Archive for October, 2006

BLEG: How do I move programs?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I don’t often come blegging (that’s “using a blog for begging” for you newbies) to you guys. Well, okay, I’ll beg for you guys to click on that ad banner up above, but the term usually means begging for someone in our wide audience to come up with an answer to a question.

Put simply, how do I move a program from one location to another within my computer without going through the rigamarole of uninstalling and reinstalling? Is there some Freeware/Shareware program which will take a program currently located on Drive x and move it to a new location on Drive y, moving all the settings so that it runs just as if I’d installed it on Drive y in the first place? Years ago, I vaguely recall having a McAfee uninstaller program on an ancient version of McAfee utilities which would do that; I never used it, but that tells me that it is possible.

My current computer was set up at the outset as having a 15 Gig drive C and an 80 gig Drive D. (I believe that’s just a partition on the same drive.) This was a really sucky way to set it up, because with modern Windows computers, they use a “Documents and Settings” directory to retain the data for all of your programs as well as documents, image files, the default location for iTunes music, etc. No matter how hard I try to avoid using the C drive where Windows is installed, it fills up pretty fast. I’m now out of room.

I wish I could move some files over to the D drive to alleviate my space problems. If I could move “Documents and Settings” to the D drive, even better!

Anyone have any answers for me? Any replies are appreciated. Well, Mac people can just shut up.

UPDATE!
This is why blegging works! in less than half a day, with only four replies, I have several different but all useful answers!

Brian Murray’s answer below is such a simple solution, and yet I had no idea it was possible. I long ago built a second “My Documents” directory on my larger drive, but all of my programs (printer, scanner, camera, iTunes, etc.) point by default to the Windows-established directory on the small C drive. I didn’t know you could move it. I’ve done so, and moved all of my files from the old “My Documents” to the new location on the D drive. For some reason, my C Drive doesn’t appear to have gained any space; I’m still investigating that as I write this.

Jeroen Mostert found a tutorial for moving the “Documents and Settings” as well, and “BC” points me to Application Mover.

So, between these three answers, I’ve moved “My Documents” to the bigger D drive, I may be able to move “Documents and Settings”, and I’ll be able to move many of my programs from the “Program Files” folder on the C drive to the “Program Files” folder on D. This should alleviate my problem.

And now this blog post will be up for years to help anyone else who has the same problem. I’ll have to flag it with some helpful keywords so that others can find it in Google.

Thank you very much, everyone. If you still have further helpful hints, please continue to post. And if you found this post useful, please reply!

Homestar Runner Halloween 2006

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Sorry to say this, but this year’s Halloween cartoon isn’t all that funny. It’s not bad, it’s just not as ingeniously hilarious as some past entries. That element is offset by the costumes, and this year’s Bubs costume is abso-freaking-wonderful.

Homestar Runner vs. Little Girl 2 is worth a giggle, too.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I have nothing more apropriate.

Happy Haloween Y’all!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Here’s a blast from the past…

And something on a diffrent note…

Ain’t YouTube great? 😀

Of singing henchmen, jock rock and more

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

This is the day
Your love has made.
We’re all here to watch the
Butterfly King give her the ring.
Joining hands and hearts, ’cause…

— From “Henchman 21 and 24’s Wedding Song”

I love The Venture Brothers. It’s a quality cartoon and every episode is a gem. They’ve just concluded their second season and I can’t wait for the Season 2 box set. The Season 1 box set is so exellent I’d run back into my burning house to save it. OK, that’s not true, I’d just make sure the replacement cost is counted in the insurance claim since it’s only $23 at Amazon. I’m not an imbecile.

But their web site is a little on the shabby side. It’s been under construction for years.

For one thing, they’ve got some great downloads but they’re all over the place. Sure you can download Brock’s workout music (“Revv Me Up”) and the boys’ death theme (“Look Away”) from the main page, but if you want to hear the Monarch’s phone calls from prison you STILL have to go to IGN’s site even though it’s been two years since they debuted. And the beautiful song that the henchmen sang in the Monarch’s wedding episode three weeks ago is also available for download…but that’s over at Quick Stop Entertainment (a/k/a “Moviepoopshoot.com” a/k/a Kevin Smith’s merchandising site) and I wouldn’t even know it if I hadn’t been reading the Wikipedia entry.

SO!

For your convenience, here are the links to all the MP3s all in one place. You know, like the Venture Brothers web site should be doing.

