Thursday, April 30, 2009

Piracy is good

I say Piracy is a good thing, and you know why? Ok, here is just one tiny example. I purchased music files on my phone, they downloaded, I was happy. My phone recently crashed, fried, then the next one, and the next one after that. I am now on my fourth phone in as many days. So I redownload the stuff I had downloaded, like apps and such. I put in my external card, which had my music on it, I try to play it, and the phone says it is trying to acquire the license for the song, then crashes. Here I am paniced that my phone has been fried yet again by a freakin song file! It does boot up again, but I get rid of the freakin .WMA music files that are protected against Piracy by Digital Rights Management, and load up the Pirated copies of those same songs that are all .MP3 files, not protected by DRM crap. Thanks Pirates! :) Now my phone doesn't crash when playing my music. Music I paid for, music I don't want to pay for again just to have on my phone again.

This is only one little example of why I am a pirate and will never not be a pirate. I will purchase music that I like, but I won't be using DRM crap ever again. The next time I purchase DRM protected songs, I'll pirate the unprotected versions and delete the DRM crap. Unless I figure out how to convert DRM protected songs to MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, FLAC, or something really weird like Monkey's Audio.

I am the kind of pirate that believes in sharing, as in giving without forcing people to give back, and if it weren't for good pirates like me, who actually buy stuff and share stuff with others, there would be no piracy. The bad pirates, I call bootlegers, sell illegal copies of stuff, which is something I would never do. But everybody lumps us together as being the same thing. Grabing a pirate copy of something I've already purchased isn't illegal, nor is sharing something I've purchased. But I don't think pirating is immoral or unethical at all, unless it's the bootleg form of piracy. Or worse, taking someone else's work, claiming it as your own, and making a huge proffit off it. Guess who does that? Microsoft! Believe it, or not, those guys are way worse pirates than I'll ever be.


Dad and I have been combining ideas to create a great game, we are calling it Kleftik. I hope Dad figures out how to get a game maker to look at it. If they decide to publish it, woohoo, I hope people love playing it. We sure do. Wish us luck. :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Bag Design

It's been Approved, woot! :) You can go take a look at it and vote now. But, whatever. You can buy it now too. I plan on buying a bag soon, yah! :)


I keep hearing people saying that the swine flu is not a Pandemic, bla bla bla. I've looked up the definition in the dictionary. Everything in that definition is happening right now, not may happen, not could happen, is happening right the heck now! Why doesn't anyone look it up? Should I post the definition?

Pandemic is based on the Greek words Pan, meaning all, Demos, meaning People, and is defined as an epidemic of disease that spreads easily among people, is infectious (as in not cancer), and has spread to a large area like a continent, or the world. The facts are that this has spread to multiple countries, cannot be contained to any one area, is very infectious, and is killing people. Does this have to kill 2 billion people before someone finally say it's a Pandemic? I say, no, frak that. The word Pandemic has been defined, and all the things that have happened so far matches that definition. Therefore, this is a Pandemic.

Does that mean people should panic and run around like chickens with their heads cut off? Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe we will kick this thing in the head enough times to save a lot of lives and stop it from spreading any further. Maybe not. My upset is not whether this thing is coming to kill me, oh no no no, I'm obsessed and insane over the meaning of words and people not redefining them on the fly to suit the needs of the moment. Those needs being to stop scaring people crapless, I guess.

What? I'm insane? Yes! So what?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fox News Channel

I really can't watch fox news channel without getting very mad at them. Fair and balanced they are not. I love the Daily Show. Seems much more honest. I am not saying that any other media outlet is actually fair and balanced all the time, I'm just saying that if you make a claim, you better live up to it. FNC constantly claims they are fair and balanced. Sure, when they are reporting the weather and not blaming it on liberals. They constantly claim "we report, you decide", which is not true, they say stuff, slant it how they like, omit things they don't like, and leave it up to us to decide... decide what? That they are liars, that's what.

I think the news papers, radio and tv media are not News outlets, not really. I think news died a long time ago, due to boredom. I think it is an Infotainment industry, a business that sells information that is entertaining, sensational, grab you by the gut and hold on tight till you puke. The only real news is burried inside kernels of trickery and emotional candy, you have to filter and sift through the crap to get to the truth. The thing is, most people don't want to sift or filter, they want to get the entertainment, they want to consume. You heard me, the people of this great nation are not really citizens of anything, we are consumers. That's all we are, just tools for the vast corporate machines, we provide them what they want, they provide us what they think we want, and if we disagree and don't snap, why, like fish in a barrel, they blast something at us that makes us give them what they want anyway. Why should they care about things like Liberty and Justice, and Equality? We are nothing more than a herd, to be fattened, then slaughtered. But, hey, I'm just a nut.

