Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Getting Personal Now

The horrendous earthquake and tsunamis in Japan were a shocking event for me. But the same as a bus flipping over in New York and killing 14 or the uprisings in Bahrain, Libya and Egypt they don't actually affect me in any way, shape or form.

Not how you want your local nuclear power plant to look

So the 3rd explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi facility should have no affect on my life. At all. Whatsoever.

How many people do you know who fly to the Far East on a regular basis? I only have 1 friend who goes there at all. One of the few friends I have been in contact with over the last 12 years, through thick and thin. He works with airports and cameras and technology and stuff.

What are the odds that he'll be at a Japanese Nuclear Power Plant for crying out loud? Seriously? Infinitesimal. And what are the odds that if he is there, it'll be when two tectonic plates decide to release the energy of their movement?

Well, you guessed it. He was in the area.

He is home now, and we'll have a beer or three when he pops over next Sunday. But heck, I learnt that NOTHING is to be taken for granted these days.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hows the weather by you?

You think you've had it bad over this dismal winter?

Check out the Japanese Alps in Honshu, Japan’s largest island, where plows open winter roads by digging through 56 feet of snow:

Just amazing. Here is how they cut the roadway out;


Monday, February 21, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Robert Kubica injury

Robert Kubica is a Formula Driver. He is pretty fast, coming in regularly in the top 10. He seems like a nice chap and is originally from Poland. I was a bit dismayed when I read that he had been in a serious crash whilst rallying in the off season for Formula 1.

Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton

There was teeth grinding and angry shouts from fans that no F1 drivers should be allowed to do this kind of dangerous work. My answer was that not only are they big enough to make their own decisions but but these drivers are some of the most competitive, fit, and lets be honest, arrogant, drivers alive today. Telling them not to do something driving  and competitive really isn't very clever.

Like Mark Webber last year, admitting that he actually had an injured shoulder through some races but didn't tell his team in case they got angry.

Robert's Nasty Crash Last Year - you can see a hose with liquid squirting out of it, and shockingly, Robert's feet being exposed to serious injury.
I just wanted to see how injured poor Robert was so I downloaded this video. I'm sharing it because its interesting to see the simulation - and there is definitely an 'oh my God!' moment in there too. Key thing to look out for? Large lump of metal in the form of a girder!

In the crash Robert suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand.

We all wish him a speedy recovery.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Like It Clever

I like clever stuff. The wittier the better, the more interesting - the more fun. So watch this video from www.findajobalready.com and try to convince me that it doesn't extract a little grin from you.

And if you know anyone who is looking for a job, maybe pass it on to them too.


Going One Way or Another

A tough looking group of bikers were riding when they saw a girl about to jump off a bridge so they stop.

The leader, a big burly man, gets off his bike and says, “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to commit a suicide,” she says.

While he did not want to appear insensitive, he didn’t want to miss an opportunity he asked “Well, before you jump, why don’t you give me a kiss?”

So, she does and it was a long, deep lingering kiss.

After she’s finished, the biker says, “Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had. That’s a real talent you are wasting. You could be famous. Why are you committing suicide?”

“My parents don’t like me dressing up like a girl…”

hat-tip Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated


Monday, February 7, 2011

Travelling Soon?

With the Christmas and New Year's holidays over we're all starting to look forwards to the summer.

Well, I am anyway! So here is a little video explaining how to pack your case.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Where Broccoli Comes From

In an effort to help educate kids about the countryside, and where their food comes from, the comedian Bill Bailey shows just how easy it is to downright lie to kids;

Whats the best lie you ever told a kid?


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jon Stewart Makes It Into The Top 10 - Twice

I've been trawling through some great websites recently, trying to find out what 2010 was all about, what we can learn from it and what we can do better this year.

But I didn't find much.

Jon Stewart did stand out though, not only in my personal top 10, but in many bloggers' and websites' too. So here is why he is seen as one of, if not the, top TV show host out there today;

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Arizona Shootings Reaction
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire Blog</a>The Daily Show on Facebook


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It Gets Better

2010 wasn’t an easy year for the LGBT community. Despite political victories like a federal judge’s overturning of California’s Proposition 8 (which made gay marriage illegal) and the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a series of suicides of gay teens cast a dark shadow over the movement and pointed out how long our society still has to go on the long road towards tolerance.

In an attempt to reach out to other young LGBT people, there was a huge outpouring of support from the comedy community, organized by Dan Savage. With a simple, powerful message -– “It gets better” -– comedians all over the country reminded young homosexuals that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that if you ever feel under attack for your sexual orientation, hey, you can always take improv classes.


Egypt, oh my Egypt

 If you want some focused and personal views on whats happening in Egypt right now then these are the blogs to read:

Dear Cairo (and the rest of Masri) by Rantings of an Arab Chick

 The true dimensions of the Egyptian crisis by Bayou Renaissance Man


Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Some good bloggage

De flu as got me in it's evil clutches. On the other hand, the time away from work, household duties and generally running around like a headless chicken has allowed me the time to relax. It really means that I've just been catching up with some of my favorite blogs.

And this one is possibly the favorite of my favorites. He always has something to say, always emotive, and always a funky twist, somewhere in the tale...

The Insomniac Medic - He's a good bloke.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Computer Nerds Win

One of my favorite shows at the moment is The Big Bang Theory, which, luckily, seems to get funnier and funnier. The nonsense that these scientists get up to whilst reveling in their nerdishness really makes the wife and I smile.

So it is with great joy that I stumbled across this little informational graphic below. I don't know how true it is. Nor do I really care. It just lets nerds be nerds!

And I would like to thank Blogger for severely mucking around with the pictures here to make it look exceptionally amateur and somewhat silly!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Katy Perry fun

I like Katy Perry, a nice, fresh faced young lass who sang her way to stardom. What a star! 

Her latest song, Firework, is about young adults who are bullied because of their differences and it is a very direct song with a nice tune.

So that was pleasant.

And now for the amazing parody by The Key of Awesome

now, wasn't than fun?


Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Bit Serious - Reading Difficulties

I know a man who knows a man...

Well, that's how many pub conversations start when someone wants to sell you something that 'fell of the back of a truck'.

This isn't the case here. Quite simply a friend of mine works at a software company that has just launched it's Beta version of a $250 software that you can get for free here.


The software has been made by scientists to help ANYONE read better. So what does that mean for you? If you have dyslexia, dyspraxia, add, adhd or just an inability to focus when reading - - -then this is for you.

What do i get out of it? Better readers. What do you get out of it? A better life*

The software is still in it's final tests, which is why it is free, but basically it is a life changing product if you want to read better.

Good luck!


* not guaranteed - just hoped for!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

An Interesting Winter Break

If you are upset with the present you got, or the 2 inches of snow outside your house is annoying you, have a look at the blog over at Insomniacmedic 'Christmas Tear' and at the vimeo video over at  http://vimeo.com/18213768

As we used to say in the Cub Scouts pledge back in the 70s - '...and think of others before ourselves'


Monday, December 27, 2010

You Know Whats Amazing

Seriously, you know what is amazing, and I do too.

And this blogger and the ad at the top her page are, as we in the UK say, 'The Bee's Knees'.

I don't think I'm giving anything away when I mention that she is in the videos at the top of the page. So go here to see what The Adventures of Chopper Chick are all about.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Twitter, Facebook and You

Social Media Addiction: Are You At Risk?

I just lmao* at this video - I hope you do too.


*Laughed my ass/arse off 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy holidays

Happy Holidays!

May 2011 be even better than 2010, and 2009 for that matter...


Monday, December 20, 2010

Too Rude By Far

People have been complaining recently of just how rude and base today's comedy has become. As a fan of comedy greats such as The Two Ronnies and Morecombe & Wise I'd like to disagree.

