Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Idiots have spoken

Wellllll...kiss financial prosperity goodbye, the Liberals have won. After making a record $28 billion dollars in spending promises, and now having to ally themselves with the NDP, the newest government is already on track to end up costing taxpayers a bundle. Congrats y'all. In an effort to head off the surging Conservatives, who may have ended same-sex marriage and brought in two-tier health care oooo...that's eeeeeviilllll... , we have ended up with a government that has cost us billions in shitty spending and various scandals, and will cost us billions more before they are finished.

Clap clap clap...bravo.

Oh, and they also have to kiss Bloc Quebecois ass at the same time. Beautiful. So...if I were an Albertan, I would hold my own referendum and get the fuck out of this boobyhatch we call Canada.

Our only hope is that the promised bucketful of spending will just be another broken promise by the Liberals.

And all the idiots out there are shifting their butt cheeks so Martin can drive that spiked shaft a little deeper.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

This Ain't Fifth-Century Athens

Just got a pile o' email dumped into my inbox (our company's new email system is a tenuous thing at best), with my weekly dose of FOE (Fred On Everything). If you don't know Fred, you should check him out. Read through his archives.

Here's a link to his latest: Fred On Everything: "This Ain't Fifth-Century Athens"

This latest article is on the failure of democracy, especially in the US.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Ridiculing the Military

Interesting Op-Ed piece on the Liberals' attitudes towards the military.... Op-Ed piece


I am reminded of something that the SF author Poul Anderson once wrote (and I will be damned if I can find a reference to the essay online, so I have to paraphrase). Essentially, he remarked that the military draft was a good idea, because what you have now is a military made up of volunteers. Those people who, by their own choice, want to be in the military. These people have loyalty to their country as they see it, and to their immediate leader. They don't have loyalty to the vague concept of society, nor to the politicians.

Now, we have a situation in which being in the military is no longer an avenue for respect that it once was. The military has become a bottom-feeder of society. When the erstwhile Prime Minister and his anti-Harper commercials show Canadian soldiers jumping off an APC with rifles ready, the voice over uses the word "warmonger". Now, when you have a military of volunteers, arm them, and train them to use these weapons...essentially teach them to be trained killers...., it's not a bright idea to ridicule them. If history has taught us anything, it's that turning your military into a laughingstock is a sure way to bring about the end of your society (read up on the fall of the Roman Empire for quite possibly the most glaring example).

What would happen if the military said "No" to more cuts? What would happen if the military demanded more money? We have put weapons of destruction (not so much "mass" destruction, this being the poorly funded Canadian military after all) into the hands of people who quite probably have no reluctance to using them. How far can we push them before they push back?

Friday, June 18, 2004

Liberals deserve to lose

Check out this link...Martin's troops sit on report.

If anyone, and I mean anyone, is actually considering voting for these lying, arrogant pieces of crap, that person has shit for brains. Period.

I don't care if you're left-wing or right-wing or whatever. You can't possibly, in all honesty, even consider voting for this fucking party. I mean, come on! How far up your ass do they have to ram that spiked shaft before you yell "ENOUGH"?

Martin was Finance Minister (the second most powerful position behind the Prime Minister) during the Adscam fiasco. He claims he "Didn't know anything about it.". Now, as Finance Minister, he should have at least noticed something. So, if he really didn't know, he's incompetent. If he did know, he's a lying sack of shit. You vote for him, you vote for a lying sack of shit or an incompetent. Good job. That'll teach politicans a lesson.

"Hey...you can fuck us over all you want, and we'll still vote for you, cause we think the other parties are scary."

Fucking losers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

DMOZ - getting your site listed on the web

I am trying to find out how to get this blog listed on the web (in search engines like Google). Went to dmoz.org and filled out a Site Submission. Not entirely sure about the rules at dmoz, but apparantly they require you to grovel a bit and put the dmoz editors on a pedestal. At least, it appears that way when reading the dmoz forum (at http://resource-zone.com/forum/). Now, I can only assume that these guys are swamped and most of the site submissions do not meet their criteria, and some users may get all insulting, but I have to admit that some of the dmoz editors' answers seem a bit smug.

