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Ashley
29 August 2009 @ 04:56 pm
I've been using it for like 15 minutes and I'm blown away by how much they streamlined things.  Apps load faster, stacks are gorgeous, icons show previews for all files so its so easy to find shit quickly.  Love the look of new QuickTime but I'll probably never use it cuz I use VLC for the playlists. 


So far all of my apps appear to work just fine but I'm sure I'll find some bugs here and there after more testing.

My inkjet printer installed and works fine, but my laser isn't technically Mac compatible so I'm having to do some workarounds before I will be able to use it.


 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
 
 
Ashley
26 May 2009 @ 07:00 pm
What ever happened to a separation of church and state?

Marriage is a culturally and socially relative term.  What right does a government have to enforce it's definition and limitation of marriage on a nation of people with diverse cultural and social backgrounds?  Government should only be concerned with government matters such as taxation, health insurance, and other relevant matters and leave the interpretation of what marriage means to the people.  I believe that we would be much better off if our government would take a more European stance on people's rights to form unions.  By that, I mean our government should recognize the right of consenting adults (regardless of sexual orientation) to form civil unions and be privy to the rights of such (like healthcare benefits, hospital visitation, tax breaks, etc).  Conducting a 'marriage ceremony' is then the right of the citizens to do as they please without any interference from the government.

The 'Sanctity of Marriage'

sanc·ti·ty  (sngkt-t)
n. pl. sanc·ti·ties
1. Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness.
2. The quality or condition of being considered sacred; inviolability.
3. Something considered sacred.

I will never understand how a LGBT couple marrying has any effect on the sanctity of someone else's marriage.  In my opinion, the sacred or holy quality of YOUR marriage is upheld by YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE ONLY and the actions of anyone else cannot alter the condition of your own marriage.  Besides that, what is sacred or holy is subjective and what right does one person have to force their views of marriage onto another? 

The Lies and Deception

Those who support Proposition 8 claim that when LGBT couples marry it degrades the meaning of the word marriage.  There are those who say that they do not oppose LGBT couples marrying, they just want them to call it a different name.  I think that is about as silly of an argument as any.  Again, I believe the government should recognize people's union as a reguliously neutral concept and then each couple is within their own rights to perform whatever ceremony they want to celebrate their union.  If they want to call it a marriage, then how does that harm you?  If they want to call it a big gay boat ride, then what does that matter to you?  Who cares what you call it.  Your own beliefs and values are upheld by you and your actions, not by what someone else decides to do with their own life.

There were also those who sent out TV ads saying that if same-sex marriage was legal then children in school would have to be taught about same-sex marriage.  This was a clear attempt to scare people into voting for Proposition 8 but it also is a rediculous argument.  I think half the problem with our schools is we are too busy trying to teach our children cultural superiority that we forget to teach them that there are a variety of cultures in the world and even in our own country.  Moreover, why should schools be teaching marriage anyway other than to inform children that a variety of cultures view marriage in different ways?  I, for one, hope we can stop using the schools and our homes to pass on bigoted ideas to our children and intead teach our children to be intelligent, tolerant, and critically thinking people.  Then, maybe the next generation will move further to protecting the equality that our courts whittled away today with the decision to uphold Proposition 8.

 
 
Current Mood: angryangry
 
 
Ashley
01 February 2009 @ 10:31 pm

Every year when superbowl comes around this question comes to my mind. Why the fuck do people care about sports? I just don't get it. Why do you care how far someone can thow a ball or how many guys someone can tackle? It's not like those are actually useful skills.

I'm a very competitive person and I love to win but I'm only interested I'm actually part of the competition.

I kind of feel like there is something wrong with our society when peope who can kick a piece of pig hide really far are more respected and rewarded than people who do things that really matter.

I'm not saying that athletes are bad people or anything like that, I just don't give a shit about what they do.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

 
 
 
 
Ashley
28 January 2009 @ 01:07 pm
So there is a fairly large Mac virus outbreak.  I haven't got it but I'm seeing people all over the internets who have.  Its a trojan horse being spread through torrent files (iWork 09 and Adobe CS4 products).  I knew that Macs would eventually have a large enough install base to become targets and now it looks like they have reached that tipping point.  The good news is this trojan is very unsophisticated and insanely easy to find and clean.  Bascially, it installs a service into your startup items list and then hijacks your internet connection allowing for someone to remotely access your Mac.  Want to see if you have it?  Simply go to System/Library/StartupItems and see if theres anything suspicious in there (such as iWorkServices).  If you've got a Mac and have been torrenting lately I recommend you check to make sure aren't infected.

