Sunday, July 31, 2011

Top five Space Ghost Coast to Coast episodes

Back when I used Limewire, I downloaded these Space Ghost - Coast to Coast episodes. I watched this talk show on cartoon network from 1995 - 2001. I believe I have a total of 15 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Episodes in H.263. At the time, I thought it was a corny TV series compared to live action TV shows such as Sienfield, Jay Leno, and Star Trek TNG in the 1990s.

"Pavement" (Episode 49): Space Ghost tells the viewing audience that his special musical guest will be The Beatles. He does short interviews with Colin Quinn and Tommy Davidson, but his interview with Red Green is cut short and his interview with Goldie Hawn is drowned out by Zorak's incessant keyboard playing. Space Ghost is later informed that they couldn't get The Beatles, so he tells them to just get anyone, know one will know the difference. Finally, the rock band Pavement shows up and Space Ghost introduces them as The Beatles. They perform a song about Space Ghost, using Zorak's instruments.

"Piledriver" (Episode 52): "Macho Man" Randy Savage makes an appearance as Space Ghost's grandfather but pretty much just plays the role as "Macho Man," threatening to put wrestling moves on anyone who gets in his way. At one point, Zorak beats him senseless with a folding chair. Eventually grandpa fakes his own kidnapping to get away from the show.

"Snatch" (Episode 72): Comedian Steven Wright finds himself trapped on the Ghost Planet as gigantic pod creatures take over the studio. The crew must stay awake, lest the replicating pods take over their bodies. They try everything they can think of to trick the pods, including dressing a bucket and mop as Space Ghost, and, per Moltar's suggestion, trying to become metal (because rust never sleeps).

"Fire Ant" (Episode 77): Conan O'Brien holds his own against Space Ghost in this episode, but eventually Space Ghost becomes distracted by an ant and follows it, silently, for about the last five minutes of the episode before being chased back to the studio by the ant's gigantic mutant father.

"Flip Mode" (Episode 82): Busta Rhymes is the guest in this episode, but Space Ghost is too preoccupied with all the brilliant ideas he keeps coming up with, which all seem to revolve around Zorak getting whacked in the head with a wrench. It turns out Space Ghost is getting all these "ideas" because he broke a pipe and natural gas is leaking into the studio. Highlights include the show being taken into the woods; Space Ghost taking Zorak and Moltar to a hospital that's actually a grocery store; Zorak hiding in a heating vent; and Space Ghost sanding his own face off.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Linux Mint 11 review

I assure you that the Internet is changing from RPM packager to deb. I had this PC that rejected RPM distros, yet worked with Ubuntu distros. I had to get away from Unity in Ubuntu 11.04, because it is more work and buggy. Linux Mint 11 keeps on using Gnome 2.32.1 or Linux Mint 12 with Gnome 3.0. The biggest app for Linux Mint 11 is The Gimp image editor which was absent since Ubuntu 9.10. The 2nd biggest is VLC Media Player 1.0.9. Some worth while upgrades from Ubuntu 10.10 is the new Out-of-Memory (OOM) killer, AppArmor, improved threads, faster Ext4 file system, faster desktop environment reaction speed, and Find command executed with filled caches faster. I know that Firefox 3.6.5 in Ubuntu 10.10 was more stable than Firefox 4.0.1. The Software manager is easy to use, my first selection is "Gnome Games". Linux Mint 11 is definitely more stable than Windows 7 SP1 since Windows 7 SP1 crashed on me for no reason.

It's about a 9.5/10


LibreOffice Draw
Simple Scan


Pidgin IM
Sun Java 6
Thunderbird Mail/News


Movie Player
Sound Recorder
VLC Media Player



Either Linux Mint or MEPIS is the best debian/Ubuntu distro. OpenSuse DVD (my #1) comes with 5 times as much software as Linux Mint 11 .

Friday, July 29, 2011

Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu Bout

Though the popularity of Ubuntu amongst the Linux-curious crowd is immense, Mint has quietly found itself a spot in the hearts of many new users. This gradual rise in the popularity of Mint makes it a distro that simply cannot be ignored anymore. So, let's compare Linux Mint 11 ‘Katya’ with our very own Natty and see how it holds out.

User Interface / Look and Feel:

The user interface is the most important part of a distribution. Most often, it is the first thing a user notices or cares about, if of course, he's trying it on a live CD. Many times the User Interface is the sole deciding factor that can compel a Windows user to switch to a Linux-based distribution. While Ubuntu has recently moved to the controversial Unity interface, Linux Mint, with Katya, has decided to stick with the good old GNOME 2.x. Unity takes advantage of the powerful effects Compiz provides in order to create a beautiful shelled desktop. There are transparencies, different kinds of new effects and functionalities that give a modern look to the desktop. While this may work for new users who have never used Linux before, many seasoned Linux users have disliked this move, and many of them have even moved to Mint.

The elusive launcher on the left, the locked down panels and dash, lack of integration with default applications has brought down Ubuntu's popularity down a notch. For experienced Linuxers, the changes are too many to handle at once. Linux Mint in this case, steps up as a good, easy to use, viable alternative to Ubuntu. Of course, Ubuntu does ship with the GNOME 2.x desktop. However, that is going to change in the next version. Hence, Ubuntu users either have to get used to Unity or simply switch to another desktop. Linux Mint on the other hand, makes this switch possible for many users by keeping things really simple.
For those who don't know this, Linux Mint is Ubuntu-based, so users can enjoy all the goodness of Ubuntu but with a fresh minty flavor. From installation steps, Linux Mint makes sure that new users don't have any trouble installing it on their systems. They've kept the installer similar to the one Ubuntu has except for a few aesthetic changes. At the boot up itself, Mint pleases the user with one of the best GRUB splash screens that we've ever seen. Ubuntu however, sticks with the plain aubergine. When we compare the desktops, Mint has a fresh minty-green feel to it. Ubuntu on the other hand, pleases the user with the perky aubergine desktop that gives it its trademark look. Mint has modified the classic GNOME by combining the top and bottom panels into a single panel at the bottom. The real show stealer though, is the Start Menu (known as Mint Menu). This is what Unity should have incorporated instead of the locked-down dash. The menu includes links to ‘Places’ and ‘System’ on the left, and on the right there is a place for pinning the favorite applications. A search bar at the bottom makes it a complete menu. Dash on the other hand, simply includes shortcuts and a search bar.

Coming to the taskbar, Unity employs a modern-looking launcher that sits at the left of the screen. It comes with various functionalities like Quick lists, Lenses, Shortcuts and more. The launcher also has the ability to dodge windows intelligently. Mint on the other hand, employs the familiar task bar, which will please all the folks who long for the look and feel of a traditional desktop interface.

Also, when it comes to default selection of themes, Mint beats Ubuntu hands down with its collection of minty fresh themes that work perfectly. Ubuntu also comes with a wide variety of themes, but some of them aren't compatible with the buttons on the left. Also, few of them look ugly with the new Unity interface. The wallpaper collection in Mint is kept to bare minimum. It comes with around 9 Linux wallpapers but all of them look wonderful. Ubuntu however, has a much wider collection of wallpapers.

So, after looking at the UI aspect of both the desktops, there is no doubt that Mint Katya beats Ubuntu Natty hands down. Unity tries to do too much leaving the user both perplexed and agitated at times. Mint however, sticks to the minimal basics yet pleases the user aesthetically.

Winner: Linux Mint

Software Management:

Ubuntu has its own software center that was updated in Natty to include ratings and reviews. Mint users on the other hand, were already enjoying those features. What's more, Mint's software manager even has a pretty splash screen. Ubuntu's Software Center (USC) comes with all the features Mint's Software Manager provides including a few more. It includes support for installing paid applications like Family Farm, World of Goo and many others. Other than that, there's not much of a difference between both the Software managers. So, solely on the merit that USC lets users install paid applications, Ubuntu just wins this round.

