I've killed the weather pixie. Too cute for Sarcasmo. But fear not...I did say the Internet is out there to pander to people like me. In it's place you'll find our new message center. Leave your words of wisdom for all to see.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 31, 2002
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Umm...OW! Apparently, the globalization phenomenon is growing so rapidly in China that some folks are having their tongues snipped in order to improve their English pronounciation.


Does this seem like a particularly American idea to anyone else. Hmmm, either I can work very hard and try to train my muscles around these new sounds, or I can just get surgery? And I thought liposuction was creepy.


I understand their motives are career based, but still. And its even being done to children. English might not even be the language of business by the time they are adults. Thoughts, anyone? Discuss them here.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 31, 2002
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Porn=Cultural Asset?


What, another post about porn? Yes, it's true. This time, a porn producer/children's story writer in france wants to stop the pending pornography from being banned from French television airwaves. Why? His main argument seems to be that rather than protecting the children, it will only help them to enjoy porn more, as the kiddies will have the added excitement of exposure to the forbidden. I am not all together sure this argument is in his favor.


Personally, I am pro-porn. I think it can be great fun to watch (or read or imagine), it's a healthy release, and generally a good laugh as well. However, I am not 100% keen on the idea of exposing kids to porn when they don't really have any other context for sex. It is likely to give them skewed ideas. But in this, as with many cases, I think it behooves parents to be aware of what their children watch, and to talk to them like they are sentient beings. Granted, you can't be with them all the time. So teach them well and honestly, and hope you've armed them with enough knowledge to make good life decisions. And quit whining.


Do I think a great injustice will be done if the French ban porn from their regular television line-up. No, not especially. It's not like it will be unavailable all together. Besides, even for adults, isn't the thrill of sneaking a peek of the forbidden part of the fun?


On the other hand, come on, this is France. Aren't they supposed to be more progressive about this sort of thing?


I think what amuses me most about this piece is the following quote from Mr. John B. Root:

"Porn is one of the fruits of the youth uprising of May 1968, and it is a precious cultural asset."



Aside from being another porn story, this is also the first link for which I am designating its very own discussion space. I'll try this out for a few days postings. If you have opinions, please post them. If not, then don't. If there is no response then I will stick with the main discussion board (see link on top nav bar).


Click here to Discuss

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 30, 2002
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Thought Eminem had controversey? Consider Bach, Wagner and John Adams.
Stuff like this tends to irritate me greatly. I abhor the idea that we should sweep history under the carpet in order not to offend people. I think we should acknowledge our history, recognize former crimes against humanity, and then view them through the more progressive (?) ideas of our own time. To ignore our past is only opening the door to have it happen again.

This musical link found on Arts and Letters Daily.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 30, 2002
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Fear my Weather Pixie, now bringing Sarcasmo fans the weather report from my home town.

Hey, I was bored, and there is a whole Internet out there waiting to pander to folks like me.

At least it isn't a dancing Useless Blog Blob.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 29, 2002
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You know, I know a good many 20/30 somethings (yours truly included) who hit upon hard times when the economy dropped out and our jobs were no more. We drank, we whined, we scrimped, saved, spent, bitched and moaned, and tried to find ways to identify ourselves to society that didn't include a job title. It was (and for some, still is) a strange and disorienting time.

But to put things in perspective, I only had to deal with no longer being a professional technical writer. This 20-something has to deal with being an umemployed former dictator. And HE had to move in with his Mom.

Suddenly my brief (and beloved) forray back into the world of retail book sales doesn't seem quite so bad. I wonder who he's getting to do his resume.

Found by way of Ernie's Stupid Weblog@Psylux

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 29, 2002
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Now people can put noise in your head from 100 yards away.

Found on /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 29, 2002
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Is someone else writing the books credited to your favorite author?

And should we really be surprised? How many great works of art were actually done by the students of great painters?

Found on Arts and Letters Daily

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 29, 2002
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You know, I agreed with when he came out and said it wasn't the responsibility of celebrities to be role models. But do we really have to reward them for their criminal behavior?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 29, 2002
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What, another silly survey? How could I resist this one?




I am Snoopy

Which Peanuts Character Are You Quiz




Found via Helpknot.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, July 27, 2002
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Afraid some creepy crawlies are in your area? This article from the ever vigilant Weekly World News gives you sure fire signs that there's a vampire in your neighborhood.

Sorry, guys, no notes are given on how to find out if Sarah Michelle Geller is also creeping about.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 26, 2002
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Oh those wacky ivy leaguers.

Found via /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 26, 2002
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He's got to be kidding. To me, this even beats Boong Ga Boong Ga.

Friendly psychic found by way of Boing Boing

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, July 26, 2002
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A very sweet tribute to first kisses everywhere.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 25, 2002
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Want to fuse that embryo in the comfort and safety of your own genetic engineering lab? For just $9,199, the folks at Clonaid.com ("The First Human Cloning Company") can help. They are Raelians, and science is their religion.

