Poll Shows That a Representative Number of Americans are Idiots



In the latest annual State First Amendment Survey (why are we doing surveys about this anyway?), "almost half (49%) of those surveyed said the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees," according to this terrifying article on Freedom Forum. Many of those surveyed felt that our Bill of Rights was hindering the war on terrorism.

Apparently the terrorist attacks of September 11th were just a diversion. What they were really doing that day was spraying the rest of the country with Stupidity and Complacency Gas.

I can only assume these people do not realize that terrorism has run rampant all over the world, in a number of different guises, and is able to do so and thrive where citizens do not share our Bill of Rights. How is letting our rights be hindered or taken away all together going to protect us? On the whole, it can only serve to make the populus more vulnerable, and the government more powerful. If we reconsider or rewrite our Bill of Rights, we stand to loose an important part of our National Identity. This may work for those of you who think being proud to be an American is plonking a flag on your lawn or car antenna and ignoring the world at large; but many Americans still value their right to be informed, speak out, protest and question our government. That is supposed to be what makes this nation great. That is what we told our soldiers to fight and die for.

More and more these days I reach for Animal Farm. Let us not forget the greedy pigs who took "All Animals are Created Equal" and added to it "...but some are more equal than others". And let us also remember the horses and sheep who remained blissfully ignorant and let them.

Are there no goats among us? (Seriously. Read this book.)

This distressing news found via Plastic

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Some surreal interactive entertainment.

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Title Terror


Yes, titles are down again. Some blogger issues. Hopefully will be repaired soon!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 31, 2002
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As If I Didn't Hate Rats Enough   


Mice, snakes, spiders; these creepy crawlies don't bother me in the slightest. But rats...ah, rats. I had a dream when I was very young that a swarm of rats were in my bedroom and ate my feet because I did not get from my bedroom door to my bed fast enough once the lights were out. Haven't been able to stand the buggers since.

And now, one more reason to steer clear of them: Scientists suggest that the Plague may be re-emerging.

Loverly.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 30, 2002
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British Man Strikes Back   


Following recent stories that British men don't know how to date, Robert Kelsey strikes back at American women in the dating scene.

Found on Arts and Letters Daily.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 30, 2002
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished   


Barry Haase, an Austrailian MP recently stepped up onto the charity auction block for charity. Who won him as a slave for a day? Mary-Anne Kenworthy, a madame to plans to have the MP clean her brothel.

Whereas this may not be so good for his political career, I am certain it will win the MP some kudos in the "nudge nudge, wink wink" department.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 30, 2002
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Moon Trees   


There is a moon tree just blocks from where I live. If I look out my window I could see it from here...if I could only tell it from the other tress.

To be fair, moon trees do have a pretty interesting history (although the Philadelphia tree mentioned in the article is actually in Washington Square Park, (a mass burial site, incidentally) which is catty-corner to Independence Hall. It is not one of the trees tourists stand next to to have their picture taken). But it is, in the end, simply a tree. A tree that has been to outer space. A tree to be jealous of. A tree where dogs go pee.


Although difficult to spot from a distance, your can recognize my local moon tree up close by these two indicators:

  1. A little plaque saying its been to the moon

  2. A fence about 2 feet high that goes around its perimeter



I assume the fence was meant to protect the tree while in its incubation stage. But I always like to think that it's there as a safety measure; that without it the moon tree would pull up it's roots, reveal black holes for eyes and a snarling mouth, and rampage about the city.

Good night, little moon tree.

Found on Wacky News and practically in my own backyard.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 29, 2002
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And You Thought Teddy Ruxpin Was a Bad Ass   


Tedi: The Martial Arts Tedi Bear


Found via Milk and Cookies.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 29, 2002
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And My Unfinished Novel Whimpers From the Closet...   


November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge? Pen a 200 pg (50,000) word novel starting at Midnight on November 1st, and completing the project on by Midnight November 30th. (Yes, smarty pants. Of the same year.) Why?

Well, why not?

Why not indeed. What the heck. I'll try it. I mean geeze, it's less than 7 pages a day. (Just don't tell my other writing projects!)


I found this interesting concept by way of the Escribitionist.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 29, 2002
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Arm Wrestle Sigmund Freud   


You can do it here. It's fun, addictive, and some good music, too.


