Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations
of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean.
If you have Google Earth you can check it out for yourself at these coordinates: 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W
Seriously, even if it's not Atlantis, it is still an amazing find!
Original article can be read here:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I can't believe I missed this earlier!!!
Police say UFO
was just the Moon
Police called out to a 999 call about
an unexplained object in the night sky solved the mystery straight away
for their operator - "it's the Moon, over."
But the emergency call meant the officers were sent out to a house in the valleys area of south Wales.
They were told a "bright stationary object" was spotted above the unnamed caller's home.
A recording of the call has been released as part of a police campaign asking people to use 999 appropriately.
The Control Room conversation, which took place in May, was recorded - and below is a transcript:
Control Room: "South Wales Police, what's your emergency?"
Caller: "It's not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there's a bright stationary object."
Control room: "Right."
Caller: "If you've got a couple of minutes perhaps you
could find out what it is? It's been there at least half an hour and
it's still there."
Control: "It's been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?"
Caller: "It's in the air."
Control: "I will send someone up there now to check it out."
The mystery was soon solved, as the exchange between control and an officer at the scene, makes clear.
Control: "Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?"
Officer: "Yes, it's the moon. Over."
Control room staff also dealt with a stream of unsuitable calls
on the 999 number during an "extremely busy period", said a spokesman.
Another caller rang asking for help when they wanted to vote for Rhydian on the TV programme X-Factor.
Another wanted a pound for their supermarket trolley.
Following the calls, South Wales Police has changed the way it answers the phone.
Instead of saying "South Wales Police, how can I help?", control
room staff now say "South Wales Police what is your emergency?"
Since the change, they have reported a 10% drop in 999 calls.
Superintendent Kevin O'Neill said: "There is no doubt in my mind
that the public have taken on board the message we sent about making
inappropriate 999 calls and thought twice about dialling the number in
a non-emergency situation for which we are extremely grateful.
"Thanks to the public we have been able to answer calls, concerning real emergencies, quicker," said Supt O'Neill.
Between January and June 2008, the force answered 86.4% of calls
within 10 seconds compared to 76.2% in the same period last year - an
improvement of just over 10%.
The change in the greeting is being monitored by Cardiff
University researchers Professor Martin Innes of the Universities
Police Science Institute and Dr Frances Rock of the Centre for Language
BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Police say UFO was just the Moon
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Found this cool website. Tells you what was #1 in the charts the day you were born. I seem to be haunted by Phil Collins
UK: Easy Lover - Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
US: One More Night - Phil Collins
AUS: One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
That's right folks, I come to you with another book review. This time of William Gibson's Spook Country.
Let me first state that I have always been a fan of William Gibson. I found Neuromancer wholly original, and Pattern Recognition an absolute joy to read. With this in mind Spook Country left me entirely underwhelmed.
Perhaps this feeling I have comes a lot from the way I approach this book. By this I mean my cultural milieu. I approached it from the point of view of a ‘young Australian’. It felt like there were so many things in this book I could simply not relate to. My youth made the language seem strained, almost like Gibson was trying too hard to be ‘hip’, and the consumerist driven action was far too – for wont of a better word – ‘American’,
The Plot follows three groups of people; Hollis Henry and her employers Blue Ant, as well as the rock band she used to be part of; Tito, a young Cuban-Chinese man (or is it boy? His age is only passingly mentioned, and then as a ‘he looked like’ not a ‘was’) and his underground crime family; Brown and Milgrim, a claimed DEA Agent and his captive. These stories see separate but naturally are working to the same conclusion which will lead them from their bases in America to the final showdown in Vancouver, Canada. This said however I think Gibson failed to give each group enough of a story or background. There are connections that are hinted at, but too cryptic for the reader to be certain. Perhaps this was intentional, but throughout the whole work I felt that I missing some fundamental point to each of the characters.
The characters themselves I found empty. I got no sense of motivation, or even appearance, from any of them. Rather than give his characters any personal definition Gibson instead chose to define them by the products they used, consumed, or had the money to acquire. Once again this was most likely intentional, but it made the characters very hard to relate to. The protagonist, Hollis Henry, is the only character with a defined past, but even that is superficial and shallow. Perhaps Gibson was attempting to draw attention to the culture they are currently in, rather than the characters themselves, but as a reader I personally find it difficult to relate to a novel, or even enjoy it enough to want to grasp its meaning if there is not even a single character with whom I can identify. I was irked by Gibson’s failure to let me know what the characters looked like, what their personalities were, or even where they were situated or what time it was. I could never tell if it was day or night. The ‘noir’ was simply so much that I just assumed all the action of the novel took place at night.
