Archive for February, 2011

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You know what opinions are like?*

February 26, 2011

So, Billy Beck links to a review of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

Jeffrey Falk

and Mr. Falk displays nerdrage at the film.

Look, everyone whose lives were changed by the book want a good movie to watch. But the reality is that films are often hard to get off the ground – look at how long any adaptation of AS has been around (Falk himself mentions in the post that Rand herself wrote a screenplay for AS with Stirling Silliphant.)  And if Skeletor Jolie’s** Letter of Intent couldn’t produce the funding for a “proper” adaptation, given the same circumstances, I would have proceeded with my low-budget adaptation too.

And you know what – I learned long ago that if a movie intrigues me enough, I’m going to see it regardless of any review, bad or good. So, I’ll see this one in a theater if possible.

* Opinions are like assholes. Everyone’s got one.

** She was attractive once, but lost so much weight trying to stay thin she now looks like a wire-hanger sculpture with a human head.

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Your Pro-Union message for today…

February 19, 2011

Posted in regard to the union troubles Wisconsin’s having right now (no endorsement here pro or con – just wanted to get a laugh)…

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Atlas Shrugged Trailer

February 12, 2011
What the?!
I didn’t have any high hopes for this project, but it actually looks…watchable.
My only nitpick – Galt’s voice sounds a little wimpy.  Should’ve gotten Kevin Conroy (for the uninitiated, the voice of Batman in many of WB Animation’s DC adaptations.
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My current favorite version…

February 10, 2011

You know those charts that take a character or series of characters and use them to describe the alignment system in Dungeons & Dragons?

Here’s my fave!

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Defender.exe

February 7, 2011

Woke up this morning, got ready to do a little web surfing before work, and this happens.

Defender.exe bills itself to be anti-virus software, but (according to the Web) is a piece of junk software that tries to make you pony up some money in order to get to use your computer to get to the Web again.  It even looks like the AVG software I use for antivirus scans. Here’s what I did to get that motherloving exe off my machine…

The first problem is that Defender won’t let you look at Task Manager to try and shut it down, and it won’t give you a right-click option to shut it down either.  Very frustrating. But going to the “Start ->All Programs”, I found that there was indeed new software installed. Not sure HOW it got installed, but it was there.

Hovered over the new program (I think it was called “security-defender” or some such – it was very early in the morning) and that told me it had installed itself in “C:\Documents and Settings\(user name – I hear that it will also put itself into the Admin folder)\Application Data”.

Going there through “My Computer”, sure enough, it was there.  The next thing I did was to rename the program – I did “qwerty.exe”. I suppose I could have renamed the extension to make doubly sure it wouldn’t run, but I was a little leery about that.  Then I rebooted.

That seemed to have done the trick – I was able to track back to the folder it was in, delete it, then go to the Web to get further instructions to eradicate it – like here…

http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-winpc-defender.html

I have to give the programmers credit – they did a bang-up job creating a fake emergency!  The exe went through the files in my machine and randomly told me that worms and child porn proxys were on my machine, ultimately finding 56 of them.  It even popped up a window with a randomly generated IP address where it was supposedly coming from, and when that window opened, I sweartoGod they have a pig squeal play! If that wouldn’t convince a casual user to buy the fake program, I don’t know what would.