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Sep. 17th, 2008 @ 11:43 pm Tracking DBLP via RSS
Current Mood: tiredtired
Basic Howto
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mulder
Sep. 11th, 2008 @ 10:42 am The lesser...
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: G F Handel - Music for Royal Fireworks in D Major La Paix Largo alla siciliana
Imagine a world, a world where there are two men running for office. One man believes people should be able to kill children, the other wants to start unjust wars killing innocents. Who is the lesser evil? Now I know this is not the real scenario. Both of our candidates would likely want to start unjust wars...both will likely keep the status quo on child killing. But what if? What if we were faced with the decision above? The question would be, do we actively participate in the killing of innocent, or do we stand and do nothing as we let others kill? Which is the lesser evil?

I think the republican party has done a good job pretending to be for life as they go starting unjust wars, killing thousands to line their pockets...basically this card allows them to do whatever they want, any policy is fine, because we are suckered into this false choice.
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mulder
Apr. 9th, 2008 @ 07:13 pm Goals, Strategies, and Plans
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Claire Fitch - Still reaction
The first step is to make a goal. But simply having a goal is not enough. Of course you may 'accidentally' achieve that goal, but chances are you won't. You must have a strategy to achieve the goal. A strategy?--yes, a strategy, not simply a plan. You must also have a plan, but as things go, your first plan will probably fail. This is why you have a strategy, the strategy combines a set of plans. For instance, your goal may be to paint your house. Your strategy may be to hire someone to do it. Your plan may be to hire X to do it on date Y. Sometimes you may have to even change your strategy, but this requires more thought than simply changing your plan given a strategy.
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mulder
Apr. 7th, 2008 @ 10:07 pm Games...
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Jamie Janover - Arc
(09:58:56 PM) Scott Harmon: seems to be a new port out for inkscape...they missed the boost dep though
(10:04:44 PM) Scott Harmon: !$^&# pdf-parser error
(10:04:51 PM) Matt M: lol
(10:04:53 PM) Scott Harmon: same as on linux...how did i defeat that?
(10:05:02 PM) Scott Harmon: poppler..
(10:05:45 PM) Scott Harmon: compiling gnome software is my rpg
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mulder
Mar. 16th, 2008 @ 08:22 pm linux>osx>solaris>bsd>>os2>minix>amigaos>>windows>dos>>macos
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Gonzalo X Ruiz - Fuenf Stuecke im Volkston Op. 102 (Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen)
Um, yeah!
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nose
Mar. 14th, 2008 @ 12:55 am Two hours later...
Current Mood: tiredtired
http://scribere.no-ip.org/Xorg
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mulder
Feb. 8th, 2008 @ 10:11 pm Scribere
Current Mood: tiredtired
So I started a new wiki as a place to collect my notes...
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mulder
Jan. 24th, 2008 @ 10:18 am Out of the corner of your mind
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Leon McCawley - In der Nacht, Fantasiestucke, Op.12
Focus straight ahead, then without moving your opinion, carefully observe the edges of your mind. Can the telescope see the sides of the tube? With practice it can---and even through the sides.
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mulder
Jan. 24th, 2008 @ 01:58 am The Box
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Most people live in a box all of their life. Few see the box. See the box and wonder what is on the other side.
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mulder
Jan. 1st, 2008 @ 01:24 am Are we there yet?
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
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Based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, PLEASE acknowledge their copyright. BOLD WHICH APPLY TO YOU:

Father went to college
Father finished college - Community College
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child.
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child From ten years old onward.
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family
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mulder
Aug. 2nd, 2007 @ 10:13 pm Conspiracy Theories Considered Harmful
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Philharmonia Baroque - Hymn: Jesu, corona - Qui pergis
We probably all know at least one guy (or girl) whom we term a 'conspiracy nut'. This person can seemly transform the most innocent of incidents into vast complex conspiracies 'reaching to the highest levels of society!' Usually, we laugh them off, or at least try to get away from their incessant banter.

Conspiracy theories should be considered harmful. Not to say that there is no such thing as a true conspiracy theory, I will, however, boldly claim that there is no such thing as a good conspiracy theory. Why is that? If the theory is true, why is it not 'good'?

I have considered conspiracy theories myself, and I do not doubt that conspiracies exist. But I have found that worrying of their existence in no way helps me achieve my goals. Spending effort on something that will not even help you if you find it to be true or false, is a waste of effort. I could be spending the effort trying to achieve my goals, instead of worrying about possible conspiracies that may or may not exist. Another problem with conspiracy theories is that they breed a sense of helplessness. "I cannot possibly achieve my goals, because 'the man' conspires to keep me down." Conspiracy theories try to shift responsibility for failures from the conspiracy theorist to the possible conspirators. This means that the theorist will probably never achieve his goals and never better himself, because, in his mind, it's not his fault anyway, it's the people conspiring against him.

So while I do think conspiracies exist, people should not obsess over them as an end. Instead they should pursue their goals, and perhaps keep in mind the possibility speed-bumps (aka conspiracies)---never conceding to a mentality that they cannot better themselves because of actions that others may or may not have taken.
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mulder
Jul. 15th, 2007 @ 08:55 pm Helping Manhattan forcefully 'buy' other property...
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Shouldn't as population increases,tax decrease? City costs consist of fixed cost items + per capita cost items. The fixed cost items are spread out per capita, but since there are more people, the fixed cost per capita should go down, right?

Not if you are intent on idiotic projects :(
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mulder
Jul. 3rd, 2007 @ 10:09 pm I hope you all remember me for who I was...
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Now that I'm apparently rich, I assume I will get many more friends. I would like to say thank you to all the little guys out there, and goodbye to all my old friends (I can only have so many friends, and now that I'm rich it wouldn't seem right to hang out with you all).

the reason....Collapse )
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nose
Jun. 18th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm Octane
Current Mood: tiredtired
Is it just me or is anyone else getting better gas mileage the last month or so? Mine jumped from around 30 to around 35.
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mulder
May. 27th, 2007 @ 07:26 pm Dream
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Dream
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mulder
May. 24th, 2007 @ 08:53 pm 34.4 MPG
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: leo@leoville.com (Leo Laporte) - Daily Giz Wiz 308: Point It Picture Dictionary
w00t! I got 34.4 miles per gallon out of my last tank of liquid gold. Been 1998 Honda Civic LX mostly highway the last couple of weeks.
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mulder
May. 17th, 2007 @ 08:47 pm Wii + Joost = Wiioost
Current Mood: tiredtired
Joost on the wii. Wouldn't that be cool?
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mulder
Apr. 22nd, 2007 @ 10:39 am Idiots...
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
http://media.www.the-beacon.net/media/storage/paper1193/news/2007/04/05/News/Student.Suspended.For.Bypassing.Network.Security-2826021.shtml

http://www.mgridley.com/rogueUP/Rogue_Blog/E830C4E1-10A6-40A9-910B-61B64169B0DF.html

Fessler, Bryon fessler@up.edu (503)943-7540 VP for Information Services
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mulder
Mar. 17th, 2007 @ 11:25 am :-P
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Falling You - the canoe and the waterfall
Found on the intarweb, so you know it's true ;-)

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:
* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.
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nose
Mar. 16th, 2007 @ 07:53 pm Property Taxes
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Our appraisal for tax purposes went from $82,000 to $126,000 in one year. This is insane. I say we abolish this property rent(tax). We have protested, but really it seems that the appraiser has no incentive to appraise the property properly and in fact as an incentive to over estimate. I know property values have gone up due to more people moving in, but I know of houses that are newer and bigger than ours that are on the market for less.
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mulder