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When I lived in the Bay Area and would go to San Francisco, I always used to take two packs of smokes with me, one generic - one Marlboro. When I emerged from the BART station, I would light up a Marlboro and get ready for the requests for a cig. By the time my first one was done, the generic pack would be gone. I would be in a "safe" area by then and not be bothered anymore. It was a small price to pay to go there.

When I lived in the city, I found this to be unacceptable. Hit up at home, on the bus and near my job downtown was too much. I learned quickly not to walk with large amounts of change in my pocket. Bums hear it. And they follow you and beg until you give them some.

By the time I was there a year, I just looked right through them, right past them and right over them. They put the pee on the sidewalks and the broken bottles in front of my apartment and smelled up the buses. If I saw someone giving them money, I would just shake my head. No one buys food with it. Might as well give them the heroin yourself, I would think.

Where am I going with this? The SF Chronicle has an amazing and eye-opening series of articles about "Homeless Island." It tells the tales of a group of homeless drug addicts and prostitutes that live on a traffic island. It is harsh and real and well worth your time.

"We want to get off the street, but I got to tell you true," he said. "Unless they take people like us and put us somewhere where we can't keep f -- ing up, we're going to keep f -- ing up."

(article found at boingboing)

Some things don't translate well

First came the fish bumper stickers, imported from the United States and pasted on cars by members of Egypt's Coptic minority as a symbol of their Christianity. Before long, some Muslims responded with their own bumper stickers: fish-hungry sharks.

"All I wanted to say is that I am a Christian, kind of expressing my Coptic identity," said 25-year-old Miriam Greiss, who has a fish sticker on her car. "I think choosing a shark doesn't make sense, as if someone is saying, `I am a violent, bloody creature, look at me.'"

Emad, a Muslim, laughed when asked about the competing symbols but was unapologetic about the two shark stickers on his car.

"The Christians had the fish so we responded with the shark. If they want to portray themselves as weak fishes, OK. We are the strongest," said Emad, who would give only his first name.

Pure nonsense is so hard to find these days. Appreciate this.


(via the most excellent singlenesia)

198 Kitten Pics

(found at metafilter)

Reliving Childhood, Part 27

Multiprint's Superior Rubber Stamp Typesetting Kit

The box that this printing outfit is in is 12 � inches by 9 � inches. In here there are a pair of tweezers, some letters, 6 stamps, a stamp pad, and another thing that I am unsure of. I have tried this out and the ink pad still has a little bit of ink in it. You might have to get more ink in order to do a lot of stamping. This item is really nice and would be a great item for the kids.

That's right. Teach your child the ancient art of typesetting. I am serious. I had this as a kid and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Those lazy bastards today with their automatic labeling sytems don't know what it used to be like.

If you don't buy this, at least check out the rest of the shopgoodwill.com site and help out a worthy cause.

Selling like hotcakes

Availability: In stock soon. Order now to get in line. First come, first served.

The Leapster Multimedia Learning system teaches the way your child loves to play! With the Leapster Learning Library and one interactive system, children can PLAY action-packed learning games, READ electronic storybooks, CREATE works of art, and WATCH interactive videos! Play and learn essential pre-K through 2nd grade skills that include: reading, math, critical and creative thinking, story comprehension, vocabulary, and much more! Children control the action using a multi-directional control pad or a touch-sensitive stylus. Includes a bonus cartridge with 6 learning games! Full color system features a backlit screen for easy viewing, and a headphone jack for quiet play. Teaches: letters, phonics, rhyming, spelling, numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, art, music, and more!

Check out that park job in 7A

Two examples of great parking.

Movie One

Movie Two


I saw this picture over at jwz and thought that Audrey Heller had branched out and started doing political commentary.

Turns out this is a real picture from msnbc. Apparently, the riot cops got to use them cute little batons.

About Damn Time

I was recognized as the first "Blog of the Day" over at Grow A Brain. Thanks to Hanan and the rest of the crew over there. I am actually very humbled by the honor.

Now I would like to see the rest of you get with the program and bow before me.

Bigger Spoiler Ever!

Every Mopar enthusiast worth a Fender Tag dreams of one day being able to open his garage door and see an abnormally long B-Body with a pointed snout and mile-high wing perched above the decklid. You know it's true. The winged cars are easily Mopar's most recognizable high-performance machines of the era.

The story of one lucky man's pursuit and capture of the 1970 Plymouth Superbird.


It's funny because it's true

Meetings, the practical alternative to work.

There is a pdf of a poster for this as well.

Some days you just need to see kittens

(site originally found at tastes like burning...)

The More You Know

I got a call the other day from a number I did not recognize and it didn't come up in the conventional reverse lookup directories.

I did put the area code and prefix into The Telephone Prefix Location Directory and found that the call was from a cell phone in Los Alamitos, CA. Not knowing anyone from that neck of the woods, I was able to continue with my day, secure in the knowledge that it was just a wrong number.

Of course, not everyone worries about this sort of thing. But, if you do, that site is for you.

I know a liquor store where we can cash this right now!

Congratulations to Matt Kenseth for winning the final Winston Cup.

