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olympics + cats

19 August 2004 _ 23h12m32 EDT
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~ athletic prowess in the interest of health is admirable; sports are pretty lame when they are competitions dressed in nationalism. ‘sports illustrated‘ is the injection of dope into the veins of the american mind. the ruling class, hampered by technicalities like the bill of rights [w], can’t effectively use the police force to keep everyone quiet, so they rely on sedatives like the olympics and ‘sports illustrated‘ to keep us in our easy chairs. nevertheless, on rare occasions there is a surprise convergence of threads which are usually ignored, leading to a strange, happy occurrence, such as iraqis bitching about george w bush in ‘sports illustrated‘ of all places:

“Ahmed Manajid, who played as a midfielder on Wednesday, had an even stronger response when asked about Bush’s TV advertisement. “How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?” Manajid told me. “He has committed so many crimes.” –sports illustrated

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catbowl~ we have reached our final design for the self-replenishing cat’s water bowl. a few prototypes failed:

1. plastic bottle in bowl with ridged bottom. ridges were not deep enough for a usable amount of water to be available to cat; plastic bottle toppled when empty.

2. for stability, cut out bottom of empty cultured-soy cup. hole placed in cup near lip of cup to allow for deeper water. cup placed over mouth of bottle. flaw: air escapes through gaps between cup and bottle. water drains from bottle.

3. second cultured-soy cup cut opened and formed into cone; cone inserted in mouth of bottle, so that bottom of cone is even with lip of supporting cup. flaw: air enters bottle in gap between bottle and cone. water drains from bottle.

4. rubber band placed around cone at mouth of bottle. success.

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~ we have linked the bill of rights above for the sake of new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who has the misconception about folks ‘expressing themselves’ being a ‘privilege’ and warns us to be careful: “People who avail themselves of the opportunity to express themselves . . . will not abuse that privilege, because if we start to abuse our privileges, then we lose them, and nobody wants that.”

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