« November 2005 | Main | February 2006 »

January 30, 2006

Private treatment

BBC: "NZ doctor's rebrands as brothel."

"It's about providing a private service and maintaining confidentiality, which is what my medical practice was about -- so it's not a big leap, really," reckons the doctor in question. This link off the story is pretty amusing too.

January 30, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

January 29, 2006

Google in China

Google is still insisting that "You can make money without doing evil," but when they had to make a choice, there was no contest. Telling comparison from RIP Ford (in comments at Discarded Lies):

Google US image search for 'tiananmen'

Google China image search for 'tiananmen'

January 29, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 23, 2006

Horrible things to realise about dice

Mash was hunting through my dice bag this evening and found what he at first thought was a blank D20. Actually it was just really old and faded, and I realised that it was the D20 that came with my very first D&D Basic Set (the blue book box) way back in mumbledy peg. It's been following me around for--

And that's when it struck me: my dice are older than some of my players.

I'm going to go hide under a blanket for a while now.

January 23, 2006 in Games | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

January 07, 2006

Burger King and the war on terror

"Our Leader hasn't caught Osama bin Laden, but he's doing a bang up job rounding up brown people." Jesus' General has stories of the deported and the disappeared from a land where you can be taken in for being described as "suspicious" by a burger-flipper or if neighbours report you making "un-American" comments.

January 7, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 04, 2006

Console RPG cliches

Not to be read while you have a mouthful of tea. "No matter how big that big-ass sword is, you won't stand out in a crowd. Nobody ever crosses the street to avoid you or seems to be especially shocked or alarmed when a heavily armed gang bursts into their house during dinner, rummages through their posessions, and demands to know if they've seen a black-caped man. People can get used to anything, apparently."

January 4, 2006 in Games | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack