Monday, October 31, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

Bunk on Katrina aftermath

Here is an interview with actor Wendell Pierce who plays Bunk on HBO's The Wire talks about Katrina and his show in an interview for Baltimore City Paper.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

School bans blogs

Pope John XXIII Regional High School has banned the use of blogs and sites like myspace.com or freindster. In the school or at home.

The reasoning sound like they are doing for a good reason. A student was talking to some through her site and it ended up being an adult. The question is, is forcing the ban at the students home life stepping on there free speech rights.

Maybe what needs to be done is the school/parent's drill into the kids head that you don't want to meet people you talk online in real life because 9 time out of 10 they are creepy. Instead of not allowing them the right to express them selves and talk about things important to them like how life sucks or how much they wub 50cent...

wait a minute maybe this ban is not such a bad ideal.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Bush taking it out on those around him

I guess the pressures of being the worlds number one #uck up is getting to him as early this week it was reported by people in the whitehouse that Bush has been taking his anger out on those around him.

It says he is trying to pass the blame on everyone else (wait isn't that the blame game?) except himself. But he is the only one to blame. He's the president and buck stops there. If he doesn't like how thing turned out then that's his bad. He planted the seeds that are now barring fruit, he let out the chickens (chicken-hawks?) that are coming home to roost.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks dies

I just caught on the news that civil rights leader (best known for her refusal to give up her set for a white man that set of the Montgomery bus boycotts) Rosa Parks has passed away.

Renee Jackson, The daughter of Janet Jackson and DeBarge?

The rumor (I'm not going to say it fact since right now it's just he said/she said with out the she) recently broke that Janet Jackson and James DeBarge have an 18 year old daughter. The child is reported to have been raised by Janet's older sister Rebbie.

I guess there is shock that Janet has a daughter. But giving the fact that Janet kept her marriage to DeBarge private at the time it's not to surprising that she would keep any children that came form that marriage private.

It is interesting to see how fair people will go to keep an image. Janet's marriage and now we know daughter where hidden from public view to keep her virginal image. Yes that right I knew with Janet's more sexualized image people forget that when she was starting out her image was cute and sweat and not sexy and raunchy. And both the marriage and the birth of the baby would have happened between the time of "lets wait awhile" and rhythm Nation, ie when she was still going for the announcing girl image.

I do have to say that I think it was a punk ass move on Young DeBarge (James' brother) for making this info public. If either the parents and/or the daughter released this info that would have been different matter.

I just hope that Renee Jackson know who her parents really where before this news broke because if not that has to be one hell of a shocker and crappy way to find out. Image if your listening to the radio or reading a news site and find out you where lied to about how your parents are.

Friday, October 21, 2005

The happiest mug shot I ever saw (Tom Delay)





Is it me or is the smile Tom Delay is giving in his mug shot a bit creepy.

Why is he smiling, my guess he is thinking "ha ha you may have caught my money laundering but at least you didn't find those bodies in my yard"

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Supreme Court for dummies

Funny this review was posted on Amazon

WHEW - Good thing you guys have express shipping, sometimes you have to bone up on con law!, October 19, 2005
Reviewer: Harriet M. (shh!) (White House but not for long!) - See all my reviews
I got this book JUST IN TIME!!! It is COOL!! The Greatest!!! It might be the BEST SUPREME COURT BOOK EVER!! And I bet I am the FIRST WOMAN ever to own it! Trailblazing!

Who knew that Starry Decisis wasn't a galaxy!! This book is filled with goodies like that! I'm not much of a reader, but I am as lucky to have this book as Texas was to have George Bush! I hope Brownback and Leahy haven't read this, so I can surprise them with some of the best bits in my big hearing next month!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

How do you stop the youth from taking drugs?

easy you point out that taking drugs is something that the old people do.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/12882880.htm

Game tap looking a little dry

About a month I listed an article about that mentioned the need for the video game industry to have new system for selling games. It was mentioned an online system where some could down load games maybe a good ideal.

so enters Gametap. For a monthly fee ($14.95) GAMETAP allows you to play any game in it library.

They already have a few big name companies putting their old games out on this system. Plus they are have gotten some media coverage (it was shown on G4's Attack of the show) and they already have media campaign (I saw a commercial for it a few days ago). So this may be an ideal that is poised to work.

I say may because looking at the games they have up right now there is much I want to play or at least seeing paying 15 bucks a month for when I could get them cheaper. This something I will I will keep an eye on because they are just starting out and so I am sure they will have many more games coming out for them.


