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A friend shared this photo on Facebook today and it made me think of other quotes about what fear is. So I dug through a few dozen pages of quotes on IMDb and came up with this list...

Fear is ___________.
(using quotes from IMDb)

"Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides for years, and children are born and live and die all in darkness." - Game of Thrones (2011)

"Fear is the enemy of will. Will is what makes you take action; fear is what stops you, and makes you weak..." - Green Lantern (2011)

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." - Star Wars - Episode I (1999)

"Fear is the true enemy. The only enemy." - Star Trek: TNG (1987) - episode "The Last Outpost"

"...fear is powerful, because it has been there for billions of years. And it is good. And you use it. And you ride it; you ride it like a skeleton horse through the gates of hell, and then you win, Ricky." - Talladega Nights (2006)

"Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it." - Apocalypto (2006)

"...fear is the most amazing emotion of all because it creates complete awareness. It brings you to now, and it makes you truly present. " - Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Fear is the only poison." - Doctor Who - episode "Snakedance" (1983)

"Fear is not an option." - True Lies (1994)

"Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration." - Dune (1984)

"Fear is for prey." - Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

"...fear is fear, it has to be overcome." - The Facts of Life - Episode "Fear Strikes Back" (1981)

"...fear is justification, fear is control, fear is money." - The Veteran (2011)

"Fear is for the enemy. Fear and bullets. Lots of fucking bullets." - Death Sentence (2007)

"...fear is a great place to begin art." - Speak (2004)

"Fear is what protects you from the things you don't believe in." - Alone in the Dark (2005)

"Fear is what causes that lack of steam. It's hard to get excited about old Miriam when you keep picturing yourself hanging upside down while some Arab's picking your teeth." - The Rockford Files - episode "Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow" (1978)

"Fear is the main motivation for everything. That and guilt are the two emotions that keep a society humming." - The Story of Us (1999)

"Fear is always guilt in disguise." - The Prisoner - episode "Anvil" (2009)

"Fear is what you pay for adventure." - When Night Is Falling (1995)

"Fear is the only darkness." - Kung Fu - episode "Pilot" (1972)

"Fear is just a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you." - Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

"Fear is our greatest enemy, and hope is our greatest weapon against the disease." - Restoration (1995)

"Fear is the glue that holds society together. It's what makes people suppress their worst impulses." - The New Batman Adventures - episode "Never Fear" (1997)

"Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything - real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can't get through that fog. But you lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life." - Defending Your Life (1991)

"Fear is the dark room where the devil develops his negatives." - I'm With Busey (2003)

"Fear is such a wonderful weapon. It makes people distrust even their friends. And soon, like little lambs, it makes them run to anyone who promises protection." - Voltron: Defender of the Universe - episode "Raid of the Red Berets" (1984)

"Fear is not what's important; it's how you deal with it. It would be like asking a marathon runner if they feel pain. It's not a matter of whether you feel it; it's how you manage it." - War Photographer (2001)

"Fear is the companion of those who do great deeds." - Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (1998)

"Fear is my brother, destruction my sister, and pestilence my third cousin twice removed." - Catscratch (1995)

"Fear is not the way to accomplish peace, Dr. Fright." - The All-New Super Friends Hour - episode "Doctor Fright/Drag Race/Day of the Plant Creatures/Fire" (1977)

"Fear is a cruel padlock." - Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

"...fear is a tyrant over the body as well as the mind. People can acquire the evil results of every disease just through fear alone." - The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)


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I'm learning a little about Java development for a project at work and went to update my copy of Java to the latest version (7u5). Strangely, once I did, Google Chrome would not run Java applets. It told me that I needed to install the Java plugin, which basically required reinstalling Java.

I tried it. Didn't work.

I tried making sure all versions of Java were uninstalled and the latest was reinstalled. Didn't work.

I tried disabling all of my plugins except Java. Didn't work.

I tried disabling all of my extensions. Didn't work.

Despite this, Java would run fine on IE or Firefox. Finally I found a post where someone pointed out that Java installs a separate program called "JavaFX 2.1.1" alongside Java and suggested uninstalling just that. I went into the control panel, programs panel, and right alongside Java, there was a separate install of JavaFX 2.1.1. So I uninstalled it.

TA-DA, problem fixed... at least for now. JavaFX is apparently used for enabling some Java-based browser and desktop apps. I do not know of any apps on my system that have JavaFX as a dependency, so I'll leave it off for now.

Hope this helps someone who was running into the same issue.


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The last piece of the puzzle for trying to run one of my systems solely on Linux fell into place a couple of weeks ago. I tried the KDE flavor of Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) in a virtual machine and was able to watch a Prime Instant Video.

That was enough for me and I put Linux Mint 12 on my old laptop. Running from a straight boot rather than in a virtual machine added a little complexity, but by Googling, I found that I needed to install the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) package. After I installed that, Prime Instant Video has worked without a hitch.

Prime doesn't have the exact same selection as Netflix. Some things that Netflix has for free (like "Breaking Bad" - at the time of this writing) are only available for purchase at Amazon, but there's still LOTS of free stuff at Amazon that you can watch on your Linux machine.

I know it seems stupid that Netflix won't support Linux, especially when it's on Android phones and Chromebooks, both of which have Linux underpinnings. But since we can't seem to change their minds, at least Amazon is willing to welcome us.


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Got this in my inbox today. It actually looks somewhat legit. It was sent through, which has been around for over 11 years and does not seem to be spoofing its source (unlike many scam e-mails that pretend they came through CareerBuilder).

Job Title           Article Writers
Type :              Contract
Salary / Rate :  2500 USD / month
Job Duration :  Not Specified
No.Applicants :  5
Job Source : Direct from Employer.
Job Requirements:
We are looking for native English speakers, a high level of fluency is imperative. 
You should be creative, proactive, and capable of researching topics you may not have
much previous experience in. 
You should be flexible with timing and quick. 
You should be capable of committing to a relatively long working relationship with us. 
You should write high quality articles, content that is both interesting and entertaining
as well as relevant to readers on the web. 
You should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word (although since you’re applying 
for a job online, I’m sure you do).
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So it's a contract article writer position, work from home, $2500 a month. None of it looks particularly overblown. It's not promising you a ridiculous amount or suggesting you'll be cashing checks or forwarding packages.

Still, it came unsolicited. I do not have a live resume on any job search site. Figuring that was semi-legit, I clicked through to find out more details. There was a basic application form at

First, a for-profit company should not be using a .org domain name. They are (or were) intended for non-ptofits. It's a bit dishonest to use a .org domain if you're not a non-profit.

Second, and more importantly, the domain has been in existence for ONE WEEK. It was registered on May 21st of this year. The address of the person registering it is a little house in the suburbs of Oslo, Norway (you can see a photo on Google maps), not Boston. And even more puzzling is the fact that it wasn't registered through a U.S. or Norwegian registrar, but through a Chinese registrar that ONLY offers their pages in Chinese (no English or Norwegian version). To add to the foreign flavor, the "about" page is full of grammar errors and OBVIOUSLY by someone who is not a native English speaker.

It is the disconnect... claiming to be affiliated with a company in Boston, but registered to an address in the Oslo suburbs, and registered through a Chinese registrar that doesn't cater to non-speakers of Chinese... that doesn't add up for me. I have a feeling that the company would never pay me for my work, and I'd have NO way of taking them to court if that happened. I'm not saying they're a scam. I'm just saying that there are enough oddities to put me (and you, if you've found this post) on guard.

Good luck.


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