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Monthly Archives: August 2005

StarCraftScot Buzza sent this to me.

A South Korean man died last week due to a video game addiction. Apparently, the 28-year old man collapsed at an Internet Café after playing Starcraft for 49 hours. Identified only by his last name, Lee collapsed Friday after barely eating and not sleeping at all during his video game extravaganza. He passed away a few hours after being moved to a hospital. Doctors presume he had a heart attack from the extensive exhaustion. Lee had been fired the month before because he kept ditching work to play video games.

Next time someone invites you over for a weekend Quakefest, you better think twice!

Meteor ShowerGrab your blankets and caffeine! Tomorrow’s night sky is going to be ablaze with an impressive display of fiery meteors!

Thursday, August 11th, marks the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. At a rate of about 160 meteors per hour, the Perseids are annually one of the most spectacular night shows of the year. Entering our atmosphere at speeds around 60 km/sec, they quite often produce Bonides, which leave fiery streaks that cross the sky.

For best viewing, you will want to find a place far away from any city lights. I have found that the best places by Cincinnati are actually in Indiana. Just take I-74 to highway 52 and drive until it is dark. Then turn some random side road until you find a good farm with no trees. You will want to go after moonset which occurs at 11:40pm tomorrow night. Settle down facing northeast and enjoy the show!

If you have ever wanted a star to wish upon, tomorrow will be the night!

Update (08/09/05): Discovery rolled safely onto the runway at Edwards Airforce Base at 8:12 a.m! Here’s the video.

Due to poor weather conditions, Discovery will not be landing today at Kennedy Space Center as planned. For those of us who have stayed up with them until now, 5:07 a.m., this is a pretty big bummer. Low clouds hindering visibility and rain clouds creating atmospheric instability have convinced NASA specialists to wave off Discovery’s reentry. They are going to wait 24 hours before reattempting a decent.

Discovery Flipping

Since June 30th, 2004, NASA’s spacecraft, Cassini, has been orbiting Saturn, imaging everything it finds. Cassini has sent to us myriads of stunning images of its subject, the ‘Jewel of the Solar System.’ But perhaps its images have raised more questions than they have answered.

The most notable of these findings are the images of Mimas. Well, that is if it really is Mimas. Moon… or Death Star?

Original Death StarMimas Death Star

Is our government really telling us everything there is to know about these discoveries?
For example, are these really auroras on Saturn’s southern pole or is there something else occurring?

Saturn's Auroras

Yesterday, while doing research at XU, I received this from Mr. John Lavelle. I feel like I should post it.

I know that game at this link is horribly sexist and it supports Miller products (you’ll see), but it is probably the most clever concept for an online game that I have ever seen (possibly not safe for work).
Juicio, I expect this on your website post-haste Monday morning (or whenever the hell you crawl out of bed).

If you’re name is Szkot Buzza, you might have a particularly difficult learning curve for this game…..

John, you assume I sleep.


Remote Controlled WomanHave you ever wished you had a remote control to guide your boyfriend or girlfriend? Well, now you can. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone labs have created a headpiece and remote control that can be used to control the movement of another person. The video is hilarious! I wonder where I can get one of these for Christmas?

Bush on Vacation

Last Thursday, President Bush left to spend 32 days at his Crawford ranch on ‘retreat.’ Historically, it is the longest presidential retreat in 36 years and unprecedented during war. This will be his 49th trip to his ranch during his presidency. As of last Tuesday, Bush has spent 319 days away from office, about 20% of his presidency. The current record holder is Ronald Reagan who spent 335 days away in Santa Barbara, CA, during his presidential 8 years. Bush will surpass this record during his current vacationing and still have 3 and ½ years left of his presidency!

Everyday I read at least three separate Cincinnati news sources. Everyday, the front page has an article about a local soldier killed in Iraq. On August 3rd, an insurgent bomb killed 14 marines of the Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. Two days before, on August 1st, 7 other soldiers of the unit were killed. Almost all of them were from Ohio.

