How to deal with lawyers

Pirate Bay has an interesting way of dealing with corporations sending them threats: humor.
An Example from EA:
> Dear Mr. Neij:
> It has been brought to the attention of Electronic Arts Inc. ("EA") that
> the website http://www.piratebay.org with the IP addresses of
>,, is conducting
> unauthorized activities with respect to EA's copyrighted software, The
> Sims 2. The aforementioned website is offering and distributing
> bittorrent seeds for an unauthorized downloadable version of this EA
> game.
> The infringing material may be found at:
> http://www.piratebay.org/download.php/3238103/Sims%202.torrent
> http://www.piratebay.org/download.php/3238222/The_Sims2_AlcoholClone-CLO
> NEGAME_Full.Release_%28exclusive_for_trackerwww.prq.to%29.torrent

Hello and thank you for contacting us. We have shut down the website in

Oh wait, just kidding. We haven't, since the site in question is fully
legal. Unlike certain other countries, such as the one you're in, we have
sane copyright laws here. But we also have polar bears roaming the
streets and attacking people :-(.


Interesting, uh, zombie conversation

In the game Urban Dead, people who play as zombies have only a limited speech capability. They can only say the letters H,R,M,A,N,G,B which makes only a limited number of sayings. And zombies enjoy those sayings. Here is a transcript from about 200 zombie folk currently besieging a mall.

* MolemanSA said "HrMAN HARBrGrR ARrh rNrrh Brh" (10-31 03:44 GMT)
* MolemanSA said "Rrh rrh mra ba rn hrh mrnrrh, brh" (10-31 03:44 GMT)
* A zombie said "Brnhr." (10-31 03:54 GMT)
* Mike Clark said "Hrman rh nrrh, namrh Grana, rh!" (10-31 03:55 GMT)
* Mike Clark said "Rh..... Hrman.... Nrrh....." (10-31 03:55 GMT)
* A zombie said "Mrh?" (10-31 04:00 GMT)
* A zombie said "Graaaagh!" (10-31 04:01 GMT)
* A zombie said "Graaaagh!" (10-31 04:04 GMT)
* Raz said "And with my last breath I curse the Mota and humanity. But now I shall rise and seek vengence on all who still draw breath. Down with humanity!! M!NANZ!!!!" (10-31 04:29 GMT)
* Eibos Glaaki said "Barhah! Ram, gang, ram! Grab barh! Bam, bam, bam! Man gang harm zambah! Zambah gang grab hambargharh, harm man gang!" (10-31 04:49 GMT)
* Eibos Glaaki said "Ba Ba Ba Ba-Babarann" (10-31 04:50 GMT)
* Gauldoth said "Amn barrrarh!" (10-31 05:04 GMT)
* A zombie said "Mrh?" (10-31 05:06 GMT)
* Gorbonzo said "Banana gangbang gramma HAR HAR! BARHAH!" (10-31 05:23 GMT)
* Xelnaga said "Banana rama" (10-31 05:27 GMT)
* Boris Baddinov said "Banana? BANANA!" (10-31 05:40 GMT)
* Eibos Glaaki said "BGrARzzBM HRrh BGrHAaBG..." (10-31 05:41 GMT)
* BigBlack said "Hrh grh, harng rn?" (10-31 05:49 GMT)
* A zombie said "Brnhr." (10-31 06:07 GMT)


Throwing Stones

Originally uploaded by jhf.
This is taken looking down into the gorge by the place we climbed. This was the only area without a safety railing, so there was a bunch of stuff down there. I can only assume that this is where the locals dispose of their broken possessions in the most awesome way ever. Several fellow students and I threw rocks down into the canyon, which either hit the rusting masses and made lovely clanging noises or exploded on impact with a crunch/boom.

Climbing Trip

Originally uploaded by jhf.
I'm back from my Outdoor Ed 1 trip to the Feathers out in Middle of Nowhere, WA. And
I have pictures! Head on over to Flickr to see the landscape pictures I took. As for the actual climbing, I'm pretty bad at it.


Hypnotizing flash game

I can only get 1377, what about you?


School paranormal research

In my English class, we're about to read the play The Crucible and our assignment over the weekend is to interview folks about their paranormal beliefs. Can you answer these short questions, and email, IM or post the answers in the comment section?

1)Do you believe in life after death?
Do you believe in reincarnation?

2)What, if any, paranormal phenomena do you believe in?
Examples include ghosts and such

3)Do you belive that people can have supernatural powers?
Examples include ESP, Telekinesis or prophecy

4)Do you belive in the "classical witch" being possible?
Not the modern Wiccan, but the kind burnt at stakes

Please include your gender, age and location with your answers.

Canadian Army Trains for Zombie Attacks

According to this forum post by member "ThexHunter", his Canadian Army unit did a training simulation recently, dealing with a chemical spill that caused zombification. Although they gained experience that will no doubt become vital soon, they failed their mission escorting zombie experts into the area and had to flee. Then again, these zombies were allowed to use guns.


Hiking Trip

Originally uploaded by jhf.
I got back from my hiking trip late Sunday, after leaving at Insane AM on Friday. We tried to climb The Brothers in the Olympics, but we had to turn back a few hundred feet from the summit due to weather. We backpacked in and set up camp on Friday, made the attempt on Saturday and backpacked out on Sunday.