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26th August, 2007. 1:05 am. imeem.


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9th November, 2006. 7:51 pm. word.

i got a new car, and i'm ecstatic. until i gotta make payments, that is.

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12th September, 2006. 4:14 pm. immortal technique and alex jones, together.

i was there.

more pictures here. click!

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5th April, 2006. 11:54 pm. i fuckin' seen that.

i saw this in a theater today. it was good stuff.

Before the lights went down at Madison Square Garden, 50 fans were given hand-held Hi-8 cameras and told to record their experience of being at a Beastie Boys concert in the band's hometown. The man behind many of their innovative music videos, director Nathaniel Hornblower (aka MCA, aka Adam Yauch), then edited the best footage from the night with his signature creative imprint into a musical experience that takes you right into the world of Mike D, Ad Rock and MCA. Also features Money Mark, Doug E. Fresh and Mix Master Mike.

and it's so neat to see a movie title that is so politically incorrect, using both profanity and a semicolon.

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23rd February, 2006. 11:08 am. linkage.

i must say i enjoy the world of ajax and web 2.0

and check it...


google has a simple web page creator, each gmail account gets 100mb for their pages.

i can't spend a day without going to http://www.digg.com

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21st February, 2006. 10:03 am.

Following on from our news last Friday about the ABC News debacle surrounding the supposed dangers of DS Pictochat to children, its come to our attention that ABC News were informed beforehand of the facts, but chose to ignore them and publish a misleading report clearly aimed at frightening parents and causing a moral panic.

GamerDad, which is SPOnG’s new favourite site for all things to do with gaming and parenting, reported that one of their writers, David Long, was interviewed in depth for the piece by Nydia Han of Channel 6 Action News in Philadelphia (an ABC Affiliate) and that Mr Long made it clear to her that Pictochat was neither an Internet-enabled service, nor a threat to children from potential paedophiles anonymously attempting to meet or ‘groom’ children over the service.

It seems Ms Han then decided to totally ignore all of the facts as presented to her by GamerDad's Long and run with the erroneous and misleading story about an 11-year old girl being stalked over Pictochat in a WiFi hotspot.

Now, whilst this is merely an ABC News affiliate mis-reporting a story about gaming - which regional press all over the world do with alarming regularity - it's still worth pointing out that the story was picked up by hundreds of gaming news sites and forums (SPOnG included) and even on Slashdot.

As GamerDad’s David Long makes clear: “What's not in the story is anything explained by the GamerDad this reporter consulted before going to air. On Monday morning, I received a call from of Channel 6 Action News, asking me about this exact story, the workings of the Nintendo DS, Pictochat and Wi-Fi. I was at first sort of dumbfounded by the idea of a child being contacted by someone through Pictochat because it's not Internet enabled in any way. In order to talk to someone through this application, you must be within 30 to 100 feet of the person (or persons... it supports 16 person chat rooms) you're talking to…. meaning you could probably see whoever it is you're talking to if you just got up and walked around looking for someone holding a Nintendo DS.”

Mr Long goes on to stress that he talked to the reporter for a good 15 minutes about how rogue Pictochatters in public are not a threat to children and how, “...even after I received a call-back asking if it were possible for this to happen at one of Philadelphia's 'Wi-Fi hotspots' which are also mentioned in the article….I stated specifically that Pictochat would still not work because it doesn't ever make any connection with a network as it has no means of connecting to an Internet Service Provider”

Mr Long also talked to the reporter about DS Friend Codes and how they work, specifically that you have to know your friends codes to play games online with them. However, unfortunately Ms Han either didn’t understand any of the information which GamerDad gave to her regarding DS and online play/Pictochat or - and this seems far more likely - she chose to ignore it as it didn’t fit in well with the overall tone of the piece she wanted to write. Which was an irresponsible moral panic attack piece, blaming the Nintendo DS for being directly responsible for the child in question being stalked.

As Long says: “Unfortunately, the story is written in such a way that nothing I said is made clear at all. The story essentially makes it sound like your kids can be contacted on the DS by anyone at any time and that you should beware of predators with Nintendo DS lurking on every corner and on the Internet.”

You can see Long's full report on the shameful matter at GamerDad

In brighter news, GamerDad also draws our attention to the fact that gamers make good fathers. It seems that dads who play videogames with their kids not only get to spend more quality time interacting with their children (i.e., instead of passively watching TV, DVD’s and so on) but that they also know a lot more about which games are best/worst for their children (yes, they actually look at the age-ratings on games and know what they mean) and they encourage their children to use technology and the Internet in a useful, responsible way. Oh, and dad gamers are generally smart, good at maths and like LEGO too.

SPOnG has been trying to explain all of this to our better halves for years.

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20th February, 2006. 11:35 pm. i learn something new everyday

so, i'm listening to last.fm, to the punk station, and i heard "Junkie Man" by Rancid (a song i have never heard before), and i notice it has scratching in it. Google search results say "DJ Disk" (of El Stew fame). that fucking blew my mind.

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11th February, 2006. 7:46 am. not exactly cropcircles.


a great big "fuck" has been found on google maps in Yorkshire, UK. really..

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9th February, 2006. 7:37 pm.

Using waste vegetable oil is an excellent way to go. I've a friend that does it (makes his own biodiesel from scratch) for ~ $0.52 a gallon. But all that takes time so even though you’ll save money at the pump you have to ask how much is your time worth. I’m not knocking saving the environment or loosening our reliance on foreign oil, I’m all for it but many of you are right on; ‘easy’ is relative. Making your biodiesel efficiently is the trick. BTW, that same friend powers his entire house by an ultra low rpm diesel engine (running the biodiesel he makes) and he’s never paid a single cent to the power company! He’s any engine/eco freak. =)
helicopterhead posted by helicopterhead (0) at 11:19 AM 2/09/06



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9th January, 2006. 2:53 am.

incase you been living under a rock, like i have, you probably already seen the latest episodes of aqua teen hunger force.


but here they are anyways

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