March 11th, 2005

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If you're a free user on the Filetmignon cluster (Where am I?) I'm sure you've seen the on-and-off read-only messages the past couple weeks.

While we enjoy the conspiracy theories that 6A is doing this to extract more money from free users, the truth is much less exciting. What actually happened is that we overloaded Filetmignon and while we had another database cluster ready to load onto, we didn't, because we were in the process of developing a powerloss test suite for our drive arrays.

Where are you?

henwy is on Filetmignon.

Well, that explains a few things I guess. I'm still not quite sure I don't buy into the conspiracy theory though.

So the family arrived and right now there's off sleeping away while I tap tap tap here in the dark. Pah, people and their normal schedules. There has been one great boon from them being here. In cleaning up the clutter I found where I put my killer bunny promo cards from 2002!!!!!! I can barely express how thrilled that makes me, ecspecially since these cards go for around 75 dollars a pop on ebay. I now have a complete set of everything they ever released. It turns out that not only did I have a djarnak, but I also got a bunnies eleven card that I had totally forgotten about.

I had managed to trade one of my conchs for a djarnak with someone on the gencon site but now this means I've got two. Weeee! That brings my promo card list to:

Well, shit...the box I had it in is missing. I can't see all that well in the dark here so it looks like I'm going to have to forgoe the exact listing until later. Feh.

Anyway, if any of you are interested in exactly which promo cards exist, there's a handy dandy list and desciprtion of them here. I wonder how much I could sell a complete set for....if the djarnak and bunnies eleven are going for 75 bucks a pop, I figure having a complete mint set might reel in at least 250.
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If it fucks like a duck....

Saw this on theneonpenguin's LJ and had to reproduce it here. The first thing I thought of is how some people like to argue if animals due it then it must be natural and normal if humans do it. God knows I've seen enough arguements about homosexuality being normal because of gay ducks and penguins and whatnot. I wonder what would happen if a rapist or necrophiliac tried to claim they were just as justified because they could point to this crazy duck.

Just because animals do it dosen't mean it's good people. Dosen't mean it's bad either, but using animals as justification is just stupid. Animals eat their own shit and cannabalize their young sometimes too. It's like those fucknuts who say something is absolutely safe because it's herbal and natural. After all, if nature produced it and not some giant pharmaceutical company, how could it possibly be bad for you? Ever hear of arsenic or cyanide, jackass? All natural does not equal safe and spiffy.

If nothing else, the following article is worthwhile reading just for that last sentence.

Necrophilia among ducks ruffles research feathers

Donald MacLeod
Tuesday March 8, 2005

The strange case of the homosexual necrophiliac duck pushed out the boundaries of knowledge in a rather improbable way when it was recorded by Dutch researcher Kees Moeliker.

It may have ruffled a few feathers, but it earned him the coveted Ig Nobel prize for biology awarded for improbable research, and next week he will be recounting his findings to UK audiences on the Ig Nobel tour.

Ducks behave pretty badly, it seems. It is not so much that up to one in 10 of mallard couples are homosexual - no one would raise an eyebrow in the liberal Netherlands - but they regularly indulge in "attempted rape flights" when they pursue other ducks with a view to forcible mating. "Rape is a normal reproductive strategy in mallards," explains Mr Moeliker.

As he recounts in his seminal paper, The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard anas platyrhynchos, he was in his office in the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam, when he was alerted by a bang to the fact a bird had crashed into the glass facade of the building. "I went downstairs immediately to see if the window was damaged, and saw a drake mallard (anas platyrhynchos) lying motionless on its belly in the sand, two metres outside the facade. The unfortunate duck apparently had hit the building in full flight at a height of about three metres from the ground. Next to the obviously dead duck, another male mallard (in full adult plumage without any visible traces of moult) was present. He forcibly picked into the back, the base of the bill and mostly into the back of the head of the dead mallard for about two minutes, then mounted the corpse and started to copulate, with great force, almost continuously picking the side of the head.

