Monthly Archives: June 2005

Do you love destruction?

I can't remember where I saw the link posted but I put together a bunch of the car crash test clips from the IIHS into a single video. You can download the 3:20 clip (29 meg WMV file) by doing the old right-click-save on the thumbnail below. The music is “Alone Again Or” by Love.

Mucus Turd

“The one and only solution to internal pollution is purification.” I am so f'ing grossed out right now. I don't even want to think about what's inside my guts. I just hope the copious quantities of hot peppers that I eat have killed it. Click the picture for more (found via We Like It Raw).

To be very clear: I did not take this photo!

Surprisingly good advice

It's a really simple overview, but Marshall Brain (of “” fame) has a surprisingly accurate presentation on how to make a million dollars by starting your own business. There's already a ton of successful entrepreneurs on IAM, and there's definitely space for more.

Via kottke, who has his goal set at $15,000 rather than a million.


One of the fascinating things about George “My Democracy” Bush is that with all his claims of wanting to seed the world with democracy, he really seems to despise the concept… Seeing as he's said it at least three times publicly, I'm sure everyone remember's Bush's commentary that “a dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier.” Keep that in mind when you read this story that 62% of Americans (and growing) disapprove of the President's Social Security plan. His response? “I don't care what all the naysayers say”, or to put it in different terms, “I don't care what the majority says.”

Along the same lines (and contradicting the claims of Bushies that the insurgency is mostly “foreign militants”, and that “the average Iraqi is happy we're there”), US Major General Joseph Taluto in Iraq has described “99.9%” of the insurgency as “good, honest Iraqis” who are “offended by [US] presence” in Iraq. They want a democracy he says, and the voice of their democracy appears to be saying one thing to America — go home.

Stories about over-the-top recruiters continue to fill the news as the military misses its recruiting goals month after month and hemorrhages current staff sick of being mistreated — let alone getting killed by roadside bombs, currently the number one killer in Iraq. While maintaining that it is “unlikely” to be used, the draft system is on full alert and ready to start calling people up, be it for another deceitful war, or an extension on a current one.

Back at home, Bush continues to fearmonger and promote the police surveillance state, while at the same time continuing to work against the American people and for the American corporation. In a recent anti-tobacco lawsuit, not only were the Justice Department pushed from above to cut their demands, but government lawyers actually asked two of their own witnesses to make their testimony less damaging… So that's what hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to Bush and the Republicans buys you.

In more pleasant news, my old friend Bryan has been working on a site called ExoTrail, an exotic pets site built with some of the same layout ideas as BME uses (with full permission). It has a lot of potential, but of course he needs your help. If you're interested in the subject, click the picture above to jump to it now (there are also some photo galleries you can look at already, and a forum system as well).

Pleasant Peasant Food

You may have noticed that I use the same ingredients days in a row. That's because I cook just for myself (Rachel likes different food than me), or for at most Nefarious and I, and it's not like she eats very much. So it takes me a while to go through a bag of whatever item I happen to be working with… Anyway, here's what I ate today:

That's chopped cactus fried with capsicum and jalapeno and garlic, along with fresh quartered tomatoes. These were fried in sesame oil with cumin. I also cooked in some rice and corn that Nefarious's nanny made earlier, and then at the end flash-braised it all in a little balsamic vinegar and fresh lime. The links are explanations as to why I choose to eat these things by the way — I push my body more than I should in some ways, be it substance abuse or be it just working extremely long hard hours most of the time (or accidentally hitting my head on stuff), and eating healthy food is essential in keeping me going.