The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, April 21, 2003

Interesting tidbit about the world's hottest deck of cards: the damn things, featuring the top 55 officials from the former Iraqi government, haven't actually been distributed to the troops that are suppposed to be using them to fing the officials. How about that? According to this Stars and Stripes story, only 200 decks have been printed, and they haven't been sent to the front lines. Most of their use has been for PR at CENTCOM briefings -- and by newscasters as a way to refer to Saddam apparatchiks by their playing card instead of having to learn to pronounce those weird foreign names. (Yes, blonde bimbo anchors, I'm talkin' 'bout you.)

Well, it's sure turned me off of plunking down US$18.95, plus shipping and handling, to some guy hawking the cards on eBay. I think that I'll wait for a knockoff set to show up at my neighbourhood dollar store... which should happen around the same time that peoples' attention turns from Iraq back to the latest offshoot of The Bachelor. Give it about three weeks, I figure, which means that I'll have those cards before the people opening their wallets on some eBay auction. Ha Ha! Take that, imperialist lackey running dogs! I shall have my Iraqi playing cards before all the Yankee infidel! (with apologies to every one who's done a bad take-off on Baghdad Bob)
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