The current headlines say things like "McAfee wreaks havoc with faulty antivirus update" [ 2,3,4 ], but the fact of the matter is that antivirus programs like McAfee, Norton, and Symantec products can actually cause more problems than they solve. They can act as a firewall and block ports to email programs and web browsers without warning, and most people don't know to check their antivirus as a possible cause of their loss of connectivity.
Their products consume far too many system resources, they have too many different products instead of one current version, on occasion their updates can cause problems and change email and other computer settings. When their products fail to work, their overseas customer service can be very unhelpful.
Some versions of these programs are written in such a heavy-handed fashion that it can be very difficult to uninstall McAfee, Norton and Symantec. [ 2 ] This has caused problems because most new computers come with one of these three programs pre-installed.
Some people swear by one of these three products, but I know for a fact how much grief that they cause for others.
One issue about antivirus programs that is not the fault of McAfee, Norton, and Symantec products is that if an antivirus program becomes popular, then people that write viruses, adware and spyware start to write code into their malicious software that is specifically written to defeat that particular program. It can actually be better in some ways to use a relatively unknown product that is ignored by the malicious software crowd. Also, many of these programs are free.
AVG is pretty good, but the new kids on the block are antivirus programs like Avast or Avira. I haven't tried either of them yet, but I heard that they were pretty good. I think that the whole subject is actually kind of annoying.
With the recent news that Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring From the Supreme Court I would like to formally submit my application for this position.
As the Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith of Ape City, I have acted as magistrate in countless legal proceedings, many of which were directly related to the disposition of humans and their welfare.
Also, my forensic administrative abilities as Chief Lobotomist of Ape City will most certainly be of exceptional value in judicial matters of the high court, regardless of whether the issues at hand are statutory, regulatory or pontifical. (And I have it on good authority that 'lobotomy' is actually a code word for 'Activist Judge'!)
(By the way, in the photo above the chocolate cake on my desk was used as crucial evidence in an important dessert-napping case, and was not merely a delicious afternoon snack.)
During a particularly snowy summer in 1816, Mary Shelley and her husband Percy were trapped in Lord Byron's house on Lake Geneva. Due to the unseasonable weather Lord Byron and his guests had to stay inside due to the cold. To pass the time, they had a writing competition to see who could write the best ghost story. Mary Shelley wrote the book Frankenstein.
Now, why was it so cold and snowy in the summer of 1816? In Indonesia there is a volcano that erupted in in 1815 called Tambora. Considered the worst volcano in recorded history, Tambora killed as many as 60,000 people outright. The Volcano also threw up huge plumes of smoke and ash that eventually covered the globe. This blocked out the sun and affected the weather.
1816 became known as the Year Without a Summer. America had snow in June, July and August. There was famine and crop failures all over the world.
"Barry Lynn says it best in the opening paragraph of his op-ed: 'Why does President Barack Obama support a policy that lets a Baptist homeless shelter take tax dollars and then refuse to hire Jews, Hindus or nonbelievers to change the sheets or ladle out the morning oatmeal?'"
"As many of you are aware, President Obama has not only continued the 'faith-based' initiative program started under the Bush administration, but actually doubled the budget. He has also refused to rescind Bush's Executive Orders that allow faith groups, who receive taxpayer money, to discriminate in hiring."
No time for blogging today - It's my birthday! I was born in 3795 A.D., which means that I am negative 1785 years old! (Try and explain that to the DMV.) I think that I shall spend my birthday digging up some old friends. (Do you know why they put big fences around cemeteries? Because people are just dieing to get in!) In the meantime, you can watch this swell video of "The Adventures of Lil' Cthulhu".(Gosh, he's a cute little fellah!)
No time for blogging today! I am busy getting ready for Easter by coloring hard boiled eggs, biting the ears off of chocolate bunnies and nuking Peeps! (Jeepers! Who knew that celebrating the reanimation of the dead involved so many delicious treats!) In the meantime you can read this swell Easter comic book that I made a few years ago, Jesus Convention.
I have my own own unique opinion of god. I think that mankind made a fundamental error when he created a differentiation between the words "god" and "universe". all of man's confusion on the subject of religion could be cleared up if we removed the bias that the usage of two different words for the same subject has caused. If there was only one word for god and the universe, then nobody would argue about it.
Think about it. Scientists, philosophers and theologians would all be studying the same thing! All dogma would be erased because our concept of god would not be separate from the universe. It would all be one concept. If there were not two different words to differentiate between the two ideas, you wouldn't be able to argue about it. There wouldn't be any words to use.
And instead of telling our chidren horror stories about the Holy Church of the Gooey Death and the Zombie Resurrection, we would instead concentrate on the philosophy that Jesus and other religious leaders have preached about how it is probably not really a good idea to spend your life being an asshole.
And then we could all concentrate on what Easter should really be about...
I have assigned my army of virtuous, god-fearing marshmallow theologians to remind you that Blue Gal's Blog Against Theocracy is this Easter Weekend, April 3-4! This is a subject that is truly close to my heart. As both the Minister of Science and the Chief Defender of the Faith of Ape City, I'm all about theocracy, baby!
Hallelujah! Wearing the officially sanctified royal purple dye #2 sugar coating, these pious Peeps are filled with sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and the rich creamy goodness of the Almighty, Omnipotent Marshmallow Filling! All hail their Holy Peepness! Hallowed be the joyous delight of their divine confectionery squishyness.
Bask in the splendor and glory of Rush Limbaugh's $13.95 million Fifth Avenue chateau in the sky! [ 1,2,3,4 ] Once can just imagine Mr. Limbaugh staggering around in the wee hours of the morning in his bathrobe and slippers, screaming for the maid to bring him some more Oxycontin and Diet Coke.
Always one to eschew those that are 'elitist', Mr. Limbaugh is truly a man of the people. This humble manor is clearly the home of a stout-hearted manly 'man's man'. Imagine Mr. Limbaugh contemplating his hatred of homosexuals as wee cherubs blow him kisses from the corners of the bedroom ceiling!
Mr. Limbaugh's gilded manor is the perfect honey trap for any woman who swoons over silk Damask, gold leaf moldings, herringbone mahogany flooring, and Liberace-style trompe l'oeil murals.
A chandelier in the dinning room? But of course! But then you might think that it's odd that he also has a chandelier in the guest bedroom, but this is explained by the fact that he also has a chandelier in the bathroom - it all balances out you see, in a very geriatric drag queen sort of way.
The only thing that can save us from Obama's plans for offshore oil drilling is a giant monster from an ancient Japanese science fiction movie! I am against this latest Obama move, just as I was against the $8.3 billion loan guarantee to build a new nuclear power plant, but I think that I'll reserve judgement for the time being. (He did get the health care bill passed.) Maybe he is just playing along for now and is planning on pulling out the aces when the time is right.
Dr. Zira, I must caution you. Experimental brain surgery on these creatures is one thing, and I'm all in favor of it. But to suggest that we can learn anything about the simian nature from a study of man is sheer nonsense. Man is a menace, a walking pestilence. He eats up his food supply in the forest, then migrates to our green belts and ravages our crops. The sooner he is exterminated, the better. It's a question of simian survival.