Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Expelled From Expelled

March 21, 2008 1 comment

P.Z. Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He went to the movies the other day with his family and a friend, to an advance screening of the creationist propaganda movie, “Expelled.”

The film has a claim to fame in that it is narrated by Ben Stein, who you may know as the shrink in the film The Mask, and the makers did many of its interviews for the film under false pretences.

P.Z. must have been on a blacklist of people not allowed to see the film, as he was asked to leave the theatre and its premises by a policeman. So he did, and blogged about it straight away, from the mall where the theatre was.

His family and guest got in of course, and his guest was none other than –

Richard Dawkins

There are currently over 750 comments on the blog post. Wonderful.

Categories: Badscience, General

Netcetera – Spineless Tosspots. Quackometer Under Fire Part II

February 20, 2008 1 comment

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a charlatan ex doctor who had been struck off by the GMC, threatening to claim millions of pounds in damages from Netcetera, for hosting The Quackometer. The Quackometer had written some truths about Dr Joseph Chikelue Obi and he made some groundless threats, and you can read all about it in my earlier post, Quackometer Under Fire.

On Monday, the writer of the Quackometer, known as Le Canard Noir (LCN), was given about twenty minutes notice by the Spineless Tosspots called Netcetera that they would be pulling the plug on the Quackometer, and other pages by the writer. All because a real life genuine quack and charlatan threatened to sue the spineless tosspots.

LCN received the following email from David Boswell, of Netcetera –

Thanks for your comments. We do not wish to be in a position where we could be taken to court, and incur the loss of time and expense that would involve. Consequently Netcetera have decided to suspend the Quackometer website, with reference to our Acceptable Usage Policy, the first part of which is quoted below. The full policy can be found on our website

“Acceptable Usage Policy

This policy is subject to change, without alternate notice, so please check regularly for updates. This policy is in addition, and considered part of Netcetera’s Terms and Conditions.
Netcetera will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.

1) Web Hosting
1.1) Netcetera reserves the right to suspend or cancel a customer’s access to any or all services provided by Netcetera, where Netcetera decides that the account has been inappropriately used. Netcetera reserves the right to refuse service and /or access to its servers to anyone.”

We will prevent public access to the site as of noon today 18th February 2008. You will be able to access the content to be able to transfer it to another host if you so wish.

We will hold the content available to you for 30 days, and then we will remove it from our servers.


Lessons to be learned from this?

Don’t use Netcetera as your host if you can avoid it. Some companies enforce their “we’ll take your site off the internet if a total schmuck frightens us” policy.

Other people commenting about this include Rupert Goodwins at ZDnet , Gimpy , jdc , coracle , shpalman , Holford Watch , Apathy Sketchpad , Letting Off Steam , The James Randi Educational Foundation Forum (long one that), , Dr. Aust and finally (at the moment) Dr.T .

You already know not to trust Dr. Obi, right?

Categories: Badscience, General

Five Minute Timewaster

January 22, 2008 1 comment

I came across an interesting site today, that amused me for, well, at least five minutes. Called Flickr Fight, the simple idea is to type in two search terms, and the site goes off to Flickr and returns with the numbers of pics tagged with your search terms. The one with the most, wins, obviously. You also get to see some odd pictures associated with some of the tags.

I tried it with Football and Tiddleywinks, and came up with an interesting result; Tiddleywinks had four pics, and football over a million. The problem with that search was there were no football photos in the results page – just a lot of Americans wearing armour, helmets and using a ball of the wrong shape.

Then I tried Clinton and Obama, and chalk and cheese. On the recent searches section of the page, I noticed a rather obvious search, Victoria Beckham and Gary Haliwell and the result was very odd. So odd in fact that I looked more carefully at the search terms, and realised that Gary Haliwell works at a chip shop in Darlington, and Geri Halliwell used to be a Turkish TV Presenter.

Pooi Geri still loses in a fair fight though.

That Spicy search has been on the recent searches section of that page all day. Either somebody is having a little laugh at our expense, or a lot of people are going to be very confused.

Categories: General

New Page Added

December 15, 2007 Leave a comment

Instead of a separate blog post dedicated to the index of posts by Prof Hamblin on CLL, on his blog Mutations of Mortality, I have now given over a whole page to the Professor. You can find it by clicking on “Hamblin On CLL” in the navigation area at the top of this page, just underneath the words “A Lymphomaniac Blogs.”

I have added three more posts to this list today, written by the Prof earlier this month.

Other recent changes include the addition of a miniblog on the right of the page, which is just a series of links to sites that interest me.  I hope they interest you as well.  As I add sites to the list, old ones will fall off the bottom, so there will always be something new to see.

Categories: CLL, General

A Decent Pair Of Shades

August 30, 2007 Leave a comment

I have been wearing spectacles since I was thirteen years old, because I am short sighted. I can vividly remember the stupendous headache I suffered after wearing the first pair I had ever had for only a couple of hours. Brits of a certain age reading this will be able to picture the Hank Marvin style frames that I thought were trendy at the time. A couple of years later I had progressed to a gold wire framed octagonal pair, with a slightly pink tint. By the time I was driving my own car, still aged eighteen, I had a pair of prescription dark tinted lenses fitted into some pilots style frames for use in the car, and for looking cool generally. Those pilots glasses were, unfortunately, the best shades I have ever owned, and all attempts to find shades that were as functional since that first pair have been futile.

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Categories: General

Chicken And Egg

July 22, 2007 Leave a comment

I’ve been investigating the supply of broadband for a friend via some price comparison sites. I am looking for an unlimited service, at a speed of at least 1gig and perhaps some web space. Free email addresses, spam filters and anti virus software will not be influencing the final decision, though on balance perhaps free help via email might be an advantage. My friend will on principle not be taking advantage of any pay per minute premium rate helplines.
All the services I am considering have many things in common, including comparable first year costs, speed, delivery time, contract period and enticements.

All seem proud of their service of informing the customer of the progress of their broadband supply, and they all do it the same way – by email.

Unfortunately, my friend, and presumably most potential customers, have to wait till their new broadband has been connected, before they can check their email, in order to discover the progress of their broadband connection.

Categories: General