Thursday, December 21, 2006

Parking, Fifth Gear style...

This looks like so much fun.

I would love to have the time and spare cars to practice stuff like this, just for the hell of it.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I hate Dr. Phil...

I hate Dr. Phil. If ever there was a more manufactured talk show host than Dr. Phil, I have yet to see it.

At least Jerry Springer and Maury Povich are pretty up front about the show they produce. We know that half of all Jerry's guests are actors, and the other half high class trailer trash.

Dr Phil's guests, on the other hand, are supposedly real and he offers his solutions on what they should do to fix their lives. It seems to resonate with his target audience. What is Dr Phil's target audience you ask? The same as Oprah's audience: female, probably a fan of 'Grey's Anatomy' and a little heavier than before she had the kids.

I think Dr Phil has found his ratings flagging and needs some controversy to boost the fortunes of his show. The following video is pretty close to proving that correct...

 There are a few things wrong with this video:

  • If Dr Phil really wanted to not publicise the Bumfight videos, why did he even invite the guy onto the show? I'm sure a lot more people now know about Bumfight than they did before.
  • The would have to be the lamest attempt at looking like you were taking the moral high ground. It may work with the stupid women who watch your show, but for the majority of society they can see right through it. I'm sure Dr Phil saw the video before the show and if he was so pissed off about, why did it even get broadcast?
  • Even before Dr Phil said "Stop the tape", the tape had already stopped with quite a lame static effect.
  • Congratulations to Ty for mocking Dr Phil quite well. That haircut was great.

I think I might go download some Bumfight videos...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Angry, angry man...

Henry Rollins, probably one of the angriest men on the planet, has always had a lot to say about social issues which has kind of turned him into a cult figure for the disaffected. Whether you believe with the man's views or not, you have to say he does is quite passionate about whatever he chooses to talk.

I have been a casual observer of Henry for a few years now, I was lent a few of his spoken word releases on CD, and he really does know how to use language quite powerfully. Maybe that is part of him being a songwriter.

What I have found for you below is a pretty passionate video of Henry teeing off on the issue of net neutrality, an issue some see as a US government sponsored effort to take a voice away from the people.

He starts the rant like this (transcript here):
Freedom is under attack. Under attack by hysterical and well funded Christian psychotics, intellectually undernourished leaders who lie and manipulate information, overfed Baby Huey coward bitch motherfuckers like Karl Rove and their suck up weakling apologists like Sean Hannity. To question authority is to be somehow unpatriotic, unAmerican and in league with terrorists worldwide?

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Banned by MTV

Faithless has another single out for consumption by the masses. Following on from the last few releases from them, it follows the same theme of war.

What sets this song apart is the cool video that has been made for it. Have a look below:

Directed by: Howard Greenhalgh


MTV refused to broadcast this clip.


Director said "I didn't see the video as particularly political, pro war, or anti war. It's actually a representation of where we are all at right now. War infects all our lives; recently it feels that this has increasingly become 'our way of life'"

The only reason why this won't be shown on MTV is solely due to the coffin with the US flag draped over it. The US seem a little too sensitive when it comes to seeing their soldiers come home dead. It's a fucking war, people die.

Or maybe it is guilt of sending these troops to their deaths all based on a myriad of lies.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Daylight Savings, finally!

WA will get a three-year daylight saving trial after upper house MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the controversial bill.

Just after 3.30pm yesterday, upper house MPs voted 21-10 in favour of the bill, despite last week's delays and debate.

The state's lower house passed a bill last month which would introduce daylight saving from December 3 for a three-year trial, to be followed by a referendum in 2009. - From News.com.au

About time goddamit. Not about time we have daylight savings, but about time the pollies actually made a decision on the matter. The last week or so, the DLS bill has been discussed in the upper house at great length. It was even quite clear that MPs opposed to the bill were deliberately stalling the process in order to try and stop the clocks being moved forward this year.

