Net Neutrality

⊆ 10:38:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Shill.

You sir, are a shill.

Net Neutrality protects bloggers like me (THE SMALL FRIES you say don't exist) and companies like Google and Amazon.

This is very simple. I pay for 15/2 service from Optimum Online. Google pays some major company for bandwidth for it's search engine and other services. Why should we have to pay MORE to ensure our content can be seen by everyone? We're already paying!

You're a friggin' idiot. I hope you choke to death on the ice cubes in your water.

-M, out.

 

UCLA Tasering Video

⊆ 2:22:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

http://youtube.com/watch?v=AyvrqcxNIFs

So yeah.

Guy gets singled out at a lab.
Police get involved.
Guy walks out (angrily, but peacefully, not causing any angst or anything supposedly).
Guy gets armed grabbed.
Guy flips out.
Guy gets tased. (I have no problem with that, as they resisted officers which is wrong).
Guy screams, causing disturbance, and does not comply.
Guy gets tased again. (Again, no problem, noncompliance = tased).
Guy gets to his feet and walks out with police, protesting actions.
Guy gets tased. Again. UNACCEPTABLE. He was compliant again. He nearly flies onto his head and lands smack on the ground.
Supposedly he was tased twice more. Ridiculous.

At the end you hear a cop tell a person asking for badge #s that if he doesn't back off he'll get tased. It's ridiculous.

Jesus Christ.

 

Andy Rooney says...

⊆ 12:28:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Andy Rooney said on "60 Minutes" a few weeks back:

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except
numbers.. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are
things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black
Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like
the UnitedCaucasianCollege Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment
Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson
will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can
kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you
from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there
are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING
MARTHA BURKE?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is
an opinion.

I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different,
weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of
the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of
Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a
newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact,
if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries
you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you
threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the
word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are
qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or
tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or
any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in
wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over
here and tell us our constitution is a living document and open to their
interpretations.

I don't hate the rich; I don't pity the poor.

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That
doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue
to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system
that's better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a
parent to stand up to the kid and smack their little behinds when
necessary, and say "NO!"

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't
pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that
new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you
serve me French fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not
a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be
"African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around
saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great,
great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and
nowhere else!

And if you don't like my point of view, tough...

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE
REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL! AMEN!

...
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AMEN.

 

A Rant.

⊆ 5:14:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Ok, from the top folks!

bobandgeorge.com is a comic I've been reading since ... ... ... Freshman year of highschool. It's ending. I'm a sad panda.

I miss Alissa and want to go see her BADLY. This is not fair. Blargh.

Classes are... going... I think I'm passing but part of me says I'm not - and it terrifies me...

Rutgers Students are elitist. VERY elitist. Espicially in the Math dept. In Set Theory Today, this guy was going on and on about these two people on the bus talking about how they were 3rd and 6th ranked in their Highschool Graduating year in classes of over 600 people. To this guy it sounded like it was absolutely meaningless. It's something to be proud of damnit, and you have no right to belittle their accomplishments!

Also, Rutgers professors, while generally apolitical, at least during class, seem to be becoming more and more vocal about politics - something I don't think they should be doing. Today before class I heard a professor as he was leaving say something along the lines of "Serves those Republicans right for loosing the House and Senate". Granted I am no Republican, but I find this ridiculously stupid. Republicans and Democrats are all alike anyways, a bunch of liars, cheats, and crooks.

Rutgers is ranked 6th in the Country now. HURRAY! But we still get no regard from the football world. I overheard on Sunday from the Fox "OT" crew that they don't think that Rutgers deserves to get to first or second in the country, even though we definetly can hold our own in ranked play. What do we have to do to get some respect around here? FFS.

Rain. I did my laundry this morning and was all fresh and clean clean. The weather held out just long enough for me to leave this morning and as I walked out the door *WOOSH* rain like buckets. It's infuriating.

JCPenny. I bought a NICE jacket from JCPenny (link) which I was going to get for 54$. Sweet deal considering it's 120$. I ordered a XXL since thats the only appropriate size for me to remain comfy. I received an XL. I am going through the returns process for an exchange and I just know that they're going to charge me the non-sale price of almost 65$. What a fucking rip off.

RIAA President Decries Fair Use (http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/48896235/article.pl). Of course he does. Fair Use means people can't charge someone money for the use of a clip, or bits and pieces of works. Non Fair Use means everyone pays for either every bit used or the entire work. Way to pad your own pockets.

_I_ however am doing just fine...Things are going well, if money is a little tight though (I spent a good amount of money on Thursday for game day prep =0). All in all though, I am recovering well from what was a bad week prior to this one.

Thanks for listening.
-M

 

Bad Week... ;-;

⊆ 3:41:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

What a week...

Monday: I've been sick all weekend, have to deal with a landlord (who doesn't even fucking show up as he said he would, making me even more nervous!)...
Tuesday: Landlord shows up, verbally reams me out, I almost get hit by a TWO cars on the way home from class...
Wednesday: One of my friends tells me she might have cancer and her doctor(s) being the geniuses they are won't even take a skin sample for biopsy until after she does this two week treatment...
Thursday: I find out my dad lost his job...

So world, what're you going to throw at me on Friday? Here are some of my suggestions:
1) Me getting fired from Work
2) Math dept. getting back to me and saying I can't be a Math Major.
3) Apartment burning down.
4) Paycheck being lower than its supposed to be - forcing me into a non-rent situation.
5) ?

So yea...

I's a sad panda...

*punches out for the night*

 

Quebec Bans Electronic Voting

⊆ 12:49:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

User A: "The problem is not the banning of e-vote. Believing itself above the system, Quebec completely misses the notion of democracy, as much as aristocrats continue to cling to dwindling legacies in the 21st century."

User B: "Please explain how banning a voting system that so far has demonstrated countless flaws is bad for democracy? I am very happy my government took this stance. Last elections there were quite a few close races between representatives, some as close as about 50 votes. If this buggy electronic vote would tip the balance of power from a party to another, it is unfair and bad for democracy. Bug today is an exploit/abuse tommorow. Voting has to be transparent, accurate and there needs to be a paper trail.

Oh and, Quebec is one of the very rare provinces/states/territories in North America that is running serious studies about having a proportional representation modeled election and parliament. Something that could eliminate the "cartel" of a 2-3 party system we see throughout North America. Something good for every individual instead of a few partisans of selected parties. But yes, Quebec misses the notion of democracy!

I don't think the word "democracy" means what you think it means."

---

My thoughts:

Anything that makes people have to be accountable for their actions and leaves a method for the masses to know the exact details of what occured is good for a nation and as such will never see the light of day in the United States.

