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I will break your balls with my nationality! - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 15th, 2010

11:29 am - I will break your balls with my nationality!

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You know how the number plate people don't make number plates where the letter combination* could spell rude words? Like, you never see a plate that says "BUM101" for example. Well, it seems that number plate makers haven't kept up with the internet age. This morning The Kid and I witnessed FAP371 (a blue Mazda Demio) making its way along the Quays. Yes, there was immaturity. Because he's 15 and I'm 12.

* In New Zealand, the number plates have three letters followed by three numbers. Used to be two letters and four numbers (like my car) but when they got to ZZ in 2001 they had to come up with a new system. Prior to that it was two letters and three numbers - I remember my folks' old Datsun Bluebird (which was built prior to permanent plates being required) having BQ584.


The time has come for me to expose myself. And not in the way that will blow up Sophie's friends page. You can thank me later...

I've been on the internet for less time than most of the people I know. Even though I was probably ahead of most of you in the computer skills department back in 1983, being one of only three people in my school who was allowed on the Commodore 64s (all three of them) unsupervised because I could program in BASIC reasonably competently, my life went in another direction after that and I didn't actually have my own computer again until 1998. And I didn't get, or care about, the internet until 2000.

Aside: I remember my first PC that my brother built for me had a massive 800MB of hard drive space. I filled that up pretty quickly, and then in my wisdom, started deleting stuff to make space. "What is this system 32 thing, I don't use that!" *delete* etc. It still worked until I rebooted.. then I had to wait 2 weeks till my brother could come to the wops (the actual wops, not what some CBD-dwellers might think are the wops - I was 65km from the nearest petrol station) to fix it. Oops. In my defence, the last time I'd touched a computer, operating systems as we know them now didn't exist and everything was done in DOS - I had no concept of what Windows really was.

Oh my how things change.

Anyway, since I've only been on the internet for half its life, I'm clearly challenged when it comes to certain understandings. I never even participated in bulletin boards. *cue gasping from the geeks everywhere* So I have a list of questions:

1. WTF is with sparkledogs? Whose idea was it, when did it start and WHYYYYY?
2. Hetalia. I don't understand.
3. When did the Chuck Norris thing start?
4. Why haven't people jumped on the Happy Keanu thing? I think Happy Keanu is better than Strutting Leo, although the ones that combine them are the best:



5. How did the term 'weeaboo' come about?
6. Have you seen this man?

There are other questions, but that will do for now. Please don't be sending me the 'here let me google that for you' thing - there are only so many things you can google from work and besides, you guys are more interesting.


What Prof David Nutt thinks of NZ politicians' approach to suggestions from the EACD on drug reform.

Gosh, so late today. Got distracted by reading up on how Northern Hemisphere men think Kiwi women are unfeminine, loud, aggressive and mannish.

And I didn't rant about it. Yet. Again, you can thank me later.

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From:crsg
Date:October 14th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I can't help with any of the other questions, but when you say Hetalia, I assume you're referring to Hetalia: Axis Powers, which began as a web comic but is now a ridiculously popular and ongoing anime & manga series that make many a fangirl squee. Although if you're asking why it's so popular rather than what the thing actually is, you'd have to ask someone who actually likes it.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 14th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
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The question was a bit of both, so thank you. ;-)
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From:tieke
Date:October 14th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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"Northern Hemisphere men think Kiwi women are unfeminine, loud, aggressive and mannish"

Yeah, but that's cos they're wusses.
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 14th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
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egads. and I have several times IN THE PAST secretly gleed when reading online dating site forums, where the southern hemisphere men whinged about similar, followed with idealistic ranting about how the northern hemisphere Ladies are "so much more feminine" ie they "care about their appearance" etc. haha. fuck you buddy(s). I would guess such Nrthn Gals would probably be looking at these guys as uncultured slobs. Like the local ones do.

anyhoo... still single.... how is this possible? :-D
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 14th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I think the Chuck Norris thing might have originated with the Conan O'Brien show where he had a "walker texas ranger" lever which would show small (and unintentially hilarious) clips.

I only know this second hand from watching the Stewart/Colbert/O'Brien faux-feud during the writers strike so some of the details may be wrong.
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From:rivet
Date:October 14th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Sad to say, I can't answer most of those questions. But 'this man' is clearly a future iteration of the the Doctor, since that fits the story.
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From:pleiadeslion
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
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Also, on an LJ community somewhere (I forget which one) someone (whom I presume was a British male) assumed that I was making pointed national stereotypes at him (whereas I was actually explaining some of the ideas in 'Watching the English' by Kate Fox) and decided to make his back at me.

He said, Kiwi girls will drop their knickers for anyone with a nice accent.

It kind of surprised me but I thought it was quite sweet that that was the worst thing he could come up with, as I don't think that anyone needs a reason to drop their knickers but doing so for a nice accent seems a bit more laudable than, say, doing so for a nice pay packet, or similar.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
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I think that generally a nice accent works wonders on a lot of people, regardless of where they come from. The exotic can be attractive sometimes.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
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I'd be interested to see research on the pulling power of a nice accent, and who is most likely to drop their knickers.

I've definitely had men offer to drop their knickers for my accent, which isn't that nice by world standards.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
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That strutting Leo picture is hilarious.

I don't know what many of those terms you mention are - despite being a BBS child and internet teenager.

And the article from Prof. Nutt is a well written piece. Thanks for linking.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)

You might appreciate...

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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 15th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
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As far as I can tell they're actually all pretty recent memes that you wouldn't need a long history on the internet to understand - I was one of the few kids in primary school who actually had internet access at home and we had COMPLETELY different memes back then. Chuck Norris is probably about the oldest of them.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 15th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
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I remember vaguely someone describing New Zealanders in terms of

"You struggle,pant and heave your way up a mountain and then find a couple of kiwi girls at the top, full of energy"

I am woefully misquoting but it always gave me kind of a warm fuzzy, cause yes, we do do that =)
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From:blur_kiwi
Date:October 15th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
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I don't think Kiwi women are unfeminine, loud, aggressive and mannish, at least not more than anywhere else in the world.

And when I was driving around New Zealand I delighted in my car having a number plate which read, BAR 434.
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