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Ryan
14 August 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Only because I feel obligated to talk about it.

What Michael Vick did was wrong. Period. There's no justifying it in any way, shape, or form.

That being said, the man paid his dept to society. I believe that compassion and mercy are all but completely lost from society today. The man is getting a second chance to go back to work, and I'm fine with that. In fact, it makes me want to support the Philadelphia Eagles franchise.

Now that I've got that out of the way, let's talk football.

The Eagles are a perfect place for Vick to go. Why? Because they don't need him.

McNabb is a perfectly capable Quarterback, and a highly respected Veteran. After two years away from the league, I doubt Vick is able to even practice at the professional level, let alone play. Not to mention, it's doubtful that he will even get to play until Week Six. I can almost guarantee Vick will not be a viable starter until next season, if even then.

Vick has been given the opportunity to hone his craft at a top tier organization. The fans in Philly are going to rattle his cage for sure. This will be a great test for Vick, and will allow the world to see what he can do with this kind of opportunity.

Look for Vick to either be traded away next season. If the Eagles have a sub par season, they might even work out a trade agreement for McNabb. Either way, Vick to the Eagles is full of win for everyone involved.
 
 
Ryan
21 May 2009 @ 06:42 pm
:(  
AAUGH!!! </CharlieBrown>
 
 
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Ryan
28 January 2009 @ 07:37 pm
Ralland is watching cartoons, and I just heard the greatest quote ever.

Dad: Oh, that's alright, My dreams were shattered years ago.
Son: How many years ago?
Dad: How old are you?
 
 
Ryan
23 January 2009 @ 10:42 pm
Ok, I give up. J.D. "Illiad" Frazer is either in my head, or is predicting my future.

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20090123

Today, this same concept happened to me. Someone that I had not heard from in many years called me today out of the blue. Because he wanted to catch up? Because he wanted to bury whatever hatchet may have been between us? Because it was a wrong number, or just a crazy coincidence?

No.

The computer he was using quit working, and he needed someone to fix it.

What did I do? I went over and helped.

Why? I have no idea. I guess it's just who I am. And I have no idea why this bothers me so much.
 
 
Current Mood: melancholy
 
 
Ryan
05 January 2009 @ 10:46 pm
This is the definition of excess. I wish I had this much time on my hands.

May I present to you, the "Twittering Washing Machine."

http://hackaday.com/2009/01/02/twittering-washing-machine/
 
 
Ryan
20 December 2008 @ 09:26 am
Over the past 10 years or so, User Friendly has managed to capture a great picture of not only the Geek culture, but the whole world. Today is just another example of why I love this cartoon.

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20081220


For the non-techies who might not get it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_smoke
 
 
Ryan
16 December 2008 @ 09:50 pm
I loathe Firefox 3.

There, I said it. And you know, I feel better now.

I can not stand the address bar. I miss the old days when items in the address drop down were your most frequently visited sites. Ever since upgrading from Firefox 2, I can not for the life of me figure out how it decides what sites to list in the menu now.

Not to mention the fact that every entry now takes up two lines, and must show me the address AND title of the page, instead of just the address.

Today, for the umpteenth time, Firefox has rearranged my address bar entries, and is now showing me sites that I haven't visited in weeks, or even months! For example, Firefox is now showing a bank in my address bar, and I haven't been to that site in a very long time, as I closed that account more than a year ago. Why is it now one of the top 12 most frequented sites I've been to?

I've been a tremendous fan of Firefox since day one. And it pains me to think that I'm going to have to look for a new browser, simply because of one so called "feature." Oh, and I'm sorry, but the "About:Config" pages don't count as "configurable options." Kiss my ass, put it under the "Advanced" tab of the Options menu.

</rant>
</soapbox>
 
 
Current Mood: pissed off
 
 
Ryan
08 December 2008 @ 08:30 pm
Now that I'm all old and married with a kid, I have no space for anything anymore, so I decided to trim down my library and thin out my bookcase.

I noticed I have a lot of old College Textbooks from '99 and 2000. Some of them are useless, like a book on Windows NT 4.0, but others are still relevant, like my Psychology, Math and Speech books.

I'm too lazy to list them on craigslist or Amazon or anything like that. I don't want to field questions about them, I just want them gone. I'd rather just put them in a box and send them away.

Does anyone out there know of any places that accept old book donations, or anything of the sort?
 
 
Ryan
18 October 2008 @ 09:42 am
Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.

The sixth would pay $3.

The seventh would pay $7.

The eighth would pay $12.

The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.


So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.


And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).

The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).


Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

'I only got a dollar out of the $20,'declared the sixth man.
He pointed to the tenth man,' but he got $10!'
'Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar, too.

It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got' 'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man.
'Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'
'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all.
The system exploits the poor!'
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.
They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
 
 
Ryan
11 August 2008 @ 11:38 pm
Does anyone else miss Sum 41?
 
 
Current Mood: curious
 
 
Ryan
23 June 2008 @ 08:18 am
I woke up this morning, feeling great. I got up early, even went to work early. I had my head full of all the productive things I wanted to do today. "it's going to be a great day," I said aloud. Then, I heard it on the radio. My heart sunk deep into my gut.

