Friday, March 30, 2007

Google Suggests You Swim Across The Atlantic Ocean

Google, either encouraging physical fitness or zero population growth, offers the above helpful suggestion when mapping the route from Chicago to London.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Anti-marijuna Republican ex-congressman becomes pro-marijuana

Bob Barr, who as a Georgia congressman authored a successful amendment that blocked D.C. from implementing a medical marijuana initiative, has switched sides and become a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project.But that doesn’t mean he has become a bong-ripping hippie. He isn’t pro-drug, he said, just against government intrusion.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Time Magazine Prints Different Cover For US Edition

TIME's cover story in every edition but the American one is "Talibanistan", a story about the resurgence of the Taliban. TIME's cover for the US: "Why We Should Teach the Bible in Public School".

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Monday, March 26, 2007

PICTURE: What's wrong with mainstream media

I took a screenshot of CNN's frontpage at around 10:00AM this morning, and of the major headlines such as the Gonzales attorney scandal, or the story of the UK soldiers arrested by Iran, which story made the front page?

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Halo 3 Xbox 360 Case Mod

"An incredible paint job. This thing is badass. That's all there is to say."Most case modding looks stupid, but this actually looks good. You'd have to be a die hard Halo fan to even consider this, because you're paying around $500 for a paint job.

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Today on Apple's Pro site, find about the South Park's rendering process and what software and hardware is used to create the show.Direct link:

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sister of Dying Man Refuses to Donate Bone Marrow to Save His Life

The sister of a man who is dying of leukemia is refusing to donate bone marrow to the British man, according to a London newspaper. Simon Pretty, a father of three, told the Daily Mail that his sister Helen Pretty would not donate her bone marrow, which is a perfect match and could save his life... Sick bitch.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Man Arrested for Beheading Dog

"A 24 year old Minnesota man has been arrested, suspected of cutting the head off of a 17-year-old girl’s pet dog and leaving it at her front door in a gift-wrapped box."

Glad to hear they got that sick freak.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Heavy metal music linked with gifted students

"New study finds "many adolescent "metalheads" are extremely bright and often use the music to help them deal with the stresses and strains of being gifted social outsiders." Haha, validation."

Most real metal is intelligent and many of the fans are. Metal shows are the complete opposite of the stereotypical sad kid who listens to Korn and Slipknot. I say most because many br00tal death metal bands are the exception.

Québec is a haven for intelligent metal. Cryptopsy is a band that's gained popularity as of late, yet still manages to put out impressive and technical albums crafted with the utmost finesse. Hell, Québec in general is very progressive metal-wise offering up bands like Neuraxis, Gorguts, Torn Within and Quo Vadis that push the genre in new directions.

Bands like Atheist (heavily jazz influenced), The Chasm and Demilich are prime examples of top tier metal. Easily overshadowing childish crap like Atreyu, Trivium and other various MTV-friendly metalcore crap that is the current "fad" for some of today's kids.

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It's Been an 'All Out War' on Pot Smokers for 35 Years

"Since 1972, U.S. taxpayers have spent well over $20 billion enforcing criminal marijuana laws and 16.5 million people have been arrested. It's time to put an end to this waste."

Try 70 years. The marijuana tax act was passed in 1937.

Though I hate to jump on the Bush-bashing bandwagon, the Bush administration is steadfast on wasting as much money as possible. These politicians do NOT care about their citizens health and safety. Ignoring meth and going after pot (which they call a gateway drug despite the fact it's been disproved countless times) is one of the most despicable acts that this administration has ever done.

Compare the beloved stereotypical Cheech & Chong to meth heads. There simply is no comparison and the amount of ignorance shown by the constant prosecution of cannabis over real issues is disgusting.

Yet still cannabis remains a schedule I drug, equated to heroin, whilst coke and meth are schedule II drugs. This overwhelming ignorance is politically based and has no relation to science.

For those who are steadfast against cannabis, saying there are synthetic drugs like Marinol out there. Ask Peter McWilliams how well they work:
By himself, he has proven that Marinol is more deadly than cannabis.

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"Choose Your Own Adventure" Books That Never Quite Made It

"I used to love these books as a kid. Courtesy of Something Awful, here are some titles in the series that didn't make the cut."

No fancy explanation needed, this is just hilarious.

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Montana Meth Project Ads directed by Darren Aronofsky

"New Montana Meth Project Ads for the April campaign."

From the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky has completed a number of intense ads showcasing true horror.

I don't usually like to hop on the Bush-bashing bandwagon, but to focus and waste money on anti-pot propaganda like Pete's Couch lolz over this REAL ISSUE, is just plain asinine and probably one of the most despicable acts a human being could ever do.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Xbox 360 Design: The Back Story

"A look into how the design of the Xbox 360 came to be."

