Archive for October, 2009


Lets be serious here….

So Apparently there is a Chinese gaming company who runs an MMO, who has declared a new policy. If you roll a Female character must prove that you are female! By Via Web cam conference. But heck if you’re a chick you can run around as a guy all you want, but if you want to be a chick you have to prove your gender.. which I think is stupid. Anyway I read about this on MMORPG.com, and Jon Wood wrote a column about it. His last two paragraphs (to me) summed up the whole issue with this policy.

“Now, I always like to follow up a good, long tirade about sexual identity up with a little bit of cold, hard logic. We’re talking about a freaking role playing game here. I mean, I’m allowed to ponce around the woods pretending I’m some kind of wizard or knight, whacking at things with my sword or wand. No one seems to have any issue with this concept. Nobody has any issue with me pretending to be any ridiculous thing that I like so long as that ridiculous things doesn’t have curves and boobies? Shenanigans! I call shenanigans on this foolishness.

Whatever your own personal politics might be about homosexual rights, cross dressing, transgendered persons or a host of other topics, I hope that we can all agree that taking these steps in a role-playing game is unnecessary and a little bit absurd. We’re not talking about real life here, we’re talking about a game. What’s next? Am I going to have to prove that I’m short and fat in order to play a Halfling? Give me a break”

And this right here fully illustrates why china is the worldwide leader in cause of death due to MMOs. The players are so fanatical they refuse to eat, or sleep, and probably bathe. It’s a huge problem in Asia as a whole. Hell Square-Enix has got a warning on FFXI when you log in that in essence says: Yes this game is fun and involving, we know, but don’t be an idiot and go outside once in a while. There is a whole other place out there called ‘real world’. It’s a screen that you are required to see EVERY time you log in. They don’t want to be the blame of some fanatical people killing themselves by not taking care of themselves.
And seriously what kind of person stays up and plays a game for 3 straight days without eating? Sleeping? Drinking?

So Apparently there is a Chinese gaming company who runs an MMO, who has declared a new policy. If you roll a Female character must prove that you are female! By Via Web cam conference.  But heck if you’re a chick you can run around as a guy all you want, but if you want to be a chick you have to prove your gender.. which I think is stupid. Anyway I read about this on MMORPG.com, and Jon Wood wrote a column about it. His last two paragraphs  (to me) summed up the whole issue with this policy.

“Now, I always like to follow up a good, long tirade about sexual identity up with a little bit of cold, hard logic. We’re talking about a freaking role playing game here. I mean, I’m allowed to ponce around the woods pretending I’m some kind of wizard or knight, whacking at things with my sword or wand. No one seems to have any issue with this concept. Nobody has any issue with me pretending to be any ridiculous thing that I like so long as that ridiculous things doesn’t have curves and boobies? Shenanigans! I call shenanigans on this foolishness.

Whatever your own personal politics might be about homosexual rights, cross dressing, transgendered persons or a host of other topics, I hope that we can all agree that taking these steps in a role-playing game is unnecessary and a little bit absurd. We’re not talking about real life here, we’re talking about a game. What’s next? Am I going to have to prove that I’m short and fat in order to play a Halfling? Give me a break”

And this right here fully illustrates why china is the worldwide leader in cause of death due to MMOs. The players are so fanatical they refuse to eat, or sleep, and probably bathe.  It’s a huge problem in Asia as a whole. Hell Square-Enix has got a warning on FFXI when you log in that in essence says: Yes this game is fun and involving, we know, but don’t be an idiot and go outside once in a while. There is a whole other place out there called ‘real world’.  It’s a screen that you are required to see EVERY time you log in. They don’t want to be the blame of some fanatical people killing themselves by not taking care of themselves.

And seriously what kind of person stays up and plays a game for 3 straight days without eating? Sleeping? Drinking?

Bring out your dead *gong*

So yesterday Explained that my son was sent home due to that fact that he was sick. While my wife was in the school office, standing in line to check him out. She overheard the staff talking about 100 students called in sick and another 80-90 were sent home.  We were all told that papers would be sent home with students explaining the District opinion.

My Daughter finished out the school day, The paper that she was sent home said “if you child has had or current has a fever AND one of the listed symptoms do not send them to school.”

Symptoms were listed as Sniffling, Runny nose, coughing, fever, sneezing, watery eyes, and a whole list of additional things. And they even went as far as to say that unless you know for a FACT that your child has an allergy to dust, then don’t send them. But if they have an allergy to anything else you have to keep them home apparently.  Nearly every one of them could be caused because of a reaction to an allergy.

