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|Tuesday, November 9th, 2004|
|That horrible sinking feeling
Ever have that horrible sinking feeling?
Like you realize you've had it stolen from you again, but this time they have done a better job of it?
That seems to be the case. Check out this slashdot link:http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/08/1910250&tid=103&tid=219
Yeah. Great. Massive Voter fraud. AGAIN. It seems like it, at the very least, cost us New Mexico [10% of ballots won't even be counted!], possibly Flordia and Ohio as well. Sigh.
This is the time - we have to stand up and demand reliable, voter verified, recountable voting. I urge everyone to write thier congressman / woman and state senator and tell them we need better voting now, before fraud reachs the point where we are no longer a democracy...
...assuming we haven't reached that point already.
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004|
|Why America is screwed
I haven't used this livejournal in a long time, but I need to say something.
America is screwed. Done. Finished as a superpower. Why, you ask?
Before you stop reading, hear me out. The international community hates president Bush. He has acted like he is General of the World and not president of the United States, and most foriegn countries basically refuse to deal with him.
"So what?", you ask. "America doesn't need those losers. America Rocks!!!!"
To bad those losers are financing our asses.
Most of the rest of the world said "We hate Bush, but America is okay. He didn't even win the popular vote there". That impression is gone. They will start to hate america itself now, which is very very bad for us.
The American economy relies on the good will of European, Middle Eastern and Chinese bankers who finance our national debt. I doubt the Chinese will pull the spending plug, but I think the odds are "extremely good" that we will start to see European investment pulled from the United States. Don't get me started on what the middle eastern bankers will do. The Saudis get along really well with Bush, but I think the rest will accelerate a gradual movement to Euros that has been going on since 2000.
These financial dealings allow the US to finance its 5% GDP deficit, a level of hemoraging that can't be maintained over the long run. I'm not any kind of economist, but from what I understand countries cannot maintain deficits that are larger then thier growth % rate + thier inflation % rate. Right now the growth rate is -0.7% and the inflation rate is around 2% - which means one of three things has to happen. We have to start a massive economic boom, undergo massive inflation or default on our loans. The first option is the least painful but also the least likely. The second option would give us a late 1970s - early 1980s style economy and I think is the most likely. The third option would fix the debt problems but would probably start a second great depression.
"But we can just cut spending, right?"
Not really. The truth is most of our domestic spending is pretty threadbare already. The problem is that taxes are artifically low and can't be maintained at thier current levels, although it seems that Bush will still force through more cuts despite reality. The other problem is that a massive amount of money is now flowing into Defense and the war in Iraq, which seems to be becoming a black hole of money that I can' see Bush closing up anytime soon.
Why can't Bush close the whole in Iraq? Because to do so he would need more international help, and the fact is the whole world hates him too much to help at all. Tony Blair is facing the possibility of a vote of no confidence if he increases troop levels in Iraq, Pro-Bush governments in Spain and Poland have been voted out, Austrailia doesn't have the resources to send more troops, and the Italian government is teetering on the brink.
Not only that, but Bush's "agressive" foriegn policy means we are almost certain to have more military commitments over the next 4 years. Commitments that can only realistically be met by a draft. Before yesterday I thought that a draft was inconcievable. But with Bush's popular vote victory as a mandate, I think it is a very real possibility.
It gets worse on the domestic front, though. For anyone who holds any sort of secular or liberal social viewpoint its game over. The Democrats will be able to barely stop a federal gay marriage amendment, but that might be moot with the Supreme court reaching retirement age in a big way.
Its clear that Rehnquist is going to retire in the coming months. That will not significantly affect the court. However, it is widely agreed that up to 3 more justices, including several moderates, will retire in the next 4 years. With the Democrats crushed in the Senate it is likely that Bush will be able to get extremely conservative justices appointed to the court. I think its is exteremely likely that the next 4 years will see supreme court rulings banning gay marriage, abortion, Stem cell research and affirmative action.
