The $6.7 million virgin

Natalie DylanSlutty looking Natalie Dylan (probably not her real name) is selling her virginity to the highest bidder. According to news reports the leading bid currently stands at $6.7 million dollars. Watch out Trade Me.

Wow, what a great idea. This follows on from her sisters stunning idea to be a prostitute for three weeks in order to fund her university education.

Natalie obviously comes from a creative and entrepreneurial family. This is much better and easier than that clever dick (he was a man) who sold one million pixels for $1 million dollars. Natalie only has to have sex once, and with a millionaire.

A question though. Does Natalie have to prove she’s a virgin? If I was the millionaire currently at the top of the bidding scale I’d want to know I was paying for the real thing.

I like the photo too…it looks a bit like Natalie’s head doesn’t belong to her body – like it should be somewhere else…

Good luck to them both – the winner and Natalie. She’ll be able to give great advice once she has finished her masters degree in Family Psychology.

Tip # 1: Don’t sell your virginity to the highest bidder.

The Ferrit is dead

Ferrit is dead

Announced today: Telecom is closing Ferrit.

It’s no surprise to me. It’s finally been acknowledged that the site is no longer core to the company’s business strategy.

Wow. It took three years and several hundred million dollars (at least) to work that out.

The idea was lame right from the beginning. It added no benefit to the user.

  • The promised price comparisons weren’t delivered
  • It failed to create any competition between retailers offering the same goods
  • My understanding is that it was expensive for retailers to become part of

Also, e-commerce sites became cheap enough that any retailer could set-up a presence. Obviously this was not factored into any projections for the future of the site.

Add to this the fact that Telecom was in the business of selling mobiles and phone plans. What gave them the notion that this was ever going to fly.

I’m surprised it lasted so long, and sad that so much revenue was expended on a site that went, and was going, no-where.

Those that ply alcohol to Jesse Ryder

Revealed today in the SST – the owner of the Stock X Change bar in Christchurch (where Jesse Ryder cut tendons in his hand after pnching out a window) has, on two occasions, given Jesse Ryder a free bar tab – and this is after the event that pushed Ryder into the media spotlight.

Jesse Ryder windowThe owner, Anthony Bailey, thinks that Jesse Ryder doesn’t have a drinking problem.

…in a staggering admission, Bailey confirmed Ryder was given a “small free bar tab”. Asked if he thought this was irresponsible given Ryder’s high-profile battle with the bottle, Bailey responded: “It would be if he had a drinking problem, but Jesse doesn’t.”

Anthony Bailey, given this admission, is probably the sort of irresponsible bar owner that continues to serve intoxicated patrons – cos it’s good for business, especially if the patron causing the inevitable problem has a big profile.

Bailey is further capitalising on this in the SXC Bebo page where photos of Jesse Ryder and the toilet (where the window was smashed) feature, along with other celebrations of the over-indulgence of alcohol.

He’s a bigger idiot than Ryder. Do you need to pass an intelligence test to get a liquor license? Obviously not.

Jesse Ryder – alcoholic

Jesse RyderJesse Ryder once again demonstrates his immaturity – it’s obvious that he has a severe drinking problem – he’s an alcoholic and needs to own up to it.

But, what’s more surprising is that NZ Cricket allow their players to even go out on the turps in between the games of a tight one-day schedule. It’s remarkable that professional sportsmen are allowed to bar-hop, in groups of three, a day or two before a big match. Rugby, cricket, football, league – they are all at fault.

It’d be hard to find an individual sportsperson who would allow themselves to binge a few days out from a race. I have a colleague at work who is a keen cyclist (amateur). She abstains from alcohol for months before any cycle race. She recognises the value in not drinking – she keeps her body free of crap and her mind clear. It’s obvious – you can’t be a good sportsman and drink – possible exceptions are darts and snooker.

It’s admirable that NZ Cricket are helping Ryder through his dependancy, but discipline such as being the waterboy at the next match is not going to do it. He needs to be dried out in a professional institution and have professional counselling.

2008 in pictures

Rescue on Mt CookThe Boston Globe has just published a series of images celebrating and commiserating the events of 2008.

It features the pic above, taken by John Kirk-Anderson of the Christchurch Press.

It’s heartening that in this world where everything seems to need to be interactive, or move, or animate, that the still-image can continue to evoke powerful emotions.

Online games are good for you – yeah, right!

TetrisFor anyone who laments the time that young people spend playing games online there’s new research that shows it can be beneficial to your health and well-being. But before your children read this and use it to justify playing Grand Theft Auto it comes with conditions.

Researchers at Oxford University have found that playing the popular computer game “Tetris” shortly after a major shock could reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The researchers who published their findings in the Public Library of Science One journal showed 40 healthy volunteers that included traumatic images of injury from a variety of sources, including adverts highlighting the dangers of drink driving.

After waiting for 30 minutes, 20 of the volunteers played “Tetris” for 10 minutes while the other half did nothing. Those who had played the computer game experienced significantly fewer flashbacks over the next week.”

They don’t know if other games have the same effect (I suspect not).

Perhaps after playing Grand Theft Auto or Halo a quick play of Tetris would return your emotional equilibrium to natural levels. It’s worth a shot.

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