What a day

May 30, 2006

This day has been crazy. I'll explain later, when things finally set in in my head.

So the title has nothing to do with this post at all, aside from the fact that I've got Benson's "Broadway" stuck in my head. Man, that is an awesome song.


I realized today that I've been using games (Guild Wars in particular) as a sort of anti-depressant. Being here, I've got nobody to hang out with aside from family. So I spend my day fixing things around the house, playing guitar, and playing games. At the end of it all, I lie on my bed and think to myself "Man, what a useless day." That or "Crap, the little puppies in better shape than me." Which he is. Little devil runs fast too.
I guess it just makes my return to Jill and friends even more meaningful, however brief.

I don't just sit around a play games every day. Sometimes Deadliest Catch or Mythbusters is on. And some days, I have Scrubs Season 3 on DVD. Love Scrubs. I love a girl in scrubs more though. Especially when the girl is mine.


May 29, 2006

Look up at the little bar thing above this post. See where it says Reccomended Listening? That's where I will be ranting and raving about music. So check it out.  I may also be putting in one on movies and shows and the like. Maybe.

I feel pretty bad right now. All day I have been wishing that my oldest dog, Honey, would die. It's absolutely horrible. I love Honey, more than the younger Barney, but she is so old and frail. And today she has been sick as well. She can hardly walk, and I think that she may be blind. Her hearing is going, and she is in generally bad shape. But she's the dog that slept at my feet for so many years, and hung out in my room while I was working on homework.

I guess I'm facing the reality that at this time next year, she will probably no longer be with us. I don't like that thought. While she may be in pain, she is still alive, and makes me happy. I'll probably go sit with her for a while after finishing this post.

For those of you who have never seen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, you have no clue what these families feel. I hardly do. People might wonder why they call it "Home Edition" instead of "House Edition." These families lives are rebiult, renewed. Not only do they get a house, they get a home. There is a very significant difference.

The family tonight had been victims of domestic abuse. I didn't get to hear the whole story, but you don't really need to when it comes to that. Domestic abuse is ugly; an abomination. No matter what form it takes, be it verbal, emotional, or physical, our culture should have no tolerance for it.

To see the smiles on the faces of the family, and the tears flowing down the mother's face (tears that for the first time in what seemed like eternity were tears of joy) is all that one needs as payment for these acts of love. The house, don't get me wrong, is amazing (and the fact that it was razed, cleared and raised in 5 days is equally impressive), but what it means to these families who have walked along the broken road is so much more powerful.

I wish this country were full of these stories. Headlines splash: "Local family recieves new home from charities" or "Single mother recieves tuition for her kids from area philantropist."

There are many things I want to fight for. Many of these causes are simply too complex for me to try and solve, but support is a large factor in eliminating the horrors in this world.

Romans 12:4-8
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if
it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the
needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him
govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

In leaving, I'd like to list off some charities and organizations that are important to me. Check some of them out.

Habitat For Humanity
The ALS Association
The North American Mission Board also see Annie Armstong Easter Offering
The International Mission Board
Right To Life
Child's Play
Life For Latins

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Hero Humor

May 27, 2006

Probably one of the funniest retellings of the story behind Heroes of Might and Magic V (out now, hint hint) came from Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade





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Troll Farming

May 27, 2006

Spent most of today hanging out around the house. Ate at Heaven on Seven, which is an amazing Cajun restaurant, (in need of some website remodeling) with my family. Took a while for the food to get cooked and all, but it was worth it. Took a look around downtown Naperville, than ran home. Well, running isn’t really what I should call it. Jogging maybe. I’m in terrible shape when it comes to running, but I do have several things that made it even harder today (just ate gumbo and catfish, wearing jeans, and it was really muggy out).

Got to the house, lounged, bought gasoline for my car and the lawnmower (40 bucks down the tube, into a tank), and cut the grass. As usual, since there’s not much for me to do, other than fix stuff and sleep, I played some Guild Wars. Tried out a Troll Farming build, which is really fun, and really easy. For you NB folks who visit, here you go:

Warrior/Monk (stats are with runes)

  • Healing Prayers: 9
  • Strength: 9
  • Axe Mastery: 10
  • Tactics: 12


  • Cyclone Axe
  • Gladiator’s Defense [E]
  • Bonetti’s Defense
  • Shield Stance
  • Live Vicariously
  • Vigorous Spirit
  • Balthazar’s Sprit
  • Disciplined Stance

See if you can figure out how this build works. It’s not that hard.

