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Ching Recommends

Posted on April 27, 2007 by under Reviews, Toys, Web.    

I thought I would share some cool stuff with everyone. I’m sure you’ve probably tried some of these programs while you may not have heard of others before. These programs, web sites, and tools are all really cool and come with our seal of approval.

OpenOffice
OpenOffice consists of the following components: Writer (wordprocessing application) , Calc (spreadsheet application), Impress (for presentations), Draw (graphics package), Base (database application), and Math (to insert math equations into documents and presentations). It is the poor man’s MS Office. With Mr. Gates cracking down on pirated versions of his software, this OpenOffice is your best alternative. I don’t use it myself, but it is what they use at APL and it works quite well.

WordPress
Of course, I gotta plug WordPress. It’s what powers this blog, as well as mom and dad’s blog, as well as the MKMVPA web site. It rocks!

Flickr
The best photo storage, photo sharing, photo community, photo anything ever!

Google Notebook
The best way to take notes while surfing the web. It is a great research tool. It is my brain.

Foxit Reader
The best PDF viewer and printer there is. It is better than Acrobat Reader because it loads faster. Ask Brian. He will swear by this program.

RoboForm
This is yet another tool that Brian swears by. He loves RoboForm. Without RoboForm, Brian wouldn’t be able to login to anything. You know how you can’t live without your cellphones because all of your phone numbers are in it? Well, RoboForm is to Brian’s passwords as cellphones are to your phone numbers.

Google Calendar
Yet another Google tool I can’t live without. I keep multiple calendars on Google Calendar — my school calendar, work calendar, and personal calendar which I share with Brian so he knows what my schedule is like at any given moment. Brian also shares his calendar with me so I can see what he is up to. In addition, I participate in the MKMVPA calendar. Google Calendar rocks!

DVD Shrink
Brian swears by this program also. He’s been using it for at least five years. He loves it.

GIMP
The next best thing to Adobe Photoshop if you don’t have any money to invest in software. Great tool. Used this for a while, but I have Photoshop now. =P

Google SketchUp
A good 3D modelling tool. Another winner from Google.

ZSNES
An open-source Super Nintendo emulator. Great for video game old school fans.

Addicting Games
Speaking of games.. You can find some cool games here.

Alright. That’s it for now. Don’t say you never got anything out of reading this blog. Until next time.

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Not Your Typical Saturday

Posted on April 21, 2007 by under Flickr, Life.    

4/21 at around 1:15 pm, live from the scene

The day started out pretty uneventfully. Brian and I took our time getting up. Once up, we showered and headed off to run errands. But before that we decided to stop at Red Robin for lunch. Not as good as it usually is, but it served its purpose. I need to eat something in order to take my medication. The doc recommended it be taken with food.

Our next stop was Craft Country. CC is quickly becoming our favorite gift shop. We picked up Mother’s Day gifts for Brian’s mom, Brian’s grandmother, my mom, Jenni and Jen without breaking the bank. I love that place!

Then we hit Lowe’s for some Quikrete. We went to the Lowe’s in Derby since it is closest to Craft Country. Our mailbox keeps falling over because of the high winds we’ve been getting so Brian said that the first time it dries up he’s going to set the post in Quikrete. That’s what we were there for.. We were supposed to go to Dillon’s after that, but that’s when things veer toward the unexpected.

We were driving North on the Canal Route when we witnessed this car wreck (more pictures are available on

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Advocate for Unaccountability

Posted on April 17, 2007 by under Family, Games, Life, News.    

OK, I know I don’t Blog much but every now and then I come across something that I just can’t keep my mouth shut about.

If you have been under a rock I’ll fill you in on the latest happenings so that my rant will make since. The other day a Student of the Virginia Tech School woke up and decided that it would be ok to shoot 33 students. That’s the short and skinny of it and that’s all you really need to know for my rant to make since. So here’s my rant!

Jack Thompson one of the largest protestors of video game violence and video game sex is claiming that this incident in Virginia is caused by video game violence. That this grown man (I consider anyone 18 or older grown enough to know right from wrong) played some video game like “GTA”, “Bully” or “The Warriors” (yes this was modeled after the 70’s film of the same name) and then went insane and shot up all of these people. Here is one point that good-ol Jack seems to forget! If the shooter seriously was affected by video games then he wouldn’t have shot himself. That’s right; you can’t commit suicide in video games. Instead he would have run out of the building in front of all the cops and started shooting at them thinking that he still has the ability to start the level over again, only to realize in the last minutes of his life that he is not in a video game. But these thoughts do not come to Jack, no! Instead Jack blames the video game industries and the distributors of the video games for contributing to the violence that he feels is caused by video games.

On Jacks web site he posts that he has tried to sue video game companies (and other various companies that he feels is offensive) for too much violence and too much sex. He admits in his site that he had sued Rappers; video game companies like RockStar Games and has yet to win a case. He goes on to show that other cases that he has fought for like the Columbine High School and Washington Sniper Shootings have been dismissed as well. He even goes as far as stating that the “God Mode” cheats available in some games that make you invincible lead to extreme aggression and violence. He even states that he uses a “Games Made Me Do It” defense when defending violent murders. Here is a direct quote from his site.

    “Jack is also one of the foremost proponents of the “Video Games Made Me do it” defense, which has so far failed to convince any judges. This defense is employed in an attempt to lessen the sentence of violent murderers, shifting the blame over to video game makers and distributors.”

How messed up do you have to be to try to get Violent Murders off and free by blaming video game companies. Why are we not blaming the murders for the events that they caused, what happened to taking responsibility for your actions? What happened to accountability for ones own mistakes? What happened to blaming the parents for the improper upbringing or telling the world that he was a good kid but fell into the wrong crowd. (more…)

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Mid-Kansas MVPA Web Site

Posted on April 10, 2007 by under Family, Flickr, School, Toys, Web.    

Mid-Kansas MVPA

Sorry I have been out of commission lately. My free time has been spent working on the new MKMVPA club web site. It now looks cleaner and simpler. It is much easier to navigate also. I moved it to WordPress instead of Blogger and the layout is just a standard WordPress template so it is pretty low maintenance. I like the look overall. Brian is not too fond of it because the old web site was his design creation. So naturally he liked the old one better. I liked it as well but I think the members found it to confusing in terms of navigation. The color scheme was a little too dark for my taste also.

Of course, this is the most stressful time of the semester as well. We have several projects due and final exams are just around the corner. Work has been pretty hectic, too. Most days leave me completely exhausted. I’m actually supposed to be working on one of my many class projects right now but I thought I would check in since it has been a while.

I also wanted to take the time to wish both of our dads happy birthday. My dad’s birthday is tomorrow while Brian’s dad’s birthday is on Friday. We got both of them Ting Ting head massagers this year. We got a pretty good deal on them at Amazon. Brian has one too and loves it! You guys should try it. 🙂

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Saturday Lunch at Mom and Dad’s

Posted on April 3, 2007 by under Family, Flickr, Food and Drink.    

Family

Brian and Logan and Others

Brian and Logan playing Honeycomb Havoc

Brian and Logan

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