We have had two seemingly close races for the Presidency in two years with these electronic voting machines - with no trail to actually check the votes. Is this acceptable to anyone? If you raised your hand, please look in the mirror: You might be an idiot.

Proportional representation, as discussed by User B above is the only real solution available to us as a country. It would prevent Party A from making decisions based solely on what they want (and creating policy for the nation as a whole based on the decisions of a few politicians is just stupid).

I for one, am glad that Quebec is standing up for something right.

That is all.
-M

 

Save The Internet

⊆ 5:16:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »


Save the Internet: Click here

 

Senator Ted Kennedy

⊆ 9:16:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »



Enough said.

100% support for Sen. Kennedy.

SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY!

Support it today.
Support it tomorrow.
Support it every day until all the idiot politicians in the United States understand that we will NOT back down.

FREE AND OPEN COMMUNICATION IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVELEDGE TO BE PAID FOR.

 

The Russell Paradox ( { x | p(x) } )

⊆ 7:27:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

The Russell Paradox...

Russell started out with a simple Axiom, the Axiom of Comprehension. This stated that by defining something we could assume it is a set. For example as in the title, S = { x | p(x) }. That is to say, we define S as the set containing elements x that adhere to the rule p(x). For example, S = { x | x is in R^3 and || x || = 1 } (this of course maps out the sphere of radius 1 in three space =) ).

Russell's Paradox goes as such: Let R = { x | p(x) } where p(x) is the condition for x to be contained in R. In this case chose p(x) to mean that x is not in R.

The question posed is simple: Does R contain itself as an element or not?

Well, suppose R is an element of R.
Then R does not satisfy p, and thus p(R) is false.
Therefore, R is not an element of R. Contradiction!

Well, suppose R is not an element of R.
Then R does satisfy p, and thus p(R) is true.
Therefore, R is an element of R. Contradiction!

PARADOX! Oh nose.

Cheers. =)

-M

 

Song Of The Moment

⊆ 1:57:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

This is what's playing right now on my computer:
Artist - Hinder;
Album - Extreme Behavior;
Song - Better Than Me

Lyrics Begin:

I think you can do much better than me
After all the lies that I made you believe
Guilt kicks in and I start to see
The edge of the bed
Where your nightgown used to be
I told myself I won't miss you
But I remembered
What it feels like beside you

I really miss your hair in my face
And the way your innocence tastes
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me

While looking through your old box of notes
I found those pictures I took
That you were looking for
If there's one memory I don't want to lose
That time at the mall
You and me in the dressing room
I told myself I won't miss you
But I remembered
What it feels like beside you

I really miss your hair in my face
And the way your innocence tastes
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me

The bed I'm lying in is getting colder
Wish I never would've said it's over
And I can't pretend I won't think about you when I'm older
Cause we never really had our closure
This can't be the end
I really miss your hair in my face

And the way your innocence tastes
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me
I really miss your hair in my face
And the way your innocence tastes
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me
And I think you should know this
You deserve much better than me

Lyrics End:

wee.

 

Rejuvenation!

⊆ 12:09:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

I will NOT suffer.

I will NOT allow myself to be broken...

I will NOT get tired

I will NOT surrender to nothing...

Nor will I give up what I have started...

From end to beginning...

A new day approaches...

I am invigorating and intriguing to myself.

This makes me content...

I am proud.

I am not angry.

I have become limitless.

I am liberated by impulsive moodswings. I will NOT contribute them to another cause of my misery.

I love all I am.

I have no right to think badly of myself.

This is EVERYTHING.

This is the way it is meant to be.

----

Thanks to my friends, in this case specifically Brian, Dan, and Jon. Still hangin' in there!

 

Right Now

⊆ 1:12:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

I am listening to...

Linkin Park - Faint.

---
Lyrics Begin
---
I am a little bit of loneliness
A little bit of disregard
Handful of complaints but I can't help the fact
That everybody can see these scars
I am
What I want you to want
What I want you to feel
But it's like no matter what I do
I can't convince you
To just believe this is real
So I
Let go watching you turn your back like you always do
Face away and pretend that I'm not
But I'll be here cause you're all that I've got

I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
Time won't heal this damage anymore
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored

I am, a little bit insecure
A little unconfident
Cuz you don't understand I do what I can
Sometimes I don't make sense
I am
What you never wanna say, but I've never had a doubt
It's like no matter what I do I can't convince you for once just to hear me out
So I
Let go watching you turn your back like you always do
You face away and pretend that I'm not
But I'll be here cause you're all that I've got

I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
Time won't heal this damage anymore
Don't turn your back on me I won't be ignored

Hear me out now
You're gonna listen to me like it or not
Right now, hear me out now
You're gonna listen to me like it or not
Right now

I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored

I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
Time won't heal this damage anymore
Don't turn your back on me I won't be ignored
I can't feel
Don't turn your back on me I won't be ignored
Time won't tell
Don't turn your back on me I won't be ignored

---
Lyrics End
---

 

*sigh*

⊆ 12:12:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

I dunno what it is now, but I'm getting flak of some kind from my parents...

I'm all confused...

*buries head into a hole*

 

This Week Blows Monkey Chunks.

⊆ 6:10:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

So let us recap.

- My bicyle was stolen.
- I'm dirt ass broke for the next week.
- My payraise at CCF-Livingston has been mothballed permanently, at least until next year.
- My project idea (The Customer Service Statistics Web Form), which some may remember me talking about, was summarily given a "Meh.". So basically, it's being ignored completely with no regard for even the amount of time or effort I put into it.$
- Because my boss thinks she told me to stop working on this project (though no ability to show me when/where she asked me to) I'll prolly get a lecture about doing things her way.
- The shoes I bought at shoebuy.com fell apart after wearing them twice. I sent them back to shoebuy and complained and they essentially said "Tough shit."
- I'm STILL single, even after a decent attempt at starting a relationship with someone.
- I'm having dreams about people I should not be having dreams about, and they're beginning to push the limits of my sanity.
- I'm beginning to hate working at CCF-Livingston (after enjoying my job at Milltown so much) that I'm to the point of looking for a new job. However, no decent places near me are offering part time jobs that can afford me the money I need for rent/utilities.
- There are 3 weeks left in summer. I am working almost every day of every week.
- I haven't had a vacation in the first summer in ... 22 years, again pushing the limits of my sanity.

So. In short.

Life is hitting a low point.

Good game.
-M, out.

 

Net Neutrality...

