Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Getting it from both sides.

No, that's not a new sex-site I found.
I just think that if both sides of the political spectrum say you're a vacuous twit who apparently didn't do research and didn't understand the little you did, well, I'd say you've just got to accept your vacuous twittishness.

Goldberg’s Trivial Pursuit

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lo', in which I reveal my age...

It was around the time I started uni, way back in the day. I popped into the comic shop that used to be next to the Mexicali Rosa's on St. Joseph Blvd in Orleans. The first issue of Sandman showed up that weekend. I thumbed through it, to the consternation of the staff. The tone and sounds of the first few panels hooked me. There was an air of something big hiding behind the scenes being shown, more story, history and myth.
I was hooked.
I still have (by have I mean store under my parents' basement stairs in Canada) the complete series. I've read most everything Neil Gaiman has written. I've got Neverwhere on DVD; can you say British production values, boys and girls.
So, anyway, here's a link for a free MP3 of Gaiman reading A Study in Emerald from his collection Fragile Things.

Gaiman's Cthulu/Sherlock mashup "Study in Emerald" -- free audio - Boing Boing

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People, it's not 'wrong' if it's 'right.'

You may want to adjust a couple of definitions when reading this.

Torture watchlist 'wrongly' names Canadian allies: Bernier

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Monday, January 28, 2008

I think we have a code too.

These days we're using American as code for uninformed jingoistic boor. We'll call that even, shall we?

Southern racists adopt "Canadian" as a euphemism for "black" - Boing Boing

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In other news...

Kids today have no respect and don't know how good they have it. And don't the policemen look young.

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Maths A-level 'has become easier'
An exams watchdog report is calling for changes to maths A-levels after reforms were found to have made the qualification easier.

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Memo to Aussies...

No country that could fill an encyclopaedia of local flora and fauna that can kill you horribly gets to criticize us on safety.
Seriously, crocodiles. We ain't got 'em. Be careful in Canada, Australians warned

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

How the Decider decides...

Mmmm..., security theatre.

The last paragraph makes the point quite well.
It does make you wonder that those potentially dangerous bottles of water are always unguarded, rather than taken out and disposed of by the bomb squad. Mind you, the bomb squad knows it's a total waste of their time.

Reason Magazine - Bad Touch
Speaking of checks, in March NBC’s Denver affiliate reported that screeners had overlooked 90 percent of fake guns and explosives in covert TSA tests at the Denver International Airport. In similar tests at the Albany International Airport last June, according to the Albany Times Union, screeners missed most of the fake weapons but caught every bottle of water.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

It's 11 somewhere, right

I didn't really get much in the way of photos of the snow yesterday. The snow flurry didn't last too long despite it's intensity. Since then the snow has gone on a moment here, a moment there, but largely in the ooh-look-a-flake vein.

Still, here's a couple of photos I took when I was still overly excited. I really wish a keitai camera could catch the scene the way it actually looked.




The final picture shows the snow lifting and the sun coming out.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Top 10 Lists for you all

Without Comment
The top 12 'Top 10' lists of 2007 / Best movies? Music? Look elsewhere. Here's the real list to help digest the year gone by
Top 10 Drunk American Writers - Top Ten
Top 10 Beer-Guzzling Quotes - Top Ten
Top 10 Legends of Stand-Up Comedy - Top Ten
Top 10 Infamous Hollywood Drunks - Top Ten
Top Ten Stories of 2007 | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction
Ode Magazine : Exchange : Ode's top 10 positive stories from 2007
Top 10 Dumbest Song Lyrics Ever - Top Ten
Top 10 Most Disgusting Scenes in American Cinema - Top Ten
Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time - Top Ten
Top 10 Alcohol-Fueled Novels - Top Ten
AlterNet: Top Ten Hottest Videos of 2007
The World's Worst Dictators-2007 | PARADE Magazine
Top 10 Banned Books of the 20th Century - Top Ten
Top 10 Best Movie Insults - Top Ten
Top 10 Bizarre Literary Deaths - Top Ten
Top 10 Drinking Quotes Of All Time - Top Ten
Top 10 Hidden Treasures: The Best Movies You Never Saw - Top Ten
Top 10 Mitch Hedberg Jokes - Top Ten
Top 10 Most Disturbing Papal Deaths - Top Ten
Top 10 Coolest Movie Posters Of All Time - Top Ten

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It's a shame to see it end.

