Jesus Christ, this made me LOL like 5 times. P is for Peter Parker Playing Ping-Pong With Pikachu? jesus… 26 great images. Wolverine Wishing Wonder Woman Wasn't Wasted? Bwahahhaha
You see, in the UK, you must be 16 to have a live fish sold to you. So the police conducted a sting. What a great use of taxpayer money. Can we say police state?
So far, five lawsuits have been filed against tens of thousands of alleged infringers of the films "Steam Experiment," "Far Cry," "Uncross the Stars," "Gray Man" and "Call of the Wild 3D."
Well, at least they're not suing people downloading GOOD movies, right?
So anyway… I hear ripping blurays on Netflix is easier than ever. Piracy can't be stopped. Nor can sneakernets…. I violated plenty of copyrights before I ever got online in 1988. I got a new floppy disk full of Apple games every day during middle school. I even photocopied books. All they can do is drum up hate and make people stop going to movies. Which has steadily been happening anyway. Dinosaurs will die?
This is what happens when you give pain compliance devices to people who are above the law.
Oh, and this guy had been previously terminated from another police force over allegations of inappropriate conversations with minor females. But no charges were filed. He was then convicted of impersonating a police officer — but even literally being a criminal is not enough to prevent another department form hiring you. Thin blue line at work: Pigs protect their own, even when they are criminals.
Here's a novel idea: If you have a criminal record of any kind, you don't get to be a cop.
Didn't know you could do this. My posts have been an hour off lately.
It's about frickin' time.
It's about frickin' time! Jesus.
March 31, 2010
March 30, 2010
- Several people have asked me about my e-cigarettes. Indeed, they were a very popular topic of conversation at Vicky & Ryan’s wedding. There’s a few reasons why they kick ass:
- They’re very popular wherever anyone takes them, as they represent a new way to do an old drug. The meeting of technology and consciousness altering. Total conversation piece. Even children will ask to see your e-cigarette.
- The “smoke” doesn’t stink up a place; it doesn’t even hurt your eyeballs if a thick cloud goes into them.
- It’s not even smoke. It’s vapor. Like what comes off your soup when you cook it on your stove.
- None of the added chemicals. People on nicotine gum and the patch will insist it’s 100% safe because all of the dangers are in the smoking process. Regardless of whether this is actually true or not, the same thing applies to e-cigarettes.
- Renowned director John Waters says it’s ridiculous to not smoke in a movie, and that you should do it anyway to keep ushers employed
- Location, location, location: Do what you want, where you want.
- Push social boundaries: E-cigarettes are a way to flick off the current cultural trend of persecuting smokers, by finding a way to smoke that doesn’t make people whine about the perceived harm of secondhand smoke [which is less than the harm of living in a populated area, and is not harmful enough to trigger OSHA protections].
I enjoyed smoking my e-cigarette in museums and restaurants during the wedding weekend. Of course, you shouldn’t call it smoking. It’s vaping, as in vaporizing. No smoke is produced — only vapor (which can look like smoke, especially in high-glycerine mixes). No tobacco is ignited. In fact, nothing is ignited. No oxygen is burned. This evades almost all smoking bans in the country. This also reduces the risk of accidentally burning your house down. You could safely do this in your bed, if you were so strangely inclined.
It’s way more expensive up front. But like most investments, it takes money to save money. In the end, you can get your nicotine for much cheaper than the cost of cigarettes. Smoking destroys 90% of nicotine; it never reaches your bloodstream. Vaping does not. Even if the nicotine were the same price, you’d still possibly be spending 10 times less, simply because you’re not destroying 90% of your nicotine.
I first went to E-Cigarette-Forum and read the forums for many hours. In the end, I learned a lot, but I also suffered from the “500 people screaming 500 different things”. I finally opted for the DSE901 mini e-cig. We now have 2 in use, and enjoy them both. It’s small, and is a bit more work to get vapor from than some larger models. But its parts are cheap. The “Ferrari” of the e-smoking world is The Screwdriver. If you want that, you’re going to have to skip all my DSE901-specific advice below. But my liquid nicotine and flavoring advice still applies. The DSE901 is very small; about the size of a pen. That’s what *I* like about it:
The Clint Way
I also opted for the method which maximizes drug per dollar, maximizes creativity and freedom, and minimizes environmental impact. In other words, I’m doing my own refills, and mixing my own flavors. This makes things harder, but way more fun and individualistic. It’s the Clint way.
