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Thursday, 29 November 2007

Do you read maps religiously?

Image-Caveman starts religionReligion is pretty much always somewhere in the news. Like the recent story of the British schoolteacher in Sudan that allowed her primary school pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad. She was then later charged with "insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs". If convicted she may face a prison sentence, a fine or 40 lashes.

There are of course a lot of religions around today. Some have been around for a lot longer than others. But do you know which came first and in what order?
Do you perhaps need to know this information but would find religious studies as dull as dishwater?
Or perhaps your attention span lasts no longer than 90 seconds.
Well guess what? I've sorted you out once again. I have just the thing.

How would you like to see the history of 5,000 years of religion in just 90 seconds?
What's that? You would 'bloody love to'. Of course you would, I knew that.
I've put this small embedded version below for those of you too lazy to click on links and go anywhere else.
Just click the PLAY button.


Prefer a larger (full screen) version? Then click HERE.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

When one door shuts another door opens!

Image-Mind The GapIf you live in, or have ever visited London, England and have made use of London Underground, you will most probably have heard the "MIND THE GAP" warnings broadcast at some stations.

Now, they are not telling you to beware GAP stores or even the jazz-funkiness of The Gap Band, they are of course warning you about the gap that occurs between platform and train doorways, more specifically platforms that have quite a severe curve to them.

Well, yesterday in the news we were informed that the "Voice of the Tube" (voiceover artist Emma Clarke) has been sacked (fired) for allegedly criticising London Underground, but she explains that she was "wildly misquoted".

But also in the news yesterday was the story that more visitors to London's Tate Modern art gallery have been injured by Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth 2007 installation which features a large (167 metre) crack in the floor.

Is it just me that can see the solution here?
The Tate Modern doesn't want to risk any "where there's blame there's a claim" merchants filing ridiculous injury claims. So it appears they are in need of some sort of warning system.
Well guess who's just become available and is probably the most experienced person you could find at warning the public about gaps?
Sorted. Glad to help.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Not only women wear slinky little outfits!

Image: The Human SlinkyA lot of you will have seen this before, but for those of you that have yet to experience "The Human Slinky", now is your chance!
Watch the Romanian Ioan Veniamin Oprea do his stuff!
Slinky Man - For more of the funniest videos, click here

Check out The Human Slinky's website: HERE

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Hey, wanna come online to see my etchings?

Image-Etch-A-Sketch-ManMy lame attempt of an Etch-A-Sketch man.

When I was a lad, we didn't have XplayboxWii360stations. Ooooh no. You know what we had? Etch-A-Sketch. That's right, Etch-A-Bleedin-Sketch!
Now I know they are still around today, but I doubt they rank as high as they did back-in-the-day. And the ones today are probably only bought for kids by parents that want to reminisce.
But what happens if you don't have kids? What will be your excuse for buying one?

Well, have no fear, the internet is here! Yep, you guessed it, Etch-A-Sketch is now online! Woohoo!
Now you too can create a pixelated masterpiece (of crap) like my outstanding effort above.
Also, once you have created your piece of retro 'art' it will end up with its own url (permalink) that you can share with friends and family (here's the one above slightly larger).
I'm not sure how long they keep your artwork, but long enough to share. Or alternatively you can right-click and save to your comp.

So visit them at Etchy.org and get twiddling those knobs! Although you'll be using the arrow keys so the physical element is almost totally non-existent.
So that means playing with it online you don't get the vigorous arm workout while clearing the screen. Also, I wonder if those early years of skilfully twiddling and manipulating those knobs has enhanced my foreplay skills to the benefit of my wife today. Hehehe.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Mould in your ears?

ER-6ic Custom Earphones-Clear mouldAre you one of those people that likes to be individual and own things unique to you, such as custom-made jewellery or tailor-made clothing?
Well this cool gadget is moulded to your exact specifications. Or more precisely; your individual ears!

Headphones and (the more popular these days) earphones come in many shapes and designs. A lot of people find the standard earphones that come with their iPod or MP3 player become uncomfortable even after a short period of use.
Even if you splash out on a pro pair, fancy design and more expense are no guarantee for comfort. Some have found that the 'noise cancelling' type of earphones (with spongy surround, that squash into your ear thus blocking outside noise from interfering with your music) are more comfortable due to snugness of fit. But of course, ears come in all shapes and sizes but earphones are 'one size fits all'.