⊆ 7:50:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »




^_^

but =( because we have an idiot in charge of the Senate Committee. Idiots! IDIOTS!

 

My Family...

⊆ 12:09:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Kicks ass.

I mentioned that I needed some cash because I overpaid my credit card bill (so I had a little less cash than planned). I actually asked for like 100$ to get me through the two weeks until my next payday.

What do they do? They show up at my door with 400$...

I mean x_x

I dunno if you all read this, but thanks alot!

I didn't need that much but it definetly helped a ton...

-Mike

 

Song Of The Moment

⊆ 6:47:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Haven't had one of these in a while, but here we go!

Artist: Linkin' Park
Album: Hybrid Theory
Song: Pushing Me Away

-=-=-Lyrics Begin-=-=-
I've lied...
To you...
The same way that I always do...
This is...
The last smile...
That I'll fake for the sake of being with you...

Everything falls apart, even the people who never frown eventually break down
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie...
Everything has to end, you'll soon find we're out of time left to watch it all unwind
The sacrifice is never knowing

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

I've tried...
Like you...
To do everything you wanted to...
This is...
The last time...
I'll take the blame for the sake of being with you...

Everything falls apart, even the people who never frown eventually break down
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie...
Everything has to end, you'll soon find we're out of time left to watch it all unwind
The sacrifice is never knowing

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

We’re all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds...
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie...
We’re all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds...
The sacrifice is never knowing

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

Why I never walked away?
Why I played myself this way?
Now I see
Your testing me
Pushes me away...

Pushes me away...

-=-=-Lyrics End-=-=-

< / 3

 

People

⊆ 12:26:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Ok people.

Things may seem like they're funny.

But they aren't.

Blaming me for shit that happens just because I happen to be around PISSES ME OFF. Ex: Dan got a new cable tester yesterday and brought it in for me to check out. It was cool, to be sure. I took out the loopback tester (it slides off) and then I hear a clang on the ground - the nut that is used for the Cable Line tester popped off. Immediatly it got blamed on me even though I hadn't touched that part of the unit. I mean w-t-f, how is it even remotely my fault? And what's worse is that he continued to insist on it being my fault. -_- Whatever.

Next, arguing with me about something that you haven't worked with also pisses me off. Ex: Dan again, arguing to me about why my printer doesn't work natively in Windows XP x64 edition. He claims it's because of the USB driver. WRONG. NECHT! It's because HP is lazy and hasn't released an updated driver. GRRRR.

In any case...

wtf.

 

First Day @ Milltown

⊆ 9:43:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Today was my first day at the new Milltown job with Dan.

First impressions? Bureaucracy runs deep, whenever the Government is involved with something. Tech's are loved when things work properly and hated if they aren't around to fix something, yet considered God's-among-men if they're around to fix something (and manage to fix it!).

We arrived at JK (Joyce-Kilmer School) at 8:00am (a feat unto itself!) and entered to find Beth (who is really on the level – a smart, down-to-earth, get-the-work-done kinda person – something I really respect) working at her desk, having just arrived a few moments before us.

First things first: I got a two-guide tour of the entire school by Dan and Beth. The school was completely empty save for the office room and the janitorial/custodian staff. I saw where the fun began, the server room, all the class rooms that we'd be working on, and so on and so forth.

Then we went to PV, or Parkview School to get a tour and hopefully get clearance to get some work done vis-a-vis buying some RJ45/CAT-5e LAN Wall Plates and to our surprise we can't get it. We need to go through the Purchase Order system (which takes time, days, etc) or get (I think...) Michael (not me, another Michael) to bring down his Home Depot card (which was supposed to be here today – but surprise surprise he forgot he had a seminar today and disappeared – we could not get in touch with him to pick it up). So long story short, we couldn't get in touch with him, so we couldn't wire the panels. Good game.

So Dan and I proceed to wire up the Patch Panels using a CAT5e Punch Down which I have never done before (and was gladly instructed by Dan). Apparently I did OK enough to pass muster via Dan – which made me smile.

However problems soon popped up (as always happens) as we ran out of patch panel to use! There WERE 'open' ports, but they had cables already terminated into them.... GG!

So we ended up using RJ45 Crimp-Connectors with a RJ45 Crimping Tool to make ends to just plug directly into the power-over-ethernet Switch.

Once we finished that, a small 9 cables – which took a few hours, I think maybe 1.5-2 hours, we went back into the lab and began migrating files from the old server \\s1\ to the new server which was conveniently mapped to the Z drive automatically (god bless installation scripting).

Interesting things of note: Teachers use surprisingly easy passwords, much to Dan, Beth, and my concern. Simple words should never be used as passwords. I recommend using at least 3 of the 4 known character classes (lower case, UPPERCASE, Numbers 0123456789, and Symbols !~@#$%^&*()_+~). One even had a password set as profane language... Beth promptly decided that would be changed... She's cool in my book.

Once that was said and done, we proceeded to examine some of the new Dells that the school received, which by and large are very awesome systems. The only issue is that someone left the boxes under the AC over the weekend – so Beth got to come into to find soaked boxes. We found that one machine had been drenched – the Battery inside the system had corroded. We're currently waiting on a Q-Tip and Rubbing alcohol combo to clean up the connectors and battery. We hope for the best as the damage was not severe.

And then it was 3:30 and time to leave. Woot! Signed out for 7.5 hours of work (8:00am-3:30pm) and went home feeling rather satisfied with myself.

Perhaps working at a school as a tech isn't a bad idea at all.

-M, out

 

Public Announcement

⊆ 2:53:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »

Microsoft assrapes me with a 10 foot pole.

That is all.

 

I'm So Frelling Confused

⊆ 4:41:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Mar 19, 2006 2:28 PM

Long time no see lovely. I mss you.. a lot.. I really do. <3

I mean what the hell is that! X_X! Espicially if you've got a boyfriend already.

To quote one of my favorite movies, Ghost Busters, "Don't cross the streams." ... Don't cross the signals people! It just leads to a confused mikeh!

I mean jeeze... Before this gets blown outta hand... I miss you too, and I think about you a bit too, prolly more than I should - but that's the way it works. I can't help that - that's my nature.

BLARGH!

*stabs self in face*

-Out

 

Hey!

⊆ 10:32:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Hey, you, slacker.

169 Hamilton, the blog of my new apartment.

Check it out.

DO MY BIDDING, MINION!

 

This weekend...

⊆ 8:48:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Totally sucks.

Saturday is training 9:30-6:30, actually 10-6, but I have to come in early for setup and stay late for cleanup. -_-

Sunday is ALSO training, again 10-6, but again I have to come in early (9:00 this time!) and again stay late for cleanup. -_-

Who am I to complain... It's hours, and hours = money...

