This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US department of agriculture inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the food and drug administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the national institute of standards and technology and the US naval observatory, I get into my national highway traffic safety administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the environmental protection agency, using legal tender issed by the federal reserve bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US postal service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the department of labor and the occupational safety and health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to ny house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the defense advanced research projects administration and post on and fox news forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.
- Borrowed from

On unlikely sources of wisdom

I hate to turn to /. for political commentary, but this comment hit the nail on the head.

The government of a state, no matter how inept it may be, is in place to serve the needs of its citizens.

Private health care, no matter how competent, is in place to generate profit for the private corporation operating it.

Netflix on the PS3

I got my Netflix disc for the PS3 and decided to test it. The first thing I noticed when opening it is a big label on the envelope that says "do not return this disc". After I inserted the disc in your PS3 I couldn't find the icon to launch Netflix. It does not auto start, and it's not under the games section where PS3 games are when you insert the disc. Instead the Netflix icon is, logically, in the video section. After you launch Netflix it gives you a URL to visit on your PC. After you visit the URL it pairs up your PS3 with your Netflix account via a 6 digit code. From here you're able to watch anything in your queue that's streamable.

I'm left wondering why Netflix requires the disc to be in the system to stream content. It does not install the application to your system. Installing to your system would make more sense, as then I wouldn't have to insert the disc every time I wanted to stream content. The PS3 has a HD for this sort of thing, I'm not sure why Netflix doesn't use it. Perhaps it will be integrated with the system in a future software release?


On wasted time, and dashed ambition

I've been playing Final Fantasy III on the DS for the past couple of months. I got all the way to the end where you "jump into the void" to fight the final boss. You have to fight four mini bosses, and then four other boss clones to get four ribbons before the last boss. This whole process takes about three hours and there is no save point. After you do all that you can fight the final boss, who proceeded to kill me in four rounds! Apparently the boss gets four attacks per turn.

Did I mention that there is no save point in the void. If at any point you die, you have to start all over and do the entire void again. Now I have to repeat three hours just to try again? That's really poor design considering how difficult the last guy is!

Gigli FTW

We always used to joke that if you download Gigli via BitTorrent instead of the studios sending a cease and decist that they'd mail you a check for $5.

(01:07:29 PM) Kirk Wipff: hahah, i start seeding gigli at home before i went to school and forgot about, so i come back home last weekend and was trying to figure out why the internet seemed slower than usual
(01:07:44 PM) Kirk Wipff: i go check the torrent and had uploaded 33.7 gb of gigli ROFL
(01:07:48 PM) Scott Baker: HAHAHAAHA
(01:08:01 PM) Kirk Wipff: mission accomplished!
(01:08:07 PM) Scott Baker: YOU WIN!
(01:08:33 PM) Scott Baker: You sir win 7 free innernetz
(01:08:49 PM) Kirk Wipff: haha of course no one else at the house could tell the difference in the connection so it could have gone on for who knows how long

Mario = Paris Hilton?

(02:58:08 PM) Scott Baker: Who would you rather hang out with on a boring Saturday: Mario or Link?
(02:58:40 PM) Dietz, Jason: Mario.
(03:00:27 PM) Scott Baker: Why?
(03:02:17 PM) Dietz, Jason: He's working class. Probably has good union contacts. I think he'd be fun to go to a bar with.
(03:04:18 PM) Scott Baker: I don't think he's working class
(03:04:40 PM) Scott Baker: I think he's totally Bourgeoisie
(03:04:49 PM) Scott Baker: I mean he collects GOLD coins ALL day long
(03:05:01 PM) Scott Baker: I think he's just a plumber so he'll have something to do
(03:05:11 PM) Scott Baker: I mean he collects coins, defaces brickwork, and does shrooms
(03:05:24 PM) Scott Baker: I think he's the Paris Hilton of the Mushroom Kingdom

TMZ: bringing families together

(01:35:48 PM) Angela: Why no I am not checking TMZ when I could be folding clothes
(01:35:50 PM) Angela: how dare you ask
(01:37:10 PM) Scott Baker: That's good of you to stay on task
(01:37:44 PM) Angela: lol sorry taking some mommy time :P I mean it is important I keep on the Tiger woods inspired porno being filmed

I didn't ask, this was unprompted :P