There are a few things that you need to truly be set up for all situations. Basically, you need
- the vaporizer (atomizer)
- the drug.
- Optional: your own flavors.
First things first: The atomizer:
- The e-cigarette itself: The atomizer. A good price is $7. You want to have 2 on hand at all times, as heavy vapers will apparently go through these in a few weeks. I got a black one and a white one. I hear they last longer if you store them vertically, but I’m too lazy. Either way, when one breaks, you want a backup. Getting 2 of these and 2 batteries will actually mean you have 2 working e-cigarettes. Great for couples.
Next up: Power:
- Power: A battery. A good price is $10. You want to have 2 on hand at all times, so you can use one while charging the other. Most batteries automatically activate when you suck on the e-cig. Some batteries require you push a button. I’d avoid these; they sound like way more work. Also, you get to choose the color of the light on the end. I recommend a blue — it makes it obvious that you’re not smoking. The orange/fire colored ones don’t make it as obvious, and could confuse people.
- Power: A battery charger. Obvious. A good price is $8 for a wall charger, and $3 for a USB charger. I prefer the ones that plug into your wall, not your computer. You want them to work anywhere. $5 extra is worth that versatility.
- Power: A USB passthrough. A good price is $10. Hook this up to your computer or other USB power source. Great hits; no “dying battery weak hits”. Batteries supposedly only last for 2 or 3 months of use, so this decreases your battery use and saves you a lot of money. Plus, your computer is helping deliver a drug to your bloodstream!!! That’s a technological milestone. The current best deal I’ve found is at Rocky Mountain Vapor. They have free shipping on orders over $14, but I have gotten free shipping on their $10 USB passthroughs twice now. The chrome one definitely looks cooler, but the black one is more conforming to the DSE901 look.Note that if you don’t sit close to your USB port, you may want to order a 5′ USB extension cable. We ordered 5 recently, and ended up using them all for various purposes [webcams, wireless keyboard receivers, etc]. We just ordered another 4. NewEgg has some sweet deals if you get 5 or so. Otherwise, shipping is half your cost.
- Power: I don’t have one, but some people opt for a personal charger. Carolyn’s brother has one. It is, basically, a charger that you charge to charge your batteries. It often is made to look like a pack of cigarettes, and has several slots for batteries. It holds more power than a single battery can possibly hold — it holds enough to recharge batteries several times, without having to find an electrical outlet. Of course you still have to charge this charger, but it increases the total amount of power you can carry. Videogame players think of it as a power-up. D&D players think of it as a bag of holding.
Next: The Drug:
- The drug: Nicotine cartridges. A good price is 25 to 60 cents. They come with nicotine usually, but sometimes they are also “blank”. It is basically a mouthpiece with a bit of Zippo-lighter-like wick in it. I am interested in finding a wholesale source for these wicks, as they get destroyed faster than the mouthpiece. I’d rather put a new wick in than pay another 30 cents for another mouthpiece that will fill up a landfill. I’m cheap, environmentally conscious (to some extent) and a do-it-yourselfer. I’ve actually used 2 cartridges for 2 e-cigarettes for well over 2 weeks without issue. There are some teeth marks in them. Eventually, I’ll throw them away. I’d like to find 100 blank cartridges for less than 25 cents apiece. If anyone finds that deal, let me know.
