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Heroes Volume 2 Conclusion

Posted by Patrick on 3 Dec 2007

I watched the end of Heroes volume 2 (season 2, episode 11) tonight and I believe I was nearly riddled with disgust at how the show had to be handled due to the writer’s strike. Yes, I think the show was appropriately paced given that the story had to end. When Tim Kring said that they had to make some changes to the end of episode 11 in the event that the strike persisted, I believe he was implying that they would go ahead and begin volume 3.

I don’t see what it buys us to end volume 2 so abruptly, except that NBC is being a big knob-tease on the whole “check out what we’re going to do next on nbc.com” I guess to drive up traffic on their already slow website. This series is the best show to fall into NBC’s lap in quite some time, and it’s a damn shame to see the story unfolding in what is little more than a half-assed attempt to keep people watching. Is it all because of the writer’s strike? Somehow I don’t think so; somehow, I believe we’re not supposed to get the detailed storyline and backstory we had in season 1. Are we running out of ideas? There were only a few new heroes introduced this season, and not even all of them made it 10 episodes. Better yet, did we just lose Ali Larter from this show?

So, here is where we are at the end of volume 2 and the outset of volume 3. Below this line is a spoiler if you haven’t watched the 12/3 episode.

Peter: in Texas
Nathan: in Texas – shot but prob. not dead
Parkman: in Texas
Hiro: back in Tokyo
Kensei/Adam: buried alive in a Japanese cemetery
Claire: at her house
Noah: back with the company after a visit to California.
Elle: in Mohinder’s lab
Molly: in Mohinder’s lab
Maya: in Mohinder’s lab, alive after being shot by Sylar
Sylar: out on the street practicing with his powers
Mohinder: in his lab
West: he flew away from Claire’s house
Bob: we don’t know where he is
Angela: she was at home I think
Micah: with Monica
Nikki: we presume she died in the explosion
Monica: in New Orleans after escaping a fire

Open questions:
1. who shot Nathan? I would guess Noah if I had to. It was someone wearing a hat
2. who was Angela talking to on the phone? It may have been Bob, it may have been Bob’s boss.
3. will we ever see Caitlin again? God I sure hope so.
4. What was the real purpose of having Elle in this season? Was it to show the lengths that Bob will go to for the company, or was it to show that Bob was abusing his “daughter” and her ability so she could switch sides later on?
5. Can anyone be immune to Maya except Alejandro? What was the point of letting her live?
6. Why is Monica relevant? What is it about Micah’s grandmother in New Orleans we don’t know?
7. Why did Bob never use his powers after we saw him tempt Mohinder with the golden spoon?
-and many others-

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A Collection of Turds

Posted by Patrick on 29 Nov 2007

Men, this post is for you.  Ladies, you’re welcome to play but I fully expect you to learn these things on behalf of your Other.

Men, give me your best euphemisms and descriptions for the categories of toilet experiences that you’ve had.  I’ll compile a list here in this post and we can all develop a bit of urban dictionary to share with our friends and coworkers.

