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December 30th, 2008


Some artists and physicists,
working their wares in metal and acrylic and quantum theory,
build Time from ceaseless moments,
an ever-present path we dance upon,
an array of immutable seconds waiting for us to step into them,
our past, permanent and passed.

And while their construction pilfers our choices from us,
filches our will like coins from our pockets,
I find a small comfort in believing
that a series of moments breathe
where our fingers still entwine amidst our laughter.

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December 18th, 2008


2008.1218.1708::From jblaque
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If there are one or more people on your Friends List who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

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December 11th, 2008


2008.1211.1808::Repost: Help Please
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December 9th, 2008


or "Why You Shouldn't Be an Asshole to People You Don't Know."

On Saturday morning... (long)Collapse )

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December 5th, 2008


2008.1205.1716::The Lonely Whale

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December 3rd, 2008


2008.1203.0933::The Secret Tipping Outlier Point
This is yet another illustration why Malcolm Gladwell's works are little different from The Secret.

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November 20th, 2008


For a while now, I've been reading blogs that one could very well call emotional voyeurism--from postsecret to Found Magazine's found_mag. The latest addition to these is Dear Old Love (dearoldlove on Livejournal), a collection of anonymous short notes from old lovers to their estranged former companions. One that struck me today as especially clever was the following note:
I upgraded to unlimited texts for you. Now what?
Why, you ask, did I think that particular note was mentionable? Because the title of said post was "I'll Send an SMS to the World"

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November 8th, 2008


2008.1108.0940::Oh, for the days
Often when I see a child playing, I long for the days when my life was easy, when simply spinning around in a circle could keep me occupied and laughing for what seemed like hours. I get the same feeling wishing I could walk around all day with bubble-wrap on my head.

And finally...Collapse )
location: Emotopia

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November 6th, 2008


2008.1106.1314::In which prevailing literature confirms batnandu's diagnosis

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October 30th, 2008


2008.1030.1721::I'm not married, but this meme bears propagation...
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Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

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October 29th, 2008


2008.1029.1412::Halloween costume suggestion
If you want a truly original Halloween costume, do the following:
  • Dress up in Sarah Palin clothes.
  • Put on Joker makeup.
  • Talk in a high-pitched, gravelly-voiced Alaskan-nee-Midwestern accent.
  • When people ask you who you're supposed to be, answer "I'm 2008's two most over-done Halloween costumes."


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October 21st, 2008


People who are sick at home with the flu should not leave sandals in the dark spaces between the bedroom and the bathroom if they don't want to trip onto ceramic tiles.

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October 19th, 2008


2008.1019.1240::Holy crap
I really, really wish that the grill of the A/C unit right outside my bedroom would stop choosing the weekend that I get the flu to start hitting the fan. I think this is like the third year in a row this has happened.

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October 10th, 2008


2008.1010.1748::Things missing from my car
Last night, I rushed home to meet up with ifuwereafrog for dinner, but when I went to my car to go pick her up, I noticed that the driver's side door was not fully closed. My initial thought was that I didn't close it properly when I last drove, but I realized that all my belongings in the car had been rifled through. Urgently needing to meet up with Erin (and having a dead battery from the dome-light), I locked up the car and decided to go over it today.

Around lunchtime today, I called up AAA to get a battery boost, and when they arrived, took a quick inventory of things that I should expect to find in my car, but are not in there:
  • A ziplock bag of quarters amounting to about ten dollars in the change cup
  • Other change in the driver's side hand-hold.
  • My portable air-compressor for use refilling tires when they go flat.
  • An emergency car kit including various tools and a set of jumper cables.
  • An FM Transmitter for portable music players (and included cable) which could also play mp3s off of USB drives.
  • A CD case full of CD-Rs burned with music.
  • Who knows what else?
Silver linings: The thieves didn't break a window or anything to get in, so no damage, and they didn't take the CDs located on the visor which include actual purchased-from-store CDs.

Still, getting burgled sucks the bag.

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2008.1010.1027::36 questions and then ... none.
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From the excellent dinner companion, ifuwereafrog, answer here and repost a blank one on your own journal:

Questions under the cutCollapse )

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October 8th, 2008


2008.1008.0009::The Internet is sometimes brilliant
Fark user Antimatter writes:


This one thought that the reference to That one was rather objectionable.


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October 1st, 2008


From liz_marcs:
In an upcoming interview with Katie Couric to be aired this week, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) FListers, please take the meme to your ElJay to spread the fun.


This is probably one of the most famous Supreme Court cases, if only because you can see its effects every evening on TNT or USA: In Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court mandated that no one who watches prime-time police procedurals would be unaware of their rights (to remain silent, to have an attorney present... etc.) when accused of a crime.