Image from nascar.com.


Hear Richard Thompson perform an acoustic version of Oops, I Did It Again! It is absolutely brilliant.

My City Was Gone

Remember going to Disneyland as a kid? A lot of what you rode and saw is not there anymore. Visit Yesterland to see what has been razed. They cover the other Disney properties as well.

Now I will never get my chance to go through inner space while intoxicated.

(classic entry from 11/11/02)

I liked it

More at Very Important Things.

(Via the Cold Bacon Forum)

{Insert quip about welcoming robot overlords}

The robot that escaped from a British lab was only the beginning. Now there is a tale of a Roomba gone wild.

(via The Wisdom of the Illiterati)


Flummel has had some good stuff lately. Here is a sample of what you missed if you haven't been there in a while.

Amazing Photography

Hungary was freed by Rock and Roll - Vote on the song most likely to have contributed. I picked "We Will Rock You." As a Hungarian, this would probably make this the correct answer.


Mom finds out about blog.

Give yourself over to the "Season Pass."

Have you ever been watching NYPD Blue and said, "Wait, was that a nipple?" Sure, we have all been there. You should get yourself a TIVO. With this miracle device, you can do a quick frame by frame rewind, confirm the nipple and still not miss any of the show.

I cannot believe I lived without one for so long. Seriously, get a TIVO. Life will never be the same.

Flipping the bird

Why is giving someone the middle finger a derogatory gesture?

And, for your amusement, here are sixteen pages that contain pictures of the middle finger flying.

Middle Finger 1
Middle Finger 2
Middle Finger 3
Middle Finger 4
Middle Finger 5
Middle Finger 6
Middle Finger 7
Middle Finger 8
Middle Finger 9
Middle Finger 10
Middle Finger 11
Middle Finger 12
Middle Finger 13
Middle Finger 14
Middle Finger 15
Middle Finger 16

Thug Life

As someone who owns TH2, TH3 and TH4, I found this to be a very good review of the new Tony Hawk's Underground videogame.

TH2 kept my mind off the pain during my recovery from surgery. For that alone, it is one of the best games ever.

(seen in an ad on Fark.com)


The displays at my local Japanese supermarket always cause a smile to appear on my face. These inspired me to look for similar items on the interweb.


Dilbert's take on product rebates.

(via Ben's Bargain Center)


Amazon is now selling
gourmet food. They will also give you a $10 gift certificate for ordering at least $50 worth of food.

You can get a Smoked Turkey from Harry & David delivered just in time for Thanksgiving. Simply heat, carve, serve and savor.

Cut it out

This is my yearly call out to the misguided bloggers who think they can build a 'link sifting' site by putting up links from other people's archives and pretend they found them on their own. I know a some of the A-listers do this and a lot of the b-list wannabe's think that giving attribution dilutes their "brand." As one of the D-listers who works hard to find all this useless crap, I find that dishonest.

In the past month, it has become very evident that several of you are doing this to my site. Of course, I cannot force you to give a simple, courteous "found at" link. All I can do is implore you to be an honest and upright web citizen.

It isn't important how I know this. It is only important if that you stop it.

If you think this is happening to you, send me an email and I will tell you how you can tell if your own hard found links are being pilfered.

If you are one of the fine blogs in my sidebar of Daily Reads, this doesn't apply to you. Ok, it applies to one of you. Cut it out.

Thank you.

And now, a baby's arm holding an apple.

Another Dumbass

This post is for the person who searched for "how to get high from marijuana."

You smoke it. You can eat it, if you have enough.

I suspect you are shoving it up your ass and wondering why it isn't working.

It's in the bible

God Hates Figs

again with the politics

From Andy Rooney's brilliant piece, If I were Bush's Speechwriter:

My fellow Americans - (the word "fellow" includes women in political speeches):

My fellow Americans. One of the reasons we invaded Iraq was because I suggested Saddam Hussein had something to do with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. No evidence that's so, I wish I hadn't said it.

I said we were going to get Saddam Hussein. To be honest, we don't know whether we got him or not. Probably not.

I said we'd get Osama bin Laden and wipe out al Qaeda. We haven't been able to do that, either. I'm as disappointed as you are.

I probably shouldn't have said Iraq had nuclear weapons. Our guys and the U.N. have looked under every bed in Iraq and can't find one.

In one speech, I told you Saddam Hussein tried to buy the makings of nuclear bombs from Africa. That was a mistake and I wish I hadn't said that. I get bad information sometimes just like you do.

I hope he doesn't get fired for this.

Pick up the feces

Let me show you my collection of fecal tongs.

(via metafilter)

News you can use

12 ways to get out of recorded-message hell and get a live customer service rep.

(via boingboing)

I have had back surgeries and this site helps to distract me from the pain. When I am finding cool sites and ranting, I feel better.

Would acupuncture help with the symptoms of sciatica or would any other complementary medical solutions be worth considering?

I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.

This book, Back Pain: What You Need to Know (Johns Hopkins), is very good and inexpensive; regardless of what the review on amazon says.

Good luck and try to stay off the pills (unless you really, really need them!)

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