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my life story suffers from a muddled narrative structure, awkward dialog, and an unsympathetic protagonist.

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hooters Apr. 26th, 2010 @ 03:02 pm
Evil Genius Quote of the day: Hooters is like a strip club with training wheels.
Current Location: America

biking again Apr. 4th, 2010 @ 08:29 pm
Another 24 kilometers (15 miles) on the bike today. Max speed 60 Kph :D(37 mph)

Objectivists. Jan. 13th, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
Nothing like finding out someone REALLY likes Ayn Rand too just up and totally ruin them for me.

It looks almost Finnish long. Dec. 1st, 2009 @ 06:00 pm
Whoa. You're word of the day is Cenosillicaphobia.

Halloween is pretty close. Oct. 21st, 2009 @ 10:36 am
Once again into the breach... of Visio
Designs to follow.

Finland makes broadband a right Oct. 15th, 2009 @ 02:10 pm
Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications has declared that access to 1MB broadband is a legal right. This is significant as it recognizes that much of what we do in today's world requires the net, from renewal of government documents like driving licenses to education to access to health services to engagement in the civic process by filing comments and forms with our local and national governments.

It's also significant because the EU is trying to pass legislation on behalf of the record industry that would require European ISPs to cut off your Internet access if you were accused -- without proof or a court case -- of infringing copyright. Recognizing that broadband is a right makes this much harder to square with norms of justice and human rights.

According to the report, every person in Finland (a little over 5 million people, according to a 2009 estimate) will have the right of access to a 1Mb broadband connection starting in July. And they may ultimately gain the right to a 100Mb broadband connection.

Just more than a year ago, Finland said it would make a 100Mb broadband connection a legal right by the end of 2015. Wednesday's announcement is considered an intermediate step.

France, one of a few countries that has made Internet access a human right, did so earlier this year. France's Constitutional Council ruled that Internet access is a basic human right. That said, it stopped short of making "broadband access" a legal right. Finland says that it's the first country to make broadband access a legal right.


It's a good day to live in the snowy north.

the benefits of age. Oct. 14th, 2009 @ 06:39 pm
It's so nice popular culture is currently being created by my peers.
I get all of the jokes

It's alive!! Sep. 22nd, 2009 @ 05:10 pm

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!

The Soturi(game machine) is all "mmmmh CPU nom nom nom"

Sep. 22nd, 2009 @ 04:52 pm
"It seems justified to affirm: the more cultivated a people becomes, the more decoration disappears"
-Le Corbusier

I couldn't resist. Sep. 14th, 2009 @ 10:41 am

Please forgive me.

The Raven read by James Earl Jones Sep. 12th, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

Oh Hell Yeah.

Sep. 8th, 2009 @ 06:32 pm

Word of the day Aug. 27th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
Thank you Slayer for that one.

The fear and other eventualities. Aug. 3rd, 2009 @ 03:30 pm
This one goes out to my A2 homies:
Hunter S. Thompson Motivational PostersCollapse )

Jul. 31st, 2009 @ 09:07 am

E = A Jul. 30th, 2009 @ 05:02 pm
It's just occurred to me, that why I say to a Finnish friend "I'll give you and A for Effort"(A being the best possible letter grade in the American school system). My Finnish friends instead likely hear "I'll give you an E for effort"(E being the wost letter grade attainable in the American school system).

Jul. 27th, 2009 @ 05:11 pm
The only way to escape tvtropes.org is by closing all of the tabs simultaneously.

Another attempted hijacking Jul. 6th, 2009 @ 10:37 am
I wonder who it was that has again attempted to reset my password on LJ???

A request has been made at http://www.livejournal.com/lostinfo.bml to reset
the password to the LiveJournal.com account associated with this email address.

The account information is:

Username: evil_genius
blah blah blah.

This information was requested on the website from (

APNIC whois query under cutCollapse )
I ran a port scan at 6:23 PM local AU time and got nothing back. I'll have to check again later today.
System Status: annoyedannoyed

Her name is Amy Walker. Jun. 26th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
I have no fucking clue where she was actually born.

Has it really only been 5000 days? Jun. 25th, 2009 @ 04:57 pm
I was watching a Sam Harris interview just a moment ago. When he mentioned that we've only had cellphones and the Internet for something like 5000 days. So I looked it up. "When did the internet start?" is really a rather vague question to ask. If I was forced to answer such a question though I would argue that the internet, at least as we know it today, effectively began on August 6, 1991 with the public release of the World Wide Web project by CERN. The era of the mobile 'cell' phone began in the US in 1983 with the FFC approval of the Motorola DynaTAC(Japan had such systems in 79'). It went on sale on March 6, 1983.

