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    Thursday, June 30, 2005

    Left Behind: The Video Game

    It's true.
    The Left Behind game series will allow play in the same End of Days fictional world as the bestselling Left Behind(R) novels, which use the prophecies of the Book of Revelation as a framework. The first title, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, is set in the future when the faithful have been gathered up and ascended to Heaven during the Rapture. In the chaos that follows, the Antichrist has taken the reigns of power at the United Nations and is gathering the countries of the world under his banner. But a small resistance, the Tribulation Forces, have formed to oppose Satan's legions.
    Boing Boing, of course.  Quoted link from here .
    I haven't read all of the Left Behind books, but I do consider them to be an interesting cultural phenomenon.  I have, however, read the Slacktivist blog of the series.  Might want to check that out.
    I've been a little remiss in my blogging lately, as life has interceded.  But be ready for a mess of new posts soon!


    Friday, June 24, 2005

    Help Out a Sista!

    Otherwise, I gots nuthin.

    Oh, For the Love of God....

    The Americans who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not "organized" to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many Americans, like yourself, would like to start a grassroots movement using the membership of the Special Operations Association, and Special Forces Associations, and all their friends, simply to recognize that Americans support our troops. We need to inform the local VFW's and American Legion, our local press, local TV, and continue carrying the message to the national levels as we start to get this going. Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is starting Friday, and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that every RED - blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED.
    Discovered via Fark, of course.
    Kornbluth would be proud.


    Tuesday, June 21, 2005

    Go ASU!

    Congratulations to the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team, who, thanks to a leadoff hitter who hit three home runs, just knocked off Nebraska to eliminate them and move to the next round.

    Dare I say, go Sun Devils?

    Nah. Don't want to curse them, like I did the Denver Nuggets this year in the playoffs. Uf. Oh, that was a tough one.

    Thursday, June 16, 2005

    The Bachelor Blues

    Here's an article that might just make all you single, newly single, and hopelessly bachelorfied men out there feel more than a little bit better.  Old but still relevant.
    Many women, mostly married, deserve our respect and admiration. Admired because some of the men these women choose to stay with are workaholics, alcoholics, debt-a-holics, online porn addicts or generally lousy people. As a side note, why any man who has a wife who is nice looking, not a nag and gives him the 'rule of his castle' (or lets him think he's the king…) would even contemplate intercourse with another woman or waste time perusing porn is stupefying. 
    Actual quotes from humans on this article:
    - I love this article.
    - This article should win an award.
    Choose wisely.


    Wednesday, June 15, 2005

    Politics As Usual

    Not really big on political postings (even though I was an poli sci grad from this fine institution - that just advanced to the College World Series over the weekend, beating the defending champ, Cal State Fullerton), but I saw this and had to post it:
    Nice to see that the "Damn hippies!" contingent in Washington has so much time on their hands.

    Monday, June 13, 2005

    Good Lord! Not Guilty!

    From Defamer.  The man walked on all counts.
    Cue:  Comparisons to OJ Simpson.
    Cue:  Media attempts to further distract Americans from the rest of the planet.
    Cue:  Punditry outrage.   Too early for this yet. 
    Meanwhile, I yawn, mumble something about reasonable doubt, and pick up a really good book. 

    Update! I knew I'd find examples of outrage somewhere. There's a bit of it out there today.

    Via Memeorandum, which everyone should read.

    Shine On

     Organizers of the London Live 8 concert said Sunday that the British rock band Pink Floyd would perform with its classic lineup at the July event for the first time in more than two decades.
    Guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bass player Roger Waters and keyboard player Richard Wright have not performed on stage together since 1981.
    Via Fark.
    Ok.  I'm not going to bore you too much with the story of my life, but I absolutely must say that Pink Floyd was most certainly a major, major part of my high school years.  Still I consider that Waters/Gilmour verison of the band one of the most talented of all time.  Dark Side of the Moon is a great album.  Wish You Were Here is better.
    As an aside, here are the Biggest Selling Albums of All Time, according to the RIAA, who I will probably never link to again simply because that's the way I roll.  The top five in order:
    The Eagles - Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2
    What can I say?  None of these albums suck.  I still have some faith in humanity.


