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Merry Christmas

Ah, I finally finished my Christmas shopping and got everything all wrapped for Christmas.

Which, by my local time, is in about 10 and a half hours.


Some Guy Named Bush Bores Nation

President Bush:
We would make it so the world could never trust us again.

Yeah, sorta like those WMDs, right?

President Bush:
We will win the war in Iraq.

Sort of like you said we would last year?

Now don't get me wrong, I know that we have to stay in Iraq and that pulling out would likely be disasterous. But, I knew that before you went into Iraq in the first place!

Face it, Bush, you were overly optimistic. The war in Iraq is going to take a long time. History teaches us that. It took years for the United States to become the United States after the revolutionary war. You know when we finally pulled out of Germany and Japan after World War II? We haven't yet. Iraq is, almost certainly, going to follow that pattern. It'll take a good ten years at least to rebuild Iraq and make it secure, and many billions of dollars. Saying otherwise is naive.


Ah, TV, and... MPEG Artifacts?!

There's nothing quite like watching analog cable, and noticing... MPEG artifacts?! (See, analog is, well, analog, and MPEG is digital, so......)

Actually, there is something worse.

When whatever computer they're using to decode the MPEG stream screws up the stream, cutting out a few seconds of the episode. (Frequently during some important scene...)

But they've actually gone one worse than that. One night - it actually crashed. All channels, frozen.

Yay Comcast. This is definitely worth the money.


It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas...

Everywhere you go,
There's traffic blocking the street,

... and I don't remember the original song enough to continue.

Bottom line, it's NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING YET, and we couldn't find a parking space at the Best Buy. So instead we got DragonQuest VIII at GameStop, after finally finding a parking spot at the mall.

If this were the weekend after Thanksgiving, I could understand the traffic. But it's not. It's the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Actually, come to think of it, when Christmas does actually arrive, we can expect the traffic to be twice as bad.

A Pox On Links That Don't Look Like Links!

A pox on those who don't use "a { cursor: pointer; }"! A pox on them!

Seriously, try and guess where the links are on that page. Go ahead.


(Unless your browser doesn't support cursor: help, in which case it's slightly easier.)

Even then, the lack of underlines or other hints left me thinking, originally, that there was no content on that page.

Bad Fey, bad!

(Some of the other pages have links which use "cursor: default" which is also BAD.)


...grumble...grumble... D'oh.

So, I'm trying to set up a server to only allow connections from within the company I work for. I give it two IP ranges to allow connections from, and hit apply. And then...

I get disconnected.

So it's down from the third floor to the lab in the basement, to discover that I had indeed mis-typed the IP range. Quickly correct it, check from another computer in the lab that it actually works, and then back up to the third floor.


At least I know the firewall works!


Jason and Marcus's final Halloween Costume...

So over the past week, Jason in Foxtrot has been trying to decide on the best costume, with hopes to scare people into giving him the most candy.

So what did they choose?

Jason and Marcus's Halloween costume

Well, it's two guys in suits and hats. But what's written on those hats?

License Keys are enough, screw your CD

Dear Game Publishers,

Do you ever listen to your developers? Ever?

I know that the developers of Unreal Tournament 2003 didn't want to require the damned CD. I know that the developers of Half-Life 2 didn't want to require the damned CD, because the version you can buy directly from them DOESN'T.

You know that license key you include with every version of your software?

That's enough.

You know what making me have to use the CD does? It makes it so I don't play your game. And because I don't play your game, I don't care about your sequel.

You know what else you do? You make the pirated version of the game more valuable. That's right, why should I play $50 for a crippled game that requires a specific CD to be in my drive in order to start playing it, when I could instead spend a few hours downloading the game and be able to play it without being bothered.


Well, it's happened.

It has happened. At around midnight last night, I saw a Christmas commerical.

What's a month or two among advertisers?

FEMA: The Disaster Cycle

I'd imagine this is gonna get pulled soon-ish as the Daily Show just covered this, but...

About FEMA: What We Do

As of now, this displays the current cycle:

DISASTER -> Response -> Recovery -> Mitigation -> Risk Reduction -> Prevention -> Preparedness -> DISASTER (repeat)



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