Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

BBC too liberal (ach! this is so obvious I hate to be saying something cliche)

Lately I have been walking my dogs while listening to podcast downloads from the BBC. The science is fine, some of the humor (all the more because well they are Brits with funny, pompous accents). But when they start speaking politics, its just so frustrating. They are so blinded by the left, and its embarrassing for them in some cases.">Survey on BBC says the obvious


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

As predicted, my mom enthusiastically comments on Katie’s appearance.

“You know, Katie is very pretty.”

I think this is my mom’s way of saying tap that.

heh heh

Friday, November 23, 2007

Its just so... oddly amusing.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Details regarding Dragons

Yesterday I was speaking with my son about Dragons. I told him that dragons will eat people but mostly they fly around and pick up cows and sheep that are easily found in the fields.

And the fire they breathe? Well, that comes from eating coal, which they like to do. After eating coal, they create stomach gases that they blow out, but to light it, they make a spark with their teeth.

It really is amazing how easy it is to answer a 5-year old's questions if you put your mind to it.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Stanley Tucci eating a roast chicken

This is a metaphor (I think).

If Stanley Tucci was eating a whole roast chicken in front of you, he would approach the meal shyly and then rip into it. He would slather himself with grease because he would disregard what other people think and only consider how to enjoy the feast with the most gusto possible. And he would be totally unashamed doing it. When he comes close to finishing all the meat and even the skin, he would take each bone and suck any residual flesh off of it.

That is just the kind of actor he is.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Beep Thinkpad BEEEEEP

Its funny that its so difficult to turn off the beeping sound made when adjusting the volume. Here is a forum post devoted to it. Maybe someone else is searching for it. - re: Stop beep in volume control (Windows XP Discussion Forum)

On Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 11:42 pm, Paul Buisman wrote:
>I have found the easiest way to turn off the annoying system beep in Windows XP when
>adjusting the volume, is to use method 3, as suggested by fester here
>By following the following steps, you can turn off the beep without having to reboot.
>The steps are;
>1. Right-click on My Computer
>2. On the Hardware tab, click on [Device Manager]
>3. On the "View" menu, select "Show hidden devices"
>4. Under "Non-Plug and Play Drivers", right-click "Beep"
>5. Click "Disable"
>6. Answer [Yes] when asked if you really want to disable it
>7. Answer [No] when asked if you want to reboot
>8. Right-click "Beep" again.
>9. Click "Properties"
>10. On the "Driver" tab, set the Startup type to Disabled
>11. Click [Stop]
>12. Click [OK]
>13. Answer [No] when asked if you want to reboot

although... I do have 2 ctriticisms
I think in between 1 and 2 he should have said, right click my computer, click on properties, click on device manager,
and ... it didnt work immediately. i should wait to reboot before i post, maybe??


A Gory Laugh

This looks like a video that Cronenberg would have made before making it big.

Warning, lots of blood.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dog Shoots Man..... er..Again

"it was not uncommon for hunters to be shot by their dogs. "

"I hear about it a couple times a year," somewhere in the country, he said.

Worth reading.


Monday, October 29, 2007


A bit of fun, with a bit of seriousness below.

Howard is up for re-election, compared to a nose
-picker, sorry, I got that wrong, an Ear Wax eater!

Ear Wax? Cats, I have found, like licking ear wax. = all credit to the bottom photo stream to Sydney Morning Herald

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Not Surprising To Me

Audiences reject Iraq war — at the box office - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

This article says that the movies about Iraq are not selling well. It is interesting to me since only yesterday I watched about 5 minutes of Over There on You Tube and found it unusually lopsided because it was blighted by liberal views.

The segment I saw showed some sado masochistic guy torturing a prisoner. First, the guy who was the episode's enemy was the US soldier who was charged with extracting information from the combatant captured, who was presented as being harmless.

Okay, its true there are types like the mean interrogator, sure, there must be loads of them. And there are a few sweet enemy combatants. But come on folks, do you really believe that these sado guys are symbolic of the majority of the force? Do you want to believe that the US is fighting a bunch of noble, Ghandi-like enemies?

Well, the directors of this show wish you to believe that, in my opinion. It is true it was the only episode I saw but it was over acted, smarmy and a false cliche.

The movies about Iraq coming out? Brandon Gray, president and publisher of, said that "Hollywood shouldn't soft-pedal its beliefs," as a criticism of why these movies were not selling. I think he means that the anti-American movies should be more shrill like the audience they are selling it to.

Its really annoying for me that even the most innocuous comments on tv or film are one sided. In an episode of "The Shield" I saw recently, one Confidential Informant was giving up other criminals for a better deal. He said something like " I will give you a few fences, a methamphetime lab and even a few horny Republicans, if you rip up my (record) sheet!". Now why wouldn't he say a few Kennedy Democrats? It woudl have been more accurate, and more amusing. But it never happens. I think it was in Donnie Darko that Patrick Swaze (sp?) played a political mover and shaker pedophile. His party? You want to guess?


Hollywood, re-named "Firewood"

 With all the fires in California, you got to wonder if housing prices will be affected. Perhaps one of these outcomes:
- new home building in California will be pricey since many building companies have cut back staff because of the home price slump
- many people will want to move rather than re-build in california,
- - - rather than staying in Fire-wood (Hollywood pun)
- - - therefore helping slumping prices elsewhere
- maybe the supposed arson was not caused by terrorists but a worse sort of criminal, the "REA", alias, the Real Estate Agent.
Dan Butler

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

for cat lovers

I was thinking of getting a new tattoo.



Thursday, October 18, 2007


A great movie. Just found this and decided I wanted remind myself how good it was.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Suddenly I am into this series. Remember, I am in Prague so I have the disadvantage of not knowing what is really good on TV these days. But, I have the advantage of being able to rent the series from a video rental.

And the music, like this song (below) By Black Lab, or "Overcome" by Live.

see the promo for season six of 'the shield,' featuring 'this night,' the first single from black lab's new album 'passion leaves a trace.'


A Famous Name is better for anonymity

I was searching for an old colleague of mine. He had a name that was the same as a very famous sports star. It was impossible to google this person.

It makes me wonder if there is a better way to hide yourself in the future. I mean, if you would like to avoid being abused or spammed, or just found. But changing your name is a problem. So maybe I will change my son's name to ... Robert Deniro or something.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

very cute


Monday, October 08, 2007

This worries me

I read an article about a rich Uzbek being angry about a blogger's comments and then proceeding to close down the blogger - by using money. Ok, it is bound to happen.

