Losing your childhood.

Can’t kids just be kids. Seriously, you have to wonder what hope/life/chance these kids have when there being taught this sort of thing from birth.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1183053066461&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

Hamas TV on Friday broadcast what it said was the last episode of a weekly children’s show featuring “Farfour,” a Mickey Mouse look-alike who had made worldwide headlines for preaching Islamic domination and armed struggle to youngsters.

In the final skit, Farfour was beaten to death by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, Farfour called the Israeli a “terrorist.”

“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.

The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas-affiliated Al-Aksa TV.

Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs.

Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he didn’t know yet what would be shown instead.

Israeli officials have denounced the program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” as incendiary and outrageous. The program was also opposed by the state-run Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, which is controlled by Fatah.

100%

I am on cloud nine (to steal a commonly used quote from my GF).

I got informed today that for one of my papers last semester I scored 100%. In other words, 15/15 for Assignment One, 15/15 for Assignment Two, 70/70 for the Exam.

I am only the second person ever in the history of the paper to do this.

Now I just have to find a way to celebrate.

Lego

Some people have just too much spare time.

The video that started it all (Michael Jackson – Thriller):

And then (Village People – YMCA):

And then (GTA):

And then (The Beer Song):

And finally (Ok Go):

Of course there are many more on YouTube

What Are We Missing?

There was a cool skit performed by two of the New Zealand America’s Cup commentators last night.

It had the two of them sitting at a table discussing the America’s Cup so far. I have paraphrased below.

What country holds the America’s Cup?
Switzerland

What is the main nationality on the Swiss Cup Holders boat, Alinghi?
New Zealand

Where is the America’s Cup being held?
Valencia, Spain

How many American teams are in the Cup?
One, Team Oracle BMW Racing

Who skippers the American team?
Chris Dickson, New Zealand

What is required for America’s Cup racing?
A Boat

And?
Sea

And?
A Team

And?
Sails

And?
Wind

What Are We Missing?
Wind

Quite ironically we had wind and sailing the day they aired this.

What Is The Difference Between a Sun and a Planet?

Reuters certainly don’t know.

Sun 3-D pictures help warn of solar flares

The first three-dimensional images of the Sun from a pair of spacecraft orbiting the planet were released on Monday and can begin helping scientists predict when and how hard dangerous solar storms will hit, the U.S. space agency NASA said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2334775720070424

Just think, this blunder has gone right around the world. Here is the same article in NZ

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10435916

This the definition for planet: “Any celestial body (other than comets or satellites) that revolves around a star”

And the definition for sun: “A typical star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system”

Anyone who studied science at school would know that there is a big difference between the two. Obviously the people who work for Reuters didn’t do science at school.

Ironic Spam

Okay so I get this email from Zone Labs this morning.

Subject: Virus Alert: Trojan Storm (Trojan.Peacomm)

There has been a recent surge in email spam containing the threat known as Storm Trojan Worm (Trojan.Peacomm) which is quickly becoming the largest threat of 2007.

Severity: High Risk

When the Trojan Storm executable file is downloaded, the code installs a rootkit that disguises the malicious program. From there, the machine is remotely hijacked by a type of botnet, peer-to-peer network, only to be exploited later to steal personal data or to use the computer to post spam.

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ZoneAlarm Steps & Tips
– Keep antivirus & anti-spam protection updated
– Do not open any unknown emails
– Do not click on any unknown email attachments or links

This line got my attention: “…or to use the computer to post spam.”

Hold on one second, did you just spam me to warn me of a virus that sends me spam? How do I know you are not using that very virus to send this email. Hmm, conspiracy theory anyone?

Woman’s 111 call: They’ve stolen my marijuana plants

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10427931

A woman who called Napier police this morning to report a burglary became so upset she broke down in tears – although the police communications officer who took the initial call couldn’t stop smiling.

The call left senior sergeant Mal Lochrie shaking his head as he explained that the woman had called to report the theft of three marijuana plants which she had growing in pots outside.

She also bitterly complained that it was the fourth year in a row someone had sneaked on to her Ahuriri property and made off with her marijuana plants.

Mr Lochrie said the woman told the communications operator she was a good person and was sick and tired of “low-lifes” stealing her things.

“The community constable is going around to see her later to have a bit of a chat,” Mr Lochrie said.

– HAWKE’S BAY TODAY

A Frog Story

This was originally printed in Hubbards Clipboard

There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.

The race began …

No-one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. They shouted, “Oh, WAY to difficult!!! They will NEVER make it to the top” and “Not a chance. The tower is too high.”

The tiny frogs began collapsing, one by one except for those who, in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher …

The crowd continued to yell “It is too difficult! No on will make it”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…
But one continued higher and higher …
This one wouldn’t give up! And he reached the top. Everyone wanted to know how this frog managed such a great feat.

His secret?
The little frog was deaf!!!

The wisdom of this story is:
Ignore the pessimism of others. It can take your dreams from you. Stay positive.