Maryn meets Murloc

Filed under Adventures with Maryn

http://dan.theteppers.net/images/Murloc.mov

Maryn meets World of Warcraft’s Murloc

Being Santa

Filed under Just Stuff

Apparently being Santa Claus has its good days, where you get a grownup who gives you a little extra something like this guy:

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – Santa Claus says that a woman who sat on his lap was naughty, not nice.  A Santa at the Danbury Fair mall said the woman groped him.

And then sometimes.. it just completely  sucks to be Santa…. like when people try and shoot you out of the air like this guy:

Drug traffickers in a Rio slum opened fire on a helicopter carrying a Santa to a children’s party, apparently mistaking it for a police helicopter, police said on Tuesday.

Stupid Teacher

Filed under Current Events

Sigh… and people wonder why we rate low on worldwide education scores.. you have idiots like this lady.. who call the police, when they hear someone singing a song…

From the article:

 State police say a teacher at Booth Free School barricaded herself inside a classroom Wednesday when she mistook someone singing a Guns N’ Roses song over the public address system for a threat.

Idiot.. are you seriously that god damn insecure and afraid of the world, that someone singing the lyrics from an 80s song scares you enough to call the police and barricade yourself in a classroom?  How the hell do you even manage to get out of the house in the morning if you are that terrified of the world?

Quit, now.. before you do any further damage to the kids in your school.

Bye-Bye Ban!

Filed under Adventures with Maryn, Current Events, Politics

Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Appeal by Washington D.C, to try and overturn the decision ruling their unconstitutional gun ban was, well unconstitutional (Parker vs D.C was the orignal case, being heard by SCOTUS as D.C, vs Heller).

This is a good thing, as it should finalize once and for all that the 2nd amendment means exactly what it says, and is the only gun control we need.

From NRA-ILA:

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear First Second Amendment Case Since 1939
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Fairfax, Va. – The United States Supreme Court today announced its decision to take up District of Columbia v. Heller-a case in which plaintiffs challenge the unconstitutional gun ban in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia appealed a lower court’s ruling earlier this year affirming that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the District’s bans on handguns, carrying firearms within the home, and possession of loaded or operable firearms for self-defense violate that right.

The NRA will participate in this case through briefs as a friend of the court. Oral arguments are likely to take place in early 2008.

In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that “[T]he phrase ‘the right of the people,’ when read intratextually and in light of Supreme Court precedent, leads us to conclude that the right in question is individual.” The D.C. Circuit also rejected the claim that the Second Amendment does not apply to the District of Columbia because D.C. is not a state.

The decision marks the first time a Second Amendment challenge to a firearm law has reached the Supreme Court since 1939.

World of Whatcraft?

Filed under Gaming

Umm..yeah.. just when you though’t you’d seen everything.. you see this:

http://www.datecraft.com/

And really, that says it all.. no need to make fun of it more then that…

Edit: after looking around on the site for a bit. it looks like its actually a fake, none of the pictures go to any profiles or anything like that. But still, even the idea of a dating site targeted at WoW players is still pathetic enough to be humorous

2,000,000 Leopards on the loose!

Filed under Apple

Friday, October 26th at 6:00pm, Apple unleashed Leopard (OS X 10.5) on us…after about two years of development.

Since then, they have announced that they have shipped (either as sales or via Maintenance Agreements) 2,000,000 copies.. thats a lot of kitty kats on the loose.

I ran to my local Apple store, and grabbed my copy on release night.. then came running home to install it.

Completly ignoring all the ‘witch doctor’ advice that you receive from various Mac forums (stupid stuff like “never do the default upgrade”, repair permissions multiple times, disconnect peripherals, etc.. etc..) I booted from the install DVD and clicked the Upgrade button.. about 50 minutes later.. I was rebooting into all the Leopardy goodness I could handle.

First thing I noticed.. Apple decided to change my desktop background.  While I actually like the space shot background they chose for me.. I’m still not thinking they should go around changing backgrounds on people all willy nilly.

Desktop icons are much improved..Apple makes an effort to give the icon a much better representation of the item (text documents, show their formatting (paragraphs, etc) in the icon.. and if you squint real hard, you can even make out the text in some).

New icons are passed around (folders, System Preferences, and some others), and it looks pretty shiny.. I like the new dock’s appearance on the bottom, and think it looks worse on the sides.

Overall so far, I’m very impressed.. definitely worth the upgrade cost.  Ars Technica does their normally thorough review on it.

Toddler Wisdom 21

Filed under Kael's Adventures

Conversation with Kael:

Mommy: Kael stop stomping in the kitchen.

Kael: You mean I can’t run in the kitchen?

Mommy:  I wish you wouldn’t.

Kael: Well, that’s what you can wish when it’s your birthday then.

Kael: If I don’t stop doing it, I guess it didn’t work.

They did what?

Filed under Adventures with Maryn

From the ‘not something you see every day’ category. Shortly after the kids woke up from nap today, a couple fire trucks pulled up to the townhouses across the street.. being good neighbors, we of course, immediately ran outside to see what they were there for.

Here’s what all the excitement was about:

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Its a fuzzy shot, had to use the cell phone’s camera as the ‘big’ camera’s batteries were dead..but, as you can see, its a Jeep Cherokee in someone’s living room.

Not sure what happened, as we couldn’t find anyone who actually ‘saw’ it.. seems that a teenager, learning to drive, confused her peddles.. hit the gas, and my guess is she panicked when the car went forward when she thought it was stopping, and then floored it..up the stairs, through the window, and into the fireplace.. fortunately , no one was home at the time.

Future Kael

Filed under Kael's Adventures

Its always refreshing when the local news does a story you can relate to.  Our’s ran this story the other day.  Thanks to them, I know what to expect in the near future from Kael.

Favorite Quote from the article:

Police say the child decided he wanted to get lunch at Applebee’s, and went out to the car and moved his child seat from the back of the car to the driver’s seat. He then grabbed the keys to the car and started backing up, roughly 47 feet.

Well, at least he knew he needed his carseat… hope he got it installed correctly…

Guide to the Dark Side

Filed under Gaming

On my voyage to the dark side (I switched to play on the horde side, for those who have no idea what I’m talking about).  I’ve been following a leveling guide to make my run to 70 as quick as possible.  Its worked out real good.. I’m not setting an records with my leveling, but I am leveling faster then I have before (the no records, is because the guy that wrote the guide, set them all).  I’m using Joana Mancow’s leveling guide, which can be found here.  Yes, its a paid guide, but its worth it.

And yes, is a referral link.. look..there’s even a pretty banner!

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