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2009.11.26 | Marion
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2009.11.26 | Marion
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2009.1.20 | Marion
Well, in the time between 2003 and today, the only thing posted here was Boysen and myself doing the whole "Merry Christmas" (boysen) and "Happy Thanksgibbing" (me). The server died, and I never had a chance to get to it. Anyway, I started playing l4d and ran into Spoon, and he asked if the site was still up, and I told him the machine died, but I would see if Boysen had some files for me to put back up. Sure enough Boyzo had some, sent them and here they are. So, are any of you freaks still around? If so, shoot me an email and say hello, or find me on Facebook and let's rattle some cages. If you are playing some games, what are they?
2003.12.8 | boysen
Merry Christmas!
2003.11.27 | Marion
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2003.11.10 | boysen
I'm slacking because I've lost the comaraderie of the berry mail. Curse you Poison, may your Inbox fill-up with unsightly spam! As an aside, some people (see Tom in comments) think there is no liberal bias... to them that thinketh so, Exhibit A.
2003.5.11 | Marion
It's been a while since someone posted here, so I figured I'd ask Boysen why he's slacking. Boysen, why are you slacking? Anyhoo, down with liberalism. It's fun to see the lefty front-runners for President push each other further to the left--killing their own chances to ever be elected to the office. Sheer joy.
2003.8.18 | boysen
Been looking at blogs a great deal lately, and if the writers have an "About" section, one piece of copy will invariably read like this one:
I live in the armpit of America - Dallas, Texas, USA. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice place if you enjoy smog, traffic, racial animosity, homophobia, strip malls, born-again Christians, Republicans, Superstores, Country music, and NASCAR. [SixDifferentWays]
It's an old (but generally successful) trick to align entities that are generally disliked with those you personally dislike to form an association of sorts. Ever since Dubya won the election, Texas has now joined that latter group to many bloggers. Of course, homophobia is a misapplied term and born-again Christians makes the list of every liberal, but it gets me thinking... I thought the left created the bumper sticker "Hate Isn't a Family Value" right? But who speaks more hatred than the left?
2003.7.10 | Marion
I have two words for those of you who support Public Health care. Public Housing.
2003.7.3 | boysen
Time magazine has listed their 50 Best Sites on the Web. Sure, it's got the biggies like Amazon, eBay, Yahoo! and Google. Then there are the Netizen picks like the Internet Movie Database, How Stuff Works, and Snopes Urban Legends. But what I enjoyed was learning about Consumer Search, which can help you better research your big purchases; Rotten Tomatoes, which help you avoid those awful movies; and 20q.net, which can help you waste a bunch of time... and isn't that what the Web is all about?
2003.7.3 | boysen
From John Wooden's Seven Keys to Life to the Rituals of Nomar Garciaparra to the testimony of David Robinson, what do all these have in common? ToTheNextLevel.org sheds some light on what gives certain athletes a certain inner strength.
2003.7.1 | boysen
Learn about RFIDs now and you just might salvage some of your privacy in the years to come. The tag made by ">Applied Digital Soutions has a kind of mark of the beast sound to it. I'm not sure the benefits outweight the loss of freedoms.
2003.7.1 | boysen
"I wasn't about to let my son see this bear eating his mom's carcas." The flip side, "Wussy 16-year-old boy runs away after bear mauls his mom." Tough call.
2003.7.1 | boysen
Always been a big fan of minimalist design. Apparently, Apple's Jonathan Ive is as well. He's the designer of Apple's new G5 computer. Slick.
2003.7.1 | boysen
My new hero is Takeru Kobayashi. Last year he ate 50 and 1/2 hot dogs in 12 minutes. He's been winning these contests for years now. Surprisingly, he's only 5'7" 130lbs. Simply astounding. Where could he possibly fit all that food? So, it should be a surprise to no one that he is currently ranked #1 over at the International Federation of Competitive Eating. The IFOCE isn't only about hot dogs. Mark your calendars, we've got cabbage in August! Woo hoo!
2003.7.1 | boysen
I always find these lists entertaining. Here's a poll of the Worst Film Accents. The hard part is understanding how it's possible that there could be five people with worse accents than Keanu Reeves in Dracula. Outstanding.
2003.7.1 | boysen
A friend sent me an email with the some of the basic beliefs needed to be a good Democrat. Some of these contridictions hit the nail on the head. And here's some amazingly similar news. Jerry Springer wants to run for the Senate. Yeah, that's what America needs. ;^)
2003.6.30 | boysen
"Porn will stunt your growth." So says the first anti-porn advertisement. Sure is bringing in a lot of controversy for the XXXchurch who sponsored the ad. The thing I always think about is that most of the uber-psycho mass-murderers all used porn at early ages, then went on to "bigger and better" things.
2003.6.27 | boysen
The Supreme Court has struck down the Sodomy law in Texas, which is the homosexual lobby's Phase 1 in redefining marriage here in America. Their argument is what is down in the privacy of a home should be protected by law.

