8/29/2005 10:27:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Lemme hear your war cry...that's not a war cry AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH now that's a war cry!
I *SO* want one of these...seriously, anyone reading this right now, buy me one and I'll love you forever!|W|P|112533643057869213|W|P|R. Lee Ermey's Motivational Figure|W|P|8/26/2005 10:53:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Israel Settler Dead
So this is appaently going just as I expected it would. After a forceful military occupation, a forced colonization and 6 decades of civil war, terrorism, and political strife, who would have thought that someone, anyone, would want to stay there that badly?
I do not mean to disparge Gaza and the West Bank. I know next to nothing about the situation, am not part of either side in the conflict, and do not support one side or the other.
I just find it hard to believe that someone would go through something like this just to stay in an area of the world in which death and bus-bombs are a part of day-to-day life.
Call me crazy.|W|P|112507882642654146|W|P|Conflict Resolution|W|P|8/26/2005 09:29:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, so much for Freedom of expression.
On the weekend I heard his original comment on the CBC (pre-strike) and couldn't really believe my ears. Granted I didn't agree with what he was saying, but that's the nice thing about living in a place where one can express oneself freely.
How does that quote go? "I do not agree with what you have to say but I will fght to the death for your right to say it"?
THow about this one by George Carlin:
I don't understand all this bitching about an Iraqi constitution. Why don't we give them ours? [The US Constitution]? It was written by a bunch of really smart guys, it served us well for over two centuries, and we're not using it anymore.
|W|P|112507374453915639|W|P|US televangelist Pat Robertson apologizes for assassination remark|W|P|9/12/2005 07:47:00 AM|W|P|Dru|W|P|Two thoughts; 1) advocating murder lies beyond the realm of free speech in just about every country that has laws on free speech. For example, saying "all people with brown hair are morally evil," is fine, but saying "all people with brown hair are morally evil so you should go and shoot a couple" is not. In Canada, this limitation is embodied by section 318 and 319 of the Canadian Criminal Code. It is, however, not unique to Canada, and occurs in just about every free country on earth; analogus to the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" concept.
That said, 2) as far as I know, Robertson was not subjected to any prosecution (the Vensuelan Government called for it, but to the best of my knowledge, that was largely ignored), nobody attempted to prevent him from making his statements, but there were a number of people saying that he's a complete moron. This lies within their rights to free expression. The corrolary to "I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it;" is that I also have the right to make my disagreement clear. In short, freedom of expression is a two-way street.
The fact that the public outcry led Robertson to apologize does not detract from this.8/24/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I've only been waiting 4 years.
And with the buyout rumors regarding Skype flying around, I'm thinking that they ahd better get their asses in gear and port this thing to Linux RFN!
I was reading this great article on Slashdot this morning instead of working and Skype refused an offer of 3-billion from News Corp., and seeing how Google just sold another 4.2 billion dollars worth of shares (which, btw, is a sum of money I'm completely incompetant of fathoming), a buy-out might just b around the corner.
Google's own creations are good, but they know what to buy and when. Blogger, Picasa....yeah, good decisions.|W|P|112490086886604406|W|P|Google Talk - Finally|W|P|11/03/2005 09:47:00 PM|W|P|8/23/2005 09:53:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|This is neat. Make your own TiVO.
I'm guessing that with a medium-end Linux-PC this could be up-and-running in my home in just a few days...
Maybe I'll give it a try!|W|P|112481600656594495|W|P|MythTV|W|P|8/22/2005 08:42:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Turns out me, cooking, and Skype do not go well together.
Allow me to illustrate:
One part of the recipe I was using was to sautée some onions in canola oil. I was fairly confident that I would remember that I was cooking since I had spent the last 45 minutes preparing: cutting onions, soaking lentils, measuring spices, etc... Apparently I'm mot as smart as I'd like to think I am.
I forgot about the pot with 4 tablespoons of canola oil quickly reaching it's smoke point (400 F). Suddenly remembering that oil, especially cooking oil, does indeed burn, I take off the lid of the pot to check the damage.
You've seen the movie "Backdraft", right?
Same thing. Remove the lid, air goes in, and combustion, in all its flaming glory, begins. I now have a flaming Dutch oven in my hands and the appartement quickly filling with thick, arcid smoke that makes it hard to breathe. Not to mention having a pot of firery death in my hands.
