Old Wolves with New Faces

Thursday 1201hrs

Cor blimey. The almost rabid pace of new posting is almost enough to make my webhost break a small cyber sweat! Three in one month is surely more than the machine can handle, perhaps they need to upgrade it to Vista… It’s fast better stronger, right? 😉

Anyway the point of this post is to bounce people towards the Second Life Scam, which may or may not be true, but if an economist is prepared to sink ten thousand dollars into testing a theory, I’m more inclined to think there’s a little meat on it. Afterall, if there was real money to be made doing it you can bet your arse they’d be staying mum and pouring millions in. The oulook is that Second Life is essentially a cleverly designed pyramid scheme, where only a few participants at the top of the stack are able to extract any reasnoble sums of money in $USD, wheras everyone else is restricted by a withdrawal scheme more squeezing than Paypal’s, which is saying something.

They could, of course, be spreading disinformation to prevent other investors from diluting a rich profit market, but the arguements put forward do seem to make sense.

Damn clever scheme, though.

Micro Waves, Big Fires

Wednesday 1851hrs

As was kindly pointed out to me it turns out microwaving things to make them clean could be a bad idea. A bad idea, that is, if you’re stupid enough to microwave anything with no water or fat in, for half an hour, unattended.

If you’re foolish enough to set things on fire like that, perhaps you shouldn’t have been left to live on your own in the first place…

I legally indemnify myself from anyone burning down their house etc and take no responsibility for anything at all. Anything.

Big Smell, Micro Waves

Tuesday 1157hrs

It never occurred to me before now, but something tipped me off somewhere out there on the big wide web to the fact that you can sterilise things in a microwave. Why this blatantly obvious fact had until this point eluded me makes me feel somewhat ignorant, but I digress. Kitchen cloths and sponges are microbe hotels. They LOVE it in there with the old food, old fat, moisture… Quite delightful really. It doesn’t take long for a sponge or blue cloth to start to smell a “little off” and this delightful scent will gladly spread itself around on dishes and surfaces washed with it.

The solution? Whack it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on full. Cloths might take a little less but the sponges (If wet) 2-3 minutes. Needless to say after a quick (And somewhat steamy) blast my previously significantly stinky sponge is reduced to a slightly worn-out but sterile state.


Compare and Contrast

Friday 1136hrs

A brief stutter out of inactivity to bring two lovely links to you. The word for today (And most likely a long time to come and for a long time past…) is Hypocrisy.

First off we have : America weaponising space in an attempt to “Deny adverdaries access to orbit”. I didn’t think anyone owned that, but there you go, obviously the USA thinks it does and has the budget to make that a reality.

Anyhow, skirting around the implications of that article (Which would probably make for a good post in isolation) we get to the second post that highlights the word of the Era… Chinese Anti-Satellite Test.

If you’re a little slow I’m just trying to point out that the media and government would like you to believe that only white men should have spaceships and/or the right to poke their nose, in glorious high res detail, into the lives of people in other countries and/or guide their expensive missiles into hospitals and daycare centres with pinpoint accuracy.

What they’re missing here is that there has been and arms race running all along, it’s just that because “Their Team was winning (Think white, wealthy and wealthy) it didn’t occur to them. The hare has been out in the lead for so long he’s forgotten why that tortoise is following him, or why the tortoise is riding a Segway. A hopped up, supercharged, submersible Segway with offroad wheels, nuclear arms and anti-satellite missiles.

I have no doubt every nation on earth wants to feel safe, and it’s down (unfortunately) to the people in power to ensure that this safety is reached together and in co-operation, rather than in animosity. M.A.D. only keeps you safe so long as no-one pushes the button.