All Together Now

I got an email from my brother this morning which contained humorous musings on what Patton would do if he were president wrt the Iraq situation. Basically, it was the usual crazy isolationist sort of stuff about withholding aid from countries that didn’t help us, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Usually I read this stuff and let it go, but I just had to tell him that I thought this is just a myth. The money the United States sends to other countries ultimately goes into the pockets of U.S. corporations, especially banks I’m sure. This is the real reason we will likely never see any retaliatory withholding of foreign aid. This whole Iraq mess we’re in has made it very plain just how much influence corporations have on national policy. On the one hand Cheney and his oil pals are looking to profit on Iraqi oil and reconstruction of the country. While on the other hand the big media giants, like Disney, clamp down on dissent at home. That whole flag draped coffin business and the Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11 movie censoring business supports this idea.

When will Americans finally realize that we can’t just act like we can go it alone? Look around, how much of what we wear and use everyday was made in part or in whole somewhere else? We need the world just as much as they need us.

Retrogaming Hardware Fetish

Out on my lunchtime walk, I stopped in at the local Virgin Megastore to see if they had anything new from Tofu Records. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any CDs of interest, but I did find something else.

It isn’t news that a lot of the old Atari 2600 and early Arcade boom era games are coming back in neat little packages. I’d heard that Pac Man, my old fav, was coming back in a joystick controller you plug into your tv. But when I actually picked it up in the store, it was like stepping into Heaven for a moment! The joystick and button are very faithful to the arcade and while I already have Namco arcade for my PS2 at home, this new packaging makes this a must buy for retro-gaming fans. I think it had Pac Man, Dig Dug, and Galaxian for about $30.

Granted, I’m not buying for now, but it sure was purty!8)

Link Up!

Well I couldn’t resist, so I went ahead and linked to my portal site. It makes it easier for me to get here too. I also found a how-to on the Nucleus site for creating new skins. I should look at some skins that others have created too. Always steal from the best! 😉

Ooh I feel like a kid with a new toy!

Skin Skin Skin

It looks like the first posting went okay, so the next thing on my list is skin. I’ll need to learn how to change the look of this thing. This is gonna be fun! Later, I’ll link back into my portal which is also undergoing a serious makeover.

First Ramblings

After looking at a bunch of options, I’ve decided to give nucleus a try as my blogger of choice on this Yahoo! Webhosting server.

The real challenge here is that PHP is limited in various ways so the only way to really know if something works is to install and test it out. Yeah, they have a list of functions that are enabled, but there are some subtle gotchas. For example, they don’t say that when using the mail functions, the from address must be from an account on your domain. Because of this I’ve had to hack my portal a bit to allow users to email articles. No big deal, but it isn’t documented anywhere that I know of.

Despite this, Yahoo! Webhosting has been a pretty good platform for me.

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