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Mark H
Homeopathic Accident and Emergency First Aid Kit -
"Then there was the time I sliced myself in two with an industrial bandsaw at work. Luckily my left half was able to slither over to the Homeopathic Accident Kit we keep in the office, which was imbued with the memory of what I looked like before I scattered myself across a wide area, and I was back at work again after just 5 years of intensive physiotherapy. During my ordeal, if it hadn't been for these clinically proven Tic Tacs, I don't think I would have pulled through." - Mark H
I don't have a problem with herbal remedies/treatments, eg teas, tinctures etc, as long as it's used in conjunction with proven drugs, but homeopathy is a bit iffy. - Halil
$55 for placebo sugar! I usually support fleecing the stupid, but it's more than a bit irresponsible or malicious to do so when selling an emergency first aid kit. - Andrew C (✔)
Todd Hoff
New laser network between NYSE and NASDAQ will allow high-frequency traders to make even more money | ExtremeTech -
New laser network between NYSE and NASDAQ will allow high-frequency traders to make even more money | ExtremeTech
"High-frequency trading — the practice of making thousands of algorithmic stock trades per minute — is about to get a big boost in the USA. Anova, a company that specializes in deploying low-latency networks for stock trading, is completing an ultra-high-speed laser network between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. The link will be just a few nanoseconds faster than the current microwave and fiber-optic links — but in the world of high-frequency trading (HFT), those nanoseconds could result in millions of dollars in profits for the trading companies. Such is the insanity of the stock markets; such is the unbelievable capacity of HFT to create money out of almost nothing." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A thought occurs. How could profit if this link was disrupted? - Todd Hoff
I'm more interested to know why one set of things travelling at the speed of light is faster than another set of things travelling at the speed of light. - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Slippy, shorter distance. The fiber is not a direct-line. - Not Me
I was thinking more of the microwave comms. Microwave is generally better in-atmosphere than laser, although laser is more secure (thoigh both are less secure than optical fiber) - both are photons in air, sooo same velocity, no? - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
The article mentions that microwaves don't like inclement weather. - Mark H
And lasers do? - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
I am of course being deliberately obtuse ;-) - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Seems they're more focused on bandwidth against the microwaves, and time against the fiber-optics. - Not Me
Dammit Jim, I'm never forming a comedy double act with you, youre a worse straight-man than I am a comic, and I'm a *terrible* comic. - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Your quite acute. - Not Me
Hmmm.. thinking of a mass balloon release in certain areas. - Me
Ooh, lets use mylar balloons, just in case they go with the microwave transceivers. Jimminy, thanks, I find you quite attractive too ;-) Heh, maybe you arent such a terrible straight man after all. But then straight men dont think im acute :-D - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Mark H
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards -
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards
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"Courtesy of Star Kid Paul Quinn, here is a selection of colorful lobby cards from Disney's 1979 entry in the post-Star Wars cinematic space opera wave, The Black Hole. These scans are from a set of reproductions included in the 1999 special "tin box" VHS edition of the film, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I haven't seen this movie since it came out :-( - Nils Sandin
I was SO excited to see this movie after seeing the commercials and trailers as a kid (space! robots! fire!), but when it finally did come out, I was scared to death and couldn't handle it. I should rewatch it now to see how I feel about it. - Derrick
dude, I remember being terrified of this movie! so much so that I wouldn't let my dad get the lunchbox of it that he wanted b/c he thought it looked cool. I had nightmares for days about getting sucked into infinite space... *shudders* - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Was terrifying as a kid to me too, t-ra. - Micah
Some interesting background on The Black Hole: - Micah
This movie taught me as a kid that movies that I was excited about could be bad. - Stephen Mack
