Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20080324

Hi,

Well it’s Easter, season of eating chocolate and watching bad television. Except that this year instead of doing just that we drove up to the Hills and visited Doreen (we have mentioned her before) so Jools could have a chat with her about her art and we spent the day actually exploring her world and doing stuff. You can see what we did over at Jools Pontificates http://joolsweb.com . It was a hoot.

On a far less salubrious note, The Guardian had an article about how the director of forensic sciences at Scotland Yard, says primary school children should be eligible for the DNA database if they exhibit behaviour indicating they may become criminals in later life. Now I don’t know about you but it seems to me that English government is going out of it’s way trying to prove that George Orwell was a bloody optimist. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/mar/16/youthjustice.children
Not convinced? Then try this from The Telegraph. “
domestic passengers at the new Heathrow Terminal 5 will be fingerprinted and photographed twice, to “ensure the passenger boarding the aircraft is the same person.” The airport says they’ll only keep it for 24h — unless the police need them to keep it longer.” Scary stuff folks.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/07/nheathrow107.xml
So the score so far George Orwell and the Optimists (great band name that) -1

And if that wasn’t enough to make you wonder the Vatican has issued an additional seven “social sins.” http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aizloDFbRPRM&refer=uk
I would like to point out that they have probably one first prize in the first stone throwing competition. I just saw the “front office” on the news tonight and I reckon that they are doing pretty well on breaking 5, 6 and 7. Talk about pots calling the kettle black.

Seeing as how I missed St Patrick’s Day last week here is a rendition of Danny Boy that will bring tears to your eyes (tears of laughter). Turn the volume up for this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCbuRA_D3KU I love Animal

Billy Bragg performs Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards from the album Worker’s Playtime live at the 2008 South by Southwest Music Conference.
http://www.gather.com/viewVideo.jsp?id=11821949021861804
He then followed it up a week or two later with an OpEd piece in the New York Times. What’s your opinion folks? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/22/opinion/22bragg.html?ref=opinion

Futurismic is a blog that covers scientific advances; new technology and technological products; news about technology companies; descriptions of people impacted by technology; emergent cultural or social phenomena; or political issues that couldn’t exist in the absence of any of the above. It has tarted up it’s original fiction section with a short story by Eliot Fintushel, who is a funny and a tad weird sf writer. The story’s called “Uxo, Bomb Dog.” Spotted at Boing Boing

UXO, BOMB DOG by Eliot Fintushel

Duggup this week was fun.. Jools posted “My Morning Jacket” who are absolutely great, I found “Papercranes”, “Birdmoster” and “Fiddlers Bid”. Papercranes are brilliant. Head over and check it out. http://duggup.com.au

Flash Game Time: So your childhood doesn’t include the Samurai and bad Japanese movies, think this makes you impervious to the allure of being a ninja. Bad luck, Ninja Rampage is an incredibly simple timewaster; your ninja only has a few moves: jump, crouch, walk, and stab with your sword. Don’t be fooled the game rockets along and before you know it, it’s Tuesday. In Ninja Rampage, your goal is to move from the left side of the screen through the right side without getting killed by guards or booby-traps. Like all good ninjas there is no limit on the number of times you can die and try again. Oh wait, as that ninjas or the Phantom?, who knows. It’s like that scene in Monty Python, one more try sir, one tiny little go, what can it possibly hurt.. you could do worse than Ninja Rampage.
http://ninja-rampage.freeonlinegames.com/

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good one.

thatch

{Currently listening to Jose Gonzalez and Jackson Browne (the solo one) }
{Currently reading: Old Robert Heinlein (it’s fun)}
{Quick Status Check: Hell, they’ve taken all the sugar out of Coco Pops, damn nanny state.}
{Crop Circle Status: It’s not long to May now (about 38 sleeps) and the games will begin again. http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2007/2007.html }

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