Not just the snow out there. An hour later and there's no real evidence that it happened at all.
No, in this case I mean the JREF Million Dollar Challenge.
After 10 years of doing this, Randi is shutting down the challenge in 2 years.
End of skeptic James Randi's million dollar challenge - Boing Boing
If you're not sure why, I'll help you figure it out with some assistance by xkcd

The prosecution rests.
HT to Boing Boing

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Sweet Mother of Christ

Snow in Japan. In Kobe!
And not two flakes at a time, ooo-should-I-snow-shouldn't-I-snow snow, but real snow.
Pictures at eleven.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

As a proud member...

The idea went around the blogosphere recently that the Atheist Blogroll needed some extra promoting. Apparently the links in the side bar code are being ignored or somesuch when determining the page ranking. I dunno, I didn't memorize it. The upshot was people aren't getting the link love they should be from the 'roll. So here, in long format, it the entire Atheist Blogroll, courtesy of Mojoey.
If you're on the blogroll, please do the same in a post at your blog. If you're not on the 'roll, please do the same.
1 2 3 Religious Comics
2 Intellectual Atheists
2000 Years of Deception
A bordo del "Otto Neurath"
A Daily Dose of Doubt**New
A Division by Zer0
A Goat Called Nebulous**New
A Godless Nation
A Hint of Neurosis
A Human Mind**New
A Load of Bright
A Veritable Plethora
A Whore in the Temple of Reason
About: Agnosticism / Atheism
Abstract Nonsense
Aces Full of Links
Action Skeptics
After Faith
Agnostic Atheism
Agnostic Universe Blog
aidan maconachy blog
Ain't Christian
Al-Kafir Akbar!
Alexander the Atheist**New
Alien Atheist
Altoona Atheist
Am I mad, or is the world?
Amused Muse
An Apostate's Chapel
An Atheist Homeschooler
An Enlightened Observer
And That's How You Live With A Curse**New
Anders Rasmussen Blog
Angels Depart
Angry Astronomer
Answers in Genesis BUSTED!**New
Arcis Logos
Atheism and Coffee
Atheism is the Rational Response
Atheism Online
Atheism Sucks - sucks
Atheism through rationalism and science**New
atheism |
Atheism: Proving The Negative
Atheist Armaments
Atheist Blogs Aggregated
Atheist Ethicist
Atheist Ethics
Atheist Father
Atheist Funerals
Atheist Girl
Atheist Housewife
Atheist Hussy
Atheist Media Blog
Atheist Momma
Atheist Movies
Atheist Peace
Atheist Revolution**New
Atheist Says What
Atheist Self
Atheist Tuesday
Atheistkiwi's Weblog
Atheists Rule!
Austin Atheist Anonymous
Australian Atheist
Author of Confusion
Axis of Jared
Ayrshire Blog
Babble, bullshit, blasphemy and being.
Bay of Fundie
Beaman's World**New
Beep! Beep! It's Me.
Being Human
Ben's Place
Berto: Philosophy Monkey
Bert's Blog**New
Beyond Belief
BHA Science Group
Bible Study for Atheists
Bill's View
bits of starstuff
Bjorn & Jeannette's Blog
Black Sun Journal
Blog of the Big E
Blogue de Mathieu Demers**New
Bob Kowalski
bore me to tears
Born Again Atheist
Breaking Spells
Buridan's Ass
By The Book Comics
cabhara's zeitgeist
Can't make a difference
Choosing Atheism
Christian Follies
Church of Integrity
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster**New
Circular Reasoning
Cogita Tute - Think For Yourself
Coming Out Godless
Complete Materialist
Confessions of an Anonymous Coward
Cosmic Variance
Crazy Christian Blog
Crazy Christian Chain Emails
Culture for all
Culture War Foot Soldier**New
Daily Atheist
Dark Christianity
Dark Matter, USA
Dark Side of Mars
darwinian remiix
Darwin's Dagger
Daylight Atheism
Debunking Christianity
Deep Thoughts**New
Deeply Blasphemous**New
Desperately Seeking Ethics and Reason
Deus ex Absurdum
Deutschland Uber Elvis
DEVOUT Atheist Godless Grief
Diary of a Teenage Atheist
Did a guy named Phil start Philosophy?
Die Eigenheit
Dikkii's Diatribe**New
Dime a dozen**New