There has been all sorts of outcry over this subject. The list of grievances include:

  • The decision was undemocratic - We vote democratically to have our representatives in the houses of parliament vote on matters for us. In this matter they voted for a trial of DLS, to be followed with a referendum.
  • We have already voted 3 times on this - Since the last referendum on DLS 14 years ago, the population of WA has grown by about 400,000 people. Take into account the people who were unable to vote previously and you have a very different population voting on this issue in 3 years time. Just because a decision was made 14 years ago, does not mean that it is to stay that way forever.
  • Parents will have a hard time putting kids to bed - Forget about the faded curtains and cows that won't produce milk, this whinge is the new age anti-DLS argument. Parents just need to learn how to say 'No' to their kids. And conversely, having it be dark much longer in the mornings will probably mean the kids sleep a bit longer.

I lived with DLS as I grew up in various states of Australia and I thought it was great. Being able to have dinner and still have an hour or so to play was great. I am hoping in 3 years time when the people of WA have experienced DLS as part of normal life will vote to keep it part of our calendar.

YMYT*

* Yet More YouTube

Lots of film of Jeremy Clarkson destroying cars...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More good stuff from YouTube

I know I have already put up a few videos today, but fuck it, this is my blog and I can do what I want.

Here is a couple more videos.

First one is a very funny looking movie. I hope it lives up to the trailer.

The french seem to like taking something fairly normal and taking to an extreme, Le Parkour is a good example. Here is a French dude who thought rollerblading on two feet wasn't enough, so he strapped another couple of dozen wheels and castors to his body.

No wonder they end up dead...

US Death toll in Iraq: 2,865

With fun activities like what is shown in the video below, that score is bound to go higher...

What goes around...

John Safran has been aptly described as a guerilla filmmaker and the following clip demonstrates his inflammatory methods quite well. Enjoy.

The tide has turned...

Just a few short years ago, the following video would have got MSNBC and Keith Olbermann labelled un-American and a terrorist sympathiser. But now, as the US (and the world) is waking up to the lies spewed forth by Bush and his cronies, the following video is viewed as good reporting.

Keith Olberman on Bush and Vietnam

Did you notice the little cameo by our 'arse-licking' PM in the footage from Vietnam? Snivelling little fuck.

Friday, November 17, 2006

This guy wants to be PM?

The leader of the federal opposition, Kim Beazley, seems to be trying really hard to look mentally deficient.

He has made yet another name mix up when offering condolences to Rove McManus on the death of his wife. Instead of expressing sympathy to Rove McManus, he instead expressed his sympathy to Karl Rove, George Bush's deputy head of staff.

FEDERAL Opposition Leader Kim Beazley has committed a major blunder, confusing grieving TV host Rove McManus with White House strategist Karl Rove.

McManus's wife, actor Belinda Emmett, was farewelled at a funeral in Sydney today after succumbing to cancer last weekend at the age of 32.

Mr Beazley began a press conference in Sydney today by expressing his sympathy - but to the wrong Rove.

"The first thing I want to say is this - today, our thoughts and the thoughts of many, many Australians will be with Karl Rove as he goes through the very sad process of burying his beloved wife," Mr Beazley said.

"And I just want him to know that my thoughts and the thoughts of my colleagues are very much with him today." - from News.com.au

Listen to it here (mp3).

Is Kim going senile?

This isn't the first time he has made a major mistake like this, last year he referred to accused druggie Michelle Leslie and Michelle Lee, and earlier this year mixed up the Reserve Bank Governor and Resources Minister, both have the same name Ian Macfarlane.

Like the Democrats in the US, the Libs don't even have to try to discredit the Labour party. They do it quite well on their own.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Fremantle, the stinky port city...

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Fremantle, a city that tries really hard to be a hub for tourists and locals alike with its great range of pubs, restaurants and other attractions, has a problem. A really big problem. And I'm not talking about the homeless folk and the drunk aboriginals having a corroboree down the park with that bags of goon and slabs of Emu Bitter.

The problem is that every couple of weeks the city smells like an ovine toilet (for those in the know, the Trilogy toilet was on a par). The livestock carriers that turn up to be loaded with anywhere between 70,000 and 125,000 sheep for transport to the Middle East.

I'm not against the transportation of live animals by ship (from what I have seen, the conditions have improved for the animals by a huge amount in the last few years), but when you get thousands of sheep that shit and piss in a very small space, you are gonna get some serious issues. Out in the middle of the ocean it doesn't really matter, but in port it is a horrible thing.

