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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 - 2:40 p.m.

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Fuckin Onion


The nation's finest news source The Onion, has just sent me an email to tell me of the newest and latest edition of their hilarity. I click on a tempting headline.... and get....

"Unsupported Browser"

Apparently there is no way in hell, not the slightest, to get ANYTHING on their site as of today, but the "unsupported browser" page. Not a contact email, not a phone number, just a notice that it is impossible to read anything.

Not the difficulty in loading an image, or a flash animation, or a screwy view of the template.

Back to square one.
Spend upwards of $1000 to buy a new used machine to get more memory and an OS installed to be able to.... read the Onion online.

Hell, I am a single person with no dependents, fortunately a home business so that my $1000 can be written off as a business expense (though it also comes out of my food, clothing, social and general life budget).

What the effin fuck are just normal people supposed to do? Got myself outfitted about five years ago with top of the line, totally top of the line for the time computer and peripherals. I remember them raving about how even as a visual artist needing capacity to scan in and manipulate color images sans cesse, that this puter had the capacity to grow and meet my future needs. Let's see. I bought it in Dec 1998. When did the G4 come out with Gigs of memory instead of Megs? January 1999.

Let's see, it cost me about $5000 to outfit myself at the time. Lasted 5 years. That is $1000 a year. And it all works. Works fine. But they are making websites that are only good for those with the latest. It is totally insane. How the hell can people afford to keep up?

Really there is already this big gap between the "have computer" "dont have computer" people. Not to mention all the used computer crap floating obsolete out there. Use canvas shopping bags instead of plastic, save the environment. Yup, saved 20 thin plastic bags. Junked a huge computer screen, a G3, a practically new La Cie cd burner... now that is environmentally friendly.

Use less paper!! They said about puters.haha.

Use tons of inkjet paper, tons of little plastic cartridges. Spend a bundle. $$$$$ makes the world go round.

We are insane.

But The Onion? They should do a parody of themselves, the assfuckers (sorry bout that, have nothing really against assfuckers).... if New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, right down to (local free newsweekly) can have online papers that I can read with the equipment I have now, then the Onion certainly can. Stupid elitist pawns of the computer industry.

Bah humbug.

Just got a phonecall from my puter guy. The G4 they are selling me is their own inhouse server they have been using and are replacing. So no, they don't have other models, and no they don't do tradeins for my G3 or my cd burner, cuz they don't have a used resale business. But at least I know and trust them, and since it is THEIR puter, if it is fucking up, I guess they'll know what's up. Dang.

So, another $1000 contract goes not into paying my taxes (got the request for my prepayment today), nor food, nor building repairs, nor an adoption fund, but directly from the drawing board into the puter. For what. To maintain the status quo.

Fuckity fuckity fuckity.
Anyone with the capacity to GET INTO The Onion's site, go write them a horrifically nasty bitchy letter about how the fuck do they think that we can all upgrade just to read fuckin WORDS on a page. (I mean really, if they were the premiere showcase for experimental computer art on the internet I would understand, but they have a fuckin NEWSPAPER, with WORDS we want to read. That takes um, simpletext html)



That is triple grr.


And yea, humans are insane to build illogically below sea level, in floodplains, on eroding mountain cliffs, in tornado paths etc etc. Are we going to stop? no. Does it hurt people? yes. Does rebuilding make $$ for the construction companies? Yes. (graffiti in an Iraqi portajohn: "12 months of construction work... $200,000 and I'm outta here". Below it "18 months of soldiering.... $20,000... what the fuck!!!")

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