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  • 24 September 2007

    Oot and aboot

    10:56pm by rudeboy in category: General

    I stopped by the downtown market on my way home from work to get tiger prawns and tomatoes for seafood gumbo. While in the store I saw a sign that said “pet supplies”. So I did.

    » Venezuela sends 300 tons of food to Haiti. Bush sends 500 tons of bombs to Iraq. Chavez feeds, Bush kills.

    » Build a ‘Mame Brain‘ for under $150.

    » The case for net neutrality is pretty clear. Should it fail this is what you have to look forward to.

    23 September 2007

    Socialism vs. Capitalism

    3:01am by rudeboy in category: General

    I’m not one to peruse video sharing sites, but this link was passed to me on an albeit non-video critique of capitalism versus socialism. It’s a little slow and hard to follow with the orator’s rather thick English accent, but what I found most interesting was the video response entitled “See Dick Prosper“. This guy is trying to defend capitalism without actually having to say he’s defending capitalism. He starts off by quoting Ayn Rand and her self-developed philosophy of Objectivism which pretty much means we have the right to starve.

    “We all choose our life path, our careers, our lifestyles, including those whom, at this point in time, have less than us.” This simply couldn’t be less true. The fact is, there is far more in an individual’s life that they don’t control than they do. You can’t have personal responsibility when you are forced to accept responsibility for things which you can’t control. In order to have true personal responsibility, in order for your gain or loss to be a measure of your worth, you can have neither good, nor bad, luck. Capitalists are perfectly happy to take responsibility for luck as though it were of their own making, and to accept the bad luck of others just the same. Neither is true.

    Follow me here… Most of the successful people in the world are so despite their efforts, not because of them. They have a good family, or good luck, or good money, or any of the other things that are not their personal choice. Most of the people whom aren’t successful aren’t successful despite their best efforts, not because of a lack of trying. Take a look at the number of people who have tried their asses off and gotten nowhere compared to the number of people who have tried their ass off and succeeded. No, it’s my contention that success is far more often given, and failure far more often forced and yet capitalists expect you to have equal culpability either way.

    These people think those who live within the freedoms of capitalism, free enterprise and free will, live under the consequences of their own decisions, not their governments. That’s the way it should be and how it’s very much not. If my decisions affected my life as I had intended, I’d be sitting high atop trump tower by now. It’s plain ignorance of the truth being that you are not in control of your own destiny that leads these idiots to enforce their views upon the rest of us without regard to the consequence. You can’t, for example, just “get a job”. Someone has to be willing to give it to you. Your lack of money for the right clothes, for example, may keep that from happening. You hear it all the time… “well, if he’d have done such and such then he’d be able to afford the right clothes” but that’s a bullshit argument in every possible way. We are culpable for the decisions we make, as we should be, but if those decisions were modified by others, we are not to blame, nor to be given credit.

    People who are anti-capitalism are “immoral… probably criminals”?!? Wow, dude you sure picked an appropriate title for your response. I did, in fact, see a dick.

    Ok, someone else rant now.

    » If you’re easily frustrated or prone to suicidal behavior, I don’t suggest you attempt The Impossible Quiz 2.

    » Download the book “Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy” free here

    » Examples of some pretty extreme rich and poor divides.

    22 September 2007

    Pick your poison

    11:37pm by rudeboy in category: General

    I dislike both religion and drugs; the opiate of the masses and the religion of the underground, respectively. However, I’ve no particular problem with practitioners of either.

    » Steal back your life!

    » Windows Vista install in two minutes.

    » How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories

    21 September 2007

    LED everything!

    8:05pm by rudeboy in category: Hardware

    When looking up a cool tech mods it’s near impossible to find anything that doesn’t involve taking anything with electric current running through it and packing it full of obnoxiously bright and multi-colored LEDs. I happened upon a fellow trying to mod his Nintendo Wii virtual console controller with LEDs. Since only two of the buttons are clear he wanted to get another pair of clear buttons and then pack the controller with sweet blinding light.

    While trying to explain that he should just stop bitching and either buy another controller to scavenge parts from or steal one from his friends I realized what a completely useless mod this was. No doubt he was going to solder a few ultra blue LEDs under the buttons, post pictures of it on the interweb and surely bask in the torrent of dork praise that was to follow. It’s a stupid mod because it’s just more cheap plastic. You know what would be really cool? A controller that didn’t glow. Sure it’s normal, but what the hell does a glowing controller do for you? How about saving all of your money, dig through your little sisters room and throw some glitter on it. Sure I may not know good taste, but what the hell does a glowing Nintendo controller have to do with good taste?

    The worst part of it all is these kids thing this is the start of big things for them. They’ll parlay their mad LED controller modding skills into an executive vice presidency at an electronics firm or their clear devotion to gaming “style” will get them into the video game biz. Well believe me, making games is nothing like playing games. Making games is a crappy job, then again, being a troll on the internet is a crappy life. I’ll come up with a response to that as soon as I finish writing my name in rhinestones on my keyboard. LEDs and cathodes are nerd jewelery, real men bedazzle! Sure, call me gay, but know it’s coming from the guy with the glowing controller. I hope all of your friends at the rave are impressed.

    Adding LEDs to something electronic isn’t a mod, it’s a cliche. A project that would benefit from adding LEDs is like riding a hobo, you just need to find the right one.

    » An interesting visual representation of Linux vs. Windows.

    » Firefox has been around long enough. Maybe it’s time for a new logo. I vote for this one.

    » Republican Child Predator Labeled ‘Democrat’ on O’Reilly Factor.

    20 September 2007

    Back… sort of

    11:21pm by rudeboy in category: General

    I’m back as the title clearly states. I didn’t really go anywhere, but I’ve been so busy the past few months it seemed that keeping my site up was the easiest part of my routine to eliminate to ease the tension. The people who know me know things around my place have been difficult recently and I’m working overtime to keep things moving.

    I haven’t been up to anything too terribly exciting, though I’ve got some projects in the works that I’ll be sure to share soon. Right now I’m waging intellectual warfare with someone claiming ‘less watts’ is actually the proper English rather than ‘fewer watts’. Regardless of his clear mental handicap ‘fewer watts’ just sounds better. Hmm… that might be bitterness + beer talking.

    Bitter because my football club is playing for shit this year and, coincidentally, the US Dollar is also worth shit. I swear that new fed chairman needs a kick in the beans. The sad state of our economy can prove problematic for my never ceasing lust for silly Asian gadgetry. US and Canadian money is at financial parity for the first time in 31 years. Gonna be so much harder to make fun of Loonies and Toonies if they’re worth more than our money. If memory serves a few Canadian provinces run budget surpluses though I can’t be entirely certain since I’m not Canuckistani; our great white socialist threat to the north. If this keeps up we’ll be dividing the US Dollar by 1000s like Rubles.

    I hear the Federal Reserve is going to redo the $5 bill too. Goodbye Mr. Lincoln, hello Rich Uncle Pennybags!

    » Proof Sidney Crosby is an overrated pansy.

    » This douche-nozzle had what could be considered the most disturbing conversation ever.

    » A simplified look at how the American Medical/Pharmaceutical industry really works.

    A charge often levelled by all-American types against those who stand up for their beliefs by refusing to fight in wars they find inconscionable, and who willingly go to prison or into exile in order to avoid violating their own consciences. These 'cowards' are to be contrasted with red-blooded, 'patriotic' youths who literally bend over, grab their ankles, submit to the government, fight in wars they do not understand (or disapprove of), and blindly obey orders to maim and to kill simply because they are ordered to do soall to the howling approval of the all-American mob. This type of behavior is commonly termed 'courageous.'