11.28.2007

What she said....

This Promotes Rape
Let Lusty Linda the pen holder sun-bath on your desk. When you stick in a pen, she will moan, groan or say any of 10 different things. A switch on the bottom lets you set Linda’s mood, from good or bad. (too bad all women did not have such a switch).

Lusty Linda The Pen Holder Says 10 Different Things including:

* ooow (ouch)!
* Get out you, you dirty old man!
* What are you looking at?
* Help! Help!
* Oh ooh (excited)
Found via Feministing.

*Bleep*

Technically, this *is* safe for work....


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Sent to me from sagefool. As is this:

Sometimes fact really *is* funnier than fiction....

Course, it's also sadder.

Trent Lott's Likely Replacement Featured in Borat

On a theme

For you tech people out there, there's a new local blog that may soon become a group blog. sexygeekspeak is looking for people interested in posting stuff that is "somewhat sexy, geeky, or techy." Apparently, the blog will partner with a weekly show on WRFU 104.5 every Tuesday from 11am to noon.

Speaking of sexygeekspeak, narciblog has a great post up about Joss Whedon and the writer's strike.

I'm sorta feeling a *bit* techy this week. Not only did I help free a friend's hard drive from a *wicked* internets venereal disease, but I also set up a wireless network at our house.

Also, I've been playing some online thing lately called NationStates. You get to form a nation and then help shape it by deciding on issues.

Here's a description of my nation, GameraGirl:
The Republic of GameraGirl

Motto: "Do unto others"

Civil Rights: Superb
Economy: Struggling
Political Freedoms: Superb

The Republic of GameraGirl is a large, socially progressive nation, notable for its strong anti-business politics. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 23 million are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whoever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Social Welfare, although Education and Healthcare are on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 48%, but much higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Door-to-door Insurance Sales.

GameraGirl's children are widely acknowledged as the most foul-mouthed in the region, the government awards prizes to television shows featuring stereotype-breaking minority roles, military funding has been stripped back, and the tenet of free speech is held dear. Crime is totally unknown. GameraGirl's national animal is the turtle and its currency is the testudine.
Sounds about right.

:)

If you are interested in joining, I'm a member of a region you can join after you create your nation. Someone on a messageboard I'm on started the region and we have 12 nations already. Since it's a liberal messageboard, most of the players are liberal, but a few of our conservatives have joined as well. It's kinda fun. I have mine set up so I get to decide on two issues a day.

The game is apparently based on the book, Jennifer Government.
Welcome to paradise! The world is run by American corporations (except for a few deluded holdouts like the French); taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; the Police and the NRA are publicly-traded security firms; and the U.S. government only investigates crimes it can bill for.

Hack Nike is a Merchandising Officer who discovers an all-new way to sell sneakers. Buy Mitsui is a stockbroker with a death-wish. Billy NRA is finding out that life in a private army isn't all snappy uniforms and code names. And Jennifer Government, a legendary agent with a barcode tattoo, is the consumer watchdog from hell.
Gonna have to pick up that book....


11.25.2007

And *you're* going, too

I'll be there with bells on....

;)

Holiday apparel is mandatory! A Santa hat is not enough. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Paint on a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit.

No money? Be creative!

REMEMBER SHARING IS CARING

Bring an extra hat and assimilate others!

My Vajayjay is Painin'!

Heard about this video from a NYT article.



Regardless of the origination, I really like this word.

Fight the Powers That Be

David Zirin will be speaking here in C-U this Wednesday night in 319 Gregory Hall at 7:30pm. I've heard Zirin on Chuck D's Sunday night show on Air America (you can download podcasts of Chuck D's show for free through iTunes or here). He's funny, he's smart, and he's really interesting. With Zirin's writing, sports and politics collide. He's promoting his newest book Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports. He also recently wrote an article about the chief controversy and Illinois Homecoming.

Here's a YouTube clip of David Zirin when he spoke at The Schomburg Center for Study in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC this past May.



Should definitely be an interesting talk. If you are interested in going, let me know. I plan on attending---I'm also going to pick up a book before then and see if he'll sign it.

Sunday morning mindframe

Listening to music Sunday morning.

Thought enters.

It's time to start cutting out what doesn't work in my life anymore.

I was talking with sagefool the other day and I would have to be *insane* to recount the conversation entirely correct, but basically the idea of "having a million projects in a state of incompletion takes over your brain" came up. You have to use energy to hold something in a state of limbo. Every time you run into an instance of where having that project finished would save time/money/etc or when you actually have to look at said project in its stagnant state, you think about it and are reminded of it. You never are truly ignoring it.