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Fremantle has been a place where all tourists that visit Perth usually head to. I wonder what the tourists take away with them (other than an upset stomach) when they get a whiff of the horrible smell that wafts around the city every few weeks. 

What about the people who live in Freo? They seem to be silent on the matter. Do they have some strange affection with the smell of sheep urine? And do these people really think spending over half a three quarters of a million dollars on a (small) house with harbour views that also has harbour smells is a valuable investment?

GMail for mobile

Google have taken another step towards being omnipotent with the release of their new product, GMail for mobile.

It is an excellent little Java app for your Java-enabled mobile phone. It doesn't just allow you to look at your email from your phone, it also supports viewing images and even PDFs.

Sure, it isn't exactly easy to compose and read emails on a 5 cm, 320x240 resolution screen using a alphanumeric keypad, but for those times when you need to keep an eye on your email it works really well.

The only downside is the stupidly expensive GPRS data rates that all the mobile carriers have.

Rally Australia 2006 Wrap-up

Yeah, I know it is a bit late but last week was totally nuts with car, kid and work stuff.

But here is the best of the photos I took from the weekend:

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To view all the good photos from the weekend, go see my Rally Australia 2006 Flickr set.

Friday, October 27, 2006

We're off to see the rally, the wonderful rally of Oz...

...for the last time in Western Australia for the forseeable future.

My favourite time of year has rolled around again. Rally Australia 2006 kicked off last night at the Gloucester Park Super Special Stage. Today I off down in Dwellingup having a hoon on some nice gravel roads in an effort to get to spectator points before the first cars came through.

Here are some of my pics from today:

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I must send a big thanks out to an Officer Naydin (I think) of the WA Police Service who didn't give me a ticket for 70 in a 60 zone on the way out of Pinjarra this morning. He said to me: "Doing 70 in a 60 is not a heinous crime. I'm not going to book you but watch your speed.". After he took my details for their log book, he bid me good day and sent me on my way, albeit slightly slower.

Coming soon: Miss Rally Australia Finalists 2006

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Where the streets probably have a name...

But you don't care because the noise is so fantastic...

This video is just plain amazing. After the Brazilian Grand Prix on the weekend, where the World Drivers Championship was awarded to Fernando Alonso and the World Constructors Championship was awarded to Renault, Red Bull Racing put one of their cars out on the streets of Sao Paulo in a wonderful bit of marketing for Red Bull.

What an absolutely amazing sound that is...

I don't know if it would be more spectacular if it was dry or not. Seeing Christian Klien fight the car when he hits the white lines, large puddles or even puts some throttle on.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My ears! My ears!

From News.com.au:

BE warned: Peter Andre and Jordan's appalling new duet is four minutes and twenty-two seconds you will never get back.



A recording of the Australian singer and his ultra-tanned bimbo wife singing the song "A Whole New World'' has been doing the industry email rounds in recent days.



Apparently set to end up on a Christmas covers album in the UK, the tabloid couple ramble tragically through the song they danced to at their wedding last year.




I thought I would give it a listen thinking 'it can't be that bad'....







Well I was wrong. Very very very wrong. I think I need to listen to some Hendrix or Black Sabbath turned up to 11 just to cleanse my ears of that awful rubbish. Some people should never be allowed near a microphone.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Anticipation...

One of the most aniticipated cars in a long time seems like it is nearly ready for general consumption. What you see below are photos of the new Nissan Skyline GT-R. It seems fairly close to the concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

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Let's just hope those canvas panels aren't covering up some ugly features.

Thanks to Winding Road for the scoop.

Looking very close to the sensational GTR-Proto concept shown back in 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show, the 2008 Skyline appears to be in its final stages of development, as evidenced by these KGP Photography shots of the car caught testing at the Nürburgring.

While all previous Skylines were sedan-derived, the new model will reportedly gain its own two-door architecture, which bodes well for the car from a performance standpoint.

Prevailing rumors have the car taking on a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, itself derived from the engine in the 350Z. Power bogeys put the mill in the range of 450 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of twist. In true Skyline fashion, the car will be all-wheel-drive, with a further evolution of the GT-R’s electronic ATTESA ET-S torque-sensing system, tied into a four-wheel steering system.

