Monday, 29 October 2012

Entertainment stuff from the week 22-28/10/12

Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, guys and gals, mammals and reptoids, and assorted others; i've had a fantastic week.

My parents went on holiday, on Monday, so i've been living in temporary bliss, LOL.
It's all over, now, however, but i'm not letting that stop me... on with the fun!

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'Scientists unlock chemical processes behind argyria, silver-related skin condition'
In case you're not aware of Argyria - you should be. It's caused by the superstitious consumption of colloidal silver, while thinking it to be a form of medicine - yes, it's quackery - and it leaves you looking thoroughly smurfy!

The Hamster Wheel - Alarming New Trends In The Media

Most Offensive Halloween Costume? It certainly ranks as one of the most hilarious!

Illusion: Eyes facing right - eyes facing left?

An amazing tunnel illusion:

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Quote Of The Week: "Newton said "If i've seen so far, it's because i've stood on the shoulders of giants". Actually, if you've seen so far, it's because you've stood on a huge pyramid made of dwarves" - Ben Goldacre
(Speaking about how Science builds on past achievements - some big, many small)

Weird Drink Name Of The Week: Ginger NigNogg

Sensible-but-unused Words Of The Week: 'Sunsight' and 'Sunclipse'
(Suggested by Buckminster Fuller, due to 'sunrise' and 'sunset' being erroneous - the sun does not rise nor set - the rotation of the Earth creates the illusion that it does)

Motto Of The Week: "Quis Paget Entrat"
("Who pays gets in" - the motto of a parody school in 'Private Eye')

Advice Of The Week: Don't listen to comedy songs on your iPod, while walking in public. I looked a right proper twat, laughing aloud to Captain Dinosaur, in town!

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Rudest mythical place name: 'Mel's Hole'

This seagull's such a poser, LOL - has to get his face on camera, even if it's full of stolen food!

...and, he's right outside a police station. That bird's got balls... though they seem quite well concealed :P

A blasphemous LOL that would warm David Icke's cockles :D

A joke:

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the
lobby discussing their recent tournament victories...

After about an hour,the manager came out of the office and asked them to

"But why?" they asked, as they moved off.

"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

{Oh, gawd - that joke's reminded me that Xmas/Winterval's less than two months away! Eek...}


If advertisers took their slogans from famous brands, and then applied them to condom packages, this is what they would look like:

There are so many weird products on this site :D

And to finish - another joke....

A man with a winking problem is applying for a position as a sales representative for a large firm.

The interviewer looks over his papers and says, "This is phenomenal. You've graduated from the best schools; your recommendations are wonderful, and your experience is unparalleled - normally, we'd hire you without a second thought.
However, a sales representative has a highly visible position, and we're afraid that your constant winking will scare off potential customers. I'm sorry.... we can't hire you."

"But wait," the man says. "If I take two aspirin, I'll stop winking!"

"Really? Great! Show me!"

So the applicant reaches into his jacket pocket and begins pulling out all sorts of condoms: red condoms, blue condoms, ribbed condoms, flavoured condoms; finally, at the bottom, he finds a packet of aspirin. He tears it open, swallows the pills, and stops winking.

"Well," said the interviewer, "that's all well and good, but this is a respectable company, and we will not have our employees womanising all over the country!"

"Womanising? What do you mean? I'm a happily married man!"

"Well then, how do you explain all these condoms?"

"Oh, that," he sighed. "Have you ever walked into a pharmacy, winking, and asked for aspirin?"

...and some lovely, dirty jokes, from Lizzy the Lezzy:

"if people winked in real life as much as they do in messages & comments, the world would be a really, really creepy place ;) "

"Are you my homework?...

"You remind me of my big toe...

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Comment #15: -- Fraudulent Entertainment

Around the 40 minute mark, in this JREF video of Jamy Ian Swiss in conversation with The Amaz!ng Randi, they mention Uri Geller’s attempts to remould his image, from ‘psychic’ to ‘entertainer’ and it got me thinking...