Also, one of the submission criteria is subject to a wide range of interpretations:

The Open Directory has a policy against the inclusion of sites with illegal content. Examples of illegal material include child pornography; libel; material that infringes any intellectual property right; and material that specifically advocates, solicits or abets illegal activity (such as fraud or violence).

Okay, obviously child porn is illegal content, but what about libel? If I post an opinion that says, oh, I dunno, "George Bush is a crack-smoking weinie" is that libel? I mean, it is only libel if a court decides it is, otherwise it's just stuff you wrote. The other part that makes me nervous is "...and material that specifically advocates...illegal activity...". So, if, in my blog, I call for a tax revolt, is that advocating illegal activity? Or when I said in a recent post that I would not buy a piece of DVD burning software until I can be sure that it actually works...I would first get pirated copies to test them out...is that advocating illegal activity? Dunno.

Anyways, I'm off to paint backwards swastikas on jewish cemetary headstones, kick some white trailer trash in the nuts, and steal some burritos from my local Taco Bell. Not advocating that anyone else do any of this illegal stuff, just me.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

DVD Burners, Roxio, and Crap...oh my

Okay...some background...

Bought a Plextor DVD burner (model 708A). This is the 8X burner. Oddly enough, the drive could not even recognize the DVD that came with it that was loaded with software! Tried everything, finally decided to bring it back to the store at which I purchased it (Costco for those keeping score). They refunded my money and I purchased the Plextor 712A (the 12X burner, 'natch). Lo and behold, this one functions no probs. Load the Plextor Professional software and when it starts up, got the message "An invalid argument was encountered". That's it. No other message number, etc. Sent in a ticket to Plextor and was told to uninstall it, and reinstall it while ensuring that I was logged in as an Administrator. No duh. Thanks for the tip. Wrote back to them but haven't heard anything.

Meanwhile, Roxio has infested my system to the point where by mini-DVD camcorder software thinks that the drive (the camcorder becomes drive H: when I plug it into a USB port) is in use by another app. And, to boot, the Roxio DVD Builder won't preview any mpegs. It will load them into a DVD project, but won't preview them (like it is supposed to do).

So, I trundle on off to www.roxio.com. But wait, I can't open a Tech Support ticket because my pre-packaged software didn't come with a TLSID number. Isn't that nice. I have to contact the drive manufacturer, Plextor. Yay.

I do that, then check out Roxio's Discussion board. Frightening stuff, really. They actually expect people to BUY this software? Fuck that. From what I have seen there are thousands of serious bugs with their software...and their response is to tell joe user to purchase the upgrade to Easy Creator 7. Huh huh. Will do that....when pigs fly.

If you are a software developer who makes a piece of crap software package that doesn't work, don't expect to charge people for the "upgrade" to fix it.

I'm off to my neighbourhood hacker-type to get a pirated version of Easy Creator 7. If that doesn't work, I will get a pirated copy of as many DVD burning software titles I can find. WHEN I find one that works, THEN I will shell out $$ to buy it. Until then Roxio can blow me.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Chronicles of Riddick

Just saw the Chronicles of Riddick. Loved Pitch Black (the first movie with Vin Deisel as Riddick). This one was good...some pretty impressive CG effects. The story was a bit lame though with some pretty shoddy editing.

The one scene though that threw me was, for the most part, fairly innocuous. Riddick has been captured by some mercenaries. He, and they, are all in their very small spaceship. The leader lights up a cigarette. A cigarette. He LIGHTS up a freaking cigarette! Here they are in a restricted and controlled atmospheric environment (the ship) and he's SMOKING A CIGARETTE. Helloooo. Didn't anyone think..."hmmm..this might look cool and tough, but it is kinda stupid."

Shoulda gone to see Harry Potter.