Long-winded rant below:

It's a stupid design, they attempted (this being the keyword) to go for aesthetics, instead of being technically proficient, so they ended up failing on both fronts.

The main complaint with the Xbox was size, what does the 360 do? Deceive you. MS likes deception (MS points pricing is another example off the top of my head, not to mention the Core and the barebones Vista, it's all marketing), they bank on deception. There's no room inside the original Xbox, yet the HDD and power supply are internal. There's "plenty of space" inside the 360 further emphasizing the poor design of it, just compare both systems with the covers removed.

The 360 gives you a giant fucking powerbrick and a non-standard HDD, which has been reduced to a glorified memory card, with the illusion of choice (removing a core feature of your previous system is asinine, imagine if the GCN came out with only 2 controller ports). Although the HDD being external has paid off, so you can keep it when you have to send your system out to be repaired. Yet the main issue is that it's basically the same size and weight as the Xbox, not to mention having worse build quality and louder than any console should ever be, they completely ignored the REAL issues.

There's nothing elegant about it, it's big, loud, clunky and it barely looks better than the Xbox did. Being vertical looks nicer and sleeker, but I certainly don't trust the 360 when it's vertical, so that's kind of useless. When it's horizontal, it's awkward to grab as there's no space for your fingers to go underneath it. Don't get me wrong, I have fun with it (it's all about the games after all) and my 12k+ gamerscore backs that up, but I'll be damned if it's not the one of worst designed consoles out there and ironically it's modeled after a dead person, how fitting.

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Why do my games cost so much?

"Many people have been complaining about the $60 price tag for next-gen console games. Forbes takes time to explain why."

Don't buy $60 games. I haven't paid more than $35 for a 360 game and all of my games are like new, complete with cases and manuals. The 360 has a high software attach rate and with so many games out there so fast, second hand copies drop in price even faster.

I got like new copies of Gears of War and Dead Rising for $35 shipped and just recently found Lost Planet at a steal of a price, $25 shipped, a game which came out not more than two months ago and obviously still retails at $60 new.

Amazon, eBay, Cheapassgamer, Tradegamesnow, GameTZ, etc. these sites are your friends! Most gaming forums also have trading boards/threads, use them and save. A little work on your part will save you quite a bit in the long run.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Devil May Cry 4 Now Coming to Xbox 360, PC and PS3...

"Looks like PS3 just lost another exclusive. Now if Konami gets their way, MGS4 will be next, but Hideo Kojima is resisting."

Huge news and I guess Dead Rising and Lost Planet selling so well were part of the reason for this, not to mention the huge cost of next-gen games.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

1 BILLION people lack access to clean drinking water

"Every eight seconds, a young child dies from lack of water or a waterborne disease. That's the same as a 747 jetliner full of kids going down every hour. The majority of water-related diseases are linked to what humans are doing to our land and water, so investing in more conservation of natural resources is also an investment in humanitarianism."

It's 2007, WHY is this still an issue?! You'd think with all the money that is wasted daily, they could take some of that and put it to a good cause, for something that most of us take for granted. There is little in this world that is as necessitous as water is and yet, 1/6 of the population is without sanitary drinking water, what a wonderful world indeed...

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High school student builds fusion reactor

"A Michigan high school senior uses parts and materials scrounged from the local hardware store and eBay to build a working fusion reactor."

This is almost as cool as building your own flux capacitor.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Presidential Candidate Supports Medical Marijuana - White House Not Happy

"Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico said Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson will be the first presidential candidate ever to advocate medical marijuana "by vocally supporting and signing legislation."... ...He said the White House had urged him not to sign the bill."

Regardless of how you feel about the plant/drug, this brings up a bigger issue. Since when do POLITICIANS carry more weight regarding medicine than DOCTORS!? Something is seriously wrong here, they're friggin doctors, their whole job is medicine, they're neutral, why is politics even being brought into this!? Here's hoping poor Angel Raich doesn't end up as the next Peter McWilliams.

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Girl finds missing dog's head in box on doorstep

"A 17-year-old girl who spent weeks looking for her missing dog unwrapped a box left on her doorstep and found the pet's severed head inside, authorities said. The box had batteries on top, and a note that said "Congratulations Crystal. This side up. Batteries included.""

There are no words... This is disgusting beyond belief.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Bender's Big Score - Title to new Futurama movie!

"Obey the Hypno-Toad!
With production chugging on the new FUTURAMA direct-to-DVD movies, Matt Groening spilled to iF Magazine about what's to come and the extras that'll be added to make them into a new season of FUTURAMA for Comedy Central. The first movie, BENDER'S BIG SCORE, hits in December. "Everybody Loves Hyptno-Toad," is in your future!"

