Archive for 01/31/2012

It is like a drug

For some reason, I can not get this song out of my head. It is a classic dance anthem. Sorry in advance!

 

Great song Mr Beauvior!

Ashford class one. Done!

So I just posted my final paper for the first class of my second attempt at college. So officially, class one is done! Now, I still have to do a post or two so that I do not get failed due to attendance, I can easily accomplish this. Still, this whole online experience has been interesting. I look forward to future classes and eventually finishing my degree. Since I do not know what will happen job-wise in the future, this seems to be the best option at the moment. Working on a degree while going to school.

 

One of these days though, I will have to visit Iowa and see the campus. Someday……

Testing new blogging app for the iPad

So, full disclosure, the WordPress app for iPhone and iPad isn’t very good. It can let you do simple posts that ONLY involve text unless you want to a bunch of HTML. I can do HTML, but it’s much faster to use a WYSIWYG editor. However, this entire post was created with the new app.

 

Pros:

  • Allows for richer editing than the native WordPress app
  • Supports all of my blogs in one interface

 

Cons:

  • Image dragging is hard.

 

My top 10 favorite films of all time

This close to movie awards season, I thought I would look at my top 10 Movies and why I like them so much. These movies can be spanning any genre. If possible, I will provide at the very least the movie poster and an IMDB link. If available I will also post trailers the movie (linked from YouTube, assuming they haven’t been removed). So let’s get into it:

 

 

 

 

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Tribes beta keys

If you are interested in playing Tribes, I have some beta keys left over.

 

 

Step 1, create a hi-rez account if you don’t have one already

https://account.hirezstudios.com/account/activatebetakey.aspx

Step 2, use one of these keys:

  • T16FD-F908A-3A414-1268D-1F611
  • T1E8E-B8AB4-E7614-D5287-BE452
  • T19C9-CFC62-53E94-8829C-7EEDF

Step 3, download the game

https://account.hirezstudios.com/tribesascend

Populist non-committal speech

How can you tell if a politician is lying? He's moving his lips.

Dear god. While I missed the first few minutes, there was nothing good in the president’s speech tonight. He made vast generalizations and talked about programs that he has no intention to commit to. It was nothing more than a 2012 campaign speech. While I support the wealthy “paying their fair share”, it is the wealthy that make jobs, that drive large corporations and offer retirement benefits and general employment for perhaps thousands under them, from the janitor to the secretary. Stifle that drive to achieve and amass more wealth and you cause more harm than good.

 

Now, what alternatives do I offer? A flat tax rate across the board would be a nice first step, but lower-income people would suffer. While I could afford to pay 30% or more of my income, others might not be able to. If we make a line in the sand as it were of who pays this “normal” tax rate, where is that line drawn? $20,000? $30,000? We have a tiered system now. What I propose is a suspension of income tax, and instead increase sales taxes to make up the difference except of course on groceries and fuel. This would encourage people to save significantly more, and then, those who could afford these new things, would pay for it. In addition, sites like Craigslist and eBay would become havens because the tax would only apply to new items. This would encourage “recycling”.

 

Every year, my friends get big refunds and I usually get either $100-200 back, or I have to pay. I fall on that middle line of income apparently. It just seems that the people who get the refund, run out and make a big purchase. While a car might be a good investment, a new TV is not. I propose that refunds come with stipulations. The checks can only be used for certain items(car, health care, investments etc), or deposited into a savings account and cannot be moved for a set period of time or limit how much can be withdrawn. I know that the appliance industry is probably sending a hit squad to get me right now, but if people saved more, we would have far less issues than we do now.

 

Admittedly, something has to change. With the wealthy taking tax breaks and the poor getting refunds, the only people who support the system is the vast middle class.

 

Full disclosure, I traditionally vote Republican, not due to sheer ideology, but I usually relate to the candidates more. After the President’s speech, I did listen to the Republican rebuttal. What was said by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels resonated with me. He spoke of social security that we need to patch right now, and mend for the future. He spoke of the idiocy of instituting more programs to fix issues. Overall, I agree with his views, though the candidates this year are somewhat lacking. Let’s see what happens as we get closer to election season.

Cleaning out the olde guild bank

Man I wish my guild bank was this neat

Today, I spent the day cleaning out the guild bank. I have to give props to Guthwine and Abazaba. They really did a good job getting rid of the initial junk. Makes my job easier. So now comes the part where I pull what is left out and sell it on the auction house. Only issue was a server restart in the middle of it. Still, I plan on getting it all done quickly.

There are some smart cookies out there

20120121-164355.jpg I have to admit, there are some smart people working against apple. This new jail break isn’t easy to apply (the current version requires command line commands) but it works. Say hello to Cydia. I’m excited to see what a jail broken iPad can do. Thus far I’ve only installed the basic ones that I always do. SBSettings and BiteSMS. I’ve noticed BiteSMS seems to crash it a bit when using the shell integration. But, as opposed to previous iterations of jailbreaks, it doesn’t take five minutes to reboot.

Jailbreak is out!

At long last, the A5 jailbreak is out. Sadly, the program only works on Macs for now. But the wait isn’t long now. Happy days! Should make tomorrow interesting.

More domain pointing

Today, I focused on pointing what domains I had left to my new host. Loving hostgator.

Now I have:

towtblog.com

towtradio.com

fuzzysquirrelphotography.com

and a few others all hosted on one server. Much better than the earlier methods I was using (URL forwarding)