Winner: Ubuntu Natty

Default Applications:

Lately, Ubuntu has been playing around with its default application set. However, no matter how hard it tries, it can never match up to what Mint brings to the platter. Don't believe me? Here, take a look at what Mint offers:

Graphics: GIMP, Simple Scan, gThumb, LibreOffice Draw
Internet: Firefox, Pidgin IM, Giver, Sun Java 6, Thunderbird, Transmission, XChat IRC
Multimedia: Banshee, Brasero, GNOME Mplayer, Movie Player, Sound Recorder, VLC Media Player
Office: Dictionary, LibreOffice

Now, with applications like those, a user doesn't have to install anything extra to get started. The very fact that Mint includes applications like VLC and Mplayer puts it miles ahead of Ubuntu in this round. Ubuntu does have a decent set of applications but it simply isn't as impressive as the one Mint provides. Hence the winner here is Mint.

Winner: Linux Mint


Again, Linux Mint being Ubuntu-based, performs almost the same way as Ubuntu does. However, if we consider the performance while using the actual desktop, Linux Mint takes the lead. This is because, even if you have a powerful graphics card, the quality of proprietary drivers that are out there for Linux aren't up to the mark. So, Unity having features that take advantage of the graphics card, many users may feel a significant drop in performance. Moreover, with Unity, the time to load the desktop from the GDM login screen has visibly increased. Linux Mint, as it stays on the safer side, works as snappy as ever. So, based purely on how the desktop performs, Mint wins this round.

Winner: Linux Mint

Ease of use:

Reiterating the point we made before, Ubuntu tries to do too much with Unity. It's not something that a new user will get used to straight away. Mint on the other hand, retains all the principles of the standard desktop. Hence, a new user will get accustomed to the interface within no time. Also, users who are switching from Windows will love the non-fussy minimalist look of Mint. The winner here of course, is Mint again.

Winner: Linux Mint

Reliability, branding and support:

Reliability here is not to be confused with stability. If you're a frequent distro-hopper and are using Ubuntu, moving to Mint after reading this review, would be a child's play for you. However, if you use the computer for doing actual work and your productivity depends on its stability, you'll be a bit reluctant to switch right away. About a couple of years ago, switching distributions wasn't a big deal as most of them offered similar features. However now, with the whole GNOME 3 and Unity bifurcation, switching distros is like moving to another operating system. Hence, no matter how good Mint is, there will be people who'll be a bit hesitant to switch.

The very fact that Ubuntu is backed by a big company like Canonical makes Ubuntu more reliable as a 'product'. Moreover, Ubuntu has a strong community, a good fan following (P.S: Bandwagon effect), and a branding that is the best a Linux distribution can have. Also, some users are willing to stick with Ubuntu simply because it dared to make some brave moves. They believe that, with some added effort, Ubuntu has the potential to become the best operating system around. As far as support is concerned, Ubuntu offers top-quality professional Linux support (paid support) and sites like and have large amount of active users helping each other. So, considering its popularity and the prospects it has for the future, this round goes to Ubuntu.

Winner: Ubuntu Natty

Software Compatibility:

Linux Mint being Ubuntu-based, almost 99% of the applications that are available for Ubuntu will work for Mint. However, inexperienced users who have just switched to Mint may find it difficult to find applications that are outside the software center. For example, if a new user goes to the Dropbox website to download the official application, he or she might get confused by not seeing an option to install the same software on Mint. That person might not be aware of the fact that any software that works on Ubuntu will also work for Mint. This has been a problem for Mint despite being so popular. Also, with new Ubuntu-only features like indicator applets, quicklists and lenses, the list of applications that make use of those features just keep on growing. In fact, popular applications like Dropbox online backup have even added support for Indicator applets. So, this round goes to Natty again.

Winner: Ubuntu Natty

Extra Features:

Since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, there is not much of a difference between both the distros. One key feature that Mint offers is that it comes with all the codecs installed. But now that Ubuntu also allows users to install the codecs beforehand, there's not much of a difference between the two distributions. Hence, there's a tie here.


Although Ubuntu 11.04 comes with tons of new features, it simply fails to impress as much as Linux Mint 11 does. Mint is fast, easy to use and just fresh. Ubuntu Natty though, has a lot to work upon. Earlier, Mint was always a step behind Ubuntu, but by sticking with GNOME classic, it has proven itself as a superior distribution. Only time will tell whether it can retain the top spot as Ubuntu is readying itself for bigger challenges.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Random best horror films

1. Alien (1979) 8.5
2. Aliens (1986) 8.5
3. The Exorist (1973)
4. The Thing (1982)
5. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
6. Halloween (1978) 7.9
7. The Shining (1980) 8.5
8. Misery (1990) 7.8
9. The Omen (1976) 7.6
10. The Army of Darkness 7.6
11. The Evil Dead (1981) 7.6
12. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) 7.5
13. An American Werewolf in London (1981) 7.5
14. The Changeling (1980) 7.3

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Next generation should overlap this generation 3 years

There isn't much else out there. It is Sturgeon's Law and videogames are the 10% on Earth. I am tired of the graphics this generation offers, because it has been 6 years and 1000s of dollars spent on this generation.

If I was to cash out $30, $40, $50. They better make it on DirectX 10.1 hardware. The games look outdated, because it is DirectX 9.0!

The Wii U, PS4, Xbox 720 cannot come out fast enough. I really want some Crysis 2 PC graphics on my TV. There is no bragging rights on the graphics with the current generation. I know the low budget JRPGs next gen will look equal to Final Fantasy XIII.

This generation is a full 6 years old for Xbox 360 and the game consoles are OLD and TIRED. They still sell the PS2 at Wal-mart.

I want the PS4 and PS3 to overlap for 3 years so long as the PS4 is in my house under the TV by December 2012. The PS4 should have came out in November 2011! It's the world recession, and I shouldn't be paying $60 for obsolete graphics. Delaying is to maximize profits and it is sick. The manufactures wait too long. I had my DirectX 11 Radeon HD 5970 for Christmas 2009 showing manufactures delay launch dates for profit! If this is a firmware problem, manufactures should use reuse Xbox 360, and PS3's firmware until next gen firmware comes out. Current gen console / handheld debate is on its death bed as we speak. We talk in circles this year and that is a bad thing!

What I want in the PS4

Cell Broadband Engine

1.5 GB GDDR5


GeForce GTX 470M (GF104) 60 GB/sec bandwidth.



Dual Shock 4

Geforce GTX 470M makes incredible Direct X 11 graphics at some smooth 60 frames per second.

