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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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"Looks like Caz is knocked up again!" I said with a smile. The landlady turned to me. "No, Paul had the snip last year and I gave up smoking a few months ago."
And that's why I'm never going to that pub again. - Mark H
#SaturdayFF A friend is hosting a "home produce" Christmas do at his house tonight. He and his wife have made a cider that they've named "Fisticuffs" (they have a reputation for blazing rows when they've both been on the cider, hence the name).
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We're bringing along two bottles of strawberry wine as we altered the sugar/water mix slightly in one of the two demijohns we've had going and it's produced two subtly different types. These we're calling Slightly Cloudy and Clearing Up; weather-related names based on their appearance in the glass. It would be fair to say both wines have one hell of a kick to them. We've never gone in for all that "measuring the alcohol content" malarkey, instead relying on how much it clings to the glass and how much it warms the brain to guesstimate. We're guesstimating it's pretty pokey. - Mark H
We've also produced some Christmas Cake-flavoured vodka, using Finlandia as a base and then throwing in mixed fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmegs, and orange zest for three days. This we've called Laplandia Püd (even though we're pretty sure the umlauted u doesn't exist in Finnish). - Mark H
Other people turning up to the evening will be bringing homemade food. We're not sure exactly what that will be but that's far less important than the alcohol anyway. - Mark H
Sounds like the making of a great time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Other drinks that turned up were a rhubarb vodka, a lemon/ginger vodka, chilli vodka, a "port" made from blackberry, elderberry, sloe, and banana, some sloe gin, and chocolate beer. Felt surprisingly okay when I woke up but the hangover has started to claw its way into my skull as the day's wore on. It was such a clear night that we also got to see meteors both on the walk to and from the do which was a pleasant bonus. - Mark H
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia - http://www.neonbubble.com/article...
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia
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I bought a 1960s-published book in a charity shop showcasing photography of Virginia by A. Aubrey Bodine which might be of some interest to anyone from around that area of the world. The book itself isn't just a great collection of imagery but a fantastic source of historical information and it's fascinating to also see the things that have changed since its publication. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I grew up on Bodine's photos of Baltimore and Yardley's cartoons. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
We had our local Skeptics in the Pub Christmas social last night and I provided a science/skepticism/sci-fi/general knowledge crossword and a missing vowels quiz (such as you might see in Only Connect) for the attendees. Should you feel up for the challenge... http://1drv.ms/1An3EUM (PDF)
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape - https://bogardiner.wordpress.com/2014...
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
"In nutshell, for rape cases afflicted segregation of 4th house is for distorted… self – fidelity… 7th… is for conjugal fidelity disrupted in equality and legality. 8th is seen for conjugal relation in inequality with force or forgery and intrusion,and lastly 12th house is seen for conjugal relationship with illegality and unsocial i.e. bed pleasure is shared with others… Moreover, weak Venus or its affliction in addition to this… prove fatal in female horoscopy for rape and sexual abuse…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"[W]hen we see any house wife or daughter is rape prone we have to see the 4th house at first… 8th house females suffers sex relationship based on inequality and intrusion… male violence to 8th or its lord is very important to signify the rape prone chart…" - Mark H
Gallery: Future in Space — Nuclear-Powered Starships - http://www.space.com/14291-p...
Gallery: Future in Space — Nuclear-Powered Starships
Gallery: Future in Space — Nuclear-Powered Starships
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Via https://www.facebook.com/womende... and in response to Nigel Farage supporting treating women like it's the 19th century all over again.
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These Techniques for Surrendering to a Police Officer Might Save Your Life - http://www.somethingawful.com/news...
These Techniques for Surrendering to a Police Officer Might Save Your Life
"You're a black man who wants to comply with police, but sometimes they just refuse to take "Yes, please, yes. It hurts! I give up!" for an answer. Remember: police are human beings, not robots, not for at least five or six more years when, god willing, the Chinese finally put a stop to all this." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Try incorporating yourself. You will need to form a C Corporation to create a distinct legal entity which is impossible to shoot or arrest and actually indemnifies all employees against criminal liability." - Mark H
Pregnant woman blasts anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in London - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964 - http://dangerousminds.net/comment...
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
"I had a good time looking through these audition photos for The Addams Family dated 1964. It’s just plain weird (and fascinating) to see other actors and actresses trying out for these iconic roles because I simply can’t imagine anyone else playing them." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds - http://www.julienslive.com/view-au...
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds is auctioning off property which is a little sad although understandable and makes for some great viewing at the things he's collected during his lifetime. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket - http://www.planetary.org/blogs...
