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News and Stuff [Apr. 27th, 2012|04:52 pm]
Why Norway is Awesome
Breivik, the man responsible for the horrible public slaughter last year, is being held in jail. He has said, in as many words, he's motivated to keep Norway culturally pure. He named the song "My Rainbow Race" as a specific example of Marxist influence which he loathed. In response, approximately 40,000 people assembled and sang outside the jail to counter his message. Peaceful and effective. Go Norway!

Tiger Bread
Attention felines! Did you know that what Americans call "dutch crunch" is more properly called "tiger bread"? I expect sandwich bread choices will now be unduly influenced for tiger furries. :D

Amazon Posts Good Results
Amazon released the Q1 Financial Results. Wall Street was impressed and the stock posted remarkable gains, going from roughly 193 to 227 (+17%) over the past few days. As Jeff is fond of reminding employees, though, "If the stock goes up 10%, don't feel 10% smarter. Because when it goes down 10%, you don't want to have to feel 10% dumber."

BTW, Amazon is hiring... Seattle-based experienced software developers, technical program managers, and dev team managers. Let me know if you're interested! :)

Draw Something
I've been enjoying the app Draw Something, which is evidently becoming a widely popular app. Playing it with friends, I've drawn more in the last two weeks than the past two years! If you like, you can find me with the username Nicodemus Rat. I play a round every day or two.

[User Picture]From: lyctiger
2012-04-28 12:39 am (UTC)
Actually, down here in "upside-down-land" (or, New Zealand), supermarkets name and has been selling those as Tiger Breads as well for as long as I remember... we also have Tiger Sticks and Tiger Loaf.

Of course, I approve of the Tiger Loaf... for obvious reasons =^_^=
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-28 07:08 am (UTC)
"Tiger Loaf" is your term for a lazy weekend around the house, right? ;)

See, you New Zealanders (is there a preferred demonym?) have it figured out. Calling it "tiger bread" just makes more sense! Consider:

What does the crust pattern more closely resemble: (a) a tiger (b) a dutch person?
What connotes more customer marketing appeal: (a) a tiger (b) a dutch person?
Whom do you like to imagine as the baker of your bread: (a) a tiger (b) a dutch person?

Choices clearly point to "tiger bread" being the logical choice! :D
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2012-04-28 12:37 pm (UTC)
New Zealanders = Kiwis

No foolin'

And it's called Tiger Bread here too.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-28 04:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, knew about the kiwi monicker. Didn't know if there was something more official. Or if that IS the official term. :)
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2012-04-28 10:07 am (UTC)
I love Draw Something - I sent you a game :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-04-28 05:06 pm (UTC)
Cool. I assume you're "Jes" then? That's the only incoming game with a name I can't place.
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2012-04-28 05:06 pm (UTC)
Heh, that's me.
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[User Picture]From: harlequeen
2012-04-30 08:27 am (UTC)
Re Tiger Bread:

It's called Tiger Bread here, but a supermarket got a letter from a young girl(isn't it always young girls?) pointing out that it should really be called Giraffe Bread as the markings look a lot more like giraffe's than tiger's.

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[User Picture]From: sayh
2012-04-30 02:43 pm (UTC)

Why Norway is Awesome

The awesomeness could be seen by the general reaction right after the bombing and the shooting. I remember walking past walls covered with flowers. It was impressive, and so wonderful to see that such a hateful act could be met with such a hate free response. Whoever had done this, they wanted to cause hate, and we did not want to give them what they wanted.

Afterwards, we have learned who did it, and his background. "Terrorist" is not a good label for him. He appears pittyful, lost in a world of disilutions. He labels things the way he feels they should be labeled, in the twisted world he lived in. As he did with the song. Stating that the song was used to "brainwash children in school".

With this in mind, it seems rather odd that 40.000 people felt the need to do what they did. They wanted to "take the song back". I'm sorry, but having a nutcase give an opinion of a song, does not mean much of anything. The message was rather unclear. Did someone actually think that they would make him feel differently? Or "Hah! Did we show him, or what??". If someone felt he was right, they would see this as a proof that 40.000 people were brainwashed. It would not change anything.

By gathering and singing, I feel we gave his words way more credit than they deserved. Being unaffected by what he said, is the best way to prove him wrong.
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