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Mark H
Hollywood Ghost Diner | Messy Nessy Chic - http://www.messynessychic.com/2014...
Hollywood Ghost Diner | Messy Nessy Chic
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"I‘ve been on the lookout for a truly authentic 1950s diner since I arrived in California. I finally found it, driving down Wilshire Boulevard and screeching to a halt as soon as I locked eyes on its mighty mid-century neon facade. Only one problem: Johnie’s Coffee Shop isn’t serving any coffee and waffles today … or tomorrow. At a closer look through its windows, the booths of Johnie’s Coffee Shop are empty, the counters are covered in dust and you can be sure the sound and smell of sizzling bacon is only in your imagination. Welcome to Hollywood’s ghost diner…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I remember driving by Johnnie's on several occasions. L.A. has some really cool old diners & restaurants. - Corinne L
Mark H
The Notting Hill Carnival
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We had a few hours to spare on Sunday when we popped up to London to see my wife's cousin and discovered very late on that the Notting Hill Carnival was taking place so headed across the city to check it out. - Mark H
It would be fair to say that my wife initially didn't like it but, after we'd been there a little while, she really grew to absolutely loathe the entire event. This, sadly, curtailed my growing enjoyment of the carnival. It was noisy, crowded, full of mostly glum-looking people, and ankle deep in filth in many places. In short: it was fabulous. I wished I'd had longer there. You'll... more... - Mark H
My complete set of carnival photos can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos... - Mark H
Hahaha! You're an odd duck, sir. - Spidra Webster
It would seem after years of this festival, they would know how many trash bins they would need for the crowds, and that they should be emptied regularly. Or do the trash collectors only work Monday-Friday? - Nils Sandin
Now I'm totally combing through to see if I can spot my friends. My friends who moved there, and my friends who are in town for Kate Bush were all at the carnival :) - Jennifer Dittrich
Nils: I did wonder if the lack of bins might not be for security reasons but it might actually be as simple as realising that people won't use them once they've had a few drinks and it's just as easy to send the sweepers down the road overnight. - Mark H
Wow, that was a lot of trash! I could see either reason, but dang. - Jennifer Dittrich
Be thankful I didn't take pictures of the toilet facilities. Women (and men in need of a sit down) got to queue ten-deep at the portaloos. Men had urinals set up in the street. I'd not seen them before and it was... unsettling. A bit like these - http://www.urinal.net/lowland... - but not quite. Imagine about a hundred on the pavement and men jostling to use them. Lovely stuff. - Mark H
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I just got laid off. Fuck.
Aw, shit. (((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
(hugs) I'm sorry. - Steve C Team Marina
:( - Todd Hoff
:( - Amit Patel
(((t))) - Julian
Damn. Sorry to hear it. - Jim: with more caffeine!
I'm so sorry. - Jed rocks the party.
Oh, no. :( *huggle* - Alix May
Well hell. - Kirsten
:( - Amir
Oh, crap. I'm so sorry :((( - Jennifer Dittrich
:(((. so sorry to hear that - WarLord
thanks y'all. I'm just... I dunno, kinda shocked really. I knew something was wrong, but didn't want to believe it was that bad. dang. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Damn. Sorry to hear that. Hope something better works out for you. - SAM
Oh jeez. - Joe
ow. so sorry to hear - MoTO: Team Marina
That sucks. - Steele Lawman
Aw, hell. I'm sorry t-ra. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
Oof, I'm sorry. - Anika
Oh, I'm sorry! - Katy S from iPhone
Oh no. - Marie
Sorry - Rodfather
aw man. sorry to hear that. - holly #ravingfangirl
Damn it. I'm sorry. - Betsy
:( So sorry to hear that. (((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
:((( *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm sorry. - Eric
sorry to hear that - Shevonne
:( Sorry to hear - Me
:( I'm sorry, T-Ra. - Stephen Mack
oh wow, you gais! you are so sweet. thanks for all your comments. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm sorry, t-ra. Entirely their loss. - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope this is a only a temporary setback for you. - Mark H
😢 - Steven Perez from Android
crap-o-potamus. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oof. Bummer. Hope things turn around fast. - RepoRat
Sorry, t. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
So. very. Sorry! :( - CarlC
:( That sucks. - rönin
I am sorry - Patrick aka Damexican
Crap. - Meg VMeg from Android
wha??? *HUGS* is there anything we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
:( - imabonehead from Android
So very sorry :( - Janet from FFHound!
