A while back when I bought Halo 2 for PC, I got Shadowrun for free. Now, I wasn’t expecting much out of a free game, but I couldn’t install it anyway because the game requirements were too much for my old desktop and my NVidia drivers for Windows Vista on my laptop blow. So, I went ahead and installed it on Gravemind last night and ended up playing for like 2 hours. It’s a really neat game – a FPS with magic!

Ron Paul

Oh boy, I’m just full of opinions today, aren’t I?

For those of you that plan on voting in 2008 and aren’t sure who to support, I’d like to help you out. I know a lot of my friends are politically apathetic, but I’m hoping to change your mind.

How would you like to have no income taxes?

Does that have your attention yet? Good.

Ron Paul is a constitutionalist. He’s been in congress for 10 years as a Republican, and although a large portion of his views are Libertarian, he’s voted with the Republican party 73% of the time in congress. Yet, liberals like him (I don’t really need to prove this to you if you read Digg or Reddit). And, yet again, (real) conservatives like him (Trent, for example). Of course, moderates like him as well (though I list “other” on Facebook for my political views, those little quizzes on the Internet usually put me at moderate). Pretty much the only people that don’t like him are neo-cons and hippies, but then again, they only like Jesus and weed, respectively.

Here are some reasons of principal why you should like Ron Paul.

-He is consistent. No one will argue with me on this.
-He is known as “Dr. No” in congress because he will vote against anything that violates the constitution.
-He wants to lower taxes and he means it (see below for details).
-He courageously speaks the truth, even when it could hurt him in the polls (see his little skirmish with Rudy Giuliani on YouTube if you don’t know what I mean).

Here’s some basic information about his views on some important issues straight from his site.

-He has never voted to raise taxes.
-He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
-He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
-He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
-He has never taken a government-paid junket.
-He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
-He voted against the Patriot Act.
-He voted against regulating the Internet.
-He voted against the Iraq war.
-He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
-He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Ron Paul wants to abolish the Federal Reserve and income tax because both of them are unconstitutional. Who would’ve thought? Did you ever even stop and question the income tax or the Fed? Ron Paul is looking out for you. He says that the Fed causes an “inflation tax,” by which he means that the Fed causes inflation.

Now, Ron Paul polls very law nationally. In straw polls, he seems to do pretty well, but this can be accounted to the fact that his supporters are pretty zealous and seem to try to spread his message out there more than other people’s supporters, which should also tell you something. A lot of people might support Rudy Giuliani, but no one cares enough about him to go out and support him at straw polls (and why would they? He’s just out for power and makes cheap political statements to try to get it).

Ron Paul has more cash on hand that the former Republican frontrunner, John McCain, yet he’s got virtually no chance of winning (then again, neither does John McCain – his campaign is falling apart). Ron Paul’s support is grass roots support, and that means that people support him because they want to support him and because they truly like him, not because they think he’s the only choice they’ve got.

Yeah, Obama’s popular and if I had to vote between him and Giuliani, Obama would get my vote, but I really think that he and Hillary are doing so well because he’s black and she’s a woman. I wouldn’t vote for Hillary no matter what though. If it were between her and Giuliani, I think I’d write in a name if you can do that in Lousiana, or if not, I’d vote for some independent person.

So, please, don’t make it come down to that! No one likes the war in Iraq and about 70-80% of Americans want us to leave. If you are a part of this 70-80% and you are a Republican, you only have one choice, Ron Paul. If you are a Democrat, please, look at some facts. Hillary was leading Bill Clinton’s initiative to try to get national healthcare in the U.S., and now she doesn’t ever bring it up because she’s getting a shit-ton of money from the nation’s HMO’s (read: she was bought out). Do you really want that in office?

It is my opinion that Ron Paul is the only Republican that even has a chance to beat a Democrat in 2008.

I think in Louisiana you have to be a registered Republican to vote in the Republican primaries (in some states it doesn’t matter), so if you really care about Ron Paul, register Republican and help to restore freedom in our nation! :)

So, I hope that I haven’t forgotten anything that I wanted to say. Please remember this post when the Republican primaries come around (in January, I think). Maybe you can’t be bothered to vote, or you think you’d be wasting a vote by voting for Dr. Paul, but if you’re doing what you believe in, then nothing is ever wasted.

Silly Internet

The Internet is so silly sometimes – Digg and Reddit, in particular. Both communities are very strongly opinionated and the majority of the people in these communities seem to think that their opinion = fact. For example, Bill O’Reilly is “an idiot and a liar,” (summation of most comments on Bill O’Reilly stories) but when he confronts Tony Snow about the war in Iraq needing to end and Digg/Reddit agrees with him, suddenly he makes sense. I remember one time there was an article about how the “real 2008 Republican presidential race” was dictated by some straw poll in Georgia that had Mitt Romney in 1st and Ron Paul in 2nd. I also recall a lot of stories about how Ron Paul’s support is actually much larger than ~2-3%, which is what he’s polling at right now, because young people do not have landlines and that’s how those polls are conducted. Well, yes, but a lot of young people do have Facebook and…

…it looks like Ron Paul still isn’t in first place. Young people want Barack Obama, not Ron Paul. I support Ron Paul knowing that he doesn’t have a chance in hell, but I do it because his message is the truth and he makes the most sense out of anyone else out there right now.

