September 29, 2010
Those silly bingo sites
As Paul McCartney didn't once write, all those silly bingo sites out there. But actually, not all that silly really.
Bingo was a huge post WWII change in British life. The game itself was older than that of course but it spread like wildfire in the early 50s as fir the first time the working population had a bit of disposable income and wanted to spend it on something other than just pubs. The men seemed happy enough just with hte pubs but the women, who had some of this newly disposable income, weren't. So why not down to the bingo hall, a natter, meet the friends, some low level gambling, nice prizes with a low entry cost, why not?
What's happened more recently is that we've both become less enamoured of having to go out for such fun and for those who do the smoking ban has made doing so less fun. Combine that with the internet and the silly bingo sites don't look so silly. As indeed they're not given how quickly they're growing.
For now the daughters and grandaughters of those first post war pioneers can sit at home, in the comfort with a vino and an ashtray, no one to tell them off for doing so, and have that bingo game. Plus, of course the virtual natter (the writers of the sites soon found out that it wasn't so much the gambling as the chatting which made for a vibrant site) and this can be done at the convenience of the women, not when someone can be bothered to open the doors to the bingo hall.
Providing millions of people with something better than what went before: not looking so silly now are they these silly bingo sites?
I know I'm a little late to this but I just think that while it's sad it's also wonderful.
The Segway company, that one that was going to revolutionise the world, got sold off at the end of last year. It turned out that it didn't revolutionise the world but it did swallow a huge amount of capital while not doing so. Hving done so, it was worth what was paid for it: a great deal less than had been invested in it.
OK, so far so normal for venture capital. But the bloke who bought it? He decided to test out a new model, one designed for rough terrain, for cross country work.
A mogul who had just spent millions to buy the Segway motor-scooter company died after taking one of the two-wheeled gizmos for a ride around his English estate -- and going over a cliff. The crumpled body of self-made millionaire philanthropist Jimi Heselden, 62, was found next to a river along his property Sunday, his electric scooter in the water nearby. "At this time, we do not believe the death to be suspicious," said a spokesman for the police in the town of West Yorkshire in northern England. Heselden -- one of the richest men in Britain with a reported net worth of around $300 million -- is believed to have been doing double duty test-driving a new, more durable, cross-country Segway model while also tooling around his property for an inspection when the freak accident occurred around 11:40 a.m.
Now, me, I'm sorry, but I laughed like a drain.
Sad, both what happened and that I laughed but I did.
This really is rather a fun case, that of Melissa Petro and her job as a teacher in the New York school system.
September 28, 2010
Hug a Hoodie
Yes, really, be like our new Prime Minister and go out and hug a hoodie today.
Ah, no, sorry, not one of those sorts of hoodies, not one of the sort you wouldn't want your daughter to be associating with. No, the other sort of hoodies, the ones you actually wear: you know, the sort that might aid iyou in your adventures to beget a daughter?
It is, after all, September, we can already feel the icy winds of winter beginning to arrive (and aren't we lucky with our lovely British climate, eh?) and it is time to work out what we're going to wear so that we have a chance to survive until the balmy days of spring.
The range of hoodies (and the quality, if truth be told) has expanded enormously in recent years even as the now Prime Minister has been mocked for his comment. There is of course the usual track suit style with a hood which we all know and love but there are also variants that will allow you to pose as a Canadian lumberjack in checked flannel.
No, No, please don't start singing that song, we all already know it and that's not the association we're trying to make.
There's more to it than just buying stylish clothes and keeping warm of course. By buying online you'll be reducing the effect on hte environment, as that report trailed through the papers yesterday showed. As long as the delivery van is making more than 25 deliveries every time it leaves the warehouse (which they most certainly do) then carbon emissions are reduced by online shopping, not increased.
And of course, the more people who shop online more often the more the planet gets saved, eh?
Jessica Alba naked
We all know that Jessica Alba said she would never appear naked in a movie.
That's the sort of thing that starlets do, not the sort of thing that respected (however gorgeous) actresses do.
However, we do have Jessica Alba appearing nude in her recent movie, Machete. So, err, have we had a regression from actress to starlet here? Perhaps a breaking of the word?
No, it can be explained. Getting to Jessica Alba naked is easy:
Jessica Alba looks like she has broken her promise never to strip off for a movie role.
But her white undies in the shot were actually digitally removed in Machete.
Yes, well, there you go. It's not a naked Jessica Alba you fleetingly see, it's a few digitally painted pixels that you do. Most disappointing but then that's what you've got to do to give the audience their titillation while not conducting oneself in a manner unbecoming an actress.
