Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Post Before this One

Yesterday's post is long, boring and important. Felt like it was best to leave it up in the #1 position for more than one day. At least read the last few paragraphs about the evil email that supposedly is from irs.gov. It may save you major heaedaches and money!

Later, going back to the Flexiril haze. Backaches suck!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Change as a Campaign/Election Platform? Take a Look at Change

What about it friends and neighbors, do you think these United States should remain a Democracy or endorse Socialism? This is being kept on the down low by the current administration and the hush hush is just another example of how they are out to ruin our great nation. To me, it borders on treason. It is, no doubt, treachery and deceit. I am talking about HR-4646. The proposal: If you deposit $5,000.00 into your checking account or savings account the bank has to take out 1% or $50.00 of that money and send it to Washington. Then, any checks or cash you take out of your bank they will deduct 1% from withdrawals or either what is still in the bank and send it to Washington. This is based on an arbitrary figure of a deposit put in the bank. Using $5,000.00 as the deposit example that will equal $100.00 or more, depending on how it's withdrawn, of that you give to Washington (exact procedure is vague, LOL). Check out the unedited article at Standard-Examiner.com

Never contacted your Senator or member of the House of Representatives? Do a Google search for your state and area to find their names and email addresses. Unless you like throwing cash away to please the current administration, this is almost a mandatory duty of ALL citizens of the USA. Let your elected officials know how you feel about this matter. BTW, you can thank Rep. Peter DeFazio from Oregon and Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa for this insane legislative proposal. And guess what? Yep, they are both Democrats. This thing has a timeline attached to be brought before Congress in the next few weeks and voted on no later than December the 23rd. Sneaky bastards are using the hoopla of the upcoming election to smooze it in under the "radar." Might be a good idea to contact your local state offcials too. Above all, remember these robber barons when you VOTE! What has happened to the Democratic party? Are they that lost? Yeah it's "change" alright. The President that promised no new taxes for anyone that made under $250,000 has once again changed his mind. That's his idea of "change" I think.

Last and definitely not least, if you get ANY email from the IRS.gov delete it immediately. They DO NOT email anyone!!!!!!!!!!! This is a scam that could end up taking over your online banking. Research is going on about this problem and there will be more to follow. This is malware at its worst. I have talked to Chief IT/IS people within banks and this is real folks. We have only been able to format drives and reinstall to get rid of it. The poor devils that put this together will be hunted down with the gusto of a hound dog and punished severely. In that part of our government I do still have faith. It has become a major issue in the world of tech and may be the most horrible garbageware to hit us yet. So watch those emails as you open them.

Normally I don't go to this length to deal with things governmental. This is important and you need to do your own investigation. Please, please remember all this when you vote next week. If you endorse TeaParty, Democrat or Indepentent, be sure and vote Republican. Pelosi (she's certainly not "my little pretty"!), Defazio, Harkin and their adherents need to be ousted. November the 2nd can be the beginning of our people taking back our country. Once again, VOTE! Use the comments or email me. Any feedback will be welcome.

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."
~Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Random Thursday, Seasonal Song

It's long, but it rocks. Many versions of this song, but I like this treatment. Thanks for the link Ashy!

"'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world."

~William Shakespeare

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Catching Up on a Few Things Techno

It looks like Windows 8 may be due for release in 2012. That's the opinion of some folks. Check it out at Information Week. There are rumors of Virtualization and many interesting links at this site. My opinion? They've done a great job with Windows 7 and the vast improvements in Vista, except for Vista Business, which still sucks, along with Vista Home Basic. Home Basic should never have made the cut, it really sucks. Good guideline is to always buy Home Premium versions or above (with the exception of Vista Business) of any newer Windows operating system. Still use Vista Ultimate and with all the upgrade installs it's a hoot that so many people think I am actually running Windows 7. Have Windows 7 on the Qosmio laptop and love it though. BTW support on XP Pro has been extended to the year 2019. Wonder how the new Windows phone will do? They do have a way of being a bit late, but then smashing the market shares, Zune excluded. Anyway, Windows 8 news is worth watching.

NVIDIA users; Check your drivers. New one issued for many cards on 10/25/2010. It's run on this machine for several days and I seem to see some speed increase and frame rate improvement. Sometimes they do awesome things and sometimes not so much. This one leans towards the positive. Go to their DOWNLOAD DRIVERS site and check it out. Be sure and fill in the info about your card.

ATI/AMD Vid Card fans; Yes, I will start posting update news for your cards too. Running an Asus Silent card in one of my machines and will be checking the site. Hey, both manufacturers are good. It's become no contest. Equal card via manufacturer equals equal performance and price anymore. Bear with me you will start seeing the update links as they are issued.

Still fighting the same 3 machines, but winning the battle on all 3 fronts since making a power supply change in one unit. Got to get back to the bench. Scans are finishing. Later.

