Thursday, September 24, 2009

Top 100 Power Ranger Episodes

1                    Power Rangers in Space: Countdown to Destruction: Part 2                7.7        1998   
2                    Power Rangers in Space: Countdown to Destruction: Part 1                7.7        1998   
3                    Power Rangers Time Force: The End of Time: Part 3                8.1        2001   
4                    Power Rangers Time Force: The End of Time: Part 1                7.3        2001   
5                    Power Rangers Time Force: The End of Time: Part 2                8.1        2001   
6                    Power Rangers Time Force: Beware the Knight                5.6        2001   
7                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Day of the Dumpster                7.5        1993   
8                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Green with Evil: Part 1                9.2        1993   
9                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Green with Evil: Part 5                9.1        1993   
10                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Green with Evil: Part 2                9.1        1993   
11                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Green with Evil: Part 3                9.2        1993   
12                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Green with Evil: Part 4                9.2        1993   
13                    Power Rangers Turbo: Chase Into Space: Part 2                8.4        1997   
14                    Power Rangers Turbo: Chase Into Space: Part 1                7.5        1997   
15                    Power Rangers S.P.D.: Reflection: Part 2                7.3        2005   
16                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Quasar Quest: Part 2                7.9        1999   
17                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: To the Tenth Power                7.8        1999   
18                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Heir to the Throne                7.9        1999   
19                    Power Rangers Zeo: Mondo's Last Stand                7.4        1996   
20                    Power Rangers Zeo: Good as Gold                8.5        1996   
21                    Power Rangers Zeo: The Power of Gold                7.9        1996   
22                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: The Lights of Orion                6.8        1999   
23                    Power Rangers Time Force: Force from the Future: Part 2                8        2001   
24                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Journey's End: Part 1                7.3        1999   
25                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Journey's End: Part 3                7.2        1999   
26                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Journey's End: Part 2                7.2        1999   
27                    Power Rangers Zeo: A Golden Homecoming                8.1        1996   
28                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Fighting Spirit                7.8        2004   
29                    Power Rangers in Space: The Great Evilyzer                6.4        1998   
30                    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: The Magna Defender                6.4        1999   
31                    Power Rangers R.P.M.: Three's a Crowd                        2009   
32                    Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Trakeena's Revenge: Part 2                8        2000   
33                    Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Trakeena's Revenge: Part 1                7.5        2000   
34                    Power Rangers Time Force: The Time Shadow                5.9        2001   
35                    Power Rangers Wild Force: The End of the Power Rangers: Part 2                7.7        2002   
36                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: The Passion of Conner                6.3        2004   
37                    Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Fate of Lightspeed: Part 2                8.6        2000   
38                    Power Rangers R.P.M.: Blitz                        2009   
39                    Power Rangers Time Force: Quantum Secrets                6.7        2001   
40                    Power Rangers S.P.D.: A-Bridged                7.4        2005   
41                    Power Rangers Jungle Fury: Now the Final Fury                7.1        2008   
42                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Doomsday: Part 1                8.6        1993   
43                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Doomsday: Part 2                8.6        1993   
44                    Power Rangers Time Force: Worlds Apart                7        2001   
45                    Power Rangers Wild Force: Forever Red                8.2        2002   
46                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Return of an Old Friend: Part 2                9.1        1993   
47                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Return of an Old Friend: Part 1                9.1        1993   
48                    Power Rangers S.P.D.: Missing                        2005   
49                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Return of an Old Friend: Part 2                9.1        1993   
50                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Return of an Old Friend: Part 1                9.1        1993   