But there are two dangers that this decision has now let loose on society.

First, the CDC has reported that homosexual sodomy is the primay means of transmitting the HIV infection. In fact, homosexual men have a 1000 times higher chance of contracting AIDS than a heterosexual men. It get's even scarier. Thirty percent of all 20-year-old homosexual men living today will be HIV-positive or dead by age 30. That's just 10 years. This court decision authorizes behavior that's clearly harmful to the very people asking for it. All of us will be effected by substantial increases in healthcare costs that are already bounding out-of-control.

The second danger is that what is done in the "privacy of a home" can now be stretched to include almost any harmful or devaint behavior. What about incest? What about polygamy? Bestiality? Torture? Where do you draw the line? This is most assuredly a slippery slope and is rightfully called social engineering by the high court. In Justice Scalia's dissent he said the court "has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda."
2003.6.27 | boysen
The NBA Draft [see grades] took place last night and to no one's suprise, LeBron James was the first selection. Given the Alps-sized mountains of hype leveled on James, he's staying surprisingly humble. When introducing himself to teammate Carlos Boozer, he said, "Mr. Boozer, I'm LeBron James." Mister?!? That's stellar.
2003.6.26 | boysen
Who says football players are fat and slow? Not this European soccar player.
2003.6.26 | boysen
If I had any "sense of adventure" I'd pack up the family and move to Denver to be Mark Cuban's Art Director by day and black diamond shredder by night. Ahhh... just thinking about it gives me goose bumps. Don't forget, the NBA Draft is tonight.
2003.6.26 | boysen
bin Laden is one slippery fish but apparently he's still alive. I don't know why we haven't swallowed our American pride and just called in James Bond.
2003.6.25 | boysen
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), even though they've only read an early version of the screenplay, charges that Mel Gibson's new movie, "The Passion", about the death of Christ, promotes anti-semiticism. As for me, it's fairly clear from the Bible and hundreds of other historical documents that it was, in fact, the Jews that did call for the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Even though this particular event in history is basically irrefutable, I do understand where this group is coming from. Because no ethnic group in the history of the world has been more unjustly abused than the Jews. I wonder if it has anything to do with their being God's chosen people?
2003.6.25 | boysen
Apple has never been one to hold their tongues, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to hear Jobs say they had "the world's fastest personal computer." And you know what? They should. Because It's Not the Big that Eat the Small...It's the Fast that Eat the Slow. And anyone who's worked for a large, lumbering giant understands that Apple has to be faster than Microsoft. Competition is a very good thing.
2003.6.25 | boysen
A new net on the Net but still, I can only wonder at how much progress can be made on the existing lines. If Internet bandwidth is anything like hard disk space, there will always be new programs that (seemingly) grow to fill the available space. I still wish residential T1 prices would drop under $100/month, but they're getting closer.
2003.6.24 | boysen
Got a big ole list of failed dot.com's but it's hardly complete without my workplace alma mater—marchFIRST—one of the biggest Internet flops of all time. And to think... I was a part of it.
2003.6.20 | boysen
Don't look now but Redbook likes to cut-and-paste heads. Julia Roberts wasn't happy.
2003.6.20 | boysen
Are you serious? It's against the law to breast feed while driving?!? Oh, ok... only in Ohio. Scheew.
2003.6.20 | boysen
Many Americans claim that we should all be tolerant and respect the beliefs of those different than ours. The misunderstanding is that we should respect the right of people to choose what they believe while not necessarily respecting the beliefs themselves. Not all beliefs are equally valid.