Bloggers beware when you criticize the rich and powerful - International Herald Tribune

But now I am beginning to wonder what people will say about me in the future. for example, I am really the kind of guy that hates naivety in politics. I am speaking about naive liberals. You know, the people who think that all wars will stop if leaders sit down together and really talk.

The problem is that in a few years, someone might read my old blog and use it to cause me problems. For example, maybe some grown up liberal will restrict my son from entering a university, for example


Baby swap at hospital uncovered nine months later - - Radio Prague

Imagine the hospital mixing up your babies and finding out a day or two later. Ok, swap them back. A few tears, a shock and happy it is fixed up.

Imagine that after 9 months. After you have come to love the little bundle of joy. After you have named him. After the breastfeeding. After she has called you "mama".

So how to fix it? My only solution is for the families to live together for the next few years. I know, unrealistic, but in a way, I would hate to loose the kid that I thought was mine.

I haven't seen this on any international sites, though.
Baby swap at hospital uncovered nine months later - 05-10-2007 - Radio Prague


Thursday, September 27, 2007


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Surviving an elephant charge in the Congo rainforest of Gabon

I like this list of tips for surviving an elephant attack. Especially the last one!
- Listen to your guide. If you have one.
- Stand still (I can't actually recommend this strategy, but in most cases elephants "mock charge")
- Watch the ears. If they are out, chances are it's a mock charge. Respect the elephant and move away. If ears are back, then you should be worried.
- Ignore our example. Don't run, but move away slowly
- Try "shooing" the elephant by making lots of noise. This works best if you are in a vehicle.
- Climb a large tree. Preferably one without thorns, stinging ants, or lions
- Throw a decoy for the elephant to attack
- When fleeing or hiding, try to be downwind of the elephant
- Run faster than the slowest person in your group


When elephants attack. Surviving an elephant charge in the Congo rainforest of Gabon

Czech Carbon Fund

Blackstone GV set to raise EUR 100 mln for CEE fund - director
By Brian Kenety

PRAGUE. SEPTEMBER 24. INTERFAX CENTRAL EUROPE - Prague-based carbon asset management firm Blackstone Global Ventures (BGV) expects to raise EUR 100 mln by year's end to invest in emissions-reduction projects in the CEE region via its new fund, BGV managing director Stanislav Kolar told Interfax in an exclusive interview.

"We have pre-commitments from two organizations - I cannot name them, but one is a global hedge fund and the other a major European electric utility - and they will come in at EUR 5-10 mln each," Kolar said, adding that his firm is in negotiations with potential seeding organization. "We are now introducing the concept to [other] key players in the market in a pre-road show."
The firm's BGV JI Focus Fund will primarily target the creation of emissions credits through so-called Joint Implementation (JI) projects, one of a number of ways that Kyoto Protocol "Annex 1" signatories - such as European Union member states - can partly meet their obligations under the treaty to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

"Ours will be the first such carbon fund based in the CEE region, and among the first to invest in JI projects in Russia, after the Danish-based Russian Carbon Fund," Kolar said, referring to the investment vehicle backed by Merrill Lynch and renamed the Core Carbon Group in July. "There is an appetite for JI because - with the exception, I think, of Merrill Lynch - all major investment banks have too large an exposure to CDM projects and none in JI."

Unlike projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) - assessed and approved under the Bonn-based CDM Executive Board, and actively traded on over-the-counter exchanges for two years now - JI projects apply to transitional economies, mainly covering the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and the related processes and procedures vary greatly from country to country.

JI credits are known as Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) and CDM credits are called Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). Like other carbon asset firms, BGV looks to develop JI and CDM projects that generate the credits more cheaply than the price of the European allowances, and even CERs.

BGV trade director Daniel Butler told Interfax that the company has about 3 mln ERUs - or 3 mln tonnes of CO2 - under contract in its current portfolio, mostly in the Czech Republic, while BGV manages assets worth EUR 10 mln as part of its "carbon pool," a compliance instrument for companies participating in the EU emission trading scheme (EU ETS).
"JI is relatively new and smaller; the majority of investment has been going into CDM," Butler said, adding that BGV's new JI fund expects a seeding organization, which will provide prime broker services, would come in at about EUR 25 mln.

Butler said BGV's road show will look to convince potential investors that the JI projects in which BGV is looking to invest in can translate into big profits by taking advantage of sizeable price differences between different emission "currencies."

"European Union allowances, or EUAs, already traded on a several exchanges in Europe are at EUR 21," Butler said. "If you go to a bank in London they will give you a guaranteed CER for a price of about EUR 16.5. But if a developer like us goes out to Ukraine in the early days until now, perhaps the range - the cost to us - was somewhere between EUR 5-8."

JI and CDM credits are interchangeable for the purposes of compliance under the EU's trading scheme for up to a 10% limit in the Czech Republic and Poland, for example, and over 20% in Germany.

Kolar said currently BGV's greatest potential is in Ukraine, adding that he will travel to Kiev this week to establish a subsidiary.

In the longer run, BGV intends to get into Russia and the firm has already established contacts and potential partners there, Kolar said.

"Russia presently does not have a clear and transparent system for approval of JI projects - in fact, they do not have a system at all," Kolar said. "But when our fund is set up, definitely, we will move into Russia because [the fund] will provide us with the resources to be there permanently, full-time, and we can begin looking for projects."

For further information please contact the reporter by email: or telephone: (+420) 222 874 430.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"barely veiled transaction of editorial leverage for access"

Clinton campaign kills negative story - Ben Smith -

So, the question I want answered is, what is the infighting sstory? I mean, here is a story about 1. the Clintons having the power to kill a negative story and 2. the original story that was killed. Well, I want to hear or read about 2.

Inquiring minds want to know.


Get That Web Camera!

I am annoyed that so few of my friends have web cams.

Well today I am trying the blipback program. It is where you just click and record a quick message to me. Try it out.

oh... you need a web cam. Go out, now, right now, and buy one. Come on.. they are cheap.


Monday, September 24, 2007

Die Hard 4

Sorry folks. I am a traditionalist. I just enjoyed ... immensely... Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4.