All motivation in this novel was pure which with a huge undertone of ‘because I want to’, or ‘because I can’. While this is a criticism of today’s Western society it is a very shallow look at a very complicated world. There were parts of the narrative that excited me, like the GPS driven locative art created by the artists it is originally Hollis’ objective to investigate. For me this was completely original and I wanted more investigation into this side of the world from which the characters originated. Imagine my disappointment when this wonderful concept turned out to be completely incidental to the plot, which drives us toward an ultimately disappointing conclusion.
The plot is so full of incidental information. I felt often it was placed in just to give the characters some rudimentary sense of identity, rather than to say or advance anything really substantial. The only thing I could derive from these hastily constructed artistic backgrounds was that art needs to enter commerce to survive. Was this the amazing revelation that this book claimed it would give me about the society in which I live? I certainly hope not. I am not above admitting that there may be a deep and complex point that I simply may not have understood. I am however an intelligent, educated human being. I very rarely feel that a book is ‘over my head’ so to speak but perhaps this one is. If I delved deeper into it perhaps I might find the promised revelation of my reality staring me in the face, but to be frank the book was not constructed in a way that gave me any interest or inclination to re-read it, let alone pull it apart and find its hidden meanings.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not by any stretch of the imagination a ‘terrible’ book. I simply found it un-engaging and alienating. The constant product placement made me even more unable to relate. I don’t wear Adidas, I don’t us a PowerBook, and I simply don’t think that using an iPod for data storage instead of simply music is an original concept.
Frankly Spook Country is readable, but far from Gibson’s best work. The overall experience was underwhelming and disappointing. I can only rate this novel at half stars.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Thanks to news.com for giving me horrible news. (and Shane). Officially Myf sucks.
TRIPLE J darling and Spicks and Specks star Myf Warhurst looks set to join Peter Helliar as a co-host on Triple M's new Melbourne breakfast radio show.
Sources tell Confidential that the deal is all but done, and that Warhurst will vacate her Sydney breakfast slot on the ABC youth network for the gig at Triple M next year.
It will be the first commercial venture for Warhurst, who has also developed a cult following for her role on Spicks and Specks.
She has been described as the ABC's accidental "It girl", a tag Warhurst finds strange.
"People just look at you like they know you, but they don't know where they know you from," she told the Herald Sun this year.
"I think people have been disappointed when they meet me. It's like, 'You don't look anything like the girl on the telly' and I'm like, 'C'mon'."
Warhurst grew up in regional Victoria and started in radio as Merrick and Rosso's showbiz reporter on Triple J in 1999.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
SAME FUCKING PERSON!!!!?!!! Seriously, who knew?
(Do you think Triple J knows, or are they just keeping it a big secret? lol)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Three teenagers lined up against wall, shot in head | NEWS.com.au
* Teens lined up against wall, shot in head
* Shooting took place in school carpark
* Victim's sister wounded, recovering in hospital
THREE teenagers were lined up against a wall of a school carpark and shot in the head in a shocking triple murder in the US for which police have found no motive.
While the precise ages of the victims was not immediately known, reports from the scene in New Jersey have said they were all teenagers.
Identification tags from Delaware State University were found on the bodies, police have said.
The three were killed execution-style in a school carpark in Newark. They were named as Ofemi Hightower, Terrance Aeriel and Deshawn Harvey.
A fourth victim was wounded in the shooting. The injured 19-year-old woman was the sister of one of those murdered.
She is recovering in hospital.
Police have said they have made no arrests and have no idea of the motive behind the shocking slayings.
A spokesman for the local prosecutor's office said: "All four were good kids".
"They never had any issues with the law," the spokesman was quoted by the NJ.com website as saying. "It's a real tragedy."
That report suggested there may have been a confrontation between the victims and another group before the killings.
It said the shootings took place near the playground of the Mt Vernon School.
Thanks to Matt for forwarding this article. Even thought the death toll is smaller, this actually hits me far worse than things like the Columbine or Virginia Tech shootings. You are able to put them down to the impetuousness, and the mental trauma of youth, and while you can't condone it, you can understand it. This to me seems far more cold-blooded, and planned.
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