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Guild Wars Math

May 25, 2006

Hokay. I’m working on some stuff in Guild Wars. Like unlocking every skill on one character. To do this, let’s take a look at the simple math required.

 I have 136 Elite skills left to capture. Each skill requires a skill point. You can gain skill points several ways. The first is to complete missions in Guild Wars Factions. The second is to gain a level, or, after level 20, gain 15000 experience points.

We’re taking the second path.

So, multiply 136 out by 15000 and you get 2,040,000 experience points. Since each creature killed rewards you with aproximately 24 experience, this works out to be 85,000 enemies.

Now, each time you capture an Elite skill at level 20, you gain 5,000 experience. So, for every three skills captured, you gain one skill point. Multiply out 136 by 5,000 and you get 680,000 experience gained, just by capturing skills. Divide that out by 15,000 and you end up with 45.3 skill points earned just through capturing Elites.

Long story short, it’s gonna take some time…

Beware the DHMO!

May 24, 2006

What is Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound,
also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide,
Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid.
Its basis is the unstable radical
Hydroxide, the components of which are found in a number of caustic, explosive
and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl

For more detailed information, including precautions, disposal
procedures and storage requirements, refer to the
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Dihydrogen Monoxide.

Should I be concerned about Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Yes, you should be concerned about DHMO! Although the U.S. Government and
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) do not classify
Dihydrogen Monoxide as a toxic or
carcinogenic substance (as it does with better known chemicals such as
hydrochloric acid and benzene), DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic
substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards
and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful.
Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner
concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a
ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are
preliminary, Zohner believes people need to
pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding
Dihydrogen Monoxide.
He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO
then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary.

A similar study conducted by U.S. researchers
Patrick K. McCluskey and Matthew Kulick also found
that nearly 90 percent of the citizens participating
in their study were willing to sign a petition
to support an outright ban on the use of
Dihydrogen Monoxide in the United

Why haven’t I heard about Dihydrogen Monoxide before?

Good question. Historically, the dangers of DHMO, for the most part, have
been considered minor and manageable. While the more significant dangers
of Dihydrogen Monoxide
are currently addressed by a number of agencies including FDA,
FEMA and CDC, public awareness of the real and daily dangers of
Dihydrogen Monoxide is
lower than some think it should be.

Critics of government often cite the fact that many politicians and
others in public office do not consider Dihydrogen Monoxide
to be a “politically beneficial”
cause to get behind, and so the public suffers from a lack of reliable
information on just what DHMO
is and why they should be concerned.
Part of the blame lies with the public and society at large. Many do
not take the time to understand
Dihydrogen Monoxide, and what it means to their lives
and the lives of their families.

Unfortunately, the dangers of DHMO have increased as world population
has increased, a fact that the raw numbers and careful research both bear
out. Now more than ever, it is important to be aware of just what the dangers
of Dihydrogen Monoxide are and how we can all
reduce the risks faced by ourselves and
our families.

What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO?

Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide
is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths
and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage
to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen
Monoxide are:

  • Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
  • Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically
    life-threatening side-effects.
  • DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
  • Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
  • Contributes to soil erosion.
  • Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
  • Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
  • Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
  • Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest
    and elsewhere.
  • Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor
    to the El Nino weather effect.

What are some uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Despite the known dangers of DHMO, it continues to be used daily by industry,
government, and even in private homes across the U.S. and worldwide. Some
of the well-known uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

What you may find surprising are some of the products and places where
DHMO is used, but which for one reason or another, are not normally made
part of public presentations on the dangers to the lives of our family
members and friends. Among these startling uses are:

  • as an additive to food products, including jarred baby food and baby
    formula, and even in many soups, carbonated beverages and supposedly
    “all-natural” fruit juices
  • in cough medicines and other liquid pharmaceuticals,
  • in spray-on oven cleaners,
  • in shampoos, shaving creams, deodorants and numerous other bathroom products,
  • in bathtub bubble products marketed to children,
  • as a preservative in grocery store fresh produce sections,
  • in the production of beer by all the major beer distributors,
  • in the coffee available at major coffee houses in the US and abroad,
  • in Formula One race cars, although its use is regulated by
    the Formula One Racing Commission, and
  • as a target of ongoing NASA planetary and stellar research.

