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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-05-06 12:58
  Subject:   Ten things we could buy with the money we've spent on Iraq.
  Mood:math is hard!
  Music:Consolidated - Brutal Equation
  Tags:  iraq, politics, reddit

#4: Free gas for everybody for 1.2 years

US drivers consume approximately 384.7 million gallons of gasoline a day. Retail prices averaged $2.64 a gallon in 2006. Breaking it down, $456 billion could buy gasoline for everybody in the United States for about 450 days.


By the way, this is only what we've spent on Iraq so far - about $450 billion. Most people up on The Hill estimate that the total cost of the unjustified invasion and bloody occupation of Iraq may end up being 2-4 times this much, or about $2 billion. How does free gas for everyone in the USA for 5 years sound?

Oh BTW, has Dubya captured or killed that guy who crashed the planes into the towers - Osama Bin Laden - yet? No?? And how are prices at the pump? Nearing record highs in absolute dollars?? Oh my...
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-05-06 13:23
  Subject:   Welcome to realtime photo-realistic rendering.
  Music:Orgy - Fiction (Dreaming In Digital)
  Tags:  reddit, video

Real-time rendering of Doug Jones' head by NVIDIA - rendered on the new GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card.


You read that right - REAL TIME. There may be just a little bit too much specular on the model, but even so, that's one impressive demo. Another couple of orders of magnitude improvement in GPUs, and we should be able to do a whole virtual world this well.


Another very pretty Crysis video. Holy crap, is the CryEngine 2 ever ungodly. If the game is anywhere near as good as the engine, this should be the best FPS ever made.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-05-06 14:31
  Subject:   Don't do drugs, kids.
  Mood:heroin's bad, m'kay?
  Music:Lux Aeterna - Requiem For A Dream OST
  Tags:  reddit

Every town has its man. You don’t always recognize him when you see him on the street, or in a cafe. He comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the man is brash and ostentatious, and these men usually end up in prison or gasping their last breath in a gutter. Sometimes they listen to the voice inside their head that says "enough is enough," and they disappear as quietly as they came.

For a little while, I was one of these men in Manhattan’s lower east side. And heroin was my trade. I figure I’ve reformed enough at this point to tell my story, not out of pride or remorse, but simply a sense of hazy wonderment that yes, this was the person I used to be. This is the story of how I sold drugs to New York’s young and elite; my rise and fall.


Despite my rather libertarian beliefs about pot, I think heroin should remain illegal as hell. Stories like this remind me why. Oh, this story could easily be fake. That's fine, I enjoy a good story regardless. I suspect that if this story is fake, many stories like it have actually happened.

This would make one hell of a movie.
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