thanks for choosing god.



speaking of scams...
Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.











Uh huh. Riiiiight.
14 April 2002 : 16.27
Reviews for Attack Of The Clones look incredible. I can't wait! Also just been reading about a John Carter of Mars movie. Oh god, yes! As long as it's done right, of course.
As one forum-goer said: ""John Carter of Mars" is more historically accurate than U-571"

In case you didn't know, the movie of U-571 is very different from the real story. In the movie, the capture of the Enigma coding device was accomplished by an american submarine crew in 1942. In reality, it was the HMS Bulldog of the British Royal Navy who did it by capturing U-110 on 19 May 1941. And we broke the smegging code, too, at Bletchley Park. This information is provided on the official U-571 site. Look at U-110 under "Historical Specs." But we can't have British heros in the movie, can we?
Typical bloody americans.




eeeexcellent.
13 April 2002 : 15.02
Yay! My friend Wee Greggie read my religion inc article thingie, and said "You're a bastard. 'specially because it was so well done!" Hee hee! He's a sarcastic little weasel himself, so that's high praise. :)

Tonight, there shall be sushi. And motoyaki.. oh, shall there be motoyaki. Motoyaki such as the world has never known! Ah hahahahaha! And so he says, 'I don't like the cut of your jib.' And I go I says, it's the only jib I got, baby!

Mwahahaha.. god I love this site (the christian movie review site). It's hysterical. This one is a movie review of The Fellowship of the Ring. Oooh.. god clearly commands that witchcraft is evil, etc etc. Clearly they have no idea that Tolkien was a rabid christian. :) Ah, the theist mind, ever questing for the truth. heh heh heh. Here's a quote:

There are inevitable comparisons being drawn between Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by the secular worldview and the Christian faith. Comparisons are not being drawn between the two movies under any other "religion" I am aware of, not the Muslim or Tao or Jewish faiths or any other faith, just the Christian faith which is under more attack than any other faith.

Hee hee. Let's look at this, shall we?

Comparisons are not being drawn between the two movies under any other "religion"
Hm. "religion"? Are we doubting that Islam, Taoism, Judaism are religions? Dictionary.com says: re∑li∑gion n. 1) A) Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. B) A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship. 2) The life or condition of a person in a religious order. 3) A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader. 4) A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

Sounds like they're religions to me. Bible-boy needs to do some research. These are just as valid as xtianity. Prove otherwise, bible-boy.

I am aware of, not the Muslim or Tao or Jewish faiths or any other faith, just the Christian faith which is under more attack than any other faith.
xtianity has had more influence in the western world than any other religion throughout history. Fortunately, those days are over, but it's still a huge part of our culture, and comparisons between nonsensical mysticism in the bible and nifty fantasy like Lord Of The Rings is inevitable. If bible-boy had any clue about how humans work, he'd know this. But his head is too full of scripture, and there's no room for common sense in there. You can't live your life through your scriptures.. you need to be aware of the world around you. Dork.

pink text is copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP). Go there for a good laugh.




jesus is an ISP now? godNET, at the sign of the neon cross, right?
12 April 2002 : 18.54
<mad gerald> Ah ha ha! HAHA HAHA HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! AH HAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAhAHAHaHA!! </mad gerald>

And the christians wonder why I laugh at them so. This is hilarious! It's a review of Harry Potter by the ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture. Bahahaha etc.

Been on a Bjork kick lately. She's so delightfully weird. :)




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12 April 2002 : 16.48
Mmm.. being a proper English pig-dog, and having cucumber sandwiches for lunch. Nice thick slices of cucumber, Miracle Whip, and a positively pornographic amount of black pepper. No sandwich should be this good. I need a cigarette, it's so good.
It's amazing how good something can be when you're in the mood for it, isn't it? Which reminds me, more exciting Hatemail.

That's about it for excitement at the moment. More plans for expansion of my site are on the horizon, but now it's time for chocolate. Yes it is. And I really need to look into breaking this page apart again. It's a bugger to load.. I don't even want to think about the poor people on 56k connections.




Canadian World Domnation!
10 April 2002 : 18.48
I had to undergo a performance review. I went into the little meeting room, my supervisor came in with my file. He sat down, opened the folder, looked at me and said "Mr. Anderson." :)

Muhahaha.. the first step in the invasion of america has begun. By the time we actually get around to invading, they'll all be too mellow to resist. :)

Yay.. The Misanthropic Bitch has her own domain.




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07 April 2002 : 18.01
Oh yeah! Unleashed my L337 J3|)1 5|<1LLz in Jedi Outcast.

[ahem]

It turns out that 'L337' actually means 'cringingly pathetic'. Who knew?





Can ah have an amen mah cheeldrayan?
07 April 2002 : 12.49
The truth shall make ye fret.

Ah, I love driving to work on a Sunday. You'd think that it would be a problem, what with the Sunday drivers, but nope. All the christfolks is out gettin' forgiven, so the number of bad drivers on the road has dramatically decreased when I leave home.

What I don't get is how the american drivers just crawl along the road. Ok, it's Sunday, but we all have places to be. Besides, they do that every other day, too. Damn Yanks.

Hmm.. if you look up 'Yank' in a thesaurus, you get 'jerk'
Funny, that.

I have an ongoing debate with my hedgehog. See, I've left the side of his house open so that he can explore at night, since he's nocturnal. He wanders around and investigates things, and the cats and dog leave him alone. No problem. But lately he's been determined to get into my room. He scratches at the door, he tries to dig under it, and occasionally he sneaks in when he thinks I'm not looking, but I pick him up and put him outside again. He's fast and he's stubborn. Fortunately, my door is more stubborn, so he's not getting anywhere.




