Make what you will of the two pictures above, but I’d say someone is talking about themselves in the third person on the soapbox.
Make what you will of the two pictures above, but I’d say someone is talking about themselves in the third person on the soapbox.
A friend got hooked on dopewars (heh distributing that program during exams is a little slack :) and went and found the official site. The high score there is just obscene. It’s around $149 million.
This person’s suggestion about sociologically/politically profiling the e/n community (using a “third party”) is definitely intriguing. Anyone wanna actually do it though?
Thanks for the new link to another silly game: dopewars. It’s a little less inane that slime volleyball, but a worthwhile timewaster nevertheless.
I am frankly amazed at the $27 million profit you mention, and even the “third of that” that you refer to (although I note that you say that you haven’t reached that target). I have only managed to do $2.9 million. Maybe I just haven’t invested enough time to get lucky enough. I usually only do as well as that when I get lucky with cocaine or heroin. (I am glad that the context of this shows pretty clearly that this is a *game* we are talking about – out of contect that last sentence could look pretty bad for me.)
P.S. Someone should do a sociological study of e/n and the kinds of things that get posted. It might only be worthwhile if the “studier” some decent access to the *actual text* of the other communications that take place between people (e.g. you and Solo – what a suprise to hear has been creative with his account of something concerning Roosh). As an absoloute outsider (and occasional visitor to some e/n sites from time to time) the social forces at work here, the various personalities (as they portray themselves and are portrayed by others) and the various relationships are interesting to say the least.
And its a bit hard to uderstand why anyone gets upset at anything Solo says. He seems like a fairly normal opinionated kind of guy, who is going to say and do stuff to entertain himself no matter what anyone else thinks or says: so what? The dogs way in the distance may be barking, but no one should give a rats, least of all compose diatribes about it (or shold I say “rants” about it). But people will be childish and stupid no matter how old they are: no-one should expect the members of an online community (such as it is) to be any different.
Anyway, thats enough pontificating. Good luck in your next dopewars game.
Sheesh. You yanks are so ignorant. Look, Saturday’s SMH Column 8:
THIS COMES up from time to time, but still amazes us. Tracey Schmidt, of Sandy Beach, near Coffs Harbour, says: ”I knew Americans didn’t know much about Australia, but when I was asked this by a ’30-something’ American mum (sorry, mom), an e-mail penpal, I was flabbergasted: ‘I hope this doesn’t sound stupid, but is it now summertime for you guys? I heard that it’s the opposite on the other side of the equator. So your Christmas is warm?’
One more thing. With Winter comes colds and other illnesses. Remember that Vitamin C is a cold preventor – it won’t really help you that much once you get it. And stuff like Ribena which has four times the Vit C of OJ helps more :). I haven’t fallen sick for over half a year and I reckon it’s the Vitamin C.
Up at Manly last night, got a chance to eat one of the animals on Australia’s coat of arms. However, when the kangaroo pizza arrived, we couldn’t see the kangaroo. We started poking around… there was the pumpkin, salami.. some bush chutney stuff, tomatoes… but no kangaroo. Eventually we worked it out that the two shavings of meat in the centre of the pizza was kangaroo. How povo was that? So if you’re ever at Wood & Stone at Manly, don’t order that pizza. Same night I caught the last train from Circular Quay. Fell asleep and ended up at Campbelltown station at 2-something in the morning. And I’m still alive (yes, with my wallet too) hahahaha :).
Let’s take a look at the latest “controversy”. It started when two pieces of mail landed in my Mailbox. Notice something strange about the address list?
From: “Roosh” <email@example.com>
To: “Simon Char***” <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
“Mike \”Saberdeath\”” <email@example.com>,
“Michael \”Pring\”” <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
“Greg Cumberford” <email@example.com>,
“Dave Maier” <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
“Brian \”Infernon\”” <email@example.com>,
“Bret Schlyer” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The first mail was the one we all know of, the second one was more sensitive to the internal workings of Roosh.com, which I have not divulged, nor will abuse. The first one was passed on to Solosier. The whole ICQ “conversation” I had with Solo was the product of his poetic license and the actual conversation is faithfully reproduced below:
John 24/11/19 2:07
of course not. :) i know when to keep my mouth shut :P you would be suprised what i DON’T say.
