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Criminal simulation (1) Fri, Feb 27, 2009
A man in Tennessee was arrested for trying to use counterfeit money to buy fake OxyContin pills from an undercover police officer.  In other words, nothing happened.  No real drugs were bought or sold, and no money was exchanged in the process.  The cops disagreed and charged the guy with "criminal simulation" (notice the lack of a "t", dirty birdies), which also sounds like nothing happened.  By "simulating" a crime, doesn't that mean no crime is actually committed?  This whole case is perplexing. #entertainment

Antisocial networking Fri, Feb 27, 2009
I closed my Facebook account the other day, not that I ever used it anyway.  I got sick of receiving occasional emails about friend requests, especially from people I know in real life.  Why do we need to be digital friends if we're already real life friends?  The thing is, I never got into Facebook in the first place.  I signed up for an account a few years ago just to check it out, but I never got past the first few minutes of using it.  I still don't quite understand the point of it.  I'm supposed to connect with people I haven't heard from in a long time?  Why would I want to do that?  The appeal is lost on me.  Plus, I already have an online place where I write things and post pictures.  It's this here website.  Why should I get into something that apparently performs the same function?  I'll also be closing my MySpace account soon for the same reasons, and a few more.  MySpace is to Facebook what Paterson is to Hoboken.  Not only is it useless to me, it's painfully, eye-pokingly ugly and full of high school kids.  I generally try to avoid things where teenagers are the primary demographic. #technology

Mint addiction (4) Fri, Feb 27, 2009
I have a slight mint addiction.  My current fix is Mentos, of which I recently ordered a fairly large supply from Amazon.com.  Before that (and when my Mentos supply runs low), it was Wint-O-Green Life Savers (in the green bag).  I just can't get enough.  And it's not even because of the breath-freshening qualities.  It's just that I really like mint.  Not candy canes or those red and white candies from Chinese restaurants, just Mentos and Life Savers.  I eat a whole roll of Mentos in under five minutes.  I can't stop myself. #food