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Sunday, July 31, 2011
ok, ive fixed up (display and content-wise) and officially locked the "crizo fanclub
".. no new content or posts will be added, not that there was any new content in the last 7 years.. but im tidying up the site, and removing all the old unused sections and code.. it got kind of sloppy over the years and its time to clean house.. no major layout changes planned though but features and stuff should be rolling out as they come.. expect a couple major changes to the blog at some point in the next coming months, as time permits..
Saturday, July 30, 2011
so, i now have a new nationality to add to my already long list of 1 nationalities.. weee.. *sings the anthem the way my nemesis likes*
many thanks to all who came to celebrate with me, you made it all the more special!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
today is fire alarm test day.. this is driving me insane..
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
updated the FAQ
a bit.. and the formatting too.. is looks nicer.. oof, and now i really
must go to sleep, i have a terrible headache and now i feel pukey
ok, one more attempt at fixing the count script.. i found what couldve been one of the causes for the "non-robustness" of the script.. we'll see if it works now..
Monday, July 25, 2011
fixed the formatting of the schedule to read the bible in a year
page a bit, many many thanks to bahb
.. now if you have one of those huge monitors running at a high resolution, the months stack side by side instead of just down (which means less scrolling for you!)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
hahahah oh man, so we're discussing cloning, and my lovely wife says the following:
"nah, but clones are dumb, because you have to eat them"
Saturday, July 23, 2011
wow, pretty cool:
New diamond aerogel is so light that it’s like "frozen smoke" made of diamonds
Researchers have figured out a way to make diamond aerogel. The aerogel is only 40 times as dense as air. Someday, it may coat the windows, the TV, and the inside of a person's body.
There are plenty of things out there that are shiny, but diamonds have occupied an enduring place in cultural history. At first this was because they were hard. Although it's easy to destroy other gemstones, diamonds are tougher to demolish, don't tarnish, and so can be worn with greater regularity than other jewelry. The particular hardness of diamonds also had industrial uses. Artificial diamonds helped drill bits and saw blades move through materials faster. Upon more study, scientists discovered new characteristics of diamonds - including the fact that they, like water, grow less dense when they freeze. This means that diamond oceans (such as those that might exist on Neptune) could have diamond icebergs floating in them.
Recently scientists have managed to construct the least-dense diamond structure ever made.
Aerogels are some of the least dense materials known to science. The lightest of them is only twice as dense as air. Usually they're made by suspending the aerogel particles in a liquid until they form a structure. Once they have solidified, the liquid is drained away, leaving the gel behind. The gel is so light that it's often referred to as 'frozen smoke'. The fact that these gels are mostly nothing makes them amazing insulators. Blow torches can be held to the bottom of aerogels while substances on the top remain unheated. They also block out acoustic and electrical signals.
New diamond aerogel is so light that it's like "frozen smoke" made of diamonds To make a diamond aerogel, a carbon aerogel is constructed, and any spaces in the gel are pumped full of neon gas. The gas supports the structure and keeps it from collapsing when the scientists hit the carbon structure with everything they've got. The aerogel is compressed in a diamond-lined cell while being heated with high-intensity lasers. The combination of the heat and pressure change the pliable carbon to diamond, while keeping the structure.
This gel can be molded like plastic, is completely transparent, and is made up of diamonds smaller than a quarter of the wavelength of violet light. Because it doesn't react with many elements, it's biocompatible. This diamond matrix can be used to coat structures in the human body. Because it's transparent, it can be overlaid onto glass or clear plastic, creating tough but well-insulated windows and instruments for spacecraft. Because diamonds give off electrons, it can be used in ultra-light, ultra-tough quantum computers.
It just has to get a little bigger, first. So far the samples of this new gel are only about 200 microns wide. Still, its a potentially useful substance, and it's the most low-density diamond ever created. Way cooler than an engagement ring.
and on related news:
New Evidence For Seas of Liquid Diamond On Neptune
Remote gas giant planets Neptune and Uranus could be covered in vast seas of liquid diamond, dotted with solid diamond chunks like icebergs. A new experiment revealed such oceans are plausible, and would explain some oddities about Neptune's magnetic field.
