This is too cool not to share *UPDATED*

I am too impressed with the awesomeness of this not to share it, that is why I am posting, this tool is really totally awesome.  This is cross-posted here and it is where I'll be for discussion.

I hope this isn't too big for the screen I'll edit it if it is.

okay the first attempt didn't work to put it in a frame, let me try number attempt number two...

nope I am bordering on fail territory...

again I fail...

Success.  Anyway check it out, it will run slow as it is a java app. but ti is way fun.

Student Guy

After studying a bunch and a near epic sleep, I am back here (yes the shortest GBCW ever, that is part of the shame I decided. Please feel free to throw that back in my face at any time (I'll only not be embarrassed by the people who showed themselves as haters and of course the troll swithing sides/rankles/lemon714/switchings sides2). I also have changed my bio and my sig as part of a self shaming/atonement action. When my finals are over, I'll be writing a long apology for my actions which precipitated my GBCW (heh that was short). I am open to other suggestions for atonement and will consider any suggestions (but please remember I am a poor writer with a lack of attention), so suggestions of a 10,000 word diary aren't likely to fly. Other than that I am game for whatever is thrown at me that is humanly possible for me to do. Peace, SG.

Tags: American Public Media, atonement, Awesomeness, Budget Tool, npr (all tags)



That is fun!

good find.

by linc 2008-06-14 10:28PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share're back!
Hi :-)
by Maori 2008-06-14 10:32PM | 0 recs
Should've thought to link it here.

I was shown that a couple weeks ago. It's fun, but you have to suspend a bit of disbelief in the sense that no one, no matter what kind of mandate they receive, is going to be able to cut defense spending by 10%.

by nathanp 2008-06-14 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

Also noting that I love how so many people assume a liberal bias in the application because of the huge windfalls of rolling back the Bush tax cuts and bringing troops home earlier. That damned pesky reality is so partisan!

by nathanp 2008-06-14 10:40PM | 0 recs





by canadian gal 2008-06-14 10:56PM | 0 recs
shortest goodbye cruel world diary ever :-)

In all seriousness, I'm glad SG is back.

by slinkerwink 2008-06-14 11:01PM | 0 recs
Re: shortest goodbye cruel world diary ever :-)

where did he go?

I know he has his own site now.

Oh big man, got your own site now.. la ti da!  

haha!  :)

by kevin22262 2008-06-14 11:05PM | 0 recs
boy - you have missed alot.

by canadian gal 2008-06-14 11:08PM | 0 recs
yes I did.

by kevin22262 2008-06-14 11:15PM | 0 recs
Re: shortest goodbye cruel world diary ever :-)

well sricki and i begged him nonstop to come back -  maybe thats why? ;)

by canadian gal 2008-06-14 11:07PM | 0 recs
Re: shortest goodbye cruel world diary ever :-)

Thanks to you and Sricki for doing that.

by duende 2008-06-15 02:03AM | 0 recs
Whaaaat? I leave for the weekend and miss

a StudentGuy GBCW diary?! That does it. No more going away for the weekend. The obsessive/compulsive feeling  that I might miss something if I miss a couple of days has been diagnosed and confirmed. Treatment: No more mini- vacations! No more sleep! Only crackers and water! (soda fizzes and takes too long). I shall keep vigil, blogging through the daylight, blogging through the wee hours of the morn, never to miss another "development," work be damned!

Seriously, SG,  I'm glad you didn't leave. You're a valued member of this little corner of the world. And that's not snark!

by Rumarhazzit 2008-06-15 05:15AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

I comment on your "I'm too embarrassed to stay" diary yesterday that you should reflect on it over the weekend and return to prove that you are "better than that." You must be a fast reflector. Good to see you back.

by STUBALL 2008-06-14 11:07PM | 0 recs
yo kid.

 I dont know but at the end of the game it says: Congratulations you're a badass. score: 100 trillion. apparantly I won.

[but really I only scored 1 full badge (energy independence); i somewhat succeeded at economic stimulus and health but not really; but hell, I outscored Bush, and I wasnt in debt.]

-----++++nice to see a diary by the infamous Student Guy++++------
by alyssa chaos 2008-06-14 11:12PM | 0 recs
Ok that's it

Is this Snark for Secretary of the Treasury.

We'll be golden until at least 2070.

by Is This Snark 2008-06-14 11:16PM | 0 recs
see ya


I have been on the blogs to long today!

I leave you with the song I have heard waaaay to many times today and still love.  :)

"Kevin music" = sap (nice) music.

by kevin22262 2008-06-14 11:21PM | 0 recs

His Massive Attack cover is really awesome.

by Jeter 2008-06-15 12:06AM | 0 recs
I could not leave yet.

I had to see what the fuss was about.

SG, that really was not like you. I do not know if you drink and were doing the dreaded drinking and blogging thing or what.

We ALL have had "those" bad moments. Let it slide and move on.

To one of the good "guys" - peace.

by kevin22262 2008-06-14 11:32PM | 0 recs

I can't really drink much anymore due to the SSRI I am on, it was just a complete fit of lunacy brought on my a combination of factors.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 10:49AM | 0 recs
Always a treat!

