Archive for January, 2008

Spiffy

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Last night I stopped off at the gas station to top off the Chevy and get some cash.  Well I put the gas on my credit card, and accidentally tried to use the credit card at the ATM as well.  I punched in the wrong PIN, got declined, and didn’t think twice about it.

Today I get home, the phone rings.  “Out of area” is the caller and when I pick up the phone to say “Hello?” I get dead air.

Right before I hang up, I hear the nice robotic voice of my bank’s computer verifying my charges because the decline triggered a fraud alert.  Not only that, I can also have it set up to text my cellphone.  Never actually dealt with a fraud alert like that, but I’m glad it’s looking out for me.

I’m convinced…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

That whoever is behind engine design at GM is a sadist.

I’ve never had more trouble changing SPARK PLUGS on any vehicle other than a GM – nor have I ever had a spark plug snap in half on any brand other than AC Delco.  I’m doing a basic tuneup on the Silverado as weather permits – had a new exhaust system installed at Monro the other day, tonight I got half the plugs done, they look to be pretty clean considering the blown head gasket they apparently had repaired.  No idea what I’m in store for with the passenger side cylinders yet… once I get the plugs, wires, cap, and rotor in – then I’ll replace the fuel filter and finally swap out the oil pressure sending unit.  I don’t see the list of repairs getting shorter any time soon, but I’ll take care of the easy stuff first.

Quick, name a group of people as useless and corrupt as PETA…

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Misogyny justified in full in 3…2…1…

NY Feminists Accuse Kennedy of Betrayal

No, it wasn’t any of this

He didn’t endorse a woman candidate… simply because she was a woman.  Has nothing to do with qualification, or how the Clintons are trying to create their own illusion of Camelot…  Nope, she’s running, she has ovaries – she cries, and her husband is a pig.  VOTE FOR HILLARY!  Please.

Sorry folks, as far as I’m concerned, Obama is the best man for the job when it comes to Democrats – Hillary is riding the coattails of her rather unpredictable hubby. Experience still doesn’t matter, and even if it did, she’d still be as useless as NOW.

Oh, home on the range…

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Took a ride over to Sunset Hill Shooting Range in Tannersville, PA the other day to do get some target practice in.  It’s not a bad range at all, outdoors – bays for pistols, rifles, shotguns, and they’ve got a pretty large assortment of weapons for rent.

Didn’t quite start out without a hitch however, one of the folks behind the counter had a bit of an attitude, and the first thing she did was hand me a non-cleared gun and ask me to clear it – meaning make sure it’s empty.  I felt like I was back at my drivers test again.  My buddy started to point out where the clip release was and she screamed at him “DON’T COACH HIM.”  So I release the clip, drop it on the counter, then check the slide – I couldn’t find the slide lock.  This whole time she’s screaming at ME to keep it pointed at the floor.

She pulls the same shit on my other two friends, one of them a trained weapons expert, and we pretty much blow it off figuring the aggravation will dissipate once we’re shooting.  Afterwards we all agreed that we probably should have not even taken the gun and chided HER for handing us an uncleared weapon.  After all, it’s the policy of the place that if you’re not firing a gun, it better be clearly empty.  Personally, most of my experience is with basic revolvers and rifles – so I’m a fair shooter, but if you hand me a gun and start screaming at me… Arg.

It was a fun time, it costs like $10 to get in if you’ve already been there, otherwise you need to fork over another $25-35 dollars for their “safety briefing” which essentially shows you how to load, fire, and clear whatever weapon you’re working with for the session.  I didn’t mind that part, and the instructor was a joy to work with.

All in all, I’d go back, but if I get asked to clear another weapon, she better hand it to me already cleared or I’m going to make her look REALLY foolish.

Ridiculous…

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

US state wants to tax TVs, video games to fight fat, fund education

I personally believe that any lawmaker that proposes a new tax, should be impeached and deported.

Considering the size of our federal budget, and how much we all pay in taxes, any conversation of something other than a tax CUT or ELIMINATION is obscene.

Want to put a dent in all the fatties?  Offer a tax break or elimination for parents whose children have an appropriate BMI.  Processed crap is tasty, that’s why it sells.  It’s also expensive – your average “value meal” costs upwards of $6.  For $6 you could buy a pound of ham and a loaf of bread, and eat lunch for a week.

I do that and save about $150-$200 per month, not to mention I’m not pumping my body full of crap.  If the government offered to cut my taxes for staying healthy?

Rambo 4: Operation Wolf.

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Do you remember the game Operation Wolf? It was a side scrolling first person shooter arcade game where you had an uzi with pretty much unlimited ammo, and a mission – rescue the hostages and help them escape the warzone. With enough quarters, and decent aim, even you could keep the world safe for civil war.

