Sunday, September 30, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Kitty in a Kayak!

By The Numbers

Last year, according to this USA Today story, Gen. John Abizaid, then commander of military forces in the region, estimated the Sunni insurgency to be 10,000 to 20,000 fighters. He said the Shiite militia members were in the "low thousands."
Interestingly, there are 25,000 detainees in US military custody in Iraq and the US esitmates that 19,000 militants have been killed in fighting with coalition forces.
In other words, the US has killed or captured at least twice the number of people that it estimates are fighting against US forces.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Continuing on with the exploration of the Simpsons theme music, this is incredible.

I am not worthy.

Everything's Going Good in Iraf

Monday, September 24, 2007

Finally Revealed: Why the US Invaded Iraq

Finally, someone's come up with the answer, with that someone being Gwynne Dyer:

"I have written tens of thousands of words on the Bush
administration's motives for invading Iraq, but in the end I do not know
why they did it. I suspect that they don't, either. It just seemed like a
neat idea at the time."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hillary Compares Cheney to Vader

Two nights ago while speaking at a fund-raiser, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton compared "Vice President" Dick Cheney to well-known movie villain Darth Vader.
Clinton said, "Vice President Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday. You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges."
Cheney is not reported to be upset at the comparison. In fact, he's made it himself, once telling CNN in 2006, "I suppose people sometimes look at my demeanor and say, well, he's the Darth Vader of the administration."
However according to B. Oba Fett, a Lucasfilm representatives, The Dark Lord of the Sith was not amused. "Mr. Vader is very upset at this comparison. While Mr. Vader, like Mr. Cheney, has endorsed the use of invasion and torture in the service of an evil and tyrannical Emperor, Mr. Vader feels that his actions were due to a bad childhood, separation anxiety and a life spent suffering from various physical disabilities, whereas Mr. Cheney, who has had a life of riches and privilege, is just a fat and greedy bastard who is giving the Dark Side of the Force a bad name."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jordan vs. Gates

Michael Jordan having "retired," with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.
If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.
If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $7.00, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there.
If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it.
He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.
If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.
If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $200 every second.
He'll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.
He'll make about $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.
This year, he'll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined.
Amazing isn't it?
If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 500 years, he'll still have less than Bill Gates has at this very moment.

Game over. Nerd wins.

My Hallowe'en costume....?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Wired Flash-Fiction

This flew by under the radar while I was in hospital doped up on morphine last November.
Wired Magazine had a Flash-Fiction Contest. Write a six-word story. Here's the results, some of them are pretty good.
Arthur C. Clarke had a ten-word story, and refused to edit it for length: God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.

You Say APEC, I Say OPEC....

"President" Bush was in rare form during his speech at the APEC Summit in Australia -- please note, Australia -- this week.
His troubles began before he even appeared as APEC officials moved people out of the balcony down to fill the empty seats in the main orchestra level below which would have been visible on camera, thus delaying his speech by 10 minutes.
When he finally began, he didn't get three sentences into it before his first gaffe when he thanked Australian Prime Minister John Howard "for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit."
Bush corrected himself but quickly referred to Australian troops fighting in Iraq as "Austrian troops." Bush did not correct himself this time, but the official text of the speech released by the White House corrected his statement to "Australian Troops," not the first time the Bush White House has re-written history.
At the end of his speech, Bush strode off the wrong way and almost walked off a steep drop until Howard redirected him to the stairs.
His APEC performance is a highlight in a career of gaffes that include placing Queen Elizabeth II in the 18th century, and greeting former British Minister Tony Blair at the 2006 G8 Summit by calling out, "Yo, Blair."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

"No Particular Reason We Chose Canada...."

I was going to post this, but Bernie beat me to it over at The Central Ganglion.
So take it away, Bernie!

Prank rattles Asian summit security reports the Star, as comedians choose to fake up a Canadian motorcade and make it through two checkpoints before being stopped at the APEC summit in Sydney, Australia. My favourite quote?
“No particular reason we chose Canada,” cast member Chris Taylor was
quoted as saying on The Sydney Morning Herald's website. “We just
thought they'd be a country who the cops wouldn't scrutinize too
closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade
— as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with