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9-30: The last of the Jason Harper tutorials goes live in the Forge Tips section of the Marathon department after a conversion to HTML 4.01 Transitional. Nothing was changed from the original Tutorials other than the behind the scenes HTML, a conversion to a look consistent with the rest of the site, the addition of the nav bar (the blue green bar at the top of this page) and some navigation graphics. Updated today are the tutorials Multi-Message Terminals, Counters, and Level Detector.

9-29: Today marks a milestone for Team SETI in the Hobbies department. As of today, we have exceeded 2 years of CPU time in our porcine efforts to snuffle and dig out the truffles of cosmological facts. That is 2 CPU years as opposed to actual years transpired, the actual years amounts to 3.953 years. In the process this week, we have out-snuffled 172 competing SETI hogs... They ain't nuttin but bacon waitin' ta happen!

9-26: No news is good news. Enjoy the Joke of the Weak and I'll catch you on the other side of the weekend.

9-25: Again with Jason Harper! What's up with that? Coincidence or conspiracy? Maybe something MORE! OMG! You can cut the tension with a KNIFE! Well maybe with a shovel... the kind you clean out stables with. 3 more tutorials in the Forge Tips section of the Marathon department have been converted and uploaded: Texture Flexing, Untextured Walls, and Stacked Windows.

9-24: The NRA feature articles archives is updated today with last months presentations. Included in the August Archive are the following: Armed Citizen, Standing Guard and the President's Column. You can access the NRA Archives anytime from the link at the bottom of the NRA page or from any of the articles in the NRA section listed above.

9-23: Jason Harper's turn again. We are about halfway through converting his excellent and innovative tutorials that stretch the limits of Forge until the very fabric of 5D space is ripped. Look out Q, you have some competition in the continuum. Converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional today in the Forge Tips section of the Marathon department are: ZigZag Stairs, Illusory Bridges, and Fake Elevators.

9-22: There were 127 broken noses in the drunken barroom brawl that is the SETI@home project. You should have seen Termie, he was like John Wayne with a brick duct taped to each fist! After today a lot of people are going to be singing through their noses like Randy Travis let me tell you. Man does that guy sing through his snozz or what? Anyway, Team SETI kicks butt again and it is happening at the Hobbies page. Be there or be square.

9-19: In a continuing effort to hurt America, France has shown that it is willing to trade American blood for business by it's recent actions at the United Nations. France is fueled by nothing more noble than hatred, greed, and envy. Reason enough to boycott them. By participating in the grassroots French boycott you, as an individual, are able to speak up and show your disapproval to a distant and hostile foreign government in a manner they are forced to listen to. You can do this from the aisle of your nearest convenience store! Get the gritty details of how to participate and read a new report from Bill O'Reilly on the latest French outrage at the Boycott France section of the Extra department.

9-18: Jason Harper's Tutorials in the Forge Tips section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox are updated again today. Converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional, stripped nekkid and rarin' ta go are these tutorials: Combination Locks, The Missed Island Clock Tower, and The Pedestal Switch Problem. Jason Harper won the "Best Use of Forge" prize in the only official Bungie Map Making Contest. He won that hands-down in anybody's book! Jason explains how he created the amazing effects in that map by way of these tutorials.

9-17: Every year a new crop of administrative rules, red tape, raised fees, imposed costs and land closings are added to last year's crop and piled on the backs of hunters. Kane Robinson implores us to help protect the rights of the little guy, the common hunter that can't afford the fees or time off from work to comply to these. Take a moment to read the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

9-16: Today begins the transition of the Forge Tips section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Jason Harper gets to step to the head of the line, his is the most awesome and most read of the Forge tutorials. His index page as well as his tutorials on Stacked Walkways and his innovative animated chapter title "Heartbeat" is first up on the block. Actually calling any of Jason's work innovative is redundant. When you think Jason think innovation. Also think of running out of platforms quickly. And aspirin... think of that!

9-15: Let me see, 159 times 6 is... 954 quarts of competitors blood Team SETI had to wipe off the blade of our computational sword. Gosh we could use a fresh towel around here! We plan to start paddling around the Hobbies department in little blood canoes as soon as we can get a government canoe grant. Damn Republicans won't pop for one though... it's enough to make one wish that the Indians won the war, I bet you we could get some blood canoes around here THEN!

9-12: The final pages Mark Levin's Anvil Tutorials are finished and are put live today. These excellent tutorials break down every checkbox, text box and option you can find in change in the mind bending physics model editor. Check out the Anvil Tips section of the Marathon department and get your head straight on the facts.

9-11: Today there will be no updates to the House of Wacks. Instead, on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that targeted completely innocent people by crashing airliners packed with men, women and children into buildings filled with more men, women and children, I invite you to visit some web sites that give tribute to this terrible event. We must never forget, we must be always vigilante, we will surely never be the same. God bless America.

Please visit these sites, relive the day, and remember that evil people want you dead just because you live in America, love freedom and tolerance and worship a God that is not theirs. There are many more on the Internet, do a Google Search and find some of your own. These are in no particular order:

9-10: Today in the NRA section of the Extra department, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre promotes the Heston Legacy Program. You can become involved in preserving our unique American freedoms guaranteed to us in the Unite States constitution. Read how in the Standing Guard feature.

9-9: More Marathon is converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional standards. This time we have Mark Levin's Physics Model Editor Tutorials going up. Look for Mark's splash page/introduction and his tutorials on Aliens and Effects to go live. The end of the week will see the rest of his Anvil Tips pages completed. Be there or be square.

9-8: Team SETI is back on track after the SETI@home caused accounting errors of the week before. 169 competitors have tasted the steel of our computational sword as Team SETI hacks through the front lines of SETI@home. Team SETI has crunched more units than 97.6% of the users. This includes groups of people using multiple computers combined! You gotta love the 1Ghz OSX Mac running the Darwin version of SETI@home! It's all happening on the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

9-5: Reaching deep into the meat sack of HTML 4.01 conversion carnage finds the blood soaked Quartz' Quarry tangled amongst the bones and sinews of the Anvil Tips section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. The entire collection of Quartz' tutorials goes live today. I hope you like your tutorials blood rare cause I could have sworn this thing just mooed. Maybe my sledgehammer needs sharpening.

9-04: The Armed Citizen feature in the NRA section of the Extra department is updated today. Read for yourself the heroic efforts of ordinary citizens exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear firearms. The folks in these newspaper accounts are protecting life and limb in an emergency. Sometimes calling a cop is impossible or too slow to be of any use. I don't need a cop to tell me I'm dead, I can probably figure that out myself.

9-03: In the conversion to HTML 4.01 news today, the final pages of the Hamish Sanderson tutorials went up today. These pages include: Color Clippings, Custom Icons, and CLUT Notes. This is little tempest is in the Marathon teapot in the Hamish Sanderson Tutorials in the Anvil Tips section.

9-2: It looks like last weeks spectacular showing by Team SETI was a statistical glitch caused by SETI@home. Apparently they have fixed the accounting error because this week the numbers appear to have more than made up for the huge advance we made last week. Ah well, see the disappointing numbers at the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

9-1: Nuttin' much goin on today... Happy Labor Day! I'm taking the day off, the Joke of the Weak is updated though, so have a chuckle on the House of Wacks.

No news on the weekends. As usual, the Team SETI page is updated every Monday. The NRA pages: President's Column, Standing Guard and Armed Citizen are updated each month.
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