Narwhals – Take that PZ Sunday, Jan 17 2010 

Prof Myers may wish to note the supremacy of mammals at approx 19 seconds.

Most Creative 417 Spam ever? Thursday, Oct 29 2009 

In my Gmail account today.


show details Oct 27 (2 days ago)
Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations
351 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

Our Ref: UN/TH/069011
Date: 27/10/2009

 RE: COMPENSATION OF US$1,000.000.00

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the passed 3 months which ended yesterday with the secretary to the UNITED NATION. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$1,000.000.00 each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hand of scammers.
This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Mr James Phillips for the delivery of your ATM CARD through our paying center in Asia as he is our representative in Thailand, contact him immediately for your ATM CARD PAYMENT of US$1,000.000.00. This funds are in ATM CARD PAYMENT SYSTEM for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can withdraw the fund in any bank of your choice.
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the ATM CARD to you. Contact Mr James Phillips immediately for the Delivery of your ATM CARD to your home address:

Person to Contact: Mr James Phillips
Tel: Tel: (66)823221492
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your ATM CARD.
United Nations, Making the world a better place.


Ban Ki-Moon

Well, if it’s from the Secretary General of he UN it must be okay!  Obviously the UN uses a Yahoo email address, what else would they use.

I never get spam in my AOL account, just my Gmail.

Yet another reason to hate Facebook. Sunday, Oct 11 2009 

I really can not see the point of Facebook- posting inane little messages, vomiting whatever though flits through your mind.  However I do use it to play ‘flash’ games on, so I can try and outdo my stepson (aka Wookie, or Chewie).

Facebook, obviously feeling unloved has started making up quotes for me.  I posted one high score, and it added the comment

oh my, this is going to become a huge distraction.. 🙂

where my comments would normally be typed.


Are there anti-social networking sites I can join?

Dana stitches me up like a kipper. Thursday, Oct 1 2009 

The lovely Ms Hunter at En Tequila es Verdad has bestowed an award on me:


It’s one of those meme thingies: I now have to name 7 favourite blogs, and then 7 favourite authors.  If they pick this up they are supposed to do the same.  Now apparently others have been doing it in alphabetical order so as to show no favouritism.  That’s too much like work at 11pm, so you get it in the order I pull them off in! Or at least in subsets.

First up is one of my personal favourites: Stupid Evil Bastard (aka SEB). Les’ site has the distinction of being the one that my wife objects to me looking at  on her laptop because it leaves ‘Stupid Evil Bastard’ in her address bar history.  His tag line “What the fuck is wrong with you people?” sums up his attitude to ‘Teh stoopid’ he sees all around him.  He says ‘Stupid evil bastard’ are three words sometimes used about him because he hates America is a liberal atheist, who doesn’t mind telling people when they are wrong.  Good place to see right wingers and creationists get the spanking they deserve.

Playing Yang to Les’ Yin is ***Dave, a SEB regular, on ***Dave does the blog. The *** isn’t anything rude- just a hangover from when you actually had to type into computers, rather than click.  Many posts are composites of links to other stories- why write the same as someone else, makes sense.  He has a little family of blogs, including his RPG and ‘WIST’- “I wish I’d said that”.


teddy bear hail to the dictator Friday, Sep 11 2009 

This was a search engine term that brought someone to the Barracks. I have to know, can the person tell me what they were looking for, and what they actually found here?

Be my padawan Friday, Apr 17 2009 

Create a Brute, fight, and become my Pupil- click below

I’ve got my first weirdo Monday, Mar 23 2009 

Askimet does a good job at catching spam- of the thousands of spam that has been posted, all but 1 or 2 have been caught, and I don’t think any ‘real comments’ have been misdirected.  I drop into the spam bucket occasionally just to double check:- usually it is just long strings of words related to either 1) sex or 2) cars and, I suppose, a forlorn hope they will somehow make it past filters, and some one will click the link.

I’ve just found this


[I.P./email etc deleted to protect the strange]

I have to make it public. It’s suppose to be secret, however most people in Austin, Tx knows about it. The police department has machine that can read your mind. It can also change the way you feel. Sexual impulses, anger, and causing you to feel fear paranoia, basically anyway they would like to feel. This means it can cause a girl or boy to feel sexual. So sexual that they will have sex with strangers. This is just like rape. This is just one crime they commit with this machine. A machine that can read someone’s mind will be used to violate everyones civil rights. Ideas and secrets about company will be stolen by their competition with ease. People will be spied on in there homes, without a warrant. (this means someone will be able to watch you during intimacy without your knowledge.) There are a lot of people all over the United States knowing about this machine and the police department being able to use it. Start thinking about how the government has given the police department a weapon to commit not only one of the biggest civil rights violations of all time, but to commit war crimes such as rape and interrogation without the knowledge of the victim. I know it is hard to believe however if you happen to know someone in the police department, just ask if they have this machine. After that, I would also like people to think about how we are able to get the government to stop letting the police department violate civil rights and commit war crimes against there own citizens.