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07 April 2002 : 01.28
Ick. Just got back from the T-Bar, where I was enjoying a fine bubble tea with the lovely-and-talented Glen and the even lovely-and-talented-er Tracey, but the place allows smoking, so my clothes and my hair just reek of the nasty stuff, and my eyes sting, my sinuses are sore, and my throat is burning. I didn't realise that it was smoking when we went there. I'm not complaining, mind you. It's a place that allows smoking, so if I choose to be there, that's my own lookout. It's just.. yuck. Having said that, the vanilla milk bubble tea I had.. MMM Mmmm. :)




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06 April 2002 : 16.11
Added Religion inc.




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06 April 2002 : 01.07
Added Vile.




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05 April 2002 : 17.08
Yes, it's April fifth. And I have a massive headache. Oh, the Tylenol is a start, but really, I'm not a drug person. Violent headache. Sleep good.
Having said that, I feel a need for chocolate-covered coffee beans. mmmmm.....

I was supposed to go to a party tonight, but my head hurts far too much. Work over in a couple of hours.

I finally heard from The Antisocialite. She's most excellent.. intelligent, insightful, and sarcastic. What more could you want? Her presence has been sadly missed. But at least I know where she's gone. :) Turns out that she hasn't forgotten me. That's a good thing.

Hmm.. the big uber nazi manager woman just went skipping through here. Is that a good sign or a bad one?




Mmm! You are a big Jedi!
03 April 2002 : 17.19
Tonight, I must go to eat feesh. The iPaq tells me so.

There's a guy here threatening to destroy me at Jedi Knight 2. Little does he know that I have L33T j3D1 5|<1LLz!

"Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not, for my ally is d4 F0r(3! D00d! u5e D4 F0Rc3!!"

ok, the l33t speak is getting kinda old now. But not during the game it won't. For I shall get m3d31\/4L upon his buttockular region! Yes I shall!

This page is getting long again. I really need to start breaking them up earlier.


y0u |)0n'7 kN0w D4 p0w3R 0f 7h3 L33+ 51|)3!!!




P|-|33r! Taken from Megatokyo.
31 March 2002 : 14.16
You know you have ADD when... sorry, what were we talking about?

Been looking up ADD resources. I found a number of interesting ones, one of which, while a touch overly dramatic, sums things up fairly effectively. Forgive the background. He knows not what he does. I also found that this one was quite useful, but it uses terms like "blinking," so I'd suggest that the first one be read before it. The design is terrible, but it's informative, and provides some perspective. And now I notice that I've been not paying attention to work for about an hour, so I'll have to combined my break time to make up for it.. again.

P|-|43R M4 L337 n0n-L1|\|34r +H1nK1N6 5k1LLz!!!
Hmm.. too much Megatokyo




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30 March 2002 : 15.02
Pocket Windows 2002 is my friend. I've replaced the Microsoft Mobile image with a picture of Ayanami Rei in mostly the same colours. Much nicer, I think.

Tonight, there will be fish. Oh, how there will be fish.

Argh. I hate how, when you're engaging in witty banter, someone blunders through the middle of it with a "good one!" comment. I mean, you're talking, not making jokes, right? It's funny, but it's talking. Conversations that I have with my friends are usually filled with wit and absurdity.. that's what makes them interesting. There's subtlety to the humour, a sort of unstructured collection of witticisms grouped into a conversation. Not as clumsy or random as a joke, an elegant humour for a more civilised laugh. So when someone blunders through and breaks the flow of absurdity by pointing out that something is funny, as if you're going out of your way to make people laugh, the whole smooth flow is ruined remarkably effectively. It's not as good if you're trying.




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29 March 2002 : 15.39
Oy, has it been a hectic week. However, looks like I've found the radar detector I wanted. That's a good thing. :) It has a text display, voice alert, and a compass. (aside from the normal multi-band detection, laser, etc etc) and it says "Be careful, K alert" (or whichever band)

Yay me! I'm delighted! It's exactly what I wanted, and you just can't seem to find them in Canada. Woo hoo!




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29 March 2002 : 13.13
Reading MegaTokyo. It's not bad. :) Good story... I tend to skip the stick-figure bits, though.

PH34R 7H3 L337 k0m1x0r!

I'm really impressed with this new iPaq. It's most excellent. Fast like a monkey, has a crisp, bright, lovely display, lots of storage space, fabulous sound.. it's a fabulous device.




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28 March 2002 : 18.15
Wow.. I'm listening to the guys behind me talking about the tactics they use to pick up women at 'the bar.' It's hilarious.. so very classy. "Yeah, his approach is direct, but he gets results, man."
"Yeah man, but he's retarded."

Wow.. the thrust and parry of meaningful conversation. Thank god I'm not like that. Lots of talking, lots of posing and ego stroking.. I have no time for that nonsense. Honestly, people like this have nothing in their small lives but going out to the bars and the clubs, getting drunk, and hitting on other people (usually guys hitting on girls). Lives like that are so small and empty. And it's this kind of behaviour that makes it difficult for guys like me to get over the image of that seems to cling to males.. that of the lust crazed moron who'll do or say anything to get sex.




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25 March 2002 : 19.19
You know everything that I'm afraid of.. You do everything i wish i did.. Everybody wants you, everybody loves you.. I know i should tell you how i feel.. I wish everyone would disappear.. Every time time you call me, I'm too scared to be me.. And I'm too shy to say..

