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Listening to the rain while falling asleep.

Good evening everyone. Well, it’s the third Thursday of the month which is the day I set aside for RFID, however I’ve been drifting from the life articles I came to write, so for now RFID Thursdays is on hold.

For this week in Life with GN, I wanted to really get deeply back into gear, try something somewhat fresh. But most importantly, and what this research was aimed at doing, was show each of you the things you can truly appreciate in your life.

I’m not exactly sure where the inspiration has come from, although there are a few sources I can be sure of contributing…however, the last couple of days have been very reconstructive for who I am, and compared to the last 2 or so years, I feel like I have myself back, and it truly is the best I’ve felt my entire life. Of course, it might be tied with one or two other things. ; – ) I really want to pass some of that on to you. We live in a busy, stressful world, and taking the little things that are good in our life for granted is second nature to us.

So, I conducted a research survey among several people I know, some who aren’t very close to me, more of acquaintances, some that are really great friends and love dearly, and one that I’ve gotten really close to. The results were incredible. I wrote up and asked a series of 5 questions, which through feedback I learned were quite more challenging than I had expected. Nonetheless, everyone enjoyed answering them (to the best of my knowledge) and I hope they take what they shared as a deep refreshment to heart.

These were the 5 questions:
1. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the comfort of your own privacy?
2. what are your top 3 best moments in life while in the company of your friends
3. what are your top 3 best moments in life work or school related?
4. what are your top 3 best memories in life?
5. <ask what their main hobby is> what are your top 3 favorite moments in life related to <main hobby here>?
The answers I received were all across the board. Some specific, some general. I’ll give you a few different responses for each question.

1. “When I’m walking around downtown in on of the city parks and listening to music in my room while reading.”

“Playing a series of notes on guitar accidentally, that I didn’t know I could.”

“Sitting on the roof, sometimes at night watching the stars behind the city lights.”

2. “Sitting on the roof on the Fourth of July during a torrental downpour with close friends, singing koombaya.”

“Riding home on the school bus with all of my friends.”

“Going on vacation, sky diving, surfing, etc.”

3. “Getting accepted into college, while being in high school.”

“Going to the opera with my Creative Writing class.”

“Receiving a scholarship for high school.”

4. “Ah it’s horrible, but funny! When at a ski resort, I was tobbogan racing with my sister. I was getting ahead of her when I noticed she flipped up and out of her sled! The first aid guy helped her out, and she was crying and laughing at the same time!”

“Finding the final pieces of who I am, after them having been scattered for almost 2 years.”

“When I found out I was going to England.”

5. “Three Weeks before a costume convention, our group got in costume and took pictures on my front lawn. People were walking and driving past staring at us, but it didn’t matter.”

“When I finished a manga series. It’s such a sad, beautiful piece and I was sad for it to be over, but glad too.”

“Building my first computer for myself, and it not exploding, and loading up correctly when I first turned it on.”

Finally, one of the best and most heart warming experiences I’ve heard to this day:

“I had spine surgery for scoliosis when I was younger. After I woke up, my dad stayed with me for the whole week. I remember the first time they made me walk, I was bawling, but my dad managed to keep his cool and cradled me in his arms to calm me down and lifted me off the stretcher, and helped me walk for the first time. I’ll never forget his gentleness.”

Feel free to answer these questions yourself as well. I then challenge you, send them to a close friend, or post them in a community you can trust, one that will provide constructive feedback, or keep them with you on paper or on your PDA and take them out when you need your spirit lifted. Share these questions with your friends, take them to work, school (you may be able to get some extra credit or kudos, perhaps use them for an assignment or two) get creative! Spread the joy.

[ Source: Inspiration from the wonderful people I know! ]

God speed, and Best wishes.

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First Sale Doctrine == $null? && RIAA == /diffused?

Hey faithful Underground readers. Normally I would post a life post, unfortunately it’s going to have to be delayed one week.

Currently, I am undergoing a project which collects the landmark events of digital history relating to piracy, laws on the electronic frontier, and the serious lack of competence and open minds in authority and political figures in today’s world.

I stumbled across this post yesterday, and felt it was my duty to link it and spread the news as much as possible. It’s yet again, a prime example of the ludicrous behaviors we see from the very people we entrust our sustenance and security to.

Essentially, Universal Media Group is [quoted] “saying that merely by putting some fine print on a CD, it can effectively ‘own’ that CD forever.”

