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Poll: Water Heaters

Nov. 30th, 2006 | 03:13 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Poll #879019 Water Heaters

Are water heaters closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

A breadbox
4(50.0%)
The concept of justice
4(50.0%)

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Today's Topic: Water Heaters

Nov. 28th, 2006 | 07:35 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice



Ah, the humble water heater...I imagine it didn't take too long for people to figure out that hot water just feels good.  Prehistoric communities have been found centered around natural geysers, and since I doubt cavemen cared much about spas, surely they must have appreciated the joys of a nice, steaming bath.  Today, we rely on water heaters to provide us with our morning shower, and every year, I'm sure each of us uses hundreds of thousands of gallons of that steaming liquid joy to wash away the dust and troubles of our days.  They're quite the feature of modern life, but what do we do when our sturdy, mechanical water workhorse, our fount of comforting, cleansing warmth, goes kaput?

We freeze our little butts off, that's what.  I don't know about the rest of you, but having not bathed in two days, during one of the coldest stretches of the year, makes me painfully conscious of how dependent I am on technology sometimes.  I never really thought about how much I take things like a hot shower for granted, but the thought of living without hot water or electricity, not just for a couple of days camping, but actually living without it?  It truly boggles the mind.  Sure, a hot water heater is just a bunch of metal bits cobbled together in the shape of a fancy tea kettle, but if they don't turn the damn water back on soon, heads are gonna roll!

Anyway, now that I've got that out of my system, what do you guys think:

"Are water heaters closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?"

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Poll: Dreams

Nov. 14th, 2006 | 12:44 am
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Poll #867249 Dreams

Are dreams closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

A breadbox
2(50.0%)
The concept of justice
2(50.0%)

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Today's Topic: Dreams

Nov. 12th, 2006 | 12:49 am
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

When I sleep, I tend to have extremely crazy dreams.  It's not unusual for The Boyfriend to just burst out into hysterical laughter first thing in the morning after I frantically attempt to relate the night's comatose insanity.  While I'm sure one could do some kind of Freudian or Jungian analysis on my twisted and tormented psyche, I don't know that it would be worth it, because, honestly, sometimes an electric blue centaur costume is just an electric blue centaur costume.  In any case, my dreams are frequently a source of amusement and general befuddlement for me.

Earlier today, I watched this little animated short about the ultimate commitment to a less abstract sort of dream.  For one little kiwi bird, a dream is not merely a surrealist concept.  It's a goal, a driving purpose, a heart-wrenching and dedicated sacrifice of blood, sweat, and tears.  Too few films address the concerns of flightless birds, but somebody has to speak for those poor little awkward freaks of nature, gosh darn it!  I'll be the first to admit, kiwi birds are odd looking creatures, but this is a beautiful film and everybody should give it a watch.


Ahem, anyway, watching that little bird got me to thinking about the many different incarnations of dreams: sleeping dreams, lucid dreams, life-long dreams, shattered dreams, etc.  What really is a dream?  I mean, there's just so much out there to consider, which naturally led me to my next question, one I think you all are best suited to answering:

"Are dreams closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?"

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Poll: Dental Floss

Nov. 2nd, 2006 | 07:42 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Poll #859310 Dental Floss

Is dental floss closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

A breadbox
2(33.3%)
The concept of justice
4(66.7%)

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Today's Topic: Dental Floss

Oct. 31st, 2006 | 04:28 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Today is Halloween, which means that an ungodly amount of sugar is going to be pumping through the veins of everyone under the age of 10 tonight.  As such, it made me think about some of my days as a trick-or-treater. 

Let me tell you, I was a cute kid, capable of conning handful after handful of sweet, sweet, individually-wrapped goodness from strangers with just a flash of my pearly whites.  The costume just gave the adults an excuse and kept the other kids from getting jealous.  Most of the time the loot I acquired was pretty sweet: an assortment of candy bars, a sprinkling of Smarties, maybe some M&M's here and there, but every once in awhile, some poor misguided individual was so hopeless out of touch with what satisfies a child's ravenous hunger for sugar that I would get things like pennies. 

First off, I'm a kid, not a panhandler.  If it was so easy for me to pop off to the store and buy the candy for myself, why the hell have I been pounding the pavement for the past 30 blocks?  Secondly, do you have any idea how dirty the average coin is?  And you want your filthy change comingling with my precious candy?  Nuh-uh, try again, buster.  Someone needs to inform these lost souls that pennies are just a godawful lousy treat.  Maybe if they were handing out dollar bills, I might feel differently on the subject, but you can't buy anything for a penny anymore.  They're so utterly useless, the government wants to get rid of them, fer cryin' out loud!  Conclusion: if you forgot to buy candy and only have your jar of coins sitting around, just save yourself the trouble and leave the light off.

