First contact

September 29, 2010

As mentioned by a commenter on a previous post about publishing, it is great to get a copy of the Sunday Times and spread it out across the lounge and read it.

Of course, you have to make sure you have nothing booked on Sunday and that you get to the paper shop early doors to have enough time to read the bulk of it that day and that you have at least one completely free evening in the week to mop up reading the various magazines / other non time specific supplements.

The publication, as it’s advertising used to say, “is the Sunday papers”. At ¬£2.20 a pop you have to read it all.

Unfortunately owner Rupert Murdoch has erected a pay wall around his publications, so I can’t link to the original story I want to post about.

A brief synopsis is that a UN employe at the little known UNOOSA dept based in Geneva apparently told the Sunday Times it was she who all first contact with alien life forms should be directed too.

The paper ran this story on page 3 of the News Section of last Sunday’s edition.

I was fascinated by the story as I’d always assumed the US president / Russian President / Chinese President / UN Director General would be among the delegation sent for by any visitors. But no, this story said a UN dept head would deal with it.

Can you imagine, visitors arrive and instead of Obama or Putin or Cameron or Julia Gillard or Kim Jong Il their first appointment is with the head of a small UN dept.

“Er, right, we were going to give you the gift of eternal energy from water, but since you don’t seem to think its worthwhile we cross hundreds of light years of space, we aren’t going to bother now,” or something similar crackles through their universal translators.

The lady in question, Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, has since insisted she did not say such a thing.

Well, whatever she did or didn’t say to the Sunday Times reporter I’m glad its been cleared up and she won’t be the person first up to meet the aliens.

However, my Jerry Springer final thought for today is: maybe it would be a good idea if we worked out who would be first in to bat if they ever did show up?

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Sunday Times price increase

September 24, 2010

Not only is Rupert Murdoch trying to make us pay to read his online Sunday Times content (no link inserted to paid content!), he has also raised the price of the print version too.

I am no economist, but I am sure I heard once raising prices in a falling market doesn’t usually work.

Come on Rupert, let’s not have a repeat of myspace.

I do have an account with myspace, but having just popped across to have a look at it, I have noticed they have removed the last logged in info. From looking at my own site, I would guess I last logged in back in February. Which I suppose would look bad as it is September now.

What is worse for Rupert, while I am having trouble remembering when I last logged into his social network (and it didnt even occur to me to try and link this blog to the blog function in myspace, off to have a look if that is easy to achieve in a minute), is that  my Facebook page gets visited most days.

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