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did anyone see oprah today?

Posted on 2007.05.07 at 16:51
She had Chris Angel, magician and so forth.  Amazing!  I want to fucking know how he does that stuff!

I did see how he might have come to some "psychic" conclusions via observation, like through the knife-under-cup trick, etc.  But still - the observations aren't fail-proof, and to act so confident in assessing them, it gives me pause...

What I really liked about him is that he emphasised the emotional connection to the audience, like Houdini.  Houdini said, "If you can believe you can work your way out of a straight-jacket, then maybe you can work your way out of poverty."

I so believe in that.  These guys are DEMONSTRATING the beliefs I hold precious - if only the belief in REAL magic.  Although a majority of people will look at these things and prefer to remain in ignorance - helpless, and futureless.  Like frickin alcoholics.


OK - this is interesting...  Some company wants to develop a subdivision to the EAST of Rockford, in a different county.  But they want it to be part of a TOWN.  So they are asking a town to the WEST of Rockford to annex it, Pecatonica.  So....  Pecatonica would annex the subdivision even though the subdivision would be 15 miles to the east of it, on the other side of Rockford, in a different county!  This is permitted by a new loophole in Illinois law, which some folks are fighting - and thankfully local politicians are against it.  I think it's weird.  Hell - why doesn't Rockford just annex like Alaska or something, for all the tax revenue???

MORE SECURITY STUFF - I know people don't respond to these, but I feel they are important, even if they help just one peoples...

Due to a window of opportunity, my internet explorer was attempted to be hijacked through - omg - MCAFEE'S SITE ADVISOR!  So I went ahead and uninstalled both programmes and then washed my registry.  It is REALLY helpful to have several browsers installed on your comp in case one gets attacked.  I have Mozilla Firefox and Flock.  Nice things about Firefox are that it is protected by some security programmes; it allows you to block cookies for-session-only, and  it has a great spell-check like when I need to post LJ entries w/o being retarded.

Flock has a nice interface with photobooth!

So I am downloadning new IE and McAfee via Firefox.

What else... getting some stuff done - ordering ten free flowering trees from Nat'l Arbor Day Foundation because I still insist on doing gardening.

only 84 degrees!  brrrrrr....!

oh - i left a little hot pepper out the other night to see of the mice would take it

they did!

my friends...

be good to your mice...

love them...

for tomorrow they die.

ok take care

PS - i don't think we should really worry about these mega-tornadoes...  They're just trying to become hurricanes.  And soon....  they WILL be.  That won't be so bad, will it?

Has anyone noticed that storm systems near the great lakes have been acting more and more cyclonic lately?  I don't remember anything like this.  Of course, I've been ostrichized.


abnorml1 at 2007-05-07 23:20 (UTC) (Lien)
you seem to have a lot of frequent computer related problems, am I right? Are you using Internet Explorer when browsing? I stopped using IE (switched to Firefox) and have picked up a lot less spyware\adware.
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madman101 at 2007-05-07 23:24 (UTC) (Lien)
yeah - it seems it doesn't matter how many security updates - IE is still really vulnerable

i'll prolly reload it and then not use it until i absolutely need it
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-08 00:51 (UTC) (Lien)
Oh. IE is grossly insecure and evil. Not to mention, slow as.
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madman101 at 2007-05-08 00:59 (UTC) (Lien)
it makes me go bald
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-08 00:50 (UTC) (Lien)
I skipped the security entry - I might read back later. I am very interested in it. '

Shit, that's scary how you got almost hijacked from a anti-virus software site.
I was wondering: do you have any internet security anti-vius software that you recommend?
I'm currently using Norton for another 90ish days. I was thinking of trying vet out. I've used Norton before and had nothing, but, issues with it. It doesn't seem to bad on this laptop though.
Probably is, that they lag...they aren't so bad on vista though...Still.

