welcome to the future

by twit

From The Jerusalem Post on Jan 23, 2008:

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians crossed into Egypt from Gaza on Wednesday after gunmen destroyed about two-thirds of the Gaza-Egypt border wall. Most of the Gazans returned after stocking up on food and other basic supplies that have become scarce due to the blockade imposed on the territory by Israel.

UN personnel said they estimated the number of Palestinians who entered Egypt to be 350,000.

Via McClatchy, this is a 2005 pic of the wall that was knocked down:


and this is a pic of the wall in January, 2008:


UPDATE: From the Guardian on Jan 26, 2008:

Egyptian soldiers in riot gear deployed water cannon and rolls of barbed wire yesterday as they started to close the Gaza/Egypt border, turning back the thousands of Palestinians who have flooded across.

But even as some gaps in the wall were being closed, Palestinians used a bulldozer to puncture another section of the seven-mile border. Several thousand people still crossed in both directions. One crane was set up by the border at Rafah to bring over goods more quickly – particularly cement and fuel, which are scarce in Gaza.


by twit

the rich people will be saved! they won’t know how to do anything without poor people and will quickly die off on their new homeworld, but it will be one hell of a trip…


via drudge and The Evening Standard Jan 23, 2008.

The Virgin Galactic spacecraft, which was being unveiled in New York today, is already under construction. Test flights are expected to begin in June, with commercial flights starting 12 months later.

UPDATE: A competing spacecraft design, via the BBC on Jan 24, 2008:


erotic blur

by twit

erotic blur

with help from Boing Boing, I’ve renamed it “Erotic Blur”

I like it because it is kind of like one of those magic eye pictures, when you squint just right at it…

The Church of the Jedi

by twit

yup. January 21, 2008:

BBC News reports on the ongoing saga of the UK Church of the Jedi:

They say their services will include sermons on “the Force,” light sabre training, and meditation techniques.

… Barney became interested in the Jedi faith after 390,000 other Star Wars fans across England and Wales declared it as their religion on the 2001 census.

pterodactyl causes accident

by loadz

Man blames car wreck on prehistoric winged reptile


[A different picture was originally posted then changed to a “prettier” one by the Twit, but then The Kiwi instructed that no such edits be made, and now the Twit can’t find the original picture and thinks this one, found by Lestro, is funnier]

The original pic:


morning sunshine

by twit

solar farm

from the BBC science front page today for this article.

it’s a solar farm. or at least I think that is what it is.