Archive forNovember, 2005

Vatican institutes “Don’t Ask, Dont’ Tell” policy

Gotcha!

Their new official policy is actually to require homosexual people who want to become priests have to be celibate for three years, and not be homosexual anymore, and not “present deep-seated homosexual tendencies.” They also go on to warn us that “One cannot ignore the negative consequences that can stem from the ordination of people with deeply rooted homosexual tendencies.”

Now I am not Catholic, or even Christian, so I’m a little out of my league here, in interpreting Vatican missives, but this is not a subtle wording; it is sort of upsetting to read. They are basically using homosexuality as a synonym for pedophilia. I’ve heard that homosexual acts are “grave sins,” but there are no direct negative consequences that one cannot ignore that I’ve ever heard of.

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Low fat hummus is not that good.

See, ever since my sister took me to this hummus place in the East Village (incidentally, it was called “The Hummus Place, and some dude put some pictures up, so you know where I am coming from), I have gained a taste for Hummus. The stuff at that place marked a profound advancement in my appreciation of the finer points of hummus—if you are ever on St. Marks Place, go there.

First off, they serve it as a meal, so it was the first time I had really payed attention to the taste of the hummus itself, as more than a condiment. They also add hell of good stuff to it, like chick peas (which do add to the flavor, believe it or not), hardboiled eggs, onions, or fava beans, and various spices, including paprika. Suffice it to say, it is better than your average hummus, and it tought me how good Hummus can be, warm and served with stuff.

So I started buying hummus from the supermarket. Most of it has been pretty good; I really like the Tribe, and Meza brands, Athenos is decent but not as good and more expensive, so not really worth it. Last time I decided to be daring and try some low fat hummus. Hummus is not especially high fat to begin with, but it does have olive oil usually, and I think that olive oild is pretty important. I bought Wildwood low fat hummus from Molly Stone, and it is terrible. Well not terrible, but it has a very sour taste to it, and is sort of pasty, instead of smoother than pasty. Usually this is the part where I would redeem Wildwood by saying their normal hummus is good, but since I haven’t tried it yet, no redemption for them. Oh yeah, don’t buy the flavored hummus, add your own stuff to flavor it just before warming it up, because the pre-flavored stuff is bad.

Now you know, tell your friends!

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lolz, ShoppingBuddy r t3h pwnt!!!!111one

What this post is about is how I think it is funny that AOL has introduced a feature into AIM called “aimbots”. For you non-gamers out there, an aimbot is actually a program used in first-person shooters that helps a player aim at whatever targets you can see, somtimes also doing the shooting. It is basically cheating, since a big part of these games is aiming and shooting (: AIM is totally using an aimbot now.

Also what this post is about is how I think it is funny that AOL’s new “aimbots”, or IM Robots, which is, I guess, thier formal name, are described as “24/7 Buddies Always Online to Have Fun With You.” It sort of implies that other people are not your 24/7 buddies, and only are your buddies some of the day, and maybe not even every day. Basically your friends are not as good friends as aimbots. My new friends are ShoppingBuddy and AOLSafetyBot!

Lastly, this post will also bring you an example conversation with an aimbot, so you can see their utility for yourselves. WTFbrb spoke with aimbot TysonPowerPlates, in hopes of some power packed recipes.

(23:09:56) Zubin: lolz wtf kinda sn is tysonpowerplates
(23:09:56) TysonPowerPlates logged in.
(23:09:56) TysonPowerPlates: Hi, I’m the Tyson Power Plates Recipe Buddy. I’ve got a variety of Tyson quality chicken, beef and pork recipes that are packed with the protein you need to keep you going strong! To read our privacy policy, type privacy anytime. To see how I can help you power your family, type help now.

(23:10:07) Zubin: i am vegetarian
(23:10:07) TysonPowerPlates: Mm hm, now we are getting somwhere.

(23:10:15) Zubin: what?
(23:10:15) TysonPowerPlates: I can’t find what you are looking for. Please ask me a different way.

(23:10:42) Zubin: i am vegetarian, i don’t eat quality chicken, beef and pork
(23:10:43) TysonPowerPlates: Yes.

Very silly.

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Also, if you’re now suddenly pissed off because you already bought season 1, and can’t take advantage of this spectacular offer, think of this as your opportunity to buy season 2, and get someone’s Christmas gift early.

Enjoy.

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Yum!

As I heard on the bus this morning, and the Times of India so kindly reports, this New Year’s Day marks the official opening of the Night Safari Zoo. A safari zoo, how nice! Now all the kiddies will see animals in pseudo-natural habitats and get to eat them.

WTF! I mean, sure, I can understand that sometimes people do need to eat meat; there aren’t always sufficient alternative sources for iron and protein if you don’t live near a supermarket. But serving lion, tiger, and elephant meat at a buffet table? That is an absurd proposition. Isn’t it enough that lions are extinct in Europe, extinct in North Africa, almost extinct in Asia, and threatened in sub-saharan Africa? (A little research shows they are also long-extinct in America, quite possibly due to over-hunting by humans). Tigers are simply endangered, none of the subspecies have more than a couple thousand left in the wild. I guess serving elephant is ok, we’ll just use the meat that poachers leave behind when hunting for ivory!!!! But alas, according to Wikipedia their consumption is banned worldwide. I guess we won’t be allowed to eat the elephant, even if it is on the buffet table.

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