Jul 30th, 2006 by ravi
DS: Bush vs Bush

A funny clip from YouTube of a Daily Show episode: an imaginary debate between Bush the president and Bush the governor:

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Jul 25th, 2006 by ravi
Marlin triumphs in fishing competition!

Heh! 

CNN.com – Fisherman speared by blue marlin off Bermuda – Jul 24, 2006
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A fisherman was recovering from surgery after he was speared in the chest and knocked into the Atlantic Ocean by a blue marlin during a fishing competition off Bermuda's coast.

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Jul 21st, 2006 by ravi
DIY Pollock

[again via Sivacracy] 

Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas lets you paint your own Pollock. This was fun to see, especially for a Pollock-hater like me, but then I realized, what an interesting play area for a child. Point your browser at the URL and let your child click away and make his own Pollock!

Remember to use your mouse buttons too!

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Jul 21st, 2006 by ravi
Name that site!

[via Sivacracy] 

Independent Sources » Blog Archive » The top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs

Examples:

  • www.expertsexchange.com
  • www.penisland.net
  • www.powergenitalia.com
  • www.gotahoe.com

;-)

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Jun 14th, 2006 by ravi
BJP fights kindergarten imperialism!

[via RawStory] 

Guardian | Indian state bans Baa Baa Black Sheep
Maseeh Rahman in Delhi
Wednesday June 14, 2006

Tens of thousands of children at Indian schools have been told they can no longer sing popular English nursery rhymes such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep.

In an attempt to rid schools of what is perceived as malign western influence, the school education minister in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra, has commissioned a new set of rhymes written by Indians to "infuse a sense of patriotism" among five-year-olds.

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This is not the first time that the Hindu nationalist BJP has stirred a controversy by tinkering with the school curriculum. In neighbouring Gujarat state, school textbooks were rewritten to categorise religious minorities including Muslims, Christians and Parsis as "foreigners" and to extol aspects of Nazism and fascism. A social studies textbook in Gujarat said: "Hitler lent dignity and prestige to the German government within a short time, establishing a strong administrative set-up."

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Jun 12th, 2006 by ravi
Slate: Pulp Covers for Classics


[via BoingBoing]
Pulp Covers for Classic Books

Slate's take on the covers that never were, for the classics.


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Jun 9th, 2006 by ravi
Chris Floyd on Zarq’s timely demise

This is good stuff. Go read the whole thing! 

Chris Floyd – Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi
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Zarqawi, the notorious shape-shifter who, according to grainy video evidence, was able to regenerate lost limbs, speak in completely different accents, alter the contours of his bone structure and also suffered an unfortunate binge-and-purge weight problem which caused him to change sizes with almost every appearance, was head of an organization that quite fortuitously dubbed itself "Al Qaeda in Iraq" just around the time that the Bush Administration began changing its pretext for the conquest from "eliminating Iraq's [non-existent] weapons of mass destruction" to "fighting terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here."

The name change of the Zarqawi gang from its cumbersome original – "The Monotheism and Holy War Group" – to the more media-sexy "Qaeda" brand was thus a PR godsend for the Bush Administration, which was then able to associate the widespread native uprising against the Coalition occupation with the cave-dwelling dastards of the bin Laden organization. This proved an invaluable tool for the Pentagon's massive "psy-op" campaign against the American people, which was successful in sufficiently obscuring reality and defusing rising public concerns about what many experts have termed "the full-blown FUBAR" in Iraq until after the 2004 elections.

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Jun 9th, 2006 by ravi
MPAA gets sued!

Just for the laughs:

TorrentSpy suit accuses MPAA of hacking

[...]

TorrentSpy alleges that in July last year the MPAA paid the hacker $15,000 for the information. TorrentSpy also alleges that the MPAA told the hacker it didn't care how he got the information and that it would protect him from any liability in obtaining the information. The suit does not explain how TorrentSpy discovered the information breach.

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Jun 8th, 2006 by ravi
Beatles before Ravi Shankar

This is too freaking hilarious! [via BoingBoing] A YouTube video of a desi movie song that copies The Beatles' I Want to Hold Your Hand. Shammi Kapoor is just the icing on the cake on this one. Finally, a Beatles song I can listen to without barfing ;-).

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Jun 5th, 2006 by ravi
Cruel and Unusual

This is just too funny:

BBC NEWS | Manilow to drive out 'hooligans'

Officials in Rockdale say that local youths have been hanging around in car parks, revving their engines and generally annoying residents.

So the council has decided to strike back.

From July, Barry Manilow's greatest hits will be piped into one car park in a bid to drive the youths away.

Deputy mayor Bill Saravinovski said the decision was taken because the youths were intimidating local people.

"They are just hanging out and causing a nuisance to the general public," he told the AFP news agency.

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"Daggy music is one way to make the hoons leave an area, because they can't stand the music," he told Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

Daggy is Australian slang for unfashionable or uncool.

[...]

In 1999, the Warrawong Westfield shopping mall in Wollongong played Bing Crosby hits over and over again to drive away loitering teenagers.

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