Here I Am2008-09-09T17:43:49-03:00lifetype-1.2.10_r6971http://stpeteblog.com/1_here_i_am/feeds/atomCopyright (c) johnnytag:stpeteblog.com,2008-09-09:493The Palin Script2008-09-09T17:43:49-03:00
If I hear this idiot talk about how she sold the Alaskan Jet on ebay (even though she didn't), or how she opposed the bridge to nowhere (even though she supported it when she was running for ...johnny
If I hear this idiot talk about how she sold the Alaskan Jet on ebay (even though she didn't), or how she opposed the bridge to nowhere (even though she supported it when she was running for governor, and still took the hundreds of millions of federal dollars), I'm going to scream.
Everytime I hear her talk it's just the same soundbytes from her convention speech. If the background scenery didn't change, I'd think they were playing it again. Yes, WE KNOW you stood up to the good ol' boys network in Alaska- whatever that means.
"In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers," she says. "And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change." Yeah, OK, but only 10% change, right, cuz he voted with Bush the other 90% of the time. Oh yeah, and Bush's speech writers WROTE HER SPEECH.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2008-09-09:492Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Should the VP know what they are???2008-09-09T17:41:55-03:00Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.
Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.
Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."
Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, which came before the government had spent funds bailing the two entities out, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.
"You would like to think that someone who is going to be vice president and conceivable president would know what Fannie and Freddie do," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "These are huge institutions and they are absolutely central to our country's mortgage debt. To not have a clue what they do doesn't speak well for her, I'd say."
Added Andrew Jakabovics, an economic analyst for the progressive think tank, Center for American Progress: "It is somewhat nonsensical because up until yesterday there was sort of no public funding there. Even today they haven't drawn down any of the credit line they have given to Treasury. 'Gotten too big and too expensive' are two separate things. The too big has been a conservative mantra for a while and there is something to be said of that in that they hold about half of the mortgage guarantees that are out there. And in the last year they have been responsible for roughly 80 percent out there. The 'too expensive to tax payers,' I don't know where that comes from."
Even conservative analysts acknowledged that the statement simply did not hold true.
"Heretofore, if the treasury had a balance sheet there would have been a liability but there was never a taxpayer payment before [the bailout]," said Gerald P. O'Driscoll, an economist with the Cato Institute. "[Fannie and Freddie] were not taxpayer funded. They had taxpayer guarantee, which is worth something, especially in the stock market..."
The Palin misstatement comes as Fannie and Freddie are set to be placed under control of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, created by President Bush in late July to help regulate the two housing giants. Both presidential candidates have been critical of Fannie and Freddie but neither is opposed to the government's plans for the companies. The treasury is hoping that the government's role will help stabilize credit markets and incentive more mortgage lending.
"With the takeover they will be taxpayer funded," said O'Driscoll. "As I understand it they get to withdraw funds with permission going forward."
How politically significant a "gaffe" it is remains to be seen. The major concern about Palin's position on the ticket is that she lacks the economic and foreign policy wherewithal to serve as vice president. This certainly doesn't help on that front. At the same time, the remark went almost entirely unnoticed over the weekend and discussions on the developments of the housing market can be difficult to process for even the most attuned voter.
There are varying explanations that could be offered for Palin's defense. As O'Driscoll noted, both Fannie and Freddie "were hybrid institutions because they had private ownership but... an implicit government guarantee which people thought at the end of the day was explicit." Meanwhile, as Baker noted, as of July the two lenders were being offered low market interest rates by the fed again, theoretically, at the taxpayer's expense. But, he added, "I kind of doubt she had any sense of that."
