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Buying Online oivfb

While my spam doesn’t quite reach the literary depths of collision detection’s spam, I have noticed a drastic increase in verbosity. Thus, I present to you, Re: %RND_UC_CHAR[2-8], master whispered solemnly: feathery oneupmanship referral amnesia convert benign cretaceous sse pest watchman fusion requisite bobcat shadow hibernia bypass bergson wacky gates gingko ness digitate armco tonnage lithe conspire downtrend thump catalysis morphism benevolent gland aerate diurnal abridgment clare apotheosis solidarity daughter I’m assuming that the “author” didn’t properly replace the variable…

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Three Sea Shells

Having just watched Demolition Man for the nth time, I have just realized that one aspect of the movie is turning out damn-right prophetic. It was once a slight jab at the other action star. Now, the “Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library” doesn’t seem so improbable. Another fun little trivia fact is that the movie Predator featured two future state governors — Arnold Schwatzawhatever and Jesse Ventura. According to this trend, the guy that played Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies,…

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Speed Run

Metroid Prime, 100% complete in 1:37. The videos are definitely something. While I won’t go as far as to pretentiously call it a sort of digital “performance art”, I will say that they are strangely fascinating. There’s a certain pleasure in seeing something executed so flawlessly and so expertly. The best comparison I can think of is rally racing. In my opinion, watching a driver perfectly weave and slide through a challenging stage is far more enjoyable than watching a…

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Halo World

Word on the street is that Halo is finally getting the Platinum Hits treatment this week. Maybe now I’ll get a chance to try it, as I’ve refused to buy it full-price. Other rumours and innuendos, or just geeky day-dreams, have suggested that it might have XBox Live play added. It makes sense from a hype and marketing stand-point, and it would be damned cool if it were to happen, but don’t hold your breath. I’ve never seen Normal Bob…

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Kill The Wabbit!

While browsing DVDs at Futureshop the other day (a temptingly dangerous task for a broke man), I noticed the Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection. I was curious as to what episodes it contained and, more importantly, whether they were the complete non-cut-for-TV versions. I took a mental note to remind myself to check later. Naturally, I forgot. Conveniently enough, as I was randomly flicking channels today I came across “Duck Dodgers in the Twenty-Fourth-and-a-Halfth Century!” Soon enough, the episode where…

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Five Topics for Halloween

Halloween: Bah humbug. Politics: well, well, well. Two months ago, the Liberals said, and I quote: I, Dalton McGuinty, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, promise, if my party is elected as the next government, that I will: Not raise taxes or implement any new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters; Now they’re in power, and what do we hear? Premier pledges to raise tobacco tax, cancel Tory tax cuts to deal with $5.6-billion deficit From zero to…

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

I just got back from the 2003 World Rock Paper Scissor Championships, held here in Toronto, and organized by the WorldRPS Society The grand champion, winning $5000, was a member of the “Legion of the Red Fist.” I was an official tournament referee there, so I’ll have an update later. Update. Photos from the event. The Official Photo Gallery.

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Gator is spyware

Gator has sued — and won — to keep its piece of shit “malware” from being called “spyware”. I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this… “If we find anyone publicly calling us spyware, we correct it and take action if necessary,” said Scott Eagle, Gator’s senior vice president of marketing. That Gator software is spyware of the worst kind. It’s also malware. Evilware. Advertising-asshole-ware. And, oh yeah, that Scott Eagle? He’s a clueless motherfucking marketing asshole that…

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Disc Can Not Be Read

Mega64 has a video spoof of Shenmue [25MB]. The gag, as with similar jokes to this, is that the seemingly normal in a video game, when acted out in a real world situation, is absurd. Dave Chappelle did this with the car-jacking in Grand Theft Auto 3. These guys focus on the clue-seeking conversations with strangers that are common in Shenmue. The 2003 Dumbass Corporate Lawsuit Awards. The sad part is that they could, very likely, increase it from a…

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Brain Tumour Wavelengths

USB Drives are interesting in that they are far more usable and portable than CDs, don’t require any special CD-RWs or Zip-Drives, and have far more capacity than old style floppies (though that one’s a given). Their small size also allows them to be integrated with other bits of technology, like the USB Watch. However, other than that and some miniscule mp3 players, I haven’t seen anything else interesting in this area. Until now. Here’s a cool little gadget: USB…

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Volume One and a Half

One last Kill Bill mention — until February. Via Google I came across Everything Tarantino which linked to the HKFlix Kill Bill Study Guide, and someone there links to a Tarantino interview that talks, at lenght, about all the references. This isn’t an art film mediation on these movies. This is the genuine article. The real deal. And that was one of the ideas behind splitting it in half. There just seems something pretentious about a three hour exploitation film.…

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Entry 200

You have to admit, it is a catchy little tune. Na na na na na-na-na-na, na na na naa — FUCKING USA! Nintendo overdose: the game is infested with syntactically challenged old men who say things like, ‘Eastmost peninsula is the secret,’ when they mean, ‘Hang a right.’ Truly, one of the best aspects of the original Zelda. And, this is quite the television. 18 minutes of footage takes 3.5 terabytes. The footage was then shown to members of the…

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Murphy’s Law

I’ve seen it done on TV and in the movies for years, but until today I never tried it on my own. There never was a need. Not until today, when a bedroom door was inadvertently locked from the inside. MacGyver-like, I grabbed an expired credit card and used it to pry the door open. It was surprisingly easy. Note to self: “if paranoid, get deadbolt locks.” Check this one out. ABA Games, which I’ve mentioned here on many occasions,…

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