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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

TiggertheMad Re:Perfect (163 comments)

could you put a static charge into the heat sink so it repels dust particles?

yesterday
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

TiggertheMad Extra-double illegal because it's digital!!! (167 comments)

- You can't use it to pay for illegal goods or services - You can't receive it in payment for illegal goods or services - You can't use it to hide other transactions related to illegal goods or services (i.e., money laundering)

You are missing the point, you list a bunch of stuff that is already illegal. Why do we need additional regulation for this currency, when it is already established that the said activities are already prohibited with regular, cold cash? And what is the point of passing laws governing this currency, when you cannot realistically enforce them? Are you just hoping to pile on extra penalties when I order a hit on someone, and pay for it using digital currency? How will that make the world a better or safer place?

3 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

TiggertheMad Smokin observation (282 comments)

There is not discrimination against smokers. They aren't allowed to smoke anywhere they want to and pollute other people's lungs. They had a century or two to to police themselves, and it seems they couldn't do it, so laws were passed. Is it reasonable to hike Smoker's insurance because they tend to get cancer a lot more than other people and incur more medical bills? Sure, because it is a choice they make. Unlike a genetic condition, they can choose to change their behavior. In the meantime, they are just being asked to pay their share of medical bills being incurred. The flip side would be to boost the rates of non-smokers to subsidize the medical treatment of someone who just felt like taking up smoking.

African-Americans were discriminated against, they couldn't change their skin color. Any time smokers feel picked on, they can stop smoking.

about two weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

TiggertheMad Generating confusion (211 comments)

To be fair, the 'Great Generation' fought Nazis at age 18. The Internet (really ARPNET at the time) would have been built by young(ish) engineers in the 60s and 70s (Baby Boomers). The current political problems we have are a result of legislation that has been passed for the last 10-15 years (government moves slowly), which would have been passed mostly by the elder politicians of the time (your 50-70 year olds at the peak of their power and careers) who would have basically been Baby boomers. Gen X is only now starting to come into the senior positions of power in government. Obama is youngish and he was born in 1961, which is at the very end of the Baby boom generation and the beginning of the gen X group, so you won't know what the 'current generation' (who ever you consider that to be) leaves as a legacy for quite some time.

about two weeks ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

TiggertheMad Risky games (118 comments)

But having assets in place might assist in their defense. If you start attacking us space assets, it is a fair bet that the us will consider that an act of war. I will bet you money there are some military sats in orbit that have offensive capabilities. Start shooting at sats, and you might get a 10 pound tungsten bar de-orbited on your ground based laser or ASAT launcher. Being is space is a POWERFUL position on the military game board.

about two weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

TiggertheMad Re:The 4th of December? (340 comments)

You are totally correct of course. Way to fact check humorous sarcasm into oblivion, Poindexter. YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

about a month ago
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On 4th of July:

TiggertheMad The 4th of December? (340 comments)

You are totally correct of course. Fuck the founding fathers for not holding off until winter before starting a war of independence against a tyrant. THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

TiggertheMad Less new code, more refinement (205 comments)

Human error may always exist, but I think the point is that people aren't learning from their errors. With software, you can find a problem, fix it, and then iterate until all the problems that can be encountered are handled. if you build in robust modules there is a point where you start to see less and less errors being introduced into the code. That isn't currently happening. If we really want to, we can build truly bullet proof code modules but it would take a substantial change in the way things are done.

Suggesting that human error will always exist that therefore there isn't any point in trying to reduce or remove it is lazy and stupid.

about a month ago
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Searching For Ocean Life On Another World

TiggertheMad Punching through ice isn't drilling. (49 comments)

It is incredibly simple to drill through the ice. Bring a long a one pound sphere of depleted uranium. Before you start breaking for obit, release the sphere on an impact trajectory. Without a thick atmosphere to ablate it, I feel fairly confident in saying that the crater will be fairly deep. Repeat as needed. If you want real precision, I'm sure you can get the military to give you one of the cheap laser guidance packs they slap on dumb munitions. Rememeber that the goal here is to get through the ice, not examine the geology, so I think your comparison isn't quite appropriate.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

TiggertheMad Big brother needs cash, badly. (164 comments)

The agency leadership isn't stupid. If they pull funding from other programs, the could get backlash from cutting other (presumably useful) activities, and when the public notices that the spying hasn't stopped, the next cuts will be even deeper. At some point congress would get collectively pissed off defund the agency completely.

Americans tend to be complacent in the face of minor irritations, but when faced with a real threat/outrage they tend to go completely postal. Just ask the Imperial government of Japan or the Taliban about this.

about a month and a half ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

TiggertheMad Privacy for private's privates now! (89 comments)

I know a lot of people whom like to put on their tinfoil hats and cry about government surveillance at every chance, but the reality is that we have never actually defined what is or isn't private in the digital age.

"Sir, I cannot define private information, but I know it when I see it..."

