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8-31: In an effort to snowball my previous amazing successes with the Viewer Pleasure Satisfaction Index reflected by the spate of conversions to HTML 4.01 Transitional in the NRA Archives, today May 2003 is converted for your ebullient pleasure. Feel free to drop your pants and slide across the page in your boundless youthful joy as you navigate the NRA section of the Extra department! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

8-30: From all the fan mail I've been getting lately it appears that you folks really really love the NRA Archive conversions to HTML 4.01 Transitional that have been going on around here. Who would have guessed? I was afraid you would find them boring but now I have women sending me their underwear, Fox News wants to interview me and I just got a big box delivered to my door labeled, "Caution: Live Diseases"! I'm just so excited you are excited! Here is another one for you!! March 2003! Woot!! It's happening in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-29: Team crunchinator is weighing in a day early this week as we change the timing of when we collect the weeks results from the Folding@home. So, this is still not a true indication of how much much work the new computer can do in a week but we are still kicking butt and taking names. We have jumped up nearly 1 percent in our standings by surpassing 305 competitor teams and earning 1,618 points this last week. That is an increase in points by over 20 percent of our points to date from the beginning of the year. Next week will be even better. And this is just one desktop computer. Holy cow! Check out the mind boggling results on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

8-26: Poit! That was the sound of another NRA Archive page pooting out into the brave new world of HTML 4.01 Transitional. Yes sir, I've got a million of them and I'm going all out to get them converted and out of my hair. January 2003 is today's darling of the moment. Look to the NRA page in the Extra department for lots of firearms information and bulletins.

8-25: The Marathon page gets updated today with a cool link down at the bottom of the page in the Lh'owon Links section. On the links is a nostalgic look at Marathon titled, "From '94 to Infinity". If you are a Marathon fan, you understand that title. It is a short article, go on, you know you want to read it.

8-24: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for August: Armed Citizen, Standing Guard, and The President's Column. Each of these features are valuable, information packed columns that you will find extremely helpful and interesting even if you are not a firearms owner yourself. For one, it keeps you apprised of the relative honesty and the intentions of the politicos you vote for. For another, it shows you the value of owning your own firearm for protection, recreation, hobby, business, and because for now anyway... you can. The Archives are available any day of the month from the NRA page in the Extra department, look for the link down at the bottom of the table of contents.

8-23: Yep, more fooling around with HTML 4.01 Transitional validation. I'm trying to get these out of the way so I can bore you with other updates that are meaningless to you. I've updated another page in the NRA archives in the NRA section of the Extra department. April 2004 to be exact, and have cleaned up February 2003. This is so similar to the 8-19 news I've just copied and pasted it here. You will be seeing a bunch of these over the next few months.

8-22: Here is the first full week of Folding@home crunching results with the new G5. Whereas we used to be able to crunch 2 or 3 work units a week we have crunched 26 units! Bazoing!! Termie fainted on the floor, got up and fainted again while this fact zoom right over the head of the blond blank looked Termette. This bumped us nearly a full percentage point in the standings and earned us 1,499 points rather than a measly 200+ points. It's a new day for Team Crunchinator. Visit the Hobbies department and watch us crunch!

8-19: Way back when, my Brother-in-Law used to have a Mac just like mine. Back then when a Mac user started up his computer he saw a welcome screen while the machine booted up. I made him a special startup screen which I installed on a visit to his house one year. I created the artwork and even if I do say so myself, it is a stunning example of my craft. Fair warning, it has a mature theme and if you are a young person I would advise you not to click on the link. As a mature and sophisticated patron of the arts however, I have the polish and the approbation of classical art and view these things not as titillating, but as representative of our rich and diverse culture. You can view this brilliant masterpiece on the Contemporary page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

8-18: Yep, more fooling around with HTML 4.01 Transitional validation. I'm trying to get these out of the way so I can bore you with other updates that are meaningless to you. I've updated another page in the NRA archives in the NRA section of the Extra department. April 2004 to be exact, and have cleaned up December 2003. It could be worse. I could be showing you more baby pictures.

8-17: "Elections have consequences. In November 2004 we achieved historic victories and, with those, the expectation that we could now move forward with initiatives to protect the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights. Yet the far left has used unprecedented obstructionist tactics to stall these initiatives, and it's time we did something about it." This from the President's Column by Sandra Froman. Read the article in it's entirety in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-16: As promised, more fooling around with HTML 4.01 Transitional validation. I've started in on the NRA archives in the NRA section and have cleaned up December 2002. It's going to be a long month eh? For what it's worth to you, it's going down in the Extra department today.

