Pledge Request: Fax Your TD
John Handelaar is looking for some people to support his efforts to develop an Irish equivalent of the hugely successful UK site WriteToThem.com for contacting UK politicians. The Irish version of the site would allow people to contact their councillors, TDs and MEPs for free. If you are interested in helping out, visit www.pledgebank.com/faxyourtd BEFORE 1ST FEBRUARY.
I Am ChainsawThe Mighty Boosh (7.2.2006, 00:06 UTC)
Yeah, has been a slow blogging week (or two). But in the meantime, just a recommendation: I caught "The Mighty Boosh" tonight on BBC2 (being repeated from BBC3) for the first time, and it's one of the funniest series I've seen in a long time. It's coming out on DVD next week, I'm tempted to buy it straight away.
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I Am ChainsawThought-Crime (31.1.2006, 13:58 UTC)
(Via Norm) Polly Toynbee on the idiotic Incitement to Religious Hatred Bill that looks set to be passed in the UK: It would not protect Rowan Atkinson's sketch showing men bowed down praying in a mosque with the voiceover intoning: "And the search goes on for the Ayatollah Khomeini's contact lens." Many were insulted. It would not protect Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, let alone Christ in
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I Am ChainsawThe Mystery of the Flying Car (25.1.2006, 12:44 UTC)
There's some detective work underway over at The Register as they try to work out why Google Earth appears to show a flying car in Perth: Technorati tags: The Register, Google Earth, flying car.
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I Am ChainsawBoycott Yahoo (23.1.2006, 14:09 UTC)
In case you're wondering about the new button on the right-hand side, check the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Tao http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4221538.stm http://www.cpj.org/news/2005/China25aug05na.html http://www.zonaeuropa.com/20050501_1.htm http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/07/yahoo_china_dissident_case/ Technorati tags: Yahoo would sell their mothers
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I Am ChainsawOaten Quits Front Bench (23.1.2006, 02:07 UTC)
Remaining Lib Dem leadership candidates express sympathy and support: Technorati tags: Mark Oaten, Liberal Democrats, who's the next one?.
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I Am ChainsawHot Gossip Reform (23.1.2006, 01:36 UTC)
(For those of you too young to remember....) (Hat tip: Harry's) Technorati tags: My eyes, my eyes, dear God, my eyes!,Galloway.
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I Am ChainsawThe Dancing Chicken Woman (20.1.2006, 14:24 UTC)
Coming back along Liffey Street last night, I passed a woman, wearing a cowboy-type outfit, with a chicken mask, dancing while filming herself with a camcorder. Honest: After a few minutes, she packed up and left. I presuming it was just a student art project or something, but it would be great if it was actually due to some rare form of insanity. Technorati tags: The dancing chicken woman
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I Am ChainsawIreland's Answer to Jackie Harvey (20.1.2006, 09:46 UTC)
Item! Watch out Jackie, you have a rival: http://socialdublin.blogspot.com/ I thought fawning gossip columns had gone out of fashion since the arrival of the likes of PopBitch and Holy Moly, but maybe it's postmodern or something. Technorati tags: Dublin, gossip.
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I Am ChainsawYou are a Social Liberal (75% permissive)and an.... (15.1.2006, 20:43 UTC)
You are a Social Liberal (75% permissive)and an... Economic Moderate (50% permissive)You are best described as a: Democrat Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online DatingAlso: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test Technorati tags: term, term.
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I Am ChainsawThe Politics Test (15.1.2006, 20:43 UTC)
You are a Social Liberal (75% permissive)and an... Economic Moderate (50% permissive)You are best described as a: Democrat Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online DatingAlso: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test I did another one of these quizzes a while back and my answer then was similar with this. Of course, possibly that just means that they're all biased in
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I Am ChainsawAlways Backs a Winner (12.1.2006, 17:08 UTC)
Quote from Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother: "I want Michael [Barrymore] to win and come back to this country and entertain the nation".George, your mate Saddam has more of a chance of a comeback. (And I'm including either coming back as President of Iraq or getting his own quiz show on ITV.) Technorati tags: George Galloway, Big Brother.
