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Posted by That Other Mike on 16/12/2011

Every day, I think to myself, “This is it. Wingnuts have actually reached the bottom of human intelligence. There is literally nowhere lower for them to go!”

And then I read something like this, and I realise that, actually, there are miles and miles of stupidity for wingnuts to tunnel through yet. I really must stop having so high an opinion of them, and just realise that, actually, they’re not rational, that they’re not interested in what’s true or correct or best for the country; no, wingnuts like the cretinous operator of America’s Reactionary Conservative News are just interested in scoring cheap points and promoting their own political views, no matter how stupid they may be.

For the record, just for the wingnut loons over at that fake news site, the DoJ investigation of Joe “America’s Most Fascistic Sheriff” Arpaio date back to 2008, before the President was even elected. Then again, when was the last time a wingnut was interested in the facts?

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Best News Headline Ever

Posted by That Other Mike on 24/07/2010


A bear got into a teenager’s car, honked the horn and then sent it rolling 125 feet into a thicket, a Colorado family has said.

Ben Story, 17, said he and his family were asleep in their home south of Denver when the bear managed to open the unlocked door of his 2008 Toyota Corolla and climbed inside.

A peanut butter sandwich left on the back seat is probably what attracted the bear, Ben said.

It is not unusual for bears to open unlocked doors to cars and houses in search of food, Tyler Baskfield, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife said.

“It happens all the time,” he said. “They’re very smart.”

Once inside, the bear must have knocked the automatic transmission shift into neutral, sending the car rolling backwards down the inclined driveway and into the thicket, Ben said.

The door apparently slammed shut when the car jolted to a stop, he said, trapping the bear inside.

Neighbours had called emergency police dispatchers, and deputies freed the bear by opening the door with a rope from a distance. The bear then ran into the woods.

But Ben says he will need a new car because the bear trashed the inside trying to get out.

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Oh, yah.

Posted by That Other Mike on 11/09/2009

I’m in Minnesota, with Lottie and the Boy, and it makes me happy. That’s all I have to say – it’s really that simple 🙂

We’re staying with the lovely and generous Bonnie and Dale, who’ve been better family to us than anyone we coincidentally happen to have genetic links with – thanks, Bonnie and Dale 🙂 Anything else is just an embellishment to what I really and honestly mean – you have my full and complete gratitude, and always will.

All that being said, I just wanted to say all of that, and post a song. Enjoy!

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Snow, Shoulders and Benjamin Button

Posted by That Other Mike on 15/02/2009

OK, I know I haven’t posted anything for a while. I’ve been kind of busy, really, and then I was abducted by aliens… Well, OK, maybe not.

We had snow down here, several days in a row. At one point, it was bad enough that I got half way to work and had to turn back because I couldn’t see where I was going. In the end, I was going to go in when the snow had died down some, but I got a call to say not to bother.

In other news, I’ve been having some problems with my shoulder recently. A few aches and pains, reduced movement in certain ways. Rather than being all McCain-y and saying that I couldn’t tie my shoes or use the interwebs, I went to my doctor. He confirmed what I had suspected – I’ve injured my rotator cuff, which is not so good. Basically, it controls rotational movements in the shoulder.
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McDonald’s Sued Over Woman’s Naked Buns –

Posted by That Other Mike on 24/11/2008

McDonald’s is known for its cheap meat — but after a bad trip to the burger joint, one guy’s wife allegedly became cheap meat.

McD’s just got served by a guy who allegedly left his cell phone — which contained nude photos of his wife — at the Arkansas restaurant, only to find the nude pics posted online.

Phillip Sherman was assured by employees they’d keep the phone safe, yet the photos — along with Sherman’s phone number and address — somehow found their way onto the Internet.

The couple claims they had to move to a new house to get away from his wife’s new stalkers. Sherman wants 3 mil for their troubles.

via McDonald’s Sued Over Woman’s Naked Buns –

Hehehehe… I know I should be sympathetic towards the woman, and I am, but I can’t help laughing just a little bit at her husband’s stupidity.

You can bet your arse that if I were to have nudie pics of my wife, they wouldn’t be accompanying me on a visit to a fast food joint, and they certainly wouldn’t be on something that I could accidentally leave lying around.

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BBC NEWS | Health | Tea ‘healthier’ drink than water

Posted by That Other Mike on 14/09/2008

BBC NEWS | Health | Tea ‘healthier’ drink than water.

Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits, say researchers.

The work in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition dispels the common belief that tea dehydrates.

Tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers, UK nutritionists found.

Experts believe flavonoids are the key ingredient in tea that promote health.

Aha! We were right all along. Tea does fix everything. Once again, another triumph for Britain.

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A metallic aftertaste

Posted by That Other Mike on 08/09/2008

Well, I’ve downloaded Google’s new browser, Chrome. As part of its quest for world domination an ever larger share of internet viewers, Google has announced the beta release of Chrome.

The reason given for the development of Chrome was the changing nature of the internet – which is fair enough. The web has gone from text heavy to crude picture heavy through to dynamic content, such as Flash, YouTube and so on. Chrome was envisaged as a modern platform for this new internet.

It works, to a point. The features and look are taken piecemeal from various sources – the browser incorporates various stylistic pieces from Vista, Opera and so on. There are some useful things – if you don’t choose a home page, the browser loads your most often visited sites, a concept borrowed from Opera’s Speed Dial feature. It also shows your recent bookmarks, with a button on the page to show all of them in a drop down.

There is tabbed browsing, of course.

The interface is quite minimalist and stylish, in a kind of Apple through a blue filter way. There are no menus cluttering up the top, only two icons for drop down menus: one holds preferences for the particular page you’re on, the other for the browser itself.

There are only five buttons – back and forward, refresh, home and bookmark. One minor niggle is that there isn’t anything approaching the fast forward/rewind buttons of Opera, or the ability to choose which page to reverse or forward to, as in Mozilla. Hopefully something like this will be rectified or worked around in future releases.

Another small thing which irritated me a little was that there isn’t really anything to accommodate things like StumbleUpon, Digg and so on. You can create them as bookmarks, which will show in the optional bookmark toolbar, but there’s nothing like the StumbleUpon toolbar and there doesn’t appear to be even the option to add toolbars at this stage. This is puzzling in a browser which is aimed at users of Web 2.0, although hopefully this is simply down to its being beta.

Overall, it doesn’t seem to be a bad program so far. It has a number of features going for it which will make it popular among the webbish community: it is stripped down and clean in style, and will appeal on that front, as it looks pretty cool. It is also pretty fast to load pages, and apparently has built in security features, such as an option called Incognito, which autodeletes cookies and history every time the user closes the browser. It is also open source, which I think has practically every code geek in the world salivating; a Linux version is planned for the near future.

It won’t threaten IE any time soon amongst the general public, I think. It’s still a little too webby, a little too stripped down and missing some features which would make it more popular to the internet users who use the web primarily to shop or book holidays.

Myself, I’m not convinced by it just yet, not totally. It’s a little too beta for me right now, but I’d be happy to try it again in the near future when it’s been a little more developed. For now, though, I’ll stick with Firefox, if only for the functionality it has that Chrome currently lacks.

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Posted by That Other Mike on 06/09/2008

Bouncy rubber sidewalk may foil beer keg damage

Aug 18, 2008

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A sidewalk project means there may be a little bounce to the beer kegs instead of dings in the pavement when delivery trucks unload.

The city is installing a rubber sidewalk at a spot near the Iowa State University campus where beer distributors unload hundreds of kegs from trucks for bars in the area.

All those heavy kegs hitting the ground have been cracking the concrete pavement.

So now city officials have decided to install sidewalk pavers that a California company makes using shredded recycled tires instead of concrete.

The city tested the product. “The streets supervisor took a sledge hammer to it,” said Corey Mellies, a civil engineer for the city. It didn’t even dent.

The project also has an environmental plus — the sidewalk is using up about 675 tires that otherwise would end up in a landfill.

Information from: The Tribune,

I want to see more building with rubber. Imagine it – a sea of swaying skyscrapers in Tokyo…

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My interview with the Pakistani Spectator is up…

Posted by That Other Mike on 28/08/2008

… over here.

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Noisy sex gets man banned from home

Posted by That Other Mike on 21/08/2008

A British man has been banned from visiting his girlfriend’s home after neighbors complained about noisy sex, a local official said Thursday.

A court barred Adam Hinton, 32, from being within 110 yards of the apartment of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Kerry Norris, Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman Mike Taggart said.

Residents of Norris’ publicly owned home had been complaining since 2006 about thumping music, banging headboards and screamed obscenities, Taggart said.


HT to Lottie.

Wow. Sounds like they were really having a good time…

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