Published recently in Nature Physics, the study is an effort to explain two things: What causes the magnetic poles of Neptune and Uranus to be so far off their geographic poles; and what would cause the planets to have a 10 percent carbon makeup. Diamond seas are the answer, and their experiment suggested that these seas would behave a lot like water oceans.
Scientists have produced liquid diamond before (you can see a picture of the "z machine" above, which liquifies diamond using electricity and pressure), but mostly for industrial applications. The researchers in this study, however, wondered what would happen to diamond in an ultra-hot, high-pressure atmosphere like Neptune's. Once they had liquified the diamond at extreme pressures, the researchers brought the pressure back up to Neptune levels (about 11 million times Earth's), while bringing the up to the planet's usual 50,000 degrees. As the atmospheric mix stabilized, they discovered that chunks of solid diamond appeared in the liquid, floating atop it like sheets of ice.
Vast seas of diamond could also explain how the giant planets' magnetic fields got warped too, with the magnetic pole as much as 60 degrees off from the geologic one.
Carter Conlon - "RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!"
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM! GET AWAY FROM THEIR ALTARS.. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
If you are attending a church where there is unbiblical teachings and compromise, GET OUT!! Don't underestimate the deception! YOU can be and will be swallowed up in the delusion.
This is a sermon message that was preached the following Sunday after 9/11 attack on the United States.
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old news, but its time i posted this:
CDC Warns Public to Prepare for 'Zombie Apocalypse'
Are you prepared for the impending zombie invasion?
That's the question posed by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in a Monday blog posting gruesomely titled, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse." And while it's no joke, CDC officials say it's all about emergency preparation.
"There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for," the posting reads. "Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That's right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you'll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you'll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency."
The post, written by Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan, instructs readers how to prepare for "flesh-eating zombies" much like how they appeared in Hollywood hits like "Night of the Living Dead" and video games like Resident Evil. Perhaps surprisingly, the same steps you'd take in preparation for an onslaught of ravenous monsters are similar to those suggested in advance of a hurricane or pandemic.
"First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house," the posting continues. "This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored)."
Other items to be stashed in such a kit include medications, duct tape, a battery-powered radio, clothes, copies of important documents and first aid supplies.
"Once you've made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan," the posting continues. "This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your doorstep. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake or other emergency."
The idea behind the campaign stemmed from concerns of radiation fears following the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan in March. CDC spokesman Dave Daigle told FoxNews.com that someone had asked CDC officials if zombies would be a concern due to radiation fears in Japan and traffic spiked following that mention.
"It's kind of a tongue-in-cheek campaign," Daigle said Wednesday. "We were talking about hurricane preparedness and someone bemoaned that we kept putting out the same messages."
While metrics for the post are not yet available, Daigle said it has become the most popular CDC blog entry in just two days.
"People are so tuned into zombies," he said. "People are really dialed in on zombies. The idea is we're reaching an audience or a segment we'd never reach with typical messages."
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another thing you can quote me on:
lets not fail to realize that one of the most important tools God has given us to keep us holy is our deathly fear of sinning!! if you are not deathly afraid of sinning, why would you flee from it??
an atheist guy i know wrote this as his status:
"I'm really rethinking this atheist thing. If I can't handle today's heat, how am I gonna manage in hell."
Friday, July 22, 2011
um... there is a ninja in mah kitchen... a ninja with sharp blades.. no joke
Thursday, July 21, 2011
haha couple of announcements.. hope youve noticed the couple of changes to the look of the site, and ive submitted calvinball
, hopfeully that will get us a couple more visitors.. (whoa, i used "couple" three times there.. what in the world?)
ugh, seriously?? what are we doing with our lives (financially speaking of course)
This 21-Year-Old Just Sold Her Startup For $100 Million
In 2005, Catherine Cook and her brother David had an idea for a startup. The high schoolers flipped through a yearbook and wanted to make a digital version.