8-15: OK here we go. I got the new Apple dual 2.7Ghz G5 on Friday and set it up on Saturday. So now we have some serious process power replacing the old Sawtooth Mac G4 with a 1 Ghz CPU upgrade. Now we have two processors running at a combined speed of almost 5 and a half times the old one. Zoom zoom zoom. Look out Folding@home, here we come! When I get a second monitor, the old G4 will join back in the fray. You can view Team Crunchinators progress in the Hobbies department.

8-12: Termie managed to tear me away from working on Marathon Maps long enough to dig up an old drawing for the High School page of Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department. Go there and see how I had even less of a life back then.

8-11: Am I being a bum for updating my website with nothing more than a crummy joke on the Joke of the Weak page? Not if you consider that I'm working on a series of 7 poly Marathon Maps. If you are not a Marathoner that will mean nothing to you, but if you are, boy will I have a treat for you!

8-10: "Just like all other forms of gun control, this big-business gun control - this Brady Center private gun ban - only applies to the law abiding. And you or someone you know could be next." Powerful words from a savvy guy. Read Wayne LaPierre's monthly article from the American Rifleman on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-9: I'm starting to dive into all the old archives on the site looking for old code that will break modern browsers. Later I will go deeper into the code and bring it up to HTML 4.01 Transitional standards ... or at least as close as I can possibly get the rascals ... ::coughJokeOfTheWeakcough:: So today the NRA archives in the Extra department are now compatible with modern browsers, something like 6 pages were repaired from 2002 and 2003. Nothing for you to get excited about unless you care that I'm doing my best to maintain the site and keep it all up to date. So far there are 330 pages in the site, growing each month. That's a lot of stuff to maintain.

8-8: OK folks, only 3 more years till 08/08/08. Keep on keeping on and I'll see you then! Meanwhile, Team Crunchinator made good progress last week due to a nice long uninterrupted crunching session. We bumped ahead of 35 competitors and advanced .12% in the never ending claw to the top of the heap of users. mmmmm crunchy proteins! You can view this ongoing scrap over in the Hobbies department.

8-5: The official NRA magazine, "American Rifleman", has updated their photograph of NRA president, Sandra S. Froman. As far as I am concerned, it is a great upgrade on the previous pic they had displayed. The color was skewed and the resolution was poor. I have re-scanned the picture from the magazine and have added it to the President's Column over in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-4: I can't seem to make a framed page without making one browser version or another complain about it. I spent all morning trying to remove the compatibility errors from the Joke of the Weak but wound up restoring the old file from a copy as all my efforts could not appease the Browser Error gods. So now you are stuck with just the same old Joke of the Weak and no updates except for a new joke.

8-3: "Armed Citizen" is an article in the "American Rifleman" very similar to one of my favorite feature articles in "Guns & Ammo" called "Armed Response". These articles consist of short accounts describing the use of firearms by private citizens to protect lives and property. These are the stories that the mainstream media ignore because they are not so much interested in presenting the truth as much as they are interested in furthering their anti-gun agendas. Some very interesting reading here. It's going on in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-2: Team Crunchinator is not having a kinder and gentler month, it just kicked ass again by slam dunking 51 competitors through the flaming hoop of folding@home, increasing it's lead by just under 2 tenths of a percent. And this with an old 90's G4 computer. Just wait till they get a load of me on a G5. Visit Team Crunchinator in the Hobbies department for articles, holographs and stats.

8-1: Welcome to a kinder and gentler month here at the House of wacks. Termie, our technical supervisor and hands-on spark arrester is switching to the shorter, softer and more luxurious velvet whip this month as he coaxes the House of Wax workers on. Prisoners from other web pages will be shot instead of hung by their thumbs until dead in the House of Wacks dungeon. Termie promises to simply delete the messages of those sending complementary emails this month rather than report the senders to the Federal Task Force on Internet Terrorism. All in all it's going to be a nice month. I don't know if it is the meds finally kicking in or whether him getting a new G5 this month is causing this change of heart. No matter, your assignment today is to visit the Joke of the Weak and have your daily laugh. Doctor's orders!

No news on the weekends. The Joke of the Weak is updated every weekday. As usual, the Team Crunchinator page is updated every Monday. The NRA pages: President's Column, Standing Guard and Armed Citizen are updated each month. To catch up on news past visit, the News Archives.

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