Thursday, April 30, 2009

Why their god gave them camels!

Wow. I'm still in shock.

Over at From My Position... On The Way Chuck has a link to a marvelous story over at Nabble 'In Case You Hadn't Heard'.

My question to you is... do you think it is true?

Answers in the comments please.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Further to my Star Trek Film blog

Following on from Geek to the 3rd Power. . . .


Goodbye Corner Gas

YouTube - Corner Gas (101)- Ruby Reborn Pt.1

I've just watched the last episode of Corner Gas. It was a great comedy and will live on in re-runs forever but like the Office UK, The Young Ones and Fawlty Towers the writers decided to end the show before it started to fall from it's zenith.

Here is the first part of the first show. Enjoy!

Corner Gas (101)- Ruby Reborn Pt.1


C+ must try harder

First of all I'd like to apologize for the lack of postings but I've just been too busy with Baby Jack and trying to get my sleep pattern into some semblance of order.

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There I was, reading a blog by BlackFive about a firefight in Afghanistan. Somehow, whilst under fire, a soldier had filmed an unbelievable attack on a US base being fired upon from 6 different directions and GoogleTube had even allowed him to post it.

I watched the clip and kept GoogleTube up. just to see what else they might have of a similar ilk to watch and they decided on the following;

I can think of nothing more different, unconnected or even possibly relevant to a near death experience by machine gun fire than 'Proper Water Lily Trimming'.

Or someone at GoogleTube has one awesome sense of humor!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sleeping on stained sheets

Of all the fun things people mention when they reminisce about their kid's infancy there is always a tale of being peed on, especially by young boys.

Funny Huggies Commercial

This happened to us after the 3 am feed, explaining how my wife and I slept on baby-pee stained sheets the other night. We also went to sleep crying with laughter at our own plight!

At least Jack's kidneys are healthy....

hat tip to EE at Backboards and Band-Aids

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Our Selective Moral Outrage

I may be a bit dense, blinkered or naive but I have never really understood why so many agencies such as the UN (and all its UN derivatives), WHO and Amnesty Intl., and news services such as the BBC and CNN really push the anti-Israel perspective as much as they do.

When I lived in the UK I also never understood why eggs were thrown at Jews walking in the street, why bricks and stones were thrown at synagogues and why there existed such vile antisemitism in the daily papers at the pen of Robert Fisk and his ilk.

Thanks to Bret Stephens over at the Wall Street Journal I now have an inkling as to why this occurs:

Our Selective Moral Outrage
Why does Israel face more opprobrium than Russia?

EDIT UPDATE Hat tip to In From The Cold

As always, all comments are very welcome.

«« if this blog comes out as one complete link to the WSJ article then I apologize and insult ScribeFire through clenched teeth. If not, then please ignore this notelet »»


Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel

Just in case anyone out there didn't know about the attack in the Sudan a few weeks ago, or forgot about Osirak, Entebbe, The Yom Kippur War, The Six Day War...

Hat tip to Doubletapper

Monday, April 20, 2009

Brothers at War

There is a very interesting new film about our soldiers over in Iraq called 'Brothers at War'. Above is the Fox News interview with the star / director.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

A new tv show for me - and I'm sharing

Somehow I stumbled across a new TV show, Parks and Recreation. Its a 'mockumentary', similar to the series of The Office and the film. I strongly recommend watching it as it does have a few gems of jokes in there and i really laughed out loud watching it.

Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, the main role in the show and she is aided and abetted by a great team including Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Paul Schneider

The documentary cameras follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler, NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Baby Mama") a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana.

Definitely worth seeking out and watching.


Geek to the 3rd power

Just to prove to you that I can be as geeky as anyone else, here is the latest, extended, trailer for the new Star Trek film. Looks good, eh?

Star Trek (2009) Forth and Final Full Length Theatrical Trailer HD 1080p


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stressful holiday

What a week! My parents have just departed our sweet and sunny country to return to England after a week of indulgence at a hotel 'up North'.

Sadly it wasn't exactly as relaxing as we had planned. Baby Jack, at 5 weeks, is beginning to settle down to needing a bottle every 3 - 5 hours. Which is fine. Except I feel exceptionally guilty whenever I sleep through a feeding so I make sure to make every bottle, 24/7!

We arrived at the hotel already tired, our room was perfect, large and roomy and far enough from the open area lobby to be very quiet. Or so we thought. Sadly our neighbors were exceptionally loud.

And rude.

