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Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer -
Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer
"A man who dressed up in a pig mask, toy bobby’s helmet and hi-vis jacket was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. Steven Peers said he has often donned the mock outfit to perform ‘comical parodies’ of Greater Manchester Police after becoming unhappy with how officers behaved during the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests. He wore it around Manchester city centre while filming sketches yesterday but was stopped by an officer near Bootle Street police station." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Father-of-four Mr Peers was held in custody for eight hours before being bailed until July – while the outfit was confiscated. He said: “My reaction to being arrested was total disbelief. I was wearing a toy hat and a pig mask and was arrested for impersonating a police officer. It’s ridiculous. “If they want to take it to court they will be a laughing stock because there is no substance to it whatsoever.”" - Mark H
That's a pretty dumb arrest. - Anika
I assume the 'Spitting Image' puppeteers will be retrospectively arrested next. Oh - wait - those pigs were journalists trying to do the police force's job. - Math Charlton
The thing that got me about this story was the implication that the cops saw themselves as pigs otherwise they'd never push ahead with the arrest. - Mark H
I'd hate to be their self-image therapist. - Math Charlton
Spidra Webster
Twitter / Scanditwitchen: Telling the difference between ... -
Twitter / Scanditwitchen: Telling the difference between ...
"Telling the difference between a Swede, Dane and Norwegian #handy #helpful" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
My stereotype Dane is a jolly, red faced guy with a beer in his hand. - Eivind from Android
Yeah, I was a little surprised at that drawing. Basically the stereotypes I usually see are that Danes are loose and fun-loving, Swedes are uptight, and Norwegians are rugged outdoorsmen who like to french kiss fish. ;-) - Spidra Webster
I'm not a fish! - Jenny H. from Android
I picture Danes as having a Carlsberg in one hand and a fork stuck in bacon in the other. Swedes are blonde and nude except for a backpack no matter what they're doing. Norwegians are less stereotypical as they're featured less socially over here. We only tend to see Norwegian-related stuff when there's skiing or a World War II film on. - Mark H
Sorry, Jenny. That was just my way of saying very very very in love with their seafood. - Spidra Webster
Spidra, Eivind is making me eat fish tomorrow. I'm scared. Mark, I love PHC!!! - Jenny H.
That's mental cruelty! - Spidra Webster
Read the book this is from yesterday, The Norway Way, and immediately recognized this one. The author is Australian. The book was fun with some good insights :) - Eivind from Android
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Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was -
Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was
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"In a slight twist of fate, we might have been traveling between London and Paris in one of these thing-a-majigs– or more accurately, a propeller-driven ‘Flying Railplane‘. This fancy futurist contraption was invented by George Bennie and launched in 1930 as a prototype, designed for a more economical and rapid transport system between the two European capitals." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"When the media was invited to take a ride on the rail plane in July of 1930, they were quite taken with it, and hailed it a ‘wonderful product of British brains’. Compared to the bumps and whistling of a conventional train, traveling in Bennie’s railplane coach was luxuriously smooth and quiet. There was only one problem. No one wanted to fund it." - Mark H
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Empire Edibles - Sweet treats with a hint of adventure! Everything from Gin inspired steampunk fudge to Absinthe fondants, creamy caramels and decadent delights. -
Empire Edibles - Sweet treats with a hint of adventure! Everything from Gin inspired steampunk fudge to Absinthe fondants, creamy caramels and decadent delights.
It's worth clicking through to the chocolate or fudge products on this site just to read the descriptions. E.g. for Spice Trail fudge: "Whilst hunting for Emeralds in darkest Peru, I was introduced to a remarkably warm and aromatic little berry. Once we'd established quite what the invitation to 'view the pink buds' was all about from my guides, it turned out to be the berries of the Pink Peppercorn or Baie Rose tree. Although it has a gentle warmth, like black or white pepper, it has none of the harshness, making it as close to cheap Boarding House pepper as lamp oil is to champagne. Fragrant and almost sweet, it pairs beautifully with the underlying Cocoa in the fudge to make a warming and surprisingly refreshing little delight." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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I have shamed a TV presenter.
