Archive for October, 2007

It crawled into my comments box, honest…

Friday, October 26th, 2007

author not exactly as shownWhen your blog has been around for a while you start to attract all types of comment spam most of which links to sites offering Viagra.  I am always fascinated by the “clever” attempts on the part of the spammers to appear like legitimate comments except that they mostly bizarre.  (more…)

Out of the closet

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Is that a gun or are you just happy to see me?The world was stunned last week with the announcement that J.K. Rowling’s beloved Professor Dumbledore the head master of Upper Canada Coll.., er, Hogwarts School for wizards was gay.  A gay private school teacher, imagine that.

The Dumbledore revelation opened a floodgate of “me too” announcements from other famous fictional characters. (more…)

If I had a million dollar bill…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

a million dollar billI wouldn’t try to pass it at Giant Eagle in Pittsburg, like a master criminal did on Saturday when he handed a million dollar bill to a cashier and waited patiently for his change.

Now, it’s been a while since I worked in retail but I don’t think the regular cash float would come anywhere close to holding change for a million.  (more…)

Happy Birthday Sputnik…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Happy Birthday Sputnik!Fifty years ago today, the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik and changed the world.

On the face of it it wasn’t much, an aluminum sphere the size of a basketball.  However, in terms of impact it was gigantic – the first man made object launched into space and circling the globe. (more…)