sigma7: (Butcher)
( Jan. 3rd, 2012 04:42 pm)
Coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will get another chance to try to lead the San Diego Chargers back to the playoffs, the team announced Tuesday....

...San Diego has won only one playoff game in the last four seasons. Its last postseason appearance was an embarrassing home loss to the New York Jets in January 2010. The Chargers responded to that defeat by giving Turner a contract extension...


Neither AJ Smith nor Dean Spanos particularly needs to remain intact.
sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)


( Aug. 23rd, 2011 08:02 am)
Jesus goddamn Christ, at what point did [ profile] metaquotes become quotes from the same three people repeatedly with sporadic interruptions of hoi polloi?
sigma7: Sims (Ishihara test)
( Jul. 10th, 2009 09:29 pm)
I just reinstalled Battlefield 2142 and forgot how much I enjoyed it.

I also forgot how I can't tell the flags apart.


Edit: Found a config tweak -- not perfect, but replaces a few instances of the enemy flag with a grayer version I can discern. Not all of them, so a few times I'm just wandering around, looking left or right, getting backstabbed by snipers...and they wonder why I didn't enlist.

Still might have to regress all the way back to Battlefield 2. Wish I had bandwidth to spare on TF2.
sigma7: Sims (full of hate all fat now grr)
( Dec. 4th, 2008 06:54 pm)
1. My doctor
2. The human thumb at Dillon's who overcharged me for NyQuil-D
3. The nine miles of paperwork I had to crawl through to get NyQuil-D
4. Cracked posts on Digg
4a. Cracked posts on Digg posted by "louiebarr"
5. The NFL Network
6. Coughing
7.'s habit of putting stories not happening for two-three days in the front image slot (today, college football, specifically a preview of the Big 12 title game on Saturday night)
8. The fetid atrocity "Headline News" has become
9. Who fires Miles O'Brien? Really?
10. Lack of catharsis to be found in making a list
11. LJ's notification e-mails, wherever they are
sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)
( Aug. 25th, 2008 05:24 pm)
Attention bicyclists of the world:

You may either decide to be a pedestrian or a motor vehicle. On campus, you choose to zip across sidewalks with rampant disregard for pedestrians or automobiles at crosswalks. Or maybe you decide that you deserve a full lane of space on a campus road -- until you come to a four-way stop and you decide to eke by the stopped vehicles and the curb. Kansas law says you're a motor vehicle, but if the consensus would rather, I will entertain the notion of a bicycle being simply an enhanced pedestrian, especially given traffic patterns on campus.

But here's the thing. Pick one and stick with it. I've almost killed three people today because they decided to switch from one to the other, to dart into and out of traffic, intermittently obey walk-don't-walk signs. Maybe you deserve to die, but I don't deserve to have to live with that.

Pedestrians: hang up and cross at crosswalks. Do not step in front of me while you're talking to Jake about that awesome beer bong he made out of a pumpkin. You may have the right of way on campus, and yes, the onus may fall upon me to read your stupid fucking mind as to at which moment you're going to decide to zip across the street. The right of way is a wonderful thing, but so is an intact skeletal system. I teach one class, it's physics 101, and it involves independent study in asphalt. Prerequisites are abyssal stupidity and reveling in obliviousness. It's pass/fail, and it meets in your skull once a semester.
sigma7: Sims (Ishihara test)
( May. 19th, 2008 05:02 pm)
The great thing about playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is that the cursor helpfully changes color to let you know if the item you're trying to pick up is owned by someone, or if accessing a container or area is otherwise verboten. Of course the color selection is red (bad) and green (good). If you're running through the game at breakneck speed to finish it at some point before, oh, the heat death of the universe, you need to be able to tell at a glance. You can't sit down and stare at the cursor for a few minutes and figure out if it's a few degrees darker than the cursor usually is. You need that instantaneous recognition and ability to distinguish.

And the hysterical bit is that if you do screw up and go rummaging through someone's private sack of rice or accidentally pick up a carrot that doesn't belong to you, this doesn't necessarily trip any switches instantly, at least, none discernible to you, the mere player. No, you get a bounty applied to your name, telepathically applied to the guards in the city, and they come to take your sorry ass away. No habeas corpus here; they don't tell you what was the offending produce or merchandise you're alleged to have stolen (or, in my case, did out of sheer obliviousness). You get carted away sans appeal. And I spend five virtual days in jail, my skills atrophying away as I serve my penance. At this point I've spent more time in jail than I have playing the actual game, and I'm trying to be nice. This says something about the game mechanics, my eyes, or perhaps just my character in general.

