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Monday, December 13th, 2010
11:31 pm - Day 10,000
As of today, I've been alive for 10,000 days. neat

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
11:48 am - Helen Files #0
Helen and I broke up recently. So, after many years of Helen Files, this will be the last one. Considering my LJ has been 90% helen files lately, this will either result in nothing here... or a lot of time on my hands to find something else to put here! Only time will tell.

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Monday, March 15th, 2010
10:29 pm - Chapter 6
The Saga Continues, with Chapter 6 of the Great Collaborative Zombie Novel!

Chapter 1: Gratuitous Cleavage Shots By Zeth
Chapter 2: I Suck at Coming Up with Names and Titles, by Vlad
Chapter 3: Mr West, by Zeth
Chapter 4: Up and Out, by Leefy
Chapter 5: Zombie City Escape Club, by Vlad
Chapter 6 by Mike

Chapter 6, copied here for posterityCollapse )

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Friday, January 29th, 2010
12:42 am
This BBC article gets points for using the word "Squashing" to refer to nuclear fusion:
[Fusion] is markedly different from current nuclear power, which operates through splitting atoms - fission - rather than squashing them together in fusion.

ETA: despite the doom and gloom, we live in very exciting times. Technology has advanced so much that the mere though of a 56k dial up connection, which was once a luxury enjoyed by few (and before then, within my life time, a technological impossibility), is treated as an incomprehensible hardship (and hey, it IS ;). The shear pace of change is staggering, but we're so used to it we don't even notice. And what lies ahead? usable fusion power?

current mood: Amused

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Friday, September 4th, 2009
9:00 pm

I don't even know WHO this guy is. I just needed to take part in exacerbating the Streisand Effect.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
8:58 pm - Bread
Look at this beautiful loaf of bread:

Way better than attempt number one:

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
6:07 pm - Once again, with feeling: Wealth redistrobution DOES. NOT. WORK.
A while back I was trying to explain how government funding of "Affordable Health care" was just going to make health care more expensive. In fact, part of the reason why health care is already extremely expensive is the approximately $600 Billion the federal government already dumps into the massively ill managed Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as a variety of regulations that raise barriers to entry into the field and discourage end users of ever caring about cost. It might seem counter intuitive if you don't grok basic free market economics, but that's the way it works. If you use subsidies to make it cheaper for people to get something, and there is a limited supply, the demand drives the prices up. This means that MORE people need subsidies to get the services they used to be able to afford.

My real world example of this phenomenon was college education. College degrees are socially over valued. Everyone says "You need an education!" So the government subsidizes education, making it real easy to get 'cheap' loans. This floods the education market with cash, pushing up prices. The net result is a lot of college graduates with crushing mountains of debt and a huge population of people with degrees. And a higher supply of degrees means... the degrees are now worthless! (are you catching onto the Supply/Demand economics yet?) So now that your degree is worthless, you can't pay off all that debt. Some people think that the solution is MORE debt and MORE degrees. I guess some people can run that race and win...

Any how, that was my general argument against Barack Obama. His socialist "Affordable" health care plan will end up hurting health care in the long run. But my arguments were all pretty abstract to some people.

Until now.

Right now our economy is in turmoil because of the government encouraging cheap loans to promote "Affordable Housing". People who could not afford the loans got them anyway. This Raised the supply of money, making money "cheap". When money is cheap, the price of goods hyper inflates. In the previous case, it was college tuition that inflated; In this case, it is housing prices. So the housing market boomed for a while, and houses were being built, increasing the supply of houses. With the increase in the Supply higher, Demand is down and Houses (like the college degrees before them) are worth less.

The net result of "Affordable" Housing, "Affordable" Education, and "Affordable" health care is a massive run up in price, and a massive loss of value. It isn't rocket surgery, folks.

Now that we've established that socialism and wealth redistribution does not work, lets look at the Socialist Robber Barons who made a killing while killing our economy and while killing the opportunity for the poor.

This video outlines the causes of our current crash, as well as the folks who made a huge profit off of the predatory loans that the government encouraged, and sometimes mandated. Barack Obama was part of a law firm that sued banks that refused to give sub-prime loans. One of his campaign's economic advisers was the CEO of Fannie Mae for several years, made millions of dollars, and pushed billions in junk loans.

Burning Down The House: What Caused Our Economic Crisis?

Here's a montage of Democrats defending the predatory lending of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac under the guise of supporting "affordable housing." Meanwhile, Republicans were trying to reign in Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. This even has Frank Raines (the afore mentioned Obama Adviser) saying that housing is a "Riskless investment". Riskless! He calls the system that is crashing down around us "riskless". This is the guy advising Obama on economics?

Shocking Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that caused our Economic Crisis

I have a hard time believing that Socialism has as much of a hold on this country as it does. It has proven destructive over and over again. And yet it is still tauted as "Hope!" and "Change!" and "Fighting for the little guy!"

When their socialist policies plunge us into a depression, it is the little guy who gets foreclosed, the little guy whop is out of a job, and the little guy who is standing on the soup line. And it is entirely the result of the Socialist Robber Barons' policies.

But then, I guess the Socialist Robber Barons get to spend a cut of their loot on soup kitchens and be hailed as heroes by giving hand outs to people they fucked over in the first place.

"The government is good at one thing...it knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say 'see if it weren't for the government you wouldn't be able to walk.'"
-- Harry Browne

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
10:50 pm - Fight back against NJ gun laws: NJCDL meeting in Hackensack, Sept 16

The NJCDL is having a general meeting on Tuesday September 16 at 7:30 PM, at 339 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ (Parking around back).

The general idea is to get gun owners who want to change NJ gun laws all in one place, get to know each other, learn HOW to effect the political process from seasoned political strategists, and form a network of individuals and teams that will take the political actions needed to effect the 120 lawmakers in our state.

Gun owners aren't political types. If we want to effect the politics of the state, we have to learn how to play politics.

It's time to fight back in NJ.

If you can't make it, you can still sign up for the NJCDL alerts by shooting an email to alerts@njcdl.org.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008
2:41 am - my body, my choice!
via Kit, and stolen directly from http://munchkinwrangler.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/my-body-my-choice/

my body, my choice!

…except when you’re a poor resident of California, apparently.

Isn’t it funny that the same people who would scream bloody murder if someone proposed a ban on abortion in their state don’t have a problem with banning trans fats or denying the poor neighborhoods of Los Angeles access to cheap prepared food?

Regardless of your stance on abortion (and please don’t kick off that debate in the Comments), it has to strike one as odd that these folks have no issue with a woman hoovering out her uterus, but then actively try to prevent the same woman from having a super-sized Big Mac meal afterwards. Do you own your body, or don’t you?

Of course, banning new McDonald’s and KFC restaurants from being built in East and South L.A. means that all kinds of healthy restaurants are going to move into those neighborhoods to pick up the slack, ready to serve nutritious fare at prices that can compete with the $0.99 Value Menu…

Anyone pay attention in your Economics class? Let’s see if you can predict the effect of that particular piece of city ordinance, and what kind of effect it’s going to have on the obesity rates in East L.A.

Of course, they’re using the old “public health care costs” argument, which should give the proponents of a National Health Care System pause. This is the writing on the wall, folks…when the State picks up the tab for fixing your boo-boos, the State soon claims the right to control what you do with that body, and what goes into it. At that point, it’s only a matter of time before your “free” health care means putting up with a ban on risky sports and greasy foods, and mandatory exercise will be just around the corner. After all, when the State pays to have your body fixed, you become a number on a public expenditure ledger, and they’ll pass whatever laws they can think of to keep that number as low as possible.

When you give the responsibility for your own health to someone else, that means they get to make your choices for you.

Government does not grow by seizing our freedoms, but by assuming our responsibilities. – Michael Cloud

With the possible exception of spiteful politics, this is the single biggest reason I oppose Obama. He wants to remove responsibility. And by taking away responsibility, he takes away your power over your own life.

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Monday, July 28th, 2008
1:38 am - some things i may want for my birthday
a pistol light:

A rail to fit the pistol light on the USP:

some mash hooks for my AK sling (given that my other hooks all broke :(

this nifty range bag

some cleaning utensils

A new screen for that toshiba lap top that has been sitting useless in my closet for a while now

A tent?

Some more magazines for my savage 22 rifle

A new DSLR camera. but what type?

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Friday, July 4th, 2008
5:06 pm
Happy 4th of July, everyone! Blow something up today... for AMERICA!

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Thursday, June 12th, 2008
11:18 am - Day 9,085
Here is something else worth reading:
The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism
By Jonathan Lethem

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
11:55 pm - Day 9,083
A rather impressive thunder storm blew through the area tonight. It knocked out the power at home, so I decided to grab some clothes and head to Helen's for the night. I grabbed the police scanner while I was there and got to hear some fun reports about trees falling on cars and such. The bummer is that our next door neighbors have power, but we don't :(

The DarthZeth Book Club died out, but here is a ton of interesting stuff that I want to keep in one place (and share).