One of the UK's most admired comedians, the late Spike Milligan, created the sketch below. And tell me that it is not racist - please!!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Arm Your Lego Men With More Realistic Weapons

Seriously, what a great possibility; arming your Lego men with more realistic weapons. No more need to turn a megaphone around or try and break off a part of a ladder - BrickArms now make serious weapons for serious Lego enthusiasts. I think my 1 1/2 year old son might be getting some of these after he gets his scalextric set on his next birthday... ahem.....


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Is Your Company's Social Networking Policy Illegal?

Having been a member of the emergency services for nearly a decade I follow many blogs about, and by, EMS and related subjects.

I was thus surprised to see the article below on the subject of Facebook and twitter freedom for all!

Is Your Social Networking Policy Illegal?

 The argument for chatting about employers and superiors on Facebook? 

The National Labor Relations Act protects employees' right to discuss their working conditions, it decreed, and it didn't matter whether they did so around a water cooler or over Facebook.

It looks like it'll be an interesting discussion.

Discussion in comments - be polite!!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

unusually Nice

Coming from a sarcastic and caustic workplace myself, I was happy to stumble across this website that has one reason to exist; to be nice.

If you know anyone who is hurt, emotionally, physically or even mentally, this site can bring a smile to their face.

The Postcard Project

Go there and have a look - trust me - it's worth it.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Awwww, Big Hugs!!!!

Wirecutter over at Knuckledraggin' My Life Away has gone bin and done it again!

And long may the shredded hare continue.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Toy car or 2

The Tube of You has this offering for us today.

An interesting sculpture - I'm sure you'll agree.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Heartbreak Blue Suede Graceland

I love Elvis. He died a long time before I knew who he was.

My parents didn't even like him. My Dad preferred classical music and my Mum? Well, sadly, she is a Cliff Richard fan - for her sins.

For me Elvis summed up what a singer is all about; a wide variety of vocal talent, the ability to convince people you can act in a film and, of course, funky hair.

And now Cirque De Soleil have come up with a new show for him;

With a new album that ROCKS!! Yeah baby!!

May I humbly suggest you go listen to the quite amazing music they created?


Thursday, December 9, 2010

You have Got To Be Cheating Me!

I always enjoy shouting at other drivers as I make my way into work (Yay!) so I doubly grin when I sit down with my coffee and open my Google Reader to see a blog post from PassiveAggressiveNotes.com - they're all about people being 'polite' in very offensive ways.

Me likey - me likey alot!

And today's submission really made me grin from ear to ear. Go over there and read the note and the explanation.

Please stop feeding the homeless


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

May Well Lose a few Followers Here...

Back to Blogging

Its been a while and I missed you folks.

My life is beginning to fit around my new job and life is looking good. I don't want to jinx it or anything so that's all I'm gonna say about that.

My new job does involve a further commute than I had before, which in fact was going from the kitchen to the study, so I have had a chance to look at the other drivers on the road and their behaviour.

Please take into account that I was a police driver for 9 years and thus, when I 'call a spade a spade' - it is in fact with a few years and hundreds of thousands of miles under my belt.

Women really are bad drivers

Whenever I see a car weaving in the road or reverse parking for 3 minutes, I just know its going to be a female driver out there, embarrassing their gender even more, and 9/10 I am right.

I think the main reason that women are such hideously bad at getting from A to B is that they don't realize that the name of the game is not to get from A to B. It is to travel as efficiently as possible between the 2 points.

Please, when you stay in the overtaking lane for the whole freeway trip, it may save you time doing that annoying 'overtaking' thing but it just turns you into a 50mph barrier for the majority of other vehicles.

Your mirrors are for looking in. See if there are drivers behind you and around you. Note where you are in the flow of traffic and oblige the lunatic in the green Honda Civic by moving into the driving lane of the freeway. Please.

Discussion in the comments...