True connoisseurs will want to make their own mixes, and drip them into cartridges rather than buying new ones:
- The drug: Liquid nicotine. Rather than buying a new 30-to-60 cent cartridge for every few hours of use, get liquid nicotine to drip onto the wick. MUCH cheaper. Generally speaking, you want to find the highest concentration of nicotine as is possible, in order to minimize the amount of money you spend. The current best deal I could find is $30 for 30mL of 39mg/mL nicotine from Totally Wicked E-Liquid That’s 1,170 milligrams of nicotine! American cigarettes contain 9mg of nicotine, but you burn off so much that you only get 1mg per cigarette. By those numbers, this is 1,170 cigarettes for $30. That’s 2.5 cents a cigarette. There’s simply no way to beat that. And the deal gets sweeter if you order 5 bottles at time.
- Custom Mixes: LorAnn flavorings. Create your own flavors and blends. Have fun. These are $1 at Wal-Mart, though please don’t shop at Wal-Mart. The selection is actually greater than most peoples’ imaginations. And of course you can mix: I’ve already mixed my chocolate mint with marshmallow to get Mint S’mores.
- Custom Mixes: Glycerine. Use it to cut your liquid nicotine so it lasts longer, plus it makes more vapor / more “throat hits” / more cool-looking “smoke”. A good price is $5. It’s a cooking agent, so you can find it at craft stores, Wal-Mart, and such. Some people prefer propelyne glycol. I know nothing about that.
- Custom Mixes: 50mL dripper bottles. About 50 cents each. We have 6 for our 6 blends. Honestly, I wish I’d gotten about 10. Even if you stop using an e-cig, these can come in handy later for cooking and such. (But dear god, clean them out THOROUGHLY if you are going them for cooking — nicotine is very toxic!)
If you travel, you’ll need a case:
- Carrying case: Some people opt to spend $20 or $30 on a carrying case. Just use a Crown Royal bag, dummy! For your health. Also, it’s helpful to carry a set of tweezers in your case. If you re-use cartridges, eventually that cotton’s gonna fall out. And you really want to avoid touching liquid nicotine as much as possible.
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1) Get a couple batteries (and a charger), a couple atomizers, and some cartridges from ArloECig. The guy kicks ass and is very fast. I mis-ordered and informed him of my mistake 5 minutes later. He had already packaged it up, but removed the item and gave me store credit. Swell guy from Texas.
3) Get a USB passthrough from Rocky Mountain Vapor. Even though they say free shipping on orders over $14, I’ve ordered a $10 passthrough twice and been charged no shipping. You. can’t beat that price.
You’re good to go for a bit. In fact, you can assemble two e-cigs with these parts. But you still need to achieve flavor mastery:
4) Shop local for your glycerine and LorAnn flavorings – Try Wal-Mart, or craft stores that sell cake supplies. Flavorings are pretty cheap online, but it’s the shipping that kills. Wal-Mart’s price is, of course, the best price I’ve seen. But your selection will be greater online, so make your own choice. If you stop using e-cigarettes, you can still use these to cook with!
5) Celebrate with a bottle of Crown Royal from your local liquor store – then save the bag it comes in.
**** One final tip: WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH e-cigarette-mart.com … In fact, you are best to steer clear of anything outside of America or the UK. Especially anything from China, Hong Kong, or Asia in general. You also don’t have to deal with the possibility FDA seizures, though there were only a few weeks that they did that. (And that’s likely how I lost my stuff from Hong Kong. The idiots made me pay shipping both ways to replace a warranted item too. I had to file a paypal complaint. I recovered about $10 of $30+ wasted dollars. It took 4+ months to resolve.) (more…)
March 30, 2010
By the court’s own admission, she wasn’t breaking any law. Yet, because officers can play the “I’m stupid” card, they are still allowed to taser her. And what about the baby? While I don’t think fetuses rights trump the mother’s right to abort it, I do think they trump an officer’s right to tase it. Fancy that.
Remember when they introduced tasers, and assured the public this would be a substitute for lethal force? Do you still believe that? If so, does that mean you would have believed that, pre-taser, they would have beat her with nightsticks, or shot her? And would that have been justified? If being tased is not a big deal, can I tase you for no reason when you’re not breaking the law?
And this is from a liberal San Francisco court. I thought those from San Francisco could do no wrong? Marsha Berzon is apparently the only sane judge of the 3.
