log (2007/10/12 to 2007/10/18)

Dear dear dear, such not-weblogging! Apologies to all my remaining readers.

And also lolreaders! One of whom writes:


Yes, in fact we R quite OK. Not getting enough sleep 'cause of playing far too much Second Life, but work isn't terribly stressful, the ol' serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are in there inhibitin' the ol' serotonin norepinephrine reuptake, we've made bread two weekends in a row now (yay, Autumn!), and in general things are pretty peachy.

Speaking of readers, another one writes on the subject of chicken an' garbage:

Now that we have the internet and Wikipedia, I can find out who Alma Cogan is (or isn't, as the case may be). I'm not sure it actually helps any, though.

More seriously, regarding the woman buying boneless skinless chicken: not only does that offload the disposal of the bone and the skin to someone with more expertise, it's likely to offload the bone and skin to someone who sees those as assets rather than waste. At the very least, they could be used to make chicken stock, but I suspect there are a whole raft of industrial and agricultural uses that we're only dimly aware of.

This is very true. In fact if you can get rid of waste at a negative cost, you're clearly much much much more efficient than anyone who has to work and/or pay to get rid of it.

The above reader also includes the URL of our site with an amusing URL of the week.

And speaking of amusing, the widely blogged new GOP convention logo, picturing a striped elephant apparently killed while attempting to copulate with some numerals, is well worth a look. More evidence that graphic designers are Democrats hee hee hee.

Quote o' the day:

UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area."

Brilliant: Where the Great Old Ones Are.

What you gonna do with all that junk, Alanis?

The Red Pill; Wikipedia for the Rest of Us.

One last serious pointer:

The man who knew too much

He was the CIA's expert on Pakistan's nuclear secrets, but Rich Barlow was thrown out and disgraced when he blew the whistle on a US cover-up. Now he's to have his day in court.

And one last serious thought: the Bush administration is threatening to veto wildly popular bipartisan legislation that would provide reporters with the legal right to protect their sources in Federal cases (the way they have the right to in most other cases). Their argument is that giving reporters this right would interfere with the unbridled dictatorial powers that the President needs in order to defend the country from the awful threat o' the month.

It seems odd that, this late in the term, the White House continues to try to expand the power of the President. Given what an awful job the current administration is doing, and how much everyone hates them, the next President will (one would think) probably be a Democrat. You'd think this might slow them down.

Unless they have good reason to think that the next President won't be a Democrat. We do know a certain amount about the Bushites and elections and voting machines and stuff.

I hope I'm just being paranoid...

Anyway! In the universe that makes more sense, we were amused recently to be a part of the following exchange:

SL Newcomer Pippoz: do u wanna fuck with me?
Nearby Woman: Hi Pippoz :-)
Us: rofl
Nearby Woman: surely not
SL Newcomer Pippoz: in a sex room
Us: omg
SL Newcomer Pippoz: why not?
Us: Welcome to SL, Pippoz.
Nearby Woman: you are rude
SL Newcomer Pippoz: ok
SL Newcomer Pippoz: I know
Us: "why not?" lol
SL Newcomer Pippoz: dale ...
Us: Hi hi!
SL Newcomer Pippoz: and you
SL Newcomer Pippoz: why don't u want.. it is only a game
SL Newcomer Pippoz: not real life

This is the second time I've heard this "why don't you want to have sex with me, it's only a game?" line, and it makes me laugh and shake my head. It's one of those things that falls just short of making sense, and I often like those.

I guess there's really no great mystery here. As long as you assume that the only reason people don't have sex (and/or virtual sex) with basically total strangers is because of the unfortunate constraints of the real world, this question makes perfect sense.

For us ladies (hee hee) faced with the question, it's equally obvious that things like "I don't know you, I don't like you, you don't capitalize properly" are good reasons not to have even virtual sex with someone, and that they apply just as well in the "game" as in the ol' real world. The obliviousness of these guys to those reasons is both sad and funny.

My attempt to pull a sort of reductio on the argument failed miserably:

Us: Do you want to be my slave?
Us: After all it's only a game. XP
SL Newcomer Pippoz: yes Dale.. I would like to become your slave
Us: ack, calling my bluff.

On further consideration, I should of course have said:

Us: Alright slave, your first order is to stand there motionless, and not say anything.

But hindsight is always 20-dory.