Archive for the 'Silly' Category

Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2008

Saint Valentine.

Patron saint of engaged couples, bee keepers, plague and travellers.

Martyred by the Romans around 270, and buried north of Rome.

Nothing else is known. He was possibly even two different people martyred seventy years apart.

According to 13th century legend, he refused to deny Christ before the Roman Emperor and had his head cut off.

So, the romantic bit of this is?

(Thanks Wikipedia).

(I like the idea – but really, why Valentine?)

Papercraft Christmas

January 17th, 2007

One of my christmas presents this year was this a papercraft penguin.

This weekend just past I found the couple of hours to make the thing, and

here it is, looming from the bookshelf in my home office.

Paper Penguin 1

Some more pictures after the cut. This thing is huge: 53cm tall.

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What the???!!!

January 16th, 2007

Via Washington Monthly is this unbelievably strange story in the Guardian:

Britain and France talked about a “union” in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.


When Mr Mollet’s request for a union failed, he quickly responded with another plan – that France be allowed to join the British commonwealth – which was said to have been met more warmly by Sir Anthony.

What the hell? Strangest thing I’ve seen in months.

Must. Resist. Sheep. Joke!

December 12th, 2006

ABC News Online:

One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of condoms is targeting New Zealand to test its new range of products because the people there are apparently among the most sexually active in the world. […] Past surveys suggest Kiwis are among the most sexually active in the world, among the highest in the world for sexual partners and one-night stands, as well as being relatively more adventurous when it to comes to experimenting in the bedroom.

Land Yachts and Tanks

December 9th, 2006

As people who’ve heard me complain know, I often refer to the enormous four wheel drive vehicles cluttering our roads as ‘Land Yachts’, to reflect the pointless ostentation they represent. But a bit more common is referring to them as a tank. So do they actually compare?

  Audi Q7 Panzer I Panther
Length: 5.085m 4.02m 6.87m
Width: 1.983m 2.06m 3.42m
Height: 1.737m 1.72m 2.99m
‘Box'(a): 17.5m3 14.2m3 42.33
Weight: 2 tonnes 6 tonnes 44.8 tonnes

(a): Length x Width x Height

So: yes, some 4WD’s are as big as a tank. Not quite the same in weight, though. And a fairly small tank…

You better watch out

December 6th, 2006

There are some very strange things in the world, but these Cold War Unicorns take the cake.

Cold War Unicorns

That said, I’m strangely tempted by this:


Worst typo ever…

October 19th, 2006


The Kazakhstan central bank has misspelled the word “bank” on its new notes, officials said Wednesday.

Hee hee hee! Although, has anyone checked our bank notes carefully?

In fairness to the central bank, it does sound like a pretty small typo:

The Kazakh word for bank is the Cyrillic form of “bank.” On the new note, the word was written with an alternate Kazakh form of the letter K, which has a slightly different pronunciation.

Genocide: a primer

October 18th, 2006

A quick primer for beginners:

John Cobb describes [comments made by Clive Hamilton] as “agrarian genocide”.

Any questions?


October 15th, 2006

I’ve made up a fun new game to play on Wikipedia, called Wiki-nteering. First, you decide on an article that’s the target (let’s say the orienteering page). Then you hit the ‘Random Page’ button, and try to find your way to the target page using the fewest clicks possible. You can only use the main article text – you can’t use the main menu, and you can’t use the category or link box links.

For instance:

(OK, that was a pretty easy one. I didn’t cheat, honest! And to clarify, ‘See Also’ links are OK, just not the ones like you get at the bottom of James Bond, among many others).

Another run:

Hours of fun!

T-Shirts I must own

August 29th, 2006

Dark Side of the Garden - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I think I’ll go get my order in…