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U-Con Commercial [23 Oct 2009|03:04pm]
A humorous commercial for U-Con Gaming Convention:



It will air Saturday night on Detroit TV20 sometime between midnight and 1:30 AM.
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Stupid CNN [07 Oct 2008|03:35pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

They got this story wrong.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/07/yacht.killings.trial.ap/index.html

Headline: 

'Power Ranger' faces death penalty in yacht killings

Caption: Skylar Deleon, 29, who starred on "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," goes on trial for murder.

Power Ranger star?  Hardly.  This guy had a speaking role on one episode

Sensationalize much?

Oh... and there is not even a link or section to let them know they exaggerated.  :(
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Who Caused The Economic Crisis? [03 Oct 2008|02:30pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/who_caused_the_economic_crisis.html

So who is to blame? There's plenty of blame to go around, and it doesn't fasten only on one party or even mainly on what Washington did or didn't do. As The Economist magazine noted recently, the problem is one of "layered irresponsibility ... with hard-working homeowners and billionaire villains each playing a role." Here's a partial list of those alleged to be at fault:

  • The Federal Reserve, which slashed interest rates after the dot-com bubble burst, making credit cheap.
  • Home buyers, who took advantage of easy credit to bid up the prices of homes excessively.
  • Congress, which continues to support a mortgage tax deduction that gives consumers a tax incentive to buy more expensive houses.
  • Real estate agents, most of whom work for the sellers rather than the buyers and who earned higher commissions from selling more expensive homes.
  • The Clinton administration, which pushed for less stringent credit and downpayment requirements for working- and middle-class families.
  • Mortgage brokers, who offered less-credit-worthy home buyers subprime, adjustable rate loans with low initial payments, but exploding interest rates.
  • Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who in 2004, near the peak of the housing bubble, encouraged Americans to take out adjustable rate mortgages.
  • Wall Street firms, who paid too little attention to the quality of the risky loans that they bundled into Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), and issued bonds using those securities as collateral.
  • The Bush administration, which failed to provide needed government oversight of the increasingly dicey mortgage-backed securities market.
  • An obscure accounting rule called mark-to-market, which can have the paradoxical result of making assets be worth less on paper than they are in reality during times of panic.
  • Collective delusion, or a belief on the part of all parties that home prices would keep rising forever, no matter how high or how fast they had already gone up.
The U.S. economy is enormously complicated. Screwing it up takes a great deal of cooperation. Claiming that a single piece of legislation was responsible for (or could have averted) is just political grandstanding. We have no advice to offer on how best to solve the financial crisis. But these sorts of partisan caricatures can only make the task more difficult.
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Don't Vote [02 Oct 2008|08:59am]
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1832128
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HFCS and it's correlation to weight gain [03 Sep 2008|02:03pm]
http://www.naturalnews.com/024046.html

I'm glad I cut my pop consumption.  But then again, I wonder if kool-aid would have a similar effect to soda?
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Food For Thought [28 Aug 2008|11:24am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/dealing-with-difficult-people/

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Olympic comments they wish they could take back [22 Aug 2008|11:35am]
[ mood | amused ]

(Got this in an email...)

Here are the top nine comments made by NBC sports commentators during the Summer Olympics that they would like to take back:

1. Weightlifting commentator: "This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing."

2. Dressage commentator: "This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother."

3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."

4. Boxing Analyst: "Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious."

5. Softba! ll announcer: "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

6. Basketball analyst: "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces."

7. At the rowing medal ceremony: "Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew."

8. Soccer commentator: "Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field."

9. Tennis commentator: "One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them... Oh my God, what have I just said?"

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Just... cool. [09 May 2008|11:35am]
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What's in our food? [08 Apr 2008|11:04am]
[ mood | working ]

A great article about the chemicals in our processed food...

http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22177/47505-lab-lunch--chemicals-food

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LJ Protest on Friday [19 Mar 2008|04:38pm]
[ mood | indescribable ]

Several of my LJ friends are already blogging about this but I figured I could extend this message to some folks who have large readerships...



What's this about?

