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Archive for August 2005

Over Three Hundred Proofs of God's Existence

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Scary that so many of these (or variants slightly less facetious) are offered seriously. I like this one:

ARGUMENT FROM INCOMPLETE DEVASTATION (1) A plane crashed killing 143 passengers and crew. (2) But one child survived with only third-degree burns. (3) Therefore, God exists.

It's a miracle!

Gmail adds "From:" spoofing


Fantastic! No more messing around with faking In-Reply-To: headers in Thunderbird!

Klingon Fairy Tales

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including "The Hare Foolishly Lowers His Guard and Is Devastated by the Tortoise, Whose Prowess in Battle Attracts Many Desirable Mates"

Mr. T Chia Pet: "Watch His Mohawk Grow!"


The best worst product in the history of merchandising.

Mr. T In Your Pocket


Tell people to shut up in style.

brand new Mr. T comic


It's absolutely terrible. It actually takes itself seriously, but isn't even bad enough to be funny -- you're better off with Marvel's A-Team series from the 80's.

Absurdly comprehensive Wheel of Time FAQ


For a long time I hoped that Jordan would just die, in the hope that another author could take over the series and save it from verbose irrelevance. Now I'd just settle for some fanfic, but there's surprisingly little of it.

A Japanese guide to Japanese grammar

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The root of this problem lies in the fact that these textbooks try to teach you Japanese with English. They want to teach you on the first page how to say, "Hi, my name is Smith," but they don't tell you about all the arbitrary decisions that were made behind your back. [...] In fact, the most common way to say something like "My name is Smith" in Japanese is to say "am Smith". [...] But does the textbook explain the way things work in Japanese fundamentally? No, because they're too busy trying to push you out the door with "useful" phrases right off the bat.

Talking engagement ring


Luke Jerram wanted to avoid a traditional proposal so spent three months developing a ring that would play [on a record player]: “I love you for ever. Marry me.”

BlöödHag: "edu-core" heavy metal to promote literacy


Discography includes "Hooked on Demonics" and "The Dewey Decibel System", heh.

Star Wars and the Gay Agenda


The Gay Agenda is pernicious throughout the six movies. From the black "gimp" mask that Darth Vader wears to his apparent S&M relationship with Governor Tarkin, evinced by the Prncess's line "I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash," to the way he kneels and calls the Emperor "My Master."

Response to a fanthropology post about ridiculous media conspiracy theories, e.g. Pokémon promotes satanism!!1.

Natalee Holloway found alive!


Alive, undead, whatever.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.