List of best of 2003 lists
"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson
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They link to me, I link to them, They link to me...
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Wed-Dec 31 2003
Jessica Lynch Captures Saddam; Ex-Dictator Demands Back Pay from Baker
Former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein was taken into custody yesterday at 8:30p.m. Baghdad time. Various television executives, White House spin doctors and propaganda experts at the Pentagon are at this time wrestling with the question of whether to claim PFC Jessica Lynch seized the ex-potentate or that Saddam surrendered after close hand-to-hand combat with current Iraqi strongman Paul Bremer III.Link
Via Follow Me Here
Sun-Dec 28 2003
" The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity."The Second Coming-William Butler Yeats
Best spam 'sender' this week:
"Straightaway T. Akimbo"
Good Gravy, who the heck falls for e-mail from somebody like this?
Thu-Dec 25 2003
Shocked, just shocked
A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw ''no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers'' during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct.Link
Via The Agonist
Wed-Dec 24 2003
Lord of the Rings/The Two Towers
After watching the Battle at Helms Deep at least a half-dozen times I have to say that that is one piss-poor fortress. It's missing a lot of the basics:
Firing Slots/Ports-beats exposing your whole torso over the wall to fire arrows
Boiling Oil-very handy
Long Poles to push away those pesky ladders
Drawbridges-It was way too easy for those Orcs to get the battering ram to the gate
Why wasn't there somebody guarding the drain grate? It's an obvious target. I would have put the water into a pool to be used to flood the enemy.
This is just off the top of my head-a study of castle design would undoubtably come up with more examples.
Tue-Dec 23 2003
Sun-Dec 21 2003
Transdniester has a president, parliament, army and porice forces, but, as yet it is lacking International recognition. The official languages are Russian, Moldavian, and Ukrainian. Constitutional system: Trans-Dniester Moldavian Republic is an independent democratic state. Trans-Dniester Moldavian Republic is situated between the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine. Territorially the state encompasses areas on the left bank of the Dniester river, the town of Bendery and some villages on the right bank. The capital of Trans-Dniester Moldavian Republic is Tiraspol (population 194,000 as of 1 September 1999).Link
Wed-Dec 17 2003
Thoughts on "Battlestar Galactica"
Of course it's better than the original. I've seen the original, and there are Pokemon episodes that are better TV.
Impressive sound/music, editing, and production design.
Cylons who imitate humans must avoid certain positions during sex, lest their glowing spinal cords give them away.
Problems I have:
Why would are the Cylons hostile to humans at all? Space is big and they can out-compete and out-reproduce us.
Dogfights in space are a silly concept to begin with, but humans versus sentient machines is downright ridiculous. Humans can handle maybe 4 gees tops while the machines can accelerate and maneuver at the limit of their technologies.
The Cylons can make themselves resemble humans right down to the organs, but can only make 12 models of replicants? Go on, try to come up with a plausible explanation.
And of course, the uber-hole that comes up with almost any half-baked SF: why haven't the sentient machines achieved the Singularity?
Mon-Dec 15 2003
Sun-Dec 14 2003
A little-known provision buried within the omnibus federal spending bill that the U.S. House of Representatives approved yesterday would take away federal grants from local and state transportation authorities that allow citizens to run advertising on buses, trains, or subways in support of reforming our nation?s drug laws. If enacted, the provision could effectively silence community groups around the country that are using advertising to educate Americans about medical marijuana and other drug policy reforms. Meanwhile, this same bill gives the White House $145 million in taxpayer money to run anti-marijuana ads next year.Link
Via Abuddhas Memes
Sat-Dec 13 2003
Spam subject of the week
"You've got Medicine Ammo"
How did they know?
Tue-Dec 09 2003
Can't eat just one
If talking food is a tool, it's one typically seized by a businessman/evangelist desperately grasping for "funny" ? and using the first inoffensive, seemingly comic concept he can find.Link
Mon-Dec 08 2003
Don't worry about the government
The U.S. government will continue to deport Canadian citizens to third countries if they pose a risk to American national security, said Paul Cellucci, U.S. ambassador to Canada.This makes perfect sense, because Canada is soooo far away. And of course Syria is our good buddy.
Via wood's lot
Sun-Dec 07 2003
Master of my domain
Confronted with a totally dead computer, I correctly diagnosed the problem as a dead power supply and completed a successful replacement. Now to get the cd-rom drive working again.
Thu-Dec 04 2003
Bush made a 20-minute speech to a crowd of about 500 party faithful in the main ballroom of the Hanover Marriott at a $2,000-a-plate evening fund-raiser.When the hell did this happen?
Wed-Dec 03 2003
Miami police Chief John Timoney must be mighty proud of the social order he maintained during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit a couple of weeks ago in Miami - sort of the way Saddam Hussein was proud of quieting dissension in his country.Link
More at Metafilter
I'm waiting for Rufus T. Firefly
Now I'm getting spam (GENNERIC V I A G R A, No pcresription nedeed!) from "Restiveness H. Downer".
Tue-Dec 02 2003
Here we have a buttmunch holding up about 5 cars while attempting to make an illegal turn across 2 lanes of busy traffic into a line of 10 cars waiting for a light. I really wish I was the car behind them so I could use my horn.
This is classic. Not 1, not 2, but 3 cars parked in a load/unload zone while they busily load/unload what-lattes? Actually the last car in the line is parked in a bus stop.
One of the things I miss about my last job was the ability to have non-customers towed out of our lot. The nicer the car, the better. This arrogant jerk hasn't even fed the meter. Oh yea, I miss having cars towed.