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Getcher FC2008 video! FC2008 video by BigBlueFox here, gerrit while it's 'ot. 1.2GB in two files, 3h35 long.

As Pharyngula pointed out recently, here's an excellent use of 140 seconds of your time, from a galaxy far, far away: A New Pope. =:D

This fills so many of CuteOverload's Rules of Cuteness, it's implausible. ^_^ If you're not having a good day, look here.

moth_wingthane pointed out a WDCS campaign: "In December 2007, the UK Government stated that it is likely to allow oil and gas exploration and development in a dolphin sanctuary off the coast of the Moray Firth in Scotland. In combination with other threats, this could drive a small and vulnerable population to extinction." The public comments period concludes on March 14. As such, the WDCS has set up a mail-in and online petition, the entirety of which they'll deliver to the Minister for Energy. (Note that the "country" pulldown does permit international residents to let their sentiments be heard as well)

Via kyootfox, an exceedingly sweet bunny music video: Schnuffel - Kuschel Song (FLV, 6.5MB).

Dinner: as simple as it's been in a while. ^_^ Half a bag of vegetable stir-fry (basically an assortment of fairly finely chopped broccoli, carrots, and cabbage, etc) microwaved with a little soy sauce and pepper, accompanied by a pair of jalapeno Black Angus burgers.

If the extravagant price tag of the Eee PC is too rich for your blood, perhaps consider Elonex's rival "One". Similar specs, though much lower power CPU, and a curiously top-heavy design, seemingly with most of the electronics in the display casing.

If you can help a (RL) cat in need, her human would surely be grateful.

Oh, finestkind! LJ's made good on their promise to introduce a means of expanding collapsed threads without having to load the thread link in a new tab. Not too much benefit for now, though, as it's a per-thread link, rather than per-page, or ideally, an account preference to simply never collapse threads.

Having cleared the idea with the tower, a 25-year veteran Cathay Pacific pilot decided to conduct a very low fly-by at the Boeing plant in Everett, in his 777. =:D (Sadly, the airline wasn't quite so thrilled, and fired him) Watch a slide show of this fantastic event here. Supposedly this takes place at 320mph, and a minimum altitude of 28 feet.

A customers_suck tale for the ages: part one, part two, part three. It starts off quite gently, with someone wanting a top-up for their "Norkey", and builds from there. Of a more epic scale is "Vinegar Boy", which begins with a parent alleging the staff had told her snowflake that it was fine to drink vinegar (not a sip of balsamic, but supposedly 500ml of malt vinegar, with the colorful results you'd expect) - except the store camera recording, with sound, showed no such thing. Cue lousy manager, an ambush of a meeting, and an outstanding union lawyer.

If you're in the UK, you may well be a customer of BT, Virgin, or Carphone Warehouse's ISP offerings - in which case, you might want to read this article on the deal all three have signed with a "former" malware peddler, 121Media, rebranded as Phorm. They'll be inspecting where you browse, and the contents of pages served, in order to bring you personalised advertising. Quite odd is the way this had originally been discovered last summer, but denied outright by BT. Some further details about Phorm and BT's deployment can be found in this article. Reactions from other ISPs varies according to size, with Sky and Orange interested, and Zen taking the gloriously clear position, "We have not spoken to them and we would not speak to them." =:D

Grrrwolf prints! Buy lots!

For anyone who's used recent Apple laptops: how do you find the current keyboards compare to the last PowerBook ones? Is the MBP's the same? (Visually, it seems identical) That'd be good for me, as I'm very happy with this one - a good travel, pleasant force/distance curve, and the backlighting is a joy, whether last thing at night, or just on Muni when the power goes off, taking the lighting with it.

The trailer for The Fall looks quite promising; the artistic direction's quite overt, much as in The Fountain, or the director's debut, The Cell, which won't necessarily be to everyone's liking - but if the story can sustain the visuals, it could be quite a cinematic feast.

A music video well worth a look: Sucker, by Vampira Kanno, produced by Pywacket Bellman and Niten Altamura (aka Nitwacket =:). A very cool track, and certainly one of the more atmospheric machinima I've seen.

Rather nifty: alexandrite appears blue in daylight, and red under incandescent lighting.

