tragic... Nice equipment our country has for
our brave men and women who serve -- don't worry
about taking a bullet while peace-keeping in a war
torn country, worry about dying when a piece of
equipment you're trying to drive home after you
just bought it decides to try and take you out.
Sorry, I'm a little incensed that our government
is willing to kill our men and women to save a buck...
God knows we couldn't fly a sea-king out there to
help, it probably wouldn't make it either; let me
know when Wal-Mart starts selling submarines and
I'll just flee to the USA. So far the only
thing worth buying from the UK best I can tell are
Advent Baby Bottles (...no joke, they're great!..)
Of course I can already feel my Aunt Monica kicking
my ass all the way from England. Still...
Ask Lieut. Saunders family if the price was right,
Lieut. Chris Saunders, died Wednesday as a helicopter
was taking the three crewmen from the disabled sub
to Ireland for medical treatment... Sorry
for your loss.
was nice, it was 30c outside with the humidex (...a
scale which includes humidity in a formula to make
us Canadians feel more like we're in Aruba...),
sunny, nice breeze... Isis, Myles and myself
were enjoying the patio when the doorbell did the
ding-dong; "Hi, I'm from Cedar Springs..."
Well Greetings to you! Firstly, let me say
this; the gentleman that called was a 100% professional
and courteous identity, no harm or vengeance issued...
I said "you've kind of stepped directly into
the lions' den you know?" but he was more than
interested when the story unfolded of the unscrupulous
acts of Cedar SPAM Springs back in mid April, who
have yet to take responsibility for sending SPAM
to my personal cell phone (...for those of you at
Cedar SPAM Springs, please feel free to catch-up
He was given a tour of the Abattoir.Net site, shown
the LAN Minutes Archives that point-by-point displayed
Cedar SPAM Springs lack of ethics... He wrote
down the URL and took my address as he walked away
assuring me he would bring this to "their"
attention. Don't bother, "they"
already know, they're just not talking...
Thanks to the companies who have pulled their product
thus far, keep it coming.
to more important things... We posted a poll
on Abattoir.BBs asking you all if a shift of BTM45's
date would be better for you; the people have spoken!
You've all said that Cedar SPAM Springs sucks, also,
you mentioned that Nov06 is your overwhelming preference.
The masses have spoken and we're listening, BTM45
"Compendium" Edition has been re-scheduled
to Nov06 -- for those who are already signed-up
prior to the lock down on the date, please make
sure you're good to go, for the many that this date
change accommodates, there are only a few ports
left so get your name in now... The Abattoir
has secured a grenade transport case (...circa:
1944...) from an antique shop on the way back from
the cottage and has dubbed it the Swag Mag, we're
putting the loot for BTM45 into a case, numbering
it and the tournament winners pick a card -- You
could pick a component DVD player, a digital camera,
one of several 300 CD vault cases, a pocket USB
drive or a fresh can of SPAM among other fine things
up for grab... Don't delay, sign-up today.
want to write about Mohammed II and the adventures of
my Mother and I at Futureshop buying the Sony LCD monitors,
but I seem to be getting a lot of mail about R2D2 and
I smoking a blunt in the backyard rolled out of $100 bills...
Understand this, I'm caught in a paradigm here; either
I'm smoking a blunt in my backyard (illegal) rolled from
Canadian currency which I'm burning (illegal), or I have
to say that the bills are a "prop", which would
make me a counterfeiter (illegal) so I'll say this...
There were no legal tenders injured in the last LAN Minutes
update, further, the "prop" bills used had "Not
Legal Tender" written across them, so their not counterfeit,
or at least you can't tell since R2 and I smoked it. --
RCMP, stop emailing me.
