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Archived News for the Month of February 2005

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2-28: Termie managed to stoke the boilers in Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department this last week so much that we steamed past 171 competitors at Folding@home. That's a solid one half of a percent bump in our standing bringing us up to 79.0860% of the users. We may not bust 80% next week but we are sure going to try!

2-25: *Removing hat* It is my sad duty to report that, known as "Webmaster Station", has bitten the Internet dust. At one time "The source for free web site hosting, resources, tools and utilities. All the stuff you need to build, promote and profit from your web site", it is now the habitat of the jackals and wild beasts and of the serpents and scorpions that dwell there. As such, I have removed it from the linked list of resources on the Web Building page.

2-24: The Battle Cat's Litterbox gets a small update today as the last of the Aleph One Utilities is uploaded to the Editors and Utilities section.

2-23: 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.

2-22: Somehow I screwed up a bunch of links in the Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. I apparently just plain typed some in wrong and failed to upload others. This is fixed with today's update. I noticed a bunch of you were getting 404 errors and went to see why you idiots couldn't even click on hyperlink correctly and sure enough, I identified the idiot responsible!

2-21: Team Crunchinator is still making progress with this old CPU in the standing of the Folding@home project. This week sees the gain of almost another full percentage point of users that we have calculated more units than. At 18 units crunched so far, we have surpassed 230 more users last week. Check out the progress in the Hobbies department.

2-18: A little bit of maintenance going on today. At least it is something visible you can see rather than one of those mysterious behind the scenes "surrrre-he-did-something-he-was-probably-playing-quake" maintenance thingys. Look to the Site Map and the Marathon menu on the home page. I have added Infinity and Aleph One to the Editors and Utility sections making it a bit easier to navigate your way around the massive bloated carcass known as the House of Wacks.

2-17: Some more Aleph One files go online today as part of Editors and Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Aleph One is the Marathon 2: Durandal open source project, these editors enhance the game or allow map makers to make their own files for this popular computer game.

2-16: "Every time we fail to protest an insult to our rights and heritage we make it easier for the next insult. That's why NRA will never be part of giving in to bigots." Strong words from Kayne B. Robinson, the president of the NRA. Read the full body of text in the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

2-15: There is a new graphic up on the Contemporary Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department. Look for "No Noogies" at the top of that page. Although it is on the contemporary page, it is from the stone age of personal computers. Drawn in black and white using the amazingly innovative MacPaint on a world changing 512K Fat Mac, this pic was at one time state-of-the-art, printed using a revolutionary ImageWriter dot matrix printer, it is now just an 8K GIF on some twisted wonk's web page.

2-14: Happy Valentines day! Good news on the Folding@home front. Team Crunchinator has motored ahead of 379 fellow number crunchers in the race to number one. Last weeks efforts have boosted us a full percentage point over the previous standings without even having to pass on the left. You can stop in and visit the pit crew over in the Hobbies department.

2-11: Once upon a time there was a startup computer game company named Wideload Inc. Then after many witches died and several pigs hearts were cut out and a plethera of frogs were restored to their princehood, they lived happily ever after. OK I'm getting a LITTLE bit ahead of the story in progress, somewhere in there a fansite named was created and I have a link to it in the Games section of the Lynx page. The End.

2-10: A new section for the Marathon Editors and Utilities has been added to the Battle Cat's Litterbox. New is a section for Aleph One, the Marathon 2 open source project. Soon all the known (by me at least) Aleph One editors will be available there. If you know of one that I have missed, or there is a newer version available, then send me an email and let me know.

2-9: "What started off as "zero tolerance" corporate firings of a handful of employees and contract workers, who [legally] kept firearms in locked automobiles on a company parking lot in rural Oklahoma, has escalated into a larger battle that may well threaten the very concepts of personal self-defense and the exercise of Right-To-Carry in that state." Read all about it on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

2-8: What could be more disgusting and horrible than poor innocent little cartoon characters bearing arms? Has this nation become so inherently violent that they now arm their cartoon characters? Can this outrage stand? See for yourself how one lone cartoonist speaks directly to this issue on the High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.

2-7: Still making progress at Folding@home. Since last week we have leapfrogged 285 teams of users and advanced almost a full percentage in more work units completed than the other users. Right now we are flying, but we are just advancing past those who quit folding@home early or who are only off and on interested in the project. With this old processor we will soon enough hit the wall. Check out our progress so far in Team Crunchinator's first month over in the Hobbies department.

2-4: The Web Building page gets an update after a long bit of silence there. I have added a link to a beginners PHP tutorial that looks to be some pretty good stuff for those PHP wannabes out there. You know who you are. Don't make me point you out. Look for the animated "New" graphic down on the lower left of the page.

2-3: I've finished stocking Trilogy files onto the Marathon Trilogy Download page over in the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Added were the Bungie made Forge tutorial movies, and a PDF of each of the 3 game manuals. This completes the set of files offered as freeware by Bungie Studios. 4 new nuggets in the litterbox, the Battle Cat has been busy, must be the fiber. Perhaps later I will supply an installation tutorial for using these files with Aleph One.

2-2: Studies indicate that firearms are used more than 2 millions times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or, in some cases, property. Anyone is free to quote of reproduce these accounts which are condensed from individual newspaper clippings. Read these accounts on the Armed Citizen page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

2-1: A new month! I'm sure that, even though it is a very short month, we'll still be able to get into plenty of trouble. All my time devoted to web authoring today went into the turn over for the new month so the only thing I have to offer you besides regaling you with stories of the routine monthly maintenance is the Joke of the Weak. Read it and have a laugh. It's good for you!

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.

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