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BigRedGiant.com: Surprisingly Enjoyable [23 Dec 2004|06:22am]

I've spent the last few hours getting ready for my drive up to Nebraska. Packing, attempting to wrap the presents I've bought (where the heck are my scissors....?), and getting some music ready to listen to on the drive up. I need to find my iTrip and see if it still works or not... I recently left it at my mother's house and when she mailed it back the mini-plug was bent.

I've been getting a lot of Christmas music together trying to make an actual Christmas Music mix, since every year I make it a point to not put any actual Christmas music on my Christmas mix, which I hope to listen to on the drive up at least once all the way through. It does kick much ass if I don't say so myself, well... for Christmas music at least.

But listening to all this Christmas music is just putting me in a great mood... I'm really looking forward to this trip and my not-too-faraway trip to New York for New Years.

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BigRedGiant.com: Updates are Lacking [21 Dec 2004|08:19pm]

I'm trying to get the site moved over to a new server which hopefully explains the absence of updates. I'll get started again once I finish the move over to the new server.

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BigRedGiant.com: They Say That Backing Up Is Hard to Do [15 Dec 2004|11:51am]

I did a full backup of the bigredgiant server last night so I could get ready for the big move off of BlogHosts. Apparently the server counted that as part of my allotted disk space and when I tried to update this morning it replaced a bunch of files with blank files.

If you wanted to visit my site in the past several hours and came upon a blank page... sorry. I'll try to make sure that doesn't happen again.

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BigRedGiant.com: To Sleep or not To Sleep [15 Dec 2004|03:13am]

That is the question, is it not?

I have a final in about 5 hours, I'm not exactly sure if I should think it is easy or not. I'm thinking about reading the chapter before hand, and I really should do some laundry. I could just drink a lot of caffeine...

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BigRedGiant.com: 22 Reasons 22 Rocks [14 Dec 2004|04:36am]

1. 580 files on my computer have, in some form, the number 22 present either in the filename or inside the file.
2. Catch 22.
3. Human Chromosome 22.
4. If you divide by 2 you get 11.
5. The V-22 Osprey
6. 22 new reasons to use FireFox
7. 22 good albums from 2004
8. The 22nd Amendment's Prohibition from 12 disastrous years of Clinton :)
9. 2 hours away from a full day.
10-21. Too tired to look for more cool things that have 22 in them.
22. I turn 22 today. Yay! Happy Birthday to me.

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BigRedGiant.com: MS Remote Desktop Connection for Mac! [13 Dec 2004|07:34am]

This is more of a test of the way Ecto handles images (and getting the pleasure of accessing my Windows machine from my mac) than it is me showing you Microsoft's RDC of Mac OSX. The program works like a charm, even better than the RDC built into WinXP, which I can never actually connect to another computer with for some reason).

The buttons for iTunes don't work out that well, could be worse.
MS Remote Desktop Connect

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BigRedGiant.com: The Great Playlist Meme [12 Dec 2004|02:00am]

d2r: the great playlist meme of '04

Here are the instructions:

1. Open up the music player on your computer.
2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
3. Hit the "shuffle" command.
4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd like.

1. Badly Drawn Boy - Camping Next to Water
2. Depeche Mode - Clean
3. The Cranberries - Forever Yellow Skies
4. The Hives - Bushfire
5. JET - Rollover D.J.
6. Mandy Moore - One Way Or Another
7. Beck - Beautiful Way
8. Tenacious D - Friendship
9. Death Cab for Cutie - The Sound of Settling
10. Hoobastank - The Reason

Thus is my list, the only thing I have to be ashamed about would be Mandy Moore... but for one reason or another I just love her album of cover songs, Coverage.

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BigRedGiant.com: The Spirit of Giving [12 Dec 2004|01:46am]

If you have what is in the title (a spirit of giving) then don't hesitate to purchase something for me from my Christmas (or my regular) Amazon Wishlist.

Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, everyone!

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BigRedGiant.com: Helvetica Vs Arial [10 Dec 2004|07:11pm]

Since Helvetica is a much superior font than Arial I would like to link to the following "game:"

Helvetica vs. Arial

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BigRedGiant.com: Civil Unions [09 Dec 2004|01:26pm]

NZ recognises same-sex unions

New Zealand's parliament has passed controversial legislation to recognise civil unions between gay couples.

The Civil Union Bill, which passed by 65 votes to 55, also recognises unions between men and women who do not want to marry.

The new law, which takes effect next April, gives unmarried couples the same rights as married couples in areas like child custody, tax and welfare.

The bill stirred fierce debate, with critics saying it undermined marriage.

But the bill's sponsor, David Benson-Pope, denied it undermined marriage or posed a threat to the family.

"Civil union offers an alternative to those [couples] unable to marry or who prefer not to marry," he said.

Good job New Zealand... now if only we were fighting over civil unions here in the US instead of "gay marriage."

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BigRedGiant.com: ARGH! Bowling Sucks. [08 Dec 2004|11:53pm]

I bowled a 400 series... I have a 175 average. I bowled 125 pins under my average.

