Friday, January 30, 2009

Priceless Blowjob

Submitted by Famine

Congratulations Serena, you are now the Oprah of the WTA.

Super Bowl Fever - Infamous ads of the past

The public pays.... $18billon in bonuses to the fat cats who lost their money in the first place.

Denise Richards may be hot, but Charlie was right on the money.

I normally would have not posted this story but as usual the men get maligned for their bad behaviour and the women get off scotch-free.  Prime example is Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards.  Charlie has done some things I am sure the star is not proud of.  Denise however not only did and said some things in that breakup, she then has an affair with her best friend's husband (cheat on Heather Locklear and you deserve getting a Denise in your life).  Is she rewarded with being labelled a number one jerk?  no, she just gets more fame and fortune by landing her own reality TV show.  Charlie, you are a lucky man dropping that "jobless pig".

5Top: Hollywood’s hottest celebrity jerks - 5Top-

If you won't feed them, but expect to live on their home lands, prepare to be eaten.

Blackwater era in Iraq is over.

Eight may not enough but instead, too much.

A new wind, a new vibe blows through the White House.

If Bush tried this, he would have broken a hip.

On such a historic day, such utter foolishness.

A stellar example of why the US is in such a shite state of financial affairs.

A little lesson in how banking works and why the public may never see their money back.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today's Funny

Submitted by Redsometimes

The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident in Port George, Nova Scotia, a man answered his door to find two grim-faced Mounties.

'We're sorry sir, but we have some information about your wife,' said one Mountie.

'Tell me! Did you find her?' the husband shouted.

The Mounties looked at each other. One said, 'We have some bad news, some good news and some really great news. Which do you want to hear first?'

Fearing the worst, the ashen husband said, 'Give me the bad news first.'

The Mountie said, 'I'm sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife's body in the bay.'

'Oh my God!' exclaimed the husband. Swallowing hard, he asked, 'What's the good news?'

The Mountie continued, 'When we pulled her up, she had 12 twenty-five pound snow crabs and 6 good-size lobsters clinging to her.'

Stunned, the husband demanded, 'If that's the good news, what's the great news?'

The Mountie said, 'We're going to pull her up again tomorrow.'

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Got Windows? You should use some of these.

If you use Windows (Shut it Famine! Not a word Skibum!), you have to protect yourself from yourself and from everyone else as well.  That said, life is not all work so you need to be able to relax and get the most out of your PC or laptop.  The two links brings you to a collection that Cnet/ put together as an essential set of software for all Windows users.  This is not definitive by any means due simply to the fact that every program in this list is FREE or OPEN-SOURCE.  There are certain examples of commercial competitors that will get you support and possibly more features but rarely will you pay and get better functionality and stability.  I use most of these myself, discovered some new items in this list and will add posts with suggestions of my own that are missing from the list (but should be on) or, in the case of items like Firefox, are recommended add-ons and/or plugins that will further expand and enhance the existing software.

I suggest you grab a large, inexpensive USB key and drop them all onto it so that you can spread the love to all those family and friends machines that you look after.  Who knows, some of it may just help cut down on the support calls that come your way.


Windows Starter Kit
Security Starter Kit

Have a home router you wish could do a little bit more?

In keeping the theme from the last post, this site is a Godsend for those of us that like to tweak the network to get a little bit more juice.  DD-WRT started out as a firmware upgrade to a Linksys router and has since branched out to other vendors as well.  It is free, as almost all things I tend to post about, and typically opens functions that the hardware is fully capable of performing but the vendor's firmware and GUI does not activate or at times even show.  For example, a lot of devices are capable of VPN tunnelling.  This is reserved for the business and more expensive units that a typical vendor sells but the consumer hardware uses the same hardware as the business one so it is simply a matter of having the code to utilize the imbedded function.

BEWARE, as with the music player, you can damage your unit if you do not follow the instructions or upload corrupted firmware.  If the router in question is your bread and butter connection, I would take every precaution before looking to perform this change.  On the other hand, I naturally encourage you to try it with the caveat of knowing you may need to buy a new router in the worst case scenario.  Really though, the danger is no worst than upgrading the firmware supplied by the vendor.


