Monday, November 30, 2009

Twitter + YouTube = fun video

I am new(ish) to Twitter so still get excited when little things happen.

Imagine my delight when a huge Twitter-YouTube event occurred!

Two of my heroes whom I follow on Twitter are in a short film together.

I'll leave it to you to recognize my two twitter 'buds'.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Geekdom, here I come

In the past I have spoken about being a Geek to the 3rd Power and The Twit Is Strong In This One. Well here is Geekdom incarnate:Jawa garden Ornament. Me wants one.
Yoda slippers. Not what I want. Ever.

Go and develop your own variety of Star Wars geekdom over at The Star Wars shop.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

They've invaded the internet

I grew up in the (ahem) 70's with the Muppet Show and Sesame Street. I was allowed to watch as much of either of them as I liked, which in all honesty wasn't more than half an hour a day as we had no VCR but we did have British terrestrial TV.

As technology advanced the foam puppets moved over to Fraggle Rock and eventually even that was replaced on the TV shows, for the next generation of kids, by Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Postman Pat and other imaginative heroes.

I recently found out that my beloved wife, Mrs Jumblerant (aka Her Indoors or Mrs J) did not watch Sesame Street or the Muppet Show as a child. Her elder siblings made sure that the first programs she watched were Happy Days and The Love Boat. Sadly she missed out. She never learnt rudimentary Spanish on the stoop with Maria, or how to count, with the Count.

Sesame Street marked 40 years of production on the 10th November and I'm happy to say that our son Jack will be able to grow up with the The Muppet Show as well as it starts to make a return on YouTube.

Click here to get to the Muppet Show Channel on YouTube for some modern-day Muppet Show fun.

And here, thanks to Topless Robot, is the Muppet Show's 10 Weirdest Moments.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Oops, you forgot

I know you're busy and have all those chores to do.

And then there's that Buffy marathon going on later. And the kids need a bath.

Twitter isn't going to tweet itself and you just have to Facebook that kindergarten friend of yours from 28 years ago who doesn't even live on the same continent as you BUT you completely forgot to go here and vote for me by copying and pasting the 3 lines of info below;


I know!! Crazy isn't it?

What you also forgot was that not only can I easily find out where you live, but I also know where to buy gasoline and matches ;-0

Subtlety and not so subtlety didn't really work did it? 3rd times the charm.


The Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances

I have worked alongside EMTs for nearly a decade. Some are good, some are bad and some are indifferent.

Ben Yatzbatz falls into a 4th category - bloody amazing. If I were ever in need of a paramedic he would be the one I'd gasp for.

Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic vehicle w...Image via Wikipedia

Now go over to his blog and read his latest composition, 'Armchair' definitely worth a visit, trust me!

The Insomniac's Guide to Ambulances


Isn't nature lovely?

Nature can really spring a surprise on you every now and then.

Here are 300,000 starlings having fun.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Using Oprah for the power of good

her highness the Oprah of Winfrey recently started her new season of chat shows with a Flashmob dance that took over Chicago's magnificent mile.

A group that assists Jews from around the world to move to Israel put together this Flashmob dance in Jerusalem's central Ben Yehuda Street to promote themselves.

Quite impressive when you realize that us Jews aren't renowned for our dancing abilities, except for Sammy Davis Jr., of course, but he was the exception!


Bear Shot After Swiss Zoo Intruder Mauled

After reading this headline I was appalled. The poor innocent bear was just doing what he normally does and this crazy guy goes into the bear pit without thinking about the consequences.

Then I read the article. The intruder was mentally handicapped.

So who is to blame here? The doctors for letting him out by himself? The zoo for not ensuring the bear pit was inaccessible, even to crazed loons? Or society, for putting the bears out for show in the first place.

Is there any blame to be apportioned in the first place?

What do you think? Discussion in the comment area please, and keep it kinda pleasant!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Jason Boas 1974 - 2008

Jason Boas 1974 - 2008

My school friend Jason died from pancreatic cancer last November. Here is the charity he started. His legacy I guess - No Surrender. Click on the pictures to get to the websites.

The BBC story of how he battled can be seen here:

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Cancer at 33 is very lonely'

Music Week had this article about him:

Industry accountant and charity campaigner dies

The Sun wrote this about Jason:

Jason Pledged No Surrender on Cancer

Thinking of you buddy.

Politicians with makeup

Damn Cool Pics has found some very interesting Photoshopped pictures of World leaders.