discernible chaos**New
Discussions in Existence
Disgusted Beyond Belief**New
Dispatches from the Culture Wars**New
do not read this blog
Dorset Humanists blog
Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge
Dragged From the Bottom
Drunken Tune
Dubito Ergo Sum
Duplicitous Primates
Dwindling In Unbelief
Easy to be Entreated
Edifying Spectacle
Edward T. Babinski
Elaine Vigneault**New
Everyday Atheism
Everyday Humanist
Everything Is Pointless
Evolutionary Middleman
Excursions into the mundane and the revealing...
Exercise in Futility**New
Expired Convictions
Expletive Deleted
Explicit Atheist
f think
faith in honest doubt
Feersum Endjinn
Fish Wars on Cars
*New URL*Five Public Opinions**New
Fleeing Nergal, Seeking Stars
Flex Your Head
Free Infidel
Free Mind Joe
free Thoughts
FreeThought by a FreeThinker
Freethought vs. Friel-Thought
Freethought Weekly
Friendly Atheist
Geoff Arnold
Gimme Back My God!
God Be Gone - Atheist News**New
God is for Suckers!
God is Pretend
Godless in America
Godless Kiwi
Godless on the Wasatch Front
Goosing the Antithesis
Gospel of Reason
Gratuitous Common Sense
Greg Hartnett
Greg Laden's Blog
Greta Christina's Blog
Happy Jihad's House of Pancakes
HASSERS - Humanist Antireligious Scientific Secularist Ethical Rationalist Sceptics**New
Hayleys Paranormal Blog
Hellbound Alleee
hell's handmaiden
Homo economicus' Weblog**New
Honjii's Harangues
Human Psyche of J.D. Crow
Humans: The Other White Meat**New
I Am An Atheist
I Never Shut Up
I traded my soul for happiness
Ian's Brain**New
Ice Station Tango**New
In Defence Of Reason
In the grip of hysteria
Incessant Expressions
Infinite monkeys, infinite keyboards
Inkblot Icon
Irked off
it's about time
izzworld dot net
Jewish Atheist
Joe's Big Blog
Judith's thought-provoking hard-hitting journal
Juke of Flow
Just a whisper in the wind
Just Another Atheist
Jyunri Kankei
K H A L A S !
Kill The Afterlife
King Aardvark
Le Contestataire
le tiers monde
leaping rabbit/lapin sauteur
Leicester Secularist
Let There Be Light
Letters from a broad**New
Liars, Lunatics and What's Left
Life & Otherwise**New
Life According to Mike White
Life before death
Life is an adventure
Life Without Faith
Life, the Universe and Everything
Living with Missy and other thoughts
LOL god
Look at the Bright's Side
louis' blog
Love the Nimbu
Lubab No More
lynn's daughter, thinking
Masala Skeptic**New
Matt's Notepad
Mechanical Crowds
Meet An Atheist
Memoirs of a (G)a(y)theist
Memoirs of an ex-Christian
Mere Skepticism
Middle Aged Vampiress Atheist
Midwest Atheist
Mike's Weekly Skeptic Rant
Mirth, Musings, & More
Misc. Musing
mister jebs blog**New
Modern Agnostic
Modern Atheist
Much ado about nothing
My Case Against God
My Elemental Muse**New
My Life Thinly Disguised as Groove
My Single Mom Life
Naturalistic Atheism
Neural Gourmet
New Humanist Blog
Nicest Girl and Destroyer of Planets
Nick Harding
No Double Standards
No Gods Allowed
No More Hornets
No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Non Credo Deus
North Alabama Rant
Nothing Is Sacred
Nut Watch
Oliver Benen
On Fire For Reason
on the street and in my head
One Fewer God
Onion Breath
Onwards and Forwards**New
Open Parachute
Order of St. Nick
Our Freedom of Espresso**New
Oz Atheist's Weblog**New
parenthetical remarks
Personal Evolution
Philosophers' Playground**New
Pink Prozac
Pinoy Atheist
Planet Atheism**New
Planet Humanism
Plonka's Blog
Podblack Blog**New
Pooflingers Anonymous
Primordial Blog
Principles of Parsimony
Prose Justice
Protium the Heathen
Psychodiva's Mutterings
Quintessential Rambling**New
Radical Atheist
Ramblings of an Atheist Undergrad
Random Intelligence
Rank Atheism
Rational Expression
Rational Mom
Re-imagine Ritual
Reasonable Doubts
Reeding and Writing
Religion is Bullshit !
Return of the Prodigal Blogger
Rev. BigDumbChimp
Reverend Mark J. Seydel
