Sunday, July 29, 2007

Marcus Brigstocke via the Penitent Atheist



Bizarrely at the same moment, Scott Adams posts this, claiming Atheists are bonkers.

Enjoy.

Blood of Ash, Porter Butt


Blood of Ash, Porter Butt
Originally uploaded by davehodg
Yay Marcus. Metalcore got ripped a new one last night.

Car for sale

Anyone in the Bristol/Bath area need a banger? My trusty Fiesta 1.1 LX is for sale. Circa 1994 (L reg) it's done a hundred and mumble thousand miles has been very reliable (when it's used regularly) has MOT till the end of the year and tax until the end of August. Costs me £9/month to insure 3rd party.

Probably a great first car for a teenager.

£100 to you, my son.

Anyone?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Thank you David Byrne - US travel restrictions explained

A message from David Byrne's webmaster gave me a good clue as to what he was referring.

It's the extension to the US-VISIT program which will start to collect 10 fingerprints and possibly a retinal scan in addition to the current face print and 2 fingerprints.

References:

  • The Federal Times from nearly a year ago. The first reference I found was from the beginning of 2006 and the system was "coming in a month or two". Heh.
  • US EU Mission - not impressed with the literacy of the US representative. "Very unique"? That's up there with "A bit pregnant".
  • From Wired


Overall, I can't say I'm quaking in my boots. I know some people who are now boycotting US trips over privacy and Guantanamo issues (hi Alex!), but I've been back a few times since 9/11 and the it's asinine "being seen to be doing something" restrictions on hand baggage, liquids and so on and stupid, untrained, rude security that is more of a problem IMHO, even at the front of the plane.

Thanks again to Tech for the clue.

Sorry for the rant. We now return you to your regularly scheduled photographs.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Trivia

I lost my denim jacket. It was special in so many ways. I'd lost my previous (and first!) jacket when it was pinched from Madam JoJo's on the Fortune Drive tour. I say pinched, it probably got unknowingly packed up from the backstage area by one of the bands. Still, I was down one denim jacket.

So, last Christmas me dad sent me a Next voucher and in January I wandered into Next in Covent Garden, found the "sale remnant" rail and there, the only item of clothing in a "medium" size: my new jacket.

Yesterday, I missed it and couldn't remember where I wore it last. Then again, I've only been out to three places in the last week so we hit them again and the wonderful Cuban Cigars on Utrechtstraat had it in the broom cupboard.

I love you guys!

Friday, July 13, 2007

David Byrne makes wild assertions

I'm trying to find any reference to what David Byrne refers to in his blog.

Increased restrictions on business travel to the US? Not at Newark when I went there a few weeks back. In fact the whole immigration process was somewhat smoother than it's been for a while.

I've mailed his webmaster, but if anyone has any clues, please shout!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Bark


Bark
Originally uploaded by davehodg
Tonight's Amsterdam randomness. On the way to Pata Negra.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Camera back in action


Amsterdam
Originally uploaded by davehodg
Expect Amsterdam goodness.

Monday, July 02, 2007

London "bombs"

Real life isn't like Duke Nukem.

In 2001 after 9/11 I went on record that the "Muslim community", whatever that is, was reverberatingly silent in their condemnation of that act and there was a feeling that somehow America deserved it.

Finally, there seems to be an awareness that "something needs to be done" and that the community has failed its own young people who are turning to corrupt "leaders" for answers.

Could it be that the rising swell of a firmer brand of atheism, that as more people become intolerant of believers in fairies, they're realising how ridiculous and untenable their medieval superstitions are?

We can hope.