Thursday, July 31, 2003

Whilst searching for Haikus I ran across Ming's secret web page. Very clever indeed Mr. Wong.

Here's a few snippets:

My Honda
I bought a Honda
It has a spoiler that's cool
I will drive in it

The Terrible Price of Haikus
Yes, Duc has Haiku
But at what cost?! I ask you
There are no pictures :(

I had to add my own:

John Denver-san
Greg is lonely cause
Duc's leaving on a jet plane
Maybe turning gay

Who is your daddy...
So begins the old catchphrase,
And what does he do?

By TVT - 6:45 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Why, thank you.

But I don't know that I'd classify a 4-cylinder as a low rumble. Because you've seen 2F2F. An 8 - That has a low rumble.

I've read that the ladies like poetry...perhaps you could use it to your benefit?
sex is evil...evil is sin...sin is let's begin...

Perhaps not. But enjoy your day.

By Silent_G - 3:19 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

You surprise me every now and again young Padawan™. That was the funny -- of the LOL variety even. Good show.
I got the day off and the highway beckons, time to make this baby sing. The low grumble of a boxer 4 - there's nuthin like it. Well, except for a turbocharged boxer, but you already knew that. ;-)

By TVT - 1:47 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

*clap, clap*

Yea! I got an entire song/speech re-worded for me! Woo hoo! Arigatou gozaimaaaasu ^_^

I'll have to return the favour. Maybe something short and simple, like Janis Joplin's "Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?" (I don't know the song, but I read RHF, and replacing 'Mercedes-Benz' with 'WRX' has possibilities...)

Well, here goes...and although Thursday is now Hate-Free(tm), there's always going to be a little adult content from time to time....

Lord, won't you buy me a WRX?
Its 0 to 60 is better than sex.
Karma's a bitch, and I'm so sorely vexed.
Lord, won't you buy me a WRX?

Lord, won't you buy me the Rex of aught three?
My friends all have turbos; they're faster than me.
I wait at the showroom each day at Rallye.
Lord, won't you buy me the Rex of aught three?

Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?
And provide me a chick that is quick to go down?
Don't care if she's red, white, black, Asian, or brown.
Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town?


Lord, won't you buy me a WRX?
Its 0 to 60 is better than sex.
Karma's a bitch, and I'm so sorely vexed.
Lord, won't you buy me a WRX?

That's it! [/hoping there's smiles on the faces of the readers]

And Chantal, sorry to hear about your purse (more so its contents, like money and ID). That story about the woman 'forgetting' her purse on a cab doesn't seem right to me. Like the hard-nosed detective (Andy Sipowitz) on NYPD Blue said to the suspicious husband, "She forgot her purse, did she? That's like you or me forgetting our right arm." I mean, could not such a problem have been solved by opening said purse, looking at the ID in the wallet, and discovering that the smiling face was, in fact, NOT Korean? *sigh* Stupid barkeep.

By Silent_G - 12:40 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

How to meet women at a bar, using guy metaphors. This strategy works often enough that the women of this blog should probably pretend they didn't see this so as not to let the cat out of the bag.

(for entertainment purposes only, obviouly, but if you didn't realize that already you need help with bigger things)

By al - 9:11 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

and now from bad to worse....the woman that accidentally took my purse was supposed to bring it into the bar today....but she lost it in a cab. That bag had my entire life in it...and the cell phone wasn't even mine. This really really really blows....I don't even think Tim's can help me out of this one...

By chantal - 8:57 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

The Tim's employee in that pic has the exact creepy / fake smile that causes chills to run down my spine every time I go there.

/goes to get a coffee somewhere where the employees are allowed to have thoughts and feelings and emotions like regular human beings.

By al - 8:53 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

A 'lil sumthin I cooked up for Greggy, from the Baz Luhrmann song Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Everybody's Free (To Buy Imports)

Ladies and gentlemen, trading in your '97?

Buy a Honda.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, Honda would be it. The long-term re-sale value of the Civic has been proven by consumers, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your VTEC. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your VTEC until 5000 RPM. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of her and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous she really looked. She is not as fast as you imagine.

Don't worry about the rice. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as welding a coffee can to your muffler. The real troubles in your life are apt to be assholes that never signal, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that annoys cops.


Don't be reckless with other people's Civics. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on chrome rims. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The street race is long and, in the end, you might get busted.

Remember props you receive. Forget the disses. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old 1/4 mile slips. Throw away your old engine oil.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your ride. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their ride. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of octane. Be kind to your pistons. You'll miss them when they've blown.

Maybe you'll trade, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll buy used, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll fork over 40K, maybe you'll buy the 75th Anniversary Edition. Whatever you do, don't ride the clutch too much, or stall either. Your Type R stickers suck. So do everybody else's.

Enjoy your Civic. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest vehicle you'll ever own.

Donuts, even if you have nowhere to do them but in your own driveway.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow the map.

Do not read tuner magazines. They will only make you feel envy.

Get to know your tires. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your tranny. It's your best link to your drivetrain and the thing that's most likely a bitch to repair in the future.

Understand that imports come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in your service history, because the older it gets, the more you'll need that mechanic who knew you when the 'Vic was young.

Drive to Vegas once, but leave before it makes you poor. Drive to California once, but leave before the cops beat your ass. Pussy.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Gas prices will rise. SUVs will rollover. Your panels, too, will rust. And when they do, you'll fantasize that when it was new, prices were reasonable, SUVs were called wagons and cars were free of Altezzas.

Represent your Honda.

Don't expect anyone else to step to you, Snoop Dogg. Maybe you have a turbo. Maybe you'll get NOS. But you never know when your luck might run out.

Don't stress too much on the limit cause the sign says 40 but the needle's at 85.

Be careful whose aftermarket parts you buy, but be patient with shipping. Bodykits are form over function. Salvaging is a way of fixing the car from the junkyard, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and reselling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the Honda...

By TVT - 8:10 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment


Sorry, I can only get you the virtual versions. As for being a negative nelly... venting is what The Hallway is all about. Wheeeeee......!

By TVT - 8:03 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Damn. That sucks. I hope you get you purse back. I never trust strangers with my things. . . . hell I'm paranoid, I don't trust ANYONE with my things unless I know where they live and I can royally kick their ass if things go missing. . . .

I can't really offer anything Canadian at this point in time (being in Europe and all), however if you want, Belgium and Germany are near by :-) Belgium chocolates are always good. Can't really thing of anything German or Dutch . . . . Perhaps some dynamite if they don't get your purse back.

I think a few rounds of Castle would be good. Throwing stick people into the air and watching them splatter on the ground can be quite soothing.

Anyways, I have to get back to work. . . .
Ming *I should have hid in the simulator while writing this*

By Ming - 7:58 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Ouch, babe, I feel for ya'. If it's any consolation, and I know it's not, but if you had left your purse behind you in pretty much any other country it would simply be gone. Jayme told me that she only had one thing stolen from her so far, a cell phone, and that was by an American military guy. Still, the cab story sucks, and being treated as a dumb foreigner must be pretty awful. Can't say I've been well-travelled enough to have the pleasure of knowing what it's like.

That aside, just say the word and I'll mail you a package of Tim's coffee beans, if all laws permit. Your birthday's coming up soon enough, if I recall :)

By al - 4:46 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

ok...not to be a negative nelly but I'm in a bad mood right now and I need to vent...

I HATE KOREA RIGHT NOW!!!! I went to our common watering hole tonight to ring in a 4 day weekend and as always, I put my purse behind the bar and started a tab....when I went to leave the bar I noticed that my purse was missing.....they accidentally gave it to a korean woman who swore it was imagine, that purse has my korean and canadian bank cards, all my money, cell phone, house keys, alien registration card....everything.

they apologized profusely swore it would be in tomorrow. So I leave the bar with Dave's house keys and 3000 Won ($3.50 cdn) for cab fare (usually only costs $2.00 to get home....with an honest cab driver)

I get into a cab. The driver notices I'm foreign and decides to milk me for all I'm worth...and takes the long way home, despite all directions and protests from me...when the meter hits 3500 won (500 more than I have) I show him the cash in my hand to explain my irritation with the scenic route...he in turn gets angry with me and kicks me out of his cab..7 km away from my home (and 4 km further from my home than when I started)....

So now, here I sit, teary eyed and seriously pissed off that I just spent the last hour and fifteen minutes walking home from a bar that is only twenty minutes away by foot...I don't have my purse, I don't have my keys and I don't have my phone to call my sister to make me feel better......

...right now I need a tim's coffee and a hug.....and can I just say gain that right at this very moment, this country FUCKING BLOWS!!!!

By chantal - 2:25 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Did I mention karma hates me?

By TVT - 3:34 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

the Sleaze Project.
Various observations of the behaviour of women with respect to men have led to this enquiry. The specific factor studied here is the effect of Level of Apparent Sleaziness (LAS) on the powers of attraction of any given male.

By al - 1:10 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

I don't what chemical processes in my noggin made me think of this, but wouldn't it be cool if you mixed NyQuil with bread? I'm currently in negotiations to market Coma Toast (patent pending).

