Stupid work. Stupid life. :) You know, I think that honestly the
only reason to work is so you can have money to buy toys and game.
Ironically enough, the more you work, the more money you theoretically
have.... and the less time to enjoy it. There's gotta be a legal
way to be rich and not wo.... Hey..... Why the hell am I not in
politics..... DAMN IT! Stupid me!
Speaking of which,
I'm VERY annoyed. As some of you likely know, I like paintball.
I like it alot. (I also like firearms. As in, real guns. I used
to collect, though I've given up due to the regulations and hassles.)
In fact, even better than a dozen headshots in a row on Broadside
is a few single shot kills up at Wassaga Beach Paintball Adventures.
I'm pissed off because of something that happened late fall. Wayne
Dollak, a guy who runs "Big Games" for paintball, (A
large scenario style game where you get several hundred players
together at a field.) came to our fair country to run an Americans
vs. The Vietnamese big game. Very cool.
When Wayne was stopped
at the border, his truck was searched. No big deal, as he didn't
have anything illicit or illegal with him...... Or did he?
For use as props for
the game, Wayne had brought with him 4 air-soft guns. Air soft
guns are exact replicas of a real firearm, but they fire .117
caliber plastic pellets using air. They cannot be used to harm
a person realistically, unless you were to use one as a club.
They are NOT firearms by definition in law. Regretably, they do
seem to fall under a new firearms law that is naturally designed
to save our children and schools from something. (It's all part
of this new "gun control" bullshit that criminals will
of course continue to ignore, as they have since such measures
started taking effect in the late 1940s)
It is illegal in Canada
to have something that LOOKS like a firearm but does not fire
a projectile. That's right, it's illegal to own a gun that cannot
be used to harm someone. Wayne was under arrest for 5 hours, his
$500/each airsoft guns were confiscated and he was fined $800
for daring to defy our glorious laws. Of course, he had no idea
he was doing anything wrong (Which he certainly wasn't.) but luckily,
in the eyes of our noble and virtuous border defenders he was
a terrible smuggler. Luckily they actually released him after
harassing him for a while and let him go on his way.
God I hate this country,
it's run by complete idiots. The little gov't brouchure on this
matter actually reads:
Q: If a person crosses
the border with a water gun under the front seat of their car,
are they importing a replica firearm?
A: It will depend on the extent to which the water gun resembles
a real firearm. If the water gun is obviously made of a bright
florescent plastic, the answer is _probably_ no. If, however the
water gun resembles with near precision a firearm in terms of
colour and overall appearence the answer if _probably_ yes.
Note the word _probably_.
This whole set of laws is actually written like it. Vague and
completely up to the interpretation of whoever arrests you. Gah.
I won't even get into the hundreds of millions of dollars over
budget (Promise of dismantling it if over $85 million, they've
over $450 million SO FAR) etc etc. Sufice it to say that it's
a good thing dangerous folks like Wayne and everyday Canadians
suffer while the people the laws were never meant to affect (Ex.
the NON-law abiding) sit around laughing.
Enough political ranting,
on with computer related news.
Still completely hooked
on Day Of Defeat. If you haven't played it, go download it now.
It's worth it. I'm writing up a little review for it, Dopper is
helping with some screenies. Doing an interview with the dev team
as well.. I just have to think up the questions. :) If you have
any, email 'em in!
Thanks to Dman, I now
have a sweet little util for doing flash. And it's alot cheaper
and easier to use than flash as well. Swish doesn't seem to do
any of the REALLY fancy scripting and stuff you can do with the
full Macromedia product but at $30 USD you really can't complain,
and it does allow you to do some nice basic stuff. Like the little
animation I have in the upper left corner of this page. Take
a look, the trial is a free download though it can't save
to the web. :)
Take a look at what I've been doing with it just to see....
This is where I learned that too many effects kill slower machines,
especially over the web.
iLL sent me the world's coolest flash intro. Lego
Clan. Frickin' buff. Check it out!
Speaking of Politicians,
Kingpin sent me to the Chretienizer.
Now THAT's humor. If you've ever wondered how FRAGtopia would
look through the eyes of our non-lingual (Hey, you'd almost get
the idea I don't like him, eh?) prime minister, wonder
no longer young one! (I know, I know... Those are the sorts
of questions that keep me up all night too!) *Sniff* I...I feel
From the wonderfull
world of Rune (He's back from his mission to Iraq, and is using
our PS2 smuggli... er....... Umm..... I mean, child relief funds
to go to school now.) comes a SHHWEET link. Streaming
game music from Game
Basement. Woot! Nice work Jeff, we lub j00!
Still laughing at Wienerboy.
A month or so ago he sent me a message declaring that his beloved
ATI 128 card (Which at one time he had the audacity to compare
to my incomparable GeForce DDR.) wellll... Sucks. Welcome to the
real world, Neo.
Nolan sends over some
depressing news (I know, I know, I just forgot to post it,
sorry!) for you folks making billions on eBay with your Evercrack
accounts. Apparantly the people at Sony object to anyone other
than themselves making money on such things, so it's time for
WHOA! Never thought
this in a Microshaft advert. Thanks Iceman. It's ironic. When
the FRAGtopia staff (Well, most of us.) were at a Microsoft conference,
MS spent alot of time ripping their old software for instability
and ranting about the new. Now, I may be a naieve fool here....
But isn't that kinda like a politician going on about what a rotten
job he's done in the past, then asking you to vote for him because
he's doing better now? (Hmmm. Lots of politician bashing today.
Excellent.)Why the HELL would you trust them the second.... Actually
in Microsoft's case it's more than that. DOS was a crappy though
at least stable rip off of UNIX. Windows 3.x was a crappy rip
off of the MAC OS that just plain sucked. Windows 95 was a crappy
unstable OS/2 rip off. Windows 98 was a little better, but still
unstable as hell.. Windows NT didn't/doesn't really play games
worth a damn. Windows ME is garbage. Windows 2000 is the only
decent OS they've ever made, and it's still a little wierd sometimes.
Saw a funny saying,
not sure where... "The irony of it is that Bill Gates claims
to be trying to make a stable operating system, and Linus Torvalds
claims to be trying to take over the world." Heh.
WOOHOO! Updates on
one of my favorite spoof sites ever! (Thanks Goshwin!)
Well, off to work so
we can afford to keep this site up. :)