One of the most surprising facts recently revealed about Dihydrogen Monoxide
is in its use as a food and produce “decontaminant.” Studies have shown
that even after careful washing, food and produce that has been contaminated
by DHMO remains tainted by DHMO.

What is the link between Dihydrogen Monoxide and school violence?

A recent stunning revelation is that in every single
instance of violence in our country’s schools, including
infamous shootings in high schools in Denver and
Arkansas, Dihydrogen Monoxide was involved. In fact, DHMO is often
very available to students of all ages within the
assumed safe confines of school buildings. None of
the school administrators with which we spoke could
say for certain how much of the substance is in use
within their very

How does Dihydrogen Monoxide toxicity affect
kidney dialysis patients?

Unfortunately, DHMO overdose is not unheard of in patients
undergoing dialysis treatments for kidney failure. Dihydrogen Monoxide
overdose in these patients can result in congestive heart
failure, pulmonary edema and hypertension. In spite of
the danger of accidental overdose and the inherent
toxicity of DHMO in large quantities for this group,
there is a portion of the dialysis treated
population that continues to use DHMO on a regular basis.

Are there groups that oppose a ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide?

In spite of overwhelming evidence,
there is one group in California that
opposes a ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide. The
of Hydrogen Hydroxide
is a group that believes that the
dangers of DHMO have been exaggerated. Members claim
that Dihydrogen Monoxide, or the less emotionally charged and more
chemically accurate term they advocate for it, “Hydrogen
Hydroxide,” is beneficial, environmentally safe, benign
and naturally occurring. They argue that efforts to ban
DHMO are misguided.

Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide is supported by the
Scorched Earth Party, a radical and loosely-organized
California-based group. Sources close to the Scorched
Earth Party deny any outside funding from government,
industry or pro-industry PACs.

Has the press ignored this web site and
the Dihydrogen Monoxide problem?

For the most part, the press has not reported on the dangers
of Dihydrogen Monoxide as much as some would like. Although
many private individuals have put up web sites in a major
grassroots effort to spread the word, major publications
have not.

Recently, attention has been paid to the subject thanks to
an incident in Aliso Viejo, California.  This so-called Aliso
Viejo Incident was widely reported in the media, although the director
of DHMO.org, Dr. Tom Way, was called a “prankster.”  Once the
Associated Press started circulating the story, it became fact, and
the valuable information being provided by the DHMO.org website was
deemed to be “rubbish” rather than an honest and unbiased recounting
of facts about a dangerous, life-endangering chemical compound.

If you are a member of the press, you may access our online
Press Kit.  See the
main page for access information. 
This resource is for members of the press only.


Is it true that using DHMO improves athletic performance?

Absolutely! With the numerous allegations of amateur and
professional athletes using anabolic steroids and/or
blood doping to enhance performance,
virtually no attention has been paid to the performance
enhancing properties of Dihydrogen Monoxide. It is perhaps the sporting
world’s dirtiest of dirty little secrets that athletes
regularly ingest large quantities of DHMO in an effort to gain a
competitive edge over an opponent.

One technique commonly used by endurance athletes in
sports such as distance running and cycling is to take
a large amount of DHMO immediately prior to a race.
This is known within racing circles to dramatically
improve performance.

Sports-medicine physicians warn that ingesting
too much Dihydrogen Monoxide can lead to complications and unwanted
side-effects, but do acknowledge the link to
improved performance. DHMO is not currently considered
a banned substance, so post-race urine tests do not
detect elevated or abnormal levels of DHMO.

Can using Dihydrogen Monoxide improve my sex life?

