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Archive for January, 2009

Delighting little girls with hours of enchanting entertainment.

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

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So, Ann and I are poking about, looking for lunchboxes suitable to house her new computer. We came across a mind-blowing amount of Disney merchandise, some miscellaneous transformers paraphernalia, some cute retro designs… and this.

One of the greatest adventures on–(sic) or under–the seven seas, this charming, lively tale based on Hans Christian Anderson’s beloved children’s story comes to splendid life ini an enchanting animated film. The beautiful and adventurous mermaid, Princess Lena, lives with her family in a watery castle and has everything she could ever need, but she longs for only one thing; to explore the world of humans. Determined to marry Prince Stefan, whom she sees when a whirlpool takes her to the surface, Princess Lena must turn to the evil sea witch Cassandra and pay a heavy price for her promise of help.Description of The Little Mermaid

I’m sure I’ve seen that movie. I just… can’t quite place it.

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Sadly, coffee appears not to be an LSD analog.

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

It’s very disappointing, truth to say. Although I suspect my kidneys (and employer) will quickly become much happier with me.

Aside: In high school, I was once hospitalized for overdosing on caffeine (nine shots of espresso and 1.6g of caffeine in pill form). The only voices I heard were those of concerned (or at least slightly put-out) hospital personnel, and that of my mother. The punchline to this story should rightly be, “And I have never had a cup since,” but really, I think that was merely the beginning of a drug-infused spiral that lasts to this day. I expect I shall begin shooting Vivarin any minute now.

Deporting people? Hi-larious.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Apparently, ABC premiered a new show a few weeks ago: Homeland Security, USA, a reality TV series following several Homeland Security officers as they go about doing Homeland-Security-type things and if this sounds like vapid nationalist-porn, well, you’re probably not wrong, but I’m certainly not tuning in to find out.

I was twigged to this when I heard this NPR story. I thought NPR’s journalists performed, y’know, actual journalism. And I suppose sometimes they might. And sometimes, we get this:

There aren’t any terrorist plots uncovered, though viewers do get to watch agents thwart drug smugglers. And then there’s the lighter side of the job. In one scene, for instance, an immigration officer deports a busty belly dancer from Switzerland. Homeland Security Gets The Reality TV Treatment, NPR

I wonder what’s funny about that. Her occupation? She’s a sex worker—how quaint! Her country of origin? Just listen to that funny accent. My Swiss-German sounds just like a native speaker’s! Her tits, and the size thereof? Hurr. Hurr. Tits. Hurr. The fact that she’s being arrested, detained, and deported? That her life is, if not being ruined, then at least being massively changed without her will or consent? That she could, in fact, die during this process?

My sides are just splitting, let me tell you.

Doesn’t Israel have a right to defend itself?

Monday, January 5th, 2009

No.

Nations don’t have rights. Sorry.

(Actual writing will resume shortly.)