|Category: iMac G5|
|Category: 15 mins. of fame|
Where are they now?
Athlete caught with pants down. What was he thinking?
OK, so I'm carrying a bit extra. Nevertheless, I reserve the right to post on "The Obesity Timebomb" or whatever it's called this week. Particularly when Tech Central Station has a really nice article which includes such gems as:
The other cause [that the study found for obesity], the decrease in smoking, is also something to celebrate. My own family lost numerous members, otherwise physically fit, before their time to diseases associated with smoking. It is unlikely that obesity will have the same effect. A 1999 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even clinically obese people who were otherwise fit were actually less likely to die early than those of normal body weight who were unfit.and...
Which all goes to show how big a mistake declaring obesity a disease was. All that does is allow people to claim back the costs of specialized weight-reduction programs (which rarely work in the long term) from government-funded insurance programs. The diet industry, which lobbied hard for the change, must have been delighted.What's that? Did I hear the sound of Jenny Craig and Lite'n'Easy lobbying? Disgusting politics and even worse science!
It appears John Kerry's stint on the Love Boat was not all it has been set up to be. Thanks Slatts.
HP! (I actually find this an interesting space to be watching so sorry if it's becoming too boring).
Although it smells of contrived hoax (and last time I looked it wasn't April 1), its' product number IS 9011 ! Reminds me a bit of this for some reason.
Commentary gaffs as reported on Tim Dunlop's blog and elsewhere. Of course, you can't get into this business without pointing at a few of Murray Walkers classics.
Some parents are very cruel. I reckon this bloke, Dick Swallow, ended up as a useless artist because of the treatment he got from his mates when he was at school. I reckon they called him Turkey, gobble gobble. Thanks Paul.
These guys put on mock protests in [Soviet] Union Square in NYC and maintain the website: Communists for Kerry. It's the funniest thing I've seen for a long time. Some important notes about the site:
Notice to Webonaut
Here's a nice article from Sp!ked where Mick Hume expresses disdain for events like "one-of-the-men-with-the-fastest-boat-out-of-a-small-class-of-posh-sailing-enthusiasts-on-earth" and Ping Pong. It's a good read right the way through to...
For the rest of the Games let us celebrate those striving for the superhuman, wherever they hail from. My local paper informs me that I should cheer especially loudly because a local boy helped Britain to win silver in the synchronised diving. But I am afraid that I am still dumbstruck by the Ethiopian Bekele. There is no drug that could allow the likes of me to run the first lap in 53 seconds, never mind the 25th. That is the stuff of which golden Olympic memories are made.
The Russian aeroplane crashes have received remarkably little coverage in my humble opinion. Now I know why: it's embarrassing for the government!
Analysts said the government was trying to avoid an embarrassing admission that Chechen separatists had succeeded again in striking at Russia - just days before a Sunday election in Chechnya to replace the small republic's assassinated pro-Kremlin president.
This is a useful site for kiddies' projects.
Here's a useful site... DFL: Celebrating last-place finishes at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Because they're there, and you're not. Including a tally of who has the most last places. Priceless! Thanks blogless Clive.
I was disappointed to see what Shane Moloney had to say as pointed out by Slatts (presumably unavailable online I couldn't find it). It's almost as if the Hun is [re-]printing this item to reinforce Andrew Bolt's column from yesterday about lefty one-speak amongst novelists.
|Category: Happy B'day 2U 1394|
FireWire aka i.Link aka IEEE1394 is ten years old (or was two days ago (or, even more accurately, the 1394 Trade Association is ten years old)).
According to the [1394 Trade] Association, as of mid-2004, FireWire had been designed into more than 1,600 products and 150 million electronics devices worldwide. IEEE 1394 can now deliver 800 Mbits/s over distances up to 100 metresI was surprised it was that old, it seems to be just hitting straps now.
I didn't know that it is being touted as a way more general replacement for the likes of S/PDIF.
UPDATE: It's actually 18 years old if you believe everything read on the internet!
History of the IEEE 1394 Standard
The iPod speaker thang that DB referred to earlier today uses a class D amplifier. I dodn't know what a class D was so I looked it up and discovered this sensible explanation for the audio-aware reader.
I vaguely remember not particularly liking Watership Down, I believe it gave a bad name to Rabbits.
