BBC Radio 4 -Mark Thomas obeying the law has never been so much fun

Posted In state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by haltse Saturday March 31, 2007

BBC Radio 4 -Mark Thomas

You can directly listen here.

Just like the USA decided that we could in all good faith have “free speech zones” The UK decided to regulate protests near Parliament square in London. Standing for one minute, one person with any written or graphic material without prior permission is illegal. (I don’t want to spoil one item they considered to be a banner) As he says… “one could have a lot of fun with that”

I wish he’d protest US radio sucking so badly πŸ˜€

Kindergarten Girl Handcuffed, Arrested, . I liked it better when pigs went oink

Posted In Edukashun,JBT,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by haltse Saturday March 31, 2007

Kindergarten Girl Handcuffed, Arrested At Fla. School – News

The kindergartner was booked in the Highland County jail and was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors.

Six year olds can be charged with felonies , interesting. It used to be that pigs went oink.. now it’s “you have the right” oh fuck that rights there has to be some questioning of a teacher that needs to have a man with a gun physically restrain a 6 year old way after the incident that allegedly occurred. e.g this wasn’t a berserker at risk to others or themselves this was adults , adults that we pay to run a school for behaviorally challenged kids , ( more detaill over here, acting in a manner that would seem to preclude their being around kids deciding that they wanted to show her whose the boss. If you can’t best a child and you’re career is helping, HA HA, kids you ought to consider a job, sadly the ideal job seems to require a time machine and a uniform change.

So initially why is the obedience to authority such a key point in the spate of kid arrests , handcuffing and tasing of pre teens? E.g most of these stem from you won’t do what we say therefore we will compel you , physically to obey, resist and we’ll throw in jail. What a great lesson.

SIX SIX SIX What’s next we start Kidmo and start potty crime trials?

Remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving and revolving.. Nikon gives us perspective

Posted In Culture-internet,reality,science by haltse Saturday March 31, 2007

Nikon | Universcale

Nikon’s total perspective flash,”Universescale” is missing the fairy cake but can take you all the way from femto meters to light years with interesting stops along the way. I still think HHGTTG put it best.

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really really big. You just wont believe how vastly, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean you think it’s a long way down the street to the chemist but that’s just peanuts to space,”

Storm in US over chocolate Christ ..oh my sweet lord the chocolate Jesus of the apocalypse are upon us

Posted In pat by haltse Friday March 30, 2007

Fundamentalists have no sense of irony. e.g self righteous prick William Donohue from the Catholic League ( of extraordinarily bigoted statements, he’s as bad as me;) ) has decided to take the bold step of relating a chocolate jesus with Easter as being somehow coincidental….

BBC NEWS | Americas | Storm in US over chocolate Jesus

The fact that they chose Holy Week shows this is calculated, and the timing is deliberate,” Mr Donohue said.

Er yes, thanks for that insight and analysis it was kinda obvious , oh wait the exhibitor says coincidental.. Pull the other one , but what’s the BFD? Aren’t people consuming the flesh and blood of Jesus daily or is this just another bunch of wine rs taking a wafer thin stand. As to the title? Robert Rankin , who may not be nuts but his writing wouldn’t disabuse of the illusion wrote a book named “the hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse” which is as factually correct, more so, than the bible. πŸ™‚

Nextel. the Hell continues. Three weeks of calls still no return label.

Posted In Bad CS,rants by haltse Friday March 30, 2007

The saga continues. I’ve tried to call the department they call order support 1 866 789 8292 now for a few weeks. At first this was an issue as they were closed when I could call at night,  didn’t keep weekend hours and the times I called in the AM the hold time was longer than I can  dick off  for at work.     I finally got them.   

One of the most useless people to date.  They can’t find me by name , phone number   ( i didn’t have the acct number handy)  so  no label for me , I  still have a phone I refused  nearly a month back and I bet they are going to  bill me for it.  Why are they trying so hard to lose a customer for life?   Maybe in two years I’d reconsider their network but it’s to the point where they really are the    corporate Arthur Dent to my Agrajag of customer care

Sprint | Contact Us ( if you dare)

Sp eh! ce the final frontier. Galacticast Sci Fi news, parodies and comic books , videogames and other visual geekery

Posted In Culture-internet,Ditching Cable,podcasting,Sites of interest,vlogs by haltse Thursday March 29, 2007

Ze Frank and THE Frank  totally priceless.  GALACTICAST presents The Ducky Horror Picture Show

Just one of the many well executed parodies from the duo that comprise Galacticast.     This is yet another way not paying for cable has led to some fun new material which unfettered by  focus group, fcc, and budget( you sometimes get way more creative  without an fx budget )  is consistently funny  to the point that SNL  and Mad TV  should teleport themselves into the nearest star out of embarrassment. 
 