To sum it up, I think America is going to become a social and economic backwater with a massively oversized military, much like the Soviet Union in the 1980s. I think this is the closing ring for the American superpower. At least we aren't going out with a whimper.
|Friday, January 3rd, 2003|
|BriLAN 4 FAQ
same as for #3 below, except that its January 4th @4pm - January 5th whenever (just say noonish)
|Friday, July 26th, 2002|
|BriLAN 3 FAQ
Here is all the info on BriLAN 3 -
Time - 3 PM Sat. 27th July - Noon Sunday 28th July
Place - My Basement, my house (see directions below)
What it's all about - Graduation; going off to University
What to Bring - Computer, Network Cable, Video game systems, games, movies, sleeping stuff
What will we be doing? - Playing games, watching movies, swapping Anime
Food? - Yes. Pizza, Pepsi and lots of snacks
Where is this house? - Take 590 to Exit 7 (Browncroft Boul.). Turn East, following the Penfield Sign. Drive past the mini mall and take a left at the light after the church onto Qualtrough. Follow Qualtrough to Piccadilly Park - Scarbourogh Drive. It's a subdevelopment on the right. If you see a garden store, you have gone too far. Take the right fork in the development onto Dundas Dr. It's number 36, third brick house after the bend.
Um, You didn't answer my question - Call me at 671-6791
Also, call if your going to be significantly (Past 5 PM) Late, if you can.
I will be up until 3 AM tonight, and I will check my email just before I go to bed. So if you have anything to say tonight to me, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (thats two _ )
|Monday, May 27th, 2002|
|According to the SelectSmart.com selector, Political Belief Selector, my #1 match is Left Liberal. </br> What are you?</b></a> Visit SelectSmart.com |
If you want to take this test, thats the link
. Have fun!
For those interested, my top 7 ideologies are:
#1: left liberal
#6: Right conservative
heh, the full spectrum. I knew I would be #1 and #2. but what is with3, and 5-7? They contradict the other ones completely. I mean, 6 and 7 are the mirror image of 1 and 2, but 3, 4, and 5 just don't make sense... oh well.
And now A poem...
Well, wasn't that uplifting? and now, some Haikus for you
I see dead
People who are talking
to me frequently
Well, weren't those lovely? I knew you would like them.
And Now for something completely different...
Well, I think we all had fun here today, don't you? Until next time, leave me a comment, and I will mock you for you punctuation and grammar.
Uh, I mean, reply to it.
|Saturday, April 13th, 2002|
|Sunday, April 7th, 2002|
Still Alive... Just. I've gotten a chance to quickly make this post while my parents are watching "Dr. Who". For those of you who don't know yet, because of some, uh, unsavory grades I have been grounded. As in the "No Video games, no TV and no Computer" type deal, until AP exams... but I should be able to get a temporary amnesty for Spring Break. Still, this really sucks. I just have to say, thank god for Gameboy - that and books, of course. I'll see if I can come back on to talk to people after my dad goes to bed, but thats unlikely. BTW - the play was great, just so you all know. It was the last thing I got to do before the grounding. Well, gtg, and I hope that all of you whose lives also suck (like Jayson - Even though you insulted me, whats happened to you this week is still craptastic and I wish you better luck) see an improvement. well, Bye!
- Briguy out
|Sunday, March 17th, 2002|
|Finally, another update -
Thats right - I realize that this LJ has become a site updated monthy, and I will try to change that to at least weekly very soon. As many of you now know, I got into Case Western Reserve (with thier hillarious "YOU'RE IN" envelope) with a nice sized scholarship, which is very cool. Case is my second choice, which means I'll end up going there unless Cornell accepts me with a similarly large financial aide / scholarship package, which is unlikely. For those of you interested, I plan to make up next weeks chess matches directly after I complete this post, ending the 5 week long Chess Club Hiatus, and finally returning chess goodness to the masses. I knew that would please you. Now that I'm in a place I actually want to go to, I have found it even more difficult (if that were possible) to get any work done. I know that I'm not alone in this bout of severe senioritis, but I also know that I'll have to pull out of it, or else I'll end up risking my merit based scholarship to Case. If only I could have it nice and easy, like Adam.... but I digress. In the past few weeks, I have purchased no less than five video games, and what follows is a short review of each game.