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket
"When NASA's Orion spacecraft begins its maiden voyage next week, you may notice something alarming at liftoff: The rocket carrying Orion sort of catches itself on fire. Not to worry, says United Launch Alliance, the rocket's manufacturer. Orion's launch vehicle is a Delta IV Heavy, a mammoth, three-core rocket normally used to heave classified military satellites into space. Just before the Delta IV ignition sequence starts, valves open that control the flow of liquid hydrogen to the engines. Some of that hydrogen seeps out of the engine bells and lingers around the rocket. When the engines roar to life, the excess hydrogen ignites, creating a fireball that chars the booster cores. Occasionally, the insulation on the booster cores smolders as the rocket lifts off." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"What causes the charring phenomenon? The start sequence for the RS-68 main engines on the Delta IV booster must ensure that the pump speeds and combustion processes remain within limits. This complex task requires opening the main hydrogen valve at T-5 seconds, approximately two seconds prior to opening the main oxygen valve that begins the ignition process. This “hydrogen lead” start... more... - Mark H
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life...
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever
"The female bar staff here wear the shortest uniforms I’ve ever seen in a restaurant, anywhere. (The male staff wear regular clothing.) One of them stops every few minutes to yank her skirt bottom down, so it more completely covers her. It’s not sexy. It’s degrading. Her face is blank and white. America’s management calls its bottle-service staff “our team of stunning ‘America girls.’” Young, leering men and old leering suits pour into America in the evenings. If you build it, creeps will come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"One evening, a Wednesday last month, we had ordered the $58 lobster Rockefeller and a $37 plate of milk-fed pork, as well as a bunch of appetizers. The appetizers arrived and we started in on them. And then roughly four minutes later the mains arrived, too. One of the servers kept referring to the lobster as “Henry” – as in, “How is Henry?” and, “Are you finished working on Henry?” I... more... - Mark H
"The second time I ate at America, I tried to check in at the hostess stand when I arrived. The two women working there were having a conversation between themselves, not two feet in front of me. They didn’t look up. It was as if I didn’t exist. This continued for most of a minute. Awkward. I told them the reservation name; they said the rest of my party hadn’t arrived yet. They showed... more... - Mark H
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Southsea - The Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
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Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy - http://www.vice.com/en_uk...
Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy
Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy
"It was only when they got to Ganta, a province hit hard by the Ebola epidemic, that problems arose. The team suited up, broke out their homeopathic treatments and tried to get to work on some patients. At which point the medical staff and administrators at the Ganta Hospital realised what it was they were attempting, before completely banning them from the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit)." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"It turned out that no one in the hospital – or, it seems, the entire Liberian medical administration – had any idea that this team would be using homeopathy. The Liberian government had approved the expedition and issued visas on the basis that all four were medical doctors coming to support local staff. [...] The Ebola virus kills you by essentially dissolving the walls of your veins,... more... - Mark H
"The mission was organised through two organisations: the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, a key institution for homeopathy advocacy, and the German group Freundes Liberias, an organisation dedicated to promoting co-operation between Germany and Liberia. Freundes Liberias raised donations for the trip with this campaign. The page talks about a "team of 20 international... more... - Mark H
Good grief. - Jenny H. from Android
My Favorite Airbnb Rentals At The Moment - http://www.random-good-stuff.com/2014...
My Favorite Airbnb Rentals At The Moment
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"We are staying right now in a pretty Airbnb place in Valencia and are kind of sad to leave this place with an incredible view. So I started daydreaming and thinking about in what Airbnb we should stay next. So I did some research and these are the current place I would love to stay at (assuming I could ever afford it)" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog - http://flashbak.com/livin-t...