Inferno 24/11/19 2:08
Inferno 24/11/19 2:09
what gets me is the last paragraph :)
roosh thinks he’s hot shit :)
anyway i’m off to bed.. cya
John 24/11/19 2:10
later… thanks :)
I’m not in the habit of making fun of people’s ethnic names (didn’t stop me from laughing though, I must say). That’s it, that’s my side of the story, I won’t speak for anyone else. Subsequent conversation “transcripts” were let’s say, “inspired” by the actual msgs sent :). In the same way Shakespeare “inspires” Hollywood filmmakers to adapt his plays to the big screen. While Roosh’s words weren’t meant for the public’s ears, no doubt someone, me, (unfortunately) overheard. That happens in real life.
I almost landed a detention last year for saying something about a teacher not meant to be heard by a teacher. And when I said it, that very teacher (unknown to me) was right behind me. Does that mean he can’t act on what I said, even though he wasn’t meant to have heard it? Obviously he didn’t think so, and neither did my housemaster, who he dragged me up to. I spent the damn lunchtime sweeping up a science lab (no detention tho :). Should the cyber version of this be any different? I should’ve looked behind me before spouting off (I never made that mistake again). If the abuse was aimed at another teacher, would the reaction have been as severe? Perhaps, but perhaps not. But you can safely say there would’ve been a reaction.
A later message from Roosh entitled “We have a Mole!” included this:
i don’t care one bit that the email was published
Doesn’t care one bit? Is that so? Hmm.. Good to hear.
One more exam tomorrow, and that’s first year uni over and done with.
This well and truly cracked me up. (Melbourne is a major Australian city, for all you Yanks.)
This story occurred on Melbourne radio recently…
One of the FM stations has a competition where they ring someone up, ask them three personal questions, ring their spouse or partner, ask them the same three questions, if the answers are the same, the couple win a holiday to Bali.
Last week, the competition went like this:
Presenter: G’day it’s XXX-FM, do you want to play the game?
Brian: Yeah, sure.
Presenter: O.K., Question 1 – When was the last time you had sex ?
Brian: Ohhh, maaaate. Ha Ha, well, about 8 o’clock this morning.
Presenter: And how long did it go for Brian?
Brian: Orrrrr …. about 10 minutes.
Presenter: 10 minutes? Good one. And where did you do it mate?
Brian: Ohhhh maaaaate, I can’t say that.
Presenter: There’s a holiday to Bali at stake here Brian!
Brian: O.K. … O.K. … On the kitchen table.
Presenter: (and others in the room – much laughter). Good one Brian, now is it O.K. for us to call your wife ?
Brian: Yeah, alright.
Presenter: Hi Sharelle, how are you ?
Sharelle: Hi. Good thanks.
Presenter: (Explains competition again) We’ve got Brian on the other line, say hello.
Sharelle: Hi Brian.
Brian: Hi Sharelle.
Presenter: Now Sharelle, we’re going to ask you the same three questions we asked Brian and if you give the same answers, you win a trip for two to Bali.
Brian: Just tell the truth Honey.
Presenter: Sharelle, when was the last time you had sex?
Sharelle: Oohhhh, noooooo. I can’t say that on radio.
Brian: Sharelle, it doesn’t matter. I’ve already told them.
Sharelle: O.K. … About 8:00 this morning before Brian went to work.
Presenter: Good, nice start! Next question. How long did it go for Sharelle?
Sharelle: (giggling) About 12, maybe 15 minutes.
Co-Presenter: That’s close enough … Brian was just being a gentleman.
Presenter: O.K. Sharelle, final question. Where did you do it?
Sharelle: Oh no I can’t say that. My mum could be listening. No way, no.
Presenter: There’s a trip to Bali on the line here.