Which makes the stark contrast to a guy like ice cube all that much more .. well .. utterly stark.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Heh heh

I was searching through groups on Facebook and came across this one.

"When I was your age, Pluto was a planet"

Amusing saying. But make it into a group?


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ice Cube, The Worst Man Allowed To Make Movies

What is it about this guy? He is the worst actor on the screen. Over acting, arrogant, man...

He must have some heavy dirt on some producers.


BOSE suspension. Bose does it again.

I have been waiting for this for some time.

The owner of the company is quite enigmatic. He never sold shares, never did all the usual stuff, all to keep control. He does things that would infuriate investors, like pumping ridiculous amounts of money into things no matter what. All to make what are arguably the best in their category.

Yes, this is Bose of the radio name. But look at this video. I heard about this suspension system some time ago and now here it is. Look at the last scene. The jump is magic. And I like the bow the guy takes at the end.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Horrible London Airports

Was just in London for two days. We had to fly EasyJet since we booked the day before.

What a horrid experience. I have to be honest, I had overheard a woman behind me in the check-in line saying that the line was horrendously long and I though to myself, 'what a snobby bitty, never had to travel cattle-class before?'

Well, now I will be the bitty.

The hallways, the lines, the snotty people, the rubbish strewn all about in the waiting lounges... grrrous! I cannot help but think of the stories about the poor souls crowded into the dome in Louisiana and the unsanitary conditions due to the George-Bush caused hurricane Katrina. (It was Bush, wasn't it? I mean that's what I read and keep reading).

After all the criticism that eastern European locations have suffered over the years, I cannot help but marvel at how pleasant the flying experience can really be when you fly out of or in to, places like Prague, Budapest or even Bucharest... compared to Heathrow, or Gatwick.

Even in the USA, the flying experience has deteriorated decidedly. Lines, and especially cancellations, are horrible. And the access to information about flight status, something that would help immeasurably, is rarely forthcoming.

Compare a trip from say, Chicago to DC to a trip from Budapest to Prague, or perhaps, Vienna to Athens, (yes, even that haven of arrogant bastards with holier than thou attitudes and smelly bodies). The latter two are much more pleasant.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village - Yahoo! News

Oh yeah, here we go man. I am so psyched to see something like the blob or stomach-popping aliens.


Motorcylcle Sold! And then Crashed!

Sold my old BMW motorcycle last night. Then the buyer crashed and broke and arm and a leg. I feel so bad for the guy.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Carbon Hedge Fund Growth, Explained

(published on )

September 17 2007

(HedgeCo.Net)- Daniel Butler, the Trade Director for Czech carbon asset fund manager Blackstone Global Ventures sent us at HedgeCo this much needed Carbon Market simplification;

It could be said that when the average man on the street hears about a new Environmental Fund or Climate Change Funds its easy to imaging the observer visualizing a member of Greenpeace flogging and IPO prospectus on Wall Street. Perhaps destined to be a most undersubscribed offering.

In reality many of these carbon fund raisings are employing tried-and-true investment principals such as: origination of new stock, arbitration of differing instruments, the capture of significant discounts, all to ultimately return a capital gain to the investor. But how could this possible considering Climate Change-Global Warming is a greenie issue? Hardly the type of thing that would interest the professional financial markets community, an observer might opine.

In reality it is not too far fetched to imagine the near future where even investors lacking a renewable energy brief (or an environmental conscience) might consider the world of carbon trading simply a new commodities type market where variables such as the supply of the existing underlying, new origination efforts, and even a tight relation to the energy markets, will be enough to consider before investing.

But wait; did someone just explain the carbon market without spending multiple paragraphs on the issues causing Global Warming, the long process of negotiations between green house gas emitting countries and the acceptance of many said governments to curtail their harmful emissions to the detriment of their gross national product? Isn't that a bit too brief?

Well, that is why it is, for many, still in unexplored and unfathomable territory. Many would-be investors never read through those paragraphs because, while the basis for this new market is a paradigm of inter-governmental coordination and mother of all surprises - an 'agreement' between the majority of nations (the Kyoto Protocol) - the concepts employed tend to be explained in excruciatingly painful detail.

If however, the market of carbon instruments is explained from a different approach, an inside-out approach, perhaps investors would see how it works first and learn the why’s later.

The European market (yes, there are many locality based variables) market can be explained as a place where the right to emit greenhouse gases is securitized into ‘permissions’ or ‘allowances’ to emit, where less of these allowance credits are issued over time in a concept not unlike musical chairs; a simple concept for a serious issue whereby fewer emission allowance credits in circulation means less greenhouse gases actually emitted into the atmosphere. To police this, the participants “governments and companies face severe fines for ‘non-compliance’. These participants can, however, buy cheaper, newly created credits.

This next concept of newly created or ‘originated’ credits is the one that forms the basis for the lion’s share of new carbon funds and unfortunately becomes a bit wordier. This involves the principal of originating new credits based on causing the reductions of GHG emissions in places around the world were it would be much less expensive.*

After all, implementing reductions, (cleaning up, capturing), elsewhere in the world benefits the globe as a whole. And the agent implementing the reduction is then awarded a carbon credit that is usually shared with the site where the emissions were reduced (the factory, the installation, etc).

This is quite frankly not unlike a new IPO offering or the mining of a new commodity. And the effort and expertise expended to bring the new security to market is recouped by the agent because the origination might take place at prices much lower than where the agent can sell them on the world market. Now it should be clear that with the capture of sizeable discounts, there is in fact room for larger financing. And with the growing surge of climate change understanding, the resultant political willpower, the sheer power of the financial market is brought to the cause. This power should be compared to other attempts at taxation where the application is usually up to individual governments and subject to changes as governments change; not nearly as affective as the financial incentive.

It must be made clear, however, that an investor to a fund that captures discounts in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions must be cognizant of important issues such as the risks involved in the creation of new credits: the lengthy and tedious administrative processes to establishing a carbon credit-worthy project, the verification and validation of real emission reductions, as well as the more obvious macro components affecting the supply and demand and ultimately the prices of credits. And also the investor must critically judge the fund manager (agent) to navigate the by-ways of the new credit approval process.

Indeed, perhaps it is here that the investor might best value a the fund since profitability mostly relies on the abilities of the manager to source discounted projects, manage the extraction process from the identification up to perhaps 5 years later when credits are issued: the fund manager must be a master of the carbon credit origination process.