Found via B3ta.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 29, 2002
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When TV and Reality TV Collide   


The line between what is real and what is fantasy on TV blurs just a bit more as CBS begins casting for its newest reality series, which is something akin to the Beverly Hillbillies. The premiss: put a rural family into a Beverly Hills mansion for one year.
Well, Yee-haw.

This makes my brain hurt.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 29, 2002
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PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR   


Ah, the Jersey Shore. If you grew up in Philadelphia, then you know that this is THE vacation hotspot of the area (second only, perhaps, to the Poconos). Never mind our proximity to New York or Cleveland. No, for Philadelphians it's the sticky summer days of beach tags, ice cream, and the smell of sulfur coming off the harbor. To the locals, we were "Shobies," a term I was told meant out-of-towners, because it olden tymes they would come with their beach supplies for the day packed in a shoe box. (Sorry its not a more exciting story. I was about 8 at the time it was related to me, and it was meant to demonstrate how I was a Shobie, but my next door neighbor wasn't because her family also had a house "down the shore.")

And let us not overlook the charming nick names--Childwood, Sea Nile City. Each a perfectly good getaway. That is until you grow up and strike out on your own; or a the very least your kids get big enough that you can take them somewhere interesting. (Ok, Ok. It still makes for a decent weekend trip now and then. If I close my eyes the smell of the beach brings me back to my childhood vacations that included video games on the boardwalk, never-ending games of rummy with my sisters, and the 10-mile sprint my long-legged dad liked to call "walking the boardwalk." Keeping them closed also let's me ignore the fact that I've since seen beaches where the water is blue).

There are many, however, who would disagree with me and my failure to represent for the Garden State. Like the fine folks at NJGUIDO.COM (no, it's not a Japanese word. Look again.) If you want to know where to find the coolest clubs, and the "fine ass ladies all made up with their slutty
little outfits" in New Jersey, these guys can help. Missed a weekend (shame on you, there "is no excuse"), then check out their photo gallery. Soon they will be giving out fashion advice, too.

Before you dismiss them, however, take a look at the writing section. If you can stomach the cussin' , the I-Am-Guido-Hear-Me-Roar sentiment, and the overall macho posturing, you'll actually find quite a bit of Guido humanity. I never thought of New Jersey as a place people went to fit in. Who knew.

Thanks to Maura for this enlightening (yet disturbing) link.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 27, 2002
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My Glass Arm   


Yes, the auto accident irritation continues.

I've been surreptitiously scratching elbow scars (I know, I know. But they are SO ITCHY!), and noticed the other day that one of the flat scars clicked against my nail. Ah, I thought, more glass. So I called my doctor's office to see if I could move up an appointment I already had scheduled so he could check it out.

When the ER doc originally sewed my arm up he told me that they tried to get all the glass out, but that it was difficult to be sure (what with the blood and all) and to follow up with my doctor. Which I did. About a week later the doctor and I discovered that one place wasn't healing like the others, and lo and behold, glass! My doc pulled it out, the scar healed, end of story. I didn't think finding another piece was such a big deal.

However, when I got in touch with my doctor's office, they could only move my appointment up a week (which is still a week away) because my doctor is on vacation. They then recommended that I go to the ER to have it taken care of. I said I could probably wait, but they repeated their recommendation, so to the ER I went. Here is what I learned:
My arm is full of glass.

Initially, they took 2 X-rays (and no lead vest! You can tell how long its been since I've had an X-ray. The tech surprised me by staying in the same room as me. Yes, Yes. I am that old.) and then sent me off to sit in a little room. Eventually, the lieutenant doctor (resident? student? I don't know the hospital hierarchy) came in and said you think you found glass, where? and squinted skeptically at my arm. He didn't see anything. And then he told me that even if there was a piece of glass, they wouldn't dig around after it because it would work itself out eventually. He then went to check my X-rays with the air of a man whose time was being wasted by my apparent lack of ground sand.

Fifteen minutes later is was the Captain Doc who stuck his head in (you know, the one you only see once, but whose name is on the medical bill). Well, said Captain Doc, you have glass. Inwardly I gloated and felt my stomach sink with disappointment simultaneously. He too explained that it could just work itself out, (which is fine if I have no pain and no loss of use) or I could talk to a surgeon. At first I say great, so long as there is no danger. I'd rather let it work itself out naturally then get cut open. Then I pause for a moment, and look at him, consider his pressed shirt and pants and the stethoscope slung around his neck as though awaiting the moment to strangle him.

Is there a lot of glass? Captain Doc nods. I'll take the name of that surgeon.