Ooh, I got a crush on you.. I hope you feel the way that i do.. I get a rush When I'm with you.. Ooh, I've got a crush on you.. A crush on you..

You know, I'm the one that you can talk to.. And sometimes you tell me things that i don't want to know.. I just want to hold you.. And you say exactly how you feel about her.. I wonder, could you ever think of me that way..

Ooh, I got a crush on you.. I hope you feel the way that i do.. I get a rush When I'm with you.. Ooh, I've got a crush on you.. A crush on you..

Ooh, I wish i could tell somebody.. But there's no one to talk to, nobody knows.. I've got a crush on you.. A crush on you, I got a crush

You say everything that no one says.. But i feel everything that you're afraid to feel.. I will always want you, I will always love you.. I've got a crush...


Mandy Moore.. never heard of her until I saw this video. (it's a Ranma fan-made music video, and reflects poor Ryouga perfectly. It's really good.)

I was at FutureShop today, buying some DVDs. I was in the line to get to the one open cashier, and the people in front of me were having some trouble with their exchange, so it was taking a while. It looked like a simple enough operation to me, but the cashier was having a lot of trouble. No problem.. it happens, right? So I'm waiting patiently, and so are the two old people behind me, while the cashier girl wanders off to find some help. The guy waiting for the exchange leaves his stuff, goes to a different counter where there's a staff member standing, and asks for someone to come and open another till so that the rest of us can go through. That's Canada. :)

Meanwhile, I've found a highly cool new stereo for my car. MP3 player, of course. That goes without saying. Yes, I just put one in in November, but this is lovely, this one. I have trouble justifying $799 for a stereo, but not a lot of trouble. :)




Feesh
23 March 2002 : 19.05
Last night my hedgehog Morrisey escaped. Nothing unusual there.. he does it all the time. So we've decided to just leave the door off his house, since it doesn't stop him anyway. That way he can come out and explore as often as he likes. The cats and dog aren't a danger to him, spiky little bugger that he is.

But now, I'm off for sushi. Ja ne! :)




What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
23 March 2002 : 14.02
Oh yes, I've been accused of intentionally setting out to offend people. I'm talking about the religious people now. But really, I just express my opinions. If you think about it, my site is less intrusive than, for example, that jesus fish you see on the back of the car in front of you, or the big signboards that churches have taken to sticking outside, telling us all that god loves us and that jesus is truth. The trouble is that, with all of our attention being paid to religious tolerance, there's no respect given to those of us who don't want a religious presence in our lives. Hello? What about me? I'd be a happy camper if I could go a single day without being hit by a religious symbol or a bumpersticker that says that I'm going to hell. Just today I was behind a VW with a sticker that said "No jesus, no peace. know jesus, know peace."
Ok, I'm not offended. You want to believe that, whatever. But the point is that it's intrusive. I don't have a choice whether or not I see it. You have to actually go to my site and read my thoughts in order to find offence. I don't go and stand on the street corner with a sign that says "god is fiction. If you believe, you're a moron." but there's a guy in my town who does just that with a big jesus sign. Now you tell me which is the one going out of his way to cause offence.




It's jesus, jesus, jesus! You've read his books, you've seen his movies, now you can own the action figure!
22 March 2002 : 17.20
[sigh] People are so desperate to believe in something that they'll believe in anything, whether it's faeries in crystal balls or the magic bearded pixie in the sky. Wiccans, Christians, whatever else. It's all so silly, this tragic search for purpose that can only be fulfilled by a fictitious deity or series of deities. Are people's lives so devoid of meaning and significance that they will throw their belief into such ridiculous vessels in their desperate search for purpose in order to justify their empty little lives?




yep.

The need for meaning is one of the most fundamental drives that humans, as a species, possess. Some might say that it's what separates humans from the animals. Of course, they're labouring under a mistaken assumption. But anyway, the need for purpose, for significance is overwhelmingly powerful, and there's no greater, more weighty question anyone can ask her/himself than "Why am I here?"
This question has driven some of the most intense searches that have ever been undertaken. It's driven religious fanaticism, dedicated spiritualism, and advanced scientific research. The real question, then, is "How can I capitalise on this?"




Canadian World Domnation!
22 March 2002 : 14.00
A friend of mine is in the hospital. Not a happy-making thing.. I do hope she's ok.

Join the Canadian World Domination cause. You have to read the hatemail.. you think my hatemail makes the americans look stupid?

I didn't make it home last night, so today I had to go shopping.. toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, etc etc. Totally unprepared. And then time for McDonald's for breakfast. Why on earth do I do that to myself?

...well, because it's yummy...




They're mad! MAD!
21 March 2002 : 18.13
Woo! Just found White Noise on the Fiasco Bros. Recording Studios site. Two friends of mine (Mike and Jason) do this show, though I must admit I haven't heard it yet. But apparently my mother is on it in the near future. Yay! I really should listen to it.. fortunately they have archived shows. I have no idea what kind of show it is, but all three guys who work on it are complete freaks, so it should be good. :)




Look at the pretty colours, ignore the inaccurate words.
21 March 2002 : 16.15
In other news, I tried that Colorgenics thing, just out of curiosity.. nicely built site, utter crap theory. We're talking about the X-Ray Spex school of psychology here. My results? Here are the key points:

- You are trying desperately to prove yourself.
Hee hee.. if there's anything that reading this site should prove, it's that I'm not on a quest for approval. Apparently, I'm on a quest for hatemail. :) So that's strike 1.

