Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Facebook ban of breast-feeding photos sparks protests

Facebook ban of breast-feeding photos sparks protests | Reuters | Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:57AM EST | CANBERRA - "Are photographs of a mother breast-feeding her child indecent? The social networking site Facebook has sparked a massive online debate -- and protests -- and after removing photos that expose too much of a mother's breast.

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said the website takes no action over most breast-feeding photos because they follow the site's terms of use but others are removed to ensure the site remains safe and secure for all users, including children.

For some reason this is big news in Western Society (i.e. societies and cultures based on Western European origins). In the rest of the world it's just a natural, normal thing. Ever wonder why? It's because in the rest of the world a woman's breast is not considered a sexual object. They are for feeding children. This begs the question of why such a very small number of cultures think of it otherwise.

Lingerie makers.

If there is no sexual connotation of breasts then why would people want to buy expensive and visually appealing bras? You wouldn't spend $200 on a baby bottle holder, would you? Boobs are sexy only because of effective marketing by lingerie makers. After all, why should a bra be made with lace and frills if it's only purpose is functionality? Who cares if it "lifts and separates" or "brings the girls out?"

This has had an effect on the perceptions of female beauty in most western cultures. Big breasts are more attractive. If you look through the porn of the 70's, 80's and 90's you'll see the evolution that sexy means big, plastic boobs. For myself, I like breasts but they aren't a major point of focus for me (unless she wants them to be).

But no matter the size it shouldn't be taboo to breast feed a baby. The one concession to the puritans could be that the non-feeding breast be covered. But since, as a guy, I don't have milk producing breasts what the heck do I have to say about it? No male should.

P.S. There's lots of links I could put in this post but it's more educational if you look for them yourself.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Catwoman Kitt Is Dead

Catwoman Kitt Is Dead 12:00 AM, 29-DECEMBER-08 | "Eartha Kitt, the singer and dancer best known to genre fans as one of the original Catwomen in the cult 1960s TV series Batman, has died, the Associated Press reported. She was 81."

She was my 2nd favorite Catwoman of all time (there's no question who's #1) but she had the best purr. And oh that voice! If you've never heard her sign I strongly encourage you to find some of her old recordings and give it a listen.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Guitar Hero Man

My son's birthday is 9 days before Christmas so he gets a lot of presents in a short time span. This year he got Guitar Hero. Specifically, Guitar Hero I, II, III, and Encore "Rock the 80s" including two guitars. This is not only great for him but for me, too. I used to play for years until my health kill that. Playing GH gives me a little of the feeling back.

It's funny, though, because since I did play for real my fingers want to play the actual cords and riffs for the songs. This is why real musicians tend to tank in these games. The fun factor is still very high so I'll keep playing as much as I can.

Of course my son is kicking serious @$$ in them. It only took him two days to beat GH III on easy. This unlocked the song "Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce. It's a cool song and he does extremely well on it. The only thing is he plays it over and over. Still, it's nice to see him appreciating the music his dad loves. He'll still watch only the Hip Hop stuff on the music channels but his musical taste has widened.

Next on the list is GH Aerosmith and World Tour. And when GH Metallica comes out in '09 we're get that as well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Jingling Bells?

I like Christmas. Not just for the presents and food but also for the message. Many people don't realize it is the day to celebrate the birth of Christ. At least for Christians. But there is one part of the season that I'm not a big fan of.

Christmas songs.

I hate Christmas songs. Really. I guess it's because we're inundated with them for a month. Turn on the radio and it's "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night" all over the place. The songs themselves aren't bad, it's just the constant bombardment that gets to me.

A couple of decades ago the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" was played on every channel multiple times a day. It nearly killed the film as people were getting sick of it. But a little while back someone somewhere decided that it should be shown sparingly. Now it's shown maybe twice over the holiday season.