DD-WRT :: News

Do you have an older (compatible) music player?

Like with all technology, there is always a newer, shinier model around the corner.  So, what happens to the older model?  Sometimes this becomes a hand me down, sometimes it is donated, sometimes it is sold.  Well, now you have another option.  Sometimes you can continue playing with it in a new, sometimes more improved way.  It has long been known that you can run Linux on just about everything, including an iPod.  Well, not as well know is that you can get replacement, typically open-source firmware for certain devices that turn on or add functionality that was not available to you before.

Rockbox does exactly that for music and video players.  It adds format compatibility, equalizer settings and other goodies that the manufacturer simply chose not to add into the original release.  As with anything, BEWARE to do this on a device you use regularly as sometimes things go wrong and you can end up bricking the unit.  That is why it is best to try it on an older machine that you may not need or use.  If something goes wrong, ah well; at least you tried.  If it works out, then you have breathed some new life into a dusty unit that was sitting on a shelf.


Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware

From the "That was a stupid thing to say" files:

Obama lookalike gains fame

Friday, January 23, 2009

If you have a Seagate drive, especially a new one, you NEED to read this page.

A number of drives have a confirmed and acknowledge bug in the firmware.  Seagate has issued a fix for it that can be found at the link below.  BEWARE:  The application of this fix will probably wipe the data on your drive so do not take any chances; perform a full backup of everything before you apply the fix.  Consider yourself properly warned.


Seagate Knowledge Base

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

See all the presidents and no longer try to guess the order.

And a final one as it challenges the theory that the experiment was deliberately invoked by the government injecting the disease.

The Tuskegee Experiment

If the Tuskegee Airmen are the feelgood story for Alabama, then how ironic it is that one of the worst offences recorded against black males also occurred in the very same area.  In summary, the Tuskegee Experiment basically allowed 399 black males to suffer after contracting syphilis by leaving them untreated so that they could be studied to see how far the disease would advance on its own and what would happen.  It goes without saying, though I will do so, that these were poor and illiterate people that were preyed upon for this study.

Yes, I bring these items to light because of Obama.  Hopefully, like the holocaust, Hiroshima, Rwanda and many other attrocities, we will never see them happen ever again.  We can only make sure of that by never forgetting that they were possible in the first place.


Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Don't know if this is done by the same person, but also interesting.

Another interesting site I ran across while looking for something else.

It took a movie for everyone to acknowledge these brave and talented men.

How honest are YOU?

I found this while looking for something else, as I often find things of interest.  This was done with a little bit of money, no doubt to minimize the amount lost to the dishonest bunch in the group.  I wonder though, how would the numbers change if the amount was ten times, a hundred times or a thousand times more?  Would the same people who turned in a pittance, turn in life changing money?

Would you?


Lost Wallet Test ,,, 100 wallets deliberately lost to test honesty

Oh, please don't get me started (and don't let me know where he lives).

Chris Rock on why it's hard to make fun of Obama... at the moment.

History in the making.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Jimmy Carr versus heckler

Some people are too stupid to allow out in public. This heckler falls into that category because he only had to have seen Jimmy Carr do his bit ONCE to know this was a really stupid idea.

Distraction UK Piercing Contest with Jimmy Carr

Unfortunately, the show was neutered when they brought it here; this even with the original host, Jimmy Carr, at the helm. Simply put, they could not do here what they did there. Pity.

680 News: Up to 3-million to attend Obama's swearing-in

Washington, D.C. - Millions in the
U.S. are counting down with excitement to the swearing-in of Barack
Obama as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday.

Up to three-million people are expected to make their way to
Washington, D.C. for the historic inauguration, as security reaches
unprecedented level of readiness.

Those who live in the Washington-area said they have never seen
anything like the security that is in place -- 10,000 members of the
National Guard will be spread out across the city, with over 7,000
military personal, 4,000 city police officers and 4,000 others from 96
different law enforcement agencies, as well as the Secret Service and
the FBI.

A security spokesperson told CNN that security is so tight because
the U.S. is engaged in two wars and on-guard against terrorism, and
because of the number of people expected on Capitol Hill.