By TVT - 12:54 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

The single most boring page on the Internet.

By al - 9:44 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

How many kids with ADD does it take to change a lightbulb?
How many?
Wanna go ride bikes?

By TVT - 8:53 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

If I were Duc, I'd be on the Autobahn. Right. Now.

You can keep the crown Petah! ;) I'm no fan of I can't feel my ass syndrome, but I do loves me some driving. It's all about the tunes and the open road. As much as I love speed there's not much thrill once you get there, things just zip by faster. Assuming you have decent points of reference. I'm all about the twisties though. I did buy a Subaru for a reason. :) I should really start autocrossing. Then again it's summer and I'm praying for rain or snow to make the commute more 'interesting'.

Oh yeah, G. I took "the dip" at 145 klicks today. Fun is an understatement. One hand in the air. One hand on the wheel. I'm home free...

By TVT - 1:01 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Driving to Sackville for gas (from cookerville) is a decent little start. But you have a long way to go to take my crown. My top random road trips would have to be:
  • Fredericton To Charlottetown for pizza

  • Fredericton to Bangor to see the U Maine campus (and it just so happened to catch a football game and meet a cheerleader :)

  • New Glasgow to Fredericton to New Glasgow in 12 hours (5 hours each way) just to look at the UNB campus

  • Eating a meal at the Salisbury big stop once a week for seven straight weeks while living in Fredericton

and my favorite spontaneous road trip would be...
  • Leaving Fredericton at 9pm to drive to Hartland to see the covered bridge, then while heading back to Fredericton realize that the Maine border is 'right there', so we cross the border at midnight. While driving Houlton we realized that We haven't ate at Denny's in a long time, so we drove to Bangor, had breakfast and then headed back to Fredericton (arriving in at 5am, just in time to start my 3813 assignment that was due at 8:30)

Always remember that the best (and in my mind the only true) road trip is the one that is not planned and starts out with the urge to drive. and impulsivly taking exits of the highway can often lead to a good time as well :)

By Peter - 12:24 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Monday, July 28, 2003

Greg's rubbed off on me more than I thought... listening to Rammstein. Ummmm hate good.

By TVT - 11:41 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Oh, and Ming:

The Superhero site was sent to me by a girl (or woman, I guess, as they are sometimes called) at work. Pretty. But taken.

By Silent_G - 5:25 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Feast or Famine

It's about bloody time this goddamn gaming drought ended!! 3 months without a decent game is too much. It seems to be getting worse each summer. Luckily Dino Crisis 3 and Silent Hill 3 are coming to my rescue. I wish to return to the gamer's womb. If you don't hear from me after August the 5th, good, I never liked you anyway. :) I've got a reputation to uphold. Well that and I need to get rid of "the shakes". Withdrawal sucks.

By TVT - 12:20 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Go Go Speed Racer

Almost forgot to comment on the weekend fun. ^_^

For the record, me and Gregory have this mutual respect whereby I do not kill him while he is a passenger in my car, and he does not kill me while I am riding shotgun (with a shotgun).

For the benefit of legal types out there here is a list of things we did not do. Repeat. NOT do:
-Greg taking the sharp S turn at 80 klicks
-Tuan taking the sharp S turn at 90 klicks
-Greg doing 160-ish in a 60, and flaunting it like the ticket-free sunnavabitch he is :)
-Tuan doing 140-ish in a 60, keeping in mind he already has points deducted :)
-Greg taking the big roller coaster dip in the road really fast
-Tuan taking the dip in the road and braking so he doesn't smash the truck at the top of the hill, ABS is the cool
-Greg getting to 'cookerville in record time because he kept pace with a 'vette - at 180

G Dawg, I still had the need for speed after you left. I think I'm turning into Peter... I took one look at the fuel gauge and said "I need to fill 'er up... in Sackville". Why? Who knows, just felt like a good 'ol Sunday drive. :) Next, I think I'll go for ice cream... in Halifax.

I only hit 170 on the highway back, y'know, for the big grin effect. I'm gonna do 200 again, I mean I'm NOT going to do 200 again sometime soon. :) Can't wait to slap some Z rubber and 17's on my baby. Those asian fellas sure know how to build cars...

By TVT - 12:15 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

I'm a big fan of cars that are small, fast, and run on cheap fuel. Safety will be an issue about 0.01 sec before I crash into something (or it, me).

As for ABS - sounds right. A good set of ABS will allow you to steer and give you the benefit of the coeffecient of static friction - as opposed to kinetic. So it should be better on dry and wet pavement - and possibly ice. Unfortunately, with ice, there is no friction to speak of, so unless your braking system consists of a solid fuel booster rocket facing the other way, you can't stop. And as for the "snowplow" effect in snow and gravel - I knew about that. I'd also seen a test on wet grass that showed non-abs cars to stop quicker. I never saw the "stop-on-a-dime" ads. And as for the accidents, that seems to be a driver education issue. But I do concede that even with ABS you can smack your car into guard rails in new and interesting ways (remembers back to last winter). I'm still smacking myself for "overcompensating" - especially since there was no need to.

Ming: When you get back you'll have to tell us about the beautiful babies. You are so money!

And you must travel on the autobahn. I want you to go as fast as you can and have it be legal. Some of us do the _fast as you can_ thing every now and then (props to the corvette driver - you made for a good Saturday), but feel a little guilty and nervous. But you can do it without the worry. And do you really think the Dutch/Germans/etc. would hunt you down into Canada to make you pay a speeding ticket? Wait. Scratch that.

By Silent_G - 10:26 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

with regards to the Tango....after living in Asia for a year it looks sorta roomy...I like it...easy to park . David however, who looked at the picture over my shoulder says to write that it looks like a "scooter with a roof"

By chantal - 10:02 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Sunday, July 27, 2003

The Education of Anstey

Why ABS isn't always good, don't get me wrong, it is great for maintaining control of the car, but the stopping distance isn't substantially better with ABS on.

Is the stopping distance shorter with ABS?

No! From early commercials, it may have looked like you could stop on a dime. That instantaneous stop is not realistic. When braking on dry or wet roads your stopping distance will be about the same as with conventional brakes.

You should allow for a longer stopping distance with ABS than for conventional brakes when driving on gravel, slush, and snow. This is because the rotating tire will stay on top of this low traction road surface covering, and effectively "float" on this boundary layer.

A non ABS braked vehicle can lock its tires and create a snow plow effect in front of the tires which helps slow the vehicle. These locked tires can often find more traction below this boundary layer.

Also, ABS on dirt.

Here's how much a Celica GT-Four WRC car costs:
Apart from a small number of outright race victories in the minor events such as the Thailand Championships, and those held in Guatemala, it was rallying that continued to be the Celica�s forte. Around 120 competition engines were being built each year by Toyota Team Europe as the Celicas reputation was reaching dizzy heights. As a matter of interest, even at this stage, a complete rally car cost in the region of �250,000.

Today's WRC cars are tame by comparison:
Rallying today is growing in leaps and bounds; More manufacturers than ever are taking part in the world rally championship, and even more are participating in various national championships. Last year, 16.5 million people spectated at the 14 rounds of the WRC, the highest live attendance figure of any form of motorsport. The drivers are among the best in the world, and the cars are extremely quick and very entertaining to watch.

But there was a time when rallying was very different. The early 1980s saw a category created specifically for manufacturers who wanted to show off their engineering capabilities; Group B was born. The Group B rally supercars quickly evolved into 500+ horsepower, four-wheel-drive chest-thumping beasts with space frames, kevlar bodywork, and many other high-tech pieces. The cars reached a point where many wondered if the cars had reached a point where the drivers could not fully control them. For instance, the Lancia Delta S4 could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds on a gravel road. Henri Toivonen drove an S4 around Estoril, the Portuguese Grand Prix circuit, so quickly that he would have qualified sixth for the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix. Nigel Mansell sampled a Peugeot 205 T16 and said it could out-accelerate his F1 car. And, perhaps most impressive (frightening?), the driver's reaction times were cut in half compared with previous rally cars. The Group B rally cars and their pilots were the stuff of which legends are made.

By TVT - 8:30 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Go Canada, Go!

Paul Tracy wins in Canada yet again, giving a complete driving lesson to the rest of the field, in a car that's pretty much equal with the rest (equal engines, chassis). Incredible.

By al - 7:49 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Cool! I'll still pass on that one though. :) Roll cage and PR aside... use your eyes.

I'll maybe consider one when it's proven safe by real life accounts. ;)

By TVT - 4:41 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

From the safety link on the Tango webpage:
Because safety is such a concern for small cars in particular, we have designed the Tango around a roll cage that meets or exceeds both SCCA and NHRA regulations. These are racing organizations that specify cage design to protect the occupants of cars crashing at over 200 mph. In addition, the extremely high strength-to-surface area ratio of a steel roll cage allows superb visibility from within the Tango. Rollover too is a great danger for many vehicles. The Tango, being so narrow, would look to the layman's eye to be unstable. But in fact, the Tango has stability that exceeds that of most sport cars.
Also, it's an electric car and weighs over 3,000 lbs, so you're probably going to at least hold your own in a head-on with an SUF :)

Also oticed that it charges to 80% capacity in 10 minutes (given a proper chargins station). They give numbers saying it's 30% cheaper per mile than a Honda Insight where electricity prices are average, not as good in places like California. Very neat stuff, at any rate.