I’ll let you read the article and decide for yourself.

http://svextra.com/blogs/gmsv/2008/04/uh_that_promo_copy_of_bad_we_sent_you_in_87_it_was_a_loaner_and_we_want_it_back.html

Another few day old piece of news, is posted here by the magnificent crew over at Ars Technica, about some interesting RIAA developments. This adds a great outlook on the recent Andersen vs. RIAA case from a few weeks ago:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080402-maine-law-students-try-to-derail-riaa-lawsuit-express.html

[ Sources: Article stumbled upon @ Silicon Valley.com ; LARGE PDF file of court case – EFF.org RIAA working diffusal – ArsTechnica.com ]

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday. Volume 2.

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April Fool’s is just a couple days behind us, and I hope you all had a fantastic time pranking your friends or being pranked. I know I did! I’m sure many of you enjoyed being Rick Rolled.

As you know, it’s the first Thursday of the month, so this week’s Life post from GN will be themed for humor, and quite an appropriate week at that!

To mix in some tech, I give you a list of the latest virus definitions:

  1. The George Bush Virus – Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction.
  2. The John Kerry Virus – Reverses every position in your computer, each time you turn it on.
  3. The Ronald Reagan Virus – Saves your data, but forgets where it is stored.
  4. The George Bush Virus – Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction.
  5. The John Kerry Virus – Reverses every position in your computer, each time you turn it on.
  6. The Ronald Reagan Virus – Saves your data, but forgets where it is stored.
  7. The Clinton Virus – Gives you a permanent Hard Drive with NO memory.
  8. The Al Gore Virus – Causes your computer to just keep counting and re-counting.
  9. The Bob Dole (a.k.a. Viagra) Virus – Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy.
  10. The Lewinsky Virus – Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did.
  11. The Michael Jackson Virus – Attacks only minor files.
  12. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus – Terminates some files, leaves… but will be back!
  13. The Mike Tyson Virus – Quits after two bytes.
  14. The Oprah Winfrey Virus – Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 150 GB. The Ellen Degeneres Virus – Disks can no longer be inserted.
  15. The Prozac Virus – Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn’t care.
  16. The Clinton Virus – Gives you a permanent Hard Drive with NO memory.
  17. The Al Gore Virus – Causes your computer to just keep counting and re-counting.
  18. The Bob Dole (a.k.a. Viagra) Virus – Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy.
  19. The Lewinsky Virus – Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then e-mails everyone about what it did.
  20. The Michael Jackson Virus – Attacks only minor files.
  21. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Virus – Terminates some files, leaves… but will be back!
  22. The Mike Tyson Virus – Quits after two bytes.
  23. The Oprah Winfrey Virus – Your 200 GB hard drive shrinks to 100 GB, then slowly expands to re-stabilize around 150 GB. The Ellen Degeneres Virus – Disks can no longer be inserted.
  24. The Prozac Virus – Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn’t care.

[ Source: The Manbottle Library, found by Crystal ]
I’ve recently began learning Visual Basic, a programming language that’s, well, basic! Thus, I have adapted some programmer mentalities. I hope this draws some of the wonderful programmers out there to our blog. 🙂

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[ Source: Props to http://www.xkcd.com for maintaining a hilarious web comic ]

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[ Source: Osnews.com Comics (they have plenty of other great comics!) ]

You can find more here: Osnews.com Comics Page 1

And here: Osnews.com Comics Page 2

Here is a business plan that absolutely, cannot fail. I’m seriously thinking about trying it : – )

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[ Source: CollegeHumor.com
Last, but most definitely not least, this one is a REAL gut buster. However, it requires that you finish all of your work and close all of your internet stuff, because only your undivided focus shall allow this mind blowing comedy get through. Have you closed everything but this tab? Finished your work? Remember – don’t worry, it won’t hurt.:

[[ The most famous comedic incident in the world ]]

Well loyal and casual readers of The Underground, thank you for joining me on another That’s GN humor post, and happy late April Fool’s day!

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Download Music without a Program, Free.

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Well, that’s not entirely true. You will need Notepad and an internet browser.

Open your browser, and navigate to http://www.projectplaylist.com

Project Playlist is a wonderful site where individuals upload songs they own for the sole purpose of use that does not infringe copyright laws, such as posting the song in a playlist provided by Project Playlist that you can embed to your MySpace, Facebook or website/blog in general.