Revv Me Up
Look Away
The Monarch calls his Henchmen from prison
The Monarch calls Dr. Girlfriend from prison
Henchmen 21 and 24’s wedding song

UPDATE: Two more courtesy of Doug P. (Thanks Doug!)
Songs From The Yard: “Hard Candy Xmas”
Sing with the Monarch and Friend: “Monarch Drummer Boy”

Another update!
MItre Storm,” the love theme of Myra and Dr. Venture, is on Doc Hammer’s MySpace.

Now, anyone know where I can find “Hobbit Ride”, Brock’s Zep-esque jock rock from the pilot episode?

Panda

Monday, October 30th, 2006

I dare you not to smile.

some would say “panda attack”

I will not.

Interesting but non-sensible

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

I throw in my two cents here, because I can, on the South Park Steve Irwin thing. There’s a couple of things.

British broadcasting watchdog Mediawatch condemned the episode as “grossly insensitive.”

Its director, John Beyer, said: “I think this is in bad taste. Steve Irwin’s family are still grieving.”

“To lampoon somebody’s death like that is unacceptable and so soon after the event is grossly insensitive. It is not what the family would want to see.”

We’ll approach this from the Logical Libertarian perspective, as opposed to a reflexive libertarian perspective, who cares if the family would want to see it, if “it” is something that the family in question is unlikely to see? Stating that the Pope offers fealty to a “Giant Queen Spider” isn’t something that will offend the Pope if the Pope will never hear or see it. The Pope doesn’t watch South Park, and if the Irwin Family is “still grieving”, as if it’s an active verb, then they probably won’t watch South Park and I doubt they’d do it anyway. What are the odds that they would take break from grieving just long enough to get offended.

Second of all, “bad taste” in a South Park gag? Did he miss the “Cripple fight” with Timmy and Jimmy? What are minimal markers for standards and practices and taste and sensitivity for this program? I’m not criticizing the program, I’m advocating that people apply some common sense when handing out condemnations to invidual episodes.

Third, if Hutch is right about the Crocodile Hunter’s earlier death on the program, then the stingray doesn’t fit in with the South Park canon, and I only note that because the series is remarkably and geekily freakish about maintaining a certain amount of continuity, just so long as Kenny doesn’t stay dead. The stingray would thus be an anachronism, much like the Justice League of America ‘Times Past’ stories or “Incarnations” stories that John Ostrander wrote, where Lex Luthor has a Kryptonite ring or the Atom stands at a six-foot height while wearing a full, visible costume.

Suddenly I just lost a lot of people. That is what you get when I write as I go along.

Fourth, let’s try to take a complete look at how Irregular Webcomic handles the death, considering that that the maker has a continuing theme of “Steve and Terry” (as opposed to Steve and Terri) comics.

Honestly one would second-guess himself into insanity if he constantly and forever was concerned about implicit approval of total strangers.

About this Crocodile Hunter “controversy”

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Oh my god, South Park mocks Irwin

A few things need to be said:
A) In South Park EVERYONE goes to Hell but Mormons.
B) South Park’s episodes about Hell ALWAYS show a celebrity who has passed away only weeks earlier. Gene Siskel, Walter Mathau, JFK Jr., Lady Di… all have appeared “too soon”. That’s the joke here. Satan actually is concerned that someone has come dressed as Irwin and he thinks it’s insensitive.
C) For that matter, anyone who really knows their South Park would know that Steve Irwin was killed off in the show 8 years ago when he was fighting the defrosted iceman from 1996, was thrown from a train and turned to smithereens by the blades of a helicopter. So really, it’s not “too soon”.

Why you should never name a child Tubby

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Something’s been bothering me for a long time, and that something is called Tubby Tompkins.

Tubby, for those of who are not in the know, is the pudgy sidekick/antagonist of “Little” Lulu Moppet. He’s an extremely selfish and lazy little boy with a weird fixation on trying to arrest his playmate’s father. I’m sure that some people can read all this in a psycho-sexual context, but perhaps that’s taking it a little bit too far.

Anyway, I was reading some old Little Lulu comics recently, and I was struck by what an absolute bastard Tubby is. And I think I’ve found out why: his first name is actually Tubby.

His parents actually went so far as to name their son Tubby, I guess in an effort to encourage him to be overweight and lazy. They can’t have been nice people.

Then again, Jughead P. Jones is an over-eater (even if his metabolism prevents any weight gain), extremely lazy, and borderline misogynist. But he had a real name: Forsythe Pendelton Jones. (Which might be an act of cruelty in and of itself.)

