A pair of youngsters rode the Yarra River in Melbourne using sex dolls for buoyancy. Imagine the embarrassment when they had to be rescued.

[ published on Mon 17.01.2011 08:53 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Today I learned that the survival kit carried in the Mercury space capsule contained, amongst useful things, also "1 Bar Soap".

I don't know about you, but I would have traded that soap for more of "1 Container of Matches" or desalination gear for more than "8 pints".

Maybe McD-D were expecting their craft to crash-land somewhere tropical, so they packed that soap to ensure the astronauts wouldn't repel the admiring female lovelies.

I love well-written manuals, and the Mercury familiarisation manual is a pretty nice example with great diagrams and drawings. Pity that there's nothing comparable for Vostok and Soyuz (and even if it weren't classified it would be in Russian, which I don't understand more than a few words of...)

[ published on Thu 23.09.2010 00:41 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Today's xkcd is pretty good - depressingly good, in fact.

[ published on Fri 30.07.2010 15:36 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Jake Kaufman is evil. And a Bastard. A Tricky Bastard...

"IRC is a network full of chat rooms (or "channels") where a lot of scary internet people (or "perverts") hang out.
...
so i replaced eliza's tiny, boring script with a massive dumb blonde script that has like 3,800 responses on all sorts of topics, but mostly sex. jenny18 is very horny and she loves talking to horny guys. and everyone knows the best place to talk to horny guys is on dalnet irc sex channels."

And he took jenny18 there. jenny18 passed the sex Turing test with flying colors, but a lot of the dalnet denizens didn't pass anything...except pass for fools, that is.

"this goes to show that lots of challenge in AI is in speaking naturally, and on the internet most people speak like idiots, so you can sort of cheat around a lot of things."

Jake's article on speaking like an idiot is a lot of fun to read, too.

Update (Tue 20.07.2010 19:52):

All the good links broke. I've replaced them with the latest archive.org versions - but for the logs you need to manually add the filename to the url: the archive.org pages come with a broken <base>...

[ published on Wed 28.07.2004 01:30 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Samizdata makes my day.

[ published on Tue 05.01.2010 21:57 | filed in interests/humour | ]

"Culinary".

For some unfathomable reason I found this gem in the pikiwedia entry on ducks highly hilarious.

A classic example of this problem....

[ published on Wed 17.09.2008 21:05 | filed in interests/humour | ]

keine ahnung ob diese Rosa Riedl auch ein schutzgespenst ist; den nervigen hausmeister-posten und gschau und gwand teilen sie ja eh schon - nur die strassenbahn zum drunterfallen fehlt uns hier...

[ published on Thu 24.07.2008 11:00 | filed in interests/humour | ]
 halva devil

The object of contention is Halva, which I recently found at Coles (one of the big supermarkets here) and simply had to buy. Looks like Conny likes it :-)

[ published on Thu 29.05.2008 23:01 | filed in interests/humour | ]

"Lucky" must be his middle name -- and "Clumsy" his first: a fellow in Frankfurt fell down an elevator shaft, and landed on a woman who had "been there, done that" 24hrs earlier. He stayed awake, she stayed unconscious; he was not hurt while she is in bad shape.

How exactly one manages to fall into an elevator shaft despite knowing the thing is being repaired, is a tad beyond me.

[ published on Thu 17.04.2008 18:55 | filed in interests/humour | ]

A snippet from the classic Owed to a Spell Chequer:

I halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marques four my revue
Miss steaks aye ken knot sea
...

Reminds me a bit of what openoffice's spall choker did to one of conny's homework texts recently...

[ published on Sun 06.04.2008 12:06 | filed in interests/humour | ]

(This title constitutes an obscure in-joke for Austrians. No alkbottles were harmed making this joke.)

In the news today: Australian Senator arrives at Parliament dressed as a beer bottle. My first thought: "When in Rome^WACT..."

ABC has the story complete with pics.

[ published on Thu 13.03.2008 20:47 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Das Inserat hier ist grad eben vorbeigekommen, sehr schräg...

1920s-chic

Dazu passend die folgende Headline von gestern: Ein Abgeordneter in Mississippi (selber blad) hat einen Gesetzesvorschlag eingebracht, nachdem es Restaurants verboten werden soll, Blade weiter zu füttern. Welch Brilliante Idee.

In Obelix' Worten: ils sont fous, ces americains. Completement fous!

[ published on Wed 06.02.2008 09:44 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Townsville might be a good place to learn golf quickly - or else. Gives a whole new meaning to the term "water hazard".

[ published on Fri 01.02.2008 07:54 | filed in interests/humour | ]

This stuff is pretty cool I think. I found that one the funniest construct.

[ published on Tue 15.01.2008 22:08 | filed in interests/humour | ]

The QLD Transport Authority was (or still is?) running one of those safety awareness campaigns, with the slogan "Rest or R.I.P.", complete with huge billboard ads showing a white pillow and said slogan.

(see pg. 5 of this flyer for an idea of how that looks).

Driving up to Ikea and rob's place yesterday, I went past the driver training centre at Mt. Cotton, which sports such a huge billboard ad.

It also has a neighbour/vis-a-vis, which is announced on the road signs around the place in the same size as the training centre: the neighbour is a crematorium. Driver training turn left, Crematorium turn right. Easy, but don't you forget it!

