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Date : March 2008

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Nationalism does not Imply Blind Obedience to your Government

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Published on: March 31, 2008

I blogged about one week ago about a poll and discussion that was going on at deviantART.com about trust in governments, which then spun off into a discussion about the current US administration, 9/11, the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act and also some positive developments that are actually getting people from around the world and from different cultures together, things that help to strengthen peace efforts and support global understanding and tolerance. The discussion continued after I made the arguments that you can read in my previous post. First was there a misunderstanding that needed remedy. The fellow deviant thought that there is a misunderstanding about our positions and the actual meaning of “Anti War” or “not Anti War” etc. He stated… P: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean anti-war to come off that I was Pro-war. I was merely talking about the people who believe that we should never go to war no matter the cause. I see that by the posting above that you are not anti-war as I originally thought. I am not Pro-war, but I believe there are times when war is necessary.” That required of course a response on my part. Me: No need to be sorry, communication worked, misunderstandings clarified, everything peachy hehe. p.s. I am Pro-Peace, not Anti-War. That’s a big difference.” “Anti – Anything” is bad in any case, because it implies opposition, resistance, blocking, refusing, denying, hating, violence, destruction and other negative things that are usually unwanted side effects that come[…]

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About (mis)Trust in Governments, the War in Iraq, New Global Communities and the Human Mindset

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Published on: March 25, 2008

A social networking friend of mine from Germany with the name Tobias Roetsch aka Taenaron from deviantART.com started an interesting poll a few days ago. He asked fellow deviants the question:“Do you believe in your government and do you support their decisions?”Within a few days 281 different people voted. Based on the numerous comments in the discussion threads to the poll is it obvious that the deviants who participated in the poll come from all over the planet, the USA, Canada, UK, Australia are only a few of those countries. People from virtually every continent participated. The results were alarming, but not surprising.Only 10% of the people who responded believe in their own government and support what it is doing. Over 50% don’t trust their government at all with more than half of that not trusting any government for that matter. 38% (106) deviants said just partly… 27% (76) deviants said everything is a big lie. They just want to get more power. 26% (72) deviants said No! (Tell me why) 10% (27) deviants said yes! (Tell me why) Well, it wasn’t for long that the discussion was shifting from the generic subject of trust to specific issues, such as the ominously war on terror and the much more real war that is waging in Iraq for more than six years now.Here is are some snippets of the discussions followed by my own rather long responses, which also lead me to write this blog post. Here is the argument between[…]

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ANSI Art Tutorials for my ASCII Art Academy

Categories: ANSI, ASCII, text art
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Published on: March 10, 2008

Good news! I extended the ASCII Art Academy with several new tutorials.Only one of the new tutorials is for 7-bit ASCII, but hey, there I had already seven to begin with. The additional tutorial was created by “Cain” and it demonstrates how to draw a cool 7-bit newskool ASCII Logo.The most important additions are the SIX ANSI art tutorials, because I didn’t had any ANSI tutorials before and was constantly looking for some.I found the tutorials in an unexpected place. They were originally published at the Acheron ANSI, ASCII and RIP art forums and portal at Acheron.org. Archeron was discontinued in 2004 and is now part of the Sixteencolors.net site, specificallly the Sixteencolors.net Wiki.I found a backup of the whole site on the “Dark Domain DVD” by RaD Man/ACiD, which is actually an archive for ANSI/ASCII art packs and not a web archive per se. Well, thanks to Chris (RaD Man) and his collectors instinct, was I able to republish the ANSI art tutorials on the Internet again.The Dark Domain DVD is available in my little “online shop” by the way and a must buy for all ANSI and ASCII art fans out there. Buy the DVD and stop collecting anything that was released before 2005, because the DVD has all of them in one small and handy package for an affordable price.Now I need to find tutorials for 8-Bit block ASCII. I don’t have anything for that style available at my academy yet. I will continue looking for any[…]

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Special Cirque du Soleil Zumanity Videos and more

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Published on: March 6, 2008

I mentioned in a post of mine from January, where I posted special Cirque du Soleil videos for the shows “O”, “Mystere” and “Kooza” that I am going to create some special videos for “KA” and “Zumanity” as well. I have not been able to get around yet to work on the video for “KA”, but finished the two (yep, not one) videos for Zumanity based on the DVD documentary “Love Sick”. I decided to make two videos out of it, because I though that it would not make sense to mix the two togther. It would have been hard and probably not create a video that would have been better than the individual two. The first preview required the most editing work on my part and uses for some sections music from the official Zumanity soundtrack in order to be able to connect several video snippets together and still make them seem like a whole. It’s still almost 8 1/2 minutes long and is the video that contains the most live action from the show itself. Direct Link to Video on YouTube The second video is almost 8 minutes long and consists of a long trailer by the Cirque itself and a nice slideshow, that was part of the bounus features of the “Love Sick” DVD. Direct Link to Video on YouTube I have seen the show twice already. The second time was slightly different than the first time, because many of the performers were replaced. I guess the[…]

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Registry Cleaner and General System Maintenance Issues with Windows XP

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Published on: March 3, 2008

I hear over and over again that geeks and experts strongly recommend NOT using any registry cleaner software to clean up and fix your Windows XP registry database.Chris Pirillo from Live.Pirillo.com posted a video and blog entry about it a few days ago where he explains why he thinks that most cleaner software potentially causes more harm than good to the system if used by an inexperienced user.What is the Issue?I see the point that determining if an entry is really not needed and obsolete or vital to a programs or even operating system operation is in many cases nothing more than an educated guess. However, I also know that programs are also often doing a bad job with cleaning or removing registry entries they created, extended or removed, if you decide to uninstall the software via the control panel or uninstall link (if one was created by the software application when you installed it originally).If you would install 50 programs and afterwards uninstall them again without even launching any of it once, your windows registry files would still become multiple times larger than they were before the installs. A large registry database means slower access by programs and Windows itself to the entries they need or create during normal operations. With growing size also increases the risk of corruption or fragmentation that could make entire sections of the registry unreadable. Re-Install Windows Again and Again? What?So what are you going to do? One suggestion that I hear all the[…]

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