All entries for May 2006
May 26, 2006
I think this is the best one yet:
"Chuck Norris once lined up to kick the winning field goal of a high school football game. When the football went flat, he persuaded the referees to let him kick the field goal with a 3 month old child. Chuck roundhouse kicked the baby 60 yards through the uprights and then proceeded to bang every girl in the stadium."
May 24, 2006
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…
As I see it:
1. There's a pay dispute between employer and employee means that there is no level of pay that both can agree to.
2. In such a situation both employers and employees will use their powers of influence in order to try and influence the situation to their benefit.
3. Degrees are awarded to students, by Universities.
So as far as I can tell the exam situation is the result of interaction between three groups of people: students, lecturers, and universities. So where's the confusion? In the minds of the simple minded. Some people seem to think that the lecturers are the cause of the dispute.
Its a shame that the phase, "It takes two to tango" is such a cliche, because I'm going to use it anyway. It takes two to tango. Why are there not students sitting around writing on their blogs, instead of revising, moaning about how the university's lack of pay rises is causing their lecturers to go on strike?
I'm not expecting any finalists to be happy about the situation, but there is more to it than the, 'bloody lecturers, putting my degree at stake'. I am frankly shocked that there has been no one complaining about the university's stance on this matter. They are in a position to end the strike just as easily as the lecturers.
And finally, the "If they don't want shit pay, they should get another job" is frankly the world's most ridiculous argument. You don't get what you pay for in the job market: some jobs people are willing to do for less money, others require more. There is, however, a severe abuse of trust going on at the moment within the university system – an abuse that in the long run is simply going to drive many of the best academics out of academia. I cite Tony Hoare working for Microsoft.
May 22, 2006
Writing about web page http://www.purepwnage.com/
Hilarious Videos – parodying both the hardcore gaming fraternity and with muchos pop–culture references (Watch out for the Kurosawa wipe in episode 2). Absolutely brilliant comedy if you get it, which not many people will unfotunately.
Highly recommended to bring out the geek in people.
May 16, 2006
Why do so many idiots post on the bbc news forums? I would put money on it, that if a survey was conducted of those people the average IQ would be well below 70.
This topic, is obviously going to be one of the worst, but there's plenty of ridiculousness going around for everyone:
Here's a great quote:
"We do indeed have extremism in our society. And that extremism is of anti–Britishness. No one is allowed to call themselves British, fly a Union Jack, refer to The British Empire or any thing else which might offend or upset anyone who does not consider themselves to be British. Further, this extremism comes from a tiny minority who are imposing their will on the rest of us. This is the extremism that the Government should be tackling."
Its almost a parody, and I'm not sure when reading this to be concerned or to just to laugh. For the record, here's a fair refutation:
1. Loads of people call themselves British
2. There is no Law against flying a Union Jack. Though flags are banned in Warwick University halls of residence.
3. The post itself referred to the British Empire – best shooting in the foot ever.
There's another great quote here: "When in Rome, do as the Romans/British do"
Another person seems to think that Britishness involves "Being Christian", whilst someone else geographically restricts Britain with the statement, "Regarding England as your home."
After a while the sarcastic posts tended to dominate, such as "This government turning into a dictatorship. Treating criminals softly and allowing them to do whatever they like and then increasing our taxes to pay for it." Frankly I think this guy is the most self delusional on the site. If we conjunct the adjacent sentences, logically valid since he is claiming that both propositions hold, we find that he thinks the country is a dictatorship thats gone soft. Brilliant!
Ahh well – at least it avoided doing revision for 10 minutes more.
May 14, 2006
The 7D's of Revision Avoidance:
Derail – to deliberately put someone else off doing work for your own amusement
Doodle – scribble incoherently
Dump – notes on the floor so that you can spend time tidying them later
Defecate – frequent toilet breaks during revision
Draw – scribble coherently, but off of the subject material's topic
Dick–around – eg: playing generals, watching films, etc.
Destroy – rip up notes in frustration the day before exams
May 08, 2006
I've found a great website comedy wise. Full of stories about silicon valley fokelore. He's a brilliant tale about the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field:
And here's one about how growing a moustache can get you promoted:
Even if you are not a geek these are amusing stories, though you may not appreciate them quite as much. Also congratulations to Dan for getting into the Leamington Changelog
Goodbye Jhutti's (apostrophe or no – it barely makes any sense here) you shall be missed. But not by me.