Lieutenant Doc then comes in and begrudgingly admits that there is something in my arm, but stipulated that some of it might not be glass but rather suture pieces or bits of scar. He is unwilling to lose ground. He repeats his feeling that the body will eventually expel all the glass itself. He then confirms my fear that means that the glass pieces will simply punch the way through my skin when they are ready.

So, now I must decide. Lots of little owies, or just one big one?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 27, 2002
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I Bet You Think This Song is About You   


For reasons he does not see fit to elucidate, this young man has taken a headshot of himself everyday for the past 3 years, and has posted them for your viewing pleasure.

Personally, I think I like his most recent look (short hair, no beard or moustache) best. Either that or the mid-length hair with some bangs.

And oh, the things he can do with food product boxes!

Stumbled here thanks to Hello Mate... (who's sidebar picture I absolutely adore!).

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 27, 2002
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A Marjority of Britons Want to Be Ex-pats   


CNN reports that a majority of folks who live in that "teeming womb of Royal Kings" would in fact prefer to live in the US, Austrailia or Spain. They cite the cost of living and the chance for better opportunities abroad as their reasons.

I find this ironic, as many Americans I know would rather live in England, citing that their clear superiority when it comes to comedy and television.

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Like This Is Necessary   


Junk Food News

Found via Hello Mate...

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Delaware Police Can See Into the Future   


And so can Sarcasmo. This is BAD NEWS.


Found on /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 26, 2002
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Scopes Trial, Part II   


A school district in Georgia has adopted a policy that would require teachers to give equal credence to the Theory of Evolution and the Creation Theory in the classroom.

I grant you that both are theories. However, one is a scientific theory, and the other a religious theory (and not a universal one, I might add).

If Creationism must be taught in public schools (although why it need be I do not know), then it should be taught in a Philosphy class, which would also discuss other theories involving the creation of the world. Not in a science class, where they teach theories which are not based on faith or tradition, but rather on research, study, and repeated testing. (Don't think science is theorhetical? Ever heard of the speed of light? Well, turns out it might not be so constant after all.
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This simply frustrates me.


Found via Helpknot.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 26, 2002
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Checks, Balances, and Loopholes   


According to CNN, White House lawyers have determined that the President does not need Congressional approval to attack Iraq.

Here is one reason cited by the article:
Additionally, the official said White House lawyers believe the president has authority to act under a congressional resolution approving military action against terrorism, a measure passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks against the United States.

Convenient, eh? President wants to get you, he can just invoke this act. We already know how found he and his administration like to toss around the word "evil." (And they, apparently, represent the angel Gabriel.)
Do they even bother teaching kids about the checks and balances in our judicial system anymore? Seems like there is hardly a reason to bother.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 26, 2002
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I'm Strong to the finish 'cause I eats me...white bread?   


According to the fine folks at AdAge, Popeye is 75. And to celebrate, Hearst Corp.'s King Features Syndicate will be trying to bring him into your home, stamped on a bread package.

Hello? What kind of tie-in is this? I understand the point the article makes about bread's "penetration" value (clean thoughts here people, clean thoughts), but what about branding? And image? And Saturday morning cartoon memories? I don't think I've ever seen an episode where Popeye even looked a a piece of bread. And sure, Wimpy gets to hock hamburger buns...but why not a whole burger?

Argh! Just another bit of my childhood twisted in the name of capital.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 26, 2002
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Some Monday Morning Fun   


Just a silly activity to brighten up your Monday morning. Enjoy.





I am the princess (...with a pea)!

Find your fairy tale character
at kelly.moranweb.com.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 26, 2002
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Mmmm...Airline Food   


Planning to take a plane on your next vacation? Might want to check out what's on the menu first.

Thanks, Alex!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 25, 2002
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Schizophrenia, or Something More Sinister?   


A new scientific study postulates that the schizophrenics may actually be plagued by a heretofore unknown life form living in their spinal fluid.

Eeewwwwwww....


Found on Plastic

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 25, 2002
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Nice to Know He Found a Job After the Wizard of Oz   



Prison breakouts in Brazil? Well, sure. Look who is minding the inmates.

Found on Wacky News

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 25, 2002
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Scientists Never Answer the Important Questions   



Professor Cameron of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has recently published an article claiming that a moderate dose of radiation, taken annually, can increase human longevity.

Although the press release for said article does include several numerical figures, it eludes the most pressing of questions:

Will this treatment give me superpowers?

