I AM ILL AGAIN – WHY OH WHY DID IT HAD TO BE ON SUCH A FESTIVE DAY LIKE THIS? 😉
IT STARTED YESTERDAY WITH COUGHING AND FEELING WORN. IN THE AFTERNOON I HAD A SLIGHT FEVER AND BY EVENING THE FEVER HAD RISEN ABOUT 2.5°C. I FEEL SLIGHTLY BETTER TODAY BUT NOW I HAVE A STIFF NECK AND SORE MUSCLES IN MY STOMACH AND BACK (FROM THE COUGHING). HOPING IT’S NOT THE BACON FLUE THIS TIME.
GOOD THING I HAVE MY NETBOOK, SPENDING TIME IN BED WOULD BE FAR WORSE WITHOUT IT. SLIGHT SURFING AND WATCHING NEW AND OLD MOVIES THAT HAS BEEN LYING THERE FOR FAR TOO LONG. I THINK I’LL WATCH UP SOME TIME TONIGHT, JUST GOT A HD VERSION OF IT (THANKS, CBGB).
OH, IF YOU HATE THE CAPS LOCK KEY AS MUCH AS I NORMALLY DO, I CAN RECOMMEND A NIFTY LITTLE TOOL TO DISABLE IT THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.
Adam pointed me to this neat comic explaining just how Obama managed to get the Nobel Prize. It’s the only explanation.
Speaking of Obama and peace, I just read that he has ordered another 34’000 troops into Afghanistan and is about to test the “Massive Ordnance Penetrator”, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever, weighing in a bit over 13 tons.
Still, it’s probably way better than what John McCain & Sara Palin would have done (not including what is stated in the comic above).
Barack Obama won the Nobel peace prize even though he hasn’t taken any real action yet. I like Obama, but this paints him out even more as the next Jesus.
Normally the Nobel Prize is awarded 10-40 years after a person has accomplished something worthwhile, but when this year’s nomination deadline ended Obama had only been president for two weeks. I find that a little odd.
Yesterday I discovered cubeecraft, a site with lots and lots of templates for making your own figurines out of paper. No glue or tape is required. All you do is print an image, cut along the edges and fold it together. I made a Bender from Futurama in about 20-30 minutes, and it was really fun seeing it come together!
There are a lot of characters to choose from; most are from movies or games, but there are also political ones (see the Obama figurine in the gallery below)
Oh, do yourself a favor: If you want it to survive cleaning and moving around, use thicker paper. The 80 gram paper I used worked, but was definitely on the limp side.
BBC has added a neat collection of Bushism in their News section.
For those of you unaware of the term, Wikipedia states Bushism it as “…a neologism that refers to a number of peculiar words, phrases, pronunciations, malapropisms, and semantic or linguistic errors that have occurred in the public speaking of United States President George W. Bush…“.
So basically, stupid things said by Dubya, the misunderestimated president (as he said about himself).
Some of my favorites include:
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Nashville, Tennessee, 17 September, 2002
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”
Townsend, Tennessee, 21 February, 2001
“I understand small business growth. I was one.” New York Daily News, 19 February, 2000
“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Reuters, 5 May, 2000
“Will the highways on the internet become more few?”
Concord, New Hampshire, 29 January, 2000
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
Saginaw, Michigan, 29 September, 2000
“I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.”
Bartlett, Tennessee, 18 August, 2000
“I’m the decider, and I decide what is best.”
Washington DC, 18 April, 2006
Really, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for not being complete idiots for the third time in a row when voting on who will lead you. Maybe now you can change tactics and not be a big bully to everyone around you anymore, but actually behave like in the propaganda you sell to yourself.
A Korean research institute claims to have found a way to separate hydrogen from water in a way that is extremely more efficient than the electrolytic methods used today. Apparently, only about 2.3% of the energy required today is needed, which will make hydrogen as a fuel 20-30 times cheaper.
As you may know, the only byproduct when hydrogen is used as fuel is H2O, also known as water.
From an environmental point of view, hydrogen is sometimes considered the ideal fuel. It burns at concentrations of 4% or more H2 in air, and makes up 75% of the mass and 90% of the atoms in the universe.