February 26th, 2008

The big why

Ok, ok, granted. This is not the sort of humor to be displayed here, so I dare the female readers to post me a sick alternative.

Why do men die first? This is a question that has gone unanswered for centuries, but, now we know. It requires a bit of explanation, first:

  • If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race … you’re a male chauvinist. If you stay home and do the housework … you’re a pansy.
  •  If you work too hard … there’s never any time for her. If you don’t work enough … you’re a good-for-nothing bum.
  • If she has a boring repetitive job with low pay … this is exploitation. If you have a boring repetitive job with low pay … you should get off your lazy behind and find something better.
  • If you get a promotion ahead of her … that is favoritism. If she gets a job ahead of you … its equal opportunity.
  • If you mention how nice she looks … its sexual harassment. If you keep quiet … its male indifference.
  • If you cry … you’re a wimp. If you don’t … you’re an insensitive bastard.
  • If you make a decision without consulting her … you’re a chauvinist. If she makes a decision without consulting you, she’s a liberated woman.
  • If you ask her to do something she doesn’t enjoy … that’s domination. If SHE asks you … it’s a favor.
  • If you appreciate the female form and frilly underwear … you’re a pervert. If you don’t … you’re gay.
  • If you like a woman to shave her legs and keep in shape … you’re sexist. If you don’t … you’re unromantic.
  • If you try to keep yourself in shape … you’re vain. If you don’t … you’re a slob.
  • If you buy her flowers … you’re after something. If you don’t … you’re not thoughtful.
  • If you’re proud of your achievements … you’re full of yourself. If you don’t … you’re not ambitious.
  • If she has a headache … she’s tired. If you have a headache … you don’t love her anymore.
  • If you want it too often … you’re oversexed. If you don’t … there must be someone else.

Why do men die first? Because they want to.

Erm… Thanks tha.

February 23rd, 2008

The movie

I wrote earlier about “Deep throat”, to be aired tonight. Today in a local newspaper the comic “Fokke en Sukke”:

Title: “Fokke and Sukke finally understand why Rouvoet *) was so against broadcasting”

Fokke: THAT doesn’t make them get kids.

Rouvoet is the name of the right christian wing minister who announced “the administration would investigate if it was possible to forbid the broadcast”, and was quickly overruled by the one who is in charge of the public network system, saying “we will not do any investigation. In fact, the administration has no opinion about any program of any broadcaster”, closing the case.

Added February 25th: Loosely translated quote:

(…) The broadcast did kick up quite some dust in advance. Believers claimed action with prayers. Christian oriented political parties had major objections to airing the porn movie. The Christian parties see the film as a form of “sexual exploitation and profit”. Despite that, according to the agency that polls viewers behavior, 160,000 CDA voters  (y-t: biggest party. Christian focus) watched the channel between 00.30 pm and 01.30 pm. 20.000 ChristenUnie voters (y-t: Fundamental Christians) were watching at that time.

So far, a complete non-item.

February 23rd, 2008

The B-2

$2.1 billion tax payers money went up in smoke yesterday as a B-2 spirit crashed on take-off in Guam No fatalities, 20 left.

February 22nd, 2008

The Saudi’s revisted

I’m pretty sure most of you already read this on Boing Boing, but it is insane and infuriating enough to repost. BBC:

Human Rights Watch has appealed to Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a woman convicted of witchcraft.

(…) The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read. Along her accusers was a man who alleged she made him impotent. Human Rights Watch said that Ms Falih had exhausted all her chances of appealing against her death sentence and she could only now be saved if King Abdullah intervened. The US-based group is asking the Saudi ruler to void Ms Falih’s conviction and to bring charges against the religious police who detained her and are alleged to have mistreated her. Its letter to King Abdullah says the woman was tried for the undefined crime of witchcraft and that her conviction was on the basis of the written statements of witnesses who said that she had bewitched them. Human Rights Watch says the trial failed to meet the safeguards in the Saudi justice system. (…)

Religious Police, just the words make my blood boil. Oh and we know about “safeguards in the Saudi justice system”.

February 20th, 2008

The acquisition of data

By using tools like MSN, hotmail, Yahoo mail and IM (and yes, also google’s suite of tools), you are constantly leaking identity data to these companies: chat doesn’t go from you to your talking partner. It is send through the servers of those companies, just like mail, and nobody knows where all of that ends up.

