Monday, April 29, 2013

Boston Bombers - The Fallout

It is generally acknowledged that Fox News is somewhat right-wing but I was surprised to see just what kind of anger and argumentative reporting they were able to give out so quickly after the dust had settled:

So Jon Stewart fired back regarding Miranda Rights and The Consitution:

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An interesting discussion here between 2 sides of a hurt nation.

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Suit & Tie

Pomplamoose is a pretty amazing band, I've blogged about their greatness before.

Nataly Dawn, their singer has just been on tour where she was not only the Starbucks Singer of the week:

Her tour was sponsored by Hyundai. Can you see the subtle product placement in this video?

My favorite tune and video is still 'Love Me The Way You Do';

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Evolution of the F1 Car

I do like me some Formula 1.

Some people don't understand how I can look at cars going round in circles and I answer "that's Nascar, not Formula 1!".

Some Formula 1 tracks are normal, bog-standard, roads taken over for the week, such as the famous Monaco, Sepang and Melbourne circuits:

Australian F1 Circuit, a local park turns into a Formula 1 circuit

Monaco F1 Circuit, Where the Streets have no names. But the corners do: Casino, St Devote, Rascasse

Sepang, Malaysia F1 Circuit, built around some amazing high rise buildings, all lit up for a real eye-opening evening race.

The old formula 1 cars don't look amazingly different to today's cars, I think they're the same length and roughly the same height. This little video will show you exactly though:

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2nd Amendment Rights

I am very interested in the US Constitution, especially the 2nd Amendment Rights which is the section protecting the citizen's right to bear arms. 2nd Amendment Rights are a hot topic at the moment, and I guess have been for years.

Please, please, please, don't send the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel to argue your case. Ever.

Sadly, John Oliver, one of the greatest comedians of this decade, manages to pull apart this spokesperson and make him look like a fool. The 2nd Amendment rights also look bad after this, which it shouldn't.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for things that matter.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose Life.
28. Forgive but don’t forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

**This list has been going around the interwebz for a while so I couldn't trace its origins, although Regina Brett's blog below does look like the source.**

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Bomber(s) by Stephen Colbert

UPDATE: The deadly attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday impacted many people, including Jeff Bauman, a spectator at the finish line, who lost both legs in the blast.

Boston Medical Center confirmed Bauman was upgraded from critical to serious condition Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, a fund has been set up for Bauman as he recovers from his wounds.  As of Wednesday afternoon, more than  $20,000 had been raised, with a goal of raising $1 million. To donate to Bucks for Bauman, visit


Well, I think Mr Colbert wrapped up nicely exactly what we think of the people who perpetrated this heinous crime of terror.

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Never Ever Give Up

I saw this video a while ago and liked it.

Sadly, today it is more relevant than ever to me as I am not only getting wiser but also wider with age.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Mind Blowing Time

I'm British, we've discussed it before, here.

Apart from driving on the correct side of the road, knowing what a 'fortnight' is and spelling 'grey', 'colour' and 'aluminium' correctly, we also know a thing or two about table manners.


Which spoon is for what at this table setting?

Yeah, I thought as much.

So here is something else you may want to learn, how to REALLY eat chicken wings;


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Gangnam Style - Whats it all about?

My four year old son just adores Gangnam style. For a child who has had language difficulties, the phrase 'gangnam style' comes out of his mouth far too often!

I myself found the music and the video to be fun and interesting, but that's also true for me regarding a line of marching ants on the side-walk, documentaries by Louis Theroux , and of course, the internet.

So what does PSY (the creator and lead man of Gangnam Style) do that drew over 1,500,000,000 views on YouTube?

The video below shows PSY teaching a journalist from the serious UK newspaper The Guardian how to do the Gangnam Style dance. In the clip he explains why the video went viral so easily - it's fun and easy to do. If you can connect with the person on the screen in front of you and say 'I could do that' then you are more than likely to watch the video and pass it along to your friends.

So the tune is catchy and the dance is easy to copy and change to your own desires - is that enough? No, there has to be an element of luck.

This guy PSY seems to have it - and (more) good luck to him.

How deep has 'Gangnam Style' entered into society ? Well, a few people may have taken it too far:

A populare meme

A new fashion icon, undone bow-tie, dress shirt and cuff links t-shirt - very PSY! 

Head of the UN and PSY

Automatic free entrance to the psych ward in many countries in the world

A flash in the pan? I think not. In fact the statistics show that it is as strong as ever, despite everyone and their dog making their own version.

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