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Friday, 26 February 2010

[Über-Cute Alert] Squeeee!

They're illegal in Queensland, but Lordy be I'd love to have a pygmy

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Today I have learned:

* how to make an omelette;

* not to believe an omelette recipe that says "serves 2" and "8 eggs"; and

* only put the ham & cheese on HALF.

Because 4 eggs is wayyyy too much for one person. I know this now.

I may be ill.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

[US] Domestic Terrorism

This article was written in mid-2009, but given that there are already at least two Facebook fan pages for the idiot who flew into the IRS building, I thought it was worth posting.

It's almost a cliché, but still very true: whether someone is labelled a terrorist or a "freedom fighter" depends entirely on the ideology of the viewer.

If this IRS plane guy had been named Akmal, the whole country would be up in arms, and any FB fanpage lionizing him would be violently protested as glorifying terrorism.

9 [Right-Wing] Myths About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Bit presumptuous

I have a "quit smoking" app on my iPhone, which has only been useful in terms of tracking the amount of $$ I've saved since I quit. It also has quite the range of useful & interesting factoids.

But this one:

Huh. Assumptions much?

Just for the record? I don't have any cigarette-related guilt to feel less of...

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Friday, 19 February 2010

No Impact Man

From the No Impact Man blog, this:

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Monday, 15 February 2010

Skeet shooting. With a tank.

What a brilliant ad - maybe they could introduce this as an alternative to Skirmish?

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what Feminism isn't

There was a post on the "STFU, Conservatives" blog recently, which I partially requote below:
"as much as Feminism CLAIMS to be about equality for women, in reality it’s a self-serving philosophy that teaches women to feel ENTITLED to everything that men have had to earn.

Women feel ENTITLED to the same pay as men without working the same hours or in the same dangerous jobs as men.

Well, "bollocks", for starts. I'm not a man-hating, balls-to-the-wall feminazi, but I'm grateful for the work other people did to provide me with the freedoms I now have. And this man is a complete arsehat.

Has feminism won? Let me illustrate:

Episode 1:
London, 2002: I am a Helpdesk Manager, responsible for Application Support for 1500 users across Europe and North America, with 2 FTE employees reporting to me. A man in a suit wanders up and looks at me quizzically. I say, "Morning! How can I help?" and he says, "Hi. Um... our Admin Assistant is off sick, could you take minutes for our meeting?"

Convince me that would have happened if I was a bloke.

Episode 2:
Brisbane, 2006: I am a Project Administrator, responsible for a team of engineers doing FIFO work in and out of the Northern Territory. The second week, a woman came up to me and said, "now, the kitchen roster... L was on for Mondays, so I'll just put you down for that?". Um.. Is this a voluntary roster? "oh, yes, all the girls are on it!" Right. I un-volunteer. "oh... Really??"

I looked at her and said, "when you've got someone on that list who doesn't have a uterus, come back and talk to me."

Again - how many blokes are on a fucking roster to clean the kitchens at work? I'm not going on it just because I don't have a penis.

To me, that shows me that we haven't achieved even equality yet - never mind the rest of the original poster's drivel.

Off to buy overalls and burn someone's bra.

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Saturday, 13 February 2010

[ZT] it was a PENCIL

NY boy, 11, faces charges over pencil attack

A kid scratches another kid with a sharp pencil. When I was at school, that would've meant a stern talking-to, possibly demerit points, maybe a note home to my parents. In New York? The scratcher was:
suspended from school and charged with felony attempted assault and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon


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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Do you remember the last time you flew a kite?

Not exactly, but I'm going to say when I was 12, on a mountain in PNG, with a gaggle of village kids. Cheap Chinese ones that only lasted a day before splitting or tearing.

Have you ever considered that the older generation are messing things up and the younger generation will be left to sort it out?

Not really, and that generational line starts to blur at my age anyway. People always have & always will screw up. People always have & always will discover something new then sneer at those who didn't know it. We do the best we can, generally.

What's your star sign, chinese animal?

Not a clue, I'm not into any of that.

If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got. What do you think this means??

Stop eating M&Ms & wondering why you haven't lost weight.

If you knew absolutely for certain that there was no afterlife, no god, no judgement day and this is it - how would you live your life differently?

If I knew that for certain, I would be dead. The possibility of there being more makes life bearable - otherwise we're all just meat puppets.

What are you reading at the moment and is it any good?

Right this second I'm reading Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove, and quite enjoying it. There are 2 more in that series. Next in line is Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, # 12. Finally, the end! ... Oh, wait. No, they've made "the last book" into a trilogy. Bollocks.

Ask me anything

Thursday, 4 February 2010


Obviously this is shite, but someone will fall for it...

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