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So apparently the new American "Transformer" toy is named "Spastic"?

Unfortunately, to the English this is tears-in-your-eyes, can't-breathe funny -- on a par with coming out with a toy named "Retard"...

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I've figured out how to flip photos I take on photobooth, which means I can upload photos of some of the circus/carnival/sideshow/misc t-shirts I've made. (When I've got enough printed, gonna sell them at Hebden market; til then might try to sell a few with our car-boot stuff.)

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You know, i have always liked & defended Mac computers, cos they're reliable & don't crash much, but over the last few years I've been liking them less & less.


1. their computers, laptops, etc are ALWAYS more expensive (Why? Anyone got a good reason? I'm serious, i'd like to know, cos then i can stop being cross),


2. (far more important) their operating system is DELIBERATELY incompatible with everything.

Which I like about as much as i like Planned Obsolescence.

(It makes me personally selfishly grumpy cos when I try to download free music trax they won't download properly... but it's also an Ideological Thing.

Make stuff as open as possible!
Share, don't hoard, ya bastids!)

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I just found a quote that sums up a lot about how i think & live:

The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing – for the sheer fun and joy of it – to go right ahead and fight, knowing you’re going to lose. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.

–I. F. Stone

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The last few times I've tried to use my computer's built-in camera to photograph one of the tees I make, I've had the obvious reversed-text issues... I've got this one the right way round thanks to E&D's bathroom mirror, which is the only reason I'm uploading it -- cos obviously it's not original, just a stencil I made by tracing the logo.

Made it for Crispy; he wanted it to wear to Boomtown.

Um, while I'm posting, this is one of mine -- original, not traced -- but it's backwards.
Point at mirror?
(And... anyone got a less stupid way than a bathroom mirror to flip an image?)


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At Tim's party there was a great little ska-punk band (local kids -- one of them was the son of the farmer who owned the land) with an unfortunate name:

"Catch-It Kebabs."

(Say it out loud.)

(And no, none of them had noticed the feline-fecal double meaning.)
banksy cctv

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So yesterday at the shop I was trying to pick up a single bottle of beer for Crisp... and I was carded.

Now, this happens rarely in England -- usually only if you're trying to buy a LOT of alcohol or if you look very young -- so I didn't have my ID on me. When I said (nicely) that I WAS nearly thirty (drinking age here is 18, remember), ALL THREE female cashiers agreed that they had to card anyone who looked under 20, and that I looked under 20.

What the hell is it, you guys? It ain't the clean living. When am I gonna stop being mistaken for a teenager? It was flattering when I was 24, funny when I was 28... but if it keeps going much longer it's gonna get really old really fast.

I don't WANT to look like a kiddie any more! I want to look lived-in & experienced & maybe ever so slightly badass...

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I went to an a cappella open mic at a pub in Hebden last night & heard both Georgian & shape-note singing for the first time since I left Vermont.

Weird. Weird, weird. Disorienting. But in a good way.

But then Hebden always feels like an alternate-world Brattleboro.

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Saw a tiny little kiddie this morning in a "Messi" football shirt. Wonder if his parents chose it as a description...?


Crisp & me this morning:

Me: "Are the chords to Cardboard Box City easy?"

C: "You shouldn't have any problem with them. Oh, just so you know, there's a weird E7" (or wotever it was)-- (in absence of guitar, demonstrates with air fretting) "-- and some hammer ons & pull offs on the Am -- " (more air fretting)

Me: (struggling not to laugh) "Babe, thanks, but that's not really a helpful visual unless you're explaining how to milk a levitating cow."

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