By al - 4:16 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

As long as the modern SUV exists, the Tango is an accident waiting to happen. In my opinion the mini Euro style cars will flop here. The SMART car is making it's way over too. Why do people buy bigger cars? Cause they get to live when their dumb asses make a mistake. Funny how that works out. Bah.

And yes electric drag racing is the cool - power, instantly on tap. But that Tango thing gives me the heebie jeebies, I don't see much in the way of crumple zones or space for reinforced tubular space frames. I could be wrong but damn is that thing small.

By TVT - 3:44 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

An electric car that will do 0-60mph in 4 seconds, with a quarter mile time under 12 seconds: the Tango Expected to cost around $20,000US once in full production.

Anotehr article on the Tango here.

By al - 3:00 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Hero Guild Name

Villains fear me.

Heroes envy me.

Peter Anderson is...

The Neato-Keen-Supercool

I'm still debating whether this is a good name or a bad name for me...

By Peter - 12:01 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

On Dutch food: It's rather boring. Probably why you don't see much of it in restaurants :)

They make a lot of stews and use a lot of brussels sprouts. They also seem to be the originators of 'fish cakes'.

On the other hand, Dutch desserts are incredibly rich. Coffee Charlotte is one, very strong coffee-flavoured gelatin with nuts and (I think) kaluha or coffee liqueur..I think for the Dutch eating is that thing you have to do before you get to dessert. Which is fine with me.

I read last year that the Dutch are the most bilingual people in Eruope, with over 80% knowing more than one language, and a significant number of those knowing more than two. The English are the least bilingual, with only 20% speaking more than one language.

So one question remains, how's the local, erm, vegetation?

By al - 8:25 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

I've been meaning to post something for a while now, being in Europe and all. I was thinking things were going well until I started going through my checklist. . . . I remember now why I didn't like other people doing work on my project: I ALWAYS END UP FIXING WHAT THEY DID. It's a rather double-edged sword. I need to get the job done quickly, so I need someone to help do some of the work. The work they do complete, I have to redo once I get in the field because it plain doesn't work.

Apparently, I blew up at one of my co-workers a couple of days ago. I was tired, so maybe I was prettty harsh, I just didn't think so at the time. . . nor do I now actually. I still believe he deserved it. It's not often I get really upset, when I do it gets really noticed (I blame my mom for that trait). He was trying to convince me that it wasn't good because I did it in front of his boss. . . . From my perspective, I don't give a rat's ass because he's not MY BOSS. If you don't want me blow up in your face while your talking with your boss, don't piss me off to start with.

As much as I think you all enjoy listening to me rant about my work (yeah right), moving on to more interesting topics. Maastricht is really nice. It's the oldest city in the Netherlands, built by the Romans. The name literally translates to "Crossing of the Maas", fitting since it is built around the river Maas. Cobblestone walkways are cool. Most of the people here speak pretty good English, which makes getting around fairly easy. The best has got to be the food. There are lots of restaurants. Especially at this time of the year, most places have tables setup in the street, so you can sit outside and eat. The food is great. You can find just about anything you want from Italian, Japanese, Greek, Irish, French, American, etc. . . . The variety is to the point that I'm not sure what exactly is considered native Dutch food. The people here really enjoy dining. The guys and I take about 2 hours to eat a meal. . . . that's rushing it around here.

Took a quick trip into Germany. It was real funny when we crossed the border; there was no customs. Just a sign saying Germany. You can literally cross the border going 120 klicks and not stop. We visited a small German city right by the border, I believe it was called Achen. Not really a tourist place, but we spent some time in a nice park. I probably try a bigger or more tourist friendly place next time. Oh yeah, Germans don't speak English as well as the Dutch. On the way back, we sorta got lost. We were trying to find a way out of the city, then all of the sudden we realized we were actually back in the Netherlands. Funny how things work out.

Anyways, I should get going. . . . I've been at work over 10 hours now. Time for breakfast and bed.

By Ming - 2:36 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Yeah. . . . silent yet packs a massive punch. Greg, where the #$*! did you find this?

By Ming - 1:05 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Hero Guild Name

Villains fear me.

Heroes envy me.

Ming-Duc Wong is...

The Ghostly

By Ming - 1:02 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Saturday, July 26, 2003

�I think I�m helping my fellow man by labeling all the stupid people in the world,�

By al - 4:24 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

input 3 bands you like and let them match you to other bands you'll like.

By al - 10:00 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Friday, July 25, 2003

...but I would like to point out that my name does sound cooler than Gregs.... nyaah nyaah!

By chantal - 11:58 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Hero Guild Name

Villains fear me.

Heroes envy me.

chantal doucet is...

The Mysterious

it's a good name, really...but..oh, I don't know snakes are sooooo evil...couldn't they come up with a better that doesn't imply coruption? And I'm not really I?

By chantal - 11:54 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

A Call Out To Binnie!

Haven't heard from you much recently. Perhaps, now that the blog has changed its focus to more girl-friendly stuff, you can post your doings, goings, and comings here?

Besides, I have invented a great simple recipe for a salad that fits my schedule and culinary skill:

1. You take some lettuce, then eat it.

What could be simpler?

By Silent_G - 4:55 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

The Country Western Alien, though I do prefer what the ladies call me... Big Poppa Smurf.

By TVT - 3:43 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Hero Guild Name

Villains fear me.

Heroes envy me.

Greg Anstey is...

The Atypical Samurai

By Silent_G - 3:13 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Cheap Laugh O The Day

If you had a company called PowerGen and you set up shop in Italy, what would you name it?

...and yes Greg's penis is Planck length long, which is not to be confused with Plank length long.

By TVT - 8:30 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Attention Blog Citizens: The femme bashing ends today. Mainly cause I'm the biggest perpetrator of said bashing and I will stop. Because I respect my female friends. Friendship means more to me than jokes do.

Yea and verily. We usher forth a new kinder gentler blog. With 50% less hate. Aww who am I kidding I fucking hate those chinks! Whoa. Where'd that come from?

The offending posts from Thursdays are gone - all of them. That is all.

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You think it's moving but it's not

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Thanks guys. This simply means I have my foot in the door.

Edited G Dawg's post due to his lack of mad HTML skillz.

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me = ^_^ x 1000!

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The best defense is a good..... Greg's penis is Planck length long! :D

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More than you could ever need to know about Socrates is in this MeFi post, bringing together many different points of view on the disparate images we have of Socrates. This will take a while to get through.

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Zen and the art of Corporate Productivity. Want to get a job at Google, Nortel, Apple or TI? Become a yoga expert. Apparently meditation at work increases productivity even more than donuts, and the promise of more donuts to come.

Between this, the web, email, trips to the coffee machine, phone calls, scratching my bals and leaving early this means i might never need to do anything in the lab ever again!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Serendipity. def. Walking into MusicWorld and going "gee, that sounds a lot like Matthew Sweet" then discovering The Thorns.

syn. Happy Happy Joy Joy, to "pull a Tuan", bitchin

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003

I hurt myself laughing. "Dude. The fat guy totally blew up." - classic.

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Crow builds hook tool to retrieve hard-to-get food bucket in a pipe (requires QuickTime). I can't wait for Junkyard Wars: Avian Tournament

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In that same vein: Microsoft OS locks up BMW.

Yes, the proper pronounciation of Windows CD is indeed 'wince'.

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Regarding the Quality Gap: Now that's service!. They come from the land of chocolate.

Was on the morning commute and a sexalicious silver BMW 3 series crossed my path. If I had any less control, the evening news would've had reports of local man humps car. And for the last time cars = she. Not it. Not thing. Not he. She. Got it? Good. Don't make me go upside yo head. Foo'

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Interesting article. I can assure you that yes, Charlottetown does rock, and yes, the nickelback concert was loud. Fortunately knowing a couple of people got me and the people I was with into one of the covered VIP areas while the rain was coming down. Couldn't believe the number of people that were there, mostly tourists too, it seemed. Though there were a few people I hadn't heard from since high school that we met up with. Incidentalyl I went to the show with a girl I went to school with who had gone off to BC for a few years and has now made her way back there after deciding she did't like PEI. It was pretty much a lucky coincidence that we found each other, but we ended up spending the weekend ogether and it was just like old times. Very cool.

As for the alleged Ilsand red, I bt teh just cross out the letter 'O' and put 'Is' there instead. Never ehard of it. Must be a tourist thing.

Nickelback were good, and loud, and the sound system was easily capable of going twice as loud as it was, which made for utterly perfect sound quality. Much appreciated.Though they weren't the reason I came home for those concerts, Blue Rodeo was. They played the night before, with David Usher opening. Played a few songs from their new album, saved the good stuff for the end. I was pleased with the number of people in the audience who knew the words to 'Lost Together".

