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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
2:25 pm
Earthquake - We're fine!
So that was exciting, sitting on the couch with Bun when the earthquake hit. Not a huge one, but we're not used to these things on the East Coast! We ran outside. There were glasses rattling in the cabinets, but we, our stuff, and the condo are fine.

I've also heard from several friends in the area and down in Richmond, and seems like excitement but nothing else. Cell phone is pretty much tied-up but the internet and land line is working.
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
12:59 am
Mars Needs Moms and Hollywood Lessons
So I've been reading som ereally scathing things about the film "Mars Needs Moms" today. Several reviewers feel that the film is anti-feminist, homophobic, and teaches children that families other than one dad and one mom are failed families. Something Awful of all places actually had a rather nice critique...

"It's not often in this line of work that I get to write pieces that really matter, so I want to make the most of this. Mars Needs Moms isn't just offensive to gays, it's offensive to anyone who has a non-structuralist family. The overall message of the film is "Unless you're raised by one Mom AND one Dad, then you're wrong." Single parent? Wrong. Living with other relatives? Wrong. The film even makes sure we know that Milo has a Dad, though he serves no purpose other than letting us know Milo is in a "proper family." Hell, there's even an inter-species romance between Gribble and Ke, because apparently that's okay, as long as it's not gay.

Too often we tell ourselves that if a movie is made for kids, we shouldn't analyze it too hard, and that is insane. We should take an ever closer look at films designed to entertain our children. Children are impressionable, and what they see in their programming leaves a mark on their development, whether we want to admit it or not. If you want to show your children that love -- like bravery and every other emotion -- takes all forms, take them to see Rango again. At least that won't make them look at their friends' families (or their own) and think they're inherently flawed. However, if you can tell me that you want to send the message to your children that there's only one way a kid can be loved, then by all means take them to see Mars Needs Moms, and remind me not to let my future offspring play with yours."

This is to say nothing of a nonsensical plot full of holes, and Zemeckis' freaking uncanny-valley motion capture animation.

According to this Times article however, Hollywood is taking the following lessons from this colossal flop:
-There are too many CGI animated films
-Ticket Prices for these films in 3-D are too high
-Zemeckis's animation is super creepy

Points are likely true, but only the last point that Hollywood is 'learning' is linked to actual quality issues in regards to this particular film. This is the wondrous thing about Hollywood and a lot of mass media, in that the massive and obvious learned lesson to all of us is "if your movie sucks and is offensive and terrible it may fail" but this isn't the lesson Hollywood is taking in. Instead of oh we made something crap, it's oh, we've made too much. In part this shifts the blame to the public rather than the producers. We ran out of money to spend to see Mars, and that was the problem, not that it's terrible.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
1:40 pm
One has to wonder....
I wrote an email to the Editors of Computer Power User Magazine today in regards to a system build they suggested. Here is the build:

Hard Hat Area Click To Print
Hard Hat Area
March 2010 • Vol.10 Issue 3
Page(s) 42-43 in print issue

Newegg Build Of The Month
Please Do Try This At Home

Sponsored by:

A $1,500 budget from Newegg can go a long way toward building a dream PC. Here, we decided to focus on gaming prowess and support for the newest technologies, so the system would be easy to upgrade in the future.


One of the most affordable ways to grab a four-core processor, the AMD Athlon II X4 630 is also a good overclocker, which further enhances its value. We were able to push the X4 630 to a stable 3.2GHz (a feat, considering our rigorous benchmarking process) using Corsair’s Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50 to liquid-cool the chip.

Here’s the system next to Acer’s P235H. We put the Cooler Master HAF on wheels to make it easier to move around.


The GA-790XTA-UD4 offers support for USB 3.0 (two ports), SATA 3.0 (two ports), and an 8+2 phase CPU voltage regulator to supremely handle our overclocks. We also like the DualBIOS, where the backup BIOS can take over if we get too aggressive with our settings. The board can utilize two ATI graphics cards in CrossFireX and DDR3 modules up to DDR3-1866MHz.

Graphics Card & Power Supply

Newegg offered a deal where we got $60 off an XFX Radeon HD 5850 and XFX 650W XXX Edition Modular PSU, if purchased together. The XFX Radeon HD comes factory-overclocked and delivers support for DirectX 11, ATI Eyefinity Technology, and Shader Model 5.0. The variety of output ports (DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI) are helpful options, too. The power supply is SLI- and CrossFire-ready, delivers tight voltage regulation (within 3%), and features ball bearing fans for silent operation.


We needed some RAM that could handle high clock speeds, and Kingston’s 4GB of HyperX DDR3-1600MHz did the trick. The dual-channel kit features a CAS latency of 9 and worked flawlessly at 1,650MHz.

We liquid-cooled the processor and let the HAF’s four built-in fans take care of the rest of system cooling.


For an OS drive, we chose Kingston’s 40GB SSDNow V Series, which can read at up to 170Mbps and write at up to 40MBps. The fast times let us quicken our startup and application load times. Western Digital’s 1TB Caviar Black, which was available at a $10 discount and free shipping, served as our storage drive.


