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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

more Star Trek geekery

The Star Trek Communicator Keychain from

The Star Trek Communicator Keychain ($10.95) is a fun gadget for all the Star Trek fans out there. The keychain comes with 8 different Star Trek sound effects.

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Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Kitty Daisy & Lewis are touring in Australia!! Want want want.

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Bachelor Food Pyramid

From LunchBreath

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DropBox on the iPhone


Dropbox Comes to the iPhone and iPod touch

iPhone/iPod touch only: Dropbox, one of our favorite cross-platform file-syncing tools, has now made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch, complete with offline file viewing.

Once installed on your device, Dropbox for iPhone provides access to all your Dropbox files, allows you to view any file supported by your iPhone (including documents, photos, music , and video ), uploads any photo or video you've taken on your device to your Dropbox account, and lets you save any file as a favorite for offline viewing. If you want to share a file in your Dropbox with someone else, the application can generate an email with a link directly to the file.

I first saw a demo of Dropbox for the iPhone way back at SXSW in March, so it's great to see this app finally make its way to the App Store. In short: If you're already a fan of Dropbox and you've got an iPhone or iPod touch, you'll want to download this app. Like the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions, Dropbox for the iPhone is freeware and requires only a Dropbox account.

Dropbox [iTunes App Store]


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New York, New York... why dost thou hate the iPhone?

Apple Genius Bar: iPhones' 30% Call Drop Is "Normal" in New York
How utterly shitty is the iPhone on AT&T in the New York area? The average iPhone drops 30 percent of all calls. And that's considered acceptable by Apple.


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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

NFL games are so looong

NFL Viewing Time Pie Chart from

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Can One Be Too Tan?

Sunkist from


And, um, ma'am? You really need to work on that nasty case of chin shadow you've got going on there...

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American households watch the box for over eight hours a day on average, twice as long as anyone else.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Remember: there are NO stupid questions!

This one's been doing the rounds a bit, but I understand it was originally posted at Yahoo! Answers, or whatever that site's called:

Death and Taxes

From Emails From Crazy People:

An Exclusive Look Into The Seedy World Of British Taxes

I quite enjoy a nice drive through the country and a droll chortle at life’s funniest certainty.

Dear Mr A***

I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more than prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise.

I will address them, as ever, in order. Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last as a “begging letter”. It might perhaps more properly be referred to as a “tax demand”. This is how we at the Inland Revenue have always, for reasons of accuracy, traditionally referred to such documents.

Secondly, your frustration at our adding to the “endless stream of crapulent whining and panhandling vomited daily through the letterbox on to the doormat” has been noted. However, whilst I have naturally not seen the other letters to which you refer I would cautiously suggest that their being from “pauper councils, Lombardy pirate banking houses and “pissant gas-mongerers” might indicate that your decision to “file them next to the toilet in case of emergencies” is at best a little ill-advised.

In common with my own organisation, it is unlikely that the senders of these letters do see you as a “lackwit bumpkin” or, come to that, a “sodding charity”. More likely they see you as a citizen of Great Britain, with a responsibility to contribute to the upkeep of the nation as a whole.

Which brings me to my next point. Whilst there may be some spirit of truth in your assertion that the taxes you pay “go to shore up the canker-blighted, toppling folly that is the Public Services”, a moment’s rudimentary calculation ought to disabuse you of the notion that the government in any way expects you to “stump up for the whole damned party” yourself. The estimates you provide for the Chancellor’s disbursement of the funds levied by taxation, whilst colourful, are, in fairness, a little off the mark. Less than you seem to imagine is spent on “junkets for Bunterish lickspittles” and “dancing whores” whilst far more than you have accounted for is allocated to, for example, “that box-ticking facade of a university system.”

A couple of technical points arising from direct queries:

1. The reason we don’t simply write “Muggins” on the envelope has to do with the vagaries of the postal system;

2. You can rest assured that “sucking the very marrows of those with nothing else to give” has never been considered as a practice because even if the Personal Allowance didn’t render it irrelevant, the sheer medical logistics involved would make it financially unviable.

I trust this has helped. In the meantime, whilst I would not in any way wish to influence your decision one way or the other, I ought to point out that even if you did choose to “give the whole foul jamboree up and go and live in India”, you would still owe us the money. Please forward it by Friday.

Yours Sincerely,
Customer Relations

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Insecurity Worksheet

By Lunchbreath:

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Man Trap found on Tourist Trail

Man trap set at tourist spot

A MAN-made trap designed to seriously harm people has been found near a popular Territory tourist spot.

The sinister booby-trap construction was discovered at the mouth of the Finniss River - about 100km southwest of Darwin - last Sunday. The finder, a resident from the outer Darwin region who wished not to be named, said she was horrified when she discovered the trap.

"A lot of people go there," she said. "It would have gone through your thong or through your foot but if a child walked over it (they) would have fallen in and god knows ..."

The man trap consisted of six sharpened sticks that were stuck vertically into the base of a one-metre-wide square hole.

A wooden frame was put about 15cm above the sticks, covered with black plastic bags and sand to hide the construction.

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Sign Language

This week's Sign Language gallery

That's just not fair on the dog... no HANDS!

Possibly missing the point...

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Space Optimisation by Thomas Vignaud

Space Optimisation by Thomas Vignaud
Friday, 18th September 2009 - Photo of the Day Contest
Click here for a random photo from the Earth Shots archive!

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ipadio: Podcast - 1st phonecast

Police find 1,700 animals in car

Police have discovered 1,700 live animals crammed into the boot of a hatchback car in Bari, Italy, during a routine check.

A hamster.
Hamsters were among the 1,700 animals found in the car.

The animals included 216 budgies, 300 white mice, 150 hamsters, 30 Japanese squirrels, six cameleons and more than 1,000 terrapins.

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World's largest snake - 50m!! - found dead

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Rose Byrne looks like she just came to and is trying to figure out who
these enthusiastically tactile people are.

Friday, 25 September 2009

the Ultimate Monster Truck

Monster Truck


Submitted By: Robert J

19.2 Pound Baby not the record holder

19.2 Pound Baby Born

An Indonesia woman named Ani gave birth to 19.2-lb baby yesterday in Medan, North Sumatra. The boy, Muhammad Akbar Risuddin, is among the heaviest babies ever delivered who survived:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was delivered by Caesarean section.

Britain's heaviest newborn was delivered in Cumbria in 1992 weighing 15lb 8oz.

The heaviest baby ever born was produced by Anna Bates of Canada in 1879, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It weighed 23.12lb and died 11 hours after birth.

The record for a baby which survived, according to the Guinness record keepers, is held by a boy born weighing 22lb 8oz at Aversa, Italy in 1955.

More recently Francisca do Santos gave birth to a son weighing 16lb 11oz by Caesarean section in Brazil.

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Image: AFP/Getty Images

E63 handset for sale - 3 network

I have a brand new, in the box, still shrink-wrapped, black E63 handset for sale.

This one's red, but you get the idea:

CNET's review:
The good:
Cute design
Great keyboard
Zippy performance
Outstanding battery life

The bad:
No GPS receiver

The bottom line:
The E63 will make an excellent messaging phone for people who need to be connected without the trimmings.


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Lunatic in the UN

From Andy Borowitz:

Mental Patient Breaks into U.N., Gives Ninety-minute Speech
Breach of Security Under Review

An escaped mental patient broke into the United Nations yesterday, getting all the way to the General Assembly and delivering a ninety-minute speech.

A day after the stunning security breach, U.N. officials were still attempting to sort out how it was allowed to happen.

"We're trying not to play the blame game here," said U.N. spokesperson Carol Foyler. "The simple fact is, a legally insane man somehow got all the way to the podium, so how do we keep that from happening again?"

Theories abound as to how the mental patient made it to the U.N., with some suggesting that he may have escaped during a field trip to a county fair.

Reacting to the rambling and incoherent ninety-minute rant, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton echoed the feelings of many: "I was like, where's Kanye when you need him?"

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I... the... SO wrong

From this blog:

Mike sent me this. Just so it’s clear: somebody actually got this tattooed on themselves. Somebody. Has. This. On. Their. Body. Even worse, there is a tattoo artist who agreed to this.

I can’t even. Words fail me.

Me also. Just... amazingly inappropriate.

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epic video of dust storm in Broken Hill

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Thursday, 24 September 2009


Frickin frakkin flying ducks hippo spittle bandicoots.

Cellulitis. Again. With 4 days of work left. I do not have the words for my level of frustration and cranky. Oh wait, yes I do: "2 pizzas please".

It looks like a bug bite or something - if you invert it, it's way cool:

Just a tiiiiiny little pinprick, but that just fucks my weekend. No walking, leg elevated = no work Fri, no family wedding Sunday.

Many rude words.

woman gives birth to giant

Ow. owowowow. Ow.

Woman gives birth to an 8.7kg whopper

From: Agence France-Presse
September 23, 2009

AN Indonesian woman has given birth to an 8.7kg (19.2 pound) baby boy, the heaviest newborn ever recorded in the country, a doctor says.

The baby, who is still unnamed and is 62cm long, was born by caesarean section on Monday at a public hospital in North Sumatra province, a gynaecologist who took part in the operation said.

"This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum's womb. His legs were so big," Binsar Sitanggang said.

Click here to read the full article on the website

Snakes in the ceiling!!

CAPTURING pythons 5.5m and 3.2m long was the easy part, Aaron Chapman reckons. Mr Chapman and two colleagues removed the two male pythons from the ceiling of the Yorkeys Knob Boating Club near Cairns on Monday. Now comes the hard part - capturing Mummy, as the locals call her.

Gallery: Handlers remove giant pythons

Mummy is 6.4m - 21 feet on the old scale - and is thought to be one of the largest pythons in Australia. Mr Chapman said the Australian Venom Zoo at Kuranda would send four men
to attempt to capture Mummy after the 5.5m male snake lifted his colleague clean off the ground. "We grabbed one and it swung around and lifted Isaac, my larger colleague, off the ground," he said. The men had to crawl through a one-metre space between roof and ceiling to locate the snakes. Mr Chapman said the non-venomous Mummy was capable of crushing and swallowing an adult.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009 - Pictures of the week

Full slideshow here

Six Flags rollercoaster under flood waters in Atlanta, Georgia

Kitten found in engine after 3 hours of dismantling.

Full slideshow here

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Is our children being educated?

Today's The Australian newspaper. Banner headline:

Item 4:

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Hand artwork, Amazing, Very Clever

I'm afraid I don't know who to credit for these...