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What Does Schadenfreude Mean? Ask Max Mosley. He Speaks German.

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Max Mosley is the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’ Automobile and is, as such, arguably the most powerful person in motor racing worldwide.

The News of the World (a British tabloid) published an investigative piece yesterday (with video) that appears to show Mr. Mosley participating in a Nazi-themed, sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes.

Or, as we call it at my house, “Thursday.”

While Mr. Mosley has not made a statement denying the article’s claims, a spokesperson for the FIA stated:

This is a matter between Mr. Mosley and the paper in question. We understand that Mr. Mosley’s lawyers are now in contact with that newspaper and the FIA has no comment.

Predictably, the hue and cry for Mosley’s resignation came immediately from organizations such as Holocaust Educational Trust and the Holocaust Centre. I say “predictably” because Max Mosley is a prominent figure in the public eye, whose family has direct Nazi associations. Max’s father Oswald Mosley was the founder of the British Union of Fascists, and he and Max’s mother were married in the drawing room of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler in attendance.

The timing is also unfortunate, coming as it does less than a month before the debut of a FIA-sponsored anti-racism initiative at the Barcelona Grand Prix.

Now, I don’t like Max Mosley. He has used his position to carry out personal attacks in the media against Formula 1 legends like Sir Jackie Stewart (“He goes round dressed up as a 1930s music hall man. He’s a certified halfwit.”), and I have a personal grudge over his breathtaking failure of leadership in the debacle that was the 2005 United States Grand Prix.

That said, I don’t want to see Max forced to resign over this. While the whole episode is decidedly unsavory if true, I think it falls firmly in the realm of private life, and it was a victimless crime. While Max may have shown questionable personal judgment (public figures should really make more an effort not to get caught on video engaged in this sort of behavior), I would rather see him lose his position as President of the FIA based solely for his actions in that role.


Heikki Kovalainen

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Given that I have a whole page of this site dedicated to it, I am obviously a huge Formula 1 fan. Since I started following the series in 2000, I have been an unwavering McLaren supporter. This year’s McLaren driver lineup is phenomenal. Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are both beginning their second seasons in Formula 1. They’re both extremely talented, and it appears that they have the right equipment under them to put that talent to good use.

That said (and I apologize profusely, in advance, Heikki, my dear, wee, little puppet man):

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The Thunderbirds called. They want their marionette back.


Fine, It’s Not Torture. So Let’s Compete.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
United States 2008 Olympic Waterboarding Team

The United States 2008 Olympic Waterboarding Team

We won’t even need to haul our own equipment. I’m sure China has spares.

Also.

Previously.


More Slashdot Tag Humor

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

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Previously.


Do Not Reply

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Okay, so this is my new favorite thing. Surely my gentle readers have received email from “donotreply@somecompany.com”. It turns out that some institutions (several major banks, the TSA, Halliburton) do not want to deal with the email replies sent to these addresses themselves, so they instead use an address like “donotreply@donotreply.com”. The problem (if by “problem” you mean “hilarious fuckup”) is that “donotreply.com” is a registered domain, and the fellow who owns it (Chet Faliszek) reads the email replies and publishes redacted versions of the more amusing ones to his blog.

Apparently Mr. Faliszek receives legal threats more frequently than I change my underwear, but has never once been sued. If the entity contacting him is civil about it, he will remove posts from his blog in exchange for the requester making a donation to hus local pound or animal protection organization.


Wikihistory – A Short Story

Friday, March 21st, 2008

A lot of people on the Internets are linking to this short story by Desmond Warzel. I normally don’t participate in the blog equivalent of email forwarding “Fw: Re: FW: FWD: This is really funny,” but as a regular lurker in forums (fora?), I have to say that this is, in fact, the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile.

My favorite excerpt:

At 02:29:49, SilverFox316 wrote:
PS to SneakyPete: your Hitler paintings aren’t worth anything, schmuck, since you probably brought them directly here from 1907, which means the paint’s still fresh. Freaking n00b.


…and he blinks but once a day

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

While it does not possess the gravitas of the Patrick Tribett mugshot (previously), the image below (from The Smoking Gun’s weekly mugshot roundup) possesses a certain Je ne sais WTF:

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I’m going with the theory that his hair is actually afraid of him and trying to get away.


Consbreastution

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Google search results for Consbreastution.

Also: Clbuttic



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