OF COURSE SHE WAS BLACK! THIS IS AMERICA!
Typical hypocritical Christians: They’ll sue for the right to protest “God Hates Fags” at dead soldier’s funerals — but they’ll call the police if you dare protest against Christianity. Hypocrites.
It’s about goddamn time. Poor people in a capitalist medical system being forced to choose between feeding themselves, and paying royalties on a DNA patent to check their own breasts for breast cancer is DEAD MORALLY WRONG. It’s about time the courts understood technology and science to a degree as to be able to properly rule on this.
This will save lives, make insurance cheaper, and reduce per capita medical expenditures for women. All good things.
This is also a blow against the copyright / intellectual property lobby, who have tried to use every possible technology expansion to increase the scope of their influence. (For example, now that we have ISPs, they want them to police us, even though the phone companies never had to do that.)
Thank the ACLU, everybody. This wouldn’t have happened so soon without them.
Wow. They can create a “virtual brain lesion” via electromagnetic field, suspending your ability to perceive failed attempts to harm as morally permissible.
Does this explain why everyone yaps on the cellphone why they drive? It suspends their ability to determine that their failed attempts at harming me are NOT morally permissible?
The military is looking into this as a way to keep solders going.
You know… I would maybe fight to defend my country from intruders. But if it meant having my morality suspended, I’d rather flee the country and renounce my citizenship. I will not be assimilated. Resistance is not futile.
10 years too late, one record company wants to price CDs closer to what they’re actually worth.
Too little, too late. I pretty much only buy CDs directly from the artist at a show, if they autograph it. Otherwise, fuck off. I’m going DRM-free MP3.
This is a death throe. When a corporation does what it should have done in the first place, but 10 yrs too late, it’s a death throw. Watch them burn.
He has shrooms too, but you can bet most of his sentence was related to “manufacturing” (funny word for growing!) marijuana. After all, creating drugs always has much stiffer penalties than possession.
How does spending tax money to put sick people in jail help society again?
Inmates get guaranteed medical care. Pretty ironic. He smoked a drug you could grow, at 0 cost to taxpayers — but now they will have to pay to treat his multiple sclerosis.
So, prohibitionists — think you’re winning that drug war yet?
P.S. Superior court Judge Robert Reed is a douchebag for not allowing him to discuss his medical condition in court. Isn’t it funny? The law allows for mitigating circumstance, but when it comes to drugs, you’re not even allowed to tell the truth at your own trial. How is that even constitutional?
At least 2 state senators are asking for a pardon. But it probably won’t happen with a Republican governor.
Troma studios released some mini-games…. No clue if they are worth checking out, but as a big Troma fan, I downloaded these for my collection.
March 30, 2010
LIMERICK REVIEW: There once was a loser named Steve.
A twisted financial debt he did weave.
He pretended to be disabled;
hoping to turn the tables.
But when discovered they actually were not peeved.
PEOPLE: Johnny Knoxville (Jackass, A Dirty Shame, Men In Black 2) (my GOD, click his name and read under ‘personal life’ — his urethra?!?!? NOOOOO). Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up). You know — Knoxville actually knows how to act pretty well. The real question is, in which situation is he acting less? When he acts like a mild-mannered office worker, or when he acts like he’s retarded? You be the judge.
QUIRKS: This film has been given a blessing by the real-life Special Olympics.
MORALS: The mentally disabled are not as disabled as one thinks. This movie certainly makes light of their unique way of thinking, but it absolutely is not a “make fun of the retarded movie”, which is why it got a blessing from the official Special Olympics.
BAD STUFF: The worst part of this film? The mentally abled characters.
RECOMMENDATION: This is a good gimmick-based comedy movie for a night’s entertainment. Nothing special, but still a slight cut above the most generic movies.
MOVIE QUOTE: Steve Barker: I can count to potato.
(The Ringer, Squidbillies S3E18) 2 videos in a row where it goes to a black screen with white letters saying “six months later”.