All of which should be good for a 0-60 miles-per-hour time of well under 4 seconds, and a top speed somewhere on the ambitious end of 180 mph.

Hamster crash footage...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Guest Post: So speaking about crappy manufacturing....

North Korea, that crazy old uncle of China and South Korea tested it's first nuclear weapon... Now when other countries test nukes it's always a little like them wondering if fire is still hot. North Korea on the other hand doesn't have the most stellar record getting it's missiles to work. The Tae Po Dong tests for example conducted recently were spectacular failures mostly breaking up over the ocean.

So it's little wonder really that they feel the need to test them. Should the world really be that worried though. South Korea which hasn't been crippled by sanctions or a crazy old uncle in charge (that's you Kim Il Jong in case you're reading :P) took many, many years to get building a car right. I'm sure we all remember the first Hyundai Excels that were "tested" on the world. Some would argue that even now they're only just starting to catch up. So if it takes 15 years for the smarter country to get something as simple as a car right (or at least passable) how long will it take the crazy, dog food eating, cardigan general?

Even if they do manage to get it to 'work' (by which I mean not blowing up in a silo, launchpad or over one of their own cities) what would they want to do with it? They might think having a crack at South Korea is a good idea... but that's a pretty close target so the fallout would undoubtedly affect the North as well (probably doing billions of dollars in improvements however). What about Japan? Those two have never really seen eye to eye but they are a little further away and to get there they'd probably have to fire it over China or at least Chinese air space. Even a crazy like Kim would have to know that pissing off a country with a massive (bored) standing army, nukes of their own and a billion people who live just across a line in the jungle from you might not be a good idea... China had no trouble at all getting a lot of soldiers into Korea in the 50s to help the North so I'm sure they still know the way to the border.

Of course Nth Korea isn't the only country with a nutter in charge. There's a religious zealot in this far off land of the United States of America who has "nucular" weapons all of his own. So perhaps what it might come to is two crazy uncles sitting on their porches with big guns trying to shoot garden gnomes off each others porches. In that case I'm not sure who I'd pick as the winner. Uncle George has more weapons and they work but he's not quite as crazy as Uncle Kim which could count against him.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Jong Deh Electronic Factory...

The other day I had to get the screwdriver out to fix the DVD player that Calvin uses to watch Bob the Builder, Hi-5, The Wiggles, Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Little Red Tractor. And no, Calvin didn't try to watch them all at the same time, one of the little tension springs that keeps the drive bay door shut came away and was causing some sticking issues. I removed the cover of this $79 DVX Strathfield cheapie DVD player and was surprised at the lack of hardware contained inside. The contents were:
  • One DVD drive
  • One power supply module PCB
  • One logic and video processor PCB
  • One control panel PCB...
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So much spare space in a fairly small unit really. I had a close look at the DVD drive to see what sort it was and what I found gave me some amusement.

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Look closely at the image above and have a look at the location where the unit was made.
XINGDAKENG LONGDONG LONGGANG SHENZHEN CHINA


I would hate to have to write that as my return address on tax returns and other semi-important stuff, but in Mandarin it probably translates to just 4 or 5 characters.

The drive it turns out is a fairly standard unit that is used in a lot of generic brand DVD players. It is probably used in brand name players too but those companies would at least relabel the drives to their own specs.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Whinge, whinge...

When Microsoft does something wrong, there is a deafening roar when the anti-MS crowd take up their loudhailers and scream to the world that Microsoft is evil. But when Microsoft does something right, those same people roar again that Microsoft is being anti-competitive and abusing the monopoly. I'm sorry guys, you can't have it both ways...

The latest subject that the anti-MS crowd are going nuts about is the PatchGuard system that has been included in Windows Vista. This new feature is an attempt by Microsoft to stop malicious programs having access to the kernel of Vista and creating all sorts of havoc. Finally Microsoft are implementing a security feature that nearly all other mainstream operating systems have in place.

Enter Symantecand McAfee, two anti-virus software vendors that have built a good profitable business on protecting Windows users from malicious programs and viruses, have started complaining about the move towards a more secure Windows kernel. My personal experience with some of the products that Symantec and McAfee produce has always eneded with pain and a reformat. Software that doesn't remove itself fully when you ask it to be uninstall is a fundamental sin in my mind.