So now you think I'm a liberal, right? Wrong! I'm not a liberal, left wing, nut, nor am I a conservative, right wing, nut. I'm just a nut, plain and simple! :) Seriously, I am so sick and tired of each side constantly attacking and demonizing the other side, while burying the truth about what is really going on, and who is really doing what. The government makes decisions behind closed doors so that we have no idea who is voting on what. The president, though very popular, is, IMHO, an idiot. But I thought the same about the previous president too, so don't get all huffy over it.

I'm not a conspiracy nut, like I said, I'm just a plain nut, maybe a bit salty, so I don't buy these conspiracies about the evil government. Sure, the government is full of corruption, but I believe it is much more full of stupidity and idiocy than anything else, and stupid people are much more likely to become corrupt. There, I said it, I think the government is run by morons who happen to be corrupt out of nothing more than stupidity and greed.

Greed, that's what is doing all the nasty horrible things to our economy, and the rest of the world, greed! Too many greedy buggers doing whatever they want, and nobody doing anything to stop them. A nation of laws?! Ha, I beg to differ. I think we are a nation of lunatics! Take that to the bank and shove it.


No, I'm not a dog, I'm just crazy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shopping Bag

I just created a shopping bag design, it is not yet available for public viewing and voting, but I put my obsession on it, with a little bit of mother earth stuff. Here is the pic. Epic silliness on my part, I know, but I'm too obsessed with Number Systems Conversion, and such. I must have this bag to tote around with me!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ubuntu Countdown

I have no idea how to install this applet into my website, or my blog, so, I'm just going to paste the text here till I figure out how.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yay, Cansema is Back!

Yay, I'm so happy that the people who make Cansema have managed to get back online, despite the evil, vile, horrible FDA attacks against them, woot!

Yes there is a cure for cancer, at least one, and very likely many more, though I haven't really researched them. As far as I'm concerned the FDA is complicit in a kind of corporate stranglehold on the people of the USA, and they do NOT have the public's interest in mind at all. They allow big pharma to do whatever they want, and attack anyone with real cures for diseases. There is no financial interest in the medical mainstream for cures for anything, there is instead huge interest in repeated and expensive treatments. They would rather turn cancer, or aids, or other life threatening diseases into "Manageable Diseases", so that we must depend on big pharma and the church of medicine to manage our diseases for us.

I am not saying that hospitals, doctors, and medicine makers are all bad, or that we shouldn't use them at all anymore, they save lives, they are a necessary part of our society. But there are bad apples, there is a lot of greed, and more than enough abuse to turn my stomach. These things should be seen in the light of truth. We need to clean up this situation, and do what's right.

Ok, I'm done with my rant.

Monday, April 13, 2009

MS?! Sure hope not.

I was just watching House tonight, and someone said that Scandinavians are more likely to get MS, well that would include my whole family, frak! Ok, so I went and looked it up on Wikipedia, and read the list of symptoms, and such. Apparently I have nearly every symptom on the list, and have for many years. For instance, extreme random pain for no apparent reason, like I'm just sitting in a chair watching House, and suddenly my right pinky finger's top joint flares up in horrible pain, that takes my breath away. Then, a few minutes later, it's gone, and I'm fine. Parts of my face start twitching and won't stop, like my right eye, it's been twitching practically non stop for over a year now. Oh yes, there is that horrible migraine that lasted a whole month, non stop, after a head injury, which kept me from getting any sleep at all. I mean I'd nod off for a minute, and wake up again, no actual sleep. Which drove me nuts, till a neurologist at the hospital finally gave me really expensive meds that let me get the sleep I needed, and made the pain go away. I was in heaven! By expensive meds I mean pills that cost $90 per pill, and they came in a pack of like 20. I have had balance problems for several years too. And sometimes my speech gets slured, no idea why, it just gets real hard to form the words properly, which only started happening maybe 10 years ago. Oh yes, random muscle contractions all over my body, not just the twitching in my face, like my right eye that won't stop bothering me.

