2009-12-28

Terrorism Gone Wrong

The world is abuzz about the attempted bombing of a Detroit bound flight by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian national. It seems that Umar had explosive sewn in his tidy whities that he got from Yemen. (Note to self: Don't buy undies made in Yemen). He tried to light them up in the plane but did not manage to have them detonate, just a small fire and lots of smoke. Passengers also jumped on him and managed to subdue him before he could do any damage. He is suffering from burns and has now changed his name to Nadia because he is no longer a man.

It seems that he was on the US, UK, and other watchlists. His own father called the US embassy and told them his son was acting weird and could be a potential terrorist.

Now, there are new regulations put in place that will not allow you to carry any electronics on your flight. In the last hour before the plane lands, no one is allowed to go to the loo, and more patdown for passengers and dogs sniffing at you before you get to board the plane.

These steps are useless. The real problem was that the security authorities where sleeping on the job. They should have checked their database and caught him on the ground before he could do any damage by boarding a plane. Maybe if they transferred their database to Facebook, then they would have found out that Umar was friends with BinLaden.

My advice is to put new regulations for the security people instead of harassing us peaceful passengers, and if anyone of the security people fails at their job then they would get a pair of made in Yemen undies that might or might not explode on them.

2009-12-25

How to Cheat on Who Wants to be a Millionaire

I am not encouraging cheating but these guys found a way of cheating on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. If you dont want to watch all 8 videos, the answer of how they cheated is written at the end of this post.

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The way they did it was by the contestant reading out the answers listed as if he was thinking out loud. His partners in crime would cough when the right answer was said.

Today this might not work because with Swine Flu and Sheep flu and bird flu floating around and more flues appearing, everyone in the audience would be coughing.

Hee is a synopsis from the BBC about the cheating and the eventual trial.

2009-12-23

Nefertiti Denied

The BBC states that "German officials have ruled out returning an ancient bust of Queen Nefertiti to Egypt - saying it is too fragile to be transported". The bust was stolen and smuggled out of Egypt and Germany states that it acquired it legally.

Let us turn the tables around here, let us say a few hundred Mercedes cars where stolen from the German streets and smuggled out of Germany to Egypt and sold at a nice discount in Cairo. I don't think the Germans would mind. They are keeping Nefertiti and saying it is legal, so this would be cool with them.

About this excuse of the bust being too fragile and not being able to move it, the Germans allegedly built the safest cars in the world being able to withstand collisions of 100 km per hour or more. I'm sure your engineers can put the Nefertiti statue inside one of those cars and ship it over to Egypt with an apology for not returning it sooner.



2009-12-22

Happy Holidays from Google

Google wished me Happy Holidays by email,

Happy Holidays from Google

In the e-card was a link, I clicked on it and was pleasantly surprised, check it out here.

2009-12-21

Sea of Love

I live alone within myself,
like a hut within the woods;
I keep my heart high upon the shelf,
barren of other goods;
I need another's arms to reach for it,
and place it where it belongs.
I need another's touch and smile,
to fill my hut with songs.

2009-12-18

Missile Command



This is the best video game ever.

I spent so much money on this, I could have financed my own missile base.

2009-12-16

Iran's Missile Range

Iran test launched missile recently. The range of the missile is shown below:

Iran's Missile Range

We are all within range, I'm moving to Cairo. Oh wait! Cairo is within range, I'm moving to Algeria.

More here from the BBC

2009-12-14

The Simpsons - The People Behind the Voices

The Actor's Studio interviews the Simpsons featuring the people behind the voices. Awesomeness.