You now know the plot of Rambo 4.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the swift and blinding violence as well as the minimal plot. It harkened happy memories of a simpler time, when movies didn’t need a moral compass or underlying meaning. As Stallone ties up another character from his blockbuster franchises – I’m glad they never filmed another “Stop or My Mom Will Shoot.”

The story goes like this – Stallone lives on the outskirts of a Burmese civil war. He catches snakes, fixes his boat, and generally keeps to himself. Then some Christian peacenicks from Colorado ask for help, they want to get into the war zone to help the people with medicine and the King James bible. Rambo argues against it, refuses to help, and eventually has some sense talked into him by the shining star of this calamity – Julie Benz. Anyhow, they get caught, people die, and Rambo returns to save the day.

I’ve been a fan of Benz since Buffy, Angel, and Dexter – she does what she can and adds convincing emotion to the bullet spray.  She and Matthew Marsden – a sniper – pretty much carry the film, everyone else – including Rambo – are just props.  I see an even broader future for these two actors – hopefully I’ll get to see more of them on the small and big screen.

Like I said, simple plot, and it works. What ensues is a 90 minute practice in cartoonish near-snuff quality film-making where the bad guys are evil, the good guys are bad, and the rivers run red until the very end. That, and it’s a Rambo flick. Subtract Rambo – and insert WWE flick. There was nothing to really distinguish this film from any other plug and play action flick beyond the level of blood and gore. A good 5 minute montage (you heard me, montage) ties it back to the original films and that’s about it. Rambo, Mercenaries, Christians, oh my.

Still, if you enjoy blood and guts action flicks like I do, and regret the fact that all the best action heroes are now too old or politicians – check it out, it’s worth the ticket price. Don’t expect a Rocky Balboa like swan song though – personally, I’d have preferred a prequel, as I think the real story should be where Rambo came from – not where he ended up.

Cheers

Etiquette

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Sitting at the Milford diner tonight having dinner, a woman came in with her family a few seats behind us.  As the waiter – who apparently knows her – shows up, she starts explaining how she had her gall bladder removed, and in explicit detail – WHY she had it removed.

I’m sitting there, eating my buffalo burger, and trying to keep the bile from rising up from my own gall bladder.

Then – someone else at her table makes the comment ‘isn’t it poor etiquette to wear a hat indoors?’  Mind you, my friend is wearing his had, and a woman at an adjacent table is wearing a hat.

“Yes, and talking about your raging bile duct while people are eating is good etiquette.”

Morons.

Only the good…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

die young.

Rest in peace, Heath Ledger.

Phenomenal actor, IMHO.  Very sad.

SCC Episode 3 – The Turk

Monday, January 21st, 2008

“I swallowed a bug” That’s what I was waiting for Summer Glau to say during the whole episode.  I have the feeling that they’ve almost dumbed down her character, I mean knowing to knock on the door, but then not opening it?  Hello?

The violence has also been watered down, while Sarah wasn’t the killer – she tried and failed in T2 – burning down the house?  I’m pretty sure that’s going to lead Andy Good to build an even better system that’s not based on a set of Xbox and PS2 systems daisy chained together.  Something that’ll become self aware and yada yada yada.

The whole Terminator ‘skinning’ thing was kind of cool, but I can see it getting pretty dumb pretty quick.  How many scientists don’t run for the hills the second the killing machine cops a squat in his jacuzzi tub to grow a new face?  I’m curious how he’ll pull off the ‘reconstructive surgery’ bit in the next episode – I don’t think Skynet has health insurance.

SC was less whiny in this episode, but I think it’s about time Cameron started acting like a super-intelligent killing machine instead of a toaster with a photographic memory and the speaking ability of River before she revealed the origin of the Reevers.  Firefly aside, she is growing into the role, and I’m sure she can pull it off even better – but by this episode she should know what “bitch whore” means considering in 1985 the T-800 had a list of retorts to choose from when confronted about the smell in his room.

John – he’s still forgettable.  I haven’t seen a real defining moment for his character yet… what can I say, I just don’t feel the frustration he’s attempting to portray.  Makes me glad it’s called the ‘Sarah Connor Chronicles.’

Overall though, the show still has promise, and I’m eager to see what directions it will take the franchise.  Not quite hooked yet though.

Cheap ass network hardware…

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Not sure how long its been going on for, but it looks like my lil router’s been getting ddos’ed for a bit. It hasn’t really affected site performance at all, but the POS router’s getting kicked bad enough to effect lan traffic. I’m going to toss a real firewall into the mix, something that’ll let me actually see who is coming through my connection before they hit the server – and if necessary log/block/report their asses.

Lamers.  Ceiling cat is watching you, and is not happy.