GBA games -
Super Mario World - Super Mario Advance 2 -- absolutely amazing port of the SNES classic. Familiar plot - you play as Mario or Luigi and save the Princess from Bowser - but has the added bonuses of a world map (like from Mario 3) and the new Yoshi Character. even though this game was a port, I found its play style ideal for the GBA, since you can save after each level, and each level takes no more than 5 mintues to play. 9.9 Pepsi's / 10
Sonic Advance - A completely new Sonic game in the Sonic 3 & Knuckles tradition. Playable characters include Sonic, Amy, Tails and Knuckles, all with thier own special abilities. While the game iteself is great, it is not as well suited for the GBA,, strangely, as Super Mario World is. The game has a quirky save system, which saves your progress but not your score or items you have collected, like Mario does. Still a good game, but Mario World is better. 9 Pepsi's / 10
Fuzion Frenzy - An amazing game comprising of over 45 mini games. Fuzion Frenzy is a party game, and can support up to 4 players with no split screen. The players have the option of either playing through a linked "Tournement" option, or to play thier favorite mini games induvidually. The game's AI can be scaled from easy to hard, and on hard it really is tough to beat. My only Qualm with the game is that some of the mini games are identical saving one or two small changes. 9.2 Pepsi's / 10
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - oh, I don't need to say anything about this title. All of you know of Tony Hawk's amazing level design and gameplay. The Xbox version ships with sightly upgraded graphics, several new hidden skaters, and a whole new level, the oil rig. Practicing over the weekend has made me a "decent" player; I can score 20-30.000 a game, which is still nothing great. The only problem isn't with the game, its that the Xbox controller is a little on the bulky side. However, I can testify the xbox version of this game is a real treat, and I would advice everyone to own this game. If you own multiple consoles, definately consider the xbox version. 9.8 Pepsi's /10
Wreckless - The Yakuza Missons -- First off, let me say this - The graphics in Wreckless are amazing. The entire city of Hong Kong is beautifully rendered in this game, right down to people walking down the street. That said, the gameplay itself is a bit of a dissapointment. I was hoping for something to tide me over until Grand Theft Auto 3 makes its way over to the 'box sometime between now and may, but I didn't find it. Simply stated, the game is too hard. I haven't been able to beat either of the two unlocked missions (niether has Remmy or anyone else who has tried) - for starters because they don't give you enough time to complete the missions. Maybe the game will grow on me as I play it more, but that hasn't happened yet. 7 Pepsi's / 10
I hope to pick up Heroes of Might and Magic 4 when it hits store shelves the 29th - I'll be sure to let you know what I think of that game when it comes. I'll also be back with more about my life, my future at college, and all new Hijinks next week. Until then....
Briguy out Current Mood: long winded
|Friday, February 22nd, 2002|
Hey everyone, I know I haven't posted in a while. After the BriLAN I was too lazy to bring my computer upstairs and reconnect it to the network (and thus the internet) for several weeks, but I've finally gotten around to it.
News - I got into SUNY Stony Brook. I don't know if I want to go there or not, but I'm glad I got in somewhere
I got an email from a history prof. at Case Western, basically telling me how great they are, which is good, I guess
|Friday, January 25th, 2002|
Okay, the BrLAN is now only 14 hours away. I found out today that Mike M is "LAN-ned out", so in his stead Uberwill is now offically invited.
At this party, ye shall find:
71 cans of Pepsi, Coke and Cherry coke
Snacks up the wazoo
3 TV sets
Xbox, PS2, Dreamcast and SNES (!)
I would like it if the following people, in addition to any consoles they have, would bring the following:
Remmy - VGA adapter for DC
Adam - Computer (I would really like it if you brought yours)
Troy - Game Boy Advance
Jayson - Your Brain
Chuck - NO BEER!!!! okay? Beer will get you kicked out, and that goes for wine, or anything else alcholic, as well! (Not even Rum!)
Ian - Bring your wits, because Chuck will be out to get you!
Will - Just bring yourself along, with a computer, please. I know its short notice.
Got questions about tomorrow? Phone 671-6791
That is all.
|Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002|
|Journal Homestead Act
As of today, anyone can now open up a homestead and post on my comment boards, even as the dreaded anonymous person. I want everyone to understand that this is a privilage and not a right. Innapropriate and unsigned messages will be deleted, and if I get too many of either type, then we will be right back to regestered users only once again. I hope everyone understands.
|Sunday, January 20th, 2002|
For those of you on the BriLAN invite list (If your not, I wanted to invite you, but my parents and the practical limitations of my basement kept me to a total of 8 people.... sorry) the Party starts at 1 PM on Sat, 26 January, and runs to Sun, 27 January, 1 PM - 24 full hours of fun!
If you are unsure if you are on the list, it is -
twentysquaredisforty (Ian Vaughn)
Ez Loven (Mike M.)
