Friday, August 31, 2007

Studying Evil

He who studies evil is studied by evil.

Old Bajorian Saying

The Riot Act

After reading latest chapter from one of my favorite authors I looked up the full text of the original "riot act". Here are words that must spoken to use the riot act. Say it next time someone gets out of control.

Our sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies. God save the King.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wikipedia Reality

What I love about Wikipedia is that it lets democracy determine reality.

Neoplatonist Philosopher Stephen Colbert,
August 21 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Differerent Religious Extremists

"Christian warriors" - no drinking on Sunday.
"Jewish warriors" - Just leave us alone dammit
"Muslim warriors" - insert latest violent mass murder here, daily

obscured by clouds in Little Green Footballs
thread CNN Moral Equivalence Marathon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

President, a Title for Thieves and Murders, Mostly

Harper should be insulted at being titled "president". As I argrued earlier, "president" is mainly used for the head gangster in cruel despotic regimes, like President Saddam Hussain (whacked) and President Robert Mugabe (at large).

Bad Weddings

HA HA. From The Guardian.

How to make the best of your best man's speech

Tim Dowling
Wednesday August 15, 2007

No wedding is complete without a best man - although we might perhaps extend this sentiment to "no wedding is completely ruined without a best man", courtesy of a case currently being heard by a jury at Preston crown court. According to the prosecution, the trouble started when the best man at a wedding reception in Yorkshire misjudged the mood of his audience, and decided to expose himself in the name of entertainment. He then allegedly went on to batter a guest who upbraided him for this behaviour.

There are no doubt weddings where this sort of thing is positively encouraged, but herein lies the dilemma for any best man: it is impossible to gauge the mood of a group made up of two different sets of friends and family.

Best man speeches come in three basic varieties: pompous and lawyerly; shambolically ribald; and inoffensively boring. There are "good" best man's speeches - well judged, amusing, moving and brief - but they don't appear in sufficient quantity to constitute a separate category.

At the diabolical end, you have best men who employ PowerPoint and the odd one who thinks it's a good idea to recount the bride's sexual history in song while accompanying himself on the guitar. If you spot him at the rehearsal dinner scrawling on a napkin and asking people for words that rhyme with "venereal", replace him with a second cousin immediately.

Never, under any circumstances, have two best men (as happened at the Yorkshire wedding). If there's one thing worse than a loudmouth who can't wait to tell the family of the bride what a drunken, sexually incontinent no-mark her future husband is, it's two loudmouths trying to outdo each other.

And if you should ever be asked to be a best man, just remember that your main obligation is to thank the bridesmaids, and that anything else you say is liable to offend somebody. And when in doubt, don't get your penis out.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Acton's Dictum Updated

Power corrupts. Powerpoint corrupts absolutely.

JeanBaptiste in a slashdot discussion about Karl Rove.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Gourmet Anarchist

I like the French though, they make champagne and they burn McDonalds.

Shimbo in a Alternate History discussion
about redoing Verdun 300 style.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Don't Be a Good Dog

Being a great employee is like being a great dog; at the end of the day, they'll still euthanize your ass when you're no longer of use.

SatanicPuppy in a slashdot thread
about hiring programmers.