Thursday, May 31, 2007

just missed the lightning

just missed the lightning, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Poor pepper the pot noodle, she hates the thunder and she was just off to dgfc. Cancelled now. It was so nice earlier..

Lou Dobbs

I cannot stand the man. Or CNN.

from the NY Times.

"Americans, as a rule, are smart enough to handle a program that mixes opinion and facts. The problem with Mr. Dobbs is that he mixes opinion and untruths. He is the heir to the nativist tradition that has long used fiction and conspiracy theories as a weapon against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese, the Jews and, now, the Mexicans.

There is no denying that this country’s immigration system is broken. But it defies belief — and a whole lot of economic research — to suggest that the problems of the middle class stem from illegal immigrants. Those immigrants, remember, are largely non-English speakers without a high school diploma. They have probably hurt the wages of native-born high school dropouts and made everyone else better off.

More to the point, if Mr. Dobbs’s arguments were really so good, don’t you think he would be able to stick to the facts? And if CNN were serious about being “the most trusted name in news,” as it claims to be, don’t you think it would be big enough to issue an actual correction?"


Did you hear about the movie director that was detained by security in Los Angeles after telling them he was there 'to shoot a pilot'?

Luckily they didn't ask him more about his work, as he had recently 'made a bomb'.

Boing boing

And in other news..

Q: How many US Attorney Generals does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: I cannot recall that particular answer at this time.

Yes please

910 horsepower.. yes, Nine Hundred and Ten. 9ff.

Jol.. you sure you're not going to go work at Goldman Sachs?

nice day to be stuck in an office, not.

A nefarious chicken finger pandemic

"In short, I came to the realization that America is in the grips of a nefarious chicken-finger pandemic, in which a blandly tasty foodstuff has somehow become the de facto official nibble of our young."

I have always thought that kid's menus were a bit lame and fried food orientated, so this article caught my eye.. loved the paragraph above.. "in the grips of a nefarious chicken finger pandemic" that's great.

NY Times

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

(BN ) Cantor Fitzgerald Merges Brokers in $1.3 Billion Deal

By Ryan Flinn
May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Cantor Fitzgerald LP agreed to sell BGC Partners to its listed ESpeed Inc. unit for $1.3 billion in stock, joining the voice and electronic bond trading divisions a month after rejecting a takeover offer for eSpeed.
ESpeed will issue and sell 133.9 million shares to BGC Partners for $9.75 each, a 6.1 percent premium to ESpeed's closing price yesterday, the New York-based company said last night in a statement. The combined company will have more than $1 billion in revenue this year, ESpeed said. Last year, ESpeed posted $164 million in revenue, according to Bloomberg data.
Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond trading firm that lost hundreds of employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center in New York, controls 88 percent of the voting power for ESpeed, according to the statement. ESpeed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick will share the CEO role of the new company with Lee M. Amaitis, his counterpart at BGC.
The new firm, to be called BGC Partners Inc., will benefit from a streamlined product development pipeline, larger capital base,'' and an ability to attract new employees, eSpeed said in its statement. ``The combination is expected to deliver tangible structural and operating synergies that will drive expense reductions and revenue enhancements.''
The deal will boost ESpeed's sagging earnings. ESpeed said Feb. 13 that it expected lower revenue and profit this year, primarily because of the expiration of a patent. ESpeed earned $4.4 million in 2006, compared with $36.1 million in 2003 and $42 million in 2002.
ESpeed's shares rose 4 cents to $9.19 in Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading yesterday before the statement was released. The stock has gained 5.3 percent this year.
Cantor, which sold ESpeed to the public in December 1999, has nonetheless retained control of its former unit, prompting complaints from some of ESpeed's larger shareholders.
In March, Chapman Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based hedge fund that owns 9.3 percent of ESpeed, and Willow Creek Capital Management LLC, which controls 6.4 percent, both urged the board to consider selling the company, and increasing ESpeed's autonomy from Cantor.
A month later, Tullett Prebon Plc, the world's second-largest interdealer broker, made a $12-a-share, or $350 million offer to buy ESpeed, with the condition that ESpeed sever all ties with Cantor. Cantor rejected the deal.
BGC Partners, named after B. Gerald Cantor, founder of Cantor Fitzgerald, was spun off in August 2004, and had filed to go public in February with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. BGC will withdraw its IPO application in light of the merger announcement.

