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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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"All the NFL logos, if they were proper british gentlemen!" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Hilariously Irresponsible 1930s Novelty Items - http://flashbak.com/hilario...
Hilariously Irresponsible 1930s Novelty Items
Hilariously Irresponsible 1930s Novelty Items
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"Here are a bunch of socially irresponsible and politically incorrect products from the 1938 Johnson Smith & Company Catalogue of Surprising Novelties, Puzzles, Tricks, Joke Goods, Useful Articles, Etc." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Photography by Hungarian photographer Benko Imre - http://shattenbereich.livejournal.com/1006040...
Photography by Hungarian photographer Benko Imre
Photography by Hungarian photographer Benko Imre
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Another weekend where it's stupid o'clock in the morning here and I'm trying to hold conversations with people in America and Thailand. Things would be a hell of a lot simpler if we all lived on the same O'Neill cylinder.
*adds phrase to weekly vocabulary list* - Spidra Webster
My project manager bought assorted chili peppers at a market at lunch today. As the afternoon wore on he gave in to temptation and sampled a few. The first was a Padron; reasonably hot according to him. The second was a Christmas Bell; quite sweet apparently.
The third was a Scotch Bonnet. Only it wasn't a Scotch Bonnet. It turned out to be a Habanero. The result was swollen, very red lips and quite a speech impediment which caused quite a lot of amusement. - Mark H
He then decided to go to the toilet. I warned him to be careful what he touched before he went, he nodded, mumbled something, and left. When he returned he looked in pain. Apparently, despite washing his hands twice before venturing into the cubicle... he didn't quite get it all off. The descriptions over the next few minutes went from "tingling" to "a bit uncomfortable" to "this is really quite burny now." - Mark H
Last week this same project manager bought some Naga peppers and persuaded his project coordinator to eat one. This led to extreme sweating, tears, much moaning, vomiting, and curling up in a ball at his home that evening for several hours, plus all the associated pain that comes with post-chili evacuations you hear about. - Mark H
Personally, I hate chili and can't understand why anyone would want to eat anything that hurts. - Mark H
I totally agree with you,food is to enjoy not to be in pain. - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Peppers are delicious in most cases and I love spicy food, but if you're in pain there's no point in eating it. - Anika
I thought Scotch Bonnet was just another name for habañero peppers. Poor guy! I've heard the theory is that serious pepper addicts are in it for the pain - the body sends out substances in reaction to the pain and it's those they get addicted to. https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum... - Spidra Webster
:( - Anne Bouey
I love peppers, but yeah if I find myself curling up in a ball, then no way, but I've never had them that bad. fwiw fyi, wear gloves when chopping peppers if you wear contacts and I'm speaking from personal experience. - Halil
Dish soap works better than hand soap at removing hot chili oils from your skin. Rubbing alcohol, even high proof vodka in a pinch, can help too. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
and use cold water not hot, hot water just cooks the oils into your skin, same goes for washing fishy hands - Halil
What Anika said. I get tingly fingers a lot from chopping peppers. Unfortunately, I have a pesky habit of rubbing my eyes after chopping said peppers. >.< - Jenny H. from Android
London Underground: Designs for Tube trains unveiled - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
London Underground: Designs for Tube trains unveiled
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"Designs for 250 London Underground (LU) trains have been unveiled as part of an upgrade which could cost about £16bn. The trains will be installed on the Piccadilly, Central, Waterloo & City and Bakerloo lines from the mid-2020s. [...] For the first time on deep-level sections of the Tube, the 250 trains, which are expected to cost up to £2.5bn, will have a mechanised air-cooling system built in.They will also have improved accessibility, with step-free access from the platform and more space for wheelchair users." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Drooling at the thought of "mechanised air-cooling" on the tube because those things get a little toasty. - Mark H
gone are those good ole days of being stuck in a tunnel for hours on end on the northern line and people passing out ;-) - Halil
Yeah, that's definitely a good thing for pubtrans. What do you think about the rest of the redesign? - Spidra Webster
I like it, looks airy and will prevent families/friends from accidentally being separated in tube rushes. Also, from a safety point of view, it will be far easier to render assistance to people in need down the carriage now. The other thing that comes to mind is that train scenes will be more challenging now, chasing spies/criminals etc on the tube without any doors to hinder them will make for interesting and imaginative scenes since you can't simply wedge the diving door anymore. - Halil
They should've just made tunnel floors moving :) - Нарушитель связности
Ever been stopped in the street by a former winner of Big Brother who then discussed with you how shaved orangutans were used for sex?