I got one of these earlier this week and, by jingo, it's a cracker.
|Category: Music Stores|
Apple Corps may avoid Apple (core), (sorry).
I often use the shuffle function on my iPod, "I'd say it's using some Bayesian logic and/or simple neural networks to vary probabilities of songs to be selected and adjust parameters of selection by the users history of song skipping." Bulldust!
Looks like the Digital, Compaq, HP product is gonna be out next month.
UPDATE: Tandem were the other mob that I couldn't remember the name of for the list above. Peter helped me with this timeline. Viz: HP did something great and then Compaq did this mediocre thing (or am I being a bit harsh).
Blade Runner best science fiction fillum ever (as decided by "Scientists" yet)! But have a look at the authors, Wyndham??
|Category: Theatre (and then some)|
We've all heard about The Vagina Monologues (right?) but how many of us have seen it in performance? I certainly haven't. Christina Hoff Sommers has and it seems she wishes she hadn't (or perhaps she wishes it just didn't exist). It doesn't sound very appealing to me.
She's got a bit of a record has this Hoff Sommers woman. It appears she is a bit prone to speaking her mind regardless of dominant feminist group-think.
I don't want to appear V/C insensitive but I've found all of the articles I have read thus far (mostly accessible via her nominal link above) really interesting reading. I particularly liked this story about her son's behaviour during sensitivity training. Write on Christina.
|Category: Child Minding|
The boy told officers he had been locked in the trunk for safekeeping at least a dozen times in the past, for four or five hours at a time
Who knew? Class size has very little effect on learning outcomes! Again, this was found at Slatts' place:
Those of us in mobs of 40+ who learnt the 3 Rs from the Sisters of No Mercy always knew this.UPDATE: Brendan Nelson weighs-in with a broadside:
INCOMPETENT teachers were the biggest danger in Australian schools, Education Minister Brendan Nelson said yesterday after the nation's first large-scale survey into class sizes showed smaller classes did not necessarily improve student results.UPUPDATE: Also from the Making Schools Better conference a suggestion of a voucher system but: "I think vouchers as a label has become an emotive one so it's not a particularly helpful" said Melbourne Institute director Peter Dawkins.
A girl who can't spell who comes from Geelong won the girls' triathlon. Slatts, who has a bit of an in at the Addie, reveals "Our reporter asked her brother how did it feel to have family involved in a gold robbery".
Explanation Found for Lobster Decline
"Explanation Sought for Lobster Decline"--headline, Associated Press, Aug. 21
"Woman Chows 38 Lobsters in Eating Contest"--headline, Associated Press, Aug. 22From The Best of the Web Today by James Taranto
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VII, VIII, IX.
I read this conversation between P. J. O'Rourke and Colin Powell and found it choc-a-block with humor, wisdom and old-fashioned common sense. Make an effort because it is well worth the read. Thanks to Brain, A. E. for pointing it out.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Munch & Madonna!
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A bit early perhaps, but tasteless nonetheless!
|Category: Leave me alone|
No not a story about Ruby Red Dress, rather a charming story about G. H. W. Bush.
Building a non-story out of very little and achieving nothing is one of the great skills of the Sunday-watching Australian media. I don't recall ever being concerned about Mark Latham's reduced ability to rule the country as a result of what is probably a one off hospital visit.
X-Girlfriend shares her whimsical collection of Kerry photos and petty musings about the good old days with John.
It's poor form to make fun of someone's ill-health so I'll let the Gnu Hunter do it for me: Latham's Flow of Bile to be Resumed as Soon as Medically Possible
For some reason DB and I were talking about who had the original hit with Shakin' All over. It was, of course, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates and Johnny wrote the song. I found out about it at thewho.net.
Cruel though it may seem, one of my favourite moments is when a band that you quite like break-up (or die) as then you can finally complete the album collection (unless you're an Elvis P. fan in which case new stuff keeps getting found) The Clash have a new record, bugger!
Couches may be bad for you! A preliminary autopsy on the four-foot, ten-inch woman lists the cause of death as "morbid obesity". I'll be sure to not lie on my couch for six years! Be Warned!