Soon we'll be moving onto Session 3 schedule, and then I'll be starting the new job in Milltown with Danny-kid. I'm excited and nervous at the same time --- I've never held two not-self-employeed jobs before. x_X

We'll see though...

 

Laptops

⊆ 12:21:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

Specifically speaking from a gamer p.o.v., laptops are a godsend.

When they work, that is.

Lately, my awesome Acer Aspire 3000 laptop has begun to show signs of.... Rebellion.

It restarts in the middle of the night, and as of today was turning itself off as I worked on it... It was beginning to get very frustrating.

I think I may have found the culprit!

Thinking back to changes I have made recently, I knew that installed a Folding client on my laptop, something I do with most of my machines as to prevent the feeling of wasted CPU cycles... But it's the only thing I've installed since these problems started cropping up.

So I disabled it. Lo and behold, things are returning to normal.

I'm not about to let this system idle though, so I guess I'll have to tweak it some in order to prevent crashes like it has been doing.

Cheers,
-M

 

Milltown Job

⊆ 2:14:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

I got it!

^_^

Thanks again Dan!

...2:15am. Sleepies time!

 

To You

⊆ 4:24:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Don't worry, if you have to ask, it's not about you.
---

Breaking Benjamin - Sick And Tired
--Begin Lyrics--

I feel it this tension inside of me
Pressure that's presently pushing down on me
The first time it starts with just you and I
Repeating myself but you don't hear me

I can see what you see, but is it worth it to me
The same old conversation over and over and over

I'm just sick and tired of those lies you tell me
You say those same things to me over and over and over
It's safe to say you're surprised, I see right through you this time
But I keep telling you it's over it's over it's over

You've taken these things that belong to me
Twisted so tightly and torn so carefully
The last time it ends with just you and I
Alone in a room with these torn bed sheets

I can see what you see, and it ain't worth it to me
The same old conversation over and over and over

I'm just sick and tired of those lies you tell me
You say those same things to me over and over and over
It's safe to say you're surprised, I see right through you this time
But I keep telling you it's over it's over it's over

You swore I'd regret it
Now thanks to you I can't forget it
Cost of this constant battle
Won't even miss you at all
Free from this life that you call

I'm just sick and tired of those lies you tell me
You say those same things to me over and over and over
It's safe to say you're surprised, I see right through you this time
But I keep telling you it's over it's over it's over

--End Lyrics--

I can see what you see, but is it worth it to me
The same old conversation over and over and over

I'm just sick and tired of those lies you tell me
You say those same things to me over and over and over
It's safe to say you're surprised, I see right through you this time
But I keep telling you it's over it's over it's over

It's over It's over It's over.

 

Airsoft

⊆ 4:02:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

In case you haven't noticed...

I'm an airsoft nut. They're great fun, model replicas of things that you would normally never be able to get your hands on.

I'd never want to own a real gun; but an Airsoft full-scale metal replica? You bet your sweet ass I want one of those.

So yeah. This is the current collection: Airsoft Collection

These are the last two items that I need to buy in order to make my collection complete...

The first one is a Tokyo Marui Benelli M3 Super 90 Shotgun, the same model of shotgun used by SWAT teams when entering buildings.
The second one is a Beretta M92 Tactical Pistol, feature something I have on no other gun... Gas blowback! Essentially, this means that when I pull the trigger it uses gas to expel a BB AND recock the chamber for another shot - no more pulling slides back for me!

But yeah. Those two weapons, plus BBs, plus extra shells/mags, plus Gas, plus shipping, comes to JUST short of 400$... Gonna be a while...

Gotta keep it in mind though...

It'll be my present at the end of the summer if I don't take a vacation. :)

Cheers,
-M

 

Money...

⊆ 6:56:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »

SUCKS.

I'm in debt after moving into my apartment - and I dunno how long it'll take to get out (a month, at least). I ask for some money from the 'rents and I get the "What did I tell you about Credit Cards?" lecture... I didn't ask for a lecture, I asked for some cash! Sheesh.

Also, I'm looking for something to do with my all of ... 3 days of vacation... So ideas are welcome... Please don't mention some tropical island or any place with an amusement park as its main attraction. They're too expensive and just stupid, respectively.

So yeah.

I hate the economy. It's making me poor.

No it's not, it's my own spending habits. Damnit all!

With any luck I'll have a 2nd job that'll allow me to pull my ass outta debt sooner. Thanks Dan, thanks alot man.

And on that same note, a big thanks to Dan for all the help with moving... Specifically, fixing the light in our kitchen, helping me pickup, move, configure, and install a desk, light, and bed, moving my mattress from the store to the apartment, and god knows what else. MANY thanks man.

And with that...
I'm out.

 

Request

⊆ 12:37:00 AM by Mike Santangelo

Ok, calling all women. If you're a guy, please skip over this, it's not about you at all!

Now then... If you're a woman, and can relate to the following description, then please get in touch with me. Ok? Sounds good. AIM is MASantangelo8 - that's the best way to contact me. Comments are not allowed, just message me on AIM.

i. Enjoys gaming, both PC and tabletop. Console gaming isn't real gaming, so don't bother. =)
ii. Enjoys sports, specifically hockey and football.
iii. Smoking is OK, but not smoking is better.
iv. Drinking is also OK, since I do it once in a while.
v. Enjoying the night is a plus - I mean ... *thinks* I like to sit outside in the summer and just chill under the moonlight.
vi. Enjoying the rain is a plus, I love the rain. =)
vii. Beaches are the win. Agree?
viii. Music tastes: Anything for the most part, with a few exceptions. I like to chill in my room and just listen to music.
ix. Good sense of humor is a definite plus. I sometimes get into moods which require cheering up, and jokes and good natured humor always help.
x. Must like me for me, and not try to change me. If you wanna see more, go here (myspace.com).
xi. Thick skin is a plus... I sometimes get very curt, espicially if I have a bad day... =(
xii. Friends always come first. If I have to go take care of something related to my friends, please don't complain, as it'll only make me frustrated.

Um... That's all I can think about... If yer here and seeing this, then you already know about me, and I wanna get to know about you! So message me! I'm not looking for someone with ALL these qualities (there are a lot, I know!) but someone with a few of them would make me smile.

Cheers,
-M

 

Revelations

⊆ 2:08:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

So let's start from the top with more fun news!

Lemme start out by saying I passed all my classes, I'm prepared to move into my apartment, and all that is going awesomely. *thumbs up* Oh, and Oblivion kicks ass.

