July 31, 2008

Opie's daughter will be baacck

Heretofore unknown to me, Bryce Dallas Howard will take over the part of Kate in the upcoming Terminator: Salvation movie.

I thought that she was great in the movie that Emily hates so much. To be fair, Emily did say the following:

I will say that, to his credit, Shyamalan's films always have had a great premise, beautiful settings and costumes and he gets stunning performances out of some stellar actors.

I thought that Ms. Howard was exceptional in The Movie That Must Not Be Named. I'm certain that she'll be good in the new Terminator movie, so long as they completely ignore her character like Spiderman 3 did.

One more thing: did I mention that I think she's smokin' hot?

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Opie

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Thursday funny

Megan McArdle links to one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. Video below the fold:

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Worth 1000 words

pied piper obama.jpg

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July 30, 2008

Music to relax by

All you musical types should look at the sheet music below and see if you can hum it to yourself:

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Hubris, they name is Obama

Sen. Obama: "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

I believe that the proper response to such messianic bullshit is Fuck You.

This should be a great year for Democrats at the voting booth, but if Obama continues with his self-aggrandizing ways, I might have to eat my words and watch the swearing in of President McCain. After that, I'll retire to the bathroom to vomit for 48 hours straight. Actually, I'll be doing that no matter who wins, so I've got that goin' for me.

Update: From the Corner:

Any man who believes he is “the moment that the world is waiting for” and views himself as the symbol of the possibility and best traditions of America is an individual of staggering arrogance. That is doubly so when, like Obama, you have achieved nothing so far in your life — in terms of scholarship or literature, legislation, acts of valor, self-sacrifice, or anything else – that qualifies you to view yourself in quasi-Messianic terms.

One increasingly senses with Obama that he views himself not as a presidential candidate but as a world celebrity, with all the vanity and arrogance that accompanies such people.

Obama, a literate man, might want to reacquaint himself with the Book of Proverbs, which warns that “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall,” and the story of Icarus.

Barack Obama is a very talented political figure, but he is not indestructible. And right now he is flying closer and closer to the sun. At some point – it’s hard to tell when – the wings of wax will begin to melt.

Obama vs. The Bible

Proverbs: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Obama: "Your lips are moving and sounds are coming out, but I can't understand a word that you're saying."

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Fix your library

If, like me, you have enough books to start your own library, you might occasionally find some of your older books starting to show some wear and tear. I've mended some jacket covers and replaced the failing glue which holds the pages onto the binder. However, if you want some really great information on how to fix almost any book defect, check out this: A Simple Book Repair Manual. Excerpt:

Guiding Principles of Simple Book Repair


Reversibility: Any treatment applied to a book should be reversible, that is it can be undone easily at a later date. If only the equipment, supplies, and techniques outlined in this manual are used, reversibility should not be a problem. In reality, only enclosure of the book (as in boxing) is truly reversible.

Do No Harm: This is a corollary to reversibility. If a repair seems difficult or you think you do not have the skill to complete the repair, set the book aside.

Expediency: Almost any non-brittle book can be repaired, given enough time and the proper equipment. Simple book repair implies that the repair will not take hours or days of staff time. As you become more comfortable with simple book repair, the decision to repair in-house versus sending the book to a commercial bindery will be easier to make.

Requirements:


  • The order of pages must be preserved regardless of the repair or reformat.
  • Books must have a protective cover to the pages.

...
The Book Repair Toolbox

Suggested Supplies:

  • Archival quality repair tape
  • Awl
  • Blotting paper
  • Bone folders
  • Book press
  • Bull dog clips #2, #3
  • Cotton gloves
  • Cotton tip applicators: 6 inch
  • Cutting board
  • Hake brush
  • Interleaving paper
  • Japanese papers
  • Knitting needles - several sizes
  • Linen thread
  • Methyl Cellulose,PVA & Wheat Starch Paste
  • Mylar & Squeege
  • Plastic erasers
  • Puffy pads
  • Ruler
  • Scalpel
  • Sewing Needles
  • 3M brand double sided tape #415
  • Spatulas
  • Surgical gloves
  • T-Square
  • Wax paper

All you book philes get cracking. For the record, I have 40+ year old paperbacks that are still in very good condition because I take care of my books. As some friends can attest, I also take really good care of their books as long as I have them, even if the time spent in my possession exceeds 15 years.

