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Monday, May 30, 2011
Vlad the Impaler :-(
hen I was a small child - aged 3 or 4 - I was boxed around the ear by my maternal grandmother who impressed her rule#2 on my tiny mind, viz : Never, ever, again, try to catch a falling knife! ; she then bandaged up my cut finger and gave me a cookie :-)
For sixtythree years I have never had occasion to invoke that rule :-)
...this has not been my weekend. On friday I was preparing breakfast when my lumbago twinged hard. The cups and saucers I had been carrying to the dining room all did a passable imitation of a UFO (flying saucer, geddit? ;-)) resulting in 2 broken cups and a long lecture on the incompetence of men in general and me in particular, from SWMBO. Whence my bad conscience starting into the weekend.
Come saturday, again preparing fruits for breakfast, I saw the [sharp and pointy] chopping knife start to tip from the kitchen worktop. Stupidly, my bad conscience kicked in. Since I was wearing open-top sandals and would not have had time to move my feet (falling time from the kitchen worktop would be about 2/5 second, the trained physicist in me had guesstimated ), I instinctively grabbed for the sharp and pointy knife :-(
"Wrong thing to do!" screamed my subconcious, trying to drag the forgotten Rule#2 from its sleepy 63 year old archive ;-(
"Buggerit! Buggerit" screamed my index fingertip silently as it was 50% removed by the katana-esque steel...
Luckily, said fingertip started the knife rotating, so that it was the blunt handle that hit my foot 1/5 second later, thus I was not nailed to the kitchen floor and left hopping in circles :-) After washing the blood from my hand (and the worktop, and the floor , and the ceiling(!), and the cupboard) I was able to fix the wound with a couple of plasters; it wasn't as bad as I had feared, just an embuggerance as pTerry would say. Didn't stop my geocacher friends from laughing hilariously and nicknaming me Vlad the Impaler at our weekend event though :-(
Friday, May 27, 2011
Salt of the Earth :-)
has been asking
Thursday, May 26, 2011
For Edward Lear fans, two dear friends :-)
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Biblical Zombie Apocalypse ;-)
enny asked in the previous comments "What has all this (aka The Rapture) got to do with the Zombie Apocalypse?".
Besides Z.A. being the name of a '90s metalcore band of mean repute, and a 1978 track from an EP album by the even less well known death metal band Mortician and a tedious shoot-em-up video game (merely mentioned for completeness), it is also a mediocre theme in fiction. Richard Matheson's 1954 novel I Am Legend is said to be the first of the genre; it was used as the basis of the terrible apocalyptic movie Night of the Living Dead, made back in 1968.
However, I Am Legend was NOT the first of the genre seeing as how there are zombies (The Living Dead) mentioned in the bible! And if you can't trust THAT book, what other nonsense are you likely to believe?
Matthew 27:52-53 says "(52)The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.
(53)They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people."
But Luke (23:46-47), describing the same event, didn't even notice the zombies. Or, if he did, he didn't think them even worth a mention,
which implies that the walking undead were commonplace in those days (think Lazarus (John 11:44), four days dead and stinking ;-). Revelations 20:13 has living dead on Judgement Day of course,
and just before the worthy living (that excludes Harald Camping of course) are
Nothing about zombies eating brains was mentioned of course, I imagine these were a rare commodity in The One True Church® then as now, and so unlikely to be wasted on feeding the undead ;-)
If you think zombies in the bible are unlikely, you could try reading Ezekiel (in the OT), with its account of a burnished robot (a Dalek?) flying a nuclear-powered flying saucer/UFO. Yup, bible believers & authors are crazies ;-)
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Sinday, May 22, 2011
Wrapped Chewer day ;-)
told that a merkin preacher has been promising original German hard chew toffees yesterday to everyone who is well behaved (defined as : given him all their money & possessions). Werther's Originals are colloqually known here as Wrapped Chewers ; unfortunately, I seem to have missed out on the Wrapped Chewer :-(
But then, so did the rest of the world ;-)
So maybe I misunderstood the announcement on His radio station. Perhaps elsewhere in the multiverse Sean 'Diddy' Combs actually HAD some musical ability (i.e. wasn't just interested in the swag) and was appointed professor of music at Leroy U. , where he held the Rap Chair ;-) If so, I missed that too, even the Infinite Improbability Drive (hat-tip to HHG2TG) couldn't get me there ;-)
Seems like we need to check Harald 'Nutter' Camping's sources, since he got it wrong again. Well, maybe he could only read a (mis)translation? The Vatican version uses the Latin word rapiemur, a faithful translation from the original Greek, implying a quick snatch (sic!). So if you lads were surprised by a quickie yesterday, that may have been both a) a faithful translation and b) a heavenly trip too ;-)
Of course, those of us left behind are asking this question :-
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* : Actually, these are Mayo Clinic photos of ladies about to sneeze ;-)
Friday, May 20, 2011
