My passport expires in 7 days. Finally. Because the motherfucker on my passport in 2001 looks older than I do today. He looks angry, and sweaty, and like it’s a 43c day [snip]
My thought process on this:
Wow, Australian passports don’t last very long, do they? I mean, 2001, that’s only—oh. Oh god. No. It can’t be 10 years since 2001. That was yesterday! I had my bat mitzvah in 2001, how can it have been 10 years? This is wrong. All wrong.
Time has been sped up by an evil demon.
No, Ross is a lot of things, but master of time is not one of them …
NSW Police said it would support laws banning the use of iPods, mobile phones and other electronic devices while crossing the road and while riding bicycles. It is the latest attempt to improve traffic safety by legislating against technological distraction, but questions have been raised over whether such rules could ever be properly enforced.
The position is a marked turnaround from the views of NSW Police State Traffic Commander John Hartley, who said in 2007, when the US laws were first talked about, that “you can’t legislate stupidity”.
The reason for the change in position is unclear - national pedestrian road deaths have been falling consistently, from 351 in 1996 to 173 last year. In NSW, there has been a slight rise in pedestrian road deaths from 59 to 64 between 2009 and 2010, the RTA says.
Look, if you want to raise revenue, fine - admit it and we’ll move on. HOWEVER, if this is an actual call to improve safety? STOP IT! We can’t advance the human race if we stop natural evolution from occurring!!
"#WILL NOT MENTION USE OF UD PACKET PACKET ERROR!!!!!!" --
Good, because the P in UDP stands for "Protocol". 8^)
well paint my ass red and call me embarrassed … I am going to claim long-day-at-work-itis! Funny thing is that if I had actually finished typing out “User Datagram” as I had started to … I would have realised that it was protocol and not packet …
I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and allow you the grace of closing out any 2010 crap by the 3rd of February, wherein, according to our learned friends from the East, it shall be the New Year under the guise of the Rabbit.
Something the man and I have been discussing avidly of late. We think there’s a huge double standard on Tumblr. Women can basically compliment, flirt and say just about anything they want to men, but if a guy says the same to a woman, it’s creepy or disrespectful. It’s the same in real life, granted, but it’s more evident here. And, yes, this is a general statement, and not always the case. Men don’t always give compliments from their crotches and women aren’t always just saying it to be nice, though that’s the common assumption. And this isn’t me attempting to accuse all women of dry humping my husband, but more that it’s a shame how much men feel they have to censor to the point where I know for a fact they want to be kind or nice and feel they can’t. And it’s also sad that women wonder immediately what’s behind a compliment, but don’t think much about what they say. Thoughts? Feelings? It’s the “When Harry Met Sally” question; can men and women be just friends? Do you think there is a double standard in man/woman conversation?
Can they be friends? Yes.
Is there a double standard? Yes.
Do I let it stop me? No.
I think, from my own experience, that it does depend on what is said and how it is said. I also believe, it is also dependent on the receiver of said compliment. I am equal in my attitude towards those around me, I am friendly, and flirty and generally “safe” to most people. Yet, in the same breath as I have just complimented a (female) friend about a dress or the way those jeans really accentuate her bottom, another (usually female) friend/associate can start twisting it into a sleazy, torrid or unwanted comment. Therein lies the double standard — not because of what was said, but because of how they *want* to interpret and react to it.
I usually try to show them that is what they are doing, but sometimes people just need to find a fight where none exists. So, I sigh, I take into consideration that this poor person is unaware of what they are doing and then just apologise for not complimenting them on the marvellous transformation the IPL treatments have made to her facial hair.
There’s an old saying said to men a lot “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.
Ladies, sometimes a compliment is meant to be just a compliment.
Trust me, I will leave no doubts if I want it to be otherwise. None. Nada. Zilch. Like your clothes. On the floor. Ok?
First of all, it’s not “female skills” it’s basic housekeeping.
Secondly, a lot of people these days have no idea about them because they are 28 years old and still living at home with mum and dad — now get the fuck out of their loungerooms and let them fuck on the kitchen table again while you go and learn how to look after yourselves.
I can’t wonder but what comes next in places like Egypt and Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Historically the US has spent a lot of money and political capital propping up the very same authoritarian governments that are now being tossed aside. While part of me is happy to see people throw off their shackles, another part is frightened by what might lie ahead. The new bosses might rightfully have a few beefs with us westerners.