Countless internet searches and careful readings of the text have revealed no “real” name for Tubby Tompkins; I even asked Kurt Busiek, who also hadn’t seen him called anything but Tubby, though he admitted that he was “no expert on things LULU.”

If any of the site readers can settle this definitely one way or the other, I’d be much obliged. :-)

==Tom (Mary says hi!)

I hate the French!

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Here‘s why!


Damn you
, Goldberg!

USPO Previews Marvel Stamps

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Several months ago I noted that the United States Postal Service would be following up their DC superhero stamp collection with one featuring Marvel characters. They’ve now released a preview of those stamps, which are expected to be released in 2007.

Chuck Dixon writes the stuff of nightmares

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Check out over on Comicon Pulse an interview with Chuck Dixon as he writes the Freddy Kreuger series, drawn by Kevin J. West and Bob Almond.

Now personally I’ve never found much attraction to the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series (or most of the franchise in any media) because I don’t think that villains make very good driving forces (the main characters, as opposed to the motivating force for the main characters) for stories, let alone interesting stories, in general. That is, it is only with some exception do we find stuff where the Bad Guy can lead the story or stories and it’s really good.

That really is why I don’t watch much in the way of slasher movies because it ends up being super-villians without super-heroes. The first and best purpose of the antagonist in stories featuring a repeating hero, a serial protagonist, is to get his measure, stand as a counterpart, and make him interesting. The Flash, Batman, and Spider-Man all have great rogues’ galleries. Superman stands mostly without a great rogues’ gallery because the majority of his stories throughout a lot of his better decades don’t involve face-offs with evil gods or brawls. On a similar track the Punisher never developed a good adversary because at the end of a good character arc the Punisher would kill him. Ironically Chuck Dixon solved this problem a few years after he was finished writing the character on a continuous basis.

More to the point a lot of a good story is an interesting conflict. Superman’s vintage stories, as I said, didn’t have a martial focus for the most part, which is how a character that powerful survives when his villains are mostly on the weak end. Hannibal suffered as the Anthony Hopkins character ran around making everyone look like chumps so there was no real satisfaction for anybody. The Terminator is a great movie because while the bad guy is seemingly invincible and nearly unstoppable, the non-titular protagonists are persistant, usually quite clever (except when neccessary to the plot) and the hero, Kyle, is passionate, self-sacrificing, interesting, man-pretty (for the ladies in the audience), and more importantly actually holds his own against an unbeatable foe while spewing narrative backstory. Terminator 2 has entirely different character arcs, but sets up a similar sort of battle where one character is clearly outmatched by his opponent but not so much that the presented fight is painfully one-sided. That’s why I loved The Mummy and that’s why most people with taste love the original Creature From the Black Lagoon. The men pursuing the Creature were tough, heroic, smart, and it’s not unbelieveable that these guys prevailed.

In general stuff that is truly headlined by the bad guy doesn’t work very well dramatically. I can probably name only twenty different series or stories, including movies, books and comic books. That number could probably get boosted to fifty I get some help, which is still a relatively small number concerning our genre interests. I’m not worried about that problem with Chuck Dixon writing Freddy. Even though the baddy must return every issue to fight again if there is anyone who can continuously come up with stories where darkness doesn’t crush (or that the bad guy is suddenly whomped at the last minute) and the conflict itself is interesting, it’s Chuck Dixon. He is known for writing action comic books, not cheap suspense stories.

What’s the difference between Garfield and Dogbert?

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

I realize you’re tempted to say, “One is an essential and riotously funny character in one of the all-time great office satires and the other is a dumb cat who has somehow mined comic gold out of endless jokes about the same few topics: hating Mondays, loving lasagne, being fat and lazy, cruelty to dogs and sarcasm about his lame owner.” But no, seriously, what is the BIG difference between Garfield and Dogbert if you examine them within the context of their own worlds?

Dogbert talks. Garfield does not.

When Dilbert, the rather sad and pathetic engineer bachelor, comes home to complain about his lousy job and poor social life to his pet, Dogbert belittles him vocally and they hold conversations.

When Jon Arbuckle, the rather sad and pathetic cartoonist bachelor, comes home to complain about his lousy job and poor social life to his pet, Garfield thinks up witty sarcastic responses in thought balloons. Jon doesn’t hear Garfield, although often he can tell what Garfield is thinking due to body language or he responds to Garfield’s inattentiveness. (And sometimes, the strip strays off concept for a while and Jon seems to understand Garfield as though he were talking.)

