Showing posts from June 24, 2007

2012 Olypmic logo to be changed!

Unbelievable! The 2012 London olympic committee has bowed to unrelenting pressure and admitted that the neon yellow and pink "lisa simpson blowjob" logo is a PR disaster and needs changing. They've said it's not a u-turn or a backing-down (yeah, right) but admitted that whilst the logo was designed to be seen in 3D renderings in movies and on TV, they failed to realise that 99% of the population would only ever see the 2D version of it in print. Article

How convenient.

So now we know how Gordon Brown is going to run England - with fear tactics. It's awfully convenient don't you think, that mere days after he took over, two car bombs are found and defused in London? It's so old. So very old. Come on Gordy. Is that the best you can do? What a w@nker.

Planespotting with Chris.

When you're an aviation nerd like me, it pays to have friends in the right circles. I've just spent a morning up at the airport, airside, taking photos. We were expecting some excitement because due to the headwinds, one of the Virgin flights was supposed to be detouring to land at Salt Lake City for extra fuel, but in the end it never happened. Which is a shame, because the guy I was driving around with was the guy in charge for if/when that Virgin flight had come in. We barely ever see 747s at KSLC, let alone Virgin ones. Still.....

R.I.P Internet

Great. The Federal Trade Commission has gone against every market indicator and instead listened to "here's your sign" boy, Ted Stevens. In a report on broadband availability and connectivity, the FTC found little reason to protect consumers and content providers from attempts by large telecommunications providers to charge more for faster delivery. In other words, in the coming months and years, if you notice it seems to be taking longer to download stuff from your favourite site than it does from Microsoft or Amazon, it's because your favourite site hasn't paid their "fast packet" tax. And neither have you. Ted Stevens original comment: "Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got... an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially. T

London's 2012 Olympic logo - so rude.

You know, if you look at it carefully, the bit on the right is Lisa Simpson, and she appears to be fellating the bit on the left.....

And the rich get richer.

Thanks to Dubya's tax reforms, the rich are getting richer whilst the poor are getting poorer. Example : Warren Buffet pays 17.7% tax on his $46,000,000 income while his secretary pays 30% tax on her $60,000 income. That's just wrong, but it's what happens when you let someone with a single-digit IQ try to run a country.

New garage roof

Two teams of Mexican labourers later, one new garage roof. The shingles on the old came off so easily I suspect if we'd waited another year, we'd have had snow inside the garage this winter.

Finally, Blair exits the stage

Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Blair finally stepped down today, cleverly distancing himself permanently from the disaster he's created over the last 12 years. Sadly, Gordon Brown is likely to be much, much worse. It's like Bush being assasinated and Cheney stepping up. You wouldn't believe things could be any worse than they are right now, but you'd be wrong. England is about to prove that things can easily get a whole order of magnitude worse. First up - radical tax reforms, would be my guess. England is already taxed to death but I'm sure Brown will find a way to make it worse. After that, pay-per-mile GPS-tracking in all vehicles with some arbitrarily high per-mile fee - my guess - a pound a mile. I'm sooooo glad we left. Bush is a moron, sure, but Brown? Sit back, grab the popcorn and watch the fireworks as England descends into the gates of Hell.

"The Secret"

There's nothing secret about the 'big secret' in the current fad bestselling book 'The Secret'. I'll let you in on it : marketing hype = profit. This book is the current fad and it's big thing is to make you believe that positive thinking is the key to everything. (By the way, that is the secret, so you don't need to buy it now). There's a story on CNN which just made me laugh out loud: Earlier this year, she was trying to turn a building into a makeup salon specializing in eyelash extensions. Her renovation was only half done, her credit card bills were coming due and her banker couldn't explain why the money for a $50,000 approved loan hadn't arrived in her account. Sensing her despair, a friend suggested she watch Oprah Winfrey's upcoming show on "The Secret." She did, and bought the DVD as well. She then spent a night diagramming what she wanted in her life, using a piece of paper and a Sharpie pen: happiness, security,

Chemical Ali sentenced.

Apparently we've resurrected the dead corpse of Chemical Ali in Iraq so that he can be tried and found guilty, then sentenced to death. At least that's the best I can make of the story given that he was supposedly found dead after an airstrike in 2003.: CNN Actually, we apparently killed him several times before capturing him. Amazing. March 21st 2003: ABC March 23rd 2003: Washington Post April 7th 2003: CNN April 8th 2003 (but by a different method): Guardian Oddly, most of these reports, if you research them, are attributable to Donald Rumsfeld and Dubya. It couldn't be that we were being lied to yet again about the war could it? It defies belief that Bush can be proven to be guilty of lying about so many things, be responsible for over 72,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, and be proven to be responsible for over 3,560 US military deaths, and yet somehow still be "President". Oh and before you go trying to defend Bush: Fact - he's the commander in chief