xBox One Screws You – Big Time!

March 27, 2014

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Many of us have an Xbox gaming console. My son, for example, has the original xBox and a 360. Those two were somewhat interchangeable, at least with some of the games and the controllers. Now we have the Xbox One gaming console.

Now we are screwed.

The new Xbox has its own controller. This is not interchangeable with the 360. You can’t use the old controllers on the new console. Period. So, how does this screw you? Well, if you like multiplayer games, you need to buy more controllers. Another, what, $50 to $75? <> And what about the recharger bay you bought for the old 360 controllers? Nope! Don’t work on the new models. <> Aaaaand, the price keypad attachment won’t work on the new controller either. <>

But wait! Surely they didn’t do this redesign just to extract more money from your already overdrawn bank account! They wouldn’t do that…would they? You better believe they would and don’t call me Shirley.

This is an example of capitalism at its worst. So now, some of you are saying, “hey, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” This is where the games themselves come into play (so to speak.)

The Xbox 360 has a 16GB drive…at least mine does. Pretty small, really. even though most games are played online, you still need the space for game basics and stored games. The Xbox One has a 500 GB hard drive. Still pretty small, but a lot bigger none-the-less. No need to plug in a back-up hard drive, which I have to admit, is pretty cool. 360 came with 256 to 512 Mb of RAM. One comes with up to 8Gb of RAM.

Xbox One starts to look pretty good with that kind of power, doesn’t it? Well, you need it. The new games, and even some of the old ones, demand more and more power to play. So, what am I bitching about? An upgrade kit would have done the job nicely. No extra expense to replace all of the goodies you already have.

Or maybe the mother board in the 360 can’t support that big a change. I can see how that could be the case. Fine, we have to replace the console. So why couldn’t they make it compatible with the 360 peripherals?

Money. Plain and simple. They wanted to reach into your pocket and grab you by the short and curlies.

Oh, wait, there’s more! It takes forever to update the damn thing when you first set it up. Update? On a BRAND NEW CONSOLE? Now they are just fucking with you because they can. And yet, it gets worse! Now you have to PERSONALIZE the damn thing. Now, it has some cool features, like a webcam built into it (making it easier for the NSA to keep an eye on you) voice command (if there is no other noise in the room so you have to turn off the TV and Radio), aaaand a port for you to plug the 360 into so you can access your old games that CAN’T BE FOUND FOR DOWNLOAD! So now, instead of one console eating your electricity and counter space, you have two! And good luck finding your old games to download direct to the Xbox One.

Isn’t this a wonderful way for them to screw you up, down and sideways?

Clearly, they gave no thought to YOUR interests or convenience. Save your $500.00 (oh, yeah, they seriously jacked up the price for your inconvenience) and stick with your 360.

Wolf Rant

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Religious Wrong

March 11, 2014

If you follow televised religious shows like the 700 or the Religious Right you get inundated with a lot of talk about what is right and wrong according to this that or some other evangelical type who claim to know the mind of God. Personally, I can think of no greater arrogance that to say you know what is in God’s plan. Seriously, do the have Him friended on Facebook? Maybe they Twiffer each other back and forth? Or, and this is what I find most likely, do they just voice their own opinion and claim it is God speaking through them.

I’ll take door number three, Bob!

Normally I ignore the nattering of TV preachers. I give them as much credit as an unmedicated schizophrenic. Not just for their hypocrisy, and there is loads of that, but because they tend to find the devil in every little detail.

Let us start with the hypocrisy. Jimmy Swaggart. He tells people day in and day out how to live in God’s grace, then gets implicated in a sex scandal after he points the finger at Marvin Gorman for much the same indiscretions.

Jim Bakker fleeced his followers for millions!

I won’t even get into the Catholic Church’s problems with pedophiliac priests since that is not my focus here, and everybody is well informed on that issue, anyway.

Now, I could go on and on in this vein, but I think I will address the latest round of absolute ignorance on the part of the religious right. Kevin Swanson and Steve Vaughn.

Birds of a feather flock together, and these are two very bird-brained individuals indeed! Swanson and Vaughn attacked Disney’s ‘Frozen’ as a satanic push to turn kids gay. Even claimed that Satan was using it to turn Swanson’s 5 year old into lesbian.

