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Right on the Edge
Paul Krugman talks about the war, the election, and the nakedness of the emperor  
An interesting interview with Paul Krugman.
Steam Wars
"STEAM WARS is the creation of Larry Blamire; artist, actor and writer-director of the indie cult film THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, released by Sony Pictures. The concept began as an image from a mural he painted in high school and over the years has become something of a "dream project", in paintings, stories, copious notes, film treatment, and--eventually--film itself."  
Steam Wars is an elaborate concept for a movie about an alternate history in which the 19th century is dominated by wars between giant, steam-powered killer robots.  
Looks really neat... I hope someone decides to make a movie out of this!
A shortage of at least 500,000 poll workers nationwide means many voters could face long lines, cranky volunteers, polling places that don't open or close on schedule and the chance that results won't be known until long after the polls are closed.  
Roughly 1.4 million people have been trained to serve as poll workers on Tuesday, about the same as four years ago, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. But nearly 2 million will be needed to deal with expected heavy turnout, huge numbers of first-time voters and unfamiliar touch-screen machines in hundreds of counties.
You Must Choose: Favorite Guilty Pleasure #1
The Apprentice
The OC
You Must Choose (Martial Arts Movies #2)
The Presidential election is just days away!  
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Penile fracture is the traumatic rupture of the corpus cavernosum. Traumatic rupture of the penis is relatively uncommon and is considered a urologic emergency.  
Sudden blunt trauma or abrupt lateral bending of the penis in an erect state can break the markedly thinned and stiff tunica albuginea, resulting in a fractured penis. One or both corpora may be involved, and concomitant injury to the penile urethra may occur. Urethral trauma is more common when both corpora cavernosa are injured.  
I would certainly consider rupture of the penis to qualify as an emergency. BOO!!
A 6 pound dog has run into a bureaucratic quagmire. And may be run out of town.
A good 'ol fashion meme
Bold the ones that apply to you...  
01. I miss somebody right now  
02. I don't watch much TV these days  
03. I love olives  
04. I love sleeping  
05. I own lots of books  
06. I wear glasses or contact lenses  
07. I love to play video games (mostly easy nintendo/atari products
08. I've smoked pot  
09. I've watched porn  
10. I have been in a threesome  
11. I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship  
12. I believe honesty is usually the best policy  
13. I have acne free skin  
14. I like and respect Al Sharpton  
15. I curse frequently  
16. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year  
17. I have a hobby  
18. I have brown hair
19. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me  
20. I'm really, really smart  
21. I've never broken someone's bones  
22. I have a secret that I am ashamed to reveal
23. I hate the rain  
24. I'm paranoid at times  
25. I would get plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free of cost, and scars  
26. I need money right now!
27. I love Sushi  
28. I talk really, really fast  
29. I have fresh breath in the morning  
30. I have semi-long hair  
31. I have lost money in Las Vegas  
32. I have at least one brother and/or one sister  
33. I was born in a country outside of the U.S.  
34. I shave my legs on a regular basis  
35. I have a twin  
36. I have worn fake hair/fingernails/eyelashes in the past  
37. I couldn't survive without Caller I.D.  
38. I like the way I look  
39. I have lied to a good friend in the last 6 months  
40. I know how to do cornrows  
41. I am usually pessimistic  
42. I have a lot of mood swings  
43. I think prostitution should be legalized  
44. I think Britney Spears is hot  
45. I have cheated on a significant other in the past  
46. I have a hidden talent (maybe?)  
47. I'm always hyper no matter how much sugar I have  
48. I think that I'm popular  
49. I am currently single  
50. I have kissed someone of the same sex  
51. I enjoy talking on the phone only if its someone I want to talk to  
52. I practically live in sweatpants or PJ pants  
53. I love to shop  
54. I would rather shop than eat  
55. I would classify myself as ghetto  
56. I'm bourgie and have worn a sweater tied around my shoulders  
57. I'm obsessed with my Livejournal  
58. I don't hate anyone  
59. I'm a pretty good dancer  
60. I don't think Mike Tyson raped Desiree Washington  
61. I'm completely embarrassed to be seen with my mother  
62. I have a cell phone  
63. I believe in God  
64. I watch MTV on a daily basis  
65. I have passed out drunk in the past 6 months  
66. I love drama  
67. I have never been in a 'real' relationship before  
68. I've rejected someone before  
69. I currently have a crush on someone
70. I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life  
71. I want to have children in the future  
72. I have changed a diaper before
73. I've called the cops on a friend before  
74. I bite my nails  
75. I am a member of the Tom Green fan club  
76. I'm not allergic to anything that I know of  
77. I have a lot to learn  
78. I have dated someone at least 10 years older or younger  
79. I plan on seeing Ice Cube's newest "Friday" movie  
80. I am very shy around the opposite sex  
81. I'm online 24/7, even as an away message  
82. I have at least 5 away messages saved  
83. I have tried alcohol or drugs before  
84. I have made a move on a friend's significant other in the past  
85. I own the "South Park" movie  
86. I have avoided assignments at work/school to be on Xanga or Livejournal (doing it right now)  
87. When I was a kid I played "doctor" with a neighbor or chum  
88. I enjoy some country music  
90. I think that Pizza Hut has the best pizza  
91. I watch soap operas whenever I can  
92. I'm obsessive, anal retentive, and often a perfectionist  
93. I have used my sexuality to advance my career  
94. I love Michael Jackson, scandals and all  
95. I know all the words to Slick Rick's "Children's Story"  
96. Halloween is awesome because you get free candy  
97. I watch Spongebob Squarepants and I like it (it's kinda cute)  
98. I have dated a close friend's ex  
99. I'm happy as of this moment :D  
Not horribly interesting, I know...