If there was some way to limit the flow of songs to a trickle or something maybe that would help. As it stands now I'll just have to grin and bare it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient - "PO2 (EOD2) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save his fellow SEALs."

This has been floating around the 'Net since the summer but it still needs to be told. This is the kind of thing that should be front-page, headline news. In a year when we were all preoccupied with gas prices and the stock market here's a man who gave everything to save the lives of others. The current economic and financial problems are all caused by greed; gouging profits out of every little thing. Even in this so-called time of giving it's all about money.

Petty Officer Monsoor is a blinding example of how selfless one can be. When selfishness isn't the primary (if not the only) motivation for our actions it elevates us all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Let There Be Sound

Blogger has added another great feature. They've joined with iLike to add songs to your blog. This looks pretty slick, in my opinion. Check out some songs you might not have heard before.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lawyers turn to Facebook to serve legal papers

Lawyers turn to Facebook to serve legal papers | Tue Dec 16, 10:37 pm ET | CANBERRA (Reuters) – "Lawyers in Australia expect the internet social network site Facebook to become a new way of tracking down defendants after a landmark court ruling.

The Supreme Court in Australia's capital Canberra has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient way of serving legal documents to defendants who cannot be found.

This is starting to get a little worrisome. The party to whom the responsibility of delivering legal papers can now just post something on Facebook and, whether you are able to retrieve it or not, you are served. Next thing you'll have to actually be the one who has to come into court to be served or you'll be locked up.

I'm all for law and order but this police state mentality that's taking over the world is getting very annoying.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Microsoft Issuing Emergency Patch For Internet Explorer

Microsoft Issuing Emergency Patch For Internet Explorer By Thomas Claburn |
InformationWeek | December 16, 2008 03:15 PM - "Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is planning to release an out-of-band patch for Internet Explorer on Wednesday to address a critical security vulnerability that is being actively exploited.

The company on Saturday warned that 1 in 500 Internet Explorer users worldwide may have been exposed to malware hosted at both legitimate Web sites and porn sites that exploit an unpatched vulnerability.

It would be so easy to take shots at Microsoft for this but ragging on them for making unsafe crap is like yelling at a dog for pooping. You know the pup is going to do it and there's no way to stop it from happening. However, in the case of Microsoft there is something you can do.

First, never, never, ever use Internet Explorer. Use Firefox or Opera or even the new Google browser Chrome.

Second, if you are running on an MS Windows operating system never, never, never, never run any Microsoft products on it. If the software was built and released by Microsoft stay as far away from it as possible. Use alternatives like OpenOffice, Thunderbird, the GIMP and just about every application you could ever want.

And lastly, if it's at all possible, you should never, never, never, never, ever, ever, EVER run use a Microsoft Operating System. The biggest computer security problem in the world is systems running any version of MS Windows with MS applications on them. Use a Mac or a Linux system. You'll be many orders of magnitude safer and, in the case of Linux, the cost is fairly trivial.

But if you don't want to deal with change just keep running what you're running. The Internet could always use more spam, viruses and hijacked systems to break into your bank or credit card company.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Mobile Blogging

Hey, I'm sending this from my phone! Check out Blogger Mobile in Blogger in draft.

Christmas meme

I can't sleep so here's a time waster post...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
A. Neither. Mum wraps the presents.

2. Real tree or artificial?
A. Artificial, but only because my son has allergies.

3. When do you put up the tree?
A. Christmas eve, of course.

4. When do you take the tree down?
A. January 6th. The day after the 12 Days of Christmas[1].

5. Do you like eggnog?
A. Yes, but no rum in it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
A. All of them, probably. Who can remember?

7. Hardest person to buy for?
A. I only buy for my son and nieces. Sometimes for Mum.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
A. My son. Any kind of driving video game and he's in 7th heaven.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
A. Yeah, but I can't find it.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
A. Another task that Mum does. It's both, I think.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A. Who knows? I can't remember last Christmas let alone earlier ones.