Not that I'm personally aware of such a thing. I'm just sayin' is all.

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I am such a moron

I've been reading Dr. Helen for a long time. It never occurred to me that I had not added her to my blogroll. It probably occurred to long time readers of this humble blog because, as I might have mentioned, I'm a moron. Anyway, consider the situation rectified

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All good things

Well, shit.

Still months away, but I wanted to take this time to wish Kim and Mrs. du Toit a fond blog farewell. They've both been a pleasure to read all these years and, while I'll miss their input, I wish them both good fortune and happiness in their respective blog retirements.

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July 29, 2008

Time for another bite of that sandwich

From the Corner:

March 2007:
Ponnuru: If you could get the Democrats to agree, or at least to come to the table on entitlements or on tax simplification, are those circumstances under which you’d be willing to accept a tax increase?

Sen. McCain: No; no.

PONNURU: No circumstances?

Sen. McCain: No. None. None.

Yesterday:

MCCAIN: I am a supporter of sitting down together and putting everything on the table and coming up with an answer. So, there is nothing I would take off the table. There was nothing I would demand.

I think that's the way that Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill did it. And that's what we have to do again. . . . I have said and will say, I will say that everything has to be on the table, if we're going to reach a bipartisan agreement. I've been in bipartisan negotiations before. I know how you reach a conclusion. We all have to sit down together with everything on the table.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, that means payroll tax increases are on the table, as well?

MCCAIN: There is nothing that's off the table. I have my positions, and I'll articulate them. But nothing's off the table.

I don't want tax increases. Of course I'd like to have young Americans have some of their money put into an account with their name on it. But that doesn't mean that anything is off the table...

Try as I might, I cannot envision actually gnoshing on this particular sandwich. As far as I can tell, we're all getting force fed a Mammoth Turd-Burger this year, regardless of whom we vote for. However, I don't plan to help make it any bigger.

One thought, though: the Obama supporters appear to be more detached from reality than your average moonbat. Over at Batshit Crazy, John Cole actually stated that the MSM was in the tank for McCain. And while I enjoy the point-and-laugh quality that the site excretes on an almost hourly basis, I couldn't resist commenting at such blatant stupidity. It was something along the lines of "rejecting reality and inserting your own version". Of course, the Obamalytes immediately started screeching and calling me stupid for not noticing that I had been rebutted in the comments above. Let me try to clarify for their sake, and I'll type slowly and use small words so that they might understand:

1) Repeatedly stating baseless assertions does not make them true, no matter how much you wish that they were. I'll wait while you restart your heart.

2) Linking to a handful of pro-McCain pieces does not prove that the media is "in the tank" for him. In your mind, of course, any anti-Obamamessiah piece is obvious proof of pro-McCain bias. To most people with functioning brains, though, it's merely and indication that not 100% of the MSM wants Obama to win.

Update: With regards to my second point above, I've rethought my position a little because I think that, frighteningly, I understand the warped thinking that drives some detachment from reality. When pundits or commentators exhibit such overt Obama worship that it appears that they still have his cock in their collective mouths, this does not mean that the MSM loves him. Rather, it's merely and expression of reality the way that the Obamalytes see it. Any deviation from that constant political blowjob is therefore considered heresy and proof of an overt McCain infatuation by the press. Therefore, pro-McCain pieces, no matter how rare, indicate that the MSM is in the tank for Maverick. Frankly, I don't know what to say about such sublime idiocy. It's not cognitive dissonance, it's rank stupidity, willful ignorance and blatant dishonest all rolled into one.

Ah well, I suppose in the land of unicorns things are always pretty, so I understand the attraction. Maybe they can tell me what color the sky is in their world.

Update: As much as I think that McCain is gonna get steamrolled this November, I'm curious as to how those morons will react if he manages to beat Obama this year. I wonder: will they rend their clothes and cover themselves in ashes? Or piss and moan impotently and then bend over and take it up the tailpipe? Either way, it would be fun to watch, except that McCain would then be president, which means that the shit sandwich finally reached epic proportions.

Update: I'm not the only who thinks that "the press is in the tank for McCain" is an absurd contention. Of course, most people with IQs above room temperature- Celsius- know better.