Now lets move onto some thumbs down stuff.

I had two prospects that may have resulted in having a half decent summer - Both of them have not only gone *poof* but have just... Ugh!

I find that one has been in a relationship for a longggggg while now - We're talking several months. Go figure.

I find that the other has just / or recently exited a relationship - I dunno when it started, but I dun care since she's not interested at all either way. Winnar is me.

There's a third, but she doesn't really count since there was no chance to begin with (though I recently threw out the question to her and confirmed my suspicions - to my own disheartening).

And before you say "Oh Emm Gee THREE?!?" let me say that none were anything more than friends - but I had definite hope that something coulda came from it.
.
Hum.

Where to now?

I dunno really. I was hoping to solidify one into a real relationship. Guess it serves me right.. Or something..

Oh, and I ended up in a fight with an ex-turned-friend whom now I have absolutely no desire to speak with... Just marvelous. Absolutely marvelous/

Whatever... I'm gonna watch Hidden Frontier Season 2 now and pretend that life doesn't suck as much as it does.

Out.

 

Sunday Business!

⊆ 11:07:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Today I have...

Helped fix the fence outside (weather causes expansion and contraction which screws with the position of the locks - it was called out by a Pool inspector >_
Installed a new door handle on the deck door, which involved drilling through the door for a new screw hole)...

Installed a new faucet (which leaked, oddly enough, from part of the faucet, not from anything that I installed! =D)...

Installed two new light switches.

Installed two new eletrical outlets.

And what has Michael learned from all this?

Touching the negative/positive lead and the ground wire causes tingles!

The kind of tingles that make me drop tools on my foot...

....gg.

 

A Dedication

⊆ 3:40:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

This goes out to someone whom I care about very much but realized will never work out with...

Artist: 3 Doors Down
Title: Let Me Go

:Begin Lyrics:

One more kiss could be the best thing...
Or one more lie could be the worst...
And all these thoughts are never resting...
And you're not something I deserve...

In my head there's only you now...
This world falls on me...
In this world there's real and make believe...
And this seems real to me...
And you love me but you don't know who I am...
I'm torn between this life I lead and where I stand...
And you love me but you don't know who I am...
So let me go, let me go...

I dream ahead to what I hope for...
And I turn my back on loving you...
How can this love be a good thing...?
And I know what I'm going through...

In my head there's only you now...
This world falls on me...
In this world there's real and make believe...
And this seems real to me...
And you love me but you don't know who I am...
I'm torn between this life I lead and where I stand...
And you love me but you don't know who I am...
So let me go, just let me go...

And no matter how hard I try;
I can't escape these things inside;
I know... I know...
But all the pieces fall apart;
You will be the only one who knows... Who knows...

You love me but you don't know who I am...
I'm torn between this life I lead and where I stand...
And you love me but you don't know who I am...
So let me go, just let me go...

You don't know...
You love me but you don't...
You love me but you don't...
You don't know...
You love me but you don't know who I am...

You don't know...
You love me but you don't...
You love me but you don't...
You don't know...
You love me but you don't know me...

:End Lyrics:

So there ya have it... Just a small dedication.

 

Song Of The Moment

⊆ 12:03:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Artist: Tool;
Album: 10,000 Days
Song: 10,000 Days (Wings Part II)

---$--- Lyrics Begin ---$---

Listen to the tales and romanticize;
How we follow the path of the hero...

Boast about the day when the rivers overrun;
How we rise to the height of our halo...

Listen to the tales as we all rationalize;
Our way into the arms of the savior...
Fading all the trials and the tribulations,

None of us have actually... been there...
Not like you...

Ignorant flippants in the congregation;
Gather around spewing sympathy,
Spare me...

None of them can even hold a candle up to you,
Blinded by choices,
Hypocrites... won't see,

But enough about the collective Judas,
Who could deny you were the one who illuminated,
Your little piece of the divine...

This little light of mine it gives your past unto me,
I'm gonna let it shine,
To guide you safely on your way,

Your way home...

Ohh, what are they gonna do when the lights go down,
Without you to guide them all to Zion...?
What are they gonna do when the rivers overrun,
other than tremble incessantly...?

High is the way,
But our eyes are upon the ground!
You are the light and the way!
They'll only read about!
I only pray heaven knows,
When to lift you out!

10000 days in the fire is long enough!
You're going home...

You're the only one who can hold your head up high!
Shake your fist at the gates saying,
"I have come home now!"

Fetch me the spirit, the son and the father,
Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended!

"It's time now!
My time now!
Give me my
Give me my wings...!"

Give me my;
Give me my;
Give me my;
Give me my;
Give me my;

"Give me my own wings"

You are the light, the way, that they will only read about;

Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance,
Burden of proof tossed upon non-believers.
You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence;
Judith Marie, unconditional one...

Daylight dims leaving cool fluorescence.
Difficult to see you in this light.
Please forgive this bold suggestion:
Should you see your maker's face tonight...
Look him in the eye,
Look him in the eye and tell him...
I never lived a lie, never took a life,
But surely saved one...
Hallelujah,
It's time for you to bring me home.

---$--- Lyrics End ---$---

 

Stephen Colbert @ White House Correspondent's Dinner

⊆ 5:15:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »

All three parts!





 

Song of the Moment

⊆ 12:36:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Tool - 10'000 Days - Vicarious

---Begin Lyrics---
Eye on the the TV
'Cause tragedy thrills me
Whatever flavor it happens to be like...
"Killed by the husband"
"Drowned by the ocean"
"Shot by his own son"
"She used a poison...
In his tea...kissed him goodbye"
That's my kind of story
It's no fun 'til someone dies!

Don't look at me like
I am a monster
Frown out your one face
But with the other
Stare like a junkie
Into the TV
Stare like a zombie

While the mother holds her child
Watches them die
Hands to the sky crying,
"Why, oh why?"

Cause I need to watch things die... from a distance
Vicariously I live while the whole world dies
YOU ALL NEED IT TOO, DON'T LIE!

Why can't we just admit it?
Why can't we just admit it?
We won't give pause until the blood is flowing
Neither the brave nor bold
Will write as the story's told
We won't give pause until the blood is flowing

I need to watch things die... from a good safe distance
Vicariously I live while the whole world dies
You all feel the same, so...

Why can't we just admit it?

Blood like rain falling down
DRUM ON GRAVE AND GROUND

Part vampire
Part warrior
Carnivore and Voyuer
Stare at the transmital
Sing to the death rattle

La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie...
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie...
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie...
La, la, la, la, la, la-la-lie...

Credulous at best
Your desire to believe in
Angels in the hearts of men
Pull your head on out your hand
please, and give a listen
Shouldn't have to say it all again

The universe is hostile, so impersonal
Devour to survive... so it is, so it's always been

We all feed on tragedy
It's like blood to a vampire...

Vicariously I... Live while the whole world dies!
Much better you than I!

---End Lyrics---

 

Movielink

⊆ 3:54:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

I went to check out Movielink, a service that lets you download movies for relatively cheap and burn them to DVD (though, ironically, they WON'T work in standalone DVD players). I received the following message:

Sorry, but in order to enjoy the Movielink service you must use Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, which supports certain technologies we utilize for downloading movies. Click here to get the latest version of Internet Explorer.

We do not support Mozilla or Netscape. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

My reply is as follows:

Sorry, but in order to assure my business with you, you must allow at least basic access to your website with ALL current age browsers (Safari, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape, IE). If I chose to download a movie then I will use IE with all its crapware to download your movies.

I do not support you or your silly, poorly coded websites that work with only one browser. I do not apologize for any lack of business this may cost you, as it's your own damn fault anyways.

This has been a rant, brought to you by:
-M

 

'Celestial Choir'

⊆ 9:45:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »



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Find your Celestial Choir


How fitting... Honor... God's Wrath...

Michael (Hebrew): "who is like God"...

 

YAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!! (or... a Rant)

⊆ 1:33:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

Let’s get right to it then folks. We have a LOT of ground to cover.

I believe myself to be a ... fairly tolerant person, for the most part at least. If you have a good reason for doing what you’re doing or believing what you’re believing I will, for the most part, accept it, tolerate it, possibly even agree with it.

However, there are some things which I _cannot_ and _will not_ stand for.

The subject of this rant is one that I’ve been ranting about to people since the beginning of my semi-senior year at Livingston College. I apologize to my friends for ranting about it so constantly and bringing it up at every random moment. It’s just _that_ annoying. I speak of course of my roommate, who shall remain nameless (for the sake of... well if I put his name up here then if he ever sees it he can bitch about it and probably have it taken down).

So let’s start from the top...
He walks around the room stark ass naked in the morning when he thinks I’m not awake.
He leaves HEMEROID CRÈME IN THE REFRIDGERATOR NEAR MY FOOD!
He believes that if it’s after 8:00pm that the room should be completely and totally silent.
He expects me to wear headphones and not use voice communication systems because it’s annoying to him.
He expects me to leave the room if I have a friend over instead of getting up and leaving himself (even if my friend and I are trying to accommodate him by being quiet).
He believes his things have a greater value than my things (seen by me having one item of food in the refrigerator and having it removed by him because he need room for his things).
He believes that the only light that should be on in the room is the desk light (I have the overhead light on; he walks in, turns the light off / closes the blinds, then turns on his personal light).
He believes that going to bed at 8:00 on a Friday/Saturday and expecting total quiet is reasonable.
He reports me to the RA for items which are not reportable (listening to music without headphones, for example).
When I am gone for an entire day, leaving the room to himself for that entire time, and I come home he still expects me to keep perfectly quiet.
He expects me to lower the brightness on my monitors at night since he “can’t sleep with all the light”.
For the past two weeks he has been blowing his nose, trying to clear it, when it’s already clear. This results in a heinous, nasal sound of air blowing through an empty and dry tube.
On top of that he coughs and hacks and wheezes in this little girly voice.
The two above this are currently driving me crazy. It’s like nails on a god damn chalkboard and every time he does it I clench my fist and bite my tongue to prevent myself from cursing him out.
He has his mother come to do his laundry, make his bed, and clean his side of the room. And to top it off, he leaves me alone in the room with her while he disappears.
He doesn’t ask for me to do things. He says to do them. Example: “Turn off the sound now” instead of “Please turn the sound down.”

I’m sure there are ... many, many more reasons or things I could add to the list.

And I’m sure I will, eventually.

But for now... I just saw the end of Samurai Champloo and am thoroughly confused... So I’m gonna go lay down, watch the final episode of Trigun, ponder it, and hope to god that I don’t kill him in the last three weeks of school.

I’m reminded of an Eric Clapton song... “Give Me Strength,” which goes a little something like this...
Dear lord, give me strength to carry on.
Dear lord, give me strength to carry on.
My home may be out on the highway,
Lord, I’ve done so much wrong
But please, give me strength to carry on.

Dear lord, give me strength to carry on.
Dear lord, give me strength to carry on.
My home may be out on the highway,
Lord, I’ve done so much wrong
But please, give me strength to carry on.

 

Illegal Immigrants

⊆ 6:30:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

Ok, so lots of people lately are asking questions along the lines of "What's the harm of illegal immigrants?" Well my friends, today I bring you the answer!

Or one of the answers.

Or one my friends brings you one of the answers. Whatever, you're missing the point.

This is a quote from some research that my friend Jon did. Here we go.

--Begin Quote from Half-Life Fallout Forums--

how are illegal immigrants draining welfare and public services when they're illegal immigrants?



Hospitals are required under law to provide emergency aid to anyone who comes in and needs it free of charge. Hospitals in many areas with high percentages of illegal immigrants have had funding issues or flat out shut down because of the amount of illegal immigrants who come in and request assistance under the broad term "emergency." There's one for "public services."

Ever hear of the term "anchor baby?" If a child is born in the United States, then he/she is automatically a U.S. citizen.
That's the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.
QUOTE
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside."


Interesting Read...
If an illegal immigrant family has a child in the US, the child is a citizen and the parents generally will not be deported because the child is protected by the rights every US citizen is gaurenteed.

If the immigrant's parents are poor or don't make enough money to support the child, the parents can file for welfare since they're supporting a US citizen.

Here's a good example taken from the link I provided above:


QUOTE
The Silverios from Stockton,
California, are illegal aliens seen as hard-laboring fruit-pickers with
family values. Cristobal Silverio came illegally from Oxtotilan,
Mexico, in 1997 and brought his wife Felipa, plus three children
aged 19, 12, and 8. Felipa, mother of the bride Lourdes (age 19),
gave birth to a new daughter, her anchor baby, named Flor. Flor was
premature, spent three months in the neonatal incubator, and cost
San Joaquin Hospital more than $300,000. Meanwhile, Lourdes
plus her illegal alien husband produced their own anchor baby,
Esmeralda. Grandma Felipa created a second anchor baby,Cristian.


