Archive for May, 2012

25
May
12

Cosplay Pics X

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24
May
12

Okla. bans banning guns and ammo

Oklahoma Governor signs bill into law banning the confiscation of guns during an emergency. It goes further barring any state or local official from restricting the sale, possession or transportation of firearms and ammunition, even during a declared state of emergency.

Very cool and certainly a law that needs to be emulated around the rest of the States. However, I would offer some suggestions. This needs to also bar Federal officials, and make it a felony to confiscate or ban weapons and/or ammo.

23
May
12

Fake Explicit pic of the good looking S.E. Cupp in Hustler

Posted on my old blog:

Fake explicit pic of S.E. Cupp in Hustler?

22
May
12

Blogroll Addition?

If anyone is interested in being added to Ye Olde Blogroll, leave me a comment here.

 

Rules? Add me to yours and I’ll add you to mine.

21
May
12

Tens Of Thousands Dead In Ongoing Africa

Of course, the article is from the Onion, but it is somewhat impressive in its ability to state the truth through humor

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN—According to alarming reports from international relief agencies operating in Swaziland, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and rebel-held sections of Mali, more than 500,000 people have died so far this month from the ongoing Africa plaguing the region.

“At this point, we are unable to keep up with the flood of victims from the continuing Africa,” said World Health Organization director-general Margaret Chan, who called the current Africa the “most urgent and devastating”humanitarian disaster of our time. “By our count, this catastrophic Africa has killed more than 100 million individuals over the past 10 years, and we’re seeing thousands more—many of them helpless infants and children—succumbing to Africa by the day.”

“And unfortunately,” Chan added, “the merciless Africa shows no signs of abating.”

Africa, which affects upwards of 40 million new residents annually, has only grown more deadly over the years. According to WHO figures, many of the afflicted die from Africa or Africa-related complications before they even reach the age of 5.

Africa has always been described as a land of savages, and for most of the continent it continues to be true. From extreme body modifications including genital mutilation, to animalistic religions, to warlords and ethnic cleansing, much of Africa remains the land of savages. The only physical resource that Africa lacks is water so it isn’t for lack of resources that they don’t join the rest of civilization. Its purely the people and their tribalism that keep themselves down.

19
May
12

Adventures in SEO

So I am learning a bit about SEO which stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the “art” of getting Google et al to put your page at the top of the list when people are searching for terms. In the past people did this by putting several hundred words in the text of the page that had nothing to do with the page, and were practically lifted out of a dictionary so that when Google or some other search engine crawled the page it would find those words and it would think the page relevant to a great many terms. These words were all “hidden” by being the same color as the background of the page, e.g white on white, black on black, etc. Fortunately search engines have cracked down quite hard on such things, and have been continually refining their algorithms to be better and better and give better results for their users. But this means that it is no longer super easy to get top search engine results.

For this blog, I have attempted a few things, but unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot that can be done with a WordPress blog, and anyways there is no way to monetize a wordpress blog if it is hosted at wordpress.com so whats the point? I blog here at my pleasure, not to get large amounts of hits, not for an ego boost and not for money. So I won’t be doing much with it.

To start with, check your Page rank here: Page Rank

A page rank is how “trusted” your site is, and the number goes from 0-10. This blog is a 3, Elusive Wapiti and Dalrock are both a 4, Vox Day is a 5, en.wikipedia.org is an 8.  My page rank of 3 is enough to get me to the top of Google for several searches, such as “gatorade gout” (and several such combinations) which links back to two different posts of mine. I am on the front page for searches like “manly poetry” and “cosplay pics blog”.  So a 3 is by no means bad.

How to improve Page Rank:

Page rank can be improved by three main things: Longevity, Links, Authority

Longevity: How long has your site been around AND updated on a semi-regular basis. An old site that doesn’t get updated will lose its page rank.

Authority: Largely to do with what it is that you post. Consistency on a topic will improve this, and if the search engines don’t flag you as being a site set up specifically to get high results. Linking plays a big part in this as well

Links: Who is linking to you? And to a lesser extent, who are you  linking to? A search engine takes a sites PR into account when it links to someone. So if a PR 1 site links to you, it doesn’t mean much. But a few links from bloggers like EW or Dalrock mean a fair amount. A link from a site like Microsoft.com (PR 8) would really bump up your rating. Similarly, your outbound links “should” have an affect on your PR as well, but I haven’t seen a definitive answer on that.