Those who make it to the National Mall will have to pass through
airport-like screening, with just as many restrictions on what they can

Washington will be locked down by late Monday night. All bridges
into Washington will be closed by Tuesday morning and roads will be
closed for miles around Capitol Hill. So, the crowd will not be able to
line-up until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Cell phone and Internet companies have installed portable towers in
anticipation of colossal calling coverage and cell phone picture

The actual ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Marine Corp Band, the invocation and a performance by Aretha Franklin.

Vice President-elect Joe Biden will take his oath at 11:46 a.m., followed by Obama's oath at noon.

His address is expected to make the kind of history made by John F.
Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. In fact, Obama will
use the same velvet-covered Bible used by Lincoln in 1861. Obama is
expected to wear a tuxedo and a top hat during the swearing-in.

The parade will follow next, which will leave the Capitol along
Pennsylvania Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Obama and his wife will attend up to
15 inaugural balls before returning to their new home, the White House.

Click here for the Inauguration Day schedule and a list of other events.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Don't know the name of that song? Try tapping it out on this website.

A friend from work (his daughter actually) gave me this website when they were over one day.  Just tap in the basic rhythm of the song in your head onto the computer using the spacebar and the site provides its best guesses.  I found it is fairly accurate; moreso the more you can actually tap a tune.

Enjoy. - Tap the rhythm of the song's melody to find music

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Don't start nothing, there won't be nothing!

The contentious Middle-East situation is always going to polarize people and their views. I will remind my readers before I continue that I am married to a woman of the Jewish faith; she is Canadian, and not Israeli however (which I am oft reminded). That said, those of you that know me personally know that my intimate connections have little to do with my views on the world and does not restrict them much if at all (i.e. I am sensitive, not censored). Okay, enough caveats and conditions. Let's jump right in.

The Israelis are NOT wrong for responding to the constant attacks on them by Hamas and others. They ARE wrong for the strength, direction and apparent lack of focus and control that they are exhibiting in that response. Just as Hamas is wrong for firing rockets wildly into Israel without regard for life there and the Palestinians are wrong for continuing to support Hamas as they get nothing but grief in return for these actions. Many people, including good friends of mine, are quick and vocal to chastise Israel for killing innocent civilians and children. I do not disagree with this voice but I do not sit back and listen; I question.

My first question is, "Where were your voices when Hamas STARTED this issue by firing more rockets into Israel?"

My next question is, "Where were your voices when Hamas and Iran and others were calling for the destruction of Israel and the death for all Jews?"

My final question is, "Where were your voices when bombers were killing children on buses, tourists in cafes and innocent people in a wedding reception?"

If you are going to be vocal about atrocities, you should be vocal about ALL atrocities. If you are going to pick and choose which really bad things bother you then, seriously, just STFU!

Israel stopped their offensive and arranged for aide to help those affected in Gaza and for that they received more rockets out of Lebanon (who promptly denounced the action of those stupid enough to draw Lebanon into this latest fray). There is a lot of history and facts that I honestly am ignorant of but neither side should think to claim innocence in these matters because there is enough shit for everyone's fans. The thing that boggles my mind is the apparent mind lapse by these people that Israel is a nuclear nation. When Saddam was firing Scuds across, the only reason he did not get a nuke up the tailpipe was because the US stepped in and begged Israel to chill out. Now, I doubt Israel would use nukes on any of its Arab neighbours as that would simply provoke a sinkhole effect in response (everyone would gang up on beating them down) but the possibility still looms so why on earth would you provoke them?

I will again state that I do not in any way condone the killing of children or innocent people in any form or fashion. I will say though that you only have to remember some well known sayings to know Hamas royally f**ked up.

"You don't bring a knife to a gunfight."

"Don't poke a beehive unless you are willing to get stung."

"Don't wake the sleeping bear."

"Mess with the bull and you get the horns!"

And my final words come from a skit Chris Rock did about the OJ Simpson case in his "Bigger & Blacker" concert. I don't agree with what the Israelis are doing as a response to Hamas' violence, but I understand. I just hope it all stops before it is too late.

