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Bog Person, Iceman, Mummy, Or Fossil?

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If you had the option of becoming a bog person, an iceman, a mummy, or a fossil after your death, which would you choose?

Sure, bog people, icemen and mummies are all much cooler and better-preserved than fossils, but I don’t think they have the same eternal staying power.

Which is why, if given the choice, I would choose fossilization. Millions of years from now, the sentient cockroaches that rule the earth might someday unearth my bones and arrange them in a threatening pose in one of their museums, possibly holding a shoe and bearing a label like “Fearsome 21st-Century Predator” or “Ruthless Mass Murderer.”

Generally speaking, I don’t much care what happens to my body after I’m done with it, but the idea that it might someday scare the children of a distant and unimaginable future kinda tickles me.

5 comments December 31st, 2008 at 08:29pm Posted by Eli

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Wanker Of The Day

John McCain:

John McCain is leading the way, saying it is “unacceptable that we would leave the American taxpayer with a tab of tens of billions of dollars while failing to receive any serious concessions from the industry.”

I guess that kind of blank check is only acceptable when the tab is hundreds of billions.

December 19th, 2008 at 09:19pm Posted by Eli

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Vacation!

I will be on vacation for roughly the next week, so posting will be light.  I’ll try to keep up with the regular weekly features and the photoblogging, at least.

December 4th, 2008 at 09:04am Posted by Eli

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What I’m Thankful For

o That America finally and decisively rejected the Republican politics of hate and fear to put an intelligent (albeit not progressive) Democrat back in the White House after eight years of corruption, incompetence, and outright malevolence.  (Parenthetical Note: Anyone who describes Obama as The Most Liberal Senator Evar automatically and permanently forfeits their right to be taken seriously.  This is not subject to appeal.)

o That our intelligent (albeit not progressive) Democratic president will have a Democratic Congress to work with for the first time in fourteen years.

o My totally awesome girlfriend who loves cheesy horror and action movies.  Also ninjas, pirates, robots, monkeys, Vikings, and Omar Sharif.

o The Giants won the Superbowl!

o The Giants and Jets are both Superbowl contenders, which is not only awesome in itself, but also means they’re on TV a lot more often.

o That technology keeps getting smaller, cheaper, and more powerful every year.  My cellphone is roughly twice as powerful as my first PC, by almost any measure.

o The opportunity to frontpage regularly at Firedoglake, where I can be read by more than 20 people.

o My excellent and intelligent readers here and at FDL.

o My camera.

o This commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmSCh5ZkMqk

Yes, it still cracks me right up.

November 27th, 2008 at 12:20pm Posted by Eli

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My Useless Expensive Techno Gadget Idea

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50uW0b7tWiM

This it?

So I was thinking about Art Ledbedev’s Optimus Maximus keyboard, which uses programmable miniature OLED displays to make its keys instantly reconfigurable for any language or application, and it hit me:

Rubik’s Cube.

A programmable Rubik’s Cube with OLED squares, which could have infinite customizable options for colors, patterns, or even composite pictures spanning all nine squares on each side.  I reckon something like that would probably sell for about $500 – I have no idea what kind of market there would be for it, but I bet a lot of the geeks who played with Rubik’s Cubes 20 years ago can afford it.

Note: It would also be the first Rubik’s Cube with a “Reset” option.  Although a “Robot’s Cube” which could mechanically solve itself would be pretty cool, too.

2 comments November 20th, 2008 at 05:53pm Posted by Eli

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Programming Note

Now that the election is over, I have decided to sort-of refocus my blog.  I’ll continue to write about politics as much as I usually would, but I’m also going to return to my original intent when I first started this blog, which was to serve as an outlet for weird and interesting items that I was e-mailing to people.  So there will be a lot more “Hey, this is weird/interesting, check it out” posts in addition to the political ones.

At least, that’s what I think will happen.  Who knows what the reality will actually be.

November 6th, 2008 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

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Monday Media Blogging – MTV3K Edition

What 80s songs would be like if their lyrics exactly described their videos. It’s way funnier than it sounds, trust me.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Baaaand Montaaaaage…

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Do you like my new sweater?

(h/t ::matthew)

October 20th, 2008 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

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John McCain Doesn’t Use A Computer BECAUSE HE WAS A POW!!!