I have two issues with this:

First of all, what parent in their right mind would send their kid to school running a fever? Seriously, if your a parent, and you give a rats ass about your kids, you WOULD NOT send your kid to school running a fever. This has been practiced since the beginning of time. Unless you grew up in the ice age, and was just recently thawed from a block of ice, you should know to keep your kid home, if he’s running a fever.

Second since when does a sneeze or the sniffles constitute as part of swine flu?

Here is a list from the CDC’s (center for disease control) website

Symptoms of swine flu:

If you or a member of your family has a fever or high temperature (over 38°C/100.4°F) and two or more of the following symptoms, you may have swine flu:

  • unusual tiredness,
  • headache,
  • runny nose,
  • sore throat,
  • shortness of breath or cough,
  • loss of appetite,
  • aching muscles,
  • diarrhea or vomiting

Symptoms of seasonal flu:

Symptoms of seasonal flu include:

  • fever (often high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults. Some people who have been infected with the new H1N1 flu virus have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

I Love that first of all the CDC itself says a fever PLUS TWO OR MORE of the following.. and you MAY… May is only might and might is only maybe and there is nothing in absolution in this, there is a fine line between Caution and paranoia. It’s the same line that exists between being a aware of something, and being obsessive compulsive. It’s the same Damn line. It’s the flu people, Look at the lists, the symptoms are 100% identical. If this was a normal season people would not be reacting this way. This is utter bullshit. Complete and total panic mode panic stricken oh-my-god-get-me-some-Xanax! People get the regular flu and die every year, This isn’t much different. People need to deal! Chaos doesn’t help anyone.

As for my boys who are both at home right now. They’re Peachey. Running around the house like a couple of healthy active kids.

eff you Alpine and your paranoia.

So today, is my oldest 11th birthday. He was excited to go to school today, he knew that his mom was coming with cupcakes. It’s a happy thing for him, for an autistic child, moments where he’s up before the crack of dawn, dressed and ready to go before the rest of us are awake are rare. We shipped him off to school. An hour later, My wife gets a call.

She has to go pick him up.

Because, he has the sniffles.  No fever, no rash, no headache, he was happy and excited. He proceeds to be in a good mood bouncing all over hell despite his disappointment of being required to leave.

The School district has decided that ANY child, regardless of the illness, is not allowed in school if they are sick. Do they realize that this means some kids will spend the ENTIRETY of the school winter semester year at home? It snowed today, it’s cold, you spend 10 minutes in the cold, an you’ll sniffle for a few minutes, it’s the nature of a natural body reaction. How freaking lame. I understand, and even sympathize that some parents have had child die, and it’s sad. it really is, but at what point to you draw the line? They are furthering the panic. Unnecessary panic. our bodies will not learn to fight off infections if we don’t get sick once in a while.

Alpine school district, Yes, you. In utah. I hope every one of you people who made this decision turns into a vampire robot nazi that is also a zombie.

Over the weekend we (being my wife and I).. received the.. illustrious opportunity to Dog watch my in-laws dogs…. I’m.. not a Dog lover to say the least. There are some dogs I can tolerate, and some I cannot.. most.. fall into that second category.  There has been 1 dog I would not mind owning, and the reason for this is because he’s so extremely well behaved and low maintenance I don’t have to think about him much.  Like a cat, inside outside whatever. He won’t crap on my floor, and claw up my furniture, won’t bark insistently if he doesn’t get his way, and I honestly don’t mind taking him jogging with me.

My In-laws dogs are spoiled. And old…  We started to refer to the one as an old crone.  Cuz that’s what she is. She’s old and can’t barely move, I’m 100% certain she’s in constant pain, if it was me, I’d put her down. Life for her right now is probably misery, and as much as I hate dogs I don’t like seeing animals suffer.  In Utah, Animal abuse is considered a Felony, I’m pretty certain making dogs and cats live through some of the stuff they have is if not abuse, then at least torture, People get the Right to a DNR. Animals should as well.

The other dog is a poodle… a spoiled snotty Yappity shit all over my floor, and couch Poodle.  This dog kept me up two nights ago. Her constant yapping, She’s so small that we can’t lock her outside leashed up, because she’d freeze to death. Seeing that it’s getting to 30 at night, (and the whole Animal abuse = Felony law) I had to let her in the house. Where she’d shit all over my bathroom.. Friday night we woke up literally to 3 inches of crap up the walls the counter the toilet… everything.  And hardly a drop on her.  My wife put her outside while she cleaned, (Bless her soul) and she somehow slipped her collar. And Poof.. gone..