Directions - From 590 Northbound -
1. Take 590 North to Browncroft
2. Take a Right onto Browncroft
3. Go down, take a left at the stoplight after the gasstation (onto Qualtrough)
4. Take a right into "Piccadilly Park" From Qualtrough (onto Scarburough)
5. Take the Right fork in the road (Onto Dundas)
6. its #36, on the left
If you miss step 3, don't despair -
3. Take a left onto Scribner ( road after Qualtrough)
4. Take a left into Piccadilly Park (onto Dundas)
5. its #36, on the right
From Empire Bul. -
1. Take a right onto Creek St. (The road that runs right past Arby's)
2. Take a left onto Embury
3. Take a right onto Qualtrough
4. take a left into Piccadilly Park (Scarbourgh)
5. Take the right fork in the road (Dundas)
6. #36, on the left
Required equipment at BriLAN -
2. A gift (Sorry, it is a birthday party)
3. Your Computer (with cables, mouse, and Ethernet Network cable)
4. Your Games
5. A power Strip
6. Any Console systems (Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, and even Gameboy / advance - No Gamecube. Gamecube is evil), games for such and RF/ VGA adapters you have for said system
7. Your will to have fun!
8. Your movies - they might be fun - especially Anime
9. (optional) extra soda would be nice....
Again, I'm sorry if you didn't get invited. If you really want to come and were not invited, let me know, and if anyone cancels I'll give you a call.
If you are invited, make sure you come, it will be a real blast!
What will be there -
3 TVs, 8 computers, Xbox, PS2, Dreamcast, GBA,, Pizza, lots of soda, cake, and me!
What will not be there -
Prostitutes (sorry Troy : ), Beer (Sorry Chuck), Drugs (except Caffiene), Gamecube (EVIL), Tiny Elves (because they tell me to burn things)
Jayson - DAMMIT! The Tiny Eleves are the Life of the party!
Brian - Oh, well, sorry jayson, they just cause too much havoc
Jayson - They'll make Chuck start Fart-lighting or something!
Brian - Oh dear
Well, thats about it, remember, come to BriLAN 2.0 - "Be there and be square!" Current Mood: geeky
|Thursday, January 17th, 2002|
|Tuesday, January 15th, 2002|
|Brian News Update with Bill and Jim
Thank you, I'm Jim. Tonight, on Brian News Update -
Midterms approach - an editorial
Thanks Jim. And now, we go over to our editor, Brian, with an editorial on Midterms...
Thanks, Bill. Even though I want the midterms to be over, they fill me will a deep forboading. The fact is, If I do craptacularly on them, especially on the Calculus one, it will greatly hurt my chances of getting into a good college with any form of scholarship (several of the Universities give out SAT based scholarships, but these have minimum acedemic requirements as well). Not only that, but I'm way behind in my Physics homework, which will be painful to make up, and sightly behind in Chemistry. This basically means that, once again, I am bestowed with the title of "Idiot", which was last given to me from December 10 - 28, 2001, when I didn't have my college apps done but should have. That title was revoked when I finished my apps, but now applies once again, at least until after Midterms. The title of "Idiot" brings with it the following privileges until revoked:
1. I get to be called an idiot by everyone
2. Self imposed video game restrictions (of course, since I'm an idiot, I might be idiotic and break these restrictions)
3. I get to do lots of homework
5. I cannot insult anyone else for idiocy, because, as the supreme idiot, that wouldn't make sense
6. I can make fun of smart or atheltic people (making fun of athletic, strong people, of course, is idiotic, especially if they have short tempers)
7. Chess club doesn't exist while I'm an idiot
And now, A word from our sponsor....
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You can play as one of eight of Brian's (the idiot) friends - Jayson, Remmy, Adam, Troy, Mike M, Ian or Chuck* - while guiding Brian through 21 huge levels to ultimate safety. Battle against the Evil Calculus test, devilish Physics homework, and US history AP papers, before finally facing the dreaded Examinator. Can you defeat the Examinator and save Brian? Its worth a try.
Comming January 15th to a video game store near you.
* yes, I know thats 7 people.... thats a joke, hahaha!
(Music Jingle) Budadadadada, buddadadadadadada -
Now back to BNU, with Bill and Jim.
Thanks. In other news from around the world, Brian is buying a dreamcast - What effects could this have, Jim?
Well, Bill, here at the Brian Weather Center, we predict the addition of a Dreamcast system to the weather patterns will create an extreme low-pressure zone around the Physics and Calculus region, probably bringing temperatures there down to a chilling 70 degrees Gradeius - thats a C- on the Letter scale... Bill?
