September 27, 2007
Having been on a diet of mostly alcohol and kebabs for the past three weeks my waistline is getting rather sumo-esque. Luckily my visiting friends have returned home to Hong Kong so there’s a reasonable chance I might be able to fit back into my trousers at some point soon.
Not so for this fellow though. Weighing in at a very generous 900lbs (64 stone or 408Kg if you prefer), Slimboy Fat from Michigan had to be lifted from his house via crane to be taken to hospital. To cut the guy some slack, he did suffer from Prader-Willi Syndrome, which might sound like some sort of penile related disease, but is in fact a disorder whereby you are constantly hungry.
Apparently he hadn’t left the house in four years. I’m assuming he couldn’t leave the house. Which makes you wonder: how did his family not notice?
“Gee Billy-Bob, looks like you’re putting on a few extra pounds there”.
The guy was 400Kg!
Over 100Kg is large. 200Kg is huge. 400+ must be like watching fully grown quintuplets fighting in a king-size bed sheet! Did it sneak up on them? Did the family head off one night and come back the next day to find he’d ordered 500 deep-crust pizzas and a tub of weight-gain 4000?
Final word to the brother: “I am going to cross my fingers, and hopefully he can get on some exercise program,”
I recommend this lady …
September 26, 2007
Following on from my previous post, the following article appeared in Arstechnica.
‘Video Professor upset by criticism, sues 100 anonymous critics’.
I hadn’t seen the Video Professor previously, but it seems he’s well-known for hawking ‘Computing for Dummies’ style CDs on late-night infomercials. The CDs are ‘free’, but you end up being locked into some sort of Time-Warner affair whereby they keep sending you the rest of the series, or trying to upsell you. Unless you return the subsequent CDs in a timely fashion they will charge you for them (kind of like the old book club memberships if you remember those).
Anyway, seems like the Prof (aka John Scherer) has been angered by a series of less than complimentary comments on his product and services on various websites – particularly Infomercial Scams – and has decided to sue. He’s going after the website operators for a list of IP addresses and user-details for these ‘anonymous’ annoyed people. Luckily for the websites themselves there’s ‘safe harbor’ protection, but Scherer is pushing on for those user details with some gusto.
Welcome to the Interweb professor, you must be new around here! Firstly, internet or no there’s probably some sort of First Amendment protection of free speech that applies here. Secondly, well, see my post below: this is exactly what happens in our massively interconnected world. And thanks to that, this story – and even more negative comments – feature prominently on sites like Digg, and probably Slashdot, Reddit and who knows where else.
I’ll say it again, if your product or service sucks, you’d better be prepared to be exemplary in fixing the issues, or be prepared to have a whole lot more people than you’d like find out about it!
September 7, 2007
Sydney is in the midst of the OPEC, err APEC, conference right now. Lots of security of course, the ‘great wall’ of Sydney security fence, and 20 car cavalcades for Mr Bush and co (who, by the way, managed to bring 250 staff with him!).
It’s all been quite serious on the harbour, with police boats and jetskis zooming around; helicopters with searchlights are hovering overhead, which looked really cool last night when it was quite misty.
Today was an APEC public holiday, so I think most people took the opportunity to head out of town, resulting in something of a ghost town. Apparently tomorrow is the big day for those up for a bit of a protest. I’m kind of tempted to head in and take some photos, but don’t really fancy ending up on some intelligence database. Perhaps I could wear a disguise: a long beard and turban perhaps? Oh, no wait, the Chaser boys already tried that one.
Ooo, where’s my tin foil hat? In the middle of writing this, my PC just crashed … yikes, they’re on to me! Better publish this quick.
Hey, what’s that red-dot on my chest ….
August 19, 2007
I see that the Prime Ministerial hopeful Kevin Rudd is in a bit of trouble here for a boys night out at a ‘Gentlemans’ club in New York.
The visit to Scores nightclub happened a few years back, when Mr Rudd and friends were allegedly evicted for some naughty behaviour (although he claims memory loss on that particular point).
Lots of noise in the press here about it, but I actually think it’s kind of cool. I reckon that if you canvassed most people on the street they’d probably say the same thing. At least it shows he’s a normal bloke, capable of letting the old hair down, going out getting lashed and pushing on a bit late.
Somehow I can’t imagine Mr Howard and Mr Bush down Men’s Gallery during the upcoming APEC conference.
Given the way things are going, I’m sure that if someone mentioned a ‘happy ending’ to Mr Bush he’d be right there though.
If you notice a bunch of sunglasses wearing guys in black suits and earpieces outside Chequers in a couple of weeks, don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂
August 18, 2007
Just noticed an unintended instance of creative deleting. News item about the current stock market woes featured a spokesman from Standard and Poor. Unfortunately they’d positioned him in front of their logo so it read ‘Stand and Poo’. Hehe.
Well, I did say I was easily amused 🙂