Showing posts with label Random Geekiness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Random Geekiness. Show all posts

Friday, June 23, 2017

Why I Watch Doctor Who

"Human progress isn’t measured by industry. It’s measured by the value you place on a life.

An unimportant life.

A life without privilege.

The boy who died on the river, that boy’s value is your value. That’s what defines an age, that’s… what defines a species.
"

` Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
` Episode: Thin Ice


I have a love of the current run of Doctor Who. Specifically, all of the NuWho since 2005. I have some Brit friends who tell me Doctor Who is just a kid's show and they don't watch it.

So why do I?

Part of it is I'm a geek and always have been. I want to explain, that isn't all of it though.

A few years back I was going through a LOT of back pain. A LOT. I was really, really depressed and flipping through Netflix one weekend. I saw the series for Doctor who was there and decided to venture a try on it. I started with NuWho Series 1, Episode 1, "Rose".

I loved it.

Sure, it had some HORRIBLY CHEESY music, but you'd spend 45 minutes getting into the plot and what was going on and then WHAMMO! The Doctor does something brilliant and saves the day.

Eccelston (Number 9) is my doctor. He always put on a happy face to hide his true feelings. I was shocked when he blew his top in "Dalek" but by the end of the Series, I was hooked. I am sad he only had one Series as The Doctor, he was "Fantastic".

Tennant (Ten) is my favorite Doctor. He carried on with the happy faced, but troubled character. He added a lot of emotion to the part and it was more than just a fun ride.

But why am I hooked? Why do I watch a kid's show to this day?

Because the show is about hope.

The show gave me something to look forward to in my pain; something as an escape. When the TARDIS door swings open and The Doctor steps out, hands in pockets with his confident swagger, I knew I was along for a fun ride.

I liked Matt Smith (Eleven) and was severely disappointed in Capaldi's (Twelve) take on The Doctor. My family has since met him, Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman and they found them all to be wonderfully delightful people. They were gracious and kind to my kids and wanted to know more about them. They love their fans.

Series 9 made me like Capaldi's Doctor. Series 8 was just unclear on why he was... mean. I don't know how else to put it. I blame the writing of Moffet as he failed to show how much 300 years on Trensladore had damaged The Doctor as a person. I get that now. It also helps Capaldi's wild(ish) hair has given him a much friendlier look.

Three more episodes with Capaldi before we get a new Doctor. I don't know if I'll like him (or her if you follow the rumors) but I expect to remain a fan.

Hope is eternal. As long as I have hope, I have life.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We're From The NSA And We're Here To Help

Found an interesting article everyone should read at Zero Hedge. The NSA's book of bugging goodness made it out and to cut to the chase, we're screwed.

The latest revelation from the biggest wholesale spying scandal since Nixon, exposed by Germany's Spiegel which continues the strategy of revealing Snowden leaks on a staggered, delayed basis, involves a back door access-focused NSA division called ANT, (which supposedly stands for Access Network Technology), described by Spiegel as "master carpenters" for the NSA's TAO (Tailored Access Operations, read more about TAO here). The ANT people have "burrowed into nearly all the security architecture made by the major players in the industry -- including American global market leader Cisco and its Chinese competitor Huawei, but also producers of mass-market goods, such as US computer-maker Dell.
What caught my eye more than anything was this:
The ANT division doesn't just manufacture surveillance hardware. It also develops software for special tasks. The ANT developers have a clear preference for planting their malicious code in so-called BIOS, software located on a computer's motherboard that is the first thing to load when a computer is turned on.

This has a number of valuable advantages: an infected PC or server appears to be functioning normally, so the infection remains invisible to virus protection and other security programs. And even if the hard drive of an infected computer has been completely erased and a new operating system is installed, the ANT malware can continue to function and ensures that new spyware can once again be loaded onto what is presumed to be a clean computer. The ANT developers call this "Persistence" and believe this approach has provided them with the possibility of permanent access.

Another program attacks the firmware in hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung, all of which, with the exception of latter, are American companies. Here, too, it appears the US intelligence agency is compromising the technology and products of American companies.

Other ANT programs target Internet routers meant for professional use or hardware firewalls intended to protect company networks from online attacks. Many digital attack weapons are "remotely installable" -- in other words, over the Internet. Others require a direct attack on an end-user device -- an "interdiction," as it is known in NSA jargon -- in order to install malware or bugging equipment.
If you're an IT guy you know what this means. Everything you do to clean your PC, reload it, replace the hard drive, encrypt it, it doesn't matter. as soon as you connect to the internet they can read you. Even if you miraculously clean everything on your machine they've got you moving through the internet's routers.

Yeah, yeah I know. If you don't have anything to hide you have nothing to worry about. Of course it depends on who's judging you.

Source article: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-29/nsas-50-page-catalog-back-door-penetration-techniques-revealed

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sometimes Things Just Don't Work Out

I decided to do a spoof of the Star Wars Episode I poster with Anakin casting a shadow as Darth Vader.