Thought I am wondering about this system business model. How are the game developers making money from this site? Is gametap paying the companies a licensing fee, IE they pay the company x amount a month/year to have the games on the gametap site. Or maybe each game gets a percentage on the profits based on how many times it get played.

I mainly wonder about that because I wonder if this company's model would work for developers to make new games for GAME TAP.

At the moment it looks like a dumping ground companies to put up their old games. Which is cool since there is a market for those who would like to play those games. I know I would (it just like I stated above they don't have enough I want to play yet) but having new game would be a good draw for many people.

If the money is right I could see this system as a great way to smaller/medium developers to put out games in a market that is getting harsher and harsher on games that don't make it big in the stores.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Cool article on the importance game innovation

So this blog article on the importance of innovation in the video game industry is in making sure the market keeps growing by keeping non hardcore gamers (and turing some of them into the next crop of hardcore gamers).

Race riot or poor city planning

So it seems that over the weekend Toledo, OH had a small race riot.

It all started when the National Socialist Movement (aka neo-NAZI)planned to march in a Toledo neighborhood.

Now the mayor of Toledo stated that this hate group has a right to march. Which is true but usually with groups like this the city has them march in an area that wouldn't cause to much problems, ie somewhere out of the way.

Now when any group of this type does a march/protest you our going to end up with a bunch of people that will counter protest. In this case by the articles I've read this group of counter protesters happened to contain gang members.

It seems that there was some scuffle, some there something at the nazi and may have hit some of the police officers.

Now unknown to the people that came to protest against the hate group, the nazi march was cancelled, the nazi that where there left. Now you would think the police would have used this fact to disburse the crowd. All they would have to do is get someone a bullhorn and say something like "The nazi our gone, everyone please disburse" instead they released tear gas into the crowd.

Then the riots broke out.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Black people don't care about George W Bush...Ah...Is that really news?

It's been recently announced that only 2 percent of African Americans approve of President Bush. Sounds a bit high to me but I guess there must be a margin of error in there somewhere.

Of course to me the real shock isn't that Bush's approval rating is so low among Blacks. It way is it still so high among everyone else (45 percent of whites and 36 percent of Hispanics)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Jack Thompson creates video games

Jack Thompson, a guy who has been a long time critic of the video game industry has said he will give $10,000 to the head of Take-Two Interactive (the distributors of GTA) Paul Eibeler's charity of choice if any game company makes a game in 2006 that follows his (Thompson) story line.

A teenager kills another teen because he played to many violent video games.

The father goes on a killing spree after trail of his son's murder.

The father goes to Take Two's offices and kills a lot of people as he is looking for Eibeler.

He then goes to Philly to kill the people that worked at the law firm Take Two uses.

With the FBI on his tail he attacks the Gamewerks chain of arcades.

Then the characters goes to chain stores where he kills the employee staff and bitches how they need to check ID's.

and then tops it off at E3 where the character goes and kills as many video game execs as he can.

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All I have to say is PLEASE SOME VIDEO GAME COMPANY MUST MAKE THIS GAME. IF done right you'll get a tri-fector of raising money for a charity, making a game that is sure to get alot of publistity and it will piss Thompson of even more if someone actually made this game.

Also the E3 level will be a great level to jam as many spoof of the game industry as possible.

Nuclear terrorist road trip: The attack of Al Cutie

ABC’s new program Primetime ran a report last night showing how easy it would be for terrorist to enter many of the nuclear research facilities housed at many universities. The only weapons they would need is charm, looks and youth.

The experiment took groups (of two) made of college student or recent graduates and had them check out a nuclear reactors that can be found on many college campuses and see if they could get in.

As the test showed not only could these students get into the building with the nuclear reactor in a number of cases they where able to get near the core of the reactor.

The schools mostly tired to play it off and say that those nuclear reactors are well guarded. The NRC tried to do the same thing but after the spokes person looked at some of the film footage he slowly began to change his tune and admit that at least he was at least worried about some of them.

What was really sad was that one of the schools tried to blame the ABC primetime investigators instead of admitting their own lack of security. They said that it was unfair that they sent a bunch of flirtatious women around to use their evil feminine whiles or some crap to that ilk.

I know it this piece was supposed to a scare to the viewers but when this started out I could help but to find it little funny. In a oh my god we are all goina die short of way. Of course by the time it hits you that the only one school (university of new Mexico) actually had decent security (they locked the doors and didn’t allow the investigators to have an unscheduled tour) it began to get a little scary.

