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Archived News for the Month of August 2006

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8-31: The Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary is updated today. Another record harvest is reported and there is some good news with the Habaneros. Check it out in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-30: 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.

8-29: June 2004 is next up to be converted to the prestigious cadre of files known as Those Converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional. (I'll be quiet for a moment so you can hear those words echo for dramatic effect.) ... This august file is now residing in the News Archives and is accepting visitors. Coat and tie required.

8-28: Team Crunchinator has finally poked its head up into the realm of the top 5 percent of the contributors to Folding@home today. Not bad for only having started out this year 8 months ago. I owe it all to Termette who has somehow managed to stay out of our hair in this project. She is so busy shopping for transistor cozies that we hardly ever see her in the number crunching shop. It's all happening in the Hobbies department today. Be there or be crunched.

8-25: Excalibur: Morgana's Revenge, a seriously impressive Marathon total conversion is now in beta for Mac OSX and Windows. I've been helping out, contributing a map and beta testing. Bill Catambay has asked me to update the EMR Utilities page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox with the new tools that are being used to produce the latest version of the game. Today, that update goes live!

8-24: More big doings over in the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department. The Chili Pepper Gardner's Diary reports some record breaking news in the continuing saga of container gardening out in the Mojave Desert.

8-23: "We don't think of our freedom every day but, from time to time, we are reminded of the price we must pay to preserve it." This and more in the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-22: I've gotten so much email from all of you folks who only come here on Transitional Tuesdays for the conversion to HTML 4.01 Transitional. I'd like to give those faithful fans a big House of Wacks shout out! Woot! You guys rule!! Today you get ... wait for it ... wait for it ... JULY 2004 from the News Archives converted. Wooo hoooo! Go ahead and hammer the News Archives servers, they are expecting you!

8-21: Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department managed to make up for last weeks lack of data crunching. Termie still managed to bring a world of hurt on the HARM (bad guys in No One Lives Forever) as UNITY's secret agent without bringing our Folding@home standing to it's knees. Last week we earned 2,350 points by crunching 6 massive work units thereby bringing a world of hurt UNITY style to 22 fellow competitors.

8-18: I have a treat for you Marathon fans out there. I found another Marathon website that you will definitely be interested in, Dr. Lex' Marathon Page. Check it out from the link down at the bottom of the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

8-17: I had a huge harvest in the pepper garden this week, plus some good news with the Habañeros. Read all about it in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-16: "In the minds of the enemies of the Second Amendment, there is no distinction between decent Americans who own firearms and violent criminals." Read more about this battle in the ongoing culture war to destroy solid American values and traditions in the Standing Guard column in the NRA section of the Extra department.

8-15: Transitional Tuesday brings the conversion of January 2004 to HTML 4.01 Transitional. January was a month of hubris, tumult and spandex. Check it out for yourself in the News Archives department.

8-14: Monday brings us back full circle to the Folding@home project. That dratted termite Termie has been playing No One Lives Forever on the computer last week and our progress was at a bare minimum because of that. We only gained 1,939 points, chomped through 5 work units and bested 8 users. You'd think that insects had better things to do. Witness our gen X brand progress at the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

8-11: MaraMag Friday is over but not forgotten. To honor the re-passing into history, I have a cool skelping film by Barrett Ford aka Megaman. Watch a spooky ghost like scene of a discorporated Marathon net Marine passing through the living body of the guy who killed him. Hope you remembered to check to see if you still had your wallet Megaman. This happening on the Skelping page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

8-10: A day in the fertility clinic is visited upon the unsuspecting chili pepper plants this week in the Chili Pepper Gardner's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

8-9: The Armed Citizen is updated today. This feature is a collection of newspaper accounts of regular folks like you and I legally using a firearm to protect themselves, their families and their property. These are fascinating accounts of life and death struggles when the police are not at hand to help. It's going on right now on the NRA page in the Extra department.

8-08: In case you were worried that you had missed Transitional Tuesday, rest easy my friend, you haven't. Today February 2004 has been converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional and you can see it in all it's ancient glory over in the News Archives department.

8-07: Team Crunchinator reports another great week with folding@home. The key indicator of this is the increase in the grand score, 2,743 points to be exact. 7 huge work units were crunched for those points leapfrogging us over 22 competitors. All this fun is happening in the Hobbies department.

8-4: As a final offering in the presentation of the MaraMag, I have some raw uncut footage of the IRC interviews that Frost conducted. If you've never been on IRC then you might like to take a look at what an IRC log looks like. MaraMag Friday is officially over after this and you can go back to your life in progress. Meanwhile catch the bonus uncut interviews on the MaraMag page in the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

8-03: The Chili Pepper Gardner's Diary is updated again. Been doing a little bit of harvesting lately. Read along as a chili pepper hot head documents a season of growing chilies outdoors in 5 gallon pots. It's all happening in the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

8-02: Transitional Tuesday is kicked back a day because of the change of the month. The amazing month of December 2004 has been converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional and is awaiting your eyeballs over in the News Archives department.

8-01: A new month, a new plan, a new way of looking at things. Yep this month I'm going to try looking and speaking out my ass because the other way hasn't been so productive. Expect a greatness of height in journalistic integrity that would make Sir Edmund Hillary dizzy with altitude sickness. Expect to be shown new horizons, new peoples and new institutions. Expect to have your wallet taken while you are being suckered into looking out at nothing. Yes, by the time you have read down to here your credit cards, and photo ID are already half way to Las Vegas! Go read the Joke of the Weak to assuage your pain.

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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