Monday, April 05, 2004

Whew! Good thing the war is over!


Students of history, especially military history, are already watching things repeat themselves - again.

Meanwhile, some people are getting ready to pile disaster on misery. Doesn't anyone over there understand the idea of sunk costs? Hasn't anyone in the US mlitary read "A Bright Shining Lie"?

More US troops may be needed in Iraq - key senator.

Meanwhile, this makes for an interesting read.

Well, we can all breathe a big, collective sigh of relief now and thank Bush and Blair for doing exactly what the US Government managed to do in Vietnam by arming and inspiring ever greater numbers of the "enemy". Well done, lads. And only, what, a billion bucks a day to do it?

Burger King Introduces Left-Handed Whopper

More than 32 Million Americans Could Benefit

MIAMI, FL, March 31 -- Burger King Corporation today announced the
launch of the new Left Handed WHOPPER, which will become available
nationwide tomorrow. America's most preferred premium hamburger will
feature the trademark build of lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles,
mayonnaise, ketchup and 4-ounce flame broiled hamburger patty, but the
newly designed sandwich has been re-engineered to fit more comfortably
in the left hand, thereby reducing condiment "spills" for left-handed
hamburger lovers. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million left-handed
customers visit U.S. Burger King restaurants each day.

The new left-handed sandwich will have all condiments rotated 180
degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the
bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the
amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side
of the burger.

"We have always been proud of the fact that we offered 1,024 ways to
order our flagship WHOPPER sandwich. Now we are offering 1,025 ways.
It's the ultimate 'HAVE IT YOUR WAY' for our left-handed customers,"
said Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing for Burger King

It is estimated that approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population
(or 32.5 million people) is left-handed, making this consumer group one of
the largest--and one of the most over-looked--minority segments in the

The new left handed WHOPPER will be launched in a full-page ad in
USA TODAY tomorrow. Initially, the Left-Handed WHOPPER will only be
available in the U.S., however, the company is considering plans to
roll it out to other countries with large left-handed populations.

Burger King Corporation and its franchisees operate more than 9500
restaurants in all 50 states and in 56 countries and international
territories around the world. In fiscal year 1997, Burger King had
systemwide sales of $9.8 billion. Burger King Corporation is a
subsidiary of Diageo plc, one of the world's largest branded consumer
products businesses.

Tunnel discovered under the Temple Mount

Modern day Indiana Jones Chronicles in Israel as a secret tunnel is discovered under the Temple Mount.

How to Attend a Meeting.

(classic Dave Barry)

Any of my ex-colleagues from British Telecom will appreciate How to Attend a Meeting.

If that link doesn't work, try this one.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Ever wondered what America's youth are really up to?

These people can tell you.

This is a very funny video

or it's very sad. I'm not sure which.

Actually, it is very funny AND it's very sad. I have no idea what the antagonists thought they would achieve but at least one of them will have a sore head for a while. What a bunch of "loosers"!

Apparently, this took place at a motel in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada. This probably explains why the Canadians in the video are such morons. On the other hand, we know it wasn't in the USA because nobody pulled out a gun and shot a bunch of people.

Anyways, to form your own opinion (or just to see some swift justice - and a sweet punch) download the video. (15MB Windows Media file)

Some good sites about cars in Asia.

Some of the stuff they have in Asia can be amazing and some can be bewildering. Much of it never sees the light of day in the West.

This site has some of the interesting things to be seen in Japan and Thailand, including a downloadable video of riding in one of Thailand's famous Tuk-tuks.

Some of the more extreme (and dangerously-driven) vehicles in Japan are showcased by

Top 10 Drift cars shows some of the more interesting cars, many of which you can't get in the West (not without importing them).

An electric motor that generates more power than it consumes?

I checked - it's not still April 1st.

This article about Kohei Minato and the Japan Magnetic Fan Company is pretty amazing. Electric motors than run cool, almost silent AND at an efficiency of 330%?

Some good car pictures

(and some sounds) are available at the following:

Only Screen Savers

The Exotic Car Registry

Robb Report vehicles for sale

This was funny.

A comedian's assessment of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il:

"He has a net worth of 4 billion dollars and homes all over the world. He's the Oprah Winfrey of Stalinist hermit leaders."

Finally! America is getting through to the French.

If this is anything to go by.

This is how to manage the citizens of a free and open democracy.

Meanwhile, in America, they're dreaming up ever-novel ways to keep us amused and not just a little worried.

Those stupid people in Iraq should be grateful!

Soon, they won't have to waste money on street-lighting or refrigerators to preserve food.

Radiation In Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs

Iraq: the DU dust settles

Monster cars, monster engine and monster gaming.

Another posting for the gear-heads out there.

The Japanese GT Championship features some fantastic close racing, and some occasional lunacy, in some of the most wacked-out race versions of pretty hot road cars like the Nissan Skyline, Honda NSX and Toyoa Supra.

You wanna see a HUGE diesel engine?

Check out the "Most Powerful Diesel Engine in the World".

Up to 14 cylinders, more than 25,000 liters and almost 109,000 horsepower at a dizzying 102rpm. I'd hate to see how much Snap-On charges for a complete tool kit....

(Thanks to Ted for this one.)

Online simulated motor racing seems to be coming on apace. I've always enjoyed Gran Turismo, especially the special version of GT3 but TrackMania, RaceSimCentral and the upcoming release of Driver 3 - AKA "Driv3r" all deserve special mention here.

Vampire bats going on the rampage?

Is Pellegrino's Dust coming to life or is this just Hollywood stoking the fires in preparation for another wave of eco-horror films?

Vampire bats kill 13 people in Brazil

Dozens bitten by vampire bats in Peru jungle

Yet another TooKoolTool™ for you.

The WayBackMachine is a great way to enjoy "classic" websites that aren't around anymore or old versions of existing websites.