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Monday, August 30, 2004

Green Arrow's journal of crime fighting and goatee maintenance.

A weblog by Oliver Queen, AKA Green Arrow.

"so, aquaman has been hinting that i might need to change up the goatee a little. he says that goatees are out of style and i look a bond villain or a registered sex offender with it. i told him that i kept quiet while he went through that whole hulk hogan-mullet-thing a while back, and that he lives under the ocean and consequently does not have his finger on pulse of metro fashion.

i did a little research and discovered that my signature goat is not, in fact, called the 'arrow swerve,' but rather the 'van dyke,' which is a silly name for the arrow swerve. so i'm thinking of making a change. at the moment, it's a toss up between the soul patch and the isaac asimov chinstrap.

Posted by: Stuart / 7:25 pm ::link to this entry

Thursday, August 26, 2004 - Writer's almanac

Guides for unpublished writers, reading courses, and more.

Posted by: Stuart / 12:28 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

War without end

The Pentagon wants congress to authorise 500 million dollars to fund a network of militia forces around the world to fight terrorism.

The fact that this will potentially create 500 million dollars worth of militias that could turn against the US a la Al Qaeda has either escaped the Pentagon completeley or, indeed, is the whole point.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:20 pm ::link to this entry

Ftagn! Cthulhu Slippers! Ia! Ia!

OMG! Want!

Based on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu stories. The Cthulhu Plush Slippers are made of quality fabric and your feet will never be warmer than when they're tucked cozily inside a cute pair of demons. Fits shoe size 6-12.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:53 pm ::link to this entry

What do you do when your soul has a cold?

Fascinating New York Times article (free reg. required) about the way depression has been 'marketed' in Japan - specifically the kind of chronic depression treated by SSRI antidepressants. Japanese, the word for depression (utsubyo) traditionally referred only to major or manic depressive disorders and was seldom heard outside psychiatric circles. To talk about feelings, people relied on the word ki or ''vital energy.'' A literal translation of Japanese synonyms for sorrow reads, to Westerners, like the kind of emotional troubles that might befall a kitchen sink: ki ga fusagu, sadness because your ki is blocked; ki ga omoi, sadness because your ki is sluggish; ki ga meiru, sadness because your ki is leaking.

Inside every neologism lies a compact history of cultural change -- think McJobs, metrosexuals, the blogosphere. In Japan, the coining of kokoro no kaze marked a sea change in people's thinking about depression. That transformation was triggered by the pharmaceutical industry's other contribution to Japan in 1999: along with providing a catchy slogan for mild depression, the industry provided a cure: modern antidepressants. More than a decade ago, Peter Kramer chronicled the capacity of those drugs to reshape the cultural landscape in ''Listening to Prozac.'' But back then the culture they reshaped was the culture that had shaped them. Now, a huge campaign by the pharmaceutical industry is publicizing mild depression, which most Japanese didn't realize existed until recently. Japan has become a proving ground for what we stand to gain and lose by the global expansion of Western psychopharmacology.

Posted by: Stuart / 12:08 pm ::link to this entry

Monday, August 23, 2004

Best. Garden Gnome. EVAR.

Admit it. You've always wanted a giant Cthulhu statue. Now you can have it. Nethercraft's interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old One is perfect for home or office, and makes a thoughtful gift... just imagine their faces! When placed in the front yard of your home, it also does a great job of deterring door-to-door solicitors, and, well, almost everyone else too.

Only $3900 - cheap!

Posted by: Stuart / 5:19 pm ::link to this entry

The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11

A list of interesting coincidences (AND THAT IS ALL THEY ARE, CITIZEN. REMAIN CALM AND AWAIT THE SOMA. FNORD) to do with the day we brits call '11/9'.

