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Archived News for the Month of October 2004

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10-29: Hey have a happy Halloween. Miss Manners would like to take this opportunity to remind you that even though they are the bad parts, you are not to just spit out the needles and razor blades you find in your candy. One puts one napkin to ones mouth and discretely places the sharp objects including loose bits of tongue, lips and gums into the cloth of the napkin. Next neatly lay the folded napkin next to the Halloween bag and excuse yourself from the table before you run off howling and gibbering to the ER. Oh, remember to check out the Joke of the Weak before you faint from blood loss.

10-28: I have started work on the Infinity tools in the Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. The first ten tools are up and this time by damn I didn't forget to update the fricka fracken JavaScript menu on the home page! Only here do I get bragging rights for having NOT screwed up. It's good to be the webmaster.

10-27: The NRA archive for the month of October is now uploaded to 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.

10-26: I started using a feature in my FTP program, Interarchy, that checks ones web site links to other web sites. I didn't know Interarchy had this feature until I read about it in Macworld magazine. Using Interarchy I have found some broken or otherwise inaccurate links on ... of all places ... the Lynx page. I repaired the inaccurate link and I found a replacement link for the broken one. If you were having trouble using the MyDictionary link, it has been changed to another superior online dictionary, A link I was personally using anyway.

10-25: Somehow Team SETI keeps getting significant gains even though our computer is starting to become an antique. We do monitor our SETI client throughout the day and baby it through difficult times. This last week's effort reports a gain of 259 places in the standings. We have now crunched more unit than 97.959% of the users. Who woulda figgered? Check out our progress on the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

10-22: Ever get sick and blow your brains out your nose into a Kleenex? Ever get sick and bazooka barf your anklebones up? You my friend had cooties. Ever wonder what those raba frackin cooties look like? Me too, so I used MacPaint to expand the image size of a microscopic graphic of a cootie that I took off of my wife. Now hers may look different than yours, in fact I pretty much guarantee it, but it gives you an idea of what you are up against when your significant other heats up your chicken soup in a pan sitting on your forehead. Where else but on the Contemporary page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

10-21: I have gussied up the Durandal page of the the Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox with a background graphic from the Marathon 2 chapter screen called, "The Citadel". This is a classic and instantly recognizable graphic from the brush of Craig Mullins for use in Bungie Software's game. Now it is pretty. Go look.

10-20: "In the United States Senate, Kerry has cast more than 50 - FIFTY! - anti-gun votes to strip away your freedom. If you thought Al Gore was bad, then John Kerry is a gun owners worst nightmare." This and more from Kayne Robinson on the Presidents Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

10-19: Today I updated the Boycott France! page over in the Extra department. New is a Photoshopped picture of the leaders of France, Germany and Russia who have been implicated up to their necks in the ongoing oil for food kickback bribe scandal where oil futures were traided for weapons and support against the USA. Look for the "New" sticker at the top of the page and click on the "3 Stooges" link to see the graphic.

10-18: Despite the fact that Termette was asleep at the wheel when the power failed during a storm and the computer went down, Team SETI has somehow managed to clobber 86 competitors in the never ending struggle to crunch the most numbers at the SETI@home project. Coincidently, "86" is what Team SETI is going to do to Termette if she screws the pooch again. Witness our nearly failed glory on the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

10-15: Go have a laugh at the Joke of the Weak!

10-14: The Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox is updated today. The last of the Marathon 2: Durandal tools are uploaded and ready for downloading. Now I realize that the Marathon 1 and 2 editors are mostly legacy, however I have used these tools in while creating an Infinity scenario! Good tools are always useful, and the fans of Marathon have created some great ones at no cost to you just for the love of the game.

10-13: John Kerry is no more a supporter of the Second Amendment than Michael Moore is a supporter of George Bush. Read Wayne LaPierre's take on Kerry's dubious support of Second Amendment rights on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department. MY take is, after 30 years of trying to beat down the Second Amendment, suddenly he is a big supporter while he is running for President. I'm not buying it and neither should you.

10-12: Gary's Web Building gets an update today. A dead link is fixed over on the left side of the page. If you guys ever find a dead link, let me know, I'll either fix it or delete it if it can't be found.

10-11: Even despite the fact I can't get Termie to quit playing Halo, Team SETI has still managed to blast through 134 competitors last week. Halo is a computer game about fighting evil alien space creatures bent on destroying all of humanity. Boy let me tell you, if Termie and I ever find one of those dang ol extraterrestrials, we are going to give them a warm welcome to Earth ... with some toasty gigajoule plasma bolts to the hinny. You can check our progress so far in hunting down these evil doers in the Team SETI section of the Hobbies department.

10-8: Somehow I managed to lose the August NRA Archive. I know you would like to think that I'm an idiot, and point your finger in my dull glassy-eyed face and laugh like a drug sodden teen on a nitrogen high. The truth is... it was my wife's fault. I'm sure I was probably in the middle of transferring the files and she nagged me to do something, probably shave the cat or rotate the air in the house or any of the other millions of ways she micro-manages my time... I don't remember the specifics but I'm sure that's what happened. She's alla time doing that. Anyway I re-scanned the articles and recreated the NRA pages and have uploaded them to the NRA Archives in the NRA section of the Extra department.

10-7: More action is happening at the Battle Cat's Litterbox. 5 new Marathon 2: Durandal tools have been uploaded to the Editors and Utilities page. Why Marathon 2 you ask? Lots of reasons and only a non-Marathon infidel would ask. Mainly because Marathon 2 is alive and well no matter WHAT Unreal Tournament 2004 and Battlefield 1942 tells you and the tools not only help you create new Marathon maps and related files, they allow you to change the game in progress. If nothing else this is a Marathon museum and these things should be saved for posterity to show you younglings what it was REALLY like back when the Pfhor ruled this quadrant of space.

10-6: Because of the terribly slanted nature of the "news" you only hear about cases where guns are used illegally by criminals or to harm innocent people. You never hear about the multitudes of cases whereby the use of a firearm by a law abiding citizen saved lives or protected the innocent. Studies indicate that firearms are used more than 2.5 millions times a year for legal personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Read newspaper accounts of some of these instances on the Armed Citizen page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

10-5: got linked today over in the Games section of the Lynx page. This site is pretty cool if you are into computer and console games. They have just about every trailer ever created for games. There are a couple notable exceptions, to an old schooler like me anyway, but for the most part you won't miss the stuff I did, and there is a butt load of great trailers to download and view. This is some good stuff.

10-4: Just like Black Mamba hacking her way through 194 warriors to finally Kill Bill, Termie has hacked through 194 bloodied competitors with his trusty super Samurai sword. And Termie didn't have to use wires or black and white visual effects, but he did have lots of cool music playing in the background while he Ginsued the competition. Check out all the obviously fake blood and rubber body parts in the SETI@home section in the Hobbies department.

10-1: A new month to use and abuse. As always, rolling over the web site for a new month is that days work allotment for the site. Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on here you don't see happen. Workers are whipped bloodless, their scurrying feet stubbed raw as they run to obey my orders. One can hear the snapping of bones as massive objects are lifted beyond the capacities of the site slaves. Other workers are busily sweeping the bodies of the fallen out of the way so that the freshly dead have a nice hard surface to smack into as they drop dead. Ahhhhhh! The shrieks, the groans, the griping. These are the good old days!

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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