Name

Description

The 25mm

Named for a tank-mounted coaxial gun.  The 25mm is distinguished by multiple series of short, bursty farts with brief pauses for sphincter pinch or beef drops in between.  Usually producible after bbq with baked beans.
The Hurry Up and Wait When you sit to drop and immediately fill up a bowl’s worth similar to an Artemis Fowl, but there’s that one straggler nugget that just will not drop regardless of sphincter power or stomach strength.  Usually requires “the shake” to remove.  Pretty common among non-water drinkers that eat hot wings
Alphabet Soup One of my favorites.  The alphabet soup is appropriately called when you examine your lumber and it/they create a fine resemblance to a letter of the alphabet.  The most common letters are J, C and O, oddly enough.  S anyone?
The G’Day Mate This is labeled when you drop in your contribution and it is spinning counter-clockwise in the toilet.  Combinable with all other labels.  Why do turds float in a circle when deposited? Odd center of gravity?
The Dexter Named for the popular Showtime series, a Dexter consists of random spatter patterns painting the bowl.  Remember, the smaller the diameter per spatter drop, the higher the initial velocity.  I’m shooting (literally!) for <1mm next time I have this.  Many have to eat chili to get this effect.
The Area 51 I have no idea how this happens, but it does; I blame gravity.  An A51 label is appropriate when you deploy your stink grenades, but they skate down the toilet pipe and aren’t in the bowl when you take a look to analyze.
The Holy Hand Grenade This isn’t an original name, but an HHG is simply a combined Area 51 (see above) and Spic ‘n Span (see below).  No muss, no fuss!
Scorched Earth After its fabled computer game, Scorched Earth opens with a wolf-bane howling green napalm fart that sticks to your clothes and makes your eyes water.  Nose hairs may recede.  Warning: known carcinogens may be present, mesothelioma may result.  Turd volume insignificant thereafter.
The Artemis Fowl Named for dwarves in the popular children’s series by Eoin Colfer.  The AF, for short, is the 21st Century version of the old school power dump.  Volume is key, untouched toilet water must be completely nonexistent.  Recommended only in workplaces and public restrooms where flushing power is known to be very high.  Warning: high potential to plug toilet.  Further recommended where multiple empty stalls exist.
Wizard Stew (courtesy of urbandictionary.com).  When happening upon a toilet which already contains a whole or partial turd of unknown origin, proceeding to add to said turd without first flushing is creating a wizard stew.
The Spic ‘n Span As a feat against nature, this is any turd which wipes completely clean on the first pass.  Usually accompanied by a comment such as “hmmph, well ok”.  Higher probability during morning sessions.
The Coup de Pouce A loose, slippery turd most known for showing itself during a hangover morning.  This “helping hand” is a constipation breaker for many, and the coup de pouce may be brought on by any industrial-strength laxative.  It is rated by the length and thickness of deposited streak marks after the first flush.  Not to be mistaken for an Artemis Fowl; may be combined if warranted.
The Onesy Twosey aka the Turdus Migratorius Derived from our kids euphemisms, the 1-2 for short is the condition where a man is at a urinal and has to pack up and move to a toilet to complete the maneuver.  Urinal flush optional but recommended.  If pants are not buttoned, the stroll from urinal to toilet is the 1-2 shuffle.  If forced to wait for a stall, you are in the 1-2 pinch.  Sometimes known as the Turdus Migratorius, but this is the actual scientific name for an American robin (I can’t make that up, go google it)
The Upper Decker Not recommended in your own house or any place where you can be identified.  A UD is done by relieving yourself in the toilet tank rather than in the bowl.  Combinable with other wiping-related conditions for full descriptive effect.
The Taint Pack I think this is posture-based, honestly.  If you sit up too straight and have high volume, there’s a good chance you’ve done a taint pack.  This is a wiping condition where you need to take about 10 passes with TP to dig out before getting up.  Recommend a few wet wipes for bulk removal operations.
The Double Negative This is one of the worst conditions to deal with as a bomb-dropper.  The DN is a wiping condition where you realize too late that there’s no TP in your stall, and there’s no other way to get some TP without a DN shuffle to the hand-drying paper towels, only to discover the bathroom you’re in only has the electric hand dryers.  Recommendation, sacrifice underwear if gut condition is stable, otherwise, sacrifice socks and complete job as normal.
The Corn Cob Combinable with any other condition – this is a classic corn-shaped log.  Double bonus if it actually contains corn in any visible form.
The Turd Blossom Borrows from its Texas definition, a turd blossom is any turd which is accompanied by a scentless fart.  Double bonus if the fart smells fruity or otherwise sweet.
Turkey Dump Differing from Turd Ferguson’s definition at a significant risk to the collegiate crowd, a TD is any turd which takes on the shape of a drumstick in either pre-flush or post-flush conditions.  Good sphincter control can produce a turkey dump in many cases.
The Double Bullseye When you drop a turd nugget pure into the toilet water as to create a splashback that goes inside your still-open asscrack.  Usually followed by a cold sensation inside the spam ring.
Jailbreak
aka The Mudbutt
Admittedly I did not create this term but I love it.  A jailbreak is exactly that — usually immediately preceded by a hurried walk or a stiff-thigh robotic jog to the stall.  Once there, many possibilities.  Easily produced after large quantities of mexican food or buffalo wings, especially at the lunch hour.
Dry Dock This is a vengeance or revenge turd.  A turd that pulls into dry dock should be a large, preferably thick, single log is possible.  Aim is key.  A properly placed dry dock resides either inside the bowl above the water line or, in severely pointed cases, on the toilet seat itself.  Most useful on your last day at a job or other similar moments.
The Yule Log aka Mr. Hankey A yule log doesn’t have to come around only at the holiday season.  Any single, large log that is so sizeable that it threatens to rip your asshole open when expressed is considered a yule log.  Normally a sign of other internal problems and at the risk of an impacted bowel, the yule log may be a compaction of multiple unspent turds which vary in color and consistency.  Candles, Mistletoe and Hiiiidey Ho! optional.
The Johnny Cash And it burns, burns, burns:  the ring of fire — the ring of fire.  Possibly brought on by a Jailbreak, but not a requirement.  Could be a sign of liver damage if oddly discolored, especially with an orange tinge.
The Up and Down
The Second Wave
The Oops I Did it Again
The Second Helping
This is a pretty common session.  The U/D happens when you fully express a turd of any description, complete wiping procedures and just as you stand to get dressed, round 2 drops into the breech.  This is so common it’s known by many different names.
The Claymore
The Potter’s Delight
Usually confused with an AF, this is the converse of a CdP.  The Claymore is a deep bedrock clay consistency turd, thick like nearly-dry concrete, that may be caused by or may create other situations.  A perfect claymore is not reshaped by the bowl even at maximum flushing power, and generally is only resectioned with a long-handled putty knife or a garden hoe.  No plunger can cut a true claymore for ease of flushing.
The Taint Ripper
The Male Episiostomy
Even larger still by comparison to a Yule Log, a TRip is a single log that is so large it literally busts part of the taint seam into an oozing, seeping, painful split.  characterized by thin streaks of blood during wiping — not to be confused with hemorrhoid bleeding which produces larger, rounder deposits of blood and often falls into the bowl during expression.  This session creates a lasting painful condition, depending on frequency of sessions and overall turd size.  Recommend a few Coup de Pouce sessions after this one.
   

