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Rare Sega Saturn File 4.035 Golden Net Link Web Browser Resurfaces; Plus Republished 1998 Interview With Then Planetweb CTO Ken Soohoo
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Thursday, 14 November 2013 06:20
Back in 1998, it was tough to be a Net Link user, or NetLinker, as we called ourselves. The internet was changing faster than our browser could keep up. Sega announced that support for both Saturn and Net Link had come to an end.
Fortunately, Planetweb, the company behind the Net Link's web browser, didn't see it that way, and they continued to beta test the 4.0 web browser with promises of its eventual release. The culmination of these tests was the 4.035 Golden web browser; what would be the final version.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
As professionals in any area of training, oftentimes we find ourselves in a position where we are required to explain how something works to another employee, be it a policy, procedure, application, or some form of technology.
However, other staff members wonât always âgetâ the concept that is so expertly being explained to them. That could be, in part, because adults are very picky learners and it is difficult for them to retain new information. Fortunately, applying aspects of can help to change that.
The following is a list of several basic
points of adult learning, including the challenges that many adults face, and
how to overcome them.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:05
Itâs Halloween, and the only thing better than scary movies are awesome video games. Since we were kids, weâve been playing games with spooky atmospheres and supernatural goings on. There is no better time of year to visit these games. Some are obvious, like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. Theyâre a little too obvious, though.
Hereâs our not-so-obvious top ten list of classic Halloween games.
10: Ghouls 'n Ghosts
âDonât die.â To this day thatâs the phrase that I repeat to myself when firing up any version of Ghouls 'n Ghosts. Sir Arthur faces all sorts of horrendous horrors as he battles his way perilously to save souls from the devil, including that of his true love.
So, you fight a lot of Satanâs spawn; ghosts, daemons, and all kinds of baddies. But thatâs not the scary part. No. The scary part is that you will die. Itâs not a matter of if, but when. I was six years old when I first played this game. Now, at age 31, I can still feel the anxiety in my chest as Arthur is down to his boxers and I accidentally picked up the wrong weapon, and I am oh so close to the end of the stage. Noooooooooo!
Ghouls 'n Ghosts has been released on a dozen or so platforms, and is easy to find.Add a comment
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 27 October 2013 21:51
I had previous introduced the term egonovism to the lexicon of the internet in 2010. The term describes how Americans define their religious beliefs based not on the teachings of priests or pastors, and not even on centuries old scripture, but rather from a combination of the self (ego), and society.
The term spread far and fast; the essay was republished thousands of times, and even renowned author Anne Rice stated that she felt kinship with the term. For her comments I thank her.
Egonovism is not necessarily negative. It is, as argued, the most predominate religion in America today, and has only grown in the past three years. The term not only describes the average American, but the American president, Barack Obama, numerous politicians, business leaders, and seemingly the new Pope, Francis as well. Their egonovist positions are so obvious that some believe them to be secret atheists. (I am sure the idea of an atheist pope delights some.)
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 14 October 2013 04:14
Here is a composite image we made of all eight planets and what we consider to be the most remarkable moons in our solar system, known as Sol.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 11 October 2013 07:15
This image is a composite that we made of five volcanoes that can be found in our solar system.
Pictured, from top to bottom, are Mars' Olympus Mons, the geysers of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, a radar image of Venus' Maat Mons, an active eruption on Jupiter's moon, Io, the most volcanically active body in our solar system, and finally, Earth's very own Villarrica, located in Chile.
Of course, there are more than five known volcanically active bodies. Our article, Exploring Volcanism in our Solar System: A complete survey of all geologically active bodies, covers these five bodies, in addition to Neptune's moon Triton, Jupiter's moon Europa, and Saturn's moon Titan.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 20 September 2013 14:17
In 1791 the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, went into effect, having been ratified by two thirds of states. One of the original articles in the Bill of Rights, the first one, was not ratified. It is this article that can save America.
It is a little known fact that there were originally twelve amendments proposed. What we know today as the First Amendment was really the third proposed.
Had all twelve been passed the NRA would be an ardent lobby for Fourth Amendment rights. There would be rallies to âRestore the Sixth.â The Third Amendment would grant freedom of religion.
