Archive for June, 2007

Sikh and ye shall find!

June 26th, 2007

I love the TV series “Scrubs“. It’s one of the sharpest comedies I’ve ever seen, so imagine my disappointment when they made the lazy American mistake of assuming that anyone who wears a cloth on their head can be labelled as being somewhat Middle Eastern. I’m referring to the episode titled “My Rite of Passage” in Season 5 (yes, I’m behind).

During that episode, Elliot is sitting in the cafeteria watching Chris and Carla Turk engaging in excessive kissing and she says: “I’m a little sick of the Turks.” At this point a Sikh doctor turns round to protest and Elliot says to him: “Not you, Omar. I love your people.”

I am so disappointed in Bill Lawrence (although his mistake is not remotely as bad as that of Frank Silva Roque, who murdered a Sikh in Arizona in 2001 in revenge for the 9/11 atrocity). But perhaps it’s my own fault for placing Mr. Lawrence on so high a pedestal in the first place.

Anyway, for all you Americans out there, this is a photo of a Sikh:

A Sikh gentleman. Not an Arab, not a Turk, not an Afghan. A Sikh.

This is what Turks look like (well, some of them anyway):

Turks

So the lesson is: Not everyone who wears a piece of cloth on their head is from the Middle East. Some examples…

My brain hurts!

Are you a looney?

June 19th, 2007

It’s easy to work out, in fact. Just take the following quiz:

Do you think God is more than just an imaginary friend?
Score 0 if you answered “No”
Score 1 if you answered “Yes”

Do you practise a religion of any sort?
Score 0 if you answered “No”
Score 1 if you answered “Yes”

Do you take offence if a writer says something uncomplimentary or humorous about your religion or any of the human participants therein or imaginary beings thereof?
Score 0 if you answered “No”
Score 1 if you answered “Yes”

Do you complain vociferously (even to the point of participating in public demonstrations) if a writer says something uncomplimentary or humorous about your religion or any of the human participants therein or imaginary beings thereof?
Score 0 if you answered “No”
Score 10 if you answered “Yes”

Do you firmly believe a writer should be killed if that writer says something uncomplimentary or humorous about your religion or any of the human participants therein or imaginary beings thereof?
Score 0 if you answered “No”
Score 5,000,000 if you answered “Yes”

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Musing #15

June 6th, 2007

How is it possible for people to go Orienteering in the Western hemisphere?

Mexican Killed By Lion & Tiger On Rooftop

June 5th, 2007

As sad as this tale is, it is part of our human nature to find humour within tragedy.

According to an article on the Sky News website, a man in Mexico city was mauled to death by a lion and a tiger on the roof of a meat-packing plant. He knew they were there. In fact, he was looking after them.

I quote from the article:
“It was not clear what the animals were doing on the roof of the meat-packing plant.”

Erm, casing the joint, perhaps?

What was he thinking, though?

“Where can I keep these highly dangerous, carnivorous, big cats? I know, on top of a building where the smell of fresh meat will drive them insane!”

Sky News helpfully provided a photo of a lion and tiger together, just in case we weren’t sure what they were talking about. However, the article could have done with photos of a Mexican, a rooftop and some meat being packed, just to keep things clear.

Why, God? Why???

June 5th, 2007

After more than a decade of CD-ROM drives and their descendents being common features of a desktop computer, why, oh why, have the designers not figured out that the buttons ought to be above the damned tray and not below it?

Button under tray

Button under tray