philmophlegm: (Google Partners)

Never swallow a porcupine whole.

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…)

Free market lessons from Scandinavia.

The man who invented trainspotting (sort of) has died.

Well Google, this is awkward...

Sir Nicholas Winton, the "British Schindler", has died aged 106.

Did Joss Whedon base Firefly on Traveller? This is a good examination of the evidence.

Holograms that you can touch (sort of). Next step, Holodecks!

This year's ENnie Awards (the RPG and miniatures industry awards)  nominees

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".

Nice collection of photos of the British Grand Prix over the years.

I'm amazed that the Forth Bridge isn't already a World Heritage Site.

This is who we got to present the winner's trophy at this year's You're Hired! final. Seems a good chap.

This time it really is the end of the line for  the Avro Vulcan.

philmophlegm: (ICAEW)

I haven’t done a Phligm Phlagm post since April. (Sorry, I’ve been really busy…) We have some catching up to do. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and / or are informed by these links:

The maths (and beauty) behind a perfect 147. Make sure you watch Ronnie O’Sullivan’s five minutes and 20 seconds 147 – one of the all time greatest accomplishments in any sport.

This is the sort of thing that should be in that Alanis Morrisette song instead of "rain on your wedding day".

Few people regularly make me as angry as this incompetent, ill-informed, hypocritical, leftard.

Great myths of British politics, number 745: "The NHS is the most efficient health system in the world". (According to the OECD, only Ireland and Greece could make greater savings from more efficient healthcare systems.)

Even among countries with similar healthcare systems, the UK's is "below average". (So can we please stop this “envy of the world” bollocks?)

"My obsession with a fictional Football Manager megastar." (I had to put this in quotation marks to make it clear that this wasn't me...)

Diane "divide and rule" Abbott tutting that the "Tories harp on about Mid-Staffs". (Yeah, cos it’s not as if 1,200 people dying because of neglect in a state-run hospital is something politicians should be concerned about…)

"We're a class project."

A Greek God Family Tree

Student union backs excluding white people from 'anti-racism' events.

RIP Yeoman Rand.

PwC is going to ignore graduates' A-level results when recruiting. (This surprises me. When I was being recruited as a trainee chartered accountant, and when I was recruiting trainee chartered accountants, it was generally accepted that A-level grades were the best indication of future success in ACA exams, far more so than class of degree.)

George Digweed, the greatest British sportsman you've never heard of.

You know those really expensive very large Lego Super Star Destroyers? What if you dropped one from a great height? And filmed it. At 1000fps.

10 typographic mistakes everyone makes (and which life is far, far too short to care about.)

Broad Jump

Feb. 28th, 2015 09:46 pm
philmophlegm: (NFL draft)
How far do you think you could broad jump? To clarify, a broad jump is like a long jump, but you don't get a run-up - you have to do it from a standing start.

The broad jump is one of the tests used to see how athletic wannabe NFL players are at the annual Scouting Combine, which took place last weekend.

Now how far do you think elite athletes can broad jump? To give you some context, the best broad jump at the 2014 Scouting Combine, was 11 feet 0 inches, by Marquise Goodwin, a wide receiver from the University of Texas who would be drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Goodwin is a world-class long jumper, who made the Olympic Final in 2012, and was expected to win a medal. (He had a bad day and didn't. You may remember Great Britain's Greg Rutherford won the Gold.) The best ever broad jump at the Scouting Combine was 11 feet 7 inches in 2013.

So what do you think was the best broad jump at the 2015 Combine?

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philmophlegm: (Blue Mosque)

A rousing defence of private property from an unusual source.

Why are NHS Accident & Emergency units suddenly too busy to cope?

Very serious corruption in the NHS watchdog. Seriously, people should go to prison for this.

Which society connects Oswald Mosley, the founders of the London School of Economics, H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw...and advocated eugenic sterilisation?

I'm not a fan of James Blunt's music, but his Twitter putdowns are great, he prevented World War 3* and you have to appreciate letters to leftards that begin "Dear Chris Bryant MP, You classist gimp..."

"Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy"

2014 was the warmest year in moden record.

...although actually it's within the margin of error and tied with 2005 and 2010.

