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Dashboard Muhammed

. . . irrational violence to commence in . . 3 . . 2 . . 1 . .

Posted October 3, 2006 by Mike

Hat tip to Mike Ghallager, the talkshow host I first heard report on the Bobblehead Muhammed. I almost died laughing. A quick Google, and there it was -
dashboardmuhammed.com. The doll, complete with a bomb turbin, is modeled after one of the Danish cartoons which the Islamic world went competely insane over earlier this year.

The violence resulting from the cartoons is what prompted Timothy Ames to create the Bobblehead Muhammed.

From the NY Daily News:
Bobblehead Muhammed?

A ceramic bobblehead doll of the Prophet Muhammed - created to resemble the infamous caricature published by a Danish newspaper - is being hawked online for $22.99 a pop by an ex-Marine.

The unapologetic creator, Timothy Ames, 28, said the bobblehead is similar to "dashboard Jesus" figurines that can be stuck with adhesive to flat surfaces. "I thought, 'If they flipped out over some cartoons what will they do with a dashboard Muhammed?'" Ames said from his home in Hawaii.
Islamic experts, never ones to recognise the ironic absurdity of their responses, immediately took offense:
. . . But Islamic experts are not amused, saying the bobbleheads could anger Muslims, whose religion strictly prohibits depictions of the prophet.

"No depiction of the prophet, even if it is positive, should be made ever - and certainly not one as ridiculous as the bobblehead Muhammed," said Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, an assistant professor at New York University. "I don't think it's about freedom of speech. This is the freedom to insult, which he shouldn't be doing." (emphasis mine - mike)
Clue, calling Zvi - Freedom of Speech IS the freedom to insult.

Now it's only been a few days since the followers of the RoP (Religion of Pieces) went violently berserk yet again for, . . . you guessed it - being characterized as a violent religion by the 14th century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus.

Sadly, this time, in addition to the regular demonstrations, car-beques, attacks against buildings, and other perceived enemies, one of the more unstable proponents of the RoP gunned down a Nun. The brave RoP follower shot the Nun several times in the back. If past precedent just this year alone is any indication, prepare for more "Religion of Peace" violence in response to the existence of the Dashboard Muhammed.

It's harder than you think . . .

. . . who, me?

Posted September 16, 2006 by Mike

Close to the end of season 1 of
Stargate Atlantis, Major Sheppard is getting ready to do a reconnaisance mission of the Wraith fleet. Just as he's leaving, he gets a seemingly gratuitous order . . .

Dr. Weir:
"On the off-chance you get the idea to take the Wraith ships on yourself Major, I am hereby ordering you not to."
Major Sheppard:
"Believe me, you don't have to."
Dr. Weir:
". . . still . . ."
Major Sheppard:
"Don't take on an alien armada single handed - understood."
At first I thought this was just some witty reparte, but after thinking about it for a while, I realized that, for a hardcore fighter pilot, especially a good one, following an order like that would not be as easy as you might think. Indeed, it would take conscious effort not to attack. During WW II, Finnish fighter pilots, using obsolete US Navy Brewster Buffalos, ran up a victory ratio of 26 to 1 against the Russians. This was the highest victory ratio of the war by at least a factor of two, in spite of being outnumbered 10 to 1 nearly every time they went out on patrol. After the war, one of the Finnish aces was asked what tactics they used to achieve their amazing results. The response? "Always attack. No matter how many they have, always attack. Two against twenty, four against sixty, attack."

Not such a gratuitous order to give after all.


. . . 501st, here I come!

Posted September 8, 2006 by Mike

They've got the
WRONG TROOPER on this recruiting poster. Definitely old school.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Now this is a recruiting poster for our times !

Come to think of it, I've been meaning to get an application in to the 501st for some time now myself.

. . . now where did I put that application . . .

Happy St. Patrick's Day !

. . . give your car keys to a friend

Posted March 17, 2006 by Mike

Yet another holiday, the celebration of which, without a doubt, will infuriate islamofascists.

Go forth, and celebrate with friends.

The 5-Minute James Bond Movie

. . . what a wuss . . . I'd make a better Bond . . .

Posted February 25, 2006 by Mike

If real life ability had anything to do with it, the new James Bond would be dead at least 5 times before the opening credits rolled (and if the movie ended right there, real Bond aficionados would probably break out cheering).

Via Tim Blair's post - LICENSED TO KILL, BUT NOT TO DRIVE, we learn that the Blond Bond, can't shoot, can't fight, can't drive, and is terrified of fast boats. What a wuss!

I'd make a better Bond.

How Long Have You Had These Droids ?

. . . move along . . .

Posted February 15, 2006 by Mike

In the unlikely event I come across a stash 'o cash sometime between now and Halloween, I think I might do a little Trooping.

And how, I hear you ask, will I manage that? Glad you asked, says I.

Shepperton Design Studios has just the right stuff to do it in style. While it's not cheap, Shepperton is the outfit that did all the Stormtrooper armor for the original STAR WARS movies, so you KNOW it's accurate. Most of their outfits are even done from the original molds!

