So I had an interesting discussion about music and it got me to thinking about the current musical state of affairs. Continue reading “Music (…no, not that Madonna album)”
Okay, now for a non-tech post. Those things were giving me techwriter’s block anyway. I warn you though from the outset of this post, I’ve been reading V for Vendetta [thanks Michael!], watching the film of the same, and had 1984 on my mind. So I may be a bit paranoid. Maybe.
Even still, I couldnt help but be disturbed on the way home yesterday. Continue reading “One Step Closer”
A few days ago, I was planning on posting that I had migrated my laptop to Ubuntu 6.06 [Dapper Drake], away from Debian Etch (testing/unstable) which had been the primary OS. A copy of XP still resides on there for certain things, but it rarely gets used. I had been very happy with Debian’s performance as a desktop distro – my laptop had happily run icewm, and everything was peachy. Everyone knows that I like Debian.
Ubuntu is even better. Continue reading “You’re Looking Very Dapper”
A friend of mine from University recently started up this forum. Please have a visit and help them get some new members. Even if you aren’t interested in the theme, post in the off topic section and generally have fun!
Okay, I know how much you all loved my post about having my first /. post modded up to +5, so I thought I’d let you know my first article submission got accepted too! As it currently looks:
Microsoft Hopes Prizes Will Attract New Searchers
Posted by CowboyNeal in The Mysterious Future!
from the scratch-and-win dept.
BertieBaggio writes “Remember the long-running e-mail hoax that had Bill Gates testing an “e-mail tracing program” and offering to pay recipients big bucks if they passed his test e-mail along to all their friends? Well, the offer is true, sort of. Microsoft wants you to use its search engine, and it’s got $1 million worth of prizes up for grabs for those who nibble at the offer. Following Yahoo’s recent consideration of offering prizes to searchers, is this another tactic to lure users away from Google with candy and other shiny things?”
And yeah, I did take out a subscription just to see my story early. What of it?
A story like this HAS to be mentioned…
“…and in other news, there was a pointless post on ‘Bertie Baggio’s Wonderland’ shortly after the news of our top story broke.”
Well, gee, I know this may sound obvious to some… but perhaps it isn’t games that make children violent? Now, I don’t want to go off an a rant here, but…
Maybe it’s being raised in near-poverty by a single mother, or by parents that just “don’t know how” or don’t see discipline as being necessary. Perhaps it is living in a conflicted culture that glorifies violence from some, and villifies it from others.
“Violence is another of those things that isn’t bad when it happens to other people.”
Perhaps maybe instead of ignoring, nay, denying these people and these problems exist, maybe there could be progress made in solving them. Heck, acknowledging the problem could be solved would be a big step in the right direction.
Maybe one day we could get a consitutional amendment and the start of some gun control, so that any nut can’t just walk into a Wal-Mart and get “tooled up wit’ some nines”. And get rid of assault weapons. Civilians just don’t need them. Defense? When was the last time you saw on the news:
“FATHER OF 3 DEFENDS HOME FROM 47 BURGLERS”
A revolver (Single Action Army, anyone) or a shotgun is more than enough to cover the spirit of the 2nd amendmend. Heck, even a revolver is probably overkill, but again a step in the right direction.
Now, don’t get me wrong — I don’t think these games should be played by just anyone. I feel uneasy seeing my 9-year-old nephew playing San Andreas, but that is without cause. Why? Because he knows it is a game. Smart guy. People don’t just suddenly think “Hey, lets go boost some cars cause of that game!”. No.
They are smarter (somewhat, since they’re still dumb enough to imitate a game) than that. They know that their actions will be reported by the sensationalist press as something along the lines of:
“TEENAGER PLAYING DEADLY GAMES – NOW FOR REAL”
So if you disagree with what I’m saying… hire a couple of teenagers to go on a CJ-style rampage and get them to say they were “just copying GTA”.
Of course that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.