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Archive for June, 2009

Stephen Fry as Michael Jackson

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

It feels somehow appropriate to post this now, even though it’s not Stephen Fry who’s dead.

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Michael Jackson: too soon?

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

If you’re prepared for sacrelige, wander over to B3ta or check out Twitter for touching tributes and bad-taste gags:

Out own tomgidden:*really* disappointed that the sign-language guy on BBC News Channel doesn’t join in on the Thriller dance moves during the MJ montage.”

From Peter Serafinowicz:Exposure to sunshine, moonlight and good times ruled out: now coroners say cause of death was ‘boogie’.”

The Onion: “BREAKING: Last Piece Of Michael Jackson Dies”

Dara O’Briain:OMG! Just offstage, and the big news is, former commander of the British armed forces, Gen. Sir Mike Jackson is dead. Just checking details.”

Richard Herring:Is Jarvis Cocker going to the funeral?”

Oh yeah, I said something about a touching tribute. This is genuinely legendary:

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Bad, bad week for Scientology

Posted by Martin Poulter on 26 June 2009

The Church of Scientology is in more trouble now than it has been for nearly twenty years.

Two journalists from Florida have published a series of articles in which former executives describe violent beatings, ritual punishments and, most damagingly, the destruction of evidence in a criminal case over the death of a member. As well as in print, the online (text and video). The stories have been taken up by dozens of other news outlets.

A spokesman for the Church was challenged while denying that Scientology is run on violence and bullying, and reacted by yelling his head off, on tape: the journalists have released the audio recording. Another cult tactic was to release information from the “confidential confessional” folders of the defectors (mentioned in the first article of the series); thereby confirming allegations that Scientology uses blackmail and intimidation against opponents.

Anonymous continues its international campaign, which is now rejuvenated after seventeen months. They have also created a forum to support the Iran protests. I myself have been working on a magnum opus about Scientology, which I hope to be able to announce soon.

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Beam me up, hottie

Posted by Martin Poulter on 23 June 2009

Contra the original series of Star Trek, it’s not a good idea to put mini-skirted women and testosterone-drunk men in charge of high-tech weaponry. “Is that appropriate dress for someone in the military?” (Warning: adolescent humour).

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2 Girls 1 Cup skateboard

Posted by Martin Poulter on 23 June 2009

If you don’t get this joke, just be glad. A fitting companion for the Goatse payment card:

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The Mighty Micromort

Posted by Martin Poulter on 19 June 2009

A new word in my vocabulary this week is “micromort”, meaning a one-in-a-million risk of death. On a typical day you are exposed to one micromort of risk. However, if you go hang gliding, that’s eight micromorts. Scuba diving is five micromorts. Taking an Ecstasy tablet gives you one micromort. You get one micromort from 230 miles travel in a car, 6,000 miles in a train or just six miles on a motorbike. It takes just one and a half cigarettes to give you a micromort. A horse riding trip gives you about half a micromort.

Statistician David Spiegelhalter (who spoke in Bristol this week) has suggested we use this measure as a standard scale for various kinds of deadly risk.  For example, taking Ecstasy, smoking a cigarette, a long horse ride and a short motorbike journey all have roughly the same amount of risk, yet the conventional understanding of the danger of those things isn’t equal at all.

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The Woodlouse Song

Posted by Martin Poulter on 18 June 2009

James W recommends this very silly song, captured live at Teignmouth Festival: “If it had a Flash animation with it I reckon it’d take off in a badgerbadgerbadger way.”

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Rap is crap

Posted by Paul Ayres on 17 June 2009

What are rappers going on about? Someone translated this freestyle rap battle.

The ending music is a nice touch as well.

Edit: original rap is here (thanks Steve Ri)

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ImprovEverywhere: the MP3 Experiment 6

Posted by Martin Poulter on 16 June 2009

On an island in New York, a couple of thousand people simultaneously play an MP3 and do what it says. This includes high-fiving strangers, beating each other with inflatable hammers and celebrating at quarter speed. Yet another delightful bit of performance art/public fun from ImprovEverywhere.

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MPs’ expenses: Financial Gainspotting

Posted by Martin Poulter on 15 June 2009

Cartoonist Beau Bo D’Or‘s brilliant and witty video edit shows Trainspotting in a whole new light.

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