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Archived News for the Month of September 2006

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9-29: Treellama's Marathon website is now linked to in the Lh'owon Links at the bottom of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Treellama a member of the Aleph One Source Forge project has marathon resources and maps, plus a word to the wise about the danger of Tree llamas.

9-28: Hard times have struck the chili pepper garden in the form of a plague of biblical proportions. Well, on a microscopic scale. It seems ants and a mystery parasite have swarmed over the plants! On the bright side I had two harvests this week! Read all about it in last weeks entry into the Chili Pepper Gardner's Diary in the Chili Pepper section of the Hobbies department.

9-27: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for September: 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.

9-26: Transitional Tuesday detonates the House of Wacks like a 7 megaton bunker buster! Yes, read the whacked out news from the month of May 2004 only read it the way it was meant to be read, in HTML 4.01 Transitional! Exciting stuff... for a nerd. It's all going down in the News Archive department.

9-25: Another week, another Folding@home report. We earned a lot of points despite Termie breaking free of his shackles and playing computer games throughout the week. We earned 2258 points by crunching 6 work units and besting 12 users. Yay us. Read all about it on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

9-22: Any modern Marathon fan will immediately recognize the name of Raúl Bonilla from his conversion of Marathon 1 into the modern engine of Aleph One in the now definitive classic, M1A1. Raúl is now involved in a total conversion by the name of "Where Monsters Are in Dreams" and he is producing tutorials in the associated blog. With his permission, I am reproducing his tutorials here. Check out Raúl's tutorials in the Anvil Tips section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox.

9-21: You hot heads out there will be happy to hear that I had another chili pepper harvest. Read all about the goings on of a masochistic gardner in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

9-20: "... the U.N. global gun-ban movement is lying in wait hoping that a new U.S. administration might be friendlier to the international 'norms' suggesting that civilian possession of private arms is outdated and uncivilized." This and more on this important topic in the President's Column feature in the NRA section of the Extra department.

9-19: I'll bet you thought that I completely forgot about Transitional Tuesday but unfortunately, I haven't. You just lucked out last week when 9-11 bumped everything. Today March 2004 is converted to HTML 4.01 Transitional over in the News Archives department.

9-18: That rotten little protein spoiler, Termie the termite, played through "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" last week and the Folding@home score reflects his flagrant disregard for human welfare. We did manage to earn 2,294 points but we only crunched 6 work units besting 8 users. Still, it is progress and you can see it on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.

9-15: A Marathon themed website by the name of Forge House is added to the Lh'owon Links section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Lots of good resources there for you Marathon fans to check out. Check it out, let Tycho know what you think of it.

9-14: Chili Peppers meets Water World. The only thing to make this complete would be if Kevin Costner showed up to drink his own pee. See the details in the 9-14 update to the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Hobbies department.

9-13: "To curb 'illegal' guns, they say, 'legal guns' must be 'controlled.' So your guns and my guns - in U.N. parlance - are merely future 'illicit' guns." 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.

9-12: Team Crunchinator has another great week working on the Folding@home distributed computing project. 2,346 points were earned by analyzing 6 giant work units there by putting us ahead of 20 fellow competitors. Folding@home is a huge effort to understand disease through analyzing the folding of proteins and how that can go wrong. You can help by using the spare compute cycles in your computer, you won't even miss them. Check out the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department for more details.

9-11: Never forget.

9-8: I've added a new graphic to the Chili Peppers page. Now on the upper left instead of an internet snagged GIF of Cayenne peppers which I grew once long ago and have no intention of growing again, I have a digital photo of some of my newly ripened Caribbean Red Habañeros. As an item of interest, this is the first digital photo of the peppers I've grown. The other pics were created by laying the peppers directly onto my scanner and putting a piece of colored paper over them and scanning that. Today my digital camera officially replaces the scanner for taking pics of my garden. It's all happening today in the Hobbies department.

9-7: The Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary is updated today. I had another harvest, I'm harvesting more often now to make each harvest easier. I'll have lower numbers but an easier time collecting the fruit. Read all about it in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.

9-6: 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.

9-5: I took yesterday off mostly because that was the entire idea behind Labor Day. Odd though isn't it, if we don't work on Labor Day does that mean we chop down trees on Arbor Day? Anyway the Folding@home project is updated today. We earned 2,302 points and bumped 15 fellow contributors last week by crunching 6 massive work units. Check out Team Crunchinator over in the Hobbies department.

9-01: We have us a new month, and we have turned over a new leaf, hopefully we will not make the same mistakes that we made last month. Gone will be the lawsuits and the pools of blood and the endless stream of emails from webmaster groupies. For September we have put all the lawyers up against the wall, bought a Ronco Blood Vac, and upgraded to video dating. You can go hang out with last months news in the News Archives if you like, but the rest of us will be embracing the future.

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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