I got to see this movie at the cinema and it was one of my favorites. Had Black Hole coloring books and everything. I really liked how creepy and surreal it was (although, at the time, I had no clue what 'surreal' was or meant). And the Hell/Heaven sequence at the end? Oh man, the stuff of childhood nightmares. - Akiva
The ending gave hope that a Disney movie could occasionally escape the hermetically sealed tie it all up with a pretty bow wrap-up. - Micah
Can only find a German dub but this scene - - is one that really stayed with me. Not exactly typical Disney fare. - Mark H
Even more effective in the German tongue, imho. - Micah
Yeah, I still get anxious when I know that scene is about to occur. Also, Maximilian Schell died just recently, too. (But hardly in the same manner as poor Alex.) - Akiva
That film, even with its faults, is a great watch. Scared the pudding out of me in the cinema. - Big Joe Silence
10 Sporting Events You Must See Live - Sports Pilgrimages Every Guy Should Make Once In His Life - Thrillist Nation -
I have lived in Maryland for over a decade, yet I have never been to Pimlico. I have done #8, though. Also, where is Army vs. Navy football? - Julian
Man Utd vs Man City? It's got general appeal, but on this list? No. If you could only watch one football game it would be El Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou and anyone who says different isn't a real fan. - Mark H
I'm surprised Cubs-Cardinals is on there instead of Yankees-Red Sox as baseball's representative. Sure it's one of the oldest rivalries and Wrigley is one of the last old ballparks, but the Cubs have had long stretches of irrelevancy. - John (bird whisperer)
So much of this just comes down to preferences. I'd argue that either Wimbledon or the French Open would be much better choices than the Australian, for the tennis tournament. As a Cards fan I'd much prefer to go to Wrigley than to a Yankees-Red Sox game, but that's because I prefer Nat'l League rules--I don't actually want to go to Wrigley when the Cubs play the Cards, though I do want to watch a game there someday. And why is there so much American football and no rugby on this list? - Kirsten
Mark H
Postcards from Sochi: Summering with Stalin -
Postcards from Sochi: Summering with Stalin
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"While Sochi is currently front page news as the world’s controversial Olympic host city, I thought we might take a look back at the “Florida of Russia”, when it was still a socialist holiday resort for Soviet workers hoping to experience a semblance of the utopian future they had been promised. Of course, Sochi was also once the summer playground of Jozef Stalin himself, and his vacation home still stands, perfectly preserved and untouched on the outskirts of the city– you can even visit it." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Sochi was once entirely laid out like a giant utopian park; an eden of flower-lined roads dotted with Neo-classical buildings, fountains and statues. With health being a high priority on the sanatoria’s agenda, sporting events and competition have always been a popular tradition in Sochi. Services and treatments at the sanatoria varied depending on which trade union a worker belonged... more... - Mark H
I remember reading about all the lovely Soviet Dachas along the coast of Abkhazia. It sounds like a lovely piece of coast altogether, climatewise :) - Eivind
Mark H
Denmark bans religious slaughter -
Denmark bans religious slaughter
"Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals. European Union regulations require stunning before slaughter, but permit member states to allow exemptions for religious slaughter. Under the new law, Danish slaughterhouses will no longer be able to apply for an exemption to pre-stunning. The move has been opposed by Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in Denmark, who have argued that the ban constitutes an infringement of religious freedom." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"However, defending the government's decision, Mr Jørgensen told Denmark's TV2 television that "animal rights come before religion". [...] Denmark joins a growing list of countries, including Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, where religious slaughter is prohibited." - Mark H
It's wrong to say religious slaughter is prohibited in Norway. Sharia meats are produced here, and they're good enough for most Muslims, it seems. I have the impression that most Muslims don't have a problem with the pre-stunning. At least not until theologians decide to make a stink of it. Like when a conservative council that claim to speak for all Norwegian Muslims "banned" Sharia... more... - Eivind
yazık güya ileri gelişmiş bir devlet.. - Abra Palavra!!!
burası şu karikatürlerin çıktığı ülke değil mi? deyyuslar - o k y
Mark H
Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers! -
Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!