Thanks, Jim. Thats all we have for Tonight's Brian evening news, Thank you and Goodnight.
Current Mood: stupid
|Wednesday, January 9th, 2002|
|I'm the king of the world... or something
today is a special day... thats right, its my Birthday! and I'm 18!!!! w00t!
In other news, I'm not angry with my friends anymore, which is a good thing
Oh, and the 26th-27th, I will be hosting my 18th birthday party, BriLAN 2.0. Be there, with gifts :)
- Briguy Out
PS - Current Mood: cheerful
|Wednesday, January 2nd, 2002|
|I'm not going to take this anymore
I'm sick of taking shit from everyone. The "duct tape" incident at Jayson's party pushed me close to the edge, but now being treated like a village idiot who likes to bathe in Manure by Troy has pushed me too far. I'm not putting up with this shit anymore. Thats my New Year's Resolution. I'm sick and tired of being the Safety Monkey to your guys Tycho and Gabe
. Frankly, I don't care if I lose a friend or two in the process, because right now I feel as if I don't have any real friends, anyway. Current Mood: pissed off
|Tuesday, December 25th, 2001|
|What did Brian get for Christmas? Well, Let me tell you.
This is a list of everything I got for Christmas:
2. Dead Or Alive 3, for Xbox
3. Azurik, for Xbox
4. Offical Xbox Magazine, Issue 2, with sampler Xbox DVD
5. Lava Lamp
6. 36 cans of Coke
7. 2 cans of Pringles
8. 6 big tins of Altoids, 2 regular tins
9. Black and White, for PC
10. DVD Kit for Xbox
11. Final Fantasy DVD
12. Extra Xbox Controller
13. "Santa Packs are Coming" Snow Dome
14. Coca Cola Polar Bear Cermanic thingy
15. After Eight Mints
17. RF Adapter for Xbox
18. "New Car Fund" jar and magnet set /w 30 dollars inside
19. Tiny Toy Car
20. 20 packs of Big Red Gum
21. Sugar Cookies
Well, I think thats it all. Well, am I spoiled? I know thats a lot of stuff, and my grandma and uncle contributed to it, just so you know (in fact, I even put some of my own money toward the Xbox, those things are expensive) respond with what you got!
Oh, and I'll have to finish my college apps tomorrow, fun.
|Monday, December 10th, 2001|
|Ahh, The holidays...
Well, with 21 days to go, I have not yet started my college apps.
I'm an idiot.
Well, with that cleared up, my Grandma is coming to visit for Christmas, and so I'm off to Toronto tomorrow with my dad to pick her up. Therefore, you won't be seeing my beautiful personage in class tomorrow :( :P .
On another note, if your interested in anime, and you have a broadband (dsl or cable, better known in these parts as Lightning Link or Road Runner, for those of you who aren't computer savvy), you have to check out this
. Click on that and follow either the "Reactor" or "Alliance" links to get to toonami reactor, which has some sweet anime for you viewing experience. word.
As per Adam's
request, I will now post my Christmas lists - real and fantasy, The question is, can you tell which is which?
1. Playstation 2 or Xbox
2. Games for said system, good ones.
5. PC games, maybe Red Alert 2 expansion, Black & White, and Max Payne
6. New Computer
1. New Car
2. New Computer
3. Playstation 2
8. A shitload of games
9. World Domination
10. Bikini Clad Models who are just dying for some briguy action :)
Still can't tell which list is which? Well, then you're a moron. Please note that Item 6 on the first list is in semi-fantasy land, and is in an "or" relationship with item 1 on the list, which is also in an "or" between the two items. I would prefer an xbox, but since they are so hard to get, I would gladly settle for a PS2. As for the second list, if you don't consider item 9 (or 10) to be a giveaway, and you happen to be the United Nations, please give me a call. I'm sure you guys have the number. Even if your just Europe, thats okay too. Just call. I'm in the phone book. And this joke has been taken way WAY too far.... now.
Well, 4 days until vacation... yeah!
- Commander Brian T Robson, US Game Corps
|Tuesday, November 20th, 2001|
|ow, the monkeys...
wow, I don't update this as much as I probably should. Hmm, maybe its because nothing ever happens in my life... except for that time the wild monkeys attacked, and it hurt, because they tried to rip out my spleen, but you don't want to hear about that, right?.