Struggle for Recognition

As social struggles of the last few decades have made clear, justice demands more than the fair distribution of material goods. For even if conflicts over interests were justly adjudicated, a society would remain normatively deficient to the extent to which its members are systematically denied the recognition they deserve. As Charles Taylor has recently emphasized, 'Due recognition is not just a courtesy we owe people. It is a vital human need.'(1) As one scarcely needs to add, it is also a need that has all-too-often gone unmet. Regularly, members of marginalized and sub-altern groups have been systematically denied recognition for the worth of their culture or way of life, the dignity of their status as persons, and the inviolability of their physical integrity. Their voices are now being heard, and their struggles for recognition have come to dominate the political landscape. Consequently, if social theory is to provide an adequate account of contemporary fields of social conflict, it will have both to situate the motivation for these emancipatory struggles within the social world and to provide an account of what justifies them. In the present volume, Axel Honneth outlines an approach to this dual task of explanation and justification that is both highly original and firmly rooted in the history of modern social theory. Rather than following the atomistic tradition of social philosophy going back to Hobbes and Machiavelli, however, Honneth situates his project within the tradition that emphasizes not the struggle for self-preservation but rather the struggle for the establishment of relations of mutual recognition, as a precondition for self-realization.(2) Like Hegel, George Herbert Mead, and, more recently, communitarians and many feminists, Honneth stresses the importance of social relationships to the development and maintenance of a person's identity. On the basis of this nexus between social patterns of recognition and individual prerequisites for self-realization - and with constant reference to empirical findings of the social sciences - Honneth develops both a framework for interpreting social struggles and a normative account of the claims being raised in these struggles. With regard to the first, explanatory task, his approach can be understood as a continuation of the Frankfurt School's attempt to locate the motivating insight for emancipatory critique and struggle within the domain of ordinary human experience, rather than in the revolutionary theory of intellectuals.(3) As Honneth argued in Critique of Power, however, the Frankfurt School suffered from an exclusive focus on the domain of material production as the locus of transformative critique. In the present volume, he now proposes an alternative account, situating the critical perception of injustice more generally within individuals' negative experiences of having broadly 'moral' expectations violated. With regard to the normative task of critical theory, the roots of Honneth's approach are to be found in the model of the struggle for recognition developed by Hegel during his early years in Jena (before the completion of the Phenomenology of Spirit in 1807). Honneth takes from Hegel the idea that full human flourishing is dependent on the existence of well-established, 'ethical' relations - in particular, love, law, and 'ethical life' [Sittlichkeit] - which can only be established through a conflict-ridden developmental process, specifically, through a struggle for recognition. In order to get beyond the speculative, metaphysical character of Hegel's project, however, Honneth turns to Mead's naturalistic pragmatism and to empirical work in psychology, sociology, and history in order to identify the intersubjective conditions for individual self-realization. In the course of analyzing these conditions, Honneth develops his 'formal conception of ethical life', understood as a critical normative standard that is intended to avoid both the overly 'thick' character of neo-Aristotelian ethics and the overly 'thin' character of neo-Kantian moral theory. Honneth's approach can be summarized, in a preliminary way, as follows. The possibility for sensing, interpreting, and realizing one's needs and desires as a fully autonomous and individuated person - in short, the very possibility of identity-formation - depends crucially on the development of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem. These three modes of relating practically to oneself can only be acquired and maintained intersubjectively, through being granted recognition by someone whom one also recognizes. As a result, the conditions for self-realization turn out to be dependent on the establishment of relationships of mutual recognition. These relationships go beyond (a) close relations of love and friendship to include (b) legally institutionalized relations of universal respect for the autonomy and dignity of persons and (c) networks of solidarity and shared values within which the particular worth of members of a community can be acknowledged. These relationships are not ahistorically given but must be established and expanded through social struggles. These struggles cannot be understood exclusively as conflicts over interests, since the 'grammar' of such struggles is 'moral' in the sense that the feelings of outrage and indignation generated by the rejection of claims to recognition imply normative judgments about the legitimacy of social arrangements. In this way, the normative ideal of a just society is empirically confirmed by historical struggles for recognition. Central to Honneth's 'social theory with normative content' is his account of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem, along with the modes of recognition by which they are sustained, and this will be the focus here. With regard to each of these 'practical relations-to-self', three issues need to be addressed: the precise importance of each for the development of one's identity, the pattern of recognition on which it depends, and its historical development. Beyond this, the present introduction will provide a brief discussion of both Honneth's interpretation of social struggles as motivated by the experience of being denied these conditions for identity-formation - what he refers to as 'disrespect' ['Mißachtung'] - and some of the distinctive features of Honneth's readings of Hegel and Mead, found in Chapters 2-4. It is perhaps useful, at the outset, to spell out what self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem have in common. For Honneth, they represent three distinct species of 'practical relation-to-self'. These are neither purely beliefs about oneself nor emotional states, but involve a dynamic process in which individuals come to experience themselves as having a certain status, be it as an object of concern, a responsible agent, or a valued contributor to shared projects. Following Hegel and Mead, Honneth emphasizes that coming to relate to oneself in these ways necessarily involves experiencing recognition from others. One's relationship to oneself, then, is not a matter of a solitary ego appraising itself, but an intersubjective process, in which one's attitude toward oneself emerges in one's encounter with an other's attitude toward oneself.(4) Love and Self-Confidence With regard to the concept of love, Honneth is primarily concerned with the way in which parent-child relationships - as well as adult relationships of love and friendship - facilitate the development and maintenance of the basic relation-to-self that Honneth terms 'self-confidence' [Selbstvertrauen: 'trust in oneself']. If all goes well in their first relationships to others, infants gradually acquire a fundamental faith in their environment and, concomitantly, a sense of trust in their own bodies as reliable sources of signals for their own needs. On Honneth's account, self-confidence has less to do with a high estimation of one's abilities than with the fundamental capacity to express needs and desires without fear of being abandoned as a result. As such, self-confidence operates at such a deep level that it is usually only when extreme experiences of physical violation such as rape or torture shatter one's ability to access one's needs (as one's own) and to express them without anxiety that it becomes clear how much depends on this relation-to-self.(5) To explain the link between self-confidence and intersubjective relations of love and concern, Honneth draws on the object-relations theoretic account of early childhood experience, particularly as developed in the work of Donald Winnicott. Against the Freudian emphasis on instinctual drives, object-relations theory has argued that the development of children cannot be abstracted from the interactive relationships in which the process of maturation takes place. Initially, the child is dependent upon the responsiveness of primary care-givers (following Winnicott, Jessica Benjamin, and others, Honneth uses the term 'mother' to designate a role that can be fulfilled by persons other than the biological mother) and their ability to empathically intuit the needs of the inarticulate infant. Due to the newborn's utter helplessness, an insufficient level of adaptation of the 'mother' to the infant's needs early in life would represent a serious problem for the infant, since the child can neither cope with or make sense of failures of this 'environment' to intuit and satisfy his or her needs. Of course, the failure or 'de-adaptation' of care-givers is an unavoidable element of the individuation process, by which infants learn to cope with gradual increases in the environment's insensitivity, that is, to recognize and assert their needs as their own instead of experiencing the absence of immediate gratification as threatening. Following Winnicott, Honneth argues that this formative process must again be understood as intersubjective. Because 'good-enough' infant care demands a high degree of emotional and intuitive involvement, the individuation process has to be understood as a complex, agonistic process in which both parent and child extricate themselves from a state of 'symbiosis'. Despite the fact that the 'mother' is a fully individuated adult, it is only together that children and care-givers can negotiate the delicate and shifting balance between ego-dissolution and ego-demarcation. And it is this balance that provides the enduring, intersubjectively reproduced basis both for relationships of love and friendship with peers as well as for a positive, embodied sense of what Erik Erikson calls 'basic trust'.(6) Interestingly, although Honneth is generally at pains to emphasize the historically contingent nature of human subjectivity(7), he argues that this notion of bodily integrity, together with the need for love and concern it entails, captures something whose importance cuts across differences of cultural and historical contexts. This is not to say that practices of child-rearing or love have gone unchanged, only that the capacity to trust one's own sense of what one needs or wants is a precondition for self-realization in any human community. This is part of what separates love from the two other patterns of recognition Honneth considers essential to self-realization, for unlike the form of recognition that supports self-confidence, the ways in which both respect and esteem are accorded have undergone a significant historical transformation. Indeed, the very distinction between the two is an historical product, something that may help to explain why 'respect' and 'esteem' are still used interchangeably in some contexts (as in: 'I respect her enormously'). In pre-modern contexts - roughly, until the bourgeois revolutions of the 18th century - one's standing in society and one's status as a moral and political agent were fused, typically, in the concept of 'honour'. Rights and duties were always rights and duties of one's station or 'estate', never of one's status as a free legislator in either the local kingdom or the 'kingdom of ends' (Kant). With the advent of the modern period, however, the fundamental principles underlying the realm of law and rights came into conflict with the idea of according legal status on the basis of class privilege. In this way, the notion of one's 'status as a person' was historically differentiated from the notion of 'social standing', giving rise to psychologically and analytically distinct modes of recognition, as well as to the corresponding notions of 'self-respect' [Selbstachtung] and 'self-esteem' [Selbstschätzung].(8) Rights and Self-Respect On Honneth's account, self-respect has less to do with whether or not one has a good opinion of oneself than with one's sense of possessing of the universal dignity of persons. There is a strong Kantian element here: what we owe to every person is the recognition of and respect for his or her status as an agent capable of acting on the basis of reasons, as the autonomous author of the political and moral laws to which he or she is subject.(9) To have self-respect, then, is to have a sense of oneself as a person, that is, as a morally responsible agent or, more precisely, as someone capable of participating in the sort of public deliberation that Habermas terms 'discursive will-formation'. Again, however, this relation-to-self is mediated by patterns of interaction, in particular, those organized in terms of legal rights. To show why being accorded rights is crucial to self-respect, Honneth makes use of Joel Feinberg's argument to the effect that '...what is called "human dignity" may simply be the recognizable capacity to assert claims.'(10) The object of respect (including self-respect) is an agent's capacity to raise and defend claims discursively or, more generally, an agent's responsibility or 'accountability' [Zurechnungsfähigkeit].(11) But this capacity can only become a basis for 'self-respect' if it can be exercised. Indeed, it is unclear what it means to say that one has a capacity that one cannot exercise. Hence, the importance of rights for self-respect lies in the fact that rights ensure the real opportunity to exercise the universal capacity constitutive of personhood. This is not to say that a person without rights cannot have self-respect, only that the fullest form of self-respecting autonomous agency could only be realized when one is recognized as possessing the capacities of 'legal persons' and morally responsible agents. The specific content of these universal capacities, however, is something that shifts over time, along with shifts in the conception of the procedure by which political and moral issues are to be resolved: 'The more demanding this procedure is seen to be, the more extensive the features will have to be that, taken together, constitute a subject's moral accountability.'(12) To understand this claim, it is important to keep in mind the distinction Honneth makes between two historical processes: (a) an increase in the number of people who are treated as full-fledged citizens and (b) an increase in the actual content of what it means to be a full-fledged citizen (in particular, the development of political and welfare rights, in addition to basic liberties). In the first case, the historical development involves realizing the universality clearly implied in the notion of modern law, with its basis in post-conventional morality. In the second case, the historical development involves a shift in the conception of law itself, in that the standard is raised regarding what skills and opportunities persons must be equipped with if a deliberative procedure is to count as legitimate. One of the interesting implications of this is that, since participation in public deliberation presupposes certain capacities, neo-Kantian moral and political theory cannot be as purely proceduralist as is often suggested, for it must rely tacitly on a minimally substantive conception of the justice in order to be able to determine whether participants in practical discourse have acquired (among other things) the practical relations-to-self necessary for engaging fully in collective or personal self-determination.