Shepperton has three different Stormtrooper Helmets, an Imperial Pilot Helmet, and a complete armor set.

I hear the 501st is looking for a few good men . . .

Happy Valentine's Day !

. . . candy, flowers, dinner,
etc., *a-hem* etc. . . .

Posted February 14, 2006 by Mike

Via Tim Blair, the Religion of Peace urges "sensitivity":
Muslims Advised Not To Celebrate Valentine's Day

KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- Muslims in the country, especially lovers, have been advised not to celebrate Valentine's Day tomorrow.

State Islam Hadhari Development Committee Deputy Chairman, Muhammad Ramli Nuh said celebrating the Day could be regarded as recognising the enemies of Islam because Valentine or Valentinus took part in planning and attacking Cordoba, once a well-known centre of Islam in Spain, causing its downfall.

He was speaking to reporters after opening the seminar on Understanding of Tasawwuf Nusantara at Universiti Darul Iman, Malaysia, here, today.

Muhammad Ramli said although not many couples celebrate Valentine's Day in the state, the state government wished to remind that the celebration should not be held including in hotels.

He reminded hotel managements to be sensitive to the religious beliefs of the people.

Hmmmm - like the "sensitivity" exhibited by Islamofascists at the hotel in Bali?

In the light of the "sensitivity" demonstrated time after time after time by the Religion of Peace, I present the above Valentine's Day banner.

Now grab your honey, go forth, and CELEBRATE !


I just dropped a Tropical DOTS Dot. It tumbled into a hole in the top/side of my computer case, and I can't find it.

I am so screwed.

Woo-hooo! I'm saved! the DOT did NOT go into the computer! it was under my chair. Whew!

Posted January 21, 2006 by Mike

'Cause Somewhere in the Crowd is You . . .

Super Trouper

beams are gonna blind me

but I won't feel blue

like I always do

'cause somewhere in the

crowd there's you.

Copyright 1980 for the world by Universal/Union Songs AB, Stockholm, Sweden. All rights reserved
Posted December 28, 2005 by Mike

Theme by Nerf Herder Bumper Music

. whoa . . .
. . . . what a cool axe!

Posted September 13, 2005 by Mike

SnowMan just used the BtVS theme song for bumper music. I've noticed that good bumper music gets picked up by other talk show hosts after a while.

Won't be long before everybody's using it.

WOW! What a cool toy store!

Now, now, mikee. Drool is so unbecoming.

Posted June 8, 2005 by Michael A. Morrow

Just stopped by
INFOTECH, my favorite computer store. It's obvious I haven't been there in a while. Aside from the store having a completely different interior layout, it has tons more stuff.

. . and much cooler stuff, too.

Like BIG LCD Flat panel displays.

And WICKED fast gamer display boards.

And even more WICKEDLY fast CPUs.

And BIG, CHEAP hard drives.

And SPEAKERS. And CASES. And Power Supplies. And keyboards. And mice. And . . . and . . . and . . . drool . . .

. . . and it's all REALLY CHEAP !

I just barely escaped doing some serious damage to my credit card.

My only acquisition was this Microsoft ergonomic keyboard, and a PS2/USB converter cable to hook it up with.

The keyboard sits nicely on my lap, with a nice palm rest to ease the wrist load. Now that I've had a chance to work with it for a few minutes, here's what I'd do differently:

1) space bar cut in two - left side becomes a backspace, right side a forward space.

2) lose the numeric keypad - it just hangs off the end anyway. This would make it more compact and easier to use (does anybody use the numeric keypad?).

3) make the "ENTER" key bigger, ala my AWESOME Northgate keyboard.

4) function keys on the left please, again, like the late, great, Northgate.

5) tuck the arrow keys in a little closer if you aren't going to arrange them like a cross.

6) Esc key back down in the number row where it belongs please.

7) another Del key please - and put it under the arrow key pad.

Not a Northgate, but other than that, not too shabby! I'm sure I'll have more to say after I've used it for a while.

UPDATE: Another reason to lose the numeric keypad - it occupies the same desktop real estate as the mouse for right-handed people.

Center the working part of the keyboard in front of your monitor, and the mouse pad ends up a minimum of 6 inches to the right of it's preferred part of the desktop. That's quite a reach, and it wastes valuable desktop real estate in smaller office cubicles.

Here's a more svelte version, with some practical changes. Notice how much the width has decreased from the original. Here's a summary of the changes:

1) The numeric keypad is gone.
2) The arrow keypad has been rearranged into a geometric cross configuration. For those that must have a keypad, a special function key switches the arrow pad to a numeric keypad. The arrow pad includes Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Pause keys across the top, and Ins and Del keys across the bottom.
3) For the time being, I've left the function keys at the top.
4) The Esc key has been moved down to the numbers row.
5) The Enter key has been enlarged and changed to an "L" shape.
6) The START and Menu keys are gone.
7) The Spacebar has been split in two and lengthened. The left side is a backspace, the right side a forward space.

Anyway, that's what I'd do. Eventually, I'd move the function keys to the left hand side too.

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