Oh no, sorry to hear that! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Oh no! I am sorry to hear this news! - Hedgehog from Android
Shit. I'm sorry, honey. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so very sorry about this! - Galadriel C. from Android
oh shit (((((t)))) - Just Val
Thanks again, everyone. Y'all are so good to me. I truly appreciate being part of this community. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Just saw this. Dammit, dammit, dammit. May the sucky part end soon and lead to something truly awesome. - Corinne L
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Stuff 'em, they don't deserve you - Mo Kargas
Oy. I hope it's because the universe needed to free you up for the effing fantastic plans in store for you soon. - Kristin
*hugs* - Michael W. May from Android
Damn. ((((hugs)))) - J. Marie B
Ugh! I'm so sorry :( - Jen
I hope this turn of events proves to be an opportunity to pursue something new and exciting. I know you will rock, whatever else you do. - Bren
Thank you, boo. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
:-(. I'm so sorry. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Oh, no. :( - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Sorry to hear, let's talk I may have a project that might be interested in. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
oh Fuck! that sucks! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Jessie
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted. - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted.
"This week, the U.S. Copyright Office weighed in decisively on the side of Wikimedia, declaring in updated rules that no, you cannot claim the rights to a photo taken by a primate. (Two law professors I spoke with earlier this month said pretty much the same.) "Because copyright law is limited to 'original intellectual conceptions of the author,' the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work," the rule states. Then it gets into some pretty priceless specifics:" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit. Examples: • A photograph taken by a monkey. • A mural painted by an... more... - Jessie
Thing about elephant paintings is that those aren't just trained elephants, but the trainer is coaching them in real time in every brush stroke. If I put a brush in someone else's hand, then physically guided their hand through the entire painting, who painted it? - Andrew C (✔)
In that scenario where it's two humans, I imagine both people could claim it and the lawyers make money. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Realistically, that's just like asking who has the rights to a film—the director or the cameraman, and the answer is: you better have put something into writing before you started filming or you're going to be paying lawyers a lot of money. And since, presumably, elephants can't sign contracts either, you might be SOL. - Victor Ganata
I don't know if this would apply where there's definite human agency though. The case with the monkey is that he just left the camera out there and the monkey did whatever he wanted. - Victor Ganata
It's interesting that U.S. copyright law would apply, but I guess that makes sense if Slater wants to enforce a takedown notice on a U.S.-based organization. - Victor Ganata
I read somewhere today that there's a potential thorny issue for any photos triggered automatically since no human would have taken the shot. - Mark H
But with a case like that, I imagine it would be more difficult to prove that there was no human agency involved. - Victor Ganata
If you can argue that a human was involved in setting up camera traps then you can surely argue a human was also involved in flying to another country, traipsing through the jungle, finding some monkeys, then handing a camera to one. - Mark H
True, but if you claimed that you actually physically shot the picture (even if you really didn't) and therefore you are the author, how would anyone know? - Victor Ganata
Like if Slater didn't tell the real story and just claimed he had taken a shot (however improbably very close) of a monkey, who would've been around to contradict him? - Victor Ganata
I've been thinking about that, but part of the charm of the image is the idea that it's a "monkey selfie". - Andrew C (✔)
Mark H
Natural News Blogs Treating Ebola with Homeopathy... and it's not satire. - http://blogs.naturalnews.com/treatin...
