So I note YouTube is fucked up. Being it’s a Google property as is the Chrome browser I’m using it indicates that Google is having bigtime issues today. I’ve tried in Chrome, Edge, etc. to no avail. Cannot watch YouTube videos. Also note commenting is in restricted mode on YouTube.
So as you all might know I run a couple add-ins in Chrome – AdBlock+ and ScriptSafe. Well YouTube must have made a change because I have to allow the ad servers on their site. On a regular basis to the point where it is annoying.
I conjecture that it’s because YouTube is pushing the ad revenue thing a bit far.
Here’s America’s Test Kitchen on YouTube. Why it’s trying to hawk insurance to me and why it thinks I’m in Cranston is interesting.
To the point where I guess I’ll just go play some games and make sure I tag google and youtube in this post. Not too the clearly labeled as Ad to Remove Eye Bags with Dr. Oz. Sorry – calling him a Doctor is an affront to M.D.’s the world around. But you see my point. Here’s what I get just using Chrome:
Also too note the little yellow marker in the timeline – that’s an ad that played before the video and annoyed the piss out of me.
Notice what is missing.
Notice no ads at all.
So I decided – let’s be patient and wait. Sure enough – there’s a 5 to 30 second wait before videos start playing. Right at the point where I guess I’d see ads. Then in the videos about 3-10 minutes in the video will repeat the last few seconds. That’s where an ad would have been. Ha!
See -patience pays off.
Whenever you talk about positive economics say food stamps for instance, or a federal minimum wage of $14-$15 per hour injecting more money into the economy it’s inevitable you get an ad hominem attack directed at you.
The most recent said I was retarded. My response was “And by resorting to ad hominem you prove that you are the mentally challenged party.”
I wonder if the nitwit will reply?
There are a fair number of Star Trek reboots on YouTube.
There’s “Star Trek Continues”, “Star Trek Phase II” and “Star Trek: Odyssey” are the ones I’ve found so far.
One them though has a gay couple in it. This was always a blind spot for the creator of the Star Trek series, Gene Rodenberry. There was some hope that Star Trek The Next Generation might include a gay character but it never happened.
I’m glad to see the reboots addressing the issue though. And all of it is on YouTube. In fact I think it’s in Star Trek Phase II you have a human and bajoran same sex couple. Very interesting.
Oh and Star Trek Phase II – it has Captain Kirk’s nephew Peter Kirk as a crew member. And yes, Peter is gay too.
With the impending cutoff of April 8th for XP support I had to do something. A friend gave me his Dell Studio 1535 to rescue some data from it and hack around with. I’m on that machine now and posting about my experience going from an ancient Windows XP system to an Ubuntu 12.04-4 LTS operating system.
The initial install was a tiny bit clunky because the DVD drive on this box might have an issue. But the setup ran, converted all 320GB of space, encrypted my home directory etc. in a pretty short amount of time.
Setting it up required plugging in to a wired network – because then I could get the Broadcom driver for the Wifi card in the machine. Once that was done I disconnected the wired network and connected to my wireless network. Then I did all the system updates. That actually required a reboot because the Linux 3 kernel got upgraded in the process.
Then I setup a share – and installed Samba so I could see the Windows machines on the network. I discovered that Libre Office could read all my Word and Excel files and even read Access databases using a JET driver. Cool beans – and my iTunes library – copying as I speak.
Next up was testing it with online video sites. YouTube worked flawlessly with the Flash player. And hulu works as well. The heavy lift was Netflix.
I had to install a piece of software called Pipelight. In addition I had to add a User Agent Switcher to Firefox -in fact right now it looks like I’m coming from Windows usin Firefox 26. Once I’d put those two things on the machine Netflix works without a hiccup now.
Overall I’d say I’m very pleased with the newest Ubuntu. The Gnome environment has gotten much slicker than in prior versions. I do have a disk with Kubuntu on it but I was looking and even though I’m an old KDE fan I just couldn’t do it. Ubuntu it is.
I’ve installed Clam AV on the machine too.
