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A descent into the pits of heck.

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The new media

We're the new media. Yep, fansite operators are the new, true games journalists. We're the ones who hunt, pry, beg and borrow any leads we can, in our own spare time, out of a desire to learn and share.The big companies always have the upper hand though. Why? They don't earn information, they don't seek it, they merely pay the right people in the right way, sit back, and watch the "news" roll in. Sanitized, sanctioned, and utterly unearned.Of course, this just mirrors the regular news media

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It's 3:30AM and...

I'm sober. Oh, not for lack of trying. I have to be honest and say I've got a drinking problem. Yeah, keep your platitudes to yourself. I know I've got a problem, and telling me admitting it is the first step is wasted breath. I know already.If anyone wants to feel sorry for me, don't. It's not that I like my current state, but it's that I know it's my fault. Sure, I may have some genetic/historic predisposition, but hell, if that's the fact, I really should have known better than to have

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Technobabble

Apparently, the Pentagon is building it's own Internet, at an estimated cost of $200 billion. Talk about war driving. Sheesh.For the German readers, here's an article showing that Windows Media Player 10 was made using warez, at least in part. Microsoft, the bastions of IP rights and proper licensing are a little bruised at the moment. I'm waiting for the BSA to invade MS's offices. Of course, since Microsoft founded the BSA...In a sharp slap to the faces of all those who claim video game v

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New XP 'Zune' Official Theme

After a leak of a black Microsoft Windows XP desktop theme last week, MS decided to rework and officially release the new theme, branded as the 'Zune' XP Theme, named after their upcoming portable multimedia device. Official download is available here: Zune XP Theme Microsoft is a little late on this release, I believe. The black/orange theme really should have been out before Halloween, don't you think?

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Looking for compy help

So I have an (start laughing) FM1 chip & A75 board; it is very much time to upgrade, but as someone with a fixed income, money is very tight. So, I need some advice. I'm planning on upgrading to a Ryzen, looking at a 2600X and a B450 board. I figure I can get both for about $325, leaving me to buy 16G of RAM, and maybe an M.2 drive to boot from. I should, but don't require, a case and PSU, since I have an RX580/8G I can pull and swap out with another card in my old rig.    

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Ghost Recon 2.

I'm not sure where I stand. As a PC gamer primarily, I had to eval GR2 on a console I do own, but do not, as a rule, play FPS games on.Level design? Dodgy. So many maps, so little variance. Only four of the SP maps differ from the 'generic woodlands' style, as I recall. Those four are well designed, but I miss Embasy, or a similar style. Other than a couple of hangars, there are no buildings that one enters. Sure, I know the military unit in question does not do much CQB by design, but as

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Stroke! Stroke! Er...

So my mother had a stroke, on February 8, 2017. She's okay, mostly, just a bit weak on one side and with some memory issues. Strange, the same thing happened to me seven years ago. Of course, living 200km away from home, and being in a wheelchair, I can't exactly pop by and see her. Funny.

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So, it was my birthday.

I was woken up by my girlfriend getting up for work. I rolled over and went back to sleep.Then, the phone rang. It was mid-afternoon. Score!My financial advisor on the phone. Anyone in the Toronto area who is looking to invest, let me know. This guy is da bomb.I ran a few errands, and then retired to the digital crack that is Need For Speed Underground 2. Sexy, sexy gaming, if you like that sort of thing. I do.The rest of the day/night was spent drinking beer and racing around a virtual c

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Why PC gamers can't matter.

With the exception of the Xbox360, which uses Apple Macintosh hardware to both play and develop. Sure, a Mac is still a personal computer, but it's not a PC in the common definition.The thing is, a PC/workstation will always be the source of platform development, not the platform for actual entertainment. We're of the PC generation, but it's just a passing phase in the electronic entertainment world. My first console was the Atari 2600, while my first "PC" was a Commodore 64 (although I had b

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I should buy stock...

