Midtown Skyline (Remix)
Originally uploaded by Lance McCord.

But first, some blatant self-promotion: I play the Army Air Force veteran in this week’s ARTC Podcast, “Unaccustomed to Fear”.

Thousands of LiveJournal customers are rebelling against the company’s recent decision to censor hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups, a broad swath that has led to the removal of literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter.” Do remember, though, that it’s only a First Amendment issue if the government is suppressing it. Any private company has the right to limit how its resources are used. If this bothers you, buy your own domain and server: They’re cheap enough. (Why, yes, I do own purplemaster.com.)

The good news is, hybrid automobiles are beginning to sell. The bad news is, they’re selling for the “wrong reasons”. They aren’t replacing those mean old SUVs, they’re fashion statements, the third car in “two-car” households.

Turn off the TV and broadband for a week and family life goes completely to hell. (Spoilers: They cheat on days 2 and 6, and mostly sit around glaring at each other the rest of the week.) Perhaps the most amusing part of the article is the closing, Mother’s Tips To Cut Screen Addiction, among them: “Take your children on holiday to countries where broadband has yet to make substantial inroads.”

From VH1’s Best Week Ever: This Video Contains All Of The Reasons Why Our Society Is Doomed. I’ve nothing to add to it. Try not to read the spoilerrific text in the entry and just click on the two-minute video.

I suppose that with Google Maps now offering street-level photographs, it’s inevitable that someone would be creeped out by what they can see. Heck, I was creeped out the first time I saw my own front porch at a9.com. (Gosh, I wish my house were prettier.) One woman was creeped out when she discovered she’d left her curtains open the day the Google van drove by, and the world can see her living room — and her cat. But within a day or two this phenomenon was topped by 90 West Santa Clara St in San Jose, where you can see dead people. I’m sure you’d rather check out co-eds sunbathing at Stanford.

Speaking of which (sort of), signs of Spencer Tunick were spotted this weekend in Amsterdam.

Egypt: Fatwa allows breast-feeding among adults. This is a couple of weeks old. I’ve been holding on to it until I could wrap my head around it (so to speak), but the logic still makes me dizzy.

“We have to remember that while more women are showing more cleavage, you really have to use your breast power responsibly.” With great hooters come great responsibility, as I’m sure Stan Lee would have said had Peter Parker been bitten by a radioactive Scarlett Johansson. (I think I just stumbled upon the plot for Spider-Man 4.)

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