(13) With regard to these historical processes, Honneth emphasizes that the social struggles for either type of expansion are constrained, however, by the notions of universality and self-legislation, which make it normatively illegitimate (though perhaps factually accurate) to view rights as the embodiment of class interests. And it is precisely this universalistic core of modern law that is overlooked by attempts since Hegel to appropriate the model of the struggle for recognition. As Honneth argues in Chapter Seven, despite their insights into the non-Hobbesian character of many social struggles, Marx, Sorel, and Sartre all failed to appreciate that the appeal to rights has built into it the idea that every subject of the law must also be its author. Solidarity and Self-Esteem Whereas self-respect is a matter of viewing oneself as entitled to the same status and treatment as every other person, self-esteem involves a sense of what it is that makes one special, unique, and (in Hegel's terms) 'particular'. This enabling sense of oneself as a unique and irreplaceable individual cannot, however, be based merely on a set of trivial or negative characteristics. What distinguishes one from others must be something valuable.(14) Accordingly, to lack self-esteem is to have the sense that one has nothing of value to offer. In this way, individuality and self-esteem are linked. And it comes then as no surprise that members of denigrated groups have enormous difficulties being perceived in anything but stereotypical ways. Hegel's work on issues of individuality and particularity is truly ground-breaking, but he unfortunately tends to understand the relevant mode of recognition in terms of an overextended conception of romantic love. Because of this, Honneth focuses instead on Mead's discussion of personal identity. Mead's claim is that distinguishing oneself from others as an individual is a matter of what 'we do better than others'.(15) The immediate difficulty with this, of course, is that not everyone can stand out above others. Mead tries to democratize this 'sense of superiority' by focusing on the division of labour in modern industrial societies, that is, by allowing individuals to find their functional roles in which to excel, not at the expense of others but precisely to the benefit of the whole. In Honneth's view, however, Mead overlooks the fact that not every job can actually serve as a basis for one's 'sense of superiority' or self-esteem. Like the evaluation of the way in which the work is done, the esteem accorded to certain tasks hinges on a range of particular cultural factors. If, for example, homemaking is considered an insignificant contribution to the common good, then homemakers will lack the evaluative resources in terms of which they can acquire a sense of personal accomplishment. In this sense, the social conditions for esteem are determined by the prevailing sense of what is to count as a worthwhile contribution to society. By situating esteem not in the division of labour but the horizon of values of a particular culture(16), Honneth opens up the possibility of conceiving of the conditions for self-esteem as a field of contestation and cultural struggle for the recognition of previously denigrated contributors to the common good. 'Solidarity' is the term Honneth uses for the cultural climate in which the acquisition of self-esteem has become broadly possible. Although 'being in solidarity with someone' is sometimes equated with feelings of sympathy, Honneth's view is that one can properly speak of 'solidarity' only in cases where some shared concern, interest, or value is in play. What he is concerned with here is not so much the collective defense of interests or the political integration of individuals, but rather the presence of an open, pluralistic, evaluative framework within which social esteem is ascribed. He claims that a good society, a society in which individuals have a real opportunity for full self-realization, would be a society in which the common values would match the concerns of individuals in such a way that no member of the society would be denied the opportunity to earn esteem for his or her contribution to the common good: 'To the extent to which every member of a society is in a position to esteem himself or herself, one can speak of a state of societal solidarity.'(17) Unlike the sphere of rights, however, solidarity carries with it a moment of particularity: which particular values are endorsed by a community is a contingent matter, the result of social and cultural struggles that lack the universality that is distinctive of legal relations. Honneth's position here is usefully compared to the culturally oriented struggles of subaltern groups that have influenced recent debates over multiculturalism, feminism, and gay and lesbian identity. Like the politics of difference, Honneth views struggles for recognition in which the dimension of esteem is central as attempts to end social patterns of denigration in order to make possible new forms of distinctive identity. But again, for Honneth, esteem is accorded on the basis of an individual's contribution to a shared project; thus, the elimination of demeaning cultural images of, say, racial minorities does not provide esteem directly but rather establishes the conditions under which members of those groups can then make their own contributions to the community. To esteem a person simply for being a member of a group would be to slip back into pre-modern notions of estate-based honour discussed earlier, rather than acknowledging the 'individualized' character of modern esteem. At the same time, of course, Honneth insists that the point of reference for esteeming each individual is the evaluative framework accepted by the entire community and not just one sub-culture. Here, it remains somewhat unclear what exactly determines the boundaries of the community in Honneth's account - what if one is esteemed only by other Jews or other Blacks? - but the central point is that, in pluralistic and mobile societies, it is difficult to maintain self-esteem in the face of systematic denigration from outside one's subculture. Disrespect and the Moral Grammar of Historical Struggles These intersubjective conditions for identity-formation provide the basis for Honneth's 'formal conception of ethical life', understood as a normative ideal of a society in which patterns of recognition would allow individuals to acquire the self-confidence, self-respect, and self-esteem necessary for the full development of their identities. This ideal is not, however, a merely theoretical construct, but is implicit in the structure of recognition itself. For, as Hegel is able to show, recognition is worthless if it does not come from someone whom one views as deserving recognition. From this perspective, since the requirement of reciprocity is always already built into the demand for recognition, social struggles for the expansion of patterns of recognition are best understood as attempts to realize the normative potential implicit in social interaction. Although the teleological language of 'potential' and an hypothetically anticipated 'final state' of this development may raise eyebrows, Honneth is careful to avoid suggesting a philosophy of history in the traditional sense of a necessary progression along a knowable, pre-ordained path. He insists that history is made less at the level of structural evolution than at the level of individual experiences of suffering and disrespect. His point is that one misses the 'moral grammar' of these conflicts if one fails to see that the claims to recognition raised in them can only be met through greater inclusion, the logical extension of which is something like the state of society envisioned by the formal theory of ethical life. In this way, Honneth argues, normative theory and the internal logic of social struggles mutually illuminate each other. The idea of social conflict having a 'moral' dimension is not, of course, entirely new. It is a central focus of much recent work in social history inspired by the ground-breaking work of E.P. Thompson, and Honneth looks to that tradition - particularly in the work of Barrington Moore - for empirical support for his position.(18) Where Honneth departs from this tradition, however, is in arguing that 'moral' motives for revolt and resistance - that is, those based on a tacit understanding of what one deserves - do not emerge only in the defense of traditional ways of life (as Thompson and Moore suggest) but also in situations where those ways of life have gradually become intolerable. Because key forms of exclusion, insult, and degradation can be seen as violating a person's self-confidence, self-respect, or self-esteem, the negative emotional reactions generated by these experiences of disrespect provide the pretheoretical basis for social critique. Once it becomes clear that these experiences reflect not just the idiosyncratic misfortune of individuals but experiences that are shared by many others, the potential emerges for collective action aimed at actually expanding social patterns of recognition. Here, the symbolic resources of social movements play a crucial role in showing this disrespect to be typical of an entire group of people. Hegel and Mead As Honneth demonstrates, many of the ideas outlined above - in particular, the tripartite distinction among three relations of recognition as social prerequisites for identity-formation - were first suggested in the work of Hegel and Mead, and much of Honneth's interest in these thinkers is in reconstructing a systematic social theory from their often fragmentary proposals. Beyond this, however, Honneth's discussions also represent significant contributions to the secondary literature on these authors. Honneth's discussion of Hegel focuses on the elusive and little-discussed early texts from the years in Jena. His reading of these texts not only uncovers the resources for reconstructing a 'recognition-theoretic' social theory but also identifies important tensions between the texts, tensions that help to explain why Hegel was never able to develop such a social theory himself. In the earliest Jena writings (discussed in Chapter Two) and particularly in the System of Ethical Life, Hegel postulates a transition from 'natural ethical life' to 'absolute ethical life' in which the differentiation of society goes hand-in-hand with the development of human autonomy and individuality. Here, under the influence of Classical theories of the polis, Hegel develops strong notions of both the normative potential of communicative relations and the primacy of the social. But he is unable to provide a sufficiently precise account of either the distinctions between forms of recognition or the stages of individual development. Honneth then argues, in Chapter Three, that this more detailed account is precisely what Hegel's later Realphilosophie provides. Unfortunately, however, this gain in analytical and psychological clarity also obscures some of the crucial insights found in the earlier writings, due to Hegel's increasing reliance on a 'philosophy of consciousness', that is, the metaphysical framework characteristic of subject-centred philosophy from Descartes to Husserl. By focusing on the struggle for recognition at the level of the formation of individual consciousness, Hegel makes social shifts in patterns of recognition mere stages in the overarching process of Spirit's formation through individual self-consciousness.(19) In Honneth's view, the more interesting earlier notion, according to which individual and societal development mutually constitute each other, never returns in Hegel's oeuvre, and it is for this reason that Honneth does not discuss what is certainly the best-known of Hegel's discussions of the struggle for recognition, namely, the master-slave dialectic of the Phenomenology of Spirit. In effect, then, Honneth concludes that the earlier and later Jena writings negate each other, without Hegel ever being able to effect their Aufhebung [sublation]. In this connection, Mead represents a significant advance. For Honneth's purposes, what makes Mead interesting is that he provides an account the tripartite interrelation between individual identity-formation and social patterns of interaction that is built on a non-speculative, postmetaphysical basis. In his discussion of Mead's intersubjectivist conception of the self, Honneth is in substantial agreement with the work of Hans Joas, Ernst Tugendhat, and Habermas. Honneth develops his own criticism of Mead's narrow reliance on the division of labour as a basis for post-traditional solidarity (discussed above) as well as a careful reconstruction of the important distinction in Mead between two kinds of 'respect' (corresponding to Honneth's notions of 'respect' and 'esteem'). But what is most distinctive about Honneth's reading of Mead is his interpretation of the 'I' as a driving force of historical transformation. Something of the sort is needed to account for the expansion of identity-claims over time, for the development of new claims to recognition. Honneth sees Mead's notion of the 'I' as offering a way of explaining how innovation is possible in this domain. On his reading, then, the 'I' is not merely the placeholder for the irretrievable subject of an individual's thought and action but also the pre-conscious source of innovation by which new claims to identity come to be asserted.(20) On the basis of this, Honneth can then argue that historical transformations of social relations (in this case, individualization) are driven by the experiences and struggles of individuals and groups rather than functionalist dynamics.(21) Aside from suggesting new lines of scholarly research, Honneth's discussions of Hegel and Mead serve three further purposes. First, they provide the raw materials from which Honneth constructs his own position, including the notion of struggles for recognition driving the development of social structures, the tripartite distinction among patterns of recognition and types of practical relation-to-self, and the ideal of full human flourishing as dependent on the existence of reciprocal relations of recognition. Second, these interpretations serve to forestall easy dismissals of, say, Hegelian or Meadian ideas on the basis of misassociations or distortions built into prevailing views on these thinkers. Finally, the discussions of Hegel and Mead - along with those of Marx, Sorel, and Sartre - serve to situate Honneth's own position within an often-overlooked tradition of social theory. By reconstructing and revising an alternative to the dominant tradition of modern social philosophy founded by Hobbes and Machiavelli, Honneth is able to undermine the apparent self-evidence of its underlying assumptions - in particular, assumptions about the self-interested (what Honneth calls 'utilitarian') motives for social conflict or the atomistic character of the state of nature. He thereby opens up the theoretical space within which the struggle for recognition can be conceived as an attempt on the part of social actors to establish the patterns of reciprocal recognition on which the very possibility of redeeming their claims to identity depends - a struggle to establish, in short, social justice in the fullest sense.

