30 January 2008
"I want to give all of you one more day to live, but it's time to be placed into coffins," a man in a black suit says in a resounding voice. "I hope your tired flesh and bodies will be peacefully put to rest."
Workers nail the coffins shut, then sprinkle dirt on top as the lights are switched off and a dirge is played. Muffled sobs can be heard from some of the coffins. About 15 minutes later, they are opened and the five men and two women are "reborn."
28 January 2008
[Source: Economist, 26 January 2008]
'Never mind that the shirt has an unpleasant echo of early Spandau Ballet, the kilt simply doesn't have the import it would if it costs what it should rather than what it can be made for in a cut-price factory somewhere. Putting it on, you get no feeling of the heritage of the outfit, no sense of its significance. Instead, you're overwhelmed with the unpleasant sensation that you're all set to head out on a stag night. In Reading'
27 January 2008
- I know that flying is an environmental problem, but travel is essential to my work (and I really like San Francisco in the fall);
- My research is a collaborative enterprise. I need to discuss it with colleagues face-to-face (over wine and cheese);
- The importance of my research outweighs the environmental costs of air travel'
Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 January 2008
[Source: A&L Daily]
24 January 2008
- The Onion
By Peter Hardwick
OAKEY woman Darlene Peggy Bayliss blew a breath/alcohol reading more than five times the legal limit while driving a motorised wheelchair. And the wheelchair wasn't even hers, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Toowoomba police, acting on a complaint of a drunken woman driving a wheelchair on Campbell Street, Mort Estate, on December 30, were told Bayliss had driven away on the wheelchair without the owner's consent.
Found in nearby Gowrie Street, the 36-year-old was still on the wheelchair with the keys in the ignition and a cask of wine in a basket on the front of the vehicle, police prosecutor Sergeant Greg Lewis told the court.
- Toowoomba Chronicle, 25 January 2008
[Length: 6:29. Note: contains a bit of swearing, so probably refrain from playing it loudly at work]
[For a backstage glimpse at a Buzzcocks recording, peruse this amusing article by Peter Robinson of the Guardian, which illustrates the level of inappropriateness (and again, defamation) required to get an Amstell joke omitted from the episode. The Corrs, it's your lucky day!]
Human Space Invaders
Human Pole Position
The flashlights in the Pole Position one are an especially nice touch.
[Courtesy of Matthew]
21 January 2008
18 January 2008
17 January 2008
15 January 2008
[Courtesy of Courtney. For more footage of this famous Helsinki gig see the film Total Balalaika Show]
'A wildcat had come into his house and attacked his wife quite ferociously'
- A lawyer for South Norfolk councillor Keith Tilcock, explaining why his client was drunk and urinating in the grounds of Norwich hospital [Source: Private Eye, 11 January 2008]
10 January 2008
- Stephen Budiansky, 'Air Power', 2004, on German aerodynamics pioneer Ludwig Prandtl
08 January 2008
Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters
"There's probably a good representation of white, middle-class caucasian males on the National Party list," he said'
- Southland Times, 8 January 2007
["Beehive heavies"? Sheesh. I don't think anyone has actually threatened to strike Mr Shadbolt forcefully on the back of the head with a blackjack. (Yet)]
07 January 2008
04 January 2008
Vickie [i.e. Anna Nicole] appeared before the Court [in 2002] to testify for three days. Her communication skills were poor as she frequently had trouble engaging counsel. Her illiteracy is striking. Examples are too numerous to chronicle but include writing "25.00" meaning $2500 and "4500,00" meaning $4500 - she testified that she has trouble with zeroes.
Okay, I guess by quoting that selectively I'm being mean to a dead person who never made any claim to intellectual status. But the court records (link below) are worth a read to remind yourself what went on with her ancient multi-millionaire husband, J. Howard Marshall before the whole melodramatic and unfortunate end to her life. As the court ruling points out, 'While Vickie certainly drew a more noble image of herself than the facts bear out, her testimony on the statements made by J. Howard are credible'.
And let's not forget she was an award-winning actress too... well, okay, she won Worst New Actress for one of the Naked Gun films at the 1995 Razzies. At least she was well cast as a statuesque bombshell in The Hudsucker Proxy, so she could claim the indie chic associated with appearing in a Coen Brothers film.
- The Smoking Gun, 8 February 2007
Mayor Scott Walker said CenturyTel's decision was "divine intervention". However, he admitted it helped that Louisiana's two senators had also lobbied for the change with the phone company and the state Public Service Commission. "It's been a black eye for our town, a stigma," he said. "I don't think it's anything bad on us, just an image," he added. "We're good Christian people."
Did no-one tell them Hitler's number was 749 though? (Well, it might be - you never know. This is how entertaining internet rumours start).
- BBC News, 29 December 2007
[Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: the fear of the number 666]
03 January 2008
02 January 2008
01 January 2008
- Joystiq.com, 30 December 2007