The 15-and-16-year-olds got to work and created MyYearbook. In the 6-year span, the duo raised $17 million in financing, grew the site to 20 million users*, and generated 1.2 billion monthly pageviews.
so much for online-yearbook.s5.com
, eh? (a site bahb
and i made to put our yearbook pages online back in 2000)
and this is pretty amazing.. not just how it looks, but the story behind it too:
Pakistan’s Flood, Spiders Web Trees & Allah’s Blessing
My country Pakistan was hit by the worst flood ever on the plant Earth last year leaving thousands dead, millions homeless, no food, shelter, no medication and money. The two worst problems which humans face after such natural disasters are the food and medication. The left over effects of flood creates new diseases and the ones who didn’t die, starts suffering from one or more diseases. On of the major disease which can spread is Malaria. The flood water does not drain away quickly and at some parts create a pond of dirty water giving birth to million mosquitoes per night. From an egg to a flyable mosquito it takes 10 to 14 days, which means within half month after the flood the effect could have taken place.
In the areas of Sindh where the flood took away the homes of everyone and left people with no shelter a strange phenomenon was witnessed (See more pictures below). Spiders from all around trying to save their lives climbed up onto the nearby trees and cocooned them with their webs. It looks extremely haunting but on the other side, it created a very amazing effect in the surrounding. The mosquitoes were gone! Yes, the webs around every corner in area on the trees reduced the number of mosquitoes which were expected to be in large number.
it just blows me away how God can display His incredible creative might and mercy towards the unbelieving world.. even after laying down such swift justice.. just amazing.. may we pray that God grant them repentance so they can delight in His Holy presence for all eternity, and not just settle on what we can experience of Him on earth
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
gah!! and i missed a kp 5 (g1 class geomagnetic storm) yesternight!! gahh!!!
ugh, seems ive been stating a wrong length for the day in mars.. not sure where i got the figure that i was saying (that it lasts 44 or 48 hours) so, i decided to look it up, and found the correct data.. also, in the process of researching this post, i also realized that my definition of "day" has been wrong too.. haha.. well, not wrong, just not "entirely correct".. on earth it is roughly correct, but also not fully correct. so, for your infotainment, here is a whole table
of different planetary facts:
* as we know, poor pluto has been demoted to "dwarf planet" status..
||length of year (orbital period)
||rotation (sidereal) period
||Day Length (synodic period)
||Rotations Per Year
||Days Per Year
||87.97 earth days
||58.6467 earth days
||224.7 earth days
||- 243.02 earth days
||- 116.75 days
||23hr 56min 4.1sec
||686.98 earth days
||24hr 37min 22.66sec
||24hr 39min 35.24sec
||4,332.59 earth days (11.862 years)
||9hr 55min 30sec
||9hr 55min 33sec
||10,759.22 earth days (29.456 years)
||10hr 32min 35sec
||10hr 32min 36sec
||30,685.4 earth days (84.07 years)
||- 17hr 14min24 sec
||- 17hr 14min23 sec
||60,189 earth days (164.81 years)
||90,465 earth days (247.7 years)
||- 6days 9hr 17.6min
||- 6days 9hr 17min
||365.256 earth days
||27.322 earth days
heres a quick a explanation. we might think of a day generally as being 24hours, and on earth we'd be almost right. with the roman calendar we have midnight to midnight being one day, but another way to think about it would be for the sun to go back to its position, say, noon to noon.
so i was thinking about what the definition of a day is (given the genesis account of creation as being 6 days, yet, there wasnt really a sun until the 4th day -- if you take "greater light" to mean sun.. since it doesnt mention the creation of the sun directly) and i was using the "one full revolution of the earth around its axis" definition. however, the two are actually not really the same. this is due to the orbit of a planet around the sun. that means that while the planet is rotating around its own axis it is also moving along its orbit, which means that after one full revolution around its axis, the sun will now be just slightly off the position it was in the sky one full revolution of the planet earlier. the rotation period of the planet around its axis is also called the "sidereal period
", the time it takes the sun to get back to its same location in the sky is called the "synodic period
" or length of day. if you notice, due to the varying speeds of orbit and rotation of planets, you have stuff like mercury having half a (mercurian) "day" per year, and a total of 58 earth days per year.
also, note that the planets that have a negative number in their rotation period is due to the fact that they rotate in the other direction about their axes.. so where most planets rotate towards the east, these rotate towards the west. note also that all planets orbit around the sun in the same direction.