Monday, December 6, 2010

Eddie Izzard speaks frankly

I've been a fan of Eddie Izzard for many years, dating back to when he was on the stand up circuit in the UK in the early '90s. 

I have some of his shows on DVD including Dress to Kill and Live at Wembley.

He is a quite humorous young chap.

So I was very happy to stumble across a blog entry over at Dyslexia Untied about Eddie having a frank and open talk about his dyslexia.

Dyslexia: Eddie Izzard talks to the BBC about Creativity

Quite an interesting little read.  And a great blog!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Who Am I?

Who am I?

First of all I'm not Jean Valles Jean -  just in case you were wondering.

Instead of actually telling you who I am I thought I'd just give you a few pictures from some of my favorite blogs (in no particular order) - and you can further fill the picture in your mind as to who Jumblerant really is:

 HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb

The Adventures of Chopper Chick!

Corn, beans, spent brass, an empty page and a deadline

 The AnarchAngel

Boobs, Injuries & Dr. Pepper




Friday, December 3, 2010

Funny Signs of the Times

I do love the demotivators website - I mean come on, the website 'despair.com' doesn't capture it enough!

I love the fake ones even more;


Thursday, December 2, 2010

We meet again!

Yes, it's been a while, but I've been busy with work, baby and a bit more work.

I'm not complaining, I love the baby and I really enjoy the work and the atmosphere at the office. It just doesn't leave me much time to do anything else.

So here goes:

Some interesting Star Wars pictures;

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Love People

I do! I love people. Whenever we feel that everything has been done, and that the boundaries have been found - we find more and more ways to push the envelope.

I only noticed one faker in the bunch. How many did you find?


Monday, November 8, 2010

Middle East Problem & Solution

An abridged, yet accurate, account of the history of the Middle East problem.

I strongly suggest you watch the whole thing as it is highly educational.

Israel, Arabs, rationality, peace. Its all in there~!

Just my opinion of course....

Comments are more than welcome in the comments section


Sunday, November 7, 2010

When Times Were Simpler

Do you remember the 'old days'? Weren't they 'better days'?

The Fonz on TV, no seat-belts, polio and TB rampant in the country and so on?

Here are some short films to help you reminisce


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

To wit; To Woot

I hate spending money. I love buying techie gadgets. I love deals.

So http://deals.woot.com/sellout is for me. And probably for you too.

Quite simply they buy an amount of an interesting product - everything from remote controlled helicopters to thermometers and computers - and thent hey sell it on at a nice price.

But they have a limited quantity so there's not much discussion time!

I just bought me one of these for my iTouch and iPhone 4 (from work) 

For $20 I'll be happy that I know where the iPhone is all the time and I'll have the latest podcasts on my iTouch.

A win-win situation.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pre-election Washington last weekend

He's gone, been and done it again. The genius behind Of Mule Dung And Ash has put up a post that made me smile, cringe and want to share it with the world.

Some of the signs I found interesting:

well done sir!!


Monday, November 1, 2010

The Internet Being Used Properly

There are those who argue that the internet corrupts, teaches our children things they don't need to know, and things they don't need to see.

Personally, I think that the correct use of the internet can be seen below.

Harry, you have been punked!!

Loving it...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lighten Up Your Sunday

Just found this on the interwebs and thought it might bring a smile to a face or two.

Have a nice day now!


Friday, October 29, 2010

You Want Good TV

You can't handle it!!

Okay, so I'm on a bit of a caffeine freak out right now but seriously, the best TV show I've seen in 2010? Sherlock

No $#!+ Sherlock. An English show that modernizes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's logical detective character, utilizing mobile phones, iPads and a great take on Dr. Watson.

Definitely worth a peek.

But not this one, this is a bit advanced even for a Holmes fan like myself:

For more new BBC Sherlock detailed info then just click here

Or buy it from Amazon, below. 


Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Thousand Words is Worth a Picture

Really? Think I've lost the plot a bit? Well here is the picture of my blog 'For I Am Man - Hear Me Roar'.

