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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.


* 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...


* 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.

July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Yes, today's the day we celebrate America's removal from our (then) Empire. Britons everywhere are revelling in Socially Acceptable Racism (it's the Americans and the French; anything else is out of bounds) and swapping stories of war-related retardation and Massive Weapons of Destruction.

On a slightly more sensible note, it's somewhat worrying how many Americans ask Brits online if we celebrate today and Thanksgiving. Either they're stupid, or they're celebrating a holiday and they don't know why...

Also I saw a stand-up recently who commented on the irony of Britons complaining about Americans acting like they own the world. The trouble with that is that Britain did own the world.

June 23, 2007

TROTT's Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet

Writing about web page

It's not a new concept, but here's my stab at a completely useless "phonetic" alphabet:

  • A for aye.
  • B for bee.
  • C for cue.
  • D for Djinni.
  • E for ewe.
  • F for fun.
  • G for gnome.
  • H for hour.
  • I for Ian.
  • J for jalapeno.
  • K for knight.
  • L for Llangollen.
  • M for mnemonic.
  • N for new.
  • O for ouija.
  • P for pneumatic.
  • Q for quay.
  • R for rest.
  • S for sea.
  • T for Tchaikovsky.
  • U for ubuntu.
  • V for veil.
  • W for why.
  • X for xu.
  • Y for you.
  • Z for zee/zed*.

* Whichever isn't used in you country (e.g. use "zed" for US and "zee" for UK)

May 13, 2007

Fear not, My Lord, for I have a cunning plan…

Writing about web page

I've just got back from Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out, and it was hilarious. It was very much like his Worst Jobs in History gig that I went to at the Arts Centre the other year, which was also hysterical.

I recommend you go to see it if you can.

March 23, 2007

Come again?

I've just been reminded of sentences that are really confusing if they don't have any punctuation and which feature the same word many times. Two notable examples of which I am aware are:

Smith where Jones had had had had had had had had had had had the examiner's approval.

Which makes a lot more sense with some punctuation:

Smith, where Jones had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had the examiner's approval.

If you're still confused: Jones wrote "had", Smith wrote "had had", and in the context of whatever sentence they were both writing the examiner decided that "had had" was the correct choice.

The second sentence is one I came across more recently, and is:

Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo.

which refers to the animal I am now going to refer to (possibly incorrectly, I've never been sure) as "bison" to avoid confusion, the American city of Buffalo, and the verb "to buffalo" which means to intimidate, to deceive, or to confuse. Some clarity can be gleaned by adding a bit of punctuation and general grammar (i.e. capitalising the city name):

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.

Which becomes even clearer if you rephrase it:

Bison from Buffalo that other Buffalo bison intimidate, in turn intimidate Buffalo bison already intimidated by yet more Buffalo bison.

That's assuming, of course, that there are any buffalo in Buffalo...

March 20, 2007


(No, don't get excited; it's from a spam email.)

I've just recieved spam saying I've won €750,000, which is really stupid...

What would I do with 750,000 Euros? I can't spend Euros here...

February 20, 2007

Passive Aggressive

I've never been entirely sure what "passive aggression" was, but I think I've figured it out:


I'm going to hit you.

Passive Aggressive

You're going to be hit by me.

So, there we are... 

February 16, 2007


I've just found a useful HTML element that I hadn't come accross before: <optgroup>.

It's used in drop-down lists in forms to create categories that aren't selectable, for example:

  <optgroup label="Odd">
    <option value="1">One</option>
    <option value="3">Three</option>
    <option value="5">Five</option>
  <optgroup label="Even">
    <option value="2">Two</option>
    <option value="4">Four</option>
    <option value="6">Six</option>

would give:

So, hours of endless fun and entertainment...

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