Sunday, April 19, 2009

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'?


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Musings From the Grocery Store

Over at Voodoo Medicine Man a very interesting discussion has started. In his post 'Musings From the Grocery Store' Voodoo Medicine Man asks if we should or could intervene when we encounter an incredibly obese person.

In the self-centered world that we live in I can assume that none of us would even consider approaching such a person. But as Voodoo Medicine Man notes:

If she were about to jump off a bridge, or swallow a hand full of pills, virtually anybody would intervene and attempt to save her life. If she were a drunk driver, some would take her keys away or call the cops. If she was a child who wandered onto a busy highway, people would risk their life to save her.

And he continues;

Why the difference in human concern when confronted by somebody risking death by Twinkies compared to those risking death by a bullet?

Personally I think that the reverence in which society today holds the concepts of free speech and one's own, complete, ownership of one's own future, preclude intervention by anyone except a respected health-care worker or Oprah (!).And until such a health worker is contacted far too much damage, both mental and physical, can be done.

What do you think?


Monday, March 30, 2009

Kutiman's ThruYou Mashup

Fresh in from The Underwire from, well from March 25th anyway, is the story of Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman.

An interesting story with a funky conclusion;


Kutiman-Thru-you - 01 - Mother of All Funk Chords


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Unlabelable video

Hell in a Handbasket posted a link to a very cool video. I'd love to label it a story video or a music video but you'll just have to have a look and decide for yourself!

Slagsmålsklubben Sponsored by destiny

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Elder of Ziyon: UN notes - and excuses - Gaza violence against women

I've had the opportunity to read all of the blogs I follow over the last few days. For a normal person this isn't unusual but I follow over 200 blogs, many of which post multiple times a day, so we're talking hundreds of blogs a week.

In fact Google Reader informs me:

From your 230 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 5,952 items, starred 2 items, shared 14 items, and emailed 0 items.

The blogs I read concern everything from Formula 1 to the Airline Industry to Afghanistan and Iraq based soldiers' blogs to The Daily Telegraph Obituaries (!)

So why the lengthy introduction to just tell you that I read a few blogs? Because this one really stuck out.

Elder of Ziyon: UN notes - and excuses - Gaza violence against women

It is too long an article and relatively complex. Sufficed to say that it shows all of its readers just how blinkered the UN is when it comes to Israel and I just don't get it.

The original article from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is here and I can see that Elder of Ziyon has not changed anything or even dug deep to get the same conclusion that most of us would.



Oops ScribeFire 'issue' / 'bug'

The last blog, and for all I know, this one, turned into one big link to a video of Jeff Dunham.

As rubbish as the blog may have been, the clip did have 85,318,247 views!!

Anyway, to say sorry here is another Jeff masterpiece - Bubba J. Only 10,362,438 views on this one though...

Jeff Dunham and Bubba J


Jeff Dunham - genius

I am a zombie.

Baby Jack is up every 2ish hours and I'm busy helping with his care.

In a fit of amazing clarity I decided to make myself some extra strength Turkish coffee, the stuff that is used to peel the paint off large container ships. 30 seconds after having finished a mug, yes over 200ml of 112% caffeine, I fell asleep!

So I decided to enjoy the time that I'm awake and remembered a DVD that Mrs Jumblerant bought me in December -
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity

I am still completely cream crackered (Cockney rhyming slang for knackered, which in turn means 'very tired indeed thank you very much') but at least now people know why I have an inane grin on my face.

Jeff Dunham - Achmed the Dead Terrorist

Jeff Dunham - Arguing with Myself - Peanut & Jose Jalapeno


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Simon Cowell Made Me Obese

This family say they are unable to work because they are too fat. They blame their GP, the Government, even Simon Cowell - but not themselves

Now normally I'd strongly disagree with that phrase, being slightly pudgy myself I know its because I eat junk food and don't exercise enough. With Jack's birth 2 weeks ago I have lost 2kg - 4.4 lbs, which is nice.

So back to the article which I'm now calling Simon Cowell Made Me Obese. If you don't know who Simon Cowell is;
What surprises me about this article is the fact that even after the family allowed the journalist in to their abode, chatted to her for a bit and had photos taken, they are still ridiculed. In the past I feel that these people would have at least have been given the oppurtunity to a bit of respect but here they are ripped apart.

And about bloody time too!