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
A. "We're No Angles" 1955. Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov. And the 1947 version of "Miracle on 34th Street." Classics. Oh, and yes I do love "It's a Wonderful Life."

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
A. Ha! Before 'net shopping it was Christmas eve. Now, it's usually around a week or so before Christmas.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
A. No. The only present recycling I did was wedding gifts.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
A. Snowflake cookies. I can't remember the proper name for them. Something like Pitzafrit.

16. Lights on the tree; colored or white?
A. The lights are built into the tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
A. Generally I have a dislike for Christmas songs. They got played so much when I was growing up it burned them out for me. I do love "Carol of the Bells" by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
A. The whole family lives within 5 minutes of everyone else so any traveling is just down the road.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
A. Of course. Can't everyone? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Thunder, Lightning[2] and Rudolf.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
A. Star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
A. All on Christmas morning. The presents aren't under the tree until Santa delivers them the night before Christmas.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color?
A. Whatever color they are.

23. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
A. Manicotti. A traditional Italian Christmas dinner.

24. What do you want for Christmas this year?
A. To spend as much time as I can playing with my son.

25. Who is most likely to respond to this?
A. No one. Everyone. Who knows? It's no like anyone reads this blog anyway.

[1] Do you know what actual days the 12 days of Christmas are? Most people have no idea. Hint, the first day is Christmas day.

[2] In German Lightning is Blitzen and Thunder is Donner.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

If u cn rd this quickly, gd 4 u

If u cn rd this quickly, gd 4 u | SYDNEY (Reuters) - "Mobile phone text-message abbreviations and simplifications are not ruining our spelling, but they do take much longer to read and understand than conventional English, a small Australian study has shown."

I knew there was a reason I disliked txt-speak. It's only real positive is making it quicker for the sender to type. Ever since I started texting I've always typed out whole words. It may take a bit longer but at least I know the receiver will understand what I'm saying.

More or less.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Humorous take on Gay Marriage

Ok, some people might be offended by this but there's no rational reason to be. Just watch the video and enjoy the joke.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Guitar Hero Moves

Ever wanted to learn some really hot moves for your Guitar Hero/Rock Band performances? Well look no further.

Update 12/11/08 - Hey, I thought this was funny.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A day that still lives in infamy

It was 67 years ago today that the greatest war in history was forced upon the US by the attack on Perl Harbor. Most kids in school think of it as something that happened so long ago it's ancient history. Like the Egyptians or cavemen. But I'm very proud to say that my son knows more about WWII than most adults. If I can help it he will know more about history than just about all of his peers. For the old saying is true...

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Outlook for Vista Gets Even Worse

The Outlook for Vista Gets Even Worse | November 28, 2008 Posted by: Glyn Moody - "As someone who has been following Microsoft for over 25 years, I remain staggered by the completeness of the Vista fiasco. Microsoft's constant backtracking on the phasing out of Windows XP is perhaps the most evident proof of the fact that people do not want to be forced to “upgrade” to something that has been memorably described as DRM masquerading as an operating system."

It's no secret that I am not a fan of Microsoft products. Especially the frelling OS. Since I've started University I've been forced to work with this crappy platform and it's been a major PITA. How does anyone get anything accomplished with this incredible mess they call an operating system and their unusable applications? Ok, call me a Microsoft h8r if you like. It doesn't change the fact that the EOL date for XP keeps being pushed back because businesses are staying away from Vista in droves. The number of home users wiping it and installing XP is staggering when compared to previous Windows upgrades. If it weren't for the fact that Microsoft has a stranglehold on the hardware market such that it's nearly impossible to buy a new computer without Windows on it there probably wouldn't even be any Vista users. All that can be hoped for is that one day the public will wake up and see what kind of fraud Gates and company have perpetrated on them. Maybe then Microsoft will be forced to build products that actually work and don't extort massive amounts of money from their customers.

I'm not holding my breath, though.
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