Dracil’s BlogJournal

August 31, 2008

Insurance spam

Filed under: personal — Tags: , , — dracil @ 1:30 am

Getting way too much paper mail about all my insurance stuff.  It’s like they send me a letter for every single thing I use.  That means something like two letters per week.

August 30, 2008

Gamer’s Bill of Rights


Kudos to Stardock and Gas Powered Games for coming up with these rules.

1. Gamers shall have the right to return games that don’t work with their computers for a full refund.
2. Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.
3. Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game’s release.
4. Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.
5. Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.
6. Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won’t install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.
7. Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.
8. Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.
9. Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.
10. Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

The problem of course, is to get companies (especially the publishers) to agree to and follow these rules.

August 29, 2008


Filed under: personal — Tags: — dracil @ 1:04 am

Well, it certainly feels like summer finally, not that I like it since my window faces the sun in the afternoon, which makes the room warm and stuffy.

August 28, 2008

Forum birthday spam

Filed under: personal — Tags: , , — dracil @ 12:21 am

All these message boards I’ve signed up for automatically spammed me with happy birthday emails.  Probably a good way to remind people to go back to them.  But when so many of them spam you with the same message, you kinda just disregard them all.

August 27, 2008

Ankle Injury Day 39

Filed under: personal — Tags: , — dracil @ 12:09 am

So my ankle up flex is now at -5 degrees.  If I can actually maintain around 5 degrees per week, I should get my motions in 2 more weeks.  New exercises this week were mainly leg lifting/bending stuff to help get my leg muscles back.

August 25, 2008

Rep. Jackie Speier and homosexual marriages

I don’t know what to make of this.  Yes, I used one of the Protect Marriage forms, but I changed the words around so that it was actually the opposite of what the original form letter said.  Basically I was making a mockery of it.

Which leads me to the following thoughts on Rep. Jackie Speier.

1) Yay for not supporting it

2) Boo for not reading

This is what I sent:

I am very DELIGHTED that the Democratic Party has endorsed homosexual marriage. I urge you NOT to co-sponsor H.J. RES. 89, the Marriage Protection Amendment of 2008, which would make marriage legal only between a man and a woman.  This is like banning marriage between people of different races.

Obviously, the capitalized words are the changes and I also added the last sentence.

Here’s the response.

Thank you for contacting me to express your support for House Joint Resolution 89 (H.J. Res 89), the Marriage Protection Amendment. H.J. Res. 89 was introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) and seeks to amend the Constitution of the United States by inserting language declaring that marriage “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.” This legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 22, 2008 and is awaiting further action in committee.

While I understand and respect any person’s religious or moral beliefs about the institution of marriage, I strongly oppose H.J. Res. 89 and any measure designed to prevent Americans with a different sexual orientation from marrying. In 221 years, the U.S. Constitution has been amended only 27 times. Notable amendments include the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery, the fourteenth amendment which provided for equal protection under the law, and the nineteenth amendment which gave women the right to vote. The Constitution has never been amended to deny a group of citizens the rights enjoyed by others.

For many years it was illegal for persons of different races to marry. However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down this prohibition and opened the door to adults of all races to freely marry. Societal beliefs about interracial marriage changed significantly over the intervening years, but today most Americans agree that skin color and ethnicity should not hinder the right of an adult to marry whomever they choose.

Many marriages begin with a religious ceremony, while others begin at the county courthouse. Both have the same status in our law: They are contracts. We do not place limits on the ability of adults to contract for a home based upon their sexual orientation, and I don’t believe that we should treat marriage any differently.

Not everyone has to agree with every marriage. I frankly don’t like marriages entered into in haste, such as those that happen when a couple who barely knows each other flies to Las Vegas on the spur of the moment and gets married, and we all regret marriages that start with abusive relationships. However, in my judgment, the law must treat all adult Americans equally and, so long as both adults are competent to freely enter into a contract, I believe that all adults should be able to freely marry

Leqi’s visit 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dracil @ 12:39 am

So, Leqi came by again today for dinner with some food she made.  It was an alternative to my original plan to treat her to a birthday meal because of the injury.  So, kinda reversed… though I’ll probably try to do it again later.

She was modest about it, but the food was good, and a lot (three tupperwares). :)

We watched three more movies tonight.  Cube, Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control, and There’s Something About Mary, which she brought over.

August 24, 2008

Leqi’s visit

Filed under: personal — Tags: , , — dracil @ 1:12 am

Leqi came back yesterday (Friday) and paid a visit at night.  She came bearing several gifts.  :D

1) Some painted bottles
2) Beijing 2008 cup
3) A rice paper thing she made that has my name and the words “Safe & Sound” in ancient Chinese characters.
4) Some ointment for my foot

Thank you Leqi!  She also had some stuff for Ching but Ching hasn’t been back since she went back to San Diego.

She read one of my manga for a bit (the continuation of the one she borrowed) and then we started to watch Shutter but she got too scared so we rewatched My Sassy Girl instead, then I showed her Saw.  It was rather late by then so I lent her my sleeping bag (I think she had originally planned to sleep with Ching except Ching isn’t here)

On an unrelated note, my landlady has been coming up to talk with me more, I guess because of how much our life intersects right now because I’m at home all the time.  Interesting stuff.  She decided today that I’d make a fine husband… (though I still need to mature a bit).  Err.

August 23, 2008

Ankle Injury Day 35

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — dracil @ 12:49 am

Physical therapy again today.

Upward ankle flex ability was -10, then -8 when she measured again right after, and -7 by the end of the session, which is good since it means I’m sustaining the previous progress since oftentimes people lose what they gained at PT.  For reference, it started out at -25 on the first day.  The last 10-15 degrees will probably be harder though.  Based on what I feel, I’m pretty sure I can remove the last few paddings and keep my foot flat in the cast/boot, which should help.

As for new exercises, it’s using this flexible band thing to pull my foot up so my foot can flex against it, or keep it down on the floor with my other foot to do the same and also stretch outwards.

August 22, 2008

Olympic medal update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dracil @ 1:37 am

Meh, Taiwan still only has bronze medals.  Though it does have 4 at least.  Women have 2 in weightlifting and Men have 2 in Taekwondo.

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