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Monday, January 28, 2008

 

logic test

‘Test your own logic – complete our online test below to get your ranking. Read the following premises, and then specify whether or not the arguments are valid or invalid. Then press the “submit” button to get your results.’

14/15 for me.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

 

Stupid Client Quote #1056

‘client: can you add a genoua pig with all the animals

me: whats a genoua pig?

Client: they are venazualian pig with a third claw and a white stripe down its back. I had one as a kid and it snuck up the stairs and used to nibble on my dads toenails

me: what happened then? [..]‘


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Top Gear – Self Racing BMW 330i

A car that drives itself around the race track at high speed.. Cunning. :)

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Top Gear PLP50 Review

A large man in a small car is always amusing. :)

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Australian girl changes blood group, immune system

‘An Australian teenage girl has become the world’s first known transplant patient to change blood groups and take on the immune system of her organ donor, doctors said on Friday, calling her a “one-in-six-billion miracle.”

Demi-Lee Brennan, now 15, received a donor liver when she was 9 years old and her own liver failed. [..]

Brennan’s body changed blood group from O negative to O positive when she became ill while on drugs to avoid rejection of the organ by her body’s immune system.

Her new liver’s blood stem cells then invaded her body’s bone marrow to take over her entire immune system, meaning the teen no longer needs anti-rejection drugs.’


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Saturday, January 26, 2008

 

Anonymous Message to Scientology

Anonymous has declared war on Scientology. It’s pretty funny. :)

‘This is it. These are the final days of your sham. The people you have enslaved shall be freed, your attack dogs shall be silenced, and your entire establishment shall be unraveled. You cannot prevent this; you cannot deter this. Money or luxuries will not sway us. We are not motivated by a personal or secondary goal. Our aim is your destruction, in the name of the good of all people on this earth. Our assault has only begun, and shall not cease until your Church is no more. Our efforts will ebb and flow, but our persistence will be as reliable as the tides.

Your time is up.

Welcome to your end.’

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

 

Stupid Client Quote #3708

‘i was working on the mountain as a snowboard instructor when i was asked at what
elevation do deer turn into elk. im not kidding.’


Mister Splashy Pants

‘Mister Splashy Pants, or Mr. Splashypants, is the name of a humpback whale in the South Pacific Ocean. It’s being tracked with a satellite tag by Greenpeace as a part of its Great Whale Trail Expedition, which was working to raise awareness about whales threatened by the Japanese Fisheries Agency’s plan to kill 50 humpback whales. The whale’s name was chosen in an online poll that garnered attention from several websites, including Boing Boing and Reddit, and quickly became an internet meme. [..]

The massive leap in votes for the name attracted the attention of b3ta.com, 4Chan /b/, BoingBoing, reddit, Digg, and numerous blogs. Though Greenpeace removed the extra votes from the results, users from the social networking sites flocked to vote for the name, and the percentage moved quickly from 5 percent to 75 percent in less than a day. In response to the spike, Greenpeace decided to hold the competition open for an extra week, until the 7th of December. Reddit took the voting so seriously that they temporarily changed their logo to feature Mr. Splashy Pants. Facebook also began garnering interest, and a Facebook application was created with the tagline “Vote your conscience, vote Splashy Pants.” On the 30th, Fark.com posted a thread linking to the voting as well, and for a few days internet traffic on the Greenpeace server spiked to almost untenable levels.’


How Many Five Year Olds Could You Take in a Fight?

Apparently, if 24 children attack me, they’re in trouble.

The 25th may just kill me. :)


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Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine

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The Slap Corey Game

Slap some sense into Corey!


U.S. war costs in Iraq up: report

‘The Iraq war may not dominate U.S. news reports as the carnage drops, but a new report underscores the financial burden of persistent combat that is helping run up the government’s credit card.

“Funding for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and other activities in the war on terrorism expanded significantly in 2007,” the Congressional Budget Office said in a report released on Wednesday.

War funding, which averaged about $93 billion a year from 2003 through 2005, rose to $120 billion in 2006 and $171 billion in 2007 and President George W. Bush has asked for $193 billion in 2008, the nonpartisan office wrote.

“It keeps going up, up and away,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad said of the money spent in Iraq since U.S. troops invaded in 2003.’


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Faulty fridge sends warship back to base

‘One of Britain’s biggest warships was forced to retreat back to base Wednesday — by fears about a fridge.

The aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious sailed out Wednesday from Portsmouth on the southern English coast, the home of the fleet, to join multi-national operations in the Indian Ocean.

But “Lusty” had to turn back because a refrigeration unit used to store meat was in danger of breaking down.

