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it hasn't been updated in a while, but i'm glad to see that there is a site dedicated to the hatred of the suv. i never liked these things, but since i've actually had to spend more time driving lately, this hatred has grown into something larger, more all-encompassing. (check the web site for some tips on how to creatively protest against these travesties.)

i don't have enough time or enough energy to go through all of the things that bug me about the suv, but aside from the personal peeves- i can't see around them, they take up a parking space and a half, etc.- i have to say that there are a couple of reasons that stand out:

1. the people who have trouble admitting that these vehicles are just a luxury that feeds their ego feel the need to justify the purchase on the grounds that these vehicles are more safe than conventional cars. they aren't. vehicles that have lots of room and have a better safety record exist and they are lighter weight than suvs. they're called minivans. but they don't have the sporty look that the suv driver wants. so you'd rather have a vehicle that is unsafe, but (you think) makes you lok good.

2. there are very, very few people living in cities whose lifestyle actually requires a vehicle with off-road and 4-wheel drive capability. in an urban environment, these vehicles are a nuissance and, given the amount of gas they take and the fact that their presence drives the cost of fuel up for everybody, the choice to own one is extremely irresponsible. these people need to be sent to their rooms until they can behave like grown ups who realise the consequences of their decisions.

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the world at war?

in my semi-smug but genuinely curious way, i posted a question on my facebook page earlier: how much of the world has to be at war before it counts as world war iii?



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jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

diet diary, part 2

so the battle with the bulge continues. i'm actually becoming used to the pace, although for some reason my stomach still seems to think it needs far more food than it actually does.

week days, when eating is more of a functional than a festive activity, are fairly easy to cope with. weekends are a challenge, especially living in a city that has as many good restaurants as toronto. i'm not restricting myself to the home, but i am finding that i have to pay careul attention when i go out. last night, i overindulged on injera atthe ethiopian house. injera (the soft, moist, spongy bread that serves as food and cutlery in ethiopian cuisine) makes food fun by forcing you to eat with your fingers. it's hard to exercise restraint in such conditions.

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