This isn't really breaking news, but I wuv Futurama too much to not post it.

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10 Things You Did Not Know About Wikipedia

"A list of insights about Wikipedia specifically targeted at people who have limited foreknowledge about the project: journalists, newbie editors, and readers. These explanations will not surprise Wikipedians, but hopefully will help the rest of the world to shape an informed opinion about our work."

Wikipedia; the cause of and solution to all of life's (web-based) problems!

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Screencaps of Fox News Lies

"Larry Johnson, former Fox analyst collects a wall of shame of screen caps of Fox lies (Libby innocent, is Civil war a good thing? etc)"

Screencap or it didn't happen... good ol' reliable Fox News. Reliable at being unreliable, gotta love 'em (read: hate 'em) for it.

Note: Watching Fox News may be hazardous to your health. This blog does not condone or advocate the destruction of brain cells that may be associated with viewing Fox News.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Fox News Calls Democrats Fascists [video]

If Fox News said it, it MUST be true.

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Richard Jeni Dead: Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Sad story about the death of one of the best stand-up comedians of all time. RIP Richard Jeni.

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PICTURES: The Best Way To Sleep at Work

Ever wonder how to not get caught sleeping at work, here's how.

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Girls suspended over "Vagina Monologues"

A public high school has suspended three students who disobeyed officials by saying the word "vagina" during a reading from the "Vagina Monologues", a well-known feminist play. Since when is "vagina" vulgar? Should they have said "cunt" instead?

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Friday, March 9, 2007

Xbox 360 backwards compatibility "not important anymore" by 2008

Chris Satchell: "At some point we're going to focus less on it. When you get to the end of this year there will be a reduced focus on backwards compatibility. There are so many 360 games out there. I don't know if it's important anymore."

This is a company that makes a boatload selling friggin pictures online and they can't afford to get the few decent games on their dead system to play on their new one? Put up some Panzer Dragoon Orta picture packs to fund the BC support of it. MS continues to show their greedy, asshole nature.

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Illegal drugs can be harmless, report says

"Illegal drugs can be "harmless" and should no longer be "demonised", a wide-ranging two-year study concluded today."

Personal responsibility is all but nil these days. Moderation is key, it's quite simple, just remember to know your limits. Same as with anything, it's ok to eat fast food once in a while, but the reason you're the size of a cow is due to a lack of moderation and self-control with the lowest quality of food out there. Drinking excessively until you puke is your body's way of saying "stop fucking poisoning me."

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

A Guide to OS X Web Browsers

Safari is too featureless for me, it's just a little bit too simple, but the speed is a good tradeoff. You can't even save to anywhere but the desktop. I'm currently using Firefox on a 400MHz G3 and it doesn't take 15 seconds to start up, it's not as fast as Safari or Windows Firefox, but it's not as bad as he describes. I used to swear by Flock, then Opera, now I stick with Firefox and Safari, since having 4 web browsers in my dock was a bit too much.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Live for Windows pricing revealed Pt. 2

When I submitted this, there were no details on how Live for Windows allowed online play with Silver.

So apparently Live for Windows is aimed at Xbox 360 gamers who already have a Gold account, but they're not playing these games on Vista, they're playing them on 360, so I don't understand the logic to this. Paying for Gold as a PC gamer apparently only nets you achievements, which seems like a stupid thing to have to pay for, since it's just an irrelevant number (I say this as someone with a gamerscore of more than 10k).

I can't see Live for Windows going anywhere, there's no reason to get it as a PC gamer and one of the main draws of a 360 is the ability to play PC games on a console for a lower price, so why would 360 gamers go for this?

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Live for Windows pricing revealed

Pay to play online, not just for MMO's anymore!

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Xbox 360 and PS3 Games in NEED Publishers!

"Littered throughout the games industry there are a myriad of promising titles yet to secure a publishing partner. You often don't hear as much about these titles, but they are some of the most interesting and creative games yet. If we don't get these studios publishers soon, these titles could die!"

The City of Metronome NEEDS to be picked up, it's easily more interesting than 99% of the generic, boring shooters out there. Get bent, Tom Clancy.

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Six Ways to Upgrade Your Old Xbox

Softmod your Xbox, stick a bigger HDD in there and put XBMC as your main dash. Voila, all your games, emulators, movies and more right at your fingertips.

Hell, rip your copies of Halo and Deathrow to it and stick your retail disc in the 360 and get a system link game going.

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Matt Groening on the Simpsons Movie and return of Futurama.

Good things come to those who wait, but the waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!

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