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One, Top Gear is awesome. Two, I really want to be paid to drive somewhere cool. Ian Frazier's thing on driving across Siberia in the New Yorker just instigated a similar desire in me.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:37 AM
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Apparently, no one shares my love for Top Gear.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:49 AM
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1, 2: Yes, yes. But let's have some comity early on about pooping outside being weird to offset later disagreements.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:51 AM
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It's not that strange....I am afraid I can't entirely achieve comity on this.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:52 AM
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Well, crap.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:53 AM
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I think I would shrivel up and die if Sir Ranulph Fiennes told me I was ignorant.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:58 AM
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6: I think he probably says that to most people.

Unfortunately, in Britain it's SWPL to hate Top Gear.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 2:13 AM
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SWPL to hate Top Gear.

I rather thought that might be the case, though my small collection of Scottish friends love the show. But they're all total nerds. I wonder how that interacts with the SWPL-ness.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 2:36 AM
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The presenters can be dicks sometimes, and I disagree with them on almost everything, but I have to confess to still occasionally finding the show entertaining. There's space on TV for big dumb stunts and stupid shit.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 2:58 AM
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There's space on TV for big dumb stunts and stupid shit.

I should hope so.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 3:00 AM
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Can't see the link at work - is he using "ignorant" in the dictionary sense or the colloquial Brit sense (= offensively stupid)?


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 3:00 AM
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I rather enjoy Top Gear as well, TBH. I think the SWPL-hate is mainly to do with a) Clarkson's occasional wobbles into politics (hates Gordon Brown, hates speed cameras, hates environmentalists, likes fast cars) which are admittedly grating but fortunately infrequent and b) apparently it has a sexist atmosphere.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 3:27 AM
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I love James Mays (he's the sensible one they continually make fun of). He is building a house out of lego. A real-size house. How cool is that? I so want his job.


Posted by: Kate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 3:35 AM
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Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 4:44 AM
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Which old thread, OFE?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 5:11 AM
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This one. 459 et seq.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 5:15 AM
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I watch it sometimes too. I liked the one with a lorry drag race.

I hate speed cameras too, but not because I'm pro speeding. I just hate cameras in public places. Fuck CCTV.

There was some book featured on Start the Week that I've forgotten the title of, because it hasn't been published in the U.S. about how much space in Britain that would have traditionally been public is now private and guarded by private guards and cameras. It sounded fascinating. I wanted to ask if anyone had read it, but I can't find the show and thus the author's web site.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 5:28 AM
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Just subscribed to some journals, and when they sent my subscription detail find that the bastards do them on a calendar year basis.

So I've paid the full annual subscription price for 3 months subscription.

Fuckers.

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Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 5:32 AM
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14 the last time i saw it was some kind of porn sites
ad links


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:04 AM
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yes, the same repulsive thing, i'd vote for their deleting and blockage


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:07 AM
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on the topic, i recalled the other day i thought a maneuver which can help to the people suffering frequent constipations, i'd love to name it after me even, but sure it is already named someone's reflex
so you can't push out the hard mass stuck in there, take toilet paper and push it back pressing on the sphincter
the next thing one feels is increasing intrarectal pressure and the mass sliding out due to it


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:22 AM
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21 is the best comment ever posted to this blog.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:32 AM
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Let news of the Read Maneuver be sung far and wide.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:36 AM
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i'm flattered, and am glad to be helpful, if you love chocolate/cheese and eat it in that, large quantities the maneuver could help
it's the post reminded me that, otherwise it would never have been said out loud i suspect


Posted by: Read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:46 AM
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Everybody poops outside,
Everybody cries. And everybody poops outside.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:47 AM
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21: Before people run off to shove toilet paper up their butts, there's a simpler maneuver to try first: Simply squat instead of sitting. Sitting is not a good position for pooping - on the veldt, everybody squatted, and we liked it! When I build my own house there will be a squat toilet available for the master bedroom - this sitting thing is absurd, and I'm sure it causes cancer or bad breath or some other bad thing.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 6:58 AM
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Before people run off to shove toilet paper up their butts

I'm not sure why you're trying to discourage this. As you were, everyone.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:03 AM
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21 is particularly notable because it doesn't use the || and > markers, which suggests that read considered it to be entirely on topic. What on earth have huge compacted fecal masses got to do with the topic? We were talking about Top Gear!

