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Top 10 Quotes of the Year

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Its getting near the end of the year. That means Christmas, Hanukkah, and Top 10 lists.

I love top 10 lists. Probably part of the reason I’m still on Team Letterman and not Team Leno.

Here’s the first one I’ve seen so far: The Top 10 Quotes of the Year. Fred Shapiro, associate librarian of Yale University, has released his list of top quotables for the past year, which he has been doing since 2006.

So without further adieu, here is the list. My favourite is #9 since it’s the one that made me want to bang my head against the wall the hardest.

#10. “They should never have put me with that woman. … She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.” Gordon Brown, comments about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, Apr. 28.

#9. “You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?” Christine O’Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, Oct. 19. (The Associated Press reported the quote: “So you’re telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ is in the First Amendment?”)

#8. “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” LeBron James, television broadcast, July 8.

#7. “We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.” Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9.

#6. “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They’re saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?” Sharron Angle, radio interview in January.

#5. “Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!” Chant at Chilean mine rescue, Oct. 13.

#4. “Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!” Sarah Palin, Tweet, March 23.

#3. “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.” airline passenger John Tyner, remark to Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport, Nov. 13, 2010

#1. (TIE) “I’d like my life back.” Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30.

#1. (TIE) “I’m not a witch.” Christine O’Donnell, television advertisement, Oct. 4.

Physics of the Vuvuzela: Update!

July 4, 2010 1 comment

In a previous post, I talked about the physics of the vuvuzela. That annoying trumpet at the World Cup which has gotten so much press lately.

I discussed how they work, why they are so loud and why they are so annoying. And why filtering the sound from the TV broadcasts would be very difficult to implement.

But, in the infinite ingenuity of the human race, one New York video producer has found an brilliant and awesome use for the vuvuzela.

BP CEO Tony Hayward

Adam Quirk is apparently raising money to hire 100 vuvuzela players to play out front of BP headquarters in London for an entire day.

The stunt is intended to remind BP that they have some shit to do, and shouldn’t be dragging their feet. The oil spill is now the worst in the history of the Gulf.

This idea with the vuvuzelas is brilliant. They have gotten so much attention lately that this story will surely garner some attention, assuming they can raise enough money. And of course, vuvuzelas are just friggin annoying. So hats off to you Adam Quirk, give those morons what they deserve.