Of course there is criticism. A cynic might say that with all those financial types involved, banks that need to earn large margins to stay afloat, it seems that the real greenhouse gas reductions may take a lesser import. On the other hand, many other previous attempts to apply environmental remedies have fallen short of their goals because the free market was not involved.

The carbon market now however, seems to have surpassed this criticism and is now firmly established as its own financial market. The carbon market and pricing is related closely to energy movements, subject to international acceptance (USA and Australia have not signed the Kyoto Protocol), and even another important factor when it comes to industrial prices. It is nevertheless a growing market confirmed by the appetite for growing fund investment.

*These less expensive locations (countries where emissions reductions are cheaper to implement, might have accepted emissions limits such as the Ukraine or Romania, or possess no limits at all such as in India or China; they benefit in the long run since the creation of new credits benefit the installation ‘host’ and host government implicitly, since they share in the sale of new credits.

Daniel Butler is the Trade Director for carbon asset fund manager Blackstone Global Ventures, a.s. in Prague, Czech Reublic.

For more information, contact;

Alex Akesson
Editor for HedgeCo.Net

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"No Humor Today" Old Dave Barry,


By DAVE BARRY, Herald Columnist

No humor column today. I don't want to write it, and you don't want to read

No words of wisdom, either. I wish I were wise enough to say something that
would help make sense of this horror, something that would help ease the
unimaginable pain of the victims' loved ones, but I'm not that wise. I'm
barely capable of thinking. Like many others, I've spent the hours since
Tuesday morning staring at the television screen, sometimes crying,
sometimes furious, but mostly just stunned.

What I can't get out of my mind is the fact that they used our own planes. I
grew up in the Cold War, when we always pictured the threat as coming in the
form of missiles - sleek, efficient death machines, unmanned, hurtling over
the North Pole from far away. But what came, instead, were our own
commercial airliners, big friendly flying buses coming from Newark and
Boston with innocent people on board. Red, white and blue planes, with
``United'' and ``American'' written on the side. The planes you've flown in
and I've flown in. That's what they used to attack us. They were able to do
it in part because our airport security is pathetic. But mainly they were
able to do it because we are an open and trusting society that simply is not
set up to cope with evil men, right here among us, who want to kill as many
Americans as they can.

That's what's so hard to comprehend: They want us to die just for being
Americans. They don't care which Americans die: military Americans, civilian
Americans, young Americans, old Americans. Baby Americans. They don't care.
To them, we're all mortal enemies. The truth is that most Americans, until
Tuesday, were only dimly aware of their existence, and posed no threat to
them. But that doesn't matter to them; all that matters is that we're
Americans. And so they used our own planes to kill us.

And then their supporters celebrated in the streets.

I'm not naive about my country. My country is definitely not always right;
my country has at times been terribly wrong. But I know this about
Americans: We don't set out to kill innocent people. We don't cheer when
innocent people die.


The people who did this to us are monsters; the people who cheered them have
hate-sickened minds. One reason they can cheer is that they know we would
never do to them what their heroes did to us, even though we could, a
thousand times worse. They know that when we hunt down the monsters, we will
try hard not to harm the innocent. Those are the handcuffs we willingly
wear, because for all our flaws, we are a decent people.

And now we are a traumatized people. The TV commentators keep saying that
the attacks have awakened a ``sleeping giant.'' And I guess we do look like
a giant, to the rest of the world. But when I look around, I don't see a
giant: I see millions of individuals - the resilient and caring citizens of
New York and Washington; the incredibly brave firefighters, police officers
and rescue workers risking their lives in the dust and flames; the
politicians standing on the steps of the Capitol and singing an off-key
rendition of God Bless America that, corny as it was, had me weeping; the
reporters and photographers who have not slept, and will not sleep, as long
as there is news to report; the people in my community, and communities
across America, lining up to give blood, wishing they could do more.


No, I don't see a giant. What I see is Americans. We may have the power of a
giant, but we also have the heart of a good and generous people, and we will
get through this. We will grieve for our dead, and tend to our wounded, and
repair the damage, and tighten our security, and put our planes back in the
air. Eventually most of us, the ones lucky enough not to have lost somebody,
will resume our lives. Some day, our country will track down the rest of the
monsters behind this, and make them pay, and I suppose that will make most
of us feel a little better. But revenge and hatred won't be why we'll go on.
We'll go on because we know this is a good country, a country worth keeping.

Those who would destroy it only make us see more clearly how precious it is.

Source is Dave Barry' Blog. I hope this is sufficient referral crediting, etc.


Saturday, September 08, 2007


Watching Larry King interview regarding the Madeline McCann disappearance.

75% of child murders are resulting from the parents hitting the child too hard and then trying to hide the body. Maybe I have made a mistake on the finer details, but it was close. Nevertheless, it is a high percentage and it is shocking.

Also, the parents McCann are both doctors. If they hit too hard, they would certainly know what harm it could cause.

This talking head doctor also mentioned that if the body of Madeline was deposited at see, it would be "skeletonized" so much that any cause of death would be very difficult to establish if the body were found.

(I am embarrassed by being stuck into a gossipy-news, but I was travelling and it kept reappearing in office reception televisions).


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Julia our maid


How mothers cradle babies / Indicates stress?

I read this story about the relationship between how a mother holds her baby and the mental state of the mother. Right sided holders are more stressed and it has nothing to do with whether they are right handed or not.

Seems bloody obvious to me! Isn't the heart a bit to the left side of the body? Doh!

Ok that was my scientific discovery for the day.

LONDON (Reuters) - How you hold your baby may say a lot about your mental state, British researchers said on Wednesday.

Their study found that mothers who cradled their babies in the right arm showed signs of stress and could be at higher risk of depression, said Nadja Reissland, a developmental psychologist at Durham University who led the research.

But why this might be is a mystery, said the researchers, who published the study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

"What it shows is mothers who cradle to the right might be stressed," Reissland said in a telephone interview. "There is no explanation of why."

Reissland's team asked 79 new mothers to pick up and cradle their babies while at home and then complete a survey quizzing them on their mental state.

They found that of the mothers who showed no signs of stress or depression, 86 percent preferred to hold their babies to the left. Cradling to the right was more prominent among stressed mothers with 32 percent of them showing this bias.