"How to Make Your Own Ebola Remedy. What you need: 1. A face mask and gloves 2. Two bottles (50 ml up to 500 ml glass or plastic bottles) with caps 3. Clean water (mineral or tap water) 4. An Ebola sample: some spit or other disease product, such as blood, from a person infected with Ebola, or who is suspected sick with it. Any small quantity will do, even a pinhead. 5. An alcoholic liquid, such as whisky, brandy, rum, etc. 6. Half an hour of your time." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Up to 30,000 in need of Ebola drugs by now, analysis shows - No approved drugs exist though several are under development and the World Health Organisation last week gave the green light for experimental medicines to be used to fight the deadly disease. http://medicalxpress.com/news... - Halil
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Thinking that I would want the proposal to be a complete surprise /but/ I also want to be fully involved in choosing the rings. WTH?! 😐
so...basically you want to alter the flow of time? or you want the dude to propose with a candy ring and then let you pick the ring? also engagement?? something we should know ms z? :D - Sir Shuping is just sir
Propose first, get the rings later? - John (bird whisperer)
So what you want is for the guy to invite you on a walk around town. And then take you down a street with a jeweler, and be all "Why don't we go in and look for something for you to wear for the rest of your life." Or something. Maybe it's just an offer to go in and look around, and then the guy says, "She likes it and I like her; I think she likes me and I hope she would marry me.. ? " - NOT THE CRICKET
I buy "engagement" rings on Etsy. They're just big ass gems in a beautiful setting. I need another eternity ring to stack on the one I already have. As far as the real thing, yeah, idk how that would work. Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Or you could just go shopping, and then he has the assistant ring one that you really like up, and then distracts you. Then he surprises you at dinner. - NOT THE CRICKET
I ended up getting married in a not too dissimilar way to that proposed by Jimminy. My now-wife and I were wandering through some backstreet alleys in a city famous for its jewellers and spotted a ring with a large emerald in it in the window of a store. My missus said it looked lovely but was too expensive for "just a ring" so I said "well, we could always tell people it's an... more... - Mark H
^Ok, that's adorable. :D - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
OMG, proposing with a ring pop would be hilarious! But no. I guess future man better just get to know my tastes in jewelry. Thankfully I buy my own stuff so there's plenty of examples. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I purposed with ring made of string I improvised. The gold one was being set and wasn't ready yet. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
My weapon of choice when I proposed was to get a quality diamond in a plain solitaire ring, make the proposal, then go ring shopping for a 'real' setting for the diamond. We also found my wedding band while finding the right setting for her. Win. - Ken Gidley
My live-in-girlfriend-and-co-homeowner designed a ring on bluenile.com and emailed me a screenshot as a "hint". - Brian Johns
If I have to send a hint I'd be angry. I shouldn't be sending hints! A frank conversation about where the hell the relationship is going is much more my thing. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Jennifer Dittrich
Sepp Blatter says MLS will adopt FIFA calendar | ProSoccerTalk - http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014...
Sepp Blatter says MLS will adopt FIFA calendar | ProSoccerTalk
"He’s not exactly a font of accurate predictions, but FIFA head honcho Sepp Blatter has a made a claim that, if true, would drastically alter the future of Major League Soccer. Blatter claims that Major League Soccer will be moving towards a European calendar. The topic itself is not new, but Blatter’s comments are, and Duane Rollins of Canadian Soccer News posted audio from the FIFA man’s Monday press conference ahead of the U-20 Women’s World Cup. And inside of that audio comes the remarks from Blatter, which comes in stark contrast to the “not in the short-term” comments of MLS commissioner Don Garber when asked about the shift to a ‘winter schedule’ in his State of the League address this December." - Jennifer Dittrich from Bookmarklet
One step closer to legitimacy. - Julian
Yeah, that's pretty much when I stop getting season tickets. My dad can't attend winter (or even late fall) games because of his health, which would be 2/3 of the season. I have no desire to sit outside in January watching a match. - Jennifer Dittrich
I can't imagine having soccer in the northeast or midwest in a winter like the past one. - John (bird whisperer)
I could see the season starting in late July / early August, and stretching to late May, to accommodate a bit of a winter break. - Julian
Alternatively, MLS could do it a bit like Liga MX. Except it's still colder here. - Julian
I just don't believe that the Euro-snobs are going to be converted any time soon, schedule change or not. The league has consistently gained in competitiveness over the last decade, and it always seems like the NextThing(tm) is what they're waiting for to give the stamp of approval. - Jennifer Dittrich
Another point in favor of the summer schedule is that there's less competition for viewership & attendance. - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, I can't imagine that the viewership would go up when they have to compete with the full winter schedule. - Jennifer Dittrich
Someone needs to substitute Blatter permanently. It looks to me like the MLS is doing very well. What sort of idiot would want to screw with it? - Mark H
Blatter is a tool, but I do get the desire to get the leagues on at least comparably similar schedules (the transfer windows are spaced so oddly for the different leagues that it complicates moving back and forth.) That said, I love that our off season is when the EPL is in high gear, so there's stuff to watch all year long, and it makes loans a lot more viable. - Jennifer Dittrich
Eric
Lost my grandfather today.
