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Laden with messages. Lightens the heart. Shocks the conscience. Fires the loins.

You can... um... go ahead and attach each sentence fragment a pane. At your own risk.


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Product of the intentionally stealthy preparations for the blockade run of the Tahrir and Saoirse very few people have heard about their departure from Turkey, or more importantly their run in with Israeli authorities. I'm not going to bother trying to summarize using my no doubt flawed understanding and will leave that to Democracy Now's reporting from Nov 3, Nov 4 and this blurb from the Democracy Now site:

Democracy Now! has just learned Israel has detained our correspondent Jihan Hafiz while on assignment. She was on board the Canadian ship, the Tahrir, covering the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla. Hafiz has been filing daily video reports this week from aboard the Tahrir. The reports have aired on Democracy Now! and distributed internationally by the Reuters news agency.

We lost contact with Jihan Hafiz earlier today shortly before the Israeli Navy intercepted the Tahrir and the Irish ship Saoirse. Both ships had left Turkey on Wednesday bound for Gaza.

Hafiz is a U.S. citizen born in California. Her family lives in Arlington, Virginia.

We urge Democracy Now! viewers and listeners to call your Senators and Representatives to encourage them to help secure the immediate release of journalist Jihan Hafiz along with her equipment and footage.

Numbers for U.S. Senators can be found here

Numbers for U.S. Representatives can be found here

I'd point out there are lots of other people without the blessed status of US citizenship as well. The Canadian Boat to Gaza site has a very short post: "I write to you from cell 9 of the Apartheid State of Israel" that at least on the surface suggests that the entire group has been detained.

Screencap from: therealnews.com: Jihan Hafiz on Reporting From Libya

After the fact...

"I write to you from cell 9 of the Apartheid State of Israel"

2011.11.06 11:41am
Aaron
From the Canadian Boat to Gaza site:
I write to you from cell 9, block 59 Givon Prison near Ramla in Occupied Palestine. Although I was tasered during the assault on the Tahrir, and bruised during forcible removal dockside (I am limping slightly as a result) I am basically ok. We, Ehab, Michael, Karen from Tahrir, as well as Karen, Kit (US) and Jihan who we saw briefly this morning. We are most concerned about our Tahrir shipmate, Palestinian Majd Kayyal from Haifa, last seen by us at Ashdod being photographed and put in a police car.*

* Majd Kayyal was released, but it appears David the other political prisoners weren't told where he was taken.

So there's the more on the state of the crews.

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Child's Play is a great charity with a low, low (approx 5%) administrative fee that gives video games to sick children. You need to read more you stingy jerk? Fine. You sick, selfish bastards can read more below, and the rest of us will: donate online, Text 'GAMERS' to 50555, friend on facebook and follow on twitter.

From the Child's Play about page:

Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.

Now stop reading and give them money because either you have too much or you're not a sick kid in a hospital. If you're a sick kid in a hospital please disregard this message.

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Occupy Montreal

2011.10.16 09:04am
Aaron

Montreal was, yesterday the 15th October, and is continuing to be Occupied to some as yet undetermined level of effect.

I stopped by the Occupation yesterday for a little while to grab a picture or two, see what was the what and most importantly to make the crowd of people one person larger. Just one of the "Students, unions, homeless people, artists, drummers and people of all sorts gathered..." mentioned by CTV, I suppose. I guess I'll choose to be an 'all sorts' of person, though the list suggests more drummers and homeless were present than employed professionals. Who am I to say, right? Well, I'm the sort who was there and doesn't recall seeing swarms of homeless or drummers. I guess we don't want to let reality stand in the way of a comfortable narrative.

I have no idea if a protest of a thousand people has any value, but I'd still encourage anyone who hasn't yet to go down and be counted. If nothing else there are at least drummers to enjoy.

Also, should you wish for some real information about the occupation, there is at least one Facebook page, and of course there are twits on the twitterfeedburner.net.

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Wheel of Andrew

2011.10.11 08:25pm
Aaron

What am I going to do, not put it on my site?

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The Minecraft 1.8 beta is out. Those bastards.

... they pull me back in.

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I'd like to share a small sample of the 325 photo study I'm preparing for a showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York. It is a dramatic opus in uninterrupted continuum I have titled: "Man Watching Michael Bay's 'Transformers'".


"Disbelief"


"Bewilderment"


"An Appeal to the Gods"

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Or: I really don’t have as much free time as this implies.

I’m brushing up on AC3D for a development project and as a result I measured my apartment and modeled it so I could decorate one of the walls efficiently. I gave two reasons there. Let’s go with the brushing up on development because that makes me less ridiculous.

I need to get up to (and ideally) nine game racks onto the wall, hopefully in some kind of interesting way. Maybe some kind of spiral? Suggestions are welcome, because I have no creativity whatsoever.

Home improvement is hard. I've been "painting this wall" for something like four weeks and it isn't even painted. It's primed. It's like, at the stage where I can start doing the work. Fuck that. It's a white wall now. Like the man said: Fuck the Karate Kid.

Sure am taking this vapid, all about me approach seriously, eh?

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Important things are important to me. I hate them, I hate them. They’re stupid, stupid, stupid. This summary meant to read like a tantrum.

The banking system, peak oil, religion, politics, homelessness, fish stocks, starvation, genocide are all important topics to me as they are to everyone else. I’d hazard that I think about them at a rate that would be considered higher than average. Here’s the thing, right, I don’t know anything about anything I consider to be important. What I just said is a lie, but it isn’t much of one. I think I know quite a bit about things I consider important, but what I don’t know is teachable amounts about things I consider important. Preaching on a subject, in my mind, requires that the preacher have an intimate knowledge of that subject driven by an authority earned in education or experience. I don’t care what you think about nuclear energy unless you’re a nuclear physicist, or an environmental engineer, or an analyst who can effectively source a nuclear physicist or environmental engineer, and so on.

The above is a glib description, and so is incomplete, but it is also representative. I have all manner of opinion on all manner of topic that I’ve no sufficient experience or competence to discuss with certainty or authority. So, I don’t write anything of a nature I consider to be valuable or relevant.

There are things I occasionally would like to write about and that I’m qualified and competent to write about in that they require no meaningful competence or qualification. I could write about is programming, or video games or things of that nature. These things are not important. I like them, and while I would not say they are important to me, they do occupy a great deal of my time and attention and as a result I have all manner of opinion on them. As it turns out these subjects don’t really matter, and so, I don’t write about them.

See how that works? I can’t write about important things because they’re too important, and I can’t write about unimportant things because they’re not important. Well, that’s bullshit, isn’t it? Leaving aside briefly the psychological ramifications of being competent only in frivolity, I’d really like to be able to write because I like writing. Also, I want sweets, boobies, and to never have to work again.

This is where being moderately clever and of low moral fiber comes in. I have unleashed the Power of Rationalization upon my own value system and it was super effective. So, I’m going to drop the idea that I have any standards or narrative for what will appear on this page. I’ve also given myself permission to use the word boobies. I didn’t really follow that rule before, so it’s not a big deal, but it’s nice to have it there in the toolbox.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation today amidst a whirlwind of press attention and pressure from fellow congressmen regarding his completely legal, but creepy and kind of funny behaviour.

In other news there's still that a potential genocide thing going on in South Kordofan, Sudan. Boooooorrrrrriiiiiing.

Maybe they'll be lucky and there'll be a sex scandal involving someone white along side all the black people being murdered and such.

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