It's true that George HW Bush and Dick Cheney spent the evening of September 10 alone in the Oval Office, but what's wrong with old colleagues catching up? And it's true that George HW Bush and Shafig bin Laden, Osama's brother, spent the morning of September 11 together at a board meeting of the Carlyle Group, but the bin Ladens are a big family.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:54 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, August 20, 2004

Jaws in 30 second (reenacted by bunnies)

More genius animation from Angry Alien productions. Love the Richard Dreyfuss bunny & his fuzzy beard :-)

Posted by: Stuart / 2:00 pm ::link to this entry

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

Interesting, thought provoking and something I wish I could memorise for future arguments.

Q: What is conservatism?
A: Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.

Q: What is wrong with conservatism?
A: Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:52 pm ::link to this entry

Monday, August 16, 2004

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Black Metal Pics of All Time

Does what it says on the tin.

Dani from Cradle of Filth comes in 4th only because he is so incredibly gay. First of all, there is no black metal band that has sold out quite like Cradle of Filth. Secondly, there is no other black metal band that loves to have pictures taken of them as much as Cradle of Filth. And lastly, Dani always has to be doing something stupid and/or gay in virtually all of the band photos. Why? Well, he's obviously watched Interview With a Vampire one too many times.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:03 pm ::link to this entry

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs...

The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey - reinterpreted as photographs.

Posted by: Stuart / 3:16 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Shining named perfect scary movie

Scientists have taken time off from curing cancer and developing rocket car technology to develop a formula for the perfect horror film, thus:

(es+u+cs+t) squared +s+ (tl+f)/2 + (a+dr+fs)/n + sin x - 1.

es = escalating music u = the unknown cs = chase scenes t = sense of being trapped s = shock tl = true life f = fantasy a = character is alone dr = in the dark fs = film setting n = number of people sin = blood and guts 1 = stereotypes

Using this forlmula reveals The Shining to be the scariest film ever.. which we all knew anyway.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:02 pm ::link to this entry

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

GMail Apps

I always thought it would be a good idea to grab a couple of GMail accounts as spare for when someone figured out a really cool hack that (ab)used the technolgy. Looks like the process has begun...

Posted by: Stuart / 1:29 pm ::link to this entry

Compayny Name Etymologies

Huge Wikipedia entry that explains the (often esoteric) reasons behind company names.

KFC - short for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the company adopted the abbreviated form of its name in 1991 to avoid the unhealthy connotations of the word 'fried'. Recent commercials have tried to imply that the abbreviation stands for "Kitchen Fresh Chicken".

Posted by: Stuart / 10:59 am ::link to this entry

Monday, August 09, 2004

Barbelith Underground > Comic Books > If Superman can fight for the south or be a communist, why can't he be gay?

Great Barbelith thread on gay superheroes...

Ok, if Superman is going to be gay, I think Captain Marvel should be his boyfriend. They're both big superstrong hunks who would look great laying around bed in their four-color nakedness, and think of the scandal and melodrama when Clark discovers that Cap is really a thirteen year old boy impersonating an adult!

Posted by: Stuart / 10:37 am ::link to this entry

Friday, August 06, 2004

The Mongoose and The Weasel

A moving fable for our times.

There once was a mongoose
who fell in love with a weasel...

Posted by: Stuart / 1:57 pm ::link to this entry

Thursday, August 05, 2004

The Prior-Art-O-Matic

A surrealist definition generator.

ripping yarns is a first-aid kit that can cook small meals, can be used on the move and has no sharp edges.

Posted by: Stuart / 11:17 am ::link to this entry

Monday, August 02, 2004

The Discordian I Ching

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- -48. Bureaucracy
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An Age of Bureaucracy is an Imperial Age in which Things Mature, in which Confusion becomes entrenched and during which Balanced Balance, or Stagnation, is attained.

This hexagram represents the inexhaustible and the unchanging. It can mean stagnation, but also a comforting routine, depending upon how you look at it. Since this IS the DISCORDIAN E-Jing-A-Ling Thing, the implication is that you are stuck in a rut and you need to do something to get out of it.

Posted by: Stuart / 2:46 pm ::link to this entry

RedFlame - a Thelemic Research Site

Much info on Aleister Crowley, Thelema, O.T.O, etc.

Posted by: Stuart / 11:28 am ::link to this entry

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