I'm sorry, Eric. :( - LB: #TeamYou from Android
Oh, my condolences, Eric. - Anika
So sorry for your loss. - Hot Bubba. 114F Hot. from FFHound(roid)!
Sorry for your loss, Eric. - Stephan #TeamMarina
I'm sorry to hear that, Eric. - Katy S
Very sorry, Eric. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so sorry for your loss, Eric. - vicster: full-bodied
:( - chaz2b
Very sorry for your loss, Eric. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm sorry, Eric. - NOT THE CRICKET
My condolences to you and your family, Eric. :( - Spidra Webster
My sympathies to you and yours. - Jim: with more caffeine!
Sorry for your loss - Rodfather from Android
I'm really sorry for your loss, Eric. My condolences to you and your family. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My condolences, Eric. - Anne Bouey
Thanks everyone. I appreciate it. - Eric from iPhone
I'm so sorry for your loss, Eric. *hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
My condolences - MoTO: Team Marina
My condolences, Eric. - Mark H
So very sorry for your loss Eric. - Janet from FFHound!
My condolences - Amir
I'm very sorry, Eric. - Betsy
my condolences. - imabonehead
Thanks again for your thoughts. - Eric
My condolences, Eric. - Bren from iPhone
I'm sorry for your loss, Eric. My condolences. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh, Eric. I'm sorry for your loss. - Monique Judge
My condolences. - Eivind from Android
Mark H
"ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months. The orbit-raising followed a month of aerobraking that saw the spacecraft surf in and out of the atmosphere at altitudes typically between 131 km and 135 km for a couple of minutes on each of its closest approaches to the planet. Before, normal operations involved an elliptical orbit every 24 hours that took Venus Express from 66 000 km over the south pole down to around 250 km at the north pole, just above the top of the atmosphere. But, after eight years and with propellant running low, the Venus Express team began a daring aerobraking campaign, dipping the craft progressively lower into the atmosphere on its closest approaches." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"This orbit will slowly decay again under gravity, but with only a few kilograms of fuel at most now remaining further altitude-raising manoeuvres may not be possible. If no further corrections are made, Venus Express will probably reenter the atmosphere again in December, but this time for good, ending the mission.In the meantime, having survived not only the aerobraking experiment but... more... - Mark H
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my favorite British-isms from this weekend:
"naff" is another way to say "rubbish" that originally meant someone is Not Available For Fucking, but now just means anything lame. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"knickers" is only used for women's underwear (which disappointed me, honestly, bc I love the word). men's underwear are "undercrackers." - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"rude boy" is a term some are dubious of and others embrace. vaguely meaning a working class tough guy type I think. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"hunters" are a kind of wellington boot worn by snobs. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"undercrackers", eh? i'm sad it's not "undernadgers". - Big Joe Silence
Undercrackers aren't exclusively for males but they are predominantly so. - Mark H
"fairy liquid" is dishwashing detergent based on a brand name. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
they really do call cigarettes "fags". and they really do say "punt a fag" to bum a cigarette. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
they don't really say "saucy" that much. (also a disappointment) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Never heard the term "punt a fag" used before; bumming a fag, yes. - Mark H
they felt "pulled pork" was a terrible thing to call food, as it seemed a vulgar phrase. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Mark, maybe it wasn't "punt." It was another p word though that caught me off guard and became yet another conversation about lexicon. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Could it have been pinch a fag? That would be a fairly common thing to say over here. - Mark H
ah... yeah, maybe. there was a lot of beer involved, you see. I'm trying to document from shoddy memory. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
