Saturday, May 7, 2011

At a College Graduation

Sorry everyone, today has been a busy day.

Whenever I think of a graduation, I think of a proud moment in the lives of individuals who have worked hard to gain their degree. I think of all the friends I have made and am proud to watch take the next step with their lives. I am capable of a human thought while surrounded by hundreds of people.

Today was the graduation at my college, effectively making me a second year student. It was a proud moment.


Why is it that at every graduation, people feel the need to lose their minds? They act like mindless zombies incapable of the basic human decencies we try to observe each day.

You want a picture?

Go to the front! Don't stand in front of me.

You want your kids to shut up?

Why did you bring kids to something they don't understand and don't want to be at? Leave them at home with some pizza rolls and a few movies. Best, call a babysitter.

College graduation is a proud moment, I just wish there was a way to avoid all the unneeded redundancy of it all. Good day, now hoping I don't get called in to work tomorrow.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Wallpapers 3

Alright everyone, I think I am well on my way to beginning a new ritual where I end each day with sharing a few wallpapers.


Anonymous & PSN

A fellow blogger last night commented on my Anonymous Wallpaper, where a made a short follow-up comment. This post is to shed a little more light.

The reason Anonymous has become such a high suspect in the Playstation Network case is due to their major support of a Hacker (Hacker, NOT Cracker) named George Francis Hotz (a.k.a. Geohot, million75, or mil), who created custom firmware and reverse engineered a PS3 to run his own Linux Kernel. He is most known for jail-breaking the iPhone to be able to run on carriers besides AT&T. Geohot and Sony settled the lawsuit out of courst, Geohot allowing access to his Paypal account so Sony could get the I.P. address of every individual who visited his blog detailed his engineering efforts on the PS3, and for him to promise to stop all similar activities.

Even after matters were settled, Sony being "Happy" and Geohot "Glad" the fighting was over, Anonymous declared war against Sony for principles of Open-Source it broke by going after Geohot.

Now, this is where things get questionable. While members of Anonymous did declare war on Sony, an attack such as what occurred on the PSN is not their normal method. Usually Anonymous in it's biggest escapades crashes servers using Denial of Service Attacks, in which case so much traffic is routed to the server, they cannot keep up and thus crash. Certainly not harmless, but mostly a small pain for whoever is the target.

First hand, Sony searched out Geohot to seek his possible involvement in the PSN Crack (CRACK, not HACK) with Geohot stating:

"Running homebrew and exploring security on your devices is cool, hacking into someone else's server and stealing databases of user info is not cool. You make the hacking community look bad, even if it is aimed at douches like Sony."

Next of course, the finger was pointed at the Anonymous group, due to their prior declaration. Anonymous members responded:

"No matter who did it, this action is against the Anonymous principles, so it wasn't an Anonymous attack, it just was an attack to get private data. That's not Anonymous, that's just a crime to make money."

“We are concerned with the erosion of privacy and fair use, the spread of corporate feudalism, the abuse of power and the justifications of executives and leaders who believe themselves immune personally and financially for the actions the undertake in the name of corporations and public office.”

After the last bout with Sony, Anonymous members took to publicly demonstrating against Sony, which is where you will see photos of members in business suits walking around with Anon masks over their faces.

While it is possible, I find the newest developments in the PSN Crack highly questionable.

Sony has stated they found deep within their infrastructure a text file named "Anonymous" that when opened contained three words:

We Are Legion

I'm not discounting this, but without proof of the files existence, I find it to convenient for Sony to be able to scapegoat the "Fault" for the intrusion onto Anonymous, rather than allowing the focus to remain on them not having the proper security measures place.

I have also read reports that during the time of attack, members of Anonymous were performing a DoS attack on Sony, but supposedly during this someone (allegedly members themselves) performed the Crack that has forced Sony to shutdown the entire PSN.

While entirely possible that individuals other than the core members of the Anonymous group could be responsible, I just find the convenience of the aforementioned file being found to be a shady at best.

