Toilet Humour

Working for the government or any large corporate you often are told to do things are certain way. Much of this is common sense and political correctness. In moderation it is fine because it often provides humorous examples such as this:

This is part of a poster telling you how to use the toilet and to wash your hands at the end.

Is this directed at asians and others who are used to squat toilets?
I have read that squat toilets are actually better for you body because they provide a more direct way for NO#2 to leave you body. You can even buy special seats which sit on top of a normal western toilet so you can squat!. Hence the first picture I can understand. But the second? …. what the #%$#%#$ ?

Revising my HTML and CSS Skills

Just purchased a number of books for work, on statistics and HTML from The sad thing is not only did the books get to me quicker then if I had order it through the local book store (about 20 days) but it was over half the price!

The HTML / CSS book I am reading is part of the Head First series. These books are fantastic because they tackle dry boring subjects in an entertaining way. For example in the book on statistics they use an example of a woman who loves high heels who will only date men who are taller then her when she is wearing her high heels.

The book on HTML and CSS is Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

Again, a dry subject, but very well done.

Cheapest price in Australia was $55, price – $35

Forever War [BOOK]

One of my favourite books of all time, Joe Haldeman’s “The Forever War“. I first read it 25 years ago

When it was first published over 25 years ago, Joe Haldeman’s novel won the Hugo and Nebula awards and was chosen Best Novel in several countries. Today, it is hailed a classic of science fiction that foreshadowed many of the futuristic themes of the 1990s: bionics, sensory manipulation, and time distortion.

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth’s elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

Narrator George Wilson’s performance conveys all the imaginative technology and human drama of The Forever War. Set against a backdrop of vivid battle scenes, this absorbing work asks provocative questions about the very nature of war.

Now I am practising to be an old man, so I listen to the audio book version at just over 9 and a half hours.
A good contrast to this book is Robert Heinleins “Starship Troopers” and I don’t mean the funny fascist gory movie from the nineties, but the novel which is much more interesting.

Both these books are about war in space, each taking a different take on the subject. Well worth the read, especially since they are very short.