Wordle: Hear me roar, for I am man

So what do you think of that then eh?? So 'man', 'fine' and 'sex' were most oft used. Makes you think...

Thanks to www.wordle.net


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 Boxes of BS » Blog Archive » Focusing on the Tool — It’s not just for Gun Control

3 Boxes of BS » Blog Archive » Focusing on the Tool — It’s not just for Gun Control

Focusing on the Tool — It’s not just for Gun Control

(Oct. 17) — An Italian region struggling with policing the sex trade along a heavily wooded road has come up with a novel solution: Just chop down the forest.
That’s right — they can’t change the behavior so they are going after the tool that is used.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the regional government of Abruzzo in central Italy has tried 24-hour patrols, raids and cameras to curb the rampant sex trade on the Bonifica del Tronto road — all to no effect.

Finally, Angelo di Paolo, the regional government’s notoriously decisive public works chief, decided that fighting the forest would be much easier then fighting the sex trade. He declared that all the vegetation on or around the banks of the River Tonto would be cut down.
If that doesn’t illustrate the stupidity of focusing on the tools instead of the criminals, I don’t know what does.
Please join the discussion.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just wrong - so very wrong

Every now and then I find something on the interwebs that warns me to stop, take a breath and look around.

Here are a few of those instances in picture form:


Larry Correia's new book

 From LawDog's amazing bloggage!

If you liked Monster Hunter International, you'll be pleased to hear that Larry Correia's new book, Monster Hunter Vendetta, is now out.

The ad for Barnes and Noble, and the Amazon ad at the bottom;


If you've already read it, be sure to post a review on one (or both) of those sites.

I've not yet read this one, but I know that I'll enjoy it.



Monday, October 25, 2010

For I Am Man - Hear Me Roar

Because I’m a man, when I lock my keys in the Car, I will fiddle with a coat hanger long After hypothermia has set in. Calling AAA is not an option. I will win.

Because I’m a man, when the car isn’t running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I’m looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, “I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn’t know where to start.” We will then drink a couple of beers and break wind, as a form of holy communion.

Because I’m a man, when I catch a cold, I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You’re a woman. You never get as sick as I do, so for you, this is no problem.

Because I’m a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like “cumin” or “tofu.” For all I know, these are the same thing…

Because I’m a man, when one of our appliances stops working, I will insist on taking It apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as much once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.

Because I’m a man, I must hold the TV remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it, Though one time I was able to survive by holding a Nokia 6110 instead .

Because I’m a man, there is no need to ask me what I’m thinking about. The true answer is always either sex, cars, sex, guns, sex, sports or sex. I have to make up something else when you ask, so just don’t ask.

Because I’m a man, you don’t have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances Are, if you’re crying at the end of it, I didn’t… And if you are feeling amorous afterward … Then I will certainly at least remember the name and recommend it to others.

Because I’m a man, I think what you’re wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it, looks fine. It does not make your ass look too big. It was the pasta and potatoes and margaritas that did that. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?

Because I’m a man, and this is, after all, 2010, I will share equally in the housework. You just do the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the vacuuming, And the dishes, and I’ll do the rest. Like wandering around in the garden with a beer, wondering what to do.

This has been a public service message for women hoping to better understand men.


Monday, October 18, 2010

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

  We had a couple of friends (or is it a brace or a clutch of friends?) stay over for the weekend. Atone point our Danish friend - no really, she is from Denmark, not made of pastry, asked if I had heard of the 5 Minute Chocolate Cake Recipe.

Not only had I heard of it, made it and loved it, but I was sure I had blogged about it.

Well bugger me if I can't find it anywhere on the site! I must be going insane. So here it is in all it's yummy glory:

Five Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 tablespoons flour

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)

a small splash of vanilla extract

1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
Really enjoy!!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The 10th Man

This mini film is making the rounds of the London Jewish community.
Hope you enjoy it!