I mean, really! When will scientists stop studying the obvious, and start focusing on what's really important: Giving me the ability to become an indestructable, pithy, supervillan with a really tricked-out lair.

Actually, this story reminds me of the conversation I had with my husband (Pop-Culture Boy) last night as I drifted off to sleep. Although I am a far cry from being an expert on quantam physics, I do think that the Schroedinger's Cat analogy lacks some pizazz and vision. Consider this: Once the cat is placed within the box with the radioactive material, and the lid is closed, an infinite number of possibilities about the cat are now true. It may be alive. It may be dead. It may be glowing like a GFP bunny. But no one seems to consider the fact that it may, in fact, have developed super powers. Inside that box could be Super Cat, the scourge of evil radioactive mice all over the land (or at least within his confinement area). He could be the greatest cat hero of all time.

Pop-Culture Boy was enamoured with the idea of the Super Cat, he belived in him and all he stood for. But he was troubled. What would be the fate of the humans who experimented with Super Cat in the first place? I thought about it a moment, and then said, comfortingly, "Well, not to worry. There's an even possibility that it has become a Super Dead Cat."

Pop-Culture Boy then told me I was creepy, and commended me to sleep.

Talk about no vision.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 25, 2002
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Ah, Snopes   



I love Snopes and their practically up-to-the-minute Urban Legend archive. Even when they tell me I posted an erroneous story.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 23, 2002
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Maybe the Giftshop Will Sell the Canes with the Fly in Amber   




Wacky scientists watch too many movies. For example, some scientists from Japan want to clone a wolly mammoth to make him the central attraction at an Ice Age Theme Park.

Did we learn nothing from Jeff Goldblum?


Found via Breakfast Tacos.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 23, 2002
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Hate Mondays? Like Donkeys?   



Then this is for you. Sarcasmo admits that she found this WAY funnier than she should have, but the tune is just so darn catchy.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 22, 2002
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Voltron Says:   



Get Your War On.

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Yes, I know. My titles are a bit wonky at the moment. Hopefully this will be rectified in the morning.

Cheers!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 20, 2002
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Marketing Monster Now Swallowing Newborns   


Continuing our discussion about corporate marketing taking over the lifes and identities of adults, a Danish company is offering Danes and Americans the chance to use their children as mobile billboards. Well, their buggies, anyway.

I understand that babies are expensive, but is it worth it? What's the next step?

Hmmm...I wonder if people could start getting companies to sponsor their children. Register them up at conception, agree to dress them only in a certain brand of clothes, or to name them after the product, etc. in exchange for the company subsidizing your expenses. And why stop at infants? You could shave a pet food company's logo into your dog's fur. Exploit those who can't argue and you could sit pretty. Hey...I think I may be on to something here.

Discuss

Found via Plastic.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 20, 2002
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He May Be Clumsy   


But at least this robber has some fashion sense.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 20, 2002
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More on Those Thai Delivery Men in Funny Suits   


First Spider-Man, then Gorillas, and now Austin Powers. What do any of these things have to do with gas?



Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 20, 2002
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I Am Waiting for them to Adverstise for a Village Idiot   


Ananova reports that an estate in Staffordshire has begun advertising for a hermit to live in a remote cave on their grounds.


Before you start getting your resume together, you should know that this is only a two-week gig, set up as part of an exhibition for Heritage Week. Tourists will be trotted by the cave daily, and the folks hiring are apparently looking for an "inspiring personality." Apparently, they are not total familiar with the definition of the word hermit, which is as follows (thanks to Dictionary.com):
A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
Hardly the type to do a song and dance for the leering crowds and bored children. However, there is a more social, second definition of hermit list, which takes on a slightly more sinister air if this is what the estate folks mean:
A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.
After all, those tourists have to eat something.

Opinions of this piece? Post them here.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 20, 2002
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The Danger of All-Night Shopping--It's Not What You Think   


The Houston Chronicle reports that the local police department decided to settle the issue of kids hanging out in the 24 hour K-Mart parking lot by raiding the area. In the interest of fair play, the arrested not only the alleged loiters, but everyone in the vicinity; be they K-mart Shoppers, Sonic patrons, or a 10-year old girl out for a late night bite with her Dad. Cars were even towed.

This arrest of over 400 people is quite a bit of muscle to contain a group of juveniles (allegedly delinquents). Their reason for this circus? According to police spokesperson Martin DeLeon:
"...business owners have been complaining about youths gathering on their parking lots on weekend nights and causing a commotion."