51                    Power Rangers Mystic Force: Mystic Fate: Part 2                8.4        2006   
52                    Power Rangers Wild Force: The Wings of Animaria                8.2        2002   
53                    Power Rangers R.P.M.: Ranger Red                6.3        2009   
54                    Power Rangers Samurai: Samurai Forever                7.5        2011   
55                    Power Rangers Mystic Force: Dark Wish: Part 3                7.6        2006   
56                    Power Rangers Mystic Force: Dark Wish: Part 1                8.5        2006   
57                    Power Rangers Mystic Force: Dark Wish: Part 2                8.5        2006   
58                    The History of Power Rangers: Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Part II                8.4        2010   
59                    Power Rangers Time Force: Short-Circuited                5.9        2001   
60                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: White Thunder: Part 1                7        2004   
61                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: White Thunder: Part 3                7.6        2004   
62                    Power Rangers Wild Force: The Master's Last Stand                8.1        2002   
63                    Power Rangers Wild Force: Reinforcements from the Future: Part 2                7.6        2002   
64                    Power Rangers Wild Force: Reinforcements from the Future: Part 1                7.8        2002   
65                    Power Rangers S.P.D.                5.9        2005   
66                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Thunder Storm: Part 1                7.3        2004   
67                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Thunder Storm: Part 2                7.4        2004   
68                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Day of the Dino: Part 1                7        2004   
69                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Day of the Dino: Part 2                7.6        2004   
70                    Power Rangers DinoThunder: Back in Black                7.5        2004   
71                    Power Rangers Wild Force: The Lone Wolf                6.6        2002   
72                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Happy Birthday, Zack                8.3        1993   
73                    Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: Once a Ranger: Part 2                7.7        2007   
74                    Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: Once a Ranger: Part 1                8        2007   
75                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: White Light: Part 2                8.9        1993   
76                    Power Rangers in Space: From Out of Nowhere: Part 2                7.9        1998   
77                    Power Rangers R.P.M.: Heroes Among Us                6.9        2009   
78                    Power Rangers Wild Force: The Ancient Warrior                        2002   
79                    Power Rangers Wild Force: Sealing the Nexus                8.3        2002   
80                    Power Rangers Wild Force: Unfinished Business                8.1        2002   
81                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Power Transfer: Part 2                6.2        1993   
82                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Power Transfer: Part 1                7.8        1993   
83                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Birds of a Feather                8.3        1993   
84                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Clean-Up Club                8.3        1993   
85                    Power Rangers Zeo: A Zeo Beginning: Part 1                8.5        1996   
86                    Power Rangers Zeo: A Zeo Beginning: Part 2                8.1        1996   
87                    Power Rangers S.P.D.: Shadow: Part 2                7.9        2005   
88                    Power Rangers S.P.D.: S.W.A.T.: Part 2                        2005   
89                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Mutiny: Part 3                8.6        1993   
90                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Mutiny: Part 1                8.6        1993   
91                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Mutiny: Part 2                8.6        1993   
92                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: A Friend in Need: Part 1                6.8        1993   
93                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: A Friend in Need: Part 2                6.4        1993   
94                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: A Friend in Need: Part 3                6.6        1993   
95                    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: A Pressing Engagement                6.9        1993   
96                    Power Rangers in Space: The Rangers' Mega Voyage                7.3        1998   
97                    Power Rangers in Space: Five of a Kind                6.8        1998   
98                    Power Rangers in Space: The Enemy Within                7.2        1998   
99                    Power Rangers Megaforce: Mega Mission                7.7        2013   
100                    Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Power                5.8        2013   