With Microsoft now stepping up to get it’s teeth into Yahoo, it’s time to let go. I am ditching my yahoo account and affiliates

Yahoo! Mail , Yahoo! Address Book, Flickr, Yahoo! HotJobs, GeoCities, Yahoo! Briefcase, My Yahoo!, Yahoo! Groups, Finance Portfolio, Any other area of Yahoo! that can only be accessed with your Yahoo! ID and password.

Here’s the link, I had some trouble finding it.

Note: for secure end to end encrypted voice and IM, I am using Skype.

Earlier on the nest: The world of pictures, The world of pictures revisited.

February 19th, 2008

Why Archives are important

In the autumn of 1996, the newly installed Taliban decreed that moving pictures were heretical and had to be destroyed. This was obviously very bad news for Afghan Film, the Kabul-based organisation that both promoted Afghan cinema and housed the Asian republic’s entire film and TV archive. One hundred and eighteen of its 120 employees fled; the two who remained, lab technician Khwaja Ahmadshah and a colleague, resolved to risk their lives in defence of cinema.

I’d be the first to admit that I have a soft-spot for archives. I know that archives are not the kind of things that give most folks a “warm and fuzzy” feeling, but like museums and libraries and even the detritus amassed by “collectors” their worth is often underestimated. Folks who work in archives are often obsessively devoted to the material they were hired to protect. This article, from guardian.co.uk, ‘If I find one reel, I must kill you’ hopefully will help you to get the “warm and fuzzies” when you think of archives and their relationship to our history and culture.

February 17th, 2008

The kiss

Always looking for connections. Financial Times:

Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank has made its first loans in New York in an attempt to bring its pioneering micro-finance techniques to the tens of millions of people in the world’s richest country who have no bank account.

The bank’s entry into the US, its first in a developed market, comes after mainstream banks’ credibility has been hit by the mortgage meltdown and many people are turning to fringe financial institutions offering loans at exorbitant interest rates.

From the online newspaper nu.nl:

DHAKA – A man in Bangladesh who gave a Valentine’s kiss to his sister in law had to pay for this offence with five whippings and 200 taka ($3) fine, the newspaper Ittefaq reported Sunday. The brother of the man had complained to the local authorities of a village in the northern district Joypurjat. They personally came to impose the punishment. In the predominantly Muslim country Valentine’s Day is growing more popular each year, especially among young people.

Export? Which way?

February 16th, 2008

The floating houses

As climate changes, ice caps and glaciers melt, therefor the sea level rises and the rivers become more unpredictable and less stable, for this little flat country, which lies for almost 20% below sea level, well, things are not looking good. Well unless you go with the flow…..

Floating houses

(…) But instead of cursing their fate, architects are designing a new Holland that will float on water, and the Dutch government seems willing to try out the scheme. Holland has made other countries begin to question, too. Who says you have to live on dry land?

With the exception of the major highways, it feels like you can’t drive more than a mile or so in the Netherlands without running into water. It could be the sea; it could be a river; it could be a canal.

(…) The house hasn’t floated yet, but the prediction is that with global warming, the river will flood about once every 12 years. This ability to cope with floodwater rather than be devastated is why Smits moved here.

“In the other village we have lived, there was always the water. I was very scared,” Smits says. “Two times, we have evacuated to leave our old house. This was very scary for us. And we got the opportunity to buy this house. It’s a safe place.”

February 16th, 2008

The ape

While waiting for that PBS show to download, National Geographic presented me with this amazing 1 minute clip.

 So you think you are smarter than a chimp

Too funny!

February 16th, 2008

The data on passengers (again)

Added: I am reposting this item. The reason is to state that already in Washington-Dulles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, San Francisco, Orlando and Miami airports foreign passengers are required to “hand over” not only the fingerprints of their index fingers but all ten. The procedure will start on Detroit and New York JFK shortly. Right, 10 fingers is only for identification purposes eh?

The US is trying to enter into bi-lateral agreements with east-European states to get even more data than negotiated for the EU. Brussels is not amused.

Speaking of…. The toy boys now want to have fingerprints of foreigners coming into Europe too: we want the same goodies as the US. (shaking my head).