Monday, January 22, 2007

Stopped Gaming

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I stopped gaming for various reasons, number one was I'd rather go to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. After my elbow dislocation in Sept. 22, 2006, practicing and competing some for 8 years have started to take its toll on the body. Eight stitches to my lip at one time, pulled intercostal muscle twice, cauliflower ears, and bruises were nothing compared to seeing your own elbow dislocated. So now, during my physical therapy and stretching I consider playing Redneck Rampage Rides Again or GTA 3. I rather not sit the whole day and remove myself though. All media from the Open Source Collection at the Internet Archive.
links: Tibetans Persecuted, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Save Darfur

Sunday, January 21, 2007

My 3 Years of Netflix

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My three years of Netflix Rental Activity from Jan 29, 2004 to Jan. 16, 2007.
links: Tibetans Persecuted, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Loisada 1991


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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

ActionSampler Hack

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I picked up the Action Sampler again to demonstrate my hack. The entire Flickr Album is here.

links: Tibetans Persecuted, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Saturday, January 13, 2007

If you have to buy gasoline...

If you have to buy gasoline, the Sierra Club has recommendations

Bottom of the Barrel

* ExxonMobil
* ConocoPhillips

Middle of the Barrel

* Royal Dutch Shell
* Chevron
* Valero Energy Corporation
* Citgo

Top of the Barrel

* BP
* Sunoco

If you happen to think supporting Chavez will get you thrown out of the Lodge, don't buy Citgo. Me personally, I've been going to Hess because of the price and proximity. I drive a hybrid and put in about 9,000 miles a year. Half the time I ride my bicycle. Hopefully I'll keep riding my bicycle at the same rate and perhaps more this year. And when I do buy gas I'll look for BP.

Greenpeace was attacked by special interest groups regarding its finances. IRS conducted an audit and it turns out everything was ok. The special interest groups turned out to be entirely funded by Exxon Mobil. Alternate views on greenhouse gases and global warming were funded by Exxon Mobil, leading public doubt on the environmental concern poised by conservationists.

Exxon Secrets has a handy flash site mapping various ExxonMobil shenanigans bent on keeping their coffers filled.

Correction: Since March 2005, I've only driven it 12,000 miles. I'm averaging about 3,500 miles a year.

16 by 9 Test, 320 X 180

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16:9 test, 320x180, testing 16:9 feature on a Canon ZR-60. iMovie 4 software. Goal is least distortion and iPod compatibility. Live music from the Internet Archive, nuts and raisins from the organic bulk foods section.

links: Tibetans Persecuted, Flash version, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Friday, January 12, 2007

Yikes, Privatization of Intel.

People more or less have been familiar with private security firms operating in Iraq. If you have combat training in the military say infantry, special forces, commando, you can apply. They don't take cooks,dishwashers, and vending machine refillers. Just recently these corporations have become subject under the UCMJ. Private security firms are not new.

Something that is new to me is the privatization of intelligence services. Read: The government subcontracts its own job. Corporations by in large are out to make money. Is our government now going to give the job to the lowest bidder for intelligence gathering? Imagine- "Ye Olde Mike's Snooping Club", "Tom,Dick,and Harry's Lookouts", and "Pepe's Trenchcoats". In reality Booz Allen is one these companies and R. James Woolsey, Jr. is working for them.

Are these corporations going to factor in Collateral Damage when they make decisions about the country's safety? Like maybe we'll look the other way if shareholders get a stock split, but there's a 53% chance 600,000 innocent civilians will die. Also are these corporations disregarding search and seizure laws domestically and internationally?

I'm working on a short story, basically there's a scene very similiar to one found in the "Repo Man". A character fingers the wrong guy just to have him beaten up (in this case Emilio Estevez has his abusive father beaten up). In my short story, an opium farmer tells CIA operatives that his neighbor is an Al Queda terrorist. His neighbor gets hauled off to Pakistan, he grabs his neighbor's opium harvest, doubling his profits and he gets more elbow room.

Required watching- The Corporation, Uncovered the War on Iraq
Today's links: Privatization of Intelligence, CorpWatch, Booz Allen

Sunday, January 07, 2007

NYC Footage

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Live music from the Internet Archive ("Vittorio E"-Spoon), and MTA buskers. 3 min. 16 secs.

links: Tibetans Persecuted, Flash version, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Net Neutrality

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US Bill of Rights Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

links:Scientology Exposed, Tibetans Persecuted, Saving Coral Reefs, Flash version, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Years 2007

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I completely flaked and wasn't ready to video. I fussed around with a still camera and combined a scene from The Steel Helmet to this video blog post. People had good fun.

Flash version, Vloggercon 2006 Videos, Project Vote Smart

Monday, January 01, 2007

Rumbling Train

I want to say I daydreamed these things while listening to the clangkitty clack of the of subway rails against the spinning steel wheels. Or how James Brown used to break it down in the middle of his songs live and talk about people he totally admires. This stuff is just something from reading the news and what's in the web.

I want to have life sentence criminals get the choice to publicly show remorse for their crimes. One channel, 24 hours 365 days a year, video podcasts too of these guys honestly talking in length about how life is precious and how great it is to be alive.

I want a field expedient robotic mine clearing machine cheaply made to clear personel and tank mines. Something with plastic wheels you can fill with local materials and made to work. Something to clear motion detecting and magnetic types. Personnel and antitank types. The cost should be double the shipping rate or something.

I want a field expedient water purifying device that can help cut down malaria, dysentery and stomach infections. Again with locally available materials like rags, old bottles and a tiny bit of household bleach.

I want a field expedient (something that can be transported by a motorcycle or two) well drilling kit for for drinking water. Perhaps something that's totally human powered.

All the plans should be made for free and non profit. You know something like the things in Instructables. Go check them out, I will.