Sunday, December 07, 2003

GOP wants Reagan on the dime

So now the GOP wants to replace Franklin Roosevelt with Ronald Reagan on the dime. I seriously doubt that it's a coincidence that FDR was a Democrat and is considered by many to be one of the best presidents the US has had.

As some have noted, part of the reason FDR is on the coin is his endorsement of the "March of Dimes," which sought to raise money to help treat infantile paralysis (polio), which left him wheelchair bound for much of his presidency.

Now, a shameless plug ; ). I made a tshirt with what I think should be on the Reagan dime:

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Another one gets little mention in the press

From this story:

"Taxpayers will be forced to shoulder 80 percent or more of the burden for running the nation's preeminent toxic waste cleanup program this year, up from just 18 percent in 1995, while polluting industries continue to enjoy a $4 million-a-day tax holiday. Next year, when the fund is gone, taxpayers will foot the entire bill."

Monday, September 22, 2003

I'm now an "indie" game developer

I'm currently working on a "budget" puzzle game. The graphics aren't too terribly bad and the gameplay is coming along ok.

With a little luck, RealArcade will accept it when I'm finished (they get a ton of web traffic). With even more luck, I could crank out some more games and make enough to work from home. If I could sell 250 copies of anything online each month, that would be enough for me to do it fulltime at home. The dream...

I had done a lot of experimenting with "bleeding edge" 3D graphics before this, but it never amounted to anything. I really can't get anywhere in that area without a dedicated artist. Perhaps if I do enough "one man army" puzzle games, I could fund a bigger project in the future.

My new favorite movie

Over the past week, I saw the movie "Evil Dead II." I liked it so much that I watched it twice. It's horror, but the effects
and acting are way overdone, producing a hilarious effect.

An example of the movie overdoing things (though in a cool way) :

At one point, Ash's hand is possessed by evil, which makes it attack him and emit loud giggles. It renders him unconscious with dishes and a bottle and then "sees" a cleaver. The hand drags his unconscious body toward it (which is a pretty funny sight). As it gets to the cleaver, Ash surprises it with a knife and stabs it. Then he asks, "who's laughing now?" So, Ash needs to cut the hand off. Does he grab the cleaver and chop it off? Of course not. He grabs the chainsaw, pulling the start cord with his teeth, and cuts it off. The hand produces another fun scene, but I'll stop right here.

Monday, September 15, 2003

American news agencies continue to suck

"CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war. And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship." "

The USAToday article has me wondering why we seem less free than we did 30 years ago. From what I gather, the news reported the Vietnam War as best as they could, angering the government. Now they are pretty much puppets of Bush's administration, especially Fox News. When did the First Amendment become diluted?

Everyone pay attention to this - Fox News has close ties to Monsanto (evil, evil corporation, I'll go into that another time). The US is one of the few countries in the world pushing for genticially-modified food to be accepted. Monsanto is the biggest producer of such foods. So, is this a case of back scratching? Fox News, the #1 news station in the US reports what Bush wants to hear. In return, they push Monsanto's products as best as they can. Mother fuckers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

"Car Bomb Hits US Iraq Headquarters"

Anyone get the feeling that we've all been dulled to this kind of thing? Things like this happen daily, but nobody really cares.
It wasn't long ago that any attack against the US overseas would have made a huge story.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Ok, so Madonna kisses Britney Spears and those who worship celebrities have gone crazy about it, but is it necessary for American (and some foreign) news sources to have a story about it every day? Today's headline is "Spears Says Mom Approved of Madonna Kiss."

Guess what? People kiss all the time. Women kiss each other all the time... With tongues. And some have sex.

Why is a kiss between two untalented women, done entirely for publicity, more important than the kisses you experience in your own life?

Why do people watch Entertainment Tonight, the worst show in the world? Why do you care how great a celebrity's house is or who is currently breaking up? I wish that I could line up everybody who likes that show and slap everyone of them.

There's nothing wrong with idolizing someone or admiring their singing, acting, or their looks, but people really go overboard with the worship.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

It has come to my attention that they are closer to a drug that can help treat obesity, which, in fact is one's own fault, except in very few cases.

I hope that try to market the drug in this market (Warning, sad images for those of you who only want to think of yourself and ignore that people in the world suffer badly)

The world is a fucked up place. So many people not just overweight, but grossly so. Then so many people severely underweight due to starvation.

I have lost 25 pounds over the past three months. I am no longer obese. At the rate that I am going, I will be fit in a month or so, and expect to have a six pack stomach in maybe two or three months. My secret? I stopped gorging and I get up for exercise a few times a week. I haven't even been exercising that long. Most of my weight loss came just from eating better.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

I found the first part of this article to have made a pretty good point - they sure are patting themselves on the back for catching a lame script kiddie, while they aren't able to catch the real computer criminals.

Saturday, August 30, 2003

In my increasing cynicism, I have come to expect any sinister plot to happen.

I was recently thinking about how treatment and vaccines for viruses seem pretty pathetic in recent times. You'd think that by now we'd have a cure for a lot of different things. Of course, I don't understand medicine, so I'm talking through my hat, but...

If you were a pharmaceutical company that aimed only to make money, would you rather produce an inexpensive one-time or seldomly given treatment to prevent or cure AIDS, or would you rather regularly charge infected people for expensive drug cocktails over the 10 years they can live? There's far more money to be made in extending, but not saving lives.

God bless America.

Friday, August 29, 2003

It is pretty interesting that the Federal Building and the NY Telephone building were untouched while WTC building 7 (which housed the Secret Service and IRS) collapsed between them. But, I won't go into conspiracy theories.

Check out the Underreported.com story.

But it's silly that the government would do this to make a case for war. As ABCNews reported, the
joints chief of staff wanted to commit acts of terroism in the 60s to go to war with Cuba, but of course, the gov would never allow that.


I recently watched the trailer for a movie called "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star." The movie looks to be extremely stupid. David Spade in a stroller is a lame gag, him telling an overweight woman that she's too big for the sidewalk is such a cliche. Why don't I do better? Give me the chance and I would, just like many, many people who would do it better than me and don't have a chance.

But that's not my point. I want to make a plea to the people of the United States. Stop watching really bad movies like this. If we don't spend our dollars on them, they will go away. Movies like this are so commonplace that when something like Lord of the Rings comes out, people go ballistic, buying seven DVD versions, etc. The movies were ok, they did put some effort into it, but it wasn't all that. I never read the books, but from watching the two released movies, I could tell that they fast forwarded through some parts of the story that could have used more explanation. They put too much time on the action-packed battle scenes. And people that read the story tell me that they focus far more on certain female characters than the book did.

Now, on to food. I'm always saddened to see tons restaurants go up and all of them turn out to be Denny's, Chili's, Bennigans, Papa John's, and other big chains. And I'm always amazed to see lots of people who only feel that they can get pizza from Papa John's or Subs from Subway, when there are often Mom & Pop type places with ten times better food at a similar price. Try something new, people, awaken from your bland tastes.

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