 

I think these ought to set the table.  Ok men, let me hear what you have to add to this list.  Ladies, commit these to memory, become fluent in their meanings, interpret their interchangeability.  You gain style points with any man if you can correct his misuse of the terminology based on description, and you pwn if you can use these to describe your own sessions.

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Writers Guild Strike Affecting “Heroes” Season 2

Posted by Patrick on 7 Nov 2007

Tim Kring said in an interview from the picket lines the other day that they had to re-do the ending of episode 11, in the event that season 2 has to end at that episode.

First, I want to say that this is a disgraceful embarrassment of American society to have union workers out picketing. It’s a centuries-old negotiation tactic steeped in negative reinforcement with those affected indirectly by the work stoppage. Labor unions are ok in some ways and not ok in others, but this is the very reason that industries don’t like to work with them. Honestly, there are probably as many good writers not in the guild as there are in it. When work stoppages like this happen, I wonder how seriously the other side of the bargain considers bringing in non-union people who’d work for the last offered proposal (it’s probably a high%).

Secondly, Heroes is really good this season. At seven episodes deep, and with the ending of episode 7 (so many ?s there) I can’t see this season winding down in 4 more episodes. I could see it going into a mid-season break like season 1 did, but there’s no way the entire second season story can wrap up in 168 more minutes of screen time. I’d be impressed and disappointed with that if it really happened.

Thoughts?

edit — Sorry, but I have to turn off comments on this post for awhile because a lot of spam is getting through the wordpress filter and I don’t want to manage it manually.

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Is Emma Watson becoming Britain’s Lindsay Lohan

Posted by Patrick on 28 Jun 2007

It’s the mark of a sad, socially-malevolent condition. Female minor movie star gets tied into life of heavy underage drinking and partying, then spends time in rehab to stop drinking before even becoming old enough to legally do so. Meanwhile, adolescent alcoholism promotes a commonly-linked addiction to painkillers like Oxy. It’s already happened to “Herbie the Love Bug” starlet Lindsay Lohan, who incidentally was at her hottest ever in a great part on SNL as a busty Hermione.

Pictures circulate the Internet all the time showing Emma Watson drinking. Let’s visit UK law for a second. It’s only illegal to consume alcohol in a residence if you’re under 5, where it’s only allowed if medically prescribed as per the Children and Young Person’s Act of 1933. The legal drinking age for most alcohol, especially beer, is 18. So, between 5-18 years old, it’s perfectly fine to get plastered in the privacy of your, or your friend’s, home. It is *illegal to do so in a restaurant or public house that is licensed for alcohol. There’s some laws about having port wine or sherry in a pub at 16 in the company of an adult, but I’m not doing research to find this out.

So, what does all that mean? Well, normally when we see our Emma drinking, she’s on a couch or sitting in what’s clearly a kitchen setting. Chances are it’s at someone’s house, so it’s technically ok. The question here, though, is whether or not we’re witnessing a devolving into what we’ve come to expect from Lindsay.

