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10.22.2004

www.childsplaycharity.org

www.childsplaycharity.org

There is enough shit in this world to fill Lake Superior about 14 times over, and all too often there isn't enough good to begin to couter that. But every once in a while you may see something that beings to restore your faith in not only humanity, but in our culture.

Penny Arcade is an online comic strip which deals with overwhelming social issues like video games and...not too much else. To call Gabe and Tycho's site off-color is an insult to off-color sites everywhere as topics dealing with the color of ducks' cocks and pictures of shit-filled toilets are not avoided...nay, they are celebrated. However, those of us who may have been shorted in the genetic lottery, it can be quite upsetting to realize that Gabe and Tycho both grabbed more wit and talent than two people have any right to; I do hope we each get a separate pool to draw from. They are funny, artistic, and their posts are very well written. In a time that sees our president abusing the English language like a 12-year-old Ted Bundy abused the neighborhood cats, to see a site that uses irony, sarcasm, and literacy with as much grace as they use color in their comics is a welcome relief.

So last year after hearing all of the shit and blame that gets tossed on video games and gamers, they decided to fight back by doing a toy drive for their local (Seattle) children's hospital. A month later they were delivering one quarter of a million dollars worth of toys and donations to the hospital. That is not a typo nor an exaggeration. $250,000. That is serious good karma.

This year they are expanding the drive to a total of 6 cities and will certainly get my support. I hope they get yours as well.
|| Kelly O'Connor, 2:25 PM || link || (0) comments

www.childsplaycharity.org

www.childsplaycharity.org

There is enough shit in this world to fill Lake Superior about 14 times over, and all too often there isn't enough good to begin to couter that. But every once in a while you may see something that beings to restore your faith in not only humanity, but in our culture.

Penny Arcade is an online comic strip which deals with overwhelming social issues like video games and...not too much else. To call Gabe and Tycho's site off-color is an insult to off-color sites everywhere as topics dealing with the color of ducks' cocks and pictures of shit-filled toilets are not avoided...nay, they are celebrated. However, those of us who may have been shorted in the genetic lottery, it can be quite upsetting to realize that Gabe and Tycho both grabbed more wit and talent than two people have any right to; I do hope we each get a separate pool to draw from. They are funny, artistic, and their posts are very well written. In a time that sees our president abusing the English language like a 12-year-old Ted Bundy abused the neighborhood cats, to see a site that uses irony, sarcasm, and literacy with as much grace as they use color in their comics is a welcome relief.

So last year after hearing all of the shit and blame that gets tossed on video games and gamers, they decided to fight back by doing a toy drive for their local (Seattle) children's hospital. A month later they were delivering one quarter of a million dollars worth of toys and donations to the hospital. That is not a typo nor an exaggeration. $250,000. That is serious good karma.

This year they are expanding the drive to a total of 6 cities and will certainly get my support. I hope they get yours as well.
|| Kelly O'Connor, 2:24 PM || link || (1) comments

10.06.2004

TheStar.com - Astronaut flew high on wings and a prayer

TheStar.com - Astronaut flew high on wings and a prayer

Great story. This entire X-Prize thing harkens back to the days of Charles Lindbergh and barnstorming when people did things for the challenge. There is a barrier to be broken, so by god why don't we try to break it.

What has been accomplished in this flight is astounding. The future is even more incredible with 7-up about to start sending contest winners to space. Think about that. You open up your Diet Cherry 7-up, look at the bottle cap, and next thing you know you are on your way through the stratosphere.

The commercial interests are not only obvious, but completely necessary. This is still a capitalistic society and it is money which drives innovation. I don't care WHY people go up there, but that they do is very important. We have to as a species keep pushing our boundaries, trying to go farther and higher and faster.

It is an exiting time right now.
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10.01.2004

Yahoo! News - Lawmaker expresses "dismay" that White House allegedly wrote Allawi speech

Yahoo! News - Lawmaker expresses "dismay" that White House allegedly wrote Allawi speech

Further evidence that any belief in actual Iraqi sovereignty is nothing more than a myth. You might as well believe in Jesus.
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