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Tomorrows World was never like this [Aug. 22nd, 2008|12:33 pm]
Offered without comment (but with plenty of puerile giggling).

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Only 4 years too late [Jun. 25th, 2008|03:16 pm]
Waaayyy back in 2004 I wrote a bit of a rant about the England cricket team being forced to tour Zimbabwe because, basically, Tony Blair decided to not decide anything and the whole thing descended into farce.

Skip forward to 2008. Gordon Brown is PM, none of us can afford petrol, food or get a mortgage and soon we'll be rid of identity fraud, not because of ID cards but because each of us will already have everyone else's data on a CD, which we've probably found on a train. It's OK, though, 'cos at least Gord can sort out the cricket!


In many ways I'm pleased about this. It seems, finally, someone's done something right. However let's not forget what it took to make it happen. The escalation of violence, killings and eventual abandonment of any pretence at democracy brought about by a military junta scared that Mugabe might lose an electoral run-off. I'm sure that the US refusal to accept the result of any election will prove as fruitful as it did in Palestine.

Still, at least Bobs boys won't be able to play any fucking cricket in the UK (until the Twenty20 world cup, oh, whole *weeks* later). That'll fucking teach 'em!
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A fitting tribute to President Dubya [Jun. 25th, 2008|01:12 pm]
For the approximately zero people who don't read The Register:


"If the group has its way, the George W. Bush Sewer Plant will make its debut in January when Dubya officially leaves office, and some supporters say the occasion should be marked by a city-wide 'synchronized flush'"

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Gary Gygax RIP [Mar. 5th, 2008|10:33 am]
I only just found out about this.


I spent many wonderful hours playing his games and, indirectly, games that followed on from his work. The gaming world will be a poorer place without the old Dungeon Master.

Penny Arcade also have a tribute, in their own, inimitable style.

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Offered sans comment. [Jan. 31st, 2008|02:40 pm]
You bunch of fucking perversions of nature :P


Good old El Reg.
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Animal Tragic [Jan. 28th, 2008|04:35 pm]
Normally I love Cute Overload but this pisses me off


"Brandy weighs only 2lbs and cannot even BARK as her lungs are too small."

"With a dog like this you have to be careful. She can’t even jump on or off anything because her legs are so tiny."

I suppose it's good that she's got a caring owner rather than being put down or something but it brings back a subject I feel very strongly about, and that is the breeding of these "toy" dogs.

First of all I'm angry about the idea that humans bred a toy dog breed that was able to get so small it can't use it's lungs to make noise and it's legs won't stand up to any jumping.

Now, I know that they didn't breed this particular dog to be so tiny, it was a genetic quirk. I just find the breeding of these tiny toy dogs to be a bit sick, really.

Pekinese always have nasal/breathing problems but the short, stubby nose is part of the reason people like them. Yes other, bigger breeds of dog have physical problems as a result of the breeding (for example I understand that Alsatians, probably my favourite breed of dog, suffer from pelvic problems).

The difference, to me, is that alsatians weren't deliberately bred to have pelvic problems although, yeah, I'm not happy about it, because I think once we take on the responsibility for influencing a species' development (and with dogs it almost always seems to be removing something from the nature of the animal) we have a responsibility to ensure we don't cause suffering to the results of our eugenic endeavours.

From a purely personal preference PoV, there's a huge difference, looking into an Alsatian's eyes compared to, say, a toy poodle and I think this is why I can be OK with the breeding, over thousands of years, of breeds such as the Labby or Border Collie and be so against the smaller breeds.

I think it's a matter of degrees of seperation. Bear in mind all these guys started off as true canines, and I know it's been going on for thousands of years but I look at an Alsatian or a labby or even a spaniel and I see a dog. I see canine intelligence, canine behaviour.
As you go to the smaller breeds, bred exclusively to be small, cute and convenient, well, they seem to cease being dogs at all as if the ancestral genetic ties have worn so thin they have no "identity" for want of a better word.

I'm no animal psychologist, but I think dogs need a role, a job of some sort as part of the "pack" and when your job is to look cute and match the new rug it has to be bad for the animal. To me, this makes the continued breeding of these animals, bred *because* of these problems, selfish, immoral and unjustifiable.
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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2007|04:05 pm]
Frustrated with various incompetencies that still linger even though we've ditched the vendor in question, I'm procrastinating.

TV Meme Nabbed from cath The Rules are:
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD (additional - or on HD as AVI's...)
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

Answers are hereCollapse )
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ouch [Oct. 15th, 2007|11:23 pm]
[mood |embarrassedembarrassed]

So, earlier on today, sometime while I was out, my kitchen lightbulb blew up. Now, this left me with no lighting in the back of the flat so, despite the late hour, I thought I'd try and replace it.

I unscrewed the fitting to expose the blown bulb to find... no it really had blown up, the bottom of the bulb was sitting in the plastic globe, exposing razor sharp glass. I was doing all this by torchlight but figured I could remove the rest carefully from the bayonet fitting. Well, it wouldn't budge, my hand slipped and crushed the rest of the glass in said hand and onto the floor.

I have done my best to clear the glass off the floor, make sure champagne's water and food bowl are free from debris and I've even, finally, stemmed the flow of blood.

Think I'll wait until it's light to try again.

Anyone know the best way to get blood out of a cream carpet?
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Shinies! [Oct. 3rd, 2007|01:04 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]

Recently I bought a cheap Argos flat screen CRT TV for just over 80 quid and moved the small 14" into the bedroom.

The new TV is bloody huge and takes up acres of space. As does the old 21" CRT monitor that sits on my pooter desk.

So I have taken some excellent advice and spent last month's overtime pay on one of these: http://www.lge.com/products/model/detail/m228wa.jhtml which will replace both and be a damn site better for the eyes. Tonight I get to rearrange the sitting room and I'll get a bedside table out of the deal, too.

The TV has been bagsied by my mum but this leaves a 21" CRT monitor going begging if anyone wants it. Only problem is you'll have to collect it as it won't fit on the back of the mountain bike!

Meanwhile, I have New Gadget Glee and am unfeasibly smug about it.
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US teacher fired for non-literal bible reading [Sep. 24th, 2007|02:10 pm]
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]


Choice excerpts:

"A teacher at a US community college in Red Oak, Iowa says he was fired after telling his students not to interpret the story of Adam and Eve as a literal account of events circa BC 4000."

"a group of students from that class complained that the teacher was 'denigrating their religion'."

Jesus Christ on a fucking space hopper, stop denigrating my fucking *species* you morons, and close your mouth so that you can't breathe anymore. If there's one thing I cannot stand it's the willfully stupid. "The teacher made me think! It's not fair! I'm special, I shouldn't have to think!"

"He said that he encouraged students to look beyond a literal interpretation of what is an "extremely meaningful story", because he thought a literal reading would miss much of the poetic, metaphoric and symbolic content."

What he meant was that a literal reading of the Bible is missing the whole fucking *point* of it, especially as most of the teachings of Jesus used metaphor anyway.

"From my point of view, what they're doing is essentially teaching their students very well to function in the eighth century."

Can we please just build a huge Bio-dome over the USA so they can have all the backwards thinking, isolationist, creationist, gun-toting, litigious self obsessed society they want and the rest of us can get on with it in peace?
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