Is this you?

Because I sure as hell know it’s me…

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As usual, thanks to xkcd for their awesome cartoons

Why do IT guys hate Macs?

The above title is a genuine question arising from a personal experience over the weekend. Here’s what happened.

I was at a high school reunion and a small part of the evening was to be spent watching a DVD of collected video images from those high school years. The DVD was to be played through a Mac connected to a digital projector. But would the Mac work? No, it would not, despite more than 45 minutes of trying.

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Heroes – Sidney Frank on cornering the Jagermeister market

As we have discussed in this previous post, Sidney Frank is one of our heroes.

But just how did he hit paydirt on Jagermeister? Was it business genius, timing or just sheer luck?

Sidney Frank - Booze Baron of the old school

Sidney Frank - Booze Baron of the old school

Well, judging by this interview, given the year before his death in 2005, it was a combination of all three…

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Spanish PM’s Goth Teen Daughters — THE Photo!

Another political photograph — two in a row! Well, that’s what you get when there’s a G20 meeting going on.

And once again, a “moment” is captured, one that the Spanish delegation have been trying to to remove from all public display ever since.

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Busted! Dirty Euro Politicians Checking Out Their Next Meal

Ahhh, the genius of the still photo for capturing a “moment”.

Obama’s off the hook here, in a picture that has captured a couple of Eurotrash Heads of State eyeing up a female staffer like a couple of stalking lions.

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Those Wacky Guys over at NASA

NASA’s space research program has spawned a number of useful everyday objects over the years. These include the cordless drill, the swipe card and the handheld video camera. A full pictorial list of these inventions can be seen here.

Recently, the NASA scientists have been levitating mice using Continue reading

Fine Dining in the Recession

La Gavroche

La Gavroche -- London

As a quick follow-up to last week’s restaurant recession report, new information in the past week further supports a significant difference in the effects of the recession on restaurants across the U.S and those in London.

Particularly hard hit in the U.S. have been fine dining restaurants, with many Continue reading

Beer through the ages

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve got a thing for vintage advertising.

My fascination principally stems from what those images and campaigns can tell us about ourselves.  What perspective do they give us on how we have developed as a culture? And what do they say about the direction we are potentially heading for in the future?

I recently came across an ad from the 1950s for Carling Red Cap Ale. Not unusually for the time, it is in two parts. A jingle section, where some frat boys Continue reading

Susan Sarandon – Younger Woman

It’s always odd when you come across early appearances by now-famous movie stars. Especially when the movie star in question is usually cast as the experienced, love-hungry older woman.

Here’s a young Susan Sarandon in one of her earlier roles. But watch carefully, at the end of the ad the director obviously told her, “Show us what’s on your mind… what do you want to do with this guy you just met?”

Zoiks! We can see how she got all those older woman parts later in her career.

She looks as though she’s going to eat him alive!

Jail Break!

In the good old days, if you wanted to spring someone from the joint, you could go about it three well defined ways…

  1. Send a cake with a file baked inside to the prisoner
  2. Hurl rope ladders over the wall during exercise hour
  3. Smuggle them out dressed as someone else

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House in Dying Detroit bought for $100

castle

Not the $100 house. This house has now been demolished.

On a day when scientists are releasing new information on Kiuic, a ancient Mayan city where it now appears that the inhabitants just walked away in approximately 900AD, leaving a city frozen in time, I thought we would revisit Detroit (which we’ve looked at before a couple of times, here and here), the modern day equivalent of a disappearing city.

Designed to accommodate over two million inhabitants, the population of Detroit is now down under 900,000.  The average house price is approximately $11,000.  There had been rumours that someone purchased a house for as little as $100.  This purchase has now been Continue reading

Useless Inventions

I love a completely crappy invention.

And at blog.modernmechanix.com they’ve got hundreds.

This is my favourite so far… the Third Skate.

A third skate designed for use with a hockey stick has a long, handlelike extension provided with an adjustable saddle which permits the roller-skater to coast sitting down… A built-in brake, operated by means of a convenient hand lever, enables the coaster to slow down or stop easily. The hockey stick can be removed for use.

And that’s the clincher for me right there… “The hockey stick can be removed for use

How very handy.

Look how thrilled she is... lucky girl.


Hellooooooo Ladies!

So, according to his recent post, Duffster claims women appear to only be concerned about the size of a man’s bank balance, right?

But, in the comments section, we have a couple of female readers, Good Bone Structure and tvaddict, both claiming that finance was not a factor in their choice of Continue reading

Cocktail Time – The Bloody Mary

There are nights when even the most seasoned drinker stumbles over a line drawn almost arbitrarily in the sand by some wicked God. Nights which, while they may end in sozzled affection for ones fellow passengers on this ship called Life, inevitably turn to vile morning and the grim prospect ahead.

Kingsley Amis - No stranger to the sherry bottle

Kingsley Amis - No stranger to the sherry bottle

Kingsley Amis was only too familiar with this feeling. A notorious drinker, he was also a serial Continue reading

Am I a Bad Person? Take 2

It’s happened again…

I saw this video at least a year ago and it’s popped up at Huffington Post today.

And, just as with this hilarious video I posted on recently, the more I watch it… the funnier it gets.

Does this make me a bad person?

Perhaps it’s the combination of the fall plus the news anchors inability to stop laughing themselves…. Glorious.