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Archived News for the Month of January 2005

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1-31: Team Crunchinator has more than doubled its grand score in the two weeks since they have reported in bringing it up to 759. This is fairly easy to do in the beginning of a project and it will probably be the last time! In more meaningful news we have completed more units than 75.7609% of the other users, an increase of 3.3815%. Again these big numbers will normally be seen at the beginning of the project, but still, WHOOPIE! Join the celebration down in the Hobbies department.

1-28: One of the last chores I have to do on the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department is to clean it up for it's final presentation. I have stored the results of last years work in a safe place, removed it from the page and put up the last award we earned from SETI@home. All that is left is to create an archive to store online.

1-27: As if on queue, I add a page to the web site and not only forget to add it to the main menus on the home page, I forget to add it to the Site Map. Both of these problems have been corrected, leaving only my brain surgery pending.

1-26: The NRA archive for the month of January 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. You may either follow the link above or use the link on the NRA page. Enjoy.

1-25: I thought this day would truly never come but it has. Bungie Studios has released the Marathon Trilogy Boxed Set as copyright protected freeware! To help celebrate this blessed event and to spread the carnage to all the world, I have created a new page, the Marathon Trilogy Download page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox. On this page you can download the trilogy as well as the editors, Forge and Anvil, that shipped with Marathon Infinity. It's not too late to enjoy classic computer gaming at it's finest!

1-24: No, it wasn't all a bad dream, today is going to be yet another day of Team Crunchinator madness! This morning there is no update on the progress of our crunching efforts as this is one of those big long hairy work units that take a gazillion CPU cycles to finish. Instead there is a new feature introduced, a stereograph of the protein being studied. I have acquired software that reads the folding data file and constructs a graphic of the protein described within. One of the cool things you can do with the graphics is to produce a stereograph you can view through a stereoscope. Check it out in the Hobbies department.

1-21: OK, I actually thought I was going to get past the Team Crunchinator project today but I realized that I had not added the page to the JavaScript menus on the home page. That is done now and just in time I might add as Monday is the official day to report on Folding@home progress. So blow out your cylinders on the weekend, get a good nights sleep on Sunday and tune in for yet another day of Folding@home at the House of Wacks.

1-20: Again with Team Crunchinator! You would think we had money riding on the deal! New today is the addition of a team logo graphic that appears on the official Folding@home stats page. This is a smaller scaled down version of the graphic that appears on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department. This is pretty upscale compared to the SETI@home project. You can view the official Folding@home stats page for Team Crunchinator by clicking on the Team Crunchinator graphic at the top of it's page, or in a text link below in the explanatory blurb.

1-19: "As the President begins his second term, and as a new Congress is seated, your NRA needs your renewed support more than ever to finish Freedom's work." Read the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department and see how you can help your NRA remain a strong and vigilant defender of your rights.

1-18: More work done on the Folding@home page. Team Crunchinator now has an official graphic, thanks to a combination of graphics workhorses Photoshop and Fireworks. Gaze if you will at the awe and the power and the might of TEAM CRUNCHINATOR! This is going on in the Hobbies department.

1-17: Holy cats, just coming out of the starting gates at Folding@home, Team Crunchinator has processed more units that over 72% of the users! This is with only 3 units crunched. I suppose this has something to do with Folding@home having only 35680 participants as opposed to the over 5 and a half million at SETI@home. Whatever the case, we aren't complaining. Check it out over in the Hobbies department.

1-14: After I updated the Hobby index page, I noticed that there was a 1 pixel band of white and off-white at the top and bottom of the Folding@home rollover graphic. Because I want everything to be perfect for you, my wonderful public, I have fixed this glaring glitch and that is today's update.

1-13: Here is the final full results of Team SETI's exploits at SETI@home as reported by SETI@home's personal statistics generator. This is the last of it, it is put up in preparation for archiving the last year which should happen some time next week. Check it out at the Team SETI page in the Hobbies department.

1-12: "Until Congress enacts a clear prohibition on malicious, punitive lawsuits against the firearm industry, gun owners will see an escalation of endless, costly court actions by a devious axis of gun-ban special interests and trial lawyers - a designed to bleed the firearm industry and the Second Amendment to death." Read more on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-11: The Hobby index page gets an update today. I have added a graphical rollover link and effect that will add Folding@home to the Hobbies Bulletin board. Go ahead. You know you want to roll your mouse over it. The colors invert! How does he do that? It's like... magic! NO my friend, it is cold hard science inverting the colors. As much as I would like to have you worship my Bic lighter, I just have to be honest. But I still want everybody to bow down and don't forget my virgins!

1-10: Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department is getting a kick off today. Yes it is starting out pretty weak, I'm not sure where I'm taking it quite yet. To bring you up to speed, Team SETI: Interspecies Co-op has been retired and replaced by Team Crunchinator: Interspecies Co-op. Yes, they are the same Usual Gang of Idiots if Mad Magazine doesn't mind me borrowing their idiocy. Team Crunchinator will participate in the Stanford University Protein Folding distributed network project, other wise known as Folding@home.

1-7: I have archived and uploaded last years collection of jokes. These are available to you from the Joke of the Weak page, it's on the left scroll down, you'll see it. Simply download the archive that applies best to you (Mac OSX can use either). You should be able to double click on the JokeOfTheWeak.html file and have it start up in a web browser. It will look pretty much like the live online page. Enjoy.

1-6: The Second Amendment states: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. See how folks just like you and I use their unique American right to protect themselves, their families and their property in these authentic and current newspaper accounts. Visit the Armed Citizen page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

1-5: The tattered remnants of Team SETI have come together again after an 8 hour hiatus, sabbatical, and pause in their career to start protein folding with Folding@home, another massive distributed computer processing project. We have downloaded, installed and started running their software. We don't have a team name yet much less a registered team. We have no web page and no completed units to our name. Can't create a web page without a team name. The progress is going to be tracked completely differently. So far everything is up in the air. I will keep you all apprised of the situation.

1-4: Today is the last day of computational time given to Team SETI. Yes the Team SETI team is hanging up their helmets and moving on to protein folding. We felt our time could be better spent in the service of humanity than in the service of Berkeley and a bunch of wild haired astronomer wannabes with propeller hats. Protein folding will help conquer disease and suffering for the human race, and who knows, maybe develop a new pesticide for termites. You can view the final results of Team SETI over in the Hobbies department.

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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