You know what's a good album? The Killers' debut, Hot Fuss. I know, I know, this is about as original as saying that Blonde on Blonde has some good tracks. But seriously, there are a number of extremely good tunes on this album.
25 September 2007
Choice excerpt from Reuter's reporting of the President of Iran's speech at Columbia:
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country, In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I do not know who has told you we have it."
"The freest women in the world are the women in Iran."
I will give props to Columbia President Lee Bollinger for standing his ground and allowing the lunatic to speak.
22 September 2007
Background: I've always moaned about how unfair it is that English blokes get a huge advantage at pulling in the USA because of their accents, whereas nobody finds an American accent particularly sexy.
Scene: I need to call Virgin Media to finalise a payment for my broadband at my old house. Foonyor Barzane [FB] is speaking to a pleasant English saleswoman [PES].
[PES]: Your accent doesn't sound very English...
[FB]: Yes, I'm originally from the States, but I've lived in the UK for a few years.
[PES]: And you've never lost your accent!
[FB]: I guess, not, although I do sometimes wish I could do an English accent on command.
[PES]: (laughing) Oh no, never lose that accent, it's really nice...from a female point of view, anyway.
[FB]: (blushes) Thank you!
...but you're full of muppets. Today, an MIT student walked into Logan to pick up a friend. She happened to be wearing a circuit board on her EC sweatshirt. Because the BPD (or the TSA, or whatever) are idiots, she was arrested at machine-gun point.
I first learned about this story when I went to Chicken Cottage for a late night snack after a few beers. Being run by a bunch of Arab dudes, they routinely have Al Jazeera on the television late at night. Tonight they were actually running this story in the alternating Arabic/English trailer along the bottom.
God help us.
04 September 2007
While I applaud the TSA's decision to lift some of its silly travel bans, these FAQs from their website are pretty amusing:
Q. Why is breast milk not a threat?
A. Breast milk is a medical necessity and it is being classified as such. It must be declared at the checkpoint.
Q. How do you ensure liquid explosives disguised as breast milk or medications are not brought through the checkpoint?
A. Since September 2006, certain liquid medications have been permitted
at the checkpoint as long as they are declared to security officers and
are subject to additional screening.
Q. Do passengers carrying breast milk need to taste it to prove it is not a liquid explosive?
A. No. We will not ask a traveler to taste breast milk.