February 26th, 2006

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Model train sets of the apocalypse....

The always brilliant, insightful, and erudite cleverusername2 ponders the vicissitudes of choosing a new hobby:

Sometimes I know when to leave well enough alone, there are certain activities that I would just pervert or shame if I got involved. For instance, while I enjoy model train sets (and loved building model planes and cars as a lad) I know I should just back off. If I were to get into that scene I would create a little miniature post-apocalyptic nightmare scene: rolling fields dusted with dirty, radioactive snow wrought by Nuclear Winter; stunted sickly trees; badly burned survivors stumble out of the charred suburbs, their only sustenance is cannibalism; in a field scarred and emaciated farmers desperately labor to their plants alive; in a small town militias, religious zealots, madmen, and neo-conservatives horde the remaining canned food while the less-fortunate and ill-prepared survivors face starvation. The only hope for civil society is the last remaining rail line shuttling refugees, supplies, precious medicines, and postal service between the undamaged cities! Will they survive the perilous journey?

Full post here, quoted with permission.

He simply rocks.

"Who's ewe daddy?" ...and other baaaaad animal news of the day.

It's probably not good netiquette to metaquote one's husband's post. I don't care. I'm still crying with laughter at the whole situation... aardy just wrote up the whole wrongness of it in one fell swoop.

After seeing "...ing sheep off in a garbage can" in a Fox News headlines crawl in this picture in paulobrien's journal, as well as the first few responses, I decided to track down what exactly was happening to that poor sheep. After all, as was asked there, how many words ending in "ng" would grammatically fit in that sentence, and how many of those are Not Safe For Work?

Well, here's the answer: Sheep taken out like trash

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Plaid Cymru!

My perenially-funny pal spiritof1976 has some thoughts on the new Plaid Cymru logo:

To really get the joke, you need to see the Collapse ) first.

The top image is the old logo. The bottom one is the new logo.

I stared at the new design for a short while, then I found myself seeing visions of burning holiday cottages and being drawn inexorably into the whirling yellow centre.

I awoke three hours later with no memory of what had happened, but with a nagging feeling that upon hearing a pre-arranged signal I'll be compelled against my will to strap on an explosives vest and detonate on the Severn Bridge.
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    Alice in Chains - Rain When I Die

Novel-writing by numbers.

sjwhatly showed off a few pages featuring the Dead Sisters' Book Club on scans_daily, prompting a discussion about chick lit. toketsupuurin had this to say about the entire genre:

Romance novels have only three types of plot:
60% are boy and girl fall in love at the beginning and have to overcome horrible obstacles to be together.

36% are one or both hate each other at the beginning, and either through circumstance (probably getting married under contrived conditions) or perseverance by the in-love party, they fall in love with each other by the end and all is happy.

3.5% are some bizzare combination of the above two options.

0.5% are actually decent novels that are classics, have other things going on in them, good characters, and/or a tragic ending.


Colleen's Adventures with Microgynon 30!

hathy_col has just started taking the pill, and is documenting her progress for the good of mankind. (QWP)

...I think it is important to write down all the stuff I will probably be feeling over the next few months:

-Feeling sick, being sick, and stomach upsets
-Sore breasts
-Depressive moods
-Loss of interest in sex (WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT, THEN?)
-Changes in weight (oh, god)
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    Butthole Surfers - Dracula From Houston

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Over in fanficrants, I ranted about how people always smell and taste the same in fics.

pyrasaur replied:

I don't seem to find the sandalwood ones. I find the ones where people's their hair smells like vanilla and their mouths taste like mint and strawberries and their skin tastes like peaches and their naughty bits taste like freakin' chocolate-marshmallow Pop Tarts or something and I'm thinking, geez, does this person ROLL in FOOD before getting it on with anyone?

Yeah, I bet these authors will be in for an unpleasant surprise when they actually get to sniff an attractive person. "Y-You smell like...HUMAN! Ewww!"
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Kanda - Falling Petal

Bedtime Stories

This definitely made me laugh too long, too XD The relationship between these two always makes me smile. Original post is here but this is the whole thing *grins* QWP, of course.


Josh: Come on bella it's bedtime. [makes double staccato clicking noise]
Allie: Don't click at me. I'm not a dog.
Josh: It wasn't a dog noise. It was a squirrel noise. It's how you get them to do things. Like...jump into blenders.
Allie: Josh, I think you just made that up.
Josh: If I opened our door, we'd have squirrels in our blender in no time.

This conversation preceeded Josh's "auditory bedtime story" about 30 giggling bedtime minutes later. An auditory bedtime story, is kinda comparable to a pantomime, but instead of only gestures, there are only noises. A story which last night consisted of a sweeping open door noise, a few clicks, and then a blender noise.

Worst bedtime story ever.

I laughed for FAR too long.

(And that's why I shouldn't stay up past 1:30 in the morning.)
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catalase has an interesting advertising experience (QWP):

So I've been working my way through Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. It's basically the literary equivalent of Fritos; all action with a minor side order of occasional character development. It's also fantasy; you can imagine the target audience.

However, even though I CAN imagine the general target audience quite vividly, there was still NO CALL for Amazon to include a free sample of Degree deodorant in with my order of the fifth and sixth books. WTF, Amazon. No editorializing on your customers!

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    The Cure -- End