January 9th, 2006

breaking bad

Tony Banks

Tony Banks is dead. Wise-cracking former Labour MP, and one of those politicians you could imagine going for a drink with. The BBC have assembled some of his wise cracks:

Margaret Thatcher 'all the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa-constrictor'
John Major 'So unpopular, if he became a funeral director people would stop dying'
Terry Dicks 'Living proof that a pig's bladder on the end of a stick can be elected to Parliament'

An irritable and funny man, he sometimes despaired of the human race and its cruelty, famously once saying he 'Looked forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the Earth and wipes us out, thus giving nature the opportunity to start again'

We've all had days like that.
breaking bad

Spreadsheet model

Today I have a very specific job to do. The text book I wrote in the 1990s is being re-purposed for the Caribbean and I have to rewrite a chapter on spreadsheets. I used heat loss from a house as the example - you enter the starting values, and formulas, and then mess about with things like 'adding double glazing' and 'loft insulation' and the spreadsheet models the effect on your annual fuel budget. It was a good example because it was a task that would have been laborious without computer modelling, but quite simple to grasp as a concept. But of course 'heat loss' isn't an issue in the Caribbean.

Our contact in Jamaica suggested I create a model around combining pupils' test results to determine class ranking - but I think that's boring. I mean, even more boring than my original. What I'm thinking of is creating a spreadsheet model of diet: calories and fat and vitamins, and then entering values from foods, so the spreadsheet models the relationship between the food you eat and your weekly nutrition. Not completely got it clear in my mind yet though, but I've promised it to the publisher by Thursday.
breaking bad

Pastoring to the police

This story has been bandied about a bit.

An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said... When he left jail, he said:"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

This guy being one of those who says that gays can become straight if they 'accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their sinful, destructive lifestyle.'

There's a certain amount of chortling on the left/lib side about this, but I feel sorry for the old fellow. Why was he arrested? Since when is it illegal to go up to someone and offer them a blow job? I mean, if you don't fancy one you can always say no, right?

I agree if it was a young person, or if he kept pestering ('you sure you don't want one?'), then that might be cause for complaint, but otherwise it just seems ridiculous.

'Hello, I'd like to **** your **** '
'You're nicked.'

ETA humorously I find that what he actually did was 'Approached the undercover officer and sang the lyric "come-on 'a my house, come-on 'a my house, I'm gonna give you candy" as part of his solicitation.' Come on that's really sweet. Nobody should be arrested for that.