Richard Carrier Blogs
Rideo ergo sum
Robert's Thought's
Ron's Rants
Rupture the Rapture
Russell's Teapot
Saint Gasoline
Salad Is Slaughter
Sans God**New
Scary Reasoner
Science: The Gap Filler**New
Scientia Natura
Scripture For Skeptics
Sean the Blogonaut
Secular Humanism with a human face
See For Yourself
Shared Difference
Silly Humans
Situation normal
Skeptic Rant
Skeptical Personal Development**New
Skeptic's Play
So long, and thanks for all the guilt!
Societal (R)evolution
Son Shines Zee 365
Southern Atheist
Spanish Inquisitor
Splendid Elles
stacy, interrupted
Stardust Musings and Thoughts for the Freethinker
Staring At Empty Pages
State of Protest
Steven Carr's Blog
Strange Land
Stupid Evil Bastard
Suddenly South
Summer Squirrel
Tabula rasa
tales of an ordinary girl
Talk Reason
Talking to Theists
Tangled Up In Blue Guy
Tarpan's Blog
Televangelists with Toupees
Terahertz - From Physics to Life
Terminal Atheist
Thank God I'm An Atheist**New
The Affable Atheist
The Allen Zone
The Angry Atheist
The Anonymous Atheist
The Apostate
The Ateist Endeavor
The Atheist Blog
the atheist chronicles
The Atheist Effect
The Atheist Experience
The Atheist Handbook
The Atheist Jew**New
The Atheist Mama
The Atheist Resistance
The Atheist Response
The Atheocracy**New
The Atheologist
The Bach
The Barefoot Bum
The Blasphemous
The Blog of M'Gath
The Cat Ranch
The Choice is Now
The Chronicles of Gorthos**New
The Conscious Earth**New
The Daily Cat Chase
The Eloquent Atheist**New
The Eternal Gaijin**New
The Flying Bagpiper
The Flying Trilobite
The Freethought Cafe
The Fundy Post**New
The Gay Black Jew
The God Complex
The Godless Grief
The Good Atheist
The Great Realization
The Greenbelt
The Happy New Atheist
The Happy, Religion Free Family
The Homeless Atheist
The Honest Doubter
The Humanist Life
The Humanist Observer
The Huntress' Domain
The Inanity that is Life
The Incomer
The Information Paradox**New
The Inoculated Mind**New
The Iron Chariot
The Jesus Myth
The Jewish Atheist
The Labour Humanist
The Libertarian Defender
The Lippard Blog
the LITTLE things
The Mary Blog
the meme pool
The Mighty Thor
The Mutt's Nuts
The Nate and Di Show
The Natural Skeptic
The New Atheist
The New Horizon
The O Project
The One With Aldacron
The Pagan Prattle Online**New
The Panda's Thumb
The Passionate Skeptic
The People's Republic Of Newport
The Perplexed Observer
the post-bicameral mind
The Primate Diaries
The Proud Atheist
The Psycho Atheist**New
The Questionable Authority
The Rad Guy Blog
The Rambling Idiot
The Raving Atheist
the religious atheist**New
The Renegade Writings
the right of reason
The Right Wing Professor's Blog
the Science Ethicist
The Science Pundit
The Second Mouses Guide to Life
The Second Oldest Question
The Secular Outpost
The Secular-Man Blog (An Oasis of Clear Thinking)
The Serenity of Reason**New
The Seven Solitudes
The shadows of an open mind
The Skeptic Review
the skeptical alchemist
The Smug Baldy Speaks**New
The Strong Atheist
The Stubborn Curmudgeon!**New
The Thermal Vent
The Thinkers' Podium
The Uncredible Hallq
The Underground Unbeliever
The Uninformed Suburban Housewife
The Uninspired Manifesto
The Untraditionalist
The View from Here**New
The Water is Poison
The Word and The Golden Monkey
The Zen Of G
These Twisted Times
They Promised Us Jetpacks and We Got Blogs
Thought Theater
Tidbits for Atheists
Toxic thought waste site
Trifling Ideas
Ungodly Cynic
Unorthodox Atheism**New
Unscrewing The Inscrutable
Uri Kalish - Urikalization
Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy
Velocity Inversion**New
Vetenskap & F�rnuft
View From Earth
Villa Nandes
Wanderin' Weeta**New
Way of the Mind
We have a voice
Why Believe?
Why Dont You Blog?
Wild-Eyed Atheist Boy
Without Gods
Yet Another Atheist Blog
Yet Another Blog
You Made Me Say It**New
Young Earth Creationists Anonymous
Zen Curmudgeon