Nickelback's show was good, some new songs, their playing is nice and tight, could have used some meatier solos though. The only slightly sad part was that they pretended to finis the show but came on for a nencore, being the nice guys they were. At which point they played theeir two single biggest hits, including Chad Kroger standing alone singing 'Hero'. with some guy struming out the chords on an accostic guitar next to him, and saving half of their flashboms for the end of this supposed encore. Most people seemed to be fooled, though.

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Honda: Japanese for "we're better than you"

There�s something a little too complex about hybrid cars, don�t you think? I mean, they have two motors, for a start - one gasoline and one battery powered. And they have strange gauges, and no-one�s figured out how to chip them yet. Maybe if we ignore them, they�ll go away. more...

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Monday, July 21, 2003


G Dawg, thanks for the phone call mah niggah. You're a true brutha. I'll pencil you into my will. Take good care of my consoles. *mad face* Greg, put the gun down. The will is only effective if you don't kill me, understand? Better.

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Upforce is the new hotness.

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Bangalore is up there with Bangkok and Lesbos as coolest places to visit. Homer: Seattle... stop yer killin me.

Want to leave but I�ve got to stay
And I�m wondering more everyday
Montreal to Hong Kong
Where have all the good people gone?
Traffic jam but I�m on the shoulder
Took ten cops to pull me over
Bangkok to Babylon
Where have all the good people gone?

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On the Quality Gap

Bob Lutz takes matters into his own hands with a reporter in comparing of the 2004 Grand Prix with several other vehicles in its class, including the (more expensive) Nissan Maxima. A very good read, looks like GM is now in good hands design-wise. They've had good assembly for a while now.

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The lyrics are better. Still, you'd have trouble making the Top-40.

And for the record, Ming wasn't complaining of a repair bill. He was complaining of lack of accelleration at low rpm.

As for the quality gap, I don't know why it's there. I've thought about it. Even more interesting is the theory that there _isn't_ a quality gap - or, more likely, there is, but it's not as big as people make it seem. Written by a (bitter?) Chrysler fan, but makes some very good points. Mostly pokes holes in Consumer Reports. Lucky for us north of the border, we have, which actually measures dollar amounts. It's my favorite automotive "reliability" site.

[For the record, I never had a chance to show J-girl my guns. I decided to hold off on bringing her out into the middle of nowhere, where people habitually ignore gunfire, and hand her a semi-automatic weapon. Turns out, that was probably wise. They spook easily.]

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I come from the land of chocolate

The Ecotec is a GM product. Regardless of horsepower rating would you want to own something so unreliable? There's no _logical_ reason for a gap in quality between US and Japanese products. But sadly it is very real. Hey didn't you buy a Honda? ;)

Greg's J-girl causes him to come
He picks up the phone and calls her home
This is my shooting shirt!, is all he has to say...


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I also have a problem with Tuan's lyrics. Specifically, the part about Greg "turning gay". Didn't like that. But the creativity is good, though.

Brave Fencer Musashi: Tricked me into thinking it was an adventure game. Turns out to be (at least part) RPG. Spent many hours on it. Moral of Story: Just 'cause you don't intend to get into RPGs, and you don't want to bother with FF7 (or higher), or Xenogears, doesn't mean you can't be tricked into playing the genre. Bye-bye weekend.

As for the Opel Vectra: According to, the low-end Vectra engine is the 1.8L Ecotec, rated at 125 (or so) hp. That's comparable to the Corolla engine, and similar (or higher) than most Japanese/American econoboxes. It shouldn't be _that_ bad. And Ming, how do you enjoy driving "on the other side of the street"? As for the gearbox, check out the Jetta - it's probably the same, with R in the top left (might have to push down), with other gears in their familiar places.

My Dutch co-worker recommends seeing as much of Europe as possible while you're there. Belgium is high on her list of recommended places. Very good chocolate. Very good rifles, too. You long as you're there....

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30 degree heat and five P4 systems in one room, time to over clock the AC.

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I forgot to comment on Duc's rental car. Take a look under the hood. If my suspicions are correct you're running an GM Ecotec engine. And yes the General owns Adam Opel AG. It's also the same piece of shit engine that powers the wondeful Cavaliers and Sunfires ;) Ming's stuck driving a euro shell with 'merican guts. Ouch. :)

Now the V8 Opel Astra on the other hand.... *drool*

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The Ataris rendition of Don Henley's The Boys Of Summer, RAWKS! I do loves me a good cover tune. They need punk/ska versions of EVERYTHING. Now I'm off to contemplate a ska version of Leaving On A Jet Plane... Cool.

EDIT: Scratch that. Just heard Sarah McLachlan's cover of The Beatles - Blackbird. Yes I am quite smitten by it.

The Week's Top 5:
1. Sarah McLachlan - Blackbird
What else? :)

2. Raja-Nee - Turn It Up
Kick ass reggae tune from the Dead or Alive Volleyball soundtrack.

3. The Ataris - The Boys of Summer
A classic with a twist.

4. Sam Roberts - Where have all the good people gone?
Catchy as fuck.

5. Shawn Desman - Spread My Wings
I'm all about the mellow.

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Sunday, July 20, 2003

Was going through the mp3 archives making another mix, when I ran across this gem. Peter understands.

The Rheostatics - Claire
Purify me. Purify me, Claire.
Let me see you save a mind that isn't there.
Purify me. Clarify me, Claire.

Liquify me. Liquify these walls.
Let me see them gushing like Niagara Falls.
Liquify me. Vaporize me, Claire.

Purify me. Purify me, Claire.
Let me see you save a soul that is impaired.
Purify me. Clarify me, Claire.

C-L-A-I-R-E, confide in me.

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PC Load Letter? What the fuck does that mean???

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Arrived in Maastricht this morning. . . . yeah, morning both home and here. Surprise, surprise. . . . my luggage didn't. The airport in Amsterdam was crazy, apparently they over sold the flight. . . . by a lot. . . . at least by 3 times the capacity and they all showed up. Anyways, after the last time, I was prepared. The Maastricht airport reminds me of the Fredericton airport. . . . dead. The guy at the Hertz desk even confirmed it. Get this. To return the car: "Park the car in the parking lot behind the gas station. If there is no parking spaces, . Go behind the desk and place key in box. Walk away. DO NOT CALL US WHEN YOU RETURN THE CAR. . . . " I got a Opel Vectra. Standard transmission. Took me a while to figure out how the hell to get the thing in reverse. 5 speed transmission, reverse being the same position as first gear. . . . I'd drive the car in the ground, but the damn thing has zero pickup. I pretty much have to keep the rpms up around 3000-4000 to get any sort of acceleration. Sundays here is like Sundays back on the Island. . . . only worst. Here ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS OPEN. I can't even get a bottle of water. The hotel room's nice. . . . but hot. (I got pictures! Post them later when I get them up.) I could sleep on the plane. I can't sleep in the hotel until it cools down. So, I went to work. I just wished I brought a blanket, I could sleep in the A/C computer room right about now.

Anyways, post more later.

P.S. Tuan, keep you day job. Writing song lyrics just isn't your thing ;-p

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Why NASCAR is the bane of motorsports. If you're at work, please use headphones. ;)

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Duc is not an asshat

...more like a fishing hat.

Speaking of fishbulbs - I'm having a very odd Mister Sparkle moment.

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Ode to Duc


Well his Gameboy's packed, Duc's ready to go
Landlord's standin here outside his door
Hates to remind him bout tha hundred fifty five...

But the PC's packed, no time for porn
The Celica's waitin', Duc's blowin' his horn
Already Duc's so horny he could cry...

So they frisk him and ID him
Tell him that they'll detain him
Hold him like they'll never let him go...

'Cause Duc's leaving on a jet plane
Don't know when he'll be back again
Poor Ming, the anime has to go...


There's so many times Greg's let you down
So many times you've played that round
I'll tell you now, videogames don't mean a thing...

Every terrorist act, they'll think of you
Every place you go, they'll look for you
When Duc comes back, I swear they'll call him - chink...

So they frisk him and ID him
Tell him that they'll detain him
Hold him like they'll never let him go...

'Cause Duc's leaving on a jet plane
Don't know when he'll be back again
Poor Ming, the anime has to go...

The time has come Greg says to you
One more time, oh, let him beat you
I'm sure he'll start winnin again someday...

Greg's dreams cause him to come
He sits at home and plays alone
I think he's lonely, maybe turnin gay...

So they frisk him and ID him
Tell him that they'll detain him
Stupid drugs, now they'll never let him go...

'Cause Duc's leaving on a jet plane
Don't know when he'll be back again
Poor Ming, the anime has to go...

And Duc's leaving on a jet plane
Don't know when he'll be back again
Pity, the anime has to go...

Ming-Duc's leaving on a jet plane...
Mingus is leaving on a jet plane...
Duc's leaving on a jet plane...
leaving on a jet plane...
leaving on a jet plane...
on a jet plane...

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Saturday, July 19, 2003

I'm thinking of going to the states for vacation...

And since Duc is heading overseas. He might need this.