Have you ever had to tell a 40 year old woman to not talk on her mobile phone in a hotel corridor at 10pm? I have. Ever had to tell kids to stop running up and down a corridor doing their own Olympics, presided over by their 16 year old sister? You are missing out!!

I wasn't the only one to complain. By the 2nd night of the package deal they had been moved to their own dining hall as they were so loud.

Anyway, they are long gone now and I intend to forget them very quickly. Or, if I see them again, give them a wide berth.

UPDATE: Dad just phoned from the airport an told me that Mum was laughing so hard she was crying. This is what she was watching;

Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009 (With Lyrics)


Monday, April 6, 2009

Wherefore art thou 'Hallelujah'?

After my Hallelujah ramblings on Sunday night I was astonished to be pointed, by Movin' Meat, in the direction of and their article "It Doesn't Matter Which You Heard": the Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" from April 2007.

They have a wealth of information on the classic song including when it has been on TV:

The popularity of remaking the original song:

So where did I hear the song last night that started off the musical musings? I haven't the foggiest!!

of mule dung and ash has a very interesting blog regarding religious music, and mentions Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah in his blog 'Hallelujah' But I'm a HUGE Elvis fan and would have listened to his YouTube clip and gone on from there. So where I learnt about Buckley's cover will remain a mystery...

Here's Elvis to make you feel better about yourself. Now go grab a  peanut butter sandwich and a deep fat fryer.

Happy listening anyway.

Elvis Presley - An American Trilogy (Live 1973)


Lack of work can be fatal

Over at Marooned, Jay G talks about the 53 deaths in the USA in March in mass shootings.

This is very sad as each life taken was completely avoidable. Jay G speaks along the lines of "guns don't kill people, but people kill people" and I agree 111%.

In the stats that Jay gives something else caught my eye; 29 of the 53 lives taken were attributed to someone having worries about employment. Those numbers are from the few incidents where we know the reasons for it all.

That is just insane - can we really believe that these murders would not have happened if there wasn't the Worldwide Depression©®? There is something very fishy going here.

Cable TV - what you pay for v. what you watch

The graph below, obviously scientifically calculated, explains just why I canceled my cable TV yesterday. Its only $55 a month but thats still money...

Cable TV - what you pay for v. what you watch


I've been feeling a bit down recently, what with the world going into a Depression, my inability to find a job and my sleep pattern being obliterated by my 4 week old son.

And yes, I know I should be happy with him, and I am, its just that the 'big picture' sucks.

Once Wifey and Son were asleep this evening I decided to listen to some of my favorite music and just chill. I found one of my favorite songs on the Tube o' You and listened, then found a few more versions in the 'Related Views' section and thought I'd share them with you.

The version loved by musicians the world over:

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

The song's latest popular reincarnation, as used in the film 'Shrek':

"Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright (Central Park)

Bob Dylan's version:

Bob Dylan - Hallelujah

And the original:

Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Live

A very nice Norwegian version, in English - Espen Lind (on guitar), Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen

Hallelujah Best version!

Well, I feel better now, do you? No? Just be happy I left the Il Divo version out!!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie

i saw this video on TV this week and then a friend posted it on Facebook. I thought I'd take the opportunity to share it with you. It really is quite marvelous.


Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Red Bullog is now closed

I'm a huge fan of the motor racing series 'Formula 1'. I love fast cars and being a confirmed geek, I love the engineering aspect too. I worked in and around some of the manufacturers way back when and so was a bit surprised when I read that the Red Bull team were coming down a bit hard on one of their fan's blogs.

The Red Bullog had not been around for too long, and was obviously made by fans, in fact there was a disclaimer at the top of the now defunct blog, and in their opening spiel included the following;

The Red Bullog is a fan-based blog which aims to provide you with up-to-date news and views on the least po-faced Formula One team of recent times: Red Bull Racing.

As a fan of both the sport and the team, I hope to be able to provide you with the sort of articles I think you would like to read. From the rather serious world of F1 to the more satirical, irreverent news related stories. If it happens in Red Bull Racing land you can bet The Red Bullog will be covering it.

I was surprised, yesterday afternoon, to find out that the site was closing down. It wasn't for lack of funding or time or even a lack of enthusiasm, it was because Red Bull, the team that the blog was talking about, had sent the blogger a nasty letter telling him to toe the Red Bull line, or they'd sue.

I didn't realize what an impact this blog had on the F1 blogging community until later on in the afternoon when the blog 'BlogF1' wrote an article about it.

In retrospect I think that the main point that rankled me was the fact that 'the men in suits' had decided how the blog was to be depicted. No free speech here! I wonder if they have heard of the phrase 'any advertising is good advertising'?