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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

TiggertheMad Where government spying is actually useful... (161 comments)

There is an easy solution, re-target the NSA to spy the rats nest that is Washington. If you get a public office, it should be a given that you are held up to scrutiny. Spy on all these people, and when you catch them doing something wrong, throw them in the federal pen for 20 years. Once word gets around that relationships with elected officials are monitored and offering quid pro quo bribes will land everybody involved in federal prison, the practice will greatly cease.

12 hours ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

TiggertheMad Personal drones with guns. (155 comments)

Guns are dangerous because of the cultural media message. The message that the media presents people is, 'If you own a gun, you are powerful and safe.', Which causes people to purchase them for the same reason a lot of people smoked 50 years ago. Think about how cigarettes used to be portrayed in the movies and consider how guns are portrayed in the movies. Sexy, confident and charismatic movie stars were lighting up every other scene, so of course half the population was smoking. With essentially the same marketing, why wouldn't gun ownership in America be ubiquitous? Everyone likes to feel safe and powerful. The fact that a gun makes you neither safe or powerful is moot.

Guns are particularly dangerous to sell with this message because weak minded individuals who buy into the image can hurt others with a gun quite easily, since a gun is a tool designed to wound or kill its target, where as a cigarette is largely self-damaging. I suspect that guns wouldn't be nearly the problem they are if you removed the media message.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

TiggertheMad HOT HOT HOT! (630 comments)

Just speculation but, when you propel something to mach 7, friction becomes a real issue. The SR-71 had a titanium body if I recall correctly, to help deal with temperatures it encountered at Mach 3. It is quite possible that the projectile is very hot and is igniting materials that have lower ignition temperatures.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

TiggertheMad The Math is strange (392 comments)

Genetic distance is an interesting concept, since there isn't a single axis of genetic diversity, but many. I would imagine that you could probably graph a genome as an N-dimesional hyper point, where N is the number of distinct genetic characteristics. The math of higher dimensional space isn't that complex, but it's interpretation can get weird, because what is 'genetically far enough' apart? Also, the space may not be smooth and continuous, so how do you know that you have an 'adequate' coverage? While it seems counter intuitive, it might be best to just pick N random people from the gene pool, where N is large enough to be mathematically representative of the larger population.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

TiggertheMad It's not ethics, its cowardice. (402 comments)

Nobody ever discovered new lands by sitting at home and playing it safe. Every time a boat went out to sea in the Ancient world, there was a risk of death from numerous sources but that didn't stop them. The shipped out as fast boats were built.

NASA: grow some balls, you gutless bastards. People are going to die in space. Its going to happen and there is no way around that. Now get off you asses and put some people on Mars. Every person who goes on that trip knows that it is going to be a one way journey and the only person fretting over it is you.

about three weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

TiggertheMad Wise criminals stay in the shadows... (120 comments)

I have wondered how far the Cartels will push the government before they just decide to cut the military loose with a death list that includes anyone even remotely involved with the Cartels. At some point the society as a whole is going to get scared/angry and demand a harsh crackdown. When tanks start rolling your million dollar estates, all the AK-47s in the world aren't going to save you.

In any event, it is likely to get worse before it gets better.

about three weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

TiggertheMad I don't often work for MS, but when I do.... (164 comments)

This is the new meme of the week. My turn:

"Working for Microsoft is like being raped by a drunken billy-goat while falling down a three hundred foot high pile of chocolate chips."

about a month ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

TiggertheMad Re:Strategic move to compete (535 comments)

2 Billion dollars is a ridiculous amount to pay for patents

Well TBH it was 400 million and 1.6 billion in stocks.

...So it went for 400 million? ZING! Honestly, who would want to hold FB stock? I'd only take it as part of a deal if I could dump it the next day wall street was open for trading.

about a month ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

TiggertheMad Facebook Glass. Its coming... (300 comments)

Also, what possible IP could Facebook want from Oculus that would be worth that much to them?

