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Do listen to the Radio 4 play The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble while you stil can.

Very very funny. And it probably explains the global financial system worringly well.
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Overheard in a Norwich bookshop about an hour ago by YT.

First bookshop staff member - "I found another Tony Blair in crime"
Second bookshop staff member - "Heh, not fantasy fiction?"
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Heh... good post on the God botherers, and their oh-so-crystal-clear theological justification for their peculiar, never-ending obsession with oppressing gay people - Tom Harris' blog.
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I think only three people on my f.list who have been passangers in a car whilst I was driving.

Though if they knew I sometimes thought this, I'm sure it would never happen again

Oopps. :)
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According to the Wikipedia article, a remixed version of Prisencolinensinainciusol (Adriano Celentano's gibberish "English" song) went viral in 2008.

I'd never heard of it, but for some strange reason I've seen about five links to it in the last couple of days. It could be I'm the on-line version of that Inuit, missionary settlement in Northern Canada, which was so isolated they got the Spanish flu about a year after everybody else.

Which is perhaps not a bad thing.

PS... I wants it, I want's it!
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My new, mild enthusiasm for flying boats had me randomly finding this page this morning. The text reads like it's been (badly) machine translated, which is odd as the person who wrote is seems to be British. But the pictures are wonderful. Here are my two favorites:


It's sometime in the 1930's. The big fast thing is a Short Singapore, the pilot of which is currently screaming blue murder and hauling the control column into his chest, to clear the suicidal idiot in a small boat, who is looking to win a Darwin Award.

Landed Sunderland

These three seem to have just landed their Sunderland. Apparently if your plane got a hole, say from hitting some floating debris during take off, the correct procedure was to find a large, grass field and hope for the best (I suppose fixing a flying boat with a torn-up belly was easier than raising one that had sunk.) The chap on the right seems to have the happy grin of somebody who's done an awful lot of damage to something very large and expensive, but who knows there's no comeback on him. Presumably the car's there so they can top it up with left-over fuel, salvaged from the plane's tank.
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"Fan death" is an interesting phenomena. Apparently, many Koreans believe that sleeping in a closed room with a working, electric fan can be lethal. Whether it's because the fan blows the air away from the sleeper's face, resulting in asphixiation, or it's because of hypothermia people seem to be vague. But all agree on the the danger, especially because of widespread media reports whenever a person dies in their sleep in summer, when there happens to be a fan in the bedroom.

The idea is so widespread that fans are sold with timers, so they don't remain on all night. Of course in this country it goes without saying that respectable, mainstream companies would never stoop to making a quick buck by pandering to unproven, nonsensical, idiotic beliefs.
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Oh smooth!

How to make completely sure that even a minor crash will break all eight of your fingers.

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Aliens vs. vikings...

How did I miss this? A movie concept that is so completely made of win?

It appears to lack ninjas and dinosaurs, but see me complain?


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On a cold night, a Macbook pro is as good as a hot water bottle. Just run a CPU intensive FPS in the background.
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Today's eBay, a replica Roman ballista - link

I remember watching the TV program in which this was built - it was so funny.

A group of engineer/presenters set themselves the task of building a ballista in 10 days, on the basis that Roman military engineers with a career's worth of experience could do it. So obviously, modern people who'd never even seen one before would be able to match that feat.

At one point, an annoying bloke with stubble loudly and at length argued that a bronze plate, prominent on the original design, be omitted because he couldn't see what it did. It was and this may or may not have something to do with their ballista managing two shots before they had to stop firing - it was in danger of ripping itself apart.

The series was cancelled shortly after.
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Well, it makes a change from the face of Jesus.

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Interesting game...

I'm quite amused to think of the drooling level of expectation that something called 'The Graveyard', categorised under 'Action Adventure', would arouse in the hard-core, 14 year-old, gamer.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find the BFG.

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What MRI machine techs do, late at night, when everybody else in the department has gone home.

Now you know why the people who service the things use titanium tools... actually you probably didn't know that.

Technically now you know that they use titanium tools, and why.
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Sporks on a carabiner are the new black

Points and laughs.

Though I've got the same courier bag as 'Dilweed'. But not the camo one, thankfully.

Listening to: Fabulous Disaster - Down The Drain
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Reading Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) ...

One year after the events of The War of the Worlds. Astronomers notice strange developments on Mars - it looks like the Martians are coming back. Presumably this time with supplies of Beecham's Powders, Benelin and other cold cures.

But not to worry! Thomas Edison has been busy reverse-engineering captured Martian war machines. He's developed an electrically propelled space-ship armed with resonant-frequency desintegrator guns. At an international congress in Washington, Queen Victoria, President McKinley, Czar Nicholas, the Japanese Mikado, Kaiser William and the Sultan of Turkey agree to stump up the cash to build a war-fleet that will take the fight to Mars, with Edison in charge and Lord Kelvin as his second in command.

Meanwhile, in England, HG Wells spits nails after reading a letter from his lawyer saying that under the then copyright laws, there's not much that can be done about it.

Possibly the world's first fanfic. Fun, in a bizarre way.
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Cloudy last night, so no lunar eclipse. :-(

In other news, this Wikipedia category suggests that some Warhammer 40,000 fanboys really ought to get out more.
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Some links...

  • Sod the 1W Luxeions! I want a couple of these bad boys mounted on my handlebars! Also useful, when touring, as a camping stove!

  • Cut out the middle-man! Write your own!


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