I thought, that can't be right. I didn't just hear that. Then, I heard it again. George Carlin has died.

I just have no words.
 
 
Current Mood: mourning
 
 
Ryan
01 March 2008 @ 09:29 am
Have you ever poured your heart and soul into something, and turn around and feel like you aren't getting anything back?

I have you ever worked so hard on something for so long, it leaves you physically, mentally and emotionally drained?

After all these years, the blood, sweat and tears, all the sacrifice, all the hard work, and dedication to your cause, everything that's been put forth, and you realize you haven't even gotten anywhere?

Sisyphus, I feel your pain.
 
 
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Ryan
09 January 2008 @ 09:49 am
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." Mark Twain
 
 
Ryan
14 December 2007 @ 08:52 am
Wow  
28
 
 
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Ryan
19 November 2007 @ 09:25 am
In a journey that took 6 days, my grandfather sailed on a boat half way across the world. He landed in New York, and went through Ellis Island, and became an American Citizen.

It's estimated that nearly 40% of everyone living in America today can trace their ancestors back to Ellis Island. I just don't have to look very far to do it. I've always had a fascination with my Grandfather, I think mostly because he passed away when my father was so young, and never got a chance to meet him.

I found out recently that the vast majority Ellis Island has been shut down, boarded up, and abandoned. There's a campaign currently running to attempt to raise money to help restore and bring back to use all of the buildings on the island.

The thought that I might not get the chance to go and visit the island, or take my children to see the island is very disturbing to me. I hope that my little contribution is enough, and I hope that by spreading the word around, maybe a few other little contributions will make a difference, and help preserve this amazing piece of history.

Check out http://weareellisisland.org
 
 
Ryan
22 October 2007 @ 11:36 am
Where do you draw the line between hoarding or "packratting" and collecting or "keepsakes?"

Since my son was born, I've noticed that amount of space in my house is rapidly declining. As part of that, I've been forced to take stock of all my stuff, and decide what stays, and what goes.

Over the weekend, I sat in my office and stared for almost two hours. The subject of my attention? A pile old computers, taking up most of the floor space in my closet. 5 minutes into the two hours, 3 of the four computers were outside next to the trash cans. But one haunted me.

What's so special about an old AMD k62 333mhz system? Surely not the PC100 memory, or the mind boggling 4 gig hard drive. It couldn't be the blazing fast 24x CDRom drive. Even though the 56k ISA modem opened up a whole world of communications, that wasn't it either.

This was the first computer I ever built. I bought everything that went into it. It was the first computer I ever installed Linux on. Do I keep it? Do I let it go?

I looked out the window and saw the pile of hefty bags. All those "treasures" and keepsakes. Maybe I'm just too sentimental. Maybe that's why this computer only made it to the back porch, and not to the trash cans.

Should it make the rest of the journey, or does it take a detour into the garage, where it can collect more dust? I've got until Wednesday morning to decide.
 
 
Ryan
15 July 2007 @ 09:08 pm
After physically cleaning out my office, I decided to clean up my computer. Repartitioned all my discs, formats, and new operating system. I've been running Fedora Core for quite some time, and decided to give Kubuntu a try. I've been really impressed with its out of the box hardware support, and I love the "apt-get" based package manager. However, one thing has pissed me off beyond repair. I feel like it's Linux on training wheels.

I can't even mount my stinking CD drives on my own. Automounnter? Get out of here. And what do you mean dev/hdc doesn't exist? dev/sr1? Kiss my ass, I'm outta here.

Kubuntu, you're nice and all, but, I gotta have my space. Leave me a lone, and let me do my thing. I know you just want to help, but I think I can do it myself. Slackware, I love you. I'll always go to you first for anything that matters. Redhat, please come back to my desktop.
 
 
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Ryan
20 May 2007 @ 12:19 pm
I just found what is possibly the greatest video ever. Claymation violence at it's best.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you....

Cows With Guns
http://youtube.com/watch?v=a5s5qGg01nE
 
 
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Ryan
06 May 2007 @ 06:23 pm

I am so angry, I can not remember the last time I was this upset.

My cell phone, a Motorola V557, has a great feature. They call it the "Live Ticker" and it's like a news ticker that scrolls all time time on my phone. Currently, I've got it set to tell me about ESPN's top stories in NFL and MLB, CNN Technology Headlines, my local Weather and CNN Headline news.

Yesterday, I opened my phone, and was devastated to see that a 45 day jail sentence for Paris Hilton was important enough to be sent to my phone. Seriously, did I miss something? Why is this "headline" news?

I narrowly avoided smashing my phone into bits, and am about *this* close to shutting off the ticker for good.

 
 
Ryan
14 April 2007 @ 02:30 pm
Unfrosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Seriously.

I was feeling pretty shitty until my cup of coffee was met with the overly sweet goodness that is the Pop Tart. I've been awake a hell of a lot longer than I care to admit, and I have successfully dodged doing jack shit all day. Last night was the first night I've slept really well in quite some time, and I'm still groggy. Perhaps another Pop Tart and I'll totally snap out of it.
 
 
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