I watched the movie. Only three main female characters, one of which, the mother, dies about ten minutes into the movie leaving the other two, sisters, alone. So, do these sisters engage in incestuous experimentation? Nope. The elder sister closets (not that kind of closet) herself away from her younger sister for fear of harming her. HOW HORRIFYING! Oh, wait, no, just tragic that they are forced to grow apart because of something neither can control. In fact, they barely even touch for the majority of the movie.

Hmmm…Okay, it must be the male characters behaving improperly. The foreign prince who tries to marry the younger sister is certainly a bad example for…no, he is a guy and she is a girl. That can’t be it. So the ice miner and the prince must have something going on the side. Hmmm…no, they don’t get along, actually. The prince wants the younger princess to steal her throne and the ice miner, whom initially finds the girl troublesome, eventually takes a romantic interest in her.

Not seeing the Satanic agenda here, folks. Maybe the princess is a cross dresser? The ice miner a closet hair stylist? The prince a…well, he was just a douche. No getting around that.

Just what the hell did Swanson and Vaughn see in the movie to attack it, then? Let’s go to the instant replay.

Swanson: Man, how many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country? You wonder sometimes, I’m not a tinfoil hat conspiratorialist, but you wonder sometimes if maybe there’s something very evil happening here. If I was the Devil, what would I do to really foul up an entire social system and do something really, really, really evil to 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds in Christian families around America?

Vaughn: I would make a movie.

Swanson: I would buy Disney. If I was the Devil, I would buy Disney in 1984, that’s what I would have done.

Vaughn: Then you would start making all these nice little movies that throw little things in there that make sin look enticing, in fact some of the worst of sins, make it look enticing or at least to start to indoctrinate slowly, turn the heat up on the frog in the pan.

Swanson: Friends, this is evil, just evil. I wonder if people are thinking: “You know I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way.” I wonder if the average parent going to see Frozen is thinking that way. I wonder if they are just walking in and saying, “Yeah, let’s get my five-year-old and seven-year-old indoctrinated early.” You know they’re not, I think for the most part they’re oblivious. Maybe they do pick up on pieces of it but they just don’t get up and walk out.

Maybe I am a little thick, but I don’t see one single example of the Satanic agenda being identified. What I do see is a couple of homophobic bigots who need to double up on the tin-foil in their hats.

Everyday more and more evidence points to homosexuality as something you were born with. People don’t chose it, it chooses them. And a couple of religious dumbasses who are probably wrestling with their own sexuality don’t change that.

Frankly, I think this is just another grab for attention. A pretty slick one, too, really. If Disney tries to sue these ass-holes for libel, they risk annoying the LGBT community as well as the Religious Wrong. So Disney has to sit back and take it and wait for it to blow over.

Wolf Rant

WTF is Wrong With This Country?

March 11, 2014

I am a writer. I am currently working on my fourth book and really can’t afford a lot of distractions. Unfortunately, this is an ERA of distractions. What am I distracted by? Stupidity, of course, and right now this country is loaded with it.

Back in the 70s Nixon was run out of office when the Republican Party bugged a room or two in Watergate. Currently, the NSA, under Obama’s administration, is bugging the whole damned country and Congress doesn’t do a thing about it. Nixon one room, run out of office, Obama EVERY room, nothing.

On http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/a-list-of-obamas-constitutional-violations/52988 the following violations of the Obama administration are noted.
 Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast & Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern Executive privilege is negated.
 23 Executive Orders on gun control – infringement of the 2nd Amendment
 Executive Order bypassing Congress on immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress
 NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.
 Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can seize anything
 Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.
 Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress
 Signed into law the establishment of NO Free Speech zones – noncompliance is a felony. Violation of 1st Amendment.
 Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st Amendment
 DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law.
 Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law. Article. I. Section. 1
 Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th Amendment Due process Rights negated
 Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to advance Cap-n-Trade
 Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under appeal) – 1st Amendment
 Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)
 Appointing agency czars without the “advice and consent of the Senate.” Violation of Article II, Section 2
 Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security Council – Violation of Section 9.
 Obamacare (ACA) mandate – SCOTUS had to make it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce.
 Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate violation of First Ammendment
 Healthcare waivers – No president has dispensing powers
 Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare
 Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.
 Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)
 The Independent Payment Advisory Board (appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.
 Congress did not approve Obama’s war in Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable under Article II, Section 4.
 Obama falsely claims UN can usurp Congressional war powers.
 Obama has acted outside the constitutional power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.
 With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of 4th Amendment.
 Plans to sign U.N. Firearms treaty – 2nd Amendment.
 The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved by both) raises revenue – Section
 All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives;
Obama refuses to uphold the Business Mandate Law (ACA) for a year. President does not have that authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. The president ”shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3.
And nobody acts to stop him. THIS IS NOT THE WAY THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE!

