Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Been following the news from the USA with increasing alarm over the last week or so. It seems that not only have many Americans forgotten what those with humanist morality on their side were fighting for in their civil war, but also what their grand-parents fought and died for in Europe just 75 odd years ago. 

As someone once said, "those that cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it". Comparing lard-arsed, gun-toting, gas-guzzling racist slobs with those that oppose them is ridiculous, it's like demonizing fire-fighters for making burning buildings wet! False equivalence is fast becoming the butt-covering (and you need a lot of it to cover those butts!) mantra of the right, let's hope Americans who have read more than just one book gain the political ascendancy again very soon.

Anti-social media

I feel an idea coming on..

Saturday, August 12, 2017


I posted about the Google memo scandal a few days ago, the backlash has started, many anti-Google posters and notices have sprung up around Silicon valley, free speech is a potent force against injustice and stupidity. You can certainly understand why the powerful of the day, whether it be religions, governments or companies, hate it so much.

Not bitter

Whilst in London yesterday I couldn't resist dropping into a craft beer bar (Charlotte Street) to have a look at what was on. I only had time for a swift pint so picked something I wouldn't normally choose. A sour beer from a brewery down in Sussex. The beer was called "Saison l'ete" or Summer Saison and the brewery called "Burning Sky". Saison beers are essentially ales or pale ales that have a particular kind of bacteria added to them during fermentation that essentially turns them sour, it's not a lemon kind of sour more a yogurt kind of sour (I'm not doing it justice) it's quite a complex set of flavours and I can imagine not to everyone's taste. I must say I wasn't overly impressed to begin with but like a lot of things in this life, after a few sips it was growing on me, after a whole pint I could have easily drank another. Unfortunately I didn't have time as my Son was eager to visit a shop on Percy Street that specialized in fancy sneakers, it was an impressive shop but what blew me away was that quite a lot of the shoes on display there were priced at over £1,000 pounds, yes you read that right, a thousand quid! Apparently the leading shoe companies like Nike, Adidas etc. release limited edition shoes that are often endorsed by rappers and other celebrities, these small batches become highly sought after and are collected by enthusiasts, such a diverse and multi-layered world we live in, I learn something new every day!

Up the smoke

Spent a great day in London with the family yesterday, visited the museums, big lunch, shopping and to cap it all we watched Dunkirk at the IMAX in Leicester square. WOW what a movie, really enjoyed it, gripping from start to finish (even though we all know the ending!) very cleverly put together, overlapping of timelines and observations from different characters' perspectives; the Supermarine Spitfires were magnificent. Thoroughly recommended if you get a chance to see it on the big screen!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Foolish senses

So here's an optical illusion that had me going for a while.. if you stare at this seemingly straightforward set of square "door-panel" patterns for long enough you eventually start to see circles! It's true! The trick is to stare at the horizontal divides between the squares - spooky..

Next we have some wonky blue lines with patterns in them.. or so you think. But look at this image from the side and you realise that the blue lines are in fact parallel! NO WAY! It's amazing how easily our senses are fooled.

Don't be evil (unless it's PC)

Last week it emerged that a Google engineer had sent an email around (representing his personal opinion) discussing the differences between men and women, exploring the fact that even today the majority of engineering jobs in Silicon valley are occupied by males rather than females. The memo was basically sent as a set of counter arguments to some of the gender diversity policies being implemented within the company and pointed out some of the differences between the sexes and surmised that (most) women just don't want to do the same kinds of jobs as men. The email was jumped on by the "PC/Feminist brigade" and the author derided and hounded via social media. We learn this week that Google have ended up actually firing him (WTF!)

There are lot's of problems with this story, the more you look into it, the more it stinks. Having read the document in full, I conclude that it's a thoughtful, well-researched opinion piece that in no way promotes or advocates sexism. It's not just me that thinks that, many social commentators have chipped in and supported the engineer and his right to free-speech. The bottom line is that he got the science right, men are indeed different from women (no shit Sherlock!) and tend to have different interests, goals and methods, HOWEVER, this isn't the same thing as discrimination. 

Basically Google just fired someone for telling the truth!

