Monthly Archives: december 2008

Happy New Year!

To everybody out there in cyberspace: Happy New Year! 😀

fireworks

What’s with the fascinating of monarchies?

Just about an hour ago the queen (of Denmark) did her annual televised new year speech. I didn’t watch it, but while eating dinner I witnessed a bit of the pre-show, where a few journalists are talking about what the queen might say and so on. Also, they showed people assembling in front of the castles, and judging from some statistics I’ve heard of from previous years, I know that a slew of people are gonna be watching it from their livingrooms.

Now, people can watch whatever they want at 6:30 PM on the 31st of December, be it a crappy hollywood movie, a porn video, a comedy show, the news, sports, or the queen’s new year speech, I don’t really care what people do, BUT I have a question about the latter!

What is with this quasi-religious fascinating with an, essentially, undemocratic institution, that reeks of feudalism and by it’s very existence downplays the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Source: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If anybody knows the answer please comment, I’d love to know, because the Danish monarch has never had any direct religious association, like for example the Japanese Emperor has had. In feudal Japan, the Emperor had a position in the Shinto religion, Japan’s native religion, similar to that of the Pope’s position in Catholicism. Some right-wing nutjobs over there, still regard the Emperor as a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu. So, I am truly baffled here. If any Swedes or Norwegians out there know the answer to my question, you’re of course also welcome to answer, as your monarchies and political systems are similar to the one we have here in Denmark.

Blobs suck!!!

Recently I’ve been messing with my new media center computer, trying to get it to work with XBMC and that good stuff. However, XBMC requires 3D acceleration, and radeonhd doesn’t yet support the 3D features of my graphics adapter (Radeon HD 3200). So I tried using AMD’s proprietary fglrx driver, and I can say is that blobs freaking suck! It doesn’t work at all on Fedora (My preferred distribution), and that’s over a month after the distro came out, giving AMD time to fix their damn driver.

All I have to say is to echo the release song of OpenBSD 3.9: Blob!.

 Little baby Blobby was a cute little baby
 when we found him on the beach,
 there was nothin' shady
 you could bounce him on your knee
 like a ba-ba-ball
 and his first little word was adorable
 
 He said a blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah
 Blah!
 
 
 Thin edge of the wedge?
 But everybody was so happy - about Blob
 
 
 Blob was popular at school he was helpful too
 He could get your motor runnin'
 with a drop of goo
 He was givin' it away never charged a dime
 But by the time he graduated
 Blob was business slime!
 
 He was a blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah
 
 
 He's givin' you the Evil Eye!
 
 
 Now everybody had it
 they was drivin' around
 They was givin' up their freedoms
 for convenience now
 Blobbin' up the freeway, water black as pitch
 And somehow little Blobby was a growin' rich!
 
 
 He was a blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah
 
 
 It's linkin' time!
 
 
 Now it was out of control
 n' fishy's came to depend
 on Blobby's Blob Blah, seemed to be no end
 Then his empire spread and to their surprise
 Blobby been a growin' to incredible size!
 
 
 He's a blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
 B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b
 
 
 Then along came a genius Doctor Puffystein
 And he battled the Blob
 who had crossed the line
 He was 50 feet tall - Doctor said "No fear"
 I got a sample of Blob I can reverse engineer!
 
 
 But it was too late!
 Blob was takin' over the world!
 He wants your video!
 Ya he wants your net!
 He wants your drive!
 He wants it all!!
 
 
 Somebody help us!
 Noooooooo!
 NVIDIA!
 Intel!
 Atheros!
 3-Ware!
 VIA!
 ATI!
 Broadcom!
 TI!
 Myricom!
 HighPoint!
 Adaptec!
 Mylex!
 ICP Vortex!
 and IBM!
 Takin' over the world!