"In the U.S. Attenborough is perhaps best known for the Life on Earth series that was broadcast on PBS in the 1980s, on the other side of the Atlantic he is an institution, recently winning a BBC poll to find the greatest living British icon. His work has often been diluted for an American audience, with his masterful narrations for Planet Earth and Life re-recorded by Alec Baldwin and Oprah Winfrey before they were broadcast on the Discovery channel. There have also been accusations that the U.S. network sought to downplay climate change in the shows. In fact, Attenborough says he has finally grown sick of America’s attitude to climate change." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"He has less time for those who deny the existence of evolution, however. “Every society in the world has found it necessary to produce a story to account for the fact that humanity is on earth,” he said. “The Australian Aboriginals think that the first humans were regurgitated by a great rainbow serpent in the sky, the people in Thailand think the beginning of the world was a huge pool... more... - Mark H
Good lord I love him. - Heather, 30k Camper
One of the greats! Sadly, we won't have him much longer! - Son of Groucho
Mark H
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation? -
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation?
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation?
"Sources of dubious (and not-so-dubious) news on the internet have been getting very excited for the past week or so about some skulls from Paracas in south-western Perú. According to these sites, the skulls have been shown to have DNA that proves them not to be modern Homo sapiens but something else. Depending on the slant of the site, they are the remains of either an unknown but earthly species or aliens. Some sites make comparisons with the Starchild Skull, which has been touted as a human/alien hybrid. So just how reliable is the news?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Just when you thought that this story couldn’t possibly take off, Brien Foerster managed to put out a release on his Facebook page on 12 February 2014 hinting about initial results from his DNA tests. This is what has set the internet of dubious news stories talking excitedly. This is what Brien Foerster quotes: 'Whatever the sample labeled 3A has came from – it had mtDNA with mutations unknown in any human, primate or animal known so far.'" - Mark H
"Now, this statement troubles me. For a start, there is the skeletal morphology. This morphology shows that the owners of the Paracas skulls were Chordates; more than that, they belonged to the sub-phylum Vertebrata (or Craniata), as they possess a bony vertebral column; more than that, they were members of the superclass Tetrapoda, as they possess four independent limbs; more than... more... - Mark H
Eric - Watch Me Now
DE LA Valentines day! - Eric - Watch Me Now from Bookmarklet
Good memories here. This is one of the first 12 inches that I remember my brother buying. - Mark H
Yeah Mark, that was the first video from De La. I think the very first single they released was Plug Tunin'. - Eric - Watch Me Now
JA Castillo
Playing 'the waiting game' – CNN Photos - Blogs -
Playing 'the waiting game' – CNN Photos - Blogs
"For nearly eight years, photographer Txema Salvans traveled the winding roads of Spain’s Mediterranean coast to document the lives of alleged prostitutes." - JA Castillo from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture -
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture
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"Weeks of extraordinary wet weather has lead to disastrous flooding in Britain. The area has seen the most rain in almost 250 years. Homes and farms have been flooded for weeks in southwest England with worries of more rain to come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Like the future, there is enough rain, it's just not evenly distributed. - Todd Hoff
Mark H
Octopus wrestles with underwater cameraman in California -
Octopus wrestles with underwater cameraman in California
"Two divers have had an unexpected encounter in California after an octopus tried to wrestle their camera from them. David Malvestuto and his diving partner Warren Murray were recording footage of marine life in Bluefish Cove off the town of Carmel." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Corvids and cephalopods: my favourite animals for their brains. - Mark H
I wonder if octopuses have a thing for cameras. While on YouTube tonight, I saw another unrelated video of an octopus grabbing a camera from a diver. Maybe octupuses are like cops... - Spidra Webster
Three possibilities: 1) octopuses detect the electrical signals from an inorganic thing and are intrigued (inquisitiveness is cool), 2) octopuses are camera-shy and try to prevent pictures being taken (I can relate to this), 3) octopuses really do like cameras and are just checking out the equipment ("Ooh, is that a Canon? Can I take a look?" - I can relate to this too). - Mark H
Damn paparazzi. - Betsy
Mark H
Euro Train Tripping in the Summer of 1970 -
Euro Train Tripping in the Summer of 1970
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"At the dawn of the 1970s, it cost around $24 to travel from London to Italy. As the train went clickety-clack, rattling through the ever-evolving landscape, two strangers could strike up a conversation over a few slices of shared bologna ham and make it last for a thousand miles. A new breed of traveler was born…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
It was the 1970s. Two people would glance at each others' mood rings and immediately search elsewhere for conversation...about themselves. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Mark H
"HMS Dreadnought, launched on this day in 1906, revolutionised naval warfare and was the flag ship of the Royal Navy’s home fleet from 1907–1911. As well as being the largest ship in the navy at it’s time, just like HMS Warrior before it, it was the most modern too. If you wanted an example of what the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard could do this ship might be it, particularly when you consider that she went to sea on 3 October 1906 for her steam trials, only a year and a day after construction began." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
For anyone who didn't see them on Facebook, cat photos from last night at my cousin's place. In order: Baldrick, Spock, Baldrick again, close up of Spock's skin, the four cats (Baldrick, Spock, Orion, and Sirius), Baldrick contented after ripping my face to pieces, Sirius.