It's a screwed up world when feminists can hound someone like this for an opinion that essentially concurs with scientific truth, and yet remain silent on cases of real sexism. You don't hear people screaming sexism about the fact that only 3% of garbage collectors working at Google are female and yet the mainstream (left/liberal) media constantly moans about the fact that there aren't enough Technology company CEO's who are female. Then we have the third world, coincidentally the BBC ran a story just today about a change in the law in Nepal, the Government there have finally made it illegal to banish menstruating Women to huts at the outskirts of the village! I don't see much feminist condemnation of real sexism like that in mainstream or social-media outlets. 

We can all see the problem with this picture, call it "culture" or call it "religion" and sexism seems to get a free pass however when you challenge irrational feminist ideology with actual "facts" then all hell breaks loose. What this engineer should have done is to claim that his (factual) opinions were his deeply felt religious beliefs and none of these feminazis would have gone within a mile of it.


See if you can spot the over-compensating, ego-maniacal, trigger-happy, wanker - tricky isn't it.

Cakes & plates

Another compelling Brexit analogy, this one's a bit "technical"...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Bird in a bag

J&M covering the little known advantages of Islamic feminism..

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Balding in Lyme

My Son and I strolling down the high-street in Lyme Regis a couple of weekends ago; two bothersome things... a) pretty soon he'll be as tall as me and b) definite bald spot appearing on the back of the old bonce! (no wonder those mosquitoes had a field day the other evening..!)

BTW. If there was a league table of the most "English" towns then Lyme must surely be in the premiership?

Bloodsuckers part II

The picture above shows a group of Malaysian atheists enjoying a recent get-together in KL to celebrate their activities, such as, raising money for disaster victims in the Philippines. Looks harmless enough (actually it looks like a nice group of people) but apparently the Malaysian Government have taken a very different view. The thought police within that state have become suspicious that some of the people in this group may have been Muslims, and if that's true then they must be punished. 

In theory, Malaysia has freedom of religion, but there are different rules for Muslims and it's very difficult for people of that faith to de-convert to Atheism (or any other religion), like the mosquitoes in my previous post, it would seem that once the Malaysian version of Islam has it's blood-sucking mouth parts stuck into you then it's difficult to escape without them extracting their pound of flesh. All of this because a handful of Atheists wanted to hangout together and enjoy some like-minded company.

It seems hard to believe that this kind of thing goes on in the 21st century; I guess Malaysia is another country that I have to cross off my list, shame, I really love the (regular) people and the food from that region. Atheists in the (free) world will need to watch out for these guys now, hopefully the international media attention will go some way to helping their cause and ensuring they don't "disappear" into the Malaysian legal system for the crime of "thinking differently".

Monday, August 07, 2017


Spent a lovely evening celebrating the birthday of two good friends last Saturday, the gazebo assembled without a hitch and the wine flowed, but unfortunately so did our blood! The venue for the event featured a large pond that looked great on the postcard, but was a bit on the "swampy" side. This meant that as soon as dusk fell the mosquito hoards descended en-mass, it was impossible to avoid them. I'm sitting in the office today and my scalp feels like a pin-cushion, I even think I was bitten through my (long sleeved) shirt, having several very itchy lumps up and down both arms!

It's really fascinating (and somewhat annoying) to consider how evolution has sculpted these insects to prey on us mammals, providing them with all the equipment and anaesthetic chemicals necessary to inject hypodermic mouth-parts through our skin into the capillaries beneath, extract blood, insert bacteria and then fly off with us being aware of a thing (until the next day of course!) This kind of biological complexity is often cited by our creationist brothers and sisters as evidence for their particular "god", of course since Darwin, any thinking person knows this to be bunkum but if you think about it, the existence of such fiendishly efficient bacteria spreading creatures begs a somewhat more challenging question for them...  

Why would an all-loving God create a planet and a biosphere just for Human beings then put disease spreading biting insects in it too? 

Sounds more like evidence for the absence of such a being to me, regardless, the genetic drift of such critters seems quite sufficient to explain the lumps on my head this morning for me, God or no God, praise the Lord but pass the "Deet"!!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Past it

Watching the Athletics last night, sad to see Usain Bolt just losing out to Justin Gatlin in the 100 m final, is this the end of an era we ask? 

Still, even if Bolt never wins another race, his performances will remain legendary. The list above shows the fastest 100 m runs in history with the athletes who have been caught taking drugs crossed out, says it all really; I doubt if I'll see another like him in my lifetime.