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I Am ChainsawQuote of the Day (11.1.2006, 11:52 UTC)
From tommytwotimes in the PopBitch forum: "You haven't lived until you've seen the Daily Express TV ad where typical readers talk about what they believe in. It's like the BBC Perfect Day ad redirected by Oswald Moseley[sic]."Technorati tags: PopBitch, quotes.
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I Am ChainsawMoore & Moorcock (10.1.2006, 16:00 UTC)
Not one hairy fantasy genius, but two: Marcus at Blackwells wrote to let me know that I thought I'd let you know that Alan Moore has agreed to host the Moorcock event we have on the 18th January. Blackwell Charing Cross Road present an evening with Michael Moorcock, in conversation with Alan Moore. Wednesday 18 January at 7pm. Tickets £6, concessions £4, from the shop during opening hours (9.30
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I Am ChainsawThe Revolution will be Televised (in excruciating detail) (9.1.2006, 21:52 UTC)
Who would have thought that George Galloway entering the Celebrity Big Brother house would lead to a reappraisal of that lowbrow cultural pastime, television? Not since the broadcast of Kenneth Clarke's Civilisation have so many bien-pensants been rushing to reverse their opinion of this previously ridiculed cloaca of hyper-capitalism and objectification. The audacity of Galloway attempting to
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I Am ChainsawSunday Roundup (8.1.2006, 13:46 UTC)
Whatever happened to the Jetfoil? The Cu na Mara was eventually bought by a shipping broker who sold it on to the Sado Steam Ship Company Ltd. In 1986, it was re-named the Ginga (Milky Way) and still sails the calmer waters between Niigata and the Sado Islands of Japan to this day. Nick Cohen on Cameron's recycling policies: Nor should it be a surprise that a son of the corporate aristocracy is
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I Am ChainsawNewsflash (7.1.2006, 00:27 UTC)
Charles Kennedy has broken into the Celebrity Big Brother house to hide from his front bench, and has climbed onto the roof with a large bottle of Glenfiddich. Sir Menzies "Rhymes with Fish Fingers" Campbell is outside with Davina, pleading with Charlie to come back down for the sake of the party. Speaking of Big Brother: George Galloway's agent sought to quell ongoing rumours this morning
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I Am ChainsawMilosevic Groupie Fails Inverse Turing Test (4.1.2006, 19:11 UTC)
I've blogged about Neil Clark before and his efforts at unintentional humour, but he's managed to outdo even himself. On his own comments page, he got into a conversation with a spam bot. Nadim said... Thanks for letting us post comments - very cool of you. I work online with my own used college books website. (Last words link to college book site -PM) Check it out if you get the chance. Thanks
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I Am ChainsawFlipper? I'll do more than that, guv'... (29.12.2005, 23:09 UTC)
Proving that there is such a thing as too much money, via Norm: An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-years-old Jewish millionaire from London married a 35-years-old dolphin...Are you sure no-one misheard her, and she simply wanted to spend the rest of her life with Charles V of France? After a years-long romance, Tendler
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I Am ChainsawXmas Roundup (23.12.2005, 09:57 UTC)
Lots of things I meant to blog about but didn't, what with Xmas deadlines and all: Not rocking in the not-free world: Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western music from Iran's radio and TV stations, reviving one of the harshest cultural decrees from the early days of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.Earlier he had revealed himself as a Zionist: If the Europeans are honest they
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I Am ChainsawInsular Americans (22.12.2005, 10:18 UTC)
"I mean, the level of religious fundamentalism in the United States is beyond any country I know." - quote from Noam Chomsky from interview in the One Arab World blog. "And yet calling Lee's film a "gay cowboy movie", as I've heard it described, would not exactly be a way into the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of, arguably, the most homophobic nation on earth."- quote from American writer Rick
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I Am ChainsawMing the Merciless (15.12.2005, 12:41 UTC)
