Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Why Texas is better than California - Part 20x45b of XXXX

We have electricity, don't need to do rolling black outs, and are willing to use our deserts to generate power (massive ass wind farms).

http://gizmodo.com/5431887/mojave-desert-solar-farm-blocked-by-senator-dianne-feinstein

Mean while, California, who has to import power from Texas, has legislators who keep blocking them from power independence. Diane Feinstein, the Senior Senator from Cali, is a "Big Supporter" of green energy and environmental protection. Works to increase the cost of oil and electricity generated from fossil fuels, opposes building the solar farm. Which makes her a hypocrite as well as an idiot.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials - Epic Fail

I've been trying out Microsoft Security Essentials on one of my computers at home. Everything had been going fine. It took care of spyware/adware as well as any other free scanners out there and I noticed my computer operated faster with a single unified product as opposed to two separate products (I have found over the years that in a home situation, the slight increase in protection/performance over free products is not worth the expense of paying for AV/spyware protection).

Then, I get a virus. Security Essentials failed to notice a 5 year old Vundo variation one of my kids downloaded and caused an annoying infection that I ended up just backing up my files and wiping XP and starting over (after 3 days of doing it the right way and still coming across re-infections and rogue registry entries, it took me less time to just reinstall everything).

Of course, AVG free picked it up on my other computer and eliminated it with no issues.

So, the gist is, don't bother with Microsoft Security Essentials.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Avatar: The Short Review

Took 20 Small to see Avatar in Real 3D last night.

I think something about Real 3D gives me a headache. I walked out of Monsters v Aliens with one, and again with Avatar.

Short form of the movie is that you have seen this before. It's Ferngully with a little bit of the ultraviolence and blue cat person sex dropped in. That said, it was gorgeous to look at. Like a live action Prog Rock cover. The bad side is that the plot was thin, obvious, and cliched. They also over relied on the 3D aspect with objects constantly floating in the foreground or coming towards the camera.

20 Smalls take, "Where's the Coke cup, I think I'm gonna puke."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Rogue Warrior Rap

My friends know how much I liked to first 4 Rogue Warrior novels by Richard Marcinko. They also know I have an signed copy of his book on management in my collection, and how I took a day off of work to go to the signing (at I time I was broke). So of course I plan on picking up the Video Game, probably after Christmas. But I ran across this little gem.
http://kotaku.com/5416609/mickey-rourke-raps-over-games-closing-credits

Sound clips from the game arraigned as a rap over the closing credits, with Micky Rourke as the voice of Demo Dick, which honestly isn't that far from how the real Marcinko sounds.

The Rap is NSFW, but man I want a sound bite of Micky growling out "Cocksucker" for a ring tome for people I hate.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hogswatch Season


As it is Hogswatch season again, I leave you with my favorite quote from the book/movie:
Death: Humans need fantasy to *be* human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.

Image from www.paulkidby.com, Paul is a wonderful artist drawing one of my favorite subjects. I have multiple items with his art work on them. They are worth it.