"You get a significant difference," said Reissland who noted that there was no link between cradling position and whether a person was right- or left-handed.

The findings were not absolute and do not mean mothers are stressed if they are cradling their babies to the right, she said.

But they do represent another sign people can look for to help identify stressed mothers who may be at risk of depression, Reissland said.

"Stress is an indicator of depression and this could help people see potential signs," she said.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Clint Howard

"People don't realize that doing a horror movie is hard work. You're out there all day screaming your lungs out, breathing in toxic make-up fumes, rolling around in the dirt, getting your eyebrows burned off - it's not like doing a sitcom."
- Clint Howard, brother of Ron Howard (unfortunately this way of identifying him must drive him nuts.)


Monday, August 27, 2007

Don't Mention What Happened AFTER the War!

My wife and I have bought, with friends, a house in the Czech northern mountains. (Krkonose Moutains). This area is smack dab in the middle of some contentious real estate at the end of WWII. Its known as the Sudetenland which is the region that was inhabited by Germans for quite a long period (I believe from the 17th century, or was it the 18th century?) up until they were summarily kicked out after the war.

I say smack dab in the middle - even though it is literally the northern part of the U-shaped region because - I also include in my generalization the area just north which was known as German official territory of Schleisen, or Silesia. That area was completely given to the Poles and the same eviction took place and official borders were changes. (I am well-versed in the Polish issue since I have researched extensively my grandfather's homeland just east of the old border of Silesial : ).

I am not taking sides on this issue (and dare not take the German side whilst I live in the Czech Republic). I will however make some criticism of both sides.

The political tool of settlement is a very strong one. Enticing citizens to go somewhere and make a claim is perhaps the most forward thinking thing any world leaders have ever done in terms of investment in a national identity. Sure, it does sometimes backfire when independence issues are raised. But instead of, say, investing in better education for their children, building better dams and levees, or preventing racial strife in later years, the efforts at colonization were quite effective and successful.

The Germans living in areas just over the border from Pommerania, Pozen and Silesia were really sticking their national necks out there when they decided to set up shop in the volatile Polish lands. They later had to live in neighborhoods surrounded by Poles but administered by Russian rulers (yes, the official documents I saw for my ancestors were in Russian!).

But the Germans in these places, and here I am also highlighting the Sudetenland, were crazed Cheerleaders when it came to the growing power of Hitler. They were, afterall, like the wild west settlers hoping for the calvary to help them from the local and often hostile natives. For these Germans-in-Czech-lands and in-Polish/Russian-lands, were not always the nicest neighbors.

For example, the area around Liberec, up north in Bohemia, was (still IS, even after the routs of communism) one of the most beautiful cities in the area. Seriously, it was funded by all the glass manufacuturing company successes in the area. There are some seriously beautiful and large 'villa' houses there. And this area had problems leadding up to WWII but also right after WWI when the Germans there pushed for something like secession into German property as a way of offering the Czechoslovak goverment to relieve them of a pending problem. In fact, there was a revolt at the time. But cutting away property is a very nasty issue and was quickly dealt with by sending troops in. I have read little about the life of Germans there from the 1918 until the mid 1930s, but later, up until the war, there was growing hostility and even real military violence akin to guerilla warfare.

Now the main point I set out to make when I started this post was something that I recently began to notice now that we have the cottage.

If one looks at the history of the towns (in the local brochures extolling the virtues of the skiing and other activities of the area) there usually is found something about the foundation of the town and areas. What is wierd and downright spooky is how they go through the history and from say, 1905 right up to 1990 and act as if the founders and the present day inhabitants are the same people, when we all know that roughly 90% of the people were Germans! They were basically kicked out and no mention in the historical brochures give credit to those German founders. Sure they might mention a German name or two, but they gloss easily over it.

What would I rather see? Something like this. "The beautiful town hall was built by the Schmidt family based on the success of their saw mill profits. This saw mill was then taken over by the state government and now owned by the Pospisal family since all those nasty Germans were kicked out and have no chance of getting it back."

It really is as if the locals don't even realize they are living in a German built house.

Like the one we bought.

I was sanding the walls the other day in preparation for painting an all I could think about were the Germans that lived there.

Kicking out a growing problem was a shocking way to treat them. But it was cruelly effective.

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Crikey, lucky I got me my Aussie citizenship the last decade.

I am reading an article about the things that aspiring citizens will need to know in order to become a dinky di Aussie. (Is that the correct phrase, please?)

I became a citizen in 1995 and have, in fact on the wall behind me, the very same citizenship document as you see in the photo below. (Actually, I have a new copy and the original is on the wall in my best man's flat in Singapore for safe keeping).

It was for me, a momentous occasion as I believe it was for the fellow we see above. It really is a very important part of my life even though I spent only 7 years there and now would fail the exam. I LOVE being an official Australian. I LOVE the country and the lifestyle. I really go on and on, too much perhaps, about how great Australia is.

I left Australia in 1996 and live now in Prague and it seems will not return there to retire. I do visit more often than I can afford and will again for a bit in the next year or two (perhaps 6 months if we can swing it). Thats a tall order for someone who is far from wealthy. But that is the pulling power of Australia.

Below are some sample questions for the proposed exam. Tough!

1. In what year did Federation take place?
2. Which day of the year is Australia Day?
3. Who was the first Prime Minister of Australia?
4. What is the first line of Australia's national anthem?
5. What is the floral emblem of Australia?
6. What is the population of Australia?
7. In what city is the Parliament House of the Commonwealth Parliament located?
8. Who is the Queen's representative in Australia?
9. How are Members of Parliament chosen?
10. Who do Members of Parliament represent?
11. After a federal election, who forms the new government?
12. What are the colours on the Australian flag?
13. Who is the head of the Australian Government?
14. What are the three levels of government in Australia?
15. In what year did the European settlement of Australia start?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

WI-FI Interruptions

I was watching the BBC show "Click" (which used to be called "Click Online") and there was an interview with a WIFI expert.

He was speaking about how odd the WIFI signal is and how many things affect it. At one point he said, "its amazing, we have discovered that if a wet dog walks in the room, all the signal transmissions go to hell", or something along those lines.

Well, I can confirm it. Here I am , on my back patio at our mountain cottage in the Czech Republic, trying to connect to the local WIFI station on the hill opposite, and enter my two dogs (Semik and Ginger) and zap! , disconnected!

