22 June 2005

Proof that Germans have a sense of humour

Germans come up with longest domain name

The Germans have come up with the world's longest domain name. The monicker is a quote from German literary genius Friedrich Schiller. The 200th anniversary of his death is being marked this year. The domain name is for the website operated by the German Language Society. It means: "Just how human humans are is shown by how they treat their mother tongue."

View the website at http://tinyurl.com/clfk8

New Zealand Herald, 20 June

17 June 2005

What about 'God Save The Queen' by the Sex Pistols?

Queen buys iPod: report

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has dipped into the royal purse to snap up an iPod, a report said today. Britain's biggest-selling daily The Sun said the 79-year-old sovereign had bought a six-gigabyte silver model for £169 ($400.05). The pocket-sized digital music players can hold up to 10,000 downloaded songs.

Queen Elizabeth's second son Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne, was reported to be behind the move, having bought his mother a mobile phone and taught her how to use it in 2001.

"The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is," a royal insider told The Sun.

"Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I'm sure one of the courtiers will do it for her.

"Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he's a real dab hand with gadgets."

The newspaper suggested Abba's Dancing Queen and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears might be on the royal iPod.

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2005

[Of course The Sun is an impeccable source of technology news...]

03 June 2005

The delicate art of diplomacy

'On 30 May, US Vice President Cheney was so imprudent [muomhagedo] as to viciously bad-mouth our supreme headquarters while again revealing a sense of inveterate rejection towards us.

Cheney is the most evil and blood-thirsty beast who immersed the world into a sea of blood. It is our military and people's absolutely unshakable will never to forgive anyone who dares slander and defile our supreme headquarters but to deliver a merciless punishment to him no matter who he may be'

- KCNA North Korea, 2 June