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Topic:
Chicken Little Syndrome
Comment:
Wolf! Wolf!
Posted By:
Ian
From:
An Undisclosed Location
Date:
Wed May 21 00:44:45 2003    


This real-time threat indicator can be found here.

 

Feel more terrified today than yesterday? I sure do, but mostly I'm afraid of our own government and their methods and strategies, not of terrorist acts.... below are some of the actual guidelines for for "Terror Threat Level High":

Coordinate necessary security efforts with armed forces or law enforcement agencies.
I wondered what to do here. I thought about calling the local police and asking "What can I do to help coordinate necessary security efforts?" but I didn't think they'd take me seriously.

Take additional precaution at public events.
Er, maybe take a gun to the football game?

Prepare to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed work force.
I called the office and pointed out it would be in our best interests to not be in the same building together, so in the interest of national security, I wouldn't be in today.

Restrict access to essential personnel only.
Frankly, everyone is expendable where I work, so no-one's allowed in anyway.


Topic:
Reloaded
Comment:
More please...
Posted By:
Terry
From:
Zion
Date:
Sun May 18 18:30:41 2003    

OK, so sadly for the naysayers, Matrix:Reloaded surpasses expectations and is a solid movie. I never thought in my lifetime there would such a fantastique series of movies that would be thoughtful, exciting and creative, (not to mention "balls-out" insane! I'll have a full review in a couple days, but if you haven't seen it, go now! Stay for the preview to "Revolutions" after the credits role. I don't think I need to see another movie until November.
Topic:
Politicians Lie
Comment:
No. Really.
Posted By:
Ian
From:
The disenfranchised masses
Date:
Sun May 18 18:22:32 2003    

A new study has concluded that politicians lie. Whodathunk?
Topic:
Release the code
Comment:
put it on my black T shirt
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Some Desktop
Date:
Thu May 15 16:03:52 2003    

Redhat is my current flavor. 60 days of uptime, and an user friendly installation. SCO is going to bleed too much money in court. Blackmailing Big Blue can't be cheap. Boy is it hot in here today!
Topic:
Great news
Comment:
Can I bum a smoke
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Wall Street
Date:
Thu May 15 15:41:31 2003    

The price of cigarettes has dropped? Did we invade Turkey? Ian, you have proven that as more people can write, the quality of content decreases. Well done.
Topic:
Open Sores Community
Comment:
Ur own3d by Caldera
Posted By:
Ian (e.N.)
From:
Beneath Some Gray Hat
Date:
Thu May 15 15:09:48 2003    

Hey Tom- what flavor of Linux are you running? Well, you better stop! This sounds as stupid as when Amazon got the patent on "click to buy", or when despair.com trademarked the "frownie".

:-(


Topic:
ReloadMe
Comment:
Suck my code...
Posted By:
Terry
From:
Zion
Date:
Thu May 15 12:24:37 2003    

I'll bet you I don't want to go even an hour without saying it... Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix... Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix... Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...Matrix... Matrix...Matrix...Matrix... Matrix...Matrix...Matrix...
Topic:
Matrix Hejira
Comment:
Hejira? Look It Up...
Posted By:
Ian
From:
A Secure Codebase
Date:
Thu May 15 12:18:57 2003    

Bet none of you can go a week without saying "The Matrix"....
Topic:
Has Anyone Seen My Sense of Humour?
Comment:
Haven't Checked Under The Bed Yet
Posted By:
Ian, The Sane
From:
Various Trailer Parks
Date:
Thu May 15 12:09:13 2003    

Terry? Untouchable? I'll touch ya. Heh.
Could Nunya & Pretzel kindly pass the crack pipe? Jeez...

I must say, My New Blogging Technique Is Unstoppable!!! Not to mention how MNFTIU!

As a conscientious objector to war, I'm a bit miffed that no-one invited me to the party...apparently May 15 is International Conscientious Objector's Day. Elsewhere, Mark Morford of sfgate.com is the only on-line columnist I've run across who foams at the mouth more rabidly & cleverly than everyone at echopraxia combined...check out "BushCo Reams Nation Good".