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stupid Fruitmaster!! *shakes fist*

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1: dear fruit master, you never got my first letter! i'll tell you what it said- i hate the stupid, idiotic game of fruit! the new one and the old one! they both stink! if i lose again i'm going to smash in the computer screen! i will win i will not lose again! or in three words- I WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Signed, LAURENE 2: Dear Fruit Master, I lost your game after I tried about 200 times!!!! This game is really hard, and I thought you improved it. My child is highly upset and we will never go on the internet again!!!!! signed,a very angry parent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

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It's that time again. This time I get to leave North America. Maastricht, here I come! So, any money whether I make it back as scheduled or get stuck like so many times before?

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Expanding those cultural horizons

I give you the Lord's Prayer in Ebonics:

Yo, Big Daddy upstairs,
You be chillin
So be yo hood
You be sayin' it, I be doin' it
In this here hood and yo's
Gimme some eats
And cut me some slack, Blood
Sos I be doin' it to dem dat diss me
Don't be pushing me into no jive
Ang keep dem crips away
Cause you always be da man, G
Straight up.

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Friday, July 18, 2003

Very seriously considering a trip up to Montreal for the Molson Indy Montreal. 3 day tickets are about a third of F1's prices, you can get into the paddock and walk around, and hopefully I can score a spot on a friend's couch instead of shelling out for last minute hotel prices (planing ahead == good thing).

decisions decisions...

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Thursday, July 17, 2003

it's 8 o'clock, time to get bizzay

Al, stop listening to classical music.

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Sir Mix-a-Lot is a very smart cat. No really.

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Greggu-kun, being the model of utter self control that I am -- I ordered 2. ^_^ Oh frabjous day. Caloo,
calay! I love it when "what if's" become reality.

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Do you come with the car?

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You must buy one.

And you must show it to me.

And then I will see if it can be _truly_ made real.

(edit: for those wondering, something like this: )

Translation of the Japanese text:
toransufoomaa bainarutekku
BT 01 sumookusukuriinu
Feat impuressa(zz, maybe? text not clear)WRC 2003

Presumed English:
Transformer Binar(y?) Tech
BT 01 Smokescreen
Feat Impreza WRC 2003

That is all.

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Ahem. Fanboy alert.



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I understand. Completely.

And "I would stab my mother in the neck for one of those" is one of the best comments ever.

And if I had half the electrical/mechanical talent to build one, I would. I assure you, I've thought about it. Not that car, specifically - just wondering what would be necessary to make a car so...breakable and re-connectable. It'd make for a good conversation.

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Forensic Astronomy? Cool stuff.

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I just wet myself

If you know me, like I know me. You'd understand.

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Every women's group in the world can kiss my white Newf ass. rocks. The whole concept rocks. Props to TVT for the Best Misogynist Thursday Ever.

The Blues/Gay postings were also good. Very good reading. But let us return to huntingforbambi. I will visit that site. Later. When no one's around. Call it cancer prevention.

You get to hunt, shoot, and mount, and eat, without the added bother of plucking, gutting, or cooking. Once again, I like the world. In case it hasn't been made clear, anyone who opposes Operation Bambi can bite me. Tell me, oh tell me, there's a cave and a large wooden club and included in the price is Bambi being slung over one shoulder while "Og Bring Woman Back To Cave!" is shouted.

I test drove a Jetta Diesel yesterday, but since that pales in comparison to every other post of the day, I'll leave the details until later. Wasn't that exciting anyway.

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Found this at AnalogMan:


by Lame Mango Washington
(attributed to Memphis Earlene Gray with help from Uncle Plunky, revisions by Little Blind Patti D. and Dr. Stevie Franklin)

1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, 'less you stick something nasty in the next line, like " I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes ... sort of: "Got a good woman - with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher - and she weigh 500 pound."

4. The Blues are not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch; ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys and Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft an' state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, " adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in St. Paul or Tucson is just depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cuz you skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg cuz an alligator be chomping on it is.

9. You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues:

a. highway
b. jailhouse
c. empty bed
d. bottom of a whiskey glass

Bad places:

a. Ashrams
b. gallery openings
c. Ivy League institutions
d. golf courses

11. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

12. Do you have the right to sing the Blues? Yes, if:

a. you're older than dirt
b. you're blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
d. you can't be satisfied

No, if:

a. you have all your teeth
b. you were once blind but now can see
c. the man in Memphis lived.
d. you have a retirement plan or trust fund.

13. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Gary Coleman could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

14. If you ask for water and Baby give you gasoline, it's the Blues.

Other acceptable Blues beverages are:

a. wine
b. whiskey or bourbon
c. muddy water
d. black coffee

The following are NOT Blues beverages:

a. mixed drinks
b. kosher wine
c. Snapple
d. sparkling water

15. If it occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse, and dying lonely on a broken down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or getting liposuction.

16. Some Blues names for women:

a. Sadie
b. Big Mama
c. Bessie
d. Fat River Dumpling

17. Some Blues names for men:

a. Joe
b. Willie
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie

18. Persons with names like Sierra, Sequoia, Auburn, and Rainbow can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

19. Make your own Blues name (starter kit):

a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi,etc.)
c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.)

For example, Blind Lime Jefferson, or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc.

(Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

20. I don't care how tragic your life: you own a computer, you cannot sing the blues. You best destroy it. Fire, a spilled bottle of Mad Dog, or get out a shotgun. I don't care.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Fuck. Yes.

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Misandrist Wednesdays are go:

cars passing...

Man driving down road.
Woman driving up same road.

They pass each other.

Woman yells out window, "P I G !"
Man yells out window, " B I T C H !�

Man rounds next curve.

Crashes into a huge pig in middle of road.

Thought For The Day :

If only men would listen...

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2 snaps and a twist

Wow. Someone started Homophobic Wednesdays and didn't tell me? Kidding. I've been steadily cutting back on bashing flamers over the years. Maybe it's cause I drive with both hands on the wheel...

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1. If you are over 30 and you have a washboard stomach, you are gay. It means you haven't sucked back enough beer with the boys and rather you've been sucking-off the boys and have spent the rest of your free time doing sit-ups, aerobics, and doing the Oprah diet.

2. If you have a cat, you are a Flaaaayming fag. A cat is like a dog, but Gay: it grooms itself constantly but never scratches itself, has a delicate touch except when it uses its nails, and whines to be fed. And just think about how you call a dog..."Killer, come here! I said get your ass over here!" Now think about how you call a cat..."Bun-bun, come to daddy, snookums!" Jeeezus, you're the poster boy for GAY.

3. If you suck on lollipops, Ring-Pops, baby-pacifiers, or any such nonsense, rest assured, you are a Gaylord. A straight man only sucks
bar-b-q ribs, crab-claws, raw oysters, craw-fish guts, pickled pigs feet, or titties. Anything else and you are in training to suck El-Dicko and undeniably a fag.

4. If you refuse to take a dump in a public bathroom or piss in a parking lot, you're in a deep homosexual relationship. A man's world is his bathroom; he defecates and urinates where he pleases.

5. If you drink decaf coffee with skim milk, you like a high hard one in the poop-chute. Coffee is to be had strong, black (or with thick, wholesome milk) and full-aroma. A pussy-eating man will never be heard ordering a "Decaf Cafe Latte with Skim" and he will never, ever know what artificial sweetener tastes like. If you've had NutraSweet in your mouth, you've had a dick there too.

6. If you know more than six names of colours or four different types of dessert, you might as well be handing out free passes to your ass. A real man doesn't have memory space in his brain to remember all of that crap as well as all the names of all the players in the Major league, NHL, NFL,
NBA, college ball, PGA, and Nascar. If you can pick out chartreuse or you know what a "fresier" is, you're gay. And if you can name ANY type of textile other than denim, you are faggadocious!

7. If you drive with both hands on the wheel, forget hungry for meat-popsicle. A man only puts both hands on the wheel to honk at a
slow-ass driver or to cut the motherfucker off. The rest of the time he needs that hand to change the radio station, eat his hamburger, hold his beer, finger the beotch in the passenger seat (whoever she happens to be), or, if he's Latino, talk on his cell-phone.

8. If you enjoy romantic comedies or French films, mon-frere, vous sonnez le Gay, oui? The only time it is acceptable to watch one of those is with a woman who knows how to reward her man. Watching any of the above films by yourself or with another man is likely to result in SHC (spontaneous homosexual combustion), which is what happens to fags when they flame out too quickly. So follow the rules and beware...or keep that shit to yourself, you flamming faggot!

9. If your name is Troy then stop living in denial. You're an ass puncher from way back and everyone knows it.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Droppin da N bomb

I'm easily amused by parody sites.

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I saw the Bricklin in person. If you note my clever emphasis, that is my opinion on the matter. Now a DeLorean Time Machine with a 1.21 jigowatt flux capacitor. Now yer talkin!

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Is the new McLaren Mercedes SLR (2) a mite too expensive for you? Why not build your own?

Or if you'd prefer something domestic, there's a slightly older gullwing car, New Brunswick's own Bricklin.