Brian: Sharelle, I’ve already told them so it doesn’t matter anyway … just tell em.
Sharelle: Ohhhh …. alright …. Up the arse!
Presenter: Sorry if anyone was offended before, we’re going live here, and sometimes these things happen. We’ve given Brian and Sharelle the holiday. Now we’ll take a music break.
That mythological Silicon Valley firm that hasn’t made a press release in its 3 years of existence updated their page (well, it no longer reads, “This page not here yet.”) Turns out they have been developing a new CPU (one that’s rumoured to emulate the Intel platform faster than Intel’s can run, natively) which they’ve called Crusoe. Which is funny cos it seems to be a reference to the chip’s portability (the Java of CPUs?) and Crusoe was pretty much stranded on an island for years – unable to go anywhere. Thanks to Renai for telling me about their updated site.
The standard dive into HTML source code produced this:
<!—Yes, there is a secret message, and this is it:
Transmeta’s policy has been to remain silent about its plans until it had something to demonstrate to the world. On January 19th, 2000, Transmeta is going to announce and demonstrate what Crusoe processors can do. Simultaneously, all of the details will go up on this Web site for everyone on the Internet to see. Crusoe will be cool hardware and software for mobile applications. Crusoe will be unconventional, which is why we wanted to let you know in advance to come look at the entire Web site in January, so that you can get the full story and have access to all of the real details as soon as they are available.—>
The highest score I’ve heard of, and that no one has even held a candle to, is $27.7 million. Shite, that is one helluva profit. I haven’t even been able to make a third of that.
Ultima hits the stores tomorrow in America. I’m looking for a copy of the Dragon Edition, but it looks like it won’t make it here to Australia. I guess I could order over the net, but the shipping fees are prohibitive. Damnit. No chalupas and now no Ultima 9 DE. I will find it somewhere…
Anyone ever play Star Control 1 or Star Control 2 (released 1990 and 1992 respectively)? Star Control 2 was one of the first games I played on the PC… it had a genuinely intriguing plot, (.mod) music which was way ahead of its time, and a great tongue-in-cheek sense of humour (although at the time, the ‘humour’ behind the Syreen “Penetrator” Starships which looked like this was sort of lost on an 11 year old). Anyway, nostalgia and boredom struck, mixed, and I found myself surfing around for Star Control sites, and came across www.star-control.com. Star Control has since been discontinued (after SC3) yet someone went out and paid US $70 for the domain name of a defunct game series. Hey, I’m not complaining. It brought back memories. Heh.
Anyway, the SC2 fit on four 5.25 inch high density floppies, so I figured someone must have uploaded a copy of the game somewhere. Following a link trail, someone had made his “backup” copies (hah) of SC1 and SC2 publicly available. So here they are for you to download, Star Control 1 & Star Control 2. They’re old dos games, so you’ll probably have to run them in dos mode (this faq covers any problems you might have). You might have to make use of this map to get past the copy protection (but I think running starcon2.com disables the protection).
A community service announcement. Two Broke College Guys (TBCG) wasn’t yet open when I linked it. They did give me a projected release date of January next year, however. Also you might want to check out Word’s Matrix 2 v Star Wars Ep 2 page. Marc (“that band wagon of a kid” as he says :) also lets us know UF of BSers has a new layout.
Looking at the number of dumb things on sale at E-Bay, someone had to write a site devoted to it.
Memturbo is a shareware memory manager. Instead of having to reboot periodically due to memory leaks, memturbo will do some garbage collection, free up physical ram and manage the pagefile. Seems to work.
For all you people who manually update and upload your sites like me, (as opposed to using a news script), here’s a way to automate your FTPs a little. It involves creating a batch file and using the scripting option of the dos ftp program (ftp <options> -s:<scriptingfilename> <hostname>). So make a batch file (and place a shortcut to it on your desktop for one-click uploading) called something like upload.bat and write something like this:
echo Start of download log > transfer.log
ftp -s:ulscript.txt ftp.yourhost.com >> transfer.log
echo End log >> transfer.log
Then, in d:\mysite\, you’d have the ulscript.txt that provides the commands simulating what you’d type in an FTP session.
lcd d:/mysite/ (note: use forward slashes for directory) (note: use forward slashes for directory)
Of course, you have to mod the files to your liking, but all you’ll have to do now is double click your desktop shortcut to upload files.
Beta 4 just came out. Looks nicer. Grab now and perpetuate copyright infringement on the net :).
8 Port 10/100 switch (not hub!) for only a measly $240. Almost a third of the price of an Intel switch. Of course it’s a Taiwanese no name brand, but heck – it’s cheaper than a normal 8-port autosensing hub.
Went off to the c’town Gameswizards gold card sale yesterday. Picked up a copy of Klingon Honour Guard for $15 and on impulse, an MS Natural Keyboard Pro. They sold out of the Intellimouse Explorer though, which I was going to go buy :(. My cuz picked up a webcam and we went back to his place and spent about two hours playing around with it :). I want one now hehe. This new keyboard is alright, but I keep capitalising the first two letters of words at the start of a sentence. I’m going to have to get used to this split keyboard layout. The volume control on the keyboard doesn’t seem to work either, but the media controls are a convienient way to control Winamp.
Yeh yeh it’s out. Grabbable from here (Aussie site): QGL. The five hour download is almost over…
(Hey! By Inferno’s Light! My namesake episode!!) Well, well, well. Themes and issues have taken a back seat and plot has taken over. The best double-parter I’ve seen from Trek so far is mainly driven by a rivetting plot with some huge political ramifications occurring. This two-parter is the “mover and shaker” of the whole season. It potentially affects half the galaxy. It’s good to see the Alpha quadrant has overcome pig-headedness and united against a common enemy. When you break it down, it all has basically eventuated into a Alpha Quadrant vs Gamma Quadrant affair.
Garak’s character is a never-fail one, and despite the sudden revelation he is claustrophobic, Robinson plays out Garak to his usual high standards.
Dukat is Evil. He sold out big time. He’s playing with fire and he could get burnt very very badly in future.
O’Brien is dull witted. Shouldn’t he know Bashir very well, as best mates? :).
Sisko is willing and ready to whoop ass. None of this diplomacy shit – he’s realised everything’s beyond diplomacy. Good to see – the Federation is normally so passive. With the Federation under attack by an imminent and significant threat, however, you’d reckon they’d have a permanent starship guard there. How hard can it be to deploy a dozen ships there? I mean they must have thousands!
Once again the power of the Dominion is asserted. We have never seen any play by the Federation which has given them a tactical advantage over them whatsoever. Even the “secret” attack by the Obsidian Order and Tal’Shiar was turned into a Dominion ploy and crippled the secret services of the Romulans and Cardassians.
I just had a thought. It was triggered by changeling Bashir emulating the voice of a woman. You know who the Founders are? T-1000 units. Maybe a more advanced non-metallic model :). But they are terminator units! They change shape and change voice! What more proof do you need? Arnie and a fire extinguisher filled with liquid nitrogen? :)
On a worse note, Channel 9 pulled the plug on DS9. This is the last episode that will be shown until next year. They stopped it mid-season dammit! Half-way through! Fuck them! They can’t keep their hands off Trek for one bloody season, can they? Arrrrgh…. screw you Packer!!!
Deception – “but my goal was not to make yet another e/n site out of the 100 million there allready are” … what do you think about that statement?
Accounting exam tomorrow. Urk.
I just realised that the print version of Icon is really just a corporate e/n site. A well run, well organised and well mannered, “professional” e/n site, but still. It’s got the attributes. Let’s look at what they covered in last Saturday’s issue…
First page is full of links – live events on the web, interesting news links (Optus security breached, MS declared monopoly etc.) and top ten lists of most visited sites (again externally sourced). The main article covers a review of the newer iMacs. Then there’s info on video piracy, and Driftnet, which this week looks at the Darwin Awards and the exploding whale thing. Following that is essentially 5 more pages of links. An article that could be described as a rant (“Cyberspace defaced”) is taken from the London Daily Telegraph regarding programs which let you leave msgs on sites (Odigo, ICQsurf type programs). A self-help section on blocking spammers is next, along with D-I-Y HTML. Moving on, we come to software reviews (DTP software) and new product releases (Sony memory stick, Outlook for Macs) and finally we have two pages of games reviews (Freespace 2, MS Soccer).
