Friday, May 27, 2011

Absobloodylutely amazing

Is there anything these slime sucking scum of the earth will no turn to in order to push their poison on society?

The sooner we expunge this revolting practice from the face of the earth, the better.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Now that's one hell of a photo

Want to browse around a single 111GB image?  No, that’s not a typo.

 

http://www.sevilla111.com/default_en.htm

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cool idea of the day

Had a cool idea yesterday.  Instead of worrying about a headset for work, I decided to score myself a bluetooth earpiece for my phone, divert my desk phone to my mobile, and use that for any incoming calls.

This means I don't have to worry about cords, and I can put the cost down as a work related expense for tax and score the thing for basically half price for personal use too.

The best part is that I can pretty much guarantee my management will ask me what I'm doing, look at me silently for a few seconds, then declare it a bloody brilliant idea and order them for everyone.

After some research, I scored myself a BlueAnt Q2.


What's brilliant about this little device is that it's entirely voice controlled.  Want to pair it to a phone?  Tap the control button and say "pair me".  Want to tie to my iPhone's voice commands?  Tap the button and say "Phone commands", and I'm driving the phone.  That includes making outgoing calls, so if they get around to giving me a work phone... woo hoo!

It's also fuck-off loud, has a brilliant microphone with good noice cancelling, 5 hours talk/1000 hours standby, and the icing on the cake - it ties to the phone's address book, so if the caller ID matches an address book entry, it reads out to you who is calling.

Damn, this is a cool gadget.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Awesome ad

Watch right until the very end and read the slogan...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I see the government's got it's head up it's arse as usual

WTF is this?  E10 a whole cent and a half cheaper than RON91 ULP?  Yeah, that will sell.

I ran my Honda on E10 for three months exclusively as and experiment and found that fuel economy went to shit, down by approximately 5%.  That was when ULP was generally around $1.30/L with E10 4c cheaper.
Given the 3% saving versus the 5% additional fuel cost, I abandoned the experiment as being not worth it and forgot about it.  The car ran fine - no pinging, idled well, started the same as before, no noticeable loss of power, smoothness or anything else - just less cash in the kick at the end of the week.

Now I see this crap.  Helloooooo idiot fuel companies, I'm going to need an 8c/L discount just to break *even* on running E10, and that's before I start taking into account scaremongering and general lack of accountability from car manufacturers who refuse to definitely tell you whether their vehicle will take E10 long term or not without seal and hose damage.

I don't know what ethanol is worth on a commercial basis (my drinking variety runs about $6/L but I suspect I manufacture to somewhat higher standards - and flavours) but by my maths, to produce say a 10% discount in the overall pump price then the stuff needs to be basically free, because 10% of that ULP price is only 13.7c and that's not a lot of wiggle room.

Given it's not unreasonable for ethanol producers to expect to be paid for their product, and motorists aren't going to fund it out of *their* pocket voluntarily, I can only see two ways to make widepread use of E10 attractive enough to be viable:

(a) the government drops fuel tax on the ULP component of E10 enough to provide an incentive, or
(b) the government cranks up the fuel tax rate of ULP without at least 10% blended ethanol, then tells use we don't *have* to pay it, we've got a perfectly good alternative.

Yes, one that returns 5% worse fuel economy and voids the engine warranty.

Anyone want to bet which option the pricks choose?

Two fathers

Two families moved from Afghanistan to America.

 

When they arrived, the two fathers made a bet:  In a year's time, whichever family had become more Americanized would win. 

 

A year later they met. 

 

The first man said, "My son is playing baseball, I had McDonald's for breakfast and I'm on my way to pick up a case of Bud... how about you?"  

 

The second man replied, "Fuck you, rag-head."