Just me then. - Mark H
Mr Tickle? ETA, oh I don't think he won, did he? - Marina's Godmother :-)
No idea. This was Pete Bennett. I didn't recognise him; my colleague did. But then Pete spotted my camera and came across for a talk. Nice guy, topic of conversation notwithstanding. - Mark H
Was he the guy with Tourettes? - Marina's Godmother :-)
Yes. - Mark H
"Invaders from Mars is a remake of the 1953 film of the same name. The filmmakers love for the original is on full display here. Jimmy Hunt, the actor who played David in the original, puts in a an appearance, and one of the aliens from the 53 film can be spotted in a pile of junk in the school basement. On a whole, the film does preserve a lot of the feel of a 50’s alien invasion flick, but it also has a very 80’s vibe to it. The whole film actually looks very Spielburg-ian. You know…lots of people carrying around flashlights, zoom-ins to windblown faces staring at something amazing, and enough lens flares to give JJ Abrams a tingle up his thigh." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Much of the cast plays their roles just a bit over-the-top, or extremely over-the-top in the case of Louise Fletcher. I’ve got to believe that was intentional. It doesn’t quite bring the film to the level of parody, but it makes it clear that Hooper and his crew recognize the sillier side of 50’s alien invasion flicks and are, in fact, celebrating that fact." - Mark H
Love the 50s version; never seen this one, though. - Mark H
The 1953 film was a masterpiece, the remake... not so much. If you haven't seen the original, the full movie is here: http://youtu.be/REc1iR_ME4c - Ken Morley
"Psychic" Sally Morgan's "revelations" about dead cyclist upset girlfriend - http://www.independent.co.uk/incomin...
"Psychic" Sally Morgan's "revelations" about dead cyclist upset girlfriend
"The dispute comes as a video has emerged online in which John Morgan, who is also his wife’s manager, verbally abuses and threatens a man who had been handing out leaflets to people arriving at one of her shows in London. [...] In the video, Mr Morgan approaches Mr Tilbrook and warns him that he is being sued for libel. Mr Morgan then makes threats including, “I’m gonna knock you out one day” and “one day you’re gonna be lifted and you’ll disappear somewhere”. Daren Wiltshear, Mr Morgan’s son-in-law, then arrives. Mr Morgan says: “Right, so I’m gonna hit you in a minute, I’m gonna knock you out.” Mr Wiltshear adds: “I’ve seen him do it, and you really don’t want him to do it.” After further legal threats, Mr Morgan says: “You know, you look pale. Are you on drugs or has someone shagged you too much? One of your boyfriends been up your arse?”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
The video's well worth watching. - Mark H
There seems to be quite a difference between insomnia - which I sometimes suffer through - and deliberately staying up through the night. Insomnia makes me tired but that's all. Right now I've had just over three hours sleep since Tuesday night on purpose thanks to work commitments and I'm feeling spaced out as all hell.
Oh, yeah - I've had that. I think part of it is that with insomnia I do spend a large amount of time at least attempting to relax. If I'm staying up that many hours in a row, there's a good chance I'm working pretty hard at something that requires at the least a good amount of mental energy. - Jennifer Dittrich
They better give you a nice relaxing vacation after this. - Anika
There will be no relaxing vacation. However, I got paid quite well and time off that exceeded that spent doing the work. It doesn't help that I've had this afternoon off and tried to get some sleep during it but I don't find sleeping in the daytime comes easy; four hours in bed probably equated to about 30 minutes of actual dozing. - Mark H
From midnight through to maybe 04:00 or possibly even later I'm going to have to babysit a code deployment for a client. We have deployment personnel but the client has insisted on having a developer present in case of any problems. I've done most of the work so work insists that that means me. I was given 24 hours notice of this.
