October 14, 2008
The cool thing about newer laptops is the ability to have multiple monitors. However, I found it quite maddening to try and keep track of what was open on each monitor. Invariably, I'd tab through my open applications to the one that I wanted it and said application would be on the other monitor, at which point I'd drag it over to where I wanted it to be. And then I'd promptly forget about it until I attempted to use the program again.
Never fear, though: someone has fixed my problem for me. I give you Oscar's Multi-Monitor taskbar. Excerpt:
Normal Windows XP or Vista:
All windows are displayed on the primary monitors taskbar regardless on which monitor they are opened.
With Multimon Taskbar:
Second Task bar is added to the extended monitor and it displays item from that monitor while primary taskbar displays items from the primary window...
- It adds second taskbar to the extended desktop on Monitor 2
- It can add third taskbar to the second Extended monitor if you have 3 monitors setup.
- It shows only applications from that Monitor
- It hides the applications on Monitor 2 and 3 from normal Windows Taskbar
- Adds a Move to Monitor button to windows applications (XP).
- Add Text Clipboard Extender
- Buttons to roll-right the taskbar (good for full screen Remote Desktop)
- Very carefully written, I don't want to crash my own desktop!
There is a pro version, which costs money and, to be frank, is a bit more robust. However, I've found the freeware version to be just fine. Also, there are some more features which I won't bother to discuss. You can find out about those features here.
October 13, 2008
"I prefer bazookas to burkas," and other sound reasons women should continue to take their clothes off.
Update: For those so inclined, I hear that the voluptuous Ms. Hazell appeared in September's issue of Playboy.
Lots of pictures and commentary to post in the near future. To whet your appetite, or kill it as the case may be, I'll leave you with this shot of me. While I truly have a face for radio, I will offer the defense that I was sleep deprived and alcohol, well, whatever the opposite of deprived is. Picture below the fold, for those of you with strong stomachs.
October 08, 2008
Check out today's www.woot.com product description.
sounds almost exactly like what I heard last night
And here is the image. more...
October 07, 2008
BTW, I'm about to replace my PC's hard drive with something much larger than currently resides within my tower. However, the smallish hard drive will be ideal for installing some version of Linux; I'm leaning towards MEPIS 8.0, which looks pretty slick. The reason for two hard drives, rather than partitioning a single one is that I don't want a crash to wipe out two operating systems at the same time. And, if I'm feeling really adventurous, I'll add a third HD with the OS X (open source Mac clone) installed on it. Nothing like 3 operating systems to let the whole world know how freaking geeky you really are.
Anyway, too many of you are obsessing over November 4. I will admit to having done so on occasion myself. However, November 1 & 2 are much more important days in that The Legend of the Seeker kicks off. Here are some more images for you to compare to the images you had already conjured up in your brain.
Yes, I have another email address that I could post here, but I'm not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent. Too many spambots, don't ya know.
October 06, 2008
Update: See below the fold, if YouTube hasn't pulled it yet. more...
Oh wait, I wasn't able to use frequent flyer miles. We paid cash this time, which means that we'll get to ride inside, which is nice.
I still don't know what geographic area of the Convention Center I will be assigned to, but you might be able to find me wandering around downtown Denver Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At least one of those days, probably Thursday, I'll be at Rock Bottom Brewery along the 16th Street Marketplace. I'll be easy to find, as I'll be wearing my Ace t-shirt or my Nuke the Moon t-shirt from IMAO. Probably the former, though, because I want to wear the nuke shirt around Boulder just to see how people respond.
Oh, and late Thursday night, we'll finish off the day with a Thai Pie washed down with some Fat Tire at Old Chicago's. We'll be easy to find, as we'll be the guys who haven't slept in 24 hours while drinking massive quantities of beer.
Come to think of it, we won't be that easy to find. The GABF brings lots of like minded individuals to Denver.
