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Archived News for the Month of January 2004

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1-30: Occasionally some things just plain slip through the cracks. A case in point is the URL for the online Marathon Infinity manual. Originally this file was at the old web site but it turns out they have since removed it. Fortunately long before they did, Bungie gave me permission to host the file on my web site. I just recently realized their copy of the file was no longer at their web site, hence this update. I have changed the drop down Marathon menus on the home page to now point to my personal copy of the manual. In addition I have updated the Forge Tips and Anvil Tips sections of the Battle Cat's Litterbox to reflect this change.

1-29: I have converted a lot of LP's and tapes to CD and I usually wind up scanning the album cover to print onto the CD jewel case insert. I found a site, thanks to MacAddict's heads up, where you can download great looking CD album covers suitable for your CD inserts or for iTunes album cover feature. You have the choice of 150X150 pixel (just over 2") or 500X500 pixel (Just under 7"). The later image makes a nice quality 4.75 inch square graphic for your insert when resized with Photoshop or another graphics program. Check out the link at the top of the Downloads section of the Lynx department.

1-28: The NRA Archive for the month of January, this month for those of you on medication, goes live today. At the end of each month, the columns: Armed Citizen, Standing Guard and the President's Column is transferred from the NRA section of the Extra department to the archives in anticipation of the next months offerings.

1-27: There is a new picture up in the High School Art section of the Art Portfolio in the Hobbies department. High school art... hmmmm... could it be more surf crap? Why by gollys it just might be! Let's all run over and look. That's OK, you girls and metrosexuals can set your purses down here. I'll watch them. hehehehehehehehehe...

1-26: Last week Team SETI was behind 74 competitors and this week we are ahead 47 competitors.. SETI@home just transposed the numbers! What sort of dartboard statistics engine are they using? Is this a coincidence or is it... CONSPIRISY?? Decide for yourself after visiting the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

1-23: Again with the Marathon! This time I'm updating the Site Map to reflect the new Obed Tips section that went live in the Battle Cat's Litterbox a couple days ago. It's always something. Some day I'll finally get finished with this web site. WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG?!?!?!

1-22: The New Marathon section, Obed Tips, is added to the main menus on the home page. Now rather than having to navigate through the Battle Cat's Litterbox to find your Obed link of choice, you can just pull down the Marathon menu and have at it. Ain't technology grand?

1-21: Deceit is the biggest weapon anti-gun-rights zealots have. They depend on the lack of understanding of firearms in the general population to foist anti-gun nonsense on folks. Read about how you are being fooled by folks who claim to have your best interests at heart but only want to trick you into throwing away your rights and the rights of your fellow citizens. Read the Presidents Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-20: The Marathon department gets a whole new section today: Obed Tips! Obed Tips features everything you wanted to know about Marathon 2: Durandal for Windows but were afraid to ask because I get right in your face about it and I never heard of a tic tac and I just don't stop until your head implodes, your eyes burst and your ears bleed. It's too late to ditch now, cause the Battle Cat is outta the bag and leaving little footprints in the dust that's all over the car of your mind. Motor on over to the Battle Cat's Litterbox, click on the Obed Tips section and set it on cruise control.

1-19: Even though Team SETI managed to complete a full 18 units this week, we still fell behind by 74 competitors. Termie and I are looking for Termette as her wonderful new responsibilities include being lashed to the mizzen mast and given a lash for each competitor we fall behind. Our guess is she's at the mall but we'll look for her at the local strip joint men's club first because she knows we would never look for her there. Termites are a wily prey. In the meantime, you can go see the damage done to Team SETI's standing in the Hobbies department.

1-16: The URL to my nephews web site has changed... as well as the name and content. His HTML skills have really improved. I'm impressed. You can check it out yourself, just go to the Lynx page, click on Friends and look for the "A Distorted Lifescape" link at the top of that section.

1-15: Just when you thought it was safe to be a woman and wear no pants, there is an update at the Boycott France page! It is a political cartoon that throws the assertion that GW is a cowboy back into France's hypocritical face. Of all the countries to accuse the US of that, what gaul, France is one of the most imperialist countries ever to exist on planet Earth! It makes sense that they hate to see a dictator replaced by a democracy, that is their own history time and again! OK, I'm through ranting. Go see the cartoon in the Boycott France section of the Extra department.

1-14: The increasingly hysterical media assaults against the National Rifle Association-which began with a series of Brady Campaign attack-ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post-have made clear a new strategy for destruction of every American's Second Amendment rights: The Big Lie. Read all about it on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-13: Next up is a graphic from a computer game mod named "The Classified 19" that I worked on with a group of pretty cool guys several years ago. There was no real meaning to the graphic, it was just a bit of silliness in a sea of pain that was our version of Bungie Software's "Vidmaster's Challenge" from the Marathon series of computer games. Check it out at the top of the Contemporary Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

1-12: Termette, the organizational one, was delighted that she was included in the SETI news last time. She really really really wants to be a part of the team. In my continuing efforts to please Termette I am once again including her in the SETI news and giving her added responsibilities by lashing her to the mizzen mast and giving her 112 strokes of the Cat-O-Nine-Tails for falling that many competitors behind in the standings last week. You may rub salt into her blood blistered welts on the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

1-9:Oops! I forgot to put up and link the last 2 months of NRA archives! That's fixed now, sorry about that. You can find a link to the archives in the NRA section of the Extra department. Look down towards the bottom, you'll see the link.

1-8: Termette, the organizational one, has compiled last years SETI@home results for Team SETI. Termie compressed the files, my wife dialed in, and I upload uploaded them making for a spectacular team effort. You should enjoy this when it happens folks, it is a rare site to get them all out of the lazy boy at the same time. While you are up looking at the Hobbies department, would you bring us all back a Pepsi? We... errm... all sat back down.

1-7: The Armed Citizen feature for this month is now posted. See how ordinary citizens such as yourself use firearms to legally protect themselves and their families. Such activities are reported over 2,000,000 times each year, think how many times it actually happens! This is the stuff anti-gun people don't want you to see! Visit the NRA section of the Extra department and make them unhappy.

1-6: The Joke of the Weak year 2003 archive is now live and ready to download. You can download and run years 2000 to 2003 on your desktop without being connected to the internet. It's easy to do, just unzip the file and double click on the JokeOfTheWeak.html file. Your Browser will launch and you will be able to navigate the months worth of jokes just like you do online here. Look for the joke archives on the left of the Joke of the Weak page, scroll down and find the archive you want.

1-5: Rubbing salt into fresh flogging wounds does more than sterilize the open bleeding welts, it also encourages the respondent to do better. A case in point is Termie, our technical termite and team leader of Team SETI. A couple of sessions lashed to the mizzen mast has taken us from falling behind in the standing to once again gaining. This last week we have trumped 141 poker faced SETI@home competitors. Check it out in the Hobbies department.

1-2: Decembers news is archived today. Look for the News Archive link under the Hot List for your passport to the hall of events past at the House of Wacks. I didn't have the presence of mind to start saving the news until a couple months into the web site project but only a few months are lost.

1-1: Survived the night did you? Your luck can't keep holding out, that's for sure. The House of Wacks has been turned over for a new year. Junk here and there archived, pages reset for a new year and so on. You know, a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff your headache doesn't want to know about.


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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