 

So what should you do to up your PR? Link, link, link. This is a part of what the blogroll is about. The common practice of link-sharing is a great way of mutually increasing one anothers PR. If you happen to be writing on something someone else posted, link back to them in your post. This is also important with social media like Facebook and Twitter.

When linking, the “anchor text” is used by the search engine to know what the other site is about. So when you link, don’t put “click here”. Much better to put in something like: Gout: Symptoms, Cures, Treatments, Relief or Colorado Photography. This “anchor text” will then be used to say that the following site is about “x” and will then show up higher in the search results. This was done not too long ago when many of us bloggers helped In Mala Fide get to the top of Google for the term vajazzle.

Edit: Closing comments as this post is a spam magnet

18
May
12

Cosplay Pics IX Male Edition

Some good, some bad, some scary!
Some of the costumes: The Joker, Gundam, Pokemon, J. Jonah Jameson, Captain America, Star Trek: Captain Jean Luc Picard and Captain Benjamin Sisko, Pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, Sailor Moon, Captain Planet, and I think some Final Fantasy along with a few others.
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11
May
12

Cosplay Pics VIII

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10
May
12

Kayaking the Nisqually Delta

Was looking through some older pics and came across some great pics from kayaking the Nisqually Delta. I posted it on my old blog but as it is hidden ATM, I thought I would repost this

Today Little Bear and I went to the Nisqually Delta. The delta is near Olympia Washington and abuts the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge which is about 3000 acres. It is used by some 275 species of birds which itself would be a treat for the nature lover.

We started off in the morning, unloaded the Malibu 2 XL kayak, a sit on top kayak with three potential seating positions, and launched in near glass still waters. The tide was coming in but while the current could be seen there were no waves, just a steady inpouring of water. We started of heading up river from the launch site at Luhr Beach and had not been in for even ten minutes when a bald eagle flew overhead. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to pull out the camera but as it turns out that eagle is very active there and I was able to get pictures of him later on. After that we came across the first of two families of harbor seals. They all dropped in the water before we got close and despite staying still and quiet (quite the feat for a 3y/o) they wouldn’t come out of the water. Worse, if you turned to look at them they would immediately dive so I wasn’t able to get good pictures. But then I came across one that while wary was not so worried about us as to stop sunning.

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We went in our sit on top kayak of course, a Malibu Two XL, which gives us great stability and lots of open area which I think is great for us, but I can’t wait to get a more performance oriented kayak as the Malibu is somewhat of a lumbering beast. That being said its great for what I am using it for, which is as a family outing with a young child. But I do still look with no small amount of envy at those with sleek kayaks that cut thru the water with little effort and make much better speed than I can.

All in all we were treated to blue heron, canadian geese, numerous species of ducks, a puffin and my first ever sighting of a bald eagle! And somewhere between 16-20 seals. Quite the sightings for a single trip. And with all the deciduous trees its on the list of places to go back to this fall. Well, thats for another day. Anyways, enjoy the pics

04
May
12

Cosplay Pics VII

Classic Xmen, Pokemon, Star Wars, Star Trek, Assassin’s Creed, an incredibly buxom Poison Ivy, zombies and a bevy of Princess Leias for good measure

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03
May
12

Paul Krugman is an idiot – Actual Debt to GDP 146%?

I was trying to get through the video with Ron Paul and Paul Krugman, but I just couldn’t do it. Krugman is just too idiotic and, frankly, painful to listen to. But I did make it in far enough that I watched him say, with a straight face, that he would be okay with us getting to 130% Debt to GDP in order to get us out of this… you know, I don’t think he even said recession, but its past that and I will just call it what it is. A depression. But the problem is, we are already so far past the 130% number that it isn’t even funny. Scary in fact. Krugman’s prescription of printing ever more money worked well in the past because at that time we were only destroying the future. But the future has arrived, and continued inflation is no longer just destroying some nebulous future, but our present.

So I am going to postulate that our actual Debt to GDP is actually at about 146% of the GDP, not the official ~103%. And this is unfortunately a low estimate due to my lack of complete information. I do not, presently have numbers for cities and counties, just Fed and State. Now this is a pretty out there claim so I want to go over my methodology and reasoning for arriving at this number.