Dubai Government Statement on Restructuring Aid

We interrupt our regular blogging to bring you this announcement regarding Dubai:

STATEMENT FROM HH SHEIKH AHMAD BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM, 

Chairman Of The Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee

Dubai - 14 December 2009: The Government of Dubai, acting through the Supreme Fiscal Committee ("SFC"), today announces a set of actions in relation to Dubai World:
HH Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee said:
"Like other global financial centers, Dubai has faced recent market challenges driven by the global economic slowdown and a severe real estate market correction.
"Recently, Dubai World announced that it might not be able to commercially support its obligations. Since that time, the Government of Dubai has worked closely with the Abu Dhabi Government and the UAE Central Bank in addressing and assessing the impact of Dubai World on the UAE economy, banking system and investor confidence.
"The following provides a comprehensive set of actions:
"First, the Government of Abu Dhabi and the UAE Central Bank have agreed to provide important support.
"Specifically, the Government of Abu Dhabi has agreed to fund $10 billion to the Dubai Financial Support Fund that will be used to satisfy a series of upcoming obligations on Dubai World.
"As a first action for the new fund, the Government of Dubai has authorized $4.1 billion to be used to pay the sukuk obligations that are due today.
"The remaining funds would also provide for interest expenses and company working capital through April 30, 2010 - conditioned on the company being successful in negotiating a standstill as previously announced.
"In addition, the Government of Dubai is particularly focused on addressing the concerns of Dubai World trade creditors within the Emirate of Dubai. To help address these concerns, today the Government of Dubai is announcing that the remainder of the funds provided will be used for the satisfaction of obligations to existing trade creditors and contractors. Discussions with affected contractors will begin in short order.
"Next, the Central Bank is also prepared to provide support to local UAE banks.
"Finally, today the Government of Dubai will announce a comprehensive reorganization law, a framework that is based upon internationally accepted standards for transparency and creditor protection. This law will be available should Dubai World and its subsidiaries be unable to achieve an acceptable restructuring of its remaining obligations.
"Today's actions, taken together, demonstrate our strong commitment as a global financial leader to transparency, good governance, and market principles. There will certainly be challenges periodically, just as there are challenges in other major financial centers around the globe. We believe today's actions will best serve the interests of all stakeholders.
"We are here today to reassure investors, financial and trade creditors, employees, and our citizens that our government will act at all times in accordance with market principles and internationally accepted business practices. Dubai is, and will continue to be, a strong and vibrant global financial center. Our best days are yet to come.
"The Government of Dubai remains committed to its high standards and its obligations. We are confident in our economic model, and we are confident in the long-term health and outlook for our economy.
"The actions taken today are consistent with our market development, and we believe they are the actions that will best serve the interests of all stakeholders."

2009-12-13

Reasons to hate Rain

There are so many reasons to hate rain, let me list ten of them:


  1. People are not vegetables, like carrots or potatoes, and don't need water falling from the sky to make them grow. Water in bottles labeled Evian or Perrier is a better alternative.
  2. I don't enjoy driving my car in 1 meter of water because the road is flooded.
  3. I don't appreciate traffic caused by cars slowing down for puddles of water.
  4. People drive worse than they usually do when it rains.
  5. The sky gets grey and depressing when it is raining.
  6. You can ruin an expensive suit if it rains when you are outside.
  7. Perfectly good shoes get crap stuck on them because of the rain.
  8. You can get pneumonia or other nasty winter disease if you get caught in the rain outside.
  9. Houses start leaking when it rains.
  10. Cars get dirty when it rains.
I hope you share my hate for rain, and wishing everyone a bright sunny day.


2009-12-10

Smart School Kid

A first-grade teacher, Ms. Brooks, was having trouble with one of her students The teacher asked, 'Harry, what's your problem?'

Harry answered, 'I'm too smart for the 1st grade. My sister is in the 3rd grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the 3rd grade too!'

Ms. Brooks had had enough. She took Harry to the principal's office.

While Harry waited in the outer office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was. The principal told Ms. Brooks he would give the boy a test. If he failed to answer any of his questions he was to go back to the 1st grade and behave. She agreed.

Harry was brought in and the conditions were explained to him and he agreed to take the test.

Principal: 'What is 3 x 3?'

Harry: '9.'

Principal: 'What is 6 x 6?'

Harry: '36.'

And so it went with every question the principal thought a 3rd grader should know.

The principal looks at Ms. Brooks and tells her, 'I think Harry can go to the 3rd grade.'

Ms. Brooks says to the principal, 'Let me ask him some questions.'

The principal and Harry both agreed.

Ms. Brooks asks, 'What does a cow have four of that I have only two of?'

