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Monday, January 31, 2005

Napolean Dynamite

Napolean Dynamite has got to be the funniest movie I've seen since Kung Pow. It's so stupid it's funny. It's clean and hilarious, not usually a combo you find now a-days. I found this soundboard that has some stuff that the characters say in the movie. Usually to think these movies are funny you have to be on huge sugar high and be with a lot of fun people. Rent it, either you'll like it or you won't but it's a very quotable movie. When I went to Disneyland I watched the Aladdin show and the genie quoted him on stage. The whole croud went crazy!

Cool Apple Furniture

Found this really cool furniture site for Apple fanatics. Really sweet stuff, check it out

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Can't think of a Title

I found this Church Sign Generator, It's cute, and fun to play with. Check out my sign. It's actually scary seeing my name like "PASTOR JOE PHILIPSON" Hmmm....Freaky. Right now I'm sitting at work. Rather bored. I work at Abbey Carpets now, it's a chain of carpet stores. I work for 2 big cry babies. I used to work here almost a year ago now, I left because they stopped paying there employees because they were going out of business. They called me and wanted me to start working for them again, this is my second week of work and guess what? Haven't gotten payed yet. I hope Best Buy comes through, if not, then I'll just have to trust that God will provide something for me. Maybe a Ram in the thicket...

I'm going to my church's Teen Winter Retreat this weekend. So I ditch school and get to go to Disneyland for the day and get to boss around 8th graders. It's going to be great.

Something that has been bugging me lately was that Betty had to get her blood tested because her sister has Hepatitis, one from a virus. She is a twin so there was a chance that she had it too. There was also the chance that she had it genetically becuase Betty's mom and dad both had hepatitis. This was nerve-racking because if Betty ended up having this incurrable and contagious disease it would have short-term and long-term consequences. Short-term would be that we would stop dating and she would stop talking to me, she would pack up her stuff and leave immediately for home. Tough huh? The Long-term consequences would be that she would never marry, never have kids, and would die young. As a compassionate guy I told her, "You don't have to worry cause I'll be there for you." However, deep inside I, myself worried. This would mean the end of our relationship. Was I serious enough to contemplate contraction a life threatening disease to be with her? To have kids that would grow up with disease? Even if the type of Hepatitis that she had wasn't contagious, would I marry a girl knowing that she wouldn't live past her first child's 13th birthday? Could I then raise kids and be a widower? Could I enter a relationship knowing I would outlive my mate by 50% and that my kids could have the same disease? All these questions and much more swept through my mind. I didn't know what to think or how to act. What if the results were negative? Then life would go on. But if they were positive. I also thought about other people and there relationships. Anybody could contract cancer at anypoint, even after a year of marriage. So I ask you. Would you marry someone you loved knowing that the would die at age 35? How would that be different from not knowing? Some people wish that they could know the future, but as human's, if we knew the future I believe we'd all go insane trying to prevent things that were already foretold. Or maybe we would accept things and live our life to it's fullest.

She told me the test results today. And this is what it felt like in text:
An eternity pretty much. She came up negative, she was healthy and kickin'. So it's been a good day I'd have to say.

Congress Debating on Anti-Spam Bill

Anti-Spam Bill

Linked is an anti-spam bill that congress is taking a look at. If you want to read it [booorrrinngg] then go right ahead. Otherwise check out this article about the bill.

The Misuse of RC4 in Microsoft Word and Excel

ASTALAVISTA SECURITY GROUP : The Misuse of RC4 in Microsoft Word and Excel: "27.01.2005 17:31:48"

In this report, we point out a serious security flaw in Microsoft Word and Excel. The stream cipher RC4 with key length up to 128 bits is used in Microsoft Excel and Word to protect the documents. But when an encrypted document gets modified and saved, the initialization vector remains the same and thus the same keystream generated from RC4 is applied to encrypt different versions of that document. The consequence is disastrous since a lot of information of the document could be recovered easily.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The War on eTerror

Wired News: Turning the Tables on Spammers

"The activists, speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
said they plan to take their fight out of the inbox to the spammers
themselves with technologies that gather evidence they need to sue the
bad actors and send them to jail."

It's about time people, we fight back. Sueaspammer.com are on the front lines of the battle of eTerror. VIVA LA RESISTANCE!

Monday, January 24, 2005


Hacking Secrets

I found this Ebook that contains some secrets about hacking. I haven't read it but I did flip through it, I'm going to print it tonight and read it. I just thought the rest of you might like it.