Now, some of you may consider mocking the Raelian religious belief that preaches eternal life through genetic engineering. However, before you do, I ask you to consider your own beliefs, then click here. Or, if you prefer something more wicked and thought provoking, try this great comic from The Parking Lot is Full. (Sadly, PLIF is no longer published. Be sure to check out their archives. Well worth the clicking.)

Sarcsmo has no religious affiliation, and as such she feels as though she can hardly ridicule the beliefs of others. She cautions you to do the same. Even if it means not making fun of religions whose origins apparently have something to do with a UFO, a childlike alien, and France in the early 70s.

Found this eternal-living-through-science link on The Register

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 25, 2002
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You all secretly wished it was true...and now the Weekly World News will back you up. 80s TV shows will raise your IQ. Now you can watch Scarecrow and Mrs. King, guilt-free.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 25, 2002
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I stumbled across the Alteraction website while trying to find a place to find Interactive Text games for my handheld (no luck yet, although I am told they are out there. I've played the first 2 web episodes of their debut piece, MASQ, a sort of Shockwave, realtime, pulpy comic-book style adventure where you are the protagonist. Very reminiscint of the old Choose Your Own Adventure books (now available here for grown-ups), MASQ takes in consideration the amount of time it takes you to respond to stimuli, and whether or not you respond at all.

Pretty interesting stuff. I just downloaded the shareware demo, which allows you to play the story all the way through (5 episodes) 5 times. Seems like fun.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 24, 2002
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What would you call yourself if you were a cyborg? Here's my robotic handle:


Synthetic Artificial Replicant Calibrated for Accurate Sabotage and Mandatory Observation

Oh, and it is SO true.

Thanks to my M.O.M. (Machine Optimized for Mathematics) for this bit of cybernetic silliness.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 24, 2002
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These advertising crossovers are getting ridiculous. The MIBII/Burger King combination, the Austin Powers/practically everybody else combo...these I have accepted, grudingly. But Must See TV Ice-Cream? Please.

Perhaps ad execs have realized that many of these shows have less mental stimulation of children's programming, and that adults will need the promise of sugar and sweets to keep watching.

This sickening concoction found on Plastic.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 24, 2002
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Hallelujah! I've found my people.

Non-man hating smart women who are pro-women and anti-whiners! Sarcasmo is overjoyed (and inexplicably talking in the 3rd person)!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 23, 2002
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If you can avoid it, never let a doctor stick a tube down your nose into your stomach. It hurts, it's disgusting, and not at all attractive.

Just a little advice from Sarcasmo, the human pin cushion.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 23, 2002
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A religious figure fond of "drinking, smoking, and sex?" No, it's not Dionysus, but rather a Captain F Wale, a British soldier who was shot by a mutineer in 1858.

Somehow I doubt that when he enlisted he thought he would be helping defendants find loopholes, and men get their neighbors into bed, all from beyond the grave. Just goes to show that we never really know our full potential until a bunch of people are willing to exploit our corpses. (If you think this isn't happening in the west, refer to my post of 7/28 regarding this article).


This religious epiphany found on Plastic..

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 22, 2002
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A victory for freedom! TIPS is no more, thanks to Dick Armey.

Although, the cynic that I am can only wonder if people still won't be asked to do it simply on a "hush hush" basis.

*SIGH*

Let freedom ring!

Found this happy news on Boing Boing

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 22, 2002
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F*CKING OW!



Just wanted to let you know Sarcasmo's Corner should be back in a day or two. Sarcasmo is currently suffering the slings and arrows of having been in a car accident. I am achy, brusied, sore, and currently sporting 24 sutures (that promise to become a nasty scar--something about there not being enough tissue intergretity) but otherwise happily fine. Not only did they let me out of the hospital the night of the accident, they didn't even give me any fun pain killers, so you know I am more than likely to live. I am just really too tired to dig up goofy websites today.

On second thought, I will dig up an old favorite today: Pinstruck.com. Send someone who battered and bruised you a creepy virtual voodoo doll. Or send one to me. They crack me up. Cheers!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 22, 2002
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Def Leppard + Free concert at Walmart = a really sad commentary on the music I once listened to.
Thanks to Plastic for this sad trip down memory lane.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 18, 2002
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It's not easy pushing porn. Don't believe me? Just ask Ali Davis, video store clerk, femisinist and purveyor of porn.

This very funny diary recounts her struggle with the colorful cast of characters that come to her store, along with her angst to keep up her ideals about feminism and the positive power of sex while renting out titles such as Faces with Braces.

Hang tough, sister.

Found on Meme Pool

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 18, 2002
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Silly, disgusting, full of cartoonish, unnecessarily vivid sound effect, and detrimental to the image of a pop superstar? Oh yeah, bring it on.

Link brought to my attention by the always tasteful folks at Boing Boing.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 18, 2002
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VIdeo game ads from the great beyond? Last time I read this it was around April Fool's day, and I was convinced it was a joke. This artile is dated March 15, so unless its an Ides of March joke, my guess is that it may be true.

Remind me to add a clause to my will that will forbid selling ad space on my resting place to any "girl" video games, like Crush Course, also by Acclaim.

