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>That’s Pep

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For Matty’s birthday Chelsiar and I bought him a nice robe and she
embroidered the front with his initials and diamonds (you’ll have to ask
Matty). But the best part was the back on which Chelsea sewed P E P.
Great idea for a gift, right? It was literally the first thing that
popped into my head when Chelsea asked “what are you going to get
Matt?”
via hiptop

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2006 in Family and Friends

 

>An Inconvenient Lie

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I find this column, which contains statements from climatologists from around the world about why Al Gore’s filmAn Inconvenient Truth is based on junk science, to be very interesting. I don’t know if it proves the hypothesis that global warming is a threat significant enough to be in danger of ending the world but it does cast much doubt on the basis of this statement. Obviously it’s important where any data comes from, especially data spelling out the Earth’s impending doom. The fact that hardly any of the scientists cited in the film were experts in climate, but rather most seem to be experts in the results of climate means to me that at the very least temperatures in certain parts of the world are getting warmer. As to what is causing this, it seems very debatable whether CO2 emissions from vehicles are responsible. I think that the slow progress towards hybrid and even fuel-cell or hydrogen -based transportation is a problem regardless. This is no justification for continued consumption of fossil fuels. In general, however, I tend to follow the understanding that things in nature occur in cycles and that throughout history there were periods of hot and cold climate changes, but the Earth has persisted. This seems to make sense. But this is armchair science and basic logic.

Either way, as someone much older and wiser than myself once said to me: “Things are rarely as bad as they seem or as good as they could be.”

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

>Gadget Guilt

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I’ve been following the ups and downs in this news story about how a Foxconn factory in China, responsible for producing iPod Shuffles and other electronics for Americans, has been treating its employees like indentured servants. They’ve now admitted to over-working their employees by 80 hours per month which is probably really bad since Chinese labor laws probably allow for a LOT of hours compared to countries in the West. The worst part, though, are the dorms that they live in while employeed by the company, pictured above. Granted these are probably adequate or possibly even better than where they’d be living if they didn’t have this job. However, seeing this picture, coupled with the knowledge of the conditions there make me feel tremendous guilt for ever purchasing any electronics created under these conditions let alone an iPod. How ridiculous is that? Because I want to have a little box that plays music be afforable to myself, I allow these companies to exploit these people by remaining ignorant of the situation and buying A LOT of gadgets. And obviously it’s not just the electronics industry that perpetuates the problem but any type of good. I suppose this affects me strongest because I connect most directly connect myself to it.

Am I never going to purchase an iPod again? I don’t know about that (not so much unabashed selfishness as honesty) but I will be following this story to see if Apple takes measures to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t go unchecked in the future. Whether or not actual change occurs should matter but will obviously be difficult for an individual like myself to ascertain. I suppose news of action could end up simply serving as justification in my purchase of the next cool toy.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

>Comic Review Roundup

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Eternals #1


by Neil Gaiman

Rating: 2/5

*YAWN* …well at least it’s better than 1602, Gaiman’s last project for Marvel. I think Michael Aronson and Shawn Hill at Silver Bullet Comics describe it best using words like “competant” and “adequate” but most of all “average.” The story is just okay. I had no idea this was a “Civil War” tie-in either, Marvel’s current MEGA EVENT of boringness, which just makes this even more forced. John Romita Jr. does the art and man, who is influenced by whom? Him or Frank Miller? I dunno, but the the whole thing is completely average.

Super Fuckers #1


by James Kochalka

Rating: 3/5

…while James Kochalka’s superhero team on the other hand is not so bad. It’s not so great either, but it’s an amusing distraction. I especially liked the little sidestory of the two tumors or whatever they are. I probably won’t buy the trade when this series is collected.

Casanova #1


by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bà

Rating: 4/5

This is a nicely done secret agent comic. I was very hesitant to read this given the well-trodden genre but of course Fraction fucks around with it enough to be new and unique. I especially like the $1.99 price and lack of ANY ads. Still doesn’t reach the heights of his debut, Rex Mantooth, but nothing he’s done since has. Well, I haven’t read Five Fists of Science yet, so there’s still a chance (fingers crossed, teeth grit). If he keeps it up, I will be buying the trade.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

>RAM-based Boot Drive

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I have been talking about this for a few years now: why isn’t anyone building computers that have flash memory modules on which Windows or any other OS can be installed and run from? Wouldn’t that bring us significantly closer to instant-on-ness-ity? Anyways, it looks like this has occured to someone else: motherboard maker Gigabyte. This new product isn’t flash based but rather takes regular DIMM memory, up to 4GB I believe which can be treated like a hard drive. And because it isn’t flash memory, and loses all that’s stored on it anytime power is lost, it has a battery built in that provides up to 18 hours of juice whenever your computer isn’t plugged in. Moving to North Carolina? No problem, that’s only a 7 hour drive.

Sounds great, right (well, to the 2 of you who understand this post)? Well, as it turns out they only observed a 1/3 loss in load times. WTF??? Only 30% faster? *sigh* My dream has been dashed.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2006 in Uncategorized

 

>Mega64: Resident Evil 4

>Although I take issue with the title of ‘skit’ for this Resident Evil 4 video, it’s still funny…and creepy, even if you understand what’s going on.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2006 in Uncategorized

 
 
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