I was reading about Microsoft's Dreaded Blue Screen of Death and I came across this comic strip of these kids Trick or Treating.

Drug Test

By far the weirdest thing that has happened to me yet this year, (Remember it's only been 24 days) is the drug test that I just had to take. I walk into this place and sign my name and this nurse tells me to sit down. She comes back with some stuff and I'm told that I have to take a urine test. I thought they were going to poke me with a needle or something. So I start to follow her and she tells me to empty my pockets so I give them to Eric, who is there with me. He is happy to hold my wallet too. Then the nurse went inside the restroom with me, this was awkward and gave me instructions. She said that she needed me to fill the cup this much and fill it to a certain limit, and then she asked me if I could do it. Keeping a straight face, which was very difficult, I said that I indeed could. While she was squirting this thick blue stuff into the toilet she told me that I couldn't flush the toilet and when I was done that I couldn't wash my hands. The first time in my life when someone, let alone a women, told me not to flush the toilet and wash my hands when I'm done. So I did it, walked out, gave her the vial containing my bodily fluids. I think I would feel more comfortable if it was a man, but somehow I felt awkward handing my pee in a cup to a woman. It was like I was giving her this cup and saying in a 10-year-old voice, "Here is my pee, can you let me know if it's ok?" She made me sign a whole bunch of paperwork and then told me that I could wash my hands. I was thinking about the pen that I used to sign-in initially, and the untold millions that used it and weren't allowed to wash there hands. When I came back out to the waiting room where Eric was Eric asked me in a loud tone, "So did everything come out ok?" He laughed at my embarrassment and we left. I hope I never have to do that again.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Italy's real 'Romeo and Juliet'

Italy's real 'Romeo and Juliet'

A husband in Italy who lost hope of his wife waking from a four-month coma has killed himself - only for his beloved to regain consciousness hours later. Doesn't that stink!? The cruel irony. It's funny and sad all at the same time.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Cardstacker Gallery

This guy, well, stacks cards. However, he makes some really cool buildings. Check out his Gallery here.

He also sells some books and stuff. I wonder if he makes his living "Stacking Cards?"

Revolving Apartments

Revolving Apartments

How cool is this?!

"From the interior of the Suite Vollard building, no landscape is fixed. With the mere pressing of a button, residents of each of the 11 apartments can have 360º panoramic view of the city. Moro, a Curitiba-based construction company, built Suite Vollard. It is a concept-building, and the only revolving building in the world. Architects Bruno de Franco, also technical director with Moro, and Sérgio Silka designed the project, which required the know-how of a large number of professionals in multiple fields of expertise. The complex planning and test phase lasted more than one year. After achieving a perfect balance between mechanical systems that rotate the apartments and the architectonic design, the team chose vinyl window frames as the best technical solution for the facade..."

What time can do to the crazed kid

what time can do to the crazed kid

This is awesome! A true artist.

The Exorcist in 30 seconds with bunnies.

Never Seen the Exorcist? Well, see it here in this super condensed 30 second version, and that's not all, its acted out by bunnies. Check it out here. Or are you chicken?

Help Fonzie Jump the Man Eating Shark

Help Fonzie Jump the Man Eating Shark

Abandoned Apple Store

Apple Store - Kuwait:

This is an abandoned Apple store that was found in Kuwait.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

This is Just Wierd

Healing prayer for the Tsunami

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

FBI Spying on Internet Users?

Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI and other offices of the US Department of Justice, seeking the release of documents that would reveal whether the government has been using the USA PATRIOT Act to spy on Internet users' reading habits without a search warrant. Cope of the request can be found at here.

Monday, January 17, 2005

How to Hate Microsoft

How to Hate Microsoft:

The last guy told why he hates Microsoft, this guy will tell you How to hate Microsoft. I like the comments on the bottom, how to get their goat.

Why I hate Microsoft

Why I hate Microsoft

Talk about a point-by-point explanation, this guy thought through this one. In order for someone to devote time, energy, and thought in building this website, he must have some deep issues with them.

Speak of the Devil

Wired News: Photo Sites Share and Share Alike

Posting Pictures on Blogs

Some people have been asking me lately how I have been able to post pictures up on my Blog. There are two programs you can use to post pictures up on your Blog. The first one is the most popular, there is a website called Flick, this website allows you to post your personal photos on the internet for everyone and anyone to view. There is a privacy options where you can make photo's only viewable by you or members of your family but most people just make them public. You can check it out and create your own account with them. The con about using Flickr is that they limit your picture uploads to 10MB a month. You can check out my pictures here.

