Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Friday, 26 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Initially it spinned clockwise for me but when I started to read the explanations it reversed direction and spun anti-clockwise.
I love this optical illusions and this is one of the best I've seen,
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Now if only the IRFU would get their long knives sharpened I would feel a little bit more optimistic about the future of Irish sport.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider God-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, wrongly believing that he has the Gods on his side.
–Aristotle, Politica bk v (ca. 340 BCE)
Friday, 12 October 2007
- Start by telling skeptics you want to “educate them on the facts”. This puts them on the defensive (see next point below) and makes it seem like you’re the knowledgeable one with facts on your side, even though what you’re about to tell them is mostly made up.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Part 3 (Q&A)
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Testing on an experimental AIDS vaccine has been halted as the test results showed it wasn't working. Now, when was the last time a CAM practitioner/advocate stopped providing "therapy" because they know it doesn't work for condition X?
Skeptico provides some suggestions but I'll repost one here, read the article for the rest.
Acupuncturists pulling acupuncture for treatment of (say) arthritis, because they determined it doesn’t work for that.
I honestly thought the IRFU where better than this. The best prepared Irish team has returned the worst result but the IRFU (Parton'esk) stands by their man while Eddie O'Sullivan trots out excuse after excuse and denies the extent of his/this failure.
At least the Welsh did something. It might have been harsh but it shows they are serious about winning. Not Ireland however, it seems, we are content to be 'also rans', a small country of cozy clubs and jobs for the boys where failure is rewarded and there are never any consequences.
Denis Leamey's body was the only thing separating Ireland from defeat in the match against Georgia. Even now I can hardly believe it! What exactly does it take to get them to admit its all gone wrong? Are they captains of the Titanic? Or maybe King Canutu's vainly ordering back the tides of reality. But perhaps the most apt is Don Quixote except they expected to fight windmills but instead met with dragons.
Monday, 1 October 2007
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2. Create a gulag
3. Develop a thug caste
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
5. Harass citizens' groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
10. Suspend the rule of law
Irish rugby has imploded and the question is "What now?". It could also be "Who Now?". The buck has got to stop with Eddie O'Sullivan. He failed. Spectacularly! He simply must go. But will he? O'Sullivan seemed genuinely surprised to be asked would he be resigning in the wake of Ireland's pitiful performance so we can hardly expect him to fall on his own sword. He'll have to be pushed, but have the IRFU got the stomach for it? Many of the pundits on radio and television seem to think he'll survive (by blaming everyone else) with only George Hook saying he won't. I hope Hookie is right. I would hate to see the IRFU fall to the standards of the FAI where expectations are low and mediocrity accepted.
The Irish Tribune has a article detailing with The Trouble with Eddie, its an interesting read. How on earth did this man get a contract extension before the world cup?