Monday, December 22, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

30 billion teevees

[source at ITWeb]
Television viewers of the 2010 Soccer World Cup are expected to outnumber physical spectators by a ratio of 1:10 000
multiplied by
three million visitors
= 30 BILLION epic fails.

[Usual caveats apply: visitors vs spectators, etc]

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Political prisoners

[from The Seattle Times's Politics & Government column]
"What's lost by embracing a tyrant who puts his people in prison because of their political beliefs?" Bush said in reference to Castro. "What's lost is it will send the wrong message. It will send a discouraging message to those who wonder whether America will continue to work for the freedom of prisoners."
So it's the fault of the Cubans that those poor 'political prisoners' are being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp?

DNS fail

I saw this host in a traceroute and had to be sure:
> server
Default server:

> set type=ptr
[snip] name =

> set type=a

Address: !=

It looks like Internet Solutions forgot some old reverse DNS records when updating things, and re-used the address for infrastructure.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


This is from a lengthy discussion about Roland Piquepaille and his huge number of accepted Slashdot posts. In a /. retrospective/homage, we present:
by Frosty Piss (770223) on Wednesday June 11, @04:42AM (#23744179)
I for one welcome our new Roland Overlord. May he pour hit grits down Natalie Portman's shorts, I'll take a Beowulf cluster of that! I'll bet in Soviet Russia they can't even get Roland. But one thing is for sure, he does run Linux. And all these stories of his on Slashdot almost certainly result in Profit!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008

OGC logo fail

from jack yan's blog:
The Office of Government Commerce, part of HM Treasury in the UK, unveiled its new , which cost British taxpayers £14,000. And it didn’t take long after the unveiling for employees to see the problem:


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Not Play-D'oh! but the real thing:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The competition

Our competitors ;)

Monday, March 31, 2008


[from the new, awesome PunditKitchen]

Karaoke night in hell

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Don't you wish all choices were this easy?

[from wizbang via ivo]
[and I'm not posting this just because someone named 'al' won the caption-competition...]

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Another UCT water feature

Apparently UCT can stop making [unintentional] water features anytime they like. It's not like someone's addicted...

Shackles + capsizing = FAIL

No Robben Island boat trip is complete without, apparently, being shackled like a slave [Cape Times article for subscribers only - boo hiss!].

Let's hope the ferries don't leak.

Otherwise, we can expect a repeat of the failboat incident.

*Yes yes, they have said that the passengers won't be shackled to the boat itself, but how many people do you know that can swim with shackles on?

Monday, February 4, 2008


If at first you don't succeed, malapropisms may not be for you:
In Parliament on Wednesday, Erwin warned that load-shedding was designed to prevent a catastrophe.

"We cannot envisage [sic] any possibility of the system going down. This is absolutely critical."
[SAPA, via the Sunday Independent]

Now this is oxymoronic, to say the least. Obviously he could envisage the "possbility of the system going down" - otherwise how would he know he had to prevent something?

Perhaps Mr Erwin was so busy being entertained by his fellow Parliamentarians to properly entertain the notion that he might need to use a different, less incorrect, word. I'll leave you to guess which one. How entertaining this whole post has been.

Epoch Fail

Thank you xkcd, for coming to the fail-party...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

That bracing sea air

It's common practice in humid areas (especially seaside areas) to put something in the salt shaker that will simultaneously act as a dessicant and not be dispensed (i.e. be to big to fit through the holes). This is often rice or (in funkier places) pasta.

But isn't this just a tad too much rice? How much salt could possibly be in this thing?