Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Run hamster run II

From the Guardian (where else?)

Actor Harrison Ford shares a quiet moment with his grandmother between takes

It's unfair dear Carrie but unfortunately men age like wine while women age like milk. Deal with it.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Shake's mah haid.....

Some may think Islam is a dour, humourless religion. And they would be wrong! Just the simple details of the life of Mohammed (peace be upon him) is material for pure comedy gold.

NB: all the materials in the video were compiled from impeccable Muslim sources (Quran and the Hadith). How any moderately curious and independent minded Muslim can retain their faith after a cursory dip into Muslim traditions is beyond me. Is cognitive dissonance a major factor in educated Muslims? Is this a psychological stressor that deforms Islamic societies?

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Irony III

From a web portal on ongoing clinical trials.

The ironically named physician leading the study on the efficacy of metformin as an adjuvant to castration in treatment of advanced prostate cancer is Devalingam Mahalingam.

Deva- is from the Indo-European stem for God (hence dios/theos in Greek and the Latin deus).

Maha- meaning great has the Indo-European stem meg from which we get mega-, magnus, etc.

And lingam? That means phallus, which is worshiped by devotees of Shiva as a symbol of the male procreative force in nature.

In Hindu temples the shivalingam is placed on a pedestal representing the female reproductive organs (yoni*) thus creating a potent (fnarr, fnarr) fertility symbol.

Dr. Divine-penis Great-penis, we wish you the best of luck in your clinical study!

*In Watership Down there is a hedgehog called Yoni, surely an inside joke. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Answer: Run!!!!!!!!

Run Hamster Run

From my favourite source for the absurd, The Grauniad.

Uhhh Diana, you'd have to give them a brush to dust away the cobwebs, love.

And of course no post about bat-shit crazy feminists in the Guardian would be complete without La Valenti.

I'm guessing a personal milestone* was passed sometime between June 2014 and July 2015.
The Wall, it's not just a classic rock album.

*Any bets that the passably attractive photograph of Mz. Valenti is culled from thousands of shots and that the one magically unrepresentative image was selected?

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Paging John Derbyshire

O frabjous day! The BBC, Daily Telegraph and numerous other liberal-leaning social media sites were completely taken in by a Nigerian fraudster who claimed to have proven the Riemann hypothesis (a proof that carries a $1million prize from the Clay Institute). I was first alerted by a FB post on a liberal multiculti acquaintance's* (an academic in the humanities no less) page. There was a kind of smug, condescending glow about it (and it was almost instantly liked by like-minded minions) but I immediately poured cold water over the story and fired in a shot about mathematical illiteracy to boot. And put in a link to Prime Obsession. So there. Unfortunately the whole saga unraveled pretty quickly so there were no SJW's to pile in and accuse me of, shock, horror, wacism and I pretty much killed the thread. It's interesting (or rather drearily predictable) that any claims of a breakthrough coming from a non-Western source is immediately and uncritically accepted and lauded to the skies. Talk about the bigotry of low expectations.

Anyway to give credit to  Dr. Opeyemi Enoch (other feathers in his cap include designing a Prototype of a silo for peasant farmers AND a scientific technique for detecting and tracking someone on an evil mission), perhaps he was working on a variant of this technique whilst collecting the prize money: 

Dear esteemed Sirs

Due to the difficulty in transmitting large sums of money to Nigeria, if you could kindly send me the details of your account to process the transfer......

But maybe I'm too harsh and he's legit. After all this guy is.

*This acquaintance was crowing a couple of weeks back about a Bangladeshi immigrant winning the Great British Bake-Off. Yes, they are that shallow.