A great advance in computer engineering: introducing the "Doubleton"
!!!!! A fascinating example of the intersection of uncritical thinking, mediocre implementation, and a solution in search of
resume padding. [more inside]
posted by orthogonality
on Jun 10, 2010 -
Oil City Confidential
is a new film from director Julien Temple
, previously responsible for The Filth and the Fury
, about the Sex Pistols, and Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
, focusing on Strummer and The Clash. This time round, in a kind of prequel to both those films, he tackles the life and turbulent times of Dr. Feelgood
. Finding fame on the same Pub rock
circuit (as remembered by writer and Kursaal Flyers
drummer Will Birch) that also supported Ian Dury
's Kilburn and the High Roads (not to mention Eddie and the Hot Rods
and Joe Strummer's pre-Clash band The 101ers
), Dr. Feelgood played stripped-down, taut and aggressive R&B
. Hailing from the wildlands of Essex's Canvey Island
– the "Oil City" of the film's title – Dr Feelgood were punk before punk really hit, a whirlwind of raucous energy, with a fierce work ethic. In Wilko Johnson
, they had a guitarist with a scorching, slash and burn technique, while their singer, Lee Brilleaux
), who died of cancer in 1994, aged just 41
, oozed cheap-suited menace, and, into the bargain, helped found Stiff Records
. [more inside]
posted by Len
on Jan 27, 2010 -
The 10 smartest and stupidest iPhone apps
, according to British technology website The Register. The smartest apps include things like personal databases, information tools and music streaming and identification apps. The stupid section is a morass of farts, poop, pickup lines and badly rendered, vaguely creepy pictures of girls. Idiocracy
, it seems, has come early to the App Store.
posted by acb
on Jul 9, 2009 -
Just when you thought virtual reality couldn't get any worse, it's 3D Email! "Immerse yourself in 3-D as you read and write your mail. Hang with your mail poolside, or feed your spam to the sharks! Deleting spam is so much fun, you may wish you had more! ...It's an email metaverse!"
posted by verb
on Jul 18, 2007 -
Don't smoke urine
if you're looking for a methamphetamine high, because you might burn yourself, or worse, have the world find out about your mishap. The best is the quote from his lawyer:
"I suspect that, more than anything, Steve was doing this as an intellectual proposition."
Lawyers will say the darnedest things.
posted by dbiedny
on Dec 3, 2005 -
This explains EVERYTHING.
Originally appearing in Whole Earth Review
many years ago, Cipola wrote an inspired and extremely funny game theoretic analysis of the nature of stupidity that explains the mysteries of the universe and the current administration. Or something.
posted by INFOHAZARD
on Sep 27, 2005 -
"So...we set everything up. We planned it out. Turned my house into a ... bank actually and acted it out for like weeks," the caller said, adding he and others were "buyin' Louis Vuitton this, Blass that, everything man."
If you robbed a bank five months ago and did such a good job that you didn't get caught and the police have no leads, would you keep quiet? Not if you're this guy
, who was caught when he called into the Confessions segment of the Drex Morning Show
to brag about it five months later.
posted by SisterHavana
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Don't be stupid!
Not in the sense of poor cognitive capacity, or low IQ, but more in the sense of lack of wisdom and foresight. Why
do smart people make foolish decisions?
posted by aeschenkarnos
on Jun 7, 2002 -
"The title of my talk tonight is How to Conquer Stupidity, which is actually a pretty stupid thing to attempt. For me, anyway. One, it's not possible. Two, maybe it's not even desirable. That's probably the premise of all of my work, that I embrace my stupidity wholeheartedly and celebrate it, as often as I can."
And you can too, here
posted by semmi
on May 9, 2002 -
Warning labels, the volume knobs on small infants, Death By Vending Machine. It's an ever-shifting line in the sand of human stupidity, a vague cultural boundary defining how much we expect our products and corporations to protect us from ourselves and how much we're willing to be answerable for our actions, a line dividing how logic-impaired we're willing to admit we sometimes are and how responsible a given corporation should be for dumping shoddy and/or dangerous products on the market without warning.
excessive labeling a release from liability? Is it killing off common sense or the need to have common sense?
posted by th3ph17
on Jul 18, 2001 -