So maybe the tide has turned and the culture of blaming everything under the sun, except yourself, for your own problems, has gone. Hurrah!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Twitter Worm Could Take Over Your Computer

As Twitter starts to take over the world I am proud to announce that the vile and disgusting art of virus creation may, possibly, if they work stuff out, rip out the insides of twitterers' (or just plain twits) computers.

Twitter Worm Could Take Over Your Computer (in Theory)

Laugh? I nearly fell over...


Friday, March 20, 2009

Kinda 'Test Test' but not

I've playing around with the Feedburner settings on the site and I need to publish to observe the changes. Instead of just writing 'TEST TEST' as others do I thought I'd give you a fun vid to watch, as a complimentary gift.


Hamas children, THE GAYS and Sarah Palin!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Now I'm not a cat lover

Now I'm not a cat lover, in fact i can still feel where my great Aunt Annie's moggy stuck it's claws into the back of my hand back in 1982 but over at I can has cheez burger they do have a funny picture every now and then.

The 'lolspeak' can be annoying, especially when I stumble across their blogs late at night, but I'm getting used to it.

Hope it made you grin, if not outright smile.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Living MoH recipient may be coming

Living MoH recipient may be coming

Since Vietnam there has not been a living Medal of Honor winner, although now we may have one.

Very exciting.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Have your assistant's assistant book now

I stumbled upon this clever advertising project this afternoon and thoguht you might appreciate it.

I've flown JetBlue a few times and am very impressed with it's service. My sister, who lives in Miami swears by them, as opposed to US Air which I swear at....

Welcome Bigwigs


Thursday, March 12, 2009

You Don't Know Jack - yet

Baby Jumblerant was finally named yesterday - Jack

He is happy, healthy and feeding well. And boy, does he have a set of lungs on him!!

Thanks for all of your good wishes over the last few days, I'll get back to you when I can.


Friday, March 6, 2009

A few baby photos for your delectation. Mrs. Jumblerant is home with the baby and relaxing.

Jumblerant will be back to normal service in the next few days. If I get some sleep.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

a little biddy bit o' news

How you doing? Everything good with you? Family well? Good to hear.

Just thought I'd drop by and say "hi" see how thing are going with you.

Oh, and wifey aka Mrs Jumblerant had a 3.2kg / 7lb bouncing baby boy this morning.

I am now a Father.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is one funny blog

I was cruising through Google Reader and found some funny stuff I thought I'd share with y'all and then I saw that it was from the same blog, from the same guy and thought "heck, give the guy his dues - he's damn funny"

This article, this joke and this photo made me laugh out loud.

Go over to Knuckledraggin My Life Away for more of the same. He can be a bit naughty every now and then so be prepared.


5 Brilliant Animations of Sully's Hudson River Landing + a gripey rant

I think we were all a bit 'gob-smacked' when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger landed his stricken US Airways jet in the Hudson River.

I'm an amateur, amateur, amateur trainee pilot. Did I mention I was an amateur? Anyway, I wanted to see what the pilots did to save so many lives and was directed to this web-page with 5 different simulations of the amazing landing.

Happy viewing.


On a bit of a side-note, my Google Analytics code in Jumblerant was corrupted when I installed a non-Google based advertising widget. Not such a problem as I could probably contact all of my readers by text message (NARF!) but in the middle of it all, over at Marooned, Jay G mentioned this blog had been added to his Blogroll to his HUGE readership but I have no record of how many, if any, guests I had :-(

Wifey's due date for number 1 child was Sunday so theoretically I have more important things to worry about but in reality. . . .


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Me wants one. Or two.

A friend of mine is on the creation team for the vehicle above. It could soon be seen at a confrontation near you soon!

Actually, its just been put in to contention for the US's next armored vehicle.

It not only looks good but is actually tough as nails, exceptionally safe and is already in use by a few military and police forces around the world.

Watch this space for more information as the processes continue.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Woot's Spork

The Wii Spork

Brought to you by the nice people over at Woot! who ran yet another competition, this one to show 'another product reconfigured or redesigned to cater to obsessive video gamers.'

Actually, most of the finalist's images were LOL worthy.

FYI - Woot! are the guys and gals that create 'The Daily Deal' and I've bought quite a few items from them too.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another astounding WTF moment

Wow – another day as a policeman and another astounding ‘WTF moment’ to remember for a long time. And this one didn’t even involve a criminal.

I get to the station for the 13.30 briefing before our 8 hour afternoon shift. We sit and chat in the Briefing Room before our Top Sergeant walks in and brings us to order. No Officer today, there is a meeting on the 2nd floor with the local area commander so all officers, and for some reason, all the chairs, will be gone for the rest of the day.