Update: Unrelated, but the following quote by Ace is in the spirit of the post above:

And you do realize the point you're making -- even if it weren't so absurdly flawed -- is, as the delightful French phrase has it, so fucking stupid it sounds like you skull-fucked yourself with the Retard-Stick?

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July 28, 2008

Making your USB thumb drive Autorun

Let's say that you've got an application that's more or less self-contained. You've installed it onto your USB thumb drive and you'd like for it to autostart when you plug in the USb drive. Here's what you do:

1) Copy/install the application(s) that you want onto the thumb drive

2) Using Notepad (or text editor of your choice), create, in the root of your thumb drive, an Autorun.inf file and add the following lines:

[Autorun] Open=\applicationpath\application.exe relative path to application you want to start, since the drive letter will change from PC to PC

note: technically, you could stop here; this will work as is.

Action=Start whateveryouwanttocallit this displays a menu name when Windows pops up the choices (open folder in Explorer, run application, play media files, etc.)
Icon=whateverimageorfileiconyouwantouse displays the icon to for the app
Label=AppLabel needs no description

You're probably wondering how you can prevent someone from canceling out of the Windows pop-up choices for "what do you want to do?" with your thumb drive, as well as preventing someone from being able to double-click on the thumb drive to explore/wreck its contents. Simply add the following line to the ones listed above and, when someone double-clicks on the thumb drive letter, the application will autostart:

shell\open\command=\applicationpath\application.exe

There you have it. Now go forth and be geeky.

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Still more cast members

As an update to my previous post on this topic, here are some new cast members for this Sword of Truth television event:

Richard Cypher Craig Horner

Kahlan Amnell Bridget Regan

Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander Bruce Spence

Chase (Dell Brandstone) Jay Laga'aia

Darken Rahl Craig Parker


Preview Trailer can be found here > Legend of the Seeker

The trailer looks good, but then most trailers do. I look forward to the now published broadcast date of November 1, 2008. Mark your calendars, if you're a Terry Goodkind fan.

BTW, I'm quite interested in who they decide to cast as Mistress Denna.

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July 24, 2008

It wasn't a pop top

And it wasn't my heel, but I did cut the crap out of my foot on a *$^$(*&% shell. Not cruisin' back home for a few more days, though. In the meantime, check out this passable re-cut trailer for Crocodile Dundee:

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July 21, 2008

I'm just resting

I'm currently on vacation at Atlantic Beach, NC. Posting will be sporadic, but not completely absent. I may post pictures of all the fun I'm having, just to piss some of you off.

Hey, what can I say? I'm a giver.

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July 16, 2008

I hope never to find out

Via Mike comes this heart-rending column from Mike Gallagher. Excerpt:

Tony Snow's death packed a particularly hard punch to my gut this week. Because during the past year, Tony had been warmly and graciously corresponding with my precious wife Denise, who had also been battling cancer. When Tony found out about her diagnosis, he asked for her email address so they could exchange words of inspiration and advice.

They did. And she relished every word. Here was my wife, a frustratingly liberal-leaning woman and wife of a conservative radio host, sharing a bond with a fellow cancer fighter, one of the giants of conservatism. It was proof that a life-threatening disease is the great equalizer, a reminder that there are more important things than Democrats and Republicans. Denise loved Tony. She admired his faith, his optimism, and his "live-for-the-moment" approach to life.

I imagine right about now, they are arguing politics face-to-face. Because my beloved died almost two weeks ago.
...
Like most married couples, Denise and I had a bunch of little rituals. One of mine was to say the exact same thing every single night that we turned out the lights to go to bed. I literally didn't sleep very well if I didn't say it to her.

"Good night, my princess. Sleep safe."

I saw Mike on the O'Reilley show one night. He appeared with his wife and they chatted a bit about their political differences. Throughout the entire discussion, the smile never left his face because he was so obviously devoted to his wife. And now she's gone. I hope to God that I never, ever get to know such pain.

Mike at Cold Fury is all too well acquainted with such horror. Whether or not he posts about it again, I'm certain that he'd appreciate any well wishes that you'd like to send his way.

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July 10, 2008

A candidate for everyone


Thanks to Misha for the "vote".