So, using these numbers and the date of this post I come up with these results:

Internet Age: 6533 Days
Cellphone Age: 9608 days

A bit longer than Sam claims. But his number is most assuredly more useful. Yes the DynaTAC was on sale in 1983. But it cost $3,995. A dodge Ram 50 truck cost $5665 new back then. Sure the Internet existed, but I didn't hear about until after I graduated high school..... in 1996. My dad did have a cellphone quite a bit earlier than that though. But for most people in the general public cellphones didn't really hit till right around then either.

Incidentally 5000 days ago was 17/10/1995

Another reason Jun. 20th, 2009 @ 04:23 pm
Detroit can be a very cool place to live.
Then shit like this happens:

Detroit Police Halt Pillow Fight

Torture? May. 26th, 2009 @ 12:04 am
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

The Daily Show May. 4th, 2009 @ 10:40 am
In what appears to be the most compelling sign yet for the coming end of days, Comedy Central's The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart has ended international access to full episodes via it's website.
The post to thier forums:
Yesterday, April 28, we restricted access to full episodes of The Daily Show for several countries outside of the U.S. We did so at the request of the content licensees who control the television broadcast rights to the show in those respective territories.

We want to make it clear that we hear you, the Daily Show fans. We read your posts and comments on the boards. And given the very reasonable user feedback you've posted, we fully appreciate that fans of the show outside of the U.S. want access to full episodes. Regrettably, the nature of international licensing makes that extremely complicated.

Please know that Comedy Central will continue to work with local TV broadcasters around the globe in hopes of granting access to these episodes in your country. In the meantime, you still have access to the rest of TheDailyShow.com, including these forums.

Thanks for your understanding.

The forum thread has over 270 responses at the moment(10:30 +2GMT). The response are nearly uniform in thier content "This is lame". I have to say, I completely agree.

It's a shame there are no channels in Finland broadcasting the daily show (free or otherwise). The same holds true for quite a large number of other countries.
As one of the first responders to this thread pointed out. "congratulations on chasing your technology savvy viewers to pirate bay, and losing viewers who can't be bothered trying to download it."
Do make sure to hit the digg links

Apr. 30th, 2009 @ 07:06 pm

Vista who'd have thought. Apr. 10th, 2009 @ 07:37 pm
I've been using Microsoft's Windows Vista for just over 24 hours now. Already I've managed to make it crash hard twice.
System Status: nerdynerdy
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If this ain't the god's honest truth. Mar. 24th, 2009 @ 08:25 pm

Course.. I've got a palm 3, treo270, psion 5mx, jornada 720, HP 2133, several proper laptops, and an army of linux boxes, and other pc's.
So I can choice any branch at any point and be on the money.

Mar. 24th, 2009 @ 02:46 pm
A note to my addicted friends.

oh snap. Feb. 20th, 2009 @ 06:48 pm

EU bankers failed a whee bit. Feb. 18th, 2009 @ 05:39 pm
Head over to the Euribor website if you are into really bad record keeping.
The Euribor 360 is:
The Euribor, or Euro Interbank Offered Rate, is the average interest rate at which term deposits are offered between prime banks in the EU wholesale money market or interbank market.[1] Just like the LIBOR serves as a short-term reference rate for British Pound and U.S. Dollar denominated instruments, the Euribor is widely used as a reference rate for Euro denominated forward rate agreements, short-term interest rate futures contracts and interest rate swaps. *Source: Wikinvest.com*

It's quite simply one of the most important reference rates in Europe(and consequently the world). For instance our next mortgage will likely be tacked to one of the Euribor rates.

Considering the above, I was really rather shocked then to find their historical data section in such a disastrous state.
Here are just some of the issues I found:

  • Some years are in Microsoft Excels .xls format. While others are in text files only.

  • Some sheets show the date descending while others show it ascending.

  • The Sheet for the 2001 actually switches date entry standard in the middle of April.

  • Almost no two sheets you the same format for the date field. Despite the fact all of the original 13 EU countries use the same DD/MM/YYYY date formatting.

  • The data in some sheets covers only the indicated year. In others it seems to show an arbitrary amount of the other years.

  • The text file for 2005 apparently contains known errors(14 fields total). But rather than fix them, they link the user to the correct data.

  • There are multiple inconsistencies in the 2003 text file that make a graceful import impossible.

  • In some files a period is used as the decimal indicator. In others it's the comma.

  • From 2007 forward the date is run left to right, rather than top to bottom.

All of these are even more shocking when you consider just how many people likely look at this data. And just how easy it was for me to fix them myself(took like 3 hours).

Super Friends Office space. Jan. 21st, 2009 @ 03:38 pm

Jan. 16th, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

That about sums it up.

