I've made my undying love and devotion for these two pretty clear, but allow me to repeat myself for a moment. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are the monkey shit!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
- Solving the economic crises
- Restoring international relations and alliances
- Fixing the health care system
- Bring peace to Palestine
- Get the troops out of Irak
- Unite and give hope
- End world hunger
- Create world peace
- Desecrate the Oval Office with my hot ass wife
Monday, 19 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
It's like an educational tool on how to handle that really annoying guy from work...
French women have a right to four months of maternity leave, but this right has never been applied in practice by female ministers. A proposal to replace them with a deputy for a 16-week interim period has been well received, after many criticed Dati's actions. Dati has a full-time nanny who can assist with childcare night and day, but no help from the father whose name she has never disclosed.
Let me just say that I think that maternity leave is a right every women should (but unfortunately doesn't) have, but to make it manditory to replace her in light of "protecting working women against themselves" is downright sexist. I have no beef with the proposal for a replacement deputy as long as it is presented as an option that she is free to take or leave. I've never thought about this before, but in The Netherlands maternity leave is manditory. If you would want to return to work earlier then you simply wouldn't be allowed to do so until six weeks after giving birth.
Now I understand that these laws are in place to protect women. You can't be pressured to come back to work sooner when the leave is manditory. But what if you wanted to? I have seen some friends after they'd just had babies and don't think I ever would, but I also understand where Dati is coming from. She is the Minister of Justice for Pete's sake, she has important shit to handle, and I would greatly appreciate it if everyone would just shut up and let her do her job.
She is a grown woman who got pregnant and decided to keep the baby. Entirely her business. She wants to raise the kid allone and won't share the father's name. Entirely her business. She has the resources to pay for a full-time around the clock nanny who helps her out whilst she goes back to work. Again, entirely her business.
If she had taken a longer leave or asked to be temporarily replaced that would also be fine with me. Just leave her alone already!
Sunday, 11 January 2009
How could I not have any Muse videos up? Love, love, LOVE them and I don't even care that this sentence looks like it was typed by a sixteen year old. Anyhoodle, I'm crunching for part deux of my job interview tomorrow so I simply must dash, but I'll leave you with the brilliant "Knights of Cydonia"
and the beautiful "Muscle Museum"...
Friday, 9 January 2009
I'm willing to give my life to destroy your evil society of deprived moral values, but not right now because I'm watching some blond chicks get it on!
Since the show has not been aired in the Netherlands, I didn't get got hooked on Dexter until very recently. With the first season now under my belt, I can honestly say it is a worthy addition to my personal drama/comedy series hall of fame.
In case you were wondering, the following are already in there (in no particular order):
- Six Feet Under
- The West Wing
- The Office (both UK and US versions)
- This Life (BBC, very old)
- Cold Feet (BBC)
Honourable mentions for "Gavin and Stacey" and "House M.D.". I'm aware that there are a few great shows out there that I might like just as much (I personally have high expectations for "Mad Men" and "The Wire") but with my limited Dutch tv access I probably won't see any of them until 2010.
But we were talking about Dexter. The one character that really annoys me on that show is Sergeant Doakes, and not just because he is always on the lovely Dexter's case. It's the way he talks, it reminds me of something...
Thursday, 8 January 2009
- Thai sweet chili sauce
I'm glad you asked... Yes I do believe those are two dragons DP-ing the exhaust pipes on a purple car. The image may have been redacted, but I think you crazy kids can still see the intent through the subtle positioning of horny green dragon and "hung like a horse" brown dragon. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go and perform a frontal lobotomy on myself...
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Anyway, this is my 100th post!
That is all...
Monday, 5 January 2009
I personally find the possibility of a crippling nose dive exhilarating. Especially when I get to watch other people involuntarily kiss a face full of pavement. That is not very nice of me I know, but I've provided the world with my fair share of clumsy and painful moments so I don't have to feel guilty when I laugh at the old lady who accidentally gets hit in the head with a frisbee, or the beautiful bride with bird crap in her hair.
I remember experiencing the most perfect moment of Schadenfreude on my ski-trip last year. We'd had a great day on the slopes and were enjoying hot rum, good food and bad jokes at an outdoor bar when our bliss was suddenly tainted by the ugly cries of a spoiled fat kid and his overbearing fussfaced mother. The little snot was apparently unimpressed by the perfect snow, clear sky and lush banquet in front of him, because he was throwing a temper tantrum that would make Shannen Doherty blush. I was just about to hurl my ski boot at his unsightly face when the magic happened. A giant slab of fluffy snow suddenly slid from the roof turning him and his high chair into a giant frozen popsicle. Ha! Naturally he cried even harder after that but it was still totally worth it.
Of course having said all that, and knowing my luck, I probably just succesfully jinxed my journey home and ensured that I have to do the interview with a broken nose and a busted lip. After all: Life is like a box of condoms. Smelly, uncomfortable, and you never know what you're going to get (when the fuckers inevitably break).
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
There is much sympathy in the West for the problems the Israeli government faces, especially in this age of fundamentalist terrorism and islamophobia, but at some point they have to be held accountable for their inhumane treatment of the Palestinians. There is no doubt that there are those that seek the destruction of Isreal and I am not trying to belittle that fact, but to pull out the old cliché; two wrongs can't make a right. Being critical of Israeli actions does not mean you are anti semitic, it means you view the state of Isreal as a mature and civilised nation that needs to behave as such.
For too long the international guilt over the holocaust has coloured our vision of the Isreali/Palestinian conflict, but the lesson that we apparently learned from those atrocious crimes is the wrong one. We should not strive just to protect our own, we should always keep the humanity of others in mind, and weigh our interests to those of the people around us. If you base your decisions solely on your own interests and the outcome results in something that is unacceptable to those around you, you can be sure that trouble is ahead. Fundamentalism and terrorism flourish only where nothing else does. Give the Palestinians a chance to build something resembling a decent living and they will fight to protect what they have. Against political instability, against violence, against terrorism. But they will need something to lose first...