Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Allah: Got raped and had a baby? GTFO.

WHAT happens if you're a muslim woman in India, minding your own business, and you get raped and have a baby?

If you guessed that your husband would leave you, that muslim leaders in your village would tell everyone in the village not to talk to you, and that you would be asked to leave the village, you would be right.

The India Times has the story.

linky

Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel to UN: Whatever

So Isreal is bombing Lebanon, because it is sick of the Hezbollah guerillas.

[Israeli Prime Minister Ethud] Olmert told U.N. chief Kofi Annan in a phone call that the offensive would not halt until Hezbollah guerillas are disarmed. But he agreed to allow U.N. mediation for a cease-fire — but only if the terms for the truce included the return of the soldiers and the disarming of the guerrillas, an official close to the premier said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.


Translation: We won't stop unless we get what we want. The UN can come in and mediate for a cease fire, but really and truly, it doesn't really matter, because we will only accept the terms of your negotiation if said terms include getting what we want.

Once again, Israel proves itself to be the world's most badass superpower.

linky - story on MSNBC

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Whoaaaa




Pretty nifty optical illusion. (You have to click on the link, the picture above does nothing).

linky

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Japanese Coffee

So the wife of some guy in the office went to Japan, and ordered coffee. This is what came to the table.





Monday, July 10, 2006

Terror Alerts

Has anyone noticed that now that the elections are over, we don't hear about the Terror Alerts anymore?

Stars are Blind

Every now and again, I go through and preview the Top 100 songs on iTunes to see what other people are listening to. (And then wonder who the hell buys that crap). While I was going through them, I happened to notice that Paris Hilton's song is on there. I knew she had an album out, but I hadn't heard any of it yet.

Being the music lover that I am, I decided to listen to all the "girl" tracks on the Top 100, to see how she sounded compared to the competition:

Christina Aguilera
Shakira
Cassie
Rihanna
Jessica Simpson
Kelis
KT Tunsall
Cherish
Cheyenne Kimball
Natasha Bedingfield
Kelly Clarkson
Corinne Bailey Rae
Cascada
KT Tunstall
Paula DeAnda
Anna Nalick
Hannah Montana
Sheryl Crow

With the exception of Corinne Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall and Anna Nalick, Paris Hilton actually had the best "girl" song on the iTunes top 100.

Colour me surprised.

Oh, and my fave song on the Top100 for this week - "Scotty Doesn't Know", by Lustra.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Flashlight

So I was getting a haircut yesterday, and I learned a truly fascinating piece of information from the pages of Cosmopolitan.

Q. What do you call someone that you are sleeping with but that has zero relationship potential?

A. A Flashlight (they are only useful at night).

Thursday, July 06, 2006

mPod

So apparently Microsoft is going to try to make an iPod. Once again, Microsoft is boldly seeking out new markets in which to prove that they are absolutely incompetent at everything and incapable at coming up with a single interesting idea on their own.

What makes this "mPod" venture even more amazing, is that of all windmills to choose to tilt at, Microsoft would even try to compete with the iPod. This has been proven to be an exercise in futility. The only companies other than Apple selling music players are the ones selling crappy pieces of shit in third world countries to people who can't afford to buy real iPods.

Despite all its shortcomings, and there are many, the iTMS/iPod combination is an unstoppable juggernaut. The music store forever traps you into an asinine DRM scheme that sells you crippled music ripped at mediocre sound quality. But over a billion songs have been sold. The iPod is fragile, but yet it sells. The iPod cannot do something as simple as playing two songs one after another without pausing, presumably to mock the people who buy them for their stupidity, but yet it sells. If I had a dollar for every person that called me up saying "I don't know what happened, I plugged in my iPod and now all my music is gone" I'd have, like, a lot of dollars, but yet it sells. The iPod user interface is incapable of allowing the user to effectively organize and choose songs from their music collection unless the album or track names are short, but yet it sells.

And I have no idea why.

Better hardware companies than Microsoft have tried to topple the iPod and failed, and now Microsoft is about to repeat the same mistakes. This new music player, whatever the hell they call it, will be no different. Billions of dollars of shareholder value will be forever flushed down the drain and absolutely nothing will come of it other than yet another embarrassing black mark against Microsoft's name.

On a positive note, at least some software and hardware guys will get a couple of years of work out of it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Coalstakes

I'm a huge fan of the predictive text entry system on my Motorola RAZR. The way it works is that you start typing the word you want to use, and it tries to make a best guess of what it is that you are really trying to say. For example, if I wanted to type "HELLO" on a regular phone, I would do "4 4 3 3 5 5 5 > 5 5 5 6 6 6". On the Motoroloa, I would do "4 3 5 5 6". It has a built in dictionary, and it learns words as you use them (my phone is well on its way to becoming bilingual).

Another entertaining aspect of the predictive entry system, is the suggestions it comes up with when you input words that it doesn't know. For example, if you try to type in "cocksucker", you end up with "coalstakes".

I don't know why I find that hilarious, but I do.

Dallas, we have a problem



So apparently some hip-hop producer called Dallas Austin was convicted for four years for posession of 1.26 grams of coke, having been arrested back in May. It seems that he just got pardoned by the Vice-President of Dubai. His novel defence - he had accidentally brought the drug into the country, because he had "forgotten" to dispose of it beforehand. I'll be sure to use that one if I ever get arrested for international drug trafficking.

This is good news.

First, there will be all sorts of controversy over why exactly some guy can come up with a bullshit excuse like that and get off. Then people will talk about apparently its ok to break the law if you are rich and famous. Then people will talk about how come regular (non-rich, non-famous) people get so harshly prosecuted for the same minor offences - especially in barbaric contries such as Thailand and Indonesia.

And maybe, just maybe, along the way, people will talk about just how stupid and pointless the "War on Some Drugs" is. Maybe people will talk about how enforcement of these antiquated and racist laws is a total waste of time and money. Maybe people will talk about how all that energy could be directed to addressing more important societal issues such as murder, rape, inadequate education, inadequate healthcare, AIDS, teenage pregnancy, and about a zillion other more important things, instead of worrying what adults put into their bodies, harming only themselves and the profits of Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, and Big Tobacco.

Maybe, maybe not, but we can hope.

Cousins make Dozens

So I got sent this story on Yahoo - apparently we're all inbred and related, and not just in West Virginia, either.

linky - yahoo story.

Osama who?




On Tuesday, 4 July 2006, the American people received a birthday present from their president. The CIA unit dedicated to tracking down and capturing Osama Bin Laden has been shut down.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the unit, known as "Alec Station," was shut down late last year. The decision to close the unit, which predated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was first reported Monday by National Public Radio.


linky - Yahoo has the story.
linky - so does MSNBC