Monthly Archives: August 2005

Okay, that really pisses me off.

First, I ran out of gas. As if that didn’t suck bad enough, I had to leave the car because I couldn’t afford to put more gas in it. When my dad and I came back with more gas in the morning, some jerkoff has smashed in my passenger-side window and stolen my jumper cables. Never mind that the door wasn’t even locked, and there were things far more valulable than a $10 pair of jumper cables in there.

What the frak? Idiots.

So, it’s been a while. Probably, I haven’t been disturbed enough about anything lately to write.

Well, my dog died today. That’s something to be disturbed about. Probably for the best, though. He was an old dog and in poor health, and in a great deal of pain. Sad to lose him though, we’d been together since third grade. Rest in Peace, you old Rascal, you.

While procrastinating from writing this week’s Warship of the Week, I decided to update my profile, and so updated it has become. There is now information there. It might even be accurate. Most of it is — or is it?

Every once in a while, some famous person will die of lung cancer, and in the attending hooplah over the great man’s death, there will be the inevitable criticisms of his life — maybe if he hadn’t smoked, he wouldn’t have contracted lung cancer.

And it’s true! According to the American Cancer Society, 8 in 10 of all cases of lung cancer are contracted as a result of cigarette smoke. The remaining two cases are generally caused by (and here’s a shocker) smoke from some other kind of tobacco product.

Yes, there are other causes. Of course, the most heinous is second-hand smoke, but asbestos and radon are known factors, greatly enhanced by — you guessed it — smoking. Unsurprisingly, smoking similar weeds like Marijuana can also cause lung cancer. Also, if you breathe in

  • uranium
  • arsenic
  • vinyl
  • chloride
  • nickel chromates
  • coal products
  • mustard gas
  • chloromethyl ethers
  • gasoline
  • diesel exhaust
you might just end up with Lung Cancer, though you’re greatly more likely to if you — once again — smoke. And, of course, survive the experience.. I mean, if you’re breathing mustard gas, you’ve got worse problems than lung cancer.

If you’re getting radiation treatment (for another cancer) to your chest, there’s a slight chance you might contract lung cancer, once again greatly increased if you smoke. Personal and family history may increase your risk, if you smoke, as may certain dietary choices. Also, there is a nigh-insignificant chance that you got lung cancer from smog or a previous lung-related ailment.

So, yes, there is a small chance that you did something else and got lung cancer from that, but the chances are greatly in favor of smoking as a cause of lung cancer. If you have it, you very  probably smoke(d).

So why do I hear people calling things like the above “crap?” It’s all true, damn it. The whole point of this anti-smoking rhetoric is to drive home into your puny little brain the concept that smoking kills people.

Millions upon millions of dollars of public money have been spent in an attempt to educate you and STILL you don’t get it. It’s not about what you enjoy. It’s not about what you have a right to do. Smoking is disgusting and dangerous and evil.

Stop it.

And, no, addiction is not an excuse. Oh, it’s a fair excuse for continuing to smoke. What’s it’s not an excuse for is failing to try. Many smokers give lip-service to the idea of quitting, then they go and have a smoke. If you’re honestly and seriously trying to quit, I will support you. If you’re using addiction as an excuse, you get what you deserve — a massive battery of negative health effects, a massively increased risk of lung cancer, and a shrinking list of places you can go without being shunned by civilized people. You disgust me.

If you are considering taking up smoking or have recently done so, you’re stupid. Go breathe diesel exhaust or mustard gas and save the rest of us the trouble and expense of putting up with your sorry stupid ass for the rest of your disgusting miserable life. Or quit. I’d settle for that, I suppose.

But seriously, what the hell are you thinking? Did the media saturation campaigns somehow fail to reach you? Did you miss that smoking is not only disgusting and impolite but unhealthy and potentially lethal not only for you but also for your friends and family? I mean, seriously — what the hell is your excuse?

The Legend Lives on.

Today I engaged a Blood Spirit force with elements of a Hanseatic League RDF.

They had 150% of my BV, so this is how it broke down:
2 LRM Carriers (3026)
2 Ferret VTOLs (Armor variant)
2 Archers (2R)
1 Atlas (7D)
1 Awesome (8Q)

Blood Spirits:
4x Zephyr
1x Night Hawk
1x Emperor
1x Thug
1x Pillager

Now, I was pretty badly outmatched, as you can probably tell, but I stuck to the plan, using the Ferrets to spot for indirect fire. I managed to soften up the Emperor and Thug, hitting both in the head before losing my VTOLs to his fast hovercraft.

There were a few desperate,overheated turns while I tried to fight off his Zephyrs at close range, losing my LRM Carriers.

And then the ‘Mechs started coming over the hill. I figured I was screwed, naturally, but I engaged gamely enough, running my Archer up to his Thug, thinking if I could get a punch or two in — BAM! I took off the head with a single seven-point jab.

Leaving the Emperor, the Pillager, and the Nighthawk.Now, I couldn’t devote my full attention to the assault ‘Mechs because I still had Zephyrs and a Night Hawk operating in my rear area. I backed one of my Archers off, getting it swarmed under by Zephyrs, and moved my other Archer up to take a shot at the Emperor.

Well, the Archer didn’t make it, but my Awesome managed to put two PPCs into the Pillager’s head, decapitating it instantly, while my Atlas finished the Nighthawk and one of the three remaining Zephyrs. At some point in there, my other Archer also died.

So I was down to two assault ‘Mechs, one a hip-shot Atlas and the other an Awesome that had seen better days, against an Emperor and a Zephyr. Still a tense fight, right? So I jokingly said that I’d have it sewn up if I managed to head-shot the Emperor.

BAM! third head of the day. Wow. Mopping up the Zephyrs wasn’t that difficult, though it did cost my Awesome a gyro hit. Great game to Chunga. Sorry about the head hits. I got stupidly lucky and won where I shouldn’t have.

Oh well. Only a game, right?