rdent readers of Winnie the Pooh will know that Owl spells his name WOL. This particular one is made of beaten copper and brass. The wings are hinged and you can insert a tea-candle into the body; the slits let the air in and the light out. WOL is about 7 inches tall. Neat, huh?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Noam Chomsky visit :-)
Noam Chomsky is coming to town! Specifically he will be Visiting Professor during the summer semester at the university in Cologne, where he will taking the Albert Magnus chair. There will be two public lectures (to be held in the Aula) : 1) What is special about language? to be given on 6th june, and 2) Chances of progressive globalisation, to be given on 7th june. What a great opportunity to go hear the father of generative transformation grammars (at MIT) lecturing. Hero worship? Yes, but so what! See you there maybe?uess what.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Yurpeen Song Contest : viewers' result in ;-)
ith excessive hype, the ESC took place at the weekend and Aserbadschan (wherzat?) won. So what? I took a random survey of the over-thirties who watched it on TV, and this was the result:-
Friday, May 13, 2011
Royal Record set ;-)
er Majesty Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Battenberg/Mountbatten-Windsor von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (von Wettin), Dei Gratia Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy and of Lancaster, Queen of Antigua and Barbuda and of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and of Barbados and of Belize and of Grenada and of Jamaica and of Saint Christopher and Nevis and of Saint Lucia and of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and of Canada and of Australia and of New Zealand and of Papua New Guinea and of the Solomon Islands and of Tuvalu and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories and of all the British Dominions beyond the Seas (former Queen of Ghana and of Nigeria and of Sierra Leone and of Tanganyika and of Uganda and of Kenya and of Malawi and of Mauritius and of South Africa and of The Gambia and of Rhodesia and of Trinidad and Tobago and of Guyana and of Pakistan and of Ceylon and of Malta and of Fiji), Fellow of the Royal Society, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers, Mother of all People of British Columbia, Head of the Commonwealth, "Fidei" Defensor, Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces and of the New Zealand Defence Force and of the British Armed Forces, Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King George V, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King George VI, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Sovereign head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, Chief Hunter of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, Sovereign of the Order of Canada, Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit, Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia, Sovereign Head of the Queen's Service Order (of New Zealand), Sovereign of the Order of Barbados, Sovereign of the Order of Saint Lucia, Member First Class of the Order of the Solomon Islands, Sovereign of the Order of the Star (of The Solomon Islands), Sovereign of the Order of New Zealand, Sovereign of the Order of the National Hero (of Belize), Sovereign of the Order of Belize, Sovereign of the Order of Distinction (of Belize), Sovereign of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Grand Master of the Order of the National Hero (of Saint Kitts and Nevis), Sovereign of the Order of the National Hero (of Antigua and Barbuda), Sovereign of the Order of the Nation (of Antigua and Barbuda), Sovereign of the Order of Merit (of Antigua and Barbuda), Sovereign of the Order of Princely Heritage (of Antigua and Barbuda), Sovereign of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (of Canada), Sovereign of the Order of Logohu (of Papua New Guinea), Sovereign of the Order of the Star of Melanesia (of Papua New Guinea) (King George V Silver Jubilee Medal, King George VI Coronation Medal, Defence Medal, War Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, Member First Class of the Nishan-e-Pakistan, Member First Class of the Darjah Utama Temasek, Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Malaysia, Member First Class of the Most Esteemed Royal Family Order (of Brunei), Member First Class of the Order of the Distinguished Leader (of Maldives), Member of the Order of the Golden Heart (of Kenya), Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of Gambia, Grand Commander of the Order of the Lion (of Malawi), Member of the Presidential Order (of Botswana), Grand Cordon of the Order of the Federal Republic (of Nigeria), Companion of Honour of the Order of Merit (of Malta), Royal Family Order of the Sultan of Brunei, Grand Cross in Gold of the Order of Good Hope (of South Africa), Honorary Member of the Xirka Geih ir-Repubblika, Award of Honour (of Dominica), Trinity Cross (Gold) (of Trinidad and Tobago), Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Medal, Collar of the Order of Merit (of Malta), Knight of the Order of the Elephant (of Denmark), Grand Cross of the Order of El Kemal, Grand Cross and Gold Cordon of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (of France), Grand Cordon of the Order of the Ojaswi Rajanya, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, Grand Cross of the Order of St Olga and St Sophia, Member with Sash of the Order of Hussein ibn' Ali, Knight with Chain of the Royal Order of the Seraphim, Gold Collar of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero, (ex) Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Idris