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Category: a series of tubes

03/29/07 07:51 - 49ºF - ID#38685

social networking if hitler won the war

Wow!! Sabres pogs!!

YourHub, The Buffalo News' fledgling social networking site, has been around for a few months now and I was initially reserving judgment because a website is only as bad as its content, and there wasn't much content yet. Well, after four months of paying local self-published wordsmiths to fill their site by plugging their novels, today's discussion topic is: drinking too much coffee . When the inevitable follow-up came I could not help but contribute. Only after I had pushed the Send button did I remember the photo I had posted on my profile lo these many months ago .

Now I'm not going to knock YourHub because it's not like I haven't been down that road on (e:strip) myself (e:zobar,37304) . And it's academically interesting that, despite its stated corporate goal of being inclusive of all 630,000 Buffalo News readers, it's becoming an in-club just like any other social networking site - that the in-people [most or all of whom are paid to be there] have formed their own community and are talking about their caffeine intake and their favorite Italian restaurants just like the rest of us unpaid local bloggers. Except that they can't really speak freely because they can't say anything that would offend Depewites' tender sensibilities. Which means that not only are they talking about in-stuff we don't care about, it's totally watered down. It's like eating someone else's cold tapioca when you don't like tapioca and you're not hungry. Or like reading Buffalo Current without Sabrina the Creepy Sex Columnist (GOOGLE - cache:www.buffalocurrent.com).

But I guess that's all to be expected. This is what bugs me about YourHub. It is divided into neighborhoods: Amherst/Clarence, 'Central,' Grand Island/Ken-Ton, Hamburg/West Seneca, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park/East Aurora, Southern Tier, and West Niagara County. They are arbitrary but at least they're well-defined ... except for Central. I kind of figured that since Buffalo is the county seat and that's also where the Buffalo News is headquartered, Central meant the Buffalo city proper. But no! It appears that they completely forgot to include the city in their list of neighborhoods. So where is an urban hipster like myself supposed to post the pictures I took drinking PBR in the booth at Frizzy's?

And that is why we have (e:strip).

- Z
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Category: a series of tubes

03/28/07 11:00 - 42ºF - ID#38663

why i keep reading wikihow

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... those sweet sweet cravings ...

- Z
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Category: roller derby

03/21/07 04:54 - 50ºF - ID#38542

you didn't think i'd do it did you

The part of the big pink bunny will be played by yours truly. You'd think it would be more difficult to rent a pink bunny suit than it would be to rent a tux, but such is not the case

(e:dragonlady7) says I should be an evil pink bunny. I asked her what makes a pink bunny evil. She said they're exactly the same except instead of handing out eggs, they throw them.

- Z



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Category: roller derby

03/20/07 04:37 - 27ºF - ID#38531

and when we've had a couple of beers

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Tickets are now available online

I asked if I could get a Derby Widow discount. (e:dragonlady7) said, only if you wear the bunny suit and skates. This is not entirely out of the question.

- Z

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New journal music: Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits by The Magnetic Fields gather:0661516001174422854
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03/11/07 10:31 - 30ºF - ID#38425

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Category: car

03/06/07 08:24 - 7ºF - ID#38380

my new wheels

Ya the Prius was cool, but I felt the need to move on... Used the insurance money to buy a nice, solid '65 GMC Handi-Van. Here's some pictures I took of it coming off the truck:

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Thing runs like a top. It's got kind of a weird paint job, but that can be taken care of no problem.

- Z

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The real story, which is still pretty cool: (e:dragonlady7) came home from work tonight and was all: dude - you would not believe what's coming off the truck at Brown's garage - which is just down the street. I was all: no I probably wouldn't. The least freaky car I've seen at Brown's in recent memory was a lime green Gremlin. She was all: well... it's... the Mystery Machine. And I was all: what? yeah right... and she was all: no man- it's the fucking Myss-terr-ee Machine. And I was all: you gotta be kidding me. And she was all: dude. And I was all: dude. So I threw on my coat and grabbed her camera and ran down the street, and yeah: the Mystery Machine.

So I talked to the truck driver, and he says he can't go anywhere with it without getting mobbed. He says, yeah: it's a 1965 GMC Handi-Van with like 600,000 miles on it, runs like the day it was made, and it's the Mystery Machine, on its way from Winnipeg to somewhere in New Jersey. Made my day.
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Category: ennui

03/02/07 01:50 - 40ºF - ID#22599

i'm not hurt

So this morning I had a little bit of an accident in my poor car. Some guy had decided that he needed to turn left immediately, which happened to place his passenger side door directly inside my engine compartment. Once two objects occupy the same space at the same time, well ... that's when the insurance companies get involved. I can only hope that in his haste he was able to get to his extremely important job on time, because I know I didn't make it in to work until 11:30. I find it extremely unlikely, however, because while I left the scene in a tow truck, he left in an ambulance.

At any rate, I'm not hurt - a little overwhelmed, but not hurt. The tow truck guy and the receptionist at the collision shop were both very nice to me and answered all my stupid questions ... the receptionist even drove me to the rental car agency to hook me up with a loaner.

Looking at the car makes me sad, because over the course of 76000 miles I've formed a weird sort of bond with the thing, it's a great car, and even after having its tiny front end smashed in it still somehow ran like the day I bought it. If by some miracle it's not totalled I'd like to get it fixed up real nice. If it is totalled ... well shit, I hear Volkswagen is making Rabbits again.

Fuck, man. I just don't want to have to deal with all this paperwork and decisions and shit.

- Z

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