I've already indicated that if there are any problems I'll simply tell the deployment people to fail over to the backup site because deployments are not the time and place to tinker with code so my presence is pointless. Still, here I am. - Mark H
Just before leaving work this evening the client sent an email to my project manager outlining some post-deployment tasks they'd like me to do during the day tomorrow. My manager emailed back saying I wouldn't be available but someone else could do some of them with the remainder having to wait until Friday when I would next be in. The client was shocked that I wouldn't be available the day after a large deployment. Three hours sleep in 48 is more than enough for anyone, right? - Mark H
In summary: I hate this client and I hate my work, so not a lot different from any other day. - Mark H
We weren't supposed to have to work anymore in this millennium. Our robot slaves would labor while we enjoyed the fruits. What happened? #haciendaporfavor - Eivind
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970 - http://flashbak.com/sevente...
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970
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"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the prestigious John Hinde Studio, based in Dublin, produced a series of elaborately staged photographs that were made into popular postcards - sold at Butlins holiday camps throughout the UK. In those days more than a million Britons had a holiday at Butlins every year. Three photographers, two German (Elmar Ludwig and Edmund Nägele) and one British (David Noble) took photographs to Hinde’s detailed and meticulous instructions. Each photograph utilised a large casts of real holidaymakers acting out roles in huge, beautifully lit ‘narrative tableaux’ of Beachcomber bars, gardens, outdoor swimming pools, ballrooms and snooker halls. The Somerset born Hinde sold his company in 1972 to pursue his love of painting." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mastertronic Artwork - http://www.guter.org/mastert...
Mastertronic Artwork
Mastertronic Artwork
Mastertronic Artwork
"I was fortunate to be able to preserve a small collection of some of the artwork used to create the covers of Mastertronic computer games. They were painted onto board and then photographed to form the backing artwork on top of which were overlaid the company logo and graphics for the game title and details. In our early days the artwork was framed and kept in our offices - later on as the pictures piled up they were slung in a cupboard and forgotten. I took them before they went in the skip when our offices moved." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London - http://flashbak.com/picture...
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London
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"During the 19th century Billingsgate market, situated in the south-east corner of the City of London, was the largest fish market in the world. Originally just a general market by the riverside a 1699 Act of Parliament made Billingsgate ‘a free and open market for all sorts of fish whatsoever’." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The first actual Billingsgate Market building was built on Lower Thames Street in 1850 but it soon became too small and was demolished in 1873. The new building known as Old Billingsgate Market, and the one that still exists today albeit without the market, was designed by the city architect Sir Horace Jones and opened for trading in 1877. The new building was twice the size of the original and incorporated the Billingsgate Stairs and Darkhouse Lane." - Mark H
"Billingsgate market, which had long been seen as rather anachronistic while it was situated in the City of London, ceased trading in 1982. It was reallocated to the Isle of Dogs where it still continued to be run by the City of London Corporation and for which they pay an annual ground rent made up of “the gift of one fish”. The writer George Orwell worked for a short while at... more... - Mark H
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building. - http://abandonedplaces.livejou...
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building.
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#SaturdayFF Today I watched a 2011 recording of Cendrillon by Massenet filmed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, this being the first opera not sung in English I've ever watched all the way through. Subtitles helped. A lot.
It was a far more captivating experience than I really imagined it would be, helped by some great performances from the cast, inventive set design, and some wonderful outfits. It also triggered a slight welling of tears in my eyes when the spell is lifted that allows Prince Charming and Cinderella to see one another, a testament to the great acting. - Mark H
So there you go: I quite like opera as it turns out. - Mark H
When I was a kid, I used to love watching the operas that PBS aired. A friend of mine is a trained opera singer and she took me to a few shows. I found I liked watching it on TV a lot more. - Anika
Yes, I can't imagine rushing to see an opera any time soon without really knowing the story inside out otherwise a lot of it would be completely lost on me. For now the TV is a much better option. - Mark H
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