An article from Ars Technica regarding Symantec's attack on Microsoft:
Symantec and Microsoft have always had an uneasy relationship: the former depends on the latter for a platform for its products, yet often finds itself in direct competition with the software giant. Now, with Microsoft's new operating system Vista still on pace for release in January 2007, Symantec is warning that the OS may harm it and other security software companies. In a statement released today, Symantec communications director Chris Paden said that Vista will "reduce consumer choice" when it comes to computer security.

Paden's beef is with the new Windows Security Center, an update to the control panel that made its first appearance with Windows XP's Service Pack 2. He claims that the interface comes with default programs to handle virus protection, a software firewall, and a spyware scanner, and that the user can install replacements for these applications but not access them through the security center program.

At least as of Windows Vista RC1, some of his claims are true, but not all of them. A clean install of Vista does come with a firewall (based on an enhanced version of the Windows XP SP2 firewall) and anti-spyware courtesy of Windows Defender, but does not come with any anti-virus software (the Security Center complains about this via an orange shield with an exclamation point in the taskbar notification area, and urges the user to install a third-party AV program). The default Windows Vista "Welcome Center" contains an icon to subscribe to Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare, which includes AV support, but the icon is not visible from the Security Center. As far as the firewall and anti-spyware applications go, the Security Center doesn't appear to have any easily-accessible way to swap out these programs for third-party equivalents. Indeed, the firewall panel even warns that "Two or more firewalls running at the same time can conflict with each other."


This article from Reuters about McAfee taking out a full page ad that attacks Microsoft:
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft is working to hamstring software companies trying to overcome "inherent weaknesses" in Windows security, rival McAfee Inc. charged in a full-page ad in Monday's Financial Times.

McAfee, Symantec and other security software companies argue Microsoft's new Vista operating system will make it more difficult to protect customers because for the first time, they have been denied access to the core of the operating system.

Microsoft says it may withhold shipping Vista to European Union states when it distributes the operating system next month to computer makers and companies, out of concern about enforcement action. But no decision has been made.

"Our goal is to deliver a fully innovative, secure version of Windows Vista that is compliant with EU law. We have an ongoing and constructive dialogue with the Commission on these issues," a Microsoft spokesman said.

McAfee's ad echoes comments by Symantec officials in a recent interview that Microsoft has withdrawn cooperation as it moves to substitute their security software with its own, giving its own product a leg-up in Windows.

They say they are denied access to the heart of the operating system through built-in software locks, which makes it much harder to protect.


I really think that Symantec and McAfee can fuck off and die. Their reliance on a flaw in the older Windows kernels has allowed them to create a business based on the very insecurities that they are setting out to protect the users from. This is a questionable position to sit in and is bound to end in disaster from the outset. Now, when they see their whole business plan going down the drain, instead of coming up with another way to secure Windows, they go running to the EU and see if they can get some protection from them. Losers.

A comment on Digg says it much better than I ever could:
What the text should have said:

"We at McAfee have a serious problem. We bitched and moaned for over a decade about the lack of security in Microsoft Windows. We even built a business on cleaning up after them. So after all the years and all of the nasty comments we had made, imagine our surprise when Microsoft actually tightened security and even provided their own anti-virus software. Well we're kind of in a bad place spot now. While Microsoft has essentially done what we have asked, they have also pretty much put us out of business.

So we would like to ask you, the consumer, to take pity on us and convince Microsoft to not give you something for free that you could pay us for. Thanks :)"

The art of the parody...

Weird Al is back with a new album and the master of parodies has done another great job. This time parodying Chamillionaire's piece of rap Ridin'.

Here are the videos:


Friday, September 29, 2006

This shit is fucked up right here...



I really don't know what to make of this... Which part is more important?

The fact the soldiers did a runner and left 3 contractors to die or that this guy is whinging that he got shot and nearly killed in a war zone while he was chasing the big dollars from a fucked up multinational corporation...

God Save The Queen...