QUOTE
A disabled anchor baby is more
valuable than a healthy one. The two Silverio anchor babies
generate $1,000 per month in public welfare funding. Flor gets
$600 per month for asthma. Healthy Cristian gets $400. Cristobal
and Felipa last year earned $18,000 picking fruit. Flor and Cristian
were paid $12,000 for being anchor babies. This illegal alien
family’s annual income tops $30,000

Don't believe me? Go find something to prove me wrong then; I'm merely stating what I've read, studied and wrote about myself.

--End Quote--

So there you have it folks.

Illegal immigrants DO cause problems. And I can bet you there are even more that could be brought up...

Good game.

 

Experts Urge New iPod Ear Studies

⊆ 9:12:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 1 responses »

Article Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4808376.stm

...

So tell me... Why is it that any time something even remotely harmful to the body in even the most insiginificant way is instantly a ginormous cause for concern?

MP3 players have been around for years and years (I had my first one in my Sophmore year of highschool, that would be 7 years ago for you people who don't know). And just now people are coming out saying that they're dangerous because music is too loud.

And because of it there is a class action lawsuit against, who else, Apple, the manufacturer of the very popular iPod series of mp3/video players. How convenient that this 'problem' was just discovered so recently after Apple announced what can only be referred to as record-shattering sales of a product which nets them boatloads of money.

We all know this case is going to win. I mean jeeze, if some woman can win a multi-million dollar lawsuit against McDonalds because of drinking some hot coffee surely its a cake case to prove that Apple was grossely negligent and deliberatly chose to design the iPod to specifically make people go deaf by listening to music at loud volume levels.

This is just another example of the ... brainless... Yes... Brainless is the only word I can come up with at this hour... brainless mindset of the United States public. Instead of ... you know... turning your music down if its too loud, just continue to listen to it at the super-high volume and then sue the manufacturer of the product for not building in volume controlling systems.

And another thing. Who is anyone but MYSELF to decide if my music is too loud? So long as my music isn't bothering other people no corporation or branch of government has the right to say that I need to turn my music down. If I want to listen to 80s hair metal or hard rock at uber volumes that can make my ears bleed that is MY choice and MY choice alone. I mean what are we, French? This is beginning to get ridiculous.

So I ask you all, seriously.

Stop with the stupid lawsuits that make companies wary of bringing new innovation to the technical fields.

You're only making things worse for the rest of us.

And for God's sake, please don't let them take our music away.

Cheers.
-M

 

My Color

⊆ 5:42:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Go figure. :|

BLUE
BLUES are motivated by INTIMACY, seek opportunities

to genuinely connect with others, and need to

be appreciated. They do everything with

quality and are devoted and loyal friends and

employers/employees. Whatever or whomever

they commit to are their sole (and soul)

focus. They love to serve and will give

freely of themselves in order to nurture

others lives.

BLUES, however, do need to be understood. They have

distinct preferences and occasionally the

somewhat controlling (but always fair)

personality of a confident leader. Their code

of ethics is remarkably strong and they

expect others to live honest, committed lives

as well. They enjoy sharing meaningful

moments in conversation as well as

remembering special life events (i.e.,

birthdays and anniversaries). BLUES are

dependable, thoughtful, nurturing, and can

also be self-righteous, a bit worry-prone,

and emotionally intense. They are like

sainted pit-bulls who never let go of

something once they are committed. When you

deal with a BLUE, be sincere, make an effort

to truly understand them, and truly

appreciate them.


What Color Are You?
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Song Of The Moment

⊆ 12:06:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Artist: Crossfade
Album: Cold Single | Other
Song: Cold

Looking back at me I see
That I never really got it right
I never stopped to think of you
I'm always wrapped up in
Things I cannnot win
You are the antidote that gets me by
Something strong
Like a drug that gets me high

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold...

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold to you

And I'm sorry about all the lies
Maybe in a different light
You could see me stand on my own again
Cause now i can see
You were the antidote that got me by
Something strong like a drug that got me high
I never meant to be so cold

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold...

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold...

I never really wanted you to see
The screwed up side of me that I keep
Locked inside of me so deep
It always seems to get to me...
I never really wanted you to go
So many things you should have known
I guess for me theres just no hope
I never meant to be so cold

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold...

What I really meant to say...
Is I'm sorry for the way I am
I never meant to be so cold
Never meant to be so cold...

 

Spring Break...

⊆ 11:34:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

*blam blam blam blam blam*

The sound of bulletts filled the air, ricocheting off the interior of the behemoth and crashing to a halt with a deafening thud.

Then an alarm cut through the silence.

"Critical hit, primary drive. Critical hit, heat sink. Critical hit, primary reactor. Critical hit, ammunition storage. Recommend immediate ejection."

"Such a cold voice" the pilot thought to himself... He didn't want to press the button. The lumbering Mech he was piloting was his favorite. It was his first. A Ryoken. A behemoth, a mastery of metal and wire...

He pressed the button...

And then it was gone... He looked out of the bottom of the pod and saw the detcharges engage, destroying the Ryoken from the inside out, leaving no recoverable material.

---

Like the Ryoken in that brief glimpse of a story we see a reflection of my Spring Break plans. Shot to hell and abandoned... And now I get to watch it explode into nothing.

-M, punching out.

 

Snow..

⊆ 9:48:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Snow that falls between Satuday evening and Sunday morning is useless snow.

It's snow without a purpose.

I know some of you must be asking, "What are you talking about? Snow is great!" or "What the hell do you mean 'snow without a purpose'?".

Well lets think about this.

What's the one good thing that can come of snow?

Cancelled classes/work.

However! A good portion of the population (I want to say most, but I won't) doesn't work Sunday (Unlike yours truly)...

So for me, snow on a Saturday evening/Sunday morning is without a purpose.

All it does is inconvenience me on my trip to work Sunday morning. It doesn't cancel classes on Monday, it doesn't cause a delayed opening that grants me an extra hour or two of sleep, it doesn't do anything positive for me.

In fact, if I were at home it'd be even more of an inconvenience because I'd probably have to go shovel it too.

So don't expect me to be all "HURRAY SNOW!" today because all it's doing is making my day shit.

-M

 

A different point of view

⊆ 1:52:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Over the past month, I have slammed down the brakes, and slowed down with work and life.

And in the lingering smell of burning rubber, I am watching life and people go by as I sit by the sidelines. It has been a long time, and I am surprised at how quickly I had forgotten what it was like to look at things from a different angle and from a different light.

A different point of view.

My heart and my mind had been blinded by the blur of the whirlwind that had been my last two years. But now, I see the clarity in the blur, magnified to the very pixels that those atoms are made of.