...oh.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:08 AM
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re: 26

A lot of people can't squat. I can now, but for much of the past 2 years a minor sports-caused knee injury meant that squatting for any length of time was bloody painful.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:25 AM
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maybe it's my explanation, paper is not for shoving up, it's for providing insulation layer between fingers and the skin, you never touch the mass, but feel it through the sphincter skin when it's distended, otherwise it perhaps won't work, a reflex
the maneuver should work when valsalva and squatting didn't help, or maybe it works as efficiently as squatting


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:33 AM
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29. Interesting to speculate on the role of constipation associated conditions in killing off early humans who were too old or injured to squat on the veldt. There's a paper to be written here, possibly for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 1st April issue.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:42 AM
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29: Constipation is a young mans' game.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:49 AM
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32. Nah. I'm 58 on Sunday, I eat mainly veggies, beans and brown bread, and I'm as constipated as you like.

Also, see ttaM, it's hard to squat if you've recently had a run in with a sabre tooth tiger.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 7:54 AM
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"paper is not for shoving up, it's for providing insulation layer between fingers and the skin"

Just go ahead and touch the poop.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:07 AM
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i can't cause increase in the feco-oral transmission of something trying to help with the other problem, it's against ethics


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:11 AM
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Regardless of whether you touch the poop or not, you should still wash your hands.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:16 AM
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Ah, so anything can be used in lieu of the paper. Like a coke bottle, for instance.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:17 AM
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19: They're not all about porn, are they? "«Матрица» Киану Ривзу" looks to me like it says "'Matrix' Keanu Reeves", based on the time-honored sound-out-the-Cyrillic-and-hope-for-cognates method of attempting to figure out what Russian text is about.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:17 AM
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i omit any maxims coz it's like the given


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:20 AM
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Having pooped outside on four continents, in weather conditions ranging from ass-blisteringly hot to near-hypothermically cold and hailing, I believe I can say with some authority that pooping indoors is, if anything, underrated.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:23 AM
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40: Apparently travel is over-rated if you main memory is pooping.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:25 AM
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38 why do you need me to go check it again? curses
i didn't pay attention to any Keanu Reeves
that was a new text and it's as dirty as others
they really should be deleted and blocked, Russian those kind of texts sound really abhorrent


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:27 AM
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At the risk of getting back on topic, let me also recommend Top Gear's Botswana special and the Vietnam special, which are in similar veins. The US special (driving from Florida to New Orleans) is also pretty good, though more uncomfortable, particularly when the guys get attacked by rock-throwing rednecks somewhere in Alabama.


Posted by: Ubu Imperator | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:29 AM
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41: What am I supposed to remember, other cultures and their charming folk arts? I'm an American! How much for that church?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:32 AM
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44: What with all the worries about green house emissions, you should try to remember that you don't have to travel that far to find people to look down on.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:36 AM
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the time-honored sound-out-the-Cyrillic-and-hope-for-cognates method of attempting to figure out what Russian text is about.

I'm pretty sure this is how the CIA was coming up with Soviet force estimates in the early 80s.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:42 AM
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The first time I went to one of those enormous cut-price US grocery stores, Costco or something I think it was called, I noticed that the shelf space devoted to fresh fruit and vegetables was one-third that devoted to laxatives and indigestion remedies.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:55 AM
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When I Had a radio show, I played some clips in between songs of a guy rambling drunkenly in Russian that I had found on Napster. I had no idea what the guy was talking about. Someone soon called me up and complained about the filthy and obscene language I was broadcasting to Russian-speaking listeners. That one incident was all it took to convince me, for years to come, that despite all evidence to the contrary, a good number of people were actually listening.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:59 AM
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i should really patent the method! then
the downside is until the sphincter is distended enough one should pass some time pushing
yeah better the fibers perhaps


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:00 AM
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47: That's at least partially because Costco is not really a grocery store. Its a dry-goods warehouse that has only sort of evolved into selling groceries. The idea is to stock-up on bulk quantities of self-stable food and things like toilet paper (to keep poop from your finger) and diapers. Even people who buy a lot at Costco are usually not there often enough to buy lettuce.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:03 AM
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"Downside"? "Pass"? Talk about low (fresh) fruit...


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:04 AM
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According to the paper, Pittsburgh is talking about banning plastic PVC pipe, handcuffs and other locks, wire and cement to make it harder for protesters to block streets. So now I have to clean-out the back of the Jeep to stay out of trouble.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:15 AM
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downside means something unfavorable, pass means spend, please read only the direct meanings
i did not check urban dictionary before commenting
which i should always do to avoid ambiguities


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:16 AM
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52: but, as far as I can tell, you'll still be able to carry assault rifles. Just not drainpipes.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:17 AM
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50: ah, that does sort of make sense. Not sure it was Costco though. It seemed to be mainly food.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:18 AM
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52: How can a city ban pipe? Wire? Locks? Cement? Are these not the very stuff of civilization?


