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“A man wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon character holding a gun was stopped from boarding a flight by the security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.”

This country.

Every day, I am filled with wonder at how stupid people, organisations, and various other things and such can be.

Did I say “wonder”? What I really meant to say was “loathing”.

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How many times have I posted “recent inactivity” updates now? I think the answer is a resounding too many.

I have an excuse, though! Nothing of any interest whatsoever has happened in the past five months, apart from the fact I got a Twitter account, and have continually surprised myself that I haven’t got bored and stopped using it yet. Maybe 140 characters or less is the right amount of text for me to spew out regularly enough for an update to be worth it. Or maybe I just lose interest after the first 140 characters, I don’t know.

I really should write more on here, because in some bizarre way I actually like writing shit here even though I’m pretty sure no bugger reads it but, who cares. Sometimes its nice to write stuff down for no reason. Coincidentally, thats also the exact reason I registered over on Twitter.

OK so yeah I should really get a schedule or something for updating this because I never seem to have much time to write out a decent post. Well, except for this one. Bear in mind I’m not in any way suggesting this is a decent post, just for the record.

Also the ulterior motive here is that I need – well, not need per se – to test out Windows Live Writer, to see if that’s any better then using the WordPress editor which quite often likes to disregard my line breaks entirely, thus words end up scrolling behind my sidebar.

If you’re actually interested in giving WLW (beta) a spin, you can filch a copy from the Live Ideas Betas page. I said filch, not feltch. Filthy bastards. Well so far for this post it seems fairly decent, even if it does run a little slow on my computer. I can blame this on installing the program on a wristwatch, which is the equivalent power of my computer in today’s terms. I’d upgrade it my machine, but that’d just be like putting a carbon bodywork kit on a Trabant, or perhaps more glamourously, polishing a turd. Either way its a waste of time. I’d recommend trying it out because its actually quite a decent program.

In other news, I’m planning on throwing up a review of Custom Robo Arena sometime, when I finally stop playing it. I wouldn’t expect it very soon because apart from work, this game is the other thing that’s been devouring my free time. It’s not often a game will do that these days. The last time this happened was when I bought Paper Mario 2, and that was a superb game.

I miss the copious amounts of free time I used to have. Damn you, Time!

I swear you can’t make this kind of thing up.

Company worker Kazuo Osada, 54, was on a jaunt with 10 other bikers yesterday when he failed to negotiate a bend. However, he was “unaware his right leg had been severed below the knee apparently because his attention was focused on the strong pain he felt from the crash”, according to police.

I assume he only found out about his errant leg when he went to put down his kickstand.

I’m not sure if this is any more or less stupid than the last Second Life post I threw on here. It certainly ranks among the stranger things I’ve heard that go on in there. Discounting the rampant sex, and the furries of course. They may or may not be connected. Nevertheless, link and select excerpts follow.

The Sad and Twisted Saga of a Political Consultant’s Battle With Nintendo’s Kirby

As political scandals go, this was an odd one. Gaming blogs were buzzing last week with reports of a bizarre incident involving the staff member of a U.S. Senator who (allegedly in a drunken rage) used a plot of land in Second Life to build an offensive display of protest against a fluffy pink video game character known as Kirby.
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At some point Lego got the bright idea to use his land to build a kind of weird monument protesting Kirby. He constructed a huge house-like structure made of signs depicting Kirby as a little pink nazi, raising an arm in salute to Adolph Hitler. The pictures I’ve seen are a bit fuzzy, but Kirby appears to have a little red swastika on his chest. Over Kirby’s head the signs read “Kirby Hates our Troops”.
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It was only a matter of time before Lego’s protest was discovered by IntLibber, who promptly contacted Linden Lab to report the display of “broadly offensive material”. IntLibber also confiscated Lego’s land in the process. If nothing else, Lego succeeded in ridding himself of his problem land — at a 100% loss.

This past week IntLibber was still playing the race card. During our interview he told me, “I have to say that while some people in RL may think this is a oddball comedic story, replace “Kirby” with “african american” and the story becomes far more clear.”

…Does it?

I’m at a complete loss here for anything relevant to say. Considering my normal capacity for verbal diarrhea this is most strange.

Right now I’m questioning whether or not its in my best interests to a register Second Life account, if only for a source of posting material. Lets face it, there certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of stupid things and / or people on there to mock endlessly.

Seriously. I can’t see how anybody can take this “MMO” or “game” or “online

porn simulator” seriously anymore. Once again, I’ll let the article do the talking, with a few select quotes:

On Tuesday, his company, Eros, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming the avatar known as Volkov Catteneo has violated the trademark on one of his devices called a Sex Gen. Eros claims the avatar has made unauthorized copies of the device and is selling it for a profit.
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“I don’t just do sexual positions,” Alderman said. “I also do cuddles and kisses and fun things.” But the sex is “what people want,” he added. “I give them what they want. I’m an entrepreneur.”
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Although one online site referred to him as an Internet porn mogul, Alderman said he doesn’t do pornography. “I’m a toy maker,” Alderman explained. “I’m an erotic Geppetto.”

It’s quite possible that last sentence has ruined the once magical (back in the olden days) film Pinnochio forever. Now I see Geppetto, and I get the wonderful image of not just Pinnochio’s wooden nose growing. THANK YOU, INTERNET.

I’m not sure whats worse here, though. The fact that a guy is getting actual, tangible money for selling a virtual sex toy, or the legions of people that are buying it. Using actual, tangible money. For a virtual sex toy. Surely your money would be better spent getting on t’internet and ordering something tangible? I like the word tangible.

Desperate people call for desperate measures?

This is too good not to post.

Courtesy of Teh Yoshi: Ready your peacock-sized stakes.

NEW YORK (AP) — A peacock that roamed into the parking lot of a Burger King in New York City was beaten by a man who insisted it was a vampire.

Animal control officials in Staten Island say the bird was beaten so fiercely that most of its tail feathers fell out and it had to be euthanized.

The seven-year-old male peacock wandered into the restaurant parking lot and perched on a car hood last week. Charmed employees had been feeding it bread when the man appeared.

A restaurant worker says the man grabbed the bird by the neck, hurled it to the ground and started stomping it. She says when he was asked what he was doing, he responded, “‘I’m killing a vampire!”‘

Employees called police, but the man ran when he saw them.

I’m not totally surprised he ran, pummeling a peacock to death probably isn’t something that is too easy to explain away regardless of how sober or mentally challenged you are. Unless of course it really was a vampire, then surely this anonymous hero was doing the Burger King patrons a favour?

Of course, its far more likely he was just baked.