Thursday, January 31, 2002

Get your Enron on.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

2 words: Lego Cthulu

Friday, January 25, 2002

Oooh - the ultimate off-road vehicle. Surprisingly, not Land Cruiser-based. Thanks, Jason.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Consider the following a reverse search engine. It finds everything you weren't looking for... and more. Best of all, everything here is useless.
In a bizarre case of life seemingly imitating "art" (I use the term advisedly), when I was reading Shaun's recent post, I got the distinct feeling I'd seen something of this sort before in the form of an urban legend. I checked and found a whole section on similar stories (although, to be fair, these variants all involve evisceration), including one specific story that seems almost to contain a direct refutation.

Personally, the SAS story just stretches my incredulity a little too far. I don't believe it. The same questions keep coming back to me - how did this woman flush the toilet in the first place (given that the flush handle is not easy to reach when seated, presumably for good reason), and how did she manage to block the opening so throughly that she got sucked in far enough to get stuck? I think she's faking. I think the only reason this didn't go the whole hog and become an evisceration story is that faking evisceration would have required just a little too much dedication.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Monday, January 21, 2002

What were they thinking? Nominet (the steward of the UK's internet domains) recently put up the new '' domain. What happened? Well, and for two. They're going for 40 quid a pop, and the guy that owns is selling subdomains.

Friday, January 18, 2002

Someone once told me that, for the sake of my own happiness, I should never to ascribe to malice that which can be explained by stupidity. That said, those Texans are either some dumb motherfuckers, or else the worst kind of racist bigots. Or both. You make the call.

Also, Modern Humorist weighs in on the issue.

Thursday, January 17, 2002

And now, race fans, for something completely different. Thanks, Chris.

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Another question for the Pop quiz:

Q3) Who gets to choose the new Archbishop of Canterbury?

a) The head of the Church of England (i.e. the Queen)
b) A comittee of prominent figures in the church
c) The incumbent prime minister

A3) c) - Tony Blair! A man whose term is notionally 4 years gets to choose the leader of the predominant church in the UK for the next few decades. Whilst b) - the committee makes a list of recommendations, Tony is free to ignore them (as Mrs. Thatcher did when she appointed George Carey), and whilst a) - The Queen is supposed to make the final decision, she will do so only on the basis of what Tony recommends!

He'll be wanting to fill the House of Lords (the Senate's rough equivalent in the UK) with a bunch of New Labour cronies next. Doh!

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

OK boys and girls: Pop quiz.

Q1) Mr Nazir-Ali is one of the leading candidates for which official position in the UK?

a) Mayor of Birmingham
b) Leader of the Labor Party
c) Archbishop of Canterbury

A1) Yes! Archbishop of Canterbury


Q2) His nomination is being opposed on which of the following grounds:

a) He's a Johnny Arab
b) He was born Muslim
c) He is a recovering Roman Catholic

To find the answer, read on ...

Monday, January 14, 2002

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Congressman for the Second District of Minnesota, David Minge. For our U.S. (read: slang impaired) cousins, go look it up.

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Your 50p keeps a right wing activist in employment for 1.8 seconds

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

"Moral dilemma"? What "moral dilemma"?