Edit: Having just watched the interview, I noticed that Couric asks if there are any Supreme Court decisions that Palin can name that she disagrees with other than Roe v. Wade. The one off the top of my head is probably one that she and I differ considerably on: Bush v. Gore, but one that most people would agree upon is Plessy v. Ferguson.

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September 30th, 2008


2008.0930.2239::Free/Cheap Stuff
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Does anyone reading this have DirecTV in the Atlanta area? Bonus points if you're a fan of sci-fi/genre television.

On a somewhat related note, I have the following books up for grabs to anyone local:
  • Rick Moody's Garden State (not the basis for the movie)
  • Everything Bad is Good For You by Steven Johnson
  • Opening Skinner's Box by Lauren Slater
  • Play Poker Like the Pros by Hellmuth
  • James McManus's Positively Fifth Street
  • James Howard Kunstler's The Geography of Nowhere
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Comic Wars: Marvel's Battle for Survival by Dan Raviv
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Bragging Rights: A Season Inside the SEC by Richard Ernsberger, Jr.
  • The Automatic Millionaire and The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach
  • Oliver Sacks's A Leg To Stand On
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture
  • The scripts to When Harry Met Sally and Good Will Hunting
If you're not local, and you want one of these books, I'll probably need like 5 dollars or so to ship it out.

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September 24th, 2008


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Tonight, I decided to forego watching the latest episode of Bones while eating my dinner, as I've discovered that the combination of that show and meals is one of questionable wisdom.

So I cooked myself up some Thai pasta, and sat down to eat and watch the Torchwood second series episode, "Meat."

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September 4th, 2008


2008.0904.0930::You know what rules?
When you're eating cereal at your desk, the bowl perched atop your keyboard wrist rest, and suddenly, it falls off, spilling half your breakfast onto your lap and the floor.

Oh, no, wait. That sucks.

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August 16th, 2008


I just do.

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August 9th, 2008


2008.0809.0344::Happiness is a warm...
It's nice to know that the writer I would most like to meet/converse with/emulate also has, despite his own allergy, an inability to resist the charms of a loving feline.

At this time, I could use some feline affection.

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July 30th, 2008


2008.0730.1141::My 75 Things List...
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Taking my previous post as instruction, I compiled a list of 75 things I'd like to do before I die...Collapse )

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July 24th, 2008


2008.0724.1757::75 Things
While I should be posting about my most recent vacation (which was way cool), one of Esquire magazine's recent articles inspired me to create this meme.

Instructions:
  1. Cut-and-paste the list.
  2. Strikeout the items you've done, italicize the items you're in the process of doing. Because they're things that every man should do, we don't care whether or not you want to do an item or not...
  3. Female participation is welcome and encouraged.

Esquire's The 75 Things Every Man Should DoCollapse )

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June 28th, 2008


2008.0628.1229::Inspired
For various reasons, not the least of which is the music, I love this video. A lot of people online consider the man to be silly, but traveling the world to dance with your neighbors is just inspired to me (getting paid to do so is just icing on the cake).

ETA: Hi-Def Version here

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June 12th, 2008


2008.0612.1801::May all lesser cretins bow before me
From fyrdrakken, a movie/tv quotes quiz masquerading as a "General Geek Knowledge" test:Um... wowCollapse )

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June 11th, 2008


2008.0611.1142::WHAT???!?
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ABC's "Cupid" targets Paulson:
Sarah Paulson has been tapped as the female lead in ABC's one-hour pilot "Cupid," an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC.
New Cupid? I'm hesitant, but hopeful. I'm not sure the update can match the original without Jeremy Piven or Paula Marshall, but Sarah Paulson is definitely a plus.

ETA: Sarah Paulson, good, but Dammit, dammit, sonovabitch!

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May 27th, 2008


2008.0527.0000::Penelope
Go wage your war, go sail your sea.
Fight your daily battles
against adulterers and monsters and unstill waters.

In the soft spaces
between the giants and enchantresses,
when echoes of battle cries no longer trouble your ears
drowned in the lulling sounds of the waves,
think of me, amidst maidservants and suitors--

The din of their usurping bacchanals
carry about in the hallways of my thought,
foundering our shared serenity
as I unravel the threads
of the shroud of our coupling.

When the bow-string is stretched taut and creaking,
trained upon those who would bury us
stay your hand and come to our bed,
so I can feel your warmth and weight,
my anchor.