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
"I remember [Green Stamps] all too well. They were immensely popular during the 60s and 70s. In fact, the S&H catalog was the largest publication in the U.S. and produced three times more stamps than the U.S. Post Office! But then, as early as 1980, green stamps were over." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
They were Green Shield Stamps over this side of the pond and I've got faint memories of my parents collecting the books in the late 70s/early 80s. - Mark H
i remember this. my mom got a few things this way, including at least one toy for me. probly a bit of plasticware, as well. - Big Joe Silence
When I got married (1967) all our relatives gave us their Green Stamps, loose and in books. We compiled them and went to the redemption center to shop for our wedding. I got a set of dishes, flatware, a fancy clock, some pot & pans, a lot of household stuff. All for "free"! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
As it turned out, we didn't know we had to pay the sales tax on those things. It was so embarrassing; we didn't have the money. We offered to go home and get it if they would hold our stuff. The man in line behind us paid the tax and said it was a wedding present. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Such a lovely gesture and a great story. - Mark H
my dad still has a pretty good card table we got at the S&H store when i was 3. - Big Joe Silence
My local store is doing something with green stamps. I mentioned these and the cashier had no idea what I was talking about. The lady in line behind me said I looked too young to remember Green Stamps. We got a lot of stuff with Green Stamps when my dad was still in the Army. - Anika
Around here, the last redemption centers were on military bases. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I loved looking at the stamp book & going the stamp store. I remember my mom saving up for a blender and some embroidered towels. I know she got more stuff but I don't remember what it was. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
My uncle still has a book for them, lol - Halil
I only know them from books. Nice to "see" them for the first time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Do people still have punch bowls? - Halil
They still exist (sort of) and I have come across one supermarket in my area that prints codes on their receipts. And you can also trade in any of your remaining Green Stamps for conversion to GreenPoints. I think instead of merchandise, they give out gift cards now. http://www.greenpoints.com/ - April Russo
I have a glass punch bowl I bought in the 90s, but all the cups are long gone. I only actually served punch in it twice, I use it for serving side dishes and mixing meat loaf now, mostly. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Playing football like a girl (via Eurosport's Facebook page)
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Sportswomanship. - Eivind
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history...
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
"The last decade of David Livingstone’s life did not go well for the famed Scottish missionary and explorer. In 1862, his long-neglected wife, Mary, came to join him in Mozambique, but she quickly contracted malaria and died. Nevertheless, he continued on his mission to find a navigable route through the River Zambezi. But in 1864, seven years before his famous run-in with Henry Morgan Stanley, Livingstone was forced to give up and return to Britain after most of his men abandoned him or succumbed to disease. He quickly fell from public grace as word got out about his failure to navigate the river. Eager to redeem his reputation, he returned to Africa two years later, this time in search of the source of the Nile River. But yet again, his assistants soon began deserting him, and added insult to injury by taking all of his food and medicine with them. Starving and crippled by pneumonia, cholera and cutaneous leishmaniasis, Livingstone had no other choice but to turn to Arab traders for... more... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The diary begins on March 23, 1871. Forced to team up with the Arab slave traders due to his deteriorating health, Livingstone found—to his dismay—that he was actually beginning to like these men. “The Arabs are very kind to me, sending cooked food every day,” he wrote in April. He told them about the Bible, taught them how to make mosquito nets and drank fermented banana juice with them, which he swore off in the next day’s entry." - Mark H
"On July 15, however, Livingstone was abruptly woken from his stupor. The traders—his friends—went into a busy nearby market and began randomly firing guns into the crowd and burning down surrounding villages, killing at least 300 people, many of them women and children. Livingstone had never witnessed such an atrocity before, and he was “crushed, devastated and spiritually broken,”... more... - Mark H
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected - http://www.wired.com/2014...
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected
"Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.” The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world’s first true computer. The hardware that Perot’s team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The ENIAC panels went on display at Fort Sill in late October, though some more restoration work remains to be done. The museum is in the process of obtaining a few new vacuum tubes, for example, to give the unit an even more authentic appearance. The panels will never be able to run any bona fide calculations, of course, but that’s probably for the best. Even in its heyday, ENIAC... more... - Mark H
Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't - http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/steven-...
Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't
"Remember the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter? Well, someone has gone and created a modern trailer for the film and it makes me want to 1) Watch the movie on repeat and 2) See a sequel or remake finally get made. Too bad that will probably never happen." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The only problem with a remake? It seems no one (not even Steven Spielberg) has been able to secure the rights to the film. At least that's what Seth Rogen says. Every nerd in Hollywood, Rogen included, has apparently been wanting to remake The Last Starfighter for years now. So what's holding up a remake? According to Rogen and Slash Film, the writer of the original, Jonathan R.... more... - Mark H
If it keeps Seth Rogen out of it, I'm cool with that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Probably because it was a Universal picture. - Jennifer Dittrich
YUP. *hides face in shame* - Big Joe Silence
Hey, I had to look it up (I knew it wasn't Disney, just couldn't remember the Lorimar logo.) - Jennifer Dittrich
i saw "Tron" and "Last Starfighter" in the cinema. by myself. i should know better. - Big Joe Silence
Side trivia: The star of The Last Starfighter, Lance Guest, went to the same high school I did. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... ) - Stephen Mack
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