Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Portable FireFox

Ok this is cool. I love portable apps, and I love FireFox. In fact I am writing this blog entry in a portable instance of FireFox.

Well FireFox 3 Beta is now portable.

This is cool.


More on portable apps later.

Currently reading #2

Stayed up late Monday night re-reading Orson Scott Card's "Enders Game".

I had been going through my book shelf and noticed that I had two copies, then I noticed that one was the "Authors Definitive Edition", I wasn't sure if I had read that edition before or the original. So I re-read it. All. I was very tired yesterday.

I love that book. I find that, like a few other really good writers, Mr. Card's writing can have a very profound effect on me. It worms its way into my brain and seems to affect my thoughts at random and odd times. Definitely a book to read and re-read many times over!

I highly recommend this book!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wow, 37

Hmmmm... Feels kind of like 36, and 25 and 18 for that matter. Odd, I am on the downward slide to 40 and I still feel like I am a kid. At least, I don't feel like an adult.

When I was younger I imagined that there were periods in ones life, like ages or epochs, periods that were somewhat severed from what had come before. I thought, "When I am 30 I will feel like I am an adult, and when I am forty I will know that I am wiser and will feel that I am wiser."

Well it doesn't seem to work that way. There is an emotional and intellectual continuity to my inner life that I did not expect.

That is not to say that I have not changed, because I have. But it has been through a process, an evolution of the mind. And though I have had an epiphany or two in my life, they do not seem to be the moments of great change that sever my thought or emotional life from what they were before. Instead the changes, deep as they are, seem to be somehow more subtle than I thought they would be.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Could it be an...

overreacting news story?

Oh, my goodness, I have a case of the vapors!

Playing games makes people more aggressive. Human beings interacting over the computer can lead to crime. We must shut these things down!!

I mean seriously, we only just recently got rid of all violent crime caused when people interact in the real world and now there is a whole new environment that is fostering violent behavior.

What's that you say? You mean we still have violent crime due to human interaction in the non-cyber world? What is the world coming to? Well there is no way around it we will need to ban interaction in all settings, then maybe we can do away with all of this violence and crime and rudeness.

Or maybe, just maybe, these outlying examples of antisocial behavior are being exhibited by individuals that are already antisocial in some way to begin with. And if they didn't act out this way they would in another. Maybe when humans interact, under any circumstances there will be a certain percentage that do things that we do not want them to do.

Crime, violence , and even rudeness have been with us for our entire history. They will probably last a long, long time into our future. Instead of being overly excitable Grinches who want to damage or do away with some one else's fun maybe we should try to find constructive ways to teach personal responsibility.

Naaaa, that would detract from the victim mindset that we are all supposed to have.

Oh well...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Siouxsie

is BACK!!!!!!!


I hate it when I miss things like this. Siouxsie Sioux the singer and soul of Siouxsie & the Banshees is finally releasing has finally released a solo album. And she is planning a US tour in 2008.

Pet Peeve #1

Does anyone know what blinkers are? Maybe this will help.

They are also called turn signals, or directional signals. Here in the U.S. they are usually activated by a lever that is attached to the steering column. They can be found in the majority of cars on the streets here and are not difficult to operate, even for beginners. We all learn when and how to use them in drivers education classes.

So why are there so many people who fail to use them?

Here in Texas the law requires them to be used, if the car is equipped with them, for turning as well as lane changes. But for some reason it seems more and more drivers prefer to be rude, and just change lanes without signaling at all.

This really gets me pi**** off riled up.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Lone Wolf

Anyone out there remember the Lone Wolf series? I remember reading and re-reading these books many times over. Well I recently found out that you can download the original books here. Or read about them here.

And now all of the original books are being updated, revised with new material and re-released by Mongoose Publishing, the same company that created the d20 Lone Wolf setting. They are also going to release the final 4 never before released books #29 - #32.

Also Joe Dever the author is apparently involved with a computer game version of the book to be released August 2008.

All in all this seems to be a pretty exciting time for Lone Wolf fans.

I just wonder if they are going to re-release the Grey Star books.

Update: It appears that the Lone Wolf computer game will be released in 2010.