I posted in a prior article that I think this is Facebook making a play for the future Google glass market. Portable computing is the big thing now (iPad,etc), and Glass is the next market. Oculus is very similar in nature to Google glass, so if you want to get into the market without playing too much catch up, you dump 2 billion in buying up someone with knowledge and patents in the field.

about a month ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

TiggertheMad Strategic move to compete (535 comments)

2 billion seems like a lot of money to sink into a gaming headset....Think more about where you could go from where the product is now, and think that other companies are doing that is similar.

*COUGH**COUGH* GOOGLE GLASS

Facebook wants to compete with Google. They think Glass is the next iPad, and are trying to get in the game.

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

TiggertheMad Expected revolution in the 7.1 range, with rain (405 comments)

If you look at history, most 'empires' lasted about 200 to 400 years before they imploded, became irrelevant, or were burned to ashes by the neighboring states. The US is a bit over 200 years old, so we are probably shortly due a revolution or invasion, statistically speaking.

The sad thing is, is when it happens, the mouth breathing anti-government radicals will insist that 'they knew it was bound to happen, because gay black heathens have taken over the gubbermint, and baby Jeebuz wanted to see them burn.'

(Of course they are technically right, because Baby Jeebuz was a 8 foot long monitor lizard with pyrokinesis.)

about 1 month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

TiggertheMad Everyone is a criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

Unless the L.A. PD is going to try and make the case that everyone in L.A. is suspicious....

....And they would be right. ZING!

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

TiggertheMad Re:Did they actually look at the bitcoin rules? (301 comments)

Just because botnets aren't efficient doesn't mean they aren't worth running. Stolen CPU time is free, so some profit is still free profit. I mean, if logic and reason governed criminal activity, 95% of it wouldn't even exist.

about 1 month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

TiggertheMad 'Nucular' dollar silos. (878 comments)

"At a huge cost to Americans". Does inflation 'cost' anything? It erodes the value of money, but it also erodes the value of debt. 23% Inflation is lousy if you have a lot of money saved up, but it is great if you just took on a huge fixed rate loan. While inflation could create short term money flow chaos, it doesn't really affect the intrinsic value of production. I would say that the problem would be a predictable system changing faster than people are used to.

Russia or China couldn't create that much chaos by cashing in all at once. Likely there would be a slight dip in the value of the dollar, and then everyone else in the world would swoop in an buy it all up at a bargain price to make a killing after the dollar stabilized.

Aside: good to know that the US doesn't have a monopoly on blowhard nationalist idiots like Limbaugh.

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

TiggertheMad LYING! MY CHICKEN BONES SAY SO! (186 comments)

Polygraphs do not test for nervousness. They measure baseline physiological stats and monitor for changes. Anything conclusions you draw from that data is pure conjecture. What would it mean if respiration slowed 3%, perspiration increased 2% and blood pressure held steady? Are they nervous? Starting to relax, but feeling warm? Starting to tense up? Having a mild attack of angina?

I mock your claims further:

I can burn chicken bones to detect lies. To claim that the ash patterns could never detect a lie is just flat out wrong.

Sure. That means they are imperfect. It does NOT mean their results have "no connection" to lying. Burned chicken bones are not perfect. Their accuracy is far below the "reasonable doubt" threshold needed for evidence in court. But to extrapolate from that and claim that they don't work at all is nonsense. They are "good enough" for preliminary screening.

Hey, flipping coins will get you 50% accuracy, so a polygraph is at least that good, right? Can you at least find a study that that proves that?

about a month and a half ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

TiggertheMad Re:Feed the beast (154 comments)

+1 snarky. Zing!

about a month and a half ago
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A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

TiggertheMad Hypocrite (154 comments)

Grow the fuck up and learn some respect for a different perspective / belief.

