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The Poke: Roy Batty's Birthday

C|Net - Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future.
Examiner - Above story is all bullshit, of course.

Devil Baby Attack

Thinkmodo are an advertising agency with an innovative viral approach to marketing. Their strategy involves staging pranks and recording real people getting duped. The prank will have some relation to the product and footage is used in the promo.

The above video for example promotes a recent horror flick, The Devil's Due, not a exactly hit with the critics but suitable fare to keep fans of the genre entertained. The promo, rather than feature scenes or tag lines from the film, shows the reaction of people on the street to the projectile vomiting, horror child. As the videos go viral through blogs, email and social networks the marketing strategy is a success. Other movies promoted in this way include the remake of Carrie and Limitless.

Ads of the World - Complete Thinkmodo collection

War Drags You Out

Inspired by a visit to a drag show, the pop artist known as Saint Hoax presents a series of animated gifs depicting world leaders as drag queens. The artist who is based in the Middle East has received death threats mostly because of his depictions Osama Bin Laden and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ("Queen Abby") other targets include Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush, Barak Obama, the Pope and Saddam Hussein.

Huffington Post - Interview with Saint Hoax

In the light of the recent arrival of yet another upper class hyphenated mouth to be fed, Jet Moon revisits the re-branding of a Royal icon....

Blood and Circuses - Your Royal Meme for the day.... (I hope it helps) 'The Artist formerly known as Prince (Harry)'

The Chronicle Review - Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'

Letters of Note - Slaughterhouse Five

Slate - An Idiot’s Guide to the Reddit Thread, “What’s the Most Intellectual Joke You Know?”

Upworthy - Stephen Fry Takes A Firm Stance On Grammar.


Emily Bronte's classic novel, with added vampires!

Entertainment Weekly - 'Twilight'-branded 'Wuthering Heights': Love or loathe?

Red Orbit - Archaeologists Unearth Alien-Like Skulls In A Mexico Cemetery

The Daily Mash - Are we doing enough to halt the rise of complete and utter psychopaths?

The Nina Hagen Autobiography "That's Why the Lady is a Punk", was released recently. Apparently there are no immediate plans to release an English version so you might need to brush up on your German.

NY Rock Interview

Dangerous Minds - Pre-punk Nina Hagen in East Germany, 1974.

The New York Times - The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate
The New Atlantis - The Lost Prestige of Nuclear Physics
USA Today - International Space Station comes together (animation)

Well it's out and reaction has been mixed. Fans of the comic seem to like it while those who are unfamiliar with the original seem indifferent. Zach Snyder's Watchmen is a very detailed and literal adaptation of the original but perhaps lacks some its soul.

Rotten Tomatoes - 64%
January Magazine - Too much of a good thing?
MTV - 'Watchmen' Reviews Are In: Everyone Disagrees!
Watchmen Comic Movie - Analysis and Criticism

The Sun - A Universe of Books: Borges's 'Library of Babel'
The Telegraph - Harry Potter fails to cast spell over Professor Richard Dawkins

"We are trying to find out what everything is made of; what we are made of; the smallest pieces inside us; every atom,"

--Peter Watkins, professor of the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy

ZDNet: - Cern's Large Hadron Collider powers up

"The LHC is just a bunch of magnets that steer the proton beams plus radio frequency cavities to accelerate them.

The amount of energy involved is miniscule. Similarly, the CMS is a magnet with a lot of sensors operating under a variety of voltages. Not much damage could be done there by diddling with the computer."

--University of Texas physicist Stephen Weinberg.

ABC News: - Large Hadron Collider's Hacker Infiltration Highlights Vulnerabilities
National Geographic: - Large Hadron Collider to Have "Practical" Spin-Offs?
Louth Leader: - UFO sightings connected to Large Hadron Collider experiment?

Betel-nut Packaging Gallery

Coca-cola, choice of the old generation. They say if you leave a nail in a glass of the stuff it won't be there in a few days which might give some pause to consider what it's doing to your stomach. Then there's that whole business about artificial sweeteners and A.I.D.S. (or was it Alzheimer's Disease, I forget!). In any case the following came in the mail recently, warning that Coke may also be hazardous to your spiritual health.

"Too much sanity may be madness.
But maddest of all, to see life as it is.....and not as it should be!"

--Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

Blog - Updated - Te Rauparaha. Newspaper delivery boy. One night in Bangkok. Ankorean ruins in eastern Thailand and southern Laos. Laos New Year festival. The mysterious Plain of Jars and America's secret war. Rocket Festival.

Toady's Horrorscopes:
Heckler Spray - Top 8 Movie Sociopaths
News24 - Lost Metropolis footage found
CNN - Mandela off U.S. terrorism watch list
What exactly is Lunar Standard Time?
What is Fund-a-mentalism?

The Gospel According to Monkeyfinger Dave

"Who loses and who wins
Who's in, who's out,
Let's take upon us the mystery of things
As if we were God's spies..."

King Lear

I've always been a closet believer that Judas couldn't have done what he's accused of having done. It's much easier for me to believe the new document than any of the Bible's versions. The whole thing brings to mind Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot (as we are celebrating the centennial of his birth) The scene in which they mention the four Gospels.

Vladimir: One of the four says that one of the two(thieves)was saved...Why believe him rather than the others?
Estragon: Who believes him?
Vladimir: Everyone. It's the only version they know.
Estragon: People are bloody ignorant apes.

The new discovery raises a lot of questions about how the church propagates certain things and discards others. The Pope's response strengthens my dislike of religious rigidity. If we don't agree, we are lost misguided sheep.

