Out of the Blue

In another phishing scheme ripped from today's headlines, I got a couple of scam spams this morning from someone purporting to be a U.S. soldier looking for a partner to help get $25 million of Saddam Hussein's fortune out of the middle east, going so far as to send a BBC story from a couple of years ago to corroborate the origins of the money. Perhaps I should get him in touch with Yassir Arafat's widow who contacted me with a similar proposal and they could help each other out?

I have an over-scheduled day today, as Gunnar's second visit to the vet is this morning, I may have to return the rental car I picked up when I was informed that after the new light switch was installed, my truck started blowing fuses (I'm just not even contemplating the idea that they've ruined her on me), and we also got a call from Dr. Toothy's receptionist yesterday, confirming an appointment for today (that I never actually made) relating to my crown repairs in progress.

Dr. Doggie, Dr. Toothy, and Dr. Goodwrench are not at all near each other (the vet is by the Connecticut border and the Dentist is in Manhattan), and the timing is going to be tight, so I'm just a little stressed out about all this.

On the other hand, at least it's Groundhog Day, so if this all blows up, at least I may get the chance to set it all right.

That's the potential good news, the bad Groundhog Day news is already in.

Links of the Day: How NOT to talk to the police. Thanks Dave. Contains profanity (naturally).
Stories of the Day: Hong Kong firm wards off evil spirits with feng shui underpants.
Unwitting coffee model awarded $15.6M.
Half of Bankruptcy Due to Medical Bills -- U.S. Study.
That's the Ticket!: Chinese man grows his own chairs.
Science!: Carbon burial 'is climate option'.
Gouge and Bite: Gorn.
Peru's Rare 'Mermaid' Baby to Have Risky Surgery.
The Funnies: Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Images of the Day: The Infinite Cat Project.
Auctions of the Day: Fans find Peter Yarrow's guitar on eBay. Lost when he was leaving on a jet plane.
The Vitalizer Plus Hexagonal Water - Refurbished. Thanks Devicer.
WORLD'S LONGEST MOTORCYCLE. Thanks Compfused.
Follow-ups: Slashdot | UPN Officially Cancels 'Star Trek Enterprise'. I'll say it again... a Quantum Leap over the shark.
Congress Frets Over Saving Hubble Project.
Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 4, 2005, 16:47
85.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 4, 2005, 16:47
Feb 4, 2005, 16:47
 
I actually watched all of B5 again when it came out on DVD, but...it just isn't the same. For starters, that last year should not even exist. Otherwise, it had a tendency to stray or drone on at points. The movies could be a bit hit or miss and I do not even need to say anything about Crusade.

I do think Straczynski has some great ideas, but I would like to see him take a new approach, collaborate, or...whatever - just something to take the genius and tweak it a bit.
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Going to look into wireless routers this weekend,
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Re: Book
Feb 4, 2005, 11:30
Enahs
 
84.
Re: Book Feb 4, 2005, 11:30
Feb 4, 2005, 11:30
 Enahs
 
Quark Express is pretty good too, Truth, though it might be more for newspapers.

Quark was the king, even when Adobe has InDesign out….when InDesign hit 3.0 (read CS) and was integrated so well with PhotoShop , Illustrator and Acrobat….it suddenly lost it’s appeal to most people. Not to mention they are not competing business wise and lowering there price, it still cost more then the entire Adobe CreativeSuite (standard), and barely less than the CS Premium.
*edit* and that is for a NEW version, the "upgrade" version (if you had previous versions) are WAY way cheaper.

I must say, I really do like Adobe software, functionally wise. I just wish they would higher a few optimization guys, as they are resource hogs and run slower than they have to.



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Hey this is Carl, New Jersey rules you backwards retarded creep.

This comment was edited on Feb 4, 11:31.
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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 4, 2005, 10:34
83.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 4, 2005, 10:34
Feb 4, 2005, 10:34
 
"As ever, telling any/all of you that do not like this series to go to hell, Farscape is the best sci-fi series to date. Rest in peace, fine series, rest in peace..."