Yellow Peril writes about UK Liberal leader Charles Kennedy's woes, and who might be responsible. Quoting Iain Dale: A few days ago [UK journalist/presenter] Andrew Neil announced to the nation that he had it on very good authority that Charles Kennedy would resign in March next year. Strange that this happened the night after Menzies Campbell was reportedly the only LibDem present at Andrew
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I Am ChainsawAnd He Got the Trains to Run On Time Too (Part 2) (9.12.2005, 14:11 UTC)
Hitchens on Ramsey Clark: He has now twice said in public that, given the war with the Shiite republic of Iran, Hussein was entitled to take stern measures. "He had this huge war going on, and you have to act firmly when you have an assassination attempt," he told the BBC. To this he calmly added that he himself had more than once been shoved aside by Secret Service agents eager to defend the
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I Am ChainsawPrime Real Estate (9.12.2005, 10:23 UTC)
Via Aileen - a quality piece of property's being sold on eBay. No, not the Hollywood sign: Constructed in the 13th century as a solution to the theological conundrum of what happened to babies who died before they were christened, Limbo has been home from home to millions of top quality souls. Liberation of Limbo by one P. Benedict (IVI) has brought this top quality theological space to the open
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I Am ChainsawThe AU$400 a Day Blog (9.12.2005, 09:35 UTC)
That's how much it cost to run. The strange tale of Webdiary, a blog set up by Australian journalist Margo Kingston. It was originally hosted by her ex-newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald. Then from last August, it went independent for no apparent reason. Yesterday she announced that the blog was closing down, after having spent AU$44,000 (€28,000). How do you spend that amount, roughly AU$400 a
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I Am ChainsawClosing the Barn Door... (5.12.2005, 09:42 UTC)
Via Singabloodypore: Singapore has ordered a theater director to remove all references to the death penalty in a play to be staged on Saturday, a day after the city-state executed an Australian drug smuggler, a Singapore newspaper said. The government's Media Development Authority (MDA) demanded that "Human Lefts," a play about the hanging of Singaporean drug courier Shanmugam Murugesu in May,
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I Am ChainsawWhat Kind of Humanist Are You? (29.11.2005, 17:41 UTC)
Of course, this quiz assumes you are a humanist.... click on the graphic or link to take it yourself, and add your result to my comments! (Hat tip: Norm) HaymakerYou are one of lifes no contest. What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out. Technorati tags: Religion, humanism, quizzes.
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I Am ChainsawA Snack Name You Can Trust (28.11.2005, 11:01 UTC)
Today, I will be mostly eating this:
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I Am ChainsawSony's EULA Needs a Patch Too (14.11.2005, 10:02 UTC)
More trouble for Sony; now everyone has read the EULA that you are forced to accept before listening to their CDs (yes, now even CDs have licence agreements). The Electronic Frontier Foundation lists the conditions, which include: If your house gets burgled, you have to delete all your music from your laptop when you get home You can't keep your music on any computers at work If you move out of
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I Am ChainsawSony-Aided Virus Appears (11.11.2005, 17:11 UTC)
From CNN: A computer security firm said Thursday it had discovered the first virus that uses music publisher Sony BMG's controversial CD copy-protection software to hide on PCs and wreak havoc. Under a subject line containing the words "Photo approval," a hacker has mass-mailed the so-called Stinx-E trojan virus to British email addresses, said British anti-virus firm Sophos.Wonderful. But, hey,
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I Am ChainsawGoogle Ireland (11.11.2005, 10:38 UTC)
I just accessed the Irish version of the Google web site to find this logo on it: Anyone Irish or familiar with Ireland will know that the Remembrance Day red poppy is seen as a rather controversial symbol here. Some would argue it's simply used to commemorate those - many Irish - who died in WW1. However, others would argue it's an British imperialistic symbol, and that commemorations attempt to
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