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Archived News for the Month of November 2005

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11-30: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for November: 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.

11-29: Finally, Monday is over and the long, wiggly, impatient wait for Transitional Tuesday is HERE! Woot! So to keep you from waiting any longer, May 2001 news is updated to HTML 4.01 Transitional and is available from the News Archive page.

11-28: Monday... why today? Why not tomorrow for once. Anyway first up this week is the Folding@home project. Team Crunchinator in the Hobbies department has mixed results from the last weeks number crunching. Only 1,582 points earned but an astounding 30 work units completed! Small work units must have a disproportionately smaller score than the larger units. Don't know. Anyway, 41 competing teams were plowed under. That is progress!

11-24: Not really. Those staff bums are up in the House of Wacks mess hall right now sloppin' down turkey and gravey, dipping their gibblets, packing down pumpkin pie and and and... stuff. I'm stuck down in the data bunker with a keyboard and a dry crust of bread and told by staff that maybe next year I can join the drunken celebration and ribald feasting above. I hate them so. It's not enough I whizzed in their cider and bedded their bird the night before, I want real revenge, substantial revenge. Something that will leave their cratered heads empty, their sunken eyes glazed and their joints so stiff they can hardly walk. I got it. I'm going to buy them a TV for the breakroom! Alternative entertainment for you guys is the Joke of the Weak.

11-23: Sad to say, but an era of the House of Wacks is coming to an end. While checking the links to the HyperCard page in the Extra department, I noticed a link to SETI@home was broken. Upon investigation I found that SETI@home had completely rewritten it's website. Most likely all my links to it will be broken. To make matters worse I have long ago lost my password to my SETI account, depending on a link to get my stats but now it is required of users to log in to get ones stats. There is no going back now. So long ET.

11-22: Picture if you will a land lost in time where gigantic antediluvian monstrosities roamed the continents thirsty for one another's hot acrid blood. Now imagine two of these razor clawed beasts locked in combat, steel dagger teeth gnashing at the other's throat with feral rage. Their steaming coiled bodies twisting in the fetid mud and in the chaos of their throws, tumbling down rows of sturdy trees. Hold that thought... hold it... a little more... OK. That's your House of Wacks entertainment for today, now go check out the March 2001 page converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional in the News Archives department.

11-21: This will be a short week here at the House of Wacks as Thanksgiving will be a day off for all the House of Wacks staff, slaves, henchmen, assassins, bodyguards, trolls and sweatshop children. Be prepared for it. Meanwhile Team Crunchinator in the Hobbies department belted out 2,151 points last week while completing 26 work units and stomping on 89 fellow competitors. This bumped us up by .25 of a percentage point. Cruel but necessary if we are to pwn them all.

11-18: OK I give up. I'm going to embarrass myself and annoy you Marathoners with version 1.4 of Hell Hole. I know I promised when I released version 1.5 that I wouldn't do this but I've changed my mind. The history of Hell Hole cannot be complete without this segment being available to the public. But mainly it has some super cool films in it featuring several luminaries of the Marathon world making it a must see download. You can find the Hell Hole V1.4 page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

11-17: Criminy, from Michael Moore to France. I'm going to have to hose the stink off of the House of Wacks after this weeks offerings. The Boycott France page in the Extra department gets some dead links removed from it and a new boycott resource added, Kosher Delight. Look for the spinning "New" sticker, click the link and get a load of France's ugly anti-Semitism.

11-16: "'Michael Moore Hates America' ... exposes the deceit, dirty tricks and rewriting of history in Moores films and shows him as the ultra-left radical that he is." So says Sandra S. Froman, President of the NRA. Sandra talks about an expose of a hateful propagandist who's "documentaries" are nothing short of bald faced lies and situations and quotes taken out of context to make them look as bad as possible to support his ugly view of America and Americans. Read about this expose in the President's column in the NRA section of the Extra Department.