I believe that god is seventeen giant, 65 foot long orange lizards, all who are named 'Ralph'. They have mile long, glittering prehensile cocks that drag behind them. Ralph^17 will sail invisibly across the sky once per hour, where all humans on the planet must turn to the South, and bow while chanting, 'Rubber Button' for one minute in order to avoid Ralph's divine and righteous wrath. His son is a stop sign three miles south of Yuma, and all who are able must journey to see him once in their life, lest they be dammed to spend Christmas vacation in New Jersey for all eternity. I demand the same respect that these goofy christian mono-godders get, up to and including wording on American money acknowledging Ralph^17's almighty farts. BOW, HEATHENS!

I mock you sir, for failing to respect that some people's perspective and beliefs are that 'invisible shit isn't real, and that you should call out the Emperor as naked when he is'.

about a month and a half ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

TiggertheMad HES LYING! POLYGRAPHS DON'T WORK! (186 comments)

No they don't. They don't detect lies. They detect changes in the subjects physiology, which has no connection to if the subject is lying. If the subject is nervous about the questions being asked because, say, they are worried about failing the test and losing their job

Moreover, because they are relied upon as a method to detect lies, the real professional spies know how to defeat them. There were a couple of famous cases of Russian spies a decade or so back who passed all the polygraph tests they were administered, and got into quite a bit of classified material.

Trusting them for anything is foolish. They will give you false positives and they don't catch the people who they really need to catch lying. You may as well just brun some chicken bones and read the ashes.

about a month and a half ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

TiggertheMad IANAL - but read this: (417 comments)

You should go read up on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. What they did might qualify as a violation of that act, in that they might have been intercepting information w/o knowledge or consent. Having worked with digital certs, I can say that most people, (even tech savvy ones) usually don't understand the first thing about CAs and how they work, so 'accidentally' installing a root CA all over the place sounds like a typical n00b maneuver. Hard to say what their intent was. Further, when they changed the network policy, that might qualify as evidence tampering, depending on what they did and how they did it.

Someone (either the cops or the school board) should investigate what the hell was going on.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Reviewing 3rd Party Libraries?

TiggertheMad Do not use FXcop as any promise of quality. (88 comments)

One thing that the OP said that I found to be kind of disconcerting: FXcop was a pretty crappy tool. it could spot some odd code patterns in syntax, but it cannot detect 'good' code. I could implement a bubble sort function that FXcop would give a giant gold star to. Weird syntax might be worth looking at to see if there is underlying problems, but that is about it.

about a month and a half ago

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Of Dice and Men

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ok, I don't post to my journal very often. Blogging is cool for some, but I don't live by it. BUT, there is something I have been meaning to post for quite some time...

I go to PAX every year since it blesses my fair city. This last year, I saw an event that I mentally pegged as a 'must see', and it was amazing. I am speaking of the staged theatrical production, 'Of Dice and Men'. I will say it was one of the most amazing productions that I have seen in recent years, for it was funny and ribald, but at the same time spoke to something deeper about gamers and why we play the games. If you get the chance, go see it, it is a remarkable piece.

Of Dice and Men website

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How to fix the banking industry, in 5 minutes or less

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 4 years ago Now that you have been suckered into reading this with a completely ludicrous subject line, I offer my insincere apologies. They are insincere because, after all, you are still reading...

I was sitting around the other day thinking about what a complex mess the US financial system is in these days. Just to really understand the whole issue, you have to do quite a bit of reading. It's pretty clear that the massive deregulation that occurred over the last twenty years is a complete failure. If you look at the models of economic thought, there seems to be a graphable range of options. On one extreem side of the spectrum you have complete lassier-fair economics without any market interference, and on the other side, a complete centrally controlled economy where everything is managed. A capitalist might favor the former, and a socialist would favor the latter.

I have always been of the opinion that rarely in life, when there seem to be choices that are presented in black and white, that the truth of the situation lies somewhere in the middle. Both schools of thought have pros and cons, and most societies seem to have adopted solutions that are sustainable and functional that incorporate elements of both. So what sort of solutions might have some benefits of both?