Via Pharyngula, the tale of Ricky Gervais losing his faith, culminating in a surprisingly beautiful tribute to the wonders of the universe. (I was raised very mildly Christian, but after only a few years, it just didn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. No big, sudden revelation; perhaps I'd never really been a religious sort, and this was just my conclusion. Not that it's stopped me finding out about religions of the world - I scored quite well in the religious education portion of my education, including incredibly cheesy comic strips miraculously avoiding drawing actual people more than necessary =:)
…within an hour, I was an atheist.

Wow. No God. If Mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares? The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my newfound atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world. Not a world by design, but one by chance. I learned of evolution - a theory so simple and obvious that only England's greatest genius could have come up with it. Evolution of plants, animals, and us - with imagination, free will, love and humor. I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, sports, beer, and pizza are all good enough reasons for living.

But living an honest life - for that you need the truth. That's the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity.

If you check Slashdot or any gaming news sites, you'll know the name "Jack Thompson", the Florida lawyer with a great passion for attempting to ban games. Here's a superb tribute, in the spirit of EBN. =:D

A weblog worth a peek: Mind, Music, and Technology. Where one entry will be an experimental audio/visual jazz show, another talks of the virtues of play and the roles un-neutered fairy tales have amidst it all.

An intriguing peek into one possible future for the SL viewer: the keyboardless Project Segalen, courtesy of Mitch Kapor's incubator.

Quite a cool little toy: RedKid.net sign generator. Not just church signs, but jackets, parade banners, Blackberry text, iPod playlist, Absolut bottle, and more.

Assuming it does see the light of day, this report into MEP expenses abuse could make some people suitably nervous: "The report selected a random 167 MEPs for checks and is said to give details of one MEP who took the full allowance but employed no-one, and another who had just one member of staff. One Euro MP is said to have paid a member of staff a 'Christmas bonus' worth 19 times the official's monthly salary."

Kewl! Windlight just hit the release branch - so it'll be part of subsequent "main" release candidates, commencing with the 1.19.1 RCs.

The initial take on it seems reasonably obvious, but, it's still an intriguing sideways look at human nature, from a robotics perspective: "What's your type of robot? The more humanoid model or that boxy little number that looks like it was thrown together from spare parts? Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire Science and Technology Research Institute in Hatfield, England, are studying human perceptions of robots in an attempt to gauge our comfort level with them. Their findings: extroverts tend to favor robots with realistic facial features and humanlike voices (sort of like a cross between the Terminator and 2001's HAL 9000), whereas shy people generally like the mechanical-looking ones, perhaps because they seem more impersonal and less likely to demand attention."

Ooh, shiny clothing. As circuit_four says, they've got some quite remarkable designs on offer, even if not exactly dirt cheap. But window shopping is free. And after all, how many places offer such joys as a PVC kimono - and the LED-tipped wings are simply nifty.

One of those music videos that's very simple in concept (think "OK Go"), but wonderfully effective, especially once the track really picks up the pace: a fanvid for Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Two girls, two boxes. All SFW. ^_^

In case someone doesn't read Boing Boing, I should perhaps make note of Gravitas: "a visual and musical celebration of the beauty in a dynamic universe driven by gravity. Animations from supercomputer simulations of forming galaxies, star clusters, galaxy clusters, and galaxy interactions are presented as moving portraits of cosmic evolution. Billions of years of complex gravitational choreography are presented in 9 animations - each one interpreted with an original musical composition inspired by the exquisite movements of gravity. The result is an emotive and spiritually uplifting synthesis of science and art." Available for $15 as a physical DVD, or for free via BitTorrent - just fetch the torrent file from the "free download" button on the left side and let your favored client munch away on it.

Well, this remarkable posable sculpture certainly pushes a few buttons with me. ^_^

And continuing the theme, Toyota demonstrated a robotic violinist, sadly lacking video of the event, but it appears to be a genuine attempt at playing the instrument much as a human might. (Found via this Simulated Comic Product strip, as recommended by relee. Late Adopter is another favorite, and Making Machines for the Carrot Empire has adorable heroes. But then, who couldn't love a strip with transhumanism amidst its tag cloud?)

Not a bad deal: refurb iPhones for $199 (4GB) and $249 (8GB), but for whatever magical reason, only in New England AT&T stores. Contract required, as usual. With the SDK due soon (current mumblings suggest a preview release on Thursday, followed by the final release, possibly at WWDC), quite a fair opportunity of getting one for application development, if you think you have an idea people will shell out for.