--Editor: Chan (aco)

via Bloomberg News

for your favourite hunter..

"This motion-activated deer lifts his head and sings “Low Rider” and “Sweet Home Alabama”! Watch the hunters BOBBLE their heads to the beat as the car BOUNCES and headlights FLASH!! A great gift for your favorite hunter"

Fabulously red-neck.

via dooce

in lieu of afternoon jaffa cakes

in lieu of afternoon jaffa cakes, originally uploaded by Knotty.

But biscuits are SO much better with a cuppa..

What happened on your birthday?

This is the cover of Time on my birthday.. this and other stuff found at

via Scientia potentia est


"How much do you need to drink?

As the summer sets in and the temperature starts to rise, many athletes question how much they should drink. To dial in your hydration, weigh yourself before and after your ride. The goal is to lose no more than 2 per cent of your body weight during a ride. We recommend that athletes consume 6-12oz. of liquid every 15-20 minutes while riding. If you do lose weight during a ride, drink 16-24oz. of liquid for every pound lost."

Carmichael Training Systems

6oz 175ml 12oz 350ml 16oz 475ml 24oz 700ml

1lb 453g

So.. One Litre per hour.. that sounds about right.

sun worship

sun worship, originally uploaded by Knotty.

A very favoured spot is on the stairs in the late afternoon sun.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nicoise au bureau

Nicoise a bureau, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Friday, May 25, 2007


from wikipedia

Triana is a NASA satellite proposed in 1998 by then-Vice President Al Gore for the purpose of earth observation. The satellite's original purpose was to provide a near continuous view of the entire Earth and make that live image available via the Internet. Gore hoped not only to advance science with these images, but also to raise awareness of the Earth itself. In addition to an imaging camera, a radiometer would take the first direct measurements of how much sunlight is reflected and emitted from the whole Earth. This data could constitute a barometer for the process of Global Warming. Derided by critics as being an unfocused project, the satellite was nicknamed GoreSat, and was often referred to as an "overpriced screen saver" by Republicans. Congress asked the National Academy of Sciences whether the project was worthwhile. The resulting report stated that the mission was "strong and vital."[1] Faced with political hostility on one side and scientific support on the other, Triana could neither be launched nor could it be terminated. The $100 million satellite remains in storage at a cost of $1 million a year.

Politics getting in the way of good ideas.. so sad.


An Irishman was driving along the motorway when he was overtaken by a lorry transporting turf to a garden centre.

'That's what I'll do when I'm rich', he says to his wife.

'Have me lawn taken away to be cut'.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

dear dad, lobster sheperds pie..

dear dad, lobster sheperds pie.., originally uploaded by Knotty.

Daytime Idle

"Two mysteries have followed me well into adulthood: Does soaping yourself work underwater, and how come there are so many people out on the street all day, seemingly not working?"

The explanations of those people for whom a workday is not a workday..

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

still in traffic..

1, originally uploaded by Knotty.

and still mucking about with the camera phone :)

in traffic.. on way to work.

2, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

British History Timeline

Very cool. For Joli.

British History

via kottke

Great T-Shirt


"The Pakistani Tourism Minister resigned yesterday after hardline Islamic clerics accused her of obscenity for hugging her instructor after a charity parachute jump."

full article

I agree wholeheartedly with this from comments..

"Don't hold the religion responsible due to the misdeeds of some crazy fanatics who think they are the flag bearers of Islam. Every religion is great in its own right. Only the followers mess it up."