The amount of non-newsworthy political and technology stories that make it to the front page are ridiculous. “My transition to Ubuntu.” WOW? YOU USE UBUNTU? NO WAI, GTFO! How is that news? I have Ubuntu on my old desktop and on my old laptop, I use it sometimes, who the hell cares? “The EFF urges switch to Linux from Windows.” OMG, you mean the organization that is rampantly against DRM, is “powered by Sun,” and is for the most part consistantly negative towards Microsoft, doesn’t want people to use Microsoft’s operating system? Again, HOW IS THIS NEWS???? I would honestly rather a link to a picture of a funny lolcat than another useless article about how ‘Microsoft’s reign is over.’ Yet, for some reason, these crappy articles keep getting promoted to the homepage. I realize that some of us wish that others would be more open-minded about other platforms, but you can’t prove that Linux is better than Windows by saying, “Oh, but xXrandom_bloggerXx uses Fedora.”

I guess that’s just the fallacy of social news.


So, here’s my new desktop PC, the successor to ‘Pillar of Autumn,’ named ‘Gravemind’ now, if you haven’t guessed by the title of this entry. Click on the thumbnails for ginormous images. :P

I didn’t know it had that LED in the front when I bought the case. One of the reviews said something about a blue LED, but I thought they were talking about a power/status indicator or something. The nice blue LED bar was a pleasant surprise.

Gravemind is really light compared to my old PC, and it’s 10x quieter (something I was aiming for). I really like it so far, and it was fun building it at work with Team IS. :D

And speaking of Team IS, I finished Team IS the Movie: 2. It’s not as funny as the first one, but I still enjoyed making it and it got some laughs from the team. :D

Poppy Brothers Senior

I ordered parts to build a new PC. Yeah, Mac Pros are just too damn expensive (note that I said expensive, not overpriced. >>). Well, that knocks out my computer purchases for the next 3 years. :P Now, where are those laser TV’s I was hearing about last year? >>

Keith got an iPhone and he brought it over yesterday. The screen on that thing is absolutely gorgeous and everything works really well (except trying to talk on Meebo >>).

Why did I buy a Wii? Ha.

However, Kirby’s Avalanche FTW.

Best Country Song About Technology…Ever

Download it. Way funnier than just reading the lyrics.

“Online” by Brad Paisley

I work down at the Pizza Pit
And I drive an old Hyundai
I still live with my mom and dad
I’m 5 foot 3 and overweight
I’m a scifi fanatic
A mild asthmatic
And I’ve never been to second base
But there’s whole ‘nother me
That you need to see
Go checkout MySpace

‘Cause online I’m out in Hollywood
I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good
I drive a Maserati
I’m a black-belt in karate
And I love a good glass of wine
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell them I don’t want nothing serious
‘Cause even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
So much cooler online

When I get home I kiss my mom
And she fixes me a snack
And I head down to my basement bedroom
And fire up my Mac
In real life the only time I’ve ever even been to L.A
Is when I got the chance with the marching band
To play tuba in the Rose Parade

Online I live in Malibu
I pose for Calvin Klein, I’ve been in GQ
I’m single and I’m rich
And I’ve got a set of six pack abs that would blow your mind
It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell them I don’t want nothing serious
‘Cause even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
So much cooler online

When you got my kind of stats
It’s hard to get a date
Let alone a real girlfriend
But I grow another foot and I lose a bunch of weight
Every time I login

I’m out in Hollywood
I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good
Even on a slow day
I could have a three way
Chat with two women at one time
I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I’m cooler online
I’m so much cooler online
Yeah, I’m cooler online

Yeah, I’m cooler online

Yeah, I’ll see ya online

1 vs. 100

I was just watching 1 vs. 100 (a game show hosted by Bob Saget) with my parents.

This was hilarious:

Which one is not one of the four colors in the Microsoft Windows logo?

A) Yellow
B) Green
C) Brown

Contestant: Well, I have Microsoft Windows.
Bob: Congratulations.
*audience laughs*
Contestant: Well doesn’t everybody?
Bob: I’m a Mac guy.

Hahahaha, Bob Saget is awesome.

She got the question right, by the way. :P

The Far Off Year of 2002!!!!

I got 63’s on both of my finals. How crazy is that? Oh, that’s not a bad thing. I got B’s in both of my classes, and that’s all that really mattered. I wasn’t getting an A pretty much no matter what in either class, so things turned out pretty well.

I’ve had this hard drive that’s been clicking for like 2 years (I’m not exaggerating, unless it was two different drives and one took over after the other stopped. It started in August 2005). I think it’s finally about to go, and I only recently (as in, today) figured out which one it is.

Oh, and Explorer.exe blows. I know a lot of people don’t like the Finder, but damn it if Finder isn’t at least 5x better than Explorer in design and stability. *sigh* Windows is still better than Linux though. ;)

Skittles are awesome.

I think I’ll try to start posting more pictures. I’ve been failing at that lately.

Adam plays 2D Internets a lot and now I think he has Philip Cali trapped in the 2D Internets.