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|Friday, December 13th, 2013|
Smaug is awesome.
That is all.
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
|(EVIL!)Mud is back
For those of you that care about such things: (EVIL!)Mud is back up, at evil.xibo.com 4201. Current Mood: don't look now but here comes 1990
|Wednesday, November 13th, 2013|
Upon reaching 45, my geeky side notes that it's the lowest standard vinyl rpm that's also a whole number, while my twisted side notes that it's the only vinyl rpm speed that has a non-standard spindle hole. Current Mood: year++
|Tuesday, August 20th, 2013|
|Brigadoon Day 24 (yikes, that's a large number)
Brigadoon Day 24 is here! For anyone that was on TinyMUD, or its descendents Muck, Mush, Muse, Moo, or any of the rest, TinyMUD Classic was the ancestor of all of them. It's up for its 24th anniversary; if you weren't at last year's Brigadoon Day, note that your password has been reset to 'password'; see http://toccobrator.com/classic.html
for all the gory details. Otherwise point your client at muds.toccobrator.com 4201 and catch up with people you haven't seen in a while. Current Mood: retro
|Sunday, July 7th, 2013|
|Thursday, June 27th, 2013|
|Gauntlet II by four
Thanks to my friendly neighborhood pinball repair guy (who also repairs video games), my Gauntlet II not only has a working monitor for the first time in years, it also has four working controllers for the first time since before I bought it in Indiana in 1996.
|Wednesday, June 26th, 2013|
|How the Supreme Court ruled on California's Prop 8 should worry everyone
Even if you are the strongest supporter of gay marriage ever, how the Supreme Court ruled on California's Proposition 8 should worry you.
The Supreme Court didn't actually rule yea or nay; the Court decided that the people bringing the challenge to the state court decision that ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional didn't have standing to challenge it, only the officials in the state government had standing. Think about this for a minute. A state constitutional amendment was passed by a vote of the people, but the people don't have standing to challenge a court's declaraction that the amendment is unconstitutional?
This means that any court ruling about any state constitutional amendment is immune to any challenges by anyone if the officials in the state government don't want to challenge it for any reason. So if here in my state of Georgia, if gay marriage was put on the ballot and approved by the people, but a state judge decided to strike it down, and the governor didn't want to challenge it for whatever reason, no one would have standing to challenge that judge's ruling and the people's will would be thwarted by a small number of government officials.
That's a horrible precedent and should worry anyone who doesn't trust their government (which should be everyone).
|Monday, March 18th, 2013|
|2013 NCAA men's college basketball tournament, flat-ASCII brackets
Flat-ASCII NCAA brackets for 2013:
2nd Round 3rd Round Regionals 1st Round Dayton
March 23-26 March 28-31 March 19-20
1. Louisville ----\_________ North Carolina A&T\_16MW
16. _______________/ (1)|_________ Liberty ----------/ Tue
8. Colorado State \_________| | Middle Tennessee -\_11MW
9. Missouri ------/ |_________ St. Mary's (CA) --/ Tue
5. Oklahoma State \_________ | |
12. Oregon --------/ (2)|_________| | Final Four
4. St. Louis -----\_________| Fri/Sun | April 6, 8
13. New Mexico State Midwest |_________
6. Memphis -------\_________ Indianapolis| |
11. _______________/ (3)|_________ | |
3. Michigan State \_________| | | |
14. Valparaiso ----/ |_________| |
7. Creighton -----\_________ | |
10. Cincinnati ----/ (5)|_________| |
2. Duke ----------\_________| |
15. Albany NY -----/ |_________
1. Gonzaga -------\_________ | |
16. Southern ------/ (4)|_________ | |
8. Pittsburgh ----\_________| | | |
9. Wichita State -/ |_________ | |
5. Wisconsin -----\_________ | | | |
12. Mississippi ---/ (6)|_________| | | |
4. Kansas State --\_________| Thu/Sat | | |
13. _______________/ West |_________| |
6. Arizona -------\_________ Los Angeles | |
11. Belmont -------/ (4)|_________ | Thu/Sat |
3. New Mexico ----\_________| | | (1) Lexington |
14. Harvard -------/ |_________| (2) San Jose |
7. Notre Dame ----\_________ | (3) Auburn Hills |
10. Iowa State ----/ (7)|_________| (4) Salt Lake City|
2. Ohio State ----\_________| |
15. Iona ----------/ Atlanta |_________
1. Kansas --------\_________ | 2013
16. Western Kentucky (6)|_________ Fri/Sun | Champion
8. North Carolina \_________| | (5) Philadelphia |
9. Villanova -----/ |_________ (6) Kansas City |
5. Virginia Commonwealth____ | | (7) Dayton |
12. Akron ---------/ (3)|_________| | (8) Austin |
4. Michigan ------\_________| Fri/Sun | |
13. South Dakota State South |_________ |
6. UCLA ----------\_________ North Texas | | |
11. Minnesota------/ (8)|_________ | | |
3. Florida -------\_________| | | | |
14. Northwestern State |_________| | |
7. San Diego State\_________ | | |
10. Oklahoma ------/ (5)|_________| | |
2. Georgetown ----\_________| | |
15. Florida Gulf Coast |_________|
1. Indiana -------\_________ |
16. _______________/ (7)|_________ |
8. North Carolina State_____| | |
9. Temple --------/ |_________ |
5. U Nevada-Las Vegas_______ | | |
12. California ----/ (2)|_________| | |
4. Syracuse ------\_________| Thu/Sat | |
13. Montana -------/ East |_________|
6. Butler --------\_________ Washington DC|
11. Bucknell ------/ (1)|_________ |
3. Marquette -----\_________| | | 1st Round Dayton
14. Davidson ------/ |_________| March 19-20
7. Illinois ------\_________ | Long Island U. Brooklyn\_16E
10. Colorado ------/ (8)|_________| James Madison ----/ Wed
2. Miami ---------\_________| Boise State ------\_13W
15. Pacific -------/ La Salle ---------/ Wed
|Sunday, December 23rd, 2012|
|Fuck you, TNT
Fuck you, TNT. Leverage was the only reason I had to ever turn to your otherwise-crappy channel, not counting about 4 days in March when the college basketball tournament is running.