It makes me think that these millions of little wet hairs must be receiving all sorts of radio signals.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

Che Guevara - Butcher Builder

I am reading about Che Guevara on Wikipedia today. It claims "He also visited Pyongyang and told the press that North Korea was a model to which revolutionary Cuba should aspire."

(Of course, the use of Wikipedia is a problem in its own right. )

Whats the big deal? I mean, its only because he had a good photo taken. Otherwise he would not be a pop icon.


Friday, August 03, 2007

Robo War Porn

Seriously, thats what it was called in this article.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Death with Whiskers

There are so many weird things going on in this article.

Let me introduce this by saying, 1. I look at Yahoo's most emailed page a lot. 2. I am a sucker for the cute animal story.

I am also a sucker for the morbid. Take a look at the story. It tells of a cat that seems to know when the next resident of a nursing home will die, and goes to comfort this unfortunate soul before his or her passing.

Okay, cute, right? I am fascinated.

Then I see the sponsor on the page: Cat food maker, Pro-plan. Wow, that is great advertising placement.

Then... I read lower and I see this line: "Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there..." Ha! That I found really ghoulishly amusing. Sure, we have all heard of doctors or war medics bringing humor to their work as a way to cope. But picture a few attendants in the nursing home lounging around the coffee machine, laying out bets on who will die next. "I got Mr. Kaminsky for tomorrow; for 20 bucks" I wonder if the odds get a bit high, if there a little help is afforded.

Hey, Mr. Kaminsky, you like cats?


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Vlexo : web hosting

Recently we have purchased a cottage in the Czech Republic. We are renting it out in peak season so we decided to create a web space. I searched for free hosting and came across

I am really impressed. They have been responsive and the software...while a bit daunting at first.... is so simple once you pick the dummies way to edit the html. I am going to post to the forum some plan on it, I think, to help other dummies like me.

Its kind of fun really..

The site is but I am hoping to change it to

. thanks vlexo!


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This is worrying.

and this is freaky.

My brother, Larry, will like this. I hope its not a trick, because I am trying it tomorrow.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Hippies Organized Live Earth?

It was "unAustralian", one spectator protested. "This is what happens when you let hippies organise a big event,"

Yuck yuck. I found it amusing.

How the Australian event had not met the basic services required. Beer.

Oh, and I hated Madonna. Just something about her really gets up my nose.

Coincidentally, I saw her live in Sydney back in ... what... 95? But that was only because of some chick I was keen on was going. heh heh.




Sunday, July 01, 2007

More on Zombies

Someone posted (anonymously*), this in reference to my earlier "zombies" post.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Zombies.":

What has WWZ got to do with the Danny Boyle movie?

For starters, in 28 days later, they weren't zombies. They were people infected with the virus 'rage'. Secondly, it didn't take them 28 days to decompose, it took them 28 days to starve to death.

What the hell is wrong with you

I think that 28 days laters is definitely in the genre of zombie movies. (what is wrong with YOU, the anonymous poster?). And the point of the post is that World War Z was an Intelligent zombie book. As 28 Days Later, was really an intelligent zombie-like movie. I loved it. I am sorry if you (the anonymous poster) are pedantically opposed to associating this great film with zombies. And yes, they did starve in the movie and they did decompose in the book. (I rather think the decomposition issue was poorly handled in World War Z; it seems that it should have taken a much shorter time. Some zombies were active for a long, long time).

*Anonymous posting: I hate that. You would think that they would want to put their name to an angry post. Guess they have no guts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I have just had two pleasant zombie experiences.

The first was Grindhouse. I don't mean to say that the Zombies were fantastic, but I did like the movie (s?).

Its funny how most of the movie was 'referencing' or paying homage to, or celebrating.. the movies and tv shows of the 70s. But so much did that you have to wonder what all the people who didn't grow up with it would think. I mean, I could probably notice about 70% of all the stuff that Tarantino was slipping into Death Proof. It reminds me of some cult Japanese movie that I might have seen and thought was pretty good, but still have to admit that there was probably a lot going on in the background that I will never catch.

The zombie stuff was ok. What made me mention it in the title was that just after it I listened to World War Z by Max Brooks on mp3. (I have been listening to a bunch lately since I do long dog walks in the morning and evening, and books on tape - uh, mp3 - is good for that or long drives ).

WWZ was really great. I mean it. Usually book s on tape will be read by one guy who slightly affects his voice for accents, different types of guys or even female characters. But in WWZ he had guys like Alan Alda doing big parts. The book was in the form of a series of interviews so this worked well.

The book is about the aftermath of a zombie infestation. I marveled at the many little facets of the whole story that are never developed in movies. In the films you only get the scene from inside the shopping mall for example. This took into account the globe and the author has convinced me that he actually visited many of the places in which he set his characters.

Oh, Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks and apparently wrote a bit for Saturday Night Live. He played the interviewer.

Criticism? This may be odd but if you are from New York like me, (well originally) you should get it. There were no characters from the South. IT was totally bigotted, if you want to be mean spirited. I mean, I also think southern accents sound retarded. (man I am going to make enemies). But what he did was to populate the american character roles with guys that are all sounding like Jackie Mason, Borschfelt comedians. Really. Rob Reiner, Alan Alda and some others. All like New Yorkers that say the word "pastrami' in exactly the same way. So I ask myself, why did he do that?

Oh, and Max Brooks' accent? NOT a new york accent. Guess he grew up on the west coast.

But enough of that little pet peeve. The book was great. It really went into so many little oddities and great fictional stories. It created great detail like calling the zombies stuck in cars, "grabbers" since they were not aware enough to open the seatbelt or the door to get out, but were doomed to decomposition right there in the seat. Although, the pace of decomposition seemed to take much longer than 28 days as in the Danny Boyle movie. The use of snow and zombies freezing and then thawing was cool, too.

The book on mp3 left some things out, as I learned from a review and the mention of a scene in the '5 colleges' I think. I now have to get the book as well.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Blogs are your canary.

I have always liked the canary analogy. (Canaries were used in coal mines to identify harmful natural gas that could suffocate or explode. If your canary died, you had better get out!)

This story is about a GOP Guide to internet/blog/media interaction. Always assume the microphones are on, don't engage the hostile liberal blogs, always remember that a camera MIGHT be on when you do some stupid gesture. But the 'Blogs are your canary' comment was very apt.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hotels In Prague

I got some comments from a Hotel reservation website and it is killing me (in curiousity) to figure out who it is. Probably someone I do know.