"We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers."
~Edward Dahlberg (interesting concept)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Early start today. Have 3 PCs benched and still can't complete Windows Updates. Mudslingr sent a suggestion and am about to try it. Hate having machines sitting around this close to finishing. One I've had for almost 2 weeks. Thinking about a 'format C:'. Very frustrating. Anyone else that has ideas please let me know. I bet Mudslingr's "fix" will work though. Will keep you posted.

Still trying to become organized and clean up the garbage dump known as the beach house. It's been a most trying year. Hardest on me since 1996. Gosh, the Summer of 95 is legendary and then the world crumbled the next year. Please, everyone stay safe, take your meds and hang in there. Times are extremely rough economically and we must fight our best fight to overcome the current members of the monkey house aka federal government.

Please remember to vote. Tea Party members are leaning towards the GOP heavily in hopes not to split the vote. We've got to run that witch Pelosi out of her current position and start repairing the horrendous mistakes "enforced" by the current administration. That absurd health care agenda MUST be changed.

Back to the work bench. Hope I get all three of these completed today. Sorry about the whines. It's going to get better...

~Dragor Rogue

Monday, October 25, 2010

Music Monday - Timeless

This is not the original Blood, Sweat & Tears group, but David Clayton Thomas is the original singer. Very powerful voice. They are a very old group that had many great hits. I think this song stands the test of time. BTW, is it me or is that Jerry "the King" Lawler playing 2nd trumpet? (Go ahead and insert the 'evil grin' here)

"A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become."
~W. H. Auden

Sunday, October 24, 2010

GW2 News

There is an awesome collection of articles about Guild Wars 2 at PC Gamer Online. One disappointing item is several of their writers are predicting a 2011 release. Also, if you are a Guild Wars player be sure and check out their online Hall of Monuments Rewards Calculator. This will help achieve points that will have something to do with the connection between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2.

The release date will be interesting. NewEgg.com still has 11/03/2010 listed as ship date. The GW sites are gearing up like the release will be anytime. We will see what happens, huh?

"Time, time time is on my side, yes it is..."
~Jagger & Richards

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Great Gaming Buy

If you live in this area, you can pick up a great buy on Guild Wars Eye of the North at your Fred's store. Dragor Rogue purchased a copy for $10.00! Please remember this is NOT a standalone module. You must have the original Guild Wars (Prophecies) in order to play EotN. This a great addition with many benefits and beautiful rendering. It opens up a huge area that is filled with beautiful countryside and awesome adventures. To be precise, 'IT'S COOL, DADDY-O!

Hate that Ole Miss lost to Arkansas. The game was delayed for a while due to possible lightning strikes. Stormy day for the Rebels and Colonel Reb. The black bear mascot sucks!! sucks!! sucks!! Colonel Reb Forever!!!! Give 'em hell Alumni!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random Thursday - Definitely Different

This the only "rap" song you'll ever hear from the beach house. But hey! It's Weird Al:

BTW, have I mentioned how much cringing goes on here when the video is VEVO? Thought I had...

"Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ''the rat race'' is not yet final."
~Hunter S. Thompson

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Flu Shots & Windows Updates.

Working on an article and map about where to get flu shots. You can start your search by going here. I finally got one last year and it worked! First time in years I didn't stay sick all winter. Google maps will point out where to find facilities that are participating. You will have to allow them to track your geographic location. I did this and almost instantly it popped up a map and a list with detailed info about location, hours, cost, etc.

Has anyone else found it difficult to download Windows updates? I've been trying with one computer over a week and it fails to install them. Now I have 3 PCs and getting the same results. This machine I am using to write this post has downloaded updates automatically. The 3 PCs are running XP while this one is using Vista Ultimate SP2. Please let me know your experience with this problem and any possible recommendations or 'fixes.' Comments are below and the email addy is at the top of the page. Do know they have issued a lot of updates in the past few weeks.

It's late. Trying to rebuild 3 PCs is somewhat stressful. Each individual machine has its own quirks. These are made by 3 different manufacturers so that's a contention. Be so glad to get them back online at their respective desks.

"The shortest answer is doing."
~Lord Herbert

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Call List

Everyone needs to do this:

This program is designed to reduce the number of calls residential subscribers receive from telemarketers. It will not eliminate all telemarketing calls. The following solicitors (telemarketers) are exempt from participating in the No Call program:

1) An entity that does not make the major sales presentation during the call,
2) An entity that does not try to complete the sale during the call,
3) An entity with no intent to complete the sale on the call, but arranges a face-to-face meeting with the consumer to complete the sale,
4) Mississippi licensed real estate agents,
5) Mississippi licensed motor vehicle dealers,
6) Mississippi licensed Insurance agents,
7) Registered securities brokers and investment advisors,
8) Registered charitable organizations or callers on their behalf that receive no compensation,
9) Newspapers,
10) Financial institutions with a physical location in Mississippi that are subject to supervision by an official state or federal agency,
11) Mississippi licensed funeral homes, and
12) Companies you have an established business relationship with or had a relationship with during the past six months.