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May 9th, 2008


2008.0509.1626::Things I am considering: 2008 Edition
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  1. Going to El Caminito del Rey
  2. Getting a cat (yes, I'm still allergic to them)
  3. Shaving my head
  4. Getting a tattoo (although not of the cover of the Tao of Pooh)
  5. Buying an HDTV and a PS3 or Xbox360
  6. Taking three weeks off to walk around Europe/Australia/Asia/Alaska
  7. Summiting Everest
  8. Growing my hair out


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April 30th, 2008


2008.0430.1541::Regarding my previous post
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Regarding my previous post:
My brother: you remember that old movie about a woman losing her diamond bracelet in a donut making machine?
thepeopleseason: Yes, indeed I do.
Bro: just wondering. I think I'll look for it on youtube.
Bro: http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/ask_the_a_v_club_april_27_2007/2
Bro: unfortunately, in one of the worst google search coincidences known to man, the kid in the story's name is "homer" making finding a youtube copy virtually impossible.


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2008.0430.1442::Is there anything that they can't do?
thepeopleseason: GET THE KITE, BEAVIS
thepeopleseason: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/a2d2/
batnandu: holy fucking shit


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April 28th, 2008


2008.0428.2224::Not for the Vertigo-prone...
A climbing area that looks straight out of Ico:


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April 26th, 2008


2008.0426.1345::Personalities
From the various Myers-Briggs tests that I've taken both online and in the meatspace, I've come to know myself as an INFP (although from time to time, I'll migrate to INTP when I'm especially analytic on a given subject). In this article, I found the following passages:
The fourth type of introvert in the smallest minority group is the INFP, the Healer. Healers make up just 1% of men and 2% of women on the planet.
And further down...
Don’t try to change [your introvert] into an extrovert. This is the ultimate stressor. It can lead to long term loss of Spirit, low self esteem, depression and health conditions associated with long term stress. Some of the signs to watch for have been indicated for each type: excessive eating, drinking or exercise, compulsive self criticism and perfectionism, feeling “unreal” or “lost” in time and space, disassociating from the body, speechless paralysis and cries for help such as “get away” or “leave me alone”.
This sentiment is echoed throughout many of the articles found under when trolling del.icio.us for links about introverts/introversion--introverts are the way they are, do not try to change them into extroverts, leave them alone.

Now granted, this article specifically targets parents of introverted children, and while I can respect the intent, the fact remains that as someone who is deeply introverted, I must live, work, and love in the extroverts' world, and excessive amounts of "leave me alone" has left me ill-prepared to operate in certain relationships which require more extroversion of me.

[Note: which is not to say that parents, friends, and significant others should attempt to extrovert their introverts at will. The eagerness extroverts throw into their social interactions (especially when, speaking from experience, they're trying to pull an introvert out of their solitude) is at times too much.]

Unless I'm willing to accept the notion that introverts should only have relationships with other introverts, I must reject the advice that introverts should not have some acclimatization to the needs of an exceedingly social society.

If, reading this as an extrovert, you find yourself thinking of an introvert that could be more social, remember--moderation is the key. In my case, I tend to feel more comfortable with either a smaller gathering for an extended period of time or a shorter get-together with a larger group of people. As I've gotten to know more people well, the social stress that results from my introversion falls.

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April 23rd, 2008


2008.0423.0015::Pixar-bottled emotion
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April 22nd, 2008


2008.0422.1700::In need...
Right now I need a Boombox and some Peter Gabriel.

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April 11th, 2008


2008.0411.1059::And a very happy birthday
To tankfreak! Have a great birthday! I don't think I'll be able to make it to the 80s party, but have some punch for me!

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2008.0411.1027::And the Award goes to...
In the category of "Most Grievous Misunderstanding of the Proprietary vs. Open Source Software Debate," the winner is:

Matt Fraction, writer of The Invincible Iron Man had the following to say about the new book:
“Zeke is a post-national business man and kind of an open source ideological terrorist,” explained Fraction, appropriately putting the contrast into software terms. “He has absolutely no loyalty to any sort of law, creed, or credo. He doesn’t want to beat Tony Stark, he wants to make him obsolete. Windows wants to be on every computer desktop in the world, but Linux and Stane want to destroy the desktop [emphasis mine]. He’s the open source to Stark’s closed source oppressiveness.
Now while I could say, as batnandu so eloquently put it, "somebody should punch that guy," I think Fraction just has a, as the award says, most grievous misunderstanding of the open source/free software movement--he continues his description of Ezekiel Stane as follows:
"He has no headquarters, no base, and no bank account. He’s a true ghost in the machine; completely off the grid, flexible, and mobile. That absolutely flies in the face of Tony’s received business wisdom and in the way business is done. There are banks and lawyers and you have facilities and testing. Stane is a much more different animal. He’s a much smarter, more mobile and much quicker to respond and evolved futurist.”
So his quote is less about Linux and Open Source and more about the character of Stane.

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April 7th, 2008


2008.0407.1124::You fired!
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Why hasn't anyone ever told me that there's a band out there which consists of four dudes with cellos who like to play Metallica covers?

You are all fired.