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-07-12:474Politicians Gone Wild2007-07-12T09:04:19-03:00 Sen. David Vitter , R.-La, supporting a federal ban on gay marriage: "It's often said, but it's very, very true, and it is worth repeating -- marriage is truly the most ...johnny
Sen. David Vitter , R.-La, supporting a federal ban on gay marriage: "It's often said, but it's very, very true, and it is worth repeating -- marriage is truly the most fundamental social institution in human history." OK so if it's that great, why would you employ the services of an escort??? Also, ironically, the quote above could easily be attributed to someone who is for gay marriage. Strange how the same phrase can be used to justify both sides of the argument.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-07-11:473Slippery Slope2007-07-11T17:29:59-03:00So the executive branch now governs itself . The vice presidency has become the fourth branch of government. A religious fanatic is nominated for the federal government's top scientific ...johnny
So the executive branch now governs itself . The vice presidency has become the fourth branch of government. A religious fanatic is nominated for the federal government's top scientific post.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-07-11:471Healthcare Observations2007-07-11T16:51:52-03:00 Why is it that when I go to the doctor I have a $20 copay and patients on welfare pay $2. I have a job and pay alot for (really good) health insurance. It really doesn't give much incentive ...johnny
Why is it that when I go to the doctor I have a $20 copay and patients on welfare pay $2. I have a job and pay alot for (really good) health insurance. It really doesn't give much incentive to people to get jobs that offer health insurance, or that pay above the poverty level. :( Something is wrong with the American Healthcare System!
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-07-09:470Live Earth2007-07-09T15:36:57-03:00 So I bought a six pack of compact flourescent bulbs for $10. The box claims I'll save $36 on electric within a year. It just kinda made sense to do. I was kinda worried that the lights ...johnny
So I bought a six pack of compact flourescent bulbs for $10. The box claims I'll save $36 on electric within a year. It just kinda made sense to do. I was kinda worried that the lights wouldn't be bright enough in my bathroom, but to my surprise, they were brighter than the round bulbs in my bathroom vanity. Checkout Live Earth for tips on saving money and the environment. :)
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-06-22:468ickyPhone2007-06-22T14:59:08-03:00 The iPhone comes out in a week, and with the anticipation also comes alot of doubts . Apple announced that the screen will be made of optical glass, rather than the very easily ...johnny
The iPhone comes out in a week, and with the anticipation also comes alot of doubts . Apple announced that the screen will be made of optical glass, rather than the very easily scratched ipod material. Won't this be a problem though when the metal encased phone is dropped. Instead of just knicking the shock absorbent plastic, users will end up with unusable broken glass screens. And I'm sure the interface is fabulous, but having used a touchscreen phone for a while, there are drawbacks. On my phone I have a full keyboard. I use it to text ALOT, as well as send emails, chat on AIM , etc. There is an onscreen keyboard: the buttons are too small and it takes up too much space on the screen. I can use it with a stylus, but to use my finger to control items on screen leaves it greasy and covered in fingerprints. Not to mention that holding the phone to my ear on a hot day can result in a layer of grime across the touchscreen. All I'm saying is that I'm glad I have the keyboard... with actual keys... Another thing that I didn't realize when I switched from a flip phone to my 8125 was that it is not at all a one handed phone. I used to text and drive, or text at the bar... Don't think you're gonna take your iPhone to the club and hold a drink, smoke a cigarette and send a text message at the same time... You'll end up dropping it... see above for info on that one. lol Also I think it's kind of bizarre that the iPhone doesn't have GPS technology built in. I have an external BlueTooth GPS reciever that works great. In the TV advertisements for the iPhone, they show Google Maps, and it locates seafood restaurants that are nearby... It doesn't show that you will have to first locate yourself on the map by using a zip code or address. Strange.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-06-07:467Marketing Powdered Alcohol to the Under 16 Crowd2007-06-07T12:24:43-03:00 Dutch students develop powdered alcohol AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say can be sold legally to minors. The latest innovation in ...johnny