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madman101 at 2007-05-08 00:59 (UTC) (Lien)
did norton come installed on your comp?

that's one reason i hate norton

another is it doesn't catch much, and takes too long

nothing by norton or pc tools or trend microsystems is worth getting

the best spyware is

1 - spywareblaster - catches things immediately - run manually, every time you log on

2 - adaware - although it takes a while and gets bloated

3 - spybot search and destroy - catches registry changes -(run at start-up)

4 - scotty the dog (winpatrol) - run at start-up


1 - avast

2 - AVG

also recommend -

1 - yes McAfee site advisor

2 - security task manager

3 - windows defender

4 - cc cleaner (use sparingly)

all of these are free and can be used together (www.download.com)
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-08 01:22 (UTC) (Lien)
windows defender is useless. It came with Vista. It used to be better when it was gaint anti-spyware program thingy, before, Microsoft bought and shred it all to pieces.

adaware and spybot are good together. :P

I think the computer show in town recommended AVG. =\
I'm specifically needing internet security software. ;]
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madman101 at 2007-05-08 02:30 (UTC) (Lien)
haaaaaaa! i'm so glad you said that!

i said windows defender by mistake and came back to correct that

what i meant was advanced windows care 2 beta

windows defender is nice to have around but it doesn't really do much - plus it is constantly getting online and trying to slow down everything else

avast is great anti-virus and faster/cooler than AVG - you can use both. i haven't figured out how to stop avg from automatically scanning - which eats up my brain and also my computer

do you mean a firewall??? - the old zone alarm was fine - now i'm using comodo, which is the best freebie, but can get complicated - for example, after something's been blocked, i can't figure out how to directly change the setting to unblock w/o having to go change application sand zone settings - rrrrr

sygate personal firewall is also pretty good

if you want to BUY a good security suite, then one of the best is mcafee's - i lust for it's firewall
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-08 12:07 (UTC) (Lien)
I got pc trillin internet security. I used to use it when I had 98. It was great back then...It scans for spyware now. <3
-And it doesn't lag my computer when it scans. Actually, not much on Vista seems to lag... *hugs laptop*
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 03:40 (UTC) (Lien)
i've never heard of pc trillon - i'll have to check that oot - thanks!

well - i've heard bad things about vista - so i'll be waiting a while before i convert - if ever

prolly i'll have to anyway

was it easy to switch to vista - or was that pre-installed on your new expensive laptop?

if you switched - what version did you switch from hmm?
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-09 04:18 (UTC) (Lien)
It was pre-installed on my laptop...they didn't give a cd for it either. Which I am annoyed about because, I like to have opinions!

I have home premium. I haven't had any problems yet...Except, with drivers that need to be update for me to able to play fable without the graphics freezing on me.
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 04:34 (UTC) (Lien)
well - that's not surprising

"vista home premium" - ? -

what i've heard is there's a lot of security issues with vista etc.

microsoft tends to release things before they are fully guarded or corrected for flaws

but i hope it works out ok for you - i'd still be excited about having the latest
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-09 05:36 (UTC) (Lien)
I've heard it's actually more secure then XP....But, it's true they do release things quickly. They've spend 5 years on this one though.
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 05:44 (UTC) (Lien)
it's supposed to be but it's not

at least from what i've read

when i find a special forum on it i'll pass that along
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-09 06:09 (UTC) (Lien)
What the dancing panda!
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 06:10 (UTC) (Lien)
wow - you are really FAST!
★  Ashlee ★
umbreons_shadow at 2007-05-09 06:13 (UTC) (Lien)
I'm siting in my room and I am tempered to touch myself over this wireless connection that I set up...It's goddamn as slow as dail up though.
a_sad_melody at 2007-05-08 01:13 (UTC) (Lien)
Chris Angel is pretty cool, but I never watched his show more than just rarely.

The town annexing thing? So stupid.

"Only 84 degrees"?! I want the highs in the 50s back, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.
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madman101 at 2007-05-08 02:34 (UTC) (Lien)
wow! - i'd never heard of him before

yes - it throws all coherent order out the window - turning towns from places into boundless corporations - can you imagine of TOWNS rose up to be like corporations - what a world!

well - anything over 50 is great with me, esp. if it's dry and sunny

i love rainy days but not muggy ones
a_sad_melody at 2007-05-08 04:26 (UTC) (Lien)
Here's a link to his show http://www.aetv.com/criss_angel/index.jsp

Rainy is good, when it's accompanied by thunder and lightning. Mugginess is evil and makes me want to stay inside even more than I normally do.
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 03:47 (UTC) (Lien)
we are kindred souls

at least on that

storms rock my world
moonjaguar at 2007-05-09 00:02 (UTC) (Lien)
And I thought ORD being annexed as Chicago was cracked out.
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madman101 at 2007-05-09 02:39 (UTC) (Lien)
sometimes illinois boggles my mind!
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