The second method is my favorite and is starting to catch on. It's a program called Hello, you can use this program to post photos on your blog or send photos to other Hello users. This makes it very easy for you to mass share photos with family and friends all over the world. There are no cons, unless you prefer something web-based, but as for me I don't care. With both programs you have to enter your username and password and your Blog address so that it knows where to post the photos and your pretty much done. Not that hard to use, I was posting photos within the first 10 minutes of downloading Hello.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Well, I'm moving out of my house today and moving on campus to live in the dorms. Why you ask? Well, multiple reasons that I won't delve into, but basically just tons of disagreements and conflicts with my parents. However I don't care, I wan't to go. Don't worry though I'll still blog, maybe not as much as I did previously but there's free Wi-Fi at this resturaunt so I'll be there more often. Ohh, and that's not my bunk but those are pretty extreme living conditions. So I'll keep you all posted. P.S. I also set my self up, thanks to the help of the nice people at Flicker.com so now I can just send an e-mail and it will post to my blog. Talk to you later!

Future of Cell Phones

The Borg

Friday, January 14, 2005

Mad LAN Party!

Battle of the Amazons

Battle of the Amazons by Peter Paul Rubens: My brother e-mailed this to me. This is the most expensive thing I've ever seen on Ebay. Starting bid $10,000,000!!! That's crazy. What's crazier is that something so valuable and a painting so well known being sold on the internet! Shouldn't it like be in a museum or something?

Need Poorly Translated English?

Welcome to Engrish.com!


A while ago there was this website that came out on the internet. This website made no sense, and went on forever. It swept the internet much like the "All your base are belong to us" and "Star Wars Kid" craze. The site is Zombo.com, check it out, I also found this site's brother, Obmoz.com

Why didn't I think of this?

ESA - Cassini-Huygens

ESA - Cassini-Huygens: "Europe reaches new frontier – Huygens lands on Titan

14 January 2005
ESA PR 03-2005. Today, after its seven-year journey through the Solar
System on board the Cassini spacecraft, ESA’s Huygens probe has
successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s
largest moon, and safely landed on its surface."

Bill Gates Mug Shot

Bill Gates Mug Shot
Originally uploaded by joemomma17.
Someone's been a bad boy. Chairman and CEO of Microsoft, and the richest man in the world at over $50 Billion net worth, arrested in New Mexico 1977.

Gates Answers New Ipod

Originally uploaded by joemomma17.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Apple - Cornering the last bit of the competition

This is Apple's strategy to take over the world and hit every person, rich and poor, young and old. I found this here.

Let's Compare Shall We? Cube vs. Mac mini

Feature Cube Mac mini
Price $1,799 or $2,299 $499 or $599
Price differentiator Processor Processor, hard drive capacity
Processor 450 or 500 MHz G4 1.25 or 1.42 GHz G4
Cache 1 MB Level 2 Cache 512K on-chip Level 2 Cache
Bus 100 MHz 167 MHz
RAM 64 MB (PC100) expandable to 1.5 GB 256 MB (PC2700) expandable to 1 GB
Drive 20 GB 40 or 80 GB
Video VGA, ADC, 1920 x 1200 VGA (with adapter), or DVI, 1920 x 1080
S-Video/composite video No Requires separately sold adapter
Audio Super-cool external speakers; no input Built-in sound; no input
Optical drive DVD-ROM/CD-ROM Combo Drive or SuperDrive
FireWire 2 FireWire 400 1 FireWire 400
USB 2 USB 1.1 2 USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps
Modem v.90 v.92
Bluetooth What? Optional
AirPort AirPort ready (11 Mbps) AirPort Extreme ready (54 Mpbs)
Size 9.8 x 7.7 x 7.7 inches 2 x 6.5 by 6.5 inches
Weight 14 lbs 2.9 lbs

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Retreat and the Mall

(From Left to Right) Eric, Me, and Bro. Schmidt... We were at the mall with some girls on the singles retreat and they went into this store that was going out of business and was like selling everything. So we sat outside the store where they had these really comfortable couches, the funny thing was that there were all these other guys sitting there too. It was like they were all dragged there by there wives and, like us, are waiting for them and sitting in these chairs that were made just for men. Wierd.

Betty and Me at my house Christmas Day...

Play Ms Pac Man online.

Play Ms Pac Man online

YES!!! Thanks to the great Amanda Michael, I now have Ms. Pacman 2. At least one that works...

Turn any iPod into an iPod Shuffle in 3 easy steps!

This is a sweet backround that Eric Hayes made, I'm using it to test loading pictures on my blog.