What is so amusing (read:not!) is that governments like that of the US, can (and should!) fix this. Not by military might as they have so wantonly done over the last century, but by going back and not only apologising for their past actions, but making reparations to the country.
Whenever a situation like that in Tunisia, Egypt, Afghanistan (etc, et al, and so forth) is created and a party or leader is overthrown so that a new ruler that is “more amenable to the interests of the [foreign] state” occurs, it is a natural and expected turn of events that the feelings of “divine right” become stronger and corruption becomes rife in that leadership as the initial support of foreign powers wanes and it is then met with a lack of condemnation for their actions, year after year, from said [foreign state] so as to not draw attention to its own part in the process nor jeopardise those same set of “amenable interests”.
So, as the moon follows the sun, it is natural for the people to become increasingly hostile until the dog can no longer allow loyalty to rule its behaviour, thus revolution is the only answer.
This is a dangerous time in a society, because extremists are the voices that scream the loudest, and there is enough pain, disgust, anger and energy to get behind any voice that is willing to call them to rally.
If western nations want to help, they need to do so under altruistic motivations, with a clear and open book policy.
Apology, reparations and altruism.
It’s possible … I wonder if I’ll see it in my lifetime?
20. Started with a 2400 baud into the Swinburne annex. Terribly wasted a few years on MUDs….
Oh, the joy of those early days of Multiple player games. I spent a lot of time in MUDs as well, and even started helping a friend set up his own MOO. Such a revolutionary idea to have Object Oriented environments! All of that work, to create an environment, objects, dimensional attributes and all for a world that was rendered exclusively in the players own head.
I know some people who still log into a few these days … wonder if I can trust myself …
After being in the world of the BBS and FidoNet for a while, I discovered a BBS in 1988 that linked out to the AARNet. It’s fair to say, that I never looked back from there. Between BBS’, FidoNet and AARNet, I have always had online interaction as part of my life. This is extremely unusual for someone of my age and generation.
From newsgroups to talk, ftp to gopher, Synchronous Chat to IRC, EFnet and UnderNet, Warez Groups, IRC Channel Wars, Meetups, WWW, Web 1.0, Browser Wars, W3, Web 2.0, Social networking … it’s all been great and dissapointing and amazing and meh.
I have, and will always continue to meet people from the online and networked community. Whether it was at the LAN meets organised in community halls or coffee at a highly public location, or in a bar with tens of strangers … it’s always been good to meet people that you chat to and remind yourself that it is a real connection there, and not just an automated, disembodied voice at the end of an electronically coupled phoneline.
Yes, I still actually think of connecting to people via a 300 Baud coupler over a copper telephone wire.
Yeah, this is the annoying little voice in your head. I know you don’t like listening to me, but you have two mortgages and only one salary and if you don’t get your arse off the chair and into a pair of pants and drive into work, you may not have that either. Mmmmkay?
When I was a young man growing up in New York city, I refused to pledge allegiance to the flag. Of course I was sent to the principal´s office and he asked me: why don´t you want to pledge allegiance? Everybody does.
I said: Everybody once believed the earth was flat but that doesn´t make it so. I explained that America owed everything it has to other cultures and other nations and that I would rather pledge allegiance to the earth and everyone on it. Needless to say it wasn´t long before I left school entirely.
I set up a lab in my bedroom. There I began to learn about science and nature. I realized then that the universe is governed by laws and that the human being, along with society itself, was not exempt from these laws. Then came the crash of 1929. Which began with what we now call `the Great Depression´.
I found it difficult to understand why millions were out of work, homeless, starving while all the factories were sitting there, the resources were unchanged. It was then that I realized that the rules of the economic game were inherently invalid.
Shorty after came World War II where various nations took turns, systematically destroying each other. I later calculated that all the destruction and wasted resources spent on that war, could’ve easily provided for every human need on the planet.Since that time, I’ve watched humanity set the stage for its own extinction. I have watched as the precious, finite resources are perpetually wasted and destroyed in the name of profit and free markets. I have watched the social values of society be reduced into a base artificiality of materialism and mindless consumption. And I have watched as the monetary powers control the political structure of supposedly ‘free societies’.
I’m 94 years old now and I’m afraid my disposition is the same as it was 75 years ago.
I’m sorry Doug, I know how you feel because Ingy is a horse person too. I like horses, don’t get me wrong, I want a Clydesdale one day … but I do tend to share a fellow cattle farmer’s point of view that they are “expensive, feed consuming, shit producing, paddock buggerers”.