I've run into this with other people as well. Things have emotional value that goes *way* beyond practicality, sensibility, or value. People---myself included---will hold onto shit way past its expiration date until that very valued thing is in the way of living life as you live *now.*

And it's not just things. It's ideas. Self-concepts. Self-identifiers. Self-images. Self-imposed roles that may or may not work for us anymore. Being "tall." Being "young." Being "nice." Being tall can lose its importance. Being young can lead to being experienced. Being nice can get you screwed over.

That's not to say we should leave these things behind. Just that we need to finish the tasks at hand before they become self-identifiers as well. In a few weeks, I'm going to quit smoking---again. I've quit before---once for almost a year and a half. I'm also attempting better food choices (my substitute for the word "diet") and trying to incorporate exercise into my life in a regular way. I'm also trying to finish the myriad of unfinished projects I've got lying around or stashed away.

It's time to let go....

11.24.2007

Any Comic Book Fans out there?

I'd heard about this before, but apparently the Angel (Season 6) comic series has begun. The first issue---written by Joss Whedon---came out the day before Thanksgiving.

I have to get an issue. Gonna have to talk to my sources and get me one of 'em. They apparently will be canon. Here's what Whedon said when asked about it:
Canon is key, as is continuity. If you are massive nerd. Which I am. I believe there's a demarcation between the creation and ancillary creations by different people. I'm all for that stuff, just like fanfic, but I like to know what's there's an absolutely official story-so-far, especially when something changes mediums, which my stuff seems to do a lot.
Here's the wiki spoiler entry describing the comic. Read it at your own risk.
Los Angeles has been a demon war zone for months after Wolfram & Hart literally sent the entire city to hell in retaliation to Team Angel's actions in "Not Fade Away". Angel, having tamed a dragon, rescues citizens from the destruction and sends them to Connor, Gwen, and Nina for sanctuary. Meanwhile, the deceased Wesley is now an incorporeal representative of Wolfram & Hart, and Gunn has been turned into a vampire.
Numfar! Do the dance of joy!

11.23.2007

I think I'm going to puke....

Found via Jezebel. Yah, Jezebel has a lot of useless gossip crap on it---but it's got stuff like this on it as well.
Authorities in Brazil are investigating reports that a young woman was left in a police cell with some 20 men for a month and repeatedly sexually abused.

...

Media reports suggested that the girl was placed in a police cell in the town of Abaetetuba on suspicion of theft.

But human-rights groups say there is uncertainty about what offence the girl was accused of and she was not formally charged.

They say that she was raped relentlessly and forced to have sex in order to obtain food.

...

Gov Carepa said the girl's age did not matter.

"Whether she was 15, 20, or 100 doesn't matter. A woman should never be left in a jail with men," she said.

...

Jails in Brazil are notorious for overcrowding and appalling conditions, and this is not the first time that there has been a controversy over a female prisoner being detained alongside men.

However, on this occasion, the seriousness of the allegation has caused shock and considerable public anger, the BBC's Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says.
On a related note, can't *wait* to see this new comedy/fake horror movie now....

The Eternal Optimist

Sorry I've been away so long---my internets at home took a big old crap lately and I haven't been online for extended periods of time. Mostly because the connection seemed to go out *every time* I wanted to post/publish/send something....

:(

So...saw a tidbit in the N-G this week:
CHAMPAIGN – A vacant Campustown building that long housed Bidwell's tavern and later Cochrane's tavern is expected to be torn down next year to make way for a five-story retail/office complex.

The three-story building at 619 S. Wright St. will likely come down "in the next couple of months" so construction on Campus Centre can begin, said Laura Pime of Northbrook-based Gregory Realty Group, which is developing the new building.

Pime said the company is close to signing a "gourmet" fast-food tenant for the first floor. The second floor is intended for retail space – perhaps a hair or nail salon – and the third through fifth floors are expected to house offices, she said.
Can I dare to dream? Go fill out a request online. Post a link to this story in your Additional Comments. I want a Trader Joe's---how about you? It would be perfect---smaller, more intimate space (which seems to be the standard for TJ's), on campus, on the buslines, and with the projects at Fourth and Springfield (and Green), in an area that's going to become more dense population-wise.

I'm kinda amazed at all the growth right now in Champaign. Fourth and Green, Springfield and Green, the old Cochrane's, the new Convention Center south of the Assembly Hall, the new building downtown, and the Champaign Public Library---all brand-new multi-story buildings going up.

11.16.2007

Seriously wrong....

Here's another tidbit relating to the writer's strike. Apparently, Fox is going to finish and then run three episodes of the Family Guy that Seth MacFarlane was working on. The shows weren't finished---nor were they voiced prior to the strike---but Fox is going to have others do the voices and then run the shows.
The overlords at Fox have announced plans to air an original Family Guy episode this Sunday and move forward on three more without the participation of mastermind Seth MacFarlane, who not only serves as show runner but supplies many of the key voices.

...

