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Headshot of me wearing red lipstick Kara Babcock

Articles from August 2006

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  1. Western society


    Ben: I blame the church Lauren: lol Lauren: For what? Ben: Everything. Ben: No, think about it. Ben: The Church's only major opponents throughout history have been educated people. Remove the desire to learn, and you remove the potential for educated people to undermine your grip on the world. Ben: In fact, all of Western society is essentially a sinful existence purposefully manufactured by the Church for the Church. It reinforces laziness, and offers so

  2. *huggles Portable Apps*


    Nearly a year ago, I first blogged about Portable Apps. Now I'm going to once again declare: Portable Apps rock! :drool:

    They are an excellent way to carry your favourite programs with you on your USB key (or other portable method; I just prefer that). I love Firefox Portable, which is just want it sounds like. I've also got FileZilla Portable, Portable GIMP, Portable, and Portable Gaim. :jay: Although I haven't figured…

  3. Get over it


    Pluto is not a planet anymore.

    Get over it.

    It's still orbitting the sun; it is a "dwarf planet", and it is not going to go away any time soon. So unless you happen to be an astronomer whose doctorate depends upon a study of Pluto's planetary characteristics--does it really matter? Honestly, we spend way too much time talking about semantics--it's maddening! Did everyone turn into lawyers overnight?

    So if you're upset over all…

  4. VSNS Lemon 3.2.2 released


    I've been working on VSNS Lemon 3.3 for a little bit now. My major focus was improving it so that it wouldn't be so buggy (sucky). There aren't that many more features I'd like to add to it--the point is, after all, to keep it simple and avoid feature creep or feature bloat.

    So those of you who like simple will hopefully like this upgrade. It contains numerous bug fixes:

    • Security: Added session_name() to differentiate
  5. Back to school resolutions


    These things never work. I don't bother making New Years resolutions, so I don't see why back to school resolutions would work anyway. But it is early enough in the morning and I haven't had any tea yet, so who knows?

    Depressingly enough, school does start in about two weeks for me. It's not that I dislike school--I enjoy it and will welcome the change from working every day--but I don't feel like I've relaxed…

  6. Get your "fash on"


    Okay, this is the last straw. Old Navy, you have gone too far.

    For the record, breaking up the word "fashion" into two separate words, "fash" and "on", in an attempt to make a cute pop-style song for your latest advertising campaign, cannot be described by any of the following adjectives: clever, cute, funny, interesting, effective, original. And many more.

    Those commercials with their idiotic repeating refrain of "Get your fash on /…

  7. I'm bad at conversation


    In general, I'm not that great at it. I tend to kill conversations (or start them so badly that both parties are grateful when they lapse into silence). I think it's that naturally I am not much of a chatty person, although if you get me started on a subject, it is hard to get me to stop. :D

    But no, this is more of an apology to any of you out there who have…

  8. Is Pluto a planet?


    The short answer: yes and no. (You can tell when science and politics mix.)

    The long answer. Heck, I don't want to bother explaining it. If I did, would I really be writing it in a blog? Wikipedia sums it up nicely, as does this Washington Post article. Pluto is in trouble, but not of losing its planetary status--not quite.

    You see, the problem with Pluto is that it's puny. It's the…

  9. When people tell you to


    ...don't bother asking for directions.

    Muwahahaha. No, it doesn't bother me that I spend my spare time mapping out directions to Hell using Google Maps. Or that Hell is in Michigan, only 1721 km away.

    Wouldn't it be neat to visit Hell and then when people say, "Go to Hell", you can truthfully tell them that you've "been there, done that"? :w00t: And for residents, it would be amazing to be able to…

  10. August is upon us


    Look, I'm blogging! Yeah, I haven't done this in nearly two weeks. I figure that I need to, since even my dad complained (or at least "observed") that I have not blogged in a long period of time.

    You know what they say though: "Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly-so." Good old Ford Prefect. :D

    Of course, when I don't blog, I have to do these annoying catch-up posts that don't have a single…