Ninja loves Pirate

With a name like that, you have to want it. The only thing better than a pirate ninja game is an undead pirate ninja game. I’ve just downloaded the demo for Ninja Loves Pirate, so I can’t say whether or not there are undead pirates or undead ninjas in the game, but since you’ve got the pirates and ninjas, that’s enough of a start to make the download worth it. More news when I get a chance to play.

Imagine a place filmed through a blurry lens, in a time when pirates roamed the seas and ninjas sneakup up, attacked and vanished into the night. Heroic quests and shameful ambushes being a part of everyday life. Adventure and fighting. Treasures and poison darts. Manly men being rocked to sleep by the endless rolling of ocean waves. Cunning knights of the night dressed accordingly in snug black pyjamas. A deep blue sae filled with small islands covered with dense jungles and coral beaches. This is the world of Ninja Loves Pirate. You better believe it.

[tags]Ninja loves pirate, Undead pirate ninjas flipping out a killing everything (not really)[/tags]

Strip DRM from Windows Media

(via Engadget)
This news is so last week, and I believe there is already work on a patch to fix this crack, but until that happens, if you want to strip the DRM protection off your Windows Media DRM protected files, you need to get FairUse4WM.  I wonder if this will work with the Yahoo Music downloads?  That would be extra tasty with the Yahoo Music 2 years unlimited use for the price of 1 with Mastercard payment offer.


[tags]Strip Windows DRM protection, Your music – your way, FairUse4WM[/tags]

More coulrophobia news

This news from a co-worker. Seems a touring circus in Ireland had a bit of clown trouble which is likely to scar for life the children at the show.

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — A hot-air balloon caught fire during a circus stunt, killing a clown acrobat as dozens of children watched, police said Tuesday.

The accident happened Monday night as the Royal Russian Circus was performing in Scariff, County Clare, a village in western Ireland. About 100 people were in the audience, most of them children. Police said the clown was a 26-year-old man from Belarus but didn’t release his name.

Witnesses said the man, dressed in a clown outfit, was hanging from a cage suspended by ropes and a hot-air balloon inside the canvas tent. When the balloon exploded in flames, the cage fell on top of the man.

The man’s wife, who was also part of the act, suffered a broken arm, police said.

“We were all sitting down and they were doing their act. They were up fairly high, but they were doing fine. Next thing, he was down on the ground,” said audience member Hazel Harrington. She said many people in the audience initially thought the falling cage was part of the act.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the name of the clown was Chuckles.

[tags]Coulrophobia, More clown news, Poor Chuckles[/tags]

Keith Olbermann puts another painful smack down on Bill O’Reilly

Before you watch this, you might want to look up something of the Malmédy massacre (good sources at HistoryNet or at Wikipedia). That out of the way, watch this video in which Keith Olbermann again points out how horribly wrong Bill O’Reilly is, even when O’Reilly tries to tell his fans that he didn’t say what he said. The really disgusting thing is Fox News changed the transcript of the broadcast to make it appear that O’Reilly did not say what he clearly said – two times. I think Bill O’Reilly is an even worse mouthpiece than Rush Limbaugh, so seeing someone point out anything he does which is this horribly wrong just makes me happy.

Olbermann: Abraham Lincoln did not shoot John Wilkes Booth. The Titanic did not sink a North Atlantic iceberg. And Fox News is neither fair nor balanced. These are simple historical facts intelligible to all adults, most children, and some of your more discerning domesticated animals. But not, as the third story on the countdown proves yet again, not to Bill O.

I have downloaded this video (thanks to the VideoDownloader extension for FireFox), but at nearly 20 Meg, I cannot afford the bandwidth to post it here for all visitors. If you cannot get to the YouTube to watch the video, give me your email address in the comments section (appropriately obfuscated to avoid harvesting bots if necessary) and I’ll post it somewhere and shoot you a link.

[tags]Keith Olbermann, Bill O’Reilly is wrong again, Fox News is neither fair nor balanced[/tags]

Dumb crook news

(via Engadget)

Today’s dumb crook news, courtesy Carroll County News Online.

BERRYVILLE – Two Berryville men have been charged with theft of property for allegedly stealing $1,200 worth of video games from Wal-Mart and selling them next door at the “Game Stop” store.

Kyle Ramer, 18, and Sam Hess, 21, were allegedly caught on camera removing video games from their cases and stuffing the games down their pants.

. . .

The link to Game Stop was discovered by Wal-Mart’s loss prevention person, Bartos said.

“While he was in Game Stop, he asked if they had any large amounts of video games come in, Bartos explained. “They said yes, and it all matched what had been taken.”

