Tram Town
Friday, June 27, 2008
Category: Salt
Sandy Szwarc weighs in on the "dangers" of salt. Go read!

Thursday, June 26, 2008
Category: Swimming...
of the synchronised variety:

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Category: Audio
Haven't looked at levelator yet but I'm gonna real soon now I reckon.

Category: Travel
The Lawyer is about to go for a drive. Might be interesting to watch.

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Category: Global Warmening
'bit disappointed that Semi hasn't posted this. (So I did)

Category: Trains

To paraphrase Kraftwerk, Railway, non-stop.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Category: F15
Jeremy Clarkson lives a charmed life. In this GooTube clip he gets a go at flying an F15E Eagle.

Category: Franglais
From Theo Spark [childish mucky humour alert if you follow the link!! but read this one regardless]:
A letter in the Times on the theme of Franglais.
Apparently a new motto was required for the French Navy.
They decided upon 'To the water: it is time'.
In French 'A l'eau: c'est l'heure';
In Franglais 'allo saileur!'

Category: History
Charles Johnson says:
This is how you know when dictators have crossed the final line—when not even academics will support them.
Go see UMass Strips Mugabe of Honorary Degree.

Monday, June 16, 2008
Category: Ejakashun
Science is dead!

I have a son in the second form at a local state secondary school. He recently handed in a science assessment. He had to complete three individual tasks from a choice of nine. The nine included the following:
  • Write some song lyrics using appropriate scientific language to describe how the heart functions. [How about According to My Heart?]
  • You are a steak sandwich. Write a first person story to describe what happens to you as you are eaten and go through the digestive process. [Alimentary my dear Watson]
  • Write some song lyrics using appropriate scientific language to describe what happens during digestion.
  • Create a Powerpoint™ presentation on the human circulatory or digestive system. Your Powerpoint™ must include detailed text on the biological system and images. [and lots of swish transitions and colourful fonts]
Thirty percent of the assessment was to be given over to creativity.
From the teacher (probably seriously paraphrased): "There wasn't enough scientific fact in the material handed in. It was too creative". Duh!

Sunday, June 15, 2008
Category: Bureaucracy
From the Daily Mail: Farmer given fines for 'illegally parking' vintage tractor in London... but he hasn't visited the capital for 45 years

Saturday, June 14, 2008
Category: Humour
From Rec.Humor.Funny:
In a small Texas town, Drummond's bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise in its reply to the court. As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not."

Friday, June 13, 2008
Category: Magic
Over at the Bad Science blog much fun is being had at the expense of a science shy reporter from the Daily Mail who claims that some folk in Afghanistan have been "turning dried cannabis leaves into heroin". According to one of the commenters at Bad Science:
They’re not bombing them because they’ve got drugs; they’re bombing them because they’ve discovered the Philosopher’s Stone.

Saturday, June 07, 2008
Category: Humility
This is the end of a speech made by Barack Obama earlier this week...
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
[my bolding, obviously]
I've got a feeling he's going to win the race on the first Tuesday in November and I think it will be very bad for the world.

Category: History
In this terrific article, P. J. O'Rourke describes a modern museum. Great read!

Thursday, June 05, 2008
(via Zoe Brain)
The extraordinary story of Jan Morris. Absolutely fascinating and, for me, a little heart-warming.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Category: Apple
I've always said they were fakes.

Category: RDC
In this case it could probably be an acronym for Recently Dead Cans. Vale.

Category: Denial
(via Z. Brain)
It seems that Assistant Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. application for tenure has been denied. No surprise there.

Sunday, June 01, 2008
Category: RDC
Hedley Lamarr, Great Gazoo and the funny bloke on The Carol Burnett Show who wasn't Tim Conway. Vale

Category: GooTube
Young Hillary Clinton!

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