Friday, 29 August 2008

Check Out The Cheeses

Given the large overlap between my readership and fans of the Little Baby Cheeses, then the chances are good that you've already heard the new demo "Do It Yourself".

If you haven't heard it yet click over and have a listen. It's ace!

Thursday, 28 August 2008

The Dreaded Rear Admiral


Lady Love

Jorn Barger over at Robot Wisdom has unearthed this list of, currently, 40 songs about what I like to refer to as "hot lesbo action".

It's a pity, really, that the links are to videos rather than MP3s because I'd probably make them all in to one big playlist and play it every so often down at the Irish pub. Jill Sobule's I Kissed A Girl and Jonathan Richman's Dancing in A Lesbian Bar get regular play there —I have my own "Paul's Drunk" list, it's easier that way— so sneaking in a whole themed evening appeals to my sense of humour.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Olympic Gallery

Stern Magazine has a gallery of 150 interesting pics from Beijing 2008. A whole lot of them seem to be crotch shots, or pics like this one, for reasons I'm not quite sure of but would like to blame on Stern's germanness.

I liked this one very much, though:

It's All Sausage

I'd not heard of something called a half-smoke before yesterday when Making Light linked to an article in the Washington City Paper about their local delicacy.

Looks like a burenwurst to me, and some of the pictures don't seem to show it in exactly the best light, but damn if I wasn't hungry by the end of it. Every local culinary curiosity should have an article like this.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

BBC Olympic Weblog

The BBC is keeping a weblog on the Beijing Olympics. There's a lot of interesting items there. Obviously, because of his recent big win there's a few on Chris Hoy, including one by the man himself (actually he's done a couple before) and one by Matt Slater on just how great Chris really is.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

A Tale of Two Medal Tables

As I'm about to mention the Olympics, I'd better give a shout out to Chris Hoy who's my brother's girlfriend's cousin (I'm getting used to saying this really fast). Virtually family I'm sure you'll agree. Well, I'm basking in his success while having absolutely nothing to do with it, anyway. Thanks Chris and, oh, congratulations!

Anyway, I was trying to find out if Chris had won yet another Gold for Team GB when I came across an oddity. One site that I check out semi-regularly is Yahoo, mostly because another site that I've set-up sends e-mail there. Yahoo has pretty extensive Olympic coverage of it's own and also hosts Eurosport's coverage.

Now, the Eurosport page has the medal table that is in use in most places. Gold being the most important factor and the other medals just there for ordering purposes (harsh, I realise, but this is how it's done). This morning it looked like this on the Team GB page:

On the more America-centric pages, however, the table is for overall medals because guess what that does the the order. It does this:

That's right! It sticks the Good Ole US of A right at the very top, just where they belong. Despite, you know, being a country where the phrase "It is a sad fact that regardless of effort or talent second place really means you are first in a long line of losers" is used in a motivational poster.

Ordering this way does some weird things to the middle orders too. Specifically, it pushes France, on four Gold medals -- a pretty lousy haul for them --, up to sixth place above Germany (10 Golds which is a cause for concern in Germany), Japan and Korea (both 8 Golds).

The table, then, doesn't lie, but it's not quite the whole truth either.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Back Again!

If you noticed that posting was light over the last couple of weeks it was because I was very busy and then I was on Holiday (which was why I was busy).

Now I back expect posting to return to normal(ish) once I've dug myself out of my huge pile of e-mail and read through my rss feeds.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

More Monkey Love-In

If those people over at The International House of Mojo really, really liked the Secret of Monkey Island, well they simply love its sequel LeChuck's Revenge. I must say it does make me want to fire up ScummVM and give another hard playing-through.