You write, we write, iWrite. FWIW
He did the music for some great pitchers and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He was no relation to Leo. Most importantly for those of us with memories of ciggie ads on the telly, he wrote the tune for the Marlboro ad.
Women in Uniform! (and no, I don't understand it)
With this item from Slatts I'm three levels away from reality but it's too good to ignore. Your boy Scrafton had reason to slag off Little Johnny over The children overboard thing.
It's not surprising that children overboard reports were too easily believed during the last federal election when you look at the official history of previous SIEV intercepts as presented and highlighted by The Currency Lad.
|Category: Star Wars|
Some info on the pending Ep IV-VI DVD release.
It's the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness, featuring wacky, bizarre, surreal and otherwise strange examples of technical documentation, particularly illustration.
When I was a kid I was the proud owner of a yellow Dragstar sans "sissy bar". It's good to see they appear to be making a come back.
Finally!!!!! A Wi-Fi card for my bloody T3!! Mind you, the product was originally announced over eighteen months back but appears to be shipping next month. I'm afraid I'll believe it when I see it.
A place to go if you are interested in doing business with Siemens!
A great article on the state of Australian government. Amongst other gems:
Government will be coming to your living room, kicking in the TV to mitigate the "epidemic" of obesity. After years of hectoring us about the dangers of adolescent fixation on body image and campaigning against competitive school sport, the left is enrolling our moppets at Jenny Craig.
Where would we be without a benign Google?
I remember the first time I was pointed at Google but I can't remember the date, Alta Vista quietly disappeared from my bookmarks (but it still exists presumably as an asset unloaded after Compaq's acquisition of DEC). I thought for quite a few years that Google was an "in thing" but it went mainstream and I wondered about its cred. I was way more excited by the search opportunities of kartoo and mooter, I'm sure everyone has their favourites. I was initially surprised by the appearance of Google Watch which we have pointed at before I think. Then came Google Watch Watch.
This is what I started this post to write about. Google as a decider of public morals? It would appear that Google has classic American liberal values. When do we get scared about dominant search engines as arbiters of public opinion?
All interesting stuff.
From reasononline, The War on Fat: Is the size of your butt the government’s business? which includes such stuff as:
Please. If parents don’t have the wherewithal to say no when their kids ask for something they saw on TV, their problems go far beyond the risk of chubby offspring.and
The main problem with Barber, who continued a diet consisting largely of burgers and fries despite a heart attack and warnings from his doctor, was that his stupidity was literally unbelievable. "They said, ‘100 percent beef.’ I thought that meant it was good for you," he claimed after filing the lawsuit in July 2002. "Those people in the advertisements don’t really tell you what’s in the food. It’s all fat, fat, and more fat. Now I’m obese."Oh, and also, this absolute cracker
Interestingly, the same study also found evidence that declines in smoking have contributed to rising BMIs, since people tend to gain weight when they give up cigarettes. Banzhaf failed to note this finding, perhaps because he’s afraid fat people might start suing anti-smoking activists.A great article. Read it all.
BTO US President.
(Interestingly enough, this is the first page I've viewed for a very long time that doesn't render properly in Safari - FWIW)
Butterflies and Wheels fight fashionable nonsense. Here's their dictionary. Worth a read.
Radio 1, 3LO, 774 is obviously bad for you. Semi knew that!
Perhaps I'm a bit shallow, so be it, I laughed out loud a few times at some of Rex's footy nicknames. I know he's been using them for years but I don't hear him very often so some of them surprised me.
Favourites: Matthew Bode: No place of a, Hayden Kluver: J. Edgar, Beau McDonald: The restaurant, Trent Knobel: The prize winner, John Blakey: On the buses, Josh Carr: The vehicle, just go read them.
I know, I know, everybody knows you can do some amazing things with Photoshop and its competitors. These folks have and it makes for surprising browsing.
The scary thing about it all is that one of the morphs looks strikingly similar to my father.
Also, there's the old misogynistic comment about a woman being a life-support system for a vagina, this tells the other side of the story remarkably well.
(Made Profitable?) I've actually 'bought' one or two of these.
(1st wireless blogged article for me, Go Me!)
A comment from a Greek friend on seeing The Cauldron was that it was very symbolic of a male dominated operation.
Longer, Harder, more erect?
