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April 19, 2008

TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 4

Follow-up to TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 3 from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

The long-awaited, much-anticipated sequel to TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 3: TROTT's Campaign for Political Correctness 4!

Please Note: this instalment is a slightly different format: three alternatives are presented, and you may choose the third one... I mean, "whichever you prefer".

Vista/XP* Sucks

Vista/XP* doesn't suck, OS X is just better.

OS X Sucks

OS X doesn't suck, Vista/XP* is just better.

Vista/XP* and OS X Both Suck

Vista/XP* and OS X don't both suck, Linux just wipes the floor with them.

Stay tuned for Part 5... at some point in the future... maybe.

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* Delete as appropriate.


TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #94 YouTube Whispers

Similar to Wikipedia Whispers, but using YouTube's Related Videos. To play, one chooses a video on YouTube (any video will do - even a random one), then you just choose Related Videos and see how quickly you can reach a video the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. Discovery Channel The world is just awesome commercial - An advert for Discovery Channel. (It has Stephen Hawking and the Mythbusters!)
  2. A car that runs 200 miles on compressed air - Piece about a French guy that developed a car that runs on compressed air.
  3. Compressed Air Powered Go Cart 2 - Exactly what it sounds like. The second of three videos, apparently.
  4. Crazy go-kart jump - A go-kart jump whose success depends on your point of view...
  5. brother flipping go-kart - Drink driving in a go-kart.
  6. street racing - Another "Ronseal" video*....
  7. Police VS Street Racer [Greatest Police Chase] - Police chase from a helicopter.
  8. Ghost Car Vanishes During Police Chase !!! wow ! - Ghost Car... yeah, right...
  9. Ghost Car - The video of the car on the winding road with the zombie jumping out at the end.
  10. scary - Another stupid "jump out and say 'boo!'" video.
  11. The Matrix Movie Mistakes - Matrix bloopers.

So there we are, "The Earth is wonderful" to "the Earth is fake" in 11 videos...

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* It does exactly what it says on the tin.


April 13, 2008

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #1 StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles.

It's brilliant; if I have time to kill, I can literally spend hours Stumbling through different pages.


February 27, 2008

TROTT's Four Laws of Robotics

Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" have just been referenced in something I was watching, and it made me think: as I understand it, a lot of Asimov's novels present these perfect laws and then go on to explore how they can be broken.

So, with that in mind, I present TROTT's Four Laws of Robotics (with the first three being spookily familiar):

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
  4. A robot must never fuck about with the laws.

Problem solved...


February 14, 2008

TROTT Saves The World: Rising Sea Levels

If the consumables for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell come from sea water, then all we need to do is put a lot more effort into developing the fuel cells, and then use all the sea water to power cars and cities and such.

Two birds, one stone.

I know it won't be as easy as that, but it's as good a place to start as any... 


December 14, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #76 iPhone Insurance

Watchdog recently ran a report on Carphone Warehouse sales staff incorrectly informing customers that if they didn't buy Carphone Warehouse's own insurance for their new iPhone that they would need to take out a second contract if it was stolen, meaning they were paying for two contracts but had only one phone.

On the off chance that there are still some ill-informed staff out there, make a note of Watchdog's number (020 8535 1000) and head to your nearest Carphone Warehouse. Enquire about an iPhone and if they give you the line about the insurance, say to them, "Hang on a sec," then get out your phone and ring Watchdog then say something along the lines of:

"Watchdog? Yeah, hi. I'm in Carphone Warehouse right now, and you'll never guess what? They've just given me the line about insurance! I know, and after you've mentioned it twice! Sure, it's [Insert City Here]. No problem. Bye. [To Salesperson] Sorry, where were we?"


September 21, 2007

TROTT's Theory of Browser Theology

(Disclaimer: I am using the Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - a wonderfully useful term I came across on Wikipedia) as the primary analogues because the UK is officially Christian. It isn't a commentary on other religions, except one which you'll see at the end...)

Firefox is a lot like one of the Abrahamic Religions. Opera, which is just as good but with some extras and some omissions compared to Firefox, is like one of the other two (it doesn't really matter which you assign; I'm classing all three as being at the same level as each other).

Safari is like an Eastern religion; theoretically just as likely to get you in the good books of however many gods you believe in, but significantly different to the "western browsers".

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, is most definitely Scientology...


July 24, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #93 Wikipedia Whispers

Similar to Chinese Whispers, but using Wikipedia. To play, one chooses a page on Wikipedia (any page will do - even a random one - but choosing a "larger" topic will likely increase the number of links), then you just follow links and see how quickly you can reach a page the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. I started with San Fransisco.
  2. I noticed that it was named for St. Francis of Assisi.
  3. He was a friar.
  4. A friar is a member of one of the mendicant orders.
  5. These religious orders depended on begging for their livelihood.
  6. In India it is considered dharma to give to beggers.
  7. Dharma is quite similar to Taoism.

So there we are, San Fransisco to Taoism in 6 clicks.

I must admit, however, that xkcd thought of it first...


July 07, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #65 Scaring Old Folks

Dress up as Death - with full cowl and scythe garb - and creep around outside a retirement home, occasionally turning to look through a window to give the residents a knowing nod.

It would probably work best if the staff are in on the joke; that way they can ignore you...


July 04, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #37 Toilet Seats

Sneak into a public female toilet, when you know no one is inside, and put all the seats up.


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