Friday, December 28, 2007

Parent Sells Pot Smoking Teen's Guitar Hero III On eBay

I find this modern parenting to be satifactory to my sensibilities. Original article here

I came across an interesting eBay auction today where a parent was selling their son’s Guitar Hero III as a punishment for smoking pot. This is a great message for you teenagers out there. If you smoke pot, your parents might pawn your games. It’s definitely refreshing to read stories about parents who are actually parenting. The auction can be found HERE. I have posted the father’s explanation of the situation after the break. Guitar Hero may make you like a rock star, but you can’t live like one if you are still in your parent’s house.

Here’s the deal:

So I spent who knows how many hours of my life trying to get “Guitar Hero 3” for the Nintendo Wii for my 15 year old son who has been begging for it since he was born (well not really but he’s wanted it for awhile). So after waiting in lines and going into every game store in the city over the last 2 weeks (practically being laughed at when I asked for guitar hero 3) I finally got lucky and got one at EB Games (they just got a shipment of them 25 minutes before I walked in!).

So I was so relieved in that I had finally got the Holy Grail of Xmas presents pretty much just in the nick of time. I couldn’t wait to spread the jubilance to my son.

Then, yesterday, I came home from work early and what to I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the backyard with 2 of his delinquent friends.

Now I know santa applies the “naughty or nice” paradigm to determine who gets what on Christmas. My son (Isaac) hasn’t exactly been Mother Teresa this year (he got suspended for fighting in the spring, among other things) but I thought I could still justify getting him this present. Maybe it would make him stay home more and “rock out” on this fake guitar thing. He pretty much spends all his free time at his friend’s house playing it anyways (while high on marijuana, I would imagine).

Anyways, I am now finding it hard to justify rewarding him with this gift after he so greatly disappointed me. I know smoking a joint isn’t the end of the world, but if you can convince me that he deserves the gift, then I will end the auction. You will have to be very convincing. I am an elementary school teacher and I know that rewarding bad behavior is just asking for more of the same…

After I caught him getting high on my patio I did the typical yelling, screaming, kicking out the friends, etc… but I had not decided on a suitable way to punish him. As of the time of me writing this, he does not know I got him Guitar Hero 3. I will show him the auction once it is posted and we can watch it finish together. Sort of a “Father-Son bonding experience”. While I doubt this will keep him from ever smoking pot again, I think it will make him think twice before doing illegal (well I think pot is still illegal in Canada) drugs on my property.

I am still considering getting him a game for his Nintendo. Maybe something like Barbie as the Island Princess or Dancing With the Stars. These games are in stock everywhere I go, and I know he will just love them.

Merry Xmas Isaac. I hope you’ve learned your lesson. –Father.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Housemate drama


I would like to get this off my chest. I find that, as a housemate, you lack any consideration for any of your housemates and you are heavily influenced by the drugs you take. This is evident on several recent occasions:

  • woke me up in an attempt to take cigarettes from my room.
  • offered to let the Russian girls stay, as long as they'd like, which, while intentions are good, your intentions still had no trace of consideration to your housemates as you plan to leave town.
  • dishes are still on top of the fridge, the same ones that spent a week piling up in your room, while the ones that were left the sink were allowed to rot.
  • offer to buy herbs only after it becomes impossible to get, then without shame proclaim, "you know what would be good right now?HERB."
  • Can be quoted to say that former housemate moved out because she hates you for always leaving the fridge door open (among other things).

It is fundamentally flawed that you, the person "entitled" to the lowest rent, won't consider his impact amongst his housemates unless prompted to.

There are three of us in this house and soon to be two. I have to know what you consider to be a good housemate. I too will be deciding whether or not I want to live in this house. My decision is primarily based on your consideration and timely response to this email.

All the utensils and furniture that Current housemate purchased will have to be replaced once she moves out. Since you have never put any money into communal supplies, I have to assume you plan on remaining indolent. Your faults stand out by your refusal to help out around the house.

Why should I be unfairly taxed with the burden of refurnishing while you pay the lowest rent? How much grace are you afforded because you've, "lived here longest?" Shouldn't that also put you in charge of the mail and bills?

In February, I expect these terms. I get current housemate's room, you can have the garage, your bathroom and we both pay $XXX. The bills are split 3 ways with the new tenant. You already pay this amount with your parking arrangement with the neighbors, so I believe this to be fair if not beneficial for you.

Further, I will require that you be responsible for all the bills, including collection of funds and payment. A task best suited to the person who is most senior.

It would help me out a lot if, once in a while, you could please replace kitchen items like paper towels - maybe use the napkins instead, they're cheaper. keep the heat a temperature that the thermostat can actually reach (64). Respect the fact that I have to bus my groceries across town in order to maintain my lifestyle, please do not feel entitled to eat or drink them without replacing them. These are things that you can easily be conscious of that annoy other people when ignored.

All this pent up frustration aside. I need to be more vocal about my needs. The fact is that I could turn a blind eye because I wasn't here most of the time. But now that I am it isn't fair to blow up at you like this.

I do think we can live together. Just please help me out with a little consideration for the people you live with. We can't keep looking for replacement roommates because they don't want to live with you.

I don't want to discuss this tonight while you are stoned (watching LOTR triology), but I will need a response before you leave so that I can make my decision.