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To the Poster of the prickly....prick: Uh...yeah. The "hate" article was so funny I laughed out loud. Luckily, nobody's in earshot. Having to explain the use of every racial epithet in one paragraph (loved the use of the word 'Swedes') would take some effort.

To Binnie:
Welcome to the show! You're just in time for Misogynist Thursday! It's two days from now. So you're early for Misogynist Thursday. But we'll try to think of something a welcoming present.

And what are you up to these days? Have you taken up sacrificing animals to demons yet?

And I mowed my lawn and washed dishes and bought food. The "crashing" of Wipeout XL had nothing to do with any of those things.

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How to tell whether you should hate somebody or not.

edit: Site seems to be not responding, here's google's cache of the page.

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Dear spammers,

I know where the porn is located on the internet. Yes. All of it. While I thank you for pointing out goat sex dot com, I am quite capable of finding wank material on my own. I'm a big boy now.

Bite me.

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Monday, July 14, 2003

Hooray for beanie!!!

Well now. That isn't any way to greet your gracious host now is it? And for that I give you:

"Silly slant eyes. Tricks are for kids."

Oh, and purple monkey dishwasher banana phone. Welcome back. ^_^

Hmmm... the guy with the double thumbs up and getting his cheek pinched looks like Ming. OK, I'm pushin it. So sue me. :o)

Note to self: Get picture of Mingus doing the double thumbs up. You make a good fish Misa Man. Preese send ah foh moh to house. Sank you.

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Vantu I know you are out there. Just waiting for my message so you can create a childish and probaly diturbing responce to whatever i post. So come back to purple peanutbutter.

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Practical. And stylish.

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Talking to friend of hippie chick. Wheels are in motion. Things are happening. I think I'm turning into John Cusack in the way I'm going to justify going after two girls at once to myself.

Actually it's not as bad as all that since there isn't any real commmitment. Though I do wish I could magically combine my smart sweet girl with the fun cute dateable one with the cuddle-buddy. Having to remember three sets of birthdays is going to be tough if I keep this crap up.

By al - 3:24 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Thank you. Thank you very much.

More Google fun: Type "ming is cool" (esp. for you CS people who know wtf BSD is) and hit "I'm feeling lucky". Also try "tuan is cool". Al and Greg don't lead to anything particularly interesting. They're not on the level of "If you are Donald Rumsfeld, click 'Bomb'", but they'll do for a Monday.

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"My name is Greg, and I have a problem." - If I were drinking milk. I assure you. It would be expelled from my nasal cavity.

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Thank you. I wondered what those things were for. There's a reason people buy legit. Comes with instructions. Useful, they.

I have 6 blocks left on the memory card. GT2 only took 4. Wipeout, Metal Slug, Raiden(?), and a couple others take up space. But I do forsee becoming a Sony whore. But only a small one. [Decides not to mention that he stayed up 'till 1am trying to beat the Phantom Challenge II in Wipeout XL and that he hasn't mowed his lawn in almost 2 weeks and he's desperately low on food.] I'm not addicted. I don't have a problem. I could quit when...ever...I.....[They'll take our guns, but they'll never take our Playstations!!!!!!]

My name is Greg, and I have a problem.

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NES turns 20. I wanna go play the old nintendo pinball again.

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G Dawg: I repeat. Pfft. Pansy. Find a room with a 3D hexagonal pulsating doohickey. You'll know it when you see it. Stand near it and push up on the control pad. You will be prompted to save. Unless you filled up the memory card with GT2 zaniness. In which case you must do the following:

1. shout at the Playstation
2. no. really. do it.
3. feel better?

OK. Cart your ass on over to EB and buy another memory card. Voila. You have perfected the secret "I am a Sony whore" move. Learn it. Love it. Live it.

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Greg: You mat not have, talk to, come near, and preferably not even think about her or the idea or pollibility of her.

Besides, who was giving anyone up? ;)

By al - 1:10 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

To Al:

If you're going to give up the cute asian CS chick for the drunken hippie chick, can I have the cute asian CS chick? Or are there already 2 other bids out on that one? ;)


How do you save in Castlevania? And I usually don't wear my shooting shirt on dates. Besides, have you ever _tried_ saying "Hey, would you like to come back to my place so I can show you my piece? It's a 9mm." They get the wrong impression.

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Note to self: I don't hate all women - just the ones that won't go out with me, and bitches, I hate bitches. Awww I'm just kiddin, now get in the kitchen and make me a sammich!

Note to Greg: Don't ever start a date with the phrase "this is my shooting shirt!"

Note to George: Make more threatening references to the U.N.

Note to Tuan: Stop mimicking people's posts - it's not funny. Seriously. Stop that! Put the mouse down. Step away from the keyboard...

By TVT - 12:38 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Note to self: Don't ever say "hey come to this blog" to previously mentioned girls.

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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Comedian Dwayne Perkins on being the 'just a friend' guy. (mp3)

By al - 10:08 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

hippie chicks are wonderful things. Hippie chicks who hang on your every word when you wax philosophical about a band's sound are moreso.

Girls who drag you out on the dance floor out of nowhere ? Yep, wonderful.

By al - 1:06 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Too fucking cool. The Delfino Feroce basically has the engine and drivetrain from a Subaru Impreza STi with an exoticar shell. Schweet! I was representin the whole damn time we were playing Project Gotham. :o)

I dig this quote from the website: The Feroce is powered by a reputable existing engine builder ^_^

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Saturday, July 12, 2003

If you have no taste for dry British humor. I pity you. Cause that shit is the funnAy.

Greg, I guess ya shoulda came over _this_ week. Doh! The Atlantic Nationals is here. There were a ton of classic cars (and a ricer Civic that was really really out of place). The show was huge, took up all of Centennial Park. Plus there was a whole section dedicated to Corvettes. We even have a club here that I never heard about:

I've never seen so many vettes in person. Saw the ACR Viper too! Hot damn I want one!

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Everything you do is wrong. also known as 'The Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About'.
Combine utter, polar disagreement on everything, ever, with the fact that I am a text-book Only Child, and she is a violent psychopath, and we're warming up. Then factor in my being English while she is German, which not only makes each one of us personally and absolutely responsible for the history, and the social and cultural mores of our respective countries, but also opens up a whole field of sub-arguments grounded in grammatical and semantic disputes and, well, just try saying anything and walking away.
via Ars Technica.

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Friday, July 11, 2003

By TVT - 10:14 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

One kidney, slightly used

So how exactly does one become a drug king pin? I mean, is there a school to go to? Do I need a degree in economics? Or do I merely need the physical strength to break a lot of legs? If anyone knows how to get into "da bidness", gimme a shout. I'm open to any and all options.

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The president of the local motorsports club drives a Supra (and maybe a Porsche, if I read the site correctly), and screwed some chick out of several grand? My hero!

I emailed Black_Teg to get some information about what they do and where they do it. I don't know I would fit in too well with powerful cars and people who like to pamper them, but no harm in asking for info. "My bragging rights? Ummmm. 5.5L/100km? Oh! Quarter-mile time? Uh...don't know. But there _is_ a computer in the gluuuve compartment."

GT2: Acquired I-C and I-B licenses. Much simpler than I remember them. Supra modified as much as possible. Haven't decided what to do next.

On the FMC site forums there's a picture of a Wraith. Pretty. Perhaps one of you computer-types will post it. The Ford GT is also gorgeous. Great heritage, too. It's a remake of the only Ford vehicle to not require repair in a 24-hour period. (Fix Or Repair Daily)

That is all.

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Results here.

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Your Favourite Band Sucks

You are your record collection, or so says a recent study. (More details: here; complete study here (pdf).)
Almost anything about a man or a woman - from their looks, intelligence and fitness, to politics, wealth and even conversational ability - can be gleaned from the tunes they enjoy most.
via this MetaFilter thread.

There's a good music preference-based personality test , my results are here.

By al - 11:18 a.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Play me.

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Thursday, July 10, 2003

I haven't posted in a while. Currently on day 2 of backing up my old computer. . . . Day 1, make ghost images of my partitions and put them in appropriate places. Day 2, burn images on 3 DVD-RWs. I love my DVD burner. Question is, what am I going to do with the 20+ CD-RWs I just freed up? Pirating software sounds about right.

I see Greg is quite absorbed in his new toy. Greg plays with the Playstation all night, dreams playing with the Playstation, thinks about what game he will be playing when he gets off work. . . . question: how was this less evil than getting a computer? If you ask me, it's more evil. . . . cheaper and more addictive. At least with a computer, you can do more productive things like chat with friends, screw the RIAA, get porn, watch porn, etc, etc. . . . Well, now that you own Sony's original "evil box", can I interest you in a $500 computer to complement your new drug? One with a CD burner to feed your current addiction? Come on, I know you want it. . . .

Since when did I get associated with anti-americanism and placed as the poster-boy for US hatred? Sure, I currently dislike americans. We don't see eye-to-eye, but I'm not shooting every fucking american I meet on the street (probably because I don't own a firearm). I don't blame them because they are american, that's just the way they are. THEY PISSED ME OFF FIRST. I just don't give a rat's-ass about them anymore.

