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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
5:32 pm
The Register forum posts - REJECTED?!

What on Earth's happening?  I've mailed the author!

In forum Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm


I disagree

  • Submitted at Friday 22nd January 2010 14:09 GMT
  • Rejected by moderator at Friday 22nd January 2010 14:29 GMT
Megaphone I feel the Iraq government has been led astray, yes, but in these desperate times they have been simply conned. They are trying their hardest to sort out to dire security situation in their country, wanting to get back in control so they can rebuild a credible government and economy. They are at the world's mercy to achieve this very challenging goal. So, we, the West, with all our money and technology know-how go in with a super-device* that detects any sort of bomb, munition, insurgent bad breath, to actually be able to make a significant difference.

This is fraud, and of the highest order, how many people have died after reliable results from this device? The aforementioned McCormick has blood on his hands, and make no mistake.

*reminds me of the Mechnical Turk showcased at an exhibition in Versailles in 1783, the same time as the technologically significant Montgolfier balloon - must be anything's possible!



Try this instead

  • Submitted at Friday 22nd January 2010 13:57 GMT
  • Rejected by moderator at Friday 22nd January 2010 14:29 GMT

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
1:45 pm
Friday, January 8th, 2010
11:35 am
Monday, December 21st, 2009
4:55 pm
Isn't science wonderful*

It has been suggested that Legionella could be used as a weapon, and indeed genetic modification of Legionella pneumophila has been shown where the mortality rate in infected animals can be increased to nearly 100%.


Thursday, November 26th, 2009
1:48 pm
Pardoned turkey
It was lucky that turkey had such a patriotic name, and not something like Leftovers, or maybe they’re all named Courage. Or there’s a Pardon List that you get on if you’ve got a patriotic sounding name. Now there's a clue for turkey parents.
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
1:54 pm
beep beep bebo

"The interstellar Bebo spamgasm may prove embarrassing for the human race should it ever be picked up. As one might expect, it consists primarily of material related to the amusing antics of cats, boy crooners and other matters of interest only to mental cripples."

The Register

"At that time, boffinry opinion held that Gliese 581d was actually an oceanic planet, possibly host to a ravening, self-mothered pseudohydrozoan immortal Dr Who jellyfish clone vampire blobomination horror-swarm of the type already found (in diminutive form, fortunately) in the oceans of Earth"
9:30 am
Charlie Brooker

"Walk around Comet and you're confronted by a wall of emotionless monoliths with incomprehensible names. And that's just the staff!"

Friday, November 6th, 2009
5:21 pm

"After years of touring with Mellotrons, Robert Fripp formulated a rule: "Tuning a mellotron doesn't."

1:11 pm
nutball consomme @ LHC

"Various eccentric nutballs have claimed that this would doom humanity in one fashion or another; perhaps converting the entire Earth, everything on it and possibly the rest of the universe too into "strangelet soup", monopole mulligatawny or some other sort of frightful sub-particulate blancmange or custard."

The Register

"...we're looking here at an imminent visit from a race of carnivorous dinosaur-men, the superhuman clone hive-legions of some evil genetic queen-empress, infinite polypantheons of dark nega-deities imprisoned for aeons and hungering to feast upon human souls, a parallel-history victorious Nazi globo-Reich or something of that type"
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
4:55 pm
RIP daaaan


This journal has been deleted and purged.

4:52 pm
I drive the hearse

And silence is another way
Of saying what I wanna say
And lying is another way
Of hoping it will go away
And you were always my mistake...

Porcupine Tree
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
1:56 pm
Password reset

I had forgotten the password to our work training site and so it sent me a new one.  I was surprised to see it had the word 'queef' in it, a term for vaginal flatulence.  Titter.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
5:15 pm
How heavy is metal?
As asked in the Sonisphere FAQ: "Explain the rationale behind the lineup. There are many mainstream rock and metal acts of different heaviness on the bill"

I imagine some people like their music only a certain percent of heavy but if it goes beyond that it might be too heavy.  Or maybe if the heaviness is too low then they will feel short changed.