But I will give you this to ponder upon.
Vooooooootes from the deeeeead. Spoooooooky.  
An untold number of ballots from people who have died since casting them will be counted this year because of the haphazard and cumbersome process of enforcing laws in many states to weed out these votes.  
With millions of voters taking advantage of new, in-person early voting in at least 30 states this year, it's even more likely that such "ghost" votes will be counted because, in most cases, those ballots are impossible to retrieve. Besides, it could be days or weeks after the election before local officials get word someone has died.  
Earlier this month, in what would be her last conscious act, 90-year-old Trixie Porter gripped a pen in her weak, trembling hand, checked the candidates of her choice and scrawled a squiggled signature on her absentee ballot.  
Within an hour, the petite woman who had been suffering from heart problems lay back in her hospital bed, closed her eyes and never woke up. Her ballot arrived at her local elections board two days later, Oct. 5 — the day she died.
The off again, on again Dracula theme park may be on again.
Lazy bastards....
The Trick Or Treaters have started. I think it's four to seven here or something. Anyway, from my window I've got a pretty good view of the whole street. I have seen at least six kids wearing hockey or football uniforms. Not the uniforms of actual pro teams, but the uniforms of the local middle school teams.  
If you actually play hockey, dressing up like a hockey player is not a costume! It's just what you are in real life! Lazy bastards.  
But it's not just the kids. My friend Erin told me that she was going to a halloween party at some bar... And I asked her what she was going as. "A nurse," she said.  
She IS a nurse. She was just going to wear her uniform from work. Not only that, she had to work earlier that day, so she was just going to KEEP HER UNIFORM ON.  
Instead of taking the time to put on a costume, she was just not going to change clothes when she got home!  
Lazy, lazy, lazy...  
If it's what you actually do in real life, it's not a f'ing costume. Am I right, or am I right?
PSA: Reposting, bitching, and you.
We all repost. It happens.  
Admins on occasion delete the wrong link or incorrectly delete a nonrepost. Again, It happens.  
Guess what? We're all human, though some people seem to think I'm an internet robot.  
If you've got a link that's indistinguishable from an already posted link, except that it has more info or a video, post it as a comment. If it's wildly different, like it has a video where the first link didn't even mention one, then it'd not be a repost.  
If an admin deletes a link you feel should not have been, try talking to the admin. If you haven't dug yourself into a hole by complaining overmuch, they'll usually be quite receptive and helpful.  
I probably missed a few important points, I'm counting on an admin or two to add them in a comment. I must go now, as I've put off this dishwasher install for too long already today. Have a few puppies:  
Ouch - Part II
Well, I'm certainly sore today, which is none too surprising. It became obvious last night that I had slid on my left hip as well, and that's beginning to feel bruised. My left shoulder and chest are quite sore as well. All perfectly normal and to be expected.  
My arm still hurts quite a bit. I've been keeping a sterile dressing on it, as it has been bleeding and oozing. I mentioned that maybe I should take the dressing off and give it chance to dry out and heal up. My wife is concerned about scarring if I let it scab. It seems that the surgeon who put the stitches on my son's forehead after he dived into the corner of a coffee table suggested that scabs cause scarring. But that was a relatively minor injury, and debriding the scab was not that big a deal.  
But this is a pretty large abrasion, and the idea of tearing the scab off every day doesn't appeal to me. So I did a little research, and it appears that the treatment du jour for road rash is to scrub it down to pink healthy tissue, then apply a moist cover, like a second skin product. So I ran down to the drug store and picked up some J&J Advanced Healing pads. The best thing about them is that you leave them on for several days at a time. Supposedly you keep the injury moist, and it heals from the bottom up, instead of from the scab down, reducing scarring. Whatever. I need to take some ibuprofen.  
As for other equipment damage, I lost my helmet mirror, although it doesn't look like (and didn't feel like) my helmet actually made contact with the road. I also shattered the flashing light I had mounted on the left side of the seat. Well, I wanted to get a brighter tail light anyway.  
Time to start carving pumpkins and prepping for Trick-or-Treaters.