- You oppose any sort of restriction or opposition to your own point of view in the belief that this could prove you how self determined you are.
What am I, a Jehovah's Witness? Far from it, I like it when people oppose my point of view. It's through rational argument that the truth is found. Scientific Method, you know. Strike 2.

- Always anxious to accept the role of the leader, as indeed you often work well with people - but try to stay out of the limelight.
How brilliantly incorrect. I'm very shy, I don't like people, and I don't work well with them. Further, the site says "in your own way you are trying to fulfil this 'complex' by ensuring you are the centre of attention"
So, limelight or centre of attention? Would it be too much to ask if we could make up our minds? Hmm?


- Many people will consider you egotistical and full of your own self importance.
Hardly. Most people who know me consider me too quiet and too lacking in self confidence. Hence the shyness, I suppose.

Ok, more than three strikes and you are so out. Essentially, they got every point wrong. So much for seeing myself as I really am, as they claim. More likely, it's a cute little thing that associates certain text with certain colour selections, and generates a page full of babble ordered by your choices. This can be seen by rotating just two colours from the profile that I was given. Rotating red and blue, I get this. Note the similarites. Note the differences. According to this one, many people consider me to be egotistical and full of my own self importance, and yet I'm also a likeable person who gets on well with neighbours and friends. That makes no sense at all. There'll be people who believe it, though. People bought X-Ray Spex, too.




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21 March 2002 : 15.00
Drinking green tea. No, real green tea. Tea that's been picked by a wise old man, pressed by seven beautiful virgins, dried under the hot desert sun, aged to perfection for twenty.. ok, I have no idea how it's made. The important thing is that it's from Thailand, and that it's really good. And $80/bag. Soylent green is made of tea!
Yum.

<== My wee brother might be on at the comedy club tonight. Then again, he might not. If he is, though, I'm there. He's brilliantly funny. :)

[gasp] [cough] a smoker just came and took some stuff from my desk. I can't breathe. Don't they know how much they reek? I mean, really, if other people didn't bathe or something, the smokers would whine about it, but they're allowed to waft their stench wherever they go and we're not allowed to say anything about it or they start to rant about their rights. I think that my right to breathe overrides their right to smoke. That god we don't have smoking in public places any longer. Some sanity, at last.




Yes, BreastChronicles.net. Because breasts need support.
20 March 2002 : 17.08
Yipe.. three days of serious snowfall. I came out this morning and the snow on my car was thicker than 60's shag carpet. The sky was white.. like, seriously white with all of the snow that was falling. It's the blizzard version of Olber's Paradox- every line of sight ends on a snowflake. :) And the roads.. ice covered with snow. Lots and lots of fun.

Didn't get to COMDEX. Tabernac. Ah well, next year, maybe.

Got more hatemail. People keep asking me to post it all, and other people are still demanding the guestbook. Yeah, yeah, I'm working on it.

In other news, woke up this morning with a nasty headache.. it's not a migraine, so far, but we'll see. If it does become a migraine, I hope it can wait until I'm already at home. Passing out while driving would suck. Particularly on the icy roads. I'd like to be around to not see the sun rise tomorrow. (If you see the sun rise, you're awake too freaking early.)

gah.. the reek of stale, rancid air as a co-worker wanders past.. someone's been for a smoke break.

I saw a commercial the other night.. a little guy comes to a woman's door, and gets rejected. He keeps getting rejected until he shows up with [insert product name here], at which time the woman finally accepts him. The moral of the story? You're only worth what you have.
And parents are worried about people having sex on TV. Hmmph. It's that rant about a naked blade being more acceptable than a naked body. I'm not even going to get into it.

Ok, back to work.




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17 March 2002 : 17.38
Just got free tickets to COMDEX. Yes suh.

Of course, I'm supposed to be going out for sushi that night. Hmm... I have some planning to do.




I think he's had more than a LITTLE bit of pixie dust.
17 March 2002 : 12.48
Oh dear god.




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16 March 2002 : 19.45
Looking at places to live. I've found LoftsOnline.com, which has Vancouver listings.
nicey nice.




Robot Wars.
16 March 2002 : 18.57
Watching RobotWars championship.. largely americans VS British. The american teams consist of engineers with university backgrounds, etc etc. The English teams consist of dads and their kids, or just geeks. The results? 3-1 in favour of Britain. I'd rejoice if the conclusion weren't foregone. Yes, it took american know-how, american education, and american experience.. to beat a nine year old girl's robot. Well, I'm impressed. Actually, I'm amazed that they managed to win one. Of course they did it with brute force.. no cunning, no elegance, no strategy. Their robot was a base with a big axe that smacked from one side of the robot to the other. At one point it got stuck in the floor, leaving them helpless. Morons. Good thing that someone helped them or they might have lost to the little girl. Not that anyone would be surprised.
Uh oh.. I feel a rant coming on. I'll post it when I've finished it. :)




And the lord said 'let there be Cellularfactory.com.' And it was good.
16 March 2002 : 16.00
tabernac. I've finished Sluggy. Now what do I do? One per day isn't enough. I need more.

Hee hee.. I took my Powerball in to work.. productivity just went to hell. :) I use the Powerball for strengthening my arms and hands for kung fu (I need a good grip for my style of kung fu) but it's also kinda fun to play with, and not easy to do, so naturally the geeks at work were all over it. Besides, it also helps to avoid carpal-tunnel syndrome. The new version of the Powerball lights up! <Kiki> Oooh! Pretty lights! Pretty lights! </Kiki>

I found a nifty new faceplate for my 8290. I must order it. Mine is still Nokia blue.. you know.. boring.

In other news, just discovered this. Lovely.