Peace. Please.

To play mas or not? That is the question for 2009.

Lovely customer service.

Don't yell at your hard drives.

Submitted by Syrlinus.

StorageMojo » Shh! Disk drive at work.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Jamie Lynn Spears, Radiohead, Halo Movie: TWIYT #5

Very well done video that shows the amount of work the better videos require and the better results that come of it.

Today's Funny

Maurice: Ten years ago, I was standing in front of the Biltmore Hotel when a yellow taxi pulled up. And do you know who was inside the cab?

Malcolm: Who?

Maurice: The most beautiful blonde I ever saw in my life. I pushed the driver out of the way and opened her door. When she climbed out, she kissed me on the cheek and said, “I hope our paths cross again one day.”

Malcolm: Wow, that’s so romantic!

Maurice: Exactly ten years later, at exactly the same time, I was standing in front of the Biltmore Hotel again and a yellow taxi pulled up. Do you know who was inside?

Malcolm: The same gorgeous blonde?

Maurice: No, the same driver.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Today's Funny

A hippopotamus walks into a bar. He asks the bartender for a beer. “That will be $7.50,” says the bartender. The hippo begrudgingly puts the money on the bar and starts to sip his beer. “You know, we don’t get very many hippos in here,” muses the bartender. The hippo replies, “At these prices, it’s no wonder!”

As my father said....

Trailer Park Boy in training?

Uhm, where do we start the lineup of jokes on this one?  Trailer Park mobile home?  Yute packing heat?  Americans?  There is simply too many avenues.  Suffice it to say that the kid did not learn it from TV or video games like I am sure some will try to prove.  Nope, he learned it from his slack adults around him and he learned it well.  Only his lack of strength to handle the recoil stopped this from a multiple homicide.

I'd check for dead animals around the yard.


CityNews: Angry 4-Yr.-Old Shot Babysitter For Stepping On His Foot: Cops

Monday, January 05, 2009

RIP - The First Lady of Trek

It really had to have been a busy month for me to have missed a story of this magnitude and importance.  I know a lot of eye rolling is happening but you have to look at the whole picture.  Star Trek broke ground for more money to be used in TV shows, for science fiction shows, for shows with morals and a life lesson to be learned, for breaking the colour barrier on television (Star Trek is credited with the first interracial kiss, between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura) and promoting peace.

Mrs. Roddenberry was supposed to play the part now immortalized by Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock; it seems the TV executives simply could not fathom a woman with that much power in those times so ordered a change.  She ended up in a more minor part as Nurse Chapel but has also been immortalized in her own right as the voice of the Enterprise in almost every Star Trek show and movie and video game.  If that was not enough, her turn as Mrs. Troi, Deanna's mother in both TNG and DS9 provided some of the most comedic episodes to ever air during those series' runs.  Her greatest accomplishment is probably driving the continuing legacy of her and her late husband after his passing in 1991.  She brought not one but two distinct, successful science fiction series to TV syndication in Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda.

Very easily she could have been labelled as a pain to work with, undesirable boss, on and on.  I personally have never read such stories and continually I have read about what a wonderful person she is on and off the set.  Frankly, I don't care if those stories exist, it would nto phase me one bit.  To me, she will always be that voice that says, "So and so is not on board the Enterprise" and "Oh Jean Luc, such naughty thoughts."

Rest in Peace and I hope you and Gene can now spend eternity together.


Majel B. Roddenberry, wife of 'Star Trek' creator, dies - Los Angeles Times

Unfreakingbelievably lucky player on The Price is Right.

Food for thought: Just how responsible should we be for our citizens mistakes in other countries?

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Must we destroy the environment in order to save it?

Brought to my attention by Famine

I read the article and I added the information I recently gleaned from friends who live on Amherst Island near Kingston, Ontario to form my opinion.  Unfortunately, it is still on the fence in a manner of speaking.  Let me explain.

