Monthly Archives: March 2003

Newsfeed Clarification

Since there seems to be some confusion, I thought I should clarify that the newsfeed submission tool is for BME as in Body Modification Ezine… It's not just a general link trader. The stories submitted should be explicitly about body modification, or I can't post them.

So far I've gotten quite a few links about birth control, cancer treatment, politics, new kinds of fuel technology, and so on… Also, please understand that once a story gets onto the AP and other wires, that it'll show up in a zillion papers. So if your story is a unique URL, but it doesn't get added, it might be that it's already on the site but via a different paper (I think I've had at least thirty variations on the “Do Not Rescucitate” tattoo story).

Anyway, thanks to everyone who's helping out on this. Tomorrow morning I'll write a little amendment to the tool so at the bottom of the newsfeed pages it'll display the current top three. Oh, and the “prizes” will get awarded probably on the 5th of every month (to allow for the dregs to get posted).

Finally, I tend to update the newsfeed once in the morning, and then once or twice over the day. So stories either get added or not in about a 12-24 hour window.

Dirty rotten liar

So I said I was going to make burritos… I ended up cooking a rice and jerk veggie dish instead, but it was for the best. Turned out really nicely; a sweet/spicy flavor with zucchini, mushrooms, a pile of different kinds of beans, and of course garlic. I think I put garlic in everything I eat.

Everyone in this house (with the exception of the lout, but he's out) is a pretty solid cook. I think it's an important skill in life, to at least understand the basics of anyway.

Oh, and I see Ryan's added two new button designs to BMEshop:

PS. Don't order those on their own or you'll get screwed on shipping. Wait till you want to order something else, and just toss them in an cheapo extras. We make them here so they won't go out of stock, so it's not like the t-shirts where there's a mad rush.

Chop chop

The render for the new self-castration DVD (two procedures, plus a bunch of bonus features) is going nicely and I think I did a decent job on the editing. I've got about an hour before it finishes this step (color correcting a 70 minute segment and rendering it to MPEG2 at 4 Mbit/second) and then I'll create the rest of the bonus features and the menu structures.

In the meantime I answered the Seven Mortal Sins poll that's also on my wife's page (I think she got it from mal — who knows where he got it from, he's quite promiscuous when it comes to these things)…


  1. Who did you last get angry with? I think it was that moron Jason for blocking the driveway. Extreme stupidity is about the only thing that really makes me angry.
  2. What is your weapon of choice? I like guns, but that's on a recreational level… I think realistically if I got to the point where I wanted to commit premeditated harm, I'd make the decision, and then carry it out anonymously ten years later, probably by proxy… oh wait… I've said too much…
  3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex? I'm really not into hitting people except for fun, but if I felt pushed to that level I don't think I'd make a the judgment call based on gender.
  4. How about of the same sex? See above.
  5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you? I have no idea. People get angry at me all the time, but it's not usually because they're actually angry at me — it's because some action of mine has showed them an inadequacy in themselves, and by turning their anger on me, it allows them to avoid asking themselves unpleasant questions.
  6. What is your pet peeve? Ignorance and blindness.
  7. Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily? I operate on a three strikes and you're out type policy. I'll be nice until I reach a 'game over' situation and then eliminate that person from my life. End of story.


  1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't done in a long time? I really don't have things I'm supposed to do. There's stuff I enjoy, and I do it.
  2. What is the latest you've ever woken up? I've woken up at every time of day and night. I haven't had a job that required me to get up at any particular time in over a decade.
  3. Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't. I have a long list of pending interviews, some of them years in the making that I desperately have to do… But instead I'm writing out this stupid poll.
  4. What is the last lame excuse you made? If I made a lame excuse it's because the actual reason was lame.
  5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through (one of the long ones…)? I really doubt it.
  6. When was the last time you got a good workout in? An hour or so ago… I should get more exercise, but I'm a million times fitter than when I was living in the city, so I'm not complaining.
  7. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today? I don't have an alarm clock. I get up with the sun (between 5:30 and 6:30 AM).


  1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice? I like iced mochas, although since I got lactose intolerant and had to switch to soy milk I'm not as into them… Although I had a couple really good ones at Heathrow while we were waiting for the plane back.
  2. Meat eaters: white meat or dark meat? What am I, a carrion eater?
  3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event? At the July 2001 BBQ I drank a full two-four… I think I fell off the roof of the Jeep too.
  4. Have you ever used a professional diet company? Ha, ha, no… Not my thing, taking other people's advice!
  5. Do you have an issue with your weight? Not at this point, although I'd like to be in better shape. I'm down to a relatively healthy weight now, but last summer when I was topping 260 or so, I definitely did have an issue with it.
  6. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy foods? I don't like sweets at all… So of those three, it's spicy foods.
  7. Have you ever looked at a small housepet or child and thought, “LUNCH!”? I think this is the “I couldn't think of seven decent questions” part. Obviously the answer is no, and anyone who answers otherwise is either a liar or trying (and failing) to be funny.


