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The Archies

Photo diaries from travels around our humble globe are still being posted; the unemployment diary has been downsized as i am now employed! I hope to post stuff to keep you distracted from your respective employment.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I've been slowly collecting machines to try and build some of the interesting and unique linux projects out there - like a MythTV PVR or a Asterisk phone server. Not sure why at this point. In that vein, check out some of these projects, people who have taken music, television, and computers to new heights, and sometimes disguising them as the simplest objects like books or ...um....waffle irons.

157 Miles per gallon, 160km/h.... now that's what i'm talking about - not expensive to buy either. Let's hope this one actually makes it to the market place.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Torino 2006 Medals Per Capita / Olympic Medals by Population

Well, that's it for the olympics! I've updated my Torino 2006 Medals Per Capita / Olympic Medals by Population spreadsheet accordingly.... Well done Canada for scoring 3rd overall in the medal count.... so proud!!!

A Japanese amusement park.... with abandonment issues.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Medals by Population

Ok, so you've no doubt been to those websites with medal counts and thought to yourself.... ok well USA and Russia dominate, but they have 10 times the people that say, Canada do, so they should divide their medals by 10 or something.

Well, as it turns out, i thought i'd actually work it out with today's medal tally and see how everyone did. Canada placed well down the rankings, with Norway, Austria and Estonia picking up the top titles!

In fact, the little heard of Estonia not only made it into 3rd place, but 1st place for GOLD medals per capita, having an astounding 2.25 per million residents.

Check out the spreadsheet here....

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Top Gear Winter Olympics

Well, my previous top gear post, Jeremy Clarkson Vs The Toyota Pickup doesn't seem to be anywhere anymore....

...but fret not, to make up for it, here is the Top Gear Winter Olympics.... and Mr Clarkson does some Biathalon, but it features cars and automatic weaponry instead!

Mustache You A Question....

As a keen mustache fan myself i thought i'd post this....

.... and also test embedded google video. Remember kids, if it says Google, don't ask questions, just install it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

...and let's ALL jump on the broke-bandwagon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

From the Cunninghams to the Chaucheskus, from the Fonz to the fuehrer, it's time for "Guess the DIctator and/or Television Sit-Com Character"

Friday, February 17, 2006

That's a bit cheeky!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Together at Last!

Yes the topic of today's blog is "Together at Last" and let's look at two examples of opposite forces of nature that have now, thankfully been united.

The first one is the above pictured Elvis Trooper. What more can you say about this guy, but he's part of the galactic empire, and he's out there at the end of lonely street. He also seems to be friends with Indiana Elvis... I can just imagine this guy's dating life. "A little less conversation...please!!"

The second "Together at last" brings together the Beatles and the Beatie Boys in a combo musical mash up called The Beastles. Available in MP3 using your favorite torrent client, you can listen to songs like Mother Nature's Rump and Root Down Reprise.

Thanks to Jodster and Wolfman Tom for those two links...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I'm waiting for my wife's cousin's wedding. But this will be a first for me, i'll be watching it on a webcam. It's at 3pm today, live from Vegas! Feel free to attend... if you are late, than check out who else is getting married! I watched a rocky horror show themed wedding in this chappel!

This big fella wants you to listen to a few pointers before attempting to use the interweb email do-wacky.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Time for some completely useless knowledge. Are you listening, useless men?

Facts like : Fourteen million people were killed in World War I, twenty million died in a flu epidemic in the years that followed.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Trebuchet challenge! Not a site that is "very dedicated to the french seperatist", as many make the mistake of thinking (tres Bouchard?)

It's actually a very fun edu-gaming experience, dedicated to teaching you about the big catapault thingies. Unfortunately you find yourself learning not only about phsyics but history too. i hate being tricked into education!

Monday, February 06, 2006

You know, I could care a less about football.

What does that phrase mean anyways? I think it was originally, "I couldn't care any less" which makes a world of sense, but often people say "i could care less" which, obviously, they could, even if they really dug that which they were speaking about.

Anyhow... where was I? Oh yes football. (I'm going on so much, i'm going to have to change the name of this blog to JPTH!)

Anyhow, I couldn't find the quote, but somewhere, Quentin Tarintino described football as his idea of torture. He lemented that studios dictate that people couldn't sit through a film for more than 2 hours, and yet they are willing to sit through a football game for easily more than 3. He couldn't understand it. And neither can I. But you do miss out on some fine commercials.... so here... for the first time... Google video proudly presents, all the superbowl comercials, instant, big, and quick with no advertisments.

Well, other than the advertisements you are watching...of course.

Ah, found the quote:
"To me, torture would be watching sports on television. If I go to Dodger Stadium, that's ok, because the game is secondary to the beer and the environment. One thing I don't understand is that average American movie-goers cannot watch a movie for three hours, yet they'll watch a stupid, boring, horrific football game for four hours. Now, that is boredom at its most colossal. I have a lot of little theories, and one of them is that nobody really likes sports. But men feel they should like sports, so they act as if they do. I also feel that way about The Who. I don't think anybody really likes that band. Everyone thinks they're supposed to like The Who, so they just pretend. They're afraid to say that the emperor has no clothes."
~Quentin Tarantino

Sunday, February 05, 2006

The most amazing chalk drawings ever - with ilusionary 3-d effect. Even Simon's chalk drawings didn't do that.

Friday, February 03, 2006

It's the "FUN MOVIE QUIZ" that totally lives up to its name, it's just a bit easy.

Most of them anyways. That Tim Roth one is reaaaally obscure. If you need a hint, leave a comment >>>

OK, we like this.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

If you know me, you know i'm a gamer. I loves my PC games, always have. One game that i've enjoyed since it's first incarnation is PRINCE OF PERSIA.

The latest one, The Two Princes, pushes forward gaming as an art medium-- but the final boss, sheesh, i've never had such trouble with a boss ever.

Maybe i should remember that back in the day, when the original game was first released - (back when a single programmer could rotoscope his brother running into a full game from his bedroom), i could never in my wildest dreams actually make it to the final boss. Anyhow, for your downloading pleasure, here is the seminole original, The Prince of Persia, circa 1990.