Pierce County Fair





I won the old 1994 Daytona USA 1 out 3 times! The 2nd I placed 5th. The 3rd time I placed 3rd. Still the best game in the arcade! I don't think EA NASCAR Racing does it as well, but it would come close. I didn't see Daytona USA 2 in the building. I didn't bring friends so I was a rogue wanderer of sorts! I also tried out the Soul Calibur III and Marvel vs. Capcom III arcades. I won a few bouts, 5. Lastly, I played Ferrari F355 Challenge and placed 2nd.

Monday, July 25, 2011

J-20 (2k18) vs. F-22E Strike Raptor (2k30)

The Pentagon wants a new aircraft (lets call it the F-22E Strike Raptor) must be able to operate in the "anti-access/area-denial environment that will exist in the 2030-2050 timeframe. The US airforce wants offensive and defensive "counterair" -- destroying or neutralizing an enemy's ability to control the skies. Boeing Co, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier after Lockheed, might be able to stay in the fighter business long enough to compete for it, he said, assuming exports can keep its fighter know-how alive as the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps buy F-35s in large numbers. The Air Force in its wish list for the futuristic warplane cited greater reach, persistence, survivability, situational awareness, weapons effects and "human-system integration." In the twelve year gap , the US Airforce could get by with a small squadron of F-22s, a larger squadron of inferior F-35 Lightning II, and pilotless combat drones like the Predator and its successor the Reaper.

