March 30, 2004

Rs 3650 for a pitcher

Rs 3650 for a pitcher of water! - A pitcher of water costing Rs 3650! Unbelievable but true. Not just any water but the water drawn from a holy well called 'Marichi Kunda' on the eve of Ashokasthami of Lord Lingaraj.
Who said superstition didn't pay?

Posted by madman at 11:17 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2004

Skeptic's Annotated Quran

Skeptic's Annotated Quran is a new section on that engaging site, the Skeptic's Annotated Bible. Just more evidence of how some religious books spread evil.

Posted by madman at 2:41 AM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2004

Monkey fever

Monkey mischief 'blesses' Bangladeshis: 'The town of Keshabpur is overrun by hundreds of monkeys.
They steal and break into houses, but the people consider themselves lucky.
"This place is blessed, that is why monkeys live here," said Haridun Chakrabati, the Brahmin of the town's Hindu temple.'

We'll just wait for India and Bangladesh to catch up with the rest of us who've moved on from the 19th century, eh?

Posted by madman at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

March 22, 2004


GeoURL ICBM Address Server: GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you.

Posted by madman at 1:11 AM | Comments (1)

March 19, 2004

419 scammed

The email that cost its receiver Rs 5.5 lakh: 'He is then given a trunk containing his share of the money. He later discovered that it contains only paper'
I suppose it would be too much to expect an Indian man who fell for a Nigerian scammer to actually check for money in a trunk, eh?

Posted by madman at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

March 18, 2004

Sane or not?

Remember the woman Shanti wrote about? The one who was charged with murder for not having a C-section operation that might have saved her baby's life. Well, the latest thing to come out is that she was previously convicted when she 'punched her daughter several times in the face after the toddler picked up a candy bar and began eating it, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Witnesses said Rowland screamed, "You ate the candy bar and now I can't buy my cigarettes."'

OK, folks, this one's a nutter.

Posted by madman at 2:15 PM | Comments (0)

March 17, 2004

The new science wars

The New Science Wars (Doubt and About): " the past month, the United States has been engulfed by a kind of "science war," one pitting much of the nation's scientific community against the current administration. Led by twenty Nobel laureates, the scientists say Bush's government has systematically distorted and undermined scientific information in pursuit of political objectives. Examples include the suppression and censorship of reports on subjects like climate change and mercury pollution, the stacking of scientific advisory panels, and the suspicious removal of scientific information from government Web sites."

Posted by madman at 12:01 PM | Comments (0)

March 14, 2004

Steak and BJ Day

Steak and BJ Day is close, people. ;)

Posted by madman at 1:55 AM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2004

Bad Astronomy

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy is an excellent resource on astronomy and how so many TV series and movies get their astronomy hopelessly wrong. If you're a geek about these things, you may enjoy reading about how the term meteoric rise is a misnomer because meteors don't rise, they fall.

Posted by madman at 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

Fark Photoshop contest Photoshop contest for 'Truth in advertising' brings out some great entries like this and this and this.

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March 8, 2004

Teach yourself MovableType in 24 hours

Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours: You'd think this book would be written by the MT couple, Ben and Mena Trott. Apparently not. Incidentally, goes to another site altogether. I wonder how many people get that wrong...

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Meet the Ciganot

Meet the Ciganot: "The low-cost, faux cigarettes address the psychological and social addiction to cigarettes, but without the nicotine. And since they are not actually lit, smokers can "puff" away in any closed-air environment. The plastic tubes, complete with a painted-on filter at the bottom, are filled with herbs doctored up with natural food flavorings like vanilla. When the smoker takes a drag on the filter, the herbs give off a spicy flavor, similar to tobacco."
Somebody introduce this in India... please!

Posted by madman at 12:52 PM | Comments (0)

March 7, 2004

Do away with site registrations " was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information"
This is pretty damn cool. And they have a bookmarklet for it too.

Posted by madman at 12:01 PM | Comments (0)

March 5, 2004

Another virus may protect against HIV

Mysterious virus may thwart HIV: HIV patients who are also infected by a second, mysterious virus are less likely to develop AIDS and die of the disease, suggests a new study.
Up to six years after their initial HIV-infection, men whose blood contained the second virus - known simply as GB virus C (GBV-C) - were nearly three times less likely to die than HIV-positive men who did not have the secondary infection.

I really hope they find some way of stopping AIDS this way.

Posted by madman at 3:58 AM | Comments (1)

Astrology: scientifically bullshit

Gravity it ain't...: Astrologers have a hard time explaining what really is making astrology "work". Most claim it is gravity, based on the old analogy of the Moon causing the tides: If the Moon can cause the waters on Earth to move, then why not the water in our bodies? After all, we consist of about 70% water, so it follows that the Moon has a similar effect on us. So should the rest of the planets, the logic goes.
There, now you have the scientific calculation to see why astrology is so much bullshit.

Posted by madman at 3:51 AM | Comments (0)

March 3, 2004

Alimony or extortion?

Lionel Richie's divorced wife wants $360,000 a month in alimony
Holy crap, check out her "lifestyle" requirements. It will make you sick.

Posted by madman at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

Oh ye of little faith

Yahoo! News - Fire Causes $40,000 Damage To Upholstery Shop: The fire also spared McCune's Bible, which was intact despite it being in the room where the fire raged and did the most damage.

"I guess the Lord was looking after me," McCune added. "It could have been a lot worse."

Yeah dude, "He" only did $40000 of damage. Definitely could've been a lot worse. Why does logic abandon some people?

Posted by madman at 3:36 AM | Comments (0)

183 definitions of George W Bush W. Bush

Gosh, those are some widely varying opinions.

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