Yays! Dogstar's not been cancelled after all! Though they've apparently decided to restart the show from the beginning, so it'll be another few weeks until episode 9 appears.

Ooh. There appears to be a PS2 in the house now. I wonder if I can interest The Horde in obtaining Okami..

As for what I'm currently watching.. well, I'm continuing to lag with Torchwood, despite Adam's particular promise, and even that of the particularly good technological/spiritual mystery anime Ghost Hound. Right now, paradoxically, the show I'm watching at a time of particular tension and depression is Kaiji, an anime that stretches out times of high tension across multiple episodes, and continues to ratchet up the anxiety, with action no more dramatic than card games, or a balancing act. (Well, the first round of the balancing act might only result in the participants' bad injury; the second round was more final) Nerve-wracking, and entirely unlikely to see a release outside Japan, but sometimes surprisingly insightful into human nature, howsoever wrapped in melodrama that the Chairman would be proud of. =:)

If you've an idea you'd like to bring into SL, but could use some modest financial encouragement, the Foundation for Rich Content would like to give you L$25,000 to make it happen. Applications need to be in by Mar 15, with three grants available for now.

Does anyone have any idea what this hand-boot is? Just a bit of dadaist whimsy of the pottery kitsch variety?

Some fascinatingly unlikely Disney fanart. ^_^; (Perfectly SFW)

Ultimately a commercial effort, but still, a laudable exercise: plant a sunflower in SL, and Intel will donate $1 to Conservation International (as long as you don't live in Connecticut or Massachusetts), albeit with a modest cap of $10k. US & non-Quebec Canada residents also qualify for a drawing for a high-spec laptop.

w00t! There's a rugby team called the South Sydney Rabbitohs (which would also make a superb cereal). They apparently prevailed over the Dragons in their last match, too. ^_^

Ireland's entry for the next Eurovision Song Contest? Dustin, the turkey puppet. ^_^ (William Hill give him 10-1 odds) "His song, Irlande Douze Pointe, is a parody of the Eurovision event, with lines such as "Drag acts and bad acts and Terry Wogan's wig" Personally, I think it'll take a lot to cap 2007's event - true, the winner was fantastically over the top, but I still adored the Swedish entry. :-9

And really, I had to +F this badge by louvelex - the expression's just so magnificently manic. =:D

From the Corporate Rip-Offs Dept: Lil' Soap on Threadless, versus the ever so slightly similar Hot Topic design. If the company had played fair, I wonder what kind of licensing fee would be involved - HT deal in substantial volumes, after all. Find out more here.

And passed on in dedication to foofers, an anecdote I'd long suspected to be valid, but pertaining to Arby's, given the occasionally bubbly nature of their meat. "A couple years ago, my friend went to Taco Bell. At the drive through she ordered a few tacos, or something along those lines. The drive-through order-taker's response? "Sorry, we can't serve anything with meat today. Our meat hose is clogged."' (Though, as one commenter remarks, that would make a splendid band name)
Oh, finestkind! LJ's made good on their promise to introduce a means of expanding collapsed threads without having to load the thread link in a new tab. Not too much benefit for now, though, as it's a per-thread link, rather than per-page, or ideally, an account preference to simply never collapse threads.

That function is basically what I use the LJ Firefox plugin for. It does other things, but that's the one I use many, many times per day.
I'll give that a look - thanks! Usually, I use OmniWeb, a WebKit-based browser, and indeed, one of the original browsers anywhere - they maintained their own engine up to a couple years back, when they finally conceded the effort required to stay on top of CSS developments and suchlike was becoming overwhelming, leaving them free to focus on the UI. It's worked out well - very good standards compliance (at the forefront, even!), and for me, the best user interface, with features like the vertically stacked tab thumbnails in a drawer. Of course, it lacks the wondrous extensibility of Firefox, so I keep that around in the Dock as well.

I don't dispute collapsing threads makes sense after a while, when the indentation's otherwise threatening to break out of the side of the monitor (very messy), but it seems to be an automatic thing as soon as comments fill one LJ page, even if a "thread" is only two comments long.

Hey ho. Perhaps the Acolytes of Brad can pass on the mortals' wishes. ^_^

Thanks for promoting the petition :)
No problem. ^_^ I hope my entry registered, though - that lack of confirmation screen made me wonder if the site just blurged on my lack of cookies.

