I’m popular with the Preop Transexuals


I’ve had about 150 hits since Monday night resulting from google/bing searches for “Rebecca Twigley”, probably as a result of the Brownlow. I’ve also had about the same for “Preop Transexual” and “Miriam”. Is she in a new show or something?

I don’t know how I feel about my blog getting hits on “Preop Transexual”.

World of Tanks: My new favourite game

I realise I’m probably late to the game, but I’ve recently discovered World of Tanks. I find it therapeutic to log in crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and hear the lamentations of their women.

World of Tanks is essentially a world… of tanks! Every player drives a WW2-era tank and competes with a team of 15-or so other tanks to beat the other team by destroying them all or by capturing their base.

There are different classes of tanks including Light, Medium and Heavy Tanks, Tank Destroyers and Self Propelled Guns, my favourite. There are also different tiers of each of these tanks drawn from German, Soviet, American and Chinese designs. You start the game off with a Tier 1 tank which is essentially a tin can on wheels with a BB gun and a Semaphore comms system and you work your way towards larger, faster, better armed and armoured tanks. There’s 15-20 maps to test your strategy and tactics.

I’m currently working my way up the American SPG line and a have an M41 artillery with a 155mm Howitzer. I’ve paid my dues in the M7 Priest, which has a smaller gun. The M7 Priest is a case of being a small fish in a big pond, and more often than not I’d be against monster tanks I had no hope of destroying. For example, when you fire on a tank with 300mm of armour and your gun only has a 50mm maximum penetration, you can’t really hope to do much damage. But I managed to work up to the M41 with a larger gun and I can one-shot most Medium Tanks and give a Heavy Tank a bad headache. Eventually I’d like to get the T92, the biggest gun in the game which can kill anything it hits with one shot. It has a couple disadvantages, the main one being the 40 second reload time so you really have to make each shot count.

I often go back to my trusty M2 Light Tank, as these smaller tier Light Tanks are only matched against other Lights. It’s a sweet spot where the M2 is often the best tank on the map and it’s fun not to have to worry about higher tier Heavy Tanks which can run over you without feeling a bump.

When the game starts you have 30 seconds to chat and work out strategy with your team mates. I’ve found that these lower tier games are joined by noobs, and if I can convince them to follow some basic instructions then our team will more often than not come out with the win. You can usually tell the Rambo noobs, as they’re the first to die.

The game has a reward system based on hits, kills, detection etc, as well as awards and various medals. I have a few “Top Gun” awards, and a handful of “Confederate” medals, meaning I hit at least 6 enemies who were later destroyed by others. I’m quite proud of my “Kamikaze” award, for destroying a higher tier tank by ramming it.

Games go a maximum of 15 minutes, and there’s usually at least 5000 people playing at any one time so there’s no waiting for another game. I’d recommend World of Tanks to anyone interested in short, fast, tactical rewards-based team games.

When is a penalty not a penalty?

Answer: when you’re Vitantonio Liuzzi, the second best driver in a two driver team racing for HRT who’s cars are little more than mobile chicanes and you try to pull this stunt:

A wider angle from the rear shows he put a wheel on the grass in the breaking zone about 100m before the chicane and got all out of shape. For the record, you lose a lot of grip if you decide to leave the track.

Liuzzi, who usually qualifies last and is only “racing” for HRT as a last resort and will never be picked up by a competent team, was handed a 5-spot grid penalty for next weeks Singapore Grand Prix.

I mean penalising someone who qualifies dead last anyhow isn’t really a punishment. Yay stewards.

River naming in US


This is a great peice of cartography I thought I’d share.

This map charts the rich variety of waterflow toponyms in the US, which reflects the climatological and geographical diversity of the country, but also its linguistic and historical heritage. River names seem extremely resistant to change, and indeed often are echoes of earlier dominant cultures.

The colours on the map, which is based on the place names in the USGS National Hydrography Dataset, correspond to the generic toponyms for waterflows, excluding the two commonest ones (river and creek, rendered in grey).

Facebook Slacktivism

OK, here we go:

Shhhhhh!!!! Ok pretty ladies, it’s that time of year again, in support of breast cancer awareness!! So we all remember last years game of writing your bra color as your status?…..or the way we like to have our handbag handy? Remember last year so many people took part that it made national news and, the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we’re doing this and helped raise awareness!! Do NOT tell any males what the status’ mean, keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste (in a message )this to all your female friends to see if we can make a bigger fuss this year than last year!!! I did my part… now YOUR turn ! Go on ladies…and let’s have all the males guessing! .. It’s time to confuse the men again (not that its really that hard to do ) Everyone knows it makes their brains work wonders on what we’re talkin about!! The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to the GIRLS ONLY and lets see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went round all over the world.
So you’ll write… I’m (your birth month) weeks and I’m craving (your birth date)!!! as your status. Example: Feb 14th: I’m 2 weeks and craving Chocolate mints!!

January-1week, Febuary-2 weeks, March-3 weeks, April-4 weeks, May-8 weeks, June-9 weeks, July-10 weeks, August-12 weeks, September-13 weeks, October-14 weeks, November-16 weeks, December-18 weeks.

Days of the month: 1-Skittles, 2-Starburst, 3-Kit-Kat, 4-M&M’s, 5-Galaxy, 6-Crunchie, 7-Dairy Milk, 8-Lollipop, 9-Peanut Butter Cups, 10-Meat Balls, 11-Twizzlers, 12-Bubble Gum, 13-Hershey’s Kisses, 14-Chocolate Mints, 15-Twix, 16-Resse’s Fastbreak, 17-Fudge, 18-Cherry Jello, 19-Milkyway, 20-Pickels, 21-Creme Eggs, 22-Skittles, 23-Gummy Bears, 24-Gummy Worms, 25-Strawberry Pop Tarts, 26-Starburst, 27-Mini Eggs, 28-Kit-Kat Chunky, 29-Double Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies, 30-Smarties, 31-Chocolate Cake

Let’s raise Breast Cancer awareness, girls!!!

But don’t let people know what you want them to be aware of or even that they’re supposed to be aware of anything at all.  I mean how do they expect this to work? At best a guy will see the status and go “What the hell are you on about?” and the girl will say “It’s a secret!” At that point the guy will cease giving a shit, trust me.

But I know the answer already. It’s not supposed to work. It’s just an excuse for some people to act dumb by pretending to do something important. No, they don’t really do any “harm”. But these people do it so they can give themselves a pat on the back because “Hey I just raised awareness of <disease that everyone knows about anyway>, good for me. Donate actual money? Screw that. Did you see my Facebook? I posted my shoe size and bra color. I did my part.”

These campaigns bug me because they are inadvertently sexualizing cancer. To get attention or “raise awareness” they’re posting comments that are meant to be taken as innuendo. Because of where the cancer occurs, there’s this inability to disconnect between a potentially fatal disease and “LOL Boobs“.

And really, what the hell does “raising awareness” do at this point? Is there anyone left who doesn’t know how widespread and dangerous breast cancer is? Are they suddenly going to donate because they read a status from a Facebook friend where she implied she was pregnant? What do pregnancy cravings and birthdays have to do with breast cancer?

It’s kind of a sore spot with me.