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A Lesson Learned

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , on 08/07/2012 by Papa Nerd

I blame Tim Burton and his damn Batman movie.

It’s all his fault.  It’s because of him that I picked up a pencil and taught myself to draw.  I used to draw these crude pictures of Michael Keaton’s Batman.  They were pretty horrible, but to a nine-year-old kid, they were freaking awesome.  There was no depiction of any discernible action.  It was just Batman, standing there, with his head either turned to the side, or looking straight ahead.  No background, nothing else.  Just Batman.

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I’m a Failure as a Nerd

Posted in Life, Movies, Toys and Stuff with tags , , , on 05/21/2012 by Papa Nerd

Yes.  Yes I am.  Why?

I have yet to see The Avengers.

You did read that correctly.  This movie has made almost $500,000,000.  Not one of those dollars was mine.  You may be asking yourself, “Why?” You try to go see a movie with a three-year-old who will not sit still for all the money in the world.  I had a lot of bad experiences with babysitters when I was a kid, so I can’t just leave him with someone so my wife and I can go see it.  It looks like I will be waiting for it to come to Blu-Ray.

On another topic, I am also a failure as a nerd because I own a Wii.  Only a Wii.  No X-Box.  No PS3.  Just a lonely Wii.  Well, that is about to change, because, ladies and gentlemen, I will finally be joining 2006 tonight when I purchase an X-Box 360.  Yay for me!  I’ll finally get to play all of the hot new games, like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dead Rising.  Maybe even WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010!

Leave me alone.  I love my wrestling games.  I love creating characters in my wrestling games.  So na na, boo boo.

On a totally non-failure topic, I finally got my family out of the spider infested dump we lived in for over two years, and our new place is like heaven.  We are all so much happier here, and thankful we no longer have slumlords for managers.  If we ask them to fix something, we’re treated like, well, people, no as nuisances.  And, no brown recluses!  We can sleep at night without wondering when our son will be bitten by one of those nasty buggers.

Speaking of our son, if you remember, a few months back, I posted a video about how smart he is.  It’s here, if you want to see it.  Anyway, in the last few months, my little super-villain has taught himself to read and write.

He won’t perform for the camera, so I have a hard time getting video of him reading his Curious George book or his Avengers Little Golden book.  But, I did happen to catch this on his Magna-Doodle before he could erase it:

The little man's writing

The word “Batman” doesn’t appear anywhere on his Magna-Doodle.  And to think, kids his age are supposed to be recognizing their letters, not writing them.

Oh, and he can count to 50 by himself.  He can count to 100 with help.  He may just grow up to take over the world.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 03/17/2012 by Papa Nerd

Go get drunk! I won’t be joining you, since I am a tee-totaling pansy, but have some fun, wear the green, and in the greatest of Irish traditions, start a fight with a random stranger!

Good times, man. Good times.

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything, but my job has been keeping me out until around 3 o’clock every morning, and my son has been waking up at, oh, 5 or 5:30. In short, this papa has been sleep deprived, and I haven’t had the energy to do anything but go back to bed and sleep while my son plays and watches Thomas the Tank Engine.

One of these days, I’ll be back to posting regularly.

On a bit of a brighter (and decidedly non-nerd related) side, my family and I will finally be moving out of our current brown recluse infested, air conditioner and toilets don’t work right, the lazy-ass maintenance man won’t fix a damn thing, dump of an apartment, and into a better, hopefully non-brown recluse infested, non-lazy maintenance man, apartment. Yay for us!

That’s it for now, but…

Valentine’s Day: A Love Story

Posted in Life with tags , , on 02/15/2012 by Papa Nerd

Another post that is a little off topic, but important to me, nonetheless.

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Computer Viruses Suck. A Lot.

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , on 01/15/2012 by Papa Nerd

No, really.  They DO suck a lot.

Earlier this week, mine got infected by a nasty little bugger, called “Win 7 Security 2012,” which masquerades as a legit security program from Microsoft.

Now, I’m no idiot.  I’m not as computer savvy as I used to be, but I know better than to click on a popup ad that tells you that your computer is unsafe.  These things have been around for years, and they’re pretty easy to spot.  The problem with this particular bug is that you don’t have to click on anything.  If a website has been hacked and the malicious code has been inserted into the site, when you visit, it can install itself on your computer without your knowledge.

I think this is what happened to my computer.  I didn’t click on the ad, just on the close button on the window, and voila! My PC was infected.  It started telling me that my anti-virus software was malware, then it proceeded to disable my McAfee anti-virus (I have since removed McAfee, since it became apparent that it was pointless and didn’t do its job) and firewalls.

My wife and I do a lot on our computer, and we can’t afford to have it compromised, and I couldn’t fix this, so I paid to have the virus removed.  The PC is running like a charm now, with no signs of the virus.

Thank Jeebus!

As a side note, don’t worry about my site being infected.  I’ve been checking on it, and neither Google or Bing detect any malware on the site.

Modern Day Salem Witch Trial

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 01/09/2012 by Papa Nerd

This topic is a little different for me.  It has nothing to do with movies or comic books or T.V. shows or anything of the like.  But, I feel it is an important topic, which deserves discussion and intelligent debate.

Here’s the deal: in Salem, Missouri, my wife’s home town, a lady named Anaka Hunter went to the library to research her Native American heritage, particularly, Native American spirituality.  Every website dealing with the topic was blocked by the library’s filtering software.  A puzzled Ms. Hunter went to Glenda Wofford, library director, and asked her why she couldn’t access the information she was looking for.  She was told that the sites she requested, as well as any sites dealing with Wicca, paganism, astrology, etc. were blocked for being “occult” and promoting “criminal skills.”

Under Missouri law, libraries are required to have such filtering software on their computers to prevent baby-touching perverts from accessing child porn on the computers.  Some libraries choose to filter out other content, as well.  Ms. Wofford told Ms. Hunter that she could unlock certain web pages if they are to be used for school projects and the like.  She proceeded to make more information available for Ms. Hunter: one page of one website.

When Ms. Hunter protested the classification of Native American spirituality as “occult” and “criminal skills,” she was informed by Ms. Wofford that she was required to notify the “proper authorities” if anyone tried to access sites blocked by the software, if she thought the information was to be misused.  Ms. Hunter interpreted her statement to mean that Ms. Wofford was going to call the police, and stopped trying to do her research at the Salem Public Library.

Ms. Hunter brought the issue up at a library board meeting in November 2010, but nothing was done.  According to Tony Rothert, one of the ACLU lawyers who filed a lawsuit on Hunter’s behalf, “They listened to her, but they made no changes… they didn’t give a reason. They just said, ‘Are you done?'”

According to the River Front Times out of St. Louis,

Interestingly, although patrons of the Salem library can’t access sites such as All About Spirituality, The Church and School of Wicca or even the Wikipedia entry on Wicca, they can look up paganism in The Catholic Encyclopedia and “Astrology and Horoscopes: The Bible and Christian View.”

“It violates the establishment clause [in the First Amendment],” Rothert explains. “You can learn what the Catholic Church thinks of paganism, but if you want the pagan view of paganism, it’s blocked. It gives preferential treatment to some religions. Any example of a minority religion discussed in a positive way has been blocked.”

Rothert had hoped that the matter could be settled without a lawsuit, but Wofford and the library remained inflexible and declined to give an explanation for blocking Hunter’s web search.

“It’s a new age of book banning,” he says.

Normally, I don’t wear my spirituality (or lack thereof) on my sleeve.  I was raised a fundamental Baptist, but after a lot of soul searching and, honestly, logical thinking, I realized that religion is not the answer.  Rather science, logic, and hard evidence provide all of the answers I need.  The fact that some people not only force their religious views onto others, but they also make sure that everything you do has to fit into their religious views, bothers me.  Bothers the hell out of me, not to put too fine a point on it.

Why?  Because no one should be forced to believe the same as anyone else.  Christianity teaches us that God gave us free will.  It also teaches us that God will punish you for an eternity for not using your free will to accept Him or His son.  They say the Bible is infallible.  I see a pretty big fallacy there.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you to believe what I believe.  I’m also not going to say you’re condemned to hell if you don’t think the same as me.  No one should have to view the world through a religious filter.  I’ve been there.  I know.  When I left the sheltered world of my parents’ extremely religious household and Bible college, it was a shock to me.  People didn’t act as they should have.  People didn’t speak as they should have.  Things didn’t go the way they should have.  I found that praying didn’t work; that I felt as though I was talking to a wall.

Frankly, I found that if God was real, and if He was actually there, He didn’t give two shits about me.  I gave my life to Him.  “Who cares?” is how He would have responded.

Maybe Agent Mulder was right. “He’s just reading the box scores.”

Maybe George Carlin, Bill Maher, Albert Einstein, and the founding fathers (look it up) are right: He isn’t real.  He’s only real in our heads.

But, that isn’t the issue.  The issue is this: should someone be denied information on their heritage and the spiritual beliefs of their culture, because someone personally disagrees with said culture’s religious views?  No.  And it definitely is not a public library’s job to censor information.  The library exists to provide information.  It exists as a place to go to find out about our culture and heritage.

It is not a publicly funded arm of the Church.  It should not act as such.

Source: River Front Times

Happy New Year!

Posted in Life with tags , , on 01/03/2012 by Papa Nerd

It’s belated, I know, but I’ve been working 50 hours a week for the last couple of weeks, so I have a hard time remembering what day it is.

Anyway, I hope that 2012 brings happiness and prosperity to you and me, and is way better than 2011, which I rang in by losing my previous job.  Scary prospect when you’ve got a toddler to feed.

As far as New Year’s resolutions go… I don’t make them.  In my experience, I’ve found them to be ways to increase my guilt, as I never keep them.  So, I just don’t make them.  Less of a chance to let myself or anyone else down.

Have a safe, fun, and nerdy 2012!

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