Archive for the 'Irreverent' Category

Woman killed by husband over Facebook marital status

January 24, 2009

Ah, those Brits and knives, and thanks to the Daily Mail.

A father stabbed his estranged wife to death in a ‘frenzied attack’ after discovering she had changed her Facebook status to ‘single’.

Edward Richardson, 41, was high on a cocktail of cocaine and alcohol when he smashed his way into her parents’ home and used a carving knife to kill 26-year-old Sarah Richardson as she lay in bed.

The carpenter stabbed his wife with such force he shattered her ribs. She also suffered puncture wounds to her liver and a slashed aorta.

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Mark of the beast at Dunkin’ Donuts

January 11, 2009

The customer ahead of me in line at Dunkin’ Donuts was customer number 666. The cash register video display showed ‘666’ in bold black letters. I am very fortunate to have been customer number 667.

I hasn’t realized that AOL had been imploding

December 22, 2008

Actaully, I wasn’t very aware that AOL was around any more. Apparently it is, barely, going by the posts in their “People Connection” blog. For example, people who had blogs, and other files posted on an AOL “Hometown” site suddenly lost access to their work on October 31. A blog post to the “People Connection” blog shows that Hometown users were informed of the shutdown on, November 6th. Comments users posted to that post sound desparate and angry.

Update: OK, AOL users were given a few weeks warning before Hometown shutdown. Plenty of time?

Reminds me of the time way back in 1995 when AOL bought WAIS, the Wide Area Information Service. WAIS predated AltaVista, let alone Google. The olde Mosaic browser supported a ‘wais://’ URI protocol identifier. It was the game in town for Internet search in the golden years, and AOL bought it to get their hands on search capability. If you aren’t too young, WAIS indexed popular Gopher servers of the day. Back in 1995, Gopher actually rivaled the World Wide Web as an information source on the Ingernet.

One day, AOL apparently pulled the plug on the central WAIS servers with no warning of explanation. I emailed AOL at the time about it, but got no response.

Update 2: I notice in Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, I have difficulty in tagging a WordPress post.

But is it a myth that beer is better than Jesus?

December 19, 2008

Twelve myths about beer are exploded in this post. But is the hypothesis that beer is better than Jesus a myth that needs exploding as well?

Player kicked off hockey team for comment about ex

December 16, 2008

What can an athlete do off the field (or ice) that is so bad that his team will cut him for doing it? Shoot at someone, or shoot someone? Take illegal drugs? Punch out a fan during a game? Drive drunk and hit some0ne? Take a gun to a strip club? Have sex with underage girls at parties where you get them drunk? Drag race and contribute to someone being killed? (Sorry, a few Charlotte examples thrown in there) Having half a dozen children in as many cities? Nope, none of those reasons is bad enough to get someone cut from his team.

Now one player for Carolina Panthers was not welcomed back to the team after what he did, but he did have his ex girlfriend murdered, and he was arrested and convicted for it. He’s still in prison I believe. And of course Michael Vick was cut from the Atlanta Falcons (and sent to prison) for his cruel treatment of fighting dogs. Now, what if a league were to suspend a player indefinitely, and the player’s team kicked him out, just because he made a crude (but not vulgar) comment about an B-actress ex. We are talking about the violent (and starved for publicity) National Hockey League no less.

GM CEO Wagoner sees the U.S.A. in his Chevrolet

December 3, 2008

I just thought about this post’s title, YouTube has a performance of the song. Mr. Wagoner is driving to Washington from Detroit in a Chevy Malibu hybrid. He would no doubt agree, you can’t see much of the country from a private jet.

Recession good for keeping families together

November 26, 2008

The bad times, according to MSNBC, are good for keeping families together by sharply reducing the divorce rate because couples can’t afford tne costs of divorce and setting up separate households:

The economic crisis may be doing what pastors, family therapists and matrimonial counselors have long struggled to accomplish: keeping troubled marriages together.

Marriage counselors and divorce lawyers nationwide say more distressed couples are putting off divorce because the cost of splitting up is prohibitive in a time of stagnant salaries, plummeting home values and rising unemployment.

Post #500

November 12, 2008

This is my 500th post on this blog. Here are the Top 10 posts so far in this blog’s history:

Java web framework tournament
Java Tournament Championship
John Hagee says Tony Blair to be the Ant
Casas de Cambio
Computer literacy test example
Cached password in Windows XP a problem?
Java Tournament Final Four
Cash for Keys
Tournament 1st round
Zimbabwean 500,000,000 dollar bill photo

The government will pay you to exercise in the UK

November 10, 2008

Manchester, England plans to start paying citizens to walk, jog and other wise exercise:

The move to address the ‘fat epidemic’ comes after figures which show that a quarter of British adults are obese.

Experts say that by 2050 at least 60 per cent of the population will be obese – so fat their health is in danger.

People will be invited to keep-fit classes or weight-loss clubs, and they could win points on their NHS loyalty card depending on how much weight they lose.

They will even get points for simply turning up to the sessions – even if they actually put on weight.

Running or walking in the local park could also earn points: there would be machines at intervals in parks, allowing people to swipe their card at the beginning or end of their journey. They would get points in accordance with how far they walk or run.

Walking their children to school rather than taking their car would also gain points; as would taking public transport to work, because this involves extra walking than taking the car as commuters have to walk to and from train stations and bus stops.

Running a marathon could kill you

November 4, 2008

There was a doctor (I forgot the name, I suppose I could google it) in the 1980s who claimed that anyone fit enough to run a marathon would be immune from heart disease. The doc didn’t figure that the stress of actually running a marathon could kill you dead fast. At the NYC Marathon run yesterday, two participants died.