Hey, he's the Emperor, but there's always room for a President. Right?

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July 09, 2008

Looks like bedtime after burrito night

This video is presented purely as a follow up to my last post:


Okay, that's a lie: I posted it because I'm a disgusting person who loves potty humor.

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Bad dates

I have been on a grand total of one blind date in my entire life. What happens in the video below would have been far preferable. It's below the fold to keep from locking up your system.

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July 07, 2008

Well, that was hard

I finished Week 1 of the Hundred Push Ups training program, or rather I should say that it finished me. Based on last week's results, I'd say that there's a better than average chance I'll have to repeat week #2. However, I'll wait until this coming weekend to make that determination. Regardless of how this week -or any subsequent one- turns out, I'm confident that I'll be able to post about my success at some point.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today.

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Good customer service

Maybe Microsoft could take lessons...

Microsoft (MSFT) is no longer shipping Windows XP, but frustrated Vista-hating consumers may have new options to avoid the operating system. Dell (DELL) says it's found a loophole in its licensing agreement with Microsoft that allows it to keep selling Windows XP Professional. ...
This lets customer’s [sic] upgrade to the Vista platform when they’re ready. And yes, Dell will support both OSs.

XP will remain the dominent PC OS until Microsoft's next generation operating systems comes out which, based on the lack of customer sales, should in no way resemble Crapta.

Hat tip to Stephen Green.

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July 03, 2008

It's Friday

You know what to do.

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Rightwing bloggers sucketh the mostest

I've seen links to this survey reviewed on several blogs. James Joyner offered his normal measured thoughts:

Further, as I’ve discussed perhaps ad nasuem in posts over the past five plus years, most blogs are frankly unreadable by those not sympathetic to the point of view of the author. This holds true even when one excludes the 90-plus percent of political blogs that are unreadable, period. Few people have an appetite for being rudely insulted on a regular basis, having their intelligence, decency and patriotism questioned.

Of course, the lefty blogs are, once again, having a orgasm over more proof as to their inherent superiority and open-mindedness. Such irrationality used to irritate me, but now it simply bores me. The fact that the sun will rise in the east is less predictable. Anyway, I'll let Ace have the final word:

As I've said before, the rightwing blogosphere is the leftwing blogosphere's MSM. They can't really critique the media, because they know it's very leftwing and they don't wish to undermine it all that much. They count on the MSM to deliver their messaging for them. So instead they attack the MSM's harriers, the rightwing blogs, the rightwing blog commenters.

But, of course, the left is once again very, very impressed with itself for... well, pretty much anything at all. These people don't take a wet shit without gazing wistfully at their highly nuanced discharge.

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July 02, 2008

New to the blogroll

Readers of this humble blog are aware of my dimwitted approach to adding people to my blogroll, wherein I've read someone's stuff for so long that Firefox and IE auto-complete the URL but somehow never noticed that I hadn't managed to actually, umm, add him/her to the blogroll. Case in point: Kathy Shaidle.

I was certain that I'd added her to my blogroll long ago. Apparently, I'm borderline retarded. Anyway, consider that problem rectified.

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Worth 1000 words

This political cartoon pretty much sums it up:

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July 01, 2008

Excessive timewaster

So Blizzard release Diablo III in the not too distant future. I forsee much wasted time in my future. Excerpt:

Even though Diablo, Mephisto and Baal were slain in Diablo II, Tristam is again under siege by evil creatures that players will have to eliminate. The game is being designed to focus more on cooperative play instead of soloing through the world. ... There will be five different classes in Diablo III, with the barbarian class making a comeback, using Cleave, Ground Stomp, Seismic Slam and Whirlwind. A new class will be made, Witch Doctor, who will be able to use ancient tribal magic to help slay enemies. He'll be able to use Mass Confusion, Soul Harvest, Firebomb, LocustSwarm and Horrify while also having abilities similar to the Necromancer from Diablo II, such as summoning pets.

Deckard Cain, a central figure in the first two games, will make a triumphant comeback into Diablo III, though his specific role is unknown.

At least we don't have to kill that frigging blacksmith again. I bought tons of stuff from him in Diablo and how did the little bastard repay me? He turned into a demon monster in D2. I fixed his sorry ass.

Yeah, I know: me and 50 gazillion other people did, too

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