So, why doesn’t anybody kick his ass out? Well, for starters, the Democrats, who everyday act more like Communists, back him, right or wrong. Not surprising since he was their candidate anyway. Another reason is that they don’t want to be accused of racism. Calling people racist is their thing and they don’t want it turned back on them.

So, Obama gets a free pass to destroy this country from the inside. The next president, likely a Republican since you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, will spend his first four years trying to undue the damage. Or possibly even make it worse since no politician is to be trusted.

Sorry people, the United States of America that we once knew is gone. No longer are we truly free. Bush’s Patriot Act started the ball rolling, and Obama picked it up and made it a thousand times worst. It took an extra 30 years, but George Orwell’s 1984 has arrived, and only a full out revolution will undo the damage.

Wolf Rant

Eyebuydirect.com RIPOFF

July 22, 2013

I run on a low income base and am always up for a bargain. Occasionally, my silly side gets the better of me and I get something frivolous. That’s when I decided to get some glasses from Eyebuydirect.com.

My advice to you is this: Don’t! I wanted two pair of glasses. One for driving with green lenses, one for close up with blue lenses. What I received was two pair of charcoal lenses, one with a prescription so wrong I could not make out my own hand.

So, I called to complain. I got some idiot who argued with me about the order. After a few minutes of going round and round I said “fuck-it” and hung up. Now I am warning people not to make my same error. I still intend to get my money back, mind you, but now I will be out the cost of sending these POS glasses back.

So, heed my warning and save your money. Do not use Eyebuydirect.com.

Wolf Rant!

If God Hates Fags…

June 28, 2013

IF GOD HATES FAGS, WHY DID HE MAKE SO MANY OF THEM?

I think you will find that blurb on T-shirts and bumper stickers. If not, then somebody should start making them. Frankly, I am sick to death of people trying to prevent gay marriage. How does it affect anybody else? I doesn’t. The only people getting bent about it are religious fundamentalist morons, and homophobes. Lots of overlap on that, I think.

The real question, to me, is why it is even an issue? The government has no damned business in our bedrooms beyond going after rapists and child molesters. Homosexuals do not typically fall into these two categories. Why the hubbub? We go back to the religious fundamentalist morons. And that should not even be an issue. This country was founded on the precept of separation between church and state. That means that religious objections from any quarter should have no standing in law-making.

Frankly, I am sick to death of any minority getting shit on because of some group or other. Every so often we find somebody new to pick on. Let me think, the Chinese, Native-Americans (I wonder if the PC crowd checked with them before coming up with THAT handle), blacks, women, Mexicans, and now Gays. I do not give a fuck who is having sex with who until and unless it happens in my bed. (Which isn’t often enough to suit me, BTW.)

My position is that your sexual orientation is locked down before you are born, and it takes extreme circumstances to push you out of that orientation for any length of time. Like prison. Having gay neighbors is not going to make your own children gay. That was determined before birth. It might help them come to grips with it, though, and help them accept themselves instead of trying to hide it from themselves and the world and causing them stress and depression.

My best friend of 40 years is gay. I figured it out five years before he did. It doesn’t make him any less a person of good character. In fact, he is a better man than a hell of a lot of “breeders” I have known. I have a brother who I was separated from for 35 years. He is gay. He thought it would freak me out when he told me. Nope. My attitude was , “And…?” And nothing. He is still my brother.

Back in Christ’s time, a single Jewish man in his thirties would have been looked upon with suspicion and maybe even stoned. I am in my fifties and still a bachelor. Should I be wearing a hard hat? How long will it be before Gays are accepted the way Bachelors are?

People, wake up and smell the reality. People are what they were born to be, at least in this instance. If you are of a religious bent, then open your mind to the possibility that it is part of God’s design. If you are of a scientific bent, or Darwinist, then perhaps this is nature’s way of slowing down excessive population growth. I suspect I will be taking some shit from both parties on this, and that is cool. I can take the heat. What I can’t take is ignorant bigotry.

