Open Thread - January 22, 2006

All the cool kids do it and seeing as I’m at my parents today doing tech support stuff I figured I’d give it a shot as well. Use this thread to talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about. Use it as another opportunity to convert us heathens if you wish. Whatever. It’s the one of the few threads where no matter what your comment is about it can’t possibly be off-topic because the thread doesn’t have a topic. Which, of course, means it’ll probably end up picking one topic and sticking with it without fail…

Go nuts.

33 thoughts on “Open Thread - January 22, 2006

  1. Who’s got an account at My Space?  Apparently the URLs associated with that site are blacklisted here at SEB, so let’s just share our usernames, which come after the blacklisted URL:

    Mine is:  /rox1smf

    Having had an account for a little while now, I can say this:  Only a fucking moron (or group of morons) would run a 50 million member site on Cold Fusion.  I haven’t been able to log in to my account at all today.

    But ol’ Tom made a few million selling the site to Rupert Murdoch.  God damn you, Tom!!!

  2. Well. Can’t pass up an open opportunity like this. How about shameless self-promoting comment spam?

    BOCTAOE – But of course there are obvious exceptions

    Oh, and get out and vote tomorrow Canada! How often do you get to choose between money laundering criminals or religious zealots as leaders of our country.

    …well, every couple of years, I guess. Vote anyway.

  3. Does anyone else worry that the new Cyberman in Doctor Who looks a little too robotic? Though I guess we’ll have to wait till the episode in which they appear to really see how they’re played.

    Oh, and broadband is too bloody expensive here in rural Australia, damn you Telstra!

  4. I’ll second the vote motion… I don’t really care you who vote for because it;‘s sorta like choosing between the Godfather and Scarface.

    “By not voting you encourage a system where voting is irrelevant.”

  5. Oh, and broadband is too bloody expensive here in rural Australia, damn you Telstra!

    It’s too bloody expensive and too fucking slow here in Auckland, NZ, in the CITY too, so you’re not alone.

  6. Hey Les. Did you ever get the “holiday” present I sent you from your wish list? I have an annoying need for everyone to know if I’ve done a good deed. grin

  7. Yes, Brooks, I did get it. Thank you very much for the DVD of Kung-Fu Hustle. I meant to send you an email thank you about it as it arrived very late (just last week) and it looked like it’d been through hell as the packaging was ripped to shreds, but the DVD itself was OK and I’ve already watched it once to be sure. I think you may have gummed up one of the U.S. Post Office’s sorting machines with it, but that just makes it that much more special of a present.

  8. OB, I haven’t intentionally blacklisted myspace sites so I’ll check into that. I’m considering running an experiment where I turn off the blacklist and the referrer tracking to see if it speeds SEB up a bit. I’ve turned trackbacks back off again seeing as 99% of all of them are spam and I’ve already shut down the referrer tracking, but haven’t disabled the blacklist just yet.

  9. Ingolfson- you mean they actually have cities in New Zealand, with electricity and everything?

  10. The search for a comfy chair has shifted into high gear as my old chair just died over the weekend. The base collapsed making it impossible to sit in. Now I have no choice but to find a new chair soon.

    Melvin seems to be doing pretty well, though he gets into the occasional fight with Midnight, the other black cat in the house and the Alpha male before Melvin moved in. Mostly minor hissing fits at each other, but Melvin did get blindsided last week badly enough that I was picking bits of Midnight’s claws from his fur. Ouchies. All things considered, though, he’s doing well. He and I took a nap together on the couch the other day. I think Anne has pictures of it. I’ll post them later tonight when I get home.

  11. Cool Les. I’m glad it got there. I was beginning to wonder.

    One of my strongest memories of New Zealand was my constant struggle to NOT tip. Well, that and my helicopter ride to, and jump off of, the bridge at Skippers Canyon.

  12. Incidentally Brooks, if I ever manage to make it to your neck of the woods (or vice versa) I’ll probably ask you how much it’d cost to have you take a photo or two of my ugly mug. I’m always envious when I stop by your blog.

  13. Groovy! An open thread!

    I really should quit smoking. It’d add years to my life, but dammit, it’s so hard! Plus, you only live once…

  14. You can relax…first, hypnosis works
    really well to quit smoking (if you
    actually want to quit).

    Also, if you die from lung cancer
    no big deal ‘cause you don’t live
    just once. Go ahead and blow this
    life on nicotine if you like – you
    can always re-up for another life.

    Ever tried hypnotic pre-natal regression?

  15. Well, it seems I can’t proof read my own writing so…

    Les. If you’re ever in Los Angeles, send me an email and I’ll shoot you for free.