No, I haven't suddently become a monarchist, I am talking about the song this F1 car plays. You read that right, an F1 car pumping out some tunes.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Lucky girl...

This is an amazing crash. 165 mph into a wall and the driver came out just a little shaken. Katherine Legge is one lucky woman.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Family Truckster

The Paris Motor Show opens in a few days and one of the main show cars there will be a Ford Mondeo Concept. As you can see by the photos below, this is one good looking wagon. Whether these great looks migrate across to the production version remains to be seen though.

The new Mondeo lifts several cues from the Iosis concept that debuted in Frankfurt, which, according to Ford, is defined as 'kinetic design.' The wagon sports an aggressive front fascia, with very pronounced air dams that compliment a set of tautly drawn headlamps. Aft of the a-pillar is typical wagon fare, donning a strong crease in the beltline, which flows into an equally aggressive LED taillight arrangement. Beginning with the S-MAX and Mondeo, Ford maintains that this new "face" of the Blue Oval's European line will carry over to all its models over the coming years.











Hmmm... Has Subaru lost it?

Since 2000, Subaru have been doing a lot of playing with the Impreza to try new looks and much of their work has received fairly bad reactions. But, people are still buying Impreza's in decent numbers so brand loyalty and quality may count for a lot.

The infamous bug-eyed Impreza started the trend and the current 'plane grille' look seems to be holding up to the ugly stick quite well. Now that the man responsible for some of the bad decisions has being given the boot, and Toyota has bought in, the look of the Impreza is changing again.

From drive.com.au:
In an attempt to shed its boy-racer image, Subaru has toned down the look of its cult car, the Impreza WRX. As these spy shots show, the Japanese manufacturer has opted for a more conventional European hatchback look for the new Impreza.

The disguised WRX hatch was spotted undergoing hot-weather testing in California. Engineers in a Volkswagen Golf GTI were tailing the car, giving an indication of where Subaru is aiming.


If the spy pics below are any indication, the Subaru designers have more than toned down the Impreza, they have turned it into a boring fuckin' Corolla.... Oh well, at least they haven't taken it to Camry levels of boredom.

Here are the pics:
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Beer, glorious beer...

And don't forget some sort of ignition...



I love the beer can disappearing into the TV at 1:19. Just great...

Now for the trusty spud gun... (Sorry for the flashbacks James)



Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Now this is original...

While on the drive home yesterday afternoon, I was listening to Robbie Buck on triple j and he was talking about how some band put a home made music video onto YouTube and Google Videoand have now gone big.

I went and hunted down the music video and here it is:



For a music video that cost $1000 to make, it certainly puts to shame a fair few 'professional' videos that cost ten to a hundred times as much to produce.

Here are some more links if you want to find out some more:
- Wikipedia entry for 'OK Go'
- 'A Million Ways' (Google Video)
- 'Invincible' (Google Video)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Something borrowed... (from The Simpsons)

Can't advertising types get a little more original than the crap they seem to be producing. For most people the following ad would seem to be quite original and clever...



But for those that watch The Simpsons will scream plagiarism... As the haze of nostalgia floats over your eyes, watch the following clip...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

We have a winner...

We have a winner for what you may well ask. Have a look at the picture below and the category for the winner will become self-apparent...



Isn't that the ugliest car ever seen? Well maybe not yet, the current holder of that title is the Porsche Cayenne. I think we will have to wait to decide on who the real winner of this prize.

Source (and here, translated from French)

Fuckin' Fuck Counter...

Now this is fuckin' comedy!

WARNING: Language warning!



If you want to see more of Chopper, watch Channel 10 at 9 pm on Thursday nights.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

5 years...



Well, 5 years has passed since September 11. A date that will no longer be remembered for anything other than the terrorist attacks on the WTC towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washinton DC.

5 years on and the world has changed.

Afghanistan is experiencing great internal struggle, with assassinations and car bombings becoming commonplace. Afghanistan has been returned to the world's largest opium producer. Osama bin Laden is still out and about, probably plotting some more attacks against the US. Iraq is in the process of falling into civil war, with the US-led invasion the catalyst. Getting on a plane is more painful and time consuming than it should be, even worse if you look like a muslim (whatever a muslim looks like). You can't seem to wear the clothes you want anywhere near an airport. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it doesn't stop the powers that be from either imprisoning you without charge or controlling who you talk to. Israel and the US are well advanced in planning an attack on Iran.