Dutch students develop powdered alcohol AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say can be sold legally to minors. The latest innovation in inebriation, called Booz2Go, is available in 20-gramme packets that cost 1-1.5 euros (70 pence-1 pound). Top it up with water and you have a bubbly, lime-coloured and -flavoured drink with just 3 percent alcohol content. "We are aiming for the youth market. They are really more into it because you can compare it with Bacardi-mixed drinks," 20-year-old Harm van Elderen told Reuters. Van Elderen and four classmates at Helicon Vocational Institute, about an hour's drive from Amsterdam, came up with the idea as part of their final-year project. "Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16," said project member Martyn van Nierop. The legal age for drinking alcohol and smoking is 16 in the Netherlands. In Germany, alcopops -- sweet drinks containing alcohol and in powder form -- caused quite a stir when launched on to the market. Alcohol powder, classified as a flavouring, was sold in the United States three years ago. The students said companies interested in making the product commercially could avoid taxes because the alcohol was in powder form. A number of companies are interested, they said.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-06-05:466Hey Baby Hey2007-06-05T17:00:06-03:00 Ryan got back from New York last night and I picked him up at the airport. I was so excited to see him. :) I missed him alot, though he was only gone for a week, I'd gotten used to seein' ...johnny
Ryan got back from New York last night and I picked him up at the airport. I was so excited to see him. :) I missed him alot, though he was only gone for a week, I'd gotten used to seein' him every day.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-06-04:465Frama2007-06-04T15:38:57-03:00 So this post is gonna be me venting about alot of things. I had an OK weekend. Shane left on Thursday for a cruise with his coworkers. I thoroughly enjoyed having the house all to myself, and got ...johnny
So this post is gonna be me venting about alot of things. I had an OK weekend. Shane left on Thursday for a cruise with his coworkers. I thoroughly enjoyed having the house all to myself, and got alot done. On Friday I was tired and feeling kinda ill, but Patrick and Eric wanted me to go out with them. I eventually decided to go. So I drove over to Patrick's and bought some beer for them on the way over. Robert was out of town for the weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to hang out with just Patrick. He's always joking that if they broke up I'd never come to hang out with him. Anyways, we went to Christopher St. Pub and it was sink or swim there. For some reason Patrick had the brilliant idea to go to Chambers. We went there and I paid for him and I to get in. He only wanted to stay for one drink though, and then he wanted to go to the male room. When we got to the male room, patrick told me that Ryan had said something to him (that i will not mention here), that was upsetting. I text messaged Ryan and he called me back, refuted what had been told to me, and telling me the only time he had talked to Patrick before he left was when I was with him. Patrick had called me and then asked to talk to Ryan. So basically Patrick, my friend, who I trust, told me a flat out lie to make me upset and angry with my boyfriend. There is more to the story than that though... Patrick had previously told rather nasty lies about me to Ryan. Of course it got back to me, and eventually I did find out that it was Patrick who said those things. So I basically came to the conclusion that Patrick A) is an unhappy person who can't stand to see other people happy, B) uses his disease as a justification for his abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol. I was fuming mad and threw my drink and then my glass at Patrick before we left. Then we argued the entire time home. I had a couple things to say to him. I was so glad to be at home. On Saturday Tropical Storm Barry made landfall early in the day, bringing us some very needed rain. It hadn't rained in months here, so it was a pretty good thing. I slept through it mostly, I love sleeping when it's rainy. On Saturday, I had some projects to do around the house, but mostly I just relaxed and hung out. Same thing on Sunday. In the evening, Austin came over, I was bored and I wanted someone to vent to about the above drama. He also had his own drama to tell me all about. His crazed ex-roommate, Nancy, aka, Little Miss Piggy, had come over to his house and flipped out in front of his current roommates, as well as showed up at his place of employment. She also threatened him with coming to his work and waiting for him in the parking lot. I told him to get a restraining order.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-06-04:464June 3 Democratic Debates2007-06-04T12:25:00-03:00 So I watched the Democratic Candidates debate last night on CNN and a couple things stood out and I thought were worth mentioning. First of all, I was impressed that there was a discussion about ...johnny