When they said they wanted an end to the commotion, I don't imagine this organized mass arrest and surrounding media attention were what they had in mind.

You have been duly warned, people. If someone in the same general area as you (or, say, in the next parking lot over) is suspected of being a hooligan, minding your own business and obeying the law won't keep you out of jail. This slice of life makes me a bit sick, but the big picture here is burning my eyes.

Comments?
Picked up for loitering on Plastic

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 19, 2002
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No Hail Mary's Necessary   


Have something to get off your chest? Too terrible to tell your clergyman? To embarrassing to tell your friends? Then why not tell the world at DailyConfession.com, where you confess 'till your soul is content, and benefit from the uncaring advice of strangers.

Also a good place to browse for an interesting read, and to make fun of the lost and the lonely.

Feeling any closer to your maker? Confess!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 19, 2002
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Rabies Will Look Great in your Rumpus Room   


Wired News is currently running this story about the art work of Hunter O'Reilly, artist and geneticist; whose art includes studies of the Ebola virus, Anthrax, cloning, and other scientific boogie men. Her website, with more of her artwork can be found here.


I particularly like her series Viruses are Beautiful. However, where I can see the lovely, garden-like beauty of influenza, I feel that herpes simply resembles pimento loaf, which is a very ugly food.

Is there a fine line between science and art? Share your opinions here.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 19, 2002
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Love is In the Air   


Always wanted to join the "Mile High Club," but thought those bathrooms were just too small? Then you might want to fly the very friendly skies with Love Air.
Sarcasmo invites you to Have Your Say

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 19, 2002
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Trojan War Not Included   


Ok, so it's not that kind of golden apple. Nor is it a fairy tale. But it is till kinda cool.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 19, 2002
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Go, Gaak, Go   


This story is a few months old, but its the first time I've run across it. Apparently, a robot created for a AI project escaped from its paddock. Or at least very nearly. Made it as far as the parking lot. Wonder who had the engine idling in the get away car.

Before you start having Dalek-esque nightmares about a robot invasion, Professor Noel Sharkey has this reassuring news:
"...there's no need to worry, as although they can escape they are perfectly harmless and won't be taking over just yet."

Can anyone else hear the ominous music playing in the background?


Found this one blog hopping

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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Ancestor ATM   


Deceased man's beneficiaries hit him up for cash just by visiting his grave.

Found via DayPop.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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The Project Project   


Got a camera handy, but need a project? Why not try the The Foot Project, The Mirror Project, or the Shadow Project?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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10,000 Anonymous E-mail Address Strong   


Got a beef? Why not start an e-petition. Or sign any of the scads of them out there.

Of course, I can't promise anything will come of it.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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Some Cheap Shots at the W.   


Some photoshopped images of President Bush for your amusement at Media Whores Online. Go ahead. Have a treasonous giggle. You know you want to.

These pictures make me wonder--is Bush's spin control department particularly wet behind the ears, or is his position so bad that they have to dream up these heavy-handed photo ops just to make him look good?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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Thought Police Alert   


Going to the airport? Better watch what you are thinking.


Found via Daypop

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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What's Your Identity Worth?   


Would you change your name to Turok for £500 (approximately $769.250 for you Americans out there), an X-Box, and every Turok game that ever was? More than 6,000 people would, according to this article on BBC News.

The offer is part of a marketing campaign for Acclaim UK and their newest game in the Turok series. On the website, www.mynameisturok.com, offers fans of the game the chance to participate in their "identity marketing project" by applying to change their name to Turok for one year.

Before you go p-shawing the gamers who jumped at this chance, consider this gentleman (and other like him), who offer to have a company's logo tattooed onto their head for financial recompense.

Is our money hungry culture out of control? Have we finally lost the line between crass commercialism and our humanity?

And the real question, of course, is what would we change our names for? Never having played the Turok games (and still preferring my PS2 to my XBox), this particular offer doesn't appeal to me at all. But it has left me wondering, just what is my price? What's yours?

Being an avid reader, I have a great couple of sci-fi books to recommend (I'll make book readers of you yet!) about this very topic. The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth and The Merchants War by Frederik Pohl (out of print but still available). These books are fun, chilling reads concerning a future where commercialism, culture, and government are combined and everything we do, say, and think is created by a copywriter. (Space Merchants was written in the 1950s. Makes you wonder if they had a crystal ball.)

