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4-29: The computer gaming industry just got a sucker punch when they were expecting a wet willie. Don't ask me what that means, you don't want to know. Wideload Games Inc. just burst onto the scene yesterday in a shower of accolades from long time Bungie devotees including yours truly. Wideload is a startup company featuring the talents of Bungie Software, Inc. president and pipemeister Alexander Seropian and a ragtag band of merry men dating back to the startup days of Bungie. You will want to check out their web page and keep checking back to track the progress of their first game... er... "Game Name Goes Here" (game is yet to be announced). Look for the Wideload link in the Games section of the Lynx page.

4-28: The NRA archive for the month of April is now comfy cozy in the NRA Archives. The monthly archive consists of the 3 feature columns from the American Rifleman: The Armed Citizen, Standing Guard, and the Presidents Column. Enjoy.

4-27: Today the College Art page of the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department is cleaned up because of all the graphics windows there that were broken when I changed the page to adhere to HTML 4.01 Transitional standards. Go see for yourself why college pantsed me and pushed me into the girls locker room of life.

4-26: A couple significant or at least "milepost" things have happened at Team SETI in this last week in the Hobbies department. We have exceeded 4.5 years as a member of SETI@home, and of those physical years, 2.423 of them have been actual computer milliseconds working specifically on crunching data, not on the operating system, not on anything at all except SETI. The second thing is that Team SETI has finally broken into the next tenth of a percent of the percentage of competitors we have done more work than. These are hard earned percentage points! In all this week we have exceeded 133 competitors this week so NOBODY gets bound to the mizzen mast and given lashes. That's a darn shame too because we just watched Master and Commander this weekend and I was ready to mete out a good whipping. Maybe next week.

4-23: Looking for instances of a defensive use of a firearm in your hometown? There is a searchable archive of "Armed Citizen" entries on NRA-ILA's web site from 1958 to the present. I have added a link to it in the introduction text at the top of the Armed Citizen page in the NRA section of the Extra department. Look up your city or town or use any keyword that reflects your interests.

4-22: I dove into the Adolescent Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies page and I fixed up all the graphics windows there that were broken when I changed the page to adhere to HTML 4.01 Transitional standards. A few graphics needed to be resized and it was an all afternoon project. You people don't appreciate me! At least I amused my self with the silly write ups on each of the graphics. Where did I come up with this stuff? Gosh I'm silly. Go see for yourself.

4-21: The President's Column is a feature article in the "American Rifleman", a National Rifle Association magazine that is distributed to members. In this column the President of the NRA speaks out on issues of importance to gun owners. This month he talks about a school kid who wore an "NBA SHOOTING SPORTS CAMP" T-shirt to school and had to deal with a teacher who flipped out on him. You see, the problem is First Amendment rights apply to everybody, not just those you agree with. Read how this ends in the NRA section of the Extra department.

4-20: While adding a photo to the Photo Album page in the Extra department, I noticed that some of the graphics no longer fit in the window they were originally installed into. I broke this fit when I changed the page to adhere to HTML 4.01 Transitional standards. Well today, I fixed it. Also the "Baby 2" photo was way too big and dark and I have fixed that graphic as well. I will be going through the other photo pages elsewhere on the web site and making fixes as needed.

4-19: Termie has managed to struggle back up from the depths of Hell and, still enveloped in flames, managed to drag Team SETI through purgatory and ahead of 221 competitors last week. This despite the fact demons had gouged his eyes out and his hands were burned to the bone and he was covered with chunks of smoldering brimstone and had a dozen barbed pitchforks sticking out of him at all angles. And you thought YOUR job was tough. Now you see why flogging is only a slap on the wrist to a real termite like Termie. View the work of Dante's only serious rival over in the Hobbies department.

4-16: The Battle Cat's Litterbox gets an update today with a new link for those interested in Bungie's classic first person shooter computer game, Marathon. This web site, Music dot Psyjnir, is dedicated to hosting Bungie fan music. You can download legal fan created MP3s or contribute your own fan music to this site, which has music dedicated to all the Bungie games, not just Marathon. It's worth a look even if you aren't a Bungie fan, there is some good free music there!

4-15: No matter how hard I try to brick myself in from the encroachment of the years I find myself not only bricked in, but a little bit older anyway. They shoot horses don't they? See for yourself the awful ravages of time and why I need an ounce of lead in my head on the Photo Album page in the Extra department.

4-14: The Standing Guard feature of the NRA page in the Extra department is updated today. Standing Guard is written by Wayne LaPierre, the politically savvy Vice President of the National Rifle Association. In this column, Mr. LaPierre gives astute analysis of the news of the day and especially the current political situation as it refers to the Second Amendment and your right as a law abiding American citizen to keep and bear arms. This is, as usual, a good read... that is unless the truth gets in the way of your political agenda.