I won't bash Farscape, I liked watching it too, but it was always a little too far into the soap opera for kids genre instead of space opera for adults.

AND BABYLON 5 KICKS ITS ASS AS BEST SCI-FI SHOW EVER (excepting perhaps The Twilight Zone).

EDIT: P.S. Thanks for anime advice, I'll check it out. I'm soooo bored!
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Re: I need some help...
Feb 4, 2005, 08:14
82.
Re: I need some help... Feb 4, 2005, 08:14
Feb 4, 2005, 08:14
 
Reminds me of a saying I just ruined...

Give a man a modem, and he surfs for a day...
Give a man broadband and he's a PR0N W34531 for life!!!

I much prefer the original

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. teach a man to fish and .. he'll sit in a boat drinking beer all day
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Re: Book
Feb 4, 2005, 07:56
Jim
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Re: Book Feb 4, 2005, 07:56
Feb 4, 2005, 07:56
Jim
 
Heres a question, not sure if anyone has had any experiance in this..

Im writing a book, not a novel, its got pictures, im having trouble with what sort of software I should put it on, can word do what I want properly, or should I port it over to publisher, or do I need to be doing something else?
Im thinking along the lines of layout etc.

Any help would be appreciated.

MS Word is one of the worst software packages to do this sort of stuff. I've been doing the newsletter for my astronomy club for about 8 years with it and its nothing but frustration. I recently downloaded the trial version for Adobe Indesign and it is GREAT. I was putting together some pretty good layouts on some old projects in about 3-4 hours time of learning the software (and I haven't had much DTP experience other than word).

I'm going to buy the full version in the near future (30 day trial ran out last week). You can get it on Mac or Windows too.

Jim
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Re: I need some help...
Feb 4, 2005, 07:25
80.
Re: I need some help... Feb 4, 2005, 07:25
Feb 4, 2005, 07:25
 
Going to spend some "alone time" with my cable modem tonight,

Glad to see you are back in the broadband world.



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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 4, 2005, 05:59
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Re: Star Trek... Feb 4, 2005, 05:59
Feb 4, 2005, 05:59
 
Bah. I would likely switch if Blizzard ever did anything offered it, but I do not think I could go through the long grind again.

As for ST, I do really like the series, but it definitely could use some work.

ToS - It is big time cheesey today, but I have to consider the time it came out. In some ways, it still hold up today and I can only imagine what it would have been like back then.

TNG - It is somewhat dated, but primarily due to simple progression of standards rather than any flaw with the show itself. I think that this show nailed the ongoing search, it had a good television ending (such a rare thing these days,) and has done...adequately on the move side of things. For the newer generations, this is their ToS. After TNG, it is hard to do another exploration show without it being held directly up to TNG's standards or feeling like a rehash.

DS9 - This is probably my favorite of the series. I only struggle with calling it the best due to TNG. I think that TNG is the most refined, but DS9 has a special uniquenss to it and its setting makes it completely fresh compared to all the other series. I think it lost its way a few times and the religious aspects, especially at the end, were out of place, but it is a wonderful setting, set of stories, and huge cast of (relatively) deep characters.

Voyager - I hated this series from day one. The answer to the avoiding the "Oh, another random exploration show..." was to add in the lost in space motif. However, that is an even weaker premise; the vast majority of episodes are goint to be "OMG - LOOK - WE CAN GET HOME NOW.......ohhhhhhhhh, we just missed it!" type shows. Drag that out over seven years and bleh. On top of that, it re-used the Borg from TNG, it then proceeded to make them fairly weak, and it just wandered aimlessly for parts. I actually picked it up on DVD, though, and was able to enjoy it somewhat (compared to previously hating it.) The whole premise was broken, but there were some nice chracter dynamics. The ending was really rushed, though, and completely put the ST world in havoc. Now that would be a series that I would be somewhat interested in seeing.