Ok, I am trolling you with the quote, but your statement is bullshit and I think you know it. Law enforcement agencies shouldn't be collecting ANY information on anyone until they have a crime report in their sweaty little hands or enough evidence to go get a real warrant. Anything more is just the first step on the slippery slope to police state.

about a month and a half ago
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

TiggertheMad Democracy, agreeing to disagree (139 comments)

Very eloquently spoken, sir. Unfortunately I think that the conflict over patent reform is due not to disagreement about what is the best way to govern progress and invention for the good of the inventor and society. It seems to be a debate between people who want a fair system, and people who think that they need to fuck over everyone in order to get a larger share of of profits in return for doing nothing. (I'm looking at you, defensive patent portfolio holders)

1000 years ago, those with the biggest armies ruled. Now those with the most lawyers rule. This is progress.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

TiggertheMad We are still stupid monkeys... (686 comments)

this makes a lot of sense to me. Given that EM radiation only travels at the speed of light, and falls of with the square of the distance, it is the cosmic equivalent of writing a letter, stuffing it in a bottle, throwing it in the ocean and hoping that your friend in Japan gets it. We think we are clever monkeys, but we are in effect beating on a log with a stick, when the rest of the universe is likely sending data packets via the cosmic version of fiber optic.

It speaks to our hubris that we assume that we are smart and we use this technology, and that other people will use the same technology. They probably don't even look for 'young civilizations' that use EM for communication, because they blow themselves up half the time before achieving a useful form of communication technology. Would you try to talk to an amoebae on the off chance that it might evolve into something interesting in a few million years?

If there is any way to communicate in a faster than light fashion with others, it will be the standard by which advanced civilizations talk.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

TiggertheMad WB just lost $25 (210 comments)

To be fair, WB is the one who put amazon in a crap situation in this one. They had a pre-order for a blue ray, for like $25....The move did exceptionally better than they anticipated, so WB decided NOT to produce the cheaper blu ray, and then put out a new $40 one. Amazon then had to cancel all the other cheaper pre orders, and deal with the legitimately pissed off customers. Amazon is doing some shady things, but they certainly aren't alone in it.

...Good to know. Hey WB, if you have canceled my Amazon pre order of TLM just to hike the price, I'm not reordering it. I just going to STEAL it online. Fuck you.

about a month and a half ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

TiggertheMad Just stop talking (208 comments)

You are just....stupid. As an active member of the AFoL community, I suggest you go do a Google image search for 'Lego Convention' or something similar to see all the really amazing stuff you can build with all the 'useless' bricks they make these days before you say anything else on the topic that is just wrong. There is even a subset of the community that deliberately acquires highly specialized bricks to challenge themselves to find creative uses for said pieces.

If you cannot build new models out of modern Lego sets, it is because you have no imagination or creativity.

about 2 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

TiggertheMad Licensed bricks are still bricks (208 comments)

Actually Lego had already licensed and sold SW products when they were going bankrupt. SW didn't save them from going under, reforming their business practices did. They cut costs by radically reducing their part pallet for example. But, you are completely right about the fact people will bitch about anything. Many people complain about the cost of Lego sets, but the price per brick has stayed at almost .10 since the 1970s.

about 2 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

TiggertheMad Cops aren't supreme court justices (272 comments)

A majority of people in society aren't deep philosophical thinkers. They want to do their 40 hours, and go have a beer and watch football. Police are a fair cross section of society, so most cops aren't going to stop and ask if what they are doing is a fundamental violation of a person's constitutional rights, unless it is a pretty sever deviation for normal behavior. (Ex: beheading perps caught in the act)

I don't think most cops think too much about it, they have plenty of more immediate problems to keep busy with.

about 2 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

TiggertheMad Rockstar dev? (255 comments)

I would say that a Rock Star Dev only lives up to the title if they can lead and educate.

A dev that crank out large volumes of code, but is unable to articulately communicate or work with others might be skilled, but is hardly a 'Rock Star'.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

TiggertheMad Godwining threads since 1933... (1198 comments)

"Please don't come back"? I made a sarcastic comment about how quickly the tread was going downhill, and that is the response I get? I am so very disappointed on so many levels. I offer this rebuttal, you filthy, Portland hippy:

Sir, the whole of your taste is in your mouth, your father only impregnated your mother because he was drunk at the time and mistook her for a overly portly circus clown, and you tip poorly. The Irish think you drink too much, and racists call you thick-witted but only behind your back, because they find you to be too violent and moody to deal with. All your dates with the opposite gender have occurred because of dares or pity, and your hair is more oily that Saudi Arabia. You dress like a pimp from New Jersey, and I would have a better conversation with a rotting stump than with you. I'd suggest that you kill yourself to improve humanity as a whole, but that would just waste an empty hole in the ground where someone would doubtlessly stuff your bloated hideous body, that could otherwise be doing something useful like storing landfill. Mail yourself to Tasmania, and stop lowering this website's name by posting your filthy opinions on it. Bits cost almost nothing, and yet I feel you are wasting Slashdot's money ever time you foolishly click 'post' in the vain hope that if you spew enough verbal fappery you might actually say something that somehow matters. Away, chaff, away with you.

about 2 months 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  |  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  |  about 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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