In the St. Joseph's Health Centre. Another long night in the ER. Except for the horrible music videos on the television in the lobby, and the guy screaming all night from the main emerg room (I was in ambulatory care), it wasn't much worse than dull. At least I got some good meds out of it. It's amazing. I've spent the entire past week bouncing between severe discomfort to poignant agony. Finally decide to check myself in, and an hour later, the morphine flowed in, and the pain has bee

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People suck.

So, yeah. People suck. I was walking home from the nearby mall, bag full of newly purchased sustenance, when a punk-ass kid decided it would be fun to try to mug me. While I'd love to relate a story of bravado and related ass kicking, I can't. I'm a lover, not a fighter, and proved that today. Brazen, daylight attempt. Moran claimed to have a knife, demanded cash. I pried his hand off of my messenger bag strap and walked away. I may have been lucky, or it may have been just some dumb

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Physics Humour

Einstein, Newton, and Pascal are hanging out in heaven, feeling rather bored, so Pascal suggests a game of hide and seek. Einstein is chosen to be it, and he covers his eyes and counts as Newton and Pascal go to hide. Einstein reaches 60 and opens his eyes only to discover Newton standing right there out in the open. Einstein goes over to him and says, "What are you doing? You are supposed to hide. You made it too easy for me to find you, Isaac." Newton points to the ground at his feet, an

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Why does it come with a remote?

So, after four years or so, I got a new hearing aid today. For those who may not know, I've had nerve "deafness" in my right ear for eight or nine years.    Anyway, after a hearing test and a forming session last month, my insurance said "go for it" and I picked up a new hearing aid today. Besides being intensely blue, which the med. tech was very excited about, my aid came with a set of tools, and of all things, a remote to set volume. I'm still trying to figure out why. Sounds g

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There have been a few changes.

It's been over a year - a very long and interesting year, since I added to this. Short version: I got very sick, and might never be 100% again. Longer version: It started with a case of meningitis, during which I had a stroke-like event. I'm in a wheelchair, my right side moves with very little control, my left side doesn't feel pain (which is not as great as it sounds), my throat doesn't work (talking is awkward at best and if it doesn't go through my gastric tube I don't eat or drink) my

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A new toy, sort of.

Remember this? May, huh. A long time ago. Well, yesterday I arranged for the bulk of a new system to be purchased. I'm now just a couple of drives (the computer kind) away from a nice new system. Cooler Master 371 case with a Thermaltake TR2 500W power supply to start with. The motherboard is a Gigabyte A75M-S2V (built to last, with USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports), 2x4GB (8GB total) Patriot DDR3 1600 memory, and an AMD A83870K Quad Core APU w/Radeon HD6550D. Part 2 is the drives, and if I can

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New Location and Assorted Madness

I had a few blogs; differing enough to lead me to separate them. No more. I have one, now, and anything I can think of now has a home. It's a different technology that any other I operated, but the very common WordPress tech behind it. It's at Any Luck at the moment. The hosting is a thank you from a friend. Rocky has been more than supportive here. It was just time to move one thing overdramatically to somewhere else.

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Carrie Fisher died today.

So Carrie Fisher died today. As an actress I knew of her, but it was her work in mental health that was most prevalent to me. My wife was tearbound at the news. I was stoic, like usual. Good old stoicism. I died a little myself, on the inside, but damn, I'm not going to show it. I will miss you, Carrie. 

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Back. Sorta.

So, I decided to re-open this beast. Mostly because it was the bestest place to post my thoughts. I hate everything. See? Merry Crimbo!

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Speed much?

So a young man, nineteen, and his pal in the passenger seat.also nineteen, decide to take dad's Mercedes out "racing.". Figuring the highways are quiet, it'll be fun. They were pulled over doing 308km/h. That's about 191mp/h.

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Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread

Mmmm. Goat cheese.Ingredients:Sun Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Spread * 1 lb. goat cheese, softened (454 g) * 1/2 lb. of cream cheese, softened (225 g) * 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (125 ml) * 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and chopped (125 ml) * 1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped (125 ml) * 1 tsp anchovy paste (5 ml) * 4 tbsp basil, finely minced (60 ml) * 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (45 ml) * 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (30 ml)Directions:Sun Dried Tomato

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