Highly rated movies on IMDB that are awful

IMDB stands for the Internet Movie Database and in general is the most unbiased place to find ratings for movies.  For example, we all have our own experiences and biases so reading a review from  a single reviewer (myself included) might not be the best use of your time.  IMDB solves that problem by having not 1 or 20 ratings of a movie, but often 100,000+ people have voted on a single movie.  The only problem being some movies, say an Irish movie perhaps, was liked by the vast majority of Irish people, but the humor and cultural identity wouldn’t be appreciated by the majority of American viewers.  Continue reading

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Letigious, Police State? Check!

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws” (Tacitus, 55–117 AD).

We live in a country where even the lawyers who went to law school for 7-8 years still don’t know the law. Not only do they not know the law, but they can’t even memorize the law of their specialty (family, injury, business, etc..). The bright side of all of this is that you’re still beholden to the law even if you don’t know it :).
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Nuclear Energy, The most dangerous weapon does make the most dangerous energy

A lot of people think nuclear energy is safe, that it doesn’t produce any Co2. Whether or not nuclear energy contributes to global warming hardly summarizes the palpable danger of these reactors. Let’s take the two most famous melt-downs Fukushima and Chernobyl. The fact is both types of nuclear reactors that failed are still in wide use. In Russia, after the Chernobyl plant destroyed the region there are still 10 of these plants in use: Continue reading

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Stop Monsanto today from sneaking section 735 in to a senate spending bill

Please call your senators today to stop Monsanto from slipping in more pro-gmo legislation.   This website will give you their contact information.  If passed, section 735 of the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill would prevent judges from stopping further planting of untested GMO grops, while a lawsuit is underway. Continue reading

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Beef was never Kale

Dear Fiora,  I appreciate you taking the time to make a comparison between Kale and Beef.  Your final conclusion makes it sound like Kale and other plant life doesn’t contain protein.  Anyone who’s ever watched Star Trek knows that we are protein based life forms, so are plants, bacteria, and anything else with a cell wall and or organelles.  As a percentage of body weight the best body builder in the world couldn’t put on weight at the proportionate speed of a newborn infant.  Yet in nature’s wisdom mother’s breast milk only contains 4.5% of calories from protein.  Beef contains 14 times that amount, way too much!  Continue reading

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Aesop’s Fable – The Wolf and The Crane

I am currently reading Aesop’s Fables and especially loved this passage:

A Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone. “I would give anything,” said he, “if you would take it out.” At last the Crane agreed to try, and told the Wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the Crane put its long neck down the Wolf’s throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out. “Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?” said the Crane. The Wolf grinned and showed his teeth and said: “Be content. You have put your head inside a Wolf’s mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you.”

Gratitude and greed go not together.

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Tell the EPA to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, the ones killing all our bees

Dead BeesPlease sign the petition to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, the class of pesticides that are decimating our bee population.

Here was my message to the EPA when I signed it.

“I am continually disappointed with the unprofessional whore-like job the EPA does in protecting me and my loved ones.  The most recent example of this regards the fact that GMOs are studied at all, no not released in to the wild that’s obviously a fool’s errand, but they shouldn’t even be tested do to the potentially catastrophic results if they ever got in to the wild.  We’ve already seen the effects of GMOs in the radically higher rates of infertility, obesity, anaphylaxis (potentially lethal allergic reactions), and autoimmune disorders just to name a few.

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Quake 4 Hi-Res Screenshots

Quake 4 IconProbably my biggest gripe with the screenshots of games posted online is the pitifully low resolutions used to demonstrate games.  Quake 4 looks magnificent on a decent video card at high resolution.  In my case I’m using a NVIDIA GTX 295 running at 1680×1050.  Please click on a photo to see a higher resolution version.  Both Quake 4 (2005) and Doom 3 (2004) were released by ID Software around the same time.  However, Quake 4 looks remarkably better with higher resolution textures, more complex models, and dialog that more closely matches the lips of animated characters. Continue reading

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Brother HL-4070CDW Review

Brother HL-4070CDWI can safely call this my first and last Brother printer.  I paid around $431 for it and the quality is lackluster.  It’s 2400 DPI and yet I’ve seen older 600 DPI HP Laser Printers print better photographs on generic non photo paper.

Moreover, if I try to print an envelope it’ll look like I sat on the envelope for the duration of a road trip by the time it comes out.  Sure the ink looks fine, but the envelope is completely bent and the edges are scuffed in the process.  This doesn’t exactly yield that increase in professionalism one would expect from custom printed envelopes. Continue reading

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Blurring sticker that covers your license plate number

I can’t be the only one who’s ever left the intersection right as the light changed and wondered whether or not I’m going to get a ticket in the mail. Here’s a sticker that keeps your plate visibly readable by a police officer, but makes it illegible when photographed from a traffic camera.

If you don’t have one of these stickers or aren’t willing to take the risk, they still might not ticket you. Continue reading

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