What are your thoughts?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wallpapers 2

Felt like sharing some more wallpapers. Enjoy!


It is once again baseball season. Baseball is a sport, a game, and to many even a way of life. I love baseball with all my heart. I played all through school and now umpire in my spare time.

Lately with the end of Osama Bin Laden and watching a few good ball games/movies, I've been feeling really Patriotic. It made me think of this video I was shown years back and still touches my heart to this day.

This is the video of officially the greatest moment in baseball history.


Creepy Looney Tunes

Alright, so on Cartoon Network there is a new (remade series) called The Looney Tunes Show. I decided to try it, the episode was something like Daffy Duck never winning so him and Bugs Bunny go on a game show called Besties.

Long story short, they lose.

Afterwards, it randomly flicks over to Elmer Fudd Singing....

Does anyone else find this a little disturbing?

Random Find

Was perusing YouTube after a late night of reading (See previous post if you didn't already) when I came across this cool video of a guy over in what I believe is London, who takes his Bike everywhere.


You may have heard of me

So maybe not that many people are reading anymore, but I wanted to through this out there for the few who still do. Patrick Rothfuss is my favorite author to date. He currently has written 2 ("2" count them, "2") books. The first which I have read at least 3 times, is called "The Name of the Wind". Below is the books' description:

My name is Kvothe, pronounced nearly the same as "quothe." Names are important as they tell you a great deal about a person. I've had more names than anyone has a right to. The Adem call me Maedre. Which, depending on how it's spoken, can mean The Flame, The Thunder, or The Broken Tree.

"The Flame" is obvious if you've ever seen me. I have red hair, bright. If I had been born a couple of hundred years ago I would probably have been burned as a demon. I keep it short but it's unruly. When left to its own devices, it sticks up and makes me look as if I have been set afire.

"The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.

I've never thought of "The Broken Tree" as very significant. Although in retrospect, I suppose it could be considered at least partially prophetic.

My first mentor called me E'lir because I was clever and I knew it. My first real lover called me Dulator because she liked the sound of it. I have been called Shadicar, Lightfinger, and Six-String. I have been called Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, and Kvothe Kingkiller. I have earned those names. Bought and paid for them.

But I was brought up as Kvothe. My father once told me it meant "to know."

I have, of course, been called many other things. Most of them uncouth, although very few were unearned.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of Kvothe—from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name of the Wind is so much more—for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.

His second book, "The Wise Man's Fear is superb, a book I have waited year's to read.

Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to the kingdom of Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild in an attempt to solve the mystery of who—or what—is waylaying travelers on the King's Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived . . . until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

I am about 400 out of 1000 pages in currently and am always drawn into the story. When I read this book nothing else is important, nothing else matters. Only this book. You might say I'm a little obsessed :)

Now the only sadness is knowing when I finish "The Wise Man's Fear" it shall be a few years before Day 3, and the finaly of Kvothe's tale is told.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Felt Like Sharing

So I'm sitting here bored, and felt like sharing some of my favorite wallpapers:


What Happened?

What ever happened to those great Nickelodeon cartoons I watched as a child? You know, the ORIGINAL Rugrats, Rocket Power, Agh! Real Monsters!, Jimmy Neutron, The Wild Thornberrys, Angry Beavers!, CatDog, Doug, and of course Hey Arnold!

I'm not saying all of these were smashing success's, but considering how many episodes so many of these shows had, you would think they would at some point make a comeback.

I Especially miss Rocket Power, You know, Otto, Sam, Reggie, Twister, Tito, & of course Raymundo.

Show's like My Wife & Kids, and Everybody Hates Chris, they aren't bad, but they just don't hold the same status in my heart as these original childhood favorites.
Many of these can be found online, and someday when I have kids, I'm going to have them watch the shows I did growing up.

What do you think? What shows did you mindlessly spend hours watching as a kid?