Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The local authorities leave you in no doubt as to the risk you run should you head to the beach.
Believe it or not, dear visitor, but there are a lot of places you can go in Chicago which are riskier even than Lake Michigan - mean and terrible though this body of water is.
Later, though, I had cause to wonder if maybe the people who put this sign up were on to something, when I came across this:
I don't know what killed this fish - but maybe it was the same thing which turned it that interesting shade of yellow.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Apparently some police used their bare hands to extinguish a guy who had set himself on fire after his pit bull was killed.
Personally, I'd have broken out the marshmallows and wieners, but each to his own.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
OK so they started out selling souvenirs and other crap. And I mean CRAP.
But gradually the owner of the shop, swamped by government inspectors, bureaucrats, taxes and fees, began to lose it. He was selling a few waste paper baskets already (see above). But seduced by the lure of the disposal receptacle and assisted probably by government grants aimed at reducing the size of the EU bin mountain the owner now offers practically nothing else!
So for all your waste paper disposal needs, contact the owner, Norbert Van Clonk, 29 Rue De Passchendaele, Brugge, Belgium, EU 1984
The cost of motoring forces people to drive stupid cars like this
And this. Note: Just adding the stripes, does not a Dodge Viper make
And this - the world's first car capable of being dwarfed by a Filipina
The result is I've had to drive 20 miles to a testing station and am now sat in a slow-moving line of about a hundred idling vehicles waiting my turn for the test. Great for the environment or what?
When are people going to wake up and realize how much better life would be without these lying, sleazy, corrupt parasites in government? Maybe they should start by looking at connections between the suppliers of emissions testing equipment and government employees. Just a thought.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
* A team of 10 can deliver a solution in a month which previously would have taken a single ASP.NET developer 2 weeks.
* The developed application will work fine only in the development environment. Deployment is another project of approximately the same length as the development project.
* The team won't be able to work with low-spec computers. Each will need at least a 4GB dual core laptop to run the 2 or 3 virtual machines required. With such a platform, developers will achieve the same level of productivity as mainframe developers working in green screen managed back in 1985.
* There is no documentation. The samples don't work. Get used to it. Think Windows programming pre-Petzold.
* The next release of SharePoint will break everything.
So you can now see the true value of this product.... to the likes of Accenture!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
A mother whose notorious family were dubbed the worst in Britain for amassing close to 250 criminal convictions was facing jail yesterday over an £85,000 benefits swindle.
Until last year Shackleton, who has the names of her three sons, Gary, Mark and Paul Alderson, tattooed on her arms, lived in Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
But after the Shackletons racked up 40 arrests between them in less than six months Shackleton, her children and partner, Colin Alderson, became the first in the area to be evicted from a private property in July last year.
Whilst Shackleton herself has a lengthy list of 21 shoplifting convictions to her name, her partner and her children's stepfather has criminal record stretching back 30 years and includes 21 offences, including attacking police officers, burglary and drunken disorder.
Her eldest son, Mark, is the most prolific of the three brothers with 92 convictions.
His criminal record dates back to 1994, when at the age of 14 he was convicted of burglary, vehicle interference, theft of a car and driving without a licence or insurance.
The 28-year-old also has a string of convictions for common assault and has spent time in jail.
His sibling, Paul, 26, was convicted of dwelling house burglary in 1993, when he was 12.
In 2000, he was found guilty of going equipped to steal, two counts of criminal damage, a public order offence, perverting the course of justice, breaching a conditional discharge and a string of driving offences.
The 21-year-old got his first conviction at the age of 11 for burglary and has not looked back since.
His offences range from being found on enclosed premises to possession of cannabis.
He became notorious for tearing around in stolen cars and hurling drunken abuse at passers-by.Having lived in the UK and seen some of the competition, I don't think this is Britain's worst family. I doubt it's in the top 5,000.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"The sex is sweet, the sex is sweet, you want it, and you want to go with me."
-State Senator J. James Marzilli Jr
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The grand jury refused to indict him.
And interestingly, I can't see anybody protesting in defense of the burglars.
As far as I can see people are complaining that IF the shooter had been black, he wouldn't have been treated the same and the grand jury would have indicted him. But since he wasn't, we'll never know, will we?
Tonight I will raise a glass to Joe Horn and the Houston grand jury.
Mr. Horn, you're welcome to move in next to me any day!