For example, I respect the right of the motorcyclists to choose whether or not to wear a helmet. If Joe Biker chooses not to wear one, I don't respect that belief because statistics have shown helmets to improve safety. But since his choice affect him (and him alone) that is completely his right to make that choice.

Thoughts to Ponder is Yahoo! Group run by policeman Ralph Dettwiler, who does a good job explaining many topics related to faith.
2003.6.20 | boysen
We closed on our new house today. Since the lawyers make you sign 3 or 4 million documents, I thought they could add just one more that basically says,
"I, insert name here, am hereby not responsible for any signature that the sneaky lawyer, John Doe, quickly hid in the stream of papers that I signed during this 92 minute meeting."
But I'm sure they'd have another document to counter this one and then it'd be which one did I sign last and the whole deal would just disintegrate. ... Yay! I'm a homeowner!
2003.6.19 | boysen
In the first time possibly ever, the winning plaintiff in a lawsuit has asked that her case be overturned. But you can better your bottom dollar that infrastructure that has built up around "reproductive rights" won't be so happy to see Roe v. Wade done away with.
2003.6.19 | boysen
Canada will legalize gay marriage despite a majority of their citizenship opposing the measure. But gay marriage is a misnomer. Marriage already has a definition. What homosexual lobby wants to do is redefine marriage.

I don't mind if gay couples want to get "hitched" or "joined" or another term. But God is the one who designed marriage to be the building block of the family, which then builds a society. When people defy God's design, it is they that are then hurt by those choices. This isn't the only time when marriage is harmed. Every time people promise, "I do" and then don't, marriage is deteriorated.

I'm curious to see if gay unions can achieve greater longevity than their hetero counterparts. The sad thing is, it's only 7.2 years to begin with.
2003.6.18 | boysen
If those SeaSilver commericals are making a believer out of you (they got me) then you need to revisit Caveat emptor. SeaSilver relies on deceptive advertising, which health journalist Bill Sardi, shows to be misleading. Instead, he makes some detailed recommendations that I will now focus my vitamin education upon.
2003.6.18 | boysen
Gotta give Andrew credit for finding this Jamie Kennedy Experiment clip called Lifeguard in the Pool (.wmv). Freakin' hilarious!
2003.6.18 | boysen
Here's a semi-funny abridged script of Matrix: Reloaded. Apparently the battle to label the movie as a abysmal failure vs. a remarkable achivement, wages on.
2003.6.16 | boysen
Any time I come across useful information that took me more than a few seconds to find, I feel the need to document it. Thus, the differences between DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W and DVD-RAM and DVDHelp.us are helpful resources.
2003.6.16 | boysen
More news on the spam front. Now Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has a bill before Congress with measures to create a Do Not Spam list a la the Do Not Call list currently under development by the FTC. Seems he wasn't that interested in this topic until he witnessed his 14-year-old daughter checking her email account. Nothing like first-hand experience, huh? But I think the best solutions generally come from people most knowledgable on the topic. Until the senders have a vested interest (cost) in the situation, they'll find ways around the law.
2003.6.16 | boysen
Finding Nemo is another success. Pixar really has the knack for these pictures. Voice acting is great, animation top-notch and the story is enough to keep you engaged. The only DVDs I currently have are The Matrix and Fellowship of the Rings, but I need to round up all these great Pixar films. Great stuff.
2003.6.13 | boysen
Our represenation appears to be hearing us. Senators are pushing the FTC to cut down on spam. I say, "Chop! Chop!"
2003.6.12 | boysen
Simply a sad state of affairs. And all the while I thought it was Quake. *wink*

BTW, I noticed that Rick Bruner over at MarketingFix cited a c|net study, Children deluged with spam, just days after I posted on the same topic. To me, this is a no-brainer. I wrote my representatives, did you?
2003.6.12 | boysen
Clearly, some video games exercise the mind more than others. So when "experts" report that gamers perform better on "visual skills tests", how many of us are surprised?
2003.6.11 | boysen
Like I noted last week, Hamas isn't too fond of the entire Jewish race, to put it mildly. Today another homocide (not suicide) bomber killed at least 16 people on a bus in Jerusalem. Isreal replied by bombing a car carrying two Hamas officials. Clearly the fighting is not going to stop. But the interesting point is that Isreal is targeting the terrorist organization's leaders, while Hamas targets innocent civilians. That's a big difference. America shouldn't have any trouble determining which side we most closely resemble.
2003.6.11 | boysen
Interesting interview with Jeff Jaffe, of Bell Labs, about the latest goings-on of technology and communications. Good read.
2003.6.11 | Andrew
Apparently, this domino-style Accord commercial was done completely without special effects or editing. 606 takes. Patience is a virtue, truly.
2003.6.9 | boysen
If you have some spare time (and a brain the size of Montana) you might want to download the Magic Cube 4D. But just so you know, it's a bit tricky.
2003.6.9 | boysen
Robert Foor has put up a neon sign on his building that reads, "Jesus is Lord". The borough manager, John Montgomery, wants him to take it down. Montgomery said, "So many things about the sign look so outlandish, and the message has nothing to do with it." But do you think he'd be trying to squash Foor's right to Freedom of Speech if the sign read "Hot Dancing Girls" instead?
2003.6.9 | boysen
North Korea admits to nuke plans, and these are those little Cherry Bombs we'd set of in the cul-de-sac. Woosh!
2003.6.9 | boysen
News about Fast TCP seems to be spreading fast. I didn't get this from the previuos article, but ZDNet cites that it could be 6,000 times faster?!?
2003.6.6 | boysen
Today I learned about Fast TCP. And you know what? It sounds just scrumptious.
2003.6.6 | boysen
The Web just turned 10-years-old in April. Yay! A decade old! Woo hoo! But don't let anyone tell you they've been a Web "professional" for 11 (or more) years. It's simply not possible. I, however, did do some work on the Internet before the introduction of the World Wide Web, so when I say 11 years, I mean 11 years. 8^)
2003.6.6 | boysen
Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair, with their two daughters, are moving from L.A. to Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands, over 2000 miles northeast of New Zealand. Robinson Crusoe he isn't. He used to work for Wired. I don't know about you, but I'd like to hear the Vegas over/under on this "excursion."
2003.6.6 | boysen
Unlike what the anti-gun crowd wants you to believe, objects are amoral. They aren't the evil, it's the people who use them in an evil manner. The same might be said of GPS devices. They could be used to violate your privacy, or, they could be a very healthy partner in society. Then again, they could just be fun toys.
2003.6.6 | boysen
Hamas won't join truce talks but is anyone surprised at this? If Hamas is about anything, it's hating Jews so having a truce wouldn't fit into their agenda. Maybe they need a big group hug?
2003.6.5 | boysen
Ford claims innovation but their Model-T got better gas milage then todays cars.
2003.6.5 | boysen
On the tax topic, you'd think with all the taxes being extracted from Californians, they'd have a better highway system. Wouldn't you? But this pay-for-speed plan does sound reasonable.
2003.6.5 | boysen
Some folks are making a big stink about the recently passed tax cut. They run the same tired argument, "It's only a tax cut for the rich!" But here's the real story. Very simple, actually. Listen close, if the rich are paying the most taxes and we reduce taxes, isn't it logical that their share will be reduced the most? Weyrich points out that it's not even true as "the share of income taxes paid by families with income of $100,000 or more will rise to 73.3 percent." So the practice is unfair and the complaints are untrue.

Government Snookery
The government has found all kinds of sneaky ways of taxing us. First with income tax. Did you know that before 1913 there was no income tax? When first inacted, it was only 1%. Yep, a flat tax. Then when they needed to raise it during war time, they neglected to return the rate to its previous pre-war level once the war was finished. How considerate of them.

Taxes, Taxes and More Taxes
But I digress. So we've got the income tax (insidiously taken from our paycheck for "convenience" sake) and then in 1935 they add the Social Security tax. In the 50's they grew that and they... wanted... more. Thus in 1965 the Medicare tax was born. All the while, states are already taxing us via sales (consumption) tax. Throw in some property tax, estate tax, and more taxes like on things like: pensions, severance, utilities, accumulated earnings, capital gains, gas, gift, inheritance, license, life insurance, operators license, and the list goes on and on. How many taxes do you want to pay? It's so far past ridiculous.