Cooler Master’s HAF 932 is a joy to work inside. There’s plenty of space, tool-free clips for installing optical drives and hard drives, and lots of routing holes in the motherboard tray to help conceal cables. There are also enough built-in fans (three 230mm fans and a 140mm rear fan) that we didn’t need to add any to cool our system.


Acer’s P235H is a 23-inch widescreen monitor with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. The glossy black screen looked great when playing games and watching movies. Inputs are available for HDMI, DVI, and VGA, and Acer includes cables for all the options.


This Newegg Build Of The Month turned out great, with high benchmark results in both our gaming and synthetic tests. We installed a release candidate copy of Windows 7, but we left the OS out of the build cost, so you can install the one you like best.

by Nathan Lake

And here is my letter (and problem):

Dear Editor and Nathan Lake-

I'm rather puzzled by your CPU/Cooler combo chosen for the march Newegg Build of the Month. You chose an AMD Athlon II X4 630 (a fine choice normally) for the price/performance and paired it with a Corsair Hydro Series CWCH50 liquid cooler which you used to "push" the 630 to 3.2GHZ. These two parts together add up to $190, and there is my main problem.

For only $160 (price on Newegg as of 2/25/2010) one can buy a Phenom II X4 955 which already runs at 3.2GHz right out of the box. What's more it's a BE CPU with an unlocked multiplier, and you can hit higher clocks simply using the Overdrive tool and the retail heatsink. All this for $30 less. Indeed one can even buy the Phenom II X4 965 for $180 or $10 less than the slower setup you suggest.

The most damning nail in the coffin of this build however is that many reviews report hitting over 3.2GHz overclocks on the slower Athlon X4 620 with the included retail heatsink! Anand for example hits 3.25GHz on the 620 without any voltage increase or special heatsink:

In short, I don't think you're realizing any value from the Corsair Hydro CWCH50. Either the CPU is not clocked as high as it could be (considering one can hit that clock with the retail HSF or the CWCH50 is not as good a cooler as its price would seem to indicate. This might be a product you wish to test or review in more detail than the short blurb in the Nov 2009 issue (which even then the reviewer, Marco Chiappetta, suggested was overpriced for how it performs) before you recommend people buy it.

I'd love to hear back from you with your thoughts on this matter, and I thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


-R Smith

So here's what I'm wondering nwo, Newegg does pay to sponsor this feature, and the parts are all newegg items. Is it possible that Newegg has too many of these Corsair Hydro coolers lying around and is using this article to get rid of some? Or does this guy, who is writing articles for a magazine really know less than I do aobut building computers?
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
6:46 pm
Bun and I are heading to Rocky Mountain Fur Con next week! Will I see any of you there?
Monday, July 27th, 2009
1:22 pm
Bad news Everyone!
In case you haven't, sign the petitions to keep the old Futurama voice actors for the new season. The "Box Network" is up to it's usual shenanigans and refusing to meet the casts salary demands and threatening to recast the show. I don't know about you, but it just wouldn't be Futurama would it?

Sunday, June 14th, 2009
10:57 pm
So I was browsing the drama that is Lulz, and came accross this comment...


playful, smexy, and love sex without being whores like foxes"

Yeah foxes, they're talkin' about you!
Monday, April 13th, 2009
9:57 pm
Oh god
Now, who dares dispute that otters are intrinsically awesome?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
8:52 pm
Iowa Senate Majority Leader speaks about Gay Marriage

One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country.

Any my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: You guys dont understand. Youve already lost. My generation doesnt care.

I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And Ive talked with other people about it and thats what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that.

Is that so wrong? I dont think thats so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know Ive been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.

No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
11:14 pm
It's pronounced NUCLEAR not NUKULAR!
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
9:30 am
Obama Video, pass it on!
My friend Charon2 made this rather good campaign video. Pass it on!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
10:18 am
So I turned on my comp today, checked my email, and found one from Blizzard informing me I had changed my password at 2:46am last night. Hell.

I've run full scans on my computers, and now I have this sinking feeling that there may be a keylogger on my sister's computer. =P Mom and Dad are having her call me soon as she wakes up.

In the mean time, I set a new password, inventoried what was taken (all gold, crafting mats, shadow gear...) and submitted a support ticket. However I'm informed that the investigation may take several days. Crap.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
3:15 pm
The Hardest Part
Oh the waiting
is the hardest part

I hate waiting for replies on those really important emails, you know? =)
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
11:03 am
I love this song right now.