I have managed to just barely reduce our current debt while providing health care and research and independence from foreign oil. This will keep the people of the US healthy and enable them to work hard at those new green friendly jobs and at replacing some of the military jobs. What is missing from this card deck, however, is a flat tax card. I want to set a flat tax rate (NO deductions for anything) of 30% of every dollar for individuals who make over 10 million a year in income by any means. That includes taxing dividends on stocks, etc. That's reasonable, right?

by Jeter 2008-06-14 11:53PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

Very happy to see this diary for a plethora of reasons.

by catilinus 2008-06-14 11:57PM | 0 recs
It might be rigged

I was able to reduce the deficit, push the budget bust to almost 2070, shrink the size of government, and completely fill my three badges: health/wellness, economic stimulus, and safety net. That is universal health care, more assistance for the poor, better education funding, and stronger social security benefits -- but government became smaller as a percentage of GDP.

That sounds freakin' awesome, but even if it were politically feasible to do all of those things, I wonder if the impact would be what the game says it would be. I kind of doubt it.

But if the game is accurate, I just restored our nation to greatness. Me for VP.

by alvernon 2008-06-15 01:00AM | 0 recs
Re: It might be rigged
damn. i think you may have beaten me.

[alvernon for VP]
by alyssa chaos 2008-06-15 01:09AM | 0 recs
Re: It might be rigged

Well, like I said, it seems a little rigged. Not utterly wrong, but best case scenarios for all of the progressive options.

What I do like about the game is that it makes you focus on your top priorities. I didn't choose energy independence or environment as priorities, so I skipped things like mass transit investment. I really believe in it, but I wanted to pay for health care and education first. That kind of decision making is very realistic, even if the projected outcomes are not.

by alvernon 2008-06-15 01:18AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

This = cool.

by ragekage 2008-06-15 01:18AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

Well I filled the Green, Health and Wellness and Energy Independence badges and the budget on track till 2063.  All it took was cutting the military back and making the rich and corporations pay their fair share.  

by matchles 2008-06-15 01:22AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

This is the very first thing I saw this morning.
Made me smile (which, for the past hellish work week or so, I've not been doing much of).
Hope you stick around SG...I was bummed to see that you might be dipping out.
Count me as one who will sign the petition for you to stay!!  ;)
Thanks for the smile....


by Kysen 2008-06-15 03:51AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share

Totally NOT a troll diary youtube clip!!
This is one of my all time favorite videos.
Both musically and visually.

by Kysen 2008-06-15 03:55AM | 0 recs
So yeah
part of my atonement is not using my ability to rate (including HRing stuff by rankles) or to rec.
Another is the epically horrid sig.
Another is that when I am fully back I will not diary on things that I enjoy (illuminating narratives or performing analysis) but instead do issue pieces and candidate diaries.
by Student Guy 2008-06-15 10:34AM | 0 recs
Also please note that

any suggestions from those whom I consider trollish will be ignored and mocked by yours truly.  Because I trust the good members of the community who have he community's best interest at heart to come up with sufficiently appropriate and borderline evil punishments

(though I beg you do not ask me to be nice to rankles, that would be completely wrong)

I hate rankles, rankles should go F##K himself, Hard, until he is bleeding, and then he should go have a lemon party with Ron Paul and Buster McDermot.  After that he should be put in an asylum for his own good.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 10:47AM | 0 recs
more rankles hate

rankles is a troll.  Trolls live under bridges in children's literature.  Therefore I can only assume that rankles is living under a bridge.

We should find rankles and take him to a shelter where his many needs can be taken care of by trained professionals.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 10:52AM | 0 recs
The reason for my visceral dislike of rankles 8/6/12/1714/87948/29#29

He outs himself as a republican troll,  Please don't ask me to be nice to that troll.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share *UPDATED*

Dear Student Guy,

I am very glad that you decided to come back. However, the only way for your actions to truly be forgiven by this site's membership is to send me some money. I accept PayPal.


by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-15 12:17PM | 0 recs
I need a link to a paypal account owned by you

in order to send you cash.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: I need a link to a paypal account owned by you

I'm've had the address for months. Or did you think you earned all those 2's from me?

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-15 12:25PM | 0 recs
I lost it

and I need a new link to it, my computer got wiped and one of the things I lost your paypal account,  

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: I lost it

Riiight. How convenient. Perhaps I should just go ahead and spill your little secret--you know, that you, Michael Begala and rankles are all the amesay ersonpay.

by Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner 2008-06-15 02:34PM | 0 recs
Welcome back
Glad your self-imposed exile was short-lived.
You're right, this is too cool, thanks for sharing it!
by PurpleMyst 2008-06-15 12:31PM | 0 recs
And it can serve as a great rebuttal

to concern trolls who try to say that Obama's plan and McCain's plan are the same.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 12:36PM | 0 recs
Re: And it can serve as a great rebuttal
You have no idea what a gem this is for me!  My boyfriend is a republican (as are most of my family, friends and co-workers) but he hates McCain.  However, he's leery of Obama's policies because he wants to know where the money will come from for education, infrastructure, etc.  I'm going to use this to show him!!  
So thanks again!
by PurpleMyst 2008-06-15 02:04PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share *UPDATED*

Fun stuff.

by bosdcla14 2008-06-15 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: This is too cool not to share *UPDATED*

In regard to suggestions for your "atonement".  I would have to suggest an apology directly to the person who you were trying to destroy and out while posting false information about her.  Then when that is done, encourage the others who were assisting you in your attempts to do the same.  And then I would drop the atonement thing, other than wearing a potato sack, because it sounds really hokey and fake.  Thank you.

by Scotch 2008-06-15 05:01PM | 0 recs
I will be as soon as finals are

over as writing something that personal takes one's full concentration, I have finals until Friday.

by Student Guy 2008-06-15 05:22PM | 0 recs


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