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On lighter notes
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Taco sauce can clean pennies. Read how!

I received my copy of Attack of the Zombies!, misnumbered # FISH! of FISH! It is full of zombified goodness, and I think that today everyone needs a little bit of zombie to lighten the mood.

I picked up some books for 50¢ each at a book sale at SFU today.

I got a couple pieces of fiction, Up Periscope by Robb White and The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, which seems to be set in China. I also got some ancient Penguin books, on: communism in theory and practice; Isreal & the Arab world by an Arab-sympathising Jew (should be fascinating); and the Greeks. I got another called The Greek Mind; something titled Kings and Philosophers, 1689-1789, which should fit in nicely with the French Revolution–focused Humanities course I’m currently taking; a travelogue of Myanmar neé Burma; a biography of the wacky personal and public life of our first Prime Minister Mackenzie King; and an ancient copy of Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding that smells the way books are supposed to smell.

A good deal at $5.

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1. great choice of music.

2. TACO SAUCE?!?!?

3. i love the smell of old books. LOVE it. i am nearly instantly intoxicated when i walk into a used bookstore.

1. I'm new to Depeche Mode (except for their most well-known hits), but I'm really liking what I've heard so far.


3. Not only is that book relevant to my current studies, but it was printed in the 1930s and is in great condition, but it smells wonderful. I couldn't have passed it up.

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I'd tend to concur. I mean, Australia has gotten rid of the things altogether -- there's some people with their heads screwed on straight.

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They also, bless 'em, have rolled the sales tax into the marked price, making the price at the till exactly what you expect it to be.

And on top of those two things, they round to the nearest nickle, eliminating small change (justifying the banishment of the penny), and removing every incentive for the deplorable practice of advertising an $11 item as $10.99!

Canada could learn something from its nearest spiritual neighbour.

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