"It would just be a colossal dick move if they did that," Family Guy's creator told Variety, noting that the next three episodes of the animated comedy are "relatively close to completion, but they have not had a final pass."

MacFarlane acknowledged that both the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV are "legally within their rights" to finish new episodes without his input, but doing so, he said, could not only affect the show's creative direction and thus alienate viewers but also harm the successful partnership MacFarlane and Fox have built up over the years.

...

Given that he's been in talks with the network for a new long-term contract for the past year, MacFarlane does have a little bit of leverage.

"I'm technically in breach of nothing," he added.

Fox has a tough balancing act producing the show and keeping MacFarlane happy. Aside from solid ratings, Family Guy was one of the first TV series to do blockbuster business on DVD, becoming the top-selling TV DVD of the year for 2003. That success led Fox to revive the series after canceling it. On Nov. 4, Family Guy celebrated its 100th episode.
If you watch Family Guy, you know Seth MacFarlane *is* The Family Guy...and Brian...and Stewie...and a bunch of others. Plus he writes the show. He frigging *created* the show. And it got back on the air because of DVD sales---you know, the DVD sales writers want to get paid for?

The other interesting tidbit in the article was this:
The Screen Actors Guild has quite a bit at stake in how the current work stoppage shakes out. The acting union's contract is due to expire in June (as is the Directors Guild's), and they want the same thing as writers—a larger share from the burgeoning new-media market.

"Everyone knows the Internet is the future," said Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer. "If we don't get a piece of that, we're doomed."
Here's Seth talking to a rally last Friday:

11.12.2007

So I got *that* going for me...which is nice....

Yah...okay...so the article is inconclusive and a bit odd, but still....
Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests.

Researchers studied 16,000 women and girls and found the more voluptuous performed better on cognitive tests - as did their children.

The bigger the difference between a woman's waist and hips the better.

-1000 points if you didn't get the film reference in my post title.

PS: I started back on the gym routine today. Been trying to eat better---we'll see if it makes me *stupider*....

11.10.2007

*Huge* wtf moment....

Skynet military launch delayed

Thank gouda!

IMCFest tonight, tomorrow























I'm hoping to hit this up tonight with some friends. It's in the old post office in downtown Urbana by the courthouses and Lincoln Square. All ages, $10/person, and a *crapton* of local music.

If the lighting isn't horrendous, I'll moblog.

11.08.2007

Writer's Strike

Found a few videos from United Hollywood featuring people from my two favorite shows, The Office and Lost.

The Office


Lost and Desperate


I know sagefool bought at least a season's worth of shows from iTunes. A few other people I know watch shows on the internets. If what these writers say is true, they were never compensated for any of that. Granted, it sounds like the creative solution was for these items being deemed "promotions," but looks like the writers tire of not being compensated for all the extra revenue these companies have been making at their expense. Without the writers, there is no Lost *or* Office.

But we'll still have A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila....

11.07.2007

My Knoxville Trip

Here's some pics---this time a little *less* fuzzy....

Knoxville has shuttles, buses, and trolleys. They trolleys are free. We took this trolley the long way so we could get a glimpse of the campus (University of Tennessee is in Knoxville). We also got a glimpse of many drunks. Our trolley ride was an entertaining exercise in eavesdropping. We had a blast.
















Here's the amphitheater next to the Convention Center.
















We ate at Downtown Grill & Brewery.
















We went to Pigeon Forge to eat one night. It seemed like the Vegas of the Smoky Mountains.
















We went back the morning we left while waiting for people who were riding back with us.
















After some shopping, we picked up the two people riding back with us, and then broke down about 45 minutes north of Knoxville.
















We were sorta lucky. This was the one sort of straight length of road without crazy drop-offs or curves. After waiting 3 hours, getting picked up, riding back to and through Knoxville to the airport to pick up our rental car, we left town 6 hours later than the first time and got back around 12:30am. I rushed over to sagefool's house where jam weekend was in full swing. I proceeded to get absolutely *blasted*....
















I actually intended for the above pic to be blurry. Not so much with the last. I tried to take a picture of the moon at the end of the night---but I was drunk and giggly. Apparently, my giggle looks like this:

I guess it's *technically* NSFW....

This is the funniest stuff I've read in a long time. Apparently, there is a movement afoot, along with devices and tips, to help men "regrow" their foreskin. Highlights?

Manual Tugging

This method is a simple way to get started. With this method one pulls the shaft skin forward and holds it there for 10-15 minutes or more, once or twice a day. This can be a good way to stretch out the skin before using other methods or can be a complete restoration method in itself.

...

ManHood

While not a device than will restore your foreskin the ManHood is an undergarment that acts as a foreskin substitute. Visit www.manhood.mb.ca for more info on this product.
By the way, the ManHood site says ManHoods help protect against embarrassing wet spots while pleasantly scenting the member.