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I've seen a couple of #SaturdayFF posts on similar subjects tonight so...
My parents bought a set of encyclopedias when I was born - the Merit Students Encyclopedia - and I have strong memories of using them extensively growing up to simply learn things, read for the sake of reading, or helping with schoolwork. I'm pretty certain with hindsight that because they were an American publication they were not on the radar of most of my teachers which is why a lot of my homework that copied whole sections was marked highly. - Mark H
My mum and dad also bought a book of 365 stories/poems to read at night. I can remember seeing my mum or dad reading to me from the book for a few years in a row and I can remember the book itself - a large, thick book with a pale purple, textured cover - but I can't remember any of the stories. - Mark H
Jim #teamFFrank
Fwd: Okay, folks. I need your advice. Which tie (via -- Will is having his interview right now. Afterwards, we are meeting him for dinner. If he's still wearing his tie, I shall update you on his appearance.
Checked with missus and she agrees with me: tie A. The other two blend into the shirt/jacket too much. A is bold. A is memorable. - Mark H
We'll see which he chose later. It's a real nailbiter! - Jim #teamFFrank
Cameron to press Obama for help outlawing encryption, destroying internet freedom - Boing Boing -
Cameron to press Obama for help outlawing encryption, destroying internet freedom - Boing Boing
"Cameron will demand that US internet companies store – and then be prepared to hand over – data and content needed by the intelligence agencies “to keep us safe” when he meets the president for talks in the Oval Office on Friday morning. A government source said: “The prime minister’s objective here is to get the US companies to cooperate with us more, to make sure that our intelligence agencies get the information they need to keep us safe. That will be his approach in the discussion with President Obama – how can we work together to get them to cooperate more, what is the best approach to encourage them to do more.” Obama, who recently accused North Korea of orchestrating the cyber attack on the film studio Sony Pictures, is due to address data security in his penultimate state of the union address next week." - Me from Bookmarklet
UK, you need to get your PM under control. He is losing it. - Me
so fscked up. - Big Joe Silenced
He won't be our PM for much longer with a bit of luck. - Mark H
Mark H
Boko Haram's Statement Upon Seizing Control of the Town From Footloose -
Boko Haram's Statement Upon Seizing Control of the Town From Footloose
Boko Haram's Statement Upon Seizing Control of the Town From Footloose
"I am Abubakar Shekau and I am the one who canceled dancing, along with everything else, in your town. We have fired rocket grenades into your general stores, we have burned your empty dancing factories, machine gunned your pets, torn your drapes, bayoneted your giclee prints, smashed your TVs and we have annihilated the house of lies you call a high school. Your sons have been machine gunned. Your husbands have been machine gunned. Wives also machine gunned. Some daughters have been sold into sex slavery of the least enjoyable form and the rest have been scheduled for machine gunning." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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An Anti-Feminist Party Is Standing In The General Election -
An Anti-Feminist Party Is Standing In The General Election
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"The party was founded by retired businessman Mike Buchanan, who told BuzzFeed News it’s his party’s ultimate aim to “make feminism a dirty word”. Buchanan used to work as a business consultant for the Conservative party, but quit in 2009 when David Cameron backed all-women parliamentary candidate shortlists. He has since dedicated his life to anti-feminism, writing three books, Feminism: The Ugly Truth, The Glass Ceiling Delusion, and David Cameron – The Heir to Harman?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"“Feminism is a hatred, and it should be a badge of shame,” he said. “To call yourself a feminist should be no more acceptable than calling yourself a bigot or a sexist or a fascist. It is a deeply vile, corrupting ideology and the idea it’s a benign movement about gender equality is dangerous nonsense.” The party’s website is home to articles such as “13 Reasons Women Lie About Being Raped”, “10 Reasons False Rape Allegations Are Common”, and “Feminists – Enemies of Men, Women, and Children”." - Mark H
"In the general election, Buchanan is pessimistic about winning enough votes to retain any of the three £500 deposits he’s put down, but thinks it’s worth the expense in order to raise awareness of what he called “[just how much of a cockwomble I am]”." - Mark H
While not a formal part of their platform, I'm sure anti-feminism is an element in the politics of, oh, UKIP? all of the English Democrat-type BNP lite parties? - Pete's Got To Go
Oh Jesus. - Jenny H. from Android
Anti-feminism as a political stance? Maybe Monty Python is still active: This sounds like something from the Ministry of Silly Walks. Now, if only Great Britain had ever had a right-wing woman as a leader...oh, wait... - walt crawford
This game is an utter disaster.