The J-20 is larger than the F-22A or the Russian Pak-Fa. It is said that the cyber attacks on the US that cost US 40 billion, was to get F-117 Nighthawk blueprints for the J-20. It is said that F-117 Nighthawk elements have went to china in the 1999 Kosovo war. The idea of Chinese reverse-engineering F-117 debris to understand technology is plausible. The idea that the J-20 has 30 years of Russian technology built into it and some F-117 technology would look true. J-20 will be ready in 2017.
The J-20 is of a conventional layout as fighters go - though it is worth mentioning that the size of the J-20 is greater than that of the American F-22 or Russian Sukhoi T-50/PAK FA development. Taken as a whole, the J-20 appears to be the body of the experimental, delta-wing Mikoyan Project 1.44 aircraft with the nose section of a Lockheed F-22 Raptor. The fuselage is noticeably long and wide presumably for the use of large amounts of internal fuel stores, advanced avionics capacities and large internal weapons bays. The cockpit is held well forward in the design and the engines are fitted in the rear. Canards are set along the forward portion of the fuselage and serve to provide improved vortex lift for the airframe body. Likewise, the use of the anhedral set main wing assemblies works in conjunction with these canards to help improve lift. The main wing assemblies, each sporting anhedral, are delta in arrangement and the vertical fins on the tail noticeably canted outwards. The vertical tail fins and forward canards are all-moving surfaces, hinged at internal joints, and help in providing for an agile airframe. There are two small ventral fins near the trailing edge of the main wings, outboard of either engine. The engines are buried deep within the middle and aft portions of the fuselage, aspirated by a set of inward slanted intake openings to either side of the cockpit. The intakes are preceded by a bulbous chine mount that is contoured rather elegantly to either cockpit side. From the first few initial photographs of the J-20, the engines seem to exhaust through a pair of conventional nozzles so no thrust vectoring is apparent in the prototypes. Stealth plays an important role in the design of the J-20 so plasma technology is used in the various exposed moving joints of the vertical tail fins and forward canards. The undercarriage is wholly conventional and made up of a tricycle landing gear arrangement featuring a single-wheeled nose leg and a pair of single-wheeled main landing gear legs. The nose leg retracts forward under and aft of the cockpit floor while the main legs retract forward into the sides of the fuselage. Of note here is the "saw-tooth" edges of the landing gear doors - consistent with the stealth design philosophy of the F-22 Raptor.

Internally, the J-20 will sport the latest in Chinese fly-by-wire technology and advanced fire control and engine management features. The pilot will most likely control the aircraft through a traditional HOTAS (Hands on Throttle and Stick) arrangement and have access to a single, wide-angle, full-color "glass" cockpit liquid crystal display ala the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II. In conjunction with the LCD may be a helmet-mounted sight system for the pilot. A wide-angle HUD (Head-Up Display) will provide pertinent performance and mission information to the pilot above the instrument panel.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

remodeled bedroom

Now I have wood floors and paint I painted myself. Room no longer a popcorn ceiling nor 1990s posters.

Most Expensive airplanes

10. F/A-18 Hornet: $94 million

First entering service in the 1980s, the twin-engine fighter plane was the U.S.'s first strike fighter — an aircraft capable of attacking both ground and aerial targets. It has seen action in Operation Desert Storm and as the aircraft of the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. The F/A-18 is also used by Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.

9. EA-18G Growler: $102 million

Hot off the presses, the Growler is a lightly armed version of the F/A-18 fighter that has been updated for electronic warfare (it is currently being delivered to the Navy). Growlers are capable of not only finding and disrupting anti-aircraft radar, but also jamming enemy communications.

8. V-22 Osprey: 122 million

This tiltrotor aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly faster and farther like a fixed-wing plane, was first used in combat in Iraq in 2007. The Osprey's production has been bedeviled by design and construction problems: the craft claimed the lives of at least 30 Marines and civilians during its development alone (former Vice President Dick Cheney tried repeatedly to ground the plane). Still, because of its range and versatility, the Marine Corps plans to deploy a squadron of V-22s to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

7. F-35 Lightning II 122 million

Lockheed Martin's 2001 deal to build these stealth, supersonic fighter jets was at the time the largest military contract ever. The F-35s, intended to replace an aging aircraft arsenal, were developed as part of a Joint Strike Fighter program between the U.S. and its allies and were criticized as underpowered and overweight — and therefore easy targets. Making matters worse, from 2007 to 2008, cyberspies infiltrated the 7.5 million lines of computer code that powered the Joint Strike Fighter, raising concerns that enemies could copy the F-35's design and exploit its weaknesses. In April 2009, Lockheed Martin said it did not believe the program had been compromised.

6. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye: $232 million

A major step forward for surveillance and reconnaissance, the Advanced Hawkeye's powerful new radar system will increase the range of territory an aircraft can monitor by 300%. "It can probably watch the pistachios pop in Iran," an analyst for the think tank Lexington Institute told National Defense in July. Though development of the plane is on track and two test versions have been delivered to the Navy, budget cuts may keep the planes grounded for at least a year longer than planned.

5. VH-71 Kestrel: $241 million

This high-tech helicopter project, intended to replace the President's aging chopper fleet, was running more than 50% over budget by the time Barack Obama took office. Soon after his Inauguration, the President announced plans to scrap the helicopters because of cost overruns. On July 22, however, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved restoring $485 million to fund the Kestrels.

4. P-8A Poseidon: $290 million

Boeing's spruced-up military version of its 737 jet will be used by the Navy to conduct anti-submarine warfare and gather intelligence. It can carry torpedoes, missiles, depth charges and other weapons. The P-8A is expected to go into service in 2013.

3. C17A Globemaster III: $328 million

The Air Force military-transport plane is used to move troops into war zones, perform medical evacuations and conduct airdrop missions. There are 190 C17As in service; the aircraft is propelled by four turbofan engines (of the same type used on the twin-engine Boeing 757) and can drop 102 paratroopers at once. In operation since 1993, it has been used to deliver troops and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Iraq.

2. F-22 Raptor: $350 million

First conceived during the Cold War as an airframe to vie with Soviet aircraft that was never built, the F-22 is touted by manufacturer Lockheed Martin as the best overall combat plane in the world — not to mention the most expensive. It can shoot down enemy cruise missiles, fly long distances at supersonic speeds and avoid nearly all types of radar detection. But the Senate debate over whether to build seven more — at a taxpayer cost of $1.67 billion — eventually came down to the plane's job-creating abilities. The axed project would have employed 25,000 Americans.

1. B2-Spirit $2.4 billion

The B-2 bomber was so costly that Congress cut its initial 1987 purchase order from 132 to 21. (A 2008 crash leaves the current number at 20.) The B-2 is hard to detect via infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual or radar signals. This stealth capability makes it able to attack enemy targets with less fear of retaliation. In use since 1993, the B-2 has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

private industry replaces Ares I rocket

NASA is simply transferring its costly bureaucratically sponsored spaceflights to the private sector. Newt Gingrich brought up private space flight on June 13, 2011 during republican debate. The next 50 years are going to be historic. There's intensifying economic and space competition. NASA is turning to private industry with fixed prices, contracts and profit margins. The space agency will be the customer, not the boss. NASA is hoping to launch its privately built rocket and capsule to the space station late this year. It won't carry astronauts, but if all goes well the unmanned ship will dock with the station and deliver food, water and clothing. It will take 40 tons of supplies to the space station in 20 flights. Boeing is going to privately send astronauts into space in 2014. SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, which also has its own ship, the Dragon, a “free-flying, reusable spacecraft.

President George Bush has set NASA on a mission to put men back on the moon by 2020, and then onto Mars between 2035 and 2037.

I'm flying on space jet when I am 50ish instead of Walt Disney World! I went to Walt Disney World in July 1997 for eight days and seen all the parks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Playstation Vita impressions

The analogue stick is small compared to PSP and Dual Shock 3. The construction of the plastics are lighter than PSP or most smartphones. The transparent shoulder buttons don't feel much different than the ones on the PlayStation Portable, though perhaps a tad springier in their action, and between them there are a pair of iPod nano-like volume buttons and a pair of thin plastic covers. The pad works a lot better than PSP's analogue pad for first person shooters. Sony consumer products head Kaz Hirai said that Vita is expected to be profitable within 3 years. Sony picked the worst cellular provider, AT&T for 3g access. The best is Verizon.