The deregulation of the banking industry over the last two decades seems to have allowed financial institutions greater freedom to pursue profit and growth, but at greater risk to their investors and the society as a whole. The basic problem is one of, how do you allow financial institutions the maximum possible flexibility in their activities, while regulating them in a simple efficient fashion so as to protect the country's financial system as a whole? These companies do not operate in a vacuum, and have a responsibility to grow their investor's money, but not at the expense of the greater system (especially since their investors probably exist within that financial system too.)

In thinking about the problems that seem to be plaging the country right now, I wonder if there might just be a simple solution that might alleviate similar future problems. It seems like many of the root causes surround the ability to sell debt. Many companies these days will issue credit to a borrower, and then sell that debt to a third party, allowing them to quickly recover their investment, make a quick buck, and be able to have more assets to loan to new borrowers. Now, having capitol available for borrowing is generally a good thing, as it facilitates economic growth in all sorts of ways. But, I wonder if some of the problems we are seeing are a result of having too much credit being available. By not having to retain possession of debt, companies are economically encouraged to acquire as much as possible, since it is, in essence an asset. The quality of credit becomes less of a concern, since the quantity is so great. This sort of behavior has lead to the problems of the sub-prime mortgage market, and the rampant availability of consumer credit. Nobody is too concerned with over-issuing of credit, because the problem will be sold off to another party.

If the selling of credit were completely prohibited, then any credit issuer would suddenly have a vested interest in making sure that any credit that it was issued was going to be paid back, and would result in the market correcting itself to some degree in its lending practices. I am not sure that the selling of debt actually generates any economic value, so while there would be a number of people upset over such a law, I don't think that it would affect the final economic bottom line, the basic production of commodities. I don't think that this would be a complete solution to all the problems that lead to existing quagmire, but it might be a simple step in the right direction.

Closing thought: I posted this under 'America Online' because it is about America, and you are online right now.

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Geek Enlightenment

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  about 9 years ago It was a mild April morning today, as I stood at the bus stop by Seattle's Westlake mall. I had some businuess to take care of, and I was going in to work late. The lunch time crowds were strolling about, and enjoying the weather.

At the bus stop there was the usual crew of characters: Several white collar techies waiting for the bus that goes to Microsoft, a mother with her duaghter on an afternoon shopping trip. There were several bums napping in a bench, and a well dressed fellow who was desperately harranging people in an attempt to sell a bus coupon and reclaim his spent $1.25.

It was then I noticed a fellow who was avidly reading from a magazine. What caught my eye, was the fact that he seemed to be reading them aloud to himself. He had look of serene fullfillement on his face, like a child who has dicovered a new toy. His focus was laser intense as he flipped the pages of the magazine. I wondered at first if he was one of the countless homeless who have some sort of minor mental illness. He seeme to be carring a fair collection of belongings in a draw string sack.

As I further watched this engaging character, I noticed that he was too nicely dressed and kept up to be homeless. He was wearing a polar fleece that had a star trek insignia pin on it, and his reading material was sci-fi fan mags. He seemed to be literally in another world.

Say what you will about gamer geeks, trek nerds, and tolken heads, but Buddhists sometimes work decades to achieve the oneness this guy seemed to be radiating. He was oblivious to the world at large. There was no taxes, no war in Iraq. There were no deadlines or bills, just a warp capable ship and deep space.

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You pack of deranged freaks...

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  about 9 years ago since, as I noted in my previous posting, I seem to have acquired a small collection of 'fans', I decided to start allowing comments on my journal postings. I'm curious to see if these, or anyone else is reading it, or are they simply charmed by my crass attitude and wit, or simply clicked the wrong button while surfing for wombat pr0n. Statistically speaking, I'm putting money on the latter.

Anyway, I realized awhile back, it really doesn't matter what sort of topic is being discussed, people will engage in incoherent babbling and backstabbing on a chatboard whenever they see an interesting flame-war brewing. So, post to the latest SCO bashing thread on /., or post to my little tirades.