heres another table of planetary facts for you to relish (mmm, relish):
rotation vs day
||Dist. from the Sun
||57.9 million km
||3.3 x 1023
||108.2 million km
||4.87 x 1024
||149.6 million km
||5.98 x 1024
||227.9 million km
||6.42 x 1023
||778.3 million km
||1.90 x 1027
|18 named (plus many smaller ones)
||1,427.0 million km
||5.69 x 1026
||2,871.0 million km
||8.68 x 1025
||4,497.1 million km
||1.02 x 1026
||5,913 million km
||1.29 x 1022
||1 large (plus 2 tiny)
and for quick reference:
0 degrees celsius = 273.15 Kelvin (not called "degrees kelvin", just "kelvin") and each kelvin is worth 1 degree celsius, so the conversion looks like this:
Celsius [°C] = [K] − 273.15
i have a feeling we'll be looking back at this table more than once in the future.. (the day length one).. like to know where i want to go to celebrate birthdays more often.. or where to go to have the most productive (ie, "long") days.. or where to go to never grow old
!! yep, lots of options..
ok, a couple of updates for this week.. and by "this" week.. i of course mean that they are from at least a week ago..
first, a warm welcome to the new readers of the blog. good luck chewing away at loads of text with no regard for proper grammar or capitalization.
second, i have officially found my nemesis.. well.. technically im her nemesis.. but who's counting? a 8-0 lead, with a last point that had to be settled by a truce because she would not acknowledge that the US is a republic not a democracy. some people were getting upset that this thing was still going on (not me, i thought it was fine, its all part of the game we call arch-rivalry).. and i figured that if the pledge of allegiance, the constitution, the founding fathers, wikipedia, and the cia factbook were not enough to dissuade her into acknowledging defeat, there really was no hope for this being settled. so, i yielded and forged a truce.. she was trying to force me into it.. but i refused.. then i finally said, fine, since a christian is called into showing sacrificial love.. so i sacrificed that well earned point.. oh well, thats what nemeses are for (notice the correct pluralization of the word).
ive also officially gained around 10 lbs of muscle (well, it varies depending on the day.. the other day it was 14 lbs of muscle.. yes, muscle, dont dare contradict me, or law and order shall befall you *points to his pythons*) not bad for only a day or two of "gym" per week.. with a week of "rest" in between workout weeks..
which brings me to the oh so proper-- hmm.. it couldve been a good segway between the above two topics, but instead i shall use it as a merge of topics, as segways are way too smart for me right now.. anyways, the point is that my nemesis is now claiming to have a point in favor (ie, making the score a theoretical 8-1).. i do not acknowledge this, and not just because of the whole (shall not mention, we entered a truce.. shall not mention, we entered a truce.. although.. truces can be broken, huh?) but because.. ah, well you be the judge.. she said that pushups workout the pecs, i said the arms, and we went to joelie for the judgment, since, well, he would know.. and he sided with her!!! now, if it had been almost anybody else (maybe except for bahb) i would just chalk it up to mere betrayal (i know the concept of allegiance to me is a joke, so i know not to expect it ever but to base my trust on observed personality, and character rather than solidarity), but i know that joel is a straight shooter, he wouldnt do that, he wouldnt lie, or play along or take a side against me for the sake of taking a side against me (like so many still do). so i know he was being honest in his answer. so for the record, he didnt "side" with her, he said pushups work out the pecs and triceps.. now i dont know about you, but my pecs never really feel like theyve gotten a workout when i do pushups, and i can always feel the burn in the biceps (please also note, triceps are located on the arms, so technically its a dead point, also known as a tie) wait a minute wait a minute, the memory is being decrypted as we speak.. yep, here it comes, i now remember that we did not say who was in favor of which answer, we just asked what it works out the most, and he said "pecs and triceps".. see? told you he was honest. ok im confusing myself in this story, so i need to bring it to a wrap before i start talking about what happened last year.. which reminds me, i really should write up a document (with proper punctuation and grammar, and capitals here and there for good measure) about all that stuff i went through last year, and the 6 years that preceded it too.. anyhooze, i digress..