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still Handling Homeland Security With a 9/10 Attitude

The feds rejected the imams' attempt to shake down the airline with a discrimination lawsuit. But three years later, law enforcement officers are still battling the flying extortionists. Political correctness remains the handmaiden of terrorism.

Over at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder is committed to eliminating racial "disparities" in law enforcement. His anti-profiling allies at the ACLU and something called the "Rights Working Group" are working to end Bush administration counterterrorism initiatives, "including FBI surveillance and questioning, special registration programs, border stops, immigration enforcement programs and the creation of 'no fly lists.'" The ACLU and RWG have appealed to the United Nations to intervene through the "U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)" -- which they say is empowered to require sovereign governments "to review national, state and local policies and amend or repeal laws deemed to be creating or perpetuating discrimination."

Now, add anti-gun activism and stubborn union squabbling to the mix. As I reported two weeks ago, the Obama administration has quietly gutted the nation's most highly trained post-9/11 counterterrorism rail security team. According to multiple government sources who declined to be identified for fear of retribution, the Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations' East Coast and West Coast teams have not worked in a counterterrorism capacity since the summer. Their rifles were put under lock and key after Amtrak Vice President for Security Strategy and Special Operations Bill Rooney and Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold, who played an instrumental role in creating OSSSO's predecessor at Amtrak, the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU), were pushed out by Team Obama.

Amtrak confirmed to me last week that the elite members of the specialized OSSSO no longer carry long-arm weapons, which played a vital role in the unit's show-of-force patrols. Government sources blame anti-gun hostility inside Amtrak for the move. Amtrak also confirmed to me that West Coast members of the rail security unit -- most of whom come from Special Forces, counterterrorism and other military service -- have been denied police credentials. According to OSSSO sources on both coasts, the rival Amtrak Police Department, in conjunction with the local police union in California, have stymied the process over labor issues (OSSSO members are non-union).

"Amtrak fully expects to have a resolution in the near future," I was told by the rail agency's press office last week. In the meantime, according to a high-ranking homeland security source, Amtrak's unionized police chief has taken over and makes counterterrorism deployment decisions based on pay squabbles. The rail agency is still dealing with grievances filed by Amtrak police officers over compensation during the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Says my rail security source: "The deciding factor is overtime, not security."

Dickering while jihadis plot. Feel safer yet?

Quad layer Bluray and 2 HVDs to choose from: Worth it

LOL, even though I have a bluray rewritable installed, I still use single layer DVDs a lot at home. I written to bluray only for my music collection which only took up 1 SL-BDR. Now there is going to be 3 HVDs from GE, 100 GB one from Optware and

[[General Electric]] Global Research Center have made a [[HVD|holographic disc]] which is the same size of a DVD/CD, yet can hold 500 Gigabytes of Data. It is going to be released onto the market in less than four years. General Electric has been working on their HVD for six years. Their technology is compatible with CD, DVD, and Bluray. [] They have plans to commercialize it.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Why I cheated and ignored the Zune HD

...because I bought a Creative Zen Touch 40 GB for 1/4 the asking price it (Zune HD = $299). LAME 3.97 still sounds decent. Now I have 3 working mp3 players, two 20 GB, and one 40 GB and i don't use them all that much. The Zune HD is supposed to be better than the 3rd gen iPod Touch due to better battery life. Zen Touch would have the same battery life as the Zune HD.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor advanced stealth fighter is built by a joint effort of the Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works and Boeing’s Phantom Works. In crude imitation of extraterrestrial starcraft, the guidance system of this aircraft incorporates special Artificial Intelligence (AI), meaning that Star Visitor genetic material is incorporated into the semi-alive and autonomously-functioning guidance system mated with the aircraft. In addition the F-22 has antigravity field propulsion capability, which is exercised selectively by the pilot who is in mental connection with the AI guidance system, which activates the antigravity propulsion as needed in coordination with the F-22's conventional jet engine thrust, to effect the maneuvering of the F-22 Raptor. I have personally witnessed a F-22 stop on its tail in mid-air and dance slowly and gently about without regard for gravity’s pull

AMD Bulldozer 12 core in 2011

This is going to be a long stretch from the Intel QX6700 (3 GHz) and the new Bulldozer 12 core processor in 2011. I doubt there will be more than one DirectX 11 game that I want throughout the next 2 years. They'd all be DirectX 10. I have two Geforce GTX 280s, well enough to play any game at the highest settings until 2011. I tried out hardware acceleration and Windows 7 is very, very fast on an mediocre Athlon 64 X2, 3 GB of RAM thanks to a Geforce 8800 GTX. The Geforce GTX 280 SLI has 4 times the stream processors and almost 3 times the memory. AMD is always cheaper than Intel, only that Intel had a Quad core CPU at the right price in 2k7. 32 nm CPU so power it uses less voltage than my current quad-core. All my DirectX 11 games could very well be Xbox 720 if I even care to play.