Feeding the monster..

" of the primary functions of The Times is to keep all knowledge of Marsh from its readers, so that they may carry on running the country for us without being at all distracted by Marsh’s puzzling, unfortunate and philosophically displeasing life. Therefore, where I should have been able to say “Jodie Marsh is televising her hunt for a husband!” and then plunged off into diligent analysis of the sociological import of this event, I must, instead, briefly explain the mystifying significance of Jodie Marsh. Marsh, a petulant, orange-faced woman from Essex, has spent the past four years of her life trying to become famous for “being herself”.

I cannot imagine that, even five years ago, young British men would have been willing to take part in a show in which, after being objectified in a series of doubtlessly humiliating “love tasks”, they then commit to a marriage. With some humourless, stroppy bird who’s been around the block a few times. Surely it goes against everything that is supposed to be intrinsic to being a man?"

and on Madeleine McCann (my thoughts go to her family)

"..the best way people could “help” is by considering what they represent within our culture and then, in a blinding moment of selflessness and self-awareness, leaving current news events well alone."

Caitlin Moran writes a direct, refreshing, if a tad, depressing column in The Times on the awful cult of personality prevalent in today's society.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants.
Urban myth that tea is dehydrating.
A cup of tea contains fluoride, which is good for the teeth
esearch suggests that tea can impair the body's ability to absorb iron from food, meaning people at risk of anaemia should avoid drinking tea around mealtimes.
Read more.

Did you know...

"In China, interest rates are always set to be multiples of nine..."


"..the financial year in China has 360 days, it's easier to compute monthly and daily rates if yearly rates are evenly divisible by nine.. ..the rule also simplifies interest computation on an abacus.."

Friday, May 18, 2007

Those darn Riberals

"..the candidates spoke enthusiastically in favor of torture and against the rule of law. Rudy Giuliani endorsed waterboarding.. ..Millions of Americans believe that patriotic torturers are keeping us safe, that there’s a vast Islamic axis of evil, that victory in Iraq is just around the corner, that Bush appointees are doing a heckuva job — and that news reports contradicting these beliefs reflect liberal media bias."

Krugman via Economists View

Thursday, May 17, 2007


"The single biggest thing that has helped me lose weight has been eating a light dinner."

I've tried to start doing this recently.. no results yet.. but certainly feel better in the mornings.. am fatter than last year.. something to do with not cycling 8-9 hours EVERY Saturday.. and less time in the gym.. thank god for that.. I would like to drop 5-8lbs.. currently 181lbs (last year 168lbs).. hmm think have a goal for the month of June.. asked 10 racers how they stripped the fat and transformed themselves into lean machines. Their tips are simple and presumably effective.


"Since 1946, Avis has been sold or reorganized 17 or 18 times, depending on how you count. Each time Avis changed hands or structure, there have been fees for bankers and fees for lawyers, bonuses for the top executives and theories about why this was exactly what the company needed.

Modern capitalism has two parts: there's business, and there's finance. Business is renting you a car at the airport. Finance is something else.

Even if you can understand - just barely - how it works, you still wonder what the point is and why people who do it need to get paid so much. And you strongly suspect that the swirl of financial activity around Avis for the past six decades has had little or nothing to do with the business of renting cars.

Last September, a week after the Avis Budget Group began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, The Wall Street Journal reported that the new company was "ripe for the picking."

The Journal warned, "If a buyout or acquisition deal doesn't materialize for Avis, stock and bond investors will have to focus on the fundamentals of its car-rental business." Goodness! Anything but that!"

full IHT op-ed

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

standing bar

standing bar, originally uploaded by Knotty.


Q: What's the hardest thing about rollerblading?
A: Telling your parents you're gay.