In case I didn't make it obvious enough:
Leverage canceled? FUCK YOU, TNT.
|Saturday, December 1st, 2012|
|Thursday, November 8th, 2012|
|Wednesday, November 7th, 2012|
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." -- H. L. Mencken
|Sunday, August 19th, 2012|
|Brigadoon Day is back: 23rd Annual for 2012
It's Brigadoon Day again, and TinyMUD Classic is finally back! Running on original tinymud-1.5.4f source now, the database had to be rolled back to 2004, so unfortunately everyone's password has been reset to 'password' again.
The important part: muds.toccobrator.com 4201
|Monday, July 30th, 2012|
|I'm voting against the T-SPLOST Tuesday (July 31)
(If you're outside Georgia, you can skip this entire post.)
I'm all in favor of improving roads, but I don't think this is the way to do it. From what I understand, if it passes but some regions vote against it, those regions get their funding reduced, which smacks of blackmail to me-- if it's worth voting for, it shouldn't need crap like that. Also I understand that a number of the items that get funding were chosen for political, not transportation, reasons. If they want us to vote more money for them to spend, then they damn better well be taking our needs into account, not theirs. Just look at the advertising: the 'vote yes' side is buying large billboards facing major expressways, the 'vote no' side has small little signs in their yards.
I hate quoting PDF links, but I like the analysis in this link: http://www.georgiapolicy.org/pub/transportation/120523IATSPLOSTFINAL.pdf
-- I think the Beltline has more merit than they give it credit for, but other than that what they say seems reasonable, and it's enough to convince me to go vote against this Tuesday.
|Tuesday, March 6th, 2012|
|I'm voting for Newt
Besides voting to legalize alcohol sales on Sunday in Cobb County, there's another election I'm going to vote in tomorrow, and that's for Newt Gingrich for the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
Why Newt? There are three good reasons, and they're named Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, the only other candidates running.Mitt Romney
, or as I call him, the Lying Suckweasel. He's been hitting every other campaign with cheap smear ads all along, because he's been outspending everyone else. In the Florida debate, he stood right there and said he had no knowledge of an ad that was running that had him in it saying "My name is Mitt Romney, and I approve this message", so he's either grossly incompetent or, again as I call him, a Lying Suckweasel. Furthermore, if Republicans are going to win the Presidency in November, they have two main issues: the economy being in the toilet, and that people hate ObamaCare (has always polled 50-60 percent in favor of repeal at Rasmussen Reports). Romney got RomneyCare passed in Massachusetts, then touted it as a model for ObamaCare, and now is disavowing any knowledge of that. He can't run against ObamaCare without looking even more blatantly like a Lying Suckweasel than normal.Rick Santorum
-- well, all you need know about Rick really is that not only does he hate both abortion and birth control, he's even against amniotic fluid testing as part of prenatal care because he thinks it leads to more abortions. Plus he's a Big Government Republican, Erick Erickson has lined out all the wasteful crap that Santorum voted for when he was a Senator.Ron Paul
. Ron Paul published a newsletter in the 1980s with his name prominently at the top of it that had racist content. There's absolutely no way in bloody hell that he can defeat the first black President, all his other lunacy aside.
So that leaves us with Newt Gingrich, whose economic advisors say that Newt's budget will balance the budget by the end of his first term. Remember when we had a balanced budget before? That was because Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House.
It's time for economic competence. It's time for Newt Gingrich to be the next President of the United States.
|Friday, August 19th, 2011|
|I claim the verb 'malparaphrase'.
To malparaphrase: to describe some event or concept with an inaccurate summation. Malice is not necessarily indicated; it can also be a noun, or turned into other parts of speech appropriately.Googling it comes up with only 12 matches
, and none of them look appropriate (other languages, or things like opti- mal paraphrase, or others with a space), so I can't find anyone else having used it before. Since languages are one of humanity's first open source projects, go forth and use it as you will. Current Mood: inventive
|Saturday, July 30th, 2011|
So Obama and the Democrats maxed out the nation's credit card, and have the unmitigated gall to demand that the bill not come due until after the next election?
What the fuck, over? Current Mood: political
|Thursday, July 21st, 2011|
I was thinking about this week's Eureka episode, and how it was a very good thing that nobody there had listened to Dust In The Wind, ..( Here be spoilers!Collapse )
|Saturday, May 7th, 2011|
|Wednesday, March 16th, 2011|
|NCAA's opening round
The 'First Four' name for the four games in the opening round of the NCAA tournament is awfully silly. Though, when they inevitably go from 68 to 72 teams, they can call them the Extra Eight.