I initially thought this could be a joke until I looked into it (clicked on the first thing I saw on Google) and found this paper:

The Match of Perceptual and Acoustic
Features of Timbre over Time:
"Heaviness" in the Perception of Heavy
Metal Guitar Textures"

Harris M. Berger, Texas A & M University
Cornelia Fales, Indiana University.

I'll be interested to compare the "Location of Energy" and "Dynamic-Temporal Envelope" between for example Nine Inch Nails and Metallica, hopefully engaging further discussion with any available keen unwashed leather clad mosher lying in someone else's sick.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
1:24 pm
Browsing Wikipedia I started reading about Islam and ended up reading about Lilith:I do find the idea of Lilith vastly fascinating with her intolerance of inequality, malevolent power and (literally) devil-may-care attitude: "'We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth", but it seems she must pay the price for freedom by permitting "one hundred of her children to die every day".  In the end, it's her fault that "as the incarnation of lust, [causes] men to be led astray".  This seems to be a common theme in the world that women somehow have to be "controlled" to prevent them "straying", but after all in the heterosexual world, I am pretty sure that men lead themselves "astray" equally.  So finally: it's all the woman's fault.  Women are to blamed for all the bad stuff that happens including tempting Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit (I always thought this was supposed to be Satan, a male figure).

Just sounds like sexism to me.

Friday, July 17th, 2009
2:38 pm
Hofstede's Framework for Assessing Culture

While doing some e-learning about culture in business using Hofstede's framework, the result of a test question answered:

Now while all this is nice and everything, and I am all in favour, from what I have learned is that any company with high masculinity will just say bollocks to all that and do what they like.  So, the question is, do we pay people to come up with these frameworks for fun, or actually listen to them?  Usually it is a case of the individual making up their own mind on a sample dataset of one (their own experience), in preference to years of research and considered peer review on the matter.

And don't get me started on speeding...
Monday, July 13th, 2009
1:56 pm
No crowd surfing. No moshing.

As written on the back of my Sonisphere ticket.

Dictionary.com enlightens us further:

mosh  (mŏsh)
v.   moshed, mosh·ing, mosh·es
v.   intr.
To knock against others intentionally while dancing at a rock concert; slam-dance.
v.   tr.
To knock against (someone) intentionally while dancing at a rock concert.
[Perhaps alteration of mash.]
mosh'er n.

How will the bouncers know if I'm intentionally knocking against others or whether it's by accident? 

Will they listen to my quandary (dictionary.com: A state of uncertainty or perplexity) while they're throwing me out?
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
12:20 pm
Life in the jet stream
Some glimmer of hope on the horizon for the world's economy, I'm thinking of buying a new run around.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
12:30 pm
"seven kilograms of plutonium — enough for one or two nuclear weapons" - source

"volume | 353 mL  (milliliters)" - source

"99.9% x volume of a U.S. beer can ( 12 fl oz )" - source
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
1:54 pm
World Wide Military Deployments - USA
140,000 Iraq*
73,500 Germany
41,360 South Korea
40,680 Japan
38,160 Kuwait
11,965 Italy
9,877 United Kingdom
8,500 Afghanistan
4,500 Bahrain
4,490 Guam
3,300 Qatar
2,306 Cuba
2,030 Spain
1,742 Turkey
1,658 Iceland
1,300 Pakistan
1,220 United Kingdom

*[President Bush] said that four combat brigades [of at least 21,500 troops] along with other support forces would return by July 2008. The President said that when these withdrawals were completed, about 132,000 US troops would remain in Iraq. Source
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
12:31 pm
Number crunching
Health minister Phil Hope is to hand back £41,709 ... "received to make [his] London accommodation habitable"

The house that eBay built: Family saves £43,000 by furnishing home online
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