It's early. Plenty of time to get worse yet. - Mark H
Mark H
Wife's pub visits no ground for seeking divorce: Bombay High Court -
Wife's pub visits no ground for seeking divorce: Bombay High Court
"The Bombay High Court has refused to grant divorce on the ground of cruelty to a man who alleged his wife often went to pubs leaving their child in the care of domestic help and also often insulted him and his parents." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
""In our view, the Family Court has appreciated the evidence and come to justifiable findings that the appellant (husband) has failed to prove that the respondent (wife) has treated him with cruelty," the Bench said, while hearing an appeal filed by the man. The instances of cruelty cited by the husband were rude behaviour by his wife, excessive socialising, going to pubs and discos,... more... - Mark H
Mark H
NFL Announces Divisional Round Games Will Appear Much Less Rigged - SportsPickle | SportsPickle -
NFL Announces Divisional Round Games Will Appear Much Less Rigged - SportsPickle | SportsPickle
"NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that the league’s divisional round playoff games will not look nearly as pre-determined as last week’s wildcard round games did, most notably the Cowboys-Lions match-up." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Dean Blandino, the NFL’s director of officiating, said he has been working all week with the crews working this week’s games to make sure their game-changing calls are made “more in the flow of the game.” “I don’t want anyone just overturning calls with zero explanation this week,” said Blandino. “To the untrained eye, this weekend’s playoff games will appear to be above board. That is... more... - Mark H
"In unrelated news, the league also announced the songs that Katy Perry will sing during next month’s Patriots-Cowboys Super Bowl." - Mark H
Stephan Planken
This PDF demands the date format YYYY-MM-DD but its date picker returns D/M/YYYY (no override). #logic
This PDF demands the date format YYYY-MM-DD but its date picker returns D/M/YYYY (no override). #logic
The form guide states that incorrectly filled in forms will be rejected. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The date picker also made me scroll back. Way back. Way, way, way back. I feel so young. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Is it possible the date picker is picking up your regional date settings? - Mark H
No. Since I will be mailing this I wil leave it blank and use old fashioned ink. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Mark H
Al-Azhar responds to Sisi’s call for ‘religious revolution’ -
Al-Azhar responds to Sisi’s call for ‘religious revolution’
"“We should closely examine the situation in which we are in. It does not make sense that the thought we sanctify pushes this entire nation to become a source of apprehension, danger, murder and destruction in the entire world,” Sisi said in a Thursday speech before Egypt’s top religious leaders on the occasion of the Birth of Prophet Mohamed." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"“I am not saying the religion. I am saying this thought that has been sanctified; texts and thoughts that have been sanctified for hundreds of years. And disagreeing with [these texts and thoughts] has become very difficult. To the extent that [this thought] makes an enemy of the whole world,” Sisi added. [...] Al-Azhar’s newly formed Monitor of Infedilizing Fatwas Dept., which... more... - Mark H
Positive moves in Egypt; good to see and interesting to see where it leads. - Mark H
Judge: Norway violated Minnesota's equal-pay law - Yahoo News -
Judge: Norway violated Minnesota's equal-pay law - Yahoo News
"The Norwegian government violated Minnesota's equal-pay laws by paying a female former employee $30,000 less than a male counterpart, a federal judge has ruled. In a 191-page decision issued Wednesday, Norway was also ordered to pay Ellen Ewald $170,594 — double her lost wages — plus $100,000 for emotional distress, the Star Tribune reported. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of St. Paul also ruled that Norway must pay $1,000 to Minnesota's general fund for violating the state's Human Rights Act." - rønin from Bookmarklet
more and more i am tempted to move my family to Minnesota. main drawback is the winters they have, cos my wife cannot abide deep cold and snow. - Big Joe Silenced
Wow. It is shocking that Norway did something abroad they wouldn't do at home. - Spidra Webster
That duality is at the heart of Norwegian culture, Spidra. Behave at home, but anything goes abroad. That's why we go to Syden; it's a break from behaving like decent human beings. - Eivind from Android
"Behave at home, but anything goes abroad." Did Jenny know this before you snared her? - Mark H
Probably not :) - Eivind from Android
Mark H
There's every chance it's 2015 now.
Happy New Year Mark H. - Mike Nencetti
Hppy new year - Halil
Happy New Year's, to you and the missus! :) - Jenny H. from Android
*checks who's commented/liked so far* Thank you Americans, Brits, Europeans, and Iranians of FriendFeed. This place still gets me right *here*, - Mark H
Not here yet!! .... Happy new year Mark ... :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی from iPhone
Happy new year, Mark! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy New Year Mr H!!! 😃 - Son of Groucho
Happy new year, Mark! :-) - Maitani
Happy New Year, Mark! - Anne Bouey
Trying to plan a summer visit here with the family. Anyone been, any good? ~ Explore Warwick Castle, where you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure! - Halil from Bookmarklet
Yes, about a decade ago and before I got my camera so no pictures. My recollection is that there was a nice longbow demonstration taking place, none of the helmets you can try on actually fit my oversized noggin, and there's a walk up part of the battlements that was brutal on the calves. Nice place. It's on the list to return to at some point. - Mark H
It's good, lots of attractions and events in the summer and at weekends. There's the old castle battlements as well as the more stately home bits. Some nice exhibitions on Richard, Earl of Warwick etc... Some beautiful grounds to have a picnic in too if you're lucky with the weather. But, it can be quite pricey... It's owned by the same folks as Tussards so look out for 2-for-1 vouchers in the papers around Easter/Summer hols :-) - Heleninstitches #teamff
Urgently needed: name for this dessert. Dark chocolate cake filled with whipped ganache and crushed pretzels, drizzled with melted ganache, served with salted caramel ice cream. If someone suggests a winning name, I'll buy you one. Or mail you something if you live far away.
A Slice of Heaven, as far as I am concerned. - Friar Will
Golden Desire - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Do you have a pic? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Stash of Panache - Pete's Got To Go
Gateway Ganache - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
The Gan-ache of Pleasure - Pete's Got To Go
Choco Lot - Pete's Got To Go
Salt Teaser - Pete's Got To Go
I think Pete really wants some. That's an observation but can also count as a name. - Mark H
Nah, this is a hobby ;) - Pete's Got To Go
Dark Guardians of the Ganache: Salted Caramel Addiction Edition - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Ganache a Pret - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Ganache Trophy - Pete's Got To Go
Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Self Torte - Pete's Got To Go
Chocolate Twister - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Chocolate-Caramel Dialectic - Andrew C (✔)
Dark and Stormy. Sure, it's a drink but whatevs. :) - That's So CAJ!
Gonzo Ganache Gusto - Thomas Page
I just need some, Lo. - Jenny H. from Android
If anyone lives in the Midwest or visits Wisconsin, please let me know. I can see that you will eat like a king. This offer extends to any FFer. - Lo from Android
Where in WI are you? - LB needs a vacation from Android
Dark Avalanche Ganache - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Madison, capital of over-wrought over-priced food! But my experience here gave the impression the entire state is considered driving distance, as well as much of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. Go figure. - Lo from Android
It needs work, you guys. Anyone who got it tonight is probably satisfied but I feel sorry for them a little. It'll be much better on New Year's Eve. - Lo from Android
Mark H
10 Amazing Pictures of Libraries -
10 Amazing Pictures of Libraries
10 Amazing Pictures of Libraries
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"How about some truly amazing pictures of bookshelves? What follows are ten of our favourite pictures of the beautiful interiors of libraries from around the world." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
holly #ravingfangirl
this MINI owner is just now watching The Italian Job for the first time. #trueconfessions
Which version? - Mark H
alas, the remake, as that's what's on Netflix. i'll get to the original someday. - holly #ravingfangirl
I like both to be fair. The original is classier, but the remake is fun too. - Mark H
it's a caper movie with lots of mini coopers. i'll enjoy it. :) - holly #ravingfangirl
#teamcapers (oh... oops...) - Julian
I love that movie. I never get tired of rewatching it. "I trust everyone. It's the devil inside them I don't trust." - Trish R
it's kind of ridiculous that i haven't seen it, especially since it came out just before i bought mine when i was just becoming MINI-obsessed. good fun! - holly #ravingfangirl
you have a Mini? JEALOUS - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Both versions are fun ... Even though we're aren't so end outed with our Mini any more. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Mark H
"A Soyuz 2-1B rocket was rolled to the launch pad at Site 31/6 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday in preparation for the final launch of the Soyuz workhorse in 2014 which will be the 22nd launch of the Soyuz rocket family this year - remaining the most flown launch vehicle across the globe followed by the Chinese Long March family, and the Atlas V and Proton launchers." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Live launch in about half an hour: - Mark H
Mark H
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane -
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane
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"Now, you might be wondering: Do Scientologists celebrate Christmas? Of course they do, silly-billy! According to this website, "Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard honored the great religious leaders of the past for the wisdom they brought to the world, writing that Scientology shares 'the goals set for Man by Christ, which are wisdom, good health and immortality.' It is in this spirit that Scientologists celebrate the holiday season, whether Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or any other religious or cultural tradition."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Heavy handed hate doesn't ring as funny, nor as effective, as it could without so much vitriol. - Michael W. May from Android
The $400 discman is by far the best buy in that catalog. - Eivind
Mark H
Mike Harvey - Taxi Photos -
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"Working as a taxi driver for 4 years gave me a great insight into the people and community of Neath. Thousands of people travelled in the small transient space of the taxi, and each journey had it's own unique interaction and narrative." - Mark H
"I wanted to document the lottery of people that occupied the taxi space, and the experiences that taxi driving gave me. Whether it be rushing a pregnant woman to hospital or being regaled stories of World War II by an elderly passenger, the taxi provided a space to meet, converse with, and learn from people." - Mark H
"The array of people that journeyed in the taxi were diverse. The shop and call centre workers, tradesmen, policemen, pensioners, prostitutes and lawyers, the publican, millionaire, undertaker and pauper, the school teacher, drug dealer, drunkard and postman - the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the sober and the high. The taxi passengers represented a small cross-section of society, and these photographs hope to visually document a slice of Welsh culture from 2010." - Mark H
Mark H
"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
Victor Ganata
North Korea Is Not Funny - Let's be clear: "The Interview" isn't a courageous act of defiance against a dictator - The Atlantic