I wonder which institution was there first, and who decided to show that particular ad facing the road and the crematorium.

Apropos billboards and coppers:

speedingdisabled
[ published on Thu 06.12.2007 13:44 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Not for me. For him, apparently.

And of course, here's the Obxkcd:

ballmer_peak

You should have a look at the title attribute (mouseover usually shows it) that Randall has come up with.

[ published on Thu 11.10.2007 00:42 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Tim Kreider has a nasty kind of humour, and he's observant, politically-INcorrect and draws wicked weekly cartoons.

And of course there's the title of his mad angry tome: The Pain -- When Will It End?

The Archive and the Enemies section are especially recommended.

[ published on Tue 24.04.2007 10:44 | filed in interests/humour | ]

...can indeed be odd. Very odd.

[ published on Mon 12.02.2007 20:29 | filed in interests/humour | ]

The phone rings. Hmm, an external call, maybe I should get ungrumpy. Alright. "hello, this is alex speaking."
"hello, is this mr. garagedoors?" (some east-european accent)
huh? "no. no garage doors here."
"i'm calling because of right motor on my garage door doesn't work."
...
sigh "this is a university."
"oh, i must have wrong number. sorry." click

Hamming-coding for phone numbers NOW!

[ published on Wed 31.01.2007 19:21 | filed in interests/humour | ]

A pretty fun writeup of the 11 worst toys. Not in my book, though: worst, I'd say, only in the opinion of the bloody landsharks, ahem, liability lawyers; what a PITY that these things got recalled! I'd have loved to see more unthinking proto-idiots kill themselves...

On this happy note of unmitigated antisocial ranting we conclude this Christmas bulletin.

[ published on Mon 25.12.2006 11:09 | filed in interests/humour | ]

das material vom Österreich Institut zum deutschlernen beinhaltet auch auszüge aus Indien, dortamts im schönsprech "Filmdidaktisierung" getauft. Schon schön deppat wenn einer grad den film zum lernen kriegt; den verstehns ja schon links von Kufstein nimmer mehr. "europasiegel für innovative sprachprojekte", my ass...

[ published on Tue 28.11.2006 18:35 | filed in interests/humour | ]

I like the xkcd comic strips very much, but reading comics on lotsa pages sucks. dailystrips doesn't come with support with xkcd, and I couldn't find anybody else's setup to steal. This definition snippet takes care of xkcd.

strip xkcd
        name xkcd
        homepage http://xkcd.com
        type search
        searchpattern <img\s+src="(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/[^"]+.png)"
        matchpart 1
        provides latest
end
[ published on Sun 12.11.2006 10:24 | filed in interests/humour | ]

I wonder: did Adam+Eve succumb to this problem when they took that bloody apple?

[ published on Wed 18.10.2006 09:41 | filed in interests/humour | ]
 2006_09_12-floppies.jpg
[ published on Fri 15.09.2006 20:21 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Just found this guy via Boingboing: This one I like a lot. He also has a nastier side. Enjoy.

[ published on Mon 04.09.2006 14:50 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Japanese crows fight dirty: in Tokyo they're taking down (pole-strung) fiber cables because the stuff apparently makes good nesting material. Result: loads of people without Internet access.

[ published on Thu 22.06.2006 13:02 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Propaganda idiots at work: Dear Captain Copyright, it is with great pleasure that I hereby violate your absolutely moronic IP disclaimer, which shows that you have no clue whatsoever about technology or anything else for that matter.

In short: you are total wankers. Now, please stop linking to yourself and do vanish in a puff of logic as your own site is very much "damaging or cause(ing) harm to the reputation of, Access Copyright".

[ published on Fri 02.06.2006 12:13 | filed in interests/humour | ]

The disadventure hits it spot on. sigh

[ published on Fri 05.05.2006 11:26 | filed in interests/humour | ]

From worth1000.com comes this contest entry titled "an early art project by young MC Escher".

escher
[ published on Sun 16.04.2006 17:11 | filed in interests/humour | ]

Goddam, it feels like the Endless September all over again: hordes of clueless, reckless, dumb twits invade a world. Again, the fools themselves are not the guiltiest party but rather the provider of the sucky service (who didn't bash them with the netiquette first) should rot in hell.

I'm a "mischievous webmaster"! (Thomas Scott says so, so it must be true.) As a matter of fact, I'm a non-compromising utter bastard. Therefore I do my best to make the experience of looking at (a number of) myspace user pages a...memorable one.
(naturally I don't discriminate against normal people: having no referrer header is fine by me. Copying images onto your own machine and serving it from there is fine by me as it's unavoidable.)

A short reminder from your friendly webmaster: DO NOT HOTLINK TO ANY OF MY IMAGES, OR ELSE. The "else" part can be seen at these places, brought to you by the magic of

perl -ne 's/&/&amp;/g; m!"(http://[^.]+\.myspace.com/[^\"]*)"! || next;
$seen{$1}||=1 && print qq|<a href="$1">|.++$i.qq|</a>\n|;' </var/log/apache/access.log 

(Note that not all links work as I'm too lazy to strip the ephemeral gunk from the urls.)


click here for the rest of the story...

[ published on Fri 24.02.2006 15:12 | filed in interests/humour | ]

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