Achtung Baby here comes another one. ( German court upholds marital violence based fairytales)

Posted In pat,state gone wild by haltse Wednesday March 28, 2007

Justifying Marital Violence: A German Judge Cites Koran in Divorce Case – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News

“The husband can beat his wife”

“The right to castigate means for me: the husband can beat his wife,” Becker-Rojczyk said, interpreting the judge’s verdict.

Germany, Islam together at last…

Res ipsa Loquitur

Sierra missed? How real was the phantom menace of Locke in this bloggy horror word show?

Posted In blog blogging reference,Culture-internet by haltse Tuesday March 27, 2007

BBC NEWS | Technology | Blog death threats spark debate

Thought I would start out on the BBC since there’s about as much chance of a balanced treatment of this story as the President converting to Islam and setting all the calendars back to 16C. There’s nothing a nascent media form likes to do more than sit around discussing itself. Here’s the latest in a Golgafrincham like B’arking up the wrong tree which involves an old fashioned Feud between Kathy Sierra ( in her own words) and one of the accused Chris Locke So pull up a rubber ducky…

Tempest in a teapot seems to be the case but once you have an “unsympathetic” figure , Locke, whose charm to me has always been his robust dialog and his oh my god refusal to capitulate to the outrage from many bloggers that have wholeheartedly taken the allegations, or at least the version they read to be truth.The bigger the name the shriller the outrage that something they care so deeply about could be tarnished by the web being used for something other than the forces of good, e.g. good being employed talking to my friends about how cool they are and how much money they will make by solving the users need to have real time positioning of Pizza delivery tied to the current price of cheddar futures in 3d with real time updates to your phone:D

What it seems like is that people have taken the bad behaviour , real or perceived as real ,and then used it gauge themselves a few points below it.In real terms causing the same kind of unfounded hostility that sparked this whole match. ( if I read one more idiot claim that violence towards women is especially heinous .. ignorant fucks violence against anyone not directly initiating force against you is wrong but it’s nice that they “care”. )

The part where it comes down to .. we need a code of ethics , there’s a right way to blog and ….aarg expect a slough of chicklets,badges and car ribbons to appear based on this incident as well as more gatekeeper’s to make sure we’re doing it right.

All things that I find myself taking the contrarian position on since ignoring the main parties involved the followers are about as intolerant , ain’t it always the way, as the issue they purportedly march against it looks like we already have a defacto code in place where anything other than complete obeisance to the mob is considered an admission of guilt. He’s a witch burn him, burn him.

Out of all the threads/blogs on this matter this one illustrates the arguments involved and some of the personalities I’ve obliquely referenced above and hey some defense for Rageboy just to keep you amused.

no rest for the wicked otter.

Posted In Dobhran,Family,General by haltse Saturday March 24, 2007

Thursday night saw a heated debate between Erin and myself re the relative sickness level of Dobhran and what to do about it. We ended up in ER because me being right isn’t as important as Dobh .

Here’s the  account as I sent it back to the Twitter service ( Just because I make fun of it doesn’t mean I’m not trying to find something. I’m sure this should be a feature, rather than a standalone service, oh wait  It already was, this is just easier to set up for people that don’t want to  run fake, or real chron jobs on their wordpress installs.  You can see the whole thing over here.

 

Hal : Back home finally , he’s sleeping, I shall try to follow suit.

 Hal : Dobhie has a form of pneumonia .viral or bacterial ? Not known but it is not good either ways

Hal : Dobhie has a form of pneumonia .viral or bacterial ? Not known but it is not good either ways
Hal : Passed 3 a.m eternal and still waiting. Kid is happier but we are not. Need zzzzzz

 
Hal : X-ray over now it is time for nebulizer how much fun are you having @ 0230 ?

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Hal : At ER with the little one he is far from frilled

 
Hal : Dobh has what looks like RSV, he’s not a happy bunny.

The  hospital called back the next day to say  it really is RSV and not pneumonia  and he’s  really making an OK recovery  with some spots of crankiness.    I still think the ER system in Phoenix is fundamentally broken  , even though this wasn’t a busy night took forever and a day.   More soon. 