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Baldrick and Spock are sphynxes, Sirius and Orion are orientals. Baldrick is a rescue cat, partially blind in one eye and scarred from some fight. - Mark H
Why are they? - Eivind
Philosophers have struggled to answer that question since time immemorial. - Mark H
What have they come up with so far? - Eivind
Stephan Planken
I have not watched a single second of Olympic coverage. (It doesn't feel like a loss.) #saturdayff
I've tuned in a few times, but every time I did NBC was showing some nonsense instead of an event. - John (bird whisperer)
I haven't seen any yet either. Roommate is going to ghetto rig an antenna for the tv he watches movies on so we can watch some. Hope it works. I'm hearing that snowboarding, especially, has been entertaining. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I put it on after the kids are in bed on mute, and turn the sound up when I see any of the events that interests me (luge, figure skating, speed skating). I also keep my eye out for Alex Pullin, because he is mighty fine to watch. - Melly
I watch figure skating and ice dancing when I can. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
I used to enjoy watching speed skating and ski events, it just doesn't seem to interest me all that much anymore. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
And Melly, you're doing it for your country so it's OK. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I just leave the TV off except for the few shows that are still on not in reruns. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I've watched a lot on record. It's great fun. Some good competitions so far. So many dreams attained or dashed on just a fraction of point or a moment of a second. - Todd Hoff
Me neither, but that's only because I don't have television reception. I will only really miss curling. - Jenny H. from Android
Watching as much as I can with the exception of figure skating which I can't really get interested in. - Mark H
I haven't actively avoided, but just haven't seen any of it yet. And I'm fine with that. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Since the satellite tv bill is seeing $2 increases once and a while ($80 now for a few channels) I'm wondering how easy we can adapt to life without tv. The girls are used to stream movies via the laptop via wifi or pop a DVD in the player in the living room. I only watch a few shows on tv late at night if I'm working late. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Jenny: since you moved to an area without tv reception, is it something you consider a loss? Edit: other than the signal - LOL. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
She says "no, hardly ever." She did have satellite in that location earlier, but decided to give it up. Streaming from Amazon or buying box sets of TV series have been the modes of operation :) - Eivind
I haven't yet either. Not sure whether I will or not. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I think I'll unplug it for a week to see if anyone notices. :) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Do you have free-to-air channels? - Melly
Neighbors 6 miles south of us are able to pick up a few channels. We're so low that I would be surprised if that were the case. I will probably get the proper antenna to try. I'll propose unplugging for a week, see if it leads to rebellion. - Stephan Planken
Steve C
I'm sorry but often times the thing the Olympics make me think most every two years is wow, what a stupid sport.
