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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Category: G
In a fine series of images of the MCG over the years is this image of reversed seating.

[That's a joke, son! I was punning on the similarity of the words reserved and reversed in the context of the image having been accidentally (?) mirrored at some stage during the web publishing process]

Sunday, April 23, 2006
Category: Iraq
I was listening to Michael J. Totten on the Glenn and Helen Podcast this morning and when I got home I went to his site and discovered this amazing story of a day trip to Iraq. It took me about a half an hour to read it all but it was a good investment of time.

Friday, April 21, 2006
Category: Apple
Tour of MS's MacBU. Some folks will find this interesting.

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Category: Names
I listen to Penn Radio five days a week while I exercise. I can forgive Penn for a lot of things but there are two things for which he deserves my hatred. Firstly, he is a non-drinker - unforgiveable! Secondly, he thought of giving his child the middle name CrimeFighter before I did.
"We chose her middle name because when she's pulled over for speeding she can say, `But officer, we're on the same side,'" Jillette explained. "`My middle name is CrimeFighter.'"
I hate people who are smarter than me.
Best of all, of course, is the capitalization which will drive computer software crazy.

Category: Prize
We are offering a free subscription to TramTown for anyone who can trace the original source of this quote:
The Cole Inquiry has to separate the wheat from the chaff because the AWB could not see the wood for the trucking fees.
My guess so far is that it is a combination of comments from various sources the most notable of which is Crikey.

Category: Hypothetical
Tim Blair's latest Continuing Crisis column in the Bulletin is the transcript of a hypothetical Hypothetical. Very funny, particularly the tag.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Category: Adams
I got in trouble from a pop star in a bar a few years ago when he overheard me declaring that Phillip Adams is beneath contempt (what really riled him was when I suggested that Margo Kingston was beneath Phillip Adams, an altogether unpleasant notion for all concerned, I'm sure).
That's not terribly relevant but I thought I'd mention it anyway in the context of this dissection of one of Adams' claims by Tim Blair.
Adams' claim:
Like Vietnam, the Iraq war was launched with presidential lies. Like Vietnam, the Iraq war descended into a moral and military quagmire. And if Iraq seems to be less of a stuff-up, consider this fact: it’s taken just three years in Iraq for US deaths to equal the body count after six years in Vietnam.
Blair's response:
Very clever. US personnel were in Vietnam from the late ’50s, but their role wasn’t overt; about 400 “military advisors” were killed between 1957 and 1964. The US body count six years after actual troops entered Vietnam in March 1965 is a little higher: 53,446.
Beneath contempt? You're darn tootin' he is!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Category: Technology (Ancient)
Interesting (free) chapter on the VIC-20, VIC-40, C64! You've gotta pay for the book but (I might).

Category: Internet Madness
Idiot trades red paper clip for (almost) a house! Well Done! (I guess)

Monday, April 17, 2006
Category: Warming
This story presses nearly every button on the newsdesk's sure-thing control panel. Had Tim Blair blogged about it he would probably have headlined it "Awareness Raised".
Prince Albert reaches North Pole

Prince Albert of Monaco has become the first head of state in office to reach the North Pole after a four-day expedition to draw attention to the effects of global warming.

The prince and seven team members departed from a Russian base on Thursday for the 60-mile trip across the ice using dog-pulled sledges. They battled against harsh weather conditions, difficult visibility and fissures in the ice underfoot.

Having reached his goal, the 48-year-old prince planted Monaco's flag and the flag of the International Olympic Committee, of which he is a member, at the top of the world.
Imagine if he had taken Paris Hilton with him on the sled, "Man bites dog" would be a distant memory in journalism history.

Sunday, April 16, 2006
Category: Apple
The fruit company is nasty to little chilldren: Apple calls meeting after making little girl cry

Saturday, April 15, 2006
Category: Movies Weather
Charles Murton of Diogenes' Lamp fame wrote this essay about Ed Wood and global warmongering. I think it's a "must read".

Category: WHWTMSITW*
This is a good read by John Stossel at townhall.com
Next time you hear dire "scientific" warnings -- and demands to surrender more control over your life to the government in order to avert disaster -- remember the crack babies. The only disaster coming may be an activist-induced panic.
* We have way too many scientists in this world.

Friday, April 14, 2006
Category: Kiss
You couldn't make-up this stuff.
Rival bands clash over little-person KISS tribute

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Category: Technology
Is that a USB key in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Category: Fillums
Some years ago I picked up McCabe and Mrs Miller in an attempt to make an Amazon order economically viable. I have watched bits and pieces and the "extra" since it arrived but, until today, I hadn't watched it "soup to nuts".
I think Bob Altman is a certified leftoid whack-job but I love the majority of his pitchers. This one looks magnificent and is very impressive on a number of fronts but I'm completely buggered if I can make any sense at all of the story. I like the fact that Commy Bob managed to keep the project down to about two hours but he must have dropped some important salient details on the cutting room floor for it to be as rubbish as this.
Just One Guy's Opinion™.

Category: Warmongering
Good read: There IS a problem with global warming... it stopped in 1998 by Bob Carter in the Telegraph (.co.uk).
Thanks for the folks at Diogenes' Lamp for pointing at that one.

Category: Headlines
Police see no future in clairvoyant inquiries
It may be an old gag but what makes it really good is that it is an accurate description of the matter.
There! I've said something nice about the Grauniad. Never again!

Sunday, April 09, 2006
Category: WHWTMSITW*
A shocking business at the 109th meeting of the Texas Academy of Science concludes:
Meanwhile, I still can't get out of my mind the pleasant spring day in Texas when a few hundred scientists of the Texas Academy of Science gave a standing ovation for a speaker who they heard advocate for the slow and torturous death of over five billion human beings.
* We have way too many scientists in this world.

Category: Wind
An article on the Adam Smith blog suggests:
If each UK household replaced the conventional electric bulb most used with a low energy bulb, the energy saved would equal the entire output of all existing and proposed onshore wind-farms.
and in the comment section, this...
As for politicians and ‘hot wind’, if you factor in arm-waving as a source of energy then you can generate Gigawatts.
The image of an arm-waving Bob Green of the Browns as a windmill amuses me. Just think of him with his feet firmly planted in several tons of concrete!

O&BTW, I have no reason to doubt the claim of the factoid but I can't think of a way to verify it either. Just consider it an interesting observation.

Category: Climate
George F. Will has an interesting article in the WaPo entitled Let Cooler Heads Prevail.

Thursday, April 06, 2006
Category: Computers
I think I know what my next computer is going to be!

Sunday, April 02, 2006
Category: Nutrition
In response to the finding that Omega 3 oils appear to have no effect on heart-related health, Nigel Hawkes writes on the reason for there being so much nonsense in the so-called science of nutrition.
NB this is not an AFD post.
Thanks to the terrific NumberWatch site for these pointers. (worth a look, Jack)

Category: AFD
Charles Murton had a bit of fun yesterday, here, here, here and here.

Saturday, April 01, 2006
Category: Headlines
The subbies have done a good job with the headline for this story about cars in a lake.
So that's where I parked

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