“The sensible thing is for her to come in and get that fixed before she goes off again,” said Royal Navy spokesman Anton Hanney.’


Downhill Four Wheeler Accident

‘Some kid who was obviously nervous about this stunt in the first place has his fears confirms when his buddy decides to nudge him downhill on a four wheeler.’

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42 Reasons We Won’t Miss President George Bush

‘Would you believe it’s possible to narrow the reasons we won’t miss Bush down to 42? No, but it’s a start. We all know the penalty for forgetting history – after all, we’ve been through two Bushes! To get things started, here is a particularly infamous quote for each year of his presidency, from the sadly hilarious to the infuriatingly tragic: [..]

“There’s only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I’ve got an additional responsibility to hug and that’s me and I know what it’s like.” [..]

“I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.” [..]

“I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.”‘


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The Secret Museum of Mankind

‘Published in 1935, the Secret Museum is a mystery book. It has no author or credits, no copyright, no date, no page numbers, no index. Published by “Manhattan House” and sold by “Metro Publications”, both of New York, its “Five Volumes in One” was pure hype: it had never been released in any other form.

Advertised as “World’s Greatest Collection of Strange & Secret Photographs” and marketed mainly to overheated adolescents (see the 1942 ad in Keen, left), it consists of nothing but photos and captions with no further exposition. This was not a book published to educate (despite appearing on some public library’s shelves), but to titillate (literally)– it’s emphasis was on the female form (“Female Beauty Round the World”) and fashion, and it featured as many National-Geographic-style native breasts as possible. But anything lurid, weird, or just plain unusual is fair game. This was a book to gawk at by flashlight under the bedcovers.’


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aXXo’s Pirated Movies Used to Promote the iMac

‘The DVD ripper aXXo is without a doubt one of the most popular DVD-rippers. Even though he hasn’t been active since November 2007, his rips are still widely used, even by commercial outlets such as the John Lewis store. They must have thought, “Why use a real DVD if we can use a pirated movie for free?”

The aXXo rip was shown on an iMac displayed on an Apple stand at a John Lewis store. A member of the Hexus forums discovered this remarkable promotional material, and writes:

“So I was in my local John Lewis store a week or so back, and I was checking out their new little Apple mac area, which had lots of Macs on display, with some desks setup and other accessories. They also had some wall mounted iMacs. Imagine my surprise when getting closer to one of them to see ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ – ripped by Axxo playing.”‘


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McDonald’s Drops Ads from Report Cards

‘A month after catching heat for advertising on children’s report cards in Seminole County, Fla., McDonald’s has opted to remove its marketing messages.

As part of a joint business partnership with The School Board of Seminole County, Fla., McDonald’s offered students free food prizes for good grades. The offer, announced in conjunction with a smiling picture of Ronald McDonald printed on report card envelopes, was valid for kindergartners through fifth graders.

One mom, Susan Pagan, was disturbed by the promotion and contacted the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The CCFC complained to the district and press and the promotion was scrapped.’


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Old Lady Craps In Store

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Transplant eyeball sent to pub

‘An eyeball sent from Queensland for a transplant operation in Hobart went astray this week – arriving at a pub instead of the hospital.

A hotel guest in the Tasmanian city of Hobart was shocked when he received a foam box on Tuesday night containing a single human eyeball.

The box marked “Live human organs for transplant” was delivered by mistake by an unwitting taxi driver.

Hotel worker Gabriel Winner – who requested the name of the hotel not be used – says the agitated guest brought the esky to reception early yesterday morning.

“The guy left with me with a box with an eyeball in it,” he said.

“He got the box and signed for it and opened it in the middle of the night.

“I thought this is just too weird. I went and put it in the fridge because I didn’t know what else to do with it. It was more than a little disconcerting.”

A courier arrived shortly after and took the esky away.’


Error puts horse ad in food classifieds

‘Kristen DeGroat just wanted to sell her horse to another animal lover, but her ad ended up under “Good Things to Eat” in the classified sections of two newspapers. About a third of the 60 or so calls she received were from people interested in buying horse meat.

“It’s been enough to turn your stomach,” said DeGroat, who eventually sold her 3-year-old mare, Foxy, to a man who wanted a live horse for his grandchildren.

DeGroat’s ad, offering the registered pinto for $200 or the best offer, was intended to run Sunday and Monday under the classified ad heading for horses and stables in The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times.’


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After plastic surgeries, more do an about-face

‘After two nose jobs and thousands of dollars, Debra Dunn hated her face so much that she avoided mirrors, didn’t want to leave the house and hid behind her long hair anytime she had to be out in public.

