Indirectly, via Kevin Marks, irresistable!
The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page is the name of your band. The last four words of the very last quotation on the Random Quotations page is the title of your album. The third picture in Flickr’s Interesting Photos From The Last 7 Days will be your album cover. Use your graphics programme of choice to throw them together, and post the result.
Adding to the meme, and courtesy of the ABC news, by way of the AFP, a list of the Most ridiculous British laws. I’m wary of these, how many times have we heard so called “laws” that turn out to be apocryphal? Anyway, here they are together with the percentage of surveyed people who thought it was the most ridiculous:
Most ridiculous British laws
It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27 per cent) It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British monarch upside down (7 per cent) In Liverpool, it is illegal for a woman to be topless except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6 per cent) Mince pies cannot be eaten on Christmas Day (5 per cent) In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter (3 per cent) A pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman’s helmet (4 per cent) The head of any dead whale found on the British coast automatically becomes the property of the king, and the tail belongs to the queen (3.
So, slashdot is good for something sometime!
The story New Robots Hunt Pirates by Sea, linking to a Popular Mechanics article is interesting enough, but as always, it is the comments that make the story. A quick read and the two that had me spraying coffee are:
Pirate Dread “We are the Dread Pirate Robots. There will be no survivors.”
If only we had a remotely-operated wheelbarrow… That would be something!
My name is Mohammed a merchant in Dubai, have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.
Well, Mohammed, a merchant in Dubai, I can recommend grammar lessons. Defiling medical treatment is probably not what you intend.
Something seems to have gone someway awry with the configuration of a supposed announce-only mailing list from Novell! Cutting out the names and headers, the following three messages came through in response to a routine announcement:
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > I am out of office until the 10th of April. Your mails will not be > read or forwarded. Best regards: Rxxx Sxxxxxxxxxxxxx >> no problem. if you want, you can stay out of office till 11th or >> 12th.
Nearly lost my coffee this morning — in a messy sprayed guffaw at reading the latest obesity-related message in <uk.rec.cycling>. There was mention of someone suffering from HFBV — the acronym looked innocent enough at first it looked reasonable enough — until I read the footnote explaining it at the bottom of the page.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.