Yes, tonight there shall be sushi!




13 March 2002 : 19.49
Eeek! I've almost finished Sluggy!





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13 March 2002 : 16.45
Hyundai officially kicks rectum. That's right. I found that a headlight had burnt out on my car again. Same one as last time in less than two months. Ok, could be a fault.. even new cars have faults sometimes. No problem. So I took my car in to the Hyundai service department get it checked. Covered by warranty, of course. They took it in and investigated it right away for me.. no waiting at all for a free tech. The only waiting I did was while they were actually looking at the car.. I lounged on the big comfy couches in the waiting area, drank the very nice coffee, and played on one of the complementary Internet terminals. The answer? "We couldn't find any problem with the electrical system. It was probably just a bad bulb. We've replaced it for you, and if it goes again just let us know and we'll take a more detailed look for you."
And when I went to get into my car, I discovered that they had washed the entire outside of the car (which was filthy), vacuumed the interior (which was covered in pine needles), dusted the dashboard, and cleaned the windows. They didn't even mention it, let alone charge me for it. Yes, Hyundai is my friend.




The Halifax class frigate Vancouver. Honest.
10 March 2002 : 11.59
hee hee hee.. SatireWire is good, and this story is most excellent. :)




In the spirit of 'know thine enemy,' this book documents what the bible dictates about women
09 March 2002 : 17.54
Just found this. The Freedom From Religion Foundation. I was reading the forums at Atheists.com when I found this link. Atheists.com is a place for discussion of matters involving religion and its effects, and is visited by theists and atheists alike.

I'm not a rabid atheist. I'm completely opposed to prayer in schools, religious influence in government policies, etc. but that's just freedom of religion, and freedom of religion must include freedom from religion. But I'm not an extremist. For example, there are some people who want to change the national anthem. The rabid atheists want to take out the "god keep our land," the feminists want to change the "in all thy sons command," and I think they're all just being stupid. I mean, I can see their points, both groups. Sure, the reference to god represents the lack of separation between church and state, and that's a very important division. And I can understand that there are daughters as well as sons. But you know what? It was written in 1880! Everyone was religious and sexist then. At least in public. You can't change history. That's like those feminist groups who want to have The Taming Of The Shrew banned. Ok, it's sexist. Look when it was written. It's also brilliantly funny. You can't change the past, and hiding from it is just as bad. Should we change the history books and pretend that slavery in america never happened? Should we write the Nazis out of history because we don't like them very much? The americans already like to pretend that the war of 1812 never happened, but that doesn't change the past. Sexism isn't pleasant. Religion has its place. As long as we know that, what does it matter what Shakespeare or Adolphe-Basile Routhier say?

Are you a christian-type? How much do you really know about the bible? Take the Bible Quiz on ffrf.org. See how well you know your scripture. (The quiz is filled with scripture)




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09 March 2002 : 12.12
Oh my.. those peas are like the wrath of god. Repent thee, sinners! Or thou shalt taste the cleansing fire of My most holy wasabi peas. -Kasugai 3:20.
Wow.. I can't taste anything at all. Each pea feels like you've been smacked across the bridge of your nose with a lead pipe. And you stumble around, clutching at your sinuses, screaming "What have I done? What have I done?!"
And then it wears off, and for some reason you do it again. It's like a rollercoaster, except that there's a chance that you really will die. They're addictive, these things.

In other news, it snowed yesterday. A lot. Bloody typical. My car is filthy, I finally find the time to get it washed, and within two days it snows. [grumble mutter grumble] Now my car is just as filthy as before I washed it. It's a good thing I'm not a car person or I'd probably be taking it to get washed every day. :)




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08 March 2002 : 16.39
Just discovered a new brand of wasabi peas. And they are good. In a hydrochloric acid kind of way.

Still reading Sluggy. Muchly good.

The water cooler is broken, and I'm out of water.
Why god? Why!?




If you smoke, read this. It's not like reading it will hurt you, is it?
07 March 2002 : 12.36
The guy beside me just returned from a smoke break. The stench is unbearable. I think I'm about to be violently and copiously sick.




This picture shamelessly pilfered from my friend Shana's site Shinjuku Station. Thanks Shana!
06 March 2002 : 18.40
Since I met you this small town hasn't got room for my big feelings
Violently-Happy.. Cause I love you
Violently-Happy.. But you're not here
Violently-Happy.. Come calm me down, before I get into trouble
I tip-toe down to the shore stand by the ocean make it roar at me and I roar back
Violently-Happy.. Cause I love you
Violently-Happy.. But you're not here
Violently-Happy.. Overemotional
Violently-Happy.. I'll get into trouble real soon if you don't get here baby
Violently-Happy.. Cause I love you
Violently-Happy.. I'm aiming too high
Violently-Happy.. I''ll get me into trouble
Violently-Happy.. I'm driving my car too fast with ecstatic music on
Violently-Happy.. I'm getting too drunk
Violently-Happy.. I'm daring people to jump off roofs with me
Only you can calm me down
I'm aiming too high

Soothe me

Yeah, listened to Bjork today on the way in to work.
I've been watching City Hunter, which a very sweet friend of mine was kind enough to lend me. Most excellent series, that.




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03 March 2002 : 14.26
Today:
Reading Sluggy Freelance, which is good.

Cold pizza for lunch. There's a microwave on the break floor, but I can't be bothered.

This is the first sunday I've worked in months.. I'd forgotten how much I like working on weekends. It's so much better than working during the week. The building is mostly deserted, there's no wait for an elevator, there's no dress code.. it's so much better than working during the week.

