Tuesday, November 21, 2006

bank love

Laurie David is awesome!

Did you know that Larry David's wife is a true fantasticator? Well, she is! Read this Reuters about her environmentalist behavior (including being the producer for An Inconvenient Truth):

Friday, November 17, 2006

ACLU Suit Seeks Access to Lawful Information on Internet

A few years ago I signed petitions and wrote letters on behalf of myself and the ACLU to Timberland Regional Library (I later worked for them in my favorite job of all time) on behalf of non-filtered internet access at the branches. We kindof won- in that adults could choose to have filtered or unfiltered internet access. Eastern Wa was not so lucky as there are stronger influences there that feel the only people who should have unfiltered internet access are those that can afford to furnish it for themselves or those that don't do research at libraries. More information assymetry, more knowledge class oppression. So:
" November 16, 2006
Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, three library users and a nonprofit organization today brought suit to ensure that patrons of a library system in Eastern Washington have access to useful and lawful information on the Internet. The lawsuit challenges the library system’s policy of using a restrictive Internet filter to bar access to information on its computers and of refusing to honor requests by adult patrons to temporarily disable the filter for sessions of uncensored reading and research. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane."
link on ACLU page

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

no windows = rebate party!

A Sheffield (UK) man has won a refund from Dell for not installing Microsoft's Windows XP on a laptop he bought from the PC giant.
BBC news story
hooray for open source!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Farewell stinky old Spar

Renowned for treating youngsters and long-hairs like shit, The Spar Cafe in Olympia, WA is turning into a McMenamins. I am completely pleased with this change, although I had some good times getting trashed during happy hour. Because the food is so overpriced for the crap that it tends to be, we never even considered it when we would ponder where to eat. just drinking and smoking, good drinking and smoking there. And Pete was always sweet.
article in the Olympian

Friday, November 10, 2006

a reminder

will it blend?

Jen and I both have had an ongoing fascination of and love for the vitamix blenders. This thing looks like one of them, but it is called blendtech.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Mom, did you go to France?

LIMOGES, France (AFP) — Some 79 garden gnomes snatched by a so-called gnome liberation group, were discovered Wednesday along the banks of a stream in the central Limousin region, police said.

I wonder how many gnome crimes have occurred since Amelie. Those Travelocity ads were the most egregious so far.

Monday, November 6, 2006

paddlestar galactica

orange nastiness!

200611061354This is pretty much my fantasy for drivers who don't yield to pedestrians:
In convenience stores in Japan, the cashiers keep a supply of clear balls filled with a foul smelling orange liquid. What are they for? As the shop owner explains in this video, "if a robber comes in, please hit them." Link

Saturday, November 4, 2006

RIP Adrienne Shelly

It is such sad news to hear that she died this week. Me and Kev met her years ago in Olympia when she directed her first film.

her imdb profile

Thursday, November 2, 2006

blogging gone to the birds

These pigeons are helping to report on smog in California in a project called PigeonBlog. see this article.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

i f-ing hate you, Starbucks! again

Up yours store #3507! So, the other day I was totally ridiculed for not knowing SB-specific coffee information by the bitch barista behind the machine. I am way to cuntry in the morning to take that flak! I hate their coffee anyway, but I thought I would treat my carpool buddy to a latte as a little thanks for the driving, and the wild oats' coffee next door really tastes like burnt ass. So, anyway, that reminds me of the whole concept of coffee ordering etiquette. Did starbucks start the trend of having self-righteous coffee experts that look down their zitty little noses at you if you can't say machiatto? Did they absorb from the smaller indie shops? I feel way more comfortable in those, of course. The rub here was not knowing something about starbucks. I had no idea I could even be cofftarded. fuck those guy...