    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    Surprise! Data On You Is Wrong

    Data-brokers like ChoicePoint and Acxiom suck so bad that in a recent Privacy Activism study, they were found to have inaccuracies in one hundred percent of the reports in the sample, including incorrectly identifying subjects' sex and even incorrectly describing several participants as officers of companies.
    Good old Boing Boing.
    This is important, though: 
    The small sample size of this study (eleven participants) means that care must be taken in projecting these results to the overall population.
    Eleven people.  Seems reliable. 
    Tell you what, still, though, personal experience says that you really, really have to be careful about what goofy data you have out there.  At this moment there is a credit report out there with my name on it that says that I had an American Express card in 1972 and a GM car loan in 1974.  I think I was still watching this show at the time.  Get thee to Annual Credit Report and check your stuff at some point.  A very safe prediction is that YOU have something wrong on your report, especially if you haven't looked in a while.


    Conspiracy Theory No. 132-B

    Here's a nice website that contains theories as to why Denver International Airport is so freaking weird.
    The whole site is chock full of this stuff.  Amuse thyself. Or, indulge your paranoid fantasies. Do either, but you didn't hear it from me.

    More Stuff To Know

    PC World's got a random roundup of stuff you can do using the Interweb, like anonymously tell your boss he has bad breath, count down the seconds until your machine-predicted final reckoning, become the next Howard Stern or create your own reality TV show.
    Here's a little entry of something I absolutely didn't know:
    You say your ISP doesn't offer a Web interface for your e-mail inbox? Don't fret. With Mail2Web you can access any POP3 or IMAP4 account, read and respond to messages, and attach up to 10MB of files from any Web-connected computer. And don't worry, your mail will still be there ready to download when you get back to the office.
    The internet is cool.


    Friday, June 03, 2005

    Photoshop Lunacy

    Now go looky.  Then go immediately to church and see if it burns when you touch the door handle.

    Thursday, June 02, 2005

    Look Who Wrote A Book!

    Well, well.
    The Washingtonienne chronicles the forays of Jacqueline Turner, a young woman who, after being dumped by her fiancé, heads to D.C. and proceeds to hump her way around the Hill in exchange for attention, money and drugs. In the end, Jackie's anonymous blog brings her life crashing down around her (see excerpt).
    Via Wired.
    Somehow, you knew that was coming. 
    Here's a book idea:
    1.  Young man flees a dead-end job in the Southwest that nearly gets him killed and goes to Washington to live with a female college friend.
    2.  Gets a job at a hot and prestigious Washington law firm, where everyone works and plays with equal fervor.
    3.  Plays, parties and dances his way through high-powered friends, low-powered partners, rich foreign diplomats, and overworked attorneys for three years.
    4.  Sex, intrigue, and danger ensues.
    Not that I know anyone that happened to, but I'm just sayin'.
    Really, I don't.
    Good for her, though.  Here's a link.  I'm still jealous as hell.



    Oh, No.

    My God.  Somehow I missed this nugget of movie news.
    After a 17-year layoff, Sylvester Stallone is ready to reprise his role as everyone's favorite muscle-bound Green Beret for a fourth installment in the popular 1980s film franchise.
    In addition to breaking the old red bandanna out of mothballs, Stallone, 58, will write the screenplay.
    The Contender must not have been as successful as everyone had hoped.

    Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    Spreading the Love: LiveJournal

    People, I can conclusively prove that not all LiveJournal "Bloggers" are 16 year old girls writing in bad grammar .
    I know.  Writing about blogging does probably break some rule about blogging in general. 
    But, I'd like to spread the love to a couple of Live Journals of some associates:
    Give 'em a visit sometime for some philosophy or lunancy, preferably in that order.

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