February 29th, 2008

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Panic and relief

I have got to get off my ass and offload what's left of the crap I have from Kingdom of Loathing. I tried to logon tonight and spent around 30 panicy minutes as I couldn't get the password right for the main account with all the stuff. I thought the damn thing had been deleted and all the crap was gone. It wasn't until multiple searches through other accounts unveiled the fact that I had misremembered my freaking login the entire time.

It's not exactly a trivial point either. If I took the time to liquidate the damn items, we're talking about at least a thousand dollars in the end if current ebay prices are any judge. Then there are a few items so weirdly rare that I'm not even sure I can manage to sell the things for anything near its list price. There was a 1 day item ages back called the Emo Roe. Current listings on the game have it priced at 440 mil. 10 million meat is around $20, so if it sold for that price you could convert it to around $800. I've got 3 of them. It all comes down to whether it would sell, of course, but even if I could only get half, that's still an insane amount of money.

I have got to liquidate this before I end up fucking it up.
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It's the perfect icon to explain this cock up

A few years ago, a horror movie was released that involved a buncha girls going spelunking and getting attacked by horrible monsters. The entire thing looked absolutely ridiculous in previews. A lot of shadows cast on walls and rapid camera movements intermixed with lotsa girls shrieking. For some reason I don't even recall, I actually went to wikipedia at some point and read up on the plot. It actually sounded pretty good with some interesting twists. I kept the whole thing in the back of my head and last night when I was looking for a movie to pick up, it popped back up. I entered 'descent' as the search term and snagged the one with the greatest number of seeds.

The movie finished downloading a hour or two ago and I figured I'd give it a look. I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch it right now but at the least I could scan through the file and make sure it was all there. Opening screen, woman, supermarket (supermarket? Well, maybe they were stocking up for the trip), party, football game (WTF? Where are the caves?), bondage (EH? Bondage?!), homosexual rape scene (WTF?!).

Apparently, what I was unaware of is THE Descent, is a horror movie about girls spelunking in a cave. Descent, on the otherhand, is a movie about some woman getting some guy to ass rape someone she ties to a bed.

I'm pretty sure I didn't come out ahead on this particular trade. God knows the thing that everyone wants to see at 6am in the morning is violent ass rapings.
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The dream lives on

Building a Life on $25 and a Gym Bag

Alone on a dark gritty street, Adam Shepard searched for a homeless shelter. He had a gym bag, $25, and little else. A former college athlete with a bachelor's degree, Mr. Shepard had left a comfortable life with supportive parents in Raleigh, N.C. Now he was an outsider on the wrong side of the tracks in Charles¬ton, S.C.

But Shepard's descent into poverty in the summer of 2006 was no accident. Shortly after graduating from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., he intentionally left his parents' home to test the vivacity of the American Dream. His goal: to have a furnished apartment, a car, and $2,500 in savings within a year.

To make his quest even more challenging, he decided not to use any of his previous contacts or mention his education.

During his first 70 days in Charleston, Shepard lived in a shelter and received food stamps. He also made new friends, finding work as a day laborer, which led to a steady job with a moving company.

Ten months into the experiment, he decided to quit after learning of an illness in his family. But by then he had moved into an apartment, bought a pickup truck, and had saved close to $5,000.

The effort, he says, was inspired after reading "Nickel and Dimed," in which author Barbara Ehrenreich takes on a series of low-paying jobs. Unlike Ms. Ehrenreich, who chronicled the difficulty of advancing beyond the ranks of the working poor, Shepard found he was able to successfully climb out of his self-imposed poverty.

He tells his story in "Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream." The book, he says, is a testament to what ordinary Americans can achieve. On a recent trip to the Boston, he spoke about his experience.

You know, nowadays, it's common for people to say that the deck is stacked against them. It's that feeling that fuels the cancerous form of populism that we saw from Edwards and others. The fundamental idea that the world is somehow conspiring against you and trying to keep you down. It's comforting sometimes to get a reality check like this. The fact remains, that this country allows many people to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, an oppertunity that is often lacking elsewhere.

Frankly, this story also reminds me of an article I read on Snopes lately.' It's about a wankstain in New Orleans who bitches and whines that she's getting hosed by the government who provides her with free housing. She calls the accomodations a 'slum' and rants that she's been treated 'like a slave'. Take a look at the actual picture of the apartment she lives in. WTF?

Frankly, I can't help but feel it's a point of shame to take money from the government. God knows I feel crappy about it and it dosen't exactly help my sense of self-worth. To take so extravagantly and then bitch that it's not enough is just incredible gall. Maybe all of us leeches should just be put out of our misery.