In other words, Jon is coming home and holding one-sided conversations with his cat. He isn’t hearing anything. To see what Jon is seeing, you’d have to remove his thought balloons.

The folks over at Truth and Beauty Bombs started doing that in a forum thread. The originator was “MackJ” who stated that Garfield becomes a “surrealist” comic, although really it’s becoming far more real. This is Jon’s reality, and he is a sad schmuck. A cat who loves lasagne? That’s surrealist!

Here’s just a sample of the strips, culled from the thread which goes on for 19 pages. To see more, check out the full thread. Neil Gaiman himself enjoys the TBB versions of Garfield.

glare
musings
started
chair
ups
socks
face
story
smile
pathetic
boxers
underwear
b-day
hip
life
zip
future

You may also like Ted Mills’ “Farfield“, in which the silent Garfield is replaced with a realistic cat.
farfield001.jpg

An addiction that doesn’t involve dealers in dark alleys

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Here’s the trailer for “24” Season Six! (Thanks to Libertas which pointed me to Dark Horizons.)

This choppy, seizure-inducing trailer goes by pretty quick, so I couldn’t tell which character is played by Alexander Siddig nee Siddig El Fadil a/k/a “Dr. Julian Bashir”. You’d think seven years of Star Trek would have ingrained his appearance in my memory, but Siddig seems to lean towards character roles where he changes his appearance each time. (I’ve watched “Vertical Limit” a couple times and it still baffles me that the Muslim mountain climber Kareem is the same guy who played Julian Bashir.) So, he MIGHT be the muscular bald terrorist leader in the promo; I can’t be sure.

I’m going to talk about the rough outline of “Day Six” of 24, so if you don’t want to know ANYTHING going in and are skipping the trailer, you’ll want to skip the extended entry for this post.

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What’s scarier than the $1200 price tag?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

RADAR Online has a new look at those handbags that are selling for over $1000: Handbags of Horror.

This article took some real time and creativity to put together, so salut! (Hat tip to Lucianne.com)

Because Self-Promotion Never Goes Out of Style…

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The first episode of Ned and Sunshine, the Zombie Sitcom. Zombies are a geek interest, right?… right? :-)

November 4th I’ll be attending The Second Annual Snap! Comics Arts Festival. I should have a few video shorts chronicling the event, which is centered around creators from Michigan and the rest of the Midwest. If I’m lucky, I might even get to do a video interview with a certain mainstream comic book writer currently residing in Michigan… fingers crossed, and no guessing, because I don’t want to jinx it before I even get to ask the man. :-)

==Tom & Mary

Let’s get the band back together!

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Christopher Guest has made another ensemble picture with his usual suspects called For Your Consideration. This one is about an offbeat movie which is up for consideration for Best Picture and the reaction the stars have to this possibility.

I just realized, this may be the first movie in ages that didn’t star people in their 20s. Heck, a lot of these folks are pushing 60! That’s pretty cool.

Review of Civil War # 1-2 (spoilers)

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Well, I finally read Civil War # 1-2 (waiting for the next printing of # 3), and I have some thoughts on what I’ve read. The standard spoiler warnings apply, but also be warned that this is a long article, nearly five thousand words long.

In the first couple sections, I make some points about crossover stories in general, before I plunge into Civil War itself. You can certainly skip ahead, but I do come back to the points made in the beginning sections; that’s why they’re there. :-)

So here we go!

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to heck with Ultimate Avengers 2!!!! the World Series is on an hour and half earlier! Watch my Beloved Tigers

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Finally Finally Finally take a step in Game 1 towards a World Championship.

Screw bad Marvel cartoons.

Now we go with something we haven’t seen in 22 years. The Tigers are in the World Series.

Now this is TV that matters!

The irony is, why must my favorite baseball team wait until I am across the country to strike BIG!?
While the rest of my brethren celebrate together I miss the comunal festitvities. How odd…

Ultimate Avengers 2 and Hellboy Animated on Cartoon Network

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

“You great, big, wonderful schnook!” (Does ANYONE get that quote?)

Set your Tivos, DVRs and VCRs, people! B.C. Schnook posted the following on Dixonverse:

Ultimate Avengers 2—October 21 at 9:30pm EST
The Hellboy animated movie—October 28 at 9:30pm EST

I decided to wait on buying Ultimate Avengers 1 due to so-so reviews and found it on the Cartoon Network 3 months later. Even though Ultimates 2 got better reviews, I decided to take a chance and a little over two months later it pays off again and saves me some cash. The Hellboy animated movie was another pleasent surprise.