Wars has finally hit DVD! Yes, George Lucas dangled
the DVD premier in our faces, and the nerds jumped up
and down in their stormtrooper costumes attempted to touch
it... Lucas refused for all these years to let a
digital copy of the covenant motion picture out in fears
that his creation would spread around the Internet like
so much burnt toast; well he had good reason to, since
I'm sure you can download it already -- I was in Best
Buy this morning to pick-up a little scanner and was greeted
by Darth Vader and a number of his white clad cronies
who tried (...at blaster point...) to force a copy on
me. Don't get me wrong, when it comes to Star Wars,
I'm about as big a geek as it gets -- I can remember clearly
the complete and total brain hemorrhage I had when the
first one minute premier came out on television; tie-fighters
chasing x-wings in swirling stared backgrounds with lasers
zinging everywhere! Wow!! My Mother thought
I just found a dead body in the basement the way I came
screaming into the kitchen... I actually saw Star
Wars twenty-eight times in the theatre. Now I'm
sure I'll break down and nail my own copy, but let me
just look on the shelf to my left and take inventory --
Hmm, what do we have here: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes
Back, Return of the Jedi... This followed by the
Star Wars Trilogy Box Set (...I was told in the commercial
that I must have this, I had no idea other stuff was still
going to come...) Then we have the Star Wars Trilogy
Special Edition Box Set, then the Star Wars Special Digitally
Remastered Box Set, over here we have the You're Not A
Star Wars Fan Unless You Have This Digitally Remasterd
Super Special Mega Box Set with added scenes, then we
have the... Well, you get the point. R2D2
and I celebrated Lucas' good fortune by rolling a blunt
in the backyard with hundred dollar bills; I know Lucas
is smoking one right now. I really am going to love
when the sales figures start to come out on this one,
I don't even want to hazard a guess. Either way,
it's time to rejoice; anyone want to watch Star Wars this
weekend, Infinity's already grabbed a copy (...of course...)
A small editors note here: yesterday's update had a small
editorial error which as of now has been fixed.
The update on the adjustment to the SuperFTP read: "We're
attempting to find a happy balance between Pubic and Members
with respect to bandwidth." -- Let it be said now
that Abattoir.Net, it's staff, it's Members (...even the
expired ones...) have no interest at all in your pubes;
stop emailing me.
it's about time... Summer is drawing to a close,
that means several things -- back to school, and time
to open BTM Season again! We've been hit with emails
asking the question as to when BTM45's date will be published,
we appreciate the enthusiasm so it's time to drop the
gavel... BTM45 "Compendium" Edition will
be October 30th. We are accepting reservations now,
Abattoir.Net Supporting Members have first crack; this
is the 45th BTM and as such there's swag! We'll
be starting a thread for tournament voting on Abattoir.BBs
soon, but until then, if you have nothing to do on Halloween's
eve, sign-up now! (...we
know how much everyone enjoys the Halloween BTMs...)
Members will understand soon why this is the "Compendium"
Speaking of Supporting Members... We owe several
of you an apology; it seems our tracking of expiring memberships
lacked administrative effort -- several Members accounts
have expired and without notice, basically "shutdown".
If you're a Member and you're account has surpassed its
one year mark, you may be unable to access your Abattoir.Net
WebMAIL -- please contact us and we'll reactivate your
account if you're renewing, let us know if youâ.$╔not
intend to renew so we can make sure your personal FTP
folder and mail are taken care of... Please accept
our apologies in advance for the non-prompted slaughter
of your access, even we can't believe it's been a year
A quick note relating to the Mail Server, we're doing
upgrades tonight at midnight; the mail server will be
down for less then one hour while we add a 3D logo interface,
three fetzer valves and a holographic imager...
After which, there's a chance the Mail Server will be
a little laggy while the unit burps -- this will end by
morning (Tue). We thank-you in advance for your
understanding. In related news, be advised the SuperFTP
Server has had a few revisions of late -- due to large
user volume (...for the pipe we have...) public account
access has been reduced a tad, public users may encounter
the dreaded "Server User Limit at Max -- Please try
again in a few moments" message from time to time,
if this happens to you, remain calm! The SuperFTP
does not hate you, it just hates when you all rape it
at once... We're attempting to find a happy balance
between Public and Members with respect to bandwidth.
Sale: Two large parachutes in their original packaging,
never deployed, perfect condition -- best offer; contact
Don Sweetnam of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
Space Probe project. Back in August 2001, NASA
sent a small (...refrigerator size...) $264 million (US)
probe toward the Sun to capture samples from the origin
of 99% of the material in this solar system -- our Sun.
Genesis flew shy of 1.5 million kilometers from Earth;
the spacecraft deployed collection grids for 850 days
made of ultra-pure wafers of gold, sapphire, silicon and
diamond which entrapped particles carried into space by
waves of solar wind, the samples collected were to be
returned for analysis.
This cargo could hold clues as to the origin of our solar
system once analyzed... Or we could just slam
it into the Utah desert in excess of 310km/h.
As it stands, NASA has not determined the condition of
the payload and if it survived the impact after the dual
chute arrangement failed to fire -- I was waiting to hear
that instantly after the Genesis Probe slammed into the
desert, it was followed by a spiraling halo of fiery light
which began to encompass the entire surface of the Earth
in mere moments leaving in its wake, sudden lake formations,
mountains and lush, live rainforests even in the most
dead regions of our planets surface... Or is it
time for BTM45?
"If you're new to Abattoir.Net and want to get to know what
we're all about, sit back with a cup of joe or a brew and cruise
through the ramblings of the past"