Archive for January, 2008

Hoots Mon!

January 28th, 2008
This weekend in the mire of random conversation, we were able to take time out to acknowledge both Australia day and Auswitchz day.

But we completely forgot to celebrate Burns night. Which is a pity as we are all partial to a wee dram every now and again. Not to mention the pleasures of hunting,and preparing the wily haggis.

It was my dads birthday as well – he was 65, but that probably doesn’t count as he doesn’t get his own internationally recognised day with associated merchandise and heavy drinking.

Nothing is always absolutely so

January 22nd, 2008
John Waters seems to believe that 57% of the Internet is pornography. And he is probably correct, I haven’t done the same extensive research in the topic. Apparently, most of the remaining 43% is equally useless. So John Waters has seemingly independently rediscovered that a huge portions of the Internet is crap. If he had asked, he could easily have been pointed towards Sturgeons Law “that 90% of everything is crud”. Which presumably means that John Waters has been wasting his time trying to find the 57% of the Internet that is pornography when in fact he should have been looking for the 5.7% of the Internet that is non-crud pornography. Itself as thankless task as Sturgeons law, being recursive, tells us that 90% of that is also crud. And so it goes until one goes blind searching for non-crud pornography; or for whatever reason.

Anyway, I have misquoted Sturgeons Law which actually states that “Nothing is always absolutely so”, with the 90% statement merely being a extension. What a fantastic statement “Nothing is always absolutely so” and so it is with John Waters, who seemingly has just discovered that the Internet is a jungle of blogs and pornography and opinions and pornography and crazy people and pornography, and it all seems to have unnerved him somewhat. After all many of these same bloggers can’t even string 3 words together and John has demanded that one or more suitable representative of the biogosphere be produced to prove this. But of course “Nothing is always absolutely so”, and I would imagine that it suits Mr Waters to go off on a rant about the lack of standards or ability on the Internet as it guarantees him air-time and profile, which is ultimately what he makes a living off. So to engage John Waters in public on the radio earns him cash and cachet and allows him to represent himself as defending ordinary decent journalism, while the poor blogger patsy is required to defend the entire rantings and craziness of the blogosphere, if not the Internet and its 57% pornography.

In any case I would recommend that John Waters and his enablers contact Stephen Fry who has a blog and would probably meet most peoples standards of literary quality, erudition, and wit.

busmans holiday

January 8th, 2008

Bus Eireann are putting up bus fares on Limerick buses to €1.45 from tomorrow (wednesday). I wonder if their service frequency or quality will increase as well.

I would put in the obligatory joke about waiting for a bus and then 3 turn up at once, but I have never seen that happen in Limerick.

Oslo. You’ll be blown away

January 7th, 2008

Was in Oslo for New Years to see Kev and to hang out and to generally not be in Limerick. I didn’t bring a camera, just as well as it turned out we had more cameras than people anyway. So here are some pictures that Billy an Joe took and that I stole.

Joe took some pictures with people in them, like the top one above and some of these.