So I watched the Democratic Candidates debate last night on CNN and a couple things stood out and I thought were worth mentioning. First of all, I was impressed that there was a discussion about universal healthcare for Americans. I'm not sure that we're really ready for a Canadian Style healthcare system , but I was just surprised that it was being talked about at all by the mainstream candidates. Secondly, I was surprised that Hillary made a comment about the military dismissing arabic linguists because they were gay . While discussing the Don't ask, don't tell policy, all candidates raised their hand in favor of repealing the policy. Bill Richardson, added that he supports equal rights for gays and lesbians. Now, I was 'watching' the debate, which really meant I was listening to it while I was making dinner. I had to go rewind to see who had said it. I was actually pretty shocked by his statement. So I visited Richardson's website and read more about his platform on Iraq, healthcare, equal rights, etc. Also, he has a pretty funny commercial out right now that you can view here: http://action.richardsonforpresident.com/page/s/jobinterview
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-30:461May2007-05-30T12:18:08-03:00 May is almost over. Wow, it's crazy how fast it went by. I've been dating an awesome guy, Ryan. I spend a lot of time with him, he's awesome. Though he's gone to NY for ...johnny
May is almost over. Wow, it's crazy how fast it went by. I've been dating an awesome guy, Ryan. I spend a lot of time with him, he's awesome. Though he's gone to NY for vacation. I dropped him off at the airport on Saturday morning, and have been kinda bored and lonely since. Trying to keep myself occupied, but it still sucks. I went to the beach on Sunday and now have a nice tan and I'm hoping I can keep it for a while this time. Last time I went to the beach I got too much sun on my back and all of it ended up pealing, leaving me a little bit spotted. Sunset Beach was so packed when I was there, it was kinda crazy. I went there and met up with Patrick and Robert. Their friend Eric came just as we were leaving. Afterwards I had to go home to eat and shower off all the sand. We had planned to meet at Baywalk to see Bug, but Patrick was running late, so I went over there and rode over with them. The movie was so awful. It was terribly boring, and I found myself laughing at parts that I felt were supposed to be scary or disturbing. The acting was soooo overdone. It was just bad. Bad Bad Bad. I wanted my $7 back... :-(
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-16:460Death of a Moron2007-05-16T11:27:08-03:00 Ding-Dong, the witch is dead. ;) johnny
Ding-Dong, the witch is dead. ;)
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-09:459The Near Future2007-05-09T17:52:55-03:00johnny
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-03:457Cauldron of Chaos2007-05-03T10:46:12-03:00 Yesterday, the Great Decider justified his veto of the spending bill by saying that it would lead to a "cauldron of chaos" in the middle east. ...johnny
Yesterday, the Great Decider justified his veto of the spending bill by saying that it would lead to a "cauldron of chaos" in the middle east. • The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq issued a report last week that described a "rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis" in Iraq and a "breakdown in law and order." • A report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said that seven out of eight reconstruction projects declared successful by the United States were actually failures, with widespread corruption among Iraqi officials a major factor. • The State Department reported that terrorist attacks worldwide in 2006 were up by 28.5 percent over '05, with 14,338 attacks claiming 20,500 lives, most of them in Iraq and Afghanistan. • The month of April was the sixth-deadliest of the four-year-long war for U.S. forces, with 104 combat deaths. That was the fifth consecutive month in which the U.S. casualty toll exceeded 80. • An active-duty Army office issued a scathing critique of his superior officers' handling of the war, an almost unprecedented show of opposition that reflects what the majority of Americans believe. Too late! When will he get it that an open-ended commitment in Iraq is a waste of American lives and money?
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-01:456HOT!2007-05-01T15:04:31-03:00 I just got back from lunch and here's a pic I took on my car's thermometer. Of course, my car had been sitting out for a while, but still... johnny
I just got back from lunch and here's a pic I took on my car's thermometer. Of course, my car had been sitting out for a while, but still...
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-01:455Mission Accomplished II2007-05-01T12:39:56-03:00johnny
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-05-01:454Mission Accomplished2007-05-01T07:32:05-03:00 May 1st, 2003 johnny
May 1st, 2003
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-04-11:453Easter Related Question2007-04-11T15:19:15-03:00 Why is it that when someone is raised from the dead in the bible, it's a miracle; but if (and this is a big if) it happened in real life, it would be a zombie... Can you imagine, ...johnny
Why is it that when someone is raised from the dead in the bible, it's a miracle; but if (and this is a big if) it happened in real life, it would be a zombie... Can you imagine, CNN would be all over that shit. So, was Jesus technically the world's first zombie? Creepy...