Easier for us. Let’s go get some criminals.

After the briefing (there are new threats of: stabbing, kidnapping, shooting, blowing up and generally not being nice to us Police Officers. And our stats are down – get more criminals) we all traipse down to the garage to get our different vehicles as the previous shift come in. 

Some people light up their cigarettes, I sip on my coffee, the latest rude jokes get told and then Top Sergeant asks me to chat with him. This is the unofficial of the unofficial here, in front of everyone, but our backs turned, in the station but in a dark corner, no notes to be taken, ‘a word in your shell-like’.

‘Sure Top, what do you want?’
‘Well’ he says ‘this is very serious’. I’m thinking that they found out that I’ve been wearing non-standard weatherproof gear. Or, like my wife, they think my driving is shit and they need to take away all privileges. No, its not one of them.

‘HS has complained to me that you sexually harassed her on the morning shift on Sunday. Or close to sexual harassment actually.’

Lights flash in my head. I feel slightly dizzy.

I want to say “What the hell are you talking about? This is absolute rubbish. Made up nonsense” but I have to be calm under stress so I only say ‘go on’.

‘HS said you asked her to your apartment for coffee’

‘Yes I did’

‘She said that during lunch you asked her if she wanted your pickled cucumber’

Again ‘yes I did’

‘She said you touched her thigh’

‘No. not really - Okay Top, lets go through this one at a time;

I asked her to my apartment for coffee, at 10 in the morning after we’d been standing outside in the rain for 4 hours and we’d already finished my thermos of coffee. Oh, did I forget to mention to you that I told HS that my 9 month pregnant wife would be in the 2 room apartment when we had a coffee? I told her twice!! (We’d already dropped off the rookie somewhere).

‘What about the pickle?’

‘Simple. HS and the rookie went to buy a snack. I thought it would be something different to what they bought. I don’t eat spicy pickles. I also don’t waste food. I asked her and the rookie if the pickles were spicy and they said no. I ate the first pickle and it burnt my lips. She was sitting next to me in the vehicle, eating one of her two pickles so I offered her mine. She said no so I offered it to the rookie. End. Of. Story.’

Admittedly, you try offering anyone a pickle without a little smile creasing across your face…

‘What about touching her thigh?’

‘Again, simple. As we had no computer in the car she was doing all the reports with pen and paper. I’m driving as smoothly as possible but we still have to get from incident to incident and there have been loads of roadwork in our area recently so I’m really concentrating. She loses her pen. I see it balanced precariously on her thigh and realize that by the time I tell her where it is and she fumbles for it it’ll be on the floor and we’ll have to pull over. So I pick it up and hand it to her.'

Very simple.

Top nods and walks away. I know if this goes 'official' he'll be up to his eyeballs in paperwork and he really does not need that.

So what the hell is she up to? For the first 4 hours of my shift I was pretty miffed but didn’t want it to show so put on a good face. At one point my partner went to interview a witness and I made a few personal phone calls to other officers who might know HS.

I didn’t want to appear biased so I asked the first one, YP, what he thought of HS generally. ‘She’s a bit unstable actually and no-one really takes what she says seriously’. Wow, what a weight off my shoulders. We chatted for a few more minutes, agreed to meet up on Saturday night, and I phoned another, trusted officer.

I posed the same ‘how do you rate HS generally’ question to ST. Even though he was in a pretty serious car crash last week he came straight back with ‘I just don’t trust her’.

I can now sleep tonight.

So what next? I tried to work out why she made up this nonsense and precluding any previous trauma she may have had I can only assume that she thought she’d look good to Top Sergeant if she came across as all politically correct and downtrodden, and that I as a volunteer would never answer back. Maybe just fade into the background even more than I do now.

What she didn’t realize is that I have been working with Top Sergeant since way before he even got a rank. We are definitely not ‘Best Buds’ but he is straight and honest and I respect that.

She also may not have realized that I know half of the police officers in the Station. I used to know more but they all quit or moved. A quiet word in the right ears will definitely cause trouble for her. But I’m not going to do that. Instead I am going to write an unofficial letter to Top Sergeant answering her complaints. This letter is not to be shown to anyone until she tries to label another officer in a sexual harassment case. And then she’ll be proven to be a liar.

I’m guessing that this is a rather unique time, when the evidence is admitted before the crime takes place!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Inane grin, ear to ear.

