The hype surrounding any product Apple unveils.
Claims that the iPhone will change the world are all part of the iPerbole surrounding the cultish company.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Dennis Hope has made over $9,000,000 since 1980, by selling land on the Moon by the acre.
He claims to have sold land to 4.25 million people, including Barbara Walters, George Lucas, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior. He said he can do so due to a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty, which says that no single nation owns the Moon. He says that it does not ban individual holders.
Hope says, "It was unowned land. For private property claims, 197 countries at one time or another had a basis by which private citizens could make claims on land and not make payment. There are no standardized rules. I own about 95 different planetary bodies. The total amount of property I currently own is about 7 trillion acres. The value of that property is about $100 trillion. And that doesn’t even include mineral rights."
However, there are problems. Ram Jakhu, law professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University in Toronto and a director of the International Institute for Space Law said, "I don’t see a loophole. The moon is a common property of the international community, so individuals and states cannot own it. That’s very clear in the U.N. treaty. Individuals’ rights cannot prevail over the rights and obligations of a state." He also said that historically, "the ownership of private property has been a major cause of war. No one owns the moon. No one can own any property in outer space."
Problems may rise up in the future, due to plans by both the USA and Japan to build colonies on the Moon.
Friday, June 08, 2007
My love affair with Graphic Novels continues with the arrival of my newest purchase, A Contract With God.
"Eisner was not only ahead of his times; the present times are still catching up to him." - John Updike
A revolutionary novel, A Contract With God re-creates the neighborhood of Will Eisner's youth through a quartet of four interwoven stories. Expressing the joy, exuberance, tragedy, and drama of life on the mythical Dropsie Avenue of the Bronx, A Contract With God is a monumental achievement, a must in the library of any graphic novel fan.
Hhhmmm, the online blurb doesn't sound like much, but to be honest it was the cover concept that got me interested, a guy crying out to God, who apparently has broken a contract.
Oh, and I also got a Zombie Love Story called The Living and the Dead.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The Walking Dead Book 2 arrived last week, and I started reading it yesterday, when a major plot shift took place...
It seems that Jesus turned everyone into Zombies to honour the prayer of an ex-junkie.
Thank you Jesus.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Send them Marmite.
That's right, Marmit can solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Edward de Bono advised a Foreign Office committee in 2000 that the who conflcit might be due, in part, to low levels of zinc found in people who eat unleavened bread, a known side-effect of which is aggression. He suggested shipping out jars of Marmite to compensate.
Source: The Book Of General Ignorance.