeling: Happy


Hagar has some naughty plans made for her in the Blasphemer's Bible.

How much do you remember from driver's training?

Over the weekend I made several updates to the NES Hacker Wiki including moving all of my old NES text tables into the wiki.

If you're stupid enough to trust a self-proclaimed psychic with financial matters than you deserve to lose all your money, but I still find it fitting when psychics are charged with fraud.

Are you getting ripped off? You sure are!

A snow sculpture, crafted in the style of the Italian Renaissance, was order to be clothed! Apparently, someone in the neighborhood is just a wee bit too sexually repressed.

The angel opens her eyes... pale blue colored eyes

Feeling: Happy


Looks like a good portion of the Vatican will be burning in Hell. Although, what do you expect from a group that actively keeps child rapists from being prosecuted?

We've reached the 200th comic in the Blasphemer's Bible!

I've added several stubs into the NES Hacker Wiki.

An Iowa woman was arrested for accidentally falling down a flight of stairs because her doctor believed she was trying to kill her fetus. This seems rather stupid when she could have just legally got an abortion.

Snake oil salesmen are alive an well in the 21st century.

You got to realize your holding on to something that ain't right

Feeling: Happy


I woke up to a rather strange dream this morning.

Abram receives a premonition about the enslavement of the Hebrews for 400 years in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Still more in the NES Hacker Wiki. Several more text tables and regional screen shots have been added.

I didn't think it was possible, but these guys did it! A short film made entirely from the perspective of a copy machine!

This is some seriously awesome wallpaper.

It turns out the moon actually has a lot more water than we originally thought!

Tubular Nintendo codes bro!

Feeling: Okay


What's the harm in religion? An extreme religious group, called 1 Mind Ministries, refused to let 16-month-old Javon Thompson eat because he wouldn't say "Amen" before his meals. Not understanding why a 16-month-old wouldn't join in with the prayer, the group believed that he may have been possessed by a demon, and they tried to starve the demon out of him, but sadly ended up starving him to death. The mother then tried to resurrect the child, which, of course, failed, so she tossed his body into a suitcase so they could resurrect him later. Also, two Christian families have killed their children, both followers of No Greater Joy Ministries. The deaths include a 7-year-old girl who was beaten to death because she mispronounced a word, and 4-year-old who was beaten and then suffocated in a blanket. While none of these people intended to murder their children, their extreme Christian views regarding punishment prevented them from being able to react rationally.

On the topic of religious kooks, God tells Abram what he must do in order to receive Canaan in the Blasphemer's Bible. I'll give you a hint... it's bloody!

William Shatner calls out John Edwards.

I've always been a fan of the game Excitebike. It's nothing special, but it's fun for a few minutes. Well, last night I discovered Vs. Excitebike that was released for the Famicom Disk System. Not only does it recreate the original Excitebike with better music, graphics, and score keeping, and actually saving your custom tracks, but it also includes bonus rounds, and two-player split-screen competitive racing!

Plenty more updates to the NES Hacker Wiki. New games, a lot of new text tables, and several Japanese and European screen shots.

I'm a radical Nintendo master dudes!

Feeling: Okay


Non-commercial remake games have been going strong for decades. Someone remembers a wonderful game from their childhood, and they decide to make a new game for free, to anyone who wants to play it. This is great for the fans, because they get to play a game in the same style of the classic, with characters and graphics they're familiar with. It's good for the copyright holders too because it keeps interest going for a game franchise during that dead time between games. Many companies, while they won't issues a license to fan remakes, also won't stop them. Activision, on the other hand, has taken step to actively shut down fan made projects. A game series called The Silver Lining which was a fan-made King's Quest series had to be shut down due to Activision's demands. Fan's of King's Quest haven't had a traditional game since KQ6, all the back in 1992! Thanks a lot Activision, you really came through for us fans. Activision pirating spree anyone?

God gives Abram Canaan for the third time in the Blasphemer's Bible.

The NES Hacker Wiki is structured to allow for regional data. I've also begun moving the text tables into it. There are already 78 games!

Why can't computers program themselves?

Feeling: Okay


Lots and lots of defaced presidents, and the occasional prime minister.

Abram will have more offspring than stars in the sky in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Care to build your own solar system?

I've finished adding all my old notes to the NES Hacker Wiki, and also added a page for Arkanoid.