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:19 AM
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56: That's why I like to keep them in the back of the car. You never know.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:21 AM
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57: I was half joking, but seriously, it's like banning water bottles or duct tape.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:24 AM
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"handcuffs and other locks"? Hopefully no one rides a bike in Pittsburgh.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:26 AM
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self-stable food

Very grounded stuff, like potatoes and peanuts.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:27 AM
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59: I wouldn't. Too hilly.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:27 AM
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Is everyone in Pittsburgh as pusillanimous as you?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:29 AM
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I'm sure people won't be arrested for having those things unless they are also committing a thought crime.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:30 AM
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Probably not. We have a very active cycling community pushing for bike lanes, bike racks, making it illegal to crash into cyclists with cars, etc. There are also some very nice trails. Still, it is hilly and the infrastructure runs toward the crappy.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:32 AM
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62: Everyone in Pittsburgh has a vagina that is precisely the right size, thank you very much.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:32 AM
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64: Don't encourage him by giving reasonable responses to his nonsense. Sheesh. And you a parent and all.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:34 AM
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I have a toddler and I work at a university. Giving reasonable responses to nonsense is about three quarters of my waking life.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:36 AM
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making it illegal to crash into cyclists with cars

Presumably already illegal, no?


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:36 AM
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It's hardly nonsense to inquire about a city's pusillanimity index.


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69: Yeah, maybe not for someone suffering from their own pussillanimity anxiety. So you're right, not nonsense. But nonetheless our vaginas are right-sized to a man.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:40 AM
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68: Distressingly common, though. One dead and one critically injured this week. Outside of a few heavily traveled routes, most people don't expect to see a bike.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:41 AM
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Aw, reading only the direct meanings of things greatly diminishes my joy in life.

I didn't mean anything insulting. Please ignore my bathroom humor.


Posted by: Mo MacArbie | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:43 AM
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Ambiguities are the straw that stirs the Unfogged drink.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:45 AM
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Two, I really want to be paid to drive somewhere cool.

Have I mentioned that my great-grandfather accompanied the Citroen-Haardt expedition (best link I could find) as correspondent for National Geographic?


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:45 AM
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"Please ignore my bathroom humor."

I tried to put than on my business card, but the university print shop wouldn't do it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:45 AM
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illegal to crash into cyclists with cars

Goddamn liberals taking away my freedom!!1!!

Seriously, the sooner we start treating drivers as operators of heavy machinery, and holding them to the appropriate standards, the better. Na Ga Ha Pen, but a boy can dream, can't he?


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:48 AM
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re: 71

Yeah, Oxford has a fairly high rate of deaths. Thousands of cyclists though, so it's not that they are uncommon, it's more that a minority of them are idiots and the streets are small and shared with buses.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:52 AM
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72 it's okay, it's me bringing up the topic open to interpretations is to blame, sorry, please carry on about expeditions
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Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:53 AM
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14, et al: It's porn spam. My Russian is both extremely limited and extremely rusty but it seems to be throwing out celebrity names in the tried and true combination of deceptive advertising + Google spam.

I apologize for having interrupted all this talk of distended sphincters.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:54 AM
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Bathroom humor is the straw that stirs the turd in the Unfogged punch bowl.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 9:55 AM
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Then again, maybe not*.

*Re: rare 20 minute midday comment gap.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:10 AM
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81: I was in the can. Very stopped-up. Too much cheese from yesterday's pizza.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:16 AM
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Fifteen minutes.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:19 AM
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(with olives)


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:19 AM
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Dammit.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:19 AM
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I don't know what you mean by "midday", either. It's 9:31!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:23 AM
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Or 10:23. Whichever.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:24 AM
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That reminds me. Why is unfogged on Mountain Time?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:24 AM
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Unless it's some secret Illuminati reason, in which case, forget I asked.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:26 AM
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Unless it's some secret Illuminati reason, in which case, forget I asked.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:26 AM
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Sorry. Freemasons got my keyboard.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:26 AM
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Because we're based in a Mountain bunker.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:27 AM
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But nonetheless our vaginas are right-sized to a man.

I'm starting to think you didn't take my post very seriously.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:30 AM
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I assure you we take vaginas very seriously.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:34 AM
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83: Yes, I forgot that Unfogged was on Mountainish time (Mountain - 6 minutes, ~Great Basin Time).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:35 AM
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Yeah, Oxford has a fairly high rate of deaths.

Higher than 100%, even.


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|| I really hate dropping footnotes to explain to the court basic concepts that it surely already understands simply because some other attorney on the case doesn't get it.|>


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:38 AM
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93: Everyone adds value in their own morally strange way. We're just like snowflakes that way!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:39 AM
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97: May it please the court.
By 'tort', I am not referring to a pastry.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:40 AM
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I really hate droppings, especially when underfoot.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:42 AM
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52: According to the paper, Pittsburgh is talking about banning plastic PVC pipe, handcuffs and other locks, wire and cement to make it harder for protesters to block streets.