Update: Well, I know where we'll be now. From an email received about 30 seconds ago:
We have 1 ½ islands this year. The full island is a combination of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
Oh and we also have the Bull & Bush band in our area again.
The Bull & Bush group is a lot of fun. I'll make nice again with them to try and score some swag. Oh, and come Saturday evening, I'll have enough temporary beer tatoos on my face and arms that it'll look like I stepped out of a Ray Bradbury novel.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will
have $49.00 today. If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today. If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today. But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.
It is called the 401-Keg.
A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!
Makes you proud to be an American!
October 05, 2008
In other NFL news, Miami one their second game in a row. And the Cardinals are in first place. The end times must surely be nigh.
October 04, 2008
I'll embed the video below the fold so that it won't hang your browser while it loads:
October 03, 2008
Here's one that you might remember: Where's Huddles? I enjoyed both the comic book and the cartoon. One episode, if 38 year memory serves, involved Huddles building a swimming pool in his backyard. His neighbor mentioned that he had a "5 figure check", which made the pool digging guy quite happy. Until, that is, he discovered that 2 of those figures were to the right of the decimal point.
I know what you're thinking right now: what the heck is wrong with you, and why do you remember crap like this?
In response, I'll point to the back of the exceedingly long line of other curious people. Much like sitting on Santa's lap, you'll just have to wait your turn to find out.
What struck me the most about the debate and it probably helped having quintessential Obamaphiles in the room was how Bidens gravitas is derived almost entirely from the fact that he can lie with absolute passion and conviction. He just plain made stuff up tonight. I read a long list tonight in my debate with Beinart here at Wash U, we can visit the details tomorrow.
Just a few: Flatly asserting that Obama never said hed meet with Achmenijad; that absolute nonsense about spending more in a month in Iraq than weve spent in Afghanistan (let me say it again, he said as if he was hammering home a real fact); the bit about McCain voting with Obama on raising taxes; his vote in favor of the war etc.
Its amazing how the impulse to see Biden as the more qualified and serious guy stems almost entirely from his ability to be a convincing b.s. artist. Im not saying Palin was always honest or unrehearsed, but when she offers up a catchphrase or a talking point, you can tell. When Biden spews up a warm fog of deceitful gassbaggery the response seems to be what a great grasp of the issues he has!
His ability, nay his eagerness, to fake not only the facts but his sincerity is so shameless many pundits seem either mesmerized by it or scared to call him on it. Id call his fakery passive aggressive except its actually just aggressive aggressive. Beyond being a tool of trial lawyers, I never saw much similarity between Biden and John Edwards, but tonight I was really struck by how alike the two are. Edwards fakes being an everyman, and Biden does too. But his real fraud is intellectual seriousness. He talks like an intellectually mature person, but thats all it is talk.
Update: More from Jonah:
And, again, I never said that Palin was pure. My point is that Biden showed himself to an exceptionally facile liar. He makes stuff up with great passion, conviction and seeming command of the substance. So it just bugs me when people say he's better on the substance. I could be a great physicist if I'm not held to a requirement to be factually correct;
"Well, Gwen, that's an interesting question. As we all know the hamster spinning at the earth's core runs in a counter-clockwise direction. Let me repeat that so everyone understands. That hamster does not run in a clockwise direction, that would be madness. It's counter clockwise. That's why our lakes and rivers don't simply turn into a fine mist, and why our atmosphere doesn't simply spontaneously combust. This is something that my dear friend John McCain just doesn't understand. And it saddens me."
October 02, 2008
October 01, 2008
Ifill: Good evening, America. Tonight is the Vice Presidential debate between the charismatic, experienced, intelligent Senator, Mr. Everyman himself, Joe Biden, and his slow-witted opponent, the former mayor of Wasilla. Now lets begin
Question #1: Senator Biden-can I call you Joe?-, please tell us about how much you love your family and how it pains you to have to leave them for hours every day, riding Amtrak in to DC to do work on behalf of the American people.
Joe Biden: Snakes! Get em off me!