Wolf Rant!

AAA-OOOOOOOO!

And the winner is…

April 6, 2013

The last man on Earth sat alone in his room. There was a knock on the door. The man was so surprised he dropped his bottled water. With a mix of trepidation and hope, he grasped the knob and pulled the door open.
There was a crowd of curiously dressed people. Men and women and…things…all gathered together looking at him with concern on their faces. They were very tall and beautiful looking. Something about them radiated power. They seemed to be more than mere mortals.
“Can I help you?” asked the man.
“Are you Malcolm Burton?” asked the man dressed in a toga with long red hair and a fiery beard.
“Yes. I am Malcolm Burton. Or just Mal, for short. Who are you? How did you survive the virus?”
“We are immune to such things, as, apparently, are you,” said the red-bearded man.
“I…don’t know why…or how I was immune,” Mal replied haltingly.
“It is of no import. To answer your first question, I am Zeus Panhellios. With me are Thor Odinson, Buddha, Lugh, Allah, and representatives of all pantheons past and present.”
“Zeus? Thor? Allah?!” Realization struck like a lightning bolt. “You’re all gods?”
“Aye, Malcolm Burton.”
“Our need of thee is great, mortal,” said the bearlike man with a large hammer. Like Zeus, he had red hair and fiery beard.
“You need me? But, you’re Thor, right? That guy over there is, uh, Shiva, right? What could I do that you couldn’t do for yourselves?”
“Our kind has been at odds with each other for millennia, drawing power from our worshippers,” explained Zeus. “We cannot do direct battle, for the energy unleashed would destroy all of reality and more. Thus, it is our followers who war in our names.”
“So long as we do possess a single worshipper, we do thrive,” added Thor. “With the passing of that last believer, we cease to have reason to exist.”
“And that is why we need you, Malcolm Burton, last living man on Earth,” said Allah.
“I still don’t understand.” Mal tried to take a step back but his legs were frozen in place. “What do you want from me?”
“We want you to tell us who won.”

Just for fun

Wolf not ranting.

Right To Work

March 28, 2013

Let me be clear right up front that I do not like Gov. Schnyder. I think he is bad for Michigan and will bring the state down eventually. He actually makes me nostalgic for the days of Granholm and that is just bad beyond belief.

That said, I could admit that even a broken clock is right twice a day, and this is a very broken clock indeed. The new Michigan law “Right to Work” is the correct action to take. Oh, sure, the Unions are outraged. Of course they are. Now they cannot edge out competitive bids by non-union companies. Well, actually, that was not really something they could legally do anyway. I used to work security on a site where the bid had been won by a non-union company, for about a quarter of what the Union would have charged, so I was there to keep “accidents” from happening at night. Oh, yes, such accidents do happen and you can believe that somebody in a union was behind it.

It used to be that Unions were necessary to protect the worker from the big employers that could get away with almost anything. Nobody likes to admit how mobbed up many of these unions are, of course. I know that numbers rackets were being run in automotive plants, for example. The problem now is that we need protection from the unions themselves.

Oh, sure, they claim that it will bring everybody down. Everybody should have the protection of the union. Well, some people can’t get into the oh so precious unions. Others may not want to give their own hard-earned money to a union that doesn’t really do anything for them, or maybe they don’t want to support the criminal organizations behind the unions.

I was for unions when they protected the workers and fought for better conditions and higher pay. I do not support anybody that thinks you have to join them to get a decent job. And, let’s face it, the unions didn’t do jack-shit for the people in Flint.

Let people work whether or not they want to join a union. Not just flipping burgers, which is almost the only kind of job you can get without joining a union anymore.

Wolf rant!

Twinkie Recipe – Take That eBay Scammers!

January 8, 2013

As we all know by now, Hostess bit the big one last year depriving people of Twinkies, Ho-Ho’s, Ding Dongs and a bunch of other high fat/high suger treats. Frankly, I can’t remember the last time I indulged in any of those. Some people, however, can’t seem to take the shock to their system caused by Twinkie withdrawal. Because of this a number of ass-holes on eBay have decided to sell the recipe (or approximation to it) hoping to suck in the unwary thinking that they’re getting a box of the real thing.
Okay, enough is enough. I am going to give that recipe RIGHT HERE for FREE! Take that eBay scammers!