To be fare I admit I may have made a few mistakes that the guys working in the nuclear labs made (expcially with the first pair of women). It doesn’t always take much to get a nerd to let his guard down a cute face and smile and/or showing a little interest in something and there you go. But I don’t work in a nuclear lab and I would expect a bit more security in one.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

When cops go wild

Robert Davis, the 64 year old retired elementary schoolteacher that was attacked by a vicious gang of cops, has released a statement yesterday that he was not drunk as the police said. In fact he claims that he hadn't had a drink in 25 years.

The reason this raises interest is that the thugs that call themselves "lawmen" stated that the reason they beat him was that he was drunk and believed to be violent. Even if the man was drunk from what one can tell from the video there where no signs of him being violent and what those officers did was uncalled for.

Both Davis and the police department say that race wasn't a reason for what happened. But I'm going to have say that most likely it played a role in what happened.

In the video I link to it was reported that one of the officers said that they had been trapped there for months and have been doing what they can to stay a live.

Maybe these officers where too stressed out and handled this situation really badly.

It could be a combination of the two. If race played a factor in this. The fact that the N.O officers have recently been is such a stressful situation would only amplify reactions that these officer may have if they had any racial bias.


I hope it's not coming of as I have something against the police but is seems to me that most people forget that the police are human. Being human the men and women on the police force our prone to the same short comings as everyone else.

I'm surprised that many people don't realize this. Besides "oh, that was terrible" most of the reactions I seen this story have either been "F the police" or "the police are always right and this guy must of done something" I just don't understand how people could have such a simple view of the world.

Being people you are going to have good and bad police officers. Just as you are going to have good or bad people working as lawyers, IT, waiters, priest, doctors, teachers or anything else. And with or with out a badge from the actions of these "cops" are scum.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

War is never any smurfing good

The UNICEF of Belgium has teamed up with the owners of the smurf to make a PR commerical showing the horrors of war.

In the commerical we witness the bombing of a smurf village.

although I've looked I haven't found any video of this on the net. I know it may be a bit twisted of me but I want to see it.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Bush dipping back into fear

With Bush's approval rating down to 39% is the reason why we are again getting news of terror attacks.

I'm not saying Bush is causing them, just the way they are getting handled and spinned in the media. Example: saying that the military will be used encase that the avian-flu somehow passes to people and have an outbreak (who that a lot of if, I just hope the military is order to shoot sick people on sight).

Bush's approval ratings where at their highest when we where still in a daze of terror due the events of 9/11. Which was prolonged by creating and terror warning system and every so often raising it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Shoot Frist? Black people stay the hell away from Flordia!

new law in Florida allows people to shoot people if they believe they may be attacked.

The people of Shootfristlaw.org are warning people to be careful when they go to Florida. Mainly due to the fear of people over reacting to things like a car crash or something.

But what has me worried about this law is that I can see a lot of innocent people being killed due to race. A lot of white people get very nervous when they see a Black person walking around a night (hell even in the day) because they automatically assume that the Black person is going to mug or rape them. Usually this just leads to people quickly running to the other side of the street or women clutching their purses/moving it the opposite side of the Black person.

But with this law I am fearful that we are going to see a lot of Black men getting shot down because a lot of these fearful white people may be quick to pull out a gun and shot someone because they "think" they maybe harmed.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I'm falling for bush

Fun little web game (and I'm using the term loosely) where the Prez is falling

if you get stuck you can move push with your mouse

Monday, October 03, 2005

OJ ten years

I was listening to the radio and they where talking about the the OJ Simpson trial, due to this being the 10 year anniversary.

all I have to say is let it go people. It's been 10 years.

oh and it should be finally known to the public that not every Black person though he was innocent but the combo of seeing the mishandling of the DNA and the racist cop lead many to have doubts of his guilt, while it seemed many white (or at least the media) where all gung-ho on his guilt.

also Black people where tired of hearing the news making this a race issue.

No books allowed

After my mother birthday party yesterday my mother told me (that at least it's rumored)that the Mayor of Pontiac, MI (my home town) is planning on closing the city libraries and also getting rid of the librarians in the public schools.

The horror

it was bad enough that they where poorly funded but shut them down. What does the Mayor have a problem with people reading?

Saturday, October 01, 2005

I'm spicy...ok not really


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DS9 Saddam connection

I was watching a documentary on the history channel (Saddam’s doctor an inside story) where a doctor talks about Saddam and released something his name is Dr. Basir.

That's right the name of the doctor on star trek deep space nine.