For my part, I'd far sooner see a much more widespread deployment of wind energy in the UK. I like the look of the propellers twirling away in sync, especially knowing they're helping run the village's energy needs, but I'd be quite happy with them even if not. We really don't need to be attempting to drain every last drop of oil before we finally shift over to other production means entirely, and especially not with such final ecological consequences.

If you find full motion video of the 777 flyby, let me know. ^_^ I'm guessing none exists, else it'd surely have hit the web by now. Such skill! One thing to guide a fighter deftly, but a 777's not usually destined for such aerobatics. =:D

I'm not sure how their form works as I didn't use it myself. Perhaps I should have a go and see :)

There is video of the 777, I saw it on YouTube but it got pulled pretty quickly for some reason. I think all there is now is that sequence of stills.
Aah, poop! Maybe I should hunt through the fora. That's quite a special event, worth of proper documentation. ^_^

Rather a poor show of Cathay Pacific to fire the guy, when it appears the CEO was on board, from some accounts - the stunt was apparently his idea, with the firing only a "necessity" once the video gained popularity.

Still, I doubt he'll have much difficulty finding a new employer, if he's even in need of an income - that extraordinary level (the airline's 777 test guinea pig, supposedly) of seniority must come with a reasonable salary and pension.

Poop. Doesn't seem to actually load the video in OmniWeb or the red panda browser.. do you have the means to capture the video file?
Sorry, I've tried everything I can and it just won't save locally :/
Hmmm. This will require some thought. I know VLC can capture RTSP-delivered streams, but I've not had all that great success with it in the past.

Maybe I could just ask them? Whatever their intent with the site, there's a chance there's someone around willing to assist someone who can't even begin to watch their clips, let alone save them.

It's actually still there, though - it's not just unavailable to me because it's been pulled?

Old hat to you, I'm sure, but the Concorde clip the packrat pointed out below is really quite wonderful. Nothing spectacular, per se, but you don't have to be an aviation geek to feel a nigh palpable sense of wonder at its accomplishments.

Bunny butt! _(^)_ I still have an eye for it. ^^
Thankfully, so does CuteOverload, somedays. ^_^ (With free bonus fluffy feet!)
Test pilot Tex Johnston rolled a Dash-80 during a demonstration flight. He also rolled a B-47 Stratojet several times during its final test flight.

Here is video of the Dash-80 roll (incorrectly identified as a 707): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IV9PZW1N9U

The Concorde was also barrel rolled several times during testing. No video of the roll, but I did find an interview with the test pilot who performed the roll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYQS3qAIjAo

Edited at 2008-03-04 05:23 am (UTC)

"Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin." =:)

I do hope we see the resurgence of supersonic/hypersonic passenger flight soon, assuming it works out at least as fuel efficient as current flying. Would that Concorde had been designed a few years later, with such a stronger design criterion - but, maybe that was the best attainable at the time. A magnificent craft, all the same, easily earning its place in aviation history, and in the popular mind as well.

Zen taking the gloriously clear position, "We have not spoken to them and we would not speak to them." =:D

Ye-es... but over on El Reg's comments page, someone does say; "This would be the same Zen who issued a PR statement (several actually) claiming they would -never- introduce bandwidth caps, FUPs or throttling and then did exactly that." I can easily believe that they're better than BT (though in terms of actual usage the BT account I'm using now is fine) but Zen are not as whiter-than-white as they like to make out.
True, history has a habit of making fools and liars out of us all. =:) Even when there isn't a deliberate plan to head a company in a particular direction, as with the once excellent Bulldog, Pipex, and PlusNet. (And now, months after buying Pipex, Tiscali's wanting to try backing out of the market.. such a wretchedly half-assed company. Sad to say, I once had a dialup account with them, before being scared away by the repeated network failures, high support call fees, and their inability to actually run a functional billing department)

I just wish Zen had the kind of funding available to embark on some widespread LLU, or even network laying - but small operators don't have the money, and the big players don't want to make such an investment. Meanwhile, the UK potters along with a few megabits (inbound, let alone outbound), when Norway, South Korea, Japan, and others are seeing easy availability of hundreds of megabits for home use. (Indeed, I recall seeing gigabit's available in South Korea, with the real netheads able to secure 10Gbps)

AFAIK, Zen has no throttling - caps, though, regrettably. Strangely, when they introduced their MAX offerings, that came with a halving in the monthly traffic allowance - so, faster data, but less of it. Very British. ^_^; Still, from what I've seen, there's not much better available - Sky's business ISP arm has some attractive options, but that means going with a huge company, and one that's Murdoch-owned. Be have some wonderful options, but they're only available in some regions, given they rely on LLU - apparently a very good outfit to deal with, too, also lacking any trickiness with the flow of data beyond a total per month.

