Sunday, 10 June 2012

The XXL Problem

Sadly, this is stuff, that I can't make up.

There's a crematorium in Austria that caught on fire a couple of weeks ago. To be honest, crematoriums are designed to burn bodies, and you rarely if ever....have an out-of-control fire at such a facility.

The fire department folks came to investigate this, and it took several weeks.  So they finally issued their report.....which got into the Austrian press.  I kinda doubt that it'll make into the US news, but it lays out this curious issue.

The crematorium had been contracted to burn the body of a 440 pound Austrian woman.  What transpired during the episode is that the body fat apparently got around to the blocking the filter system, so the crematorium started to overheat.  This triggered a fire to start with the layer of insulation that lines the walls of the crematorium.

Apparently, several other folks came out and admitted that they had been other fires in both Germany and Austria....relating to the same issue....obese folks.  They hadn't really admitted it in public, but it'd happened before.

So the fire chief of the town....has now issued out a warning on the danger of such activities.  What he suggests....is that if you want to continue crematorium activities for XXL folks....you need to design and build a place that can handle the "load".  He even suggested in a way.....that maybe the government might need to get involved.....to ensure there is one such facility around to handle this.

I sat and pondered over this.  Typically....Americans don't get into the cremation business.  We'd prefer to be buried.

You can imagine the government getting involved in yet another activity supporting the people of the country.....designing and building a XXL crematorium and probably operating it.  It's just another layer of tax revenue that you'd need to put on the shoulders of the public.

In the end, you can imagine this family calling around now.....for a crematorium to handle a dear departed aunt who weighed 380 pounds.  In the end, you have to ship the body off almost a thousand miles....to some Russian guy who simply tells you that he can handle someone of that size and weight.  He wants twice what it'd normally cost, but you have no choice because there's no one else willing to assume the risk.  And there's something in the back of your mind....questioning this whole thing.

Prometheus


I went out this weekend and watched Prometheus at the theater.  I would have to say that it has a terrific story, and is worth watching.  It's not as gory as Alien was, but it is certainly action-packed.  I would also say that it will twist and turn throughout the movie.....so you really aren't sure about how it will end. 

It does leave you with two lingering questions.

First, these 'engineers' came and planted mankind....then eventually came to a point where they felt mankind needed to be destroyed....and then finally found that mankind must survive.  The opening scene starts you on this lingering question.  

By the end of the movie.....you are really curious and left wondering why changed the 'engineer' plan to destroy mankind.  

You are left with literally a dozen clues that convince you that the 'engineers' came back to Earth around the period of Christ, and had the destruction plan in their mind.  Somehow, they just didn't do it.  

The robot commentary at one point in the movie over religious conviction....obviously lays down this idea that motivation can be crafted by a belief.  

This plan in the ending sequence of the one remaining crew member, and David, the robot.....lays out the path that they will seek the planet from where the 'engineers' came from.....to find out why destruction was never triggered.

The second question left.....is just how far you trust David, the robot?  He is not acting on behalf of any human, and you are left with this thought that David didn't exactly translate things the way they should have....to the remaining 'engineer'.  

David.....I suspect....is a bigger threat....than the 'engineers' in the end.  

So if you have $12 and an afternoon.....it's worth watching.  

A Bounty of Sorts

For those who didn't know.....there's a total bounty package of thirty-three million dollars for various members of the al Qaeda faction.

As of this week, there's also this other total bounty package being offered....by al Qaeda....on US officials. The deal is ten camels for President Obama and ten hens/ten cocks (20 total chickens) for Hillary Clinton.

Now, a guy from Bama would sit and pause over this situation.

First, VP Joe Biden was never mentioned, and he's probably sitting and laughing over being left out of this bounty package.  If you asked me.....Joe would have been worth fifty-five cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and several Lotto scratch tickets, but then....these al Qaeda guys don't drink or buy alcohol, or gamble.

Second, all the various characters from the House and Senate were also left off this list (Harry Reid, John McCain, etc).  They have to be fuming a bit that they were rated so low, that they don't even rate for three chickens.

Third, Bill Clinton is probably grinning from ear to ear.....thinking that chickens were a fitting bounty for Hillary.

Fourth and final.....the vast number of Islamic guys would read up on this bounty....are guys who drive cars, own houses, and use computers.  Out of a million Islamic guys....there might be four guys who would be venturing out to claim the camel package or the chicken package.  The rest of the Islamic folks reading this deal.....are probably laughing at the dimwits who sit in caves and dream up this whole camel bounty business.