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2007/4/2-3 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Troll] UID:46172 Activity:low
4/2     Is Rachel Ray fat?
        \_ Doesn't look too bad.
           http://www.joncellini.com/blog/archives/images/5big.jpg
        \_ She's fat for a supermodel.  She's fat for a female
           celebrity.  She's not fat by American averages.
           \_ ob is she fat by soda standards?
           \_ ob is she fat by soda averages?
                \_ By soda's fat ugly nerd standards, she's fucking HOT.
2007/4/2-3 [Recreation/Dating] UID:46173 Activity:moderate
4/2     I'm single but my buddy got married 2 years ago. My buddy says
        his wife is trying to weed out all of his single friends, including
        me. Why? why why why? What's wrong with me? I didn't do nothing
        to her, why is she doing this to me? Bitch!
        \_ Likely she just feels left out when he hangs out with you.  If
           you're married you'll have a wife to entertain her.
           \_ Are you just trying to understand what is going on, or do you
              want to affect the default trajectory.  This seems to be a
              simpler case since it appears your friend understands what is
              going on, so it's up to him to explain or change.  Or is your
              real point, your friend is a loser for "letting" this happen
              and you are just venting your frustration?
        \_ Dirt common.  There's nothing you can do about it.  It is up to him
           to keep his friends.  I'm married but I prefer not to do couples
           events so the same thing has happened to me several times.  It's
           just the way of things.
        \_ Amusingly, after years of doing this to me, my wife recently asked
           me why I don't have any friends I hang out with.  She said my lack
           of friends is "weird."
           \_ what's "weird" is you begin by calling this "amusing".
              I suppose there is something to be said for not losing your
              sense of humor as you lose your friends.
              \_ Eh, I've always been more family oriented than friend
                 oriented.  It wasn't that big a deal for me.  I'm odd.
                 \_ Then she didn't do anything to you.  You didn't care about
                    your friends.
                    \_ Ok, I guess?  So, forcing the choice between 2 good
                       things doesn't count as doing anything?
                       Or, to put it another way, caring more about A than B
                       means you don't care about B at all?
2007/4/2-3 [Consumer/Audio, Recreation/Music] UID:46174 Activity:low
4/2     EMI and Apple partner to sell DRM-free music
        http://csua.org/u/id2
        \_ cue the Sex Pistols
        \_ But Jobs remains ambivalent re DRM-free video:
           http://urltea.com/3f7 (infoworld.com)
           "Video is pretty different from music right now because the video
            industry does not distribute 90 percent of their content DRM
            free. Never has. So I think they are in a pretty different
            situation, and I wouldn't hold it to a parallel at all."
        \_ They're releasing music only in AAC format.  I think
           only ipods play that.  Yes I know your home computer will
           play it, I'm talking about mobile devices.
           \_ Microsoft has every right to add AAC support in their
              music players if they wanted to just like Apple can
              add WMV support if they chose to pay Microsoft the license
              fees. They just choose not to. They're both just as bad
              as the other in that sense.
           \_ Just convert aac to mp3 and you can play it on any portable
              player. Or you could just buy an iPod like everyone else,
              instead of being stuck with some lame pos.
2007/4/2-3 [Reference/Law/Court, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:46175 Activity:nil
4/2     Are you a gadget freak? Do you know a gadget freak? The US District
        Court is looking for a gadgeteer to supervise just about any device
        not attached to a desk. Listing here:
        /csua/pub/jobs/courtroom_tech_spec
        E-mail me with questions. --erikred
2007/4/2-3 [Reference/Law/Court, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:46176 Activity:nil
4/2     USSC denies cert. in Gitmo habeas appeals; lets D.C. Cir. get
        first crack.
        http://urltea.com/3ay (scotusblog.com)
2007/4/2-3 [Academia/Berkeley, Academia/GradSchool] UID:46177 Activity:nil
4/2     Cal makes the MPAA's Piracy Top 25 list:
        http://urltea.com/38u (arstechnica.com)
2007/4/2-3 [Politics/Domestic/California] UID:46178 Activity:low
4/3     Dear Motd Christians: Would you rather vote for a Libural devisive
        bitch who is pro-abortion, or a good looking man with similar
        beliefs but has the wrong religion?
        \_ I vote for the one who knows how to spell.
2007/4/2-3 [Politics/Domestic/RepublicanMedia, Computer/SW/SpamAssassin] UID:46179 Activity:low
4/2     http://www.humanevents.com/offers/offer.php?id=ANN104
        Sign up to get Ann Coulter's Weekly Column FREE!
        (great if you need to spam someone you hate)
        \_ Why don't you just forward your regular dose of spam to them via
           procmail or something?
2007/4/2-3 [Finance/Banking, Politics/Domestic/California] UID:46180 Activity:kinda low
4/2     New Century files for bankruptcy
        http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN0242080520070402
        \_ Any idea how many defaults are occuring in the Bay area?
           \_ http://tinyurl.com/ysnblw (sfgate.com)
              It really depends on the county.  SF/Santa Clara/Marin remain
              strong.  Concentration of rich bastards and plentiful $80-150K
              jobs do that to an area.  Look at Manhattan.
              \_ Um...but you can't afford an SF house on a 150K income...
                 \_ dual-income via marriage/SO/friend + family help +
                    several years of saving for a deposit assumed
                 \_ Sure you can. There are plenty of starter homes for
                    $700k in The City. And a person who makes 150k can
                    afford the $3k/mo (after tax break) that this costs.
                    \_ Actually there aren't plenty of $700K starter homes
                       any more.  The price is still going up.
                       \_ Going to http://sfarmls.com putting in price from 650-700
                          and including only districts 1-9 (excluding 10)
                          gives me 25 homes. If I include 10, which is the
                          roughest part of town, I get 65. Granted, most of
                          the 25 are pretty small, but that is what $700k
                          gets you these days.
                          \_ And in 6 unit ellis acted tics.  Or maybe in
                             the farthest reaches of visitation valley.
                             Any place remotely buyable is snapped up ASAP.
                             The SF markey is still insane.
                             \_ You may want to visit http://patrick.net to
                                commiserate with others in your same
                                situation.
                                \_ How sad that $700k is considered a starter
                                   home and you get the benefits of slum life
                                   to go with it.
2007/4/2-6 [Uncategorized] UID:46181 Activity:nil
4/2     Knut the cute polar bear videos (eisbar):
        http://youtube.com/watch?v=MH0MTAdkisM
        http://youtube.com/watch?v=tBQRfKeIYZc
        http://youtube.com/watch?v=bFR0xA60GGI
        \_  http://www.dogjudo.co.uk/dirt.html
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