The first two articles, however, were not passed. One of them, having to do with congressional raises, would be ratified in 1992, a full 203 years after its 1789 proposal. What was at the time the second proposed amendment is now the Twenty Seventh Amendment.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:23
There are three space shooters for 32X, all of which are very good games. The first is Star Wars Arcade, in which the player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker and destroys Tie Fighters, Star Destroyers, and the Death Star (twice). The second is Shadow Squadron, known outside of America as Stellar Assault, which is a true space flight sim that gives the player complete control. And then there's DarXide, by U.K. based game developer Frontier Developments. It combines the arcade action of Star Wars Arcade with the space sim elements of Shadow Squadron.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 29 March 2013 18:12
Allow me to preface this article by stating for the record that veganism and vegetarianism are perfectly healthy and acceptable lifestyle choices and are, in part, made possible by mankind's scientific understanding of human dietary needs. Further, having compassion for animals and a desire to protect them from harm is a perfectly valid and humanistic cause to champion.
The following is neither a criticism of vegans and vegetarians nor animal rights advocates. It's a criticism of a subculture where these two words intersect. One where the righteousness of abstaining from eating animal products stands above all all else, and where chickens and cows share equality with our species, Homo sapiens.
This sub-group, a vocal minority of the greater whole, has begun the process of mythologizing the scientific history of human evolution to write out the importance role that meat played on the journey that our primitive ancestors took to becoming me and you. Some go as far as to say that human ancestors were themselves vegan.
Because the consumption of meat was both critical for our ancestors' survival, and contributed to our large brains, the very essence of what makes us human, it is, therefore, an inconvenient truth. It does not jive with them that the consumption of animals is both evil and necessary for our very existence.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 27 January 2013 08:04
In modern society, the term âcultâ typically brings with it a negative connotation. Some cults easily recalled in recent history are Jonestown, the Manson family, Heavenâs Gate, and most recently Westboro Baptist Church. Not all cults are alike. For example, Heavenâs Gate was more of a doomsday cult whereas Charles Mansonâs cult was about people worshiping himself.
However, all have one thing in common, which is that they are harmful to both their members and to society. They seek to control and brainwash their members in order to further the cultâs agenda.
There are specific characteristics that qualify a group or organization as a cult. Weâll examine those characteristics in relation to the modern conservative movement in the United States and demonstrate the parallels between cult and Americaâs right-wing.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Monday, 14 January 2013 04:56
Amendment is one of the most controversial amendments in the Constitution,
if not the most controversial. It wasnât always so, it has only been in the
last several years that the meaning of the amendment was changed by the courts
to grant citizens a broad right to firearms. However, this is not what the
founders had in mind. So, what were they thinking?
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Friday, 11 January 2013 19:52
Thereâs an interesting phenomenon on the internet. If an event took place before the internet was widespread, then the online world sometimes builds up a legend, which is then accepted as history, but in reality is skewed.
SEGAâs 32X console suffers from this peculiar happening. Itâs commonly thought that the 32-bit add-on console was a failure from the start, had no original software, sold poorly, and was canned as a result, and led to consumers swearing off SEGA, and maybe a few death threats. I donât know. Iâve even been told that these machines are ârare,â if you can believe that.
This is the true story of the SEGA Genesis 32X.
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 09 October 2012 20:41
Every few years or so a comprehensive study on religion in America is done. This year it was completed by the PEW Research Center. The big headline? One in five Americans, a full 20 percent, are not religious. But are they nonbelievers?
The answer, disappointingly, is no. While it is exciting for many to see the number of people who identify themselves as agnostic, atheist, or ânothing in particularâ rise to 20 percent of the population, a huge constituency, a large number of the ânone of the aboveâ crowd are really religious egonovists.
Dissecting the numbers tells a tale of an America where the power and influence of religion is in rapid decline, but also of one where people are hesitant to let go of a higher power.
Of the 20 percent, only six percent identify as either atheist or agnostic. Enough has been written about agnostics to conclude that they either donât exist, or are really agnostic atheists, as are virtually all atheists. Itâs a safe bet that a minimum of six percent of the population do not believe in any god whatsoever.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 31 July 2012 23:13
Whatâs a URL? Simply put, itâs the address to a web page. It contains a and domain and the page name. For example, the domain here is revrob.com, and the page name is typically the title of the article. Thatâs important for something called SEO (search engine optimization). We want people searching for something that one of our articles is about to be able to find it on Google. We want you to read our work.
Fox News, however, though it officially masquerades as a nonpartisan source for news and information, it is a well-known pusher of, and this is putting it delicately, a center right agenda.