Now all that remains to be done is grabbing my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles and stuffing them on this machine.
But with all that in mind I really don’t have to virtualize me old XP box. I can just read and modify the documents right from the Ubuntu box. That’s a pleasant surprise. I had planned on spending a few days creating the image, setting up the VM etc. But didn’t have to do that. A++ Ubuntu!
Now I won’t say that Ubuntu is for the faint of heart. There are still some things you HAVE do from the command line. But as you can see, I’m already on WordPress too. In fact I’ve got one tab open to YouTube, another to Facebook, one to Reason Magazine, and this one to WordPress.
Speed wise – the Dell 1535 is a dual-core machine. And now that it doesn’t have Vista on it, the machine is pretty zippy. I’m loving it.
So earlier this morning I went to watch a YouTube video on my phone and a 15 second ad popped in the video stream. WTF?
Now I watch YouTube quite a bit on my laptop but I don’t see ads there. Maybe because I aggressively block them.
So now I have to go find a system wide Ad Blocker for Android. This should be fun.
So over the past few days I’ve been having an increasingly strident discussion with a character on YouTube that goes by the moniker “SoutherPreachers“. This is one of the guys who got in bed with George W. Bush and watched in horror as he didn’t deliver on their agenda. He couldn’t see that he’d been hoodwinked.
And it gets better. In one of his videos he excoriates homosexuals. The video had many gay supportive comments. So what did Preacher Boy do? Instead of moderating comments in order to make it look fair he disabled comments on the video.
We then took the exchange to email. I’m hoping enough people engage Preacher Boy to make the fuckers head explode.
So I present the first of the increasingly psychotic email exchanges I’ve had with this guy.
I’ll post his first since it is quite an amusing read. In it he claims to have a direct line to the big guy (GOD) and he’s already passed judgment upon my soul so strongly that he felt it necessary to both rebuke AND reprove me.
Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t judgment reserved for God himself? Or do people like Preacher Boy think that they’re God’s Generals? I suppose that’s what you get when your entire worldview is based upon a sloppily written book that is not the divine word of a deity but the common everyday word of man himself.
Here’s a bit more on that sloppy book and a strong screed against the religious homophobes “Not Another Word on Gay Marriage Until They Execute an Adulterer”
I’d like to see that rule enforced because I’m pretty certain there are a number of former ‘sinners’ in the street preacher movement who are divorced, or who maybe did drugs, did time in jail for larceny, etc.
In fact I’d expand on it. Let us not just be cafeteria Christians, let us obey the entire contents of the Old Testament.
Setup roving squads to go and enforce the rule of your God and then prosecute those performing all the abominations like eating shellfish or pork, or perhaps having sex with their menstruating wife. Let us also enforce the rule about a woman being unclean during menses. That will go over well I’m sure.
I am not intimidated by your Neoevangelicalism, Oprahism or Darwinianism.
What it boils down to is your CUPIDITY.
It is not as if I have never been involved in tireless online debates with your kind…on the college campus, on the street corner, at gay shame parades and on the job. You are LOST, a lost soul wandering in the wilderness of sin and convinced, like the Pharisees of old, of your own self righteousness even as you occupy the seat of the scornful and prove that you are the offspring of your father the Devil. You are indeed, Hell bound; a cursed brood of vipers, the poison of asps is under your lips. Your future is one of unending horrors, decay, depravity and eternal destruction. Your decent into the eternal abyss will be one of great sorrow. Loneliness and regret as the weight of your sin accelerates your decent into the lower parts of Hell itself. You have at your disposal, while time remains, a brief window of opportunity to repent of your wickedness but the probability of your eternal damnation is exceedingly high, This is why we PREACH…preaching the WORD of God to you, warning you, rebuking you, reproving you…adding to your condemnation on the Great Day of your personal judgment. Your hardness of heart is proof that you, like the wicked homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah, deserve nothing less than the wrath of God. His patience with you is drawing thin and He will not contend with your spirit forever.
