blarg?

I just receive some spam offering me “Viagra Pro”.

That’s right: Viagra, the Professional Edition. My boggling apparatus is starting to grind and smoke from the strain.

Coming up soon: “Viagra: Enterprise Edition.”

Bill C-38 passed yesterday, so homosexuals (“they”, in the parlance of the modern conservative) are now first-tier citizens and same-sex marriages are now a part of the community of communities. The vote was a free vote, supported by the great majority of the Liberal party, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois, the latter also moving from “we” to “they” status in the process and eliciting this classic remark.

Here’s the quote I was looking for:

“True justice will never come until those who are not injured are just as indignant as those who are.”

- Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President

The converse, I think, is also true – when an injustice is lifted, it is not only victory for the injured; it is a victory for everyone.

A few months ago I said that I’d love to be able to vote Conservative, if only they’d drop the social-policy clown show and get down with some real, small-c fiscal-conservative, free-markety rhetoric. I was in error, not because these things are undesirable but because it’s clear that they’ll never, ever actually happen. Should any conservative party members come across this post I will note that if you’re going to burn your bridges you probably shouldn’t use your dignity and respectability as kindling.

Update: Mel! They’re playing your song!

I don’t think that there’s a long german word for that feeling you get when you find out that your parents are reading your weblog, but there probably should be.

Ominous!

Well, my rock and roll lifestyle has stranded me in Oshawa for the weekend somehow. I’m not sure why, exactly, but here we are. All told, I’d rather not talk about it.

If you’re stranded in Oshawa, and you’re looking for a decent place to eat, there’s a worn-in pub in the downtown area called the Thirsty Monk, which turned out to have one of the best burgers I’ve had in a while. It’s been some time since I had pub food that tasted like the chef cared about what he shoved out the door, and that’s what I got: a good hamburger, a caesar salad with a nice not-from-a-bottle dressing and a Guinness, all of it wrapped in My Kind Of Bar. What’s not to like?

A random, unrelated word of advice: if you’re in an unfamiliar town, and you’re looking for a decent place to eat, a three-year-old Yellow Pages is not a useful implement. Not at all. It is, in fact, a big fat yellow book of lies.

We saw Batman Begins today, which was very wierd – it felt like an action movie stored under glass – it had all the elements of a great action movie, but it was almost entirely unengaging. Maybe it was the not-good theater I saw it in, but I don’t think so. It wasn’t nearly as much fun as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which turned out to be good fluffy fun.

I’ve played a lot of video games recently, which I’m going to tell you about soon.

Moving from the general, “Trackback is dead”, to the specific, “Trackback is dead”, I’ve broken-on-purpose the trackback stuff on Bitchcake.

I hope that’s not a problem for anybody, but the number of legitimate trackback pings I’ve received since I moved over to MT (six, I think) has been outweighed by the trackback spam by a number that would give you an aneurysm if it showed up on your bar tab, so that’s the end of that.

It’s about 2:30 in the morning right now, and I’ve just finished reading a book called “Broken Angels”, by Richard Morgan. You are free to consider this an endorsement of his product, because I strongly endorse his product.

It is not quite, I think, as strong as “Altered Carbon” by the same author, but that’s because Altered Carbon is so dense with awesome that you should only handle it with awesome-resistant gloves. You should store it in an awesome-proof container, and you shouldn’t even look directly at it without awesome-polarized glass awesome-safety goggles.

It’s really awesome, is basically what I’m getting at here.

Apropos of a conversation I had a few days ago, I have a small set of observations for you. They are as follows.

  1. Any digital forums that allow public participation are either:

    • Gated communities, or
    • Running firefights.
  2. The most important question to ask about any innovation or emerging technology is “What’s going to happen when the assholes get hold of this?”
  3. Though not always, typically when people say “assholes” they’ll mean “advertisers”.

It follows that, for a piece of socialware to survive widespread uptake it must have mechanisms in place that provide its primary administrators with:

  • walls, and/or

  • guns.

Default fortification and armory settings should always acknowledge that the good guys are badly outnumbered.