Ahem, this is a three bedroom house with 3 leases. since we can not force him to leave and his cheap rent creates no incentive for him to do so, I felt this letter was necessary.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Holiday Stress Punching Bag

Now playing: Wyclef Jean - President
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Guerilla Black

Guerilla Black F/ Beenie Man - Compton

[via FoxyTunes / Guerilla Black]

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Screenshots of my Ubuntu system

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wal-Mart is unwittingly undermining Microsoft's quest for domination.

Silverlight, Moonlight, and Linux on economic computers are the battles to watch in 2008.

The Average Computer User Gets More Open Source
Sitting on my ex-girlfriend's bed, let's call her Betty, I install the codecs needed to run DVD's on what was once the computer we shared. Her computer was my first guinea pig for dual booting Linux software. My Linux crusade began with her machine and I have learned much about the computer needs for the average user.

Betty switched to Linux after her windows system went belly-up. She didn't have the original Ethernet-driver-CD Roll Eyes , but Ubuntu got her Internet up and running without hassle.

With the $200 Wal-Mart Linux PC,the Everex’s TC2502 gPC, users will have an alternative to Microsoft Vista. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes in

By installing Linux and OpenOffice, the total cost of the PC is kept as low as possible. While the price of hardware has fallen dramatically, the price of Windows hasn’t. This could be Microsoft’s Achilles’ Heel. This low price point will appeal to many.

The typical user only needs access to the internet and email, says Maddman for

Why would Joe Sixpack, the everpresent nontechnical computer user buy one of these Linux computers? Quite simply, because its half the price of a Windows computer. Joe wants this computer for a few things. He wants to get on the web, but not for anything intense. Read some news pages, get his email, maybe look at a couple of dirty pictures when Mrs. Sixpack isn't looking. He isn't worried about gaming, because he
doesn't play them. Or if he does, its far more likely to be on a Playstation or other console. He might want to listen to some music from a CD collection. If he's a paticularly adept Joe, he might even have an MP3 collection. He might also like to write a letter
occasionally, but other than that to Joe Sixpack a computer is just an internet and music machine. Mostly internet.

With this mind, is likely that the Linux alternative is starting inroads into the main stream by providing what the average user wants from their computer. They want their computers to be cost effective for their lives, not priests of sacrifice to an ever hungry Vista demigod.

Betty is using Ubuntu exclusively to plan her entrepreneurial business, run her social networking accounts, sync her iPod, watch movies from her bedroom, and listen to her collection of MP3s.

Wal-Mart is bringing thousands of unwitting people into the Linux experience. The Open source community should embrace these people the way I welcomed was when I explored Ubuntu.

With Linux growing in users, the OS can further conquer other environments. Schools can legitimize Linux in the class room, Linux cell phones are making landmark achievements, governments are uniting over Linux. Nobody has to purchase Microsoft licenses, or any software for that matter. The success of the $200 PC is a huge victory to Linux.

Silverlight and The Future of the Internet
By using the fast Enlightenment desktop manager, Wal-Mart makes their PC more responsive, making up for the $200 PC's lack of horsepower. The OS design promotes Google's online applications, says Everex spokesman David Liu in a Wired news blog:

"It's almost like a Google PC," Liu says, pointing to the desktop's rack of pre-configured links to all of Google's online applications. It is, he says, the mass-market Linux PC we've all been waiting for. "That's our dream. ... we go the final step to make it work out the box, to go the whole nine yards."

Microsoft Internet Explorer/ Outlook express/ Messenger won't be bundled on this Operating System; Google wins out by being the default application on all these PCs. As an unintended result, Wal-Mart is creating users who won't use Microsoft or their affiliates' (Norton AV, Yahoo) products. Instead, they'll be using free products in the open source market.

Betty wants to watch Netflix (aligned with Wal-Mart) movies on the web. Silverlight is the browser plug-in required to run the Netflix instant watch feature. However, Silverlight is a Microsoft web application that competes with Adobe Flash and only available for Internet Explorer. IE doesn't easily run on Linux.

After much digging, it would appear that the open source -ha!- alternative for silverlight is Moonlight, which is still, "under heavy development." Netflix/Wal-Mart again sides with Linux by making it harder for $200 PC users to access instant watch capabilities.

It would appear that Wal-Mart is willing to sell out their partners in the name of profit. The company teams up with Microsoft via Netflix and Silverlight, then undermine the software giant with the sale of Linux machines. Meanwhile Linux and open source are given a new audience in which to prove that Linux is not for geeks and Google is strengthened by the default applications the $200 PC points to.

This says volumes about Wal-Mart's intentions. The fact that they can snub their Microsoft partner says that their not drinking the proprietary Kool-aid and that Linux is making great strides in the modern marketplace. I guess nobody is expecting the worlds largest company to worry about anyone except their shareholders.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Place Your Bets on the Bingham Cup

The official sponsor of the Bingham Cup, Paddy Power, is Ireland's biggest and most successful bookmaker. And now you can bet on the outcome of the Bingham Cup and Plate.

The Cup:

Sydney Convicts


San Francisco Fog


Gotham Knights


Los Angeles Rebellion


King's Cross Steelers


Manchester Village Spartans


Washington Renegades


Seattle Quake


The Plate:

Sydney Convicts B/


World Barbarians


Washington Renegades B/


San Francisco Fog B/


Minneapolis Mayhem


Cardiff Lions


Phoenix Storm


Muddy York


Amsterdam NOP