I am waiting for Final Fantasy, Elder Scrolls, Square-Enix developed RPGs, Ridge Racer VIII. I don't have enough money to buy the 7.0 - 7.9 RPGs for DS or PSP or Vita. NIS America and Atlus never have good RPGs for PSP or Dual Screen. probably never would. More of the same is okay.

Confirmed Launch:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Virtual Tennis 4
Ruin (working title)
Wipeout 2048

Bioshock PSVita (working title)
Blazblue: Continuum Shift 2 (possible launch)
Call of Duty
Dragon's Crown
Dust 514
Dynasty Warriors
Everybody's Golf (Possible Launch)
F1 2011
Gravity Daze
Hustle Kings
Lost Planet
Little Deviants
Metal Gear Solid
Modnation Racer
Monster Hunter Portable
Mr Ink Jet
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (possible launch)
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee (possible launch)
Reality Fighters
Ridge Racer
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Smart As (working title)
Sound Shapes (working title)
Street Fighter X Tekken
Super Stardust Delta (possilbe launch)
Top Darts (working title)

Final Fantasy 7 (remastered)

List of PlayStation Vita developers as of June 7, 2011:

Jorudan Co., Ltd.
Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
LEVEL-5 Inc.
MAGES Inc. (5pb)
Mainichi Communications Inc.
Marvelous Entertainment Inc.
ASGARD Co., Ltd.
media5 Corporation
Aspect Co., Ltd.
Nihon Falcom Corporation
Capcom Co., Ltd.
Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
Codemasters Software Company Limited
OaKs co., Ltd.
Crafts & Meister Co., Ltd.
CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.
CYBERFRONT Corporation
Q Entertainment Inc.
Dimps Corporation
dorasu corporation
SilverStarJapan Co., Ltd.
Edia Co., Ltd.
Sonic Powered co., Ltd.
FromSoftware, Inc.
Spike Co., Ltd
Gameloft K.K.
Starfish-SD Inc.
Genki Co., Ltd.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.
SystemPrisma Co., Ltd.
GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
SystemSoft Alpha Corp.
HAMSTER Corporation
TOMY Company, Ltd.
Ignition Entertainment Ltd.
tri-Ace Inc.
Ubisoft K.K.
Index Corporation (Atlus)
Views Co., Ltd.
YUKE'S Co., Ltd.
North America
Activision, Inc.
Paramount Digital Entertainment
Capybara Games
PopCap Games
Powerhead Games
Demiurge Studios
Rockster Games
Electronic Arts
Epic Games Inc.
Trendy Entertainment
Far Sight Studios

Thinking I can afford it in December.

Most popular guns

Remington Model 870

This design makes it possible to shoot multiple projectiles, most often large pellets (buckshot) or small beads (birdshot), in a conical spray that can be devastating at close range. Shotguns can even fire less lethal rounds, such as rock salt or miniature tear gas grenades, to help control crowds.

Bushmaster AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle

The AR-15, which designates a rifle platform, not a specific manufacturer's model, remains a controversial weapon. Why? Many people mistakenly believe that "AR" stands for "assault rifle." In reality, the AR-15 is a semiautomatic rifle, which means it fires one round with each pull of the trigger. True assault rifles are fully automatic weapons, such as machine guns, that have been primarily restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.

The "AR" actually stands for "ArmaLite rifle," the company that invented the design in the 1950s. ArmaLite's chief engineer, Eugene Stoner, sought to develop a revolutionary weapon, one that was lighter and offered less recoil. His early efforts resulted in the AR-10, which weighed less than 7 pounds (3 kilograms). U.S. Army officials asked ArmaLite to downsize the AR-10 in 1956, leading to the AR-15.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver

They have a cylinder containing multiple chambers, each of which holds a round. When the trigger is pulled, the cylinder rotates and a new chamber lines up with the barrel. In single-action varieties, the user must manually cock the hammer before firing. In double-action varieties, the user pulls the trigger to rotate the cylinder and draw the hammer back to a cocked position. Model 10 fires .38-caliber rounds through a 4-inch barrel.

Beretta M9

The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action / double-action pistol which uses a 15-round staggered box magazine with a reversible magazine release button that can be positioned for either right- or left-handed shooters. The M9 was modified to the M9A1 in 2006. It added—among other things—a Picatinny rail for the attachment of lights, lasers, and other accessories to the weapon. The M9A1 has more aggressive front and backstrap checkering and a beveled magazine well for easier reloading of the weapon. M9A1 pistols are sold with Physical vapor deposition (PVD) coated magazines developed to better withstand the conditions in the sandy environments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Popular Blog Resurrected

In 2002 and 2005 I was a talented webpage designer. That was about the time, I tried integrating a window into my blogspot. My pages are on the wayback machine.

I liked to read videogame reviews when I was a hardcore gamer and some ancient Linux review I wrote. There was an about page, a gallery, a guest book, automated email. It was really ahead of its time. Nobody in my high school class made a personal webpage using HTML code with Dreamweaver. At least the viewer can see my creative webpages.

If I were to create a new webpage, would it just be more of the same. My geocities page was huge at 14 MB on FTP. I recieved no feedback! I try to get feedback on facebook without luck. I used Namo Webedtior 5.5 so often, updates became easy. At the time, I couldn't ask enough people to sign my guestbook. My webpage looks advanced compared to other geocities sites.

Here is my old modblog blog (my first blog)

There were people on my chatbox in 2003. I had 58,030 visitors on this blog. This is 20 times as many stats as most bloggers. My videogame list had 352 linkings, most on the entire modblog. This blog was a lot more successful than my myspace at the time. Very few myspace comments.

Obama's new Super Committee sounds like...

Obama's super committee to control the debt sounds a lot like GosPlan (economic planning) from the USSR. The council's decisions took the form of decrees and decisions to the Czars(The Pres's council of ministers/national committee).

Both the Republican Party and Democratic Party have central committees. The Union commissariats directed their designated branches of administration throughout the USSR directly or through subordinate agencies; the Union-republican commissariats directed their corresponding branches, based on registers of enterprises or institutions, through republican commissariats of the same name; and the republican commissariats were responsible only to the councils of people's commissars in their own republics.

One of the duties of Gosplan was creation of Five-Year Plans.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Camping 2k11 Episode II:

I saw Harry Potter Deadly Hollows Part 2 in a old Isle theater in Cumberland, WI. We went RVing near Spooner, WI passing Turtle Lake Casino. I stayed at the Scenic View RV park. The toilets and showers were real shitty so we smelled the four days. My family took meet from Louie's Finer Meats. I guess I was talking about A-10 Thunderbolt, early USN jets, M-16 machine gun, M1 Browning, cruise missiles on USS Wisconsin/USS Missouri battleship, Nimitz & Ford class supercarriers, China's larger supercarriers, PT boats with a pro-military Uncle of mine. He watches The Military Channel all the time. The temp was in the 90s so I didn't get to play miniature golf in Spooner over Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass. It wasn't a good vacation, because there weren't any decent looking girlfriend with me or 50 DirecTV channels. I had a California burger at the Prime Bar. The place looked like truck stop. My family is one of the most boring family there is with their conservative 1950s culture let me tell you! I ended up played Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the four days. I had this choice of playing a stupid dice game.

I went inside Turtle Lake Casino and took a picture of a bunny for my silent visitors out there! I didn't stay long.

The Uncle




Friday, July 15, 2011

Top 3 miltiary guns


The XM-25 has a computer-aided targeting system that allows the user to quickly aim at a target and to adjust the range of the air-bursting round.



SCAR-Light is a great M-16 replacement. The weapon also meets SOCOM's requirements for quick changes in the field. Within a few minutes, a SCAR-Light's 18-in.-long, precision-fire barrel can be replaced with a standard-length 14-in. barrel, or a shorter, 10-in. barrel for use in cramped, urban environments.


Replacement for the M-16. Sar 21 has integrated visible/ infrared laser sight and 1.5x optical scope, translucent ammo magazines.

John Henry Sununu should run for 2016! 

