Added by Paul 03 June 2009 13:06
It's a bit olden, but still golden. Some brilliant football chants from 2004. Including this classic
(Sung when playing Bolivia)
Let's go to the beach
(In the nineteenth century, Bolivia attacked Chile and, in the ensuing war, Chile took all of Bolivia's coastal territory. Bolivia is now landlocked, one of the main reasons that it's the poorest country in South America.)
Added by Paul 07 June 2009 11:32
... and probably Apple in general.
I'm sure everyone is bored of me moaning about Apple/iTunes but fucking hell. Every time I get embroiled in their shit - man does it piss me off.
All I wanted to do was download the Scrimshire
album. Shock horror on any number of counts. Me, buying music for a start!
Scrimshire is the wonderfully talented Adam Scrimshire's band and it just so happens that my also-talented brother-in-law and his wife also feature on some of the tracks and play live with them.
Anyway, aware that the new album is available on iTunes I thought I'd roll my sleeves up and get on with it. Easy enough to find the album so that's OK.
Click 'buy album'. Please confirm the terms and conditions. Get returned to the album page. Eh? Have I bought the album? Have they remembered my payment details from my last (tormented) purchase?
Click 'buy album' again. Please input your payment details. Phew. At least I haven't paid twice. Input my details. Boom. Back to the album page. Now have I bought the album? No evidence either way.
Click 'buy album' again. Surely I've bought it twice. Still, the money's going to a good cause. I'll take the heat. I now think I've bought it. Or have I. It's not downloading. Jesus.
Click 'buy album' again. Finally. Some evidence of downloading. In fact, nice. 3 multi-threaded downloads. Man, my PC is slow though. Hold on. iTunes is now using 86% of my available processor resource - downloading 3 tunes off t'internet. Unbelievable.
Anyway, buy the album
And, fuck all this shit (as the kids say apparently); my sister-in-law is famous!
Added by Paul 07 June 2009 19:37
Added by Paul 08 June 2009 13:02
Some good pictures 'n' that.
Added by Paul 10 June 2009 21:36
I'm sure you'll join me in applauding the brave men and women that drive London's tube trains.
Who could not support their annual demands to work even less hours for even more pay? And quite right that they hold millions of people in the capital to ransom if they don't get their way.
And what a fine champion they have in the shape of Bob Crow - a man of balance, charisma, class, intellect, pragmatism and honour.
I won't hear that their job is minimally skilled - I don't care if they don't even have to fucking steer. Neither will I countenance complaints that, whenever possible, they'll deceitfully claim that they're campaigning on the grounds of health and safety.
And if they time their strikes to cause the maximum upset and disruption? All the more power to them I say.
Let's hear it for the best paid operators of a start/stop button.
Added by JamesN 13 June 2009 01:28
I'm really, really sorry. But I think this is the funniest thing I have ever read....
And, she's still laughing.
Added by JamesN 13 June 2009 01:36
What were they thinking?
Added by Paul 13 June 2009 11:44
Ever thought it would be a good idea in Firefox to be able to right click on tabs and 'close all to the left' or 'close all to the right'?
With this extension you can :-).
Added by Paul 15 June 2009 11:12
Good ride in Wales this weekend.
Got 12th (or 13th depending on whether you exclude the pro that did the ride) out of around 3,000 riders.
Added by Paul 16 June 2009 08:33
Check it. Some monster 'gigapixel' images.
Added by Paul 16 June 2009 12:57
The British Homeopathic Association are promoting a Homeopathy Awareness Week.
Which is odd as surely that's the last thing they want?
You'd have thought the fact that the 'therapy' that they promote is completely ineffective, other than that due to the placebo effect, would be a matter of considerable shame rather that something to deliberately parade around?
For those unaware of the rather outlandish theory; homeopathy consists of water with an 'active' ingredient so diluted that there is no longer *any trace at all* left in the final treatment. However, homeopathists believe, in the face of a complete absence of evidence, that the water has a 'memory' of its exposure to the 'active' ingredient and it's this that triggers the bodies 'healing mechanism'.
Homeopathists can not explain why
a) What water is so pure that it has no 'memory' of every other substance it has come into contact with?
b) How this memory is so selective? And please don't try and tell me it's the precise method of shaking!
c) Why the body's immune system does not respond to the actual illness but rather to an infitessimal/non-existent trace of something that creates 'similar' symptoms?
d) Why they believe in a theory that sounds so completely implausable that is not backed up with any evidence whatsoever?
Honestly, talk about a load of nonsense. Crazy theory, no evidence. Why do people believe in this junk....
Added by Paul 18 June 2009 22:05
From the BBC
"One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one victim."
Added by Paul 21 June 2009 15:12
Terrific race at Silverstone for a change.
Massive crowds to cheer on a mediocre driver that happens to be born in the same country as them. Instead they are treated to a masterclass by a young German.
Rubens on the podium to show us what the car could do and Jenson a weary 6th showing that a bit of pressure was all it took crack his fragile dominance.
Added by Paul 21 June 2009 17:01
Conventional -v- Religious
Added by Paul 26 June 2009 06:44
I've got myself a nice new netbook. I couldn't handle a very small screen so the NC20 seemed to offer and excellent compromise with a 1280 pixel display.
Nice, small and light. The plan was to put Ubuntu on it but alas the install did not go smoothly - graphics driver problems. I couldn't bear either to go back to XP or use Vista so have downloaded Windows 7 to give that a go.
Just one thing - as new gadgets get shinier and better (think mobile screens for example), the greasiness of my hands seem to become a bigger and rather revolting issue.
Added by Paul 30 June 2009 12:06
On the whole a bit disappointing if you were planning to enjoy the festival from the comfort of your own home - admittedly not the point.
The BBC coverage seemed not up to previous years somehow. If they weren't showing a band or artist from yesteryear currently on the main stage they were showing the same from the previous day.
Anyway, following the link for some beautiful pictures...
Added by Paul 30 June 2009 20:10
A brief article on my other blog
about La Marmotte.
Only 4 days until the day of reckoning. Was all the pain and suffering worth it?
Added by Paul 30 June 2009 20:15
... is out.
I'm going to give it a whirl.