overall I adored the melodic effect of ending statements in a question so that conversations have a kind of upbeat tempo regardless of the topic. that was infectious. I'm probably still doing it. "I couldn't rightly help myself could I?" "Lovely morning isn't it?" "They've done a smashing job haven't they?" - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
oh, and saying "spectacles" instead of glasses. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "petrol". looking for a "petrol station to grab some fags" in Burlington was a fun errand. needless to say I did all of the direction asking on that one. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "dodgy". I was so pleased to learn dodgy is a real expression. I love that word. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "trainers" instead of sneakers. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
O hai! Was wondering how you got on ;-) - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
the naff etymology is likely... naff ;) - Pete : Team Marina
I'm still laughing at your discovery of fairy liquid... For hands that do dishes can feel as soft as your face.... - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
T-ra, I've heard something similar, like "pont a fag" before. - LB: #TeamYou from Android
Helen, we watched an insane film at the house night before last that mentioned it a lot. Can't remember the whole title... "Mr Jolly something something Next Door" I think? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Ken Morley
Day 11 - Strained and transferred to carboys
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I'll top them up once the water I'm boiling cools. #plumwineproject - Ken Morley
I've learned something new tonight: carboy, which I'd never heard of, is another word for demijohn. - Mark H
I also learned something new.: "The word carboy is from the Persian qarābah (قرابه), from Arabic qarrāba, 'big jug'." :) - Ken Morley
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American-isms the Brits loved from the weekend:
"THAT TAMARA IS FOIN!" - MoTO: Team Marina
"y'all" and "ain't" were big hits and made funnier by them having such difficulty pronouncing them. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
what? we say ain't all the time. - Pete : Team Marina
"mutherfuckin cocksucker" was funny for some reason, though that doesn't strike me as particularly American. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
B: that one didn't come up. Pete: really? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
our gallon is smaller and so are our pints. so the joke was that was surprising because isn't everything supposed to be bigger in America? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
The measurements are smaller, so the number of units required is bigger :-) - Slippanoia
biscuits and gravy was a novelty. their "biscuit" is a scone I think, so what we call a biscuit was a treat at brunch. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
not sure if "koozie" was really an unfamiliar word to them or if they were just teasing me for bringing one. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
something being "shitty" was funny bc of the way I said it I think, like "shiddy" without enunciating the t's at all. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Tamara: yes, though where I come from it sounds like 'ent' or 'int' - Pete : Team Marina
That's because you don't pronounce things properly up nor... er, in the midlands... Pete. - Mark H
They're from Oxford mostly and still live in that area. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Hehe. The Black Country equivalent of ;ain't; is 'bay' as in 'I bay doin' that' - Pete : Team Marina
Mark H
A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War - http://io9.com/a-map-o...
A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War
"Clay lost to Polk by only 30,000 votes, which suggests that there was limited support for annexation (in fact it was primarily rooted in the south). Yet President Tyler interpreted Polk's victory as a mandate for expansion, which prompted him to push through annexation as one of his final acts, with help from expansionists in Congress. If Clay had won the election, Tyler would not have annexed Texas, and the United States would not have entered into war with Mexico – at least not in 1845. Had Clay won, we might assume that the nation would have avoided annexation, and by extension war with Mexico." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Texas may have become part of the US even without the Mexican-American war. - John (bird whisperer)
Mark H
Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams? - http://www.techdigest.tv/2014...
Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?
"Back in the 1980s, Richard Dawkins was a respected Oxford University Professor, and one of the world’s leading voices on evolutionary biology. After crafting several brilliant tomes that explained the origins of life to lay people, he became well known in the wider world too. The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The Blind Watchmaker transformed the public’s understanding of science and taught them a lot in the process. Dawkins was on his way to being a national treasure, in the same way that David Attenborough is today." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Meanwhile, over in Northern Ireland Gerry Adams was a hugely divisive and infamous figure. In 1983 he became the President of Sinn Fein, and a thorn in the British government’s side. He was also alleged to have had links to the IRA, and has even been alleged to have been involved in one of the group’s murders. In short, he was viewed by the British establishment as one of the most... more... - Mark H
"Almost every day, there’s a new Dawkins-related furore, where he has said something controversial and the masses of Twitter have reacted. Today, for example, he has been offering his opinions on rape." - Mark H
"So what about Gerry Adams? Surely such a renowned firebrand would be taking to Twitter with all sorts of inflammatory rhetoric? It turns out he really likes rubber ducks." - Mark H
Mark H
Scarfolk Council: 1970s "Inspirational posters" - http://scarfolk.blogspot.co.uk/2014...
Scarfolk Council: 1970s "Inspirational posters"
Scarfolk Council: 1970s "Inspirational posters"
Scarfolk Council: 1970s "Inspirational posters"
"In 1970s comic books and newspapers one could usually find advertisements offering posters, iron-on transfers, sew-on patches and T-shirts arranged by theme or subject matter: movie and TV stars, cartoon characters, pop stars, infant felons, etc. Inspirational or motivational posters were also very popular, particularly among people who had few thoughts of their own and believed that pithy phrases containing as few syllables as possible furnished them with something akin to a personality." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Scarfolk Council monitored the content of all posters to ensure that only quotes with moral integrity found their way onto the walls of citizens. To this end, the council turned to the tried-and-tested morality of spiritual and religious texts such as the Bible. " - Mark H
Maitani
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
BBC News - The most important battle you've probably never heard of
"Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Today few people in the UK have heard of Bouvines. It has none of the ring of an Agincourt or a Crecy. Probably that is because England lost it. But the battle of 27 July, 1214, was just as significant as England's later victories over the French. Maybe more so." - Maitani
Bouvines and Muret- two 'obscure' battles with huge impace. Imperial loss at Bouvines as crucial as English; northern French victory at Muret also key in shaping France and thus Europe - Pete : Team Marina
It's right. I had never heard of it. But it sounds like it's one of those rare times when a defeat was probably the best outcome. - Mark H
I dunno. John being defeated was probably good, but the French winning- not so much ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Hah, weren't Maldon and Hastings also defeats? - Victor Ganata
Maldon led to an EPIC poem though ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Hasting to the Norman Yoke and thus, by winding roads, Lord of the Rings ;) - Pete : Team Marina
Mark H
Conflict continues in Gaza | Photos | The Big Picture | Boston.com - http://www.boston.com/bigpict...
Conflict continues in Gaza | Photos | The Big Picture | Boston.com
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"The conflict in the Mideast has intensified in the last month with turbulent fighting in Gaza strip. Over 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 injured, according to Palestinan health officials. World leaders have been working on a truce between Hamas and Israel to end the bloodshed." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Ken Morley
The yeast is bubbling away nicely! #plumwineproject
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I added sultana raisins to help with the body and also some strong tea to increase the tannins. I hope I didn't overdo it. - Ken Morley
If I end up with crappy wine, I figure I can always turn it into brandy. In fact part of me is hoping it fails, because I'd really like to build one of these :) http://homedistiller.org/forum... - Ken Morley
Some friends have said they're having an open house over Christmas this year but that everyone's got to bring something homemade. This is partly because they've bought a cider press and want to make some. We've just started some strawberry wine to take around. It's the first time we've done this in maybe five years and we've decided to play around with the sugars, mixing dark and light muscovado with some golden sugar. We think it should be approaching a sweet sherry by Christmas. - Mark H
I can see how a hobbyist can really get into wine making, as there seems to be an infinite number of parameters you can adjust to produce the perfect vintage. :) But the feedback loop can be a little on the long side. Most of my plum wine sources are recommending 6 months - 2 years before consuming! I may need to sample sooner. :) - Ken Morley
In the past we've always used the "can you see your hand through the other side of the demijohn?" method to tell when the wine was done. But because we're impatient it's not been unheard of for us to have a "glass of cloudy" every now and then too. - Mark H
That's a good method! I've put on enough for 50 bottles, so if I end up sampling frequently I should still have a few left to age for a year or two. :) - Ken Morley
Michael W. May
I got Brutus - Which Shakespeare Character Are You? http://quizsocial.com/which-s... via @quizsocial um... no.
