Saturday, December 24, 2005

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

I know I already ranted about it, but this really says it all!

Ok... Now that, that is out of the way...

First, Merry Christmas to one and all. And just a reminder that it's not the presents that make the season worth celbrating. It's the company and the reason. The reason you ask? Well, about 2000 and 5 years ago, a guy who was nailed to a cross because he said it would be a really great idea if everyone loved each other, was born. This person, taught his fellow man, that forgiving is not hard to do. That giving of yourself feels good and that no matter what, love can be unconditional. And you don't even need to be Christian! You see, popular to contrary belief, Jesus was middle eastern looking and jewish! Well, the jewish part prolly isn't too hard to belive.

Anyways, the point I'm making is that no matter what, the reason for the season is the message one man passed along to his friends and followers. Forgive and love. It's that simple.

Well, I'm off to work, and I forgive my boss for talking me into working tonight. Enjoy your Christmas and be safe. If you don't celebrate Christmas, well, may your holiday be safe and peaceful. See you on New Years Eve!

BTW: What did Santa bring you anyways??

Saturday, December 17, 2005

RANT: Merry Fucking Holidays! or PC is BS!

I've been reading the papers (yes I do have an edumacation), and been seeing it on TV and discussiing it with co-workers, and reading it on friend's blog about how the "Holidays" seems to be getting secularized for the benfit of the masses because it's more politically correct. Well, your uncle Mobby says "BULLSHIT!".

Some atheistic ass somewhere in San Fransisco doesn't like his son to have to say "under God" in the pledge of allegence, so he sues the school district! I think this kind of crap sets off a chain reaction that now has us saying "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Chirstmas, or Happy
Chanuakka, or Happy Ramadon! For Christ's sakes people, do you really think that your view is the only fucking view?!?!

If you would all open your history books to page 1, we will see that this country was founded on christian principles, that say that all men are free and equal! But not at the expense of other's freedoms and beliefs! This was most elequently said by Thomas Jefferson (You guys remeber him right? He was our President or something like that, not sure of the politcally correct title being, maybe something like "The Non-demoinatiol Being in Charge" or something like that?), who said "Majority Rule with Minority rights". That basiclly breaks down to this... The will of the majority will be carried out, but not at the expense of all others with dissenting view.

Seems some freaks, yes I call you freaks because it's my constitutionally protected free speech view of you, say that we need to say "Happy Holidays" instead of the more popular, Merry Chirstmas, or Happy CHannakua, etc, etc etc. How hard is it for someone to correct someone else. If I saw Happy Ramidon to someone that looks to be Muslum, how hard is it if that person is actually Jewish to say, "Oh no, we celebrate
Chanakka." Is that so hard? Or how about putting up Chirstmas Lights? But you can't seem to find those anywhere, just "Holiday Lights".

Have we secualrized these cherished religous holidays to satisfy the few who all they can do is whine becuse the stores are closed on December the 25th and they need a fucking Starbucks fix? It seems to me, as a culture, we're becoming more and more bankrupt, losing everything that made this country what it really is. Have times chaged so much that everything needs a title that won't offend, to the exclusions of all others? Wonder what the PC term for Americans in general will be? Mentally unwell.

Well, at least on my little corner of the web, I can say what I want!


And you secualr sons of bitches.... Go fuck a goat!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Remember when computing was fun?

Anyone that knows me, knows that I get passionate about things I like or love. Movies, music, art, computers, etc. One thing that I have been passionate about for a long time is computers. It was Wargames that got me hooked on wanting a computer and led to the years of me pestering my mom and dad for a computer.

Like a lot of others, I got a Commodore 64 (C=64) for my first computer. I loved it. And all my friends were getting C=64s as well. So trading and sharing software was how we all got to play with new things. But later on, things were getting more powerful and bigger in the computer world. The Commodore 128 (C=128) came out. The IBM 8088 was going out and 286 models were coming in. It was the very beginning of the IBM clone days. But there was one computer, that put all IBMs and even Apples, to shame! This computer made computing even more fun! I didn't think it was possible, but it was. I look back on the days I had one of these machines and all I can do is start to get passionate about it. The nostalgia just rushes in and courses through me. Like standing on a holodeck in Star Trek, I can see it all so clearly. My old computer desk, my old monitor (Which I still have and still works!!) All the software, my old dot matrix printer (Color too!). Then my trusty old machine....

My Amiga.....

Lately I've been visiting some of the Amiga News sites I used to regualarly visit. I still have some Amigas in my posession. A couple of A3000s, 2 A2000s, and an A4000 desktop! But my first Amiga was the trusty Amiga 500. I remember when I ordered it. I used what was left from my tuition grants for college after I gotmy books. I had enough left over to buy a new Amiga 500 and get a used 1084 monitor that a D&D buddy had. He had an Amiga but got rid of it. No clue why, but his loss was my gain! When I got my A500, I was on top of the world! I put every penny I could get my hands on into upgrading my Amiga. The Amiga at the time was the best computer you could buy. Preemptive multitasking, low power usage, small but powerful OS. Man! You couldn't beat it.

That's about the time the OS wars started up. IBM and Amiga. Everyside has their points about why their OS was better then the others. I personally could have cared less. I liked what I had, and enjoyed it! Let the IBM people have thier DOS. I had a fully functional GUI, 4086 colors and stereo sound out of the box! And it was all running on 512K (Yes, kilobytes!) of Ram. I later upgraded to 1Meg and was then able to do oh so much more! I added a hard drive and expansion chasis and could plug in cards and I was doing everything I could ever want. I would even spend hours in front of it just tweaking it! Seeing what I could get it to do.

The of course that was also during the latter end of the BBS days. There was at least 3 Amiga BBSes in the area, and maybe 2 or 3 IBM PC based ones. I would call them and that is how I ended up organizing a 13 person D&D game in my parent's cramped cellar. Then the internet started to take off. Dialup was the thing. This was the days of Windows 3.11 and windows 95. Microsoft had established thier dominace. Commodore had gone under and the Amiga was in limbo for an owner. But the userbase was loyal and kept it all together. Aminet was online and anyone with an Amiga could get just about any piece of free software out there. Even software for getting online. How you may ask, do you get software to get on the internet from a site ON the internet when your computer can't get on the internet? Why BBSes of course. People would get the files on PCs and upload it to a BBS here or there, or the authors would post it all on the BBSes. So the software was there, but you could also just use command line to navagate the net. That's how I started!

So I had the software, I learned to set it up and run it and got some of my friends with Amigas set up too! We were getting online and connecting in new ways with fellow Amiga users. It was fantastic! But soon the PC world caught up to the Amiga and it's accomplishments, but it took them 10 years to do it! And I'm sure you're wondering what all these neat things are? Well, the offical Amiga OS4 website can tell you all about it! Then you can see why I had such passion for a computer. The things I could do and imagine doing. Wow! Yeah I could probably do it all on my PC right now, but you know... I just don't think it would be as fun...

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Like the Rand Corp...Only Smarter!

So I'm sitting at the HOP (House of Pestilence aka Miker's House), and were talking about our dearly departed spudgun, Goutslayer. She was a trusty potato gun and was well constructed and was able to fire well past her prime. And sometime ago I decided I would build a new one and name it Goutslayer 2! A tribute to the original.

Well, thanks to the brain trust of the Outback (Watch out Rand Corp!), We have invented a new twist to a honored sport! Skeet Shooting! Here's the twist....

Take a trebuchet and use that as your skeet thrower. Then take a double barrel spudgun and shoot what ever you fling, out of the sky! Granted, it's a Rube Goldfarb way of making french fries, but hey, I got a lot of time on my hands!