Sound familiar? Read these somewhere before? Even their reviews are as superficial as those on e/n sites (They have to cater for the mainstream market. Conversely, e/nners can’t be bothered writing lengthy reviews for everything).
Of course, let’s not get head swell here, the situation is probably the other way around. Our pages emulate newspapers and other print media – without the negatives that come with commercialism (deadlines, legal restrictions and the like) and all the positives of individual expression (beats me why some sites have policies not to link to mp3s – that in itself is not illegal – and e/n sites don’t have a corporate image to protect), minus the readership.
Just started learning Cold Fusion from Allaire’s product documentation and my Win2k server… bad, bad timing… Actually it’s not that bad – I get to practice my SQL and databasing stuff for my BDM exam next week :).
They strike again. Not kids at each others throats with steak knives this time, though. Just a divorced couple and a judge on a courtroom floor divvying up a couple thousand dollars worth of those things…
No not aimed at you, but I’m sure somewhere along the line someone has asked you to teach them HTML/how to make a web site. Here’s a pretty good guide from Webmonkey (once you get past the “for kids” label) you can point them to – just to save yourself the trouble of explaining it personally :).
Got this ICQ’ed from a friend, about something Minister Knight allegedly said ;)
Hows this for michael knight being grilled: used the word alleging 3 times!
When asked if he knew of the 840,000 tickets set aside for the premium packages had come from the public ballot, Knight replied: “I’ve never been aware of what she’s (Chikarovski) alleging, because there’s no evidence that the allegation she’s alleging is true.”
Ahahaha. Do we smell fish?
Some jerking around in Photoshop, and a refractive surgery site have created this visual simulation page – shows what it’s roughly like to be myopic (short-sighted), astigmatic, to have cataracts etc. Quite interesting.
For all intents and purposes, I’m legally blind cos I’m about -3 to -4 diopters.
I’m a sucker for stats. Someone should make an ICQ utility that tracks who’s online and when. Then people who leave their net connection on all day (and with a big enough contact list) can generate a graph which shows net activity. Peak hour is after 10pm at night, which starts to thin at about 1am as everyone goes to sleep, but then the yanks/canadians wake up and do their morning e-mail check thing :). Then it dies down around 3-4am. American activity perks up again early afternoon and then quietens down as they go to sleep late afternoon.
Wow… a site on prostitution that emphasises textual content (it’s pictureless). Hmm I can just imagine it being turned into a Lonely Planet guidebook for desparate travellers.
Illicit drugs: Tasmania is one of the world’s major suppliers of licit opiate products; government maintains strict controls over areas of opium poppy cultivation and output of poppy straw concentrate (Aus.)
Illicit drugs: consumer of cocaine shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean; consumer of heroin, marijuana, and increasingly methamphetamines from Mexico; consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamines; drug-money-laundering center (US)
Illicit drugs: illicit producer of cannabis for the domestic drug market; use of hydroponics technology permits growers to plant large quantities of high-quality marijuana indoors; growing role as a transit point for heroin and cocaine entering the US market (Can.)
We all are aware of CD-ROM drives autoplaying CDs when they are inserted, but with a registry hack, you can autoplay other things including removable drives, floppies, shared network drives and ramdisks. It’s good if you want to test out your autoplay.inf file that you’re going to stick on a CD (without first burning to a CD).
Yeah!!! 35-12 Australia’s way baby! Woooohooooo! What a 2nd half demolition. 2 tries to Australia, rest of points were from penalties. First the cricket cup, now the rugby :) yeaaah!