Oh, did Tarsem Singh's film get picked up for distribution? I'd put money into it for Eiko Ishioka's costumes and design alone.
Amazingly, it still seems to be frustratingly piecemeal, according to IMDb - just festivals, essentially, with a "limited" US release in April. I've got a horrible feeling I'll only be able to see it via some HD channel's broadcast, ripped and sent rippling across the net. (Not so bad, but the big screen does have its wonder, even now. I was fortunate enough to see Mirrormask cinematically, which was almost a sensory overload for me in places)

What on Earth is going on here? This isn't exactly some minor student film, yet it's barely available to be seen by anyone?

Ahhh, she did work on The Cell as well.. seemed entirely fitting. Ye gods, but that had such fabulous costume design. (As indeed, I maintain, did The Fifth Element, the operatic singer especially, but throughout)

Very interesting about the Hitler sketches...
It's always somewhat tempting to ponder alternate histories - how differently things might have turned out, had some pivotal event (not) taken place or succeeded. Sometimes, though, I suppose the darker side, risen from hatred, fear, and an absence of compassion, wins out, especially in the wrong time and place.

Offpaw, I can't really think of other prominent political figures who had/have artistic sides to them. Bill Clinton had his sax, though I don't recall it being terribly memorable. I suppose the other emphasis is more commonplace - musicians with political sides, notably Frank Zappa. Ah, there's someone I'd have loved to have gotten into and enjoyed live while I could.. absolutely brilliant guy.

The flyby reminds me of another stunt performed in a boing jet..

barrel rolling Dash-80
here is a video of it.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IV9PZW1N9U
Hopefully he warned everyone else on board first. =:D That does put the clip into context - thanks for that. So the Dash-80 was the 707's precursor - I suppose that makes the misidentification a minor matter, on the YouTube submitter's part.

BTW, it may well be old hat to you, but the Concorde clip captpackrat pointed out's well worth a look, too. I'll definitely be including that in my next entry - but then, I've long had a soft spot for that craft. Sadly doomed commercially, but still easily deserving of its place in people's memories of what were the 20th Century's accomplishments.

The "One" looks interesting at first glance, but I'm not sure what you could actually reasonably use it for. 128 MB of memory and a 1 GB drive? Unless you're into mobile MUCKing, that's a toy - an interesting gadget, admittedly, but not one with much real world value. (Personally, I'd much prefer a Panasonic R7; not only are they extremely light at ~940 grams, they're also reasonably tough, and you can get them with hard drives of up to 250 GB (the basic model has 80) and 2 GB of RAM (basic model: 1 GB). The downside is the price, of course, although you can get them starting at ~1700 USD on eBay. Given that the US dollar is very weak at the moment, it's actually rather tempting. c.c)

The "Vinegar Boy" posts were certainly interesting - a good example of how standing up for yourself is good, too, and how you can't really lose until you yourself give up. I do wonder what possesses anyone to drink half a litre of vinegar, though; even when you have balsamico that's (more or less) *intended* for drinking, I don't think I could take more than a small sip at a time, myself. Someone who drinks half a litre of regular vinegar probably either has no taste buds or drank (/smoked/shot) some other things before that. :P

As for BT, Virgin etc., if you're in the UK, the UK Free Software Network is probably an ISP worth considering.

I read the story of Ricky Gervais earlier when PZ posted about it; interesting, but, to be honest, I thought it was rather short, and - all in all - underwhelming. I mean, seriously - "'why do you believe in god?' - 'Bob!' - 'Oh, she's saying 'Bob'. That means there must be no god'" just isn't a great conversion story. :)

Oh, it's hardly a capacious operating environment, but we shouldn't dismiss such capicities, considering how widespread they were for not so different a set of tasks around 1999. My problem with any of these is more the display resolution - when I was using Mouse (original iBook, 160MB, 300MHz G3) at the start of the last gig, that's the aspect that grated, with most webpages really not fitting that well into that size, and leaving nothing spare for Mail's window, which I tend to leave open all the time. Still, I suppose a lot depends on just how the browser deals with that - at least with Mouse, I could readily sweep over to the central portion of interest on the page, whereas the PSP's browser (based on ACCESS' code) can only move between links, rather than smoothly in either dimension.

