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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

TiggertheMad I Like Ike (417 comments)

For all you Republicans out there, there will NEVER be another Ronald Reagan.

I find this to be rather Ironic, as RR wasn't that great of a republican leader. If people are going to idolize a former conservative president, why aim low? Ike was the last great conservative. Reagan with a numb witted twit in comparison. If you look at the republican presidents since Ike, it has been a steady slide into the gutter.

yesterday
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

TiggertheMad Big Brother 2.0 (417 comments)

; if I did think that someone "official" would take note, I would click that box.

Why bother? Do you really think that if the federal government wanted to scoop you up, they couldn't? The NSA has spent billions on their Internet Big Brother project, and has every message your IP address has sent or received cataloged. Don't delude yourself into thinking that posting AC does anything but keep your karma from being hammered when you are posting dickish comments.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

TiggertheMad Unintentional Geoengineering (366 comments)

On a side note, can you imagine the United Nations agreeing to a planetary geoengineering plan? I can't.

Yes I can, actually. And they will. The question is, how many billions of people are going to die before this happens. Climate change is occurring, this is a hard fact. Most times in nature, change doesn't precipitate gradual linear effects, but rather a tipping point where things happen very rapidly. Sooner or later, we are going to cross an environmental tipping point, and you will see some sudden massive flooding or crop failure and a lot of people will die.Hopefully, not too many, but I suspect that it is going to be a lot. You might even see some wars of extermination fought over critical resources, such as potable water supplies.

The simple fact is, people cannot continue their current behavior. The way you live with a planetary population of 1 billion isn't the same when you have a planetary population of 10 billion. Either we will come to some global consensus about how we will fix this problem, or vast numbers of people will die and the population will be reduced to the point where change isn't needed. Nature will 'find its level' in any event.

about a week ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

TiggertheMad Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye (212 comments)

I think you are on to something here....non-lethal and entertaining. Helps keeps the president safe and is good fun in the process.

Perhaps the moat is something to build inside the White-house fence, but then fill it with balls, and you have the national ball pit. We could mount automatic sentry turrets on the fence that are armed with Nerf ammo, with the idea that anyone trying to jump the fence will get hit with a barrage of Nerf darts as a warning.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

TiggertheMad I compute, therefore I am. (332 comments)

On the flip side, which is more likely to follow orders to execute unarmed civilians who have been lined up along a wall: 1. A carefully programmed and thoroughly tested robot. 2. An 18 year old soldier, who has a conscious and is unwilling to murder people even if he has been ordered to. I am pretty sure that any killer robots need to be WAY better than humans before you even think about handing them a gun. You had better think out the repercussions of building such a machine before you even try.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

TiggertheMad I bid $10 (119 comments)

It is interesting that they have to auction off bit coins as property; if it was considered currency, it would probably just get deposited to a federal bank account. It will be an interesting auction, as it should go for 20 million - expected reasonable exchange rate fluctuation - the 'This is going to cost me time and money to purchase' hassle cost.

Basically it will be a bunch of people playing chicken to see who will be willing to take the least profit margin for winning.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

TiggertheMad misogynists on the intarwebz? WHAT U SAY? (834 comments)

I'm quite sure there are crazed misogynists out there.....

Ok sorry, you just lost all your credibility for this post, because you don't seem to have done any prerequisite reading on this subject before pushing the submit button, The people that are triggering this debate are being incredibly abusive and awful to women, simply because they dared to express an opinion online that doesn't align with the troll's opinion. If that doesn't meet the criteria for being a misogynist, what does? Do you have to start stabbing women before you are worthy of the title?

This discussion isn't about calling someone an asshole because they have an opinion that differs from you. The sort of behavior that is being discussed is really extreme, and is being displayed by a small but highly vocal minority of people. These are really toxic people, and not run of the mill jerks you find all over the place.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

TiggertheMad *BLUB* (161 comments)

I would hope that a company with a half a billion dollars in spending money would have more sense than than to put down stakes in a region that might well be underwater in 20 years. Anyone moving TO south Florida at this point is mentally deficient, or a climate change denier who is really drinking the kool-aid.

about three weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

TiggertheMad Re:OMFG, are you paid by the word? (451 comments)

So enough verbal foreplay already, you had me at 'Liberal Democrat'. Are you going post your address so I can mail you pictures of my cock and we can get this lemon party started, or you another one of these shy,'I'm not actually a closeted self-hating teabagger' types?

For the record I am a power top.

