Friday, January 9, 2009

Windows 7 Beta Available for download

Update: Link is now working properly. Download the beta build now while it's still available.

If you're into testing beta software check it out. Microsoft's servers are getting hammered so if you're getting error page just wait a few hours and try again.

Windows 7 Beta Download

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A ella le gusta la gasolina! Como le encanta la gasolina!

Driving home I passed by a gas station and saw gas was at $2.01. I passed this same station this morning and the price was at $1.85. In just over 12 hours gas price at this station went up 16 cents. Last time gas prices went up this fast it topped out at around $4.50 a gallon.

OPEC has been whining the past month over the low price of crude oil. They have been discussing lowering daily oil production to raise prices to more "acceptable" levels. That has me worried. Acceptable to OPEC usually mean 'bled dry' to drivers.

Unfortunately there's really nothing anybody can do. Not even the president of the United States, the single most powerful man in the world, has the power to force OPEC to increase oil production when they do not want to. We will have to just grin and bear it.

Or bend over and take it depending on who you're talking to. C@cksucking bloodsuckers.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Guilt Trip

So here I am watching a South Park rerun (the guinea episode, "OH MY GOD I AM SO STARTLED!) when an ASPCA commercial comes up. It's the one with Sarah McLaughlin talking about lost pets while 'In The Arms Of an Angel' plays in the background. It was like everything stopped as I was reminded of my lost cat. It has been five days since she managed to run out and get lost. Since then it has snowed and rained almost non-stop.

Sigh. I can't even take care of a little cat.

Latest Apple Product

Courtesy of Onion News Network.

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Hilarious. And spot on.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Blog Thing part 2

There was a brief but interesting discussion about blogs and blogging in my email group. Somebody asked what exactly is a blog and do people actually read them. This got me thinking because I have thought about starting my own many times before. Every time I would get stumped by those exact same questions: What would my blog be and would anybody read it. My answers would be: I have no idea and no.

It's not that I'm not exposed to blogs- my favorite sites are actually blogs: and Extralife is a personal blog by Scott Johnson, a middle-aged family man who grew up as a gamer. Penny-Arcade is a web-comic blog by two late 20's gamer who are now married with young kids. The common thread here is the closeness in age and love of gaming.

That is the key I think, it's all about what interests you. I've seen way too many blogs that deal primarily with the bloggers' personal lives. Well I don't want to read about other people's lives, problems and all - I have enough problems of my own. What Extralife and Penny-Arcade do right is they talk about things and events in context of how it affects them - readers can relate to those.

So what will this blog be about? I'm not sure yet. Would anybody read it? Probably not.

Here's a discussion in Menard's blog about the blog thing.

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Blog Thing

So here it is I finally have my own blog. I've thought of starting one many times before. Every time I convinced myself it wouldn't work since 1.) I'm too lazy to post regularly and 2.) nobody's interested in what I have to say. But I read somewhere that keeping a journal is good for one's sanity. Considering that I just had a particularly horrid week I figure I could use the catharsis.

As for an actual post, I think I'll start tomorrow. I need to put together a coherent thought first. That might take a while.