Topic:
Chaos
Comment:
What is going on around here?
Posted By:
Terry
From:
Mi,NY,La, Ca, etc...
Date:
Thu May 15 12:01:04 2003    

Ian, this Blog has taken an ugly turn. Is it crazy day in Mayberry? Robert Stack has died and now I know none of us are "untouchable."
Topic:
taco flavored kisses
Comment:
my toaster is my computer
Posted By:
Pretzel Rodriguez
From:
Burritoville
Date:
Thu May 15 11:59:17 2003    

Nunya, us Repubiclans have to stink together if we're going to win this war. Jesus will never come back for us if those sinnin` Demcrocrats keep spreadin` their disease. Poor Jesus is probably spinnin in his tomb knowin` there is a African and a Jew trying to get into the White House. Doncha all worry, though. Bush'll stop `em. He always stops the ones who try an mess with his family values and good Christian morals.
Topic:
Get on with it
Comment:
Nunya F***ing Bidness
Posted By:
Nunya
From:
The Real Right
Date:
Thu May 15 11:51:05 2003    

Thinking will never win the good fight. Move on and be more like your neightbor.I could charge and return you panzies. You fair trade fools couldn't get into Starbucks. While you're all getting soppy over the news, I'll be watching Friends.
Topic:
Pretzel For President
Comment:
Alfred E. Neumann or Big Gay Al as vice
Posted By:
Tom
From:
From Behind the Browser
Date:
Wed May 14 14:20:34 2003    

I miss the good ol' days when the reactionary response to the music of 2 Live Crew was the greatest threat to my liberties. Yesterday, NPR had alot to say about Saudi Arabia. It sucked to think about. Besides, Cheney will be the last man to walk the Earth. Knowing that....Today, I think I want to buy a digital camera. I asked a girl on a date, maybe we will see the Matrix after dinner. I have a fly pair of new shoes. I have watched more sports in the last month...."What, me worry? I read Mad."
Topic:
Unsalted
Comment:
Get your "buzz" on...
Posted By:
Pretzel Rodriguez
From:
Back to the Future...
Date:
Wed May 14 09:42:22 2003    

I don't know who this Terry character is, but Pretzel likes that Mac "ibrator!" That thing is sweeter than a mouth full of cavities. Where's Saudia Arabia, anyway? You guys shouldn't get so fired up about the turmoil in the world until it hits you personally. All this world news really takes away from what's important in the world, like what JLo and Ben Affleck had for breakfast! Damn the Middle West and it's problems with the Mormons and the Christians. Why don't they just give those Mormons their own State and stop fighting? And whatever happened to that poor POW, Elizabeth Smart? War truly is Hell!
Topic:
P. Rodriguez, Events in Riyadh
Comment:
Hawks, Nice Scapegoat Subterfuge
Posted By:
Ian
From:
Some Afterlife, I Guess
Date:
Tue May 13 15:19:44 2003    

First of all, Terry, I mean, er, "Pretzel Rodriguez"....How do you know I'm still alive? There's an Ian Gray on the September 11 memorial list, you know. Besides, this is a "Guest Blog", not "Ghostbook"....

Second, I'm a little disappointed that the Microsoft "i-loo" turned out to be a bunch of crap. While looking into the hoax, however, I figured out why Terry insists on FinalCut Pro on the Mac. He probably got the "ibrator" option.

And third, my head would be spinning about this latest bombing, but I said to a friend a week ago: "How long do you think before there's a bombing in Saudi Arabia, now that we're pulling bases out?" To understand world events these days, it seems you just have to think like a bad spy novel. Weird.


Topic:
Events in Riyadh
Comment:
Hawks, this is what you needed.
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Warpool Dept.
Date:
Tue May 13 14:58:43 2003    

The Warpool Dept. has moved the clock one minute closer to midnight.
Topic:
The bright side...
Comment:
At least you're not dead...
Posted By:
Pretzel Rodriguez
From:
beyond
Date:
Sat May 10 23:19:27 2003    

...Yet!http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/
Topic:
The End of the World
Comment:
Now on DVD!
Posted By:
Ian
From:
Oceania
Date:
Sat May 10 13:47:21 2003    

Relax everybody, there's still time for the end of the world. BTW* Tom, that O.J. link was freaky if it's true, and that Onion link was hilarious. I think my favorite line was:

"Allow yourself time for a gradual return to the petty, shallow, meaningless little life you led before this horrible tragedy. I'm telling my patients: Don't go see Zoolander until you know you're actually ready."

Hey Bria, you used to show up in our referrer logs. Do you still have a bloggish thing? Thanks for the kind words, and hang onto your hair...

*Guh! I used Chatspeak!