all this to say, having a nemesis has been pretty awesome, lots of fun, and has really kept my mind off all that stuff for small bursts of time. ive also noticed that though i am over it.. i am not fully healed of it, and i think my tolerance for basically anything that smells of betrayal has gone significantly down. (i actually have, or at least used to have, a high tolerance for it, i could take an emotional beating in stride. but now im not so sure i can anymore.. )
anyways, i was going to mention my predictions of milk-sickness for last week, but it doesnt make sense now does it.. well, except for some of the findings i think i am making in regards to the vita-boost.. i think the vita-boost might not actually be counter-acting the milk-sickness as much as it might actually be speeding up the process to get over the sickness faster.. not sure if this is the case, but this is my current working hypothesis. my nemesis' yes-man (technically she's a yes-woman, but that sounds weird) wants to see the milk sickness (ok, im adding a tag for it as of right now) occur, so i told her that maybe we could arrange for it at the end of the month to see.. that might be interesting.
one last fun note, it was my nemesis' birthday last week, (my memory is terrible, as we know, so it just as likely couldve been two weeks ago.. i could always calculate it to give you a more accurate date, but that would require effort) and for her bday, i made the name official to all, and gave her a tshirt (one of those girly tshirts) upon which i painted my face and wrote "nemesis" above it (or was it below?).. haha i think she greatly enjoyed it.. she was wearing it for the rest of the day (and that says something).. soo,
happy bday, nemesis! (ps, you get your own tag too, check it out!)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
always great to have a refresher:
Is Saturday Sabbath an Obligation?
No, for at least three reasons.
Firstly, after the resurrection of Jesus Christ nowhere in the NT is the early church recorded as affirming the Saturday Sabbath. Quite contrary the early followers of Christ are recorded as gathering on the first day of the week "Sunday."
Secondly, only 9 of the "10 Commandments" are repeated in Scripture after Christ's finished work on cross in Whom we have the ultimate rest, restoration and liberation from sin! Can you take a guess which one is not repeated? Jesus Christ did not do away with the 4th Commandment, rather He is the fulfillment and One we have eternal rest in!
Thirdly, If you only hang onto one of these reasons let it be this one here! Again, if you are ever challenged to "given an answer" remember the following! Two places in Scripture Paul clearly spelled out that we are not to let anyone judge us regarding Sabbath keeping and let every man be fully convinced in his own mind as to whether we esteem one day above another or all the same (Col. 2:16; Rom. 14:5).
You better memorize those two Scriptures! You will be confronted with this in street evangelism, you will call upon these Scriptures, and you will be happy that you learned them!
Quote: "If those who insist on keeping the Sabbath were as zealous about the salvation of the lost as they are about other Christians keeping the Sabbath, we would see revival."
-Ray Comfort, Evidence Bible p.1552
for your convenience:
So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,
5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;[a] and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
now you can go and talk to your sabbatarian friends about the sabbath.. nevermind the fact that Jesus is Lord of sabbath, but the whole point is that as christians, we must observe the "sabbath" every
day!! we ust rest in Him
every day.. and keep every day
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
nonono.. christian masculinity has NOTHING to do with some stupid sport or another, or how you dress or what you eat or drink.. it is about the fearlessness to stand for holiness and the Glory of God AT ALL COST..
yep, you can quote me on that one too.. lets not spend so much time trying to appear manly, externally, when we are being complete sissies when it comes to standing for holiness and the Glory of God.. makes no sense
Monday, July 18, 2011
if you didnt hear about this last month:
Coastguard called into action as Titanic II sinks at West Bay
Sunday 5th June 2011
A BOAT called Titanic II lived up to its name when it sank at West Bay. Mark Wilkinson had to abandon ship when the vessel went down as it returned into the harbour yesterday. Coastguards and harbourmaster James Radcliffe were called into action to help moor the Titanic II as Mr Wilkinson climbed out of the water. Margaret O’Callaghan, from Bridport, saw the boat go down and caught it on camera. She said: “The guy was in a small cruiser on his own. “Someone said to me, ‘That boat is sinking’. “He was coming into the harbour and the back of the boat was going down. “I shouted at him to jump as the back of the boat went right down and the bow was sticking out of the water. “He was clinging on to the nose and the tide was taking the boat in. Someone threw a rope and tied it up to the side. “The harbourmaster came out in a rib and managed to secure it and get it on to the slipway.
