Recently I got one of my “Bearded and Cross-Bones Zentastic Logo” shirts in the mail and I’m really happy with how it turned out… if you want a Zentastic shirt, I recommend this one. Unfortunately I got paint on mine in the first wearing, which sucks. Most of my clothes have paint on them.


If I moved more shirts, I’d dedicate the funds to the “Free Andy” (mentioned a few entries back) legal fund to stop the prosecution of body artists (or at least one body artist) in Ontario. I know I’m just an occasional reader these days, but I know that as that I’d rather see Andy defended in court by BME (a legal fund was a project I always wanted to do) than see staff flown to various events around the world… It’s sad too, because if I look at how much the legal battles over BME cost, a very small percentage of that money is all it would take to defend Andy (and perhaps set a valuable precedent). But sometimes totally inappropriate priorities are forced on you.

Caitlin is out of town this weekend, so Nefarious and I went up to the mall and had a late lunch there and went to the pet store… I’m considering letting her get a rat, rabbit, hamster, or similar such animal, and I think she’s mature enough to properly care for it (and she definitely misses her dogs a lot and mentions them often). We popped into the photo booth as we were leaving. She’s a lot more photogenic than me!


Other than that, the num-lock key on my keyboard has locked into place so I can’t turn it off and it’s driving me bonkers! This computer is slowly but surely failing, but I’m a cheapskate and don’t really do anything that needs a more powerful computer, so I’m really loathed to upgrade.


  1. boredbody wrote:

    rats are the best! Check out or if you want more rat info

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Permalink
  2. wlfdrgn wrote:

    Use the on-screen keyboard to turn off the num-lock?

    Rats are ok, as long as they’re the type that don’t grow into 20-pound monsters.

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Permalink
  3. estrojenn wrote:

    i just got an aquarium today with 2 fancy goldfish…its about the coolest thing i’ve ever had in my house! i have 3 dogs, sure, but the fish are like a “pet” rather than a family member…and i absolutely loved setting up the environment with cool gravel and plants and stuff.

    i’m not a rodent fan, so i say get ari some cool fish!

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink
  4. bucket of bunnies wrote:

    I suggest a rabbit :]

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
  5. Lucas wrote:

    The bearded logo is looking more like Mr. T than like you in this shirt

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  6. Nicole wrote:

    What are those rabbit/guinea pigs called? Those super duper soft ones?
    Anyway, I vote for one of those. They’re super fat and cute!

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Permalink
  7. Rats!! They’re really affectionate and easy to care for. I have two little girls myself.

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink
  8. Glynis wrote:

    Had two pets rats when I was a little girl. They are fantastic, fun, curious creatures. Hamsters sleep and bite.

    Had hooded rats. They seem to be the least in-bred and dopey.

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 3:16 am | Permalink
  9. Ash wrote:

    Definitely go for Rats for Ari, or a Bunny- but as far as I’m concerned Rats are top of the appropriate pet list for kids. They’re intelligent, litter trainable, gregarious and loving. Just make sure she gets a healthy pair as they’re prone to respiratory problems :)

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 3:49 am | Permalink
  10. starbadger wrote:

    Raymond Lothario Dumbo Rat is the leader of the rats at Castlehom

    He is task with problem of snake management or rather what to do about BrunoBrunhilda death dealing Rat Snake

    It turns out and it is not only a great story but it turns out that mammals evolved from a creature who lost out to the dinasours at the time but in the losing became a tiny nocturnal creature about the size of a rat and over time became a rat and over more time a badger a racoon a primate and finally a man.

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink
  11. starbadger wrote:

    Yeah and in the great darkening when our brand of life went small and underground where it is always cooler and nocturnal someone else came with us.

    At the beginning just as we were not today’s rat nor was it today’s snake – it was more like a lizard with little hanbs and feel

    remember you don’t need to dig the burrow if someone else has

    and so it was that the dread of snakes was hard-wired into the insectivore

    C.G. Jung calls it the collective unconscious

    this dread of that thing that hunted us down and killed us
    in the dark

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 6:44 am | Permalink
  12. Gemma wrote:

    Definitely a rabbit. I have 2 house bunnies and they are great. They behave more like dogs than rabbits and follow me everywhere! Begging for treats is their speciality!

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 7:18 am | Permalink
  13. Brandi wrote:

    Nicole- im guessing you’re thinking of chinchilla’a and that’s what my vote would be for also!

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  14. Justin wrote:

    Interesting that you use skull and crossbones imagery since it is derived from one of the first Christian para-military organizations, the Knights Templar. But I suppose symbology does change greatly over time…

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  15. p7tms wrote:

    When I used to have a pet rock, I had a problem with it leaving pebbles all over :P


    While I know nothing about your notebook, maybe a cheaper way to fix it would be to replace the keyboard unit. I have seen on YouTube that some people have changed out their notebook keyboard – and it seems like it wouldn ‘t be too bad to do.

    Then again, you could always modify the keyboard- and redesign it in the design of “steampunk” :)

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  16. blackasher wrote:

    Def go for rats, they are curious and intelligent and unlike a hamster etc would gladly hang out on ari’s shoulders for hours. they like to be handled and are far more playful and interested in human interaction then the other pet options u listed

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
  17. DC wrote:

    Whatever type of animal you go for, look into getting it from either a rescue or a reputable breeder (yes, they even have them for “pocket pets”) rather than giving your money to a pet store. Those places are disgusting and treat their animals like garbage, particularly the smaller animals.

    Monday, February 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  18. peteD3 wrote:

    i love that Tshirt design!

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  19. peteD3 wrote:

    Q: was Andy respecting the law when he performed those acts?

    i would tend to side with him either way. but ive just found that while so many in the industry are pushing laws, standards and regulations (and poop on others for not following those regulations and standards) they themselves go off and violate laws, regulations and standards they dont agree with. they tend to hide behind artistic freedom and body freedom. which i certainly respect, but still there is a huge double standard in the industry that needs to be addressed.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink
  20. LILFUNKY1 wrote:


    Rabbits are definitely a bigger commitment than the majority of hamsters/gerbils, if you need to take that into consideration.

    We were told at the pet store that our rabbit would last about 5 to 7 years. 11 years later I was burying my first pet.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  21. Alli wrote:

    If your provincial law allows, I totally suggest getting a rat as a pet. I had 4 in my childhood years. They are smart, loving, and very easy to care for!

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  22. Endure wrote:

    I had hairless rats and they were by far the sweetest creatures ever. They used to like to groom the humans, cuticles and hair were they favorites.
    The female ate it’s babies and beat up the male quite often tho.
    I am also partial to rabbits. Get them young and they act just like cats in personality and hygiene.
    Older bunnies are also wonderful, but quite often set in their ways.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  23. Endure wrote:

    I’m sadden by the news of Andy’s arrest and the lack of support by BME.
    The circumstances reminds me strongly of Alva and Steve’s case in Florida. However, if I recall correctly you contributed to their legal fund as well.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  24. Natasha wrote:

    I have guinea pigs and rabbits. Guinea pigs are sweet and wont ever bite, but they can be fairly messy when it comes to cages. Rabbits when raised properly can be litter trained like a cat, and can be just as playful as a puppy.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink
  25. katherine wrote:

    Nothing beats a nice pair of rats! I have two and they’re wonderful, have never bitten or anything, but they do enjoy the run of a lot of space for a couple of hours a day (and eating everything in sight). That’s well worth them climbing all over you with ratty cuddles though!

    Friday, February 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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