Enterprise - Watched a few early episodes, but never felt a liking or disliking of it. It was a scaled back exploration theme (yawn,) it did a poor job of being a prequel, the crew does not mesh well as a whole, the time travel aspect was an extremely tired cliche, it really nevere had a gripping story, etc. It does seem to have changed its way somewhat in the past two years, even if more refinement than alteration, but it was in a tough position from time slots, tedium with the franchise, and/or from losing a lot of potential fans from the very beginning.

Stargate: SG1 is losing its (never very rough) edge and is stuck in its routine, Stargate: Atlantis is so unspetacular that I really do not care about the show, and, bizarrely, Battlestar Galactica is the one sci-fi series that I am enjoying, even with the semi-ridiculous "human" change to the story. Still, BG is the best sci-fi on right now.

As ever, telling any/all of you that do not like this series to go to hell, Farscape is the best sci-fi series to date. Rest in peace, fine series, rest in peace...
Farscape for life!
There is a lot of decent quality generic anime out there, but nothing profound right now. I am only keeping track of four series at the moment:

  • Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex - Just more of the Major and crew.

  • Paranoia Agent - Satoshi Kon. Love 'im or hate 'im. 'Nuff said.

  • Requiem from the Darkness - Not great, rough, but a little different. In all honesty, this is just more Vampire Princess Miyu type stuff.

  • Samurai Champloo - Probably the best all-around, easy to watch (Edit) current anime for new or non anime fans. It is no NGE or CB, but it still has style.

Wondering if I mentioned that I have broadband :D,
nUrd Ray

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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 4, 2005, 04:32
78.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 4, 2005, 04:32
Feb 4, 2005, 04:32
 
Congrats Ray, maybe its time you moved your WoW account to the Garona server, we've still got alternate characters at low levels to group with ya

As for Star Trek, this, like Star Wars, is an example of a property that was so successful that it became expensive to own, and that forced into the hands of the rich and greedy (Paramount). We desperately need some new sci-fi on TV with fresh writers and concepts. But here's the snag; what gets put on TV by the networks (sci-fi channel included) is directed toward the moron-hormone-driven-teen market, because they are what the marketers what. <sigh>

I'm really getting sci-fi withdrawl, can anyone recommend a good novel that's gone under the radar, or some non-crazy anime (read: isn't incomprehensibly Japanese-oriented)?
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Re: Book
Feb 4, 2005, 03:30
77.
Re: Book Feb 4, 2005, 03:30
Feb 4, 2005, 03:30
 
Quark Express is pretty good too, Truth, though it might be more for newspapers.

BTW, for those looking to join Elvis' server, I recommend http://www.game-monitor.com/search.php?qry=graceland&game=valve_hd
which will display current players (make sure you're not joining an empty server) and the IP etc.

Edit: <doh! Camaro76 :)>

This comment was edited on Feb 4, 03:32.
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Re: I need some help...
Feb 4, 2005, 02:21
76.
Re: I need some help... Feb 4, 2005, 02:21
Feb 4, 2005, 02:21
 
Graceland server (don't know the IP offhand, but someone had it in their sig - prolly Elvis, it's his server).

Y'all HL2DM lovers might wanna bookmark this page:

http://www.game-monitor.com/search.php?qry=graceland&game=valve_hd

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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 3, 2005, 22:05
75.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 3, 2005, 22:05
Feb 3, 2005, 22:05
 
You see TOS as cheesy crummy special effects?

...and Roddenbery TNG and I wasn't complaining about the special effects

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Re: Book
Feb 3, 2005, 21:52
74.
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Feb 3, 2005, 21:52
 
brilliant, thank you Enahs

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73.
 
Re: I need some help...
Feb 3, 2005, 21:43
nin
 
73.
Re: I need some help... Feb 3, 2005, 21:43
Feb 3, 2005, 21:43
 nin
 
Basically, can you....kiss my BROADBAND ass!
Especially you, nin!

Yeah, yeah, yeah...you're cleary psyched, which is really cool. Don't recall you being this happy in awhile!

Reminds me of a saying I just ruined...

Give a man a modem, and he surfs for a day...
Give a man broadband and he's a PR0N W34531 for life!!!







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Re: Book
Feb 3, 2005, 21:37
Enahs
 
72.
Re: Book Feb 3, 2005, 21:37
Feb 3, 2005, 21:37
 Enahs
 
Im writing a book, not a novel, its got pictures, im having trouble with what sort of software I should put it on, can word do what I want properly, or should I port it over to publisher, or do I need to be doing something else?

You should type all the text in word, get it grammatically correct. Then assemble/design it in adobe InDesign (http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign/main.html) and copy over all the text.

You can get it stand alone or part of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS). It is the best “page” design program out there. It is used for things like books, and posters, magazines, ect.

It even has a book wizard type thing to help you along :).


*edit* That is, it is the best if it is heavy on graphics.
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Hey this is Carl, New Jersey rules you backwards retarded creep.

This comment was edited on Feb 3, 21:41.
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Re: Book
Feb 3, 2005, 21:16
71.
Re: Book Feb 3, 2005, 21:16
Feb 3, 2005, 21:16
 
can word do what I want properly, or should I port it over to publisher
I'm going to say that using Word for something with pictures where you want a lot of control over things is probably a mistake, and will only give you grief. I've heard that Word is no DTP software, and tends to chew up layout. This is all hearsay, of course, ymmv.

As far as the DTP software goes though, I have no idea since I never use anything like it for any reason.

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Re: I need some help...
Feb 3, 2005, 21:11
70.
Re: I need some help... Feb 3, 2005, 21:11
Feb 3, 2005, 21:11
 
LOOK, POSTING WITH BROADBAND!!!!
Well it's about time! What are you on?

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Book
Feb 3, 2005, 21:10
69.
Book Feb 3, 2005, 21:10
Feb 3, 2005, 21:10
 
Heres a question, not sure if anyone has had any experiance in this..

Im writing a book, not a novel, its got pictures, im having trouble with what sort of software I should put it on, can word do what I want properly, or should I port it over to publisher, or do I need to be doing something else?
Im thinking along the lines of layout etc.

Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 3, 2005, 20:22
68.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 3, 2005, 20:22
Feb 3, 2005, 20:22
 
"Roddenberry dying was the best thing that ever happened to Star Trek. Episode plots became less cheesy. I can't stand TOS or early TNG. I'd rather watch DS9"

Let me guess. You are about 20 or 25? You see TOS as cheesy crummy special effects?

Ya. The original series was supposed to be about what people thought space exploration was. The show was not a cash generation machine like it was treated later on. Nor was it used as a propaganda vehicle for a partiucular groups agenda. It wasn't thinly disguised pornography. It was what people in science class hoped space exploration would be like.

Until we realized the moon landing was fake and the only reason the government was going into space was to put up missiles and spy satellites.

This comment was edited on Feb 3, 20:23.
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Re: Star Trek...
Feb 3, 2005, 20:03
67.
Re: Star Trek... Feb 3, 2005, 20:03
Feb 3, 2005, 20:03
 
Ignore the post-Roddenberry imitator empire.

Roddenberry dying was the best thing that ever happened to Star Trek. Episode plots became less cheesy. I can't stand TOS or early TNG. I'd rather watch DS9.

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Re: Ahhhh... music!
Feb 3, 2005, 19:54
66.
Re: Ahhhh... music! Feb 3, 2005, 19:54
Feb 3, 2005, 19:54
 
The installer is very easy and slick to use.
I just tried installing it and all I got was a headache. I'm running a Win2k3 server with an existing apache2, mysql, php install. I tried running the installer.php once I got to that point, and it complained that Firefox wasn't new enough and to use IE instead. I tried that and all it did was show me the text of the php file.

I'm running from a packaged group of programs, though, and it makes separating them out and updating a major PITA. Some day soon I think I'll wipe it out and install stuff individually, and maybe I'll have better luck because I'll have more control.
They've been working on 2.0 for awhile now, but I wouldn't hold my breath on it.
Yeah, I see that the latest release is from August 2003. Not exactly cutting edge.

So what's the address of your server so I can register an account and check 'er out?


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