02 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Back up your Data!!!

Backup your data!

Backup your data!

Everyone tells you to back up your data, and you listen and say.. yeah.. I should.. but then you don’t.. let me share a story with you about my personal experience on why this is absolutely necessary.

Early 2010 I had all my financial data saved on my primary workstation.  Well guess what, of course it crashed on me.  I was luckily however enough to get it to power back up and transfer all my data to my other workstation.  It was a blessing and I was so lucky because right after it finished transferring that computer had crashed again, this time for good, there was no recovering anything on it.  I learned my lesson at point how important it really is to have back ups of all your data.

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08 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

Revenge of the Zombies: Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the Return of Dark Times

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: david_shankbone: 1, 2, echobase_2000, wvs: 1, 2, Digital Sextant, pinguino, Aaron R)

He had found the bridge with which to span the abyss that yawns between the ‘no longer and not”‘ yet of history, between the “no longer” of the old laws and “not yet” of the new saving word, between life and death: “Not quite here but yet at hand; that is how it has sounded and how it would sound.” -Hannah Arendt

Armies of the Hyper-Dead

In the world of popular culture, zombies seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the relentless slew of books, movies, video games and comics. From the haunting “Night of the Living Dead” to the comic movie “Zombieland,” the figure of the zombie has captured and touched something unique in the contemporary imagination. But the dark and terrifying image of the zombie with missing body parts, oozing body fluids and an appetite for fresh, living, human brains does more than feed the mass marketing machines that prey on the spectacle of the violent, grotesque and ethically comatose. There is more at work in this wave of fascination with the grotesquely walking hyper-dead than a Hollywood appropriation of the dark recesses and unrestrained urges of the human mind. The zombie phenomenon is now on display nightly on television alongside endless examples of destruction unfolding in real time. Such a cultural fascination with proliferating images of the living hyper-dead and unrelenting human catastrophes that extend from a global economic meltdown to the earthquake in Haiti to the ecological disaster caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico signal a shift away from the hope that accompanies the living to a politics of cynicism and despair. The macabre double movement between the living dead and those alive who are dying and suffering cannot be understood outside of the casino capitalism that now shapes every aspect of society in its own image. A casino capitalist zombie politics views competition as a form of social combat, celebrates war as an extension of politics and legitimates a ruthless social Darwinism in which particular individuals and groups are considered simply redundant, disposable – nothing more than human waste left to stew in their own misfortune – easy prey for the zombies who have a ravenous appetite for chaos and revel in apocalyptic visions filled with destruction, decay, abandoned houses, burned out cars, guttered landscapes and trashed gas stations. […]

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