Read them. Enjoy them. Think. And don't sell your identity for less than its worth.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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Weird Stuff from All Over the World   


Have a few hours to spare and/or a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket begging to be spent on the craziest kitch available on the web today? Then visit Who Would Buy Than?, "auction oddities from all over the web." You'll laugh. You'll be amazed. You'll be disgusted.

You just might want to have your PayPal account number handy....


Found on
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Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 18, 2002
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Now Where Did I Put That Space Probe....   


Oops! Wired reports (by way of BBC News) that NASA has misplaced a space probe which was meant to get close to the nucleus of an upcoming comet. I realize outer space is theorthetically infinite, and the proble teeny tiny in comparison...but really. Wasn't anyone watching the thing?

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 17, 2002
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See, Here's When the Robot Lawnmower Would Have Been Useful   


Elvis has been spotted in a hang-gliding field.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 17, 2002
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Ashcroft Sends American Citizens to Camp   


And not the kind with ponies. According to this frightening article on Common Dreams, Ashcroft has announced his desire to inter American citizens in concentration camps if they are determined to be "enemy combatants."


A warning: The article (which also ran in the LA Times) is highly opinionated and is firmly trying to control the reader's thinking, so I recommend that no matter what your stance is on the war, that you take this with a grain of salt. That being said, it raises some issues I find important, and I encourage every American citizen and citizen of the world to read it just to make themselves aware of what may be in the works. The following line from the article resonated for me:

"Since the nation will never be entirely safe from terrorism, liberty has become a mere rhetorical justification for increased security."


I make no bones about it, I grow more frightened by the governments machinations every day. In parting, I once again refer you to my list of books you might want to read in the coming days.


Found on Breakfast Tacos

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 17, 2002
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The Dogs Sneak In & Hilarity Ensues   


The Internet is good for lots of things; checking your stocks, playing silly games, avoiding work all together and yes, even mowing your lawn. Yahoo! News is reporting the soon-to-be-commercially-available tool that will monitor your lawn height via webcams, and then send out your robot lawn mower to trim the areas that need it while you are off at work (or surfing the web). Plans are also in the works for a vacuum cleaner of the same ilk.


Found on /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 16, 2002
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Carry On, Sir Wodehouse


P.G. Wodehouse's books are my guilty pleasure. Wonderfully lighthearted and funny, but they do tend to play on British stereotypes and be a bit formulaic. But I can't resist them.


It is because of my love of Wodehouse that this article on BBC News caught my eye. Apparently, Wodehouse's knighthood had been held up for years due to comments he made while interred by the Germans during the war. And yet, the playful, practical nature of these comments is exactly what makes me love Wodehouse in the first place:

"I'm quite unable to work up any kind of belligerent feeling.

"Just as I'm about to feel belligerent about some country, I meet a decent sort of chap.

"We go out together and lose any fighting thoughts."

He spoke lightly of internment as being useful "for keeping you out of the saloon".



It is this sort of practical, lightheartedness (and a dash of deviousness) that I find so compelling in Wodehouse.


I recommend that you give some of Sir Wodehouse's books a try, particularly those related to one Bertie Wooster. If you are biblio-phobic, try the BBC series Jeeves and Wooster, starring Fry and Laurie. (Actually, give Stephen Fry's books a try too. They are a real treat--but of a much darker comedic bent.)


Happy Reading



Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 16, 2002
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Exploding Dog



Yes, yes, it has been around for ever. But I just adore Exploding Dog. Send Sam a phrase, and he may draw a comic from it...although he tends to go a bit surreal with them. Sometimes funny, occassionally disturbing and often sweet, the Exploding Dog archives can keep you busy for hours.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 15, 2002
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We Can Make Him Stronger



Science meets sci-fi in this article on Wired. Ok, so they're not the new bionic man, but there are giving some semblence of sight to the blind with an optical device; complete with wires plugged into their heads. The article is a little on the disturbing side, but very much worth the read.

Seen on Boing Boing

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 15, 2002
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The Revenge of Stan Lee


Those Bangkok delivery men had to doff their Spidey suits for something not covered by intellectual property rights: Monkey Suits.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, August 14, 2002
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My Inbox is Evil


I just checked my email, and it has left me wondering...does EVERY Nigerian have 50-odd million dollars locked into some secret escrow account that only I, as an American citizen, can release for our mutal benefit? Why doesn't our goverment exploit this? Our economy is bad, more layoffs are being announced daily. I think our new security task force should start a Nigerian banking commission and start getting that money and giving it to the unemployed and underemployed of this fine country (and me. Most definitely some to me).