Norm Geras blogs under the title "That Olympic Spirit" of an Iranian competitor who refused to have a judo match with an Israeli.
|Category: Dollars and Sense|
My memory of the song is ...
In come the dollars and in come the cents, to replace the pounds ... ... on the 14th of February 1966.
History, according to TTT, in Friday's edition (the A3 section) has decimal currency coming in a year earlier. I checked my commemorative drinking glass in the pool room - and it agrees with me. (and so does the TTT of old - see their 150 years collection).
I learnt a new word from this article about a new style of undies for women: freebagging. The undies can't be comfortable, though, surely?
Frank J. has a collection of FUN FACTS ABOUT DEMOCRATS. My favourites:
Again with the transgendered, ex police officer witch in the small paper. Get this quote: "I can start to live a normal life again".
U.S. politics. The Onion covers John Kerry's One Point Plan for a Better America. It neglects to mention his three (3 (1+1+1)) Purple Hearts.
What's wrong with this picture? Surely, Steve, it's more likely that your server patching isn't up to date rather than "foolish and irresponsible" hackers.
This is sorta cool, especially the ability to plug the Transmitter into your PC.
After this now there's this. Wonder if they're both by the same folks, production values look similar. Me? I blame Clutch Cargo, I reckon he started it all. Thanks Ron.
Although I've been there many times, I never realised that Massachusetts had a Sales Tax Holiday. I don't really understand this.
UPDATE: OK, It seems to be a one-off. All part of an economic stimulus package.
|Category: Harry Potter|
Harry and the Potters!
Attention Apple, another idea for the G5 iMac (or maybe not).
As lots of folk know, I quite like my Mac's. This article though is a nice summary about why my PC has 2-5% share whilst others have much more. Read it here.
Blogless Clive has discovered what he believes will be the album of the year, and he hasn't even hear it yet!
DON’T LET HIM FOOL YOU, WILLIAM SHATNER IS NO HAS BEEN
by, who else?, William Shatner (for my mother, he played Captain Kirk on Star Trek).
UPDATE: Blogless Clive corrects me. He said: "the must have album of the year", not "the album of the year".
|Category: Flogging A Dead Horse|
Just what the world needs, Capt. Kirk returns to (an) "Enterprise". Yes folks, Bill's back. This might restore his credibility (If "it" ever gets released and if "it" ever existed).
As an aside, a few years back I was stuck in a (self styled) European Style Hotel which appeared to have a cable channel devoted to episodes of this, my memory of it is that it was truly awful. As an aside to that aside, the room service was restricted to Egg Rolls, Chicken Chow Mein, Four Cheese Pizza and something else that I forget what it was.
Norm Geras' blog is one I've been meaning to put onto my permanent reading list for sometime. He's now there following my discovery that he loves Nashville (crackeruvasite) and, in particular, Ronee Blakley. She was in some shockers of pitchers including Wilbur and the Baby Factory but she sings beautifully. Norm has the lyrics to Idaho home on his blog.
Attention Apple, an idea for the G5 iMac (or maybe not).
I've heard of "Safe Rooms" but this is almost a safe tomb! Just what I've always wanted, a bullet-proof bed.
Just in from Clarence House... Prince Charles: wind farms are horrendous
More notes about this and a few other rare displays of sanity at EnviroSpin Watch.
A magnificent picture from the Botanical Gardens.
What is this web site all about?
Over at Honest Reporting, an interesting article about the use and misuse of images as well as Palestine's own Bite the Wax Tadpole: Pay Every Penny to Save Israel.
|Category: Phone Boxes|
Telstra Dome with Astroturf? more like a cubicle, I guess.
Given the details in this report in this morning's Sun of the horrible kidnapping of a 3-week-old baby, the pollice statement in this report seems a bit hard to swallow. Interestingly, the Sun had the Jason Moran angle in the paper version this morning and the TTT didn't cracked onto it until halfway through the morning.
|Category: Medicine and Women|
Melanie Phillips wrote an interesting article for the London Daily Mail on Thursday. You might not agree with all she says but , as usual, she does a good job of making her case.
Prague cow art under attack
I don't know much about art but I moo what I like.