Drove to work today, through the bright sunshine, sunroof open, a/c on, passing eagles and deer and herons, and one confused looking coyote at the side of the highway, listening to bad 80's rock from the Transformers movie soundtrack (I was in the mood, ok?) and weaving a lot. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world... Well.. what a wonderful place, anyway. I love Canada. :) I'm so glad I'm here.




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02 March 2002 : 13.28
Hee hee hee! This is wonderful. Really good. My present fascination is reflections. Play the game.


Sushi tomorrow, sushi yesterday, but never sushi today.




A happy present from the earth.
01 March 2002 : 17.01
Damn, I love wasabi peas. :) It's a good kind of hurt.

I also love pizza, which is what I'm living on today.

I drove to work today. Yes, I drive to work every day, but today I drove. Sunroof and windows open, stereo turned up so that it vibrated the mirrors, open road with no coppers.. it was a good drive. :)




KL1K 1F UR L33T
28 February 2002 : 17.18
With the vast numbers of h4X0r5 on the Internet, I've decided that they need to be studied. Yes, I'm going to become the L337 h4X0L0g157. I shall be among the L337, studying their K R4D ways, learning how one of them emerges from the pack to becomes the dominant d00d.

H4X0R5 1N 7H3 M157. :)




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28 February 2002 : 13.42
Is that not the best shirt in the entire universe? Stolen from Engrish.com.

At this point, I'm hungry. (aren't I always?) I have an urge for... wasabi peas.

In other news, I just found out what my doctor earns. You can go to http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/msc/2001/list_a.htm and look it up. Mine earns $395 814.60. Per year. That's.. sick. Mind you, it also means that he's good. Better a doctor worth $300 000/year than one worth $37 300.




There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
27 February 2002 : 17.37
Yay! My friend Chris's movie comes out soon, or is out, or something. It's called 40 Days And 40 Nights. Chris was Algernon in the version of The Importance Of Being Earnest on which I was Assistant Director. He's very silly, and very good. You must all go and see his movie. Go! See it! Go now! Now damn you!

This has been a public service announcement.




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26 February 2002 : 17.52
Haven't updated this site in a while.. I've been too busy with generic stuff. Lemme see:
-Hair is long enough to tie back now. Yay! No more getting in my face when I try to do anything.
-My new Docs finally arrived.
-Finally finished the various websites on which I've been working. Took long enough.. sheesh.
-Serious work has been commencing on the basement I've been renovating. I've torn down walls, ceilings, floors.. I'm almost ready to start decorating.

I've also just discovered that this site doesn't seem to fit on 800x600 like it used to. Hmm.. have to do something about that. It's really annoying. Oh, I know what it is.. that onering.net banner doesn't automatically scale. Bugger. I've had to remove it and stick a link to it in its place. Ah well, what can you do?




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22 February 2002 : 21.42
Updated The Microscot Software Buggering Group site. And there was much rejoicing.




Yum.
22 February 2002 : 12.03
Ah, this is what work should be like. No one's really working.. it's so quiet. Most people are watching the hockey game or chatting. Personally, I have no interest in hockey at all, but that's ok. It's not loud. :) It's more like everyone's just hanging around here than working. There's no dress code today (not that it really matters to me anyway), the seats recline, pizza will be here shortly, and the manager lady just left for the day. Overall, a good day. :) And now, I'm going back to catching up on User Friendly.

It's actually kinda cool. There are clusters of staff around the various TVs that have appeared on this floor. So people aren't working, because they're watching the hockey game. You'd think that this would be a problem in a call centre, but people aren't calling in either, because they're all watching the game, too, so it balances out. Canadians do love their hockey. :)




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22 February 2002 : 10.33
Heh, with all of the hype of the Olympics, something in me is very glad that my tech support co-workers are watching The Price Is Right. Yay! Mmm.. strawberry jam for breakfast and a call from Jez. Good way to start your day. :)

I've been reading User Friendly. It's brilliant. Read it.




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21 February 2002 : 10.55
Mmmmmmmmmm.. Burger King coffee is officially the worst coffee in the world. No, really. I mean it. I thought that the coffee we have at work was bad, but there's just no comparison. Gaaah... And their hash browns and sausage n egg English muffin breakfast things aren't as good as McDonald's, either. So :P




Zee Crow Flies Backvards At Meednight.
19 February 2002 : 10.59
Today, I go to meet The Spy. I'm going to wear my trenchcoat and sunglasses, and try to look stealthy yet shady.

It irks me that you can't get firm toothbrushes any more. I mean, you can get them, but it takes ages to find the little buggers. Yes, the majority of people use soft or super soft or medium. The majority of people also have cavities and fillings. I don't have either. Coincidence?

You know, the social value of these posts just keeps going up, doesn't it? Stand back Oscar Wilde, I've got something to say.

In other news, Uberpaki has quit smoking. Yay! He's going to live!




Play the game, Wesley...
18 February 2002 : 15.43
I've been chatting with friends about the idea of building a MAME machine, with the cabinet and everything, and I have to say that I'm quite into the idea. I think it would be fun to have a classic arcade machine lurking about the place. Networked, of course, so that I can download new ROMs and emulators. I'll have to put together a new computer, of course, but that's no big thing. I'm thinking that the cabinet needs to be on locking casters, and be firmly locked together as opposed to screwed, so that I can take it apart to move it. I think that it will also need a hidden keyboard/mouse tray so that it can be used for network gaming, too. StarCraft and the like. Waste of a machine, otherwise. :)

I'm not really into games as much as I used to be, but the classic arcade games were so much fun..