So this blog post is for two reasons.
1. to tell that person to tell me who they are! Please!

2. and also to make a plug for them because I am often asked by visitor friends-of-friends-of-friends-of-friends to suggest hotels. And these look quite nice.
So here is my plug.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Thompson Has a Cheney

This has got to be good news.

A real contender is emerging.

I know nothing about him.

Anyone but Hillary.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Bindi Irwin hasn't been told?

This is just strange. Steve Irwin's daughter hosting a show about, guess what, animals, and speaking about her father (his photo) as if Steve were still around; the present tense. 

Very, very odd.

Maybe they didn't tell her yet.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Potter Parody?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any Harry Potter parodies? I am just lately listening to books on tape (well, on an mp3 player) as I walk the dogs. I have read a most of the Harry Potter books and th last two I have listened to. Stephen Fry is the reader, and he is fantastic.

But I was thinking that there is so much potential for good parodies or alternate characters that either are incompetent or perhaps even a little nasty (ie, x-rated). I have read some examples of such but cannot recall the names. (Only one pops to mind called Ardous on Ardor, I think).

(Um, I wonder if I should be embarrassed to admit I like Harry Potter. )


Friday, May 11, 2007

How to Carry Wallet, Phone, Keys?

I am sick of carry stuff around! Whats a better way?? 

  • I need my mobile phone.
  • I need my house keys and work office keys.
  • I need my wallet (with debit card, cash, business cards, insurance card dirvers license and car registration card which is too wide)
  • I need to carry my local identity card (the size of a frigging passport).

What can I do? I usually wear a suit to work but sometimes a sports jacket. But... sometimes I don't and after work I won't.

[[Related: And.. .sometimes I must carry my laptop to and from work. And sometimes i need to carry files. But all I want to focus on is the stuff above. ]]

Somebody please help.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

My BMW for sale

I am finally getting around to selling this bike. Here I am in my dorky blue overalls (this is the Czech style) eating (look at my left hand) a Czech pastry (Kolac), while starting the beast.

Its a 1953, BMW R51/3 (funny, even Wikipedia has links for this realm of activity). I bought it in Greece in 1999. It was a great ride then. Now I feel like an old fart and rarely have time to ride it. In fact its been in a garage for something like 4 years!

Ach jo, as Czechs say. (Sigh).

Friday, April 06, 2007

traditional death grunt vocals

Someone sent me a youtube link for a
guitarsolo by two members of Children of Bodom.

I never heard of them and am not a heavy
metal fan normally. But after the solo (which was a classical piece probably
used to exemplify the nature of the training that these two musicians received
in an earlier time so as to contrast their current demeanor and earn respect
for their art. Yeah, think Spinal Tap).

Anyway, I like this type of music (but
am admittedly a music idiot). So I went to Wikipedia and found them. I
am amused to read how their music form is dissected anthropologically.

The band's earlier releases leaned towards
a power metal style, but the band has since focused on a style more closely
related to melodic death metal. The lyrics of Children of Bodom's songs
are written in
English and are most often concerned with the subjects of death/the
grim reaper, personal struggles, war and the Lake Bodom murders. Recent albums have
seen a shift to more antagonistic lyrics (songs such as "You're Better
Off Dead" and "In Your Face") and a more straight-forward heavy metal style.

One characteristic was that their music could be described as a subgenre of Death Metal called " Melodic Death Metal " which has the "traditional death grunt vocals".


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fred Dalton Thompson

Is this guy serious?  Senator and Actor (and for a short while, both at the same time, officially). I started reading about him and came up with this quote:

"After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood." From a speech given by Thompson before the Commonwealth Club of California.

I like a guy who can come up with an amusing soundbite/quote. Like Kinky Friedman for example.

Thompson at Wikipedia

Thompson on IMDB


Monday, March 26, 2007

Am I Too Old?

I really would love one of these Freeboards. It is like a snowboard and skateboard hybrid. The main point is that you can slow down just like on a snowboard.

But let's face it, I would probably end up in the hospital. I am 47 years old.

It looks fun, though, doesn't it?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Kinky to play "Bonefit" for Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch

Sorry, I am out of touch so long. At emissions conference in
Copenhagen just now. Saw Al Gore speak yesterday. It was
better than I imagined it would be.

Oh, here is something about Kinky raising money for his dog
rescue ranch. I love this guy. If I weren't so poor, I would
give him money.

Kinky to Play "Bonefit" for Utopia

Former Candidate Headlines Fundraiser For Utopia Animal
Rescue Ranch

Poor David's Pub, 1313 South Lamar St., Dallas, TX
March 24, 2007
VIP Reception at 6:00 - Doors at 7:15 - Show at 8:00

Bonefit Tickets $40:
Available through Frontgate Tickets
Or at Poor David's Pub
David Card - 214-565-1295
1313 South Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75125

VIP Reception Tickets $100-$150:
Elese Hadsell
4708 Abbott Ave., #104A
Dallas, TX 75205

Kinky Friedman, making his first appearance in Dallas since
the gubernatorial election, has declared, "life has better
things in store for the Kinkster," and topmost on his dance
card is the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. On March 24th, Kinky
is putting his purse where his pout is and headlining a
concert fundraiser for Utopia at Poor David's Pub, 1313
South Lamar St., Dallas. "I've always liked stray dogs
better than fat cats," says Kinky, who will be making
similar 'Bonefit Victory' tour stops throughout Texas, "and
I consider every rescued animal a victory in life."

Doors are at 7:15PM and the concert, part of Poor David's
Pub's thirtieth anniversary month, starts at 8PM, with Black
Top Gypsy. For this performance, Kinky will be joined by
some very special guests, including Little Jewford,
Washington Ratso, and legendary Austin fiddler, Sweet Mary
Hattersley. The concert will be preceded by a VIP reception
at Poor David's Pub, starting at 6PM. At both events,
'Kinky's Select Cigars' will be made available for the first
time. The cigars, handmade by Cubans in Honduras, and
praised by the Kinkster himself, will be sold for $100 per
box, with all profits going to Utopia. Pre-order cigars now
at Tickets for the reception are
available only through Elese Hadsell

The Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, co-founded by Kinky, rescues
and places stray and unwanted dogs. For years, it has been
the top rescue station for animals in all of the Hill
Country. To make direct donations, just send your check,
cash or money order to Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, 966 Echo
Hill Road, Medina, TX 78055. Or just visit at

Ah yes, the sweet taste of victory - come enjoy it at Poor
David's Pub, March 24, 2007!


