Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

The Church of Britney

February 14, 2007

Hi Brit,

Funny you should bring up Britney Spears and church, since my usually unreliable source sent me this at lunch:

“There is a new movement, based only on Internet contact, that is seriously disturbing the Powers That Be in many countries, The Church of Holy Britney.  This semi-religious movement is based upon interpreting her song lyrics and public activity in a prophetic light.  Some of the conclusions of the nameless high priests of this “Church” are considered by those in charge to be dangerously subversive and/or a potential danger to the general public.  For instance, the line, “Hit me baby one more time,” has been interpreted as meaning that the US and France, which have each had one revolution, are due another.  Since contact over the Internet is so anonymous, the only ready method of identifying members of this rapidly growing cult is by their act of devotion, as expressed by not wearing underwear.  It is not known at this time if Britney is involved in this, or even knows of its existence.”

Well, I know I’m going to be looking at the other people in the checkout line differently from now on.

the Grit

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Freedom of blog speech under threat

February 6, 2007

Hi Grit

I don’t know if you have read the news relating to attacks by some governments on Freedom of speech on the Internet. More and more countries throughout the world are beginning to interfere with the freedom of bloggers being able to write what they like. Amnesty international cites the case of an Iranian blogger who was arrested for speaking about a political argument in his country.

They are asking for all free fighting bloggers to voice their support for the right to free Internet speecb wherever someone is from.

They have my vote.

the Brit

Cool site!

February 2, 2007

Hi Brit,

I just found this, midomi, which looks to be way cool.  At least, it would be if I had a microphone hooked into my computer.  If someone out there does, I’d love to know how well this search engine works.  Oh, it’s designed to help you find that song that you’ve got stuck in your head, but can’t remember the name of.  Apparently, you can hum, whistle, or sing the tune and it will find the song.

the Grit

Barbie in tears after taking a bashing

January 29, 2007

barbie.jpgHi Grit

Like me, I doubt that when a child, you came into contact with the “Barbie” doll, but my sister certainly had one, as did most of the girls in the area. Barbie was more than an icon, she was every child dream. Every girl had to have one and every boy wanted “a doll like that when I grow up.” Hence why, up until recently, she enjoyed 75% of the global fashion doll market.

But now the cute little Barbie is being bashed. A new doll called Bratz is giving Barbie a bashing. Yet another example of bullying, this time in the commercial marketplace. Barbie’s market share has already dropped to 60%? Is this any way to allow the doll idol of millions of children for nearly half a century to be treated? Surely not!

I think we should start a triple B campaign (Bring Back Barbie). Let’s spread the word through the Internet, with a double triple B campaign – BRING BACK BARBIE and BANISH BULLY BRATZ.

the Brit

Paris Hilton for $50K?

January 27, 2007

Hi Grit

It appears that one inventive company had the idea of of offering Paris Hilton to every male that wanted her – in the form of a lifesize blow up doll. However, their plans have received a minor setback as the lady herself has refused to endorse the product. Bearing in mind the other videos etc., that are flooding the net regarding the heiress, I find this decision somewhat at odds with her other activities.

Nevertheless it appears that the company is going ahead with their plans. Of course there is one obstacle to those wishing to indulge themselves – the price tag. $50K for a doll, whatever its capabilities, is a staggering amount and, in my view, you have to be seriously deranged to even think about it.

Paris Hilton might well be in trouble with her own career and life, but she is certainly creating a dollar bandwagon for others.

the Brit

EU – Don’t blame us!

January 26, 2007

Hi Grit

I hear your comments about the way that the EU is reacting to Microsoft. In fact it is a coalition of other computer companies that is raising their ugly heads about the matter. It is one of the problems with globalisation that every business wants a slice of it until someone (like Microsoft), find a great way to really make a go of it. Then all of the also-rans like IBM etc., start to rant because they have not made such a good job of achieving market share.

The EU commission, which is hardly a representative body from the electorate of the European nations, thinks to itself “oh dear, we had better not upset these transnational companies.” So they start ranting off as well. Of course no-one asks the millions of civilians what they think about the subject.

So, whilst I accept that this might have upset those in the US like you Grit, I would say that it is not a EU wide decision.

the Brit

Jessica Lee Rose?

January 26, 2007

Hi Grit

Does the name Jessica Lee Rose mean anything to you? It should as it transpires that she is the most famous girl on the Internet. Her rise to stardom has happened as a result of taking part in the short video series lonelygirl15 for you tube, in which she plays a school girl who feels isolated from her peers as she is homeschooled.

Having been running for over a year, Jessica and the series are now achieving fame elsewhere. The UN has engaged Jessica to help with the fight against poverty and one of the videos even inspired a story for Law and Order. There has also been a record released which was inspired by the show and its video used a replica of the set.

It looks like this 17 year old is likely to go places in the entertainment world.

the Brit 

Don’t you know the liberals are just green with envy

January 25, 2007

Hi Brit,

I just found this, China’s Hu vows to “purify” Internet, which is scary enough all on its own.  Then I got to thinking about our elitist political types and it made me twinge.  Considering that the Democrats are yammering about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, our Postal Service is lobbing Congress to put a tax on email to make up for their lost snail mail business, and liberals in general hate any free speech that isn’t in their favor, just think what they could do without the terrible hassle of having to pass laws within the framework of the Constitution. 

the Grit