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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
"Fans of Mystery Science tend to be above-average smart—you know, B-plus students and higher. And those are some of the people that first adopted the Internet. They were very passionate about the show. Later we did our first national convention, and about 2,500 people flew in from around the country. We also did the first live show, and afterward we had a party. On Monday morning somebody looked at one of these Usenet groups and there was a detailed, blow-by-blow description of who had come to the party, who they’d danced with, who had been drinking, and who hadn’t." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
This is not a Christian country | Lawyers' Secular Society - http://lawyerssecularsociety.w...
This is not a Christian country | Lawyers' Secular Society
A legal argument as to why David Cameron has recently been talking crap. Not that you needed any argument to know he was talking crap. But here's one anyway. In particular, I liked the quoting from 2010 of Lord Justice Laws in the case of a Christian claiming unfair dismissal when he refused to counsel gay couples: - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"We do not live in a society where all the people share uniform religious beliefs. The precepts of any one religion, any belief system, cannot, by force of their religious origins, sound any louder in the general law than the precepts of any other. If they did, those out in the cold would be less than citizens and our constitution would be on the way to a theocracy, which is of... more... - Mark H
Beautiful Soviet Fashion of the 1960s and 1970s - http://www.vintag.es/2014...
Beautiful Soviet Fashion of the 1960s and 1970s
Beautiful Soviet Fashion of the 1960s and 1970s
Beautiful Soviet Fashion of the 1960s and 1970s
Like the horses under starlight.. -- http://friendfeed.com/search... - Beste Arfin Kiriloğlu
Bunlar ne biçim komüniz ya, aynı tip elbise giymiyollar? Vatkayndofkomiizarteyşitşitfakfak. - Plastic Soul
Sovyet görmesek yutacaktık. He yav he! - Herr 5 Postasson
On Facebook right now I'm discussing drinking with people from America and Thailand at the same time. That's half a world of time zones' difference. Oh, brave new world.
How can you be brave if you are on Facebook? - Todd Hoff
According to a former CIA friend of mine (current friend, former CIA, now private firrn employed by the CIA just to clarify) anyone on Facebook is incredibly brave. This was pre-Snowden info. - Mark H
Woke up. Tweeted a live TV prorgramme. Got retweeted by the live TV programme. Went for a long walk. Had a few drinks. Met up with a friend. Had a few more drinks. Walked home. Drinking some more. Yeah, this has been a nice #SaturdayFF.
I'll drink to that. - Todd Hoff
This Amazing Technicolor Castle has been Abandoned for more than 20 Years - http://www.messynessychic.com/2014...
This Amazing Technicolor Castle has been Abandoned for more than 20 Years
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"The Castello di Sammezzano is a show-stopper, a jaw-dropper. Hidden away in the Tuscan hills of Northern Italy, this electrifyingly beautiful Moorish castle was built a whopping 400+ years ago in 1605, but more than two decades, it’s been sitting empty, neglected, vulnerable to pillaging and to the elements." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Marquis Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes, a largely forgotten but key cultural, social and political figure in Florence when the city was the capital of Italy. Ferdinando, who lived and died at the property, spent 40 years planning, financing and realizing this exotic castle that would become the most important example of orientalist architecture in the country– only to be left to ruin at the hands of modern-day investors." - Mark H
"After the Marquis’ death at the end of the 19th century, there was a period of uncertainty for the property and historical records appear to be rather patchy. During the war, the Germans came looting, stealing mainly from the castle’s surrounding park that had once been considered the largest and most exotic in Tuscany. They took many important statues and fountains of Moorish style,... more... - Mark H
The ceilings in that place are amazing. - Anika
Free: British Pathé Puts Over 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
"British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th Century. This week, the company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection — over 85,000 historical films – to YouTube." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The archive — which spans from 1896 to 1976 – is a goldmine of footage, containing movies of some of the most important moments of the last 100 years. It’s a treasure trove for film buffs, culture nerds and history mavens everywhere. In Pathé’s playlist “A Day That Shook the World,” which traces an Anglo-centric history of the 20th Century, you will find clips of the Wright Brothers’... more... - Mark H
International Space Station – UK ISS Passes April 2014 - http://www.meteorwatch.org/uk-iss-...
International Space Station – UK ISS Passes April 2014
If you've not seen the ISS pass overhead in the UK over the past few nights here are the remaining times this month when it's going to do so. Depending on how good your eyesight is and the altitude it passes at you might just be able to discern some structure in the station as it's overhead. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
North Korean officials visit salon over Kim Jong-un 'bad hair' advert - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
North Korean officials visit salon over Kim Jong-un 'bad hair' advert
"Karim Nabbach said: "We put up posters for an offer for men's hair cuts through the month of April. Obviously in the current news there has been this story that North Korean men are only allowed one haircut. "We didn't realise but the North Korean embassy is a 10-minute walk from the salon. The next day we had North Korean officials pop into the salon asking to speak to the manager. "He said 'listen this isn't North Korea, this is England, we live in a democracy so I'm afraid you're going to have to get out of my salon'."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Rare Color Photos of Parisian Women from between 1930s and 1940s - http://www.vintag.es/2014...
Rare Color Photos of Parisian Women from between 1930s and 1940s
Rare Color Photos of Parisian Women from between 1930s and 1940s
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"These color photographs of Parisian women were taken by French photographer Andre Zucca with rare Agfacolor film from between 1930s and 1940s. These photos show an almost ‘normal’ living by young Parisians under German occupation, which would have suited the Nazi propaganda effort. However, that aside, they are clearly not staged, and prove that even in war, women strove to remain feminine, none more than Parisians." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
good old days when women had grace. sigh sigh... - grizabella
there are more here by the same photographer by the way: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news... - grizabella
A client wants some sensitive customer data sent to a third party. We liaise with the third party and get them to configure an SFTP server at their end. I write some code to extract the data, zip it, and send it over SFTP to the third party's server. Run it on the test system: fine. Run it on the live system: fine. Job well done.
This morning, to demonstrate it's worked correctly (not that we asked), the third party extracts what we've sent them, does some work on the data, and then sends the data back to us and our client to show that the process is just fine. The data (containing email addresses, names, account details, etc.) is in an Excel spreadsheet attached to an email. There has been much headdesking going on here. - Mark H
Neighborhood Bully Sentenced to a Day of Taunting - http://www.loweringthebar.net/2014...
Neighborhood Bully Sentenced to a Day of Taunting
"Also 15 days in jail, seven months of probation, 100 hours of community service, an apology letter, anger-management classes and mental-health counseling, but the day of taunting is the amusing part." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Edmond Aviv was sentenced to hold the "I AM A BULLY" sign after he pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct. Aviv has allegedly been harassing his next-door neighbor, Sandra Prugh, and her family for the past 15 years, and this is the fourth time he has been convicted of it. According to this report, the Prughs have seven children,... more... - Mark H
"Police witnessed at least one of Aviv's acts, after Prugh called them to report kerosene fumes coming from his garage. Police found he had built a device with a fan that blew the fumes onto Prugh's property. The Plain Dealer quoted another neighbor who said Aviv had yelled racial slurs at him while he was growing up. "This punishment is great," he said. "Justice has been served."" - Mark H
Geez. I don't think he'll stop his behavior though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
they really said this. - http://theyreallysaidthis.tumblr.com/
they really said this.
they really said this.
they really said this.
Lauren Urasek shares some of the comments she receives from men. Found via http://www.xojane.com/it-happ... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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Is the mote around the village, or is this a smaller fort/castle thingy? - Eivind
It's more a fortified manor house than a castle. Definitely not a village. The battlements on the tower were only added after seeking permission from the King (I forget which one). From Wikipedia: "Originally dating to around 1320, the building's importance lies in the fact that successive owners effected relatively few changes to the main structure, after the completion of the... more... - Mark H
BBC News - The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic
BBC News - The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic
"In 1979, 16-year-old child prodigy James Dallas Egbert III disappeared from his room at Michigan State University. A private investigator, William Dear, was hired by James's parents to find their son. Despite apparently knowing little about roleplaying games, Dear believed that D&D was the cause of Egbert's disappearance." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"In 1982, high school student Irving Lee Pulling committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Despite an article in the Washington Post at the time commenting "how [Pulling] had trouble 'fitting in'", mother Patricia Pulling believed her son's suicide was due to him playing D&D. Again, it was clear that more complex psychological factors were at play. Victoria Rockecharlie, a... more... - Mark H
What happened to Jai Alai?: Echoes of a dying game - http://www.sbnation.com/longfor...
What happened to Jai Alai?: Echoes of a dying game
What happened to Jai Alai?: Echoes of a dying game
"Looking at the rows and rows of seats, you can imagine a different time. There were thousands of people every night, men in dark suits and hats packed shoulder to shoulder. They’d be waving programs, downing brown booze, smoking cigarettes from cigarette cases or, better still, puffing thick cigars that would fill the room with pungent smoke and give the air just below the giant ceiling lights a ghostly blue haze. As the men on the court used oblong baskets to hurl a goatskin ball over and over against a granite wall, the men in the crowd would be hollering and belly laughing and slapping each other on the back. There was a time when the audience at the Miami Jai Alai fronton was so loud, the players on the court could barely hear their own thoughts." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"There’s a dark side to jai alai’s history that’s a little hazier than the stuff in the small fronton museum. It involves meat grinders and brutal murders and the infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. There were FBI investigations, federal indictments and plenty of frontons shuttered. And more and more, potential patrons worried that the games were fixed. Soon other gambling options... more... - Mark H
"These days, the casino is losing money on jai alai. The game only exists in America at all because that loss is well worth it for casino owners. Without jai alai, there would be none of those lucrative slot machines or poker tables on the other side of the building. See, aside from the Indian casinos, the only places you can gamble in Florida are pari-mutuels, which in order to offer... more... - Mark H
"This is the strangest irony of a dying sport. As frontons close, or switch over to simulcast betting only, the talent pool has been consolidated over the years. Then these bigger, better athletes face off against each other every day, sharpening the skill level even more. It’s as if all the talent in the NHL were concentrated on only the rosters of the original six teams, or if there... more... - Mark H
"Where's Servo?" MST3K Print! from Secktacular on Storenvy - http://www.storenvy.com/product...
"Where's Servo?" MST3K Print! from Secktacular on Storenvy
"Are you looking for a print that features a character from every single movie riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 from the KTMA pilot ("The Green Slime") through the final episode ("Diabolik")? THIS IS TOTALLY THAT PRINT, MAN." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
BBC News - Peaches Geldof dies aged 25 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Peaches Geldof dies aged 25
"TV presenter Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25. "We are beyond pain," said her father, confirming her death. "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us." "What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?" Police in Kent said the death was "being treated as unexplained and sudden" at this stage." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
i'll be hugging my dotters extra tight when i pick them up from school today. i don't want to imagine. - Big Joe Silence
How awful. - vicster: full-bodied from FFHound!
Gerd Ludwig documents the Chernobyl nuclear disaster’s aftermath in his book The Long Shadow of Chernobyl - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
Gerd Ludwig documents the Chernobyl nuclear disaster’s aftermath in his book The Long Shadow of Chernobyl
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"Ludwig first visited Chernobyl in 1993 for a National Geographic story on pollution in the former Soviet Union. Access to Chernobyl was limited then, but after extensive negotiations, the local police force agreed to show him around in a school bus. During that trip, Ludwig was able to meet with some of the several hundred elderly people who had decided to ignore radiation levels and resettle without permission inside the exclusion zone. “At first Ukrainian officials discouraged them, branding them as illegal residents, but soon turned a blind eye, realizing that they preferred to die on their own contaminated soil instead of a broken heart in anonymous city suburbs,” Ludwig said via email." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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