(The Ringer, Spaceballs:TAS #12:Druidian Idol) 2 videos in the same night where people have to come up with money fast to stop a mob-like guy from hurting them, and decide to enter contests to win the prize money. (There’s only so many plots, really. But 2 of the same plot in the same night?)
FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Scott really liked it. (more…)
March 29, 2010
One tends to think of Buddhism as being more benign and less violent than Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or Hinduism… But the fact of the matter is, there’s no organized religion that does not result in organized evil. None. Ever. Hope it’s worth it, people.
One group that doesn’t lock people up for having religious views different than them? Atheists. Fancy that. People don’t need a fictitious sky fairy to do the right thing. In fact, having a fictitious sky fairy makes groups more likely to do the wrong thing.
Yup. The corporations that we gave the bailout too — the same bailout that cost more than the inflation-adjusted combined cost of every war america has ever fought — were already screwing our government out of trillions of dollars BEFORE the bailout.
I said the bailout was bullshit, and I meant it. There’s no such thing as too big to fail. Destruction begets creation and change; the world would not have stopped if these companies ceased to exist. Opportunity would have been created in the space they left behind after failing.
Hate to say I told you so, but these companies should have been put to sleep a long time ago. They haven’t been acting in the public interest in quite some time.
Our taxes paid for them to be bailed out, but they won’t actually pay taxes themselves. Just like 1/3rd of most major corporations.
Of course, when the concept of corporations was first invented, they were chartered explicitly to help the public good. And if they failed to do so, their charter was revoked. But this doesn’t happen any more — so why should they bother helping the public good by actually paying taxes? Ah, capitalism.
March 28, 2010
CLINT’S TIPS: RSS: Flickr has removed the RSS button from tag view? Here’s the URL format. And other RSS goodies.Posted by Clint under Cartoons, Celebrities, Media, People, Pictures, RSS, Software, Video
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I think it’s a mistake… But… It’s pretty dumb that it’s that much harder to RSS-subscribe to a flickr tag nowadays. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Subscribing to a tag is one of the best ways to use flickr. If you want to see new photos of celebrities, TV shows, or *anything* you like, without having to check all your interests every day, it’s really the only way to do it. Plus, as they all show up in the same part of your screen [your rss reader], pre-loaded, you can go through images in half a second each — less time that it would typically take to find a photo and click it.
So here’s the format:
Just subtitute in a different name other than Nicole Kidman. Don’t use spaces, of course.
Some suggested FlickR RSS subscriptions:
Annie Wersching (redhead agent in latest seasons of 24)
Teri Hatcher (hopefully pre-Michael Jackson face)
Connie Seleca (alas, new pics of her are INFREQUENT)
Elizabeth Kucinich (I’m waiting… patiently.)
Enjoy loadin’ up your reader with this goodness. Cartoon lovers may want:
There have been unexpected consequences for me. The first time I heard of the movie The House Bunny was via flickr, because someone posted an Anna Faris pic (She’s the star). Since I’m not plugged directly into the hype machine, several movies by some of my most lusted-after actresses have come to my attention by me subscribing to their pictures. Or the time my dad told me The Simpsons were coming out with postage stamps. He figured I didn’t know, because I don’t use the mail or buy stamps. But I’d seen their picture on flickr. When the world is your input data set, you get all kinds of interesting output. Yay technology!
So anyway — put THIS into your RSS reader and smoke it! (more…)
March 28, 2010
Living in america: Cops can walk up to you, shoot you, and it's justified. How is this different from the KGB again?
We have the war on drugs to thank for this type of attitude. Probably some racism too.
Old people suffering due to an unwinnable war on drugs. Look forward to writhing in pain in your future. Your tax dollars at work. No ObamaCare needed for the govt to make your medical decisions – they already do i!
The chief instantly suspended one of the officers without pay, and reassigned the other 3, after seeing the video. But will they ultimately face any punishment? We hvae racism and the war on drugs to thank for this one.
"Some of these computers may not boot or may not display video."
Gee, that sounds familiar.
Old news from last year… But Carolyn's computer died rather quickly after we put an NVidia card into it. Have to wonder if there is some connection.
Man, this freaked out our cats.