That said, I re-routed my trip to Maastricht to completely avoid crossing into the states. . . . my trip back is three hours longer, but I don't have to put up with those MFs. . . . time well spent in my books.

Checked out that Fredericton Motorsport Club. The President's name sounds very familiar. . . . and his car, Toyota Supra, reminds me of this guy. . . . Greg, represent. . . if this guy is an older, ogre of a man, is a former stock-broker, who used to live up by Edmonston and answers to the name Ken Staples, kick him where it hurts. . . he owes my sister a few thousand dollars.

By Ming - 11:33 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

I hear ya, I just scroll to the middle and read up. :)

By TVT - 10:48 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Not america as a whole, just the fuckfaces in charge and those who let them stay in charge.

Ever notice the strange flow of a conversation when reading it backwardds on a blog page?

By al - 10:40 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Why the 'merica hate as of late? Not that it's undeserving, you just seem more Ming than usual. ;)

By TVT - 10:35 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Dear America,

If any of your fuckers don't vote in 2004, or vote for bush, I'm going to kick your asses.


-- al

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Greg. Represent.

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Marry me.

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Greg you are so money

Whoops... almost forgot. Mah baby's legit. He's all grows up! He's all grows up! *sniff*

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"At least Einhander had 10 continues. This only has 3." - Pfft. Pansy. I beat it with 1 continue while eating a ham sammich. One hand in the air. One on the controller. I'm home free.

Philosoma is one of the best space shooters of all time. Engaging story (for a space opera). Kick ass vertical, horizontal, and 3D levels, it's all good baby. Best Sony game they never bothered to make a sequel to. Damn their oily hides.

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GT2: I bought a legit copy of GT2 yesterday. I own a 360hp (now) Supra. Another $100k will get me up to 416hp, a highly-modifiable tranny (and I do love tinkering with transmissions - Do I hear a "damn straight" from any Snowmen out there?), and weight reduction. Maybe I'll get an AE86. My stock Supra was too powerful to enter most beginner races - Adding another 100hp didn't help matters. If only this were real life....Toyota would send "comfort girls" to my house to do my chores for me, so I wouldn't have to stop for domestic things like cooking, cleaning and making beds. I now have the B and A licenses.

Megaman 8: Seems more "kiddy" than I remember.

Philosoma: At least Einhander had 10 continues. This only has 3.

If I had a GPA, it would be dropping right now.

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Did someone say ass hat?

courtesy the Bad Ass Coffee Company.

PS. Assclown owns asshat.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

The Matrix review to end all Matrix reviews.

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It just rolls off the tongue

Besides "Who is your daddy? And what does he do?" making it's way into my daily vernacular. "asshat" is pulling up a close second.

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This... is exactly how I envision Mr. Wong and Mr. Anstey, in the Matrix.

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Look in the PS1 Greatest Hits section. I'm sure you'll find a copy of GT2. Don't worry, the money will make it's way back to SOrNY. I hear Yamauchi-san needs another solid gold Skyline. :)

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Wipeout XL: I got gold in the 6 tracks, allowing me to take the "Rapier" challenge. I won it yesterday, unlocking 2 Phantom tracks. Difficult, they. But I got gold on the 1st of the 2 at the stroke of midnight. So....very....tired. I've owned the system less than 3 days, and I've said, "Just one more run" about 30 times already. After all, a run only takes 3-4 minutes. I should rephrase it to "I'll put the damned controller down when I get gold, and not a moment before."

Einhander: The bosses seem...large. With freaky huge weapons. Discovering the "turbo" mode was good. Discovering that I could smack into the ground and/or the ceiling was not. Superweapons/gunpods should last longer. 10 continues is not enough. But I will improve.

GT2: I'll look for a copy. Supporting industry is good, in theory, but a copy of GT2 is likely used, so the money goes to the store, not to Sony. I will check for availability. I will learn to play with manual transmission, as I did in Need for Speed III.

Role Playing/Adventure games: Haven't touched them. Not prepared to head into the dark, dark path that would await me there. But maybe a little Castlevania this weekend....Castlevania won't hurt...maybe a little remind me of the old Nintendo days...[/gateway drug].........

That is all.

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Speaking of smut, if you go to Microsoft's .net home page, at the very top you'll see this image:

I wonder which version of Windows that PowerBook is running ;)

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I submit that you can never have enough smut.

For example: smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut smut.

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Great. Let's all play "how to load the blog with enough smut to trip the filtering software at work". Bastards! :o)

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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Declaring war on google targeted ads

Let's get started:

haltertop leather dildo foot fetish hardcore xxx latex dirty sanchez monkey fisting threesome foursome fivesome twelvesome bondage s&m whips chains restraints handcuffs edible underwear edible socks whipped cream nofatchicks one night stand swingers tampon douche yeast infection botox anal bleaching.

Let's see what kind of ads we get now. I'll put up a bunch of christian terms tomorrow to confuse the fuck out of it.

By al - 11:31 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Gregory, when you get that 'vette. Be sure to steer clear of this bodyshop.

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My God, man! What have I done?! I've taken a poor, unassuming, innocent soul and corrupted him beyond measure. No longer will he "have a life". No longer will he "know what the sun is". No longer will he "know the warm loving caress of a woman's bosom". No wait. Scratch that. He's an engineer. He knows not of these things. They're like fairytales, myths, like the bogeyman or cookie monster. Maybe I haven't caused as much damage as I've feared.

Though with great power does indeed come great responsibilty. My friends, I have stared into the edge of the abyss. I have been there for the dizzying highs, the crushing lows. The marathons, the just need to finish this level, the obscene amount of bowel control, the lack of dietary fibre, the end boss, the fanfare, the sequels, the narcolepsy, the profanity, the boasting, the ego trips, the goddamn is it even possible to beat me at Street Fighter 2?, the I think you know damn well the answer is no, the yes I am better than you, really, the lowered GPA, the almost failing, the emphasis on the *almost* failing, the run on sentences, the lack of proper punctuation. Indeed. I have truly - seen it all.

But alas my poor misguided ingenue, he knows not what he is getting in to. His fledgling gamer soul is weak. He is not as strong in spirit as I. The day will come when I fear the "Mario within" will consume him. "He's more machine than man now", we'll say, as he's hooked up his life support to the Playstation for that one final chance at beating GT2.

No. I can't let that happen. I musn't let that happen. Gregory! Step back from the abyss! Step back you foul creature! Back I say! This young one is not for you. Take me! I'm old!...


This latest set of comics mirrors my point perfectly: clicky

And who the fuck are these people? Chicks that play viddyagames?! Has the whole world gone gay? And more importantly, Where can I find these wimmin?

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I blame Peter for affecting the Blogger target marketing ads! Behold!

Now I ask you. Where the fuck did my Subaru ads go?! Bitches. Hmmm... I wonder... if I started posting topics like "hot lesbian action" would I get similar results? M'eh worth a try. I like boobies. Show me da boobies! Boobies. Boobies. Boobies. I wanna get all up in dem boobies. There. That should do it.

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G, I had GT2 burned on 700MB discs. I'm guessing the PS1 laser doesn't like reading the discs too much. You *may* get premature wear from the motor working too hard, or so I've heard. If ya wanna play it on the safe side. I'll pick up some Sony brand 650MB blue bottom discs and re-burn GT. For some odd reason I've had nothing but complete success using Sony CD-R's. Hmmmm makes ya wonder. And if you really want to play it on the safe side hike your ass on down to Electronics Boutique and pick up a used copy of GT2. As much as I love piracy, I also believe in supporting my favourite industry too. :o)

Why am I reminded of Barney Gumble's famous last words concerning Gregory? "It has begun!....." Oh yeah, shit, almost forgot, who is your daddy? and what does he do?

By TVT - 6:12 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment


On a related note, GT2 seems to be suffering some "lag". It takes longer to load, etc. than it should. Seems the PSX is spinning the disk, looking for stuff, and not finding it as fast as I remember when I'd played it before. 20 second load times are not normal.

Wipeout XL, on the other hand, is doing quite well. Gold on all 8 circuits! Make with the Challenge courses!

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Monday, July 07, 2003

Never laugh with your tongue anywhere within the vicinity of your teeth. It can be quite joyous and painful.

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Young girl has encounter with Hulk doll's green eggs & ham:

Story here.

But she said: �Later when she was playing with it, she discovered it had a lump under its shorts. Being curious she took them off,

She's going to make lots of friends in school ;)

By al - 2:22 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Represent Redux

You know you are dealing with a company run by engineers instead of accountants when it leases a $3 million vehicle for $500 a month.
Honda. I salute you.