Just one of the many reasons I don't buy Intel.. EVER. Jan. 16th, 2009 @ 01:43 am
"Intel Israel's five locations, some with multiple facilities, include design and development centers, fabs, and sales and marketing support offices. Israel itself is home to 6.7 million residents. It comprises a mosaic of people with varied ethnic backgrounds, lifestyles, religions, cultures and traditions, all thousands of years in the making. In collaboration with local leadership, Intel Israel contributes to education, employment and the development of suppliers and infrastructure."

"Intel are one of the biggest supporters of Israel. Their very first development centre outside the US was opened in Haifa in 1974. Since then they have continued pouring investment in to Israel.[2] By year 2000 they employ over 4000 israelis. Exports from their Lachish-Qiryat Gat plant in israel (opened feb 99) total $ 3 million a day at peak capacity - approximately $ 1 billion a year. [1]

Al-Awda (Palestine Right to Return Coalition) have pointed out that the Intel plant at"Qiryat Gat" is built on land Israel confiscated from the Palestinian villages of Iraq al Manshiya. Iraq al Manshiya was a village of 2000 people living in 300 houses with two mosques and one school. The original Palestinian inhabitants were terrorised out of the village and then the whole village was razed to the ground to prepare the way for the new israeli settlement of Qiryat Gat. Today the remaining population from Iraq al Manshiya is still not allowed to return.[4][5][6]. Legal action against Intel for building on looted land is being considered [7]."

Heatpipes Jan. 12th, 2009 @ 11:33 pm
Does anyone know where to buy raw heat pipes?
2-3mm 80-150m long screen/mesh wick materials.

Fuck your cell phone. Dec. 16th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
Cell Phone Mania Must Stop Now!
By John C. Dvorak

I've had it with cell phones—all of them. I'm sick of reading about new phones. I'm sick of news about the iPhone, how cool it is or that it lacks a removable battery, and gosh we need to discuss this important flaw incessantly. Who cares? It's a friggin' phone, for God's sake. And now I'm sick of hearing about Google's Android phones. The gPhone, the G1, the Android, or whatever you want to call it. Who cares?

Exactly why is so much time spent talking about these devices? Are we that bored?

"But it's open source, and golly, you can get the apps from anywhere! You don't have to go to the evil Apple store; you can even change the code in it."

"Oh, did you hear that a kill switch is built into the software?"

"Yes I did. That's bad, but Apple's is worse."

"My goodness, yes, it's surely worse with the Apple phone. Oh, my."

Shoot yourself.

More rant under cutCollapse )

Oh your gawd, THANK YOU JOHN.
Fuck your phones. My phone is vastly superior to all of your phones. Regardless of model or specifications.
My phone is just a phone.
It makes telephone calls. Little else. 5 years from now, while your touch screen, battery draining, kill switch bricked PDA's that happen to make phone calls will be pushing up digital daisies. My phone will still be making telephone calls(thanks to it's absurd titanium exterior and exceptional battery life).
It cost me 100 euros and that is still 3 times more than I should have been willing to pay, for a telephone!

It has no GPS.
No digital camera.
No FM tuner.
No flip out keyboard.
No MP3 player.
No voice recorder.
No biult in suite of office products.
Basically no Java.
No polyphonic ringtones

But lets be honest. Most, if not all of the phones that have those things suck. Whens the last time you saw some one frame a cellphone camera shot?

Fuck your phones and the 500+ Euro price tags attached to them.
My phone is vastly inferior in terms of feature set.
But vastly superior at being a telephone.

Did I mention fuck your phones?

scroll buttons.... Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 12:33 am
Yeah I know it's long. But it's also funny. And more importantly true.

Nov. 11th, 2008 @ 10:16 am

*Proceeds to get his nerd on... so hard*

Aug. 22nd, 2008 @ 01:29 am
exciting little update tomorrow :D

Who knew claymation could be so awesome? Aug. 21st, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

LYTZ - 3 DAYS AWAKE Aug. 15th, 2008 @ 02:27 am

It doesn't make any more sense in English either.

MPAA is hopelessly clueless. Aug. 12th, 2008 @ 05:26 pm

I know every time I sit through it I ask myself "why did I pay for this shit?"
If not for ignorant_bliss I would probably never pay for a DVD again.
Current Location: The Lair
System Status: annoyedannoyed

Battle Cry Aug. 11th, 2008 @ 02:08 pm
Taunting the Bear
By JAMES TRAUB August 10, 2008

The hostilities between Russia and Georgia that erupted on Friday over the breakaway province of South Ossetia look, in retrospect, almost absurdly over-determined. For years, the Russians have claimed that Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been preparing to retake the disputed regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and have warned that they would use force to block such a bid. Mr. Saakashvili, for his part, describes today’s Russia as a belligerent power ruthlessly pressing at its borders, implacably hostile to democratic neighbors like Georgia and Ukraine. He has thrown in his lot with the West, and has campaigned ardently for membership in NATO. Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’s former president and current prime minister, has said Russia could never accept a NATO presence in the Caucasus.