In 2011, you still probably see all these new DirectX 9 games. The game developers said on that the current generation won't end until 2011. Then what's next? I say a DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 dual specd games? A technology I had since November 2006! Not to worry, I'll have DirectX 11 GPU by December 2012 in THE PC (not counting Xbox 720) when there is an awesome DirectX 11 game worth having. By then the AMD R800 core GPU will be very affordable. My next PC is probably due 2011 or 2012 depending on both money flow, and worthy software. If the word crazy enters your mind, just remember that the 16 core is due in 2011 around the same time and that the 1st gen of 12 core CPUs is due 2010.

I had my new PC just before the White house called it an official recession.

That's my Intel Core i7 980x from Christmas 2010

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Why Canada is Better

To many Americans, war is the best thing ever. It's CNN filming explosions, leading to the story where a soldier's sacrifice teaches a nation about courage, starring Bruce Willis. In fact, war brings out more emotions than the Super Bowl and AIDS combined. With a good enough war, executives could put somebody in an Uncle Sam outfit singing the National Anthem to kick off the NAACP Image Awards, and there would not be a dry eye in the house.

hat said, the U.S. is 3-2-1 since its inception (not including the Civil War, which would have added a win and a loss to the record). Note that I am generously not including the current Iraq war in those statistics. Because, really, who knows how that one is gonna turn out? Meanwhile, Canada is 5-0-1 during the same period, including a 1-0 record against the Americans (1812). Moreover, while the Americans were deciding what color panties would look best on J. Edgar Hoover, the Canadians were ass-deep in the two world wars from the very beginning, completing every lousy job the Allies could throw at them.

Perhaps more to the point, many Americans, their chief executive included, probably couldn't pick out Canada on a map. If we Americans tried to invade Canada, we would end up mobilizing to Minnesota or somewhere and declaring victory after bombing the hell out of the Mall of America. Which reminds me—Canucks torched the White House once when we were passing through D.C

This is going to hurt for you to hear, but American beer is a laughingstock. I’m not trying to be a snob here, but even if I lost my sense of taste in some sort of firecracker incident, I still wouldn’t touch the questionable slop that passes for beer south of the border. There’s an old joke all Canadians are taught at a young age: How is sex in a canoe like American beer? They’re both fucking close to water.

I can say is that many Americans don’t wish to be identified as such. While traveling throughout Europe, I encountered literally dozens of people with Canadian flags sewn onto their backpacks. As it turned out, just about all of them were Americans posing as Canadians. This is apparently a very common tactic of American travelers. Why are young Americans ashamed to be recognized as such? You’d never see Canadian travelers sewing the stars and stripes onto their belongings, after all.

In case my arguments are insufficient, there is actually a scientific, internationally-acknowledged way to tell which country is better.

Tell me which country has been ranked highest 10 times. In case history’s not important to you either, check out the most recent Index. Canada ranked 4th, while the U.S. finished a dismal 12th, behind nations like Japan and France. That’s right. A bunch of midget, panty-obsessed salaryman drones and a nation of wine-sipping collaborators enjoy a higher standard of life than you.

Canadians live in a climate that makes them impervious to pain, Canadians are better educated, and their donuts and beer are clearly superior. And I haven’t even touched on Canada’s low crime rates, relaxed drug laws, or universal health care (without supersize military funding of course).

And finally, it's Sega Dreamcast's twelve American birthday. I was excited at the time to own one to play Soul Calibur (10/10).