My opinion: we in America have to do a lot of Internet reading to really keep up with what Emma is quoted as having done. Though I have a few colleagues in London proper, I don’t get much news from them. So, it’s hard to say from my perspective. However, I really hope this is not the case and I am a little fearful that it might be heading this direction. It’s a shame if Emma takes this landslide downward like Lindsay has already done. Watching the general American pubescent male grovel over Lindsay only to see her turn into what she is now (no thanks to her parents, btw) is just saddening — if you’re a young girl you can’t exactly look up to her even though she’s a beautiful woman. On the other hand, Emma is in that 17 mode where we don’t really know what’s going to happen with her. I’d venture that as long as she doesn’t find her way to LA and get tangled up in the scene there, she may pull through to 21 just fine. I mean, she’ll be 19 when the last Harry Potter movie is filming.

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The Harry Potter:Deathly Hallows Leak. Vrai ou Faux?

Posted by Patrick on 25 Jun 2007

All who visit this page looking for info on the HP:DH leak should visit this post instead for info on a *verified leak of the book.  The spoiler described in this post has been confirmed as a fake and it is completely inaccurate. You’re still welcome to read this post if you wish for pure comic relief, but understand that the spoiler listed in this post does not have any of the facts correct; in fact, I can verify that they are all incorrect.  Maybe that is a spoiler in and of itself 🙂

If you are looking for answers to lingering questions that should be answered in HP:DH, then you should visit this post beginning July 21st (there are currently questions, but no answers).

If you want to see what raucous this alleged leak has caused, you can get it straight from the horse’s mouth on InSecure.org. Or you can keep reading to figure out what this is about.

A supposed hacker going by the alias Gabriel posted on a mailing list that InSecure hosts that he’d successfully hacked into a computer at Bloomsbury and gotten his hands on a copy of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which is due in stores and in pre-order drop shipments in just under a month. The claim is that a standard email backdoor link was successful. In his post to the mailing list, entitled “Harry Potter 0day”, he proceeds to dictate what, if true, would be a huge spoiler for the entire plot of the story and would kill the ending altogether.

So, understanding that security in both the US and UK publishing houses is about as tight as Fort Knox these days, what do you think the odds are that some unwitting Bloomsbury employee would not only have a copy of the manuscript on their machine, but would also have it on an Internet-facing computer that a malicious email could infect? I actually own a BS button, and I think I just pushed it.

JKR herself has said that only very, very few people are entitled to pre-reading her books in this series — those would be executives at Bloomsbury and Scholastic, as well as artists like possibly Madame Grandpre who paints the covers for the US editions. With the publishing of the book, which will be the best-selling childrens book of all time, being less than a month away, the wildness of the theories about what will happen grows exponentially almost daily. Is this spoiler being posted out on the Internet the real thing? Or is it another not-so-elaborate hoax in the bucket of so many which have plagued anything as popular as Harry Potter lore.

At the bottom of this post, I am copying the context of the message verbatim. It will be white text like my background so if you don’t care to even entertain this spoiler that may or may not be true (it’s on par with reading one of my many theories) you aren’t forced to do so.

Thoughts? HP:DH leaked -> vrai ou faux?

SPOILER WARNING: BELOW THIS LINE IS THE CONTEXT OF AN ALLEGED LEAK INVOLVING THE PLOT AT THE END OF HP:DH. HIGHLIGHT BELOW THIS LINE IF YOU CARE TO READ. DON’T IF YOU DON’T. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED; NO REFUNDS.


Harry Potter 0day

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From: go harry
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 05:23:45 +0800

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* Harry Potter 0day
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Dear my brothers,

Voldemort killed Hermione. Yes, that’s true. And we knew that 2 days ago.

This is the end of the not yet published (someone could call that 0day) book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .

At the end of the story Hagrid was killed by Snape in the attempt of ambush Hermione and Ron.
Ron and Hermione flees in privet drive but Voldermort, surprising them, engaged a magical duel with Ron and Hermione.

Voldemort attacked trough the imperius curse and Hermione, to protect the life of Ron fight hardly for more than 6 pages and then finally die.
(boring, very boring… it’s always the same story!)

Then, to make a long story short, Harry came up, killed all the bad guys and Hogwarts against became a good place to stay and have fun.

Ah, i missed one important information about Draco Malfoy, he started to create Horcrux (for fun and profit!).
The end.
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END SPOILER. BEGIN MINDLESS BANTER FROM POSTER

Yes, we did it.
We did it by following the precious words of the great Pope Benedict XVI when he still was Cardinal Josepth Ratzinger.
He explained why Harry Potter bring the youngs of our earth to Neo Paganism faith.

So we make this spoiler to make reading of the upcoming book useless and boring.

The attack strategy was the easiest one.
The usual milw0rm downloaded exploit delivered by email/click-on-the-link/open-browser/click-on-this-animated-icon/back-connect to some employee of Bloomsbury Publishing, the company that’s behind the Harry crap.

It’s amazing to see how much people inside the company have copies and drafts of this book.
Curiosity killed the cat.

Who kill curiosity?

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Men’s Euphemisms for Women

Posted by Patrick on 13 May 2007

If you’re a Laura Mallory or otherwise hypersensitive, mark-of-society woman with no sense of humor that can’t stand to be called anything other than your first name, then please have a nice day and continue on with your life without reading this post.

This is meant to be a fun post. I wish for men to participate and for women to contribute as well as be educated. What I want to take time compiling here are the absolute best nicknames, euphemisms, references, whatever that men use to refer to women and/or their favorite parts of women.

The euphemisms will be classified as such, and upon receiving the first reader submissions I will organize this post into this format:

1) Women in general, including full body/physique jargon
2) upper body including privates
3) lower body including privates
4) butts
5) feets
6) all others

I will be moderating comments and submissions on this post by disallowing standard comments and requiring the contact form at the bottom of this post in their place. My moderation rules are simple: you will receive credit for your submissions if accepted. This is meant to be humorous for men, so if it’s funny, great; if it’s practical, I’ll probably still take it; if it’s neither, chances are slim. In all submissions, you may not defame women or a specific person. Do not send me something which implies violence. You may be crass, you may be off-color (but not obscene), you may be rude if it is funny (to me) — if you think it’s questionable, try me. In the case of all submissions, I will personally decide which ones are posted. If you try to spam me because I rejected your post, I will block your IP address foevah evah and have a nice day.

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DISPROVEN — The File that Claims to be, but is not, HP:DH

Posted by Patrick on 5 May 2007

There is a well-circulated rumor in the HP multiverse where an early manuscript of HP:DH was supposedly leaked out on the wild, wild Internet. I’ve seen this same thing linked from several well-respected wordpress blogs such as Dr. Mike and each also cites the belief I share in that this is a pretty lengthy fake (aka a fanfic).

I’ve previously said that I love fan fiction, but I am not a fan of things like this — where a fanfic writer sticks their work out there and claims it to be the real thing. I accept fanfic submissions all the time on my other blog for that very reason, but to date I haven’t seen a fic for HP:DH submitted that claims to be written by JKR herself (and why would she submit the most popular book ever into a public domain blog?).

Nonetheless, I will provide a link to the claimed HP:DH manuscript. I skimmed a few pages in the middle and it seemed like it flowed ok, but it didn’t strike me as something JKR would have written — a little too young and frankly quite out of context for the writing I expect from such a renowned author, as well as a few poor vernacular uses and jargon that struck me as immature.

Peruse for yourself; I’m interested to hear what people really think about this fanfic work.

update, 5 May 2007 It appears that everyone who said this is a fanfic is correct. I identified the same contents of the pdf file linked above as a compilation of a published fanfic at The Seventh Horcrux @ melindaleo. That being said, I’m sure someone took it upon themselves to grab this somewhat non-publicised fiction work chapter by chapter and pass it into a pdf (easily done with MS Word 2007) and spin it out as a “leaked copy” of HP:DH. Those of us who know JKR’s style and looked at this fanfic could easily spot voice, tone, and language differences even in the first few paragraphs. It also didn’t help the person who posted it on digg as a leaked copy that there’s an author’s note at the end of chapter five that reads:

A/N: This chapter was written before JKR clarified how a Secret Keeper worked, so I left it as is. I do need others able to get into Grimmald Place.

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Why oh WHY did I watch American Idol

Posted by Patrick on 1 May 2007

As a disclaimer, I will say up front that I have never, ever watched American Idol before tonight — not in any of the previous seasons, not any of the side-effect shows, nothing, never. Even now some 3 hours after the telecast, I am baffled and truly at a loss for words as to why I sat through 45 minutes of American Idol’s tribute to Bon Jovi tonight? Bon Jovi was the best part of the show by far. So, this show is really the most popular thing on tv in America? Man, this country needs help on the real.

The show concept itself is not that bad — a singing competition where half the world auditions and the audience/viewers vote on who was the worst and gets to have their dreams crushed while the winner gets a record deal. But, ok let’s be real. It’s a 1-hour show, so w/out commercials it’s 42 minutes of content. Tonight there were 6 contestants singing a 2-3 minute song each. That’s less than half of the program time even on the long end. WTF is this show really about?

Why are there even judges if they don’t have any say in what happens except to rally and rile the studio audience? Feedback is one thing, and that’s all well and good, but watching that nutnuzzler Simon play to the audience the whole show just got tiresome. And I won’t even go into what’s going on with Paula Abdul there — her eyes were so glassed over I thought she was hitting a J between commecials. Only Randy Jackson was even respectable as a judge. Ryan Seacrest was ok, but he didn’t do anything for me as a host, and that’s exactly how it should be.

Man, when I think about this kind of crap getting 26.5+ million viewers a week, and I think it’s on twice a week (double wtf), it truly makes me wonder what this nation is coming to. While it’s true that every winner of American Idol that I can think of, and I can honestly name 4 without having ever seen the show, has gone on to do something wildly successful, I wonder how much of their success is based on pure hype from the show. It just makes me nauseous to see the rampant “studio fans” holding up signs and squealing like stuck hogs when their favorite gets up and belts out a cover song.

Culturally, shows like this gaining viewership by nearly 10% of the entire population just goes to further testify how steadily the intelligence in this country is declining. In fact, if I browse last week’s Nielsen ratings by total viewers, 9 of the top 20 shows are either medical or police drama, 5 are reality shows and/or their results show (for the record I think having a results show is a demonstration that the network has nothing to put on TV), and the other 6 are a mix of sleaze, drama and sitcom. Nothing in the top 20 that teaches a minor anything of value, let’s put it that way. The only first-season show making the top 20 weekly is Heroes, and it isn’t even winning in it’s east coast time slot.

So, while I could plead with mother nature to let me have my hour back, I’ll accept that I attempted to give american idol a chance and just learn from it. If nothing else, I at least got to see a bucktoothed soul sista sing a Bon Jovi song, which I thought I was going to get through today without seeing, but I thought she was pretty good.

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John Couey: Only in Florida, I Guess

Posted by Patrick on 7 Mar 2007


So, 48-year-old convicted sex offender John Couey was recently convicted of murder in the first degree by a Florida jury in a case where he kidnapped, raped and buried alive a 9-year old girl. He had originally confessed to the crime, but it turned out his confession to the crime was thrown out of the court — though I don’t know the whole story, I’m sure this was on some stupidly legal technicality.

It’s publicized today in the news that the jury is now going to debate on the death penalty for Couey, with the other option of life/without. How long do you think a jury is going to deliberate over this one? 15 minutes? And only because it takes 14 minutes to record the votes properly?

I don’t want to hear any of that conservative Republican propaganda about how people like this can be salvaged or don’t deserve the death penalty or how the death penalty is wrong, ok? — let’s leave Church at church and talk about State for a minute. I don’t care if you’re Billy Graham sitting at the left hand of God himself, if it was your daughter, would you want this guy sucking down your tax dollars and stamping your Florida license plates for 3.4 cents an hour the rest of his life? There’s no debate here, really. Maybe they should be debating about how to execute this bastard. Personally, I say throw him to the lifers in a max pen and let them do whatever they want with him until he dies, but if he lives more than 8 hours, it’s firing squad.

Comments involving religion in any form will be deleted immediately. Keep your Bible out of my Zen Buddhist house.

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Americans: We Hate Dollar Coins. Wait, We LOVE Messed Up Ones!

Posted by Patrick on 7 Mar 2007

Misprinted 2007 Dollar Coin Edges

When is a 2007 $1 dollar coin worth 600 times face value? Ask the person who threw down that amount on eBay for a rare misprint out of the U.S. Mint. On the thought that this may be a single coin in 300 million struck, it may have seemed like a reasonable price to pay. However, the Mint later admitted that there are more, and coin grading geeks claim there are at least 50,000 (1 in 6000 is still a small quantity) of these coins in circulation.

The properly struck dollar coins, bearing the likeness of the nation’s first president, are inscribed along the edge with “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum” and the year and mint mark. They made it past inspectors and went into circulation Feb. 15.

Of note, the misstricken coins are believed to have come from only the Philadelphia Mint at this point, and the mistake is being blamed on “new technology” used to help speed production and reduce defects.

I’m a proponent of the dollar coin as a replacement for the dollar bill — not soapbox professing level, but they make more sense and they save (hundreds of) millions of dollars in manufacturing costs over time.

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