Saturday, May 27, 2006
And then the coke sprayed out of my nose
I just had a client ask me if he could swear an Affidavit by saying, "By the power of Greyskull."
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wow, evil... but creative evil
Doesn't stop the people who are doing it from being small-minded bigots.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Kids in the UK have co-opted an annoying noise sold to retailers as teenager-repellent and turned it into a ringtone.
Mosquito is a high-pitched sound "audible only to teenagers" sold by Britain's Compound Security. It is sold to shopkeepers to use as a teenager repellent -- the idea is to play it loudly in and around shops and "chase away those annoying teenagers!!!"
The kids have reportedly converted the high-pitched noise and turned it into a ringtone, which, being inaudible to grownups, can then be used to receive texts and calls in class without alerting teachers.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Remember the good old days, when the CIA were the bad guys?
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Questions for Canadians
Being Canadian, I am continually shocked at the kind of questions i get asked or statements I read in the press about Canada. Britney Spears has a famous quote where, when asked about the perks of being famous, she replied "I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada". woah, go Britney!
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.
A. Depends on how much you've been drinking.
A. Sure, it's only four thousand miles; take lots of water
A. So it's true what they say about Swedes.
A. Let's not touch this one.
A. What did your last slave die of?
A. A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your North . oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.
A. Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
A. Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is, oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
A. No, we don't stink.
A. No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter and gatherers. Milk is illegal.
One more time with feeling...
Big in Japan
Tom Waits isn't the only one. Heisuke Hironaka, Fields Medal-winner for some of the most difficult mathematical proofs of all time, has appeared in advertisements and on billboards in his native country. Leo Esaki is still popular, more than 30 years after he won the Nobel Prize in physics; he didn't even have time for a brief interview with Nature because of a packed social calendar.
David Howell, chair of the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University, explains that in Asia, "There is a perceived connection between scientific achievement—measured above all by the receipt of Nobel Prizes—and a nation's stature in the world." Nobel Prizes are a metric on par with GDP, Howell says, as a yardstick of progress.
Asians fawn over what the scientists wear and eat (like American movie stars, they often get comped), as well as their private lives—their wives are hounded for gossip on how their husbands are with the housekeeping.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Chen Ning Yang, 82, married a 28-year-old grad student and caused more of a stir in his native China than Donald Trump did when he wed Melania. As NASA and the Russian space programs falter, the Chinese can't stop lauding their taikonauts, who orbited the Earth last year, with elaborate ceremonies, myriad titles and trips to the Hong Kong Disneyland.