Skywalk at Grand Canyon making its debut . Next up

Posted In Arizona,pat by haltse Tuesday March 20, 2007

The next time anyone comes up with a statement re how connected they are to the land I hope someone does the honour of knocking them to the ground to get really well acquainted with it. This is the ultimate fuck you to the HOA;) forget brown grass, a car up on blocks, actually many cars up on blocks without a single title between them but what’s next? Anyway they are a sovereign people, seemingly more so than those that inherited the land , oops usurped would be a better term and although it’s not to my personal taste I’m commenting on this for the hilarity of their having a chat with the dead to make sure that it’s ok to drag this distended colon of an attraction over the canyon. When tied to the symbolic first crossing by a man that was one of the crowning achievements of western science Buzz Aldrin it just seems that at some stage rational people should point out the fact that it’s 2007..

Skywalk at Grand Canyon making its debut
Aldrin was not the first person to walk across the Skywalk. Tribe members held a private ceremony Monday to ask their ancestors for permission to use the land in this way. Tribe members and workers then trod onto the cantilevered bridge a day before the media descended on their community.

A scottish comedian not called Billy , bollocks you say..

Posted In Culture-internet,Ditching Cable,vlogs by haltse Tuesday March 20, 2007

St Patrick’s Day Secrets Revealed

Actually not too bad on the whole though way too kind to the Irish for my bigoted tastes in this piece. Besides if it’s not Scottish, it’s crap. πŸ˜‰

Nature videos you’ll never see

Posted In General by haltse Tuesday March 20, 2007

Hammerhead shark – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nature porn you’ll never see

69 with the hammerheads

They asked for a thumb, she gave them the finger. How a car dealer in CA (south bay BMW) believe that treating people like thieves is good for business.

Posted In Bad CS,Culture-internet,rants,You have nothing to fear by haltse Monday March 19, 2007

lornamatic Β» Blog Archive Β» Brave New Car Dealer: fingerprints required to buy a car?

       Another fun piece of consumer resistance  were the dealer required biometric info to proceed with the sale.

 The paper says clearly that it’s a request, for your protection, and to prevent your identity theft.

When you politely decline, the dealership refuses to sell you the car.

This is precisely what happened to me today when I tried to purchase a new X3 at the South Bay BMW dealer in Torrance, California.

Thankfully they walked away from this piece of  security theater, sadly the only people to have done so in the last few months, and provided an interesting post on how such insanity came to pass.

Fry’s foods in Phoenix tried this on with requiring a photocopy of a driving license to buy alcohol and with no one there able to explain what they do with the records  and  , hey look it’s USA Irony class, provide a treasure trove of info for the budding ID thief since no one  on their staff isn’t well paid and not averse to a little id theft? 

R.T. O’Sullivan’s “hot” wing blarney , missing food the usual great AZ service we’ve gome to expect

Posted In Erin,reviews by haltse Sunday March 18, 2007

R.T. O’Sullivan’s
Chicken Wings Plain, BBQ, Teriyaki, Mild, Medium, Hot, Death or HELL !(no returns on HELL) Served with celery and ranch dressing.

I think I get it, they are being ironic… Because if you get what you want it’s not hell!. Today we stopped in at , like most Irish theme bars in the USA, R.T. O’Sullivans in Glendale. The thought of an Irish bar without cider is as laughable as a French bar sans wine or a burger joint that doesn’t have a coke but would you like a nice green tea? No apple cider in stock , please perry, aka pear cider is fine but it’s not frickin’ cider and there seems to be some reality problems with bars here. NM , ok I do mind but I will let that lie for a future podcast. The wings, HELL , HELL-o I thought I was meant to be in mortal danger here. Seemingly a sauce mild enough to douche with is their idea of hell.. mine is paying $8 to be sorely disappointed, again. Gets better they totally forgot to bring out Erin’s main course .. she’s not happy since the Friday night another restaurant ,A bbq one in Scottsdale forgot her sandwich with her order of …a sandwich.. Today was ok I had enough cider to cushion the effects of a pissed Erin;)

Podcast related to the above

Fix or repair daily.. Our f100 story begins.. about now.

Posted In Erin,F100,Family by haltse Sunday March 18, 2007

Ford F-Series – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Recently we acquired a ford f100 , 1974 vintage, that has a lot of original parts on it. It’s now has several less;) Today’s joy, before the AZ sun came and declared a no fun zone for shade tree mechanics , was a new master brake cylinder and brake booster. All in in relatively painless , only two trips to the local napa, one for a cotter pin and one prior for the needle nose pliers which led us to the discovery we need another pin. It’s all back and does it work? No idea, it’s too hot to care and the system still needs bled.
I’m po.
In other news. Pool is up and running…

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