June 27th, 2003

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One more reason the Bible Belt scares the hell out of me...

This is from Knox News.

Stories on alleged attack at UT draw note of protest

You may think you are doing a noble and valuable service by bringing us the intimate details of a purported attack by a University of Tennessee football player on a 16-year-old girl.

Frankly, the people of Knoxville and the surrounding towns are interested in something more important: having a football team with a vastly better record than last year. That 8-5 record included a grand total of two wins against teams with significant ability. You don't think anyone believes that beating Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi State should actually be counted as wins?

I would like to understand why girls - who should know better and surely should have been taught basic common sense by their parents - go at night to a building occupied by athletic 300-pound men, 6-foot, 4-inch tall, with large muscles? Then, when the oh-so-predictable happens, they cry rape.

We don't need or want to hear the details of these stories dragged out endlessly through the newspaper nor do we want to hear similarly of some half-drunk wise guy who chooses to challenge a large, strong football player in a bar on the Strip and winds up with a broken jaw.

Please, let's concentrate on stories that will give us a winning team. Throwing players off the team because their interest in being a professional football player is greater than their interest in the insipid courses most of them take should not keep them from playing and winning for our university.

Why is pursuing a career as a professional football player not as worthy as becoming a scientist or an engineer or a social worker or a musician? It is certainly more lucrative. If athletes prefer to spend their time honing their skills at what will be their career instead of in study hall, let them be.

Then we will have a football team of which we can be proud.
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From hec8e:

  1. Some weird hippie Indian Shaman freaky Graham Greene looking dood emerges from the forest and bestows upon you a familiar, totem animal, animal sidekick or [Insert Term Here], to emulate you and do your evil bidding. Which would it be? Why?

    A raven. They are inteligent/cunning, social, brave (challenging raptors for their prey, even working in teams to get it), and very adaptable. Plus there is a lot of mythology surrounding them, from Indian legends, to being Odin's assistants.

  2. Which technological breakthrough predicted for the year 2000 that didn't happen did you most want to see: A)Flying Cars, B)Wrist Videophones, C)Houses on the Moon or D)Champagne piped into your living room?

    A: I just have thing for the idea of flight. While I know there would be a mass slaughter of people crashing and falling from the sky every traffic jam into every city, I still think it would be fun for drives/flights in the country.

  3. Describe your first computer system; and your first Internet experience.

    Define "computer". My first game system was an original Atari. My first computer was a Commodore 64.

    My first internet experience was discovering the trove of information out on ftpsites in 1989. This was before the web and Gopher. When things like altavista were just a list of IP's and what what they might have at that ip if you ftp'd there. The seemingly endless supply of technical information had me in a trance for the months to follow.

  4. A Fairy of Impractical Wishes grants you your not-so-fondest wish: The Classic Arcade game of your choice in your living room, complete with an endless supply of tokens. Which one would it be? Why?

    Either the Dr. Who or Twillight Zone pin ball games.

  5. Said Fairy, on his way out the door after raiding your fridge and drinking out of the carton, offhandedly grants you the ability to bring back one TV show that has been cancelled. Which one? Why?

    I would love to have a an updated version of M*A*S*H made. Given our nations current blood lust, it would be good to be reminded of the horrors of war that still shows the soldiers in a compassionate light.

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Let's step into the Way Back Machine, and go back 2 or three years, to the S.F. Bay Area. Remember that guy, who in a fit of road rage, throw a womans dog into traffic, where it was run over? He is due to get out of prison, and is now trying to sue the dog owner for "mental anguish". What a jackass. I hope someone throws him into traffic to be run over.
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Oh man, what a flashback! Lita Ford on MTV2.

Kiss me once.
Kiss me twice.
Come on pretty baby,
Kiss me deadly!

What I'm really missing, though, is Pat Benetar.
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A real toss up as to which is my bigger pet peeve of the momment. LiveJournal being flaky (can not reach server errors), or how IE doesn't save what I had in the submission form, when I hit back, so I can try to submit it again later. Any idea how many posts are lost or have to be rewriten because the combination of those two huge fuck annoyances?
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Posted to linux, maybe someof you might have some input for me also...

Pro's and cons of the different distro's?

I use my linux box for web browsing, image editing, and perl coding. I've used Red Hat since 5.X or so, and it was pretty good until 8.X. And now that I'm on 9, CPAN perl modules commonly refuse to build (I was hoping to get PhotoShelf built and set up, but the prerquisite perl modules refuse to build.

Can someone recommend a distro that might be better suited to my needs?
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From weedlover:

  1. How are you planning to spend the summer?

    Looking for work.

  2. What was your first summer job?

    Age 14, working at my grandfathers furniture business as a janitor.

  3. If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go?

    A photo safari, lasting at a minimum of 3 weeks in length, in one of these places/regions:

    • Tibet/Nepal
    • Drifting down the Amazon
    • From the Lake Victoria or bottom of the Great Rift Valley to the top of Kilimanjaro. While I am not a Hemmingway fan, per se, but I would like to see the snows of Kilimanjaro before they are gone.
    • Sailing from port to port fully around the mediteratian or the caribean.

  4. What was your worst vacation ever?

    Anything where you spend most of your time trapped in a car.

    A side comment on why I don't feel much of an usrge to visit Western Europe again. While Scotland was beautiful, I think it was to close to home. I like going to countries where the culture is totally different. Not just home with a funny accent. The Western European exceptions, I think would be the Portugal/Spain area. And maybe a few spots on the mediteranian.

  5. What was your best vacation ever?

    Peru, without a doubt.
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weedlover's own creation:

5 songs that remind me of high school:

1. Tom Sawyer - Rush
2. 2112 Overture - Rush
3. YYZ - Rush
4. The Trees - Rush
5. Fly By Night - Rush

Ummm... I think I was a Rush fan, or something.
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Really, I''m not trying to torture you with posts. This one is at perpetualfog's request...

  1. A bicycle can't stand alone because it is two-tired.
  2. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway).
  3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
  4. A backward poet writes inverse.
  5. In democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism it's your count that votes.
  6. She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.
  7. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
  8. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed.
  9. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
  10. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.
  11. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  12. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
  13. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
  14. You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
  15. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
  16. He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
  17. Every calendar's days are numbered.
  18. A lot of money is tainted. 'Taint yours and 'taint mine.
  19. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
  20. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
  21. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
  22. The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
  23. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
  24. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
  25. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
  26. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she'd died.
  27. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
  28. Santa's helpers are subordinate Clauses.
  29. Acupuncture is a jab well done.
  30. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.