7-31: I'm kicking off the last day of the week with a High School Art drawing. Hopefully this way nobody will see the news item for it. It's a stupid little graphic depicting the classic cartoon staple of running with your arms straight out. I never seems to go out of style somehow. View it for yourself in the Art Portfolio section of the Hobbies department.
7-30: Last weeks power failure turned out to be a non factor in the Team Crunchinator standings at Folding@home project. It must have been for a very short period of time, very close to the time I woke up. We crunched 12 work units and earned 2,243 points last week. View our awesomeness over on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.
7-27: Lots going on in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary this last week. Multiple harvests and so on. Read along as a hot head journals his journey into the perfect burning tongue. I can't explain my love of this spicy hot food, I can only describe it, and that I do. Check it out in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.
7-26: Enjoy a joke at the Joke of the Weak or die unhappy and gloomy and buried face down because nobody wants to remember you with that dour expression.
7-25: The NRA Archive is updated today with the monthly NRA page features for July: 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.
7-24: Good news for you Marathon fans out there, especially those of you who are map makers. Sean Shaw has provided Joshua D. Orr's prized Marathon map editor and it's manual, written by himself, to Fileball.net. If you are a mapper, you should have this collection in your tool belt. You can find it on the Aleph One page, in the Utilities section of the Battle Cat's Litterbox. Have fun, make us proud!
7-23: We had a good week at Team Crunchinator last week over in the Hobbies department. We did have a thunderstorm fueled power failure here, but I think that may show up in next weeks results. It shouldn't be too bad, it was at night and I was asleep so I don't know how much time we lost.
7-20: I had a big week of bountiful harvest in the chili garden this week, plus good news on that plant first aid I performed a while back. You are invited to read the memoirs of a hothead in my Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.
7-19: Have a ANOTHER laugh courtesy of the Joke of the Weak.
7-18: "If you and every other NRA member enlist just one new NRA member, we can double the size of our Association and be a truly formidable force on Election Day." John Sigler has a 4 step plan to help protect the Bill of Rights from erosion by the political left. Read all about it in the President's Column in the NRA section of the Extra department.
7-17: Have a laugh courtesy of the Joke of the Weak.
7-16: We had a much better week at Folding@home. Apparently it really helps to actually have some units on hand to crunch. This week we earned 2,126 points by crunching 11 work units. Not a bad weeks work for an aging computer and a geezer computer. You can view the continuing results on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.
7-13: Yeek, Friday the 13th. Best clutch that lucky rabbit's foot this morning and don't let go till tomorrow morning. Remember what the witch doctor told you, "Oo e oo ah ah, ting tang walla walla bing bang, oo e, oo ah ah, ting tang walla walla bing bang". if you know what I'm talking about you have just dated yourself. OK, back to reality, the harvest continues unabated in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.
7-12: Have another yuk courtesy of the House of Wacks at the Joke of the Weak.
7-11: "With the full support of Alberto Gonzales' U.S. Department of Justice, New Jersey U.s. Senator Frank Lautenberg is pushing legislation to give the government unprecedented discretionary power to secretly decree that a citizen is banned from owning firearms. The government would need nothing more than a "suspicion" using information it would not have to divulge, ever." Scary stuff, eh? Read more about it on the Standing Guard page in the NRA section of the Extra department.
7-10: Have a yuk courtesy of the House of Wacks at the Joke of the Weak.
7-9: The computer was stuck in some sort of loop or the copy function had crashed last night because the system was overwhelmed by trying to complete the backup. As a result, we are a couple of units shy of our regular production at folding@home. Still, we earned 1,928 points and crunched 10 work units. I've fixed the problem and we should be ready for a good week next week. You can view our progress on the Team Crunchinator page in the Hobbies department.
7-6: Just as the season starts to heat up, so does the chili pepper harvest. Lots of Thai chilies ripening and lots of Habañeros now starting to produce fruit. Read about the beginning of a big season of fresh chilies from the garden in the Chili Pepper Gardener's Diary in the Chili Peppers section of the Hobbies department.
7-5: "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.
7-4: Hope you have a great 4th of July today! Yay America! Team Crunchinator finally struggles its way up into the 97 percentile at the Folding@home project! That was about 3 years coming. Last week we crunched 12 work units and earned 2,512 points. We are still slowly loosing out lead but you have to expect that with all the new multi core machines coming online. Check out our progress in the Hobbies department.
7-3: I spent the day doing maintenance on the computer network here at the House of Wacks. This is an intense all day affair with includes taking the computers down one at a time, hauling them outside and blowing the dust out of them with compressed air. You'd be amazed how dirty it gets inside a computer. Especially the G5 with 9 fans in it. Joke of the Weak is updated, have a laugh at my expense.
7-2: Ahhhhh July. It's the month the American Cinco de Mayo happens right? Only without the big bee and the drunken wife beatings. This one is more about potato salad, pie and drunken wife beatings. A little known fact about the Fourth of July is that the Founding Fathers intended this to be a day of reflection, yes a day where you could look into a pool of your beer vomit to see if your hair is still combed.