Did I mention that he was a POW?

As part of its effort to show the 72-year-old Republican Sen. John McCain as old and out of touch, the Democratic Party’s hip campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, which frequently says it honors the former POW’s military service to his country, Friday released a new ad.

As noted Friday by our blogging colleagues over at the Technology blog here, the ad says, among other things: “1982, John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years, but McCain hasn’t.

“He admits he doesn’t know how to use a computer, can’t send an e-mail.”

(…)

Here’s a passage from a lengthy Boston Globe profile on McCain that was published the last time he ran for president. It was headlined “McCain character loyal to a fault.” It was written by Mary Leonard.

And it was printed more than eight years ago, on March 4, 2000.

It is available online, where Jonah Goldberg of The Corner blog at the National Review found it.

“McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan — Ted Williams is his hero — but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.”

Oh, snap!  The Obama campaign really stepped in it this time!  Or did they…

Of course, this directly contradicts what McCain and his campaign manager have said. McCain told the New York Times in July:

I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.

Campaign manager Rick Davis said in June that McCain would grab Blackberrys from reporters and tool around on the internet:

He actually is, he always is grabbing people’s Blackberrys on the bus. In fact, no reporter’s Blackberry is safe from his prying eyes. He loves to tool around on the internet, he especially loves the videos that get produced that usually poke fun at him. I think that’s his most entertaining part of the internet.

And in a Politico interview, McCain said again that he uses a blackberry and plans to go online:

I use the Blackberry, but I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail. I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone. I have the luxury of being in contact with them literally all the time.

Be sure to click through for lots of pictures of McCain using cellphones with no apparent difficulty.  Maybe the keys on a computer keyboard are just too damn large.

(h/t Ian Welsh)

September 13th, 2008 at 04:26pm Posted by Eli

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Not Much To Report…

…But I can tell you that I will be at Philadelphia Drinking Liberally tonight (Tangier, 6PM), so I’m sure the turnout will be EPIC.

August 19th, 2008 at 01:34pm Posted by Eli

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Programming Note

I will be out of town on business until Thursday evening, so posting may be even more sporadic than usual.

August 18th, 2008 at 11:13am Posted by Eli

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Two Birds With One Stone?

Could we replace Saakashvili with Don Siegelman?

Hey, it’s just a thought – he couldn’t do any worse, right?

(Damn, wrong state – I guess my brain just wanted that one too bad. On the other hand, a peacemaker like Jimmy Carter could be just what this situation needs…)

August 14th, 2008 at 10:04pm Posted by Eli

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Good For Joe!

It sounds like he’s finally going to do the right thing:

Lieberman practically confirmed that he would indeed speak. After stating that no decision has been made, Lieberman went on to say:

If Sen. McCain feels that I can help his candidacy…I will do it. But I assure you this Tom, I’m not going to go to that convention — the Republican convention — and spend my time attacking Barack Obama. I’m going to go there really talking about why I support John McCain and why I hope a lot of other independents and Democrats will do that.

And frankly, I’m going to go to a partisan convention and tell them — if I go — why it’s so important that we start to act like Americans and not as partisan mud-slingers.

Finally!  Joe is going to the Republican convention to sorrowfully, regretfully ask his BFF John to stop airing dishonest, negative, mean-spirited commercials about Barack Obama.

Please join me in applauding Joe Lieberman for the courage and integrity – and impartiality – of his crusade to bring civility back to our nation’s politics.

August 3rd, 2008 at 04:31pm Posted by Eli

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This Just In: Environmentalists Hate Minorities And Poor People!

So say, um, a pair of GOP/Exxon operatives pretending to be anti-poverty black activists:

A gathering led by Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality, Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, and the new group Americans for American Energy held a press conference yesterday demanding increased “American Energy” production.  Their contentions were twofold: that high energy costs disproportionately harm low-income families, and that increased domestic oil drilling would solve the problem.  Standing in the way: the “elitist Volvo-driving” environmentalists. Watch:

Although CORE was once a prominent civil rights group, after Niger Innis’s father, Roy, took control in 1968, he led it to the far right, honoring Karl Rove at its Martin Luther King dinner, backing extreme Bush judges, and defending oil companies. According to a Mother Jones article, “Innis has been accused by founder James Farmer and other black leaders of renting out CORE’s historic reputation to corporations like Monsanto and ExxonMobil. (CORE even mounted a counterprotest to environmentalists picketing an ExxonMobil shareholders’ meeting.)”