I decided to use Darth Tater and have him cast his shadow as an order of fries.


Yeah, good idea, poor execution.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Things Go Wrong For Me


Things go wrong for me.  Things probably go wrong for you too.  Why is it bad things happen to us?  What makes us feel better about the terrible trials of life?

For me, it's having an opportunity to be a partner in someone else's pain.  Some folks would say that is why I chose a life in tech support, but that is not the case.  Getting to watch other people suffer while I drink beer on the sly is only a side benefit.

My impression of Rodney as a young man.
Without the hot chick of course.
Drinking beer and sharing another person's misery brings us to my friend (until the restraining order goes through) Rodney Lacroix.  Rod has a unique perspective on life.  When he was young he had boobs.  Not because he was female, he was a fat kid.  I can sympathize.  He was a smart-alec, been there myself.  He crapped his pants terribly at least once...

No, sorry Rod.  You're on your own there.

Why am I talking about how much Rodney's life sucks?  Because he wrote a book about it.  Seriously... Look!

I know... I'm kind of bummed because my inane ramblings have now been overshadowed by the genius of a guy sharing his failures (or are they triumphs?

Watch his book trailer below and let me know which you think they are...



 
I have a confession to make.  I bought his book.  I have read it.  I have enjoyed his cartoons of inappropriate situations involving everyday objects through his use of "Draw Something."  (Curse you Rod, I will never look at "Grandmothers" the same way again.)
 
I try to keep my blog PG-13, but Rod goes all in, you will find out things like great band names... many can't be played on the air... maybe they aren't that great then, but they made me laugh until THE WIFE finally knocked on the bathroom door and told me the kids were complaining... and to stop laughing too.
 
If you buy this book, the world will be a better place, all your dreams will come true... OK, maybe not, but you'll have an opportunity to not only find out where the dead hookers in Hershey, Pennsylvania get dropped off, but you will have a laugh, probably many laughs and with the world the way it is a laugh is well worth a couple of bucks.
 
You can find out more about Rodney using these links.  Enjoy yourself, and learn to laugh not only at yourself, but at Rodney too... mainly at Rodney...
 
 
The "Things Go Wrong for Me" Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/ThingsGoWrongForMe
 
And most importantly, Amazon where you can buy his book:

http://www.amazon.com/Things-Wrong-hands-lemons-vodka/dp/0982772025/ref=la_B00ANN9ZVE_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355939495&sr=1-1

Friday, August 17, 2012

I Am So Old

How old am I?

Old enough that I have spent all week griping about having to do testing with a MAC.

Yes, you read that right. The little Apple machine grandmas and every yuppie or college student HAS to have because they are soooo easy has been a pain in my butt all week.

I know enough about Linux to know Apple has put a pretty little shell over the top of Linux and run it on their hardware. Obviously it works well, but for a PC only guy it drives me NUTS. I miss my right-click capability. WAH!

I guess things might have been different if I had been introduced to them when I was fighting with Windows 95 or 98 (maybe even XP) I would be a lot more receptive. I work with Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 and beyond now. I deal with Exchange, Outlook, Active Directory, IIS etc... The MAC just seems like a clumsy fit when having to integrate in with these things.

Of course, to be fair, if I dealt with MACs more I might not be as harsh, but to plop down a wad of cash for something that doesn't work the way I want it to is not much incentive.

I shall remain, a PC (at least for now).

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Silent City - Episode 1

I found this project online and I think it has potential.  Right now I am too broke to donate, but I can share it and at least hope it gets some cash from traffic.

Please watch and enjoy.  If you like it, support them.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Yeah I'm Biased...

How bout that.
Yeah, I'm biased.  Regardless, I like the idea of the Surface Tablet.  The way I view it is Surface will bring new ideas to the tablet market and force Android and Apple to improve and grow.  In turn Microsoft will improve and grow.

This is how a free market economy works.

You bet your dog I'm going to get one as soon as I can.

H/T to I Waste So Much Time for the image.

Monday, August 01, 2011

I Speak Geek

I have some new stuff up on my Comic Shop Cafe Press site. In keeping with my new job I have made a Geek reference and since it made me giggle, I want to throw it out for everyone to enjoy.


Go check out the full site at http://www.cafepress.com/houstonscomicstuff.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What's Up With Remakes

The Thing?




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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

No, I Was Not Eaten By A Wildabeast!

Actually I have just been beyond butt kicking busy here at SERVERCO. Hard to believe that learning a completely new product takes time and effort and MAY (Only MAY) interefere with blogging.

Regardless, I am doing well and still so happy I tinkle myself just a little bit every time I think about how wonderful my life is right now. THE WIFE finally talked me into going and having a sleep study done and turns out I have SEVERE sleep apnia.


No problem, just get a CPAP and off we go. The initial study showed excellent results SO... I got one. I feel MUCH MUCH better.



Plus, since I have a "Cadillac Health Care Plan" I upscaled my CPAP....