yes, we are that stupid…

May 25, 2007

An advertisement offering to infect the computer of anyone who clicked on it with a virus received over 400 respondents.

Please click here to empty the entire contents of your bank account into mine.


my new hero…

May 14, 2007

cartoon genius of the finest order

Microsoft i-pod anyone?

May 3, 2007

Apart from building operating systems and mp3 players (anyone got a zune?), some of the things that it’s fairly commonly acknowledged that Apple do better than microsoft are designing, presentating and packaging their products. (We won’t say anything about battery life just now).

Below is a version of how Microsoft might sell the i-pod:

“I tell you, we are on earth to fart around and don’t let anybody tell you different”

April 12, 2007


Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday. So it goes.

Writer, artist, idealist, skeptic, satirist, humanist and master of deceptively simple prose in service of a mighty imagination.

He was much more eloquent than I am, so here he is:

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”

“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”

“Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.”

“There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.”

“Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.”

On the bombing of Dresden, which he witnessed as a prisoner of war and which was central to his book ‘Slaughterhouse Five’:

“…only one person on the entire planet benefited from the raid, which must have cost tens of millions of dollars.The raid didn’t shorten the war by half a second … only one person benefited – not two or five or ten. Just one. … Me. I got three dollars for each person killed. Imagine that.”

He pretty much hit the nail on the head in revealing the cartoon in life. I’ll miss him.

Mindbending wrongness on a titanic scale II…

March 29, 2007

As is often the way with sequels- it’s bigger and worse.

It seems rock n’ roll isn’t the only genre to suffer co-optation at the hands of rank hypocrites who are the antithesis of everything it once stood for.

George Bush handler and right winger Karl Rove’s numerous previous tricks include using a false name to gain entry to the offices of Democrat candidate Alan Dixon, stealing headed notepaper and using it to disrupt his campaign as well as leaking the identity of a CIA agent in an attempt to discredit her husband for challenging his case for the war in Iraq.

Minor infractions compared to this latest abomination.

Hip-hop fans beware. This is off any Richter scale of wrongness I can bring to my befuddled mind.

Witness our ebullient oligarch embarrass himself and insult millions of music fans in a rap display as MC Rove at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner.

I know there’s a degree of controversy surrounding the alleged relationship between rap music and gun culture but I didn’t think it went as far as outright warmongering.

(Thanks, I think, to Inez for the tip-off here).

We’d have got away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids…

March 28, 2007

A nice little ‘David and Goliath’ story as Glaxo Smith Kline end up with a fine of NZ$217,000 after an experiment conducted by a couple of schoolgirls revealed that it’s ‘Ready to Drink Ribena’ contained no discernible trace of Vitamin C- belying its misleading claims that the ‘blackcurrants in Ribena have four times the Vitamin C of oranges.’

That may once have been the case but not after they’ve been reduced to their pigments and pounded with sugar. A stark illustration of the difference between theory and practice- the armies of the world contain enough manpower to rebuild innumerable hospitals and schools, it’s just that they’re not applied in that direction.

This might all seem a bit obvious- ‘Sugary soft drink in not as good for you as fruit juice shocker’- but the bit I like is the toe curling disingenuousness of the company. Its initial curt response was to tell the girls “It’s the blackcurrants that have it” and then hang up the phone. They’ve now been invited to visit GSK to be thanked for “bringing it to our attention”. I’ll bet- presumably Ribena will be served. I’d love to hear what they were saying behind closed doors. The nice irony is that the girls initially conducted the experiment to show that Ribena contained more Vitamin C than its competitors.

What next? Maybe we should include the maths on replacing Trident in the GCSE paper to get a realistic costing.

mind bending wrongness on a titanic scale…

March 8, 2007

Bankers (in every sense of the word) get standing ovation for butchery of U2’s ‘one’. Crassness squared.

Rock and roll is dead. Every positive creative impulse we once had has been co-opted. (This winds me up and I don’t even particularly like U2, or this song. God alone knows what a Hendrix cover here would do to my already fragile grip on a faith in any future for humankind).

It’s over. They won and all we can do is sit and throw our toys around a postmodern cot and give them money.

Or we can laugh like drains at the most fatuous expression of ANYTHING I’ve seen since a drunk guy called me all of the monosyllabic swearwords he could slur together and threatened to kill me for not giving him more to drink a week ago.
What are these guys on (and where can I get some)?