Tonights example: freestyle mogul skiing. - Steve C
It makes me think who's going to get robbed next in boxing. - Rodfather
I think, "Man, NBC sucks with the jingoism.", "[NBC host] is a moron.", "Hey! What about the country that actually won the [medal(s)]?" and "I didn't know the Olympics were only the US, Canada, GBR & maybe the host country." and "I can't believe they think time delay and these craptastic edits are interesting." - Anika
They can't all be chess :) - Eivind
Freestyle chess. To the death. - Micah
Curling is the best sport EVAH! #oldguyschanceatamedal - WarLord
Holy crap they made figure skating a team event. Shoot me now. - Steve C
SteVe, that would be the synchronized biathlon. - Greg GuitarBuster
Hah :) - Steve C
Young people jumping in the air and getting points for doing tricks? What a crazy idea! It'll never catch on unless, say, some energy drink manufacturer were to sponsor some kind of "extreme" sports events on a regular basis. - Steel Penguin Slippy
And here I thought that pairs skating and ice dancing were already team events. - John (bird whisperer)
That's how I feel about that combo shoot and ski sport. - Jenny H. from Android
I understand the biathlon. There was a time when being able to ski and then be steady enough to shoot was a survival skill. What I don't get are events like table tennis and basketball. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I love biathlon precisely because it seems like a real-life skill. - Betsy
Add the new subjective artistic scoring elements of ski jumping to my do not like list. - Steve C
New artistic scoring element? I thought style points have always been awarded in ski jumping. - Mark H
You might be right Mark artistic element has been around for at least three Olympics but I wasn't a grumpy old man till now :) - Steve C
I didn't understand the biathlon when I was a kid. But in my teens I started cross-country skiing and realized how exerting it is if you're going for speed. Really gets the heart going because you're using all your muscles intensively at the same time. Then when I understood that to shoot a rifle accurately you need to be able to control your heartbeat, slowing it down sufficiently to... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mark H
BBC Sport - Sochi 2014: Jenny Jones wins historic British slopestyle bronze -
BBC Sport - Sochi 2014: Jenny Jones wins historic British slopestyle bronze
"Jenny Jones won Britain's first-ever Winter Olympic medal on the snow with bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
This was absolutely incredible. The commentators were crying, we were crying, everyone I know on Twitter was crying. - Mark H
Yeah, I tuned in just in time to hear the sobbing. You don't get that kind of response in the X games :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
Mark H
#SaturdayFF I'll be spending the evening in the company of two lesbians, drinking mojitos, and looking at their bald pussies.
My cousin and her girlfriend have two sphynx cats. As you guessed. They're called Baldrick and Spock. The cats, that is. - Mark H
x_x - Pixie
Damn, Mark! - Jenny H.
Hmm. "Sphynx" sounds distinctly Egyptian, while "bald pussies" sounds so very Brazilian. - Eivind
Eivind. >_> - Jenny H.
Baldrick - a rescue cat who apparently was treated very badly before - curled up on me and rubbed his head against mine, a sign that he really liked me. And then he grabbed hold of my ears with his claws and bit my face repeatedly which means he really, really, really liked me. I bled from many wounds. I'm going to have some awesome scabs to pick. He was, however, a lovely cat. When not near my face. - Mark H
But just imagine the fun you'll have when explaining where all those wounds originated. ;) - Jenny H.
You have a cunning plan, I see. - Brent Schaus
:D - Pixie
A chance to show off your linguistic skills in telling the tale of the tail? - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
It appears I embarrassed my love :D - Eivind
I *think* your cousin and her partner may have actually rescued a rat. - Steel Penguin Slippy
LB: Ratchet Bear
:( Friends' daughter works with special needs kids. Student who wears a helmet head-butted her. She began having severe headaches, but docs couldn't find the problem. She died in her sleep. :(
That's awful. - Mark H
I am so sorry! - LoisMarketing sorry. - scherbi: bottom dweller
:((( - Tamara J. B.
Oh, my. :( Praying for your friend's family... - Lisa L. Seifert
Oh my god :-( - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
That's tragic! I'm so sorry, Laura. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Sorry, Laura... - Stephan Planken from iPhone
So very very sorry. - Janet
Oh my gosh xx - Melly
So tragic. - Anne Bouey
Sad. So sorry to hear this - Elena from iPhone
Oh my God! I'm so sorry :( Head injury is so damn scary. - A Gunny named Slickback
Needless death. I'm so sorry. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Oh dear god - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
Oh my god! - Soup in a TARDIS
that's horrible!! I'm so sorry - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
Tragic. I'm sorry, LB. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm very sorry. - Betsy from FFHound(roid)!
:'( - Jenny H.
