Monthly Archives: July 2007

Toddler Wisdom 20

Filed under Kael's Adventures

When we picked Kael up from Camp today, his teacher let us know what Kael says I do for a living:

“My Daddy pays the bills”

He’s right too.

Bye-Bye!

Filed under Current Events

Awwww… poor little Paris Hilton is broke!  Well..mostly..  Seems Granpa Hilton has decided that her jailterm was the final straw… and has removed her from the inheritance.  Guess she’ll have to work for her money like the rest of us now.. Good thing she’s already got that head start in the Porn industry.

How NOT to impress a girl

Filed under Just Stuff

If you were to write a list of things NOT to do to try and impress a chick.. climbing the fence at a Zoo, getting into the hippo exhibit, and throwing rocks at the Hippos, would have to be on that list somewhere (and fairly high up there, like right below strapping steaks to your body and climbing into the Lion cage).

However, someone forgot to tell these future Darwin award winners this.  Surprisingly, they managed to avoid getting trampled by angry hippos…ahh well.. better luck next time fellas.

Blizzard Rocks!

Filed under Apple, Gaming

Sure, they manage to consistently screw up the most popular MMORPG out there, they let the amount of whining on their forums dictate what changes they make, and they’re about to nerf Warlocks into a unviable PvP class… but thats OK! because in the same patch that they put their heads up their butts and use a stat that mitigates critical hits, to mitigate non-critical damage to nerf Damage Over Time effects (bye-bye Warlock PvP as Affliction!) they put this lovely little change in:

Mac Movie Capture: the Mac client can now capture in-game video to QuickTime movie files using a configurable choice of codec (H.264, Motion JPEG, or Pixlet), resolution, and frame rate. Two new entries have been added to the Key Bindings dialog for start/stop recording and for cancellation of a recording. For more detailed configuration options please see the Mac Options panel in game. Mac OS X 10.4.9 and QuickTime 7.1.6 or better are required. Not all machines have enough performance to smoothly capture video at high frame rates; end user experimentation will be required to find appropriate settings for each system. 

Yup..first they added a Mac only in-game remote control  for iTunes, now, they’re adding a Mac only in-game video recorder!

So…like any good Mac user.. I created a character on the test server, installed the test version of WoW.. and went to work..

Its broke… kinda… any attempt to do a recording at full screen resolution only lasted about 2 seconds..I didn’t play around too much to see how high it could go.. I picked one kinda in the middle, and ran around for a few minutes…

Test Video (about 33 Megs) .

Someone else made one, and uploaded it to YouTube.. so its been hit with the crap quality bat from them…but it still looks pretty good.

Wonder how many Windoze using WoW players will be switching to the Mac, so they can not have to run a third party app to record any more…

Toddler Wisdom 19

Filed under Kael's Adventures

Conversation between Janice and Kael:

Janice and the kids were listening to the Wicked soundtrack (again),

Kael:  What’s this song?

J: No one mourns the wicked.

K: What does that mean?

J: It means no one will miss wicked people if they go away.

K: Awwwww… Mommy, me and Maryn will miss you.

Gotta love the kid =)

Independence

Filed under Adventures with Maryn

Just a reminder of what we’re actually celebrating today:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Happy 4th of July!

Filed under Adventures with Maryn

In case you’re like me, and you have to work, instead of getting to go watch things blow up.. I found this for your viewing pleasure..

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MeFi3SDi_n8 

Enjoy your 4th!

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson