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Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 04:20 am the white house is cutting public funding for NPR and PBS
Okay, people, seriously, what the hell.

Sesame Street. Reading Rainbow. Not to mention all the awesome programs on National Public Radio.

Come on, everyone. These programs are supported by Viewers Like You. It's time to take action.
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Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 04:49 am outsnarking the snark
Someone made a rather spiteful audio version of one of webcomic critic Eric Burns's blog posts. I suspect it may have something to do with Burns's role in the dramatastic Adventures in Digital Comics flamewar.

Tasteless, cruel, and incredibly funny. Misses the mark in that it's totally unrepresentative of the tone of the actual blogpost (and even more unrepresentative of Burns, who rarely ever comes across as being snobby or pretentious), but it's a nice counterargument to Burns's argument that there is a point when humor stops being humor and starts being slander.
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Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 06:54 am hello guantanamo
Top news story at Yahoo! News, as of 17 minutes ago: The Bush administration firmly and angrily reiterates that it has the right to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in perpetuity if it so chooses. Naturally, Democrats within Congress cry bloody murder.

Democrat Yahoo! users launch their first salvo in the ensuing war of ideology by making this the #2 most viewed photo on Yahoo! News.

Republicans respond by making this the #3 most viewed photo.

It's hard to say who has the upper hand.
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Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 06:37 pm water, water everywhere and nor any drop to drink
I almost bought a defective bottle of Vodka Mudshake (vodka, coffee, chocolate syrup; by the same people who bring us the beloved Vodka Cruiser) at the neighborhood convenience store today. The lady at the counter frowned at it for about three minutes, then said, "You'd better not buy this. Look."

There were little white blobs of goo floating at the top.


On a side note, drinking with your parents is very, very weird. I do not recommend it.

(The legal drinking age in Taiwan is 18, by the way.)

Hsinchu County is flooding. I'm not terribly surprised, considering that it's been raining all week. It's only a matter of time before the floods hit Hsinchu City. Don't worry, it's not one of those cataclysmic "OMG MY HOUSE IS FLOATING AWAY" floods; in the worst areas the water only goes up to people's knees. The city is moving concrete blocks and pipes all over the place for use as temporary dikes if the need should arise. Pretty exciting stuff.

Vegetable prices are going sky high since most of the farmers in Hsinchu City weren't able to salvage their crops in time. It's going to be a tough year for them.

If I recall correctly, the last time Hsinchu City flooded, my mom had to abandon her car in the middle of the wading pond formerly known as Kuangfu Road. My mom was fine and the car was fine, but my mom kept wailing and screaming because the floodwaters had ruined the car's CD player and it couldn't be fixed. Priorities, Mom. Priorities.
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