For CORE, this event was no different. Niger Innis proclaimed his coalition to open up domestic drilling to be “very much like the civil rights revolution in its diversity and in its moral passion.”

Early in the press conference, Harry Jackson defined the enemy: “The fact is that we have environmental groups who are basically elitist, they are trying to dramatically change our lives, they are basically saying that they want to have a wholesale transformation of our culture and society.” Limiting drilling in ANWR, he said, is “a huge problem.”

While he once again claimed to be a Democratic voter, Jackson is a frequent spokesman for groups and causes on the Religious Right, and he’s apparently expanding his portfolio to issues of the economic Right. Jackson took the time yesterday to hawk the new book he co-wrote with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, which included a chapter on anti-environmentalism as a “faith” issue.

A long series of Congressional Republicans followed, extolling the virtues of American energy, gleefully leading the crowd in chants of “Stop the War on the Poor,” and continuing the assault on environmentalists. A representative of Americans for American Energy, Colorado State Sen. Bill Cadman, called out the “environmental racists, environmental terrorists.” Democrats were also a favorite target.

Well, I sure am glad to see that someone is looking out for the poor, even if it’s only Republicans and oil companies.

As GOP Senate candidate Steve Pearce says, “At a time when we’re facing $4 gasoline, I think that you need people who’ve been in the energy industry to tell us what to do.”  So true, Steve.  So true.

4 comments July 29th, 2008 at 10:11pm Posted by Eli

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My Pipple!

They make me so proud:

Among the most high-profile Jews in Congress, Lieberman is viewed far more unfavorably than the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent of Jews view the Connecticut Independent in a favorable light compared to 48 percent who have a negative perception. As for Obama, 60 percent of Jews view him favorably while 34 percent view him unfavorably.

The findings were released as part of a recent survey of American Jews by the new progressive pro-Israel group J Street. They seem to upturn some of this year’s conventional political wisdom.

Obama, who is set to travel to Israel this week, is often described in the press as facing significant obstacles to winning Jewish support, in part because of false claims that he is a Muslim. Lieberman, meanwhile, is regularly quoted disparaging Obama’s credentials on topics considered dear to the Jewish voter’s heart: toughness on Iran and support for the Jewish state. Asked recently whether he should be questioning Obama’s commitment to Israel, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee responded, “why wouldn’t I do that?”

Lieberman does score better among the 900 Jewish voters polled than other major political and religious figures. President Bush is viewed unfavorably by 74 percent of Jews, compared to 22 percent who see him in a positive light. McCain, meanwhile, is viewed favorably by just 34 percent of Jews, while 57 said they had a negative perception….

(…)

…As Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent noted in a review of the J Street poll, Jews are “liberal as hell.”

“Seventy-four percent of us view Bush unfavorably and 83 percent of us disapprove of his job performance,” Ackerman wrote. “While 76 percent of the country as a whole says the U.S. is on the wrong track, an astonishing 90 percent of American Jews say the same. Only 21 percent of us approve of the Iraq war and only 29 percent think Bush is good for Israel, and those are clearly the shmucks that kissed ass in Hebrew school and snitched when the rest of us used the synagogue phone booth and cloakroom to make out.”

Now I’m all verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. Here’s a topic: Joe Lieberman is neither moderate nor a Democrat. Discuss.

Joe Lieberman does not speak for me.

July 22nd, 2008 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

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And I’m Off!

On my way to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix to take more car photos. Now with 80% more fisheye!

Aaaand I’ve forgotten my sunscreen. Fab.

July 19th, 2008 at 01:19pm Posted by Eli

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Vacation

Vacation.  I will be on it.  For the next two weeks.  So posting will be very light, probably just photoblogging and the regular Monday-Wednesday-Friday features, with the occasional quickie when mood and opportunity converge.

2 comments June 28th, 2008 at 09:44am Posted by Eli

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Revealing Right-Wing Word Choice Of The Day

From the latest crazy right-wing “_______watch” blog, Think Progress Watch:

Scott McClellan who is a snitch is also a pawn of the Left.