Since no one asked: is Pittsburg having some kind of problem with protests? Or is this some preemptive kind of thing?

max
['Just in case!']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:53 AM
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The G-20 comes next month.
Also, enough with spelling reform. Our ancestors fought the Post Office for years. We get to get our silent, terminal 'h'.


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101: Most likely, they're just trying to squeeze some political contributions from Big Plastic, Big Handcuff, Big Lock, Big Wire, and Big Portland Cement.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:56 AM
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May it please the court, Your Honor looks especially fetching today. That robe really brings out Your Honor's careworn despair and martinet brutalism.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 10:57 AM
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Plans under way for memorial statue of Gary Gygax

Insert your death-trap joke here.

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Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 11:32 AM
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105: I was pretty nerdy in high school, but doubt I have played D&D for more than 8-12 hours lifetime. Where were all the games that filled people's lives and made them permanent sufferers of nerd stigmata fans?


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102: The G-20 comes next month.

Ah. Must keep America free of Dirty Fucking Hippies so that our fine, upstanding Christian lynchmobs can operate uh, peaceably.

We get to get our silent, terminal 'h'.

Apparently, it's also invisible to my eyes. It was right in front of me, but the verbal processor section of my brain did not pick it up. So I will, in the future, correct this. I will also undoubtably fail miserably. My apologies in advance.

103: they're just trying to squeeze some political contributions from Big Plastic, Big Handcuff, Big Lock, Big Wire, and Big Portland Cement.

Maybe; but they're already squeezing campaign contributions from the security companies they'll hire to monitor the event. Declining to comply with every idiot recommendation might reduce the monies flowing in already.

max
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Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 11:59 AM
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Actually, apparently the plan is to import extra cops from cities that are used to dealing with protesters.

I'm not sure if this is better or worse than importing a bunch of suburban yahoos who generally view possession of a messenger bag as probable cause.


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I'm still trying to decide whether to take the G-20 off work. I'm pretty sure Oakland will be fucked for traffic even if there isn't a single protest in the whole city.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 12:19 PM
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Can't see the link at work - is he using "ignorant" in the dictionary sense or the colloquial Brit sense (= offensively stupid)

That would be the latter. And they are offensively stupid, but that's part of the charm. I dunno. I like cars that go fast and people talking about them in ridiculous manners while occasionally doing really stupid shit. (But for some reason I can never watch stuff like Jack Ass).


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 1:02 PM
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making it illegal to crash into cyclists with cars

As long as they don't take away our right to at shoot bicyclists' heads. Oh good. They didn't.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 4:18 PM
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I have a toddler and I work at a university. Giving reasonable responses to nonsense is about three quarters of my waking life.

I have a 13-yo. Don't expect it to improve any time soon.

And about the crapping thing: how much of your day do you really spend on the toilet, and is that time really so enjoyable that you can't give it up for a few days to enjoy outdoor life?


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:48 PM
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But you CAN enjoy that time on the toilet and still be in the outdoors. If you go canoeing/kayaking in an ecologically sensitive area, like the Green River of Utah, they make you pack all of your waste out. In order to help you with this, you rent a small box filled with chemicals that serves as a toilet. If you position it just right, you can poo and gaze out upon the wonders of the world - gorgeous rock formations, cliff dwellings, cottonwoods quavering in the wind, even the lazy river itself.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 08- 7-09 8:54 PM
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Clarkson is best when he isn't talking about fast cars though. He's interesting when he talks about Citroens and Hondas and Fiats and people movers with soul, and boring as fuck when he gets on about the latest very very fast thing from BMW.


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A friend of mine watched Top Gear for the first time a couple of weeks ago (he doesn't drive): he said that he suddenly understood where half the people in his office got their "sense of humour" for the first time in five years.

The best thing I saw Clarkson on was the ep of Who Do You Think You Are (celeb brits of various backgrounds explore their family tree and cry unexpectedly: it's generally very interesting, esp.on cultural mobility and the sexual scrapes our forebears got themselves into).

Clarkson discovered he was heir to the fortune made by a 19th-century manufacturer of a patent screw-top sealed jar for jams and jellies (like the Kelner jar only dfifferent). Anyway he decided he was owed billions of pounds and went searching for what had happened to the factory. First of all he became enraged because in the 1880s the government had insisted it stop emitting toxic gases all across the urban neighbourhood. So he decided Green Do-Gooders had stolen his inheritance. Then he gradually discovered that actually this legislation hadn't driven the factory out of business -- instead it was inherited by the son of the ancestor who invented the jar: this son was a twerp and a wastrel, the factory went bankrupt, the patent was sold and all the money disappeared.

Clarkson plays being a loud entitled oaf for comedy -- but he really is one, I think. When he was making this programme he filmed part of it in a shop another friend works in -- she said he was a total dick in real life.


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 08- 8-09 3:04 PM
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