The whole thing can be removed by using the following steps:

1. (open Terminal.app)
2. sudo su (enter password)
3. rm -r /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices
4. rm /private/tmp/.iWorkServices
5. rm /usr/bin/iWorkServices
6. rm -r /Library/Receipts/iWorkServices.pkg
7. killall -9 iWorkServices

And thats it, no crazy registry edits or any of that.  I'm sure eventually Mac viruses will become more sophisticated but this one is pretty lame.  Try comparing that removal process to something like the Antivirus 2009 shit thats going around for Windows now.  That stuff is horrible to try to get rid of.  Every time I see it I recommend a complete format and reinstall. 

So any other conspiracy theorists think that maybe a Mac Antivirus company (Intego) made this trojan themselves just to drum up some business for their software in these bad economic times?  I think its definately a possibility but who knows.
 
 
Current Music: The Material - No One Has to Know
 
 
Ashley
11 October 2008 @ 10:41 pm
Westheimer block party was lots of fun.  Saw some old faces, met some cool new people.  Saw some badass bands.  What more can one hope for in one night?

It was especially awesome to see Adrian as we hadn't hung out in FOREVER.  Also, Adrian and Brandon's new band is amazing.  Can't wait to see more songs from them in the future.
 
 
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
 
 
 
Ashley
26 September 2008 @ 01:19 am
Fucking database class at school has me brainwashed.  I am constantly finding myself thinking of ways to make various databases in use at my office more efficient and sexified. 

I think I have reached a point of ultimate nerdiness for which their is no return!
 
 
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: The Material - No One Has to Know
 
 
Ashley
22 September 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Ugh, my head hurts. 

So at my job we have a program that goes out to rigzone.com once a day and downloads some shit which it dumps into a database that gets manipulated further by our program.  So some dude at rigzone jacked with their system and it screwed up my program so I spent all day patching the php/mysql shit on our program so that its compatible with their shit again.

I have decided that php is the most unuserfriendly language ever.  It might as well be assembly for all I care because its a pain in the ass.

Also, if I can patch a program in a day (and I'm not really even a programmer) then why the hell does it take software companies so fucking long to get their shit working right!!!
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
Ashley
18 September 2008 @ 12:25 pm
So as hugely inconvenient as Ike has been, I really didn't fare too badly.  We got power back Monday and ever since, I've just been chillin around the house and/or helping out friends and family who needed help cleaning up their house or just needed a place to shower or get a good nights sleep in some AC.  

This is from my in-law's neighborhood and is probably the craziest tree-on-house that I saw.



We still have no power at my office and my boss asked me yesterday if they could move operations to my apartment if they still don't have power next week. That should be interesting  as my apartment is only about 700 sq. feet.  He said he'd pay my next months rent tho so I'm down for the squishyness.


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GHWT Vicarious Video

It looks like Tool made some kind of deal where there are no performers "on stage" for their songs and they got to do their own artwork for their set.  


 
 
 
Current Mood: boredbored
 
 
Ashley
11 September 2008 @ 05:02 pm
I'm going to Specs in a bit to get some rum and juices to make Hurricanes. I don't even like rum but what the hell, I might as well drink some to appease the Gods of Destruction.

That being said, I think I'm going to stay with a friend in Humble for the weekend. Its not really much out of the way of the storm but it beats sitting at my apartment bored out of my mind with no electricity and fun stuff to do.
 
 
Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: Soundgarden - Fell on Black Days
 
 
Ashley
08 September 2008 @ 05:09 pm
GHWT  
I don't think I've ever been so excited about a game before but Guitar Hero World Tour is supposed to have 3 Tool songs: Parabola, Schism, and Vicarious. And anyone who knows me should know I'm practically obsessed with Tool so yeah I'm hella happy about that. Also worth mentioning, they will have a L'Via L'Viaquez (Mars Volta) and Santeria which will be badass to play. The only complaint I have is that there aren't a lot of chick-sang songs.

Also, as far as I can tell, my existing Rock Band instrument set will work with GHWT which is great because I don't want to have to pay $200 for another instrument set and we definitely don't have room for two drum sets anyway.
 
 
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: The Material - Moving to Seattle