Here's an interesting article on pre-state societies and the prevalence of revenge killings and violence: Vengeance Is Ours - What can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even? by Jared Diamond

Techdirt linked to an interesting article on how information has always been dynamic and how misinformation is not a phenomenon that started with the internet. My favorite bits were about how newspapers have always been inaccurate, with anecdotes back to misreports of George Washington's death during the American Revolution. The Library in the New Age By Robert Darnton

Against Intellectual Monopoly by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine. I highly recommend reading at least the intro chapter to this one.

Limited Government: Are The Good Times Really Over? This article got me pissed off about the defeatism in libertarian type crowds. It is actually similar to something Oleg linked to recently: The Perils Of Inactivity. I can't say I agree with the position, but the attitude is right: Don't get huffy and give up because things aren't perfect. Also, it admits that gun control is a non-issue these days in the favor of gun owners. Thats a far cry from the self image most gun owners have of being victims.

there were some other good stuff, but its all on my powerless desktop. note to self: buy a UPC soon.

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Sunday, May 25th, 2008
11:28 pm - Day 9,067
I got up earlier than normal today, loaded the car with guns, ammo and Helen, and headed out. We were running slightly behind, so we grabbed a quick McGriddle for breakfast. We stopped in Newark to pick up Mike, then headed out interstate 78, all the way to the Delaware river.

We met up with Jeff, an instructor for the weapons familiarity class required to get your Utah concealed firearms permit. Our rag tag group of 10 students I assembled was a pretty good crew, and we spent 4 hours talking about guns, telling stories, and being politically incorrect. All in all, it felt more like hanging out than taking a class.

We also did a bit of shooting for the class. Helen was kind of nervous and didn't shoot to well the first round. The good part of that was a retired marine gave her a little private instruction. He gave her pointers on her grip and did an exercise where she did some dry firing with an empty case balanced on the slide. It all seemed very snatch-the-pebble-from-my-hand zen like. The end result was that she put two out of her next three shots in the same hole.

Josh helped us out with finger prints, despite an ink pad malfunction. All in all, I'm glad I set up the class. HUGE SUCCESS! *chomps on a cigar* I love it when a plan comes together.

Day 9,068 is Memorial Day.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
12:05 am - lulz

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Monday, March 24th, 2008
6:44 pm - Kick it!
Wow, cool! A whole year's worth of posts on a single page! This is truly a testament to my diligent posting.

anyway, since lat year's National Poetry Month is the bulk of the past's year's posts, in anticipation of THIS year's National Poetry Month I have The Raven, an abridged version:

There once was a girl named Lenore
And a bird and a bust and a door
And a guy with depression
And a whole lot of questions
And the bird always says "Nevermore."


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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
11:29 pm - Burn the land and boil the sea...

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Moya (Farscape)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
12:35 am - Zombie Novel Ch 5
back in Write a Novel Month '05, (fake)Vlad, Leefy and I started writing... a story, novel, kinda... thingy.

Anyway, here are the first 5 chapters:

Chapter 1: Gratuitous Cleavage Shots By Zeth
Chapter 2: I Suck at Coming Up with Names and Titles, by Vlad
Chapter 3: Mr West, by Zeth
Chapter 4: Up and Out, by Leefy
Chapter 5: Zombie City Escape Club, by Vlad

I guess it was my turn, but I bummed out and didn't finish chapter 6. I think I shall do that soon.

Edited to add the text of Chapter 5, written 2 years before this post...Collapse )

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Thursday, July 26th, 2007
1:21 am - some cool things you might want for your birthday?
if you were turning 24 on sunday, wouldnt you want:

A Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool
An RFID Experimentation Kit
a 686 Vest from Beretta

and a bunch of other crap i don't have links for. like a weapon light, maybe a decent GPS, or even a hand held ham radio.

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
I graduated in 1993.
I never demonstrated much of my ability.
I was a good boy but I was much too smart for my own good.
Teachers said I was gifted and quite talented.

Do you have an extra quarter?
Got to get to class tomorrow.
All is fair in Asbury.
Make my way into Berkeley.

When I was seven, I stared in to the monitor.
And found my best friend
Mr. Commodore 64.
Daddy bought me an international business machine
And with it I compromised national security.

Do you have an extra quarter?
Got to get to class tomorrow.
All is fair in Asbury.
Make my way into Berkeley.

What the hell ya savin' for?
I'm gonna start the third world war.

Hanging with the punks in the gutters I have found
Most of them are gifted and talented as well.

Oh brotha could you spare a dime?
(If a quarter you do not have)
Been running from the Marshall Man
Since I broke into NORAD.

But it's working out so well.
The beggar's life is swell.

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