I still don’t have much of a voice and added to that I now have a lovely sinus-headache and truly beautiful chesty cough. I think I’ve changed me mind – right now I can only imagine some Dr. doing research in germ warfare would be interested in me.
But all of the above doesn’t impede by Roasting abilities (though it might make me more cynical/bitter than usual). Have fun 😉
It’s been a while since I stumbled across a site that genuinely stopped me in my tracks and forced me to read it in more depth because I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. So it kind of gives me the warm fluffies to bring you Stop the ACLU. I say kind of, because the content disturbs ten kinds of hell out of me for many, many reasons. The site might be better entitled “welcome to the Dark Side of the Web”. I could list the pages that most shocked/angered/bemused me but that would (1) take far too long, (2) probably end up with me listing their entire site and (3) give them inbound links and page rank they really don’t deserve. In the spirit of West Wing, which I’m in the middle of re-watching the entire run of for about the twentieth time, I ask you the following – when did being a liberal become such a bad thing?
I sound off with monotonous regularity about the US and the assorted bizarre things that are done in the name of mythic “National Security” so it’s only fair I say something when my own country is going gaga. At Stansted Airport, you have to leave a fingerprint when hiring a car. The line that worries me most is “The police will never see these thumbprints unless a crime is committed”. But when a crime *is* committed I don’t want the police running my fingerprint through their database – I don’t want to be ON that database in the first place! It’s a sad day when I realise I’d know more about my rights if I was American rather than British, but I’m pretty certain we have something analogous to the “not be asked to turn over evidence against ourselves that could, in the future, be used to incriminate us” or some such wording. Illegal search, I say! Illegal search!
Time for something a bit more positive – Baen Books are providing their e-books to disabled readers free of charge.
There’s really no way I can make the following link sound either sexy or interesting, so I’m not even going to try. I just learnt about a new HTML element (new to me, not new-new) and thought I would share in case other people hadn’t heard of it either: Definition Lists for use when you want to, well, list definitions! If you are already marching to the drum of semantic markup etc., then this is for you. If you’re not, go read about semantic markup somewhere and then be happy 😀
Moose really is earning her title of Head Minion. Rarely a day goes by without some piece of web-arcarna landing in my inbox – the latest being how to prank a telemarketer. (Warning – it should autoplay and is on a loop).
Penguin Speakers. For the iPod. I really don’t have to say anything else do I? (Other than subtly point out that Christmas is just around the corner… 😉 )
Apparently the Web is to blame for the current crisis in politics. I think it might have more to do with the current crop of politicians we have, but that’s just little cynical old me. The Internet has certainly made it easier for the dissatisfied to have a voice. Thinking about it, none of the three parties really have a platform I totally agree with or that is applicable to me and my peer group – er, how do you go about creating a new party?
For those who say they are happy with the way personal data is stored and used by our Government, I say look at how easy it was to crack the fancy-pants new biometric passports. The Home Office is reported to have commented “What use would my biometric image be to you?” I ask, so why do you want it in the first place?
Most people are now aware that penguins form lasting relationships with penguins of the same sex and even raise little baby penguins. They may be evil, but clearly they are a very progressive species. Anyway, someone wrote a children’s book about this phenomena, in particular about two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo that adopted an egg/chick (Tango). And now certain people in Illinois want the book banned. They are PENGUINS for jimminy-cricket’s sake! *gives up* There just aren’t the words.
And to end with two movie trailers that caught my eye:
Zodiac – I can pretty much already guess who the bad guy is going to be (the one named actor who doesn’t appear in the trailer…) but it still looks good. Well, it’s got Jake Gyllen-Whosit and Robert Downey Jr. in it, so it’s bound to look good 😉
Evan Almighty – I enjoyed Bruce Almighty. Morgan Freeman is an inspired choice as God. The trail did amuse me, but probably only “rent from the Library” amused, not “pay through the nose for the cinema” amused.