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I like to watch a digital sub-channel of my local ABC station which perpetually runs films from the 70s and 80s, presumably because they are cheap to license or copyrights have run out.

The films are fine, more tolerable than modern programs, but the advertising is awful. I decided to catalog all of the advertisements I see while I watch a movie this afternoon:

  1. Death of Osama bin Laden commemorative coin
  2. Alex Trebek’s guaranteed-acceptance life insurance for sick people 50-85 with no physical exam
  3. Incontinence supplies billed to Medicaid and delivered discreetly
  4. An $80 girdle that reduces something called “muffin top”
  5. Cash settlements for asbestos exposure
  6. Cash settlements for men who grew breasts from Risperdal
  7. Cash settlements for those who experienced complications from robotic surgery
  8. Foreclosure protection service
  9. Pay-as-you-go cell phone plans for seniors
  10. Late-stage cancer treatment
  11. A book about preventing insect and rodent infestation in your house using products you already have
  12. Home-loan refinancing

If this is indicative of what most people need, I am disappoint.

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space is a feminist utopia

from Gog (1954)

in space, there's no such thing as a weaker sex

that's why i like it here

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my so-called objectivism


My So-Called Life, Episode 12:

“What’s the deal with Angela and Jordan Catalano? Are they like a couple?”

“From the point of view of what she believes of what I believe?”

“From the point of view of reality.”

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ms. data

Star-Trek-TNG_510x317I saw that the entire series Star Trek: The Next Generation is now available on Netflix streaming. I’m not that into the show, but I remember being fascinated with the ideas about the nature of androids presented in the show. So, I was wondering which episodes center around the character Data. I thought this might be kind’ve a long shot to Google but given the level of knowledge some people enjoy collecting regarding Star Trek, I thought it might be worth trying. Lo and behold, I was right. Google link number five is a post on the “Trekkie Board” at, posing this very same question. The asker, user-named “Ms. Data,” posted at 10:01 PM, followed by a plea for help at 1:31AM the same night. “Come on people! I need answers!!!” Not even an hour later, “DeannaTRiker,” apparently the third-shifter on duty, replies with a concise list of episodes focusing on Data, organized by season and including films. Thanks, Trekkies.

I like to imagine that Ms.Data is a 20-something woman who finds Data extremely sexually attractive. In a late-night heat of fantasy involving her favorite android, she logs on to the Trekkie Board and frantically poses her question, a desperate plea for help, and then isn’t heard from until the next afternoon, with a “Thank you SOOO much! ;-)” at 12:37PM.

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