Sunday, April 17, 2005

Amazing...

Yank stupidity always continues to amaze me, it is one of the constants in this world, along with whinging pom backpackers ('It's so hot!').

This
article really amazes me. In order to reduce dependance on foreign oil imports they could encourage car makers to make use of more environmentally friendly energy alternatives like the Toyota Prius and Peugeot 307 HDI, instead they decide to allow oil drilling in a massive nature reserve.

Fucking idiots.

I found something interesting on the Toyota US site, it shows all the Toyota models sorted by fuel mileage. Prius leads the pack at 51 mpg, and the Landcruiser brings up the rear at 17 mpg.
http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/modelselector/mpg.html

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Ponderings

Not getting much sleep due to a teething child has strange effects on your thoughts.

While watching some late night TV I was thinking about classifying some shows down to a basic level.

Here are some of my thoughts:
* Video Hits - 1902 phone based competitions ($0.55/minute) padded out with crap pop video clips
* Desperate Housewives - Escapism TV for women who feel better that these glamourous women cheat on their partners and have delinquent kids and/or partners, just like them
* Stargate: Atlantis - Possibly more fitting would be 'Stargate: Voyager', but without that scary Janeway character and no silly looking uniforms
* Battlestar Galactica - 'Home & Away' in space, with some CGI space scenes instead of beach scenes

Monday, April 11, 2005

Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang

In the same way that different cultures have their own language and colloquialisms, sub-cultures also develop their own language.

I found an example of this in the form of the
'Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang'. Some of the definitions are funnier than the actual terms.

Ones that tickled my funny bone include:
    auger v. to involuntarily take samples of the local geology, usually with one's face, during a crash.
    bacon n. scabs on a rider's knees, elbows, or other body parts.
    boing-boing n. a bike with full (front and rear) suspension. Might possibly be considered offensive by certain owners of said bikes.
    mandibular disharmony adv. how one's jaw feels when it and the handle bars attempt to occupy the same space and time. "Fuck!" "Pray, whats wrong?" "I've got mandibular disharmony."
    road rash n. contact dermatitis; an allergic reaction of skin to moving asphalt
    sharkbite n. the mark that your large chainring makes in your calf or other exposed body part when you fall
    trail mix n. the involuntary release of last night's dinner by the way it came in, usually with the assistance of too many adult beverages and accompanied by a long grinder
    wang chung n. what you might get when your stem has no nard guard

I experienced a bit of trail mix on a grinder yesterday... geez I need to work on my fitness a bit more. Although the run back down the said grinder was awesome, I reached 55 kmh before my tires decided to put me into a speed wobble, James reached 64 kmh.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Furry Slippers...

Has anyone seen that stupid Colgate ad where an annoying woman with ludicrously white teeth talks about having furry slippers on her teeth?

I have a proposal that advertising executives will be subject to a 3 strikes rule. If they ever come up with 3 ads deemed to be crap anytime in their career, they get shipped off to a gulag in Siberia or on the moon. You could also play their ads over and over to them for the rest of their lives.

I give them three chances as some ads do provide some entertainment and are deserving of some praise.

And if you think these ad execs will be lonely in Siberia or on the moon, they will be joined by politicians, lawyers, used car salespeople and real estate agents who do not get any chances before banishment. Maybe we could have a Minority Report styled police squad that as soon as a kid says he wants be any of the above professions he/she gets shipped off to the gulag straight away.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

About time...

I found this in the SMH...

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A climate-change levy, national energy-efficiency standards for buildings and an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target should be adopted by the Labor Party to strengthen its existing climate change policies, MP Peter Garrett said last night.

There should be also be a debate about the pros and cons of nuclear energy, the former rock singer and head of the Australian Conservation Foundation said, though he remained unconvinced it was a safe alternative.
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I think more effort needs to be put into the viability of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy has a bad reputation mainly due to the media and greenies putting their own spin on it.

The two incidents that always come to mind over nuclear energy is Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Three Mile Island was a non event, it was simply a small release of radioactive gas into the containment vessel. Safety barriers did their job and there was no risk to residents who lived nearby.

Chernobyl on the other hand was a major meltdown. During testing of reactor number 4, a series of safety procedures were disregarded and in combination with the flawed design of the reactor and untrained staff, the reactor overheated which caused a steam explosion that blew the lid off the reactor, releasing about 5% of the reactor core. Some 31 people were killed, and there have since been around ten deaths from thyroid cancer apparently due to the accident. A UN report in 2000 concluded that there is no scientific evidence of any significant radiation-related health effects to most people exposed. Reactor 3 at Chernobyl has only just been decommissioned.

There are many countries that rely on nuclear energy for the power needs, France, Indonesia, Russia, Britain and the US are all big users of nuclear energy. Modern reactor design virtually eliminates the possibility of meltdown. The waste produced is still an issue though. One of the best solutions I have heard is to encased the waste in super hard glass and dropped into tectonic subduction zones to be reabsorbed by the earth.

And even if we are worried about the effects of a meltdown here in Australia, why don't we put the reactor in the middle of nowhere, which coincidentally is closer to where the fuel is mined. Putting a reactor out near Kalgoorlie or Meekatharra where the population is virtually nil would be the smart place to put something like that.

What do you guys think?

Friday, April 01, 2005

The Pope

This big drama with the Pope's health is getting more than a tad annoying. Why don't they let him step down from his position so he can live out his remaining days without having the puppeteers arm up his butt forcing him to do activities that are detrimental to his health.

Or just remove his feeding tube like Mrs Schiavo...

DVD Jon strikes again...

I found this in SMH this morning...

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A young Norwegian who drew the ire of the Hollywood movie industry by breaking the encryption code for DVDs has now devised a program to circumvent Apple's anti-piracy system for its iTunes music download service, Norwegian media reported on Wednesday.
The program, called PyMusique, makes it possible for users to use iTunes on all operating systems and not just the authorised systems Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac Os, financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv said.

Jon Lech Johansen, 21, known in cyberspace as DVD Jon, created the program with two partners.

With PyMusique, users still have to pay for the tunes they want, but once paid for they can use them freely with no limits on copying, transfers or burning.

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When will the MPAA or RIAA offer Jon a job with a seriously large lump of cash to get him off the streets? Or else he will continue to thwart their efforts. Something about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer.