Heterogeneous homogeny revisited

Posted Aug 28, 2006 in Miscellaneous.

It has been almost three weeks since my last dollop of nonsense. I've been so appalled at the state of the world recently, it has rendered me speechless. Everything from the media's fascination with John Mark Karr (it wasn't him) to America's obsession with absolute shit (she was pretty damn good, I must admit) on television. If these are supposed to be the things that really matter, I might as well end it all right now. Anyway, I present my occasional list of unconnected things for you to chew on:

  • You on the bicycle! You are supposed to stop at stop signs just like the rest of us. And why are you riding down the wrong side of the street? Why is your friend cycling on the sidewalk? And is that cyclist going the wrong way down a one-way street? Where's a fucking police officer when you want one?
  • I've been watching Brian Williams' excellent “Early Nightly” report on his Daily Nightly blog. It is often more insightful that the main “Nightly News” broadcast.
  • Much to my surprise, I've been bitten by the genealogy bug recently. I signed-up for Genes Reunited, and discovered that many of my family were using the service too.
  • It's too humid and there are too many bugs. I can't wait for winter.
  • I saw Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby the other day. It wasn't a particularly good movie, but I enjoyed it anyway. As a NASCAR fan, there was plenty to keep me happy.
  • All of a sudden, there seem to be umpteen scares involving aircraft. Since the British police foiled the recent plot to bomb US-bound planes, all the crazies have come out to play. Now we have flights being diverted because of stroppy women, hoaxes, and folks trying to get on board with all manner of obviously-prohibited items. Why are people so fucking stupid all the time?

I expect that I'll be posting thoughts on potential candidates for the “Leader of the Free World” (such bullshit) job fairly soon. I still can't vote, but that isn't going to stop me from spouting my usual opinionated political waffle!


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    America in general is always fascinated with bullshit. The whole JonBenét Ramsey case is cold and will be for much longer. Just because a person confesses to a crime doesn't mean that the person did it. The media is so desperate for news that it jumps on anything and everything it gets -- well beside the stuff that truely matters. Sure, the JonBenét Ramsey case does matter but there are more important things to cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's frustrating because CNN, Fox News and other media outlets seem to cover the exact same thing and honestly most of the time it's complete garbage.

    In regards to aircrafts and scares and the whole bullshit surrounding that -- its utterly pathetic that the FAA and the world (well, mostly America) goes into a frenzy because some person was sweating to much on the flight so it became a hazard and then the media would make some complete rubbage out of it saying that it's possibly connected to Al Qaeda. No, it's a person sweating because maybe that person is nervous because every three damn days the media has to cover the smallest issues regarding airline safety. Ok, you got a plastic spork through the metal detectors -- great. Taking down America, using one spork at a time. If the media covered every car accident, would anyone want to drive anywhere? Well, I could go one for quite some time but I won't go too far off topic.

    Genealogy is a very cool thing. Its always fascinating to see your family history!

    Posted by James Henry on Aug 28, 2006.

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    i hear your angst.

    i feel much the same way about the world.

    however, i wonder if my discomfort has more to do with my age and time of life that a worsening situation.

    i'm sure when i was a carefree youngster other people's actions and problems where the last thing on my mind.

    now i find impossible to think about homeopathy without nearly bursting a blood vessel :-)



    Posted by Paul on Aug 31, 2006.

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    You mean it's a case of "the more you know, the more you don't WANT to know?"

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Aug 31, 2006.

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    Not even that I'm afraid - I wish what I am trying to convey was even vaguely noble or creditworthy.

    No, I think more, as you get older one becomes less and less flexible in ones thought. I suspect this is a quite natural, albeit undesirable, development of the brain.

    I wager that younger people tend to hold more liberal views. I bet the average age of conservative voters in the uk is much higher than those that vote for labour. Or, rather, if you asked the apathetic youth of today who they would vote for they would not say conservative... but don't get me started on youngsters :-). They'd vote for dizzy rascal if they could.

    Further, most scientists and mathematicians do their very best work in their 20s (not that this should count for anything if they haven't been on a reality tv show of course).

    Damn brain!


    Posted by Paul Nixon on Aug 31, 2006.

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    Did you hear about the student who tried to bring an explosive onto a plane?

    Seriously, what the hell is up with that?

    Posted by James Henry on Sep 07, 2006.