Fidel before the morticians get to him

B.O. on his day off

Gordon thinking about getting away from it all and becoming a geisha.

I'm not sure that this picture was touched up at all . . . .

More at the link.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Autistic Teen Finds Inner Voice

I just saw this awesome video on YouTube and thought you might be blown away by it too.

Happy viewing.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Kidneys, livers and hearts I understand, but fat?

Its safe for me to return to Peru now.

The land of Paddington Bear and the location for Stephen Fry's (praise be The Tweet) amazing books and documentaries;

'Paddington Bear: The Early Years'
'Stephen Fry and the Spectacled Bears'
'Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary'

My sister, who we all now know is not obese or even 'puffy' would have been safe in Peru even though it has come to light, with the arrest of 3 local Peruvians, that over 60 people were murdered.

And why were so many innocent lives taken? Organ sellers? Blood collectors? To get their money or valuables?


To sell their fat on the blackmarket for cosmetic use in Europe.


This is some scary stuff. And more reason than ever for me to get on with this exercise and diet regime.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Balancing Act" by Walter Wick

"Balancing Act" by Walter Wick

An unpretentious piece of art. Which is a rare thing these days.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Photographer Collection: David Guttenfelder in Afghanistan

I have given praise to Michael Yon before. Now he is passing on the praise to another visitor to Afghanistan, David Guttenfelder. Mr Guttenfelder is an amazing photographer and doesn't feel afraid about going into the field with the troops.

Sadly I can't quite get the high quality images he does on his website so go there and see the originals. Its worth seeing what the troops are really going through over there.

Justin, 29, lives with his father, 73.

Justin's father comes up with some amazing one-liners. Go over to Justin's tweet page (do I have that right? Seriously? Its a tweet page?).

Anyway, try not to eat or drink anything whilst reading what Justin's Dad says.

Funny sign: Tripping HazardImage by jcolman via Flickr

Oh, and be warned, there is swearing involved...

Hats atipping to: Neanderpundit


Monday, November 16, 2009

Fluffy-wuffy seals frolicking in the sea

Don't we all love to pet seals on the head and thank them for being oh so cute? And penguins? Aren't they just adorable when they tap dance and walk all that way to be with their soul-mates?

Damn Cool Pics has a series of delightful pictures of seals and penguins galavanting in the sea together. Go to the Leopard Seal article and enjoy.

Trust me ;-)


Apple Does It Again

Over here at Jumblerant we are very conscious of equality, women's rights and are keen to promote any new product that helps 'humankind as one'.

Wirecutter, over at Knuckledraggin my life away, has blogged about an interesting new product from Apple, the guys who brought us the Mac, the iPhone and the (and my) iTouch;

Apple announced today that it has developed a breast implant that can store and play music. The iTit will cost from $499 to $699, depending on cup and speaker size. This is considered a major social breakthrough, because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.
Laugh? I nearly had to change my trousers!!

Total thanks to Wirecutter - you are the best!!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vote. For. Me.

Okay readers, I tried the subtle approach but it looked like it didn't work.

Vote For Me

Below is the info you need to copy and paste on the Nomination Website here



Super size that

I have been reluctant to eat from any kebab house, anywhere on the globe since two unfortunate events in my life occurred;

1. An evening out in Bristol, UK in 1995. A nice night in a disco followed by a 4 am breakfast of kebab from the kebab house ended with me retching in my friend's neighbour's front garden.

2. After a simple shwarma in Bet Shaan the night before I stood in line at the main Bus Station in Jerusalem waiting for the trip to Tel Aviv. Stomach ache. Nausea. Headache. Shwarma returned.

And a new addition, number 3 if you will;

Russian police have arrested three homeless men suspected of killing and eating a 25 year old - and selling parts of his body to a kebab and pie kiosk.

The alarm was raised when bits of a corpse were found near a bus stop on the outskirts of Perm, about 720 miles east of Moscow.

A statement on the Perm police website said the three alleged cannibals had previous criminal records.

Shish kebab (lamb, tomato, bell pepper, onion)Image via Wikipedia

The statement said they were detained on suspicion of stabbing a man to death and then chopping him up for food.

It went on: "After carrying out the crime, the corpse was divided up.

"Part was eaten and part was also sold to a kiosk selling kebabs and pies."

It was not clear from the statement if the kiosk had cooked any of the man's flesh and sold it to customers.

The three suspects are due to appear in court on Monday.


