Friday, October 28, 2005

Sike!

I was browsing around for practical joke ideas for Halloween when I stumbled across this little gem of a site: The Top Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever. According to this site, here's the worst April fool's hoax of all time:

#1: Hijinks of Hussein and Son
Saddam Hussein and his sons may have been ruthless, power-hungry dictators, but that didn't stop them from trying to give the people of Iraq a good chuckle every April Fool's Day. On April 1, 1998 the Babil newspaper, owned by Hussein's son Uday, informed its readers that President Clinton had decided to lift sanctions against Iraq, only to admit later that it was just joking. One can imagine the knee-slapping guffaws when readers realized how they'd been taken for a ride. The laughs continued in 1999 when Uday mischeviously announced that the monthly food rations would be supplemented to include bananas, Pepsi, and chocolate. Again, just a joke. At this point, the Husseins appear to have run out of material, because in 2000 they recycled the sanction-lifting gag, and in 2001 trotted out the ration-supplement crowd-pleaser one more time. The merciless quality with which the same joke was repeated year after year had an almost surreal quality to it. In fact, it almost makes one sympathize with Saudi Arabia's chief cleric, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, who in 2001 decreed that the celebration of April Fool's Day should be banned altogether. It's not known if the Sheikh had his neighbor's hijinks in mind when he issued the ban.

Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that the Iraqi Information Minister was probably in on it as well? Not to be outdone, the Iraqi Ambassador to Russia also managed to get a spot on the list (just scroll down to the bottom of the page). Them old Iraqi officials are a funny lot.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I Couldn't Have Done It Without Ramzi

It's the weekend, and you've got nothing to do. You've already found this blog which tells me you must be somewhat internet savvy, so why not take it a step further and become a hacker? If you're not sure where to start, here's a great introductory video: Hacking With Ramzi.

Now that you're all l33t, go download some pR0nZ or something.

(For those having trouble accessing the site, I've set it up so that you should be able to download the vid by clicking here. It's a WMV file, so you need a Windows Media player to watch it. Enjoy!)

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Kind of Kites Your Mother Warned You About

I'm not sure if anyone has posted about this before, but there's a Power Kiting store in Kuwait (at Muthana Complex). I've met one of the owners several times and got the impression that he's in it because of his passion for the sport rather than to make a quick Dinar.

Power Kiting is basically taking the whole idea of flying a kite (one of my favourite hobbies) to an extreme level. These kites are built to be powerful enough to drag a person through the desert at remarkable speeds (for something to be fueled by just air), which is why they come in several options: You can kite surf/board on the water, kitebuggy by using buggies that are uniquely designed to handle the kites , or kitelandboard which is the desert version of kitesurfing (using special skateboards instead of surfboards). That being said, you can pretty much choose to fly the kites on your own two feet instead of letting them race you across the desert.

Wind Rider, the website for the store in Kuwait, breaks things down pretty well for the uninitiated. It also features a few movies and a photo gallery to give an idea of what the sport is all about. As with any sport that has the word 'Power' in it, safety is paramount, so you need to learn a few things before going out there and trying your hand at it. The owner did mention to me that they provide classes to whoever wants to learn. He stressed that girls especially should not be shy about applying since he believes his team to be professional and sexual harassment will not be tolerated. So if you've got the time and inclination, go check it out and tell me how it goes!