If you continue to receive calls from non-exempt solicitors after the effective date listed above, you may file a complaint with the Mississippi Public Service Commission. All complaints must be filed in writing. Instructions for filing a complaint and Complaint Forms are available on the website at http://www.psc.state.ms.us or by dialing 1-86NOCALLMS (1-866-622-5567)

For further information about the No Call program see Frequently Asked Questions for Subscribers on the website at http://www.psc.state.ms.us.


Brandon Presley - Commissioner Northern District

I think the rest of the U.S. has campaigns against these jerks. If a call comes in private or unknown I will not answer it.

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
John F. Kennedy

Remember When You Vote

This is from Memorial Day, but with the election coming up I think poignant. Thanks for a great email Dragor Rogue.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."
~Thomas Jefferson

Monday, October 18, 2010

Music Monday

Several people have requested that this video be posted again. For a little over 3 minutes she's gonna nail you. You think she's peaked and it just keeps getting better. Also, this was in 2006 which meant Orianthi was still in her teens! This moves my music soul, There are no words to describe how she overwhelms me...just listen:

"Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said."
George Santayana (Not to be confused with Carlos Santana)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Way to Go Cyndane!

Congrats and props to Cyndane Eloize, a Superior Air Elementalist, who obtained the title of Legendary Cartographer in Guild Wars. She has explored 100% of the the continents which is a long, tedious accomplishment. Ashy and I were there to help her make the jump across the ravine in Dunes of Despair where she completed this great accomplishment. She has finished many areas alone in 'hard mode' while working on her vanquishing titles. Her need of assistance has been minimal. Shout out to Forest, Merlin and all others that have helped. She will finish Talus Chute in hard mode and obtain Legendary Vanquisher soon. This is one tough gamer who can bring the enemy down with huge strikes of lightning that seem to fly towards her victims from everywhere. She wields one of the best looking weapons in the game, a Moteh's Lightning spire and looks good while doing it. Great effort by a great player!

If you have any major Guild Wars accomplishments you want listed, let me know. I'll be glad to post recognition of your efforts. Remember, contrary to what some believe, I CANNOT read minds so you have to tell me this things! Email your information to cybersouth@gmail.com.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Guild Wars Efforts Endorses Breast Cancer Awareness

Tomorrow at 1:00PM CST Guild Wars will introduce Rosa Salvitas in Lion's Arch. She is also known at the, "Pink Lady." Her name roughly translates, "Pink, who is healthy." She will stay through the end of the month and sell pink dyes promoting breast cancer awareness. The dyes are only 100g in the game and is a great way to show your support of this humanitarian cause that has made great strides in treatment. This has my complete endorsement as does contributing real money. We wiped out Polio and Small Pox (although some muslim terrorists have tried to bring it back} so why not this horrible disease that has touched many of our lives. The damn baboons in the government should be contributing American dollars to such efforts instead of promoting a socialist medical plan that will fall flat on its ass! Let's go, girls and boys!

"October, as you know, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To increase attention, I've whipped up a dye that will certainly increase visibility. Would you like a vial?"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

They're Safe!

It is great news that all 33 workers trapped in the mine in Chile have been rescued. Good to see international co-operation trying to help folks. Can you imagine the homecomings they will experience? It's all over the news. Try the BBC News article. There's even a video. Nice to see positive news celebrating the efforts of mankind helping each other. Props and kudos to all that worked around the clock to make this rescue possible. Can you imagine trapped 69 days 1/2 mile underground? The human spirit and faith still live in spite of the jerk Jihad terrorists and socialists that are trying to bring us down. The relief and joy of the workers even made me smile.

"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
~Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Upcoming "Ghoulish" Night

Halloween is just around the corner. Seems that the folklore of vampires is all all over the place. Even the TV show CSI had its regulars turning into these creatures of the dark. WikiHow features an article about How to Be Like a Vampire. Don't take this too seriously. They don't and use a humorous approach towards the subject. It might help you develop a great costume for October the 31st. There's a video that helps you make vampire attire. Trick or Treat used to be fun until the sickies ruined it by dosing candy and goodies with all types of horrible stuff. Be careful out there. Go with your children and only visit known safe sites. Remember, the rule is that if someone is celebrating Halloween their porch light will be lit. Mine won't so don't bother. I don't even answer the door. Just not my thing anymore. Have fun and stay safe. DON"T DRINK AND DRIVE!!

"This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him."
~Conan O'Brien

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

One of the CLASSIC Rock Songs

One of my favorite guitarists doing one of his best tunes. Lot going on in this performance. The dude on the Hammond can tear it up! The video quality leaves something to be desired, but it's still a great listen to one of the masters of guitar. Makes me wanna' get up n dance!!