* It's about free and ad-free LiveJournal accounts being abolished for new members, ignoring the advice from the newly-formed Advisory Board.
* It's about LJ staff trying to sneak this decision in under the radar, and when people found out, telling the users it was done 'to make the signup process less confusing'.
* It's about LJ staff failing to apologize for trying to hide the facts from view and for lying about the actual reasons for their actions.
* And finally, it's about the latest decision to hide certain user interests from the list of Most Popular Interests, some of them being fanfiction, bisexuality, sex and depression. This decision was not announced or explained in any way. Users found out for themselves.


For background on this strike and why it is being held, please read the following posts:
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/394838.html
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/395310.html

To find out exactly when the strike begins and ends, depending on where you are located, please see this:
http://beckyzoole.livejournal.com/395125.html

To find out what the owners of LJ think of their user base, look here:
http://darkrosetiger.livejournal.com/373663.html

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Misconceptions about Role Playing [06 Mar 2008|10:25am]
[ mood | awake ]

I liked this blog entry... http://www.omgrpg.com/article/65233/top-5-misconceptions-about-dungeons-dragons/

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[15 Feb 2008|09:43pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I'm disappointed by Comcast's behavior with respect to this BitTorrent blocking nonsense.  I actually see why they do this - they are trying to keep the small user base from taking up most of the internet.  I think they are going about this all wrong.  If I could redefine the whole business model for ISPs here is how it would go:

1. Users pay for bits uploaded and downloaded, with costs perhaps depending on the time of day to reflect peak usages.  We are already familiar with this model: it is how landline phones work.
2. ISPs give contracts that guarantee somelike like minimum response time or minimum bandwith or approximate bandwith.  They should not be able to advertise the maximum bandwidth because you never actually get that.
3. Webhosts and content companies can pay ISPs to deliver their content without the end user having to pay for it.  This is like a 1-800 call for the internet.

With this scheme you pay for the internet you use, companies can encourage you monitarily to visit their websites, and ISPs charge their users according to their usage and upgrade their networks accordingly.

Wouldn't you like to be able to choose how much internet you need and thus what you pay?  Do you think this is enough to 'solve' net neutrality?

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Emperor Palpatine wants YOU! [03 Jan 2008|10:57am]
[ mood | amused ]

I thought vretallin and masteralida (among others) might enjoy these...

http://io9.com/338647/sexy-recruitment-posters-for-the-empire

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Einstein's Riddle [17 Dec 2007|08:34pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I found Einstein's Riddle today. He hypothesized that only 2% of the population could solve it. If that's the case, I'm please to report I'm one of them. It took longer than I expected. I haven't done a logic problem in many year, but I always thought they were big fun. Here's the puzzle if you want to give it a try, but don't click the answer link until you are ready. I'm even willing to give you a hint as to which dimension is solved first if you need one. :)

http://www.manbottle.com/trivia/einstein_s_riddle

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Role of women in marriage [11 Dec 2007|10:10am]
[ mood | pissed off ]

Huckabee believes that it is the duty of wive to "graciously submit" to their husbands.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/12/10/12517/525/811/420237

If he becomes president, I will have lost all faith in this country.

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Theory of Everything. [15 Nov 2007|02:06pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

New Theory of Everything by a surfer dude with a PHD in physics.  It sounds very intriguing.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/11/14/scisurf114.xml&CMP=ILC-mostviewedbox

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Food Side Effects [13 Nov 2007|11:15am]
[ mood | hungry ]

Found this interesting article via digg.  Especially relevant to Sunday night's conversation with cpl_hicks 's wife.

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/11/10-food-side-effects-you-may-not-know.html

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Just saw this commercial [03 Nov 2007|09:17pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Football...

The way it's meant to be played.

The way it's meant to be seen.

Notre Dame Football (in 1080i).


LOL!

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[03 Nov 2007|07:33pm]
[ mood | happy ]

WooHoo!!!!!

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Edwards campaign attacks Stephen Colbert [29 Oct 2007|10:41am]
[ mood | amused ]

Edwards spokesperson Teresa Wells on presidential candidate Stephen Colbert:

"What is more troubling than his quest for a status his own mother won't grant him (favorite son) are his ties to the salty food industry," Wells said. "As the candidate of Doritos, his hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from taco chip lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the snack food special interests." (Full Story...)

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