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Agent Orange

Posted in Almost Beyond Words, Irregular Features, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , on October 9, 2011 by awickerman

While out and about in town I came across a van bearing the legend Agent Orange Environmental. There are so many things that are inappropriately amusing when reading the website, however I particularly recommend the ‘Garden cleaning’ section for the line;

This allows us to tackle anything from light overgrowth right up to the thickest of jungles.

Yes, I suppose it would.

Great WiFi names of our times

Posted in Irregular Features, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , on November 24, 2010 by awickerman

Due to a thrilling move at work I’ve been messing around with WiFi at the office. While searching for the company network I found this wonder:

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Someone not very keen on sharing their internet connection clearly.

Professions that have never seen Star Wars #1

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Engineering, Rantings, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by awickerman

The latest exciting skyscraper/big building in London to return from recession induced delay is Walbrook Square, four moderately tall buildings with large green houses on top and some grass. However if you really squint (and have only second hand descriptions of the films to go on) you might conclude it looks like Darth Vaders helmet;

 

No it really isn't Darth Vader's Helmet. Trust me on this.

 

Given that the critics of the scheme were mainly architects, and they’re the ones who came up with the Darth Vader’s helmet tag, we can reasonably conclude that almost no-one in that profession has actually seen the films. They probably weren’t pretentiously art house enough for them, in my experience architects generally prefer 5hr long films in subtitled French about the existential bleakness of a cold baguette.

Anyway the nickname stuck, despite being almost entirely incorrect, due to the lure of the headlines. Whenever the project was going well there was a ‘Force is strong‘ type headline, whenever it was delayed it was a ‘Powers are weak’ based one. Thankfully it’s now going ahead so they might shut up, however I fear there may be ‘Now I am the master’ type headlines when the rents are announced and it shoots to the top of the ‘price per m²’ rankings. It’s just a cross I will have to bear I suppose.

Extra bonus fact; the basement of the development will contain a restored temple to Mithra, the ancient Persian/Roman god who is basically Jesus a completely different deity from Jesus. Except for a few coincidences like the same birthday. And the whole virgin birth thing. And an identical death, 3 day wait and resurrection. And the baptism and other similar ceremonies. And they did both have 12 disciples. But apart from those a few hundred other trifling similarities they are completely different, and if you say otherwise the Pope will be very upset.

Film of the Week

Posted in Almost Beyond Words, Irregular Features with tags , , , , on October 24, 2010 by awickerman

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. From the writer who brought you Under Siege and Pretty Woman, proving some people will do almost anything for money. I know I would.

Unusual Career Options

Posted in Alas the Mystery Remains Holmes, Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , on October 24, 2010 by awickerman

Fed up with your job? Have a long list of obscure qualifications? A gifted linguistic? Then you could apply to be the Academic Assistant Monk to the Abbot. All you require is;

A degree related to Buddhist studies; fluency in English, two South-east Asian languages; two Buddhist canonical languages; and five years of Theravada Buddhist monastic training.

At which point you will be permitted to be a full time unpaid volunteer for the Abbot. I suspect they will not be fighting off applicants, but who knows?

Dear. Lord. No.

Posted in Tenuous Link of the Day with tags , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by awickerman

A whole chicken in a can. Words fail me.

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