I take it out to the balcony and put it on the floor. Turns out that it's not "straight" concrete, but a thick layer of chemical goop on top of concrete, which the super-heated pot quickly melts through, all the while still on fire.
I have the sense enough to remember not to try and extinguish the flames with water because its an oil fire and that could spread it. So I throw a wet rag on top of the pot and WHOOMP, it goes out. I then move the pot over to a corner of the balcony to smoke itself out.
After 30 minutes, it's still smoking so I tentatively pour some water into it. Sizzle sizzle sizzle, it stops smoking and I'm out one Dutch oven. But I still have an appartement, and Skype works fine in Linux!|W|P|112472763630022198|W|P|How Skype Almost Killed Me|W|P|8/17/2005 08:23:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Welcome to The Canadian Heraldic Authority - Heraldry
Pretty cool institution. I was looking into getting a application in process, but then there is always the cost. For $450, it would make a great gift for a special occasion, but as a whim, it's a little too much.
As well, there is (fortunately) an kind of evaluation process around it, preventing any Tom, Dick, and Harry from getting their own coat of arms.
I've always thought that it would be phenomenally cool to have a family coat of arms.|W|P|112429221926376916|W|P|The Canadian Heraldic Authority|W|P|8/11/2005 10:25:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas
Make your own Pollock!|W|P|112378112426515210|W|P|Jackson Pollock|W|P|8/09/2005 06:04:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|CBC News: Discovery returns safely to Earth
Praise be to the Lords of Kobol for the safe return of these brave souls. I'm certain that a second failed shuttle mission would pretty much kill the fleet and put space exploration back 10-15 years.|W|P|112359267413181531|W|P|Discovery Returns|W|P|8/08/2005 03:50:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Warrenellis.com � Firehose Beatings
One word, one number: Transporter 2|W|P|112354145685169489|W|P|Warrenellis.com � Firehose Beatings|W|P|8/08/2005 03:28:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Photo
Wow...that's brand confidance.|W|P|112354009455326596|W|P|Photo Of The Day|W|P|8/08/2005 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|ShouldExist || Good ideas, free for all!|W|P|112353995017723475|W|P|ShouldExist || Good ideas, free for all!|W|P|8/08/2005 03:25:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|EPIC - Tools for Protecting Online Privacy|W|P|112353994766143975|W|P|EPIC - Tools for Protecting Online Privacy|W|P|1/09/2006 10:51:00 AM|W|P|Pavel|W|P|Online tracks clean
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When does vandalism end and fine art/social commentary start?
London, apparently. Bansky is a street artist and commentor of society's complex, and sometimes hypocritical nature.
And he has this thing with rats...
|W|P|112344710173005066|W|P|Banksy|W|P|8/07/2005 12:31:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|AVERATEC
So if anyone has 1200$ they don't know what to do with, consider this at the top of Mike's Wishlist 2005.
Mom, Dad, I'm looking in your direction.
|W|P|112344309973248049|W|P|Desired Laptop|W|P|8/02/2005 05:36:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|CBC News: Only minor injuries as plane skids off runway, catches fire in Toronto
On behalf of Canadians everywhere, welcome! (Groannnnnnnn)
I have been reading a few other sources about this story. They are saying that there have been no deaths, and only minor injuries, (and this is what gets me) such a broken legs. A broken frakkin' leg is a minor injury?
What about the old adage of "any landing you can walk away from"? These people people couldn't walk away from anything, nonetheless this crash landing.
I'm watching some briefing right now, and almost every other answer this guys gives is "Um....that's an Air France question". Talk about passing the buck.
Anyway, I'm just glad that no one was killed, and that there isn't any hazardous material to leak into the river. Now if only the "this is the only thing on any news channel" phenomenon, we'll be all set.|W|P|112302938374446857|W|P|Plane Misses Landing|W|P|8/01/2005 09:24:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|WWF Canada - Online Advocacy Campaign
Please sign this petition to assist the WWF in barring passage of a American government bill to drill for oil in the Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
Please, let's lend 10 seconds of our time to this effort and maybe, just maybe, we can let them hear our voice.|W|P|112295666560372075|W|P|WWF Canada - Online Advocacy Campaign|W|P|8/02/2005 08:14:00 AM|W|P|freq|W|P|i think this is your first WWF post that has nothing to do with 6'10 greasy guys in spandex. :) |W|P|endless number of these wonderful finds, what with the Internet being a vast network of constantly evolving ideas and all!