ER-6ic Custom earphones-White mouldUntil now!. ER (Etymotic Research) and ACS have come together to make the 'ER-6i Custom' (ER-6ic). They have the ER-6i Isolator 'in-the-ear' earphones. Which look similar to the usual 'noise cancelling' earphones. But the ER-6ic range goes a step further.

When you order your ER-6ic earphones you first receive a pair of ER-6i and a customisation voucher with all the details on it to take to your nearest audiologist. The audiologist takes an impression of your ears from which your custom moulds will be made.
Apparently, the whole impression process will take up to 30 minutes. Then that is sent to ACS to make the moulds in your choice of colour (of which there are eight).

So there you go. Not only will you experience great sound and comfort, but you'll have the perfect excuse not to be able to share your earphones with your waxy,flaky eared friends. Haha.

For more info visit their site at customearphones.co.uk

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Man placed on Sex Offenders Register for 'riding' his bike!

Sexy Lady Motorbike1This news story is nuts! Not so much what the guy was getting up to (just sounds like a horny drunk rubbing up on something weird when he thought he was alone.), but the punishment and how it came about.

The story was bouncing around about a month ago and the guy's sentencing was deferred until now, so it's back in the news.

A man (Robert Stewart, 51) in Ayr, south west Scotland was caught "trying to have sex" with his bicycle. ('Ooh I'm gonna grab you by the handle bars and rrrring your bell baby!' Hehe).
Weird? Yes. Perverted? Quite possibly. But any danger to the public? Did he prey on anyone? Errr, not that I have seen reported.

When I first saw this story I thought, well okay, doing some weird shit with a bike (although possibly entered into by mutual consent) out in public, with drunkenness as no defence, should at least receive a fine or something for lewd behaviour. But wait, this guy wasn't outdoors he was inside his OWN ROOM (at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr) with THE DOOR LOCKED! (Sounds like somebody that doesn't want to be disturbed if you ask me.)
A couple of cleaners came to his door and knocked several times to no reply. (Errr, somebody 'busy' NOT wanting to be disturbed!) So they decided to use a master key and entered the room and by doing so witnessed Mr Stewart "wearing only a white T-shirt, naked from the waist down holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."
They call the manager. The manager calls THE POLICE!

Anyway for this 'crime' Mr Stewart has now been charged with "sexually aggravated breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and simulating sex."
He has been sentenced to THREE YEARS on probation AND has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for three years!

Is there a name for the crime of simulating sex with non-consensual objects? Umm, oh hang on, masturbation! That's right I remember now.
So watch out ladies. If you're going to stay in a hotel or hostel DO NOT bring your 'buzzy friend' otherwise you might just end up on the register with all the other dangerous deviants!

This story has at least given me the excuse to post these two great pictures above and below. I hope the police are keeping a very close eye on the owners that customised these two 'sexy' bikes. This might indicate that there are more "Cycle-Sexualists" (as Sheriff Colin Miller called them) out there than we realise. Haha.Sexy Lady Motorbike2
First news source 31 OCT 07
Later news source 14 NOV 07

UPDATE: 16 Nov 07
When posting the entry above I did feel a bit like I may have been going out on a limb expressing my view. But I'm glad to see, as this latest update to the story clearly shows, breaching a persons privacy and human rights are the main concern with a large amount of the public, rather than, shock, horror ... man caught masturbating behind closed (and locked) doors.
Read details HERE.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Otters on 'The Love Float'

Photo-Floating otterOkay time for a vid I think!
This video is VERY popular around the web. Most of you will probably file this under cute, sweet or just "awww". But I'm sure there is also a large amount of you that would go with 'borrrrrring, zzzzzzz or WTF? I guess it depends on whatever "floats your boat", hehe.
Either way I find it quite relaxing to watch and reckon it would make a very soothing and calming screensaver or animated desktop wallpaper.
Two sea otters 'in love' filmed at Vancouver Aquarium in Canada.
I recommend watching the whole video through to the end for the bonus cuteness.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Phone Jam spreads easily!

phone jammingAlthough I like the idea and may have just accidentally coined a phrase, 'phone jam' is not a slang term for leaking earwax due to too many hours on your phone.
The act of 'Phone jamming' to be more precise, is something that is apparently on the increase.

Did you know you can buy a device called a 'Phone Jammer', roughly the size of a cigarette packet, that at a push of a button sends out a powerful radio signal which will block/cut the signal to and from any mobile (cell) phones in a 30-foot radius?