I, Grand Collar of the Order of Solomon (of Ethiopia), Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav, Grand Sash and Cross of the Three Orders of Christ Aviz and Santiago, (ex) Member with Chain of the Grand Order of the Hashimites, Knight of the Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Republic (of Italy), Special Grand Cross with Star of the Order Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, (ex) Grand Collar of the Order of Pahlavi, Grand Cross in Brilliants of the Order of the Sun, Grand Collar of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin, Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri, Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of Independence (of Tunisia), Commander Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the White Rose, Grand Cordon of the National Order of Mali, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Lion (of Senegal), Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of the Pioneers of the Republic (of Liberia), Grand Cordon of the Order of the Ivory Coast, Knight Grand Band of the Order of the Star of Africa (of Liberia), Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Grand Cordon of the Order of Valour (of Cameroun), Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold, Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer, Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Falcon, Grand Collar of the Order of Merit (of Chile), Grand Cordon of the Austrian Order of Merit, Grand Collar of the Order of the Southern Cross (of Brazil), Grand Cordon of the National Order (of Niger), Member First Class of the Order of Al-Nahayyan, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Equatorial Star, Member First Class of the Order of the Supreme Sun (of Afghanistan), Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, (ex) Order of the Yugoslavian Grand Star, Grand Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Leopard, Grand Collar of the Order of the Nile, Grand Collar of the Order of Saint James of the Sword, (ex) Member First Class of the Order of the Star of the Socialist Republic of Romania, Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great, Collar of the Order of al-Khalifa, Member Superior Class of the Order of Oman, Member with Collar of the Order of King Abdul Aziz, Grand Collar of the Order of the Republic (of Tunisia), Member First Class with Collar of the Exceptional Order of Muhammad, Member of the Order of Said, Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, Member of the Order of Mugunghwa, Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Member of the Order of the Grand Star (of Nigeria), Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (of Hungary), Knight Grand Collar of the Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit (of Portugal), Grand Collar of the Order of the Cross of Boyaca, Member Special Class of the Order of Kuwait, Knight of the Order of the White Eagle (of Poland), Member First Class with Collar of the Order of the White Lion (of the Czech Republic), Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Three Stars (of Latvia), Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (of Peru), Member of the Order of the Golden Eagle (of Kazakhstan), Member with Sash and Grand Star of the Grand Order of King Tomislav, Grand Cross with Golden Chain of the Order of Vytautas the Great, Collar of the Cross of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Member First Class of the Order of the Turkish Republic, Member First Class of the Order of the White Double Cross (of Slovakia), Decoration of al-Kamal in Brilliants, Mahendra Chain, Chain of Honour (of Sudan), Star of Adipurna (First Class), Badr Chain, Collar of Independence (of Qadr), Award of Honour (of Domenica), Trinity Cross Medal in Gold of the Order of Trinity (of Trinidad and Tobago), Collar of the Federation (of The United Arab Emirates)) became Britain's second longest reigning monarch yesterday, her reign now having lasted longer than that of George III (similar title list omitted). Most of her reign was spent listening to people reciting her list of titles, which is why she now allows commoner Kate to call her 'Granny'.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sudoku Loser, I :-(
o keep my brain fit, I blog, write, teach and even do Sudoku regularly. Recently, I took part in a remote Sudoku timed challenge against multiple world Sudoku champion Ulrich Voigt. And lost all four games :-( For the first, 6 minutes were allowed; he took 1 minute 55 seconds, I needed 4½ minutes, over factor 2 slower. For the second round, 15 minutes were allowed; he took 7 minutes, but I needed 13 minutes, almost factor 2 slower. For the third round, 20 minutes were allowed; he took 9½ minutes, when the 20' deadline came I hadn't finished. On the overrun, I needed 21 minutes. On the final round he took 10 minutes 40 seconds; when the 20 minute deadline came came I hadn't finished. Overrunning, I took 22 minutes. Overall I'm over factor 2 slower than the world champion, a 2nd rate player indeed :-(
Yes, of course I know that there is an App for the iPhone which will photograph a Sudoku and solve it within seconds. But that's not the point, the point is to tax our own human brains. And to do so, I've made up a Sudoku for you, dear blogreaders, about as difficult as I could make it. It took me 20 minutes to make (by hand), so you should take 10 to 20 minutes (deadline) to solve it. How do you measure up?