Like a Little Cheese, with that Whine?
Now here's what really gets my goat. Many of the people complaining about the income tax reductions are the same people who are currently paying zero income tax. Almost 35% of all Americans! Many poor not only don't pay anything but get a check instead. (They can expect $411 dollars of someone else's money.)

Here's the kicker: The top 1% is paying more than ten times the federal income taxes than the bottom 50%! That is so not fair.

So go ahead and complain, you bunch of whiners. That kind of attitude will get you nowhere... uh, wait a second... that kind of attitude will get you off the hook?!? Maybe I should sign up?
2003.6.4 | boysen
Overturned truck spills 35 tons of pizza dough on the highway. College kids hijack the next Budweiser truck and party hearty.
2003.6.4 | boysen
Spam overtakes legitimate e-mail. So now we should be concerned? Productivity losses. Unnecessary waste on prevention measures. Sure. But all of this is monumentally less important than the cost we're paying in the negative effects on our kids they are being exposed to absolute filth from the porn spammers.

Parents should all be very concerned as their children go online where every sick pervert can send unsolicited emails with obscene subject lines, even if the child doesn't succumb to curiosity and open the graphically immoral email. Legislation is needed and it's needed now. Contact your Senators and Representatives or someday you might hear little Bobby ask, "Daddy, what is a 'gang bang'?"
2003.6.3 | boysen
There's been a lot of focus on Eric Rudolph, the abortion clinic bomber, lately. I was listening to Glenn Beck during my lunch break and he was working to make the case that Rudolph, a professed Christian, is no different than the Muslim terrorists. (By the way, Beck is hoot. You should give him a listen.)

But Glenn is missing a critical point. While Rudolph professes to be a follower of Christ, his actions do not match the teachings found in the Bible (Rom. 12:19, I Thess. 4:6, and many more). On the other hand, it's readily seen that the Koran encourages, if not requires, holy jihad against the infidels for multiple reasons. (Koran 9:14, Koran 47:4, etc.)

Rudolph poorly followed his religious teachings while the 9/11 bombers did well in living (and dying) for their doctrine. Every Christian group that I've heard from has condemmed Rudolph for his actions. On the flip side, relatively few Muslim leaders will go on record saying what Bin Laden and his followers are doing is not true Islam.

Sorry Mr. Beck, your argument leaves out a critical component that must be included.
2003.6.3 | boysen
You can generally discover the political leanings of any newspaper by watching their lead story for a week or two. Today USAToday led with, Support for U.S. hits new low. This AP story goes out of its way to lay a guilt trip on any American readers. (Doesn't list or link to the survey's actual results, only the lowlights.)

So, what you're saying is that Muslim countries around the world don't like America even more after our disposing Saddam Hussein? How telling? I'm so shocked! Why don't you poll the citizens of Iraq and ask them what they think of America? Nah... those results wouldn't fit the Bash America mentality of many on the extreme left.
2003.6.2 | boysen
How young is too young to get a Nike deal? Mark Walker is 3 and he's got mad-h00p skillz. Lookout LeBron!
2003.6.2 | boysen
Hackers turn to MMORPGs to make themselves gods. Finally. Something challenging and fun for our mischevious computer geeks to focus their attentions upon.
2003.6.2 | boysen
Even though many (most?) Americans think the war in Iraq is over, we still have soldiers overseas. Lt. Smash continues to write some of the most engaging commentary, being a real soldier in a real war. Spend some time reading Live from the Sandbox and it won't be long before you join me in sending thoughts and prayers of appreciation to all of our soldiers on foreign soil.
2003.6.2 | boysen
Fear Factor is huge with 10-year-olds in Montana, vomit and all.
2003.6.2 | boysen
Competition. Supply and Demand. John Maynard Keynes.

All good things, as far as I'm concerned. All the more scary is the recent settlement that allows Internet Explorer to be the only choice (not really, but most people will think so) for Web surfers.
2003.6.2 | boysen
So I'm gone for 10 days and all you can come up with are (2) posts, about the same topic? Wow Mar... you're posting muscles are soft and flabby. 8^P