Iffil: Thank you, Joe. Now, former mayor Palin, please explain to everyone why a bubble-headed former beauty pageant runner-up like yourself should even be included in this debate? Please, no mention of I was asked to be on the ticket because youll only embarrass yourself.
Gov. Palin: Gwen, Id first like to say that maybe someone should help Senator Biden.
::Biden beating his head on the podium::
And next, Id like to
Ifill: Times up. Onto the next question.
Gov. Palin: I thought that Id be allowed to respond?
Ifill: HAHAHAHAHA! You thought?! Youre killing me! HAHAHA! ::sniffs, wipes away tears:: Anyway, Senator Biden, please tell us why you graciously allowed to share the stage with this killer of polar bears.
Biden: ::whipping out his junk and shaking it at the camera:: Look! I can go pee-pee like a big boy now.
::proceeds to urinate on stage::
Gov. Palin: Ms. Ifill, isnt this a bit inappropriate?
Ifill: No one cares about your prudish, Puritanical ideas. Now go back to blaming rape victims, or raping them yourself, or whatever you do when your husband isnt incestuously breeding with your gap-toothed offspring.
::another 45-50 minutes or so of this::
Ifill: Now, one final questions for our next Vice President and the stupid bimbo who shares the stage with him. Please tell us, in your own words, why you would make a good Vice President. Sarah, go first.
Gov. Palin: Gwen, Id first like to point out that Im really worried about Senator Biden.
::points at Biden, who has just set his hair on fire ::
And Id like to say that as your Vice President I will-
Ifill: HAHAHAHA! You actually think you can win?! Bitch please! Oh my, but thats funny. Senator Biden, Ill give you the last word.
Biden: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! ::running naked around the stage::
Ifill: Thank you, Senator Biden. And thank you, America.
Chris Matthews: I think that Senator Biden really touched a chord deep within the American people tonight, showing that he was really one of us. Sarah showed that, pretty as she is, she really isnt ready for primetime. Keith?
Keith Olbermann: Id just like to say that I touched myself when Biden ran naked around the stage. And I know that everyone in America was doing the same. Lets just call off the election right now.
Ahh well, it should be an interesting spectacle. It reminds of this old joke about who gets to leave in the lifeboats. The first man is asked how many Titanic passengers survived. The second is asked how many drowned. The third is asked to name them. I kind of think that that is how the debate will go.
Okay, that second point was more important before laptops became so ubiquitous, but it's still -somewhat- valid. Anyway.
Now, though, you can carry a Live DVD of Linux games. All you need to do is carry the DVD with you, pop it in the drive, boot up your computer and off you go. Sounds like a great deal to me. Excerpt:
lg-live is a live Linux DVD pre-installed with some of the top linux games out there. You just boot from your dvd, select your game and start playing. As simple as that.
Minimum requirements for the games to run:
- AMD 1800+
- 512MB ram
- ATI Radeon 8500 (NVIDIA GeForce3)
The liveDVD itself is based on ArchLinux and comes pre-loaded with 13 popular Linux games, and more are planned for future release. Some of the games currently available are:
Astromenace is a brilliant 3d scroll-shooter allowing you to feel the adrenalin rush of a fierce space battle against relentless swarms of alien invaders. Immerse into a decisive battle against tons of cunning foes, face the terrifying bosses and protect your homeland throughout 15 diverse levels of the game. The hardcore gameplay of AstroMenace, packed with pure non-stop action, will become a full scale test for your basic instinct of survival.
Battle Tanks is a funny battle on your desk, where you can choose one of three vehicles and eliminate your enemy using the whole arsenal of weapons. It has original cartoon-like graphics and cool music, its fun and dynamic, it has several network modes for deathmatch and cooperative what else is needed to have fun with your friends? And all is packed and ready for you in Battle Tanks.
Glest is a real time strategy game which is freely available. The game is settled in an ancien
There's a lot more. Check it out if you're so inclined.
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