When they are finished they can start telling various people that women don't need Viagra or penis extensions and that I, personally, don't want to see any rape porn. (What kind of mailing list am I on anyway? I shudder to think.) Also, they need clamp down on my Hotmail account. Apparently, it has gone and signed itself up for free membership to various Adult Clubs without my permission. Turn your back for one second, and geeze. I don't know how it manages. It's only about a year old. No where near 18 (guess its too young to ready the age warnings).

Sorry. Just needed to rant. This kind of stuff is more fun on Spam Radio.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 13, 2002
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Is Stan Lee Getting a Part of This Action?



I guess the movie gig didn't do as well as expected, as Marvel's own Spiderman (well four of them) are delivering gas in Bangkok.

Ang Lee's The Hulk comes out next year. Perhaps they'll dress their salesman up that way. Say no to the Hulk? Yeah. Right.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 13, 2002
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First We Get a Half-Empty Glass...


And now this. But, if I won't give up eating meat and sitting on my butt playing video games in the name of good health, I am hardly going to start being optimistic just to feel better.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 13, 2002
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Odd Todd Annual Review


Having spent the better part of last year unemployed, I quickly became a fan of Odd Todd. It's now been a year of unemployment for Odd Todd, and he celebrates with a new cartoon, The Annual Review. (This took a few minutes to download, but was very much worth it.)


I completely feel for Odd Todd, and am nervously wondering what will happen when my project work ends. I may have to ask him to share his cupcake sandwiches.


Link found on Milk and Cookies.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 12, 2002
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But how how do I get the fish in my ear?


Well, well, well. Looks like we've got a new Tower of Babel, only this one runs on a Toshiba Libretto.


While I think the idea of having a universal language decoder (okay, so its not quite there yet, but that's the idea, right?) is a cool idea, I am trouble by this quote from the article:
Within the next decade, American soldiers, doctors, and chaplains abroad will be able to converse with foreigners without learning a new language or fumbling through a dictionary.

What's wrong with learning a second or third language? Have we really grown that lazy?


*SIGH* Do I really have to ask?


Link discovered by way of /.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 12, 2002
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Another 80s Remake


I have long been waiting for The Last Unicorn to come out on DVD. I loved the animated film, and absolutely adore the book. But, alas, no. It just doesn't seem to be in the cards (although IMDB reports that the German language version was released on DVD in 2001. Lucky Germans.).


However, a friend recently told me about a live action remake. At first I was utterly horrified (why do good movies need to be remade?), but looking over the site, I am actually looking forward to the production. Set to come out in 2004, the new Last Unicorn's script is being adapted by Peter S. Beagle (who wrote the book), and several of the original cast are coming back to do voice work, although not all of them in the same parts.


The movie is apparently going to be an amalgamation of live action, CG and animatronics. There are some (albeit too few) samples on the official site.


Hopefully, the release of the new film will encourage whoever owns the copyright to put the original out on DVD. Ah, but will America still do the soundtrack?


Posted by Sarcasmo on Monday, August 12, 2002
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This nifty little app translates your favorite websites into music, so you can listen while you browse.

Sarcasmo's Corner is ok, but Childish Things sounds like a Hammer Horror movie soundtrack.<.br>
I don't pretend to understand how the sequencing works (the fine folks at TwoFiveSix do that for you), but I will say its pretty darn cool.

Found on BoingBoing.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 11, 2002
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All your favorite classic games, not quite how you remember them.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 11, 2002
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What do a group of young mod girls and Leonard Nimoy have in common? It's not just the Vulcan ears. It's Bilbo ("Bilbo Baggins, the greatest hobbit of them all....")

Although personally, I am more of a Sam Gamgee and Frodo fan myself.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 11, 2002
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Fans of Goth music are sheep. (No, it's not really social commentary).

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 11, 2002
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From the You Must Be Joking Department


Ok, this whole TIPS thing is getting weirder and weirder. Apparently, the DOJ has FOX's America's Most Wanted in on the act. Yes, that's right folks. According to this article at Salon, phone calls for TIPS are being forwarded to the America's Most Wanted tips hotline.