  1. How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies/family)? Tens of thousands, if not more. If the question is meant to mean “how many people have I seen naked in person” then the answer is hundreds.
  2. How many people have seen YOU naked (not counting physicians/family? Probably about a hundred thousand, at least.
  3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of your gender of choice during a normal conversation? Sure.
  4. Have you “done it”? I've done a lot of things.
  5. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice? I'm more interested in the way a person's form travels across time. That is, how they move.
  6. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute? I lived just outside Parkdale, and I drove a flash car. What do you think?
  7. Have you ever had to get tested for an STD or pregnancy? I would hope that every responsible sexually active person that's had more than one partner gets tested. So yes, of course.


  1. How many credit cards do you own? Aren't credit cards like cats? That is, they own you, not the other way around? I think I have four credit cards, although I only use two of them.
  2. What's your guilty pleasure store?, or at least it was until I moved and all my address details got totally screwed and I stopped getting my orders… I used to buy so many books!
  3. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it? At this point in my life I'd invest it in defendable land and weaponry in a relatively isolated third-world country.
  4. Would you rather be rich, or famous? Rich and famous tend to go together. Poor people are more likely to be “infamous”. I believe I'm working toward “rich and infamous”, which is the most humorous combination at least.
  5. Have you ever stolen anything? Yeah, probably hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of junk, but not in a long long time.
  6. How many MP3s are on your hard drive? About 20,000 or so, but the vast majority are totally legitimate since I always rip the CDs I buy since I use my computer as a media-center.


  1. What one thing have you done that you're most proud of? I'm more proud of the people I've helped to achieve great things… Pride by proxy? Does that count?
  2. What one thing have you done that your parents are most proud of? I have no idea.
  3. What thing would you like to accomplish in your life? I would like to become aware.
  4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place? I don't come in second place.
  5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors? I'm egotistical enough to think that most of the time… But I certainly don't seek out contests where I'll win because it's not fair. I enormously enjoy debating people who are brighter than I am and being shot down. It's only by having one's core ideas successfully challenged that one can move past their false assumptions.
  6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score? I'm with Jim Kirk on this one.
  7. What did you do today that you're proud of? I'm going to go make burritos and I'm pretty sure they're going to turn out well.


  1. What item (or person) of your friend's would you most want to have for your own? I honestly can't think of anything.
  2. Who would you want to go on “Trading Spaces” with? I'm not the right guy to ask that question.
  3. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be? I'm perfectly happy being me.
  4. Have you ever been cheated on? Sure. Date enough people and it'll happen. It sucks when it happens but life goes on and there's a lot of wonderful people in this world.
  5. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own? Not really, outside of the obvious things like needing more exercise or preferring not to have to wear glasses… I'm fairly content with the genetic cards I got dealt.
  6. What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself? Charisma. I'm not saying I'm un-charismatic, but there's a certain knack that some people have for guiding a conversation and holding an audience that I've never been that good at.
  7. Do you wish you'd come up with this survey? Yeah, it's a real work of genius.


  1. Finally, what is your favorite deadly sin? Lust seems like the only one that's actually fun, so I'll go with that one.

(Don't) give peace a chance!

Thanks to the Happy Birthday Rocket Queen for passing me this kooky link. To summarize, a guy goes to the mall with his son. One of the stores is selling a shirt with a sixties-style peace logo on it, and on the back it says “give peace a chance“. No picture of Bush, no terrorism reference, no Osama-Yo-Mama… just a peace sign. A simple and pure sentiment.

Anyway, he put on the shirt that he'd bought at the mall, and sat down in the food court to have lunch with his son. Security guards approached him.

"Sir, if you insist on wearing that shirt here, you're going to have to leave. We really can't tolerate this kind of violent protest here."

"But I just bought it at the store over there. It's just a peace sign, what's the problem?"

"Sir, if you don't leave we're going to have to call the police."

And call the police they did, who arrested the man for tresspassing and dragged him out in handcuffs. He now faces a year in prison, and seeing as they asked him to leave private property and he refused, it's really an open and shut case.

As Don King would put it, “only in America!”

Say goodbye to Japanese tourists! I hear they like flashing the peace sign.

Winter wonderland?

Everything is covered in snow…

The dish.
The Vette.
The truck.
Yes, I know.
I'm going to hell for that.
Even the snowmobile

PS. I love **PIXBG**