It's not often Rez feels the urge to rant, but when it happens, this is where you'll find it.
The ZDoom Rant is now ensconsed on its own page.
02.09.13 A study in contradictions:
"Courage consists of hanging on... just one... minute... longer." -- 1950s childen's story
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." -- attrib. Albert Einstein
02.22.12 Anyone who says "We want revolution" or "The revolution is coming" doesn't know what they're talking about, and is too immature of outlook to be trusted with any authority: The "American Revolution" was an insurrection, not a revolution. "Revolution" as envisioned by these political juveniles is the French Revolution or the Russian Revolution, a bloody upheaval in the name of egalitarianism, from which the afflicted society never recovers.
Every such 'revolution' has its roots in a socialist or welfare state. What engenders revolution is not capitalism nor inequity nor even poverty, but rather, socialism and a state-sponsored economy, where none can advance beyond the mandated muck, save those doing the mandating -- and where none can advance by their own honest efforts. Thus an inequity is mandated by egalitarian dictate: that those who work can advance no further than those who don't.
The revolution simply inverts who does the mandating.
2.12.12 Rez's quick guide to relative political freedom:
A free state focuses on defending itself from enemies from without.
A totalitarian state focuses on defending itself from enemies from within.
03.03.09 Being a left-wing liberal wacko isn't just a philosophical position; it's first and foremost a learning disability. If it weren't, why does every such person or organization repeat the same mistakes over and over, despite overwhemling evidence of how their methods fail?? (Okay, so the organizations have an ulterior motive... it sucks money out of the faithful... over and over with each new failure.)
09.05.07 Martians, go home!
"Mexico does not end at the border. Wherever there is a Mexican, Mexico is there." -- Felipe Calderon
"Englishmen, who have no right in this kingdom of France, the King of Heaven sends you word and warning...depart into your own country." -- Joan of Arc
04.15.07 I'm sick to death of stupid people. California has stupid people in quantities I'd never have believed possible if I hadn't lived here myself. (I've even met two grow'd-ups who didn't know beef comes from cows!!)
And it's reflected by the educational levels, courtesy of the U.S. Census:
For population 25 years and over in Lancaster, California:
* High school or higher: 78.3%
* Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.8%
* Graduate or professional degree: 5.6%
* Unemployed: 11.2%
For population 25 years and over in Bozeman, Montana:
* High school or higher: 94.3%
* Bachelor's degree or higher: 49.5%
* Graduate or professional degree: 15.6%
* Unemployed: 9.5%
Did I mention I'm sick of stupid people??!
04.07.07 Stock market: glorified loansharking. You lend companies money in return for what you hope will be a usorious interest rate.
And that 'interest rate' is actually set by what other investors think of the stock.
Consider it an experiment in mob psychology, with your money riding on the outcome.
04.14.05 Filing your
government extortion income
taxes online was supposed to be faster, easier, and hassle-free... right?
Not when most of the sites are bloated up with annoying ads and useless graphics,
and try to suck you into the paying section by the free section somehow failing
to offer the one form you can't file without. But this year I found
an exception: Complete
Tax. The site is clean and relatively fast, it had all the forms,
and if you're low-income, state and federal e-filing are100% free. Hopefully
they'll keep up the good work. [2006/2007 addendum: Complete Tax no longer
has all the forms. I've switched to
TaxAct, as they now have
all the forms and have turned into a nicely lean site.]
12.04.02 Some anti-Semitic group dumped "the Holocaust is a lie" leaflets on the front lawns of a primarily-Jewish community. Predictably, this was condemned as "inciting hatred". Um... are the Jews whose lawns were littered upon supposed to be thereby incited to hate themselves?? How gullible do these litterers think they are?!
7.29.02 There are no more Americans.
There are African-Americans, Arab-Americans, Armenian-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Italian-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Vietnamese-Americans, and so forth.
But there are no longer any Americans.
7.15.02 Paying our bills online was supposed to make our lives easier, by being simpler and faster, right? right??
I could have written checks, addressed envelopes, and driven the 40 miles round trip to the post office twice in the time I spent fucking around with trying to pay my bills online. And now I've still got to go to town tomorrow to deliver said bills to the P.O. Yep, online billing sure has made my life easier. Excuse me, I've got to go strangle a webmaster somewhere.
6.18.01 Corpus Christi, Texas is now placing "DANGER" signs on the homes and vehicles of some "sex offenders" (without much regard for whether the offense was a genuinely predatory abuse or a chance encounter with a consenting but underage girl, or even just beign seen pissing in an alley). Does anyone else hear an echo of those signs warning "JEW" in Nazi Germany??
2.10.01 Recently Anaheim (or one of its adjacent cities, I forget) invoked a little-known snippet of Federal law to allow local police to act as an arm of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, for the purpose of arresting (and ultimately deporting) illegal aliens. Predictably, an outfit called something like "Coalition of Latin American Citizens" went ballistic, claiming this was "prejudicial" against Latinos. Excuse me? What part of "illegal" did you not understand?? And an advocacy group for Latin American (if you don't know, that means south of the United States/Mexico border) citizens? What's wrong with this picture??
2.8.00 The Novell eOpportunity tour was a complete waste of time, all marketing hype and no hard info (tho it had been represented as All About Netware 5.1's cool new features). Anyway, it was one of those partnership tours with Lucent and IBM, and the presenter was doing the usual schtick of ask the audience an obvious question based on what she'd just said, and give a T-shirt to whoever pipes up with the answer first.
So she asks "What is IBM known for?" and someone produced the obligatory "Mainframes". Okay, how obvious can you get... So she asked again, with the "correct" answer supposed to be today's hyped product, IBM's NetFinity servers. And she got -- silence.
Into which I said, "Typewriters!"
I won a T-shirt. A really COOL T-shirt.
1.29.00 "Easy" has become the latest broad-spectrum buzzword. First it was just AOL (this should be your first clue) claiming each new version was "even easier" than the one before. (If you go back far enough, would you discover a "hard" version of AOL?) Now easy is being applied the same way free and new have been abused by previous generations of advertising. Home mortgages, beating a traffic ticket, and now even doing your income taxes are "easier than ever!" What's next, an "easy to install" linux??!
12.9.99 I bought a ham on Nov.20th. It's delicious. Only trouble is, there's lots of it, and only one of me. Now it's almost 3 weeks later and I'm still not rid of it. Come back in a week and we'll be having hambone soup.
This week I finally got Argo (the "new" P233) sealed up and hooked to the monitor switchbox, next to Dink (formerly the P90, later a PIII-550). What with one thing and another, and being used to test a couple Linux distys and Win2000, the poor thing had all but taken root on the workbench. Now if the price of memory would come back down to rational, we could plant those Tyan server boards (now that we've finally got 'em) and start another crop.
Win2000 Server (Beta3/Release Candidate 1) wins the Operating System Peeing Contest. It pissed away 128mb of RAM in one hour flat, doing nothing more strenuous than admiring itself. Now that's an amazing memory leak!
6.30.99 I'm not downloading any more DOOM levels made by dedicated deathmatchers or high-end demo-makers. They all have the same problems for normal solo play: Too many monsters too much in-your-face, maps with a lack of variety in design or theme, boring (usually BROWN) appearance, too much emphasis on extremely tight timing jumps, overuse of triggered traps, too many sequences you have to get right the first time (implying a memorized route) or you're dead. Same old shit over and over and over. It's no wonder so many of these players got jaded and can't seem to find maps hard enough to suit their tastes -- they've bored themselves shitless with their own creations.
And I never want to see another brown DOOM level -- ever!
6.5.99 Here we are on the trailing edge of technology! My work box is finally getting an upgrade -- from an increasingly flaky P90 (okay, a P75 with delusions of grandeur) to a P233MMX. I couldn't find the specific motherboard I really wanted, so I settled for a cheap one as a stopgap (well, it was a pretty good board in its day... about two years back :) No doubt since I bought that one, the object of my desires will be the first thing I see at the next swap meet. (Addendum from two weeks later: guess what :)
On the other hand, for the first time in recent memory I'll have enough disk space. Though somehow 17 gigs no longer sounds like very much... until you go to back it up on QIC80 tapes!!
2.16.99 Oprah Winfrey has decided to hang up the talk show business when her contract runs out. Why? Quote: "I'm tired of talking to dysfunctional people."
I've dealt with a lot of dysfunctional people, both personally and professionally. Interacting with people who are controlled by childhood baggage, or driven by irrational fears, or addicted to rationalizing their own behaviour, takes a lot of energy and effort and patience. After a while it gets old.
As James Lamb Free said of dogs back in 1948, "It's just as easy to love a good one."
12.29.98 I'm getting tired of all the infighting among what remains of the DOOM community. There aren't enough of us left for this. If someone wants to rave about their eating habits or their sex life or their religion, what the hell does that have to do with DOOM? The human race hasn't come to a rational agreement about any of that shit in 5 million years, so what makes you think our online microcosm can do any better through verbal violence? Geesh...
A friend described it as "depressing". My own description is "childish".
re-enter The Twilight Asylum
tour Area 34
experience Life During Wartime
listen to The Still, Small Voice of Trumpets
view the Rogues Gallery
visit The Devil's Advocate
go to the Dogs
dare to send me email
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