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February 28th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-02-28 12:33
  Subject:   Odwalla "Serious Energy" - tasty.

This is a very light, watery juice with a vaguely mango/pineapple/coconut taste. It's fortified with Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Guarana and just a pinch of Ginseng. In other words, they shoved caffeine into it every way they could. ;] I like this stuff, and could drink it all day long. And maybe I'll start doing that instead of chugging Mt. Dew. You know it's gotta be better for me.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-02-28 15:11
  Subject:   Hurting the heads of the small-minded - a case study.
  Music:Jay-Z - Heart Of The City
  Tags:  humor, reddit

I posted this to another forum about political correctness. Seem appropriate to repost it here.

For some reason me and my wife starting calling each other monkey.

I'm a big black guy. She's a petite white Russian girl.

Nothing racial in it, and it wasn't until I mentioned to her once that she probably shouldn't use it in public, and she asked why that I told her it's a racist term.

In the pub, she's forgotten, and says, "My little monkey, can you get me a drink?"

Silly eavesdropping middle-aged yank woman at the table next to us, decides to intervene.

"You shouldn't use that language against that poor man. Just because he is not white, you can't call him a monkey and make him get you drinks!"

My wife, who speaks perfect English (since she's lived in Australia since she was 17, before we got to London), turned up the Russian accent and responded back "I'm sorry, what do you call your niggers here?"

The woman stammered, thought for a second, then said, "We call them African-English".

WTF? If I couldn't stop cracking up at the bar, I would have told her off for that, but it was too funny.

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-02-28 16:36
  Subject:   [ISTGINMTSU] Playmobile Security Checkpoint
  Tags:  humor, politics, reddit

Customer Reviews:

Great Lesson For The Kids!

The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society. My son said he wants the Playmobil Neighborhood Surveillence System set for Christmas. I've heard that the CC TV cameras on that thing are pretty worthless in terms of quality and motion detection, so I think I'll get him the Playmobil Abu-Gharib Interogation Set instead (it comes with a cute little memo from George Bush).

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-02-28 16:43
  Subject:   Billboard Liberation Group strikes!
  Tags:  politics, reddit

AT&T initially downplayed its heroic efforts in the War on Terror, preferring to serve in silence behind the scenes. "But then we realized we had a PR win on our hands," noted AT&T V.P. of Homeland Security James Croppy. "Not only were we helping NSA cut through the cumbersome red tape of the FISA system, we were also helping our customers by handing over their e-mails and phone records to the government. Modern life is so hectic – who has time to cc the feds on every message? It’s a great example of how we anticipate our customers’ needs and act on them. And, it should be pointed out, we offered this service free of charge."

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