In he English? I hear English people say it like that so often, I assumed that was their pronunciation. - Anika
He's Northern Irish. I've heard it pronounced darter - which I hate but accept as an alternative pronunciation - but never datter. It's always been dayta to me. - Mark H
I pronounce it 'numbersandshit' - Pete
You're a northerner. It's not your fault. - Mark H
lol - YvonneM
I'm from the Midlands you fucking sailorgobbler, get it right. - Pete
Seriously, I've always said it as 'day-ter' - Pete
The midlands... being north of the beautiful south? Making you a northerner? QED. - Mark H
The south...being north of the south pole...making you a northerner. Also, there is no beautiful south, so your logic is based on an illusion. - Pete
When I hear it from them here, it's more like 'DAH-tah". I've heard the other iterations, to, but 'datter' seems more common. I wonder if it's just English people working in America. Or maybe we hear differently. - Anika
I just realized 'day-ter' is how Patrick Stewart pronounces the android's name :D - Victor Ganata
As a true northerner, I can fully vouch for the fact that Pete definitely isn't one. Though i'm never quite sure why he's so proud to come from the Midlands ;-) And yes, it's day-ter. I mean, why would anyone argue with Picard? :-) - Heleninstitches
♫♩ Miiister Crawley, what went on in your head? ♪♬ - Eivind
So the invisible "r" is not silent? - Janet from FFHound!
I never noticed it until Pete spelled it out :) - Victor Ganata
there's also those who pronounce "idea" to rhyme with "dear" with a strong "r" at the end. - Alfonker Tapir
People from Brooklyn add a strong "r" to the end of aqua. Midwest US adds the "r" to wash. Damn if "r" isn't the poison ivy of letters! - Janet from FFHound!
I've been hearing "idea" as "I, dear" from a Melbourne native - Alfonker Tapir
And then there's "draaaww-ring" :-) - Nils Sandin
A little song I used to sing, "You say tomayto/I say tomahto/But I'm right so shut up and get out of my kitchen" - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Mark H
Stakka Bo - Here We Go -
Been listening to some Euro music to get me in the mood for voting when I get home from work. Happened upon Stakka Bo who I hadn't heard in ages and I remembered this video/song with fondness. I had something of a crush on the model lip synching to the track. Thought I'd track her down online to see what she's up to these days. Yeah, late diagnosis of Asperger's, hanged herself years ago. So that was pretty depressing and I wish I'd kept my creepy online stalker ways in check. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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Making Sense of Chemical Stories -
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
"People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Detox is a ridiculous health concept promoted by those with little knowledge of nutrition, and offers no health benefit for the short term it is used. The enduring myths associated with this silly concept makes the public ambivalent to their normal diet. The concept of ‘detox’ is a marketing myth rather than a physiological entity" - Mark H
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First drinkable sunscreen created -
First drinkable sunscreen created
First drinkable sunscreen created
"Osmosis Skincare claim their product, named Harmonised H20 UV protection, can provide sun protection up to factor 30. Those who make the product, which is available to buy, claim that once the elixir is ingested, molecules of the product vibrate on the skin to cancel out 97 per cent of UVA and UVB rays." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Dangerous bullshit. - Mark H
Those molecules will have to osmose quite a long way before they can perform their UV-be-gone dance on the skin. - Eivind
Yeah, but your piss will be *super* safe - Pete
"The company founder’s blog (linked to in the Daily Mail piece, because I’m not sending him traffic) goes into much more detail and also has a questionable approach to science, much like how Godzilla has a questionable approach to architecture. It includes such claims as some people experiencing no benefit from the product, which is very odd for a sun block." - Eivind
I'm sorry... vibrate? Vibrate on the skin. So why not just SLATHER IT ON?! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
To be fair to Osmosis Skincare they do point out (after several clicks to get to the page) that it may provide "little to no protection if UV Water is your only form of protection" (a bit like my Homeopathic Anti-Headache Water which works best if swallowed with two Ibuprofen) and they then go on to list the one or two (or maybe more) medications that are borderline useless: - Mark H
It strikes me that the "scientific" basis for UV Water--"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" is at least as plausible as the basis for homeopathy. Although, fond as I am of placebos (where $$ is good, because you're more likely to believe it will work), sunburn protection might not be the ideal place for them. - Walt Crawford
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Ooh, lovely. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
It's like Val Doonican and Mike Ditka had a woolen baby - Pete
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I Went To The UKIP Diversity Carnival And It Was A Total Disaster -
I Went To The UKIP Diversity Carnival And It Was A Total Disaster
I Went To The UKIP Diversity Carnival And It Was A Total Disaster
I Went To The UKIP Diversity Carnival And It Was A Total Disaster
Great coverage of the UKIP Carnival today. Favourite part: "McKenzie, UKIP candidate for Croydon council, goes on to explain that Croydon is “unsafe” for Nigel Farage to visit and is also “a dump”." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
UKIP do seem to be rapidly disappearing up their own arses. I still hold out hope for an alternative party worth voting for, but not very much. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
They were always up their own arses. One trick ponies with one insane policy, far too much media coverage, and subsequent soundbites that attract only the most moronic or distasteful members of society. - Mark H
"The Blues is a musical form originating in the 2010s in southern England where white men lament Romanians moving in next door. #UkipCarnival" @adrianshort - Eivind
Scientists Prove That DNA Can Be Reprogrammed With Words And Frequencies | Spirit Science and Metaphysics - http://www.spiritscienceandmet...