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-04-05:450Cingular 8125 Essentials2007-04-05T13:29:53-03:00 If you have a Cingular 8125, aka, HTC Wizard, or the Cingular 8525, Sprint PPC6700, or any Pocket PC running Windows Mobile, these are some programs you should definitely check out. I have the ...johnny
If you have a Cingular 8125, aka, HTC Wizard, or the Cingular 8525, Sprint PPC6700, or any Pocket PC running Windows Mobile, these are some programs you should definitely check out. I have the 8125, so any observations are based on that model. I can't guarantee that these will work on every PPC. Total Commander CE Similar to built in File Explorer, but with more advanced features. Edit registry values, access ftp folders, change file properties. This one's at the top for a reason. Install it first and it will make your life alot easier. If you plan on installing programs, you'll see that they come in 2 varieties. One kind, a cab or arm file, is downloaded to your pocket pc and installed directly. The other, an exe or msi file, is installed on your pc and then ActiveSync will transfer the cab file the next time you sync your phone. If you choose to install via a pc and ActiveSync, it will be very easy to reinstall should you have to delete the program, or perform a hard reset. If you install using a cab file, you will find that after installation, the original file will be gone. So you won't be able to reinstall without downloading the cab file back to your phone or sd card. There are 2 ways to remedy this. Set the cab files as read only. This can only be done from your phone. If you set a cab file as read only on your pc and then transfer it to your phone, guess what, it isn't read only anymore. Using Total Commander and right-clicking (OK, I know there's no such thing as right clicking. Hold down on the item until the little circle spins around and turns into a contextual menu. But right-click sounds a lot better.) on the cab file and tapping Properties. In the Properties Menu you can make the file Read-Only. Edit the registry so that WM5 does not delete the install cab after it has been installed. To edit the registry in Total Commander, make sure that you are all the way to the top of the file tree. You can do this by tapping the backslash at the very top. You will see at the top of the folders: Double tap the double backslash and double tap registry. Navigate to this key and change the value to 0. The default is 2. HKLMSoftwareappsMicrosoft Application InstallernDynamicDelete = 0 (DWORD decimal) To find some cool registry hacks, check out this website . Registry edits are considered advanced, but if you own a PC that you carry around in your pocket, it's a safe assumption that you're gonna want to play with settings and features. Maybe you're even browsing this page on your phone right now. Total Commander also has an FTP client and LAN browser built in. CloseAll This comes in very handy to easily close all applications. One of the first things I wondered when I got my phone was how do I close applications. Windows mobile works on the assumption that it can manage memory better than you can. It leaves applications open so that when you go back to them, they reopen quickly. Once in a while saving a programs state and actually closing it. However, when you use a lot of apps, this doesn't work so well. Programs will run slow and with the limited memory that the 8125 has, you run the risk of freezing your phone. So to close programs individually, you have to go to Settings->System->Memory, and then click the Running Programs tab. This will show you exactly what is open, and you can highlight any program and click Stop, or simply click Stop All to close everything. CloseAll simplifies this process. It is a small program that will close all applications other than ActiveSync and Comm Manager. It can be located in your program menu, or you can have it show up on your Start Menu, as seen to the right. Clicking it is a good idea if you plan on opening up something that takes up a lot of memory. I will also use it if I plan on restarting my phone, syncing with my PC, or when I go to sleep at night and don't want to wake up to a frozen phone. There are other ways to use this, and to access the running programs menu, but we'll get into that in a few minutes. AIM So when you get bored text messaging and sending pictures to everyone you know, installing this will let you connect with your friends on AIM. There isn't a version of AIM for WM5, don't ask me why... This version was found on AOL's UK site, and is designed for Windows CE. Functionally, it works just fine. There are some kinks with the display when switching from Landscape to Portrait mode. But since you'll most likely be using the keyboard to type, it isn't really that big of an issue. There are alot of messenger programs out there. I've tried several of them. All that I have found either didn't work very well, or weren't free. Or both.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-03-28:449Spring2007-03-28T12:52:27-03:00 Well, it's been almost a month in the new apartment. After the first few days of sleeping on an air mattress, my back started bothering me. I wasn't sleeping well, so I went and bought a ...johnny