She spent 45 minutes trying to find her, and finally found her about a mile away.  Last night when they were picked up and taken home, I was happy. I have 40 Fish.. because my fish had  lots.. and lots.. of baby fish.. that’s more animals/mammals than I want.

AT&T is now attacking Google, citing that Google should be subject to the same federal guidelines they are – they are making this claim based on the fact that Google now offers Google voice, they claim that Google blocks out numbers on random. Google claims that the only numbers that are not available  for free are the ones that would incur a charge, Thus why they Implemented the Google cash. You can charge your Google account with real money, and depending on where you call you the amount that you pay per minute changes.

Now to me this makes sense. This isn’t much different from a standard calling card, short of the fact that certain areas are free.  I don’t think that this makes them subject to the same FCC regulars that a standard Telco is subject to. Google isn’t offering Wired and Wireless service. They  do it over the data lines that they own, and Google owns  a lot of them.

Do a Quick Search for “Google Buys Fiber” and you’ll come up with a good number of  hits on how much fiber they’ve purchased. They do not lease the space from the government or from other Private owners they bought the cable. Now, Don’t get me wrong. Fiber is used for more than Data, it’s used also for Telecom. But Google, again.. isn’t a telecom.  I don’t see why they should be subject to the same rules.

I do not think that This will go much of anywhere, As we have all seen. AT&T cannot build a stable iPhone network. What right do they have to criticize someone else’s network?

(Credit from http://www.osnews.com/story/22379/Nokia_Sues_Apple_for_Patent_Infringment)

Nokia Sues Apple for Patent Infringment

Remember when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and proclaimed, to much applause, that they patented the hell out of it? Well, apparently Apple likes to boast about its own patents, but when it comes to dealing with other’s they’re not so willing. That is, if you believe Nokia: the largest phone manufacturer in the world has sued Apple for patent infringement.

Nokia claims that Apple’s iPhone, all models, infringes on ten Nokia patents covering GSM, UMTS, and wireless LAN standards. “Nokia has already successfully entered into license agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia’s innovation,” the company writes in a press release.

“The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for,” said Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President, Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, “Apple is also expected to follow this principle. By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia’s intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia’s innovation.”

The company claims it has invested nearly 40 billion USD in research and development over the past two decades, which resulted in about 10000 patent families. The press release reads as if Nokia tried to enter into a patent agreement with Apple – like it did with those other 40 companies – but that Apple refused.

I’m not a particular fan of patent lawsuits, but this does kind of feel like what goes around comes around. Apple shouted its iPhone patent portfolio off the rooftops a few times (during launch, when the Pre came out), so it’s kind of hypocritical not to pay up for other companies’ patents.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The lawsuit is filed in the state of Delaware, and of course hasn’t started yet. We’ll see whether there’s any merit to Nokia’s claims. It of course reeks a bit of “if you can’t beat them, sue them”, too.

It occurred to me, that if we ever actually had a Zombie attack — between, Hollywood, and the Game industry. We’ve already explored every possible method of their destruction. In the end, I don’t think we’d actually have many people die from a zombie Apocalypse.

As I explained this to a friend, he retorted with

“How soon you forget how many people are just plain idiotic… and how few people care for zombie games/movies. All-in-all though, the net outcome wouldn’t be so bad, though…”

This is true, we call this a natural thinning of the heard; only the Strong (and geek) will Survive.

But as I stated before. The Swine flu is the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.  This is phase 1.

I imagine that Phase 5 is going to be this.

Sea Pig

it’s called a “Sea Pig” And it also looks like Cthulhu.

Sea Pig Swine Flu.

Coincidence? I think not!

So my wife is out looking for Christmas Gifts, and at the bottom of this auction she sees the following Sentence.

I REQUEST THAT ALL PAYMENTS BE RECEIVED WITHIN SEVEN (5) DAYS FROM THE END OF AUCTION

*scratches head*

English not your first language there eh?

Website Redesign

I’m currently stepping through a redesign of the whole website. I’ve been wanting to do something that looked much more professional for ages, and I finally started to get into Joomla! So far I like most of it, I’m struggling with a few aspects but I’m sure it won’t take me long to figure it out, After that it’s just cleaning it up importing my wordpress blog posts, and I’ll shut this down and swap over. Hopefully shouldn’t take long.

I’m going to spend some time and do some custom graphics later down the road but that’s for after I get it settled. 🙂

In the mean time, I hope people enjoy my proxy and what little info I have to glean here. I promise soon I’ll post about my change in plans, some youtube videos that make me laugh and a rant about disney/marvel merger.