Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Miscellany and My Thoughts on Stuff

Your tax dollars hard at work:

Apparently, people keep breaking stuff in their houses using the new Nintendo Wii game controllers. Nintendo has responded to their concerns and potential lawsuits with the following Idiots Guide to Not Breaking Stuff Using Our Controllers: Translation= Don't let go of it, dumbass.

This reminds me of the time I bought Civilization III back before I had kids and was allowed to play computer games. The software license included the following language:

Do not play the game consecutively for more than 2 hours. Pause the game. Get up. Walk around. Use the restroom. Stretch. Playing the game for more than 12 hours at a time may negatively impact your health. A sedentary lifestyle is not conducive to intelligent gameplay. Regular exercise should be part of your normal routine.

The fact that a software company had to insulate itself from lawsuits by encouraging its users to get up from the desk and go take care of personal hygiene says a lot about the tunnel vision that people get when they become entranced by a new game. The first time I played Age of Empires, that was all I could think about for weeks. I played it every spare moment I the expense of my schooling, personal hygiene, etc. I haven't been allowed to play computer games since I was at BYU, because Mickelle made me promise to not buy any until I had my doctorate. I plan to buy an XBOX 360 the day I graduate.

Apparently the boys over at are auctioning off their first ever server. It's unremarkable until you read the questions for the seller and the answers. If you know about the O RLY? owl, it will crack you up!

Yet another story of recidivism and just desserts. Never carjack an old lady at knifepoint if she hasn't hung up the gas pump yet. You just might get a painful petroleum shower for your efforts.

I support the fair implementation of the death penalty. The Houston Chronicle is making a big deal out of this supposedly "innocent" man being executed in Texas in 1993. He claims he was framed "because he shot a police officer." He had murder in his heart when he shot a man over a game of pool. Innocent of one murder but guilty of attempting another. It's a wash to me.

A man in Katy, Texas claims that his new Muslim neighbors that plan to build a mosque next to his property were rude to him, so he has planned to host public pig races on Fridays (the Muslim holy day) on the portion of his property that abutts the planned mosque. This kind of divisiveness is not right. It's not Christian.

A Norwegian firm has signed a deal with a US hospital to purchase the 11,500 liters of human fat liposuctioned every week to convert into bio-diesel. Sure! Why not?

Careful crossing the border in Sweden, if you're hot:

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