http://filipinoatheist.com/thank-you-for-this-meal.html

now this kind of atheist activism I like. It’s personal, one to one shit that’s likely to make a lasting impression on the wife and kids. Good luck squire…

Chatting with a Google Street View Driver – eKstreme.com

http://ekstreme.com/thingsofsorts/fun-web/chatting-with-a-google-street-view-driver

citizen driven Trusted Surveillance; the best sort…

Crippled War Vets Tell Cheney To Get Bent

http://wonkette.com/401470/crippled-war-vets-tell-cheney-to-get-bent

now that’s what I call “Fair and Balanced”

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_56314.html

Rejected for being too intelligent? Well that explains a lot…

Dead Monster Washes Ashore in Montauk

http://gawker.com/5030531/dead-monster-washes-ashore-in-montauk


My first thought: Turtle without shell?

Decapitated bus passenger, man was totally calm during attack – The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080731.wmanbus0731/BNStory/National/home

gruesome, weird, disturbing.

Beloved websites riddled with crimeware • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/30/websense_high_profile_website_malware_survey/

I’m increasingly pleased that Rumplemigskin found Sandboxie (and pointed me at it). I now use it routinely. It makes you immune to any attacks because nothing “downloaded” or inserted into your browser stays there once you close the browser. It all goes “pooft” into the ether. (because your entire surfing session takes place in RAM) If you’re not already using it, get it now. (and don’t forget to set up your default download folder for “quick recovery” so you can still download those files you actually want to download)

Dr. Strangevote saves mankind with Luddite voting recipe • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/30/debra_bowen_usenix_keynote/

rare example of elected official making an intelligent decision. Be interesting to see how long her political career lasts…

Home Office minister gets tough, then gets stuck • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/31/liam_tufty_byrne/

“Hard Working Families” is the phrase that makes me projectile vomit at the screen so, inspired by The Reg example, I googled

“government OR opposition AND “hard working families” AND Labour”

(the “AND Labour” excluded the foreign contributors without excluding the British Tories who nearly always use the phrase in close proximity to an attack on Labour)

…which “brought up” (hmmm… know the feeling) 46,300 examples including this beauty from wikipedia

These words and phrases belong to a class of “button pushing” cliches which politicians believe puts them in contact with Joe Public. Every country probably has its own. America has dozens. IF they work as politicians obviously believe they do, then this suggests that We The People are every bit as stupid as they think we are.

Not good news for those of us who aspire to Democracy

Delivery man arrested over 2.5million passport theft as van driver pulled up to buy chocolate | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1040089/Delivery-man-arrested-2-5million-passport-theft-van-driver-pulled-buy-chocolate.html

why do I smell “scapegoat” all over this story?

Sir Ian Blair blasts decision to drop drugs charges against Tetra Pak heir | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1039896/Sir-Ian-Blair-blasts-decision-drop-drugs-charges-Tetra-Pak-heir.html

Britain’s top cop acts surprised to learn that there’s one law for the rich…

MPs slam YouTube for not doing enough to protect children | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1039880/MPs-slam-YouTube-doing-protect-children-dark-internet.html

I’ve posted a comment here pointing Daily Mail readers to my blog on the issue from one year ago today. Be interesting to see if they publish it and whether, if they do, I get any readers from their side of the tracks…

Stottles Blog: Childrens Fight Club

http://stottle.blogspot.com/2007/07/childrens-fight-club.html

I posted this exactly 1 year ago today. Why resurrect it now? Because this item came up on the news today…

The PDF417 code

http://grandzebu.net/informatique/codbar-en/pdf417.htm

Open Source project. Only of interest to anyone involved with 2 Dimensional Barcodes – which I currently am. I’m hoping to use them to create an improved document validation process which will ultimately render the Government’s dangerous ID Card proposals unnecessary…

Swearing – YouSwear.com

http://www.youswear.com/

one of the most useful sites I’ve come across in months. When I was a kid in Cyprus, I learned that you could make a Turkish workman chase you down the road by shouting what sounded like “pushti pesevengay” at him. I’ve never had the faintest idea what it meant. Until today. The “pushti” remains unresolved but “pezavenk” is a close match and it’s right there. I’m slightly disappointed to learn that it only means ‘Pimp’. The “pushti” must be a considerable amplifier (eg “daughter pimp” ?)