Search for your favorite song, one at a time. For this tutorial we’ll use a personal favorite of mine: the man with the machine gun – typed right in the search. In this case it will be the second song in the search as of this date. You can preview the entire track to make sure it’s error free and the right song. Find the version you’re looking for, and click (visit site) to the right of the title. You will see a green URL in the top frame with some other Project Playlist graphics and text. Make sure your URL ends in .mp3 or .mp4 anything that you know you can play. Next, open Notepad and copy/type in this small HTML code:

<a href=”http://www.public.iastate.edu/~froboy/Ryan/The Black Mages – The Skies Above/07 – The Man with the Machine Gun (Final Fantasy VIII).mp3″>The Man with the Machine Gun</a>

or:

<a href=”URL HERE”>NAME HERE</a>

File > Save As… and click the drop down box to “All Files” and type something like man.html so the file becomes an HTML file that will open in your default browser. The alternative to this is just saving it as a regular .txt file, however you need to enable file extensions so you can see it on the file and edit the full name to name.html instead of name.txt which can be done through Folder Options in Control Panel and the View tab under “Hide extensions for known file types” remove the check mark.

Now open your new .html file and you should see a regular link (possibly blue) which you can right click and hit “Save Target As…” or something similar. Save the file to your hard drive, and within a short amount of time you should have your file! You may also left click the link and it will stream within your browser or within your default media player, depending on your setup. Enjoy : – )

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[DIY] RFID Part 2 – DartMail

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This month’s That’s GN: RFID edition will be one week early. Why? Because I have ants in my pants. This stuff is old, about 5 years, but it’s too good to wait for.

Just think of it – one of the fastest means of physical short distance transportation of a single object combined communication.

There isn’t much I can say, you have to see it to believe it. It’s not shocking, it’s not revolutionary, but it does pose some incredible theories if this is implemented “outside of the box.”

Here is a video showing what exactly DartMail is and does: [ DartMail ]

Unfortunately it’s not a how to, however there is plenty of information here: [ Phidgets ] on how to make and/or buy the materials necessary for this project.

Enjoy, I’ll be shooting people pictures myself quite soon!

God speed, and Best wishes.

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Save money on gas.

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In this day and age gas is on just about everyone’s minds, especially with consistent rising prices. I personally have a few ways of saving on gas, but nothing concrete or enough to actually save me some decent money. Here are 13 ways to significantly reduce your gas costs, brought to you by the great folks at About.com:

1: Choice of car. Granted this is very limited for people, 4 door sedans are usually the best bet, and cheaper than the popular SUV pick.

2: Upkeep. Believe it or not, if your car is in bad condition it can increase the gas use by up to 25%.

3: Steel-belted radial tires. They can actually pay for themselves in short time and decrease gas consumption by 10%

4: Gas tier. From the horses mouth itself, having a good friend with several Mobil franchises, I know now that unless your manual specifically states you need a certain level of gas, for example premium or unleaded, get the cheapest one. They’re all the same, save for differences most cars won’t notice.

5: Tire pressure. Every pound of under inflation causes up to 6% more gas usage.

6: Don’t top of your gas tank when pumping gas. Stop when it tells you to.

7: Don’t idle your car to warm it up. Running the engine makes it warm up faster, I also can confirm this. It works wonders on the way to work! I just bundle up before opening the garage door. 🙂

8: Combine your errands. Take the time it takes to drive between destinations each time you come and go from your home, and plan your trips out to save the gas of traveling from home often. This is probably the one you’ll remember and use the most.

9: Accelerate gently. Putting the pedal to the medal will burn your tires, and a hole in your pocket.

10: Watch traffic jams carefully. Plan your stop-and-goes.

11: Coast to stopped traffic ahead of you and apply brakes gradually. Don’t speed up and slam on the brakes.

12: Speed limits are there for more than you think! Driving faster, i.e.: 70 MPH takes more gas than 50 MPH.

13: Maintain a steady speed on the highway. Avoid slowing down and speeding up to match other cars. Cruise control is your friend! Careful not to fall asleep though.

[ Source: http://financialplan.about.com/cs/cars/a/SaveGas.htm ]

God speed and Best wishes.

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[GG] GN’s Gutbuster Thursday

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My apologies for the delay in today’s article, we’ve been having some technical difficulties which seem to be cleared up for now.