In a lot of ways it has changed for the worse...

Friday, September 08, 2006

Who will be next?

After some more bad news, someone with a sense of humour has put together a poll on who the next Aussie will be to fall off the perch...



If you think of anyone else, leave their name in the comments. I think Rolf Harris is an obvious omission...

RIP Peter Brock

After the tragic news that was Steve Irwin's death from a sting-ray, it has just been released that Peter Brock this morning in a race crash during the Targa West tarmac rally in Western Australia.



Sky News and ABC News are reporting that while driving a Daytona Coupe in Targa West he left the road and hit a tree:
Racing legend Brock killed in car crash

Australian motor-sport legend Peter Brock is dead after his car hit a tree east of Perth today.

Brock was competing on the first day of the Targa West Rally when his vehicle hit a tree near the small community of Gidgegannup.

His co-driver has been taken to hospital but his condition is not known.

Brock was 61 years old. No other cars are believed to have been involved.

Known as 'Peter Perfect' and the 'King of the Mountain', Brock won the Bathurst 1000 nine times in the 1970s and 1980s and won the 1979 race by a record six laps.

He retired from full-time racing in 1997 but returned to Bathurst to win the 24-hour race in 2003.


The news of Steve Irwin's death was a shock, but this has been a bigger shock. I grew up watching Peter Brock racing in the Australian Touring Car Championship and especially his wins at Bathurst. I remember watching his huge crash in the Chev Monza at Adelaide International Raceway back in the mid 80s and people were shocked he escaped from that one.

I'm sure we will find out more of the next few hours and days...

Peter was a legend and will be missed by the hordes of fans (not just Holden fans either) around the country...


Thursday, September 07, 2006

Non-Tech related Wiki for Developers

Most of us develop to pay the bills (not exclusively though), and while there is an abundance of information on the web to navigate an API or object model, there isn't much information on how to navigate your career!

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey...

Oh well, I can hardly say it surprises me but not having Steve Irwin around to take the piss out of will be hard to get used to.
THE Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead.

He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.

It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest and reportedly into his heart .

He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was called about 11am (AEST) and an emergency services helicopter was flown to the crew's boat on Batt Reef, off the coast near Cairns, with a doctor and emergency services paramedic on board.

Irwin had a puncture wound to the left side of his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.


I suppose we can all be sure that he died doing what he loved... provoking dangerous animals until they fucking snap...

I think Steve just met the most dnagerous sting-ray in the entire world...

Always bigger and better...

The US has a long history of making sure their efforts always end up being the biggest, longest or brashest. Well they have managed to do it again.

Nearly 5 years on from the (supposed) terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US has just reached a milestone in their War on Terror. The 3rd of September marked the point that the US death toll from the War on Terror has surpassed the death toll from September 11. Of course this death toll includes the US deaths in Iraq only because the US Government says the invasion of Iraq was for terrorist reasons, even though it has now been shown to be false.

One has to ask, if the US people were given the choice to seek revenge on real and supposed enemies in a double-or-nothing death toll deal, would they have taken it?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

How bad would you feel...

A couple of parents in New Zealand believed they were teaching their son a lesson when they reported him for stealing the family car. But instead of just teaching him a simple lesson, it turned into a lesson that cost him his life.
The parents of 17-year-old Liam Ashley, who was beaten to death en route to prison, say they were the ones who charged him with theft.

Ashley was found badly beaten in the back of a Chubb Security van on Thursday night. Although he was revived by paramedics at the scene, he died on Friday.

Ashley's family say his parents wanted to teach him a lesson about the consequences of breaking the law. He had taken his mother's car without permission so they had him charged him with theft.

On Thursday Ashley appeared at the North Shore District Court. The judge offered him bail but his parents chose to send him to prison as a deterrent.

But on the trip to Auckland Central Remand prison, he was believed to have been strangled and assaulted by two others in the van.


How must the parents be feeling at this point in time? It isn't their fault he was strangled and assaulted but they had their chance to save him from going to jail and refused to take it. That has to play on their minds for a long time.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Go Dockers...

