Darth Reed

Now that I have a place to put my quasi-technical babble over at MSDN, the space is reserved for me to spew my political bile and enjoy all things sci-fi. Heh.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anti-SLAPP lawsuits and video games?

Uh-oh. What does Borat have to do with "violent video games"? Read this little post and see...

DonkeyXote tells all: Borat lawsuit dismissal and video game suits

Hrm. If Donkey's theory holds, it seems like parents will have to continue parent their children and pay attention to what their younglings are doing...

Strike long and strike hard!

Monday, February 26, 2007

ROFLMAO - Just because it's funny, doesn't mean it's not true!

The ranting and raving in the comments here about a .45/.410 Taurus revolver has amused my sleep-deprived brain... It's made for good reading while I pretend to watch 24. The Taurus website confirms the reality, though: Model 44 Ten .45/.410 (2.5" chamber) Stainless Steel Revolver But what I want to know is why did they call the .45LC revolver "Model 44"? Just to confuse everyone? I like the longer barrel with the fiber optic sight, personally. It's might be worth $553 just to make a couple entertaining videos of newbies shooting a LARGE caliber handgun...

Strike now!

Poor Sony. Welcome to the Bad Press Clubâ„¢

Despite the snappy tune, it's not one that Sony executives are likely to be dancing to (in a fun way).

How You killed your brand. (YouTube)

Strike out!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

An old one, but a good one...

If you don't know who The Master Chief is... don't even talk to me.

The Master Chief (an autobiography, sort of)

Strike now!

Opinions always vary... PC and Mac?

You knew that somebody would have a good response sooner or later (some of the earlier spoofs aren't very good). These are much funnier, IMAO, than the originals.

Mac and PC - Music

Mac and PC - Work

Mac and PC - Girl

Mac and PC - Money

Guess which one's my favorite...

Strike three!

Friday, February 09, 2007

For a minute there, I thought they were talking about me...

Then I noticed that the Mysterious Congressman Announces Dark Horse Candidacy (The Onion) was listed as a Democrat... Good. My secret is still safe. Nobody knows yet that I plan to run in 2008. Heh.

Strike now!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Now I have a doctor's prescription for playing Gears of War?!

Cool! Study: Video Games Good For Your Eyes

Not that I needed a doctor's note, but it never hurts to be vindicated, right? Maybe I won't need that lasic surgery after all? Heh.

[Seriously, though, I think the article's conclusion is off target. Just because playing Xbox is good for your visual processing neurology doesn't mean that it's actually good for your ocular health.]

Strike quickly!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

YouTube will destroy our culture or...

YouTube will destroy our culture or... Save us from the next generation. I think this video speaks for itself: AFV Dog Shock Collar (YouTube)

Maybe saving us from the next generation will require destroying our culture.

Strike some kid who needs it!

I was momentarily embarrassed...

Yes, after lampooning California Residency as a diagnosable disorder, I was momentarily embarrassed to be a Texan when Governor Goodhair decided that he wanted to be the first to mandate HPV vaccinations for little girls who aren't at risk for it... but I knew it wouldn't last. Thankfully, New York has stepped up with something even stupider: Bill Banning iPods In Crosswalks Slated For Albany

Are they also going to ban DEAF PEOPLE from walking in crosswalks in New York? As a unilaterally deaf person, I think I might have to sue somebody in New York for trying to socially equate me with iPod listeners, dammit. Fortunately, I think the lawmakers in Albany probably aren't enough to include other music players than the iPod, so even if I go off my medications and retract my vow to never visit New York (again), I should be safe from the law while listening to my Zune in a crosswalk. I'll just have to watch out more carefully for the insane taxi drivers...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Is there such a thing as fair taxation?

Short answer: No. Read on anyway...

Normally, I'm completely unsympathetic to the plight of others (even with regards to taxes), but I'm looking to buy a helicopter in the not so distant future, so I'm a little sympathetic to what Bill has to say in Fair Taxes?. Y'all know that I'm a fan of W, but his accountants are misleading him about what percentage of general aviation (GA) is actually paying taxes.

Why would I need a helicopter? To paraphrase, Tina Turner, "What's need got to do with it?" It's freaking helicopter! My cousin gets to drive an Apache around and be shot at, and that sounds like so much fun that I want in on it. Heh. Seriously, Fort Reed needs a chopper just so that me and mine can escape Houston in the event of catastrophic bureaucratic mismanagement during a mythical emergency like Hurricane Rita).

Bill White pretty much screwed anyone who lives in Evacuation Zone A and B (Galveston Island, etc) by panicking the herd animals onto the narrow Gulf Coast escape routes... even though we knew by Thursday that Rita was going to strike Orange and Louisiana. A secret helicopter is pretty much the only guarantee that we can safely scoot north into the mountains and avoid the whole mess.

Does anybody know where I can go and completely avoid taxes, too? (Besides the great libertarian paradise in the sky that Ayn Rand has gone to?)

Strike now!!

Monday, February 05, 2007

FEMA 1, New Orleans 1?

Is this another troubling case of humor imitating life? Heh.

FEMA Calls Rebuilding Complete As New Orleans Restored To Former Squalor (The Onion)

I can't find anywhere to link to it, but Rush Limbaugh defended Ray "School Bus" Nagin (again) on Friday 02 February 2007 over School Bus' comments about NYC's inability to rebuild the WTC. Rod Sterling must've gotten loose from his crypt before the full moon...

Go on strike! No Mardi Gras until FEMA (and the rest of the Fed) are abolished!!