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

TiggertheMad Burn baby, BURN! (357 comments)

actually $8.43, but don't ask how I know this.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

TiggertheMad OMFG, are you paid by the word? (451 comments)

Liberal Democrats are not simple social progressives. The country is run by........

Sorry, could you repeat that? I nodded of during your tangential gibbering about political labeling. You should sell it to people with sleep disorders, you could make a killing.

I see more than the packaged deal. I see more than two parties where the two names are used. I see more than two positions active in our government and in our politics. I see society's sentiments, behaviors, and moods. That you wish to ignore these occludes the reality of our recent history and our modern struggles to your view.

I see someone who starts sentences with 'I see...' way too much. I see someone who wants to replace Mr Luther King Jr's speech writers. I see someone who claims to have a worldview that includes a plurality of political interests, and still attributes negative generalizations to 'Liberal Democrats'. In short, I see a pompous ass who loves the sound of his own voice.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

TiggertheMad Stupid is as stupid types (451 comments)

I reiterate that you are a slobbering mouth breather, and now I append the honorific of 'grammar Nazi'. While you have diagrammed your sentence with such skill that freshman English teachers everywhere are getting erections, you overlook that fact that using correct grammar doesn't mean that you have expressed yourself in any clear or elegant fashion.

If your statement was written by someone who had the intellectual capacity of at least a third grader, it my be thus:

"I have the greatest understanding for anyone who wishes to excise from their lives, such views and the people possessing them."

Mind you, your poor sentence structure is the least of your faults. I would point out the generalizations you attribute to 'Liberal Democrats' sound wholly out of character for a people who are normally generalized as socially progressive, and sound more like the statements that might be made by an astroturfing tea party member who secretly follows KKK propaganda.

But by all means, continue attributing your bizarre interpretation of Affirmative action to others, it doesn't sound strange at all. Additional insulting boilerplate I couldn't be bothered with here.

about a month ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

TiggertheMad I am racist against stupid (284 comments)

I'm tempted to say that's a first world view. It's a lofty ideal, and might work if the playing field were more level, but when you're incorporating programmers from third world countries, who are looking forward to a subsistence wage in some craphole, it's hard to tell them to go on strike. These people are looking forward to 70 hour weeks (I've seen this, with H-1B workers locally) at lower-middle-class wages, as something that's *still* one hell of a lot better than they came from.

I suspect that attempts to organize will be taken as first worlders trying to save their overly-cushy jobs.

I would support organizing to keep out most Indian programmers, because many of the Indian programmer I have meet are poorly trained coders that produce sub-standard code. But then I don't really care about nationality or race, I just am annoyed by bad coders. Construction unions have differing categories of skill sets that enables you to work on certain types of jobs. Such a system would be good for IT to keep idiots from building database solutions on top of Excell spreadsheets.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

TiggertheMad Re:PAY TO CROSS THE TROLL BRIDGE (451 comments)

I will now make explicit commentary about your lack of intelligence and your failure of reading comprehension.

And I will now make a counter commentary about you lack of ability to clearly express your intent without slobbering all over yourself. Perhaps if you could structure your thoughts in a concise fashion you wouldn't appear such a numb witted lout.

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

TiggertheMad PAY TO CROSS THE TROLL BRIDGE (451 comments)

Affirmative action had, at its peak, been the social institution of "blacks are retards with a propensity for not being as smart as anyone, and so they need us to extend a large amount of help to them to elevate them to the level of a human being rather than a chimpanzee."

Interesting, I think most would qualify affirmative action as, "There are a large number of socially conservative idiots in society who will not give minorities a chance because their skin is the wrong color, so we need to pass laws to make ignorant racists give them a chance to pull themselves out of poverty". A person of any race of can achieve anything, but only when given a chance to try.

You are making veil threats about killing liberals for their views, so I am having trouble taking anything you are saying at face value. Why haven't you been flagged as a troll yet?

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

TiggertheMad ...And you are why I called his interview stupid. (583 comments)

Well it's not stupid to assume an AI or alien would perceive humans as a threat. And it's not stupid to assume that AI, or aliens for that matter, would eliminate a threat in the most efficient manner possible.