Scientists Prove That DNA Can Be Reprogrammed With Words And Frequencies | Spirit Science and Metaphysics
I wholeheartedly believe every single thing in that article and genuinely consider Dr. Peter Gariaev's method of using MP3s to rejuvenate the elderly to be the most incredible - yet strangely unpublished in any peer-reviewed literature - biological breakthrough of the millenium. - Mark H
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The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City -
The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City
The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City
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"It’s an unusual question that isn’t often asked: What happens to sex workers once they retire? Photographer Bénédicte Desrus spent six years answering that question while documenting Casa Xochiquetzal, a home in Mexico City for (mostly) retired sex workers." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Making Casa Xochiquetzal a reality wasn’t an easy undertaking. Carmen Munoz, herself a retired sex worker, spent 20 years trying to persuade the government and NGOs to open the shelter. Finally, in 2006, Mexico City’s municipal government provided the building and the resources that ensure the residents have access to health care, food, and shelter with the understanding that they all... more... - Mark H
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A Rather Embarrassing Night for Psychic Sally in Middlesbrough -
A Rather Embarrassing Night for Psychic Sally in Middlesbrough
"One aspect of the show is that audience members can submit photographs of dead loved ones, in the hope that Sally will select theirs, and give a psychic reading from it. Sally pulled out of a box on stage one of these pictures. [...] Sally immediately began to get communications from beyond the grave from a man holding a baby named Annabel……or was it Becky. Noticing that no one in the audience was responding, Sally asked the person who submitted the photo to stand up. A rather small chunky woman at the centre of the hall stood up and Sally once again began to get messages from the afterlife. She was informed that this man and baby were somehow linked to the lady in the picture. However the woman in the audience (who was now also projected behind Sally) disagreed and started to look increasingly confused as, presumably, nothing Sally was saying made any sense to her. Sally then decided to flat out ask her if the woman in the picture had any children who passed and, when informed that that she hadn’t, responded by saying “I will leave that then”." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Sally then became in direct contact with the woman in the photo who began to tell her that there was a lot of confusion around her death and that she felt it was very very quick. She later went on to say that the day Wednesday has a specific link to her death and that she either died on a Wednesday or was taken ill that day. As the woman in the audience was not responding to any thing... more... - Mark H
Oops. - Eivind from Android
:) I love how, when speaking to the dead, the psychic folks *always* tell the living how the deceased just want them to no longer be sad for them. Duh. - Janet
Deplorable that she can make a living preying on people's grief in this way. - Stephen Mack
Mark H
The Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg -
The Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
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"The Desert House by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg. The Desert House is a marvelous private residence located in the Joshua Tree National Park, in California, USA. Begun in 1988, it was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and completed in 1993. It is currently for sale for $3 million." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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RT @breakingnews: FCC approves plan to allow for paid priority on Internet - @washingtonpost
RT @breakingnews: FCC approves plan to allow for paid priority on Internet - @washingtonpost
:( - Me
Fuckers - Big Joe Silence
That was a nice internet we had there once. - Mark H
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"The far-right British National Party has branded UKIP as racist, claiming that Nigel Farage’s party backs an immigration policy that would discriminate against white Europeans." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Steve Squire, the BNP London spokesman, told BuzzFeed that UKIP proposals to limit immigration were racially biased, unlike his own party’s policy: 'UKIP’s immigration policy discriminates against white Europeans, whereas our immigration policy is non-discriminatory. We don’t pick on white people from Europe: we don’t care where you come from, black or Asian or white, we don’t want you. We think that is a non-racist position.'" - Mark H
Racist thugs upset with racist toffs. It's beautiful in a horrible way. - Mark H
Mark H
Richard and Judy agree assisted death pact -
Richard and Judy agree assisted death pact