Oh no :( - Eivind
Oh my god! That's terrible! =( - Yvonne from FFHound!
how sad is that? in my prayers..... - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
How awful! - Katy S
Damn - Rodfather
Oh, no. :( - Pixie
Whoa - Christina Pikas from iPhone
imma so sorry lady lb, my condolences, :( - chaz2b
That's so sad. I'm sorry. - Yolanda from Android
Prayers to her family. Condolences. - Gabrielle
Oh how awful. - Stephen Mack
How awful. My condolences to all who loved her and peace for everyone involved. - joey
How awful. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
:-( - Jessie
How horrible. So sorry for your loss. - LB's Bubba. The other 1 from FFHound(roid)!
*hugs* tragic all around :( - Michael W. May
Thanks, all. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
Was just reading the obit. She was only 35 (turning 36 this Monday :( ) and left behind three kids. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
So horrible. I'm so sorry for all who love her. - vicster: full-bodied
Mark H
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa. -
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa.
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa.
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"Photographer Bill Yates had an amazing photography project on his hands, but he just didn’t know it—for about 40 years. In 1972, Yates, then in his final year at the University of South Florida, spent seven months photographing young revelers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa, Fla. He mostly forgot about the work up until recently, when he unearthed about 800 negatives from his archives and scanned them. The result is a delightful time capsule from a simpler, groovier era. “When I shot it, I was 26. I wasn't thinking about documentation. I was just seeing something that looked interesting and somewhat out of the ordinary,” Yates said." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk -
850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk
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"The oldest human footprints ever found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight the sea tides that exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry – by stitching together hundreds of photographs – as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"They walked through a startlingly different landscape from today's, along the estuary of what may have been the original course of the Thames, through a river valley grazed by mammoths, hippos and rhinoceros. The pattern of the prints suggests at least five individuals heading southward, pausing and pottering about to gather plants or shellfish along the bank. They included several... more... - Mark H
Nature giveth and nature taketh away. - Steel Penguin Slippy
This is great news for my "Out of Norfolk" hypothesis! - Eivind
Mark H
Should coastal Britain surrender to the tides? -
Should coastal Britain surrender to the tides?
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"The British Isles are more edge than middle. We are never more than 75 miles from the sea. It protected us from invasion, it gave us an empire and then it became fun. Unlike those flood gurus, the Dutch, whose nation depends on protecting just 451kms of coast, the UK has an indefensible 17,381km (far more than Brazil or India). Despite this, we have fortified it ferociously: 45.6% of England's coast is buttressed with sea walls, groins or artificial beaches, compared with just 7.6% of Ireland. Most erosion is on a geological timescale (the 10,000-year-old east coast is regarded as recent, and is still adjusting to current sea levels) but scientists believe it is likely to worsen. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year increased its projections for sea level rise. Some climate scientists predict a global rise of between 0.7 and 1.2 metres by 2100. Nearly a million homes in England and Wales could be at significant risk of tidal flooding by the 2080s." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"New kinds of coastal adaptation must be judged when the going gets tough. The largest managed realignment scheme on the open coast in Europe was completed late last year at Medmerry, West Sussex. Like most locals, Alan Chamberlain, manager of Medmerry Park holiday village, was horrified when the Environment Agency proposed punching a hole in the sea defences and "letting the sea go".... more... - Mark H
No. Britain will fight the tides. They will fight them on the beaches. They will never.... surrender. - Johnny from iPhone
There's parts of England who've been doing that for decades: The Isle of Wight, for example. We should just take a leaf out of Blackgang's book....Move everything inland a little bit every few years and rope off some paths. Hell, half the fun of that part of IoW now is seeing how far the Chine has moved over the years :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
Mark H
The Nazi murder law that still exists -
The Nazi murder law that still exists
"The long arm of Nazi law reaches down even to our own times. The Third Reich might have been destroyed but its legislation on murder remains in force. Some of Germany's most eminent lawyers say it perpetuates injustice, and must be scrubbed out. A surviving statute from 1941 means that women who kill their abusive husbands are more likely to be jailed for murder than husbands who beat their wives to death." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"According to the German Association of Lawyers, the Nazis decided that a murderer was someone who killed "treacherously" or "sneakily" - "heimtueckisch" is the word in the law and it remains there today. This means that a man who beats his wife over many years, finally killing her, is less likely to be convicted of murder, with a mandatory life sentence, than to be convicted of... more... - Mark H
What's all y'alls favourite cartoon/comic book/video game/whatever character?