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March 20th, 2008


2008.0320.1909::To the woman who yelled at my girlfriend because of issues beyond her control:
You, madam, are a poop head.

Sincerely,
thepeopleseason

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March 17th, 2008


2008.0317.1703::In which I get political...
You should probably skip reading this post.

I don't usually discuss politics, especially when nowadays most verbalized political opinions amount to "you're [sic] candidate sux [sic]" and "if I wasn't [sic] typing away at this keyboard, Id [sic] cum [sic] over their [sic] and punch you in the face, cuz [sic] your [sic] stupid."

This 20-minute presentation from Lawrence Lessig (transcript here), however, has illuminated some of my chief objections to the way candidates in general have run political campaigns in modern times. It also led me to the following video:Collapse )

I don't really have any misconceptions that a single blog-post with links to a quasi-famous law professor is really going to change anybody's mind about who they're should or should not vote for, but I thought the link was effective enough in its presentation to pass it on.

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February 26th, 2008


2008.0226.1543::Neologism of the Day
bug-ger the ques-tion

Pronunciation: ˈbu̇-gər thə ˈkwes-chən
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English bougre heretic, from Anglo-French bugre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally, Bulgarian; from the association of Bulgaria with the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy

To misuse a word or phrase so prevalently that the incorrect/inaccurate meaning becomes linguistically valid.

"When you say, 'That literally blew my mind,' you're trying to bugger the question."

See also: ma-la-prop-en-si-ty, dinosaur comics on logical fallacies.

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February 22nd, 2008


2008.0222.1622::Just because you're paranoid...
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doesn't mean they're not out to get you:
Recently, James' mother replaced the batteries in "Elmo Knows Your Name" and is now convinced that the doll is homicidal.

You see, James' mother thinks that Elmo is saying "Kill James."

From: The Consumerist

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January 23rd, 2008


2008.0123.1628::You wouldn't like me when I'm angry
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This list is priceless.

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January 18th, 2008


2008.0118.1115::Is there anything they can't do?
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The older sibling (who could probably go as "thebrightseason" or "the original yellow bastard") sent me a recent New York Times article regarding Midtown Atlanta:
We skip dessert, heading instead for a nightcap at our favorite spot down on Ponce, an Atlanta institution since 1965. The anticipation grows as we near. Will the circular beacon in the window flash its neon welcome?

“Hot Now,” it screams, and the whooping commences in the back seat. We watch as our glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts rumble down the conveyor belt, knowing that a frosty night in Atlanta cannot end any more warmly than this.
Mmmmmm.... doughnuts.

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January 9th, 2008


2008.0109.1033::Bad translations...
I've lived with Engrish/Chinglish all my life. I still have a pencil box from grade school emblazoned with the phrase "Space Shuttle shall be realize to answer your dream." Engrish.com catalogs some of the more amusing offences (To everyone thinking they'd never do something so foolish, however, turnabout is fair play)

This (long, slightly complicated article) is a pretty amusing account of how poor software and lazy proofing (update: and the simplification of the written Chinese character) are combining to create something that China definitely wants to eradicate before the Olympics come to town.

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January 3rd, 2008


2008.0103.1812::Dear Web Developers:
Please stop fucking with my browser window dimensions.

That is all.
-thepeopleseason

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December 15th, 2007


2007.1215.1319::A catalogue of things that have broken recently
Technology is not liking me at the moment. In the past few weeks I've discovered the following items to be non-functional:
  • The DVD-ROM/CD-RW in my laptop
  • The 6GB portable drive which I believed to be solid state, but when plugged in appears to have malfunctioning platters by the odd, high-pitched grinding noise
  • The enclosed CD-RW drive hooked up to my desktop computer
  • My electric razor
Suggestions to how I should Earl-Hickey this bad-tech karma are welcome.

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December 12th, 2007


2007.1212.1744::A more efficient way of being stupid
Merriam-Webster President John Morse said "w00t" reflected the growing use of numeric keyboards to type words.

"People look for self-evident numeral-letter substitutions: 0 for O; 3 for E; 7 for T; and 4 for A," he said. "This is simply a different and more efficient way of representing the alphabetical character."
-- from "w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary
While I'm rather amused that Merriam-Webster chose "w00t" as word of the year (granted, some two to four years after it really became vernacular for anyone who spent any amount of time online), to suggest that l33t5p34]< and "w00t" in particular is a result of numeric keyboard inefficiencies just indicates how badly Merriam-Webster is stuck in the 20th Century (and don't even get me started on their website).

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December 6th, 2007


2007.1206.1437::Who says you can't learn things from video games?
Regarding this article, I'm just way too lazy to register an account to post the following comment:
A m00se 0nce bit my sister.


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November 8th, 2007


2007.1108.1606::Tabs that I have in my browser that I should really, really post about

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