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Summer Cleaning

It's been a while since I've last posted here. I must admit I have been caught up in the FaceTwit universe. Some summer cleaning is in order here...

Is it the LAST Remnant?

So I have been playing The Last Remnant, which I got about a week and half ago. It's an RPG made by Square-Enix, makers of the Final Fantasy series, of which there are 12 games in the main series, with a 13th in the works. It appears that there could be a sequel to The Last Remnant, from what I have read of the cliffhanger ending. I would expect nothing less from S-E.

I actually really like this game. It's got great customization options and very cool graphics and sound. I love the blurred effect when you successfully launch a critical offense. It makes it all dramatic like. You can form your Union of characters any which way you want and tackle sidequests at your leisure. The rare and boss mobs are also challenging and require the use of tactics via positioning and battle commands. I like that it is turn based because I can choose my commands, then watch them play out while I get drunk on Smirnoff Ice lolz.


Yes, my guy just did a critical offensive attack. He has four arms.

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Today the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rules that marriage discrimination against gays is unconstitutional and illegal. From reading bits of their ruling, their decision was based on purely logical and sound judicial reasoning. I hope the California Supreme Court is paying attention...

Regarding the Iowa Supreme Court's Unanimous Decision:

We begin with the County's argument that the goal of the same-sex marriage ban is to ensure children will be raised only in the optimal milieu. In pursuit of this objective, the statutory exclusion of gay and lesbian people is both under-inclusive and over-inclusive. The civil marriage statute is under-inclusive because it does not exclude from marriage other groups of parents--such as child abusers, sexual predators, parents neglecting to provide child support, and violent felons--that are undeniably less than optimal parents. Such under-inclusion tends to demonstrate that the sexual-orientation-based classification is grounded in prejudice or "overbroad generalizations about the different talents, capacities, or preferences" of gay and lesbian people, rather than having a substantial relationship to some important objective. See Virginia, 518 U.S. at 533, 116 S. Ct. at 2275, 135 L. Ed. 2d at 751 (rejecting use of overbroad generalizations to classify). If the marriage statute was truly focused on optimal parenting, many classifications of people would be excluded, not merely gay and lesbian people.

Consequently, the language in Iowa Code section 595.2 limiting civil marriage to a man and a woman must be stricken from the statute, and the remaining statutory language must be interpreted and applied in a manner allowing gay and lesbian people full access to the institution of civil marriage.

Me vs. The Blackberry Storm

So shall I make it known that a recent change has befell me, which has has led to the castoff of a standard phone in favor of an all-powerful, all-encompassing, all-inspiring smart phone-in this case, the Blackberry Storm. I have labored, even tortured, endlessly over what could be seen as a millennium in the vastness of the digital world but what could also be described as 6 days to a simpleton, a corporeal being not unlike the scribe of this very written account. What follows is nothing less than a brief history of the trials and tribulations of the manic tinkering and endless customization activities that I have pursued till death's door to ensure that this new Storm suits mine own diabolical schemes...

Cut to lightning flash and thunder. Fade to black.

(Who doesn't love a grand soliloquy from time to time?)

Background
Before I go into the details about how I setup my new phone, some background information is required:
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Your result for The Which Biblical Villain Are You Test...

Caiaphas

You scored 63% Pride, 45% Envy, 60% Ambition, and 60% Deceitfulness!

You are Caiaphas, the high priest of Israel. You were a member of a strict Jewish sect known as the Pharisees. Aside from praying in the temple, your mission in life was to have Jesus executed. You are a rather ambitious person and you tend to accomplish most of the goals that you set for yourself. This goal was no different. You managed to have Jesus (the Son of God) crucified in approximately the year 28 AD. You had to get rid of Jesus because he was an insult to your pride. Before Jesus showed up, you were the most righteous man in all of Israel. Jesus was not only more righteous than you were, he also pointed out faults in your righteousness. Your pride blinded you to Jesus' message and drove you to put the man to death. Of course you couldn't do this right away because many people viewed Jesus as a prophet. This is the point where your deceptive skills came in handy. You welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as an honored prophet and three days later; you arrested him in the night and hastily set up a trial to execute him.




OTHER BIBLICAL VILLAINS
A Child of Israel
The Serpent
The Phillistine
Judas Iscariot
Jonah
The Demon
The Fallen Angel
The False Prophet
Goliath
Pharaoh
King Nebuchadnezzar
Caiaphas
King Saul
Cain
The Antichrist
Satan


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On March 5, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case to overturn the anti-equality Proposition 8. If you will recall, Proposition 8 is the first proposition in California history that allowed voters to take away a fundamental right guaranteed in the Constitution from a protected minority population by a simple majority vote.

Here's hoping that the CA Supreme Court acts in a way that is consistent with a Constitutional Democracy and separation of judicial powers and OVERTURNS PROP 8!!

Yay Squeenix!

The Last Remnant is coming to the PC this March!!!! I'm very much excited. :)

Email Fun

So, I think I'm going to totally switch over from Google's gmail to Windows Live Mail. I don't like how Outlook and Gmail work together. In fact, they don't work very well at all. I don't like how Outlook and Gmail cannot sync calendars or contacts without 3rd-party software. I also don't like the IMAP integration with gmail. I also hate how you cannot use the "delete" key on your keyboard to actually delete mail. All it does is remove all labels from gmail and puts it in the "all mail" folder. Bleh. If I hit delete, I want it to be placed in a deleted items folder, not archived.

But with Windows Live Mail, all of this is fixed. The delete key works. Everything is synced (email, calendars, contacts). Plus, there is a Blackberry app for Live Mail. I have secured 3 Live mail addresses, each for a different purpose: 1. business/professional use; 2. social/networking/entertainment use; 3. commercial/all other use. For instance, my Livejournal, Evite, Facebook, and Playstation accounts now use my social/networking/entertainment Live Mail address. My next task is to finish up Category #2 and then fix up my Category #1 emails. The last category can wait as I have relegated that to mostly commercial websites where I buy things, such as Amazon, which isn't as important.

It's raining and cold here... BLEH!

IMAP

So, my "new every two year" promotion with Verizon Wireless is coming up next month and I am probably going to get a Blackberry, possibly the Storm. Yes, I have read the reviews but I still like it.

In preparation, I am switching my email accounts from POP3 to IMAP this weekend. I use Outlook 2007 at home and it's currently set as POP3 and downloads messages from the server to my local computer. I have a fairly extensive mailbox setup with many sub folders and sub-sub folders. To make it even more interesting, I have both of my gmail accounts deliver mail to a single inbox.

I'm going to have to switch both accounts to IMAP and recreate the folder heirarchy in both IMAP inboxes and then parse out the POP3 emails based on sub folder location and account. I guess I'll have to sort emails based on which account the email was sent to, which I hope is possible.

Yay.

Writer's Block: Open Arms

Have you ever spontaneously hugged someone you didn't know? Or received an unexpected embrace from a stranger?


Yes, when I was drunk. And they were drunk. It seems 2AM is a perfect time for stranger hugs.

Playstation 3

PSN ID: Erasure25

Windows Live Gamertag: Erasure25

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