Today is the second Derby of the year between the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles and is should be the closest matched teams in a long time. A win to the Dockers will virtually guarantee them a top 4 finish for the second chance in the finals. And with that comes a home final. Go Dockers!!!

I wonder if the Eagles crowd will boo if a Docker wins the Glendinning medal when an Eagle was easily the best player on the ground...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rally Oz has found a new home...

And it isn't in Western Australia.

The beureaucratic mess that is the Australian Rally Comission has finally come to an agreement with a promoter to stage Rally Australia for 5 years from 2007.

From rally.com.au:
After more than 12 months of speculation on the future of Australia’s Round of the World Rally Championship it can be revealed exclusively that the event has found a new home in Queensland, to be based within 50 kilometres of Brisbane. rally.com.au received confirmation earlier this afternoon that CAMS has sent word to the FIA that it has secured a long-term agreement with a local promoter.

The future of Rally Australia was originally thrown into turmoil when it was unceremoniously dumped by the West Australian Government in early 2005, the organisers and local Government sighting return on investment as the key factor in its decision to discard the event. Under the existing contract with CAMS the event was obliged to continue to run for both 2005, and 2006 unless a new home was found in the interim.

While speculation and rumour have abounded during that time, with Queensland and ACT consistently regarded as the front-runners, specific updates or details have been few and far between.

Australian Rally Commission Chairman Garry Connelly had indicated earlier this year that he was hopeful of an Easter announcement, however with that date coming and going Connelly remained quietly confident whenever questioned on the topic that a new location for the event would be found.

The confirmation this afternoon that the event will be based in the South-East corner of Queensland comes as a significant boost to the sport. With details still relatively light on, it can be revealed that the new event will run from 2007 onwards, although this is subject to FIA calendaring, and that the current agreement is set for 5-years with two further 5-year options.

The most intriguing detail though concerns the precise location of the base for the rally and the proposed stages. The statement delivered to rally.com.au specified a new, permanent facility within 50 kilometres of Brisbane; however actual details are still to be announced.

It has long been assumed that the event would utilize forestry stages in and around and Sunshine Coast’s Glass House Mountains. Therefore it is within reason that the event could be staged from of one of Brisbane’s outer major centers, for instance Caboolture, which would place it well within easy drive of both the CBD and the Sunshine Coast forests.

Full details are expected to be delivered to the rallying world’s media at the final Rally Australia in Western Australia in late October.


All well and good. It at least keeps a round of the WRC in Australia. And it might just provide a nice excuse to go to Queensland each year for a holiday. If they stage it at the right time, you might even be able to take in another event (Bathurst, Indy, F1) whilst on the same trip.

But isn't there rules about having a round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship before a WRC event can be held on those stages?



Stacked Actors...

Stack dead actors
Stacked to the rafters
Line up the bastards
All I want is the truth


Is it just me, or does it seem that Steve McQueen is getting more work as a dead actor in commercials than he ever did when he was alive?

We all know about the old Shell Great Escape ad from the late eighties, yesterdays Hummer ad had an appearance by Mr McQueen, here are some more modern ads, both from Ford:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

False advertising...



Totally false advertising. This is really irresponsible by Hummer...

No H3 has been or will ever go offroad. They will be used to ferry kids to and from school and for the drive down to Wal-mart. Just like nearly every other privately owned 4WD on this earth.

Monday, August 21, 2006

And the winner is...

I think we have just found the Moron of the Year winner. No more nominations accepted...

Ingredients:
- Balcony
- 2 litres of carbonated beverage
- Handful of Mentos
- Idiot

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Pigs with Muscle...

The NYPD have just taken delivery of some of the coolest cop cars to ever cruise NY streets.
 

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Monday the department would be testing 15 flashy new 2006 Dodge Chargers on regular patrols, giving the NYPD a new top speed of 150 mph. The cars go from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds and stop much faster than NYPD's current fleet of Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias, which max out at 110 mph.

They also get better gas mileage than the Crown Vic.

I think the title of coolest cop car in the world goes to the Italians with the Lamborghini Gallardo (even though it was donated by Lamborghini and not a real purchase).