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more enormous fish news

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Something strange happening in the world right now, which has spawned (if you’ll pardon the pun) three giant fish stories in a row. This time: Strange Fish Found on Beach Near Seaside. Seaside is actually a place – I would think that a beach would generally be near a seaside, or maybe a lakeside. But I digress.

This King-of-the-Salmon (Trachipterus Altivelis) normally lives around 1600 feet under the sea so they’re not often seen. It was almost exactly 6 feet long, and as you’ll see from the photo has gigantic eyes. At least it didn’t do like our previous giant fish story subjects and leap out of the water, maiming and I would assume considerably alarming the occupants of a boat.

sunfish news

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

OK so this isn’t supposed to be a large fish blog, but I couldn’t resist linking to this story which reports on the enormous warm-water sunfish which have been showing up near the coast of England. These fish are gigantic – about 11 feet long and weighing over 2 tons. But it’s not all good news:

A four-year-old boy was flattened by a sunfish in August last year, off the coast of Little Haven, Pembrokeshire, when it leapt from the sea into his dad’s boat. The boy and his brother managed to roll the creature off and back into the sea.

I would imagine that would give you quite a shock.


Thursday, July 20th, 2006

My brother works for the Scottish Government in Edinburgh, and recently sent me a link to the Scottish Parliament’s website. But! Not just the regular, comprehensible homepage – the homepage translated into a comedy Scottish accent. It appears not to be a hoax, which means that the good people of Scotland pay taxes which pays someone to make up words like “wabsite”. The Scottish word for bewildered disbelief is “Crivvens”.

five glorious years

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

It’s been almost exactly five years since I started this blog – by something of a coincidence today I got a call from a reporter at the local daily paper to interview me about my blog. He was basically trying to ask in the nicest possible way why I would keep doing this when not many people read it (about 70 visitors a day on average) and a fair number of the entries aren’t that interesting – his example being my post from Austin, TX where I thrillingly reported that I was quite tired after a busy day so just had a bowl of soup and watched a movie in my hotel room. I explained that it’s really mostly a diary which other people can see, and that it’s about 50% for me, 35% for family and friends, and 15% for people to stumble on – I think I’ve noted here that each month about 10 people find it by googling “toddler stammer” for example.

So if he likes what I said it should be in the paper on Sunday or Monday. I’ll have to alert the web hosting people in anticipation of the literally tens more people who might visit this page.

i think i’m going to…

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Just stumbled across a series of pictures on the BBC about a guy on a mission to find the least edible food. The pictures are quite well presented, but the actual food… well, just don’t read it while you’re eating.


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Ah, the power of the internet. No matter how insurmountable your problem, there’s always a solution.

don’t be alarmed

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

It’s a good thing this several million light-year spanning fireball is nowhere near us. Makes you think, though – if it was indeed anywhere near the solar system we’d just be done for and that would be that.

To put the size of this thing in perspective (if that’s at all possible) the sun’s light takes a few minutes to reach earth. This fireball is so big that it would take light three million years to get from one side to the other.

usa out?

Monday, June 12th, 2006

The USA team just lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic – pretty bad, especially as they had been fairly highly rated going in. It’s a shame and, not to get carried away, runs the risk of sinking soccer’s repuation and profile here for another long while. Part of the problem was succinctly noted in the Washington Post’s pretty decent World Cup blog:

Halftime on ESPN2 will feature “Rece, Alexi and Julie.”
In England, halftime hosts are named things like Gary, Clive and Nigel.
No wonder the Americans are losing 2-0.

and, he’s

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Not often I laugh out loud at work, but this very short video did the trick. Picture quality is bad, but that’s hardly the point as you’ll find out.

Originally seen on

really really late

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

OK, so it happened on April 29, but it’s really worth watching the video of Stephen Colbert laying into President Bush. Enjoy.