Dog plays Wii


" the San Francisco Bay Area, the commutes in certain sections are absolutely horrendous. This guy was sitting in a traffic jam one morning watching all the people in the carpool lane drive by while he was moving at snail’s pace. He decided that he needed to get someone else in his car so that he could get to work in a timely manner using the carpool lane, and at first thought that his only option was to start a carpool.

As he thought about it more, however, he thought that he (as in himself and his body) was actually a valuable commodity and he could sell himself and that is exactly what he did. He walked to the freeway entrance and held up a sign that said,

“Traffic is bad. Spend 2 hours or pay me $10 and get there in 20 minutes”

He said the first day he was picked up within 15 minutes. When he got dropped off, he walked to the other side, held up his sign and got paid to go back the other way too. On a typical day he makes 2 to 3 round trips during the morning commute rush hour and 3 - 5 round trips during the evening rush hour. If there is an accident and traffic is really slow, his price doubles. He clears $100 - $300 a day sitting in a car so others can get to work and home faster!"

via Autoblog

TV last night

Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.
There is no chin under Chuck Norris' Beard. There is only another fist.
Chuck Norris has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.
The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Chuck Norris is my Homeboy.
Chuck Norris doesn't go hunting.... Chuck Norris goes killing.

Delta Force (1986).. twaddle.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Urban dictionary


(Verb). To make a quick and to-the-point phone call that lasts under 30 seconds.

"Let me testosterphone Jim, it will only take a minute!"


Couching distance

The distance one can reach without leaving the couch or sofa.

"That job is too far; it's not within couching distance. "

"I can't reach the remote control because it's not in couching distance."

Urban dictionary

New model for music..

"People are increasingly getting their music online (whether or not they’re paying for it), and it seems likely that the artists who forge direct access to their fans have the best chance of figuring out what the new economics of the music business will be."

full article

Monday, May 14, 2007


One day, three boys were walking over a bridge when they heard a guy yelling for help. It was President Bush. He was drowning, and the three boys rescued him. He thanked them dearly and promised them whatever they wanted as a reward.

The first boy wanted $10,000, so Bush gave him the money. The second boy wanted a Ferrari, so Bush gave the boy a Ferrari.

The third boy wanted a wheelchair, Bush said, "Why do you want one of those, son, you're not handicapped." The boy replied, "I will be when my dad finds out whose life I saved."

via Comedy Central

Friday, May 11, 2007

How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots

1: Overhand Knot 2: Figure-eight Know 3: Reef (Square) Knot 4: Sheet (Becket) Bend 5: Carrick Bend 6: Bowline 7: Clove Hitch 8: Timber Hitch 9: Taut-line Hitch 10: Sheepshank

via Lifehacker

How to Build a Cardboard Castle

This is for my Dad and his next project with his grandson's Ethan and Isaac.

Full building plans and specifications can be found here.

via BoingBoing


A string walks into a bar with a few friends and orders a beer. The bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we don't serve strings here."

The string walks away a little upset and sits down with his friends. A few minutes later he goes back to the bar and orders a beer. The bartender, looking a little exasperated, says, "I'm sorry, we don't serve strings here."

So the string goes back to his table. Then he gets an idea. He ties himself in a loop and messes up the top of his hair. Then he walks back up to the bar and orders a beer.

The bartender squints at him and says, "Hey, aren't you a string?"

And the string says, "Nope, I'm a frayed knot."

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Smiley Face

“ We've shown that when you pet a dog, not just your heart rate slows down and blood pressure drops, but so does the animal's"

Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University

via za wife

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

gekko season

gekko season, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Outside my front door last night.. the summer season is upon us.. which would mean rainy season must start soon..

Roppingi Pup

Roppingi pup, originally uploaded by Knotty.

If they will not let you get a tattoo when you are drunk - I assume this is correct - then would the owners of the pet shop next-door to Midtown Roppongi let buy this puppy if you had had a few? It crossed my mind to bring the little tinkler home with me last night, and that was only after a couple of glasses of wine..

female Labrador.. asking price was Y168,000/USD1400/GBP700.


midtown, originally uploaded by Knotty.

Taken looking straight down from the Terrace at Botanica in the new Midtown complex..

A Modern-Day Revolution

"SAN FRANCISCO, May 2 — There is open revolt on the Web.

Sophisticated Internet users have banded together over the last two days to publish and widely distribute a secret code used by the technology and movie industries to prevent piracy of high-definition movies.

The broader distribution of the code may not pose a serious threat to the studios, because it requires some technical expertise and specialized software to use it to defeat the copy protection on Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. But its relentless spread has already become a lesson in mob power on the Internet and the futility of censorship in the digital world."

full article

Ending the Cold War

"That means ending the fear, destroying the fear, eradicating the fear, and sending those who sell fear, who push fear, into the place they most fear, political oblivion." Wise words

full article

Asbestos popcorn


Cory Doctorow: Diacetyl, the buttery-flavored chemical used in microwave popcorn, may be banned in California by 2010. The fumes from it cause terrible lung-disease in people who work around it.
Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D) has introduced a bill to ban diacetyl use by 2010. The chemical is an artificial butter flavoring most commonly used in microwave popcorn. Numerous study have found links between the chemical used by flavor workers and a rare disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. For those of you who aren't 2000 yr old Romans, that means that the bronchioles and some of the smaller bronchi are obliterated by masses made up of fiberous tissue. It's like sticking marbles into the networks of tubes in your lung that connect fresh air to the alveoli, the little sacs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged with the blood. As you Romans can imagine, that's haud sanus. According to the WaPo, flavoring manufacturers have paid out more than $100 million due to health lawsuits. An excellent case study and background to this whole mess can be found at Defending Science.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Yee-hah.. them thar pesky Dukes of Hazzard

NEW YORK ( -- If the bids are real - and the auction was stopped once for fake bidding - a modified 1969 Dodge Charger, painted to look like the General Lee from the TV Show "The Dukes of Hazzard," nearly became the most expensive car ever auctioned.

The auction closed at $9,900,500 at 1:00 pm Friday. That puts it just $1.1 million away from the $11 million paid for a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe sold by the auction house Christie's in 1987. To date, that is the highest price ever paid for a car at auction, according to Christie's.


The sale of actor John Schneider's General Lee automobile, made famous in the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, for nearly $10 million on the eBay auction site appeared to be in doubt Tuesday as the highest bidder, identified as William Fisher of Laguna Hills, failed to deliver a scheduled deposit. Ebay had said that only "qualified bidders" would be permitted to bid on the vehicle but did not indicate how it would determine the qualifications. Today's (Wednesday) Ventura County Star reported that Fisher had "backed out of the deal" and that Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the TV series, plans to take legal action against him.


"He's going to take action against a guy who bid on a car on ebay for $10 million, but doesn't have the money. Good luck with that."

found via

More talk of impeachment..

Monday, May 07, 2007


How evil are you?

CCTV Disco Lights

"..Middlesbrough has been piloting a new scheme to cut antisocial behaviour. Some of the city’s CCTV cameras are hooked up to loudspeakers, so when someone is spotted doing something they shouldn’t (for instance trying to climb the lamppost on which the camera is mounted), they get a telling off from said loudspeaker.

When you first hear about this scheme, it sounds like a reasonable idea. But the reality is quite different, because what has developed from it is a competition among the town’s yoof to get the speaker to . . . well, speak. And there are bonus points for creativity. In terms of crime prevention ideas this scheme is right up there with attaching disco lights to grannies, which go off if they get mugged."

Jimmy Carr on the Maserati Quattroporte in The Times

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tornado plus Lightning

Tormenta, originally uploaded by vampire_aixa.

We had a bit of a storm on Saturday afternoon down at the beach.. nothing like this though.. great picture.

to tokyo

to tokyo, originally uploaded by Knotty.