Month: January 2007

  • Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    Millions of dollars in US rebuilding funds have been wasted in Iraq, US auditors say in a report which warns corruption in the country is rife. A never-used camp in Baghdad for police trainers with an Olympic-size swimming pool is one of the examples highlighted in the quarterly audit. Billions of budgeted dollars meanwhile remain…

  • Giant Cock In Southampton

    Some years ago, teenage schoolboys at Bellemoor school, Southampton, UK played an end-of-term prank on their teachers. Specifically, they burned a 20ft-long cock into the school’s grass lawn using weedkiller. The teachers had it reseeded, and the incident passed into memory. However, in the interval between the grass dying and the restoration work… (Source: Boing…

  • Germany Versus The CIA

    Germany has ordered the arrest of 13 people believed to be CIA agents over the alleged kidnapping of a Lebanese-born German national, in one of the best-known cases of US “renditions” of terror suspects. The prosecutor’s office in Munich, southern Germany said in a statement that the city’s administrative court had issued the arrest warrants…

  • No To M$ At The BBC!

    Take 5 minutes out of your day and fill out this consultation form from the BBC on how they should progress with the delivery of on-demand content services (online and otherwise). That last question is the big one, on-line content should be available to everyone, not just Microsoft users. Let’s pressure the BBC into embracing…

  • USA – Mass Protests Against The War

    Tens of thousands of protesters have demonstrated in Washington to demand the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. The rally comes days before Congress is to discuss President George W Bush’s new strategy for Iraq – including the despatch of 21,500 additional troops. The protesters, chanting “Bring the troops home”, were joined by Vietnam War-era…

  • Maine Rejects RFID Cards

    While a majority of lawmakers have simply given a whimsical thumbs-up to the potentially voyeuristic plan, the folks in Maine seem to think the invasion of privacy (not to mention the $185 million in implementation cost for the state) is downright lame. Shenna Bellows of the Maine Civil Liberties Union derided the presumably RFID-based Real…

  • How White Is Black

    Closer to the truth than racists would like to admit… Gene tests on a sample of “indigenous” Englishmen have thrown up a surprise black ancestry, providing new insight into a centuries-old African presence in Britain. The research, funded by the Wellcome Trust, identified a rare West African Y chromosome in a group of men from…

  • Ten Years Ago Today!

    On Sunday 25th January, 1997, my song, ‘Your Woman,’ went to number one in the UK singles chart. It was soon number one in eight other countries (twice in Spain, apparently). That song, recorded in my spare bedroom in a small semi-detached house on Silverburn Drive, Oakwood, Derby, went on to sell 400,000+ singles in…

  • Japanese Defence Minister: ‘Bush Was Wrong’

    Japan’s defense minister has said US President George W. Bush was wrong to invade Iraq and warned that Tokyo could not automatically renew its air force mission to the war-torn country. The rebuke from one of Washington’s closest foreign allies came hours after an embattled Bush used his annual State of the Union address to…

  • ‘There Is No War On Terror’

    The director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, put himself at odds with the home secretary and Downing Street last night by denying that Britain is caught up in a “war on terror” and calling for a “culture of legislative restraint” in passing laws to deal with terrorism. Sir Ken warned of the pernicious risk…

  • Lensbaby Macros

    This morning, I got my Lensbaby macro adaptor lenses. Click the pic above for a gallery of a few shots I grabbed earlier. Note that the only tweaks are cropping, contrast and colour, any blur or D.O.F effects are all natural.

  • USA’s Popularity Plummets

    The view of the US’s role in the world has deteriorated both internationally and domestically, a BBC poll suggests. The World Service survey, conducted in 25 nations including the US, found that three in four respondents disapproved of how Washington has dealt with Iraq. The majority of the 26,381 respondents also disapproved of the way…

  • Big Blue Cups

    Do you like cups? I do. Click the pic for some more. And a not-cup.

  • Mosh Derby Opening Night

    Woohoo! I had a brilliant time at the opening night of Mosh Derby! Despite rumours of it being closed / burnt-down / turned into cheese, it opened on time. I was perhaps a little eager as I was first in… heh… Click the pic above for a little gallery. The venue that used to be…

  • Revolution In The Valley & iCon

    I’ve been on a bit of a computer history jag lately. After watching ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley,’ I bought two books more specifically about Apple and Steve Jobs. The first is by someone intimately involved with Apple, Andy Hertzfeld. Hertzfeld was one of the team on the original Macintosh computer. His book, ‘Revolution In The…

  • International Spiders

    Yeah… ummm… I don’t really know why I had to do a doodle of some International Spiders. But there it is! 😀

  • Bad Web Design Part 4341

    Is there any reason, in 2007, that I should be looking at web pages like the one below? Look at all that wasted space! Look at it! GAAAAH! I only get three hours of programme guide here when my browser could easily display nine or ten. Would it be that difficult to implement an auto-stretching…

  • ZX Spectrum Widget

    Yep, it’s a Mac OSX Dashboard widget that’s a ZX Spectrum, complete with loads of games like Elite, Ant Attack and Manic Miner! Click here to download it! And it’s FREEEE! Here’s the games that come with it: I used to check for new widgets all the time but I admit I got a bit…

  • Witchetty

    A new doodle I’ve done. Hmmm… feeling peckish now! 😀

  • A Guide To Stressful Living

    A calming pic to de-stress you… Via the always great Lifehacker, click here for a great guide on how to live a more stressful, less happy life! Here’s some of my fave bits: 1. Attempt to control absolutely everything This is one of the more practical ways of achieving high levels of stress, and can…