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May 31, 2005

Memorial Day Weekend

Last weekend was Memorial Day here in the US. T and I spend our three-day weekend driving down the Oregon Coast. I'll post photos as soon as I sort through the 140 I took of Pacific waves crashing onto rocky cliffs, tide pools full of sea anemones, sand dunes bordered by evergreens and more!

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May 26, 2005

Nice Melons

I don't have anything to blog about today, so here's a picture of a Chinese farmer and his square watermelons.

Square watermelons

06:59 | Stuff

May 19, 2005

Who Was The Ad Wizard Who Came Up With This One?

I don't know who thought it was a good idea to feature the World's Ugliest Fat Baby in this digital photo services ad. It's got jowels fer crissakes! It looks like Alfred Hitchcock in toddler form. The way its chin is jutted forward, the narrowed eyes looking down its pudgy nose at us. I can almost hear it ordering me to fetch its bottle in an upperclass English accent.

Fat Baby Mug Shot

"And none of that 2% rubbish. I want full fat milk. And I do believe my nappies need changing..."

19:53 | Stuff

May 18, 2005

Adieu, Montréal

Looks like Ryan will be joining the ranks of the Brain Drainers, and moving to the US. Although he'll be living on the opposite corner of the country as I am (both geographically and politically), I feel closer to him already.

Since I only lived in Montréal during my first year of life, I can't offer him anything about the city he doesn't already know, so I hope this lovely tribute to Rue Ste-Catherine that Nick Taylor wrote does the trick.

Bonne chance Ryan!

21:26 | Stuff | Comments (1)

May 17, 2005

Would You Mind If I Told You How We Did It In Canada?

This news is a little old, but worth noting. NDP MP Ed Broadbent has agreed to abstain from Thursday's budget vote to compensate for Conservative MP Darrel Stinton's planned absence in a procedure known as pairing.

Stinton is scheduled for cancer surgery Wednesday, and Broadbent (whose arty has formed a shaky alliance with the Liberals) has decided to sit out as a courtesy. This is not an unprecedented move, and I think is clearly in the best interest of voters (instead of the best interest of the party), since it will negate any unfair advantage one side may have. Not that I particularly agree with the Conservatives, or the NDP, but I do think taking advantage of a representative's illness to be somewhat undemocratic.

I've discussed this with several of my American friends, who all seem shocked by the very idea. When asked if such a thing would happen in the US, all I got was laughter for a response. I guess we do things a little differently in Canada, and I'm ok with that.

20:39 | Canada , Politics | Comments (2)

May 15, 2005

Apparently Beggars Can Be Choosers

On Saturday, T and I grabbed a quick bite at one of the many Thai restaurants in Capitol Hill on our way downtown to catch The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We couldn't finish all of our cashew vegetable dish, so we got our leftovers boxed up. Instead of leaving them for the restaurant to throw out, we took them with us in the hopes of giving them to one of the many panhandlers we would undoubtedly see on our way downtown.

Maybe I'm a heartless bastard, but I decided not to give the leftovers to the street kids on Broadway. I've seen these kids out there with their cardboard signs and their piercings every year around this time, which leads me to believe they are not in fact homeless. Maybe you think I'm wrong and misjudged the kids, but they were my leftovers, so screw you.

At the bus stop we were approached by a man who looked obviously homeless. He was trying to sell his two 50-cent bus coupons.

Homeless man: "Would you buy these coupons so I can get something to eat?"
T: "No," turning to me.
Me: "But you can have this food," I offered him our doggie bag.
Homeless man: "No," not taking his eyes off T. "Can I have a dollar?"
T: "No."

Just then the bus pulled up and we started to get on. The homeless man walked away, but not before calling T a bitch. Lovely.

Once we got downtown, we saw four men camping out in the bus terminal. We walked over and offered our food. The men took it graciously.

Man: "Oh! Thank you. Because my girlfriend is pregnant!"
T: "Um, ok. Enjoy."
Man: "Thank you! You see, me and my brother are drinking!" He held out a half-finished 40 oz bottle as proof.

We walked away as the man continued to heap thanks on us. I'm not sure if there's a lesson here, but we left the bus stop feeling better than when we got there. Also, we really enjoyed the movie.

21:26 | Rant

May 12, 2005

You Can Tell My Evil Twin By The Goatee

I'm either a very influential blogger, or I'm completely unoriginal. First, Rob (aka Para-Chris) has been mirroring my life, albeit 3 years after the fact. In fact, Rob is here in Seattle. When we actually meet in person, I'll take great care not to actually come into physical contact with him, lest we cancel each other out, and possibly take the universe with us.

Next, Jeff realized that he and I share a love for both criticizing Intelligent Design, and quoting the Simpsons. For correctly identifying the "self-indulgent tripe" tagline this blog has been sporting since its inception, he wins the grand prize: a single plum floating in perfume, served in a man's hat. Congratulations!

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May 9, 2005

Spam Fun

I got an email with the following subject line directed to my Junk Mail folder: Screw the Cops!!! Let's make some Money!!!

Gee, I hope this isn't an ad for a police-themed prostitution ring. Because I'm not falling for that again.

22:16 | Nerd | Comments (2)

May 5, 2005

In Kansas, Evolution Is On Trial

Here we go again. 80 years after the so-called "Monkey Man Trial" in Tennessee, the Kansas Board of Education is holding hearings on whether or not Intelligent Design should be taught in schools.

As I've stated before, I feel ID has no place in science class. Maybe in a Social Studies class, but it's certainly not biology.

I wonder if this will end similarly to Georgia's textbook sticker policy.

22:39 | America , Politics

May 3, 2005

Quid Pro Quo

A conversation between T and me at Pike Place Market:

T: "We should pick up some fava beans."
Me: "We can serve them with a nice Chianti." (licking lips) thpthpthpthp
T: "What?
Me: "You know, 'I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti.'" thpthpthpthp
T: (rolling eyes) "Oh, right. Silence of the Lambs."
Some Guy Walking By: "Hey look, fava beans!" thpthpthpthp

07:51 | Stuff | Comments (2)