Two Sundays ago..

I was in a contemplative mood, so with a photograph and two poems in my hand, I spent the day taking busrides around the campus, travelling to places I have never been before.

It was cold and wet, and I was staring out the misty glass window, looking at the people and the traffic and the buildings. All you see is people rushing off somewhere, or hanging around with nothing better to do than to look and be seen.

Smiling plastic faces, worshippers of materialism. Weary faces, worn by money and the endless ritual of work work work.

It was so sad, just looking at how society has turned us all into slaves and walking dead.

Every night, as I lay down to rest, I pray that I would wake and find this all but a dream.

But my dreams are all turning into nightmares.

I dare not sleep.

 

Starforce Crapware

⊆ 12:19:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Anyone who plays PC games is familiar with copy protection methods.

However, what most gamers don't realize is that some copy protection methods are ... atrocious.

Case in point, today we are talking about Starforce copy protection software.

Rather than go on about a rant, I encourage you to click the permalink to go to a Boing Boing article which sums it up fairly nicely.

I'll also copy/paste it here for you since they are being threatened to have it taken down by Starforce (guess free speech doesn't apply when you speak out against a corporation, eh?).

---Begin Quotation---

Monday, January 30, 2006
Anti-copying malware installs itself with dozens of games
Update: StarForce, the company criticized below, has threatened to sue me for describing the problems with its software.

A group of gamers has started a site to spread a pledge to boycott video-games that come with a dangerous anti-copying mechanism.

Starforce is an anti-copying program that some games covertly install when you install the game. The software causes system instability and crashes. The company that makes Starforce refuses to address the damage their software causes; instead, they blame the people on whom their malware has been forced: "According to our research those of users [sic] that do run into compatibility problems are beginner-level-hackers that try to go around our protection system."

The list of games infected with Starforce is long and depressing -- there are dozens of these. If you're a gamer, you owe it to yourself to have a look and check to see if Starforce might have damaged your PC. What's more, you should join the boycott of any game that comes with this malicious software onboard.

For example, here's one of the common problems brought by Starforce: under Windows XP, if packets are lost during the reading or writing of a disk, XP interprets this as an error and steps the IDE speed down. Eventually it will revert to 16bit compatibility mode rendering a CD/DVD writer virtually unusable. In some circumstances certain drives cannot cope with this mode and it results in physical hardware failure (Most commonly in multiformat CD/DVD writer drives). A sure sign of this step down occurring is that the burn speeds will get slower and slower (no matter what speed you select to burn at). Starforce, on a regular basis, triggers this silent step down. Until it reaches the latter stages most people do not even realise it is happening.

Moreover, the Starforce drivers, installed on your system, grant ring 0 (system level) privileges to any code under the ring 3 (user level) privileges. Thus, any virus or trojan can get OS privileges and totally control your system. Since Windows 2000, the Windows line security and stability got enhanced by separating those privileges, but with the Starforce drivers, the old system holes and instabilities are back and any program (or virus) can reach the core of your system by using the Starforce drivers as a backdoor.


Link

Update: StarForce, the company criticized below, has threatened to sue me for describing the problems with its software.

---End Quotation from Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing (www.boingboing.net)---

A list of the games that use this protection (and should therefore be avoided!) is available HERE.

Released games include:
Prince of Persia Sands of Time by Ubisoft
Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory by Ubisoft
Pariah by Groove Games

And so forth.

I wholeheartidly support not purchasing any game/program/application that uses Starforce protection as it renders a system vulnerable to various other forms of malware. In addition, the creators of Starforce have my personal guarantee that I, nor anyone I know, will purchase nor use software with their encryption as their crapware is just one more step toward me not being able to run what _I_ want on _MY_ machine.

Trusted Computing Platform Alliance at work my friends (More information here).

 

Bleh...

⊆ 10:16:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »

School starts in two days...

And it's blizzarding outside...

In retrospect, after the last 4 years of college, I've realized something.

I hate college. I hate it with a passion.
-I hate homework.
-I hate exams.
-I hate professors who think their class is the only class you're taking and decide to load you with work to do.
-I have paying 550$+ for books which get used for a semester.
-I hate dealing with people who would rather walk through you than acknowledge your existance.
-I hate sitting in class with a bunch of smart-alecs who think they know everything.

*sighs* I just want it to be over already...

 

This Semester's Books.

⊆ 2:28:00 PM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 2 responses »

Eugh. Here we go.

Math Logic:
-Mathematical Intro to Logic (88.95)

Intro to Abstract Alegbra:
-Abstract Algebra (133.75)

Elementary Differential Equations:
-Differential Equations: (127.00)
-Differential Equations Solutions Manual: (39.75)

Cryptography:
-Making, Breaking Codes: Introduction to Cryptography: (78.75)

Information Design:
-No Books Listed: (Estimate 75$)


Grand Total: ...543.20...

*cries*

 

End Of Break Update

⊆ 10:57:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Well, the Winter break is almost over... Damn you Rutgers for cutting it short this year! Normally we get another full week after the next one! I know this because I'm ALWAYS home for my mom's birthday on the 18th but I won't be this year... =(

In any case... I got a cool Motorola Razr V3 for Christmas this year. It's awesome. =)

I'm working on a friend's laptop at the moment, so I'll keep this brief...

Everything is A-OK lately, and I hope to keep it that way.

I'm gonna post book costs later, but since I have 4 math classes you may cry.

;)

1ne

 

Lacuna Coil - Daylight Dancer

⊆ 10:51:00 AM by Mike Santangelo | ˜ 0 responses »

Answer me, it can't be so hard
Try to relive what's in your heart
Desolation, grief and agony

Trying to move
Down in this grave
Trying to believe in every faith
As another bridge to clarity

Want to stay another way
Echo(Want to stay another way)
Want to stay another way
Echo(Want to stay another way)

Take another chance
To find a distant sanity
And turn your pain in truth
Take another chance
To fight a different enemy
And try to free it

Dance with me,
It can't be so hard
Time to reveal
What's in your heart
Desolation...
Grief and agony...

Walking through a life decayed
While you're repeating
Your mistakes
There's another chance
To try to get away

Take another chance
To find a distant sanity
And turn your pain in truth
Take another chance
To fight a different enemy
And try to free it

Want to stay another way
Want to stay another way

Take another chance
To find a distant sanity
And turn your pain in truth
Take another chance
To fight a different enemy
And try to free it

Take another chance
To find a distant sanity
And turn your pain in truth
Take another chance
To fight a different enemy
And try to free it

---
Lacuna Coil makes me ^_^.