Death awaits you all, with nasty, big, pointy teeth.
18 February 2002 : 13.26
Taking flack for Musings on Marriage page.. must resist.. must not use superpowers to write retraction..

Yeah, like that's going to happen. :) I'm not about to apologise for my views. After all, we're all entitled to our opinions, right? Still working on the guestbook page. It'll be up when it's up. I'm also still working on a redesign for The Pit Of Penultimate Darkness, which was the original incarnation of my site back in good ol' 1996. Yeah, the site's been around for a while. Wow.. I hadn't even thought about it before, but nineteen ninety six to two thousand and two, give or take the season, equals... thirty two years eighteen days twenty eight seconds. Wow.




M57, NGC6720 ring to rule them all.
17 February 2002 : 13.21
Hee hee.. I love this banner.




Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat
17 February 2002 : 13.05
In other news, I've found my hat. Yes, I need a hat just like the one in the picture there.. just because that's a hat with style, mah children.

I've also found the guy who can unlock my 8290. The one I have is locked for one network, and I use fido, so I can't use it unless I get it unlocked. This guy I've found will do it, for a certain financial consideration. But it's like meeting a French underground resistance mole or something. "You vill come to ze Zkytrain Ztation, unt zere you vill be met viz a text mezzage zat vill tell you how you vill regognice me. Come alone unt do not be late."

Yeah.. um.. the guy's actually Chinese, but I picture him with a German accent.




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17 February 2002 : 10.05
Woke up this morning.. sounds like I'm going to start a song. But I woke up this morning and wandered upstairs to discover that there was no one home. Fair enough. So I decided to have some coffee. I know, this tale just gets more rivetting by the moment, no? But there was no coffee made, and I'm trying not to drink entire pots to myself any more, so I thought I'd have some [shudder] instant. Yes, cheap, nasty, no-name brand Instant Coffee. Mmmm mmmm. Your body will love you forever. Anyway, I was waiting for the kettle to boil, and I thought, just out of curiosity, that I'd see what was on the Space Channel. I rarely watch TV, so I don't know what they're showing these days. There was some movie about a very small man trying to kill a very large spider, so I didn't really want to see that. Instead, I wandered through the channels to see what else I could find while my water boiled. (A note for expectant mothers: If your water boils, it's really time to go to the hospital.) Unfortunately for me, I came across the end of Bloodsport 3. Now, I'd never seen it, but I'd heard mixed reviews, so I watched just a bit. It's hilarious. :) Seriously.. the scene that was just starting when I found the channel was of a guy who uses Capoeira fighting a guy who uses some style I can't identify. But the funny thing is the more hurt the Capoeira practitioner got, the more fancy his moves. But it was fun to watch, since you don't see it very often. And then the climactic fight scene, predictably won by the hero. But before he wins, he gets very severely beaten. Now, I don't know about you, but when I get hit, it makes me weaker, not stronger. And this hero had his head bashed in a number of times, not to mention being smacked around in ways that would kill a non-movie-hero person. And then suddenly he just wins. [shrug] They don't make movies like that any more. Thank god. Ah, mindless violence. It's good clean fun.





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16 February 2002 : 20.28
Added my Musings on Marriage page.




Yay us. Picture stolen from http://www.cnn.com/
15 February 2002 : 12.32
Canada wins gold!

Apparently, one of the judges was suspended for misconduct leading to Canada being awarded only a silver. The real question is: could I care any less? I mean, three years from now, who will even remember? Will this ever affect anything? It's all so silly.. so much hype over so little real importance.

In other news, Elvis is still dead.




Solutions for the single and bitter. It's a good book.
14 February 2002 : 13.06
Today, work bought us all lunch. A lot of lunch. I'm not hungry now. Yay! Mind you, that's probably because of my food poisoning miracle diet. I lost 140 pounds in three days, and you can too!

And a coworker person just came around and handed out chocolate. Woo! And Uberpaki just came in to show us some lovin'.

Oh yeah, and it's Valentine's Day. Let's hear it for consumerism! This is the day of the year that celebrates love, and makes the single people even more bitter. But don't lose track of the message this Valentine's Day! And that message is "if you love her/him, you'll spend money."

A friend of mine is having an Anti-Valentine's party. Groovy.




Magic!
14 February 2002 : 9.54
Well, it's official. Legolas from Fellowship has rekindled my fascination with archery. Unfortunately, it seems that most people who make nice bows are nasty hunters, and I'll be thoroughly buggered with a fishfork before I'll give them any money. I can't believe that people still hunt.. how barbaric. I mean, it's not like anyone still relies on hunting for food. Not in first-world countries, at least. We have animals that are purpose-bred for that. While I don't like the idea of eating animals, I don't deny that we evolved to do so. That's why meat tastes good. On a purely instinctive level, if it didn't, we wouldn't do it. It's like sex. Sure, there's an instinctive drive, but we need short term gratification. Do you think that McDonald's would be so successful if meat didn't taste good? Would people shag so much if it was just about breeding? The point is that the animals that are specially bred will be killed for humans' food anyway, so killing other animals in the wild is very unnecessary, and can only harm the ecosystem. Hunting is savage and barbaric when humans do it. And for the sport.. huh? What kind of sport is there in hunting? Your hunter is out there with his camoflage, and his gun/bow that can put a projectile through a tree, his deer calls, and whatever else hunters have. And the deer has.. antlers. Tusks if he's a boar, and feathers if he's a bird. Well, that's totally fair, isn't it? Gotta watch those waterfowl, 'cuz they are vicious bastards, aren't they? That's not even mentioning his colour vision and larger brain (this one's debatable). I say 'his' because while there are female hunters out there, the majority of women don't feel the need to prove their femininity by slaughtering defenceless creatures. And some people still go out and hunt wolves. I'm not even going to get into that, but it's sick. Very sick. Columbine high school, and all of the follow-ups, were horrific because they were the slaughter of innocent people by better armed sickos for no reason. How is hunting any different?
Now hunting the hunters, on the other hand...

