February 21, 2007

“Unlike you, I actually respect the audience at home and I don’t — and I don’t believe in lying to them.”

— Simon Cowell, one of the three judges of American Idol (originally created in England as Pop Idol)

From Seacrest and Cowell Get Nasty on ‘Idol’

Le Pen Continues That Great Post-Modern French Tradition Of Stark Cowardice (While Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Hugo, Nerval, And Zola Spin In Their Graves)

February 21, 2007

9/11 attacks ‘an incident’

Paris – French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has dismissed the September 11, 2001 attacks as an “incident”, saying the death toll of 3 000 was equal to the number of people killed in Iraq in a month.

Le Pen made the comment in an interview published on Wednesday with the Catholic newspaper La Croix during which he praised Islamic leaders for condemning the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

“The September 11 event, or one could say incident, prompted a certain number of people to distance themselves (from Islamic extremism) to avoid falling under the barrage of accusations that was then unleashed,” said Le Pen.

Commenting on the death toll from the attacks, Le Pen said: “3 000 dead, that is how many die in Iraq in a month and it’s far less than the deaths in the Marseille or Dresden bombings at the end of the Second World War.”

It’s also probably far fewer than the number of cowardly quisling bastards who formed the Vichy “government.”

Vichy France

On July 10, 1940, the National Assembly, faced with imminent military defeat by Germany, gave full power to Marshal Philippe Pétain. In 1940, Pétain was known mainly as a World War I hero, the winner of Verdun. As last President of the Council of the Third Republic, Pétain suppressed the parliament and immediately turned the regime into a non-democratic government collaborating with Germany.

Vichy France was established after France surrendered to Germany on June 22, 1940, and took its name from the government’s administrative centre in Vichy, southeast of Paris. Paris remained the official capital, to which Pétain always intended to return the government when this became possible. While officially neutral in the war, Vichy actively collaborated with the Nazis, including, to some degree, with their racial policies.

Hey, Le Pen! Do you want a full demographic breakdown of how many perished in that “incident” of September 11, 2001 in the city I was born and raised in? Or would you be satisfied to know only how many Jews, how many queers, and how many of those with non-white skin died?

See What Fluorescent Lighting Did 5,000 Years Ago?

February 21, 2007

The ancient girl with the golden eye: 5,000 year old priestess found

The body of a strikingly tall 5,000-year-old woman with an artificial golden eye has been discovered in Iran.

Those damned fluorescents killed one of her eyes. I know it!

Don’t You Bastards DARE To Even TRY This Here!

February 21, 2007

Australia to Ban Old-Style Light Bulbs

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.

I cannot stand fluorescent lighting! It saps my energy, makes me sleepy, fogs my brain, and destroys what’s left of my eyesight.

I’m not one to erect barricades and start a revolution, but this shit would do it!

He Does It So They Never See A BSOD

February 21, 2007

Bill Gates keeps close eye on kids’ computer time

The Microsoft founder said his 10-year-old daughter, his oldest child, was not a hard-core Internet and computer user until this year, when she started at a school where the students use tablet computers for almost everything.

Gee, tablet computer or, cough, TabletPC?

It’ll be the girl who catches on to him first. At about, oh, between 14 to 16, she’ll look around at the history of products her daddy put out — especially the earliest Windows — and will exclaim in shock, horror, and disgust: “Eeewwww. Daddy, you got rich selling people shit!”

Now there’s something Steve Jobs’ kids will never say.

LifeDrive Notes: Getting A Mac To Do .PDB Files

February 21, 2007

Grinding Out Document PDB’s with PorDiBle

In the distant past (before I traded my Windows rig in on a shiny MacBook), I had a stable of applications to move documents from my PC to my Palm T3. Now that the PC is history, and I’ve joined the Mac Revolution, I’ve found that the choices for accomplishing this task are more limited.

Gerry Anderson’s Dick Spanner, P.I.

February 21, 2007

Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 1 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 2 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 3 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 4 of 5)
Dick Spanner P.I. – Episode 1 – (Part 5 of 5)

Dick Spanner, P.I. was a tongue-in-cheek 1986 British television series filmed entirely in stop-motion animation, starring mild-mannered robot private detective Dick Spanner (voiced by Shane Rimmer).

The series consisted of 22 six-minute episodes, covering two story arcs: “The Case of the Human Cannonball” and “The Case Of The Maltese Parrot”, both consisting of 11 episodes each. The programme was originally seen in the UK as part of Sunday morning show Network Seven, but was later given a late night showing, where its sly satire and sight-gags could perhaps be better appreciated.

As far as I know, this has never been seen in the U.S. and is unlikely to get here via DVD, either.

This is what YouTube is good for: Letting us deprived Americans see the stuff the Brits have had for ages.

See it before someone with more power than brains classifies it as a DMCA violation and it gets a takedown put on it. Don’t forget, Firefox users: Video Downloader is your friend!

Damn! That was fast! Gone 24 hours after I encountered them. As the saying goes, I got mine, Jack!

Second Update: Hey, You Suits who hold the rights! Release it on DVD in the U.S., dammit!

Third update: I’ve emailed the rights holder to ask for a US DVD release. You should too. One Media Publishing Ltd.