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Top 30 anime 2k9 edition

30. Planetes
29. The Twelve Kingdoms
28. Rurouni Kenshin
27. Eden of the East
26. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
25. Darker than BLACK
24. Honey & Clover / II
23. The Vision of Escaflowne
22. Aoi Bungaku
21. Black Lagoon / The Second Barrage
20. Revolutionary Girl Utena
19. Neon Genesis Evangelion & End of Evangelion
18. Monster
17. Mushishi
16. RahXephon
15. One Piece
14. Last Exile
13. Baccano!
12. Gintama
11. Eureka Seven
10. xxxHOLiC
9. Gundam
8. Dragon Ball Z
7. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I was late to the bandwagon with this show – the initial hype during its airing passed me by, and it wasn’t until a few seasons later that I attempted the show. It’s probably just as well that I waited – Haruhi came at a time when I was just discovering the world of ongoing series and downloads

6. Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann

its just a very feel-good series that wants to do nothing more than entertain you. And by god was I ever entertained! TTGL takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, once you’ve committed to the series you can’t stop yourself from going along for the ride. Full to bursting with awesome larger than life characters, epic speeches, eye-popping action and a plot that kicks reason to the kerb

5. Code Geass / R2

The whole Fabulous package of Code Geass seems to be custom-made to appeal to me – its got the pretty CLAMP character designs, smooth stylish Sunrise animation, roller skating mecha, anti-hero lead with magic eye powers, fantastic voice cast, and brilliant music; really there’s nothing more I could really want out of a series! Code Geass caught my attention with its very first episode,

4. Cowboy Bebop

Unlike so many shows that are hailed as ‘must-sees’ Cowboy Bebop actually delivers on its claims – its just a remarkably well made series from beginning to end. I’m not a fan of slice of life or episodic shows, which is why I kept putting off watching Cowboy Bebop, but this is how you do episodic right

3. Death Note

I know that Death Note is over-rated and flawed, but feck it – I love the series to bits! I had read the manga a while before the anime started airing, so knew the story and what twists to expect. Despite this I was still gripped by Madhouse’s adaptation. Really, the direction and animation that this series displayed was something special – completely overblown (eating crisps and writing in a notebook will never be viewed the same way again) but absolutely perfect for building the tension required to make Death Note work

2. Shiki

I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I spent thinking/writing/talking about this series; its a very rare series that gets me that completely obsessed with it. Anime that are truly chilling are rare, but the latter half of Shiki had some of the creepiest, most disturbing scenes that I’ve ever seen animated – the horror tag is well earned.

1. Fullmetal Alchemist / Brotherhood

original FMA was my first taste of the series, and even though it was mostly anime original, it was a very well crafted show and excelled at creating believable drama. However, the recently finished FMA: Brotherhood series, completely blew the original out of the water on nearly every level.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Holy Hell! Win2003 and IIS is easy to crack.

I am getting a MCSE and Security+ degree. O_o. I've only taken 3 Linux class in my life time. I don't think that Win2008 R2 (kernel 6.1) would make too much difference from Win2003. This is why pros need the latest OS due to 'security holes'. I won't care unless this means my job, it'll probably come to that too.

I still believe Windows Vista/7 is great for gaming.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Update OS day Episode IV: Why not?

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Puppy Linux 4.3 beta 3, Linux Kernel 2.6.30

Even I know about PS3 firmware ;) Cos I'm just that smart!

I thought why not?...the Linux apocalypse is over since Update OS day episode III earlier this year. Isn't KDE, 4.3.1 a looker! There are bugs, for example I had to install Nvidia drivers. I got Computer Garage to download me the latest Milestone for $15. The final version comes out Nov. 15. At last, GRUB has EXT4 support so the bootup process can be in EXT4. In Fedora 11 [since May], it used ancient EXT3 file system for bootup. I also have Gnome 2.28 installed. Episode V should be around November 15, 2009.

Some annoying bugs [for my reference]

* grub and bootsplash still use 11.1 artwork
* HAL may crash, leaving XOrg without keyboard and mouse (Bug #537452), work-around: update with 'hal' package from Base:System
* License information on install is displayed in German (Bug #533026)
* GNOME live system asks for root password to mount file system (Bug #537343), work-around: just "Cancel"
* GNOME YaST Control Center cannot be started (Bug #537470), work-around: zypper in yast2-qt;yast2 --qt
* The PackageKit permanently requires authentication (Bug #538353), work-around: just "Cancel"
* Intel 4965 wireless is completely broken (Bug #537112)