"This film is not an act of courage. It is not a stand against totalitarianism, concentration camps, mass starvation, or state-sponsored terror. It is, based on what we know of the movie so far, simply a comedy, made by a group of talented actors, writers, and directors, and intended, like most comedies, to make money and earn laughs. The movie would perhaps have been better off with a fictitious dictator and regime; instead, it appears to serve up the latest in a long line of cheap and sometimes racism-tinged jokes…." - Victor Ganata
"But it takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. When a North Korean inmate in a political prison camp or a closely monitored Pyongyang apparatchik pokes fun at Kim Jong Un and the system he represents—that is an act of audacity. It very literally can cost the person’s life, and those of his or her family members. To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense." - Victor Ganata
"What’s more, crowding the North Korea 'story' with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironically benefit those in charge in Pyongyang. It serves to buffer and obscure the sheer evil of a regime that enslaves children and sentences entire families to death for crimes of thought, while building ski resorts, dolphinariums, and other luxury escapes for elites with funds that could feed its malnourished people for several years." - Victor Ganata
"How many people would have watched The Interview and concluded that they should do something to help change this odious regime and bring about human rights for North Koreans?" - Victor Ganata
This was a real-life Team America and nothing else. Sony's decision was a financial decision and nothing else. The cinemas that decided not to show the film out of fear were run by utter morons and nothing else. - Mark H
"In Charlie Chaplin’s 1964 autobiography, the star discussed the backlash that he faced from Hollywood and the German and British governments when plans for The Great Dictator’s release were announced. He moved forward with the project despite these concerns, but years later suggested that he regretted that decision: “Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator; I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”" - Andrew C (✔)
The movie theater chains were also probably looking at the bottom line as well. I read somewhere that all it would take is about 5% of the audience not showing up during the holidays to totally wreck their profitability, given how much of a cut they have to give studios. - Victor Ganata
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).
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
Mark H
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia -
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
Mark H
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
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
Mark H
These Techniques for Surrendering to a Police Officer Might Save Your Life -
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
Mark H
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
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
Mark H
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
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
Son of Groucho
BBC NEWS | Magazine | The slow death of handwriting -
"Christmas cards, shopping lists and what else? The occasions in which we write by hand are fewer and fewer, says Neil Hallows. So is the ancient art form of handwriting dying out? A century from now, our handwriting may only be legible to experts. For some, that is already the case. But writer Kitty Burns Florey says the art of handwriting is declining so fast that ordinary, joined-up script may become as hard to read as a medieval manuscript. "When your great-great-grandchildren find that letter of yours in the attic, they'll have to take it to a specialist, an old guy at the library who would decipher the strange symbols for them," says Ms Florey, author of the newly-published Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
What's yours like? Mine is appalling... - Son of Groucho
Every so often I take the time to write notes down at work in cursive, taking care with everything I write but I tend to find that it doesn't take long before the legibility starts going downhill quickly as the speed of note-taking increases. My standard handwriting is probably only readable by me and not all the time even then. - Mark H
Mine's pretty awful but it's always been that way. I'm old enough to have had penmanship classes in grammar school and I never got an "excellent" in it. But I've been reading a lot of historical correspondence from the '20s when people wrote a lot more often and some people had terrible handwriting then, too. I've actually been wishing I had $ to hire an expert to help me read some of... more... - Spidra Webster
My handwriting is so so terrible. It used to be beautiful. I blame 9 years of note taking in university. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Me too! Nine years! I thought my seven years was excessive! - Son of Groucho
I think mine is nice. I make sure I write by hand everyday. My kids do have trouble reading it at times. I'm trying to teach them cursive, but it's daunting. - Anika
Mine is awful. - walt crawford
I've just asked Pete to buy me a writing book for Christmas as I need to improve my handwriting! - Heleninstitches #teamff
I love writing by hand on all the things. Journals, letters, cards. Notes for work projects. - Corinne L
Mark H
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket -
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
If there's no Jedi kitchen scene with a light-paring knife, then they are just leaving product placement money on the table.
Immediately thought of this: - Mark H
Heh. I don't watch FG, but the tag was perfect. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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