A snitch, eh?  Not a liar?  Interesting.

Shorter right-wing loons: “We liked Scottie better when he was lying.  Lies good, truth bad.”

(h/t Oliver Willis & Matt O)

June 2nd, 2008 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

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Libertarian Party Bellies Up To The Barr

Awesome:

Former US congressman Bob Barr was chosen Sunday to be the Libertarian Party’s candidate for November’s presidential election, a move that could hurt Republican presumptive nominee John McCain.

(…)

The 59-year-old told reporters earlier this month that he was running because no other presidential candidate understood the principles of fiscal conservatism and basic principles on which he said America was founded.

Barr appeared unconcerned about damaging McCain’s support among conservative voters.

“If Senator McCain … does not succeed in winning the presidency … it will be because Senator McCain did not present, and his party did not present, a vision, an agenda, a platform and a series of programs that actually resonated positively with the American people,” he said.

(…)

Barr said Sunday that he did not intend simply “to make a point” but to win, and party spokesman Andrew Davis said he was “one of the strongest candidates in the party’s 37-year history” and would make an “enormous impact.”

“Republicans and Democrats have good reason to fear a candidate like Barr, who refuses to accept the ‘business-as-usual’ attitude of the current political establishment,” Davis said.

“Americans want and need another choice, and that choice is Bob Barr.”

There’s a real good chance that Barr will be to McCain 2008 what Ralph Nader was to Gore 2000.  Hopefully even more so.

May 25th, 2008 at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

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Hillary Saying All The Right Things

More like this, please:

“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me … understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama.

(…)

The racial gap has become a key issue in the media, but Clinton said she regrets “people exploding an issue like that.”

“It’s offensive. I think people vote for me because they think I’d be the better president. I think people vote for him because they think he’d be the better president. … That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

If she lives up her promise to campaign aggressively for Obama, then I think he’ll have a real good shot in November.  Although I kinda wish she’d start now…

(h/t dakine)

1 comment May 14th, 2008 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

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Are You McSperienced?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SaZJFWOEzrc

Or have you ever been McSperienced?

Nothing Republicans like more than pretending to be victims:

Age-based attacks on John McCain have much the same potential for backlash as gender-based attacks on Hillary Clinton, and racially based attacks on Barack Obama. Now that McCain’s age has become a national punchline, many seniors might back McCain simply because they take offense at that narrative. This is particularly dangerous in a general election campaign when seniors will be the main swing group. Even though the electoral effectiveness of the conservative backlash narratives against liberal elites and the civil rights movement have been seriously diminished by changing demographics, these narratives are still somewhat salient among seniors. Combining these conservative backlash narratives with an additional, age-based backlash could prove problematic for Obama.

Now, this problem might be hard to see, since Obama currently leads McCain according to thirteen of sixteen public polling firms that have published national surveys in the last month. Overall, Obama leads McCain by 3.7% in Pollster and 4.8% in Real Clear Politics. However, as strong as Obama is currently performing, he could be doing much better if he were to solidify the Democratic base. Obama leads by about 4% right now, despite only receiving between 65% and 75% of self-identified support according to the latest Rasmussen, Quinnipiac, and LA Times / Bloomberg polls. If Obama were to push his Democratic support up to 85%, then he would gain another 4% against McCain, and deliver a virtual knockout blow.

However, an age-based identity backlash could prevent Obama from delivering this knockout blow. Today’s Q-poll showed an 11-point age gap between voters younger and older than 45, and the LA Times poll showed a 20-point gap, both of which successfully keep Obama’s numbers low among self-identified Democrats. As such, it isn’t surprising that the McCain camp is already angling to create further problems for Obama among seniors by playing the age card:

The McCain campaign said Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois who leads Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, was hinting at something when he used the words “losing his bearings.”
It was “a not particularly clever way of raising John McCain’s age as an issue,” said Mark Salter, a McCain adviser, in an e-mailed statement.

