Well, here it is, the long awaited 17th chapter in my ongoing fan fiction. This chapter has some imagery that might be unsettling to some, and it deals with themes that might offend your sensibilities, so please, click on “more” with caution. Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Well, gentle readers, I have done something in poor taste, and as a result, I’m being punished summarily.
As many of you know, I’m a frequent poster on the website http://www.badgerandblade.com It is a community of people who enjoy the qualities afforded by shaving with vintage razors and using “old school” techniques. I enjoy hanging out there because there are a great deal of like-minded people who enjoy a good laugh as well as a good shave. Everyone usually enjoys a good joke, but sometimes things get a little bawdy as is apt to happen when you get a bunch of men “cutting up” together. Well, I am no exception to the rule. Sometimes, my sense of humour gets the better of me and I relax my judgement a little. I did so earlier this week.
There is a thread on B&B called “Picture Tag.” The way that thread works is thus:
Person A posts a picture of some random thing. Person B then recognizes some detail about the photo and posts another picture that shares a similar trait. So, if Person A posts a picture of a man wearing a feathered mask, Person B would then post a picture of a Peacock (Feathers being the main connection). It’s all good fun. Well, there have been various pictures of women in skimpy clothing, though nothing worse than what one finds in your typical “Women’s” magazine on the newstand. Here’s what happened:
Someone posted a picture of Jessica Simpson. This spurred me to post a picture I had seen earlier that day. The picture in question was of a model who bares a striking resemblence to Tony Romo’s girlfriend, standing on a beach, in a brown cover-up. The lighting in said picture is such that there is a shadow between her legs, makeing her appear to have, well, something that shouldn’t be there. I thought the picture was amusing, if not a little shocking at first glance, but I also figured that everyone was smart enough to realize that it was either a. a shadow from the back of her top, or b. the trunk of the palm tree behind her. I assumed that everyone would have a little chuckle about it, and then move on, letting the image fade into obscurity. Well, I was wrong.
Admittedly, in retrospect, I realize that my post was in poor taste. I never meant to affront anyone, and would gladly have taken it down rather than offend anyone, and I am sorry that I didn’t use better judgement.
I have been banned until February 17th because of my actions.
Do I think this is a little unfair?
Yes. I would have gladly removed the picture, had a mod or any other member asked me to take it down. Instead, I found out I had been banned when I tried to log in. The message said simply, “You have been banned for the following reason:
Time out for poor judgment
Date the ban will be lifted: 02-17-2009, 10:00 PM”
Now what bothers me is that mere instants before my post went up, someone else squeezed a picture in before I got mine posted. Actually, there were similar elements, so it didn’t really effect the relevance of my picture. What really shakes me though, is that the picture that appears immediately prior to mine is of a thong-clad, topless woman holding a pink handgun behind her back. There is no frontal nudity, but an ample portion of the breast is visible. That image remains, but “hermaphrodite Jessica Simpson” has been banned.
I just don’t know what to make or think about this situation. I do know that I will be registering with a similar website (http://theshaveden.com) that caters to wet-shavers and is home to many who have been “banned from B&B. ” I’m just not sure I can enjoy B&B any more.
Click “More” to see the photos in question. Warning, may be offensive.
I was looking at the “street level” view of my hometown the other day and an idea that has been stewing in my mind for many years was brought to the forefront again.
Here’s the facts as I see them:
1. Google has street level map data of pretty much every location in America.
2. Google has street level photos of most municipalities in America, growing every day.
3. Topographical data for every location in the world is available online.
4. Traffic data can be easily tracked and displayed online with at least cursory accuracy.
5. Demographic data for Law enforcement agencies can be easily tracked and displayed (ie. number of state troopers in a given county).
6. Demographic data for every municipality in America is available on Google (ie. Walmart is at 123 Anystreet, Wompwoller MI).
Okay, so why couldn’t (and more importantly, why hasn’t?) some enterprising young programmer devise a racing game that pulls map data from Google?
You could pull the map data, overlay it with topo to get the general lay of the land, and use generic images to hold the place of either “a business” or “a house” along the roads. Then, you populate the game with roughly the same congestion and law enforcement ratio of the area.
Imagine a racing game where you can scream through the alleys of your own home town.
Hey Internet! Get on this, ASAP!