It’s that time of the month, no not that one! The first Thursday of the month means GN’s Gutbuster Thursday. To start off, I will share a list of the 10 dumbest questions in song lyric history.

#10: What you gon’ do with all that junk?/All that junk inside your trunk?

We may all know this one – Black Eyed Peas – “My Humps”

#9: He was a boy/She was a girl/Can I make it any more obvious?

Avril Lavigne – “Sk8r Boi”

#8: Saying “we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast”/ Huh? Yall eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?

Kanye West – “Jesus Walks”

#7: Baby I’m confused/Well, wasn’t that you in my bed? When love finally said good-bye/Where was I?

David Hasselhoff – “Where Was I?”

#6: Are you Johnnie Ray … Are you Fay Wray … Are you Stingray … Are you Jimmy Ray/Who wants to know?/Who wants to know about me?

Jimmy Ray – “Who Wants To Know?”

#5: Do you know what it feels like to be the last one to know the lock on the door has changed?

Enrique Iglesias – “Do You Know?”

#4: Why you sleepin’ with ya eyes closed?

Destiny’s Child (featuring Timbaland) – “Get On the Bus”

#3: Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash? Is your game M.V.P. like Steve Nash?

Nelly Furtado (featuring Timbaland) – “Promiscuous”

#2: Should I stay or should I go now?

The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”

#1: Why don’t we do it in the road?

The Beatles – “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?”

[ Source: [[Thanks to CRKD SkitZo]] – http://www.cracked.com/article_15647_10-dumbest-questions-in-song-lyric-history.html ; http://images.ucomics.com/comics/tas/2008/tas080227.gif ]

If anyone knows what this guy is talking about:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ETSnFbmVJsY

God speed, and Best wishes.

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[DIY] RFID Part 1: Make your own RFID blocking wallet

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Identity theft is continuing to be an epidemic, especially in America, and one of latest ways ID thieves accomplish this is by pocket RFID scanners that grab innocent bystanders’ credit card or smart card information just by walking by them in a parking lot. You can protect yourself against this with a surprising, simple and stylish technique.

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All you will need is some aluminum foil, scissors and duct tape. It has been suggested that keeping multiple cards next to each other or a cell phone will stop them from working, and this is one way you can possibly prevent that as well.

First, you want to make a sheet of RFID blocking tape. Place a large sheet of foil on a table, preferably a square based on the width of the foil you have, and then put duct tape over it. You can cut the shapes needed out of this. If you want extra security you can place two sheets of foil, although one is plenty.

Here are links for directions to a vertical tri-fold style wallet, which is the most efficient RFID wallet. If you already know how to make a duct tape wallet or have your own preferred style, that’s fine as well.

[ Directions for duct tape wallet ]

[ RFID blocking wallet details ]

You can also make your jeans anti-RFID though I’m sure most would rather just make a wallet.

[ Anti-RFID pants ]

Another project you can do is line your briefcase with [ 1 ] millimeter of dilute salt water, if you carry RFID sensitive things in some sort of case or backpack. This also blocks RFID, though aluminum foil is preferred.

For all of you who don’t use wallets, for example any females with purses or something else, I personally suggest a separate wallet style card holder, perhaps a pocket large enough for your cards, with some separators and a flap with a snap by cutting a small hole on the flap and on the bottom front, just like a purse. However, a full duct tape wallet is just as cool!

Also, this will be part 1 of a monthly series on RFID. There are some nifty DIY projects I have up my sleeve and hope to continue in the future. Watch out for them on the last Thursday of each month!

[ Source: http://www.rpi-polymath.com/ducttape/index.php ]

God speed and Best wishes.

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For the Ladies.

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I stumbled upon an article with a link to this site yesterday:

http://www.uPumpItUp.com/

Mandy Moore has always seemed to be quite the sweetheart. Her goal for this site “…is aimed at helping women balance their “wellness” by sharing such stories to challenge and inspire each other to better their lives.” Having just launched it I felt it was perfect for the weekly Life post. For you lovely, loyal ladies visiting us at The Underground, this post goes out to you. Keep making the world run as well as you do.

[ Source: Mandy Moore aims to inspire life balance online @ Reuters ]

God Speed, and Best wishes.

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Far Cry: The Movie Trailer.

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Uwe Boll has done it again. His newest game-to-movie “Far Cry” is on it’s way this Spring. Enjoy.

Far Cry The Movie