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Words of Wisdom:

America, by Bruce McCullough

"Some people, when they see the stars and stripes flapping in the wind, they say "That's America!" Me, when I see the flag hung up in the window of some basement apartment by guys who have better things to do with their money then buy curtains, I say "That's America" to me. In America, there are 51 states, or maybe it's 80 by now. Does England count? I'm not quite sure. The one thing I am sure of though, is if I'm standing in a warehouse beside a timeclock and a guy is punching in for his best friend who is too hungover to get out of bed, I'm standing in America. The makeover capital of the world. The place where every young man has to answer in his heart the question what do you love more your girlfriend, or your car. And where that young man can buy a beat up old car for $300 and have to spend $1000 to insure it. Where else can even a paperboy auction the film rights to a book. A woman on the assembly line works out her overtime in her head to infinity, and at the exact same moment her husband gets into an accident because he's looking at a girl in a tube top. In America, where spelling doesn't count, people's pets do. Where else can a guy get a job riding a whale at Marineland, but in America? In America, a guy's girlfriend breaks up with him over the phone. So he gets a gun and kills the principal. Everyone is sad, until they get the day off. Next week, another guy, another gal, another "we can still be friends" phone call, uh oh, the assistant principal gets it. And everyone's sad, because they don't get the day off, he's just the assistant principal. America, a land of opportunity. Yes that great lumbering beast, that journeys tirelessly, only stops to eat a clubhouse sandwich, pick his teeth with a matchbook cover, and fall asleep with the TV on... again. America, a place for Americans."

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And you thought WW[E|F] storylines were fucked up...

via die puny humans.

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Sunday, July 06, 2003

Something to think about:

Who is your daddy? And what does he do?

By TVT - 10:45 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Something to think about:

Ancient hunter / gatherers lived to be about 38 years old; modern man lives an average of 75 years.

However, the hunter / gatherer lifestyle required only a couple of hours of real work in a given day, going out to either catch or dig up your food, or cook it on the fire. Given that, even with their short lifespans, they still had more free time than the average modern working person, who retires at 65 after working full-time all his life.

Plus, the free time that they do have was when they are young and physically fit and still able to enjoy life, rather than old and useless and in a nursing home.

Soo.. Are we really so smart?

I mention this because the guy who found the Coke bottle in the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy died just recently.

By al - 8:05 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Since Tuan wanted to see this, I'll try and come up with a current top 5 for me. You may notice that my current top 5 does not consist entirely of current songs. I've spent the last couple of months rediscovering some of the hidden gems I have in my music collection, and I have purchased a few cd's the last little while that have worked its way into my list.

So here is Peter's current top 5:

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Poodle Hat (The whole album)
If you know me, you know I love Weird Al. So it was a given that when his new album was released on May 20th I bought it that day. I love pretty much every song on the album (so I guess you could say all the songs on the album are tied for one of these positions). Weird AL is famous for his parodies and this album has a few great ones including Couch Potato which is a take of on Eminem's Lose Yourself, and A complicated Song which is a parody of Ms. Avril Lavigne. But the true gems on this album are the originals including BOB (a homage to Bob Dylan with the added bonus that every lyric is a palindrome) and Genius in France which sounds like it would fit into the Frank Zappa catalogue. Frank's son Dweezil even plays the opening guitar solo. A great song that tops of a great album.

Johnny Cash - Hurt
This song was released before Christmas, but I still love it. Probably the best cover Johnny Cash has done during his time spent with American Recordings. He took a Nine Inch Nails song, played in his stripped down country style (2 acoustic guitars and a guy playing piano/organ/Mellotron) and made it darker than anything Trent Reznor could ever hope to record. Great Song.

White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
I'm not the biggest White Stripes fan by any means. Actually I find a lot of there music gets old fast. But Seven Nation Army has managed not to get old yet. Good beat, good guitar riff, good stuff.

Alice Cooper - Herod's Song (From Jesus Christ Superstar)
I downloaded this song a couple fo years ago to entertain Phil MacGillvray and I forgot I had it. Until I went to see the traveling Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar here in Ottawa last week. Since then it's popped up a few times on my playlists. A fun song on its own, it just takes on a whole different experience when Alice sings it.

AC DC - Powerage (Whole Album)
I love to drive. I don't care about cars the way the rest of the readers on this form do, but I love to drive as much if not more than they do. I don't care what type of car I'm driving just as long as I can listen to music while I do it. I only own 1 cassette tape that I listen to and that's Powerage, and just in case I'm ever driving a vehicle that only has a CD player I purchased the remastered CD version of it the other day. A Solid album that is a complete listening experience. Not a bad song on the album, and every song is perfect driving music. The album is the same age as me, and like me, only seems to get better with age.

That�s my list for Sunday, I'm sure it would be completely different if I posted it tomorrow. No Jimmy Ray yet (But I'll soon be into the J's in my big play list though so stay tuned...)

By Peter - 1:58 p.m. | (0) comments | Post a Comment

Saturday, July 05, 2003

Hi. Me again. You didn't think I'd be able to resist a High Fidelity reference did you? :)

So without further ado, my current Top 5:

Michelle Branch - Find My Way Back
Well obviously I've already informed you of my penchant for wuss rock and hot brunettes with guitars.

Aphrodelics - Rollin' On Chrome (Wild Motherfucker Dub)
Co-worker turned me onto this. It's actually mixed by these guys Kruder & Dorfmeister. Who, besides having an awesome name, rock by the way.

Fleetwood Mac - Peacekeeper
I blame Geoffie for turning me into a Fleetwood Mac whore.

Ludacris - Act A Fool
What can I say? I hated it at first but it got lodged in my brain. Damn urban crap.

Damhnait Doyle - Another California Song
Sadly this is the only song off of our very own Newfoundlander's latest album that I like. Pity. Her first album kicked ass (in a wussy kind way).

I await Peter's Top 5. Somehow I think Jimmy Ray will make an appearance... oh, and Ghengis was a brutha, me an' him go way back. *high five*

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Friday, July 04, 2003

Welcome friends to the birth of Musical Mondays well except for this week which shall be known as Country Friday. I'm not down with the south thank yee very much. But I am an avowed wuss rock lover. And it don't get any wussier than Michelle Branch's latest: Hotel Paper. Well that, and she's a chick with a guitar. I'm all about the chicks with guitars. And now for some ogle material...

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I like that idea, I don't post a lot, but my musical tastes always served as entertainment for Tuan anyways. (For the uninfomred, I listen to pretty much anything and have been known to do extreme genre switches in the same listening session i.e. Diamond Rio -> Pantera -> Dire Straits -> ACDC -> [insert random dance/hip hop song that was recently downloaded]) and if its something quick and easy to post, that doesn't require much thought I would probably do it fauithfully.

And speaking of what I'm currently listening to (and following up the authntic country statment) I am listening to Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom Prison. Simply an awesome CD and the best CD recorded live in a prison (Even better than Johnny Cash's - Live at San Quentin, which comes in at a close second)

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Blog improvement suggestion

How about a little box on the sidebar where we can each post what we're currently listening to at the moment? Would be an easy way to see what people are into at the moment, etc. Plus we all know Ming is dying to educate us on the latest J-Pop sensations.

Right now I've got Be Good Tanya's Blue Horse spinning in the laptop, loving the authentic country stuff recently.

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A possible reason to watch star wars episode 3: source
EP3: The Star Wars Kid in Episode 3?
Thu, Jul 03, 03 06:54:49 PM EDT

Chris Knight sends in news of some late night Star Wars Kid action in Hyperspace:

Late last night, those of us watching the E3 webcam saw the makeup dept. putting touches on various Wookiee masks, including Chewbacca's. Then the camera showed us that the crew there was watching the infamous "Star Wars Kid" video. Then at 14:16:40 (on 6/3) the lady we'd been watching for most of the night turned to face the camera and held up a piece of paper. Written on it in black magic marker was this:

We Love Ghyslain. You Rock!! Jedi Kid.

She held it up long enough for the camera to snap a few frames. At 14:17:20 she held up another piece of paper, this time reading:

Ghyslain 4 Episode 3.? C'est possible, non?

Could the Star Wars Kid have landed himself a part in Episode 3? You can read more and discuss in this jedi council forum thread (NB, it's part of the spoilers allowed forum).

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Thursday, July 03, 2003

lyrics to a current Korean pop song: Genghis Khan, Genghis Khan
Yo Brotha Go Brotha
Sing and Dance

Now I ask you...was Gengie a brotha? and did he often sing and dance? I am confused...Encarta mentions nothing on the matter

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: Midgets are funny. They carry that inherent funny gene which most of us lack and our primate brethren carry in spades, Afterall, monkeys = funny, that is an indisputable fact of life. So without further ado, I give you mini-KISS...

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Just saw the Lipton HK commercial. We Canadians are such pansies. I would _kill_ to see a commercial like that for Iced Tea. Although I do like the commercial we have now. "Most of Switzerland DOES have Iced Tea. But not here in particular."

There's not enough violence in beverage commercials. Need more.

I had seen the "weapons of mass destruction" thing before, but I hadn't realized it was topping Google's list. That's quite an achievement.

And yes, the "linux inside" shirt guy does look like Ming. I, however, bear no resemblance to the "penguin" guy.

And Betty Ahn is hot. But then, so is every other girl who models at car shows. What? Because she's a hot asian chick you think I've already found her website, phone number, address, and have been stalking her from Halifax to Montreal, asking if she likes men who "do it sideways up front"? Do _you_ come in (sorry, with) the car?


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