"Rather startled, I watched this scene from close quarters behind the window until 19.10 hours during which time (75 minutes) I made some photographs and the mallard almost continuously copulated his dead congener. He dismounted only twice, stayed near the dead duck and picked the neck and the side of the head before mounting again. The first break (at 18.29 hours) lasted three minutes and the second break (at 18.45 hours) lasted less than a minute. At 19.12 hours, I disturbed this cruel scene. The necrophilic mallard only reluctantly left his 'mate': when I had approached him to about five metres, he did not fly away but simply walked off a few metres, weakly uttering a series of two-note 'raeb-raeb' calls (the 'conversation-call' of Lorentz 1953). I secured the dead duck and left the museum at 19.25 hours. The mallard was still present at the site, calling 'raeb-raeb' and apparently looking for his victim (who, by then, was in the freezer)."

Mr Moeliker suggests the pair were engaged in a rape flight attempt. "When one died the other one just went for it and didn't get any negative feedback - well, didn't get any feedback," he said.

His findings have provoked a lot of interest - especially in Britain for some reason - but no other recorded cases of duck necrophilia. However, Mr Moeliker was informed of an American case involving a squirrel and a dead partner, although in this case it is not known whether the necrophilia observed was homosexual or not as the victim had been run over by a truck shortly before the incident.
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Omega Series

Omega 01 - Bunny's Eleven
Allows a player to steal the winnings from any opponent who is successful at either the Carrot Top Casino or Casino Royale (Orange Booster Deck). A roll of 7 or 11 doubles the winnings.

I've got 1

Omega 02 - The Djarnak
May be placed between any two adjacent players and prevents each from using any aggressive cards (cards with a pink box) against each other.

The Djarnak may be eliminated by a Barrier (Red Booster Deck) placed over it.

Aggressive cards such as Weapons may not be placed directly on any of the opponent's bunnies on the other side of the Djarnak. However, a weapon that effects adjacent bunnies may effect the opponent if he is within range.

I've got 2

Omega 03 - Go With The Flo
Allows a player to exchange any saved Special (or Very Special) card for Carrot #04 (Flo).

Flo just happens to be bunnies creator Jeffrey Bellinger's favorite Carrot. Now some would say that he wrote this card just so that he could always get Flo. But in truth, Flo is the most valuable Carrot since the owner is entitled to one free feeding during any particular game. Have you ever noticed that Flo is carrying a Large Prune Danish?

I've got 4

Omega 04 - The Conch
May be used once by a player to silence all opponents for two rounds of play. Only the player holding The Conch may speak (and therefore make deals or exchanges of any kind).

The Conch effectively stops all trades of both SUPPLIES and DOWNS for two full rounds of play unless initiated by the player holding the card. But we are also very serious about the silence. A player who speaks must return a Carrot, or discard a Zodiac (Green Booster Deck) or Mysterious Place (Onyx Booster Deck) cards for each word spoken. Players without objects will forfeit turns of play.

I've got 3

Omega 05 - Specialty Bunny (Lord Of The Bunnies) or Super Specialty
The player with these bunnies down (in The Bunny Circle) may play two cards per turn. All other Specialty Bunny cards in The Bunny Circle are eliminated.

No Specialty Bunny card may be placed in The Bunny Circle until the Lord Of The Bunnies card is eliminated (perhaps with a weapon).

I've got 6

Omega 06 - Red Herring
May be used once by a player to counteract the death of any Red bunny (including the Holographic Bunny). May be used at any time!

I've got 0: Not released yet

Omega 07 - No Supe For You
May be used once by a player to eliminate all Super Bunnies from The Bunny Circle that are the same color as any die which rolled an even number. Good luck getting even!

I've got 0: Not released yet

Omega 08 - Hare E. Potter
May be used once by a player to retrieve the Magic Spatula or any Magic Fountain card from the discard. The retrieved card may be used immediately or saved.

I've got 17
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