Archive for the 'stupid' Category

Do you like golf?

July 13, 2008

If you do you may have been at the Loch Lomond Open which just finished here in, well, Loch Lomond. Well,not in Loch Lomond, but near it. If you were here, or are thinking of coming next year, can I make a few suggestions?

  • Please don’t drive there. There’s a proper link bus from Balloch station now. Lots and lots of people drive to this tournament, and the A82 fills up extremely quickly. Quite why you need to drive to somewhere where you’re going to walk about all day is a mystery to me.
  • If you must drive there, consider not using the A82. There’s not one but two viable alternative routes to and from the golf course, through Helensburgh, or through Helensburgh via the Glen Fruin haul road. They’re both attractive drives, and given that the A82 is full of parked cars during this event, will probably be quicker. In particular, don’t start driving towards Helensburgh then turn left at Crosskeys back towards the A82, because that’s stupid and won’t work.
  • If you insist on going via the A82, please, whatever you do, don’t get impatient.  I drive to work daily past Cameron House, and on every single trip during this tournament I have been forced to brake very suddenly by impatient people suddenly driving onto the road in front of me from junctions. To slightly rephrase that, I’ve nearly died at least four times in the last three days, and it’s getting a little trying.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, either going to the golf or trying to get round the parked cars, please consider driving on your own side of the road. I’ve lost count of the number of bikers slipping up the traffic dangerously wide on unsighted bends, and that’s frankly trying as well.

There you go. Personally I detest golf. But I’ve tried to be polite. If you must go and watch this absurd sport, please have a little consideration for the people who live and work in the area and have to use that horrible road every day.

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It’s a big shadow. That’s all, just a big, big shadow…

March 3, 2007

Astrology of the Full Moon: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse of March 3 « Gryphon Astrology

The ruler of this lunation is Mercury, which is retrograde and in the malefic sixth house, but at least it is in its own triplicity, so it is not entirely without its virtue.

Meaningless.

Ah, come on Libya, what the hell’s wrong with you?

December 19, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Libya sentences medics to death

A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

For a court to blatantly ignore compelling evidence is unforgivable. And for a country to be so deeply in denial about public health is really quite disturbing. And, you know, scapegoating foreigners is just so 20th century.

Note to small minded fools everywhere: you can’t change reality by refusing to believe in it.

However, the reality in this case is that Libya is determined to kill these people.

Libya has asked for 10m euros (£6.7m) compensation to be paid to each of the families of victims, suggesting the medics’ death sentences could be commuted in return.

But Bulgaria has rejected the proposal, saying any payment would be seen as an admission of guilt.

Maybe, Bulgaria, in this case you should just pay up to get your people home safe, however unfair it might be?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

December 4, 2006

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

The Tories say it would be “crazy” not to have UK nuclear weapons.

Wrong. Why should we keep an expensive weapons system that clearly deters no-one from nothing?

It would in fact be crazy to blatantly ignore one of our international treaty obligations; to disarm entirely. If we go ahead and do this, why should anyone respect international law?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

December 4, 2006

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

The Tories say it would be “crazy” not to have UK nuclear weapons.

Wrong. Why should we keep an expensive weapons system that clearly deters no-one from nothing?

It would in fact be crazy to blatantly ignore one of our international treaty obligations; to disarm entirely. If we go ahead and do this, why should anyone respect international law?

October 18, 2006

From British Airway’s website:–

Cigarette lighters cannot be taken through central security search. They may be purchased airside and carried onto the aircraft on the person unless the passenger is travelling to the USA.

So if you quietly set fire to the plane with a lighter bought in duty free, that’s OK then?

How to achieve world peace

October 8, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Iran rejects six nations’ demands
The five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany held talks in the UK on Friday to discuss Iran’s repeated refusal to halt nuclear activities.

You are a developed, democratic country. You can achieve world peace really easily by inconsistently obeying international law, and inconsistently applying it to other, possibly less developed, less democratic countries.

It probably helps to interfere in the international law creation process too. After all, the less self-consistent and coherent international law is, the easier world peace is to achieve! A variation on this process is to participate fully in the development of the international law, often insisting on bizarre amendments that only suit your own national interests, and then at the end of the process refuse to sign up anyway. That method really helps world peace along!

If, on the other hand, you are a less developed, less democratic country, you should really do everything the more developed, democratic countries tell you to do, right away! After all, they are much more developed and democratic than you, so they must be right! And even if the things you are told to do are completely against your national interests, and could compromise your national security, well, you should do them anyway.

Even if the international treaties you’ve signed say you can do the things the developed, democratic countries are telling you not to do. They don’t count. I’ll let you into a secret. The international laws and treaties are really just for show!

We don’t need them. The developed, democratic countries are so kind, fair and wise and would never act in a self-interested way. They’re working so hard for world peace! So you should help them by doing exactly what they say, and then you can be working for world peace too!

zoom bug

October 7, 2006


zoom bug

Originally uploaded by ztephen.

Mac OS X 10.4.8 (maybe 10.4.7?) has a new scroll wheel zoom feature. Which is great, except that it’s broken the previous keyboard based zoom feature. So you can’t zoom in on something, then dramatically pull back to 1:1 with a keyboard shortcut any more. Which is a shame.

there is a word for people like this, and that word is “idiot”

October 6, 2006

Houston Community Newspapers Online – Parent criticizes book ‘Fahrenheit 451’
Alton Verm, of Conroe, objects to the language and content in the book. His 15-year-old daughter Diana, a CCHS sophomore, came to him Sept. 21 with her reservations about reading the book because of its language.
“The book had a bunch of very bad language in it,” Diana Verm said. “It shouldn’t be in there because it’s offending people. … If they can’t find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn’t have a book at all.”
Alton Verm filed a “Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials” Thursday with the district regarding “Fahrenheit 451,” written by Ray Bradbury and published in 1953. He wants the district to remove the book from the curriculum.
“It’s just all kinds of filth,” said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read “Fahrenheit 451.” “The words don’t need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class.”

Seen via anarchia tumbelog.

Madness

October 5, 2006

BBC NEWS | Business | Per-mile cover ‘to cut accidents’
Charges for drivers aged 24 to 65 go as low as 1p a mile for off-peak motorway driving while under-23s will be charged up to £1 a mile when driving at night.

I hope that’s a typo—a pound a mile is absurd. Arbitrarily charging young men higher premiums because of the general statistical behaviour of that group is plain wrong. If certain individuals present a danger to other road users, they should be removed from the road.