I just love it when people mail me and say, “I’ve got this great new site, check it out!” And, in the excitement, they then forget to leave their URL.
Expanse – This looks quite smooth actually. Content looks fairly interesting as well. Layout is e/n conventional, but at the higher end of the scale. Only problem is that on 800×600 I have to scroll sideways. The reason I’m not on 1028 is that dad keeps complaining that the “icons are too small at that resolution.” He’s getting old. Still, the majority of people use 800×600 so that should be the lowest resolution to cater for.
Got an invitation of sorts (actually it was probably more like spam, but the poster did go through my mail form, so it wasn’t :) to join the Antipodean mailing list – a resource for Aust and NZ journal writers. What does antipodean mean anyhow?
Pick a number and send it in. And remember this thing from half a year back?
Well after this post I’m off to the polling booths. For me it’ll be one “yes” vote for the republic, and one “yes” vote for the constitutional preamble. Something tells me, however, that Australia is not ready to move on. Dad asked 8 people today at work. All but 1 were naysayers. By the time all the votes are counted, the constitution might be updated, but we’ll still all be subjects of the Her Majesty.
Live updates from 6pm. Complete with nice on-the-fly images generated by Macromedia Generator.
Being the die hard Ultima fan that I am, I went off and downloaded Ascension through a 33.6K modem connection (and Geeklife said I was “fuct”. Oh really? :). Gee, my Banshee card doesn’t quite cut it, it’s playable, but not really smooth. Very slick with a pretty good user interface – definitely not as arcadey as Tomb Raider, which is a relief. Music, if that’s what’s going to be in the final version isn’t very memorable, unfortunately. The gameplay feels good, although maneuvering the Avatar will take a little getting used to. Regardless, this is a game I’m gonna buy as soon as it hits the shelves.
Australia beat South Africa in an extra time nailbiter 27-21. If it tied through extra time, it sorta would been like the World Cup cricket all over again :). But the surprising news is, of course, France stepping neatly over New Zealand 42-31. My finals pick? Australia to win for sure :). Now don’t make me eat my words fellas.
Is today. Too bad I don’t have any spare cash lying around :).
My Matrix DVD came in from the States today :). Now I can watch and rewatch those “comic book” action scenes.
Always funny to hear a celeb get charged with drink driving. 0.135 is pretty far over the limit… funny how the media covers more on her “mental and physical breakdown” than anything else… If she didn’t get booked, would she have had that breakdown? I might sound cruel, but to me it sounds slightly like a cover to divert attention away from the intoxicated person in question.
Found out that last week’s accounting tute was actually on. You see, last week I got to uni and found out that the tute was cancelled. However, some idiot had stuck the cancelled note on the wrong door. This was bad. The only thing I have on Tuesdays is a 2 hour accounting tute and it takes me 2 hours to get to uni, one way. Well anyway I had my accounting tute today then went down to the Roundhouse and saw the Melbourne Cup there. Rogan Josh won (5-1), followed by Central Park (50-1).
When the hell does it come out in Australia?? Noddy, who works at a damn games store doesn’t even know.
Something happened concerning The Stile Project. A fairly ludicrious scenario in which most site have commented on. Something about it getting noticed by the Howard Stern audience and then having the cops called in. Whatever it is it’s a fake. There are easily thousands of sites far more “objectionable” in content to the people I assume Stile is trying to parody. Nevertheless, it’s been raking in the referrals.
Now this is something original :)
Hells Yeah – Sharkey @ 1:10 am
So I was hagin’ out with Mabs and Bud today, and….. Hey wait….Where the fuck am I? Oh shit, wrong site. Sorry.
First off, let the bastard sit in a rotting jail cell until the kid recovers. Then let the kid beat the shit out of him with golf clubs and baseball bats until he feels vindicated. Then lock him up for the rest of his life, forced to wear a t-shirt with a picture of the kid kicking his ass so the bigger inmates know he’ll be an easy lay. I’d imagine there isn’t any lube in prison, so he’ll get what he deserves. Repeatedly.