I got Brutus - Which Shakespeare Character Are You? http://quizsocial.com/which-shakespeare-character-are-you/ via @quizsocial um... no.
I got Brutus, as well! - Jenny H. from Android
Cleopatra ------> - vicster: full-bodied
Viola. I approve. - Lnorigb
I, too, am Viola. - Katy S
I also got Brutus. - John (bird whisperer)
Iago: "From Othello. You are a plotter and a schemer, and work hard to achieve what you think is rightfully yours. But you must always try not to let your jealousy get the best of you." - Mark H
"You got: Bottom - From A Midsummer Night's Dream. Life is difficult. Sometimes yours seems like one hard knock after another. However, people fall in love with your self-deprecating humor and your enthusiasm for getting things right. You move in and out of different social circles easily because class and status mean very little to you." - Me
I got Guard #3. :/ - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lady Macbeth. I know why. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
"Ariel, From The Tempest. You're a powerful soul who tends to give your power over to others. You love to help and you often feel indebted to those who are kind to you. Like Ariel, you are playful, friendly, and fiercely loyal. When you can shake off the feelings of guilt, you are a joyful, free spirit." - chaz2b
Iago. All I know is that he's a complete dick in The Serpent of Venice. - Eivind from Android
Iago. - Betsy
Bottom. Yep. - Steven Perez from Android
Hamlet:From Hamlet. Is anyone on your side? It's hard to tell. People lie. People cheat. People look out for themselves. Everyone tells you what you should do so it is often difficult to make your own decisions. Follow your inner voice despite all the noise. It will not lead you astray. - LB: #TeamYou
Viola, no terrible surprise :) - Jennifer Dittrich
I got Juliet - Elena
I got Bottom. :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Mark H
Spaceflight Now | Antares Launch Report | Cygnus completes rendezvous with space station - http://spaceflightnow.com/antares...
Spaceflight Now | Antares Launch Report | Cygnus completes rendezvous with space station
Spaceflight Now | Antares Launch Report | Cygnus completes rendezvous with space station
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"Completing a three-day journey from Earth, an Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus spacecraft reached the International Space Station this week, resupplying the outpost with critical provisions, experiments and other needed cargo. The 16.8-foot-long, 10-foot diameter Cygnus supply ship was grappled by the space station's robotic arm at 1036 GMT (6:36 a.m. EDT) Wednesday at the end of a laser-guided final approach from underneath the 450-ton research complex. It delivered more than 3,000 pounds of cargo to the space station." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Funky Science Textbook Illustrations From The 1970s | Flashbak - http://flashbak.com/funky-s...
