Saturday, March 03, 2007

"Waging a war against Christianity"

Another great cartoon for y'all:


Monday, February 26, 2007

Just an idle thought

I was mentioning something to a friend who'd just sent me some fun buttons in email and I thought that it was time that I put this story on the blog.

Years ago, I rode up in an elevator at a science fiction convention with two women, one of whom was blonde, incredibly chesty, and covered in a skin-tight black velvet top with a Cinderella skirt (more black velvet). Surmounted on the... apex? peak? well, tip, anyway, of her left breast was a button that said "If we are what we eat, I could be you by morning."

My stop was a few floors below theirs. I got out of the elevator and walked down the hall in what could only be described as a reflective mood....

The Omega Code drinking game

I caught up with my old friend Delta's blog today for the first time in weeks. She posted a drinking game for the movie, The Omega Code, which she was somehow talked into seeing again (Again? Delta, sweetie, I knew it was shit as soon as I heard about it... but you must like experiencing truly awful movies just for the value of wallowing in the horror of them.)

For those of you who have forgotten or who have successfully suppressed the memory, this movie from 1999 is one of the worst made in a decade, rivalling Battlefield Earth for sheer suckiness. It's the first movie made from Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series of novels written for the hard-of-thinking and terminally gullible, so it's an excellent model of "garbage in, garbage out."

Anyway, here's the Omega Code Drinking Game:
1) Drink until the movie is good.

2) Go to a hospital, because you're about to die of alcohol poisoning.

BTW, when I was getting the link for the movie from IMDB, I wanted to pass on the following great comment from one of the many people who spent a few moments to describe how awful the movie was:
Do not see this movie. If you are ever forced to at gunpoint, take your chances, if you live the bullet, will be far less painful than watching this piece of garbage. If you die, you can die never having seen the Omega Code, a feat I only wish I will be able to claim on my death bed.


Susan the Wonder Child

Susan the Wonder Child was always a pretty girl, but she's really getting to be quite dazzling. She was hanging out with a friend the other evening and they did a photo shoot for fun. Here are a few of the pictures; there are another dozen in the Susan set in my Flickr account.

Susan all gussied up

She's even doing a darned good job of keeping her room clean these days. Far better than I usually manage to keep my office, too!

This one is her favorite from the shoot

Susan, noir

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Disgusted with Norton Utilities & Symantec

I've spent the last hour and a half trying to solve a problem with Norton Utilities, where the Norton Recycle Bin stopped working on drives other than my C: drive for no apparent reason. Their projected solution (which was not easy to find on their website, I'll tell you!) had me reboot my computer three different times. No, that didn't work.

Now I'm going to have put up with their support center in India to find out exactly what to do. That'll be another hour of my life I'll never get back. Anyone know how I can replace Norton and never have to use this stuff again? McAfee and F-Prot both make decent antivirus software, I use a good software/hardware solution (that I'm not going to talk about here) for firewalling, now I just need replacements for the disk utilities and I'm home free!

P.S. It's some hours later and I decided I'd write them from their website interface and get a reply by email. They post the current wait time for their phone support on the website and it was 15 minutes just on hold. Screw that. On their web-based email form, I put in all my name, address, numbers, email addy, product ID, and other things, then wrote up a description of the problem I was having. I hit send and POOF! Symantec's website gave me a cryptic error, something about not being able to file it in RightNow (I have no idea what RightNow is), and that was that. Well, I have to applaud their consistency: the program gives shitty, cryptic error messages, so why shouldn't the website? Fortunately, I saved the text of my question in a text file and I can try again tomorrow if I feel like it. The text file name, btw, is NortonSUCKS!.txt. The filename was chosen purely at random, so it's really fortunate that it came out so, uh, relevant.