As a side note, I posted this under the heading of 'quake', as I'm sure I will quake when I read some of the unmodded trolls that will probably get posted here. Ces't La Mond

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HST

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  about 9 years ago Recently, I was looking over my profile, and sweet Jeesus, there are a bunch of poor, twisted bastards who have decided to mark themselves as 'fans'. It takes a total speed freak strung out on gin and mescaline to do something that sick. 'What the hell', I though, 'With that emotionally stunted man-child that is rocketing the country into the ground with gleeful abandon, why not just grab tight, and enjoy the ride?' The pigfuckers are going to blow out everything in a single, mad two term orgy, so why not just acid up your brain, and watch the dementation? Why not mark yourself as a fan of some twisted geek who calls himself 'TiggertheMad'? Damn the torpedos, and fire away, Gridly. Give me another bag of blow, call some hookers, and put it all on my credit card.

Eventually I sobered up, and just decided to ditch town before the grease weasles realized that there was no way I could pay my rapidly growing Internet bill. It had been swelling, like some sort of mold festering on the corpse of Nixon. (Pure hyperboyle of course, mold knows it's to good for the corpse of Nixon.)

To many nights of EQ, mob grinding, spawn camping, and PKing. Jesus, it felt like I was covering the Republican convention again. I had to blow out, to hit the road in a fast car. I needed a 3000 pound detroit bullet to put somemiles between me and this fucked up scene. But I'd come back, I always did.

Something felt different, though. The desert air was ripe with the same thick, rancid scent of diesel and there was the familiar crazed laughter in my ear as my roommate cybered on his AOL account and popped more of those strange brain bending little red pills. But this time, the air was a little thinner, the sky was a bit more pale, like a faded photograph. It felt like something was missing from the American dream. Perhaps not any tangable element, but some background noise that you only miss once it is taken away. I could almost imagine hearing the furious scratching of a mad pen fading into the roar of the wind.

RIP HST, you crazy bastard.

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The Bamboo Grove

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was traveling to the east coast this holiday, to visit family. While stopped over in the Cleveland airport, I noticed a girl behind me in line wearing a 'Northern Mantis' Kung-fu Sweatshirt behind me in line.

I resisted the urge to call her out as the person responsible for the assassination of my master and challenger her to an extended king-fu duel in the air port terminal, as I was concerned that the passers by might be injured by stray chi bolts thrown in the midst of the battle. Her school, it turns out, is in the Seattle area too. (My school is http://www.thebamboogrove.com/, and is located in the Ballard area of Seattle.) The world is indeed a small place, at least if you study Shaolin Kung-Fu.

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The period of morning is over...time to get pissed!

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I have been quiet for awhile, as I subscribe to the 'shut the hell up if you don't have anything worth saying' school of blogging.

I was dissapointed with the recent election results, being a city dwelling, gay marrage supporting, decadent goddless hedonist. Me and my cult of liberal, America-hating communists are upset that we couldn't enslave the decent, God-fearing rural Americans by getting Kerry elected. But hey, there is always 2008.

For all you indignant leftys, here is an interesting little rant: http//www.fuckthesouth.com/. While it is a rant, the author makes some interesting points. One glaring omission is a comparison of the total volume of money spent by state. I would presume that the greater number of people in densely populated cities and economies of scale more than make up for the difference.

The idea of succession from the union has been tried before, and it didn't go over too well. A less radical concept might be an attempt to usher in a new era of strong states's rights. Then, when all the red states impliment their wacko fundy agendas, people will vote with their feet and move away, further shrinking their economic and political power base.

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Show some self-respect, people!

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I am waiting for the bus in downtown Seattle again, and I see a guy walking down the street. He's wearing a black t-shirt that says, 'Professional Sex Instructor - First lession is free!'

Now this is ironic (notice I avoid the word 'funny') as the guy in question is tipping the scales at what I am guessing is 250lbs. For a person that is average height (say 5' 11"), this isn't what you would call a sculpted bodybuilder. To top it off, he was wearing a dingy looking parka with that cheezy white fur around the hood, and a pair of ratty old jeans. I'd guess he was mid 20's, possible still in college, but deffinitely still living in the basement.

The shirt combined with the overall appearance made a statement that seemed more desperate than funny. I wonder if he bought the shirt in an attempt to be ironic? He certainly couldn't have hoped it would get him girls. Or was it a pathetic cry of, 'PLEASE SOMEONE PAY ATTENTION TO ME!'

As a side note, I marked this as a 'software' topic since I was speaking of a t-shirt.

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TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was browsing around the site today when I noticed a user named wiredog that had a sig proclaiming this posting to be the greates Slashdot post ever.

All I can say is wow, truer words have not been uttered. I think that I need to get that posting ranked as high on Google as possible, just to warn people off. I may be getting old, but I do recall that in the mid to late 90's the site had a more er, restrained audience. And, while I'm on the subject, prices were low, music didn't suck and politicians were honest then too....BY CRACKY! YOU DAMN KIDS, STAY OFF MY LAWN!

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TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago In a recent thread here on slashdot, there was quite a lot of bitching about the changes that GL keeps making to episodes 4-6 of the Star Wars series. (Yes, I know, bitching on Slashdot about Star Wars, if that isn't a redundant statement, what is?)

Anyway, someone commented that there soon will be DVDs with multiple scenes where a) Han shoots first b) Greedo shoots first c) they both shoot first and d) The french version where they sit down and talk out thie diffrences. I couldn't let this opening pass, so I whipped out the following:

GREEDO: Is it not a melancholy day, Captain Solo? I morn the fleeting tentrils of night.
HAN: Well met, Monsuir Greedo. I was just going to eat a fine Brie and drink a bottle of wine with you employer. He wanted to confide his angsts to me.
GREEDO: Give me your purse of Francs, for lo! I have consumption and the cold hands of the reaper chill me even now. Life is but a cheap wench!
HAN: Does a man's life ammount to but a purse of gold? Are we ever fated to wander the maze that is life blindly seeking nothing more but piles of shiny metal? I think not!
GREEDO: Love is capricious and stern. She has taught me to be stoic. I will slay you without remorse, but with a light heart, as in doing so, I will save you all future woe.
(Han throws his drink on Greedo.)
HAN: Alas, the laughing mime has failed! I will go now, for, life is but a river traveling forever to the fate we are all blind to. A pox on your taylor!
(Han exits)

N'est-il pas beau? Non? Au Francais?

GREEDO: N'est-ce pas un jour mélancolique, capitaine Solo ? Matin I les tentrils passagers de la nuit.
HAN: Le puits s'est réuni, Monsuir Greedo. J'étais aller juste manger un brie fin et boire une bouteille de vin avec vous employeur. Il a voulu se confier ses angsts à moi.
GREEDO: Donnez-moi votre bourse de francs, pour bas! J'ai la consommation et les mains froides du froid de reaper je même maintenant. La vie est mais un wench bon marché!
HAN: un ammount de la vie de man's à mais une bourse d'or? Sommes-nous toujours destinés à errer le labyrinthe qui est la vie ne cherchant aveuglément rien davantage mais des piles de métal brillant? Je pense pas!
GREEDO: L'amour est capricieux et sévère. Elle m'a enseigné à être stoic. Je vous massacrerai sans remorse, mais avec un coeur léger, comme de cette manière, je vous sauverai tout le futur ennui.
(Han jette sa boisson sur Greedo.)
HAN: Hélas, le pantomime riant a échoué ! J'irai maintenant, parce que, la vie est mais un fleuve voyageant pour toujours au destin que nous sommes tous abat-jour à. Une varicelle sur votre tailleur!
(sorties de Han)

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TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago So, I'm standing at a bus stop at Westlake mall in Seattle this morning. For those of you who aren't from the Northwest, Westlake is at one end of Seattle's monorail, and it's a nice looking building, and somewhat upscale. They have cut stonework laid into a courtyard outside and on the surrounding sidewalks. To keep it clean, the maintenance guys drive around a little steet cleaner that squirts water on the sidewalks and then scrubs it down as it drives. Very nice, right?