As a Halloween enthusiast, there were a whole list of treats which were just ridiculously disappointing to find in my bag at the end of the evening.  Pennies were certainly one, mini-bags of popcorn were another (do I look like I have a microwave under my costume?), but the absolute worst, and I do mean worst Halloween treat I ever got was a sample size pack of dental floss.  Now, you just know that the house had to have belonged to a dentist or orthodontist or even some vindictive oral surgeon, but there is no excuse--none!--for handing out floss on Halloween.  It's just plain mean, especially if it's mint-flavored.  It's like they were saying, "See, it almost tastes like candy!"  But it isn't.  Oh sweet Lord in Heaven, it's not even close.  Yes, we know we should take care of our teeth, and yes, we know we should floss more often, now where is my goddamn candy?!

After that bitter diatribe, I'm sure you're all wondering what the heck my costume is, but that's not the question we're here to answer.  So without further adieu:

"Is dental floss closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?"



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Poll: Strangers

Oct. 26th, 2006 | 03:52 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Poll #853988 Strangers

Are strangers closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

A breadbox
1(14.3%)
The concept of justice
6(85.7%)

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Today's Topic: Strangers

Oct. 23rd, 2006 | 01:26 am
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Some friends and I were walking home after dinner, and we were stopped by a group of strangers.  They wanted us to judge their pumpkin carving contest.  This is not the ordinary behavior of strangers, and it make me think about strangers in general. 

Around here, strangers usually want loose change or some kind of show of political support.  Actually...no, usually strangers don't want anything.  They just keep quiet and stay to themselves.  I think in most big cities, strangers just stay strange, but you can find 'em wherever you go.  They're everywhere, and unless you're the dude offering free hugs, you're probably not going to have a lot of personal contact with them, but you know they're out there, filling up all the empty spaces in the world you don't and can't.  Without them, you probably couldn't live in the little bubble you do, and the world would be peopled with your select group of friends, enemies, and acquaintances.  Personally, I think it'd get kinda boring and lonely, your pool of potential interactions so severely limited, but I also think Spam and eggs taste good for breakfast, so that may damage my credibility a bit.  But I still care about what you think.  Strangers and friends alike, I really do want to know:

"Are strangers closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?"

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Poll: Star Trek Replicators

Oct. 18th, 2006 | 12:46 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

Poll #847984 Star Trek Replicators

Are Star Trek replicators closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

A breadbox
4(80.0%)
The concept of justice
1(20.0%)

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Today's Topic: Star Trek Replicators

Oct. 16th, 2006 | 01:38 pm
posted by: wateredsilk in breadboxjustice

I'm on a geek kick, so humor me.



Here's the story: The Boyfriend received Season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation for his birthday back in September. With our newly acquired bounty, we took the plunge and have been slowly working our way through where no one has gone before.

*cue theme music*

So far, I've been subjected to a metric-ton of crappy writing, uncomfortable looking costumes paired with astoundingly 80's-rific hair, a whole lot of Riker's cleanly shaven butt-chin. It's been freakin' awesome.

I never have been and probably never will be a Trekkie in the classical sense.  I've always enjoyed sci-fi as a genre, and I can geek out with the best of them, but I can't bring myself to truly obsess.  I just lack the necessary fangirl-gene.  Even so, I can get a sense of why the shows have had such a rabid following.  Without Patrick Stewart on the bridge, the rest of the cast is just a bunch of sorry C-list actors struggling to hold a cheesy sci-fi show together, but with Captain Picard leading them, looking so deliciously bald and British French, the crew pulls together into a cohesive unit, capable of withstanding the very worst acting and lame storylines the producers could throw at them.  It's pure TV magic.

Of course, this doesn't excuse the aforementioned crappy writing and historically bad hair, but it helps a little.  There's plenty about the show to mock, so I can still heavily sympathize with the critics out there.  The last episode we watched, "Symbiosis", has an exchange about drug use that sounds like it was swiped from a Very Special Episode, and any time they even try to sound halfway plausible about science or military protocol during the show, I start to giggle.  Everyone who comes on the Enterprise is amazed by how orderly everything is, but with the number of problems they encounter even within a single episode makes me wonder how it is that they can even get off the ground.  But even if their science is often shoddy, they still get some pretty cool gadgets.

Speaking of cool gadgets, what's with those replicators anyway?  They're an incredibly sophisticated piece of technology, but it rarely seems as though anyone makes a big deal out of them, unless it's for a plot device.  I mean, they're not just there to give you "Earl Grey, hot" whenever you goddamn please.  I'm surprised the writers constantly overlook them, especially when every other episode is going on about something that they just don't seem to have enough of.  It raises a lot of questions, but, of course, the most important question is still:

"Are Star Trek replicators closer to a breadbox or the concept of justice?

*And I apologize for the late posts.  I've been busy slogging through linguistic nightmares and post-colonial literature.  Fun, huh?  Don't you wish you were me?

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