“The funny thing about it was that the name of the boat was Titanic II.”
and in case you didnt know, one of the engineers of the original titanic is quoted as saying that "not even God can sink this ship". well, i guess God disagreed with that statement and showed them just how much. also in case you didnt know, this is also the reason for the name, since the titans
were the ones who battled against the gods of ancient mythology. oh well, thats what happens when you challenge God.. shame some people just dont learn
this is a bit of an amazing story, if you are a cry baby, you will cry
[Korea's Got Talent] tvN 코리아 갓 탤런트 Ep.1 Sung-bong Choi!!!
I heard he went to Art High School, but he could barely graduate because of his financial problem. I bet he couldn't get private lessons or support for his vocal training.. I admire him even more!!!!!!!!!!
I seriously cried when he started singing.. just wanna give him a Huge Hug!!
Bring it on Sung-bong!!! :)
** "Manual Worker": People laugh when Sung-bong said "manual worker" because the way he said was kinda slang.. (I couldn't find the right slang in English for that word) People were not laughing at him being a manual worker, but because of his word choice. I hope there's no misunderstanding here :)
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looking for a university to pursue your secondary education? try lincoln:
Another Banned University of Lincoln Advert
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learning at lincoln university
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how to start your reply on top in mozilla thunderbird:
go to edit > account settings and on your given account (you have to do this per account, but not per identity) go to "composition and addressing" and there you can click on the option to "automatically quote the original message when replying" then "start my reply above the quote" and then you can even select to put your reply above the quote or below it... yer weeeelcome! (haha, im pretty sure that gets annoying pretty quick especially if you dont know me and cannot imagine me saying this out loud)
yes, i had one of "those" weeks.. for the last two weeks.. so, uh, i had one of those "fortnights"? no, cuz that would imply i have fortnights like "these" often enough to have it be its own term.. it picked up a bit in the weekend.. but crash and burn in the evening.. cuz when you go down, do it in flames.. ugh.. a bit of rambling to release a bit of steam. i had some announcements for this past week but theyre still open in a tab waiting to be typed out (since monday) maybe ill get around to doing that now. might as well kill some tabs while im at it.. im also working on some future improvements to the site.. we'll see how it goes.. it in theory could happen as soon as within the month, and as late as.. uh.. well.. you know how it goes..
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
how real men go fishing..
Fishing A Shark With Surprising Content
Let's see what's inside
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
this is B.O.B.
humor no doubt..
Welcome to stupid.
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Monday, July 11, 2011
great, it seems i have the hearing of an elderly person too..
Clicking the play button [on the page being linked to above] will produce a tone that is generally only heard by people under the age of 25. It has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito. The elderly and people with hearing damage often cannot hear the sound.
thanks to bahb
for the link
Sunday, July 10, 2011
i almost said a bad word in my head when i saw this.. thanks to bahb
for the link.. and yes, it was worth your logging in to send it at me (and im sure everyone will agree):
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just amazing eh? seriously, i dont get atheists..
Friday, July 8, 2011
for all of us going nuts (and not in a good way) over the new grub 2.. to get the grub menu to appear, hold down the shift button.. some say that it has to be the right shift button. thats what i use in any case. (and dont get me started on how stupid the new grub 2 is.. ugh.. it is impossible to get a new entry in without having to basically do a whole tutorial on grub2 -- the old one required only that you edit ONE file, which was logically configured and was trivial to edit and know how to edit)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
i missed a g1 class storm on tuesday at dawn (Kp index of 5) :( sad..
the more i think about it, the more im pretty sure that i officially have at least to some extent either ADD or ADHD.. like how sometimes, under certain circumstances, i just need someone to repeat things to me.. because even though i heard it, processed it, and thought about the answer, at some point i got lost in the process.. and how i find it so hard to just accomplish certain things, and like how focusing on certain things is just really hard..
new term i learned last tuesday (not the one that just passed, but the one before that): "rice christian" this is those people in developing countries that "convert" to christianity for the free rice.. haha.. i guess its the original prosperity gospel believers..
oh yeah, and if thunderbird gives you this error:
"Unable to open the summary file for Inbox. Perhaps there was an error on disk, or the full path is too long."