"Let me run with you tonight, I'll take you on a moonlit ride..."
~Tom Petty

Sunday, October 10, 2010

PC Gaming, Etc.

Okay, the new Elite series of Hewlett-Packard is da bomb! After seeing one of these machines it seems amazing that HP has arisen to the occasion. They offer a very good line of gaming machines. Still, you can't go wrong with SwinTech Designs for a great custom built machine. SwinTech is tuned to gaming high end machines like Eric Clapton's Stratocaster is tuned to blues or Chuck Norris has his cowboy boots tuned to kicking some ass!

Anyway, we had a great evening of watching college football and setting up an extremely good looking, speed-o-light PC. The food was awesome and it was fun to watch MS State beat Houston like a dirty rug. Sorry, Alabama fans, I was sure pullin' for y'all. Tennessee too! Fun time, as always. Thanks Elie and Pixie-Freck for an awesome evening.

"Only in grammar can you be more than perfect."
~William Safire

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Another Guild Wars Post

GuildWars.com is offering the Eye of the North expansion for the 1st chapter of Guild Wars (aka Prophecies) for 33% off. That's 19 dollars and change plus shipping. But, you can buy the same game at NewEgg.com for a mere $5.99 and even free shipping in some cases. Just remember that you do have to own the first game which takes place in Tyria for EOTN to work. All 3 of the main games are stand alone but this one is a expansion that attaches to the continent of Tyria. This will help new players build points and setup the transition to GW2.

Going to visit friends and work on a uber gaming machine. First time setup. It's sweet and attached HDMI to a 32" Toshiba Rezga. Got to be awesome...

"A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."
~Grace Pulpit

Friday, October 08, 2010

Guild Wars 2 Info

Everyone that plays Guild Wars should see today's update. They are quickly transitioning to Guild Wars 2. You can now do things to prepare your characters' Hall of Monuments to crossover. It's a good idea to focus most of your game efforts towards acquiring titles. Be sure and click on the links in the update and read about it. The new Oppressor Weapons can now be displayed in your Hall of Monuments. Some of them look really good. Don't let the sword fool you though. It's not as big as it looks in the gallery pix (shown in next paragraph).

Latest delivery date on GW2 still seems to be 11/3/2010, according to NewEgg.com. <---This link will take you to the pre-order page. Might be a good idea to go on and pre-order today. The Guild Wars Beyond campaigns are at peak level and NCSoft has perfect timing for introduction of this #1 superior online game (Christmas will be just around the corner). The will only be the initial cost, NO monthly fees. This might be a great opportunity for someone to join the game. Bet you'll still go back and get the complete set of Guild Wars 1, lol. Rock on my fellow gamers!

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
~Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Site Info

Posts will be weak this week. Moving several machines to 64 instead of 32, thanks to Microsoft's generous help. Have to take advantage of the software and upgrades. I'll try to be more consistent next week. Thanks out to everyone for the 100,000 hits and I will definitely post about that soon. Please know construction for Cybersouth, beach house style, is underway and will end soon. Thanks to everyone for their patience. Don't think I'll miss Music Monday, LOL. Actually hope to be back before then...Oh yes, there will soon be an Apple on this network. Forgive me PC dudes and dudettes, and your welcome anonymous apple dude (please watch your profanity, k?)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Hold on to Something, This Will Blow You Away

Two of the hottest guitarists on the planet. This is an amazing video that really shows off their ability. He's the legendary master of strings on a fret board, Steve Vai. She's the legendary and absolutely awesome in every way Orianthi. The song is named, appropriately, Highly Strung. Kick the video up to 480 and go full screen for best results.

"I love rock n roll!"

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Ole Miss Wins

The Ole Miss Rebels did snatch victory from the jaws of defeat today with a winning score of 42-28 over the Kentucky Wildcats. Watched part of the game and they seem to dominate especially after all 3 of Kentucky's fumbles. Each fumble the Rebs answered with a touchdown.

As Guild Wars 2 approaches you can carry at least one name across from the original Guild Wars. The ONLY Colonel Reb in the game (pictured below) resides at the beach house and will be the one crossing over. The good Colonel is a member of the mighty Kudzu Dragons Guild. He's wielding a Vampiric Dragon Sword and a Celestial Shield. He's bad and lookin' for Chuck Norris...just to say Hotty Toddy!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Colonel Reb Will Always Be the MAN!

Finally a bit of relief from the intense heat of summer 2010. It's nice to breathe cool fresh air. Hope the Ole Miss Rebels use this to their advantage tomorrow against Kentucky. I think it's a home game. Should prove to be a good game, especially if the Rebels can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for a change. I hate all the new Mascots. Colonel Reb FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!