The border between Georgia and Russia, in short, has been the driest of tinder; the only question was where the fire would start.

It’s scarcely clear yet how things will stand between the two when the smoke clears. But it’s safe to say that while Russia has a massive advantage in firepower, Georgia, an open, free-market, more-or-less-democratic nation that sees itself as a distant outpost of Europe, enjoys a decisive rhetorical and political edge. In recent conversations there, President Saakashvili compared Georgia to Czechoslovakia in 1938, trusting the West to save it from a ravenous neighbor. “If Georgia fails,” he said to me darkly two months ago, “it will send a message to everyone that this path doesn’t work.”
Excellent article from the NY TimesCollapse )

A complex situation indeed. Far from the simple "Russia bad, Western leaning democracy good" idiocy some would have us believe.

Plucky little Georgia? No, the cold war reading won't wash Aug. 11th, 2008 @ 10:47 am
It is crudely simplistic to cast Russia as the sole villain in the clashes over South Ossetia. The west would be wise to stay out

Mark Almond (Wikipedia)
The Guardian, Saturday August 9 2008 (Source Watch)
Article history

For many people the sight of Russian tanks streaming across a border in August has uncanny echoes of Prague 1968. That cold war reflex is natural enough, but after two decades of Russian retreat from those bastions it is misleading. Not every development in the former Soviet Union is a replay of Soviet history.

The clash between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia, which escalated dramatically yesterday, in truth has more in common with the Falklands war of 1982 than it does with a cold war crisis. When the Argentine junta was basking in public approval for its bloodless recovery of Las Malvinas, Henry Kissinger anticipated Britain's widely unexpected military response with the comment: "No great power retreats for ever." Maybe today Russia has stopped the long retreat to Moscow which started under Gorbachev.
Much more under the cut.Collapse )
Interesting stuff.
Current Location: Work

How Conservatives rule. Aug. 6th, 2008 @ 02:32 pm
Listen Now
Fresh Air from WHYY, August 4, 2008 · Social critic Thomas Frank examines the modern conservative movement and its excesses in his new book, The Wrecking Crew. Conservative politicians complain that big government does not work, writes Frank — then they get elected and prove it.

Frank's previous books are What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America and One Market Under God. The founding editor of The Baffler and a contributing editor at Harper's, Frank writes the 'Tilting Yard' column for The Wall Street Journal.

Excerpt: 'The Wrecking Crew' behind the cutCollapse )

Never thought about it that way. But he's completely right. Conservatives campaign on the promise of smaller government(read: less costly) and free markets. Only to outsource historically public sphere jobs to private industry at a greatly inflated cost to tax payers, along with dramatically reduced effectiveness. The American people recoil from the ideas of socialism(thanks to an impressive conservative propaganda machine) only to embrace wholesale crony 'capitalism'.
Prototypical Conservative Politician: "All government is corrupt, incompetent, and incapable of functioning properly. Elected me and I'll guarantee it."

The particularly foolish among you may insist democrats are nothing more than tax and spend liberals. But at least the things they spend money on tend to actually help someone besides themselves or close business associates.

Aug. 3rd, 2008 @ 01:40 pm

Lyrebird Unbeleivable Jungle Bird Mimics Bird and Human Sounds Aug. 3rd, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

I had forgotten Aug. 1st, 2008 @ 04:28 pm
How terrifying Jujitsu looks.

Conspiracy theorists and the electric car. Jul. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:22 pm
I am so sick off hearing "I hope they let inventor X live. They always kill those guys who come up with a more efficient X"(carburetor, engine, battery, etc). It strikes right at the heart of my number 1 pet peeve. That being “people making patently false claims about reality”. In English: Anyone insisting they are right about X when I'm quite sure they aren't.

I just had one of the typical exchanges with a friend. After sending him a link to a6 stroke engine uses water for heat recovery. He responded in the above manner. To which I responded "fail fail omg fail you should be ashamed for saying something to silly". His retort was "if it's not a conspiracy tell me why there were electric cars in 1900 but only now are they finally coming out".

So I tried to respond with the actual reasons, of which there are many, most of which are more or less totally benign until you hit the late 1990's. But my man there wouldn't even let me finish a coherent idea before he was off on the next point. When I asked him to shut up and let me actually address his complaints. He got all self righteous about being treated like a child(odd how people get treated like a child when they act like one around me).

So fuck you Bob. Here is your explaination whether you like it or notCollapse )
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