Psychics, mediums, etc, frequently portray their ‘art’ as a form of entertainment... harmless, frivolous entertainment. [refer to bottom of page]

But, in reality, they’re cruel charlatans, exploiting the gullibility of their audience; whether that gullibility is caused by emotional trauma, or inculcated superstition. It is not entertainment.

There’s nothing peculiar about this analysis of their anti-social entrepreneurialism, but i just so happened to consider the equivalent claim in the case of mortal superstition – Religion – as is my habit (I am an ex-Christian, after all).

One of the ways proponents of Religion describe their cult rituals, is as a form of succour – it makes people feel better, they say. Take away their Faith, and you take away their support – their emotional crutch, as they meander through life.

This argument is so superficially convincing that even anti-theists concede it as an argument in Religion’s favour.

But here’s the connection to the claims of psychic superstitionists: what is entertainment for, if it’s not to make you feel better?

As an example, i listen to I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and watch Red Dwarf, because it makes me feel better. It’s entertainment.

You’ve probably done something similar, when you’re feeling low, or ill, or both – looking for something to raise your mood. It doesn’t really achieve anything, but it makes you feel better.

In stepping down from the altar of superstition, and slowly conceding that sensicality was never really in contention, the Religious are simply one step further away than the ‘psychics’ (who have also proffered their activities as a form of support) from declaring their activities to be a form of entertainment.

They do this gentle backing down to avoid having to confront the reality that they have devoted their lives to fraud – deception for the purposes of personal gain.

They realise that they’ll always look as guilty as a puppy sitting next to a pile of poo, but if they can convince people that that poo is a force for good in the world, they won’t have to deal with the guilt.

The process of slowly backing down has the effect of drawing our (and their) attention away from the harm done, so that it isn’t seen in stark relief.

Given that they’re only one step away; i’m now wondering when the first Religionists will acknowledge the tithe-extortion, genocide, bigotry, wife-beating, and systematic raping of children (that is always done by others); put on their tap shoes and sequined jackets, and join the ‘psychics’ in a cry of "That's Entertainment!" if it would make anything better.

ISIHAC and Dwarf do not cause those things, but if they did, i would not pretend “It’s entertainment” were a valid excuse.

[reference from top of page]

Hear a psychic portraying her behaviour as entertainment.

You'll hear the ‘psychic’ (the fraudster) say she wants to 'bridge the gap' between Science and bullshit, and to reach out to sensible people and draw them in.

And then you'll hear her say that she does what she does to people, to "help them through times of bereavement", and "At the end of the day, i'm happy with who i am and what i do - and mainly the joy i bring to people - and the service that i give to people".

Their emphasis, here, is on joy - delight - happiness - entertainment - not whether she can actually do it or not, and hence whether she's providing a valuable service, or just defrauding gullible people.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Entertainment stuff from the week 15-21/10/12

Right - let's get weaving!

On second thoughts - put those looms away, we've got fun stuff to look at.

So, we're half way through Series X of the new Dwarf, half way through a new series of The Hamster Wheel, and there are two episodes of The Unbelievable Truth to watch.

I have no direct links for the episodes of Dwarf, but you can find out how to watch (live and post-broadcast) from the fortnight-ago Entertainment post.

I confess that i have no idea whether the links'll work. Myself, i just record the episodes of the Tele, and play them back from the HDD.

The Hamster Wheel - Season 2 Episode 1

The Hamster Wheel - Season 2 Episode 2

The Hamster Wheel - Season 2 Episode 3

The Hamster Wheel - Season 2 Episode 4

The Unbelievable Truth - Season 1 Episode 1

The Unbelievable Truth - Season 1 Episode 2
(Who's that old bloke, on the panel? It's only Graeme Garden. GRAEME GARDEN!!!)

'For people who go on and on and on…
…it’s an infinity chair!'

A rather good documentary about the life of Freddie Mercury. Yes, i am a Queeneros... and a Darkling (the Hawkins brothers are both Queeneros too, btw)

Unit Of The Week: the Erg

Sentence Of The Week: "John, where James had had "had", had had "had had". "Had had" had had the teacher's approval."
(And now you can challenge your friends to write a sentence with eleven of the same word, all in a row!)

Poem of The Week:

"There was a young lezzy called Lizzy,
Her swearing made everyone dizzy.
She went off on rants with her hand down her pants,
And that’s how she kept herself busy!"

Wow - a beautiful panorama of sweet Paris, from above the Eiffel Tower

A joke. This one's 'clean'... sort of :D

A young girl started work in the village drug store. She was very shy about having to sell condoms to the public.
The owner was going on holiday for a couple of days and asked if she would be willing to run the shop on her own.
She had to confide in him her worries about selling the contraceptives.

"Look," he said. "My regular customers don't ask for condoms, they'll ask for a 310 [small] a 320[medium] or a 330[large]. The word 'condom' won't even be used.

The first day was fine but on the second day a black guy came in to the shop, put out his hand and said "350".

The girl panicked. She phoned the owner on his mobile and told him of her predicament.

"Go back in and check if he has a yellow bucket hanging between his legs" her boss told her.

She peeped through the door and saw the yellow bucket hanging between his legs. "Yes"! she said, " He's got one hanging there"!

The boss said "Go back in and give him £3-50 ... he's the window cleaner"!

And some more:

Last night I reached for my liquid Viagra and accidentally swigged from a bottle of Liquid Paper. I woke up, this morning, with a huge correction!

My girlfriend said she was leaving me due to my obsession with the 60's group The Monkees.
I thought she was joking ......... And then I saw her face......

My budgie broke his leg today so I made him a little splint out of a couple of Redhead matches. His little face lit up when he tried to walk...
unfortunately, I had forgotten to remove the sandpaper from the bottom of his cage.

I remember the manly ads of the good old days, before the campness of Fairy liquid: " you can have hands as soft as your face, with Pond's face-hardening cream..."
I've still got a tub, somewhere...

For a Straight man, using public toilets is like playing golf -- you keep your eye on the ball, both hands firmly on the shaft, and you try not to veer off to the side!

'Shit NEVER said during the Olympics'

'The nude men clock' (safe for work)
I could watch this all day :D
...nothing to do with the cartoon nuddies -- it's just OCD :P

Those moments you wish you could catch on camera:

And another joke:

I was doing gardening, this weekend, and my wife was about to take a shower. I realised that I couldn't find the rake, so I yelled up to my wife; "Where is the rake?"

She couldn't hear me and she shouted back, "What?" I pointed to my eye, and then I pointed to my knee and made a raking motion.

My wife wasn't sure and said "What?" I repeated the gestures. "Eye - Kneed - The Rake"

My wife replied that she understands and signals back. She first points to her eye, next she points to her left breast, then she points to her bum, and finally to her crotch.

Well, there is no way in hell I could even come close to that one. Exasperated, I went upstairs and asked her, "What the hell was that?"

She replies, "Eye - Left Tit - Behind - The Bush"

LOL - not an official broadcaster, i'm guessing :D

Wowah -- lovely patterns, to finish, drawn in French snow, by Simone Beck :)

Monday, 15 October 2012

Entertainment stuff from the week 8-14/10/12

It's a short week, this week, so... "I suppose this is a 'Hey, ho, pip and dandy' moment, sir"

That's a reference to the new series of Red Dwarf, btw -- currently airing on Dave; 9pm Thursdays, 10pm Saturdays, and 9pm the following Wednesday.

If you want to know other ways of watching, see last week's Entertainment article.

Also, new series of 'The Hamster Wheel' and 'The Unbelievable Truth' are currently airing on Aussie television.

You can find the former on the 'Chaser Episodes' YouTube channel. I haven't yet found a source for TUT, but if it's as good as the UK radio version, it'll be well worth a watch!

How the Darkness' 'Hot Cakes' cover was made:
(Yes - this one)

Name Of The Week: Marion Morrison (the birth name of John Wayne. Yes, that John Wayne)

Non-sensical Word Of The Week: Runcible

'What's the best way to sterilize myself without telling my wife?'