First, I think the title of this story is misleading because it never specifically outlines any actual facts concerning the effect on the actual environment itself.  It does mention ruining the picturesque views for some folks but the photo opportunity of your horizon is not argument enough to stop such projects.  It would have been far more effective an article with actual facts on what these projects do to the surrounding lands, animals, erosion patterns, etc.  I expected better than a half-ass report from a national newspaper and Mr. Frum, you should be ashamed of printing this incomplete report.

Next, on the island they have some true concerns about these windmills and very little of those concerns have to do with how things look from their window.  The island is in the migratory path of many birds and the ONLY resting spot for certain owl species.  Schools, scientists and birdwatchers flock to the island to observe these birds all year long.  with approximately eighty-six wind turbines being slated for the island, smack dab in the middle of these lands, the obvious question is "what happens to these birds?"  Now, I am all for alternative power but it seems that in order to lessen the installation cost, the obvious site out in the water is being ignored in order to lower the price of putting these items in.  THIS is a true example of the environmental cost and impact Mr. Frum.  Do some research and get back to us.

My finally note on this topic is one I have sung before.  If this is not the solution to the issue, what is?  Once again, right or wrong, we have the government pushing forward a solution and a bunch of people nay saying and running against it going through.  Everyone is well within their right to protest against it BUT what other solutions has anyone come up with?  People want the coal burning stations shut down, they want no more nuclear plants built, they want less cars on the road, they want the moraine saved and they want no further lands flooded for hydro electric damns as it displaces (and kills) the wildlife.  Uhm, okay, so then what do you propose as a solution to provide the power for a growing population in 2009 without doing any of the previous items you don't want done?  CRICKETS!!  Yeah, thought so.

I'm not saying what Dalton's government is doing is the absolute right answer or that how they are going about it is necessarily the right way.  i am saying that I am tired of the Conservatives and everyone else simply bitching about the decisions without coming up with a concrete plan that can be put forth and measured directly against the current plan to PROVE it is the better way to do things.  One does not have to be in power to effect change and if that is all one is seeking by going against the plan, then what incentive is there for anyone to listen to you.

I don't think the people of Ontario, or across Canada, should simply shut up and accept the current plan as it is being put forth.  I DO think that those in a position (i.e. opposition leaders, etc.) to get the current plan changed should shut up until they have something meaningful and useful to say.  It is 2009 people and this planet is quickly running out of time.  Grow up and start behaving like adults and fix this before it is too late for us all.


Shut up and pay for your windmill

Today's Funny

Submitted by BT from MTL

After the annual office Christmas party blowout, John woke up with a pounding headache, cotton-mouthed,
and utterly unable to recall the events of the preceding evening. After a trip to the bathroom, he was able to
make his way downstairs, where his wife put some coffee in front of him.

"Louise," he moaned, "tell me what went on last night. Was it as bad as I think?"

"Even worse," she assured him, voice dripping with scorn. "You made a complete ass of yourself, succeeded
in antagonizing the entire board of directors, and insulted the President of the company to his face."

"He's an asshole - piss on him!"

"You did," Louise informed him.
"And he fired you."

"Well, screw him!" said John.

"I did. You're back at work on Monday!"

Today's Game

Submitted by DoubleD

The wonderful thing about the Internet is that you can get immediate information about just about anything newsworthy from around the world.  It also allows for immediate reaction and expression about those events.  Sometimes that is done in forums, letters to the editor, emails between friends/colleagues, articles, You-Tube videos or, like has been done here, imaginative and creative shockwave games.  The person who sent it to me got 9; I've managed 8 in the few times I tried.  I'll update this post when I break 9.  Enjoy.

Sock and Awe!

Today's Funny

Submitted by Famine.

It may not be apparent right off why this is funny but look through all 70 covers and you will find something to make you laugh (or cringe), I assure you.  Enjoy.

CANOE -- JAM: Worst album covers of all time

Friday, January 02, 2009

They are free to try and we are free to go elsewhere for our computer's operating system.

Jeff Dunham - Peanut And Jose Jalapeno !!!!

One of the first skits I ever saw of Jeff Dunham involved Jose the Jalapeno on the stick. I don't think this was the exact routine I saw but still, he is one of the funniest out there.

Today's Funny - First of the year

Sweet Daddy D