Courtesy of afriti, a strong contender for The 10 Worst Album Covers. Be prepared. This is probably suitable only for veterans of the Gallery of Regrettable Foods.

In a surprisingly entertaining thread yonder on afca, on the topic of toilet germs, one phrase came up which I found quite memorable, referring to disposable toilet seat covers: "ass-gaskets". It'd be a wonderful name for a band, too.

Interesting - BT are beginning to roll out a service for SMS on landlines ("BT Text"). With a compatible phone, the text is displayed as sent, but there's also an option to have it spoken to you - and the text-to-speech system used apparently does cope with SMS-speak, expanding such "shorthand" into conventional English.

Murray Saul, a DJ on WMMS, is apparently very, very enthusiastic on the subject of Friday arriving. (2.5MB mp3) Let's say it doesn't lend itself to transcription.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

I did take the opportunity of slipping into town to retrieve a couple key ingredients for a special chicken preparation stego_s_aurus and I once enjoyed. I'm pondering whether to disclose the ingredients or not, as I know Mum's not keen on one of them (a particular fish).. I'm tempted to keep it mysterious. ^_^

Heh! Via ibneko: godhatesshrimp.com has made it into an amusing opinion piece on the mayhem and anarchy which has swept the United States in the wake of gay marriage, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Perhaps the most significant piece of camping equipment in 20th Century British literature.