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Scarface: The World is Yours review

Posted on : 12-09-2006 | By : Andy | In : pop culture, random

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If I have a fault, it’s that One of my many faults is that I can’t NOT finish anything. If I start reading a book, or watching a movie, or playing a video game, I have to finish it. This means that every once in a while I finish watching a lame or disgusting movie, or read something not worth my time.

Recently it meant that I finished playing the “Scarface” video game.

Parents, DO NOT let your children play this game. Adults: don’t play it yourself. Usually, I can justify violent video games to myself in some way, shape, or form (you know, it’s OK because you’re defending someone or rescuing something or fighting for survival). Scarface has no redeeming qualities.

It’s loaded with profanity, and all about killing gangs, selling drugs, and increasing your power and bank account. Along the way you “collect” women who increase your health, strength, etc. There’s no nudity, but plenty of graphic violence, profanity, and drug use. Stay away.

To be honest, I wish that I had never seen this movie in the $15 bin the day after Thanksgiving, or that I’d had the self-control to stop playing after I got started. People compare it to GTA, and if they’re anything alike, I’ll never play GTA. Never.

I wish they had a rating in the Movie/Video game system of “D”. Despicable.

You’d better be ready for IE7

Posted on : 12-06-2006 | By : Andy | In : tech, work

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Today my Windows XP Automatic Updates tried to install IE7 for me. (Nice of them, huh?) Expect to see a large jump in IE7 usage as Microsoft takes advantage of their OS monopoly to move people to their new browser. I just wonder, will this automatically install itself as the default browser?

Whatever the case may be, if you’re running a web app or webpage that doesn’t render right in IE7, you’d better get your act together. (Yes, I know my whole site has a big yellow warning and a gap between it’s “teeth” in IE7. So get over it and upgrade to Firefox already! I can afford to do this because my site doesn’t have any commercial purpose.)

The real story on Spam

Posted on : 12-06-2006 | By : Andy | In : tech

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So for those of you wondering how much spam is really out there (after reading my previous post), here’s a link to what the New York Times has to say about the issue:

“Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself”

“Christian” spam

Posted on : 12-05-2006 | By : Andy | In : religion, tech

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I really really hate what people do in the name of Christ these days–often it’s hating/condemning people, but possibly more often it’s trying to take advantage of others’ faith by playing the Christian rapport card. Today I got some SPAM from christian-bloggers.com, and it really made me mad. The site itself appears to be about 50% ads, and one really trite oil painting of Jesus logo.

Here’s the email I got:

Dear blog author:
We recently came across your site, andypull.blogspot.com, while searching for fellow christian bloggers.

A small group of us have started a new site called Christian Bloggers. Our prayer and intent is to bring Christians closer together, and make a positive contribution to the Internet community. While many of us have different “theologies”, we all share one true saviour.

Would you be interested in joining Christian Bloggers? Please take a few minutes to have a look at what we are trying to do, and if you are interested, there is a sign up page to get the ball rolling. We would greatly appreciate your support in this endeavour.

May God Bless you and your blogging efforts. We look forward to hearing from you.

Craig Cantin
Christian Bloggers
info@christian-bloggers.com

Perhaps it’s a bit spiteful to include that email address in a mailto: tag, which will probably end up getting that email address a bit of SPAM, but he asked for it. Undoubtedly, they spidered my email address off my site, because it pretty plainly states that the blog has changed locations if they’d read it. Also, they made nice use of “Dear blog author”.

If you’re wondering, it is a violation of the CAN-SPAM act, and definitely illegal to do something like this. Add that to the fact that this guy is out to make a quick “Christian” buck, and I wouldn’t touch this site with a 10-foot pole.