The GDP is an attempt to measure the entirety (read: spending) of the economy. In doing this, they also count in government spending at all levels, Federal, State, and local (city and county). This government spending accounts for a whopping 40% of the total GDP. But there are two glaring flaws in this number. The first is that it counts in borrowed money AKA deficit spending, or to put it in other terms, money that is spent via the government credit cards. This leads to a false view of the numbers because a government who wants to bump up their GDP could simply deficit spend until the GDP reaches whatever magic number they settle upon. As this is money that will need to be repaid in future years I feel that this must be removed from the GDP to maintain an accurate view.

The second flaw is that it counts State and Local spending as credits to the GDP but not their debt levels as debits to the debt. This again leads to a very inaccurate and (likely deliberately) misleading number. So for the adjusted debt to GDP numbers I provide I will be fixing this.

Methodology
Using the most current numbers I have available (In billions):
Official GDP (OG): 15,100
Official Debt (OD): 15,700
Federal Deficit Spending (FDS): 1,327
State Deficit Spending (SDS): 133
State Held Debt (SHD): 4,238

Adj Debt as OD + SHD = 19,938
Adj GDP as OG – FDS – SDS = 13,640
Adj Debt to GDP = 146%

So using my methodology we come up with a number that, IMO, is a much more accurate snapshot of the actual situation. Feedback is welcome of course or if you have links to someone who aggregates the local data that would be awesome as well. I also want to make clear that I understand that a metric, if well defined and unchanging and understood by all parties, will work for discourse and the current numbers used for GDP and debt do that. But the above is an attempt to call out flaws and offer something better.

Some sources I have relied upon:
US Debt Clock
StateBudgetSolutions.Org

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02
May
12

Top 8 Reasons To Go To A Renaissance Festival

Top 8 what? Everyone knows it should be a top 10 this or a top 10 that. To paraphrase Monty Python… Then, shalt thou count to eight, no more, no less. Eight shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shalt be eight. Nine shalt thou not count, nor either count thou seven, excepting that thou then proceed to eight. Ten is right out!

Now that nice weather is finally here (at least for those of you NOT in the northwest) its time to start thinking of outdoor activities and festivals. If you have not been to a Renn Faire before you are missing out! A Renaissance Festival is NOT a freak fest and it is not full of nerds. It is a bit on the bawdy side but at the same time it makes for a great outing with the kids. Here are a few reasons to find one near you.

Pirates!
Used to be the more “traditional” pirate look but since the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, they tend more towards the Johnny Depp look.

Wenches
Where there are pirates, there are wenches. Some roaming the streets, others serving up huge turkey legs and beer

Belly Dancers
Totally not a sexual thing, but very captivating just as well. The control these ladies exhibit is incredible and you can tell how much they love belly dancing (Ladies, find a class near you and start up right away. And on behalf of all men everywhere I thank you in advance.)


Corsets! (Aka Cleavage)
Seriously, this one doesn’t really need expanding upon, but here goes. Corsets are awesome! And you want your woman to wear them! Taking her to a renaissance festival is a good way to get her not just interested in them but to buy one as well.

Merchants
All sorts of things to look through. Lots of unique jewelry and period clothing, including handmade goods like chainmail armor, leather boots or even leather pants. Plus tons and tons of swords and shields, both metal and wood. If nothing else, you need them to round out your Zombie Day defenses. Couldn’t find a pic of an armory, so here are some kids enjoying some items commonly available at a ren faire

Jousting
Where else are you going to see this?

Entertainment
So far my favorite individual entertainer is probably the Bawdy Juggler I saw at the Washington State Renn Faire. Very funny and a very quick wit. But everyone provides entertainment, every last employee from the actors to the serving wenches even down to the guys selling pickles from a barrel.

Fairies!!
No mention of the Renaissance festival would be complete without mentioning the fairies! Especially Twig who is not only a tremendous entertainer, but beautiful too. The first is Twig, who can be found at www.twigthefairy.com

To find a Renn Faire near you in the US and Canada, go to www.renfaire.com

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01
May
12

Smell Like An Avenger!

Came across something interesting on Amazon. Its the Avengers Assembled Cologne Set. This is billed as “The perfect dad or graduation gift!” I can’t quite figure out which one would smell the best… Hulk is right out, but Cap? Possibly, but Tony Stark is in an air conditioned suit, and is a notorious playboy so he is a good bet. But thats not to throw out Thor who is, after all, a god. Its a toss up!

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