I don’t give a damn what your political affiliation is, George W. Bush’s retreat is both disgusting and wrong. So far, he’s asked and commanded at least 150,000 Americans to risk the greatest sacrifice and put their lives in danger for American ideals. As of today, at least 1, 832 of those soldiers have made that sacrifice, according to U.S. military reports.

Why can’t Bush make simple, if not grand, sacrifices? Why isn’t he giving up his vacation time? Why isn’t he focusing his efforts on calming a continuously growing insurgency? Why isn’t he meeting with business leaders for support in getting water and electricity back to the majority of Iraqis who lost them during our invasion? Why isn’t he in Iraq spending time with and supporting the troops who are doing the fighting? If he can run the country from Crawford, TX (if you consider that ‘running the country’), why the hell can’t he do it from Iraq or Kuwait?

Last week, a freelance journalist, Steven Vincent, was kidnapped and murdered in Basra, along with his interpreter. Shortly before the tragic incident, he was part of an internet symposium titled “Iraq: A Report Card,” held by is well known for its strong right-wing stances no matter what the issue. They gave Bush an A+. Mr. Vincent who was part of the panel appears to have been the only attendee in Iraq. Historically, his views of coincided with those at This is what he said:

With respects to you and Karl, Jamie, I have to give the war effort a B-. Judging the conflict by Saddam’s removal—and thank Allah the monster is gone—is setting a pretty low bar. I mean, let’s face it: military-wise Iraq was not Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Then you have to factor in U.S failures, such as not sealing the borders or halting the looting—not to mention the fact that American military tactics have widely alienated the very people we liberated. Something’s not working right.

But the important point is this: this conflict is not just about killing bad guys, but building a nation. True, maaku Saddam, and yes, there is a democratically-elected government, but when Baghdad lacks power and water, and the road to the airport is life-threatening crap shoot, and I can’t leave my hotel here in Basra without Iraqi protection—I can’t see much nation building going on.

Insurgents win by not losing. If they keep Iraqis living in misery, then no matter how many “insurgents” we dispatch to Paradise, Amir Zarqawi gets the prize. In assessing the war effort, then, we must also include the quality of Iraqis’s lives. Want a grade for that? F.

Banksy barrier artBanksy is at it again! Banksy, the ‘guerilla artist,’ is well known for his stunt art. He made the news last year for secretly planting a fake cave painting in the Bristish Museum that depicts a man pushing a supermarket trolley. It went unnoticed for three days.

Banksy’s latest target: Israel’s West Bank barrier. Just recently, he put nine paintings on the Palestinian side of the barrier. The images include a hole in the wall showing a beach paradise, two chairs by a window overlooking a mountain landscape, and a ladder going over the wall.

The controversial wall is supposed to protect the country from ‘suicide bombers.’ The construction has been declared illegal by the International Court of Justice and continues to flame problems in the Middle East.

Bob Novak on CNNEveryone knows Bob Novak as the reporter who wrote the story leaking Valerie Plame’s identity in the Rovegate scandal. In light of recent events, he has been trying very hard to shape his public image. On a discussion on CNN, James Carville jokingly calls him out on it. Novak’s response was not really that… mature. is hosting the Daily Show clip of the event.

Update: For a longer video of the interview, check out

Update [08/05/05 – 9:10pm]: Due to his actions, Mr. Novak has been ordered “to take some time off” by CNN. Mr. Novak has been seen constantly on CNN since 1980. You can read the full article at Reuters.

Fatkins SquirrelHey Everybody! (Hey Dr. Nick!)
I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for a bit. Between work, Mr. Matt Kelley visiting, birthdays, and homemade cheesecakes, my time has been occupied. But I’m back now!

Here are a cool flash game and a movie sent to me by Miss Rachel Rumely:

1) For those of you tired of the Fatkins diet, here is a squirrel’s take on it.

2) And for you girls out there angry at boys (like Rachel’s roommate), here is a great game to relieve your stress.