Depending on your requirements, there are varying sizes with power and price to match, ranging from $50 to thousands.
The larger ones are bought by businesses like restaurants and theatres, but the popular ones are the small hand-held ones being snapped up by regular commuters whom "just can't take it no more". Hehe.
But be aware, before you rush off to buy one of these, using a phone jammer is probably illegal in your country. For instance, using a phone jammer in the US is illegal and punishable by a fine of up to $11,000 (£5,500) for a first offence. Ouch!

So who are the selfish ones? Is it the irritating phone user oblivious to the pissed off people around them? Or is it the Phone Jammer user, smiting the signal of the loud, obnoxious chatter while also taking down the quiet, discreet chatter with one fell swoop via the 'button of power'?
Well, I like this quote from James Katz, director of the Centre for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers University. He says:
"The cell phone talker thinks his rights go above that of people around him, and the jammer thinks his are the more important rights."

Bob Marley SmokingI imagine that if we ever see TV advertisements for these things, you just know Bob Marley will be providing the background music ...
... "we jammin', jammin', hope ya like jammin' too".

For more on the story see New York Times.
To buy one of these groovy gadgets go to PhoneJammer.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Fawking hell it's November the 5th!

Fireworks over LondonIt's that time of year again here in the UK where the skies are ablaze with colour and explosions. It sounds like yet another terrorist attack but it's a sort of celebration of ... err ... a, umm, well a terrorist attack, I suppose. Hehe. Or at least the foiling of one.

November the 5th is known here as Bonfire Night (or Fireworks Night, Guy Fawkes Day). It's a day where we have fireworks displays in parks and back gardens, with a traditional giant bonfire as the centre piece, onto which we cast effigies of Mr Guy (Guido) Fawkes. Although mainly only kids get involved with the making of a "Guy".

It's one of the two times a year (the other being Halloween) that it's not frowned upon for kids to go out begging.

"Penny for the Guy" business plan:
  1. Make a Guy: Use old clothes or a steal some from a sibling that you hate. Stuff them with newspaper. Make head with something like a balloon that you can draw a face on and place a hat.
  2. Sit somewhere on a busy street or outside a train station.
  3. Start begging. Hold out your hand to passers by and use the phrase "Penny for the Guy?".
Word to the wise: If you see these kids and plan to give them money. DO NOT just give them the penny they asked for. The phrase is quite obviously outdated and you need to consider inflation. Unless of course you want to get filmed on a camera phone getting "Happy Slapped" and end up on YouTube.

So what's it all about? Well back in 1605 a bunch of dudes conspired to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill all inside. They placed large amounts of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of parliament and it was Guy Fawkes' that was caught red handed the night before (November 4th) lying in wait to light the fuse and detonate the explosive. The conspiracy was to be remembered as "The Gunpowder Plot".

You can read more about the official version of events here at the dedicated Gunpowder Plot section of the Parliament site.
Or for a slightly different angle you can check out the Gunpowder Plot Society's site. They believe "that the official account of this event that persists in our folklore cannot possibly be true."

Now enough of the history lessons. Check out this video which illustrates a method of firework display that unfortunately is not the tradition here in the UK.
Maybe if it became the tradition I would actually go and stand in a freezing cold park for a couple of hours. While the wife and kids enjoy the lights in the sky, us dads can enjoy the launching pads. Hehehe.


Also, on the subject of burning people see: Cremated man turns up ALIVE!

Friday, 2 November 2007

Cremated man turns up alive!

Man on fireA man is cremated only to turn up the next day alive! Like a phoenix rising from the flames?
Well, okay, maybe not.

This is a news story from Manchester, UK.
A mother mistakenly identified a dead man as her missing 39-year-old son.
As is normal procedure, the body was released to the family who then arranged for the cremation of the body on 30th October 2007. The next day however, the police rang the mother to inform her they had found her son in Nottingham apparently alive and well. Doh!

See full story HERE

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Are cats independent... (musically)?

Musical-KittensCLICK ON PIC FOR A PURRFECT PERFORMANCE!

For those of you that liked the ROFLcats and the LOLcats post, here is something along similar lines.
Click on the pic to hear (and see) kittens performing a cover version of Destiny's Child's 'Independent Women'. After hearing this you won't want to hear the song performed any other way.
TURN IT UP! It's catchy and those around your PC will love/loathe you for it.
One of Joel Veitch's many (rathergood.com) creations.