Shame there's no pictures!
elogoXa has a whole bunch of interesting free VST plugins (PC only I'm afraid) including X-cita which is supposedly modelled on one of my big faves the BBE Sonic Maximizer.
Microsoft Launches Blog Service In Japanblah blah
You might be wondering why Microsoft would bother with blogging, an activity in which less than 1 percent of Web users engage. It's simple: Search rival Google owns one of the better Blogging solutions--Blogger.com. And, right now, when it comes to Google, all bets are off. If history is any guide, Microsoft will destroy Google and then let Microsoft's blog service whither on the vine. Just a thought.
|Category: Team America|
Team America The Movie, putting the 'F' back into freedom. From the creators of South Park who look to have stepped back into the early sixties and embraced SuperMarionation.
That'll give your broadband a beating, DB!
Apparently Dubya has a blog. What's on his iPod? Anybody?
The Biltmore Hotel has a very big swimming pool.
That is all.
Andre Stein, a Sydney-based lawyer who was an adviser to former communications minister Richard Alston, tells it like it is on television regulation. He even slams luvvies Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. The only thing he leaves out is that we should shutdown the ABC.
|Category: Dead Celebrities|
|Category: Exterminate! Exterminate!|
Very good news indeed.
AN interesting article here about the origin of the dingo as determined by an analysis of its mitochondrial DNA. We'd always been told they came to Australia with the aborigines around 40,000 years ago.
A school in Adelaide has discovered that homework is not particularly helpful for students. Who knew?
iTheft! Given the number of mis-truths in the article I'm not surprised that there's no by-line.
UPDATE: iFairfax seems to be doing something screwy since they stopped being f2 -- registration(free) may be required. If you are already registered sometimes it only presents the page the second time you click the link. Go figure!
I had not heard of the Proliferation Security Initiative until I read this article over at Tech Central Station.
Intelligence gathered mostly by the US and UK last summer indicated that North Korea was shipping a large amount of nuclear weapons manufacturing gear -- centrifuge parts to be exact -- to Libya via several ships. Acting on that information, US and UK warships stopped, boarded and seized those ships, discovering the expected gear on board.It's well worth reading the entire article IMNSHO.
Sharon Stone opines about the president and "dining at the Y" with Halle Berry. She does not make it to the list.
Where's the nearest dunny?
This is sorta cool as a concept but actually looks even cooler. (large'ish QT download warning).
Good back support and watch out how you perform rapid repetitive tasks, Good Advice I'd say.
|Category: Apple |
CEO undergoes Cancer Surgery. But this is an incredibly rare form of pancreatic cancer which represents only 1% of the total cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed each year. Why aren't I surprised? (or should I be making a market share gag here?).
The Sun has an article about a 12-year-old boy whose machoism and natural medicines cause him to wander off wearing "only a T-shirt". The article finishes with this paragraph:
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.I'm not sure I understand.
It strikes me that just about anyone who is asked if they would like some changes to their work conditions would say yes. According to this article this applies for casual workers just as much as it would to anyone else. Barbara Pocock from the school of Social Sciences at The University of Adelaide has rallied a couple of her academic buddies around and, with a little bit of $help from the ACTU and others (ACTU provided $4500, around 17% of explicit funding), they have interviewed 55 people for what Barbara describes as a qualitative study. I have read the report summary and parts of the full report and, near as I can tell, they discovered that casual employees would like more security, better pay, more training, better treatment by the boss, better treatment by the bank, etc. etc. Hey Barbara! Guess what? So would I and so would just about any worker. What about you Barbara?
Yesterday, they wasted god knows how much money having a conference, Work Interrupted, about this "issue". I bet I can guess how that went!
By the way, can anybody explain the significance of the silver balls on the conference pamphlet?
Often when I listen to this show on Radio 1 I'm heard to comment loudly about how some people should not be permitted to own a PC as they are obviously far too stupid. This article just goes to prove it (if further evidence was required)!
Another USB2.0 disk battery-powered disk drive with music playing ability that looks quite interesting to me.
More on the Khouri woman at the Chicago Tribune. I got a login from bugmenot (user: msnerd, password: mortimer). It seems she's been telling porkies for a long time.
|Category: MP3 Players|
Where do they get these names from? It just rolls off the tongue doesn't it. Introducing the Network Walkman NW-HD1!