"TV personalities Judy Finnigan and husband Richard Madeley have said they have agreed to an assisted death pact should one of them fall seriously ill. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Madeley said: "If Judy was really ill and in logical mind I wouldn't give a tuppenny if there was a risk of being prosecuted. I'd do what was right for my wife." Finnigan added: "And I'd do the same. Stuff it all! We've made ourselves give each other a pledge along those lines." Madeley continued: "If, when the time came Judy said to me, 'But what about you? What about the risk of prosecution?', I'd say, 'That's my problem, I'll deal with that, don't worry about it.'" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
My missus and I have said similar things. - Mark H
Damn, when did Richard trade Judy in for Worzel Gummidge? - Slippy: Potato Croquette
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"Ahmed Dawud's neighbours thought he had lost his mind. When they saw three young architects building Dawud's winter house in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, using bags filled with a soil mix of clay, sand and gravel, they were quick to mock the 45-year-old [...] But while the architects busied themselves with Dawud’s home last year, Nesher, an Israeli company that exports the vast majority of cement used in the occupied Palestinian territories, suddenly stopped the supply for almost a month because of cement shortages in the Israeli market. A few months later, the price of cement sold to the Palestinians also increased - and Dawud’s neighbours stopped mocking his use of natural, cheaper materials." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Stringent Israeli restrictions on the import of construction materials to the occupied Palestinian territories have forced Palestinians to think of alternative ways to build their homes. Mud bricks and straw made a comeback in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2009, after a major Israeli military attack on the Palestinian territory, known as Operation Cast Lead, left 1,400 Palestinians dead... more... - Mark H
Emily has used a fan as white noise for sleep for the last two years. Tonight it died... #fb
So far, so good with some music instead. Although at first she started to cry when each song ended! - Melly
I like some kind of noise (white noise or wind/sea/rain noises typically) at night too. I've got a few apps on my phone - Sleep Bug Pro, Relax Melodies, and Sleep - that I have on (not all at the same time, obviously) while my phone charges overnight next to the bed. - Mark H
Praise Baby is working (so far) - I used to play it for her when she was a baby, I wonder if her subconscious remembers? - Melly
I enjoy falling asleep listening to the local police, fire & ambulance stream - I find it strangely relaxing! - Melly
For the longest time we used a mis-tuned radio in Sophie's room. And now she still has one of those sea horses that glows and plays music. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Helen swears by the BBC iPlayer ident tune and the first 15 minutes of Pointless ;) - Pete
A clothes dryer tumbling is my favorite nighttime white noise. - Jenny H. from Android
There are probably long youtube videos of white noise or fireplaces and such. - Joe
My CPAP machine. - Big Joe Silence
She woke at 6am (an hour and a half before we get up!) and was NOT going to stay in her bed, so she came and snoozed with us til it was time to get up. She didn't want the music when she napped today, and only lamented the death of the fan for five seconds. Then tonight she again said no to the music, asked for the fan but accepted it was indeed gone, and went straight to sleep. Now she's not feeling well so it could just be a fluke, but fingers crossed! - Melly
Funny - I fell back asleep this morning in the centre of my pillow with Emily between Josh and I. I woke up later right on the edge of the bed, on a tiny corner of pillow, with Emily taking up one end of it, and Noah jammed in between us. He gets soooo jealous when I cuddle with the kids, he's gotta come shove himself in the centre of it all ^_^ - Melly
Mark H
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch -
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"The key to games was BASIC. Bill Gates was unknown except in the electronics hobby world. Everyone in our club knew that he'd written BASIC for the Intel microprocessor. I sniffed the wind and knew that the key to making my computer good (popular) was to include a high-level language and that it had to be BASIC. Engineers programming in FORTRAN were not going to be what would start a home computer revolution." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"I knew about syntax charts and created one for this BASIC. I did not know that HP BASIC was extremely different than DEC BASIC, the one that the book "101 Games in BASIC" used and that Bill Gates had written. I figured all BASIC's were the same but HP's differed greatly when it came to strings of letters. I finished my syntax diagrams and they were complete. But I had in the back of my... more... - Mark H
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Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage -
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
"Purity balls, a relatively new American religious rite in which fathers support their daughters pledge to remain a virgin until marriage, are something Stockholm-based photographer David Magnusson was unaware of until he came across an article in a Swedish magazine just over a year ago. Magnusson explains the premise in the introduction to his book, Purity, being published this year by Bokforlaget Max Ström:" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