This is a popular myth, but one which is also actually
supported by a number of scientific facts. Dihydrogen Monoxide plays
an instrumental role in the centers of the brain
associated with increased libido and orgasm. So,
much as with endurance athletes, moderate intake
of DHMO prior to engaging in sexual activity may
enhance performance, although the same caveats apply.

What are the symptoms of accidental Dihydrogen Monoxide

You may not always recognize that you have been a victim of accidental
DHMO overdose, so here are some signs and symptoms to look for. If you
suspect Dihydrogen Monoxide
overdose, or if you exhibit any of these symptoms, you should
consult with your physician or medical practitioner. The data
presented here is provided for informational purposes only, and
should in no way be construed as medical advice of any sort.

Watch for these symptoms:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive urination
  • Bloated feeling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Hyponatremia (serum hypotonicity)
  • Dangerously imbalanced levels of ECF and ICF in the blood
  • Degeneration of sodium homeostasis

A recently noted medical phenomenon involves small amounts of DHMO leaking
or oozing from the corners of the eyes as a direct result of causes such
as foreign particulate irritation, allergic reactions including anaphylactic
shock, and sometimes severe chemical depression.

What is a chemical analysis of Dihydrogen Monoxide

Recently, German analytical chemist
Christoph von Bueltzingsloewen at the Universitaet Regensburg
identified what may be key reasons why the dangers of DHMO are
ever present. According to von Bueltzingsloewen, the
chemical separation of dihydrogenoxide from the hazardous
oxygendihydride is extremely difficult. The two similar
compounds curiously occur in nearly equimolar distribution
wherever they are found. It is not clear how the two
contribute directly to the dangers inherent in Dihydrogen Monoxide,
although von Bueltzingsloewen believes that a synergetic
mechanism, catalyzed by traces of hydrogenhydroxide, plays
a major role.

What can I do to minimize the risks?

Fortunately, there is much you can do to minimize your dangers due to
Dihydrogen Monoxide
exposure. First, use common sense. Whenever you are dealing with
any product or food that you feel may be contaminated with DHMO, evaluate
the relative danger to you and your family, and act accordingly. Keep in
mind that in many instances, low-levels of Dihydrogen Monoxide
contamination are not dangerous,
and in fact, are virtually unavoidable. Remember, the responsibility
for your safety and the safety of your family lies with you.

Second, exercise caution when there is the potential for accidental
inhalation or ingestion of DHMO. If you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself
from a dangerous situation. Better safe than sorry.

Third, don’t panic. Although the dangers of
Dihydrogen Monoxide are very real,
by exercising caution and common sense, you can rest assured knowing that
you are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe.

How can I find out more about Dihydrogen Monoxide?

We would be happy to tell you more about DHMO!
mailto(‘feedback’,’DHMO info’,’Send us email’)
Send us email
Send us email at director_at_dhmo_dot_org,
and we’ll gladly attempt to
keep you up-to-date on current developments
in the study of Dihydrogen Monoxide, its uses and misuses.

There are a number of sites on the world wide web that contain more
information on DHMO and related topics.
It should be noted that we do not endorse these sites,
nor do we control their content or political bias.


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May 24, 2006

So, Avast was foiling some photo funtionality in Flock. Time to find me a new antivirus/firewall. Maybe one with a smaller resource requirement.

 Wordpress got new themes. I like this one.

It’s late. Sleep now or never.

iPod Sneakers

May 23, 2006

The Cult of Mac Blog Nike pairs up with Apple

Steve Jobs meets Micheal Jordan. Or something. I’d write my review of this idea, but it just boggle my mind. Why would you want iPod compatible shoes?

 Well, there are some interesting benefits to it. First, you would be able to tell how fast you were running, how far, and that sort of info. However, I wouldn’t want to be listening to some tunes while I jog, only to be interrupted by Steve Jobs’ voice yelling at me a la Full Metal Jacket to get my butt in gear. (Note: I would presume the information relay is a tad bit more encouraging than a Kubirck style drill sergeant)

OK, it's true! Boondock Saints Unrated just came out. It's a two disk set, with a new "original" version. Oh man, there's 30 bucks I'm not gonna save.


Thar ya go. Take a look around.

And just to tease…