John Henry Sununu should be Republican candidate for 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Oil Shale vs. High Speed Rail

I, personally pick Oil Shale over any HSR network. The high speed rail is an environmentalists wet dream so hell no to this. Passenger rail 150 years ago won't make it okay now-a-days.

Royal Dutch Shell have developed ways to tap the oil in situ, by drilling boreholes that are thousands of feet deep and feeding into them inch-thick cables that are heated using electrical resistance and that literally cook the surrounding rock. The kerogen liquefies and gradually pools around an extraction well, where the oil-like fluid can easily be pumped to the surface.

Meanwhile, construction companies can take the sand tar out of Utah with toe to heel air injection for American usage.

It is obvious that China is big on HSR, because they have 1.3+ billion and foreign nationals. That sounds like the only reason to be HSR biased. HSR is too expensive, has exaggerated benefits, is wasteful. You have to look at if HSR are five year plans of economic planning solely because China loves HSR to death.

There is something called the smart cars on 1000 cc engines or motorcycles if gas prices are too high.

Trying to speed up HSR construction is stupid. US will probably complete these HSR projects four decades in the future. Focus on all the vehicles and roads instead. I disbelieve if the government tells Americans to ride something, that they will listen unlike European citizens. Americans will still use their vehicles up to the point where it is entirely unaffordable, in which case they buy motorcycles.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wii U games list

This isn't a great Wii U selection. I'm thinking that the Super Mario platformer title is "Super Mario 3D World" based off Super Mario 64. Then the developers make a Paper Mario, and a Super Mario Galaxy 3 for Wii U. I would love to see some Final Fantasy remakes for Wii U like Final Fantasy VIII, X and XII, Chrono Cross and that's pretty much all Square-Enix's flagship titles which are ones worth replaying/re-paying. Sega could make Sega GT Wii U, Sonic Adventure 3 Virtua Fighter 6, and Resonance of Fate 2. Konami could remake Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and 4 for Wii U. Capcom could develop Viewiful Joe 3, 4, 5. Namco could port Tekken 7, Ridge Racer VIII and Soul Calibur V. As far as First Person Shooters go: The Orange Box, Crysis, Crysis 2, Unreal Tournament III, Far Cry II, Far Cry III, and Metroid Prime 4. Then adventure games Metroid Other M 2. RPGs include Mass Effect 1,2,3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Dragon Age.

Pikmin 3
Smash Bros.
Lego City Stories
Darksiders II
Ninja Gaiden: Razor's Edge
Batman: Arkham City
New Ubisoft FPS IP
New Ubisoft multi-sports family IP
Ghost Recon Online
Assassin's Creed
Killer Freaks From Outer Space


Aliens: Colonial Marines (showreel - prototyped, considered)
Dirt (showreel)
Metro Last Light (showreel)
Tekken (showreel)
Madden NFL


BioShock (Ken Levine was a talking head on video at Nintendo conference)
Zelda HD (one of the demos)
New Super Mario Bros. Mii (one of the demos)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Vietnam War had a wonderful side-effect!

After 1975, Vietnam contracted with the Soviet Union for financial aid. Jimmy Carter, as liberal and gullible, hadn't send aid to Vietnam. Vietnam couldn't get aid from China. Vietnam and the War with Afghanistan was the nail in the cophen for the Soviet Union. I wonder if this scenario is compatible with modern day US and China is true. I read somewhere that Obama is turning US state capitalist.

It was liberal bias in the media that presented the withdrawal.

B2 Spirit in mass production

The US Airforces next generation bomber is based on proven technologies is a B2 Spirit with mass produced parts. It is going to have the same engine as the F-35 Lightning II, the Pratt & Whitney F135 and General Electric/Rolls-Royce F13. It would scare off any Tupolev Tu-160. IT would have Fleet size of 175 aircraft. Range: 5,000+ nautical miles. The bomber is designed to use off-the-shelf propulsion. The bomber would have a weapons load of 14,000–28,000 lb (6,350–12,700 kg)

Friday, July 08, 2011

US almost ready to asteroid mine

Our country is ahead of the European Union in asteroid mining.

now of roughly 750 S-class asteroids with a diameter of at least 1 kilometer. Many of these pass as near to the Earth as our own moon — close enough to reach via spacecraft. As a typical asteroid is 10 percent metal

The US is already sending lander near asteroids to to experiments as we speak. Within 3 years, Lockheed Martin, Boeing would send space excavators to bring small amounts of asteroid to US. A small metallic asteroid with a diameter of 1.6 km (1 mile) contains more than $9 trillion US dollars worth of industrial and precious metals.

Strip Mining - Material is successively scraped off the surface in a process comparable to strip mining. There is strong evidence that many asteroids consist of rubble piles, making this approach feasible.

Shaft Mining - A mine can be dug into the asteroid, and the material extracted through the shaft. This requires precise knowledge to engineer accuracy of astro-location under the surface regolith and a transportation system to carry the desired ore to the processing facility.

Magnetic Rakes - Asteroids with a high metal content may be covered in loose grains that can be gathered by means of a magnet.

Heating - For volatile materials in extinct comets, heat can be used to melt and vaporize the matrix..

Spacecraft can pull materials and fly it to Earth orbit where it can be flown in smaller amounts.

I don't believe US should worry about effects on China (that's stupid), as they can always buy domestic. It is the United States that needs to profit from something, because we are bankrupted nation with our inflation/spending problems. Republican Pres. and republican congress expansion of the the private sector is the long-time solution.

Debian appears in The Social network

The only parts I picked up on is the college life on the Internet, and that I was never a college life student. I take all my classes online. When I was at campus, everybody went home. Google+, launched 8 days ago is aimed to replace Facebook, just as Facebook overtaken google at Alexa this year. In the movie, Debian made an appearance. It matches the kernel.

Facebook is a place that turns adults into teenage girls. Instead of making things, We're telling people how great Gossip Girl is. Would your grandfather go on Facebook? Probably not. I think we've become a country thirsting for attention--Facebook is basically Googling yourself for people who don't have enough hits to warrant it.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Medical and Health Services Manager

I plan on getting a Medical and Health Services Manager Bachelor's degree completed in 4 1/2 years. Some of the courses include Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations, Healthcare Planning and Policy Management, and Advanced Healthcare Law and Ethics. The jobs are in this field. I'll get 40k less in healthcare manager than in Network administration BS engineer annually. It is easier to pass certification in health, sponsored hospitals supply internships. The information technology sector isn't hiring right now, and this scope of layoff wouldn't happen in the healthcare field. Medical and Health Services Manager is not as aggressive as the Administrative Services Manager or Sales Managers Bachelors. Sales managers end up in a mall.

The Pentagon was hacked into and a trillion dollars lost this month via Russia or China. I am not ready for that kind of rigorous certification studying and commitment to security, and hustling. I just know it is their bias towards Windows XP/7. The Pentagon and companies with Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Scientific Linux are secured.

Marketing Managers $78,340 | $110,030 | $149,390 | 12%
Administrative Services Manager $53,820 | $75,520 | $100,560 | 12%
Sales Managers $65,210 | $96,790 | $141,430 | 15%
Medical and Health Services Manager $63,700 | $81,850 | $105,980 | 16%

^ U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor

College starts next semester.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Camping 2k11



Did this week for three days and this week for three days. I hate that there is nothing special on TV, except the Eau Claire PBS broadcasts Vietnam news at 8PM (large Mung population), and the Bolshevik anchors constantly naught yes. Anchors showed that Obama and laughed at stupid president. I golfed and wanted to be home to watch what I wanted to watch. I didn't drive myself (to save mileage) and I don't subscribe to a 3G service. I think that amateur fireworks are stupid. Why do you always do it at dusk when it isn't even that dark yet? Dropping $500 bucks on Roman Candles, Sparklers Bottle Rockets and Firecrackers doesn’t really make sense. Throw in the fact that all the good fireworks are illegal. Light up a stack of cash And throw it high, high into the night's sky.