Expect more of this. The massive Democratic advantage in partisan self-identification, combined with Obama’s strength among independents, means that McCain needs to peel away a decent amount of Democrats in order to compete. Having learned lessons from the Democratic primary, it appears his campaign has decided it they can win over self-identified, Democratic seniors by playing the age card, and creating an identity backlash against a supposedly “ageist” Obama campaign. Current polling indicates that this strategy might just be working, since the only reason McCain is still within striking distance of Obama, instead of being blown out of the water, is because Obama has not locked down older, self-identified Democrats. McCain will continue to do whatever he can to open this wedge further, because as soon as it disappears, the general election could turn into a blowout.

Hey, if the McCain campaign wants to keep reminding everyone that their candidate is really old, I say let ’em.  Obama himself should be as respectful as possible of McCain’s age, and talk up McCain’s energy every time the subject comes up.

In other words, just sit back and let McCain’s campaign do all the work of branding McCain as The Old Guy.

1 comment May 14th, 2008 at 08:10pm Posted by Eli

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W00t!!!

This is awesome:

Short, simple, to the point from the AP: “Democrat Travis Childers wins special election for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.”

(…)

  1. I don’t want to go so far as to say that this is the end of the Republican Party, because it’s not. But this is as bad news as the GOP could possibly get at this point. They lost a district that leans 6 points more Republican than the nation as a whole in Illinois in March. They lost a district that leans 7 points more Republican than the nation as a whole earlier this month in Louisiana. Now they lost a district that leans 10 points more Republican than the nation as a whole in Mississippi. If they can’t win in Mississippi’s first congressional district, where can they win?
  2. The Republicans tried to make this election about two people: Barack Obama and Reverend Jeremiah Wright. And despite running this type of campaign, they lost. While it is true that Childers distanced himself from his party (and implicitly from Obama), the fact is that the Obama/Wright smears simply DID NOT WORK. The Republicans are going to have to get a new game plan, and the establishment media are going to have to get a new meme. Sorry folks.

This is very, very bad for can only be good for Republicans.

50-State Strategy, bitches!!!

May 13th, 2008 at 11:11pm Posted by Eli

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Pointless Distinction Of The Day

Ben Chandler:

As he introduced Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday night in Louisville, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles jabbed at likely GOP nominee John McCain, even giving him a nickname.

Chandler, addressing the crowd of about 8,000 Obama supporters, called McCain what at first sounded like “John insane.”

Chandler, however, said Tuesday that he was referring to McCain as “John McSame” to make his point that McCain would be a continuation of President Bush’s policies. He said he would never call someone “insane” in such a setting.

Dude, you just did.

(h/t dakine)

May 13th, 2008 at 07:18pm Posted by Eli

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Monday Media Blogging

You just have to watch it.

(h/t shadowy & mysterious Codename V.)

May 12th, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

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British Perspective On American Elections

It’s always good to step outside ourselves every once in a while, and contemplate what other countries see when they look at our electoral process.

Blimey!

May 2nd, 2008 at 06:10pm Posted by Eli

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The Bush Surge

What momentum! He’s unstoppable!!!

(h/t Peterr)

April 29th, 2008 at 06:52pm Posted by Eli

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On My Way To Pittsburgh Drinking Liberally

Just pretend that I’ve said something tremendously insightful and witty about tonight’s primary.

If I hear any good scoop at DL, I’ll try to post it here, but no promises…

April 22nd, 2008 at 06:58pm Posted by Eli

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Any Day Now…

Fired

(from Married To The Sea)

March 20th, 2008 at 11:11am Posted by Eli

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Hax0red

Just in case y’all were wondering what happened to Multi Medium, it got hacked and taken over last night, and everything in my main folder got wiped out (but not the database with my posts, thankfully).

As I understand it, there aren’t any super-current backups, so the look and feel might be a little off, and some images may be missing until I have time to re-upload them.

Fun times, fun times.

6 comments March 18th, 2008 at 03:14pm Posted by Eli

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My White Person Score

As a followup to my earlier observation that I apparently suck at being a white person, I went through the full list of Stuff White People Like to see if maybe I was exaggerating. I wasn’t.

Of the 81 things that white people like, I liked… 8. So just a hair less than 10%.

I’m really, really pale, though.

2 comments March 5th, 2008 at 09:33pm Posted by Eli

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This Just In

Apparently I suck at being a white person.

(h/t Captain Goto)

2 comments March 4th, 2008 at 07:34am Posted by Eli

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