Well, it's been almost a month in the new apartment. After the first few days of sleeping on an air mattress, my back started bothering me. I wasn't sleeping well, so I went and bought a new mattress. I still have to get the frame that I want from Ikea. My room still needs some more furniture, but a lot of my stuff is unpacked. Last weekend, I bought a couch . It's surprising how much more homey it feels with that one piece of furniture . What else is new...? Hmmm... Well, I've just been busy with getting the apartment together, work, hanging out with friends, etc. Things are good. One pain in the ass did surface last weekend though. My car started making a nasty grinding noise when I brake. So I will be taking my car in this weekend, which sucks.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-03-02:448Moving2007-03-02T12:37:46-04:00 So yesterday was the big day. I woke up around 9:30 and quickly showered. By the time I was dressed and ready to move my car into the driveway, Shane was awake and ready to go too. Shane had ...johnny
So yesterday was the big day. I woke up around 9:30 and quickly showered. By the time I was dressed and ready to move my car into the driveway, Shane was awake and ready to go too. Shane had borrowed Robert's TrailBlazer so we had more space, and consequently, less trips. We filled up our first load and headed up to our new place. We got keys, and took care of some paperwork. From that point on, we both worked all day moving boxes and furniture, heaping everything in the living room, in an effort to be efficient. It was hot and I was literally dripping sweat. We took 3 carloads with both vehicles and it was done. We waited for the technician to come from Brighthouse to hook up our internet/tv. He was kinda creepy, and took his sweet time getting our stuff together. We were both starving and wanted it to be over with as quick as possible so we could go eat. While he was there, I tried to keep myself busy putting together a couple chairs and tables. Afterwards, we went to Arby's, and then to Walmart. There's no shortage of things we needed, so we ended up spending a lot of money there. Then we drove the Blazer back to Robert's. Robert and Patrick came and saw our apartment in a horrible condition, boxes strewn everywhere... But I think they saw the potential. :-) Today I woke up and thought to myself, I should ask Shane if he wants to go to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. I opened my door and went into the living room and Shane had a dozen donuts and a box of fresh, hot coffee. Psychic? I dunno, but it was awesome.
tag:stpeteblog.com,2007-02-23:446New Post2007-02-23T19:27:23-04:00 Hey everyone, I've been super busy lately and haven't really been in the mood to post anything here. But I think I'm gonna start doing so once again. Check out some things ...johnny
Hey everyone, I've been super busy lately and haven't really been in the mood to post anything here. But I think I'm gonna start doing so once again. Check out some things I've been working on: John Ryan Design Pittsburgh Blogs
tag:stpeteblog.com,2006-11-28:442Agile Messenger Sucks2006-11-28T15:57:49-04:00 OK, so I have been using a program on my Cingular 8125 for chat. I commented about how well it worked in this post. It worked perfectly, quickly, and had all the features I use. Then, one day ...johnny
OK, so I have been using a program on my Cingular 8125 for chat. I commented about how well it worked in this post. It worked perfectly, quickly, and had all the features I use. Then, one day it asked me to update. I thought, oh, how cool, it updates automatically. So I updated. After opening the program I notice a string of characters labeled 'customer id' at the bottom. Agile Messenger never worked right after that. It would log me into my different accounts, and though it said I was logged in, no one on google talk could message me, nor did any of my contacts show up. Agile Messenger updated again, which enabled me to connect to google talk again, but now anytime I want to talk to someone who has IM forwarding on, and is chatting on their phone, I get unrecognizable text instead of their response. Then, to kick it all off, Agile Messenger now pops up a window when I log in that counts down the hours until they shut off my access. Uh, they want me to pay for this shit??? No thanks.