March 18th, 2004

Flamestick

Why, Yes, I *CAN* Kill You All Without Breaking A Sweat

Ever since moving onto the new machine, I haven't bothered re-installing all the games I had on the old one.  Some of them, I just don't really play much anymore.  others, well, I have this nasty tendency to get new games, and stop playing others to try them out...and eventually, I end up with several half-finished games, and I have to try and remember where I was in them when I go back to them.  So, solving the problem by only installing what I'm immediately playing.

OK, so finished Freelancer (though, I'm going back to salvage all the wrecks), and got around to re-installing Neverwinter Nights last night, since I have both Shadows Of Undrentide and Hordes of The Underdark, but haven't played them yet.  Man, I forgot how much I loved this game...way too easy to slip back into my old 14th level monk, Gruad Ironfist.

I'll be occupied for a while...especially since, if things work out, I'll be the happy owner of UT2K4 later on tonight.
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    Paul Oakenfold - Dark Machine (Swordfish OST)
Smackdown (Anger)

If You Needed Anymore Proof Of The Idiocy Of PETA...

...allow me to hand it to you on a silver platter.

PETA Planning To Go Ahead With Campaign In The Face Of Anti-Holocaust Laws

Yep...these freaks really do think that their crusade to make you stop eating meat, etc., is above the law.  In this case, they are planning to liken the slaughter of animals to the treatment of Jews by the Germans, in an ad campaign referring to 'Holocaust On Your Plate".  The posters, due to be displayed in Stuttgart starting Thursday and in 11 European cities at later dates, show pictures of battery hens packed into cages next to historic pictures of emaciated Jewish inmates in Nazi concentration camp bunk beds.

German law is very against belittling or denying the Holocaust.  The Stuttgart prosecutor has remarked that PETA should think twice about this.  The Jewish Council says they'll press charges.  So, why are they going ahead with it?  PETA officials say the posters are designed to "raise public awareness" of what they call the "maltreatment of animals before they are slaughtered". 

Christ on a bun...do these yahoos have nothing better to do?  Actually, I'm all for them going ahead with this...hopefully, a bunch of them will get locked up in a German prison, and find out what "maltreatment" really means.  I just love these people who seem to think that this is some issue that is really world-shattering.  You know what?  You don't want to eat meat?  Fine, don't.  You don't like that I do?  Fine, you are entitled to your opinion.  But if this is the most productive thing you can contribute to human society, then fuck off.  Guess what?  We're animals, too...and plenty of animals eat other animals.

You're on top of the food chain, human.  Deal with it.

*Much thanks to 31seel for the link*
Cry Blood (Hurt)

R.I.P. J.J. Jackson



LOS ANGELES (AP) - John 'J.J.' Jackson, who in the 1980s helped usher in the music video era as one of the first MTV on-air personalities, has died. He was 62.

Jackson, a long-time radio station disc jockey, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday while driving home from dinner in Los Angeles, friends and radio industry colleagues said Thursday.

"I talked to him like two days ago. J.J. was in a great place," said Mark Goodman, a long-time friend who also worked with Jackson as a 'VJ' when MTV launched in 1981. "It's incredible, so incredibly sad it happened like this."

In a statement, MTV said Jackson's love of music and good humour helped set the tone for the cable music network in its formative years.

"He was a big part of the channel's success and we are sure he is in the music section of heaven, with lots of his friends and heroes," the statement said. "He will be greatly missed."

Jackson's career in broadcasting began in radio. He first gained prominence while working at WBCN in Boston in the late 1960s, then moved in 1971 to Los Angeles where he took on the afternoon radio slot at KLOS.

In the late '70s, he worked as a music reporter for KABC-TV, then it was off to New York and MTV, where his musical knowledge, hewn over years in radio, helped ease his transition to a new format for music, Goodman said.

"It was a great experience for him. He came in already knowing and being successful," Goodman said. "We were all thrust into the spotlight and he was able to take the things that happened at MTV with stride."

After five years at MTV, Jackson returned to radio in Los Angeles, including a stint hosting a nationally syndicated show on the Westwood One Radio Network. Most recently, he was hosting an afternoon slot at Los Angeles' KTWV.

"All of us at The Wave (KTWV) are saddened by the news about J.J.," said Samantha Wiedmann, assistant program director for KTWV. "He was a warm, kind person whose track record in the industry speaks for itself."

Goodman said Jackson had been divorced for some time. He had a daughter and two grandchildren in the Bahamas, Goodman said.

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And look at the station now.  He's probably happy to NOT be associated with the station anymore...
Burn The World

The Quest For Bloodshed

Up until recently, I never had a computer that you could say was top-of-the-line.  Hell, I usually couldn't say it was middle-of-the-road, but I did what I could to make it a decent machine.  With the Banshee, I got to change that, and slowly upgraded her, bit by bit, until she was a screaming machine, worthy of her name.  That meant a lot of software that was better than average, especially in the realm of games...I was able to finally not look at the system requirements and cringe...much.

But now, with the coming of the Devil Eater, I'm in tall cotton, if you catch my Southern drift.  Very little out there (right now) gives her more than the slightest pause.  Thus, I decided to give myself a present today to show it off, and we went in search of a copy of Unreal Tournament 2004.  Now, I was well aware that this is probably the biggest, most looked-forward to game title in forever, but I was confident that I could find a copy somewhere. 

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I know I said it before, when I got the demo, but it bears saying again...DAY-UM!!!!  I'm in heaven, and I can take this one online, since I didn't pirate it (for a change!)  Most of all, between the Radeon 9600 graphics and the Audigy 2 sound, it's as good as it gets.

*happy, happy sigh*