But I did finish Virginia Rounding's Grandes Horizontales, which is something. I need to write up some book reports, as it were, but I'm too tired just now.
Meanwhile, at Snopes: The Webkinz Murderer? You know you've arrived when an urban legend springs up. I confess, also, to being totally addicted to Webkinz, which is even worse than Neopets (where I also have an account. SHUT UP) because it doesn't even have the excuse of having been originally developed by/for bored college students. Speaking of which, apparently the fictional "Webkinz murders" are being blamed on Neopets, Club Penguin or (that old standby) a disgruntled employee, and the gruesome descriptions of virtual pet e-murder are hilarious:
As to what happens to Webkinz who encounter the "killer," rumor asserts they "have their heads chopped off" or are set upon "with chainsaws." The killer(s) "hides behind trees and kills Webkinz" or "comes after them with a knife if they clicked on them in a certain way." Or the innocent playthings meet their gruesome ends by stooping to pick up "some kind of gift on the floor or some kind of bomby thingy." Others describe that the attack or virus "makes slashing noises on your computer, and then the lights turn on and your webkinz are dead on the floor with blood on them." Blood and gore appear to play large roles in these virtual deaths. [...] As the [alleged] Webkinz Killer, Dr. Quack supposedly "will appear with red eyes and a knife and will kill the Webkinz" or take after them "with a chainsaw." Likewise, Mrs. Birdy (the penguin who helps new owners through the online registration process of their pets) is also said to come after Webkinz with a chainsaw or to chase them down with a knife after her eyes turn a fiery red.
Also, from Snarkfest: Cocaine really is a hell of a drug. Warning: May destroy all you hold dear.