Sunday, February 27, 2005

Because you just never know when this kind of thing might come in handy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A couple of interesting tests designed to probe beyond the false dichotomy of "left/right" politics: The Moral Matrix and The Political Compass.

For those who are interested, my co-ordinates on the first chart are (-2, -1.5), which makes me a fellow-traveler of John Kerry (who knew? I was never able to figure out his position on anything) and on the second, (-0.63, -4.05), putting me closest to the Dalai Lama, but otherwise a pretty long way from any of the social/political figures listed.

Me and the Dalai Lama. Just ... wow.
Maybe some of youknowsit already, but for for the rest, enjoy the GLC (no, not that GLC, this GLC). Sort of a Welsh Cypress Hill. Is it SFW? Safe as fuck.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start
closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive
like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume
and at least a pint of ether.
-- H.S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

RIP, Hunter S. Thompson, we hardly knew ye.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

This is a very cool idea - using particles with enormous energies, generated when cosmic rays from deep space strike the upper atmosphere, to look through solid objects here on Earth.


Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Germans, as we all know, are very fond of potty humo(u)r, so it comes as no surprise that the meticulous engineers of Germany would bring us this. On the other hand, the Belgians are no slouches when it comes to toilet chuckles either, so when the creative types put together the popular kids' show "Pig and Betsy" ("Big en Betsy" in Flemish), they made sure to capitalize on the pig flatulence possibilities. For comparison, here's a live-action clip, and an animated segment.

Finally, then, we come to what appears to be an Anglo-Swedish collaboration about, ahh, Margaret Thatcher, a huge lo-res London-eating rabbit, some intercontinental ballistic fish and ... OK, I'm totally lost. I have no idea what this is about. But it rocks.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Ever wondered about the origins of such useful inventions as stairs, or how poetry came to be? Wonder no more.
It's not that I am very concerned that an airport screener missed the butcher's knife in a woman's purse. I'm sure that happens fairly frequently. What really scares me, is why the knife was there at all...

Sunday, February 13, 2005

This is probably SFW, as long as you don't work at RadioShack

Friday, February 11, 2005

All true wisdom is found on T-shirts, bumper stickers, and clothing labels.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Those wily Japanese. Not content with using their own pictographic writing systems, now they're getting inventive with ASCII. I thought I'd seen all the emoticons (starting with the Piltdown smiley :-) through the more advanced XD and the pre-Cambrian variants such as >_< and O_o) but there's a whole new genus based on alphanumeric DNA rather than the punctuation-derived underpinnings of its predecessors.

The canonical type exemplar is "orz", although variants include "JTO", "STO" and so on.

Confused? Hornswoggled? Clicky for enlightenment. Then clicky to visit the sculpture garden.
I'm so proud of my home state. Having solved all the other problems facing society, they are taking the time to try and outlaw baggy trousers (no, not those Baggy Trousers) and make sure gay marriage never happens in Virginia.

On the other hand, a bill to ban protect people from second-hand smoke in bars and restaurants was defeated.

"Freedom", "liberty". Yay.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005