Tech, Toys, and Tidbits


I know death isn't supposed to make me happy, and that I'm a terrible Buddhist because of this, but….

Wooooo! Another crooked capitalist bites the dust. I almost wish I believed in hell so I could imagine him rotting there. Greedy fucker.
Kenneth Lay, Rot In Pain.

Oh… just in case y'all don't know who he is… He was the head of Enron. Came up with great ideas like faking brownouts in cali to drive up energy prices, among a long list of other winners. Guy was evil, plain and simple. The pinnacle of the capitalist ideal. May Darwin prune off his branch of the human tree.

Whew…. What a weekend!

There was a fiasco with MaBell, which knocked me offline till Monday morning… There were 2 dialtones on my jack. So, I'd dial a number and hear ringing and busy signal at the same time. DSL was soooo offline as a result. *cry* I had to go a whole 3 days without internet!

Got all moved in to my new digs. It's the smallest apt I've ever lived in, but I'm thinking of it as 'cozy' while I try to find places for everything.

Fishy said “It's nice, everything is in arm's reach.”

The place is a disaster right now, of course….

All my clothes, hardware bits, and media are put away. The couches are in place, and my computers are humming away happily.

The kitchen? So small I'm not even sure where the kettle is going to go.
Windows need curtains, badly.
My art is still just piled up against a wall.
Oh, and I need a closet door/curtain, apperently.

Still, I think I'll be comfy here. 🙂

I'll snap some pics once the place is a little more presentable. 🙂

Holy crap!

There's a new sport/martial art called Parkour or Freerunning. It's absolutely mental!

Urban Ninjas and
Insane Russian Dude!

If you're only going to watch one, watch the Russian dude. Guy has no respect for his own mortality.

I'd try to describe it, but… Vids will say it all for me. Bloody amazing though.

So sweet!

Norway is building an international seed bank in the arctic! Here's the BBC article.

There's a close-to-zero ecologic footprint house being tested in Toronto. Thing filters it's own water and waste, runs on wind and solar, and isn't tied in to the power grid. Totally amazing! I want one like that – with a satellite uplink – in the middle of the wilderness somewhere!

Ya. So, we're moving.
Tav and Fishy are splitting up, so our little triumvirate household is going it's separate ways.
Move date is officially July 1, though I think we'll all be moved in the week before. Hell, Fishy's already carting stuff over to his new place.
I've found an OK apt on College near Ossington. It's small bachelor, fairly cheap, in an old building that reminds me of “Breakfast at Tiffany's” somehow. Has taaaaall ceilings, a gas stove, nice wood floors and bright east facing windows.
It's going to be strange living alone again…

First of all… Check this shit out! Great timeline of major population changes. Caught a few things while reading it…
First, the population bomb… Jeebus, but we're filling this planet up fast!
1825 – 1 billion
1900 – 2 billion
1950 – 3 billion
1975 – 4 billion
1997 – 5 billion
Notice the time between each billion falling every time. Scary stuff. Tempting to throw that shit into Excel and see where the curve is heading, but something tells me it would be waaay too scary, so I'm going to leave it alone.

Another (less depressing) thing I noticed was that major floods and disasters have been happening for as long as we've been keeping track. Hell, the recent thing in N'Orleans was just a drop in the bucket compared to 1931 in China when 3.7 MILLION died to floods. Yowza! So I should probably stop thinking that we're causing this shit with global warming… Not saying that we're not warming the planet, cuz we obviously are, but the disasters we've been getting recently are just par for the course. Part of the price of admission of earth.

Sadly, even when millions of people are starving to death it doesn't seem to affect our population growth. wtf. Black plague didn't even cause a slowdown!

So… A friend of mine – We'll call her Acey for this story, just had an insane experience…

Acey's mom, mom's bf, and her son – Acey's half brother, got booted out of their house a few months ago.

Acey, being the sweetheart that she is, put the three of them up in her 2 bedroom apt, which was already at capacity with her, her teenage son and her business. Even gives her mom a job, the sweetie!

On Friday aft her machine takes a call from MoneyMart (a local cheque cashing usurer business) asking to confirm an employee. By the time she gets the message and calls back, the shop is closed.

Yesterday her bank calls. She finds out a $1700 cheque she'd cashed for mom's bf (lets call him Asshat) last week had a stop payment on it. It was from a disgruntled client who wasn't happy that Asshat never came back to work after being given a cheque for materials.

Then she calls MoneyMart back… Not sure why they're calling at all, cuz the stop payment thing was all within/between banks…

Turns out, Asshat had taken a cheque from her desk, filled it out for $1500 to his name, and cashed it – or at least the $1350 of it that MoneyMart gave him.

Needless to say, Acey is furious, and heartbroken. Asshat gets a quick trip to the curb, with a fraud charge quickly following. But here's the real gut wrencher of the story. Acey talks to her mom, and mom is defending (!!!) Asshat while verbally attacking Acey! Then mom starts equating Asshat's fraud to Acey's son taking pocket change for video games… Wtf.

So… Now mom is out on the curb too. Chose her thieving Asshat over a daughter who was giving her a place to stay and a job.


Her mom, I actually have a little sympathy for. She's in a bad relationship and doesn't know how to get out of it. Asshat, however… He should be turned into soylent sausage.

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what
the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be

“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub, then we
offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or
her to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” said the visitor. “A normal person would
use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No!” said the Director, “A normal person would pull the
plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”