Thanks to /. for bringing this creepy piece of news back from the dead.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 18, 2002
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As if TIPS isn't disturbing enough, the UK has it's own spy game afoot.


As a founding father said:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

Franklin quote found here, along with some other Franklin treasures.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 17, 2002
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Lost Python Sketches to be performed.

Now if I could only get to Edinburgh...

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 17, 2002
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Rejoice, paranoids of the America! Your time has come. Thanks to Uncle Sam, your friendly neighborhood paper delivery boy, mail carrier and other neighborhood folks may be spying on you. Be sure to TIPS them well come the holdiays, or who knows what they'll do.

This so called "War on Terror" scares the bejesus out of me. I think its time for everyone to brush-up on their Orwell.

Link found on Plastic, although I rather wish I hadn't.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 16, 2002
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Paul is dead? Oh no, you've got it all backwards.

Thanks, Emmett!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 16, 2002
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Have a few minutes (or let's face it, hours) to kill? Try 3D pong!

Link found on the ever funny User Friendly.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, July 14, 2002
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For those of you who collect the artwork of Thomas Kincade, the "Painter of Light," you can now live in a housing development based on his paintings.

Personally, I'd rather live someplace like this.

Link illuminated on Arts and Letters Daily.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, July 14, 2002
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Looking for salvation, but too lazy or bored to sift through centuries of dogma to discover the belief system that most complements you? Why not select your religion based on your complexion? Save your soul and look great doing it!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, July 13, 2002
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Rizzily Razzily Mo Mo Mo.


Thanks to Plastic for providing me with this nightmarish link

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 11, 2002
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tH3 V@+1c4n owns J00




I stumbled across this sparsely detailed ABC news story by way of /.. Allegedly, Italian authorities have taken over the content of some websites that were deemed "blasphemous" by a Vatican newspaper. In place of the offending material, the words "Site seized by the Head of Rome's Special Police Force, on the orders of Rome's Chief Prosecutor." I know. Clever. Isn't that the kind of things hacker kids do?

If this is true (hard to say, since no websites are listed, the name of the paper isn't given and the authorities are not specificly designated), what a frightening precedent.

According to Merriam Webster, something blasphemous is marked by "irreverant impeity." Something I personally try and practice several times a day. Will they come black me out next? And which authorities were they, anyway? Were they Italian pages? Is Italy again a fascist state?

Free Speech issues and the Thought Police aside, just what did these websites say? Consider the Virgin Mary Dildo, or this lovely little site, Adult Christianity! Will Jesus Dress Up be next on the chopping block?

Ah, another source, this one much more detailed, and therefore more disturbing. Blasphemy is ILLEGAL in Italy?

Created in Italy, hosted in the good ol' USA. I see this case heading straight towards Exhibit A in a International Internet Legislation argument. *SIGH*

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 10, 2002
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Geeze, you can't trust ANYONE these days. Not even Nature's creatures

Thanks, Emmett!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, July 10, 2002
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I Love Egg, and if you like a little silliness for breakfast, you will too!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, July 09, 2002
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Bounced over by way of Boing Boing:

A mere ten dollars to see the future, 500 years from now? And I can bring a loved one along for an extra ten simoleans? Heck yeah! It's worth it just for the certificate!

Besides, if the technology doesn't make time travel possible, I can always apply that $39 billion plus towards dinner at Milliways.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 08, 2002
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I'm listless, cranky, and don't feel like talking to anybody. PMS? Nah. I'm a gamer.

Tripped over this link on /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 08, 2002
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Summer love gets conservatives steamed.

Are we oversensitive when it comes to separating youth from sex?

Link found by way of Arts & Letters Daily

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, July 08, 2002
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Boing Boing reports by way of Plastic:

Please please please please PLEASE let this be true!

I'm getting my Transmogrifier Gun ready to turn my computer into a theatre screen right now!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, July 06, 2002
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The price of universal peace? (Say in your best Dr. Evil voice) One Billion Dollars.

Link discovered on Plastic.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, July 06, 2002
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Found on Boing Boing:

Hey, I'm as anxious for the next Harry Potter novel as the next reader, but will it be enough for me to accept a fan fic version in which Harry Potter has lost his magical powers and fights as a dragon?

Hmmm...it just might.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 04, 2002
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If your park bench starts talking to you, you might not be hearing voices.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 04, 2002
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Plastic is linking to this article about comedian Rik Mayil playing Hitler in an anti-Euro ad.

I just thought the other side should be heard.

I don't really understand why people are so upset at this particular ad. The British have lampooned Hitler and the war on numerous occassions in the past. Let us not forget the very funny Allo, Allo (which made fun of not only the Nazis, but the French as well), Heil Honey, I'm Home (of which only one episode was ever broadcast) and the Fawlty Towers episode, The Germans (ok, so maybe this one lampoons the PC post-war movement to pretend it never happened).

I suspect in this case the folks who claim to be upset are no so upset that Hitler is being used in this satiric attack, but rather that the British are still resisting the Euro.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 04, 2002
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Happy American Independence Day to all my fellow Americans.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, July 04, 2002
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