And even if I saved the game religiously and at regular intervals in separate slots, how do I know which one to go back to? Unless I check in with the city guard between every encounter, I'm not sure if I'm on the side of the angels until I get someone ten levels higher than mine asking "What's all this, then?"

Other than that, it's just like Grand Theft Auto 400 A.D., with fewer hookers.

Edit: I'm in ur game, bluin your crosshairz.
sigma7: Sims (DeathSquirl)
( Apr. 5th, 2008 07:58 pm)
Spindle of 100 DVD+Rs on a shelf for $22. Not an impossible, but a good deal. At checkout: "That'll be $62." Uh, no.

Went back to shelf, checked price code. Yep, that's the right spindle. Asked wandering blueshirt WTF. "Oh, that's left over from March." Blueshirt takes price down, advises that there are other deals on other spindles, if I just check the circular. Well, look what's on a nearby shelf: a circular with two 50-DVD spindles on sale for reasonable sums. Prices are not marked on shelf. Of course, I could pick one up, carry it the length of the store to the register and just hope that the circular price carries over.

Or I could just say "Fuck it" and go to Staples tomorrow, which is eminently more reasonable.

People. It's not that hard.

I guess that's what I get for going to Best Buy.
If you haven't been paying attention -- and God, right now, I don't blame you -- part of Hillary Clinton's claim of "experience" while living in the White House ("Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle") derived from her claim of playing a role in Bosnian peace efforts. Critics have maintained that it was essentially a USO show, as she went with her daughter Chelsea, Sheryl Crow and Sinbad.

Turns out one of those critics is...Sinbad.

"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

As you may have guessed by now, Sinbad isn't supporting Clinton for president. He's an Obama guy. All because of Clinton.

"What got me about Hillary was her attitude of entitlement, like he messed up her plan, like he had no reason to be there," Sinbad said. "I got angry. I actually got angry! I said, 'I will be for Obama like never before.'"

No, it gets better. The Clinton campaign responds:

Still, defending Clinton against Sinbad the refuter, Singer said, "The sad reality of what was going on in Bosnia at the time Senator Clinton traveled there as first lady has been well documented. It appears that Sinbad's experience in Bosnia goes back further than Senator Obama's does. In fact, has Senator Obama ever been to Bosnia?"

Okay, seriously? I'm less concerned about what this is doing to the standing of the Democratic party than what it's doing to the dignity of the human race right now. And let's not even get started on Gerry Ferraro.
Finished Call of Duty 4. Not bad. I wish its multiplayer was as versatile as UT3, but its singleplayer was perfectly cinematic and engrossing (and occasionally distressing). While I didn't like the original COD, this iteration I found quite pleasant. Portal is still my game of the year, though.

New first: trapped in traffic behind a truck with Texas plates whose driver was -- and I'm so not kidding -- flossing. Okay, maybe that's permissable on I-70, or somewhere else where traffic is not an option, but not on a high grade between traffic lights. Fool.

Am raising heartburn and tummy troubles to fantastic new levels. If only I didn't have a completely dysfunctional relationship with my GP's staff. Self-medicating to normal, and again I'm reminded that I should've GMed a fantasy campaign based around the names of prescription medication; Zantac the Barbarian would r00l. (Today was the departmental potluck. I had to bail.)

But classes are over now. Just one week of finals and then the long happy winter. Glee.

Now back to COD4. Cluster-bomb-grenades make me very happy.
I hate this time of year. Hate the grotesque and shameless commercialization, hate the superficial lip service to spirituality, hate the fleetingness of camaraderie, hate the dilution of the holiday so that it now fills one-sixth of the calendar year.