I may yet set up a blog where you can continue to demonstrate your qualifications as a child of the Devil and if so then we shall continue to PREACH to you and your kind, knowing that time itself is your enemy and that the retributive justice of God is working on His behalf to bring you to the ultimate end of yourself. The retributive justice of Almighty God is at work, grinding away at your empty and meaningless life in this world. It will seem as if you were caught in some kind of giant invisible box crusher, compressing your life on all sides, bringing great stress and uncontrollable anxiety by way of unseen forces, even demonic forces into your life…but you will, in all probability, miss seeing the hand of God in this and in so doing, miss your opportunity, once again, to repent.
It is a known FACT that homosexuals are suicidal. You have embraced the spirit of suicide, you are in bed with the demon spirit of suicide and you are a text book example of the self destructive spirit of suicide. Your own CUPIDITY is, even now, being revealed and manifested to all around you as your undoing. God is watching you, He is taking note of your obstinacy and He is hardening your heart even as He did to Pharaoh so that He may be glorified in His justice in condemning you to Hell at the final Judgment. I pity you; you are your own worst enemy.
And now my response though I am surprised he commented on my neoevangelicalism. How can an atheist be evangelical though I am in agreement with the precepts in the gospels of the New Testament. I figure it’s not a bad way to live ones life. I just don’t agree with the god part of all of it.
You are using typically old testament arguments in all that you do. I ask you, read the New Testament and love thy brother.
Your last paragraph is a red herring. We are not suicidal, in fact I might be driven to be homicidal if I encounter more “Christians” like yourself. And if the rates of suicide are in fact higher, maybe it’s because “Christian” bigots like yourself have forgotten the message of Jesus Christ.
As I’ve said before and it bears repeating, you’re stuck on a worldview that existed in the mid-east deserts some 6 millenia ago.
Let me address this: “Your future is one of unending horrors, decay, depravity and eternal destruction…” parargraph.
Your future is what you make of it. Claiming to have inside knowledge of the end times and what may await me smacks of judgment and as I’ve said, judge not lest ye be judged.
As far as preaching the WORD of your God, that WORD is the word of men very much like you, men with an agenda. If you read the Bible with a critical eye you’d be able to see that, but you’re an ignorant and apathetic person who thinks pushing your religious view upon those of us who want nothing to do with it is your mission. It’s proselytizing plain and simple, you’re no better than the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons in that respect and equally deserving of my utter disrespect, contempt and scorn.
I’d like citation of this if you could, but I reserve the right to exclude certain citations such as those from the Bible or other books and papers by those with the same bigoted views as you. I urge you read some science and social policy blogs other than those written by religious fundamentalists.
And as for allegedly being the child of the demon, don’t you think I have endless time to pick apart your bigotry, if only because you can’t stand the thought of a man loving another man, slipping his cock into another mans mouth or anus. I hope to make you apoplectic.
You PREACH a perverted version of religion. And I’m curious why you felt it necessary to use both rebuke and reprove, they’re almost synonymous. In essence, you feel it’s your mission to punish but it’s funny, I always thought that particular vocation was left to God himself.
I’m curious, do you have a direct line to this God ? How do you know HIS patience is growing thin? You’re the worst kind really, you claim to have spoken with God but the reality of it is that you probably suffer a form of mental illness and the entity with which you’re in commune with isn’t God but your own deluded mind.
And what I have with my partner is equal parts love, respect and yes, to use your $50 word, cupidity!
If there’s one thing I’m not it is repentant. Why repent for that which is not from my viewpoint a sin?
Go right ahead and setup a blog, I have one too:
And I’ve been posting all your responses there too.
Kiss my ass preacher boy.
This is great fun. I love goading the fundies.
I’ve been discussing this with my friend Nick. He seems to think that this is all the dying gasps of the religious movement. I certainly see signs of it, particularly here in the northeast which is predominantly Catholic and they’re losing membership like crazy. It could be their crackpot views on IVF, contraception, abortion, gay rights, or it could be that people are just finally sick of the crap that we’ve had to go through because of religion.