Thursday, April 21, 2011

No buy Chinese fakie - kay?

I was recently advised by a co-worker to buy something online from China. At the time I declined as I really had no use for the product. After seeing the below over at Damn Cool Pics I will never, repeat NEVER, buy anything from China over the internet.

One guy brought this failed 500Gb hard drive to service center because of some problems. When workers of the center opened it they were very surprised, because there was... 128 Mb flash drive inside instead of the 500GB hard drive. The man explained that he bought this fake Samsung HDD in a Chinese store. Be careful what you buy.


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Monday, April 18, 2011

European Flight of Shame

Yes, I think it is very brave of the European politicians, especially the exceptionally pro-Arab French, to send their Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines to go and bomb that nice tyrannical megalomaniac Mr. Gaddafi, but come on guys, be a little prepared.

Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter ta...Image via Wikipedia

First we hear RAF Typhoon jets 'grounded owing to spares shortages' via the BBC and now NATO Runs Short of Munitions in Libya: Report over at Defense News. 

Come on NATO, get your fingers out - I am sure that lives are more at risk than normal because of your incompetence.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Back to basics

I've had more time on my hands recently so I've been able to surf the interwebz looking for great 'stuff' to pass onto you.

Anything that makes me LOL (laugh out lewdly) or makes me want to share or, in all honesty, just gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, will get put up here.


Best MLB play ever - Rick Monday saves our Flag


With heartfelt thanks to that cheery old smile-a-minute man Wirecutter

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh and Sesame Street

Star Wars, Winnie the Pooh and Sesame Street -  a heady mix indeed. But one which artist James Hance has taken as his muse. And he creates amazing stuff;

 James Hance is a relentlessly cheerful painter with a superb eye for celebrity portraits, a twisted view on TV and movie fueled contemporary culture, and a passion for Star Wars. What more could you ask for? Don't go looking for deep meaning and conceptual theory in Hance's paintings, it just ain't there, and it doesn't need to be. James is probably one of those people you'd meet at a party who started off the life and soul but ends up taking it too far by dancing on the kitchen table or kicking a football through the window.

And now he has created a book of his own where he translates the classic A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh into Star Wars. It looks quite cute to me.

After all that there is yet another twist - James' daughter Madison has an illness and he is raising money to get her treated in Boston. May I humbly suggest you go over to the James Hance website and see what Wookie the Chew is all about.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Old joke, new twist

 As you may have realised by now I am slightly bitter, and more than a little bit twisted.

That probably explains why I laughed so hard when I saw the joke below.


Hats off to his amazingness the Wirecutter over at Knuckledraggin My Life Away


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finally, An Inspirational Formula 1 Story

The Formula 1 season began last Sunday with the first race at the street circuit in Melbourne, Australia. It was a very exciting and interesting race with some twists and turns at the end.

But that's by the by.

I follow F1 quite seriously and thus read 50 - 100 blog entries a day on the subject. Recently one has really come to the fore with their interesting but personable attitude to the sport, and to their followers. is where they are and if you even consider following any open wheeled racing - listen to their blog. It rocks.

Normally F1 stories are quite dry and technical; how will the new wings affect down-force, how will the new tires perform and what will Grace be drinking next week? But they came up with a great story about Lewis Hamilton's younger brother;

This coming weekend, another Hamilton will be making his motorsports debut at England’s famous and historic Brands Hatch circuit. A constant figure of familial support in the McLaren garage over the last several seasons, Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of 2008 World Champion Lewis, has signed with the championship winning Total Control Racing team for the 2011 ELF Renault Clio Cup series.

Nineteen-year old Nicolas, who has cerebral palsy, has already tested a BMW M3 GTP, race prepped by PalmerSport, as well as one of TCR’s Renault Clio Cup racers. Team principal Lee Brooks said, “Obviously it’s fantastic for the team to be running Nicolas in his first season in the sport. As Lewis’ brother, it’s guaranteed he’ll attract a lot of attention in the paddock throughout the year but we’re confident he’ll make good progress and become a very quick racer in his own right. Nicolas has superb passion for motor racing and great support behind him so it is a great honor for Total Control Racing that he will be racing with us.”

The deal for Nicolas to drive in the series was brokered by his father, Anthony Hamilton, who said “Nicolas has followed his brother’s career from an early age and it was natural he would want to get behind the wheel competitively himself.”

“I have loved motor sport from a young age and watching my brother achieve so much has given me inspiration to make my racing debut.” Nicolas himself admitted. “I know this will not be easy, but I hope that my doing this will give inspiration to others who have challenges in their life. I can’t wait to be racing.”


Angry Birds

Until recently I had an iPhone 4 from work and, if all goes well, I intend to have another by the end of the week for myself too.

One of the most fun and addictive games I have ever played on a was Angry Birds by Rovio. And it appears that I am not alone. International diplomacy is being feted with them;


Sunday, March 27, 2011

An un Jumbled Rant

I don't want you to think that I'm a complete raving fool, so here is a pair of video-clips about where I'm coming from.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are.

Oh, and the BBC wouldn't let me embed this video so here is the link:


Friday, March 25, 2011

Google Rule The World

In my post,'iLike it' i explained that I wasn't much of a techno-geek. I do work in cutting edge hi-tech so I guess I actually am a bit more of a techno-geek than I thought.

Anyhoo.... a close friend of mine insists that Google is taking over the world, and thus he hates them with a passion. Not that this stance is actually doing him any good!

I love Google. I love what they stand for which is boiled down to, wait for it, ... The Truth.

The more truthful your website the better ranking you get. The longer you've been telling the truth, the higher you go and so on.

And if you didn't believe that they were taking over the world or you are just interested - here is how Google have shaped the internet;

Google's Collateral Damage.
Infographic by SEO Book

For the whole story go over to


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dyslexic Author Giving Back

I recently came across this article and was uplifted by the spirit of the dyslexic author, Claire, in not only writing a book, or two - well actually 3! But, she also donates BIG TIME to great UK charities such as Dyslexia Action  and Help for Heroes.

 Here's an excerpt -

The main aim of World Book Day is to celebrate books and encourage children to explore the pleasures of reading them.  The questions and answers session I did with the children at my local secondary school was inspiring.  A handful of the children had already read Dead Game so the questions were much tailored to Dead Game’s characters, plot and sequel.  That said, they really grasped the emotions that I poured into Dead Game and the questions quickly turned from that of basic ‘plotting the adventure’ questions to ‘the inspiration behind the story’, which fascinated them, it seems, just as much as the actual book did.
Read the rest of the blog here


Monday, March 21, 2011

iLike it

I don't think of myself as a techno-geek. My computer is 5 years old, my iTouch I won in a raffle and my iPhone 4 (ahem) is from work. My 'ipod' is actually a Sansa something-or-other and I love it.

So what is it that people so adore about Apple?

The iPhone is great. I get to send photos of my 2yr old from the camera directly by email to his grandparents, aunties and uncles. No need to wait until I remember to upload the photos from the camera - or, like we did 15 yrs ago - wait for the photos to be sent back by mail from the developer!

But here is something to explain Apple's secrets;

Its by College Humor so you just know its going to be a hoot! 


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sell-out or buy-in?

A friend of mine on Facebook (oh yeah Princess L., I'm talking about you) mentioned the marvelous OKGO and their videos.

Admittedly. she is a bit behind as I have mentioned them a few times in my blog: like here and here  and more...

But it got me thinking and so I went over to the OKGO YouTube site and looked at their latest video. And I was disappointed, I think....

You see, their latest video is fun, and colorful and interesting but was sponsored by Land Rover. Now I get that they make music because they love it and that they need to eat and pay the rent but really? Get sponsored to make the video? I think that's a bit much.

So what do you think? How does the latest video compare with their previous vids?

Heck, a video with musicians in ghillie suits? Respect!!


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 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

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 - 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 '' 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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