Gary L. Simmons  rev 10/31/2005
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Archived News for the Month of October 2005

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10-31: Happy Halloween! Boo from iGor. Hey now that I got that out of my system, how about a little some spooky carved Marathon pumpkins? Here is a word from the Artist:

"Most of the nighttime pictures are dark, the earlier ones came out better, but you can kind of make out the depth I tried for. The pumpkin ended up rotting before Halloween...but at least I took many pictures, lots and lots. This was the first time I tried cutting partly through the skin and carving for the light effect. It wasn't perfect but it sort of gave the effect if you squint just right.

I also included my replacement pumpkin for this year...and an attempt of a Pfhor face from the year before. (Yes I know the third eye in on the top of the face and not the bottom... woops on my part) It was also taken with an older camera thus the fuzziness."

You can find a permanent link to this Marathon coolness at the Battle Cat's Litterbox, look for Zott Mob's Pumpkins down in the Lh'owon Links at the bottom of the page.

10-28: I've got something better than an HTML patch for you today. Fine art, from the brush of a master. Check out the primary activity of the State Department for the last 40 years in the new High School Art offering, "What's up" in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies Department.

10-27: Sift through the gruesome dried bones of carnal folly in the labyrinthine catacombs of updates past. Yes that's right, I was so busy on the other web sites that this is all I could manage for todays update. February 2001 has been upgraded to HTML 4.01 transitional, find it in the News Archives department.

10-26: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for October: 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.

10-25: AnotherNewsArchivepageconvertedtoHTML4.01TransitionalThistimeDecember2001.

10-24: Time to update the Folding@home project. 1,985 points have been earned last week by crunching 15 work units. This effort put us past 106 competitors and put us solidly into the 90 percentile mark. You can view the weekly progress and related protein folding information on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

10-21: All I have for you today is the Joke of the Weak. I was busy all day at setting up, formatting and posting an exclusive interview with Glenda Adams of Aspyr Media, Inc. If you are into video games, either Xbox, PC or Mac video games then you will be interested in this in "verbal exploratory surgery" of Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse.

10-20: When in need of something to post on your website, just convert another page to HTML 4.01 Transitional. Hopefully by the time the entire site is completed I'll at least have 24 hours before it goes to HTML 4.02! So, in case it hasn't dawned on you yet, another News Archive page has been updated. Look to August 2001 for high tech web pagery.

10-19: "The NRA exists to defend not just the Second Amendment, but the entire Constitution - including the bill of Rights that the Second Amendment protects." Read more of this in the President's Column by Sandra S. Froman in the NRA section of the Extra Department.

10-18: I have GREAT news for you HTML 4.01 Transitional junkies... April 2001 is converted over in the News Archives department. I sometimes wonder what drives you people, but it's things like this that make me think I don't want to know!

10-17: Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department had a good week last week with our Folding@home project so I guess we can cut Termette the termite down from the toothpick she was lashed to and put some vinegar and brown paper on those cat whisker welts we whipped into her. The Team bumped into the 90 percentile range by completing 18 work units for a total of 1998 points! This accelerated us past 162 users. Sucks to be them!

10-14: While updating the Trilogy Download page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox I noticed that it did not adhere to strict HTML 4.01 Transitional (OH THE HORROR!) so I spent a little time today repairing that glitch. Have a good weekend!

10-13: I found a great Aleph One Guide online last week and today I add it to the Lh'owon Links section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. The same link was added to the Trilogy Download page as that link is definitely needed there too. The Aleph One Guide gives directions on how to install and set up the files and application to play Marathon in Mac OS9, Mac OSX, Linux, 32bit Windows, and BeOS.

10-12: "The World gun-ban crowd is deadly serious. As NRA members, this is our fight. And it is a do-or-die-battle for freedom." Powerful words from Wayne LaPierre, Vice President of the NRA in his monthly column "Standing Guard" from the American Rifleman magazine. You can read the full body of text on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.

10-11: I have decided to stop converting the News Archives to HTML 4.01 Transitional due to lack of user interest here at the House of Wacks. Just a second, gotta answer the phone... OK, already the complaints are coming in! Of course they tried to disguise it as phone spam trying to sell me discount furniture but I know how to read between the lines and it screamed, "BRING BACK THE CONVERSIONS TO HTML 4.01 TRANSITIONAL!!" So, by popular demand, September 2000 is converted. This concludes all conversions for the year 2000 in the News Archives department. Whoopie do, eh?

10-10: Criminy. Is it Monday again? Must be Folding@home day again here in the Hobbies department. We love our ruts and we will stick to them! Monday at Team Crunchinator saw 127 fellow contenders crushed under Termie's iron heel for a total of 1,788 points earned. Not real good but acceptable. We had a double whammy last week of DSL going down so that a new work unit or two could not be downloaded and we also had a system restart that failed to include a launch of the Folding@home apps. We lost about a day's work between the two glitches. We are looking for someone to blame and I think Termette is ripe for the picking so we will have that lazy good for nothing termite lashed to a toothpick and whipped with a cat's whisker!

10-7: I have another goodie for you Marathon fans out there. I've been in contact with a talented artist named Mark Eugene, also a Marathon fan. Mark mentioned that he has dabbled in Marathon art and he has an example online of that work. You can view the extremely cool looking graphic in the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Look down in the Lh'owon Links at the bottom of the page for Mark Eugene. Enjoy!

10-6: It looks like someone put a gun to my head and forced me to convert another News Archive to HTML 4.01 Transitional. Pardon me now while I put that same gun to your head and force you to go look at the October 2000 news in the News Archives.

10-5: "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.

10-4: Time again for the Folding@home report. Another good week, one that saw us bump up another percentage point by romping all over 202 fellow competitors and increasing out grand score by 2,268 points! We are definitely cooking now. Check out the results on the Team Crunchinator page over in the Hobbies department.

10-3: Tired of the same old news day after day? Look at this. Look at that. Big change here! NO NO! Big change THERE! Well I've decided to do away with all of that this month and bring you a totally new perspective on the Houses of Wacks news and events. So... anyway this is a really big change! And and and you can look at that here! Then after you go look THERE go look HERE at the new joke in the Joke of the Weak!

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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