De omnibus dubitandum
29 Oct 2004
It seems William Gibson has resumed blogging, specifically to vent his thoughts about the upcoming US presidential election.
8 Oct 2004
I am now the proud owner of an Xbox. Technically it’s a used Xbox, though its total active time before I acquired it amounts to about six minutes. An acquaintance of mine bought it, but it turns out it’s a slightly updated version, which means a pal of his can’t hack it. And since he bought the bloody thing specifically to have it hacked and pumped full of ripped games, he passed it on to me for the friendly price of €100 (€50 below store price). Half the accessories were still plastic-wrapped.
Now I have to divide my game time between multiplayer mayhem on my PC and console coolness on the Xbox. There are some superb Xbox-only games out there that demand my attention, such as Burnout 3, Fable, and Ninja Gaiden.
There go the eviscerated remains of my social life.
13 Sep 2004
1 Sep 2004
Sorry for yet another political entry, but I got this in my email and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
THINGS YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO VOTE REPUBLICAN TODAY:
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.
HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s cocaine conviction is none of our business.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.
You support states’ rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ’80s is irrelevant.
Feel free to pass this on. If you don’t send it to at least 10 other people, we’re likely to be stuck with Bush for 4 more years.
Friends don’t let friends vote Republican.
3 Aug 2004
23 Jul 2004
Evidence that lawyers really are brain dead (no offense frank):
Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: It is possible that he could have been alive and practising law somewhere.
9 Feb 2004
The crusade against violent computer games is gaining momentum, it seems. Now, I’m all for more regulation in this regard. I agree that some games should not be played by kids below a certain age.
But stricter laws is not the way to go. Parental responsibility, that’s the key here. Parents need to be aware of what their children do and think, and regulate them where appropriate. That’s called ‘raising your children’, you know. You only get one shot at it. Don’t fuck it up.
But it’s too easy to just blame the parents. It isn’t easy for a parent these days. Raising kids is wildly expensive, thus often both parents have to work just to be able to pay the bills. Proper supervision over your children is often lacking as a result.
And the public school system doesn’t help much either. Teachers everywhere are disillusioned, underpaid, unmotivated and thoroughly frustrated by a ridiculously fucked up government system. They’re doing the best they can, but they’re only human.
And the media conglomerates, they thrive on selling violence to the masses, feeding it directly into our children’s brains. And when those kids go postal, the media are right there on top of it, reporting every blood spatter and pointing their blaming fingers at everyone but themselves.
It’s a fucked-up planet. Sometimes playing games is the only escape you can afford.