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Archive for November, 2013

Bruno Mars’ Ghost Treasure

Bruno Mars chanelling MJ 🙂
I remember when this editing style was state of the art for music videos – (yeah, around 30 years ago). Kool and the Gang had a whole stream of videos that did the ghosting technique to death. You don’t believe me? Check out the video below. Ha ha!!!


A Plan For Reforming English Spelling

Year 1: that useless letter ‘c’ would be dropped to be replaced either by a ‘k’ or ‘s’, and likewise ‘x’. The only case in which ‘c’ would be retained would be the ‘ch’ formation of which more later.
Year 2: reform ‘w’ spelling, so that ‘which’ and ‘won’ would take the same konsonant,
Year 3: might well abolish ‘y’ replasing it with ‘i’
Iear 4: fiks the ‘g/j’ anomali wonse and for all. Jenerally, improvement would kontinue iear bai iear.
Iear 5: do awai with useless double konsonants
Iears 6-12: modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants.
Bai iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridundant letez ‘c’, ‘y’ and ‘x’ – bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez – tu riplais ‘ch’, ‘sh’ and ‘th’ rispektivli. Fainali, xen, after sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl reform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

Often attributed to Mark Twain but believed to have been by an MJ Shields: adapted from Henry Hitchings’ fabulous book “The Language Wars – A History of Proper English”

Goodwill = GoodEvil

According to the blind obese boss of the charity Goodwill, anyone who criticises Goodwill charity bosses earning $500,000 pa while they pay some disabled workers as low as 22 cents an hour is ‘elitist’ and is against ‘success’ of the managers.

Sometimes you just want to kill some people for being so evil.

To Train Up A Child

Three parents have been convicted to date of murdering their children from following teachings in the book “To Train Up A Child”. Christian ministers Michael and Debi Pearl in the book advocate:

  • using plastic tubing to beat children,
  • “Blanket training” babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor etc.
  • “Swatting” babies as young as six months old with instruments such as “a 12-inch willowy branch,” thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon
  • Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline
  • Inflicting punishment until a child is “without breath to complain.”

Books like that of the Pearls presumably are allowed to be sold because of the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. While it is hard believing that Congress had this sort of thing in mind when it passed the Amendment (although I note they did so in the age of slavery, so who knows) but in any case society and humanity have moved on since 1776 (we’ve abolished physical slavery if not yet economic slavery) and therefore should this book be even allowed to be sold? Should freedom of speech include the preaching of sadistic behaviour and child abuse? Likewise should freedom of speech allow public advocation of any destructive thought that might pass through the head of a fellow human being: fatwas, the assassination of the President, nuclear apocalypse, genocide etc etc.

From both history and observation we see that freedom of any sort without commonsense, intelligence and some boundaries easily leads to the worst in people. In a sane and progressive community “To Train Up A Child” will be banned. Amazingly, you can buy the book on Amazon!



The Myth About Atheists


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Today I’m writing code – specifically, mucking about with SQL. For me, the best thing about writing code is that you can do just about anything you want. You want to build a database for your personal life stuff, build a story-writing tool, map the planets, design a wickedly evil game, generate a Matrix faux-world … you just get on and do it and you don’t need a boss, an office, government permission, religious supervision, bank loans and you certainly don’t have to take food out of the mouths of babies. However, you may need prodigious amounts of coffee and an insane tolerance for error.

So unlike most regular tasks where what you do is what it says on the job description, writing code takes you as far as your imagination can wander, that is, until you write something that results in this …


Patience my friend, patience.