But occasionally, something lessens it, if only momentarily.

sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)
( Nov. 3rd, 2007 11:28 am)
Attention people of Earth: I am not interested in buying magazines from you to "help you go on a trip." I am not interested in the "leftover steaks" you have in the back of your truck. I am not interested in purchasing anything from you, if only because your attitude that the importance of your need to sell whatever it is you're peddling is somehow more important than the rare time I have to myself on a Saturday morning. If you believe banging on doors at random is a valid business plan, allow me to introduce you to reality of the harshest variety.

I have, heretofore, been altogether courteous and polite with my interactions with wandering salespeople. But I'm going to have to step up my game. I'm not planning on shooting through the door randomly as if I were beset by salesmoose, but the thought has occurred to me.

Edit: Twice in one morning? You have bothered me and rattled the birds. Now I'm all in a stabby mood.
sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)
( Oct. 26th, 2007 12:47 pm)
...One day we as a species will be extinct, and it's people like this that make me glad.

A Naples mother who had her 13-year-old daughter’s head shaved and private area pierced to prevent her from continuing to have sex was acquitted of child abuse charges Thursday.

A five-man, one-woman Collier Circuit Court jury deliberated roughly three hours before deciding the 39-year-old mother was not guilty of aggravated child abuse or child abuse, finding her actions didn’t involve punishment, malicious intent or cause permanent damage or disfigurement.

This also serves as a very compelling argument for people with frontal lobes actually reporting for jury duty.
sigma7: Sims (dammit)
( Sep. 30th, 2007 06:52 pm)
While re-scanning a buttload of pics, there was a power surge, and the monitor turned off, while most everything in the house stayed on. Turned the monitor back on, and the PC view is about half as bright as it was originally, to the point of being almost unusable in some applications. Interestingly enough, the TV input works just fine. Switched monitor cables and that's not it. So it's either the video card or, most likely, the PC-input on my several-year-old monitor.

Which is good, because I needed another reason to be pissed off today. So I'm still working on the slideshow for Tuesday, and will have to make six DVDs for that, and I'll be squinting the whole time....
sigma7: Sims (DeathSquirl)
( Sep. 17th, 2007 05:58 pm)
Rrrgh! Grrr! Ftui! Arrrarrgh. 46 pics below.... )
Of all the time I've been using Gmail, it finally bit me on the ass:

This account has been locked down due to unusual account activity. It may take up to 24 hours for you to regain access.

Unusual account activity includes, but is not limited to:

1. Receiving, deleting, or downloading large amounts of mail via POP in a short period of time.
2. Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that bounce back).
3. Using file-sharing or file-storage software, browser extensions, or third party software that automatically logs in to your account.
4. Leaving multiple instances of your Gmail account open.
5. Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser continually reloading while attempting to access your Inbox, it’s probably a browser issue, and it may be necessary to clear your browser’s cache and cookies.

If you feel that you have been using your Gmail account according to the Gmail Terms of Use, you can troubleshoot your problem by clicking here.

And before you ask: no, no, no and no. I was trying to figure out why our e-mail lists weren't working and it looks like I won't be able to.

Up to this moment I hadn't one bad thing to say about Gmail. I'm...deeply disillusioned right now.

Edit: Left feedback, account reactivated minutes later. Excellent response time. Fully reillusioned.

Re-edit: Locked out again. Gyuh.
sigma7: Sims (full of hate all fat now grr)
( May. 25th, 2007 04:03 pm)
Spent some time the other day perusing ooooold LJ entries. It was educational. Lately I've been entirely too forgiving, I think, and find myself asking why I'm not a little more gracious to some of the people tangentially connected to me. And then I revisit the absolute havoc they inflicted in my life and the lives of those people important to me, whether intentionally or obliviously, and I'm not sure which is worse.

On a good day, maybe I'm capable of giving a second chance. And there've been plenty of people in my life who've benefited from them, and I've certainly used those in bulk even from my most casual acquaintances. But my life's too short, my time's too damned important for thirdsies. I think it's late enough in the day to be a bit more selective in my endeavors.

I'm surrounded by good and gracious people, though, and I watch them try, exercising the gentler parts of their personality -- and I benefit from that aspect, as much as anyone. So I can't really tell them who is an who isn't a worthwhile investment of their forgiveness. Maybe they're right. Maybe I'm just not strong enough to persevere in the wake of so much history, and maybe there's more goodness than I'm willing to see. I'd like to be proven wrong.

But I'm not.


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