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April 22, 2008

Buses are trying to kill you!

I was in town yesterday, and I noticed a bus with an advert for the army.

I'd noticed them before, and I'd seen the ads on TV, but it only occurred to me at that moment: there is a very good chance that that bus is going to cause someone to be killed; by having that poster on the side of their buses, there is a high chance that Arriva, and no doubt other bus companies, will be indirectly responsible for the murder of one or more people.

That doesn't seem right to me...


March 04, 2008

Better Luck Next Time, Kiddo

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7277061.stm

This kid appears to have gone on what the movie advertisers call "A Roaring Rampage of Revenge". He roared, and he rampaged, and he got bloody satisfaction... or he would have done if the police hadn't caught him.


January 16, 2008

What a world we live in…

Writing about web page http://youtube.com/watch?v=nSYEk0QnkGw

I've just found this video on YouTube. It makes for amusing watching, but probably not for the reasons its creators intended...

Scientology puzzles me. Setting aside for a moment the fact that it's nonsense - I mean, "setting aside for a moment any discussions on whether it's true or false" - I've always got the impression that Scientology's back story has a certain sci-fi feel to it. Now with that in mind, the fact the it was devised by a Science Fiction author is surely enough to make anyone suspicious of its validity... isn't it? And yet it actually has a decent sized following.

Maybe I can use this to my advantage...

People! I have seen the light! Much like the Pilgrims left England and settled in North America, so to did our ancestors many many millennia ago leave their home planet of Mars and settle here on Earth to start anew. And one day the descendants of those that stayed behind are going to come and reunite us and everyone will be happy and life will be wonderful*! But only if you give me lots of money*!

Are you convinced? No? Damn. Oh well, it was worth a shot...

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* Not a guarantee...


August 19, 2007

The toilet is the cleanest place in the house

A lot of people say it, and I've seen a couple of tests demonstrate it, but I'm always amazed when people are suprised by it.

I've always assumed that the toilet would be cleaner than anything else precisely because it's dirtier than anything else; surely anything you poop in is going to be cleaned more regularly and more thoroughly than anything else...

Since nothing else gets defecated on, it surely isn't seen as dirtier than a toilet. Therefore, while one might bleach a toilet, one might only use soap and water on everything else - which I'm guessing isn't as powerful as bleach. So at any given moment there should be fewer bacteria in the toilet. 


June 27, 2007

Please someone, anyone, tell me this is a joke!

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6244358.stm

Tony Blair as peace envoy to the Middle East!? Tony Blair!? Tony Blair!? Tony Blair!? Either this is a joke, or the sanity of the UN leaders needs to be assessed...

Was he, or was he not, one of the people who started the war in Iraq!? Isn't he a war criminal!? (I've checked the dictionary, and he is; there's a set of criteria that are consulted before engaging in war, in order to determine whether entering into war is justifiable, and as I understand it the evidence used for going to war was a steaming pile of bull plop.)

Apparently his plan requires "huge intensity", but what I want to know is: what the hell does that mean!? It doesn't mean anything, surely? Surely it has to be "intensity of [something]", not just "intensity"...

Also, Ian Paisley can't count: I just want to say to the prime minister this one word: He has entered into another colossal task.

I really really hope this is either a joke or me misinterpreting the article...

Also what's the deal with having a new Prime Minister without an election? Aren't elections how Democracy is supposed to work? (That's not to say I think he'll be a bad Prime Minister - it's not exactly a tough act to follow - it's just I'd have liked to have had my chance to not care enough about the result to vote on it...)


May 08, 2007

God Save The Queen From Mad Gun–Weilding Americans

It amuses me how excited Americans seem to be about the visit from Queen Elizabeth despite the amount of effort they put in to not being ruled by us anymore...

December 26, 2006

Deal or No Deal Random Number Generator

Follow-up to Think of a number… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

and writing about web page http://richardwinskill.co.uk/Random/dond.php

I’ve just thrown together a script the generates the numbers 1 to 22 in a random order and presents them as a rough approximation to the UK (obviously) DoND boxes. The presentation needs a little tweaking, but the pseudorandom numbers seem to work properly.

As I say on the page, I accept no responsibility for you doing badly and reserve the right to worry about the mental state of anyone who would blame me for them losing…


Think of a number…

Think of a number, multiply it my two, add your age, half it, add the individual digits together repeatedly until you have a single digit, subtract it from the number you first thought of, ignore the minus sign (if any), and that’s the box you choose for Deal or No Deal; well, it makes about as much sense as any other method…

Seriously, though, I know this entry is coming quite a way into the show’s life (I usually manage to avoid it, so don’t often think about it), but how on earth did we get a game show based around the concept of choosing random numbers!? And how did Noel Edmonds get back on the air (not that I have anything much against him, he’d just been off the telly for so long…)?


October 03, 2006

My ears! My beautiful ears!

Follow-up to G! R! Double–E! N! Leaves! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

This isn’t much stranger than Yatta, but it’s much more painful to watch…


September 27, 2006

Misery loves company

I had the good fortune to manage to avoid this when if came out, but I made the mistake of watching some of it just now, so I thought I’d share it with you all because I’m damned if I’m going to be the only person who has to suffer…


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