Monthly Archives: February 2009

Flight From the Dark

You are the sole survivor of a devastating attack on the monastery where you were learning the skills of the Kai Lords. You swear vengeance on the Darklords for the massacre of the Kai warriors, and with a sudden flash of insight you know what you must do. You must set off on a perilous journey to the capital city to warn the King of the terrible threat that faces his people.

You are now the last of the Kai. You are now Lone Wolf.

The choose-your-adventure books about Lone Wolf, last of the Kai, are available for free online. Every single one of them. This is pure awesomeness.

The first two are also available for your Nintendo DS, if you have a mod cartridge like the G4 or DSTT. Go get them!

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First Address to Congress

If you missed it: The entire speech, courtesy of MSNBC.

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The Obama Code

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics and cognitive science at UC-Berkeley, has written a piece about President Obama that is now up on FiveThirtyEight. It speaks of the biggest difference between Obama and the presidents that came before him, that Obama sees moral values as superceding political issues and policy, and that this different perspective is why he is so willing to reach across party lines and to find common ground.

Every policy has a material aspect—the nuts and bolts of how it works— plus a typically implicit cognitive aspect that represents the values and ideas behind the nuts and bolts. The President knows the difference. He understands that those who see themselves as “progressive” or “conservative” all too often define those words in terms of programs rather than values. Even the programs championed by progressives may not fit what the President sees as the fundamental values of the country. He is seeking to align the programs of his administration with those values.

The potential pushback will come not just from conservatives who do not share his values, but just as much from progressives who make the mistake of thinking that programs are values and that progressivism is defined by a list of programs. When some of those programs are cut as economically secondary or as unessential, their defenders will inevitably see this as a conservative move rather than a move within an overall moral vision they share with the President.

Keep reading. It takes a bit of thinking, but this short essay is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. (Thanks to Jim for finding it!)

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A Running Review of “Guilty”

Helen Philpot has bravely gone where no man has gone before, or at least where no man should have gone, except the NY Times best-seller list shows that lots have gone there and yet more will. She has read Ann Coulter’s book Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, and written a review of it, chapter by chapter, as only she could.

Hilarious! And I mean that. Really.

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Disable Avira 10 Nag Screen (NEW PROCEDURE)

Update:

The method initially described in this post did not work on the latest version of Avira AntiVir, AntiVir 10. I have removed that old method and posted a new one that does work on AntiVir 10 in Windows 7.

Instead of modifying AntiVir’s own files it edits a set of registry keys to disable the start-up splash screen from Avira, as well as the ad displayed when you update the definitions. I tested this method on my laptop that is running Windows 7 64-bit and AntiVir 10, before I updated this guide, and can verify that it has worked fine for me, and not interfered with the functionality of AntiVir 10 in any way.

Read on for how to find out how get rid of the ads in AntiVir 10.

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5-Minute Chocolate Cake

The mug cake in all its glory.

The mug cake in all its glory.

TimW of the MajorGeek forums posted a recipe that might be the most dangerous cake recipe ever. Now I can make a large brownie in five minutes! Out of courtesy to all chocolate lovers out there, I am trying to spread the recipe further. Continue reading

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