Funky Science Textbook Illustrations From The 1970s | Flashbak
Funky Science Textbook Illustrations From The 1970s | Flashbak
Funky Science Textbook Illustrations From The 1970s | Flashbak
"HAVE a look at a 1977 grade school science textbook. Each page features distinctly seventies children in distinctly seventies environments. A beautiful thing to behold. Today’s textbook illustrations are much more professional, polished and detailed than they used to be. Many of you may remember that most 70s textbooks were low on informative illustrations and graphics, but chock full of pictures featuring a melting pot of children doing God-knows-what. Today’s science schoolbooks are brimming with amazing pictures and lush illustrations; whereas, my old science book had pictures of kids blowing bubbles or watering plants." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
▶ The official full length TV launch trailer - Doctor Who Series 8 2014 - BBC One - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Just shown during half time on the BBC. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
So popular, so successful, so few episodes, so far apart. So it is with everything I liked from Auntie of late. Still, at least we have a nation of gourmet chefs, shark experts and WWII historians. - Slippanoia
Mark H
"A girl's quest into the depths of Tinder dating. The good, the bad, the pictures of men holding fish." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
His Flickr stream is well worth viewing. - Mark H
Wow, attention for detail and creativity! - טעות בזיהוי
Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
best fantasy novels: GO
Always a bit rough, but some of my favorites: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Neverwhere, The Hobbit, The Mirror of Her Dreams/A Man Rides Through, the Wizard of Oz series (the original books,) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Game of Thrones, the Lord of the Rings series, Stardust, The Green Rider. I'm sure I'm leaving out a bunch. - Jennifer Dittrich
Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun. Nothing even comes close. - Akiva
The Chronicles of Morgaine by C.J. Cherryh. - Mark H
Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun. Nothing even comes close, MARK. ¬_¬ - Akiva
http://www.goodreads.com/book... and http://www.goodreads.com/book... indicate ratings of 4.13 and 4.06 respectively. I put it to you AKIVA that these values are very close. - Mark H
You're both disqualified, since Joe called for novels, which I take to mean standalone novels. In which case it's Little, Big by John Crowley. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Nir Ben Yona
LOL -- North Korea media ‘tells country that its team has reached World Cup final’ http://metro.co.uk/2014... #WorldCup
Wow. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No they didn't. The Metro story is based on a fake video. A friend of mine monitors North Korean broadcasts for the BBC and has already called them out on this. He says that they're showing the World Cup on North Korean TV so the people there are well aware that their team isn't in it. - Mark H
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Why the UK has the worst wall plugs on Earth : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/sustain...
Why the UK has the worst wall plugs on Earth : TreeHugger
Glad to see the comments there explaining all the many, many things wrong with that article. - Mark H
Bunlar çok güvenli. - ParaBellum from Android
So glad you mentioned the comments there, Mark. I was all "What the? I don't even" and I wouldn't have bothered scrolling down that far if I hadn't known. - Slippanoia
Mark H
My wife has been waiting to hear whether there's budget to turn her year's secondment into a permanent position - wanted by her current manager and, of course, us - as otherwise she'll need to start job hunting near the year's end as her old job which she would otherwise go back to has switched to a shift pattern and neither she nor I want her to...
Meanwhile, my wife was working with another woman in her office who recently took a couple of weeks holiday. Prior to the holiday she was supposed to give my wife some instructions on running certain elements of her job for cover but because this woman was taken ill for a fortnight before the holiday this didn't happen. Nevertheless, my wife battled on, made a few mistakes, but generally worked things out and picked up the slack and other workers from other departments who have to liaise with where my wife now works have remarked that things by-and-large are probably working more smoothly now and departmental cooperation has improved. - Mark H
This woman was supposed to return to work from her holiday yesterday but didn't show up and didn't call in. Today they discovered her dead in her home. - Mark H
I feel a little bit guilty that after the initial "damn!" reaction my next thought was "well, that should hopefully free up that budget." I'm a bad person. - Mark H
Mark H
"The Art & words of Robert Steven Connett, established on the internet 12/12/1994" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
21 flyers show how sex sold 1970s arcade game - http://flashbak.com/21-flye...
21 flyers show how sex sold 1970s arcade game
21 flyers show how sex sold 1970s arcade game
21 flyers show how sex sold 1970s arcade game
"In the 1970s arcade games were super. Most kids knew a friend of a friend who owned an actual stand-up video game in a big metal box. Others (let’s call them spoilt cousin Danny) had Intellivision. Others had an Atari, the most fabulous of all the home gaming machines. Children wanted one. But which one would mum and dad buy. Which one would your big brother crave? The game makers knew: the one that would get your laid. Sex, it seems, can sell anything." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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