May 29th, 2010
One interesting vanity plate I saw close to Trader Joe’s: QTT PIE. Very apt, considering it was an Audi TT.
Another one was I11I1I1. Also apt, considering it was a sports car, and the owner probably assumes that by having a tag where 1s and Is can be confused will allow him to speed and not be caught. Don’t know if that is true or not.
May 17th, 2010
For the first time in the 17 year history of annual Sultan Azlan Shah hockey cup, joint champions have been declared: India, S.Korea share Sultan Azlan Shah hockey Cup.
Quite unbelievable that India continues to do this well in hockey, despite the absence of any sophisticated hockey league. By no means is India in the top 4 or 5 ranked nations in Hockey, but it seems to be consistently in top 10. I am not really sure how to explain this.
On a personal note, I love *watching* hockey, even though I never played it. I love the fast paced nature of this sport, and love to see field goals. Penalty corner goals are OK too, but not as exciting to see as field goals. In the US “hockey” by default means ice hockey, and field hockey is virtually non-existent.
May 16th, 2010
Saw this one on I-66:
The state name “Virginia” was on top. Really cute, and matches the Virginia’s official tag line.
May 13th, 2010
Saw these cool vanity plates:
- HVRKRFT: This was a BMW, and since they can obviously fly and swim, it seems pretty apt.
- 2K9s4me (2 Canines for me): I didn’t see any dogs in the car, but I don’t believe the vanity plate is about dentists or false teeth either.
- (Heart sign) 2ISK8 (Love to ice skate): This I thought was a really cool one, but obviously the person must *really* like skating to put this on the vanity plate.
May 3rd, 2010
18 months after the Mumbai seige, it is time to review how badly 2 news media reported it.
- BBC: Mumbai attacks will be go down in history as one of the worst reporting achievements of Biased Broadcasting Corporation. It lead to some unbelievably crass reporting by BBC, where in it chose to report the terrorists as gunmen, and chose to entirely deny the fact that the Jewish center had been chosen by design. Starting from the very first report, it chose to represent India as a country in general chaos with a “history of unrest”, which should somehow justify the attacks there, so that the rest of us living in the “civilized west” can go on with our lives undeterred by this “local Indian problem”, which at least as BBC chose to believe, is not related to “terrorism”. British parliamentarian Stephen Pound referred to the BBC’s whitewashing of the terror attacks as “the worst sort of mealy mouthed posturing. It is desperation to avoid causing offence which ultimately causes more offence to everyone.”
- New York Times: As the Wall Street Journal puts it:
“Meanwhile — perhaps even more disgracefully — a New York Times report on the last day of the siege stated: ‘It is not known if the Jewish center was strategically chosen, or if it was an accidental hostage scene.’ Has the New York Times learned anything since the Holocaust, when, even after the war ended in the spring of 1945, the paper infamously refused to report that the Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Germans and so on killed in the camps had been Jews, and killed as Jews?”
May 2nd, 2010
he was not by any means prepared for nothing.” – Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
This line is sheer genius. As I am going through reading the book just one more time, I have read this line a few dozen times.