I know it’s bad form to feed the troll, but I like the idea of a Barrack’s Pet Weirdo.  I will keep a look out for more posts

An Angry Man in Corduroy says it best. Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

After Marcus Brigstocke, what more is there to say?

(Audio from the BBC’s ‘Now Show- Radio 4)

Elitest Bastard (aka Hussar goes off on one) Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

See that blue button with Richard Dawkins on it?  Click on it (not yet- I haven’t finished ranting at you) and you will go to the Carnival of the Elitist Bastards.  Who?  A bunch of bloggers generally pissed off with everything being so damn stupid.

Why am I proud to be an elitist?  The question should be why are you so unconcerned not to be?

We are people who are just annoyed that there is a movement against intellectualism.  I am sick and tired of being clever being seen as somehow a bad thing.  Someone who can kick, throw or hit a ball gets paid millions of pounds, while those who actually work worry about the recession.

People revel in not being good at maths.It’s seen as something funny.  I know I’m good at day to day maths, but I am amazed how many people don’t understand basic principles.

“How does this affect you?”  you say “why should you care?” Because a dumbed down population affects the economy and the planet.

People who don’t understand basic maths GET TO VOTE, often based on what they think will be best for the economy.  They can’t do percentages, for FSM’s sake, how are they supposed to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of a Keynsian solution?

It is a fact that people, all of us, even Stephen Hawkins, are stupid to one degree or another.   We are very good at ignoring evidence that doesn’t back up our personal beliefs.  Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t like the fact that cars are contributing to destroying the planet. Solution? Insult environmentalists.  Republicans don’t like the fact that Neo-Con ideas have screwed up the market. Call Obama a socialist. The Religious Right don’t like the fact that science shows the Bible isn’t literally true. Solution? Attack anyone who relies on evidence rather than 4000 year old fairy-stories.

And where does it leave us? Click on the break, and I’ll tell you. Forcefully. (more…)

10,000 Monday, Jan 26 2009 

The view counter for the Barracks hit 10,000 at some point in the last 2 hours 15 minutes, and as of 30 seconds ago was on exactly that.

Now to get you buggers posting responses.

Addendum- I’ve only just spotted the spellchecker, and full screen editing of posts, after 21 months!  I should really play with it more to see what else it does.

Move over Spidey… Wednesday, Jan 14 2009 

There’s a new Super in town
Marvel Super Hero

Marvel Super Hero

You can blame Les for this one.  He provided the link to the Marvel ‘Make your own Superhero’ site.

All hail the Geek Friday, Sep 26 2008 

This on the BBC website in response to news of the return of “The Krypton Factor”, which used a “K” as its symbol.

I’m excited about TV’s toughest quiz, The Krypton Factor, coming back, next year. Or The Potassium Factor, as I and my friends used to call it, K being the symbol for potassium, not krypton.
Bob Peters, Leeds, UK


I love a bit of scientist geekery.

You can buy anything on the Internet! Tuesday, Apr 8 2008 

You may notice in some sites that the sidebar ads are linked (however tenuously) to the subject.  There is no human intervention in this- the site owner sells ad space, and a ‘bot’ picks out keywords and drops an ‘appropriate’ ad in.  However, the ebay one seems to have excelled itself

North Korean Army
Fantastic low prices here. Feed your passion on

I would- but frankly I’m not sure where I would put that many tanks! (Les’s site is a master at these- he posts a rant at religeon, and in the sidebar is a link inviting you to be ‘saved’!)

Any other inappropriate ads you’ve seen?

Recommend an UK ISP on Dial Up please Sunday, Oct 21 2007 

My dad – in his 70’s and only just come to computers- is looking to get on the net. PLEASE DO NOT GET AWAY FROM TOPIC. I had to put that in. I DO NOT need a discussion of which browser is best etc. The ISP he goes with has to as hassel free as possible- he will not be able to reconfigure stuff etc, so I am going to have him on IE. ( I live an hour away, so it has to be stuff he can do, and IE is pre-installed etc.)

He’s not sure if he want’s to go Broadband yet- he doesn’t use his computer enough to really warrent a fixed price contract, and wants to get a pay-as-you-go dial up. Yes I have explained the downside of dial-up.

Recommendations please- something with relatively low rates. We looked at Orange whose price varied from 2p/min(weekends) to 5p/min (week days day times).  Given he is 75% retired there is a good chance he will occasionally go on during the day, so a jump of 150% in pricing due to time isn’t great.

Can anyone recommend a ISP, and how he signs on (he has no connection at the moment, though if need be we could do one via orange, then sign up with another provider)

Irregular Webcomic Saturday, Oct 6 2007 

Found a great webcomic by an Aussie guy.

Go and check it out- RPG parodies, Indiana Jones parodies, discussion of physics in Star Wars, plus incompetent DEATHS.

The home page (where the link is to) is the latest post. Start at ‘1’ and read ’em all. (Though the various story lines are interleaved you can use the links under each strip to just navigate one story.)

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