Oscar the Grouch

In celebration of Sesame Street's 40th Birthday Crankylitprof over at Cranky Epistles shares with us the truth behind Oscar the Grouch.
This is the best quality I can get the picture at so go see the original from maneggs


The twit is strong in this one

For all you twitterers out there (or is it twits?) a kindly word by His Holiness the Stephen Fry.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

For my (big) sister

As you can imagine from reading my post 'I beat my wife to get healthy', my one and only sister, who happens to be older than me, was not the happiest, fluffiest bunny on the planet. In fact she handed me my ass on a plate.


Map showing prevalence of obesity in the Unite...Image via Wikipedia

Map showing prevalence of obesity in the United States. Rates are according to the CDC.

I would also like to apologize to myself for that posting as I thought I'd be getting more comments with a title that starts 'I beat my wife'.

I recently read a blog posting by The Old Plod of Plympton about religious tolerance. In the posting the blogger had an article by Ben Stein in December 2005 which I found very interesting. In an apology to my delightful, feather-like sister who is a mere wisp of an essence where 'ere she goes... here it is:

Ben Stein speaking at 2006 National Summit on ...Image via Wikipedia

Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart:

I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.

Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to

Direct copy and paste from Ben Stein's website,

I'm off to start buying presents for my family for Hanukah - enjoy your shopping too.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Facebook Alibi Saves Jailed Teenager

Over on Sky News (aka Fox in a British accent) there is a charming story about a teenager who is jailed for a crime but has a Facebook entry as his alibi;

Rodney Bradford spent 12 days in prison after being arrested on suspicion of holding up two people close to his home in Brooklyn.

Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBase

But the 19-year-old was eventually released after an update on the social networking site placed him at his father's flat across town in Harlem.

The whole article can be found here

And what kind of update did the young bastion of society send?

'Rodney Bradford is'....
upset at world hunger
going out with the guys
lol-ing at Glee

No, Rodney Bradford's jail breaking message on Facebook was 'where my IHop?'. The message was intended for his pregnant girlfriend who he hoped would cook him breakfast.

IHOP The International House of PancakesImage via Wikipedia

For that alone I would throw him back in the slammer! Too lazy to make your own breakfast, but up and about and faffing around on Facebook? 21 days your honor!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I beat my wife to get healthy

My sister and I are fighters.

As kids, whenever someone attacked either of us we would back each other to the hilt. When there was no-one else to battle we fought amongst ourselves, also, in a very energetic way. Its only my sister and I, although we did have a dog for a good many years, we are very close and there are many similarities between us (my sister and I, not the dog and I).

In fact when my sister and I chat to each other, even in front of our parents, we speak so fast and in such an Essex accent that no-one can understand us.

We also have something else in common - obesity. I haven't seen my sister in a few months but I do know that we are both on the heavy side.

She has 7 kids and a husband to clean up after, runs a community center and helps out at a variety of charities as often as she can. This leaves her very little time to look after herself.

Me? I like eating chocolate and have an aversion to sport.

Back in April I started using my trusty pedometer, in fact its the Omron Walking Style II (below) and I recommend it to everyone.
A pedometer measures the amount of steps you take whilst wearing it. Different health organisations agree that taking over 10,000 steps a day is highly beneficial to your health. My sister has yet to purchase a pedometer but hopefully after this little blog she will do so.

Mrs. Jumblerant recently bought a pedometer, exactly the same as mine, and challenged me to an interesting competition. Whoever has the most paces at the end of each day gets to stay in bed in the morning when our 8 month old baby boy wakes up! My kind of challenge.

In the last 3 days I have beaten her 3 times.

To add to the fun I also picked up on a challenge by fellow blogger Treppenwitz to his readers to log their steps, for free, at Walker Tracker. I have a rather green widget near the top of this blog if you want to go there and have a look.

Anyway, its a no frills competition normally. I even started 2 competitions this month in an effort to get back into walking myself thin. The winner gets bragging rights or something of an equal value, but it means that there are people out there helping you to walk more paces, push a bit harder and get a little bit healthier each day.

And that can't be a bad thing.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rude. Crude. Lewd.

I can honestly say that if you like sarcasm, rude jokes and a British accent then Jimmy Carr is the comedian for you.

Jimmy CarrImage by chase-me via Flickr

I was feeling a bit under the weather earlier so decided to treat myself to a viewing of 'Jimmy Carr, Telling Jokes' and boy did I laugh.

Painfully funny.

But it ain't for the kiddies so keep them away. A long way away.