Ok, enough about that. The point of that whole thing was that I've been looking at bows, and I'm kind of torn between absolutely traditional and technologically advanced. So it comes down to the very nice, totally non-traditional ones at Hoyt and the beautiful, traditional English longbows at By The Sword or the ones at Selfbow.com. Personally, I don't care as much for the compound bows, but Hoyt has some nice recurved ones. Having said that, the compound ones do have their appeal, as well. Unfortunately, Hoyt does talk about hunting, but you're going to get that wherever you go for modern bows.




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13 February 2002 : 20.56
Woo! Everywhere I go wearing my Decepticon hoodie people have to stop me and ask where I got it, and say that it kicks.. er.. bum.

Ok, on a Counting Crows/Barenaked Ladies kick at the moment. Good driving music. :)





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13 February 2002 : 16.23
Yay. I get my new 8290 on Friday evening. Woo! Other recent purchases include my exciting new Docs. Aren't they cool?


Yeah, ok. I'm bored.


I'm also hungry.

I finally got a chance to see The Fellowship Of The Ring. Bloody hell that's good. And so many of my favourites in it, too.. Sir Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies... well, ok, so only two of them were my favourites. Shut up.




c'est moi! Le grand poisson avec les longes cheveaux blonde!
12 February 2002 : 10.02
This was sent to me by a co-worker. I'm not really one for posting jokes, but I like it. Canadian humour. :)

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Heaven, God went missing for six days. Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God, "My Lord, where have you been?"

God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look Michael, look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled and said, "What is it?"

"It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put LIFE on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.

God explained, pointing to different parts of Earth, "For example, Northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while Southern Europe is going to be poor; the Middle East over there will be a hot spot. Over there I've placed a continent of white people and over there is a continent of black people," God continued, pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot and arid while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

he Archangel, impressed by Godís work, then pointed to a large landmass in the northern hemisphere and asked, "What's that one?"

"Ah," said God. "That's Canada, the most glorious place on Earth. There are beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, streams and an exquisite coastline. The people from Canada are going to be modest, intelligent and humorous and they're going to be found traveling the world. They'll be extremely sociable, hard-working and high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of peace. I'm also going to give them super-human, undefeatable ice hockey players who will be admired and feared by all who come across them."

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration but then proclaimed. "What about balance, God? You said there would be BALANCE!"

God replied wisely. "Wait until you see the arrogant, loud-mouth bastards I'm putting next to them."


You might ask why I like this so much. Truth be told, despite all evidence to the contrary, I don't actually like americans. I notice that I spend a lot of time bashing americans on these pages..
Ah well. It's my site. :)




Gon Hei Fa Tsai!
11 February 2002 : 10.26
Gon Hei Fa Tsai!
Yes, Chinese New Year. The year of the Horse. Of course, I'm a Dragon, so I don't care. :)




O Canada. This is a good article. Read it.
11 February 2002 : 10.00
Yay! Totally off the Jell-o and back to normal digestive operations. Woo hoo!

In other news, this is going around my friends:
So, what do Canadians have to be proud of?
  • Smarties, Crispy Crunch & Coffee Crisp.
  • The size of our footballs fields and one less Down.
  • Baseball is Canadian.
  • Lacrosse is Canadian.
  • Hockey is Canadian.
  • Basketball is Canadian.
  • Apple pie is Canadian.
  • Mr. Dress-up kicks Mr. Rogers ass.
  • Tim Hortons kicks Dunkin' Donuts ass.
  • In the war of 1812, started by America, Canadians pushed the Americans back...past their 'White House'. Then we burned it... and most of Washington, under the command of William Lyon McKenzie who was insane and hammered all the time. We got bored because they ran away, so we came home and partied ... Go figure...
  • Canada has the largest French population that never surrendered to Germany.
  • We have the largest English population that never ever surrendered or withdrew during any war to anyone, anywhere.
  • Our civil war was a bar fight that lasted a little over an hour.
  • The only person who was arrested in our civil war was an American mercenary, who slept in and missed the whole thing...but showed up just in time to get caught.
  • We knew plaid was cool far before Seattle caught on.
  • The Hudsons Bay Company once owned over 10% of the earth's surface and is still around as the worlds oldest company.
  • The average dog sled team can kill and devour a full grown human in under 3 minutes.
  • We still know what to do with all the parts of a buffalo.
  • We don't marry our kin-folk.
  • We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, velcro, zippers, insulin, penicillin, zambonis, the telephone and short wave radios that save countless lives each year.
  • We ALL have frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it.
  • BUT MOST IMPORTANT!
  • ....the handles on our beer cases are big enough to fit your hands with mitts on.
  • OOOOoohhhhh Canada!! Oh yeah... and our elections only take one day.


  • And definitely, check out Talking To Americans. It makes you weep. For those who don't know, Talking To Americans is a program where Rick Mercer of This Hour Has 22 Minutes (comedy show) goes down to the good ol' US of A, and asks americans questions, or asks them to join in video petitions, etc etc. And they do. Oh, how they do.




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    10 February 2002 : 15.50
    Ok, finally moved the old Musings to another page.






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