Monthly Archives: April 2006


yclept’s ‘tweak’:

I’ve played Strong Bad podcast .m4vs on TCMCP and they run horrendously choppy. Like several seconds’ worth of delay. Unwatchable. Anyone else share the same experience?

So I found this freeware program called MeWiG (MEncoder GUI) that converts QT files (and others) into .avis. Definitely fewer problems now. Give it whirl.

Thanks. I just might. I’ve had a few issues with video using TCMCP as well. So far, my ‘solution’ has been to lower the framerates when converting the videos, but this may be a better idea 🙂

Save The Internet

When you have a moment, please sign the petition to save network neutrality:

Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet’s First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

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Network outage

Yesterday, my cable went out. Because I host the blog at home, this made the website unavailable during the outage. Well, things are back up and running now, and should be working fine. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time because the traffic is finally starting to pick up. Hopefully no one got scared off 🙂

Warm fuzzies

Over at Ars Technica:

It appears that the Bush administration has taken a step to mollify critics who claim that its policies toward law enforcement and intelligence gathering are likely to result in a trampling of privacy and civil liberties. Alex Joel, an attorney who has worked for the CIA, Marriott, and the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, has been hired to take the post of “civil-liberties protection officer for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”

Why doesn’t this make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

Worst. President. Ever.

I’ve been ranting about GW so much lately that I think maybe I should start a political blog (“Observations from a Raving Lunatic” has a certain ring to it). Or not. But it is nice to know that there are some out there who agree with my views. From Rolling Stone:

George W. Bush’s presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history.

Head on over there to read the complete article.

Viva la revolution!

The time for revolution is now!

I suppose I should explain. I do not advocate violence. I advocate that we change our way of thinking.

For so long, we have lived in fear of another 9/11. We have been taught to by the politicians who are currently in power. It is in their best interest to scare us into giving up our rights so that they can stay in power.

I say that the best way to stop this is at the ballot box. We have been brainwashed into believing that voting for an alternate party is throwing away our vote. While it is true that our system favors two parties, it is not a wasted vote. If enough people vote for alternate parties, we will send the message that we are fed up with the way things are, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.

While my party of choice, when they have the right candidate, is the Libertarian Party, I urge everyone to vote for the candidate, not the party. If you happen to agree with one of the major candidates, then by all means vote for them. Otherwise, find someone you do agree with and vote for them.

Say “No more!” to the lesser of two evils. Viva la revolution!

Mr Prez, music pirate…

Awhile back, I posted a bit about our president, the war criminal. Now, it appears that he is also a music pirate because his I-Pod contains Beatles music, and Apple (the music label) and Apple (iTunes) are still working on making the music available. Currently, it is not available (legally) online, therefore, G.W. Bush is a music pirate. I wonder if the RIAA will sue, or just look the other way? Being the hypocrites that they are, I’m guessing that, while they have no problems going after single mothers, 12 year olds, college students, and others who can’t afford to fight, they won’t go after anyone who can (or who holds a position of political authority, even if he is an asshat).

Old school blogger…

I went looking for an old site at the Wayback Machine, but didn’t find what I was looking for. Sometimes you find something even more surprising:

wintermute — Thursday, May 31 2001, 08:28 am:

Hi! Welcome to my page! Right at the moment, I have a fairly simple weblog set as the main page. The weblog is basically just a journal that is published to a web page. I’ve also been tinkering with PHP and wanted to see if I could get something like this working. Be sure to check out the guestbook if you’d like to post something yourself.

Hehe. Guess I’m a bit more old-school than I thought.