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Sep. 19th, 2010

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Halo: Reach

OK, hubby decided to splurge a bit this weekend and bought the special edition Xbox 360 Halo: Reach edition! It makes halo sounds when you open and close the disk tray! LOL

We had been talking about getting one for a while, but this version seemed to make sense. It's one of the newer breed that is more RROD resistant and this package came with Halo Reach, 2 wireless controllers (with Halo artwork tattooing on the controllers and console), 250 GB hard drive, built-in wireless (b, g, n) and wireless headsets too. So now we have a 360 with very little to play on it. :D I'm sure Halo will entertain for a while. I haven't played a Halo since I played the first one on the PC. Man, what a blast! I'm playing solo campaign right now. I'm used to playing FPS with a mouse, not a controller for cripes sake. It does however makes us want to finally get an HDTV. We have been holding out for a while. Our main TV is a 27" CRT TV. Heh.

First thing we tried after trying Halo was the Netflix tie in. That works fairly nicely. Even on our G network, movies were fairly smooth. I like the network media and image sharing. I need to be careful and check to make sure however there are absolutely no adult content in any of my shared folders. D-: We have a password for mature content on the 360 content to block my 14 year old, but that doesn't work with network sharing of course. I was flicking through my PC files on the 360 this weekend and I came across one of the sample videos from yiffing.com. Oops! Plus I am sure there is likely a bit of some errant anime slash images and yaoi flying around where it shouldn't be. Damn my archaic hard drive rot from years gone by. I wish I would have been more organized in my PC file keeping 3, 4, 5, 6 years ago!

Sep. 17th, 2010

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Jim DeMint on values

Jim DeMint, you stupid idiot. If I didn't hate you so much I'd kiss you full on mouth for not only insulting all Democrats as having no moral fiber, but also two thirds of the Republicans out there too with your remark at the value voter summit. You're a real piece of work, Jim. Two thumbs up on the douche bag scale.

Jim DeMint: "I hear regularly as I travel around the country, someone will tell me, 'I'm a fiscal conservative, but I'm not a social conservative. I want to straighten them out a little bit this morning, because the fact is, you cannot be a real fiscal conservative if you do not understand the value of having a culture that's based on values."


Just wow...

Sep. 4th, 2010

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A few weeks old, but good.

Daily Show on why Fox doesn't mention that the core funder of the Mosque Culture Center at the center of a storm of debate, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is also a major owner in Fox News.

The embed code is not working, so:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-august-23-2010/the-parent-company-trap

Sep. 1st, 2010

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There are free thinking GOP members after all.

While the gay rights community is bickering over whether or not Mehlman is the current anti-Christ in the gay rights movement, he seems eager to prove himself, or perhaps rather redeem himself now that he is out. What is really interesting is the support he is garnering from the GOP itself. I particularly like these parts:

"There is a strong conservative case to be made in favor of gay marriage," former McCain campaign manager and fellow same-sex marriage fundraiser Steve Schmidt told the Huffington Post on Tuesday. "Marriage is an institution that strengthens and stabilizes society. It is an institution that has the capacity to bring profound joy and happiness to people and it is a matter of equality and keeping faith of one of the charters of the nation, the right to live your life.

"And more conservatives are making the case that no more do you want big government conservatives in the bedroom than big government liberals telling you how to live your life."

Now, with this last quote, I wonder whether some of this is true optimism, or is it really fear that a SCOTUS ruling would force gay marriage as a right across all 50 states? The first part seems truly pro-gay marriage, but this second one inplies that some of those for gay marriage would prefer there not to be a SCOTUS ruling and leave it up to the states to decide, which of course would leave Gay Rights essentially pretty much right where it is right now, unless they don't consider SCOTUS to be part of the government, which is odd if that were the case.

Huffington Post article

Aug. 27th, 2010

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OMG, LOL

If you are a gamer or a fan of The Guild, you have to see this. Gaming meets "Bollywood" musical. :P It's catchy as hell too. I love the part where they make fun of real Bollywood lyrics. You'll know what I mean when you see it. :D

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Aug. 21st, 2010

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Remove what from where?

I find this method of surgery very fascinating, but incredibly weird too.

Orifice surgeries expand. New technique promises no scars, faster recovery, less infection, fans say.


A California woman who says she’s has been dieting for 50 years believes she’s finally found the solution to her weight-loss woes: A doctor removed most of her stomach — through her mouth. Connie Harris, 60, of Carlsbad, this month became the first patient in the U.S. to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgery that eliminates 80 percent of the stomach, using a new technique that removes organs and tissues not in the traditional way, but through natural bodily openings.


I know this is likely better for the patient, but is so contrary to what we know and accept as surgery today. My first thought was, how do they keep her breathing? Do they take it in pieces?
read more here

Aug. 18th, 2010

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Eww, this is creepy. Real life zombie critters.

Mind-Controlling Parasites

It might sound like something out of sci-fi, but plenty of parasites can control the minds of caterpillars, roaches, crabs, and maybe even us. In many cases, scientists don't know exactly how these creatures achieve mind control.


http://discovermagazine.com/photos/04-zombie-animals-and-the-parasites-that-control-them/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/08/18/parasite-infested-zombie-ants-walked-the-earth-48-million-years-ago/

Aug. 16th, 2010

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How to speak Japanese without saying a word

I thought these were quite fun. :) There's a bunch of them.

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Aug. 10th, 2010

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Another interesting development on the FOX NEWS website

A very finely crafted retort from conservative, Margaret Hoover, telling Conservatives that they should reconsider their anti-gay marriage tack.

The case was presented by a constitutional conservative, Ted Olson, who helped found the Federalist Society, successfully argued Bush v. Gore to the Supreme Court (among fifty-five other cases), and was George W. Bush’s Solicitor General. Working with his Democratic legal partner David Boies, Olson sought to prove that marriage equality is a constitutional question, not a partisan issue.


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Aug. 6th, 2010

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Interesting poll

Of all things, a FOX NEWS POLL indicates that 70+% of respondents believe that Prop 8 violated the Constitution of the US. Wow. I'm surprised. Can we now stop hearing from the wing nuts that "we have an openly gay (according to the San Francisco Chronicle) federal judge substituting his views for those of the American people." - quoted from Maggie Gallagher, ex-president of NOM.

And you know, aside from the "kangaroo court" comment, I actually AGREE with Limbaugh for once. I don't BLAME them for being defensive, but yes I believe people that voted yes on Prop 8 in their heart of hearts were being discriminatory by the very definition of the word. I don't think hate is the right word, but discriminatory, yes. They were saying by their vote that we were not like them. He wrote:

Judge Vaughn Walker, California, did not just slap down the will of seven million voters.  Those seven million voters were put on trial, a kangaroo court where everything was stacked against them. . . . In none of these previous same-sex marriage trials were the thoughts of those who were either for or against the initiatives in question put on trial, the thoughts, the imagined thoughts, the perceived thoughts.  In other words, those of you who voted for Prop 8 in California are guilty of hate crimes.  You were thinking discrimination.  That's what this judge has said!  Truly unprecedented.


I'll tell you what's unprecedented. What's unprecedented is that our rights were up for a vote at all. Women's rights and the rights of blacks were never up for vote. Why gay people? Why is our particular brand of "evil" so bad? Sometimes I wonder, if it weren't for religion would we still know what true hate was? Probably, but religion certainly does foster it's own special brand of hate and certainly people easily brought to hate and anger thrive there. (That's not saying all religion breeds hate)

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