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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Censorship in New Hampshire

I don't usually read the Manchester Union Leader due to it's everyone but ultraconservatives are evil and wrong bias. But I usually check through the Sunday news for the gist of the weeks goings on. I just read about the Dilbert issue and went to dilbert.com to check out the strip. For those that don't know, dilbert came out and apparently the strip supposedly mocked christians. Yes this is an old issue. I'm posting about it now because of my local paper refusing to run the strip for a few days because of it. I just really wanted to post this in a place it won't be deleted and I really hate my local paper.

Moving on, I can't for the life of me figure out what the issue is. I thought with all the weirdness and insanity that religions are part of today they were rife for mockery. I figured people were grown up enough to deal with it a few small quips. I guess I'm wrong, which is more funny then sad

I have to wonder though, if a comic came out mocking Buddhists, or Muslims, or Atheists, would the Union Leader be up in arms then? Of course not. This was done more, not of out of some respect for some religion, but because of the backlash the union leader would have felt from it's christen republican conservative base. Pandering is sad. Even a biased paper should have the guts to do something out of the box, so to speak. I thought the point of the media was to inspire debate and bring people issues, not pick and choose which issue is "appropriate" for it's tender readers.

This strip would have inspired debate and inflamed people on each side of an issue. But instead the union leader went on the side of the safety and frankly, chickened out. Shame on the people who made this decision. Shame on the cowards who were more afraid of their base then on printing something controversial. If you're not brave enough to print something that might offend then you shouldn't be working on a paper. The union leader offends non ultraconservatives everyday without a thought. But when it came right down to it, they just showed us that their readers can dish it but not take it. That's cowardly.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Goodbye for Now

I'm taking a break from blogging and I don't know when I'll be back. My little cat is going to vet on Friday. It hurts so bad to know that you're going to lose someone you love. My heart is hurting. I've had her for a decade. I love her so much and I don't know how I'm going to get through this. I can't stop crying and I don't know when I'll be able to stop. Goodbye for now.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Auslogics - A Great Site

To the right you can see a new link up for a company that I've recently found. After trying out their free disk defrag software and being really pleased I decided to check out the site and their other products. I'm not one to endorse products, but this is a great site that makes awesome products. I don't know what I'd do without their super fast disk defrag software. So the link is staying up and I suggest you check it out. Like I said, I do not endorse products. So this is a big thing for me to do so.

This is all a part of me trying to make my computer as fast as possible, which is what I've been doing the last few days. I'll be trying out different products and rating each. Stay tuned for more.

Monday, April 7, 2008

What a Weekend

Well it's been a strange weekend. My friend came to visit from Boston which is why I haven't gotten a chance to update. It was fun to start off with, we went glow bowling and went for a long walk on the first nice day my area has had in a while. Then I fell, ripped up my knee and sprained my ankle. If that was bad enough, my friend and I were wrestling and I kind of threw him through a window. I bandaged him up and sent him home but he has to get stitches in his hand and now I have to replace a window. I only sent him home because the hospitals are a lot better in Mass then in NH. So I've been laid up and my friend had to go to the hospital. He wasn't mad (thank god) because it was a complete accident but we've agreed that there was no more wrestling. What a messed up weekend this has been!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Writing Contest

Today I'm sending in my entry for a writing contest going on in my state. There isn't any prize money involved =( but there is a chance to be published =D. So I'm sending my entry in tonight and I am so nervous. I've had my stuff published if you will in a zine but not in an actual volume of short stories. So wish me luck! I'll hear from then around the 15th of April if I made it. I'm not sure if my story is good enough to win but I'm hoping.

Should I Move?

So I have a new domain but the catch is, it's a free service. I have to bring in at least 100 people a month to keep it. Which is not a problem. And since I can't afford to pay for hosting especially since this is just a hobby, this sounds like a good idea. I've been going over the pros and cons of moving but I can't decide. Should I stay on blogger or had over to www.kristensthoughts.com? The cons include the fact that I have to deal with banners on the top and bottom of the page, the pros include having my site without blogger attached. I'm not paying for a hobby that makes me no money and I happen to like blogger. But the thought of having my own name is cool. So any thoughts and opinions would be very helpful. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Winners

I love declaring winners and today was the day I picked the month long, the two week long, and week long text link winners. The links are now up on the header so check them out because they are all great reads. Congratulations to all the winners and don't forget to comment and get your entries in because I'll be picking a new a winner in a week.

Aprils Fools Day

That's right, it's Aprils Fool day. Let me just start off by thanking the four sites that have rick rolled me today. I hope they all get a virus, especially Kongregate. Not to be a bad sport or anything but one of the sites was particularly cruel in sending me to You Got Rick Rolled! Of course that's not what the link said and you are warned about clicking that link. You have been warned, twice. So now I have that damn song stuck in my head. No, I'm not really pissed off. It's just that fads drive me nuts. But it will be gone soon.

So instead of playing a joke I'm just going to post the best jokes I have seen on the internet today.

1. Kongregate fooled all it's users by tricking us into thinking we were finally going to be playing the new card game. And instead we got rickrolled. Youtube did the same thing. Rickrolling everyone who tried to watch a featured video.

2. Google Custom Time is a new service from Google that lets you send email back in time. But only until April 1, 2004 the day Gmail was launched. Thankfully Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality. Check out the Grandfather Paradox, my favorite of all paradoxes.

3. Pizza Hut is now Pasta Hut. This one was great considering they also did tv commercials for it.

4. EGM informed us that Bungies new work in progress is Lego Halo. This one really got me, I have to admit.

5. And the winner is Flying Penguins! A new species of penguins? Check it out. Actually read the article. It looks real enough to fool people lol.

So there you go. The five best internet (and magazine) pranks for Aprils Fool Day 2008. And remember, friend don't let friends get rick rolled. Happy surviving the rest of the day!