Speaking of sheep (and Pigs) I just picked up and read a used copy of Orwell's Animal Farm. The main theme of which, I think, is suppose to be "All animals are equal; some more equal than others." But what really grabbed my attention was the animals' willingness to believe anything they were told. Like we now; except for Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, seem to believe what our leaders say "Iraq has WMD's" "Support for the Patriot Act will help fight terrorism" Give up your rights for the good of the country. (By the way , could there be a more Orwellian name than THE PATRIOT ACT) Again Waiting For Godot comes to mind:

Estragon: We've no rights anymore......we've lost our rights?
Vladimir: (distinctly) We got rid of them.

If I can tie Catch 22 into this I just saw it on HBO and was reminded what great ensemble acting is. What a great cast headed by Alan Arkin. Jon Voight, Bob Newhart, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentise, Jack Gilford( a Beckett actor) Anthony Perkins, Marty Balsam, Buck Henry, Martin Sheen, Art Garfunkel, Orson Wells. Each great!

All it needed was my favorite actor (Clint Howard) and it would have been perfect. I guess he's too young for Catch 22 but his time will come "The cat will mew and dog will have his day." His brother was probably still playing 'OPPIE' when it was made. I hope the Pope agrees that Clint Howard is the preeminent actor of our day. If he doesn't agree with me then He's the lost misguided sheep.

Before I step down from my soapbox could we please have a moment of silence while we listen to the national anthem of the Republic Of China. (pause) .....snicker, snicker, chortle, chortle, guffaw, guffaw, guffaw. Or is that gaffe, gaffe, gaffe?

I'll leave you with a few Hamlet thoughts:

"...the native hue of resolution (that is , natural determination to act. Hue meaning = outcry.) is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought"

"Give me that man that is not passions slave , and I will wear him in my hearts core, ay, in my heart of heart"

(Thanks to Monkeyfinger Dave Clark)

Alibris Hot off the Press Standard

Psycho Test

Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom of the page for the result. This is not a trick question.

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met this guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be just that! She fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?

When I met Riccardo Montalban I asked him for an autograph. He was hiding in Albania or was it the other way around? Find out in The Country Within

Life on Mars

NASA Phoenix
BBC: - Historic pictures sent from Mars
MSNBC: - Phoenix makes picture-perfect Mars landing
CBC News: - Phoenix ready for Mars landing
San Francisco Chronicle: - Mars landing among most dangerous ever tried
Wired: - Podcast: NASA Project Manager on the Phoenix Mission
Times Online: - It's Mars or bust as Nasa probe plunges towards landing zone

Laotians celebrate "pii mai" the Laos New Year, which involves copious quantities of water, alcohol, music and the odd bit of cross-dressing
Pii Mai

In other news while I was on the road some little turd got in and hacked all six of my websites achieving little more than to reinforce the notion that those who cannot create, destroy. Laos is probably the least developed country in South East Asia however I was able to resurrect the site. The culprit in the meantime has been tracked down and electrodes were applied to his testicles.

11th March 2002

Here's the thing. Three years ago I taught myself a bit of HTML code registered the domain and came up with this lot. It's since come to my attention that I need to look into a content management system to facilitate site development. It's also come to my attention that I need to spend the next three months or so travelling through the north of Laos into southern China so updates will be few and far between. Until I get some minions I'm the sole idiot behind all this. Rest assured once southern China has been conquered and cms mastered abnormal transmission will resume. In the meantime check out the archives, my other site our new project featuring the investigative journalism of Ben Vidgen and feel free to contact us with your submissions and comments. (richard (at)


New York Times - Struggling to Squelch an Internet Rumor
Times Online - How internet turned 'fact into a global lie
WFSA TV - Gang Initiation Rape Email Circulates; But Is It Real?
Salem News - Who really Spat on Veterans During the Vietnam War?
Reuters - The dumbest ever quiz answers Kailahun District (Sierra Leone), women tell the story -- possibly apocryphal -- of an old woman who was huddled over her cooking fire when a group of rebels entered her village. She was frying some tasty frogs. The rebels surrounded her, peering into the pot to see what she was cooking, and one of them said: "We are freedom fighters of the Revolutionary United Front. We have come to save you from the government." The old woman -- unafraid -- replied: "Then you must go to the capital. The government is not in my pot."

Women in Kailahun District tell that story over and over, and they laugh every time. They are so proud of that lone, bold old woman who told off those rebel men. That's the spirit of survival, still alive in them -- though they must know that the rebels probably shot that old woman and ate her frogs.

Ann Jones, the author of "Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan," works as a volunteer with the International Rescue Committee on a special project for its gender-based violence unit.

Los Angeles Times - A War on Women

A 15-year-old South Australian school student has busted the myth that goldfish have a three second memory. - Goldfish "three-second memory" myth busted.

Random Facts

# The only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees is the praying mantis.
# In 1990 there were about 15,000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in the U.S.
# Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
# A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
# Against Army regulations, George Armstrong Custer often wore a blue velvet uniform.
# Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

Fact Library

Hotmail Sucks

O.K. so hotmail, myspace etc. provide a free service but it still rips your undies a bit to have your account deleted. There is some recourse for the disgruntled however..... is a site fueled by one punter's outrage at having his account deleted for an alleged abuse of TOU. Our protagonist is the creator of the Tourist of Death site at the heart of the whole matter. After encouraging one dissenter to "go punch (himself) in the balls" he found his account had been deleted. His site encourages submissions outlining your own dissatisfaction with hotmail or msn.

More evidence that Bill Gates is the Antichrist

The turtle lives 'twixt plated decks
Which practically conceal its sex,
I think it's clever of the turtle
In such a fix to be so fertile

-- Ogden Nash

Roaring 50's - TIME


Psycho Test Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again. If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly.