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29 November 2008 @ 08:06 pm
I'm feeling down lately.
Internets, entertain me!
27 November 2008 @ 08:14 pm
Yay, another bird sacrificed in the name of tasty gods :3
Although it's still cooking over here... due to family emergency, the cooking duty has been passed to Yuliya and me. We've never made a full course dinner like this, so the timing was off -_-'
Oh well, at least it smells delicious :D

Go read School Rumble.
Super-short description: comedy of misunderstandings.
Makes me smile every time I read it. I forget about my problems for a while and laugh my ass off.
02 November 2008 @ 12:11 am
Edit: this may be TL;DR, but it's very easy to read and understand -- and it talks about something very important. Please take a moment and read it. Thank you, The Management.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.

The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."
Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men - the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay!
And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $50 instead of $59 (15% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $9!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got nine times more than I!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $9 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

(The 10th man was originally paying $59 of $100, then $50 of $80)

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

This was originally attributed to David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Georgia. I've since found and checked the aforementioned page and it says "Contrary to Internet folklore, Dr. Kamerschen is NOT the author of "Tax Cuts: A Simple Lesson in Economics" or “Bar Stool Economics” or anything similar to that. Additionally, he does NOT know who wrote it and he has no opinion on its merits."
31 October 2008 @ 04:23 pm
Because 31 Oct = 25 Dec

23 October 2008 @ 11:59 pm
I've been swamped with work lately, so haven't checked LJ in a while. If you don't talk to me on IM, know that I'm not dead yet.
Aww, and here you were so hopeful...

Does this mean I'll check back more often again? Who knows :P

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09 October 2008 @ 06:46 pm
111: shit, i'm sitting home laughing my ass off, can't stop))
222: what's up?
111: so i'm smoking next to a subway station earlier today, after university. a guy comes up to me and asks if i have matches. and just this morning i took an extra box with me. so i don't say a word, take the matchbox out of my pocket and hand it over.
222: ))
111: the guy looks at me for a sec, says, a lighter would be more convenient
111: i silently reach into my pocket and take out a lighter
111: he lights his cig, returns the lighter, stares at me for like 10 seconds and says in a joking manner what an amazing pocket, got anything i'd ask for, i bet it even has candy
222: aaah, i'm starting to guess
111: )))you wouldn't believe it, a whole week carry bon pari with me
111: i silently take a lollipop out of the same pocket, he slowly takes it, dumbfounded, his eyes full of terror
222: shit, poor guy))
111: after this i tell him "you've wasted all three of your wishes", throw out my cig, turn around and leave

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03 October 2008 @ 07:44 pm
If you get an e-mail with "Nude Photos of Sarah Palin" in the subject line, do not open it. It might contain a virus.
If you get an e-mail with "Nude Photos of Hillary Clinton", do not open it. It might contain nude photos of Hillary Clinton.
29 September 2008 @ 12:43 am
Okay, it's been up for quite a while and so you've probably already seen it.. but in the off-chance that you haven't:

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26 September 2008 @ 12:03 am
Ass-kicking was had - and in large amounts, to boot (pun intentional).

First, I fought my dad. Kicked his ass.

Then the new guy, Connor.

Err, I mean Charlie.. The guy looks almost exactly like Connor!!

Then, my pops again. This match took a while since Michael was coaching StevenCharlie and didn't look at the time. We both got worn out and our fighting style started looking like cavemen's. At that point, I thought "hey, why don't I try that WTF championship style?" I guess that surprised my dad enough and threw him off-guard so I kicked his ass, again.

Then the fun began. Tomer and I against my dad. And then the two of them against me.
So far, all the pairs I've fought they're always easier than each of them alone. Maybe they take me less seriously.. or maybe I take them more seriously :)

Finished off the practice by grappling with Semyon. Went for a couple of rounds, neither one pinned the other down, but both got worn out.

That's all, folks!

P.S. for extra-credit lulz: