Thursday, September 20, 2007

Damn Small Plane Pilot Idiots 

I'm not sure exactly what inspires folk to buzz about in single rotor/engine aircraft, but it seems to be terribly unsafe. Just this week we lost famous adverturer Steve Fosset, and top rally driver Colin McRae. Both had survived extremely dangerous sporting activities, yet succumbed to seemingly regular jaunts.

If they can meet their doom by flying these little planes and 'copters, what hope do mere mortal pilots have?

Rob's Tip: Never fly in little planes for any reason. And don't fly commercially if the forecast is for very bad weather at any stage of your journey (ie ice, typhoon, torrential, snow...) - as evidenced by the tragedy in Phuket.

Actually, I'll leave you with four words that you can put on my tombstone next week if apt:

Don't Fly - Not Safe.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lots of Tanya Donelly & Belly Demos 

MP3 format & free. I doubt there would be a commercial market for them, but I certainly would've paid for these. You can too (if you like them), she has a PayPal donation link on the download page (kinda hidden, click on the image:

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Countries for legally getting stoned 

Over at Wikipedia is a map showing the various statuses of marijuana laws - giving a quick and easy view of where those who are so inclined to take there holidays (are where not to).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Californication: Based on Bukowski? 

The new David Duchovny show is pretty good, and rather rude, but as a long time Bukowski fan I cannot help thinking that this is a modern update of the same character...

Here are the clues:

Bukowski's character in his books is named Hank Chinaski - Duchovny's character is called Hank

Chinaski was an alcoholic womaniser, the new Hank appears to be the same, although it is apparantly just a phase he is going through.

Bukowski was a writer living in LA, so is the new Hank.

Bukowski had a weekly column in the LA Free Press, where he wrote about drinking and womanising - the new Hank has just got a job writing a blog for LA Weekly, and his first post is about drinking and womanising.

Three of Bukowski's stories were made into a movie called Crazy Love - the new Hank has a book made into a movie called A Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Bukowski has a daughter and was separated from the mother - so does the new Hank.


On the other hand, the new Hank is not a postal worker, is not poor, does not hang out in bars, is not ugly, doesn't bet on horses, doesn't write poetry - and Bukowski never had writer's block.

I'll be keenly watching for more similarities!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Bye Bye Fluoride - Hello Chocolate! extract of cocoa powder that occurs naturally in chocolates, teas, and other products might be an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste. In fact, his research revealed that the cocoa extract was even more effective than fluoride in fighting cavities.

The extract, a white crystalline powder whose chemical makeup is similar to caffeine, helps harden teeth enamel, making users less susceptible to tooth decay. The cocoa extract could offer the first major innovation to commercial toothpaste since manufacturers began adding fluoride to toothpaste in 1914.

The extract has been proven effective in the animal model, but it will probably be another two to four years before the product is approved for human use and available for sale...
More here...

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