b3ta.com challenge: bad books for kids

Ξ July 31st, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Humour |


WACO: The Rules of Engagement (1/2)

Ξ July 23rd, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

"Are you gonna come in and kill me?"

"No, honey...nobody's gonna come and kill you."


Amazon.com: Jon Ronsons Blog

Ξ July 20th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Words |

    From the page: "My wife Elaine and I are having a weekend away. We're eating dinner in a restaurant in a country house hotel. I'm about to inadvertently do a terrible thing.
    We've been waiting for our soup for half-an-hour. I'm sitting there, shooting waiters paranoid, hungry glances. When it finally arrives I begin to eat it ravenously.
    "Jon," whispers Elaine. "See that girl on the next table?"
    I look up from my soup and spot a frumpy young girl, about 14, wearing a ball gown and sitting with her parents.
    "I just saw her mimic the way you ate your soup," whispers Elaine.
    "Really?" I whisper.
    "Spoiled rich cow," whispers Elaine. "She did this impersonation for her parents of someone eating their soup disgustingly, and I know it was an impersonation of you because you ARE eating your soup disgustingly. It was like this"
    Elaine does an imitation of the girl doing an imitation of me. She twists her face, and mimes some gargoyle hunchback stuffing soup into their mouth.
    "Oh, so what?" I say. "She's only 14 or something. How did her parents respond?"
    "They smiled," says Elaine.
    I feel a flash of anger.
    "She's hardly Gwyneth Paltrow herself," says Elaine.
    I turn back to my soup, but suddenly it doesn't taste so nice. Suddenly, my soup is a big issue.
    "I'm going to the toilet," I say.
    The toilets are at the other end of a grand hallway. As I walk back to the table, I see the girl walking towards me, on her way to the toilet. It is just me and her, alone in this grand hallway.
    "She's so rude," I think. "And the awful thing is, she'll never know that I know she mimicked me."
    I narrow my eyes. "I have to say something to her," I think. "Maybe I should be unambiguous: - It's not nice to grotesquely mime the way someone eats their soup.' Or maybe I should be insulting: - I see YOU hunched over YOUR food frumpily, but I don't mimic YOU.'"
    I pause. "No," I think. "Too much."
    And then, suddenly, I know exactly what to do.
    "It's perfect," I think. "It's simple and devastating. I'll just catch her eye and silently do an impersonation of someone eating soup disgustingly. I'll mimic her mimicking me! Not a word will pass between us. But she'll know. She'll know she's been caught out."
    We're six feet apart now. I suddenly feel nervous about the whole thing. It is very combative, and I'm not usually a combative person.
    "Do it, Jon," I think. "Teach her a lesson. If you don't you'll regret it."
    And so I do. My heart is racing. Still, I make it look casual. I look her straight in the eye, open my mouth and rhythmically move my hand up and down, up and down towards it - clenched as if holding a soup spoon - up and down, towards my open mouth.
    "This is great!" I think. "Withering!"
    I shoot her a proud look as I continue my impersonation.
    "You'd better think twice next time you decide to grotesquely mimic the eating habits of your betters. Yes, your betters!'" I think.
    The girl looks appropriately startled.
    It is at this moment that the awful truth dawns on me. My impersonation of someone eating their soup ravenously is identical to the way people mime blowjobs. I am--for all intent and purpose--a 39-year-old man miming a blowjob to a passing 14-year-old girl in a hotel lobby.
    "Oh Jesus Christ," I think.
    I stare at the ground and walk hurriedly back to our table.
    "What happened?" says Elaine. "You look as white as a sheet. You're shaking."
    "Shall we get the bill?" I ask."



Ξ July 19th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Humour |


Gwynedd Crafts by *~~ stef ~~ [bunty]

Ξ July 16th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

Taken in torrential rain with one of my box brownies.



Ξ July 10th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts |

    From wikipedia:
    The term Fisking, or to Fisk, is blogosphere slang describing detailed point-by-point criticism that highlights errors, disputes the analysis of presented facts, or highlights other problems in a statement, article, or essay.

    Eric S. Raymond, in the Jargon File, defined the term as:

    A point-by-point refutation of a blog entry or (especially) news story. A really stylish fisking is witty, logical, sarcastic and ruthlessly factual; flaming or handwaving is considered poor form. Named after Robert Fisk, a British journalist who was a frequent (and deserving) early target of such treatment.

    More broadly, the British newspaper The Observer defined fisking as "savaging an argument and scattering the tattered remnants to the four corners of the internet."

    I've created this forum to encourage and facilitate the collaborative fisking of articles and sites (which, of course, already does go on all by itself); primarily those that are errant nonsense, or empty, rhetoric-laden propaganda and spin.

    It's my hope that, by using the Stumbleupon review system to provide a set of study notes (cum debunking), people will be able to appreciate some things for the illogical fluff they are, and perhaps develop better rational thinking skills of their own. As to the best means of doing this, I posit no rules (as yet), but I make the following suggestions:

    If you find a page that you think could do with a little TLD (Tender Loving Dissection), then post a thread about it, perhaps with your own thoughts and analysis, or just as a request for others to do so; this can then (hopefully!) lead to further input and discussion.

    The actual review posting can be done either by individuals--each adding their own snippet to the SU Review Page for the given site--or in one summation, perhaps with a link back to the forum thread so that others may see the workings.

    Please try to keep things non-partisan and unbiased: this is meant to be about reducing the effect of empty rhetoric, not increasing the amount of it. Respect other people--even if you don't respect their opinions.

    Suggestions as to techniques and layouts, and links to relevant resources, would also be great.


Photo Gallery of Scotland by online-scotland.com

Ξ July 8th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts, Photography |

"Not your average childrens' beach art."

    This site is a gallery of photos of Scotland taken by my brother and myself.

    The picture above is by my brother, and came as rather a shock to him, he was rather nervous that the children in question were going to mug him and steal his cameras, or failing that write obscene suggestions in the sand--at the very least.


Fresh Pics: Crazy Car Crashes

Ξ July 8th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |



Fresh Pics: Jesus Car

Ξ July 7th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Politics and Society |

Flatter Jesus, or he'll torture you in hell.


AtomFilms: Consent

Ξ July 7th, 2007 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Arts |

Movie short by the guy who did "Thank You for Smoking"