September 26, 2010
Where to play bingo online
The poor old bingo halls are getting it in the neck from all sides at the moment, aren't they? First there's the usual drop off in attendance as we enter that delightful thing, the British winter. Then there's the way that the smoking ban has meant that huge numbers simply prefer to go elsewhere: wlesewhere meaning at home. And then there's the rise of all the things you can do on the internet, like bingo scratch cards instead.
Getting killed from three sides, eh? And things like bingo scratch cards show why it's only going to get worse for the traditional bingo halls as well. Precisely because you've not got a large number of people all in the same place, expecting the same thing, it's a great deal easier to innovate. And that innovation is indeed what's happening online here. New games with new ways of playing. And not needing to go out into the rain and being able to sit at home with a bottle and ashtray as well, obviously.
I know you don't come here for investment advice but we can see that innovations like this, these bingo scratch cards online for example, mean that the traditional bingio hall is never going to get back on its feet. The whole market has simply moved on: no longer is it necessary, if looking for a gentle and anjoyable gamble, to struggle out into the night and fight through the crowds. It can all be done from home. And while there are those who might like the get together part of it all, the online sites all provide the usual social networking, meaning that you can chat away while playing anyway.
So even though you don't come here for investment advice, if you're still holding shares in any of the old style bingo places: sell 'em for what you can get for 'em.
Blanket Jackson is actually British?
Here's something of a turn up for the books. It's being claimed that Michael Jackson's son, Blanket, is actually British. Or at least part British.
The claim is being made by a Brit bloke, Matt Fiddes, who was a body guard to Jackson. He's saying that he was offered $500,000 to make a sperm donation (which he turned down) but that he did make a sperm donation at about the right time for the conception to have occured.
MICHAEL Jackson's former British bodyguard Matt Fiddes will this week claim he is the biological father of the dead star's youngest son Blanket.
Fiddes, of Barnstaple, Devon, will tell Australian TV he fathered the eight-year-old by sperm donation for nothing - turning down a £500,000 offer from the superstar. He has told pals he will fight for custody if anything happens to Jacko's mum Katherine.
That's going to be interesting though, a fight for custody. For of course Diana Ross was named as the second line guardian if anything ever happened to Jackson's mother. And, assuming that they did go through the legal manouvres, he's probably signed away all his parental rights anyway.
Then again, who knows whether the original claim is true of not anyway?
Where to find UK broadband
Or rather, not where to find UK broadband but where to find a supplier of UK broadband? For of course broadband itself is available all over the country: the tricky bit is getting connected to it.
What we would of course like is to have one of those comparison or shopping sites: maybe even a site which explained all of the differences between the different offers? Fortunately, we do indeed have one of these sorts of sites that does this broadband comparison. You can find it by simply clicking through that link there.
The site takes you through the offers from the different broadband providers. What exactly is it that is on offer? You know, the claimed speed of downloads, how much traffic you're allowed, do you have to hire a phone line from someone? There are also, of course, all of the various free phone call offers to consider: this isn't a simple thing to do really.
The more phone calls you make then the more you need to consider what they're offering free. You also need to look at all of the contractual gubbins around the offers. How long do you have to stay with the provider, all that sort of stuff.
And finally you can compare mobile broadband. If you're only a light user this can actually work out cheaper. Download speeds are normally slower, traffics limits lower, but you obviously don't need to purchase the phone line rental as well: so, in fact, it can be cheaper if you're not a heavy user of the net. And, of course, you can also take your laptop off to hte park and keep working, something you can't do if you purchase the line broadband.
So, if you're looking for what will give you a deal on broadband, fortunately, someone's set up a site to tell you all about it.
Lindsay Lohan's on heroin?
Or rather, was Lindsay Lohan on heroin?
Disturbing pictures have been found of Lindsay Lohan with a syringe, holding to her arm while she tightens a torniquet. The pictures date from 2007:
CROUCHING in a dark corner, Lindsay Lohan is poised to inject herself with what appears to be a syringe of heroin.
Our shocking picture shows the troubled Mean Girls star wrapping a tourniquet around her lower arm - the method addicts use to raise a vein.
Her right hand hovers the needle over the skin of her left arm.
What nobody actually knows is whether there was in fact heroin in the syringe and whether Lindsay Lohan actually injected herself with whatever it did contain. We really don't know whether this was actually preparing to take drugs or was simply a pose. A bit of fun for the cameras sort of thing.
About the only thing we can say is that she's not taking opiates now. They would have showed up when she was tested: you know, when the cocaine was found that sent her back to jail?