I suppose my ideal would be more along the lines of the iPhone, overall. Still a limited resolution for now, but with a beautifully elegant way of accommodating it. With the SDK out, development would be a breeze, if I had (a) an iPod touch/iPhone, and (b) an Intel-based Mac. Hey ho. Certainly a vastly simpler proposition than PSP or DS development, where the devkits cost thousands, leaving homebrew for everyone else, with scattered and incomplete documentation for the APIs. (I'd love to know what kind of percentage of PSP owners have installed opened firmware for it. Seems to be much less of a geeky thing to do than I'd imagined, with the tech-unsavvy just asking a geekier friend to do the deed for them. It's quite a simple process now, though still requires digging through a stack of links to find the latest version, plus any support files needed)

It's a bizarre tale with Vinegar Boy, indeed.. it felt a bit odd to me, ultimately, that the original perpetrators simply dropped out of the story, but then, I suppose they did nothing illegal, just extraordinarily stupid, seemingly with a payoff in mind, or so it felt to me.

Actually, it seems as if Be (but not that Be =:) might be an option in the summer, assuming I'm in the UK then. Being an unbundled operator, their offerings are quite a bit better than those reliant on BT Wholesale - the top tier's still cheaper than mine, but offers around 8x the downlink and 10x the uplink, with no throttling or shaping in the way, according to user reports. Only snag is I'd have to work out some other hosting for ringtail.com, and other webspace, but I wouldn't mind getting everything consolidated at long last, rather than having it all spread out across ISPs and friends, especially when I'm in need of reliable email. (Having it go down just as I'm arranging an interview time for a possible new gig wasn't the best timing, but that's what alternate addresses are for)

I'd read that more as the key being in the question, rather than the answer - some may have worked out a rationalisation for their belief in a god or gods, but I can imagine the more common scenario is for it to be just how they were raised, and how everyone else expects them to consider the universe works.. a combination of unchallenged assumptions reinforced over all of one's years, backed up by peer pressure in the event of a logical fallacy making itself heard. Ultimately, it's more his happy acceptance I wanted to highlight - how amazing it all is, how utterly wonderful even the mundane routinely is, simply as the result of things happening according to physical laws, no divinity required. (Though if one were to consider the older concept of divinity, rather than the notion of supernatural beings with superpowers, maybe there's not such a great divergence after all)

*noddles* I'm not trying to dismiss these things, but I still think it's not exactly a lot of capacity - and, more importantly, not ENOUGH. :) I had a server box years ago that had 128 MB of RAM and 2 GB of HD space; the RAM wasn't a problem, but the hard drive was constantly full.

On a desktop system (as which I'll count a laptop here, since it's really just "desktop vs. server"), RAM is important, too, of course. It's not that the amount as such is per se not enough - I used to run OS/2 2.0 on an AMD 386DX/40 with 8 MB of RAM -, but the software you'll use today will require more.

Just imagine that you've got Firefox and GAIM running. Even when you're not counting X, that's easily 128 MB of RAM already, especially if you've got several tabs open in the former.

One might argue that if you want to do this, the "One" is not the right choice of notebook for you, and that's probably true - but that's just what I mean. :)

As for the Vinegar Boy story... yeah, true. They probably intended to cash in big time in a lawsuit, but I guess that's not illegal per se. I do wonder whether their story was actually true, though - whether the boy really had drunk the vinegar, or whether it was just a false claim they made. Ah well, we'll never know.

Be certainly sounds good, too. :)

As for Gervais, hmm... I'm not sure. Yeah, it's true of course that peer pressure and cognitive dissonance probably play a large role in why people believe in passed-down fairy tales instead of thinking for themselves, but still, the story just didn't seem that captivating to me. It certainly is amazing that there's so much complexity in the world that's really nothing more than a bunch of particles interacting in strange ways, too, of course, but still - I was underwhelmed.

Ah well. :)
I usedto work at the South Sydney Football club. Beforethat, my dadinsiasted I pick and barrack for a team. I chose the Rabbitohs because they were consistantly bottom of the ladder.

(and, unfortunately, I suspect that "Rabbitohs" comes from the people that went door to door selling dead rabbits as meat during the Depression, etc )