(feat. Ben Harper)

Way back in the year of 2017
The sun was growing hotter
And oil was way beyond its peak
When crazy Hector Johnson broke into a refinery
And the black gold started flowing
Just like Boston tea

It was the summer of the riots
And London sat in sweltering heat
And the gangs of Mini Coopers
Took the battle to the streets
But when the creed was handed down
For no more trucks and no more cars
They threw cans of petrol through the windows at Scotland Yard

Will be free, will be free
Will be free, will be free

When the Mounties stormed the palace of the Saudi family
They held them up for ransom
Without disturbing their high tea
But their getaway was shaky
They stalled in the Riyadh streets
Cause you can't make it very far
When your tank is on empty

The final can of gasoline was loaded on a truck
And driven through the streets of Agra to the palace aquaduct
You see, all the majesty of worship that once adorned these fatal halls
Was just a target to the angry
As they blew up the Taj Mahal

Will be free, will be free
will be free, will be free

Gary ran a market way down in Tennessee
Where all the farmers got together and talked about this great country
But when the government turned its back on farming
Man, what I hear
They dragged the pumps out of the ground
With a big vintage John Deere

I've got soldiers on my payroll
Standing guard on my front drive
Snipers on the roof poised at those
Who don't want me alive
Cause they audited my taxes
My family under threat
Cause I've got a message and a megaphone
And I'll scream it to the death

Will be free, will be free
Will be free, will be free

You got the farms in Argentina
Making fuel from sugar cane
You got the bastards in Washington
Afraid of popping the greed vain
Cause the money's in the pipeline
And pipeline's running dry
And we'll be the last to recognize
Where there's shit there's always flies
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
9:34 am
So gangsta
When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun?


(Also, do you feel silly when you discover great albums or books decades after they came out and you want to discuss them with folks but they'll all be like "Dork, I grew up on that, where have you been for the past 20 years?)
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
9:39 am
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
12:04 am
To my English friends...
Who the hell is this man?

And why is he the spokesman for prostate exams?
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
7:13 pm
My First Book Cover!
So I had a photo I took a few years back chosen to be a book cover! I send you to Amazon...


Jumping Off
Donna Pucciani

"Bombarded by a world of words and images that often over inform and under-nourish, "Jumping Off the Train" is an unexpected remedy. Pucciani's poems savor both language and moments - naps and pots of soup, old dogs and sinister spiders. They illuminate the long-ago mystery of a Saint's story, and the everyday mystery of a father, mother, or lover's actions. They relish every feeling -- fear, gratitude, sorrow, bliss. This collection is what I read poetry for: a glimpse at the human soul exposed in the beauty of language. "
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
6:09 pm
Two Families Grapple with Sons' Gender Preferences : NPR
This was on NPR this afternoon while I was stuck in traffic. Listening to it made me glad I was never in this place myself, and I cried for the one child going through this whose parents took away all his toys, barred him from seeing his friends, and even took away certain colors of crayons. Worth listening to, if tough to hear.

Monday, April 14th, 2008
12:44 pm
So sex is included with the demo work?
Ahhhhh! So we moved into our condo last Wednesday (our first place together!) and I've been working on unpacking, plumbing, etc. We need to have some work done on some windows, and a good contractor was referred by Jeff, our realtor.

Well said contractor showed up today, looked at the windows, said it should be an easy job, etc. At some point he asked what I did, so I mentioned what I did and mentioned what my partner does. I thought nothing more of it.

Later we're back inside, and he's sorta standing there looking at the windows, and I'm wondering what else there is to discuss, when he says "So do you ever uh stray from your partner?"


"Stray from your partner, you know."

Oh, my brain catches up with the conversation really fast.

"Oh! No, no I don't"

Now, we do sometimes play with friends of our TOGETHER, but certainly no sneaking off for a quickie with a stranger. Not saying you the reader shouldn't do that, but it's not something we do.

Then he says "I've never gone all the way with a guy (covering one's heterosexuality?) and I'm married (AHHHH!) but it's been my experience that at oral, guys are just you know, they are..."

"Own the equipment, know how to work it, yeah." Yes, I actually said that.

Then he stands there again, me getting less and less comfortable all the time. Finally I go, "Well! Just email me the estimate and we'll talk in a day or two."

Then here comes the best part, he looks at me and goes "Can I show you?"

Wuff. Once again, my brain couldn't quite wrap itself around what was going on and took a second or two to catch up. "Uh, no!"

"Oh really?" He actually looked surprised at this.

I then quickly ushered him out and he went without further fuss, but man. I mean, props to him for having the courage to proposition me, but not really appropriate once I had said I didn't ahem 'stray'. And honestly, I don't cheat, and that means I don't cheat on Bun, and I don't mess around with people who are cheating on their spouses/partners. I did that once in college, and never going to hurt someone like that again.

So right now I have to figure out what to do when he comes back with the estimate. Do I stick with him (who is probably a nice guy, but not in the right relationship) and still give him our business? Do I just go with someone else? If I do stick with him no way he's coming over here again when I'm home alone though.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
1:18 am
Worst Typo Ever!
So browsing the furry porn and came across this horrific typo....
"I looked over and she was playing with her wet mould."
I mean, even though it's not spelled 'mold' the mental image I conjure up. So of course that got me thinking, any typos in similar veins you've found particularly disconcerting?
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