Topic:
Why we tune in
Comment:
and for what?
Posted By:
Tom
From:
West Coast News
Date:
Fri May 9 22:25:12 2003    

Bria, the impending doom spin gets me down too. They give you the bad news, follow it with possible horror scenarios, all while the little ticker at the bottom is reminding you of previous bad news. It was nice outside today. Turn on the TV, it's not summer, it's "West Nile season. Tune in to protect....." Perhaps we should all cheer up and read People. I often reflect upon this article. Is there a correlation between world peace and the coverage of California murder trials?The war ended, and the Peterson arrest soaks up as much time as your willing to give the networks.Perhaps we are all just early adopters here. I am a mouse potato because I am selective about my content. Science, news(relevant), technology, and my profession. Everything else my mouse cursor can glide over and never go 'click'.
Topic:
This Site Keeps My Hair Intact
Comment:
None
Posted By:
Bria
From:
Some library
Date:
Fri May 9 20:33:49 2003    

These days, the intellect of our country worries me. I just wanted to stop by and commend the intellect you guys put forth. It's a nice vacation from the impending doom our news sources keep promising. Watching the news is overly stressful and makes my hair fall out. lol
Topic:
Hey 2003!
Comment:
1984 called & said it wants its plot back!
Posted By:
Ian
From:
Dunno.Have deportations begun?
Date:
Thu May 8 20:21:00 2003    

The funny thing about all this madness is that while this stuff goes down, you can bet 77% of Americans are shaking a Bud Lite at the T.V. approvingly, and another 22% are shaking their Chardonnay glass, enraged. The other 1% are blogging or scratching their butt, and nothing's changing the fact that we're the new soon-to-be fascist American Empire. The Dem's have doomed themselves to playing Pepsi to the Republican Coca-Cola, by constantly defining their stance as being simply anti-Republican, and never showing up with a real stance. BTW - If you're not really up on the Patriot Act, the basic document is here; the ACLU has a long-winded summary here, and the EFF has a more readable summary here. Epic.org also has an Acrobat (I would right-click, save as) version here (hr3162.pdf, 622 KB). Thank you comrades.
Topic:
Patriot Act 2 Protection
Comment:
I'm not going anywhere
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Work
Date:
Thu May 8 19:28:03 2003    

They'll never deport those that finance everything, including KIA's. I'm here to stay. I am now a huge component of our vastly complex economy. The Repo man is afraid of me, and W. can't touch this. I do what I want.
Topic:
Cold War Era B-Films
Comment:
Those prickly things on the back of your neck.
Posted By:
Eric
From:
Dead letter office
Date:
Thu May 8 15:37:59 2003    

I heard a little bit about the "Patriot 2" Bill on NPR this morning: Secret arrests, secret executions and dissenting citizen deportation - Yum Yum! You know those prickly things on the back of your neck?.............Thats Il Duce..er, I mean Bush
Topic:
NYU & Ramen or Life & Lobster
Comment:
None
Posted By:
Eric
From:
Hell - Pit 3W: Dissidents
Date:
Thu May 8 15:31:51 2003    

Those interested in independent film production should maybe have a look at this site: http://www.30dollarfilmschool.com/Ramen anyone?
Topic:
I'm feeling Better!
Comment:
I'm afraid of American Car Payments
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Comsumptionville
Date:
Wed May 7 12:37:08 2003    

I bought a Kia. No money down. Who needs news when you can buy stuff :)Tuning Out!
Topic:
Where's Raed?
Comment:
Who Needs ISP's When There's no Electricity?
Posted By:
Ian
From:
Imperial America
Date:
Wed May 7 11:44:17 2003    

He's right here.


Topic:
boggled zuloo filly
Comment:
triceratops to downside they bogart
Posted By:
Ian
From:
ping-confronts junctures
Date:
Tue May 6 22:15:34 2003    

Unemployment, war, disappearing documents...Tom, Terry: If the regular news is getting you down, check out the new CNN or the new Fox News. Better yet, see the William Burroughs Guestblog. Exterminate all rational thought indeed! (Link shamelessly copped from MEFI)
Topic:
My sense of humor is refreshed.
Comment:
Now that I can put a finger on it.
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Warpool Department
Date:
Mon May 5 15:00:47 2003    

The Washington Post article on alternative reality makes me feel better about every moment spent watching a press conference. Tonight's news will be funner than ever, thank you. How many realities did you see?
Here is a follow up on why I think Cheney would rather fight on the ground than in court.
I have to ask. How many satellite photos of terrorist training camps must Colin Powell show the world before we take the world's largest oil reserves?

