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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Kate Monk's Onomastikon (dictionary of names)

Writers - looking for plausible names to give your characters? Tired of using the old 'obscure place names' technique?

The Onomastikon may be just what you need. In a similar vein, this list of International Baby Names may also be of help.

Posted by: Stuart / 10:00 am ::link to this entry

Monday, May 24, 2004

GSMD-Movie Reviews

Forget IMDB - Gorilla Salad have accurate reviews of every film ever made.

Bowling for Columbine
- Michael Moore badgers Charlton Heston about aslightly unfair time-share scam in this long-awaited Roger Cook biopic.

Dance's With Wolves
- Documentary following Charles Dance's disappointing tenure as manager of a Midlands football team.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
- it's pork pies at dawn when a mischevious baker mansteals an entire school's recipe for Christian love.

Spinal Tap
- Paul Simon exposes a white slave ring hidden in the sleevenotes of a Bentley Rhythm Ace LP.

- Barbara Streisand goes mentl and stops being gentl when her son gets parentl over Fletch Lives (ex-rentl)

Posted by: Stuart / 3:30 pm ::link to this entry

The lie reflex

You know that story about Dubya falling off his bike and grazing his face? The official explanation was:

The president was nearing the end of a 17-mile ride on his mountain bike, accompanied by a Secret Service agent, a military aide and his personal physician, Richard Tubb, who treated him at the scene, said White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

"It's been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose," Duffy said. "You know this president. He likes to go all-out. Suffice it to say he wasn't whistling show tunes."

From this wwe learn that a) Dubya is fit as a fiddle (17 miles! crikey!) b) he is not, I repeat NOT a homosexual ("show tunes" - for fuck's sake...) and c) the only reason he fell is that it had been raining so hard that the topsoil was loose.

The Daily Kos begs to differ:
May 13th saw some serious rain, but other than some sprinkles on the 14th, Crawford saw nothing but sun. In the last week alone, the temperature was in the high 80s the entire time.

So rain on the 13th and (barely) 14th was blamed for a Bush fall on the 22nd. As everything else, it wasn't Bush's fault. Nothing is Bush's fault.

Posted by: Stuart / 12:24 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, May 21, 2004

Ice-T to produce Hasselhoff rap album

This is just so wrong...

Posted by: Stuart / 4:05 pm ::link to this entry

The Complete Henson Database

A database where you'll find information on every Henson production ever made and every TV/Movie appereances ever made. Everything from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies and so on. In short everything that Jim Henson and his staff has done over the years.

Posted by: Stuart / 12:20 pm ::link to this entry

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Ultimate War Sim

David Wong issues a call to arms to Real Time Strategy game developers:

Every War Sim has a "Fog of War" that obscures the map in darkness until units scout the landscape. Well, I want a hazy, brown "Fog of Bullshit" layer below that. I want it to make a village of farmers look like a secret armed militia, I want it to show me a massive enemy fortress where there is actually an Aspirin factory. I want to never know for sure which it was, even after the game is over.

Posted by: Stuart / 1:52 pm ::link to this entry

Sunday, May 16, 2004

The new face of the right?

Were it not for her ambition to lead the British National Party, Jennifer Griffin would be a typical 17-year-old girl, preoccupied with fashion, cosmetics and a boyfriend who makes her blush every time she mentions his name.

But Jennifer is not typical. As the eldest daughter of Nick Griffin, chairman of the BNP, and Sharron Edwards, a powerful party campaigner in her own right, Jennifer has been raised in a household thick with politics.

The article also details the BNP's new strategy in upcoming Welsh TV broadcasts - the reason Wales is being swamped by those pesky English is because of 'White Flight', white britons fleeing their urban homes because of the influx of immigrants.

When told that 22 per cent of those classifying themselves as Welsh now live elsewhere in Britain, with the greatest loss being the decision of the young and university-educated to move to the south east of England, she fiddles with her pink mobile phone.

'If that was true, I am sure my father would have told me,' she mutters. 'The Daily Mail seems sure that illegal immigration is causing terrible problems across the country. I am only 17. I can't be expected to know all the facts.'

Posted by: Stuart / 2:44 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, May 14, 2004

Vonnegut tells it like it is

Great essay by Kurt Vonnegut on how the USA/Humanity is climbing into a giant handcart and rushing hellbound...

How about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes?

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. …

And so on.

Not exactly planks in a Republican platform. Not exactly Donald Rumsfeld or Dick Cheney stuff.

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

Posted by: Stuart / 1:41 pm ::link to this entry

Hot Diggity Dogger - Worlds Greatest Hot Dog Maker!

Now, get great tasting hot dogs anytime cooked the old fashion way; with heat. Stop dragging out the BBQ or heating up the stove, the Hot Diggity Dogger cooks two hot dogs AND toasts the buns at the same time in just minutes.

Posted by: Stuart / 11:27 am ::link to this entry

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Reading With the Enemy

A life-long liberal decides to spend a month consuming only right-wing media. Robert Anton Wilson recommends this (and other experiments) as part of his magickal workbook and occult primer, cleverly disguised as a slef-help cod-psychology book,
Prometheus Rising.

Posted by: Stuart / 11:27 am ::link to this entry

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Is it wrong to want to see Aliens Vs Predators?

I know, I know. It will probably suck like a chjeap car vacuum cleaner, but the above graphic hints at a possible good film that might slip out while the studio aren't looking.

Posted by: Stuart / 4:54 pm ::link to this entry

Banglapedia: Encyclopedia of Bangladesh

Does what it says on the tin...

Posted by: Stuart / 12:51 pm ::link to this entry

Friday, May 07, 2004

nanotechnology -

New nanotech site from Eric Drexler.

Posted by: Stuart / 5:41 pm ::link to this entry

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