  16. Ever tried hypnotic pre-natal regression?

    [sarcasm] Nope, I’ve been too busy with my attempts at hypnotic pre-zygotic regression. This isn’t working, though, so maybe I should give your method a whirl. [/sarcasm]

  17. Just a heads up to anyone interested,the creationists nemesis Richard Dawkins (Darwins Rottweiler)has screened a two part documentary Roots of Evil.

    Some interesting interviews,I was particularly struck by one man claiming execution for adultery was sanctiomed in the bible and therefore was acceptable,not some mad Mullah but an American Pastor.
    Keep it zipped.

  18. Ingolfson- you mean they actually have cities in New Zealand, with electricity and everything?

    Sure. The New Zealanders don’t like it, but the common JAFA (Just Another Fuck… aeh… Friendly Aucklander) still exists.

    And sprawls over an area the size of London, with ‘only’ a third of the population. It’s one of the fastest growing cities of the western world though, and some day they (we) will actually build two-story houses in the suburbs.

    As for electricity – nope, they had blackouts before, and will have them again, because of said growth and those pesky envrionmentalists protesting any new power plants or power lines wink

    You ever been to NZ, Zilch? Oh, how I miss European food… Apart from that, its lovely.

  19. And on a sourer note, this sticks up my craw just now. Not in a making me furious and burn US flags way, but it does make me angry.

    I’m not one for revenge, but shouldn’t someone who killed a prisoner during tor… aeh… interrogation get a harsher sentence?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060124/ap_on_re_us/iraq_suffocation

    I know the guys ultimately responsible are much higher up, and if they ever visit prisons, its for publicity stuff. But the fact that those guys should be balmed (and we often enough do so here on this site) should not mean that those under them escape too. Otherwise, NO ONE is ever being blamed, you know?

  20. Ingolfson- nope, never been in that part of the world.  Hope to someday- I’ll let you know.  I have a couple of friends in Christchurch, and in Hobart, and Auckland is probably on the same streetcar line.

    Speaking of visits- I’m going to be in the SF Bay Area (in El Cerrito to be exact) for a month starting this Thursday, and I would love to get together with any SEB’ers who are around, if for no other reason than to see with my own eyes that not all of you are Turing machines.  Of course, ruling out androids will be harder…  Please, drop me an email.  Cheers, zilch

  21. Ingolfson- nope, never been in that part of the world.  Hope to someday- I’ll let you know.  I have a couple of friends in Christchurch, and in Hobart, and Auckland is probably on the same streetcar line.

    Sure, you’re welcome! No streetcars though. Bastards tore them down and so far, they aren’t listening to me to bring them back.

  22. Thanks for the invite, ingolfson.  You’re welcome to visit us anytime in Vienna, which used to be in Germany. LOL

  23. You’re welcome to visit us anytime in Vienna, which used to be in Germany.

    What a strange thing to say, Zilch. It wasn’t exactly the most glorious time when it was…

  24. Hello…
    Hello…

    Can you hear me in there? It’s me, God

    Look, I’ve made a bit of a screw up.  I dropped my big jar of universes, and this one, the one you’re in, rolled under the work bench and I can’t get at it.  Next thing I knew there was this ‘bang’ (probably sounded quite big from where you were) and the auto-play feature started. 

    Now, try not to do anything stupid, like fighting over me.  I’ll have you out as soon as I can, but I’m having a bit of trouble.  I sent earlier messages, but frankly the ones who are the most receptive tend to be a bit looney- forever wandering into the desert and having trances.  I think the messages are getting garbled.  If the words don’t match the observed facts then the check digit has probably got lost again.  Just hold tight until my lad gets back.  He reckons he didn’t do too bad last time he tried.

    Oh- and don’t eat all the dodo’s.  I know they tend to be tasty and easy to catch, but you will need them to help clean up if you start using fossil fuels.

    Bye

    There- I think I got through that time, but I think I got some sort of machine.  Hold on I haven’t hung up Click

  25. Good to see that you are there, God. It’s me, Sadie (but you already knew that, right? I mean, you’re God and everything).

    Here’s a personal question for you, and I hope you don’t take it the wrong way. Are you really, really good-looking? Do you have phenomenal sex appeal? I would think that you’d have to, seeing how many of your followers have worshipped and died in your name throughout the ages.

    It’s good to see that you’re British. Many of the best rock bands in history hailed from your country. smile

  26. Do you have phenomenal sex appeal?

    In the evolutionary sense, Sadie (and what’s more important than differential reproductive fitness?), God has what it takes- He was able to knock up Mary in feathered form.  Maybe that’s why Christianity is for the birds… LOL

  27. God has what it takes- He was able to knock up Mary in feathered form.

    Thanx Zilch: You make me grin a lot.  LOL
    Shit, I’m glad I did a sorta proof read, coz I’d written: you maker me griM alot.
    It wasn’t really a ‘wot’s that fella’s name again’ slip? Foxpaw.

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