4-13: Every now and then I have to stand back and marvel at the number of visitors I get to this screwy little eclectic web site. The number of visitors recently topped a count of 400 thousand! To quote Patrick Star, "Who ARE you people??" The most popular areas at the House of Wacks are the Web Building pages and the Battle Cat's Litterbox with the Chili Pepper section taking close third. I just want to take a moment and thank you all, not for giving me a "moment in the sun" but for thinking the information I offer in these sections as worth of your time and attention. The House of Wacks is operating at it max capacity as an Earthlink dialup account web site. A bigger compliment I couldn't ask for.

4-12: Team SETI only fell behind 29 competitors last week. I guess we are leveling off in our suckyness. We only got 16 units completed rather than the 18 or 19 we normally were able to crunch when our modem was responding correctly. Fricka Fracken Panther. We would really like to reach our goal of having out produced 98% the competitors before we move on, and the fact that we are still approaching that number while falling behind in rank is what is keeping us going. That and the possibility that we may find a cure for the modem problem. You can view the wreckage that is Team SETI over in the Hobbies department.

4-9: Nothing but the Joke of the Weak going down today. I'll have more for you next week.

4-8: You know me, normally this venue is not a political blog but a couple of outrageous incidents came to my attention yesterday that I have to comment on or I'll pop. First, at about 3:30 PM yesterday I listened for a few minutes to NPR, the radio station that serves as the Democrat Party mouthpiece. The segment was sympathetic to Hamas! Several times they even referred to the Hamas terrorists as "Hamas activists"! They are not concerned sign carrying protesters NPR... they are terrorists who target and murder civilian Jewish men women and children. These so called "activists" are intentionally blowing up busloads of CHILDREN!! Second, Democrat senator Chris Dodd in a tribute to Democrat senator Byrd WHO ONCE SERVED AS THE GRAND WIZARD OF THE KKK said: "I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great Senator at any moment. Some were right for the time. Robert C. Byrd, in my view, would have been right at any time. He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this Nation. He would have been right at the great moments of international threat we faced in the 20th century. I cannot think of a single moment in this Nation's 220-plus year history where he would not have been a valuable asset to this country." American Jews and Blacks... why the hell do you continue to traditionally vote Democrat? OPEN YOUR EYES! Your vote can make these outrages stop!

4-7: Three men entered a Houston, Texas, plumbing business and attempted to rob the owner. Four men broke into an Indianapolis, Ind., home and confronted the homeowner. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Corey Fuller was confronted at his Tallahassee, Fla., home by an armed man. These are just 3 of the 7 stories that start out the same but all end happily ever after because the criminals tried to victimize armed citizens. Read these inspiring stories American self determination and self protection on the Armed Citizen page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

4-6: For those Marathon fans out there, hold onto your space pants... Last Sunday's date was Pfhor Pfhor Pfhor! To celebrate this mind boggling event, the Battle Cat's Litterbox is going all out and full steam ahead with the pedal to the metal and the ears on the House of Wacks pinned back and is giving you not one but TWO brand new old links to some classic Unreal Tournament mods featuring Marathon style action. Look for the links to Marathon: Resurrection and Marathon | Rampancy down at the bottom of the Litterbox in the new links section. Happy carnage to you on Pfhor Pfhor Pfhor day... er, several days ago.

4-5: Well Team SETI had another poor showing this week because of the automatic connection problem we are experiencing. However, although we are falling behind in the number of units we have crushed and mangled, we are still gaining in the percent of users we have crunched more units than! How is that possible?? New meat. The new users at SETI@home have crunched nothing and automatically bump everybodys percentage numbers up. It's time YOU joined SETI@home! As soon as we get to 98% we are most likely out of there. You can view all this hubris in the Hobbies department.

4-2: April's fools done past and I'm the biggest fool at last. Today was spent doing system maintenance and backup. No fun for me and no fun for you because the update is as scanty as a swim suit on a spring breaker. It's there but you can't see it unless you get up real close and feel around for it. There is some progress on the chili sprouts. The Thai chilies have all sprouted and are ready to go into their pots. The Habañeros were purchased from a nursery and they are 6 inches high and flowering! The Bird Mouth chilies have not sprouted. If I cannot get a seed to sprout, I will not have any more of these wonderful chilies as I have no other source for them. :( You can read about growing your own chilies on the Gardening page of the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

4-1: Even though I have updated the web site for a new month I regret to say that this will be the last update for this web site before I take it offline for good. Good-bye to all of you nice folks! All good things must come to an end and I would rather the web page end on a high note than to slowly go down hill as it has started to do. It is better to remembered as a great site than one that just would not die, one that gets more and more pathetic as the months wear on. This was a hard decision for me to make and I hope you can see my point. I will indeed miss the daily activity of putting together a web page for all of you fine folks. It's been a lot of fun over the years, bringing you the Joke of the Weak, the Site Map and the News Archive to name a few of the subjects presented here. April fools.


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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