check that whatever mount point/directory/path your mail file is under is mounted with write permissions.. i was email-less for a while, till i tried to delete one fo the files there (as part of one of the online solutions) and noticed that apparently i didnt have write permission.. even though "mount" said the partition was mounted with read/write permissions.. so i just remounted, and it mounted fine this time and everything went back to working order.. yeah, i really should test my ram sticks, to see if they are messed up.. theres way too much trouble lately, i have no idea whats going on
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
update on the dead drive:
i originally purchased this western digital drive (yes write that down) 11 months ago for $50 (yes, good deal for 500GB.. at least thats what i thought at the time).. on the 27th it will be a year. the warranty is 3 years.. sound good to you? i would say so. what is covered by the warranty? replacement. that means replacement without data recovery, they just send you a new drive.
now, before i even went on the western digital site, i went online to see what in the world had happened to this drive. many people had the experience that the drive just up and burnt one of the components on the PCB (printed circuit board), so some people were saying you can just replace that (i saw someone say they were selling one for $10 i think it was -- and i see a similar one listed on ebay for $40) its not really a straightforward easy task, since you have to use the exact same PCB and it stores some info or something like that, that if its not exactly the same, it could screw your drive up even worse.
anyways, so i contacted western digital (yes, i want you to remember the name) and told them all this.. they were nice, except of the fact that they started calling me by a short form of my first name for some reason, which i found to be highly unprofessional, but whatever. so they told me that they dont replace the pcb, they just send a new drive, and that replacing the pcb myself would void the warranty, but you can get a discount on data recovery if you contact one of their partners.. so i contact their data recovery partner, and heres what i am told as a quote for this 500GB drive: $695 to $1,995 depending on what they need to do to recover the data.. minus the discount of 10%... by the way, no, i am NOT missing a period or anything in those numbers.. thats six HUNDRED and ninety five dollars, as the MINIMUM price of data recovery. yep. a $50 drive, that i can have easily replaced losing all my data, OR have a MINIMUM $630 data recovery done.. OR.. replace the pcb myself and try my luck..
at this point i figure you might be wondering "so what in the world was on that drive??" well, nothing really devastating, since it was my studio computer, where i was editing my movie, videos and music.. of course, since i have never had a drive fail on me EVER, and i dont run windows anymore, and the data itself wasnt highly important, and its only been a couple of months of usage, i didnt really bother making external backups.. well, lesson learned (sort of). im not 100% sure of what really was on there.. but i am 100% sure it is NOT worth $700.. no way. ugh. thats the most expensive $50 harddrive ive ever bought. buyer beware.. and let that be a lesson kids, backup all your data externally (that means, on another drive, by a different company)
more info as it happens.. i think i know what i will do, and i think i know what i am thinking of doing.. but i'll see how it plays out
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
"worship is not about expressing yourself, its about expressing God's self"
you can quote me on that one..
Monday, July 4, 2011
so... more great news, due to my focusing on the whole "have my own business" project, i put pretty much all other projects in the back burner, including my video editing projects. in case you didnt already know, these video editing projects had their own computer, my "video editing studio" computer.. so putting these projects on the back burner means that computer remained off for a while.. which is good since that stupid computer is so noisy. i went to boot it up today, since i have a friend over with whom we are working on making a lego movie, and tadaaaa! the computer refuses to boot. ugh. so i go into the bios to see why it wont boot, and its because the harddisk isnt being detected.. now whhhat in the who is going on? so i pull it out to see if its not the cables or something.. and i try it with my usb adapter.. sure enough.. it doesnt work. one quick google reveals im not the first one to experience a dead one of these drives. great. kids, dont forget to always backup. (yes, you know why i am saying this) anyhooze.. ugh.. i dont really have the capacity to deal with so much crappy technology. i really dont. i bought a netbook last week, and ive been too nervous to even break the seal to open the box.. in case i just want to return it.. (for which i have 14 days i think it is) ay chihuahua..
Call to Ban Bible Under Pakistan’s Elastic Blasphemy Laws
This is all too much for Muslims represented in Pakistan’s parliament by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party. They view Bible stories such as these to be “pornographic” slurs against the biblical figures whom they claim as their holy prophets. They are now demanding that the country ban the Bible because of such “blasphemy” and exact a “punishment.” There seems no limit to what could be considered an offense against Islam under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.
