Thursday, January 10, 2008

Happy New Year etc.

I hope you had a good festive period, dear reader. Mine was relaxed without bing exceptional. I don't make new year's resolutions, but I do have a wish for the year: that people would actually notice each other. I get driven wild by what I call "everyday rudeness" such as people elbowing their way past you, groups taking up whole pavements, people stopping suddenly in the street, people slamming doors in your face. You all know what I mean. This is made worse by people always thinking that they must be in the right, and that it is all your fault. So if people aren't going to get their head out of their arses and be more polite, then I would simply suggest that one simple word is used a bit more in 2008: sorry.

Anyway, here are a few things that I have seen in the last couple of weeks:

The greatest photo on Flickr

This picture from user Slake B is freaking unbelievable; the timing is absolutely spot-on.Once I start looking at it, I find myself captivated by all the little details for ages: the broken glass and beer hanging in the air; his and her expressions; the splash of beer on her front and the obviously wet aftermath; the plates of (soon to be) beer-soaked food, the sheer pathos of the situation. Genius.

Real-life Truman Show

Only the Japanese could actually do the Truman Show. In 1998, a man called "Nasubi" was locked naked in a room for over a year without knowing that he was on Television. Read the horrible tale here.

Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll makes terrible, terrible films based upon video games. But you have to hand it to him: he offered to fight the countless critics who snipe at him from the internet. 4 of them did, and he kicked their asses. Read the story here, and watch some of the footage below.

Aussie hero

To end on a high, here is a story about an unusual national hero from Australia. Cliff Young, a 61-year-old farmer, beat some of the best endurance athletes in the world with sheer doggedness, and then gave all his prizes away. Good stuff.

Oh yeah, and a weird one from my Flickr photos. They have recently added stats, so you can see details of numbers of views of your photos (mine are currently 54,780 views with 37,135 views of my 976 photos). The strange thing is that the picture below, a relatively innocuous picture of a speaker, has now overtaken what I consider to be my "good" pictures to be my most-viewed photo (with over 850 views). Why?

I'm off on travels for the next week. I was initially supposed to be in Saudi Arabia for a few days, but a couple of days in Oman and a brief stop in Kuwait have now been added in. Note to any potential anti-Green insurgents: I am only visiting your countries, not invading. I have no interest in influencing your politics. Unless you want to make me king or something.


Blogger Jenny said...

I've recently looked at my Flickr stats, too, and it's interesting to see and analyze them. My most viewed picture is one of my grandpa ( at 1805 views. That's head and shoulders above my next most viewed photograph, at a mere 537 views, and even that is a lot for what it is - the background to my blog (

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