Thursday, 13 December 2007
All over the internet yesterday was the news that the author of the Discworld series of books, Terry Pratchett, has announced on his website that he is suffering from early onset alzheimers. Mr Pratchett instructed that this statement should be taken as 'I'm not dead!'
The open letter on his site entitled 'An Embuggerance' stated that 'there was time for a few new books' and 'Frankly I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful.'
My son obliged Mr Pratchett when he was informed of the news by announcing 'Well, that should make for an interesting couple of novels.'
We wish Terry all the best....Ook!
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Despite NASA telling us all it was a fault with the 'fuel sensors' that prevented the launch of Atlantis on Sunday, the internet has once again provided us with actual evidence that we are being lied to!
Footage has shown that the real reason for the delay was an attack from a giant spider!
The Eldritch horror launched a minute long attack on the space vessel in order to drain it of it's life-force. These cosmic arachnids are obviously preparing for all out war!
You have been warned.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
He disappeared to protect his secret. He changed his name and started a new life. He thought he was safe...
I think I see you Jack....lol
Gamestation reciept brought home by my son today.
When I read this article on the BBC I was quite happy to see some good old christmas songs back in the charts instead of all those 'talent' show winners.
There were, however, a few glaring omissions.
I shall be rectifying that in the days to come - starting tonight with Bing Crosby and David Bowie with 'Little Drummer Boy'
Here's the trailer for Noboru Igushi’s forthcoming feature machine girl (aka "The One-Armed Machine Girl," aka "Kataude Mashin Gâru"). The eaturing "yakuza ninjas, flying guillotines, a drill bra, a Japanese teenage schoolgirl," and lotsa blood,
Monday, 10 December 2007
For decades in Japan, dekochari (deko means “decoration” and chari means “bicycle”) have been the ride of choice for hardcore dekotora fans that are too young to drive. Modeled after Japan’s celebrated art trucks, dekochari typically feature large front bumpers, ornate luggage racks, rear-mounted boxes that resemble truck trailers, colorful paint jobs, lots of chrome, and sophisticated electric light displays. This video pieces together random night scenes from Dekochari Yarou, a documentary that profiles a few dekochari enthusiasts and their custom rides.
The soundtrack is “Ichiban-boshi Blues” (sung by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa), the theme song from the Torakku Yarou movie series that sparked Japan’s dekotora craze in the ’70s.
Every time I put this up it's been taken down (copyright...blah blah) within days. I've now safely downloaded it so it will stay here always...as it should.
Ladies and Gentlemen and Cheese Pirates
A Gentlemans Duel.
And as Jean Luc Picard
TNG: Chain Of Command (part 2)
'Torture has never been a reliable means of extracting information. It is ultimately self-defeating as a means of control. One wonders why it is still practiced.' - JLP
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Wtf is the connection between the three, you may ask?
Quite simple really.
The flying Spaghetti Monster which some of you may, or may not, have heard me praise, was based (loosely) on the concept of Russells Teapot (or the Celestial Teapot) an analogy first brought to public attention by Bertrand Russell in 1952.
'If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.'
From there, I started to think about cosmic teapots and I remembered that Gong (the band) used to have one.
I looked up Gong on Youtube (I did this when I first got online all those years ago and there was no mention of them whatsoever so I wasn't expecting much) but lo and behold - there it was. And - not only did I get Gong but an almost forgotten idol in the form of Kevin Ayers. A man with hands so big he never needed to move in order to play guitar!
So here it is - the ultimate in FSM glory!
Gong - guest starring Kevin Ayers in 1994 with 'Lady Rachel'