I noticed that they put up wet floor signs around were they scrub. UNFREAKIN-believeable! This is for an outdoor area. In Seattle. Where it rains. Sometimes a lot.

I wonder if they skip the scrubby machine in rainy days and just put up the signs? I'm really tempted to mess with them a bit, and complain to management on a rainy day that I nearly slipped and broke my neck where the scrubber had driven.

This country is getting MIGHTY odd...

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TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago (I had to post this under the Robotics topic, just for irony.)

I recently picked up the Robotech Remastered Extended Version DVDs, or at least as much as have been released so far. I have heard some whining from fans about the re-release, for various reasons. Personally, I liked them. I'm not really hurting for money, so 're-purchasing' the series in a remastered format doesn't bother me.

You get the series visually remastered. The colors are a lot better in most areas. There are still spots that look like there were artifacts on the film, but most of what I have seen is a distinct improvement. The scenes in space aren't against a meidum gray background anymore, but black as intended.

The series has footage that was cut from the source shows. It isn't very much, just an occasional flash of nudity, or a few seconds of really violent fighting in the middle of a battle.

Some people have complained that since there is maybe 30 seconds of extra footage per episode, that the set doesn't really warrant the 'Extended' moniker in the title. I could see their point, but the fact is you do get extra material that wasn't in the shows aired in the 1980s. Besides, what were they expecting, a lost episode?

The sound has been redone, and it needed it. The sound in the series was very flat sounding, probably due to poor quality mastering. They replaces some sound effects. I particularly like the fact the veritech chainguns actually sound like chainguns. The sound is better, but it still sounds a bit flat on the low end. (Disclaimer: I am not a sound engineer, but I am a musician, and have a fair ammount of experience with pro-quality recording gear.)

I have heard some purists claim it's trash, because it isn't the pure, untainted show that they loved in their childhood. If you are of this mindset, don't buy it. It isn't George Lucas level revisionist, but they have changed a few things. Overall, I liked it, and will pick up the rest of the series. If you don't have the series already on DVD, by all means grab it. However, if you already have it, let your fanboy ID fight with your budgetary ego to make the call.

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TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I am blogging this, I freely admit, to boost the Google rating of thebamboogrove.com. I practice Northern Mantis Shaolin Kung-Fu there, and the instructor/owner is interested in building a web presence in hopes of building businuess and using it as a distribution platform for distributing (entertainment) videos. Similar to Those cool guys at the Kwoon. The insructor, Paul Langer, is an amazingly good teacher and martal artist. If you need a good workout and you live in the Seattle area, stop by.

I have enabled comments on this thread, so if you have .02 to throw in on the topic of Kung-Fu (or Kung-Foo, as This.Coder == 1;) feel free to spam away.

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Welcome, Reader...

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 9 years ago I recently noticed that you get an extra link under your name if you have journal entries. I want an extra little link under my name, too, so I decided to make a journal entry to get one.

After reading the last paragraph, you still linger. Why? Are you hoping that, perhaps the statement above was but a ruse to fool casual browsers, that I may impart some sacred jewel of wisdom to my loyal followers in secret?

You really persevere, don't you? I admire that in a person. Only the strong willed will survive the long haul. Would Columbus have discovered North America if he gave up half way there? Would George Bush Jr. be. alive today, if he had not kept whining to his father for a safe and cushy posting in the Texas national guard? (Probably, but only because Viet Cong snipers were notorious for not bothering with 'total pussy' GIs.)

So, I feel that I must reward you, the determined reader for your efforts. Trudging through the dreary prose that I am posting. Putting up with meandering discourse. (Hey did you know that lung cancer is the #1 killer of people with lung cancer?)

So, here is your reward. A bit of truth for all time, wisdom that has been learned through years of bitter experience.

"Never spit into the wind"

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