Harry, after a moment: 'Legs.'

Ms Brooks: 'What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?'

The principal wondered why would she ask such a question!

Harry replied: 'Pockets.'

Ms. Brooks: 'What does a dog do that a man steps into?'

Harry: 'Pants.'

Ms. Brooks: What starts with a C, ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious and contains thin, whitish liquid?'

Harry: 'Coconut.'

The principal sat forward with his mouth hanging open.

Ms. Brooks: 'What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?'

The principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the answer, Harry replied, 'Bubble gum.'

Ms. Brooks: 'What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog
does on three legs?'

Harry: 'Shake hands.'

The principal was trembling.

Ms. Brooks: 'What word starts with an 'F' and ends in 'K' that means a lot of heat and excitement?'

Harry: 'Firetruck.'

The principal breathed a sigh of relief and told the teacher, 'Put Harry in the fifth-grade, I got the last seven questions wrong.....'

More fun stuff can be found here.

Some Very Clever and Funny Ads

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2009-12-03

Queen Elizabeth II from Nixon to Clinton

Queen Elizabeth II with President Nixon

Elizabeth with Nixon

Queen Elizabeth II with President Clinton

Queen Elizabeth II with President Clinton

And last but not least, the same handbag. Now that is being economically minded.

2009-11-30

Evolution of Storage

This graphics shows the evolution of storage, very impressive, for the bigger picture showing storage for data, music and photos, go here.

Evolution of Storage

2009-11-29

Cruel Prank

There is funny, and there is plain cruel. This Japanese guy thinks he is being attacked by snipers and is panic-stricken, but still funny.

2009-11-10

Happy Birthday Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the ubiquitous assault rifle the Kalashnikov, has turned 90.

Happy birthday Misha. Here is Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov unveiling the first AK-47 assault rifle during celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of developing this weapon.

Mikhail Kalashnikov

If you dont know your weapon, here is a handy table for your reference:

Kalashnikov Reference Table
Full Diagram

Source: Rianovosti

2009-11-08

Fantastic Stereo Pictures from Old Japan

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This is a fantastic 3D pictures from Japan. The magic is done by animated GIFs.

More magical pictures can be found at pinktentacle.com

2009-10-08

Twitter is Frozen

Twitter has not been updating for the last 3 hours. It seems a lot of other users are experiencing the same. Twitter has dispatched its army of techies to fix it. More from Twitter's blog here.

2009-10-07

Huge Kites and Monster Trucks

While driving in Kuwait, I came across some gigantic kites flying in the sky:

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Then later on, on the fifth ring road, I found a convoy of monster trucks, I don't know what the occasion was, but it was cool to see.

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girl taking pictures

I love Kuwait.

2009-10-05

2009-09-24

Cynthia Loves me

Cynthia just contacted me on skype, here is her message to me:

Cynthia Skype Profile

Hi Friend,


Hope this email finds u in good health, I come across your Profile In the Love
site as I Have interest In u i deem it very necessary to get in touch with u
for a long-lasting relationship.


Beside My name is Cynthia 22yrs old female, has decent hobbies like reading and
swimmimg and i desires to make long-lasting friendship with you. Do you think
age, colour or distance is any bar to make such friendly relationship with you?
If not, then stretch your hand to me and accept mine.


If you feel like we will be friends fine,then u mail me back so that I will
forward u my photos and Introduce myself to u more, So from there we will get
to know each other very well, just bear in mind that there is only one happiness
in life,to love and be loved.


Here is my pravite email.(misscynthiatrembley@yahoo.com) I will always remain yours in
love.


Big Kisses And Huggs!


Miss Cynthia Trembley

I think she got the wrong person, so if you are Cynthia's love interest, feel free to contact her.

The Origins of Kuwaiti Area Names



Sheikh Abdulla Al Jaber in an interview speaks about the different Area names in Kuwait and where they came from.

Thanks and credit to Hummer15al for posting this video, check out his blog at q8istuff.blogspot.com and his youtube channel here.

2009-09-12

Du's Blocked Page

Here is Du's blocked page. Almost makes you happy that you got blocked. Almost, especially if the banned site is flickr.

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