It's finally happened. Americans are now all part of the world's largest reality T.V. series. I wonder what we need to do to get voted off early and spend the next month in a luxury hotel in a tropical paradise? (Seriously. Those people who go through with the whole thing and eat bugs and sleep in the dirt are suckers).

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 09, 2002
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I would hardly consider myself a Luddite, but a Digital Sundial? Is this really necessary?

Found, appropriately enough, through Father Time's Blog

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 09, 2002
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See, I told you TIPS wasn't really going anywhere. Notice their subtle language changes, thanks to the vigilant folks at The Memory Hole.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 09, 2002
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Two clever bird stories on Ananova this morning. Read here about Basil and the great thinker Betty.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Friday, August 09, 2002
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September is coming, and with it a barrage of rememberances of the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Although I suppose the fact that the televised events will be commercial free is some small bonus, I am really not ready to sit through more "Now, more than ever..." reminders. I was sickened (but not altogether surprised) last year when people used the event to their commercial advantage. The abuse of melodramatic language that went along with it was frigtening.

I was pleased to discover that I was not alone. Lake Superior University puts out an annual banned words list, which encourages people to ban words that for "Mis-Use, Over-Use or General Uselessness." (Granted, Sarcasmo is against the actually banning of any language. This is very tongue in cheek.)

And, while you are there, you can always pick up your Unicorn Hunting License.. Because if you don't, then the unicorns will have won.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 08, 2002
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Irresponsible, dangerous, and silly; but then again, almost all the movie-style romantic moves are.

Let's just hope this girl returns his affection.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Thursday, August 08, 2002
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Kneel before Zod!

Thanks, Emmett!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Wednesday, August 07, 2002
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Is the Force strong in you? Find out.

I came up just on the side of good, along with Princess Leia. I recommend you try it with the sound off, though.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 06, 2002
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Remind me to start paying for my book purchases in cash. I suddenly feel like going out and getting a copy of Anarchist's Cookbook, just to irritate them.

Somehow I don't see the terrorists boning up on terror practices at the local library.
Found via The Memory Hole.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Tuesday, August 06, 2002
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A great place to waste time on a monday morning. I love these silly quizzes. I have no idea why.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 04, 2002
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Ewwwwwwww...... Just, ewww.

Found on Annanova

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 04, 2002
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$1,298,510.00

That's how much I am worth on the open market. How do you rate?

http://www.humanforsale.com

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 04, 2002
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Israeli police had to break up a fight between eleven monks from different sects, which broke out on the accepted spot of the crucifixion of Jesus. So much for turning the other cheek.

Found on Arts & Letters Daily

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 04, 2002
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I have long made it a practice to read any banned books I can get my hands on. I think its important to know what information people are trying to "protect" me from. If it wasn't for book banning, I may have never given the Harry Potter series a chance. (I adore them).

I hope this website will inspire many of you to check out a few banned books, and keep the thought police at bay. Have a great banned book to recommend? Post it on the tagboard!

Posted by Sarcasmo on Sunday, August 04, 2002
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For just a few thousand dollars, you too can be kidnapped for your own amusement.


I find this idea intriguing, actually. On one hand, it must be such a thrill to play act to the extreme. Like a really keyed up haunted house; all the adreneline rush and none of the danger. I wonder if you can sign other people up for it, like that move The Game? I think I could come up with a few folks I'd like out of the way and scared half to death for a few days....er....I mean a few folks I'd love to surprise with a great gift like this.


What particularly worries me about this story is the following quote from organizer Brock Enright :

"People don't seem to bother us because they see a video camera - maybe two or three cameras going. Then they say - oh, it's a movie."


Isn't that opening the door for a full variety of legitimate criminals to go about their business unmolested for the small cost of a few cameras?(Sarcasmo's inner evil genius strokes its invisible beard thoughtfully...)



This link stolen in the night from Plastic.

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 03, 2002
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I think this URL speaks for itself:

http://www.buymeahooker.com/.


If this works, I wonder if the investors will get to watch?

Actually, I suspect this is more likely a clever money-making scheme from one of the many laid off techies in the world. More power to'em.
Found this one blog hopping

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 03, 2002
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Ever wondered how your favorite superheros managed to keep up their cool lairs without day jobs? Even billionaires like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark needed to supplement their income by teaming up with Hostess in the fight against crime.

Reading these little comics I am convinced. I think all of our police forces should be equipped with tasty snacks. What criminal can resist?

Found via BoingBoing

Posted by Sarcasmo on Saturday, August 03, 2002
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