Perhaps it's you who is a bit naive. When have humans ever been at peace? Even our sports are metaphor for war. You shut the fuck up. Until humans can achieve worldwide peace, we better hope that we don't develop AI or meet alien species ... because they will most certainly put us to sleep like dogs with rabies if we dare leave our planetary cage while we are still savages.

blah blah blah....This whole line of thinking that you and Elon are engaging in is silly and pointless. You might as well worry about what kind of aliens we might encounter when we first travel to another galaxy. We are so far from solving intergalactic travel problems (or creating sentient AI) that any fretting and scaremongering is just pointless jibber-jabber. In the meantime, ignorant people (*cough*) who read this article might be unjustifiably worried about nothing, and start to develop a resistance to research in a field that promised to yield many very helpful and practical applications other than violent homicidal killbots.

rebutted.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

TiggertheMad Elon Musk, stupid like Jenny McCarthy (583 comments)

Elon Musk is AI's Jenny McCarthy. Jenny is know as a celebrity who shoots off her mouth about the evils of vaccination, when she has no real intellectual or scientific authority to back her beliefs. Essentially she is an uniformed person using her tangential fame to spread her views.

What Elon Musk is doing here is virtually identical. I don't know of any real qualifications that he has that makes him in *any* way qualified to speak on the topic. (CS degree with work in AI? Philosophy degree with a focus on ethics?) Now this is a free country, where any rich asshole can (and will) talk at length about their opinions, but using your celebrity to espouse unfounded opinions is irresponsible.

Case in point: He cites a common trope in fiction, of an uncontrollable evil unleashed on the world which while it may be a parable, but it has no basis in reality. I could just as easily write a short story about summoning a devil, and ushering in a golden age of humanity using its supernatural abilities and cite that as a counter example.

This sort of bullshit opinion piece isn't going to help the real funding and research in the AI field which is still quite young. So, shut the fuck up Elon, and go back to building your RC cars.

about 1 month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

TiggertheMad It isn't gender differences (608 comments)

Your observations are accurate, but your conclusion is completely wrong. All the elements you called out are things that would keep women from staying in a CS position for a long duration. Very little of what you listed would be something that a freshman entering CS would be exposed to or have any knowledge of. If your conclusion is correct, we should see a lot more of female CS grads that drop out of the talent pool in the first five years, and what we are actually seeing is they aren't even entering CS programs.

The problem starts much earlier. Girls start losing interest in STEM topics at a much younger age. There are no positive female role models to show young girls that they can excel at programming and there are plenty of females presented in the media as being interested in 'girl' stuff. Children are highly impressionable, and if they don't see an archetype they probably aren't going to gravitate towards it.

about 1 month ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

TiggertheMad Cool Idea, Bra (269 comments)

But why then would anybody with deep pockets ever invest in creating such an open infrastructure, if at any point their user base could declare them 'evil' and defect to a competitor? Nobody ever will trail blaze product development with the idea of creating a product that someone else can essentially appropriate.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

TiggertheMad Taxes == Slavery? (839 comments)

The wealthy are already heavily taxed,

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAAA.......Now get back on the troll bus, you tea party suck-up. The top 1% are paying perhaps 33% in taxes if they are stupid, and 10% if they are tax dodgers like Mitt Romney. Moreover, 33% of say, a million dollars a year still leaves enough to buy a whole fleet of Ferraris each year. If you are part of the dissolving middle class and making 40k, you are left with 32 thousand after the 20% taxes you pay, which isn't much to get by on. Thirty percent isn't heavily taxed by any yardstick.

and much of that tax money goes to the poor to remove the poor's incentive to work.

Drinking the much cool-aid, Tea bagger? I am just waiting for the requisite racist comment about lazy immigrant minorities are coming here to steal all our free benefits.

This is a typically leftist and obviously wrong viewpoint,

Lets play a game, which logical fallacies did you just commit? I am deliberately replying using an incendiary tone, because actual logic and reason doesn't seem to get through to 'your kind'.

production is made by human effort, and to the extent that you take a man's production or the money that results from his production, you are treating him as a slave.

Ah yes, the tired old taxes == slavery bullshit that is parroted by every self centered asshole who feels that their life would be so much better if they could just keep every one of their precious hard earned dollars, because they owe nothing to the society as a whole. Wake up and smell the bullshit, humans aren't very good at being solitary creatures, and we work really well together. As we build a society, the group as a whole benefits from building shared resources and infrastructure, and taxes is how it is accomplished. Tea baggers are a model of self reliant individualism, who only need a few thousand years of the collective work of society to prop up their selfish fantasies.

I really wish there was a small corner of the country we could put you idiots in so you could have your little tax free state and see what a horrible economic disaster that would turn out to be. Your brand of stupid deserves to see how 'free' you are in really are in a non-regulated, non-taxed Utopian pipe dream.

about a month 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 5 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  about 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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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This is a shameless plug

TiggertheMad TiggertheMad writes  |  more than 10 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 10 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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