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Is availability the problem?
Plus one in Abbottobad of course; but still, 9484 > 2452 (of 9/11) is almost factor 4. So why doesn't the war on terror include confiscating US citizens' weapons? But there are annually ~43,000 road accident deaths in the US, so confiscating their cars would be even more effective in saving American lives. Furthermore, the CO2 reduction associated with a car ban would delay global warming AND reduce US obesity at the same time; a win-win-win situation!
Just sayin' ;-)
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Friday, May 6, 2011
Sexual-Assault Awareness Stories
s you may or may not be aware, last month (April) was designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Our national press complied and has been reporting various cases, from the criminal to the ridiculous.
Let me tell you about a couple of the more borderline cases ;-)
Firstly, there was the overweight middle-aged woman who complained about a (husky) man in the office singing the Bellamy Brothers song "If I said you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" every time he went past her desk. As witnesses confirmed, he had merely hummed or whistled it, never sung the words. Sexual Harassment? Case dismissed.
Then there was the case of the Nyphomaniac Train Masturbator reported at great length by Der Spiegel. The first time I saw that headline I thought, there's an "S" missing somewhere, either the subject and verb are both plural or the subject and verb are both singular. But as I read the story, it turned out to be an adjectival phrase :-)
Kerstin (29) is a bisexual nymphomaniac as she openly(sic!) admits. First sexperience with men at 11, with women at 13, and with a vibrator by (an) accident. The car accident was caused by her distraction(?) on the way to work when she drove into a concrete ditch. 3 months in coma, 1 ½ years in a wheelchair and 3 years of doctors' visits, after which sex was not so easy to come by (sic!). Whence the addiction to her vibrator. In the case of this offence, she was riding the regional train from Würzburg when she took the vibrator from her handbag, opened up her jeans and masturbated with it. A girl on the train then fetched the conductor who turned Kerstin over to the police at the next stop. Indecent exposure? Not if everything was covered. Sexual Assault? No-one else was touched, let alone assaulted. Lewd behaviour? That alone would carry a maximum sentence of 1 year jail. If you were the judge, how would you decide?
Of coarse(sic!) over 40 years ago I saved more than a handful of girls from
And the photo at the top of this article? Just your regular rape scene ;-)
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Star Wars Day, May 4, 2011
Star Wars Day ;-)
Monday, May 2, 2011
Nailed! Bad End! :-)It has been announced that US assassins killed Bin Laden early this morning. 9/11 revenged. Yup, that headline is an anagram of 'Bin Laden Dead' ;-)
So maybe now would be a good time for the USA to declare 'Mission Accomplished' (8th anniversary of Bush's lie), withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, cutting their ginormous losses, and pumping all the money saved into a US economic recovery?
Except for a mere 2.5Mio/year of course, which should go to restarting SETI.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Wedding night blog ;-)ow that William and "She could barely waitey"-Katey have finally gotten married with all the pomp and ceremony that the Brit monarchists love so much, we are still left wondering where they spent their wedding night, let alone the rest of the honeymoon ('s good pubic relations ;-).
So I thought I'd ask my readership to tell us where they spent their wedding night, including a (decent) photo if possible. Our location photo below.
Cornelia and I spent ours in the round room at the top of the romantic east tower of Trendelburg Castle. That's the castle where Rapunzel let her hair down in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, albeit from the west keep tower.
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Vlad the Impaler :-(
Salt of the Earth :-)
The Owl & the Pussycat
Zombie Apocalyse ;-)
Wrapped Chewer day ;-)
Noam Chomsky visit :-)
Yurpeen Song Contest
Royal Record Set
Sudoku Loser, I
Star Wars Day :-)
Nailed! Bad End :-)
Wedding night blog ;-)
USA is still at #1 ;-)
Morse @ 200
Why I'm an Atheist
Holy Sex-pack, Batman!
Good Friday Humour ;-)
Happy Birthday Dear :-)
John 8:32 ;-)
Shields up, Scotty!
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