126 124 150

I might just have to quit.

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BigRedGiant.com: Until Further Notice [07 Dec 2004|10:35pm]

No politics allowed. I won't post it, I won't allow it in the comments. I'm burned out until probably next semester. I don't want to hear anything about it on ANY LEVEL.

Thank you.

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BigRedGiant.com: Bandwidth Thief! [06 Dec 2004|10:40am]

My website, BigRedGiant.com, was down for the better part of last night due to a massive downloading of the greyvideo.mov file I was mirroring from what seems to be the visitors of a few different websites, none of them linking to the post about the Grey Video but to the movie file itself.

These people are bandwidth thieves... and I look down at you. Because of them I have had to take down my mirror of The Grey Video, as I can only afford so much bandwidth.

So sorry to anyone who was looking for the video, it is something I think everyone should see at least once (which is why I linked to it). You can still find mirrors and a bit torrent for The Grey Video over at Waxy.org

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BigRedGiant.com: Thank God for GameBoy [06 Dec 2004|10:30am]

I'm writing this at work, yay for laptops and ecto (the internet is pretty slow so I'm probably going to just save this and post it later). We have a new guy, it's his first day, and I'm teaching him to work in the back with all the machines.

I got that done pretty quickly (at least the theory behind working with the machines) and now I'm just waiting for one of the machines to break down (they always do) so I can make sure he knows what he's doing.

Until then, I'm watching Will and Grace Season 1 on DVD (while posting this) and I'm letting him play on my GameBoy Advance SP. This set up just might work.

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BigRedGiant.com: Ugh... Need.... Sleep [05 Dec 2004|07:06am]

I spent the bulk of the night (after I got home from work that is at 2am) getting my desktop computer running. It wasn't as horrible as I was expecting, I figured out the problem I was having got Windows running and fully updated, installed FireFox, Norton Anti-Virus, Zone Alarm Firewall, and some other goodies (Office, PhotoShop, etc). I have a little more work to do, but I can start playing games.


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BigRedGiant.com: Crack Proof Cheesecake [04 Dec 2004|04:25pm]

With the holidays approaching it is getting closer to the time when I start making my annual cheesecakes. I need one for work, one for family, and I'm thinking of making one for my ROTC Christmas party. This recipe, which is the one I always use, has directions for a Blueberry topping. You can follow these directions to make a topping with any of your favorite fruits, I normally choose strawberry. I also serve the topping separately as some members of my family are allergic to strawberries. Recipe follows...

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BigRedGiant.com: Check It Out - BigRedPodcast [03 Dec 2004|03:25am]

This is the first of, hopefully, many podcasts here at BigRedGiant. It isn't very long, just over a minute... maybe a minute and a half. Just testing out GarageBand to make sure it works, setting up MovableType to post the rss feed for me, and seeing if I need to work out any bugs.

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Get the Rss Feed

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BigRedGiant.com: Almost the End. [02 Dec 2004|09:46pm]

I was scared last night.... really scared.

As you may or may not know, Bloghosts, the host I am currently using, is going to be shutting down officially on January 1, 2005. As you again may or not know not only was my site down, but so was the entire Bloghosts network. The first thing that popped into my head was that it was taken down a month premature, yesterday being December 1 and all, but I talked myself into believing that whatever made it go down was just a server problem and it would be fine later. Luckily I was right, but that isn't going to stop me from backing up my entire site right about... now.

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BigRedGiant.com: Podcasting [01 Dec 2004|11:50am]

I am absolutely in love with Podcasting. For those who do not know, podcasting is pretty much talk radio that you download, through an rss aggregator, to your computer (or onto an iPod, hence the name).

A few of the shows I really like to listen to include:

The Daily Source Code
Evil Genius Chronicles
The Dawn and Drew Show!
Scripting News
Engadget Podcast
and a couple more.

What is great about this technology is you subscribe to a show through programs like iPodder and iPodderX and they automatically download everytime a new show is put up on the web. Most of these shows are pretty professional, and very enjoyable.

I've been thinking about making my own podcast, just to play around and see if I could do it. I recently ordered iLife, which includes Garageband, and is pretty much essential to Podcast on a mac. Now all I need is to think of something to talk about.

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BigRedGiant.com: When Courts Just Don't Want to Listen [29 Nov 2004|12:29pm]

Court rejects Mass. gay marriage case

Washington, DC, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a challenge to the Massachusetts Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage.

The rejection of review by the nation's highest court sets no precedent, and some future challenge could be accepted. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request for a stay of the state court's ruling.

The challenge rejected Monday relied on the "guarantee clause" of the U.S. Constitution. The clause says in part, "The United States shall guarantee to every state ... a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them ..."

The challengers, state citizens, said the Massachusetts Supreme Court's ruling usurped the role of the executive and legislative branches, in violation of the Massachusetts Constitution.

The state court ruled last November, but the ruling eventually may be overturned on a state initiative.

I'm so glad that the US Supreme Court decided that it will not let American citizens fight against the oppression of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. It is things like this that make me wish we could remove justices from state and federal courts.

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