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  1. Agreed. You should check out Famous Friends and Bblessing. Both shops carry some interesting stuff and the staff at Famous Friends are consistently very friendly and helpful (going so far as to recommend pieces they thought I'd like, but I overlooked.)

  2. theres only one thing... goth ninja circle jerk

    In searching for the perfect photo to represent a goth ninja circle jerk, I came across this creepy photo... and totally lost my train of thought.


    Something about that mask frightens me. A lot.

  3. i've been meaning to post to this thread,

    otherwise, i guess you'll have to come and chill with the montreal SuFu crew ,Fuuma, Mass, 2000db and me (nairb49 was also here, but he left this morning actually). we've been hanging out a lot lately so if you're bored this summer, don't hesitate to come over. Montreal is an amazing city in the summer.

    Kasper, what do you guys tend to do? I'm a longtime SuFu lurker in Montreal. I knew there were a couple of people from here, but didn't know you guys hung out. Could be cool to try to organize a little meet up.

    (sorry for hijacking your thread, herpsky)

  4. Currently reading:



    A collection of interviews with entrepreneurs/founders of technology startups. Interesting reading.



    CROOKED LITTLE VEIN by Warren Ellis

    This really has a similar feel to his comic works. Started it yesterday afternoon and I'm already half way through the book. Entertaining quick read. Highly recommended so far.

    Next up:



    Description from Amazon:

    John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story.

    Perkins writes that his economic projections cooked the books Enron-style to convince foreign governments to accept billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and other institutions to build dams, airports, electric grids, and other infrastructure he knew they couldn't afford. The loans were given on condition that construction and engineering contracts went to U.S. companies. Often, the money would simply be transferred from one bank account in Washington, D.C., to another one in New York or San Francisco. The deals were smoothed over with bribes for foreign officials, but it was the taxpayers in the foreign countries who had to pay back the loans. When their governments couldn't do so, as was often the case, the U.S. or its henchmen at the World Bank or International Monetary Fund would step in and essentially place the country in trusteeship, dictating everything from its spending budget to security agreements and even its United Nations votes. It was, Perkins writes, a clever way for the U.S. to expand its "empire" at the expense of Third World citizens. While at times he seems a little overly focused on conspiracies, perhaps that's not surprising considering the life he's led.

  5. neuman - no, i don't technically work there, but i have sold several pairs of jeans. i guess i kinda work there part-time.

    I was actually at Blue in Green on Sunday and (after checking out your blog and seeing a photo of you just now) I think we had spoken really briefly. I guess I'm another one of those SF lurkers you met there.

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