Friday, July 17, 2009
TGIF . . it's ben a l-o-n-g week but I've realised that being time poor is beneficial for household organisation. Just seen the news about the bombing of the Ritz and Marriot in Jackarta after four incident free years, the ratbags are at it again but Friday Fuckwit is about levity and silliness so here's three that captured my attention.
Shock treatment for web addicts banned in China
A Chinese hospital has been ordered to stop using electric shock therapy to cure internet addiction. The Linyi Fourth People's Hospital drew international attention for using electric shock therapy to treat young people addicted to internet use. (Phew glad they were young).
Now China's Health Ministry has ordered the hospital to stop the practice. The reason given was that its safety was not guaranteed. The Beijing News has quoted Yang Shuyun, a hospital official, as saying that the practice had already stopped, following intense media pressure.
After an article in the China Youth Daily revealed the program, the hospital was inundated with media requests to observe the therapy but its administrators preferred to keep the procedure largely secret.
Novel published one tweet at a time
Frankly I find Twitter very slow from the computer and since I don't have an iPhone, I rarely venture there but one Fuckwit has decided to clog up the channel in a novel way . . .
Twitter is a popular micro-blogging service. An American writer who failed to find a publisher for his novel is putting the book on Twitter - 140 characters at a time.
Matt Stewart, a San Francisco-based novelist, began "tweeting" his first book, The French Revolution, on the micro-blogging service on Tuesday (local time). "As far as I can tell, I'm the first person to release a completed full-length literary novel on Twitter," Stewart wrote on his website.
Stewart says putting the book on Twitter is a "social experiment" to "see how the world reacts to a long-form tale told in snippets." He also acknowledges that he has been unable to find a publisher. (There you go you wannabe writers! Give the man a run for his money!) "My agent submitted The French Revolution to all the major publishing houses," Stewart said.
"Many of them loved it, but none were willing to buy what they viewed as a 'risky' novel - vivid language, elements of fantasy and farce, raunchy humour," he said. (It's probably a dog).
Stewart says it will take approximately 3,700 "tweets" to transmit all of the 480,000 characters in his book.
Overheard at the Office this afternoon
And finally to a client wanting to build a massive mansion on a 500sq metre block on one of the Landcom developments, lodged an appeal to break the caveat because his plans were rejected as being way outside the normal contractual conditions.
The man, formerly from Bosnia, claimed that he needed an enormous house because he suffered from claustrophobia and post traumatic stress syndrome and couldn’t possibly live in a smaller home with his large family. Nice try Luka! But no cevapi . . .
Well the clouds are threatening but I've got the washing on anyway. If it stays dry, big garden tidy and one bedroom renovation on the cards! Have a wonderful weekend!