How a Torpedoed Kickstarter Campaign Unintentionally Revealed an Unlikely Unit of Cyber-Terrorists. (A long, but scary article.)
Chairman Mao "on balance did more good than harm". I love Michael Portillo’s expression of horror/incredulity/hilarity in this clip. Remember people, if Labour win the next election, this woman will probably have an important job in government.
It was also Mark Knopfler's first film soundtrack and this is the most famous piece of music from it. Still played whenever Newcastle United players come out at the start of each match.
And in this particular performance, you get a special bonus British rock guitar god. In fact, as well as Mr Knopfler, you get the original British rock guitar god:
All 82 of Eric Cantona's goals for Manchester United. 13m10s for my favourite Cantona goal and celebration.
And the lesson to be learned here is this: make a self-deprecating joke to a conference that could be misinterpreted as politically incorrect if removed from the context in which it was made, then it _will_ be removed from its context, selectively quoted and used by a social media mob to hound you out of your job, no matter how great your previous accomplishments. Richard Dawkins is angry about this, and really so should we all be. This is typical of the condemnatory articles that didn't think to check facts.
Doctor Who Online does look to be defrauding advertisers. They’ve tried this with The Shop on the Borderlands (we sell Doctor Who RPGs), but I was too sceptical. Combine a proprietary analytics system that massively overstates traffic with quite persistent selling, and yes, I think Mr Sandifer is on to something.
Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes. (And that’s before you include the cost of state education, state healthcare, public sector salaries etc…)
So let me get this straight - Scottish votes for Scottish laws is right and proper; Welsh votes for Welsh laws is right and proper; Northern Irish votes for Northern Irish laws is right and proper but English votes for English laws is "racist".
The key sentence in this story is I feel "That complaint was referred to the police who decided not to prosecute." And we assume, with good reason.
...with the help of this website and musical video. (Are Indian turds really shaped like wedding cakes?)
Think you're a good artist? These people are better. (Number 12. A ballpoint pen? Wow.)
Chris Rock isn't anywhere near as famous in the UK as he is in the US. In fact, he's probably about as famous over here as Jonathan Ross is over there. Which brings me to the rest of my
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12 games you've never played (and should have done) (Actually, I’ve played Beyond Good & Evil – didn’t like it – and Ico – loved it, and have pictures of it hanging in my living room.)
There's feeble badly written fan vids, there's impressive machinima and then there's Death Knight Love Story. It's got Joanna Lumley, Jack Davenport and Anna Chancellor in it! AND BRIAN BLESSED! (Created by cairmen.)
Answering an unanswered AKICOLJ of my own: your guide to mechanical keyboards. (I went for Cherry Blues on my new work PC.)
Brazilian amateur football match: Referee sends player off. Player refuses to go. Player and referee fight. Referee pulls a knife. Referee stabs player. To death. Player's friends and relatives rush onto pitch. Player's friends and relatives stone referee. To death. Player's friends and relatives decapitate referee's corpse.
Ricky Gervais's 'Derek' was brilliant (I agree) - moving, superbly acted (especially Kerry Godliman), but many people will hate it just because they don't like Ricky Gervais or because it deals with taboo subjects.
Was Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner a paedophile? (His biographer argues no, but it's on something of a technicality...) The review is worth reading just for the Biddy Baxter incident. Not that you should giggle at this sort of thing.
OK History Channel, whose bright idea was it to cast a Barack Obama lookalike as the Devil in your dramatisation of 'The Bible'? (And come to think of it, what the hell (pun intended) is the History Channel doing dramatising ‘The Bible’?)
Dying Total War fan's likeness put into Rome: Total War II. (When I die, ask Sports Interactive to put my name into Football Manager…)
Sir Patrick Moore had some financial difficulties in the last few years of his life. So Brian May bought his house for him. (Please, please, please BBC, don’t give The Sky at Night to that wanker from Manchester with the bad dress sense and the creepy lips. Give it to Chris Lintott and Brian May. Queen, not D*Ream.)
Famous movie scenes in Lego. (I think The Godfather is the best.)
ESPN presenter argues that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III isn't "really" black because he has a white fiancee and he's a Republican. (For this, he has been suspended for 30 days by ESPN. This is the same punishment they gave to a basketball commentator (whose wife is Asian-American) who asked “Is there a chink in his armour?” about a Chinese basketball player. The former behaviour seems much worse to me.)