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Was that really called for?

Okay, earlier today I made some snide comments about football players. Specifically something about abusive football player captains and stuff like that. Since then I've been thinking: am I just playing to stereotypes by promoting the crime-football image?

Oh, maybe not then.

I guess yellow is okay.

To the agencies reading this before I post it: I mean, it's nice to have the protections of government saving us from feeling alone in the world. It's like a big warm parka of cameras and ID cards keeping me warm at night.

Leading surveillance societies in the EU and the World 2007

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This was inevitable

Did you really think that it would last?
I suppose not.
I can't decide whether it was uncommonly brave to put the US on the list of potential torturers, a career-ending-manoeuvre on the part of a lower level idealist, or some kind of oversight that accidentally brushed up against the truth.
Still, for my part I would have liked the spotlight turned to expose the abuses of people who should know better, should hold themselves to their own ideals.
Instead, the US, like the drunken, date-rapist captain of the football team, gets to keep getting away with all the abuses that the less popular kids get busted for. Everyone knows, everyone whispers about it, but no one confronts the problem, and in the meantime the resentment builds and builds among the outsiders and the put-down-upon peons in the school yard...

Think Progress » Canada removes U.S. from ‘torture list.’
Bonus peek at torture: Doonesbury

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Japan Moment

I'd been in Japan for years before I got a cell phone, my first. Since then I've had a love-hate relationship with my keitai. They're not bad things, I suppose. They're just annoying and intrusive.

My current cell, my umpteenth (I've finally gotten into the teens) has a cameral on it, my first. I seem to wander around taking meaningless pictures of miniscule events around the neighbourhood.

Like this picture of uribo, wild boar piglets:

Japan 001

Or this picture of an egg vending machine:

Japan 020

Or even what I suspect is Doraemon mooning me.

Japan 021

Technology: making your life better by focussing you on minutiae.

Good news for skeptics and free thinkers in the UK

CFI has announced the opening of a new centre in London. Good, because the country was awash in ghosts and stuff.
I'll have to check it out when we get back to London.

CFI Inaugurates New Educational Centre in the UK | Center for Inquiry

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

And if you don't believe Japan is a very, very different place...

There's always YouTube to prove otherwise.

HT to Zooillogix
--  From: 	The Eternal Gaijin 	Lost Somewhere in Kobe, Japan 	"Words Cannot Describe What I Am About To Tell You."

WTF does it take to reign in these bastards?

I dislike the idea of mercenaries running around battlefields, especially if they aren't held accountable to anything but their own rentable consciences, which appear to be in escrow anyway.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Blackwater Gassed US Troops

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Does this asshole know the right way to sit on a toilet?

I liked this interview. Especially when it became apparent that he hadn't read any appropriate source material...

Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hillary Clinton | Salon News

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Can the Brits hold onto anything?

Starting at the end of the month, anyone applying for visas to the UK will need to provide fingerprints, et. al. How much do we trust them with the info they collect?
Remember last year when they lost all that child benefit data?
Here's two more...

U.K. government loses data on driving-test candidates | Tech News on ZDNet
U.K. government loses pensioner data | Tech News on ZDNet

What is with these tools?

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Another lazy day...

I haven't really been all that riled up this year about stuff.
I mean Mike Huckabee is a putz; we all knew this way back when.
And you have to make fun of the pope here ( » World History With The Pope) and there (
Happy Jihad has had enough of Dinesh D'Souza's debate with Daniel Dennett. I've already watched as much as I can but it's like shitting barbed wire half the time.
Happy Jihad's House of Pancakes: Dinesh D'Souza: De Dullest Tool in De Shed

And there's the inevitable doom-'n-gloom scenario:
AFP: US doomed if creationist president elected: scientists

Holy Shit! This nearly woke me up. An atheist politician:
BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Clegg 'does not believe in God'
Okay, he's British. And from the 3rd party that everyone forgets about. Kinda like being the waterboy for the footie team. But, he's no Stockwell 'Doris' Day, so there you go.

Even with a writer's strike, Lewis Black is still funny:
onegoodmove: You Voted for Bush? Twice
onegoodmove: Last Laugh 2007

And just another cartoon:
anti-christian-bigotry.gif (GIF Image, 640x452 pixels) - Scaled (48%)

So now I have to go solve some Firefox problems.
Cheers, all.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

And now for a lazy link post...

So, I've taken a five minute break from Resistance: Fall of Man on the new PS3. I now return me to my normally scheduled life. For five minutes.
In the meantime, this is me catching up on some older articles...

On intelligence.
Jon Henley on US military torture euphemisms | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Learn to Speak Intel! | Mark Fiore's Animated Cartoon Site

For those of you who were worried about War Without End...
UK declares War on Terror over - Boing Boing

And just to see four people having a reasonable conversation about taboo topics
The Four Horsemen - ExChristian.Net - Articles

But if you want to see a total putz yelling and running up the non-sequitur tree and swinging from the vines, watch when the near hysterical Dinesh D'Souza takes over from the calm and measured Daniel Dennett in this debate. Intellectually lazy is just such an understatement. By the way, loud is not equal to correct.

A great rebuttal to abstinence only education...Cectic - Loaded Guns

Bronze Dog goes off on a rant I wish I'd written:
The Bronze Blog: Why You Woos Got to Be Such a Downer, Grrrrrl?
But then, doesn't he always?
Anyway, gotta save London from the hordes of aliens.

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