Formula 1 is coming back to our screens and so I thought I'd share with you the BBC intro for the new season.

Seriously, it had my heart racing and a stupid ear to ear grin!

(UPDATED) F1 BBC 2009 intro: inspiration?

And a comparison from 1979 below.

Formula One Intro - 1979, BBC Coverage, Murray Walker

I would if I could, but I can't!

My apologies.

Sadly Google aka Blogger have decided that if I 'Follow' a blog then it automatically reappears in Google Reader. I already use Google Reader daily (if not hourly!) to read all of the 250+ blogs I follow. Their interference now means that all of my files, folders and divisions get confused.

In short - I'm taking down the 85 blogs I had under 'Blogs I'm Following' on the Jumblerant site so that I can use Google Reader without interference from Big Brother.

I wouldn't be so annoyed except I have spent the last 30 minutes trying to find a button to press or line of HTML to insert to get rid of this nonsense - BUT THEY DON"T ALLOW IT!!

So again, my apologies to other Bloggers out there who now have 1 less 'Follower' on their site. I would if I could, but I can't!


5 Ways People Are Trying to Save the World (That Don't Work)

Are those hippies just getting you down? That recycling bag too annoying to schlep all the way to the recycling center? Organic vegetables cutting into your beer money?
Well EE over at Backboards and Band-Aids has found an interesting article:

True or false? I'd love to hear your thoughts...


Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

When the going gets tough

It appears that the unionized scumbags at the Employment Bureau in Israel are now on strike. This means that newly unemployed, current workers looking for work and benefits and even employers looking for new workers have to wait. I guess that the Workers' Union really know when to turn the screws, but not garner public sympathy.

As job losses increase, employment bureaus close

I still can't believe that the scumbags went on strike just after Israel reported an unprecedented high in new unemployed workers - 19,719 in January.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Libraries put Bible on top shelf

And you thought that the British government couldn't pander any more to the Muslim minority?

Libraries told to put Bible on top shelf to avoid offending Muslims | Mail Online

Pull the other one, it's got bells on.


Oops - I did it again

It looks like there was another major fraud going on recently. A mini-Madoff if you will. He only embezzled / defrauded / outright stole $8 billion so it took the SEC a while to catch the guy.

The Wall Street Journal has on it's front page - SEC Accuses Texas Financier of 'Massive' $8 Billion Fraud

I guess the normal news outlets (not 'outputs' as I wrote yesterday - DOH!) have more important news to report at this hour:

CNN - Facebook returns to its old Terms of Service
Fox - I don't know why I added this one but I did anyway...
BBC - still harking on about car makers - at least they're not bashing Israel right now
New York Times - also still harking on about car makers, but with different numbers to BBC
USA Today - new security measures at airports. Very uninteresting article - and I'm involved in airport security!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Futility of Operation Cast Lead

I found Professor Cohen's perspective to be very interesting indeed.

Now that the dust of combat has begun to settle, it is time to consider what Israel might have gained – and lost – by launching Operation Cast Lead. To that end, this paper addresses four dimensions of the Israeli action: strategic, operational, societal and diplomatic.

It is good reading and really made me think about how I felt about Op Cast Lead.

'The Futility of Operation Cast Lead' by Stuart A Cohen, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University


I'm a religious bigot

Over at Corn, Beans, Spent Brass an Empty Page and a Deadline Frank pretty much sums up my thoughts on this murder.

As sad as any murder is, this one seems to have been on the books for a while.

I guess it just goes to show that, for the time being, there should not or can not, be a bridge between certain religions.

From a quick Google search it looks like this story has gone around the Blogosphere much faster than the regular news outputs. I imagine that a beheading just isn't grizzly enough for them these days.

Google News report, Islamic TV founder charged with beheading wife

The Buffalo News, Prominent Orchard Park man charged with beheading his wife

UPDATE: Having mentioned that the Blogosphere is faster than regular news outputs - CNN came back with: Founder of Islamic TV station accused of beheading wife as their lead story on CNN AM quicknews.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Flight 1549 crash cause confirmed

The Smithsonian Institution’s Feather Identification Laboratory has identified DNA matter found in both CFM56-5B/P engines of US Airways Flight 1549 as belonging to the Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis), which generally weigh 5.8 to 8.7 lb.—larger than the bird ingestion standard for the engine.