“Every time I saw myself, I wanted to punch myself in the nose to make it all go away,” said the 40-year-old New Yorker, referring to the five years that followed a cosmetic surgery intended to even out a bump on her nose from a childhood injury. “I just kept thinking, ‘Why did I do this to myself?’”

Doctor after doctor told Dunn her new nose was lovely. “Anyone would kill for a cute little nose like that,” she remembers many of them saying, despite the fact her new nose was so narrow that it whistled when she breathed. But Dunn deeply regretted messing with what nature had given her and felt she no longer bore any resemblance to herself.’


Kansas Baptist Church Intends to Picket Heath Ledger’s Funeral Because He Played Gay Character

‘A radical Baptist church in Kansas known for picketing the funerals of soldiers who perished in Iraq said it intends to protest Heath Ledger’s memorial service with signs claiming the actor died and is in Hell because he played a gay character in “Brokeback Mountain.”

Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka said that she and other members will picket Ledger’s United States memorial services, not those held in his native Australia.

“You cannot live in defiance of God,” she said. “He got on that big screen with a big, fat message: God is a liar and it’s OK to be gay.” [..]

“Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there,” the Westboro Baptist announcement says.’

I’m not usually a fan of violence, but there are just some people who need a really hard smack in the face. Several smacks in the face, actually.

Followup to Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28 and Jury Awards Father Nearly $11 Million in Funeral Protesters Case.


Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl

This is not really happening.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

 

Geeks With Kids

‘(5:08:06 PM) Geek Friend: i’m outta here, i gotta go home, looks like the kids
are fighting
(5:08:15 PM) Geek Friend: no adult supervision
(5:08:20 PM) Me: haha
(5:08:26 PM) Me: you watching them on camera?
(5:08:27 PM) Geek Friend: i’m so glad my parents didn’t have video cameras all
over my house when i was their age
(5:08:30 PM) Me: hahahha [..]‘


The Pirates Can’t Be Stopped

‘A teenager hacked into the outfit charged with protecting companies like Sony, Universal, and Activision from online piracy–the most daring exploit yet in the escalating war between fans and corporate giants. Guess which side is winning.’

This is a long article, but interesting. Kinda ties together a few interesting things that happened on the interwebs in the past year or so.


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Man Loses House and Belongings on Boastful Bet

‘Xin Liangkun, 53, of Dalian city, boasted on national television that no person could recreate the five-layer ball he spent 10 years to create.

“If anyone can reproduce it, I’ll give him my three-story building, and the collections within it.”

The ball is so amazing because all five balls can turn without touching each other.

It took less than six months for Sun Zheng, a young porcelain amateur from Luoyang city, to step up and challenge Xin’s public boast. Sun created the exact same ball and demanded his prize.

“At first he said my replica had internal noise. So I improved the technique, and created a perfect one. Then he said the procedure must have been different.”

So he took Xin to court. The court ruled that Xin’s TV pledge just the same as if he signed a contract, and ordered Xin to give up the house and belongings to Sun.’


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Soldier Messes With Cab Driver

It’s kinda funny, but probably terrified the cab driver a little. :) Drink milk!

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Cannabis protestor at it again

‘Like a man on a mission, perennial cannabis protester Peter Till arrived at court in Brisbane yesterday with a large, green, leafy plant sticking out of his backpack.

His mission, he told anyone who would listen, was to campaign for the decriminalisation of cannabis in Queensland and show authorities the plant should not be classed as a ‘dangerous drug’.

As he strode through the doors of the Brisbane Magistrates Court, security guards calmly passed his bag and the plant, complete with roots and long stalks of pointed leaves, through the X-ray machine.

Mr Till, barefooted and wearing another one of his many colourful sarongs, walked through the gate shortly afterwards as security guards were familiar with his game.

The plant was then taken into a secure room while Mr Till, who lives in his car at Nimbin, made his way to the courtroom where he was facing a breech of community service order charge.

It is not the first time the stunt has played out in court with Mr Till already convicted and sentenced to two months’ jail, wholly suspended, for bringing a 90cm cannabis plant into court last year.’


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Study Sees Caffeine Possibly Tied to Miscarriages

‘Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says, and it suggests that pregnant women may want to reduce their intake or cut it out entirely.

Many obstetricians already advise women to limit caffeine, although the subject has long been contentious, with conflicting studies, fuzzy data and various recommendations given over the years.

The new study, to be published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, finds that pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day — the amount in 10 ounces of coffee or 25 ounces of tea — may double their risk of miscarriage.’


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