Hostess Twinkie Secret Recipe

you will need:
spice bottle size of twinkie, 10 (12×14 inch ) pieces of aluminum foil ,
cake decorator or pastry bag. and a chopstick

Cake:
Nonstick spray
4 egg whites one
16-ounce box golden pound cake mix
2/3 cup of water

Filling:
2 teaspoons of very hot water
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of marshmallow creme (one 7-ounce jar)
1/2 cup of shortening
1/3 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Fold each piece of aluminum foil in half twice. Wrap the folded foil around the spice bottle to create a mold. Leave the top of the mold open for pouring in the batter. Make ten of these molds and arrange them on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan. Grease the inside of each mold with a light coating of nonstick spray.

Disregard the directions on the box of cake mix. Instead, beat the egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl combine cake mix with water, and beat until thoroughly blended (about 2 minutes). Fold egg whites into the cake batter and slowly combine until completely mixed.

Pour the batter into the molds, filling each one about 3/4 of an inch. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

For the filling, combine the salt with the hot water in a small bowl and stir until salt is dissolved. Let this mixture cool.

Combine the marshmallow creme, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl and mix well with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add the salt solution to the filling mixture and combine.

When the cakes are done and cooled, use a skewer or chopstick to make three holes in the bottom of each one. Move the stick around inside of each cake to create space for the filling.

Using a cake decorator or pastry bag, inject each cake with filling through all three holes. Serve & Enjoy :)

Makes 10.

And now, I have served my fellow man…wait, wasn’t there a Twilight Zone episode about something like that?

Wolf Strikes Again!

Rasberry Ultra Drops SPAM Scam

January 5, 2013

Rasberry Ultra drops supports SPAM Scams. They break into your e-mail then SPAM everybody you know with their adverts. I have no idea how good a product this might be, and I never will. Anybody who uses this kind of sales tackic is to creooked for me to ever trust. Neither should you.
Consider; they break into your e-mail account by hacking your password, then shoot their bullshit to all of your friends. Now you have to change your password, inform your friends that they may have been hacked as well and report them to your IP.
Nice, huh?
Do not support these ass-holes by buying their questionable product.

Wolf Rant.

Caveat Fuzzy

November 5, 2012

It has been a few months since the sequel to my book Fuzzy Ergo Sum hit the public. It is too soon to speculate on how well it is being received, though my mommy likes it. Actually, I have had a few fans express their appreciation for my work.

Caveat Fuzzy marks the conclusion of my story line started in FES and I do not anticipate doing another Fuzzy book soon. Fuzzies are fun and H. Beam Piper did most of the heavy lifting when he created them, but I want to move on to other projects and establish myself as a writer who can stand on his own. Oddly, first I have to finish my current work on The Hos-Bletha Affair, a collaboration novel with John F. Carr, that is also based on Piper’s work.

Back to CF; I had a lot of fun with the project and enjoyed creating a new tribe of Fuzzies that were slightly different from what Beam wrote about, though I had his originals in there, too. Most of Piper’s Fuzzies had an almost uniformly positive introduction to homo sapiens terra so they tended to like us and do as we asked. Granted, a few had a less than stellar introduction to us, but for the most part they were rescued by good Big Ones and fell into line with the rest.

I took the opposite approach; what if first contact was extremely negative for the natives? Let’s be honest, our history on Earth is replete with one group moving in and taking over another groups land, usually wiping them out in the process; Native Americans, Australian Aborigines and so on. Even Piper wrote about such conflicts in Uller Uprising and alluded to others. Fuzzies being small and cute shouldn’t be counted on to keep them safe. In fact they very nearly faced extinction at the hands of the Chartered Zarathustra Company.

So, I decided to let people see how Fuzzies would react if they felt threatened. Not everybody agrees with my approach. That is to be expected. Nobody can make everybody happy all of the time.

I also took the opportunity to expand on the tech level in the Piperverse. Ever notice that almost everybody drinks and smokes but nobody suffers from lung cancer or liver failure? I explained why that might be without, I hope, overdoing it.

I am going to stop now before I give away any more. I hate spoilers and so, I expect, do you. I hope you will give my book a read. Even more, I hope you will enjoy it.

Wolfgang Diehr


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