11-15: Hey, do you remember back to when I said that really hysterically funny thingy about converting a page in this site to HTML 4.01 Transitional? Well I'd like you to take a moment and draw upon that other moment because I ain't got nuttin' for you this time. Just a converted page and a tendency to live off the bounty of my glory days when I had you in stitches. Today June 2001 is converted in the News Archives section of the site.

11-14: Criminy, Monday again. Somebody ought to pass a law or something. Despite this calendric oppression, I will strive to update the site. Team Crunchinator checks in from the Hobbies department with this weeks results. A meager 1542 points were earned from an astonishingly high 36 work units completed. I guess a lot of time was wasted waiting for the next work unit because the computer wasn't overly busy last week. Still, 64 competitors were whickity whacked (as opposed to smickity smacked) in the effort gaining us an overall 2 tenths of a percentage points in the standings.

11-11: Today is Veteran's Day. To quote President Bush: "Americans owe a great debt of gratitude to those who have sacrificed for our liberty and for the security of our Nation. We express deep appreciation to our veterans -- the men and women who stepped forward when America needed them, triumphed over brutal enemies, liberated continents, and answered the prayers of millions around the globe." In honor of this day the House of Wax presents a tribute to the United States Air Force on the High School Art page in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department. Look for the "Smack Down" graphic.

11-10: I've fixed some broken links in the Web Building department. One on the main page, the "Xara3d Sampler" in the left hand column. Another page, the Get Noticed page has a broken link to "Meta Medic" replaced by 3 functional links to new sites that do the same job, only now you have backup it one is down or takes a trip to the cornfield like poor ol' Meta Medic did.

11-9: "For state, local or federal government to disarm these good people in their own homes using the threat of imminent deadly force is unthinkable." Read this excellent article by the Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, to get a chilling account of how tyranny gets a toehold in a country. It's happening today on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

11-8: I've been getting a lot of email from you HTML 4.01 Transitional fans out there, it seems you really like the work going on here to complete the conversion of the site to W3C conventions. Let me read you an email I got today:

Dear Me,
I'm so happy I decided to convert the site to W3C conventions. Soon They will come and They will see and I will be spared. If it wasn't for me, that is to say you, I would not be able to see this dream come to fruition.

It does my heart good to get an email like that even if I DID have to write it myself to get one. You can see this dream come to fruition on the July 2001 page in News Archives.

11-7: For you protein folding fans out there, set down your thin deli sliced beef for a second and listen to this Team Crunchinator update. All in all it was a good week. We took the grand score into the 30 thousand mark. We crunched a huge number of small work units, 27 to be exact. This weeks work put us ahead of 92 competitors and into the 91 percentile group. Whee doggies, we are up there where the serious crunchers dwell. Check it out in the Hobbles department.

11-4: 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 millions times a year for legal personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in most cases. Read about some of these cases on the Armed Citizen feature in the NRA section of the Extra department.

11-3: Holy smokes! The first HTML 4.01 Transitional conversion of the month! Is this exciting or what? Head on over to the News Archives and get your eye full of the gruesome dried bones of carnal folly in the labyrinthine catacombs of updates past... January 2001 in this case.

11-2: Ahhhh Folding@home. Yes, we had another good week, thank you for asking. Team Crunchinator crunched 14 work units for a total of 1889 points and in the process stomped 109 fellow users like bugs to bring us into the upper half of 90% of the users. We rule! Check it out in the Hobbies department, just as for Team Crunchinator.

11-1: A new month is up. I predict this will be a much kinder and gentler month at the House of Wacks. After pounding down a bag of Halloween candy, I'll be completely sated. Well ... OK, now I have a hankerin' fer some turkey! mmmmm ... fresh roasted turkey, brown toasted bird skin sizzling with the fat welling out from the parched baked pores where all the feathers were yanked out ... Oh man, I hope we get the machine gutted turkey, the kind where the steel fingers rip the viscera out in a spinning fury! I like to go to the pen and pick one out like it was a lobster, pointing my bony finger of doom at a startled, panicked-stricken victim. mmmmmmm... kinder and gentlerrrrrr.

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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