At a press conference on May 30 in Lahore, party leader Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi informally petitioned the Supreme Court, complaining that the Bible includes stories about some of the biblical prophets that include “a variety of moral crimes, which undermine the sanctity of the holy figures.” A newspaper reports: “Farooqi cited a number of [supposedly pornographic] scriptures from the Bible, saying such ‘insertions’ strongly offend the Muslims, who hold all prophets and holy books in high esteem, as part of religious belief and never even think of committing any blasphemy against them.”
[The verses in question are:
Genesis 19:33–36, 29: 23, 32–35, 38:18
1 Kings 13:2–29
2 Samuel 11:2–27, 13:1–22
Matthew 1:13, 16:23, 26:14–47]
As in many of Pakistan’s blasphemy cases, political motives seem to be at the root of the complaint. Farooqi cited Pastor Terry Jones and said the party would not burn the Bible, as Jones has done with the Koran, but would formally lodge a petition if the high court failed to act on its own motion to ban the Bible. There would not be a clash between the two religions, Farooqi ominously promised, as long as the courts are functioning. Pakistan’s Islamists are also agitated by the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by American troops in that country.
Christians and other religious minorities have been disproportionately prosecuted under these laws, which can carry the death penalty. Local Christians, estimated at 3 million, fear the call for a Bible ban is a sign of a trend of deepening persecution against them.
The definition of blasphemy under Pakistan’s laws is vague and can include offenses that are committed “by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly.” In Pakistan, blasphemy charges have been brought against Muslims as well — in one recent case, for tearing off a page of a wall calendar that had a koranic verse written on it, and in another, for throwing away the business card of a person named “Mohammad.” Attempts to repeal Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have so far failed as extremists have become emboldened under them. Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti were murdered earlier this year for their opposition to the blasphemy laws.
Pakistan’s governments have long advocated a universal blasphemy law. Every year for over a decade, the nation introduced a resolution in the UN’s Human Rights Council and its predecessor body, calling for a worldwide ban against “defamation” of Islam. The resolution has routinely passed, but support decreased over time, and it was not introduced at the last session in March.
i really dont think this requires a snappy joke or incisive commentary.. it really speaks for itself.
the other day, i dreamt that i used natalies car as a ramp to jump really high into the air, and luz told her, so natalie got really angry at me, and was telling me i had to pay for the repair.. i was surprized and so i asked her "what repair?" and she showed me a dent on her car that looked like the sole of my shoes.. i know, because in my dream i went ahead and checked, which made natalie even more angry for some reason, and she started yelling and crying how i didnt even want to pay for the repair.. this all made me sad because in my dream i figured this meant that we werent friends anymore so i started walking away while she was still yelling and crying..
just saw a link to an article in the sports illustrated website about "unexpected deaths in sports
" and holey, just waay too many of them are simply "plane crash".. it seems like sports and planes really dont mix.
whoa, watching an ADD/ADHD documentary, and this doctor (or whatever) just listed off a bunch of symptoms, and it sounded like he was talking about me.. time management, memory, obsession, incompletion of tasks, distraction.. etc.. seriously.. and watching this one guy here thats talking, i see so many things that remind me of stuff i do or say.. haha oh man..
Saturday, July 2, 2011
lets close some tabs.. cuz laziness has prevented me from posting these vids earlier..
hahaha.. awesome. dont try this at home kids..
Repair a tire like a boss!
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Shotguns don't come much larger than this
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baseball bat fluke
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hahah oh those japanese peoples..
funniest tug-o-war ever
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sorry about lack of posts.. some updates are due, but let me first say what my excuse for the lack of posts is.. my computer has been acting up as of the last 2 weeks.. no idea what it could be.. i thought it might be the screensaver, but it seems not to be the case, since i switched out of the gnome-screensaver in favor of the ore stable and safe xscreensaver.. this hasnt resolved the problem. my computer has not been able to achieve a higher uptime than 36 hours.. everytime i wake up, the computer is hung and unresponsive, caps lock key doesnt even turn on.. but usb is still giving a current.. which is weird. this means its possible its the x server thats crashing, but not sure. its possible that this is a hardware problem too, since i havent really upgraded or changed anything in the last months.. so who knows.. ah well.. in any case, new announcements to come..
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