Topic:
How scary is this?
Comment:
Got Vaccines?
Date:
Sun May 4 22:34:43 2003
Posted By
Terry

secret government database?
Topic:
"A Kinder, Gentler Nation"...
Comment:
...is just an Anagram for "Intentional, Rank Greed"...
Posted By:
Ian
From:
The Political Center
Date:
Sat May 3 10:54:56 2003    

I don't know what you guys are so worried about. Bush is going to cut taxes, right? In a world where bombing a country brings peace to it, surely cutting taxes while increasing spending will create jobs, no? Me, I'm more concerned about "Imperial Overstretch". You know there's a psycho in the White House when Pat Buchanan starts sounding reasonable. Check out A Republic, Not an Empire . By the way, this Washington Post piece is an excellent assessment of presidential lying styles.
Topic:
Fox News until 2008
Comment:
Watching Hardball feels like Thinking!
Posted By:
Tom
From:
The left
Date:
Fri May 2 12:35:56 2003    

Right now, the only person addressing economic security is Hubert Humphrey. This will be a nation of MLM schemes and *** jobs. Bush mentioned an employment stimulus plan to create 2.1 million jobs, but I don't expect our occupying forces to be drafted until after the re-elction. First, we must give Saudi Arabia a little more time and space for the Wahhabi extremists to gain further regional influence(15/19) and let them keep buying our national debt. It would be too convenient for bonds and energy task force papers to just disappear.I can't hear the drums....but I can sense a rhythm.
Topic:
jobs for hire
Comment:
will work for... anything?
Posted By:
Terry
From:
TuneTown
Date:
Fri May 2 06:05:16 2003    

Yikes, that is some scary stuff, Tom. With all of the war gloating going on, it's funny that no one has a chance to address and act on some of the real issues at home, (or anywhere for that matter.) Everyone wishes they didn't have to go to some sh*tty job everyday, but now people will take anything they can get. This isn't very good for the revolution.
Topic:
Ship It!
Comment:
Send 'em All! Everything
Posted By:
Tom
From:
Bangalore
Date:
Thu May 1 22:12:05 2003    

Glad I never bought an MBA. Globalization hits yet another set of livelihoods. Since I'm the first guest, are you guys hiring? How about a temp position for the next week?
Topic:
the best guests ever
Comment:
we love you
Posted By:
terry
From:
pine-cone junction
Date:
Wed Apr 30 20:20:59 2003    

Ian, you said "blooper." I invited people to Blog, but they haven't. Should we extend the week? I know people come to this site, dammit. I just talked to some of them this week. Maybe everyone is internet shy? More blogs in a bit....
Topic:
How Much for a J. Lo Job?
Comment:
A Ploy Named Sue
Posted By:
Ian
From:
A Bundle Left on the Stoop
Date:
Tue Apr 29 18:56:13 2003    

This has to be the funniest "blooper" I've ever seen. Shep Smith of Fox News talks about the kind of "job" (Right-Click, Save As, 1MB, .wmv) Jennifer Lopez' former neighbors in the Bronx might give her. Elswhere, not only is the RIAA suing four students for $96,000,000,000 (yes, that's BILLION), now they're threatening P2P users through Instant Messaging. Buy our stuff, punk, or we'll friggin' SUE you. Nice business model.
Topic:
Guest Blogs Rock!
Comment:
I am my own guest...
Posted By:
Terry
From:
SlipperyVille
Date:
Sun Apr 27 20:35:26 2003    

Ian, where are the "Guests?" Don't they want to tell us what "tools" we are for disagreeing with our Government? Do I have to admit I'm jealous because I haven't been invited to Dubya's Ranch to oggle his "twins?"
Topic:
Madonna, Anti-Piracy Crusader
Comment:
What The F*** Does she Think She's Doing?
Posted By:
Ian
From:
You mean, originally?
Date:
Sat Apr 26 09:40:41 2003    

In much the same way that "Political Parody" has become a redundant phrase, Madonna seems to be doing a good job of making herself a self-explanatory joke. My favorite quote from this article:

"..We as Americans are completely obsessed and wrapped up in a lot of the wrong values -- looking good, having cash in the bank, being perceived as rich, famous and successful or just being famous..."

She's also apparently pissing off the script kiddies with her bogus kazaa file (40KB, mp3)
A Metafilter user said it best:

"I tried to download the bogus file on kazaa and I got the real song instead.
Damn."

Oh yeah - don't miss the remixes