Friday, September 14, 2007

Game Fuel on Penny Arcade


This made me laugh. If you click news below the comic, you'll see they also have the same high opinion of this drink that I do.

Anti-Spam laws challenged by Free Speech claims


It's already been established that there are limits to Free Speech. One is free to scream "Fire!" in their private residence until they are blue in the face. One is certainly not free to do the same in a crowded public place.

One is free to walk around spewing their personal opinion all day long. One is not free to walk around following somebody and spewing that same opinion at them over and over.

The lawyer in this case is basically trying to justify his client's actions by calling them anonymous free speech, a right protected by the Constitution. Unfortunately, his client's action are more akin to posting fliers with ads on other peoples' private property, using stolen supplies and driving a stolen vehicle.

Razer Tarantula review up at

Razer Tarantula Review

Thursday, September 13, 2007

SSD - Solid State Drive

I was excited today when I received an email from Alienware stating that they now have a laptop equipped with the new Solid State Drive.

For those who are unaware, this is basically the future of the Hard Disk Drive. Instead of using the old platters that spin at high speeds while being read, the SSD uses technology similar to what USB data drives (keychain drives) use. This is good, since it consumes a lot less power, and is a lot less likely to fail. (No moving parts to break down over time.) It's also quite a bit faster.

I had read about these a while ago, and was keeping track of the progress for a bit, and then I forgot about it. Until the email. Of course, I just bought a laptop from Dell, and I'm certainly not going to pay Alienware the premium they charge just for their name, but I figured I could head to and check to see if they had any.

And by God, they do have some SSDs!

FOR OVER $400 A PIECE! And we're talking 16 GB IDE drives for that price. Uh...I think I will pass for now, thanks. I guess I'll be waiting until the prices come way down on these before purchasing one, considering that for $400 I can buy almost a TB of storage with a SATA interface.

Oh well, the concept is still cool.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Vista Recycle Bin missing from desktop

If you're like me, you've probably deleted the Recycle Bin from your Windows Vista desktop by clicking delete instead of empty recycle bin. Don't panic! It's really easy to get it back.

  1. Right click your desktop and select Personalize.
  2. On the window that appears, you will see Change desktop icons on the top left. Click it.
  3. At the top of the pop-up window, check Recycle Bin, and then click OK.

Tada! Now your pretty little Vista Recycle Bin is back on your desktop, where you can accidentally delete again in the future.

St. George police officer violates citizen's rights

And this is why people don't like the police.

Another link, with video of the incident.

Indiana Jones 4 now has a title

And no, it's not Geriatric Jones and the Nursing Home of Doom. Although that might be appropriate.

It's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and it's set to open May 22nd, 2008. I may be a little skeptical of the quality, but you can bet your ass I'm going to be there anyway. (And why not, I subjected myself to Star Wars Episode 2 and 3 even after seeing the first one...)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Received: Dell 1720 Laptop

DHL dropped this puppy off for me this afternoon. I've been configuring it for a couple of hours now. (Taking off Dell bloatware, installing my programs.) Of course, the first thing the laptop did was bluescreen while setting up Vista, so I'm not entirely confident that it's going to live up to my expectations.
In about a month, I will be writing up a review for

LASIK: 1 month checkup

I went for my one month checkup today. The doctor tells me I am healing well. He told me I should be pretty much where I am going to stay, vision wise.

Right now that's 20/20 in my right eye, and 20/25 in my left. Not too shabby.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

WV Ho!

Our friends Pat and Ame left to go back to WV today. Hopefully we will get them to move up here someday soon.

BBQ at the Star house...

Had a bunch of old friends over for a BBQ today.

Chris, Tony and Pat admiring my grilling skills...

Ame and my wife...

Chris and Tony

Motherf**ker had 18 empty beer bottles on my porch before we ate dinner and couldn't figure out why he was drunk....

Tom and Sunny.

Even though it rained like a motherf**ker the whole time, we still had fun, and managed to drink a lot of alcohol. Three cheers for moving the grill to the garage!

BTW, thanks for peeing in my bushes, you douche-monkeys.