Scroll down to the product description, LOL

'Lesbian Atheists Invent Pacu, Release Testicle Eating Fish In Lake Yeager Illinois'
A parody shock-news story. For some reason, i like the idea of "lesbian superscientists" :D

Hot food :-P

Minoan fashion's back in style. Tell your friends! :D

One of the best news headlines ever:

Breastfeeding in public causing a traffic hold-up. Typical bloody females! :-P

Priorities, mate. Priorities :D

"Boobs are like the sun..."

For people with sweet teeth...

Chocolate chocolates in chocolate chocolates-boxes:

Bags made from icing:

Sewing machines made from icing:

Other more-decoration-than-cake cakes:

Monday, 8 October 2012

Comment #14: -- BBC says 'electric cars are destroying the world'

So, here we have an article, published by the BBC, entitled

Electric cars 'pose environmental threat'

Hmm.. slightly emotive. Is this justified by the content of the referred-to report?


Sorry, petrolheads - conservatives - right wingers - it's just not.

In fact, the report gives electric cars a glowing review. But why let content get in the way of a sensational headline?

Aside::: Credit to the BBC for actually citing a source! They have long refused to do so -- it's standard, in science, to cite sources, so that you know where the story came from. Well done -- keep it up.

I was going to write a rant of my own, condemning yet another example of excoriating, anti-scientific journalism, but Bobby Llew's already done it, so read his (also read the comments - one's particularly well referenced).

Electric Cars Choke World to Death!

The BBC - biased and impartial? Unfortunately not.

The reason -- scientific illiteracy.

This is not peculiar to the BBC - it is an endemic problem in journalism. I pay even less attention to other sources of 'news' because the BBC's actually one of the least bad reporters!

...on the web. Don't ever watch BBC TV News -- it's terrible!

Entertainment stuff from 1-7/10/12

Well, Red Dwarf X is under way. And it's awesome. And so's this tribute musical compilation mix!
'Noise from the Dwarf - celebrating 25 years of Red Dwarf'

How to watch the new series of Red Dwarf - Red Dwarf X - if you don't have a telly:

Apparently, this might work, too (specifically for non-UK fans)

Dave will also be providing the Dwarf episodes, on-line, for a week after broadcast:

In case you want to get deeper into the Dwarfyness:

Have an illusion:

And have a mystery (the answer's in the comments section)

Quote Of The Week: "The only time he opens his mouth is to change feet" - David Feherty

Well -- how bizarre!
A Manchester United versus Everton re-match has been scheduled for 3 years ago - 23rd Nov 2009, from 22nd Nov 1977.

How the border between India and Pakistan is closed, every day.
So, it seems nationalism can make people behave like complete prats, too! ...OK, i already knew that :D

What's all the fuss over same-sex marriage?

360 degree Mount Everest panorama. Stunning!

Wow - powerful thighs! I think i'm in love :-D

A couple of items from the Tumblr column:

Monday, 1 October 2012

Entertainment stuff from 24-30/8/12

See the Tumblr column for pictures:

And the YouTube channel for my newly updated and re-mashed-up playlists:

Series 2, Episode 1 -- The Hamster Wheel -- a brilliant satirical show, from Oz :D

Jules and Andrew enjoy a spot of cross-promotion from ABC News, ahead of the Hamster Wheel's return:

And as a new series of Hamster Wheel begins, we hear of one crack-pot-Brit's attempts to traverse the Irish Sea, in a hamster wheel :D

More Red Dwarf X promos, for the series which starts *on Thursday*, on Dave, at 9 pm.

Doug Naylor, here:

Red Dwarf X clips and promos, on the playlist, here:
(the most recently added is at the bottom)

Code 1: MOOSE
Code 3: LEMONS

The last trailer unlock code: WIBBLY

'The Darkness - Everybody Have A Good Time (Live from Thetford)'

'The Darkness - Street Spirit (Live from Thetford)'

You can hear every album track on The Darkness' new album - Hot Cakes - on the 'Justin Hawkins and The Darkness' playlist on my YouTube channel

Oh, great - a Japanese team's discovered element number 113 (113 protons in the nucleus).
That means they get naming rights -- we're going to have to learn some new phonemes, guys!

''New homes' turn Swedes' hair green'
This investigation earned some scientists an Ig Nobel prize!

By the way... it's Blasphemy Day, today (30th September)