Dodgy anti-trade measures from "so called chocolate maker Hershey's". (I remember a colleague who had been on holiday to the US bringing some Hershey’s ‘chocolate’ into the office for everyone to taste. It tastes of vomit. I’m not saying this in a way that means “it doesn’t taste very nice”, I mean literally that you can taste vomit and you can taste Hershey’s and they taste very, very similar. And everyone in the office who had some agreed with this assessment. If you run a Google search for “Hersheys tastes”, see what the auto-complete suggestions are. How is this stuff so popular?)

How to appreciate American cuisine.

Baseball's toxic tradition - chewing tobacco.

Benedict Cumberbuzzle falls victim to SJW idiocy. (The leading black/colored/coloured/African-American civil rights pressure group in the US is the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” so how can the word “colored” be “outdated” or “offensive”? But presumably your typical hashtag social justice warrior is too stupid to realise this.) See Rules 21, 22 and 23.

Lars Andersen explodes Hollywood's archery myths.

Geekdad explodes Lars Andersen's archery myths.

Practical jokes through facebook advertising.

124 year old business destroyed by single-letter Companies House typo.

The French government has just spent £40million on this "How to spot a Musilim Terrorist" wallchart.

* True story.

philmophlegm: (Sid James)

Royal Albert Hall to finally get retractable roof.

Piers Morgan recruited as Liberal Democrat media advisor

Darth Vader to run in Ukrainian presidential election

The Kindle Paperscent removes one of the remaining disadvantages of eBook readers.

bathstore launches world's first selfie mirror

Dating site doesn't want lonely hearts using Firefox

NASA detects 'intelligent' alien signal

Toby Carvery brings you the Breakfast Sundae

Manchester United's new home shirt to feature Sir Alex Ferguson's face

Ant and Dec to split. Dec will reinvent himself as 'Dec'.

Government to crack down on selfies

Domino's introduces the edible pizza box.

UN draws up peacekeeping plans in event of Scottish 'yes' vote.

Mumsnet to run maternity wards

Square eggs

New Scottish pound coin to use Alex Salmond's head instead of the Queen's

An independent Scotland would drive on the right

Aspiring 'glamour' model gets £5,000 breast enlargement plus £2,500 of dentistry on the NHS.

Eight year old bodybuilder

Polly Toynbee calls for Richard Murphy to sit on the board of HMRC

The Holy Grail has been in a Spanish church for ages.

You need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day, not five.

"Manchester United are not underdogs" against Bayern Munich.

Goat Simulator

Hull's rival to Bitcoin: HullCoin

Unite boss calls on members to kill the rich

Vegetable are good for you

George Osborne to get everyone a fancy job.

Netflix to relaunch Firefly

CERN website to switch to Comic Sans

Finding Pokemon with Google Maps

Michael Gove to make gowns and mortarboards compulsory

Leonard Nimoy to sing end credits song for third Hobbit movie

philmophlegm: (Sid James)
Roses are red
Violets are glorious
You don't want to piss off
Oscar Pistorious



Too soon...?
philmophlegm: (Cantona)

"Deck the Halls with Macro Follies" - "The greatest collection of economic holiday hits ever assembled!"

Client feedback to marketing agencies as posters. (Much better than it sounds.)

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.)

Gerard Depardieu moves to Belgium and farts in the general direction of President Hollande.

Bradley Wiggins is, without doubt, the coolest man on the planet right now. And a random security guard might be second.

Football management - what they apparently _do_ teach you at Harvard Business School.

The Doha climate change talks failed. That doesn't matter since they would have had a trivial effect anyway. What matters far more is the Doha trade talks.

I wonder at what point the Labour Party website will remove this page...

Famous British eugenicists. (Including Marie Stopes, who disinherited her son for marrying a short-sighted woman.)

Strong contender for worst album cover of all time. On the other hand, it does feature a cat.

Spot the hidden Dalek!

If video games were realistic.

philmophlegm: (raidersshield)
Remember this?



The BBC is bringing Superstars back for a special one-off Christmas special featuring British 2012 Olympic medalists. Yay!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-20322939




(I'm using my Raiders userpic for this post in honour of Raiders wide receiver Willie Gault, who was twice American Superstars champion.)

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