Wow!  Steal from Wal-Mart.  Go next door and sell to Game Stop.  Sheer genius!!!1!VWBUG!!  I’m signing up for whatever class these guys took to learn this.

[tags]Dumb crook news, The value of education in today’s society[/tags]

How it should have ended

I’m sure you’ve thought you could come up with a better ending to a movie sometime.  It turns out that a lot of other folks feel the same way about their skills.  As a result of the work others have done to write up how movies should have ended, we now have The Official How It Should Have Ended web site.  I particularly liked the Star Wars Episode IV rewritten ending, but several of the works on the site are worth checking out.

[tags]How it should have ended, Change the movie ending and show others what you’ve done[/tags]

Get increased control over your Windows windows

DM2 is a cool open source tool that gives you more control over your Windows experience.

DM2 provides several Windows enhancements that may help in every-day work. One of the nicest and most popular features of DM2 is minimizing windows to floating icons® (unique feature!) freeing both task bar and tray bar space. Moreover, DM2 can manipulate windows in various ways: minimize to tray, make them standing always on-top over all other windows, roll to caption, resize, align to screen borders, hide, set the opacity etc. DM2 also helps with Open/Save dialog boxes, by providing user-defined menu with favorites and recent files and folders. Plenty of program’s settings options will satisfy most of requirements.

And that is not all! DM2 also supports custom plugins, which further enhances the program and that usually covers some more specific functionalities. So, from this aspect, one may think of DM2 as a small, but robust manager for all kind of plugins. Find what you need, plug it in, and use it:)

One of the reasons I like this tool is the Virtual Desktop plugin for it.  Get access to extra desktops.  I’m so accustomed to this feature in Linux and Unix that getting it on a Windows system is a nice bonus.

[tags]Improve your Windows experience, DM2[/tags]

Anti-Rootkit tools

In this day and age of malware everywhere, it’s nice to occasionally use tools that look a little deeper at your system to see if something bad is hidden there. From Sophos, you can get the Sophos Anti-Rootkit.  From F-Secure, you can get F-Secure Blacklight.  From SysInternals, you can get Rootkit Revealer.  All of these tools look for certain abnormalities that appear on your system when you have a rootkit.  They won’t catch everything, but they do pick up a lot of stuff not hidden perfectly.  Rootkit revealer is the tool Mark Russinovich was testing when he discovered and publicized the Sony DRM Rootkit.  The Rootkit Revealer download page has good information on how to read the output to tell if you have a rootkit.

While we’re dealing with anti-malware tools, why not head over to Grisoft’s web site and pick up the free version of AVG anti-virus (free for home use, that is)?  And since we’re on that thread, there’s AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic, also free for private individual use.  Or how about Avast Home Edition?  Even if it weren’t already a great AV tool, it would be worth checking out for it’s name – anything pirate sounding deserves recognition.

In fact, there are so many free anti-malware and security tools out there, that you should just start checking more of them out.  You should find something that works for you without being too intrusive.  I recommend starting with Freebyte’s guide to anti-virus and anti-malware tools.

Thanks to Clif at Freewarewiki for pointing out the Sophos tool in the August 27th newsletter.  This lead me to putting out some other recommendations for free anti-rootkit and anti-malware tools.

[tags]Free anti-rootkit tools, Free anti-virus tools, Free anti-malware tools[/tags]

The truth about rectal disorders

You know, this advertisement from the September 1950 issue of Popular Science just doesn’t strike me as the kind of thing that gets a lot of conversations going around the office.

“So Bob, how’s that painful ass problem working out for you?”

“You know Sam, I just ordered this fantastic book which covers all the major rectal disorders. Turns out I have Fistula.”

See? That’s just not your typical watercooler fare. I’m not saying such conversations never happen, but I will say I’m fortunate enough to never participate in the conversations if they are going on.


Our 164-page illustrated book describes symptoms, causes and treatment of piles, fistula and other rectal and colonic disorders. It should be read by everyone suffering from these treacherous afflictions. Write for a FREE COPY today.

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But I bet that Bob does get all the ladies after him. With a hard-luck story like that, who could resist him? Just don’t ask him for too many details.

Now contact Grandma Grinny there and get your guide to all your rectal aches, pains and problems. And it’s free.
[tags]Modern Mechanix, Rectal disorders[/tags]

The honeymoon hat 50 years out, from 50 years back

More greatness from the Modern Mechanix blog.  This is an image from the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine.  It’s a photo of the predicted honeymoon hat from the year 2056.

HONEYMOON HAT for Moon use in 2056 has dual antennas so newlyweds can call Earth and tell in-laws to stay home.

[tags]Modern Mechanix, Honeymoon hat from 2056, What *IS* that?[/tags]