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It’s So Hard to Find a Wedding Band that Really Speaks to Our Love, Darling

Ray Drainville

This video seems to illustrate something that was mentioned briefly in the last episode of BBC Three’s Singing with the Enemy, where the lead singer of death metal group Amputated (and didn’t he look exactly like a young Murray from Flight of the Conchords?) mentions that sometimes he makes “oinking” sounds while singing. Very metal.

Planet of the Apes

Ray Drainville

Richard Strauss: What hath I wrought?

Gotta love that warbly voice-over.

I’m pretty sure that I, or at least friends of mine, had at least half of these items when I was an impressionable youth—it all seems so familiar.

But you have to wonder why the humans just keep getting caught. Is this fun?

On the Glories of Spam

Ray Drainville

It’s hardly a controversial position, but I don’t like spam. I really hate it, actually. Past email addresses eventually got so clogged that I had shut shut them down & create news just to regain sanity in my life. This approach is perhaps best called the “Slash and Burn” method.

But… you can’t deny that spam has come up with some wonderful things. Well, specifically, one: the spurious names that are appended to the “from” header. They consist of a combination of a couple of words taken randomly from the dictionary & a “middle initial”, all intended to bypass your spam filters. These random couplings sometimes beget glorious results:

  • Double O Tedious (Irish, perhaps?)
  • Urinate G. Coordinator (this almost sounds like a job title)
  • Omens H. Absolutism
  • Gunshots I. Senatorial (I’ve received this one many times over the years—perhaps these aren’t as random as I thought)
  • Religiously H. Panacea (interesting combination there)
  • Stultifies H. Putrescence
  • Chuvash B. Residue
  • Powering H. Kahlua (for the adolescent alcoholic)

Apologies for Downtime; Some Interesting (and Utterly Random) Links

Ray Drainville

Bloody hell! I pre-posted a few articles in our Typo-based blog & brought the whole blog down. Ian says permissions got munged. Perhaps the pre-dated posts did it, but it’s a bit of a mystery as to why.

I’ve been deep in the middle of fixing CSS bugs on one job & designing another site, so haven’t had much chance to write here. Here are some things which have looked very interesting:

  • Under the hood look at the new Backpack—Interesting-sounding changes afoot for Backpack. Interesting to read about “Hover Observer”, which monitors the user’s mouse movements over a page & appends :hover classes on-the-fly as & when appropriate. A great idea, although I’d be worried about excessive memory usage.
  • Apple’s new .Mac web gallery uses a 408 KB javascript library. Yikes! Apparently it’s based—at least in part—on Sproutcore. And Prototype. And Scriptaculous.
  • “In other words, A = A”—A great Daily Show clip of Bush’s condescending [mis]usage of a stock phrase.

Defence Industry Logos Around the World

Ray Drainville

So we’ve examined terrorist organisation logos from around the world. How about their nemeses, those of defence departments from around the world?

As the author notes, the proposed new logo for the Japanese Ministry of Defence is a bit Web 2.0. But we’re noticing common themes here:

  • Oak leaves (they taste like victory!)
  • Eagles
  • Swords
  • Anchors
  • Creepy associations from the past (Germany)

Now, surely some artist out there can create a tableau of a sword-wielding, oak-leaf-chewing eagle dropping an anchor on a bone-and-gun-laden star. That would be awesome.