Wired News: Home-Brew IPod Ad Opens Eyes

Wired News: Home-Brew IPod Ad Opens Eyes: "homemade iPod ad"

This is a sweet ad, and then to find out that someone made it on there own! Check it out it's crazy...

It will be the link on the bottom right hand side, your clue is that it's titled "Video." Good Luck.

Wired News: IPod Shuffle Sparks Stampede

Wired News: IPod Shuffle Sparks Stampede: "Just minutes earlier, at the close of his Macworld keynote
address at Moscone Center, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had said he'd 'heard a
rumor' that the iPod shuffle was available at the nearby Apple Store,
two blocks north. That set off a rush of more than 100 people who
couldn't wait to get their hands on the new product."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Apple - iPod shuffle

Apple - iPod shuffle: "Random is the New Order"

Want an mp3 player that's smaller that a pack of Trident gum? Want it to hold a gig worth of music? Want it to be affordable? Then you definately have to check out the iPod shuffle. My friend Eric just bought one on the online store. Also, check out Apple's newest computer. It's the cutest little thing. I think I'm in love.


Wired 13.01: PLAY: "A 13th-century knife found in an extinct Norse colony
in Greenland has a full handle, but only a stub of metal blade,
sharpened away to nothing. At the quarry on Easter Island where the
giant stone heads were carved, the biggest ones lie half finished on
the ground, the work interrupted by social collapse. They are signs of
desperation, the product of folly."

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Industrious Clock

The Industrious Clock

This is a pretty trippy way of counting time....



Thursday, January 06, 2005

Pac Manhattan

Pac Manhattan What if Manhattan were nothing more than the Pacman Game? This is something that my friends and I would do if we lived in a big city.

College and Career Retreat

At my church we have a class called the College and Career class which is mainly comprised of 19-24 year olds. Every year we go on a retreat where we hear some preaching and to mainly just get away. Today is the first day, Thomas Coats and I drove down. When we got here we saw this guy on his laptop and I freaked out yelling "WI-FI!!!!" So, naturally I wipped out my laptop (Never leave home without it) and here I am.....I'll periodically post more later.


Yesterday I had a great day. It was Betty's day off and I decided to plan a whole day together where we were going to do stuff. I met her at the North Auditorium at our church where Ray Cazis asked me to come to catch the last day of the Christian Schools winter revival. Betty and I joined a bunch of my little 8th grade friends while we sat listening to the preacher. Little did I know that Ray Cazis was going to ask me to stand up and give a little "advice" to the teens in the room. I told them that if they wouldn't worry about where they're going to go to college, who they're going to marry but would just worry about being in God's will today that in 5, 10, and 20 years from now they will be in God's will. If they will just read their bibles and spend time with God daily, soul-win and go to church when they were supposed to, and if they followed the Word of God to the best of their ability then they will be in God's will in the future.

After Chapel David Delaney told me that Highland High School is now back from there winter break and that the bible clubs were starting up today and asked if I would like to go. I told Betty that I had planned to have a picnic with her for lunch but that I should go to Highland with Dave. She was fine with that and so I went to Highland High School. Dave took me to Fizoli's (I think that's how it's spelled). It's a fast food Italian restraunt but it's really good. They have unlimited breadsticks there and Dave challenged me to break his record of 14, I tried but with my pizza and drink I could only get to 6 breadsticks before I couldn't eat anymore. Whenever Dave and I hang out weird stuff always happens. On our way back to church we were going to turn this corner and we saw an older man back by the tailgate of his truck facing the road and looking down. We were both wondering what he was doing and I said, "It looks like he's taken a pee." Well, as we rounded the corner the guy was in fact facing traffic using the street as his personal restroom. He wasn't trying to hide, there was no shame, and he was just relieving himself is all. We both couldn't believe our eyes, Dave honked his horn and the guy raised his free hand in the air as if he didn't care what we saw. Dave and I were both stunned, we sat silent for a literal 30 seconds until we both simultaneously erupted into laughter. It was the funniest and sickest thing I've ever seen. We laughed and shook our heads all the way back to church. It was a sad testimony of our countries moral condition. We got back to church and I talked to Betty some more before we went out to go Teen Soul Winning with the High schoolers. We road on the bus together and went door knocking together. We had a great time. Betty, Dave, about 60 teenagers and I all went to Taco Bell afterwards, Dave told us that we should go on a double date sometime with him and his wife, I thought that was a great idea. We got back to church and got ready for the night service. That night my little cousin Manuel was going to get baptized, I led him the Lord last Sunday night. He was so excited that he called me 21 times that day to make sure that I was still going to come pick him up. We went to church and that night Manuel got baptized. What a blessing that was! Helen Manuel's sister also came and visited that day, it was great. I took them home that night and came back on campus where Betty fed me some Top Ramon noodles. So all in all it was an awesome day!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Just Letters

Just Letters - A browser based multi-user Flash game, it's really cool, check it out!

Sam's Mailbox Pictures

Sam's Mailbox Pictures: "Sam's Mailbox Picture Collection"

Some of these Mailboxes are hilarious!!! Check'em out.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Last night Betty and I were "hanging out" in the Oasis. We were just sitting next to each other, I was reading "Wired Magazine" (My favorite) and she was reading some of my "Time" magazines. It was nice and relaxing and we had a great time. Well, towards the end of the night she noticed one her guy friends reading this romantic book and she teased him a little bit as we were leaving so I could take her back to her dorm. This guy told her something, I wasn't paying attention and it was coded, it was something like "Just remember what I told you." Something vague like that. Betty got mad though, when I tried to figure out what happened she wouldn't tell me but I could see that she was angry. She said that she didn't want to tell me because it would make me angry. Well, you just can't say that to me because I get way too curious. I kept asking her and she told me that before the Christmas Banquet that this guy told her that she shouldn't go with me and that if she did go with me that she shouldn't talk to me again after that because I am not a good guy. At that moment something started in my fingers and spread throughout my body. I got a little angry but not in front of her. I thought that maybe I should go have a talk with this guy, Betty begged me not to so I didn't but I really wanted to give it to him. I wanted to confront him and ask this guy whom I have never met, had any personal dealings with, and didn't even share a class with. How does this guy possibly know me or my character?! Well, I drove home, it's 2 miles from school, by that time I was already calmed down and didn't care anymore. However when I tried to call Betty at her dorm room the phone was busy. It was busy until 11:30, when Betty picked up she was crying and upset. I didn't know what to say, I figured she just had a long chat with "Mr. Know-it-all." I told her that I don't care or anything. Well, it turns out that the guy apologized for being and idiot to both Betty and I, he admited that he didn't know me and (suggestion from Betty) that maybe he should actually try to get to know me before he passed judgement on me. I also found out that this guy liked Betty and was going to ask her to date him. Hmmm.....There's a little motivation to not like me I guess, but still can't we be adults about the whole situation? The weird thing is that I was reading one of the books that from the last post on my Blog, it was Christian Dating by Mike Ray, her pastor. I was reading about what a guy should look for in a women and the text was in Proverbs. The last thing I read before I finally got through to Betty was that I should read Proverbs 31:10-31. Just before I was going to read it I decided to try and call Betty one more time. When I got through I found out all that information and that Betty was actually reading Proverbs 31:10-31!!! She was distressed and she was pouring over it trying to be more like that lady in Proverbs. She was talking about quitting and not coming back next semester and how she was sick of the hole thing. She told me that she used to be in the shadows and now because we're seeing each other everyone has an opinion. I talked to her and calmed her down. Told her that she needs to pray and think about God's will, if she was to leave or stay it would have to be God's will or she wouldn't have any peace. She went to bed and I prayed for her. She is better today. We agreed that we wouldn't talk to each other too until I finished the two books. I finished one already, I'm working on the second one. She has a day off tomorrow so I'll keep you all posted.

Monday, January 03, 2005

How To Make Firefox Faster

How To Make Firefox Faster: Here are some steps to making Firefox faster, I tried them and it worked out awesome. However, this should only be used by broadband users.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Everything is OK

Well, New Years morning about 1am Betty called me to apologize, I got a chance to talk to her then and just basically calmed her down and made her feel better, I told her that everything is OK and that she shouldn't worry. If you're lost don't worry I am too. I don't really know why but she feels unsure and scared about, us. Maybe something that happened in the past but I'm not for sure. We haven't heard anything back from Mrs. Weaver yet but I'm sure it will be good. Eric came over that night and we watched some TV and fell asleep.

The next day which was last night Eric, Megan, Betty, and I went to Olive Garden. It was fun, iyt was the first time I got to take Betty out to eat and I really enjoyed myself. She later told me that she had a great time as well. I want to start reading our bibles together, sort of a New Year thing I guess. So we read Genesis 1 and Mathew 1, and will read a chapter together every day this year. Bro. Weaver told me to take the "High Road" I told him I would try and that's exactly what I'm gonna try to do.

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