Some people have told me I'm a hypochondriac, well, I'm not. I have never lied about any of my symptoms, aches, pains, and such. Just a few weeks ago I suddenly fell backwards into my chest of drawers, no reason, I was just walking into my room, and suddenly it was like the floor moved out from under me, which it didn't of course. What happened is I utterly lost my balance for no apparent reason.

I have asthma, so I know my immune system is over reacting to things, so why wouldn't it start screwing with other things in my body? Why would it be so very impossible for it to attack my nervous system? I think this could be symptoms of MS, but I don't know for sure. When I'm typing on the computer, and one of my hands suddenly starts shaking uncontrollably, or when I'm sleeping and one of my arms starts flapping around waking me up, it's irritating. But it's not scary, or horribly painful. It's not like it keeps me from working or having fun. It's just annoying. But what if it might become something really bad? Meh, whatever.

I just hope I don't go blind some day, that would totally suck for me, since nearly everything I love involves SEEING, like blogging, reading sci-fi, watching Doctor Who. I just can't appreciate all that stuff if I can't see it. Maybe I could if I was born blind, and just learned how to use other senses and stuff. But I wasn't. It would be a big loss for me.

And I've had constipation and diahrea issues my whole life, which means nothing really, unless it's caused by MS, then it means something. So I'm irregular, so what, I can take fiber or something and I'm fine. Right? Man, being human is just plain nasty. Yuck. Who in their right mind would choose to be a human. We are way more disgusting than, like, trees. I want to be a tree. Big and tall, swaying in the breeze, soaking up sun, yah!

I doubt I have MS, but if I do, it's not bothering me a whole lot, yet. Naw, I worry a lot more about my bad knees and back, those hurt a lot, and don't seem to get better with time at all.

I need to lose this excess energy storage and build up my motion motivators. That means getting rid of fat and making more muscle. :) Hey, at least I know I've got issues, awareness is the first step to solving them.

Happy Easter! :)

Happy Easter! :) Hey, even if you don't celebrate Easter, either the Christian thing or the cadbury bunny thing, you can at least appreciate the weather. Or, if you have terrible weather where you are, dream about the weather where I live, in the Valley of the Sun, Mesa, Arizona, hahaha. Oh it's so nice, but when summer comes around it will be murderously hot again. Hooo boy. Anyone who doesn't believe in air conditioning, do not, I repeat, do NOT come here during the summer, you will freakin die of heat stroke.

I do think the dry heat helps with evap cooling, but then the monsoon brings in lots of humidity, so that's gonna fail, always does.

I used to live in Florida. Nice place to visit, but living there sometimes became, well, damp and sticky, for looooong periods of time. I longed for the feeling of actually being dry. Of getting into an actually dry bed at night. I can't believe anyone would even consider using evap cooling there, but, they did. Or at least, my parents did. Blows my mind even now.

Ok, enough! Happy whatever, have a great something, and be joy infected! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My own web server

Well, I am now running my own web server, for various reasons. I think it will not crash. Wawi is crashing, it just doesn't like serving up files for download for some reason. This web server I'm running now for various things is Abyss Web Server, I like using it, it works just fine. So, if for some reason my winamp source server crashes, maybe you can try playing my music using the following playlist file.

If that isn't working, then either the computer crashed, or someone logged me off and shut down everything I was running, or something similar. I can't run a dedicated 24/7 machine or server software, but I'll try to keep it running as much as possible. Ok, have fun.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Winds of Change

The winds of change are blowing ever harder, I hope I can catch it and ride it to better times and places.  Soon I will no longer be employed as a security officer with Thomas Protective Services, and perhaps that is a very good thing.  Instead, I will be employed by a different security company, and hopefully in a desk job capacity, rather than a security officer capacity.  The pain, or life threatening aspects, of this job have become too much for me, if they hadn't been already.

On another note, I've tried once again to get my internet radio station up and running.  It might crash, or something, I dunno.  If you want to try it out, I would be happy to provide my musical collection for your listening pleasure.  The idea I had a long time ago was to create a radio station that anyone can control, you can search for something you like, and add it to the queue (I still don't understand why there are two "ue" things in that word), plus you can control what the source server is doing as if it is your own media player.  I call it Full Range Motion, mostly because of all the options and wide range of musical selection available.  Well, here are the links, hope the servers don't crash, hope you enjoy, have fun.

Winamp Control Interface