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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thoughts on Tuesday Night

Just something real quick, almost a week later.  I tweeted this the other night as well, but just feel like making sure my thoughts are known to all.

Meet the new boss:

Same as the old boss:

I heard a wonderful line on Free Talk Live from this past Wednesday, 11/5/08, by Wayne, "Republicans are Socialists, Democrats are National Socialists."  I feel as if that is far too true.  We all lost on Tuesday night, because all that is going to continue to happen is our government is going to continue to tell us how they can best use our money, and how to live our lives. 

Another quick note, I am sick of hearing people continually talking about how we have elected our first black president.  The color of his skin does not mean anything, and continuing to say such things actually makes things worse in some ways.  We have elected a man with horrible politics, just like the previous man, and probably like the man to come after him. 

The United States of America lost on this past Tuesday, and until people start to realize that we need a person who will truly embrace the concepts of smaller government and more personal freedom we will continue to do so.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


This picture is now almost a week old, but who really cares. The facts are these: Kieran is not quite 7 months old, Kieran is crawling everywhere, and Kieran is pulling himself into a standing position. Phenemonal! Scary! Scarenemonal!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I like Hanson?

Before you start trying to call shenanigans against me, I need to give some background story.

I love Radiohead; Thom Yorke and company put out some of the greatest music available anywhere.  A few years ago I saw them in concert at Blossom in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and it is still the greatest concert I have ever been to in my life. 

Since I do love me some Radiohead, I was exceptionally excited to learn that this weeks tribute episode of Coverville was going to be another Radiohead Cover Story.  Coverville, in case you have never heard of it, is a podcast produced by Brian Ibbott where he plays covers of many different songs.  There are three different types of shows; The All Request Show, Theme Shows, and Tribute Shows.  On the tribute shows they feature songs from a particular artist covered by different artists, or covers performed by that particular artist.  This weeks Radiohead cover story features all covers of their songs by other artists.

One of these covers is Optimistic, performed by Hanson

Hanson?  The mmmBopping bubble gum pop band from the late 90s that Quagmire made this awesome joke about:

That Hanson. 

It's a pretty faithful rendition of the original, they did not try to add anything extra or put their own spin on it, but overall, it just sounds pretty damn good.  In my opinion, that is.  I am not saying I am some stinking Hanson lover, I just happen to like this one cover of a wonderful Radiohead song.

Head on over to Coverville, download episode 514, and check it out for yourself.

Monday, October 6, 2008

"Saving that first kiss for your wedding day is like really special and I hope that it inspires others to do consider as well."


My wife finished watching John and Kate plus 8 this evening, which is bad enough, but it then transformed into a new show. This show is apparently called 17 Kids and Counting. For starters, who in their right mind would actually want to have 18 kids? The mother has spent 12 years of her life pregnant. 12 years! That is positively insane. But, what I think I have found even worse is the insanity involved in the religious ideas of this family. Everything that they ever possibly want to do, they have to pray about. The quote above? That was directly from the mother after a commercial break. The daughter even said the same thing. And the praying. I just don't even know what all to say. I am, at the moment, completely and utterly speechless. Maybe I will have more to say tomorrow after I have ruminated on it for a little bit.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Harsh Lessons Learned


In addition to playing World of Warcraft, I also spend a good bit of my time playing EVE Online.  Today, I spent 3,400,000isk (isk is the EVE in game currency) on a new ship.  A cruiser called a Stabber.

I was exceptionally happy to have purchased this new ship.  While 3.4 million isk may not be a lot of money for some people, for me it was the majority of what I had.  After purchasing the new cruiser and finally deciding on a name for it, I flew off to pick up by brand new Stabber.  In case you are curious, I named it Sagittarii because it kind of reminds me of an arrow; all of my ships are named after types of Roman Legions (Numerii, Socii, Triarii, Hastati). 

All of this was done while I was at work.  That was probably the most important part of this, so I will repeat it.  All of this was done while I was at work. 

Since my primary vocation in EVE is that of Entrepreneur, I am able to see and purchase items from all over the region I am currently in.  For the most part, my "theater of operations" has been within the Metropolis region.  I bought everything I wanted at the cheapest possible prices being offered, set numerous waypoints, undocked, and headed off to pick up all of my wonderful new equipment.

Since this was all being done on my laptop, and it will not handle the premium graphics content, I decided I would get some nice screenshots when I got home and ran one of my desktop PCs with their much nicer graphics cards.  I did grab the shot at the top first, though, because it showed the insane route I was now going to undertake to collect all of my equipment.  28 waypoints in total, some taking me through low sec areas.  As I stated earlier, I generally spend most of my time in the Metropolis region.  If you have ever been in low sec in Metropolis, it is really not much different from high sec.  There isn't much of anything going on.  Unfortunately, I did not notice that my travels would be carrying me into The Forge, a slightly busier region.

The majority of the time that I had my autopilot running, I was alt-tabbed out doing work.  Whenever I would hear my ships computer telling me that my waypoint had been reached, I would jump back over to EVE, dock at the station, grab my items, undock, and hit the autopilot again.

When I started getting into low sec space, I though it might be a good idea to just dock my ship, stop playing for the time being, and wait until I got home to finish what I was doing.  I had a lot of applications open, our network is crap, and I knew it would be the safest thing to do since if I got involved in something bad, I would not be able to get out of it.  Throwing all caution to the wind, I decided to just finish out my last 8 jumps and get the last item, stay docked in that station, and then play with my new ship when I got home.  Was that ever a bad idea.

I cannot remember the name of the system I jumped into, but I still had the autopilot going.  When you are flying on autopilot, your ship will not warp all the way to next stargate.  You end up a couple thousand meters 15km away and fly to the stargate before getting close enough to make the jump.  I should have taken it off autopilot, and started warping to 0m so I could jump immediately and stay safe.  Still being on autopilot, though, I end up far away from the stargate.  In my overview, I suddenly see an entire screen of red, hostile ships.  They open fire, my PC cannot handle it, and, less than 2 hours after making the purchase, my brand new Stabber is destroyed.  I almost cried.

I have learned my lesson, though, and that is the most important thing.  No more afk autopiloting through low sec systems.  EVE is all about risk, and unless you are wiling to lose whatever you have in space, you need to always be vigilant.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Me, Right Now

Me, Right Now

1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture

Thought I would join in on the meme, for whatever reason.

Kieran Crawls

Two nights ago, he figured it all out.  Now, he is mobile, and on a true path of destruction.