Hmm. Hobbes from cartoons. Little My, Snufkin from books - Pete
Johnny Alpha - Mark H
Josie & the Pussycats. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Mark H
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts -
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
"THE STORY of tobacco in advertising is a long and winding tale. At some points it has targeted children, at others it has tried to sound like a health food. The specter of cancer has loomed over the product for decades, and advertisers have done their best to divert your attention from the elephant in the room. Tobacco advertising has been overtly sexist and overtly pro-woman (i.e. Virginia Slims); it will be anything you want it to be in order to gain your love and trust. Indeed, we could talk all day about the dubious practice of selling carcinogens, but let’s focus on the one tactic that tobacco peddlers have relied on most. Here are ten fantastically sexy and sexist vintage ads for your viewing pleasure." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Over the top, wow. - Eric - Watch Me Now
It's not necessary to reach back as far as these ads. Sex was still being used to sell tobacco in the 80s and 90s. Probably still going on now (though I'm not as aware of tobacco advertising lately). - John (bird whisperer)
Mannensmaak! - Eivind
Mark H
"In 2009, Kat and her partner purchased ‘a janky old farm’ house near Woodstock, NY next to a pond inhabited by snapping turtles. They began a major renovations project on the traditional 19th century home both inside and out. Kat (and her ‘ninja house elves’) painted murals on every exterior surface of the house, while inside, customised DIY furniture was added little by little; countertops made out of pennies, shrines built around toasters and that sort of thing" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Bogomilism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Bogomilism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Bogomilism was a Gnostic religiopolitical sect founded in the First Bulgarian Empire by the priest Bogomil during the reign of Tsar Peter I in the 10th century.[1][2][3] It most probably arose in what is today the region of Macedonia[4][5] as a response to the social stratification that occurred as a result of the introduction of feudalism and as a form of political movement and opposition to the Bulgarian state and the church. The Bogomils called for a return to early Christianity, rejecting the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and their primary political tendencies were resistance to the state and church authorities. This helped the movement spread quickly in the Balkans, gradually expanding throughout the Byzantine Empire and later reaching Kievan Rus', Bosnia, Dalmatia, Rascia, Italy, France. The Bogomils were dualists in that they believed the world was created not by the Abrahamic God, but by an evil demiurge — the Devil. They did not use the cross nor build churches, preferring to perform rituals outdoors." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"An English profanity and the name of a crime emerged from reports of the Bogomils by the Catholic Church. The words "bugger" and "buggery" emerged, by way of the word "bougre" in French, from "Bulgar" (Bulgarian). "Buggery" first appears in English in 1330 with the sense "abominable heresy", though "bugger" in a sexual sense is not recorded until 1555." - Eivind
Searching for the history of buggery? - Mark H
He's very anal when it comes to history. - Pete
:-P I don't think I found them through buggery, Mark, but I don't remember anymore :) - Eivind from Android
My chemistry teacher in high school was Mr. Bogomiller. Had no idea he was associated with buggery. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mark H
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes -
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
"Norwegian Photographer Ronny Tertnes has a way with water. While his camera is pretty basic: Canon EOS 7D + 100mm f/2.8L macro lens and a couple of strobes. Combined with the Splash art drip kit and a vast knowledge of manipulating liquids, Ronny takes photos that make water seem as easy to manage as clay." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
"I may be mistaken, but I believe that this poster by artist Philip Castle was the first piece of publicity art released for the Mike Hodges-directed Flash Gordon feature film in 1980. I remember seeing this art of Vultan's Hawkmen attacking the war rocket Ajax, in Starlog and other genre fan magazines months and months before the film's release. I assume that it was a piece of repurposed pre-production art. In any case, I'm glad I finally found a decent scan of it." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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