But weâve found that the go one step further in their partisanship.
Theyâve been giving their webpages misleading URLs in addition to reporting
news, in many cases, that is blatantly one-sided and poorly fact-checked.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Thursday, 19 July 2012 19:36
Many people may not know this, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of home video game consoles. In 1972 Magnavox had partnered with Sanders Associates and Ralph Baer who had invented the first video game console in 1966. The prototype he called the âbrown box.â Several companies passed on the idea of playing electronic games on TV sets, including RCA who would later go on to release the worst video game console ever. Baer, now age 90, won the National Medal of Technology for his many achievements, which was presented to him by President George W. Bush in 2006. All prototypes now reside in the Smithsonian.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Wednesday, 02 May 2012 20:39
It isnât a delusion for one to be an atheist; after all, simply not believing that deities exist is no less rational than not believing that Santa Clause exists.
The delusion, however, comes from religionists who seek to paint atheism itself as a religion.
âIt takes as much faith to not believe in God and it does to believe,â they constantly repeat.
But no, it doesnât, just as it takes no faith to not believe that cats are an invading alien species whose mission is to pacify us with their cute YouTube videos before conquering our feeble planet. In fact, evidence suggests that cats are capable of no such thing and that they evolved right here on Earth with the rest of us.
Not believing in God (or gods, for that matter) is not the exact opposite of believing in them, which typically does require faith (but not always). For most atheists, there is no certainty that gods do not exist, merely the high probability. This concept is excellently illustrated by Dawkins Scale.
Unfortunately, Dawkinsâ scale is only two dimensional and, like political ideology, religious belief is much more complex than that. Therefore, we need a compass to illustrate for us a third dimension.
The Compass of Belief
North and south on our compass are represented by theism and atheism, respectively. A theist is one who does believe in deities, an atheist is one who does not. Very simple.
East and west on our compass are agnostic and gnostic, respectively. This is where some people tend to get lost.
A person who is gnostic believes that they are in possession of special knowledge that perhaps only a select few can know.
In a religious sense, a person who is agnostic either doubts or denies outright that knowledge of the existence of a god is even possible.
On a map it is possible to travel both north and east and
the same time, and both south and west at the same time, and so on. But it is
impossible to travel both north and south simultaneously, and the same goes for
east and west. Our compass illustrates this.
Written by Alex Karr Friday, 16 December 2011 22:55
On December 15th Fred Karger and governorâs Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer participated in a debate on Wepolls.com, a social polling network. This was the first ever debate to take place on a social polling site, and only the second social media debate in history.
The candidates answered poll questions posed to them by
Republican primary voters from a wide variety of topics.
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Written by Jeff Lopez Thursday, 13 October 2011 21:06
What is Wepolls.com? It's a social network centeralized around one simple concept: polling. I guess that explains the name "we + polls."
Stumbling across Wepollsâ Spartan homepage doesnât reveal
the depth beneath the surface. Itâs an elegantly simple list of trending polls
similar to the presentation of Reddit or Digg, where the most popular items
float to the surface. But unlike those social sites where videos, articles, and
pictures are shared, Wepolls users ask a question to find out what people
Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Saturday, 14 May 2011 03:37
This documentary about absent fathers by young filmmaker Justin Hunt groans under the weight of post hoc statistics and does little more to show that some people who grew up fatherless and made bad decisions while at the same time reminding us that Metallica is cool.
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Tuesday, 14 September 2010 04:35
Wouldn't it be great to undo the eight years ofÂ GeorgeÂ W. Bush, the tax cuts for theÂ wealthy, and the pointless wars and wasted lives?
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Written by Rev. Robert A. Vinciguerra Sunday, 12 September 2010 23:16
Different states have different drinking laws, but one thing they all have in common is âlast call,â a cut off time when stores and bars are no longer allowed to serve alcohol.
Itâs 1:30 am in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the least pedestrian cities in the US. Bars are preparing to close at two oâclock in the morning. Patrons have two options. They can drink as much as possible in the remaining half-hour, or they can get in their cars, already inebriated, and drive to the nearest store to buy more booze to continue the night elsewhere.
Either way, the hour between 1:30 am and 2:30 am is unquestionably the most dangerous time to be on the road. These folks who are looking for a good time arenât walking, thereâs no available public transportation, and few are calling for a cab. Be assured, theyâre behind the wheel.
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