-Thank you very much!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Seems Simple Enough To Me

Stop your research! I have figured it out.


Scientists have found a section of the earth’s crust missing. What’s there in place is only the mantle. (not too dissimilar to the bald patch on the top of my head).


What is bothering them is that the cannot figure out why the crust is missing.


Well it seems simple enough to me. It’s the Drain that lets all the sea water drain out.


What? They want to drill samples in the mantle ?  Don’t do it! All the fishies will get sucked in!


There is apparently a web cam somewhere on this site (but I couldn’t find it) to watch them poke holes in mother earth.




Saturday, March 03, 2007

Volkswagen Type 3

I had one of these. Its great now that I can see that Dustin Hoffman
did a TV commercial for it.

The Bling Dynasty

I heard that phrase on a BBC World Service Report.  I am sure the correspondent will be talking that one up for a while.

It refers to the new wealth experienced in China.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

You're Number One

Topolánek unfurled an erect middle finger 2 February when opposition deputies complained about cabinet members' absence from the parliamentary session. He later maintained that the gesture was directed at Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (KDU-ČSL) and was intended to communicate, "You're number one."

Looks more like he meant Number Two. (Sh*t)

Have you ever 'unfurled' a finger?

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Torture New Yorker

This is it in a nut shell. Hollywood nuts, but still it has a lot of salient points to consider.


Friday, February 09, 2007

The Offspring, at the Coogee Bay Hotel

>From The Offspring , 'Self Esteem'

Now I'll relate, this little bit
That happens more than I'd like to admit
Late at night, she knocks on my door
She's drunk again and, looking to score
Now I know, I should say no, but
That's kind of hard when she's ready to go
I may be dumb, but I'm not a dweeb
I'm just a sucker with no self esteem


When she's saying, all that she want's only me
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends
When she's saying, that I'm like a disease
Then I wonder how much more I can spend
Well I guess, I should speak up for myself
But I really think it's better this way
The more you suffer
The more it shows you really care Right? Yeah!

Kind of how I felt back in 95 in Sydney with a girl I was seeing/chasing. I really like The Offspring

I am lately using to listen to music. I am a music nerd. Never really collected LPs and CDs. But I did know some odd stuff that I liked. Pandora takes that and expands on similar sounding bands. So now I have designed 4 'radio stations'. One I started with Dick Dale and learned about the Blue Stingrays and the Legends of Surf. Another I entered The Offspring and got Rammstein and others of that ilk (which I privately like loud). But then I looked up the sound track to 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou', the George Clooney movie. I liked the female vocalists featured in that so I found her name on IMDB (Alison Kraus). And then another station I began with Stan Ridgway. Yes, I really DO have odd taste in music. But the Ridgway sation gets a lot of English post punk/new way stuff, which I like, but do not want on that station. So... you just choose the thumbs down button. If I want another station with Aha, Roxy Music, etc, then I can design it. Oh, and then you can simply hit the 'Mix' button and all the stations will play, changing over from one stream to the other.

So, I like this system.

Offspring. I went to see them in Sydney at the Coogee Bay Hotel. I recall the girl and I was with and how our beers went flying out of our hands, into the air, when The Offspring started up. Fun, fun.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Joost Invitation needed

I am hoping to get a joost invitation.


Any charitable sorts out there?


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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Spatial Relationships

Boy, this is bizarre.


My first thought was that Nowak, considering her background and ability to handle pressure, should have been smarter in planning what she had hoped to accomplish.


The second thought was, I wonder if they did it in space.


Spatial Relationships. Get it?




Friday, February 02, 2007

Lingerie and Mousse

Just some quotes that caught my eye in this story about the San Fran mayor apologizing for cuckolding his campaign manager.


First, a description of the mayor’s wife:


“… a former prosecutor and lingerie model.” No comment. It just caught my eye.


Second, a man-on-the-street comment about the mayor on which I feel sure that my father and I would agree:

“Any guy who puts that much mousse in his hair can't be trusted,…"





Thursday, February 01, 2007

Don't watch this unless you do not mind laughing too much at work.

The full video here, longer but in better quality.

Cerebral Bore?

I have missed out on so much.

(girls, go no further. this story is about computer games. um, the shooting type).

I don't know much about gaming. I got hooked on Wolfenstein when i was working in Sydney for a stockbroker. It was just about the time the broker was being bought by Deutsche Bank. Coincidentally the German dealing room guys clued us into it. Did you catch that? The Germans told us about a game where you blow away Germans.

Anyway, I always wanted to try to play a game where you sit in a room with a bunch of guys on the same network and run around with guns and shoot each other.

Ok, ok. It IS childish. But hell, I missed it when I was a childish 25 to 30 year old.

The Cerebral Bore part of the story? Well, I found a video about someone mentioning the top ten favorite gaming weapons in fun 'first-person shooter' games. And this weapon is apparently fired by a gun and its like a ball that attaches to the enemy's head and bores into the brain all the while spitting out the grey matter in different directions. And then it blows up the head.

How cunning.

See, see? I HAVE missed out on so much.


Apple Breast

Apple Computer announced today that it has developed a computer chip that can store and play music in women's breast implants.


The iBreast will cost £499 or £599.

This is considered to be a major breakthrough because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.



Tuesday, January 30, 2007


 I got to look into this. Started to be a problem in July, 2000. Really annoying especially in my left eye.

Oh, is this being recorded?


Who Writes This Stuff?

It made me laugh. Might do for you, too.

Bunny rabbits.

e: I'd get a bunny if they weren't so stupid.
me: They're brilliant!
e: They chew extenstion cords!
me: So do you!
e: Yeah, but for me it's a religious obligation.
me: What religion is that?
e: I'm not allowed to tell outsiders.
me: How do you know I'm not a member?
e: Obviously, you'd be chewing extension cords.

From Things My Boyfriend Says. Kudos to PetiteDove, because she cares.


I am adding this link to the blog in part because I wouldn’t get away with saying most of this stuff to my wife. Ach jo, that is wimping out.