Alternatively, I found these photos on-line of possible suspects:

Hudson River landing

Thanks to today's 'black box' technology we can actually see a reenactment of the landing;

O fall the data available I was amazed at the timings. The speed with which a decision had to be made, confirmed to be viable and then put into effect is amazing.


What I wanted for V day

Above is what I wanted for valentine's day - I only got a mug though....

Not even a cool mug

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bishop: 'There was not one Jew killed in the gas chambers'

I was sent a link this morning (hola Ian H.!) to an article about the reinstate Holocaust denying bishop in the Jerusalem Post .

Normally I wouldn't trust the spelling in the JPost, let alone their articles but this one seems to be witty, to the point and interesting.

Dear Bishop Williamson


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

These internet stars are viral

We Didn't Start The Viral · Snapped Shot

Over at Snapped Shot they're showing a bit of internet nostalgia. The lyrics, and links to the relevant YouTube clips are over there too.


The Internet Stars Are Viral

Monday, February 9, 2009

New email scam for US citizens

ReadWriteWeb reports on a new email scam that offers an easy way for US citizens to receive their stimulus payment - but when you open the attachment, instead of a PDF form you will probably be downloading a virus.

So 'bad boy' to the nasty scammers but a 'huzzah' for at least keeping up to date!

Watch out, there are even more thieves about....

Stimulus Package Stimulates New Creative Scam - ReadWriteWeb

It's just unbelievable

A hat tip to Drawn Cutlass for his take on the Holocaust denying British bishop pardoned by the Pope...

A Roman Catholic bishop who is at the center of controversy for denying the Holocaust wants to examine the historical evidence.

He must be taking his cue from St. Thomas the Apostle.

how Bishop Williamson is willing to believe such things as the
Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Immaculate Conception and miracles but
isn't willing to believe in the Holocaust.

Medic Three has a new addition

Congrats to Medic Three on the birth of his first son, Asher. Why not go over there and say nice things to the new parents?

Medic Three: Baby Asher


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Marketing blurb

it is my humble opinion that Seth Godin is a Marketing genius.

In one of his blogs today he really gets to the crux of the problem that all of us 'Marketing People' face on a very frequent basis.

 Seth's Blog: Which comes first, the product or the marketing?

When I started my Marketing degree back in the '90s it was explained to us that Marketing is what happens from before the product is made until AFTER IT IS SOLD.

Just remember that when you next confuse Marketing and advertising!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

UN - untrustworhty, unethical and under investigation

I guess the UN isn't as trustworthy, upstanding and helpful as they think.

BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Peacekeepers 'abusing children'

2003 - Nepalese troops accused of sexual abuse while serving in DR Congo. Six are later jailed
2004 - Two UN peacekeepers repatriated after being accused of abuse in Burundi
2005 - UN troops accused of rape and sexual abuse in Sudan
2006 - UN personnel accused of rape and exploitation on missions in Haiti and Liberia
2007 - UN launches probe into sexual abuse claims in Ivory Coast

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Our mistake, sorry for any inconvenience

So here we go. Finally.

In a total and utter surprise UNWRA admitted that the much publicized missiles that hit the UNWRA school in Gaza, well they didn't. They hit outside.

This incorrectly reported (my, aren't I diplomatic today) incident inflamed the anti-semitic parades and riots throughout the world.

Whats that I hear you say? Yes, I too didn't see it on CNN, read it in The Times or hear it on BBC World.

So here is the text for you, and the original document link below it;

Clarification: While correctly reported on 6 January that Israeli
shells landed outside an UNRWA school in Jabalia, resulting in an
initial estimate of 30 fatalities, the Situation Report of 7 January
referred to 'the shelling of the UNRWA school in Jabalia.' The
Humanitarian Coordinator would like to clarify that the shelling, and
all of the fatalities, took place outside rather than inside the
school. According to UNRWA, the number of fatalities is over 40, many
of them among the 1,368 people who had taken refuge in the school.

ReliefWeb » Document » OPT: Field Update on Gaza from the Humanitarian Coordinator 30 Jan - 02 Feb 2009 as of 17:00

Monday, February 2, 2009

Experts know double naff-all

Not everyone got burnt in our current recession / depression. The UK's host of The Apprentice, Sir Alan Sugar, explains how he avoided losing money this time round.

SIR ALAN SUGAR: The so-called experts know double naff-all | Mail Online

So what do you think? Is his hindsight is 20/20 or is he talking the truth?
Either way he is a Chigwell boy*, Spurs* fan and all round 'geezer'*.

* Please feel free to look up these phrases from London, England