Saturday, November 22, 2008

I wish I lived in Canada

Let's make a comparison or two...
Canada US
Gun deaths per year about 68               over 22,000
Some news stories from news websites:
NBC 10 (my local):
45th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
School Aide's XXX Past
Accused Peeping Tom
Shot and Killed Burglar
Tech Exec Convicted of Murder
Husband Dies Two Days After Wife
Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student
Snowstorm restricts travel
Auto sector help could deepen deficit
Montreal museum head tapped to be National Museum curator
Hiking trail closed due to heavy rain
Haircuts, housing info on offer at Calgary homeless event
Students running underground junk food trade donate profits to charity
Enough about that, let's move to other stats...
Canada has 14.6% more renewable freshwater.
Canada has 4.2% more energy per capita.
US has a 4.8% higher death rate.
Canada has a 2.9% higher life expectancy.
Canada's lending represents0.68% of its GDP. US' borrowing represents 4.72%of its GDP. (canada has a surplus, us has a deficit)
US spends 3.7 times more money on military as expressed in % of GDP.
et cetera...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What I use

I thought the non-existent readers of this blog might be interested in learning about some of the software and hardware I use.
If I don't list a price, I didn't pay anything.
Desktop is an IBM Intellistation Z Pro Workstation with Windows Vista Ultimate, dual 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors, and a 128MB Demontek Nvidia GeForce 6200 graphics card and 2 GB of RAM
Laptop is an ASUS Eee PC 1000H with Windows XP, an Intel Atom processor at 1.6 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and Intel Integrated Graphics GMA980 $479
HDTV ATSC USB TV tuner (acronyms ftw) $49
Dynex (Best Buy) USB 802.11g USB WiFi adapter $29
Canon Pixma iP1700 Photo Inkjet
Canon CanoScan N1220 LED Flatbed scanner
Logitech MX700 wireless mouse
Offbrand Chinese mousepad with speakers (I don't use them), microphone, blue light, and 4 USB $9.99
Dell harmon/kardon 2.1 channel PC speakers
iPod with video 5.5G 30GB $49
Router: Belkin N1 $99
Antivirus/antispam/antispyware/firewall: ESET Smart Security 3
Photo management and editing: Windows Digital Photo Suite 2006
Browsing:Firefox 3.1b2
Working:Microsoft Office 2007
Productivity:Google Desktop
Remote access:LogMeIn
Encyclopedia:Microsoft Encarta 2009 Premium Edition
Calculator: Microsoft Math 3.0
File compression: WinRAR
Xbox 360 with 120GB HDD $199 for the Xbox with wireless controller, $120 for the HDD
PlayStation 3 with 80GB HDD $499 (with MGS4)
Nintendo Wii $249
Home (actually just in my room) Theatre
32" Vizio VP322 Plasma TV (from Walmart) $529
Blu-Ray and DVD are played on the PS3
5.1 channel Dolby Digital surround sound (System from MicroCenter) $24.99
Email: Gmail, of course.
Calendar: Google Calendar
RSS aggregator: Google Reader
Maps/directions: Google Maps
Search: Google
News: Digg or CNN or MSNBC or Reuters, any of those are good

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I'm reading my Google Analytics results a lot. I'm getting most of my readers looking for "cell analogy" which just points out how lazy most of America must be. Most of the people looking for others to do their homework for them are from Texas. Hm. See, I am biased. That's why I'm moving to Toronto the first chance I get. Anyway. I'm currently reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead until I can acquire a bit more Pynchon...preferably Gravity's Rainbow. I'm currently reminding myself why Stephen Colbert is truly the funniest man who could possibly exist.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


So. I just finished Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The latest game in a series of some of the best games possible to make. Valve has this art down to a science. Nobody can really match these games, and they are by far the best in the genre. This one is arguably the best in the series. There were some parts that felt a little too difficult, namely the final battle, but everyone expects the final battle to be difficult. Anyway, the end (major spoilers ahead. Major!) was incredibly done. Rarely do I cry openly, and even rarer is it that a video game or movie makes me cry. After you protect a missile silo from giant creatures, destroying them by lobbing a sticky bomb at each of about 7, I believe, the rocket is launched, and it closes a portal threatening the entire universe. You and your platonic companion in the story, Alyx Vance, are about to depart on a helicopter, while her father escorts you, and says his goodbye to her. As you are about to board, these creatures called Combine Advisors fly in, pinning you to the wall psychically, paralyzing you, while they pull in her father. She screams and cries, but it is no use, as he says, "I love you, baby!" and "Look away, Alyx" and they ruthlessly and violently kill him, as she sobs. Another comes, but her pet robot kills it before it attacks you or Alyx. She holds her father in her arms and quietly sobs, saying, "No..." over and over again. She whispers, "Please...don't leave me..." Fade to black.

Monday, August 04, 2008


i got an xbox 360 and i love it, end of story.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Five ways I tend to feel after speaking with Sprint’s Customer Service (by Merlin Mann) from

January 9th, 2004
  1. Like I was just traded to another inmate for 2 packs of menthol cigarettes
  2. Like I’ve been slapped repeatedly with a half-frozen sturgeon
  3. Like I’ve accidentally just agreed to finish the homework of every kid in my middle school
  4. Like somewhere in a big Sprint building, there’s a fat man with a monocle and a top hat smoking a cigar while dancing a jig and holding a fat bag of five-dollar bills with my bewildered face on it
  5. Very, very unclean

Thursday, June 26, 2008

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