“A Purity Ball is a formal event where girls or young women and their fathers participate in a ceremony. The daughters dress up in ball gowns and the evening usually consists of dinner, a keynote speech, ballroom dancing, and a vow by fathers and daughters. The girls make a pledge to ‘remain pure and live pure lives before God,’ to stay sexually abstinent until marriage. Their fathers sign a commitment undertaking to protect their daughter’s purity.” - Mark H
Hmm. A true patriarchy there. Unless there's an equivalent for boys?.... - Pete
From what I know these girls will soon enough find.....alternatives that will protect, if not their virginity, but their hymen. One of the most idiotic things ever attempted, IMHO. - Uli
Also, the term "purity balls" triggered a totally different reaction from me than they had intended. - Uli
It seems a bit creepy and a huge burden for young girls and women to commit to publicly. But it's hard to interpret what's going on from the outside. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA from iPhone
It seems unfair to me to have little girls make pledges they can't really understand. - Eivind from Android
freaks. - grizabella from Android
Oo amcamınevladı, selamlar ihihiihi - H.Mar Gargarin from Android
hernesto trollemesene yeeaa! - grizabella from Android
konhuyu şurada incelemiştik ama o sırada hernesto mars bayiler toplantısına iştirak etmekle meşguldü - emir
Ama türkçe yazdım griza, sayılır mı ki o .) taamtaam sorry, kaçiim ben. Emmoolu, efendi ol hıa! - H.Mar Gargarin from Android
That's some medieval shit right there. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
eh ?? in which universe are these people living in ?? - Peter Dawson
This kind of creeps me out. A whole lot. - Hookuh Tinypants
Eivind: For decades, WCTU members ("temperance" being another term for "total abstinence"--from alcohol, in this case) persuaded their children, their grandchildren, whoever, to pledge to forever abstain from alcohol (and some other stuff)...usually at a VERY young age. This is worse, but it's not entirely new. - Walt Crawford
Easy to make that pledge today. Wait until these girls are 16. I bet there is some serious rebellion going on in a family so morally strict. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
The asshole in me just thinks "Well all you're doing is advertising that here's a whole crop of girls who will be totally into anal and oral." - Hookuh Tinypants
That's more the you in the asshole ;) - Pete
I find this (and some of the father's poses) creepy. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Yeah, the poses are what kind of eek me out. It's just too..."Here's my daughtersisterwife" for me. - Hookuh Tinypants
^yep - Jenny H. from Android
"purity balls" *snerk* #IAmTwelve - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I know, Walt. When I was a kid, Emil i Lønneberget made that pledge, and insisted his pig make it too, after they both got accidentally drunk on fermented cherries. - Eivind
Stephen Mack
Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
I'd rather be too hot than too cold, personally. - Stephen Mack
You can always bundle up against cold. There's nothing you can do against too hot. - Tinfoil 2.0
Too cold. I can't sleep at all when I'm too hot, which makes it all the more miserable. - Jennifer Dittrich
Too hot. I don't do cold. - Melly
Too cold. Hypothermia is a better death than broiling to death. - Spidra Webster
If we're just talking about comfort rather than near-death, I vastly prefer being too hot. - joey
Too cold. I don't deal with heat well (despite being born and raised in a desert). - Soup in a TARDIS
Tinfoil: Sure you can! Remove clothes, stand near a fan, visit somewhere with A/C, use a swimming pool, acquire ice. - Stephen Mack
Too cold. - John (bird whisperer)
I guess it depends on the rules of the question. Bundling up against the cold is a bit Kobayashi Maru. Air conditioning is totally Kobayashi Maru. ;) - Tinfoil 2.0
Hot, I wear warm clothes if it's less than 72. - Eric Logan
Too cold. - Big Fat Yeast Roll! from Android
Too cold. - Big Joe Silence
I prefer hot to cold, even though staying warm when it's cold is probably easier than staying cool when it's hot. In extremis, dying from dehydration and heatstroke is a lot quicker than dying from hypothermia. - Victor Ganata
I'll still take hypothermia! Also, on the way it's easier to put on more clothes than to legally or aesthetically take off everything (which still doesn't help). - Spidra Webster
Too cold. - Steven Perez from Android
Too hot. - Tamara J. B.
Too cold. - Katy S
too cold, at least i can have the cats sit on me - Sir Shuping is just sir
"Too" hot. Nawlins at 100F/100% humidity I can and have enjoyed. Philly at 18F minus windchill I almost died in. (And Modesto at up to 115F/20% humidity I grew up in, without AC.) - Walt Crawford
I’d have to go with too cold. For me, heat and humidity is the worst. 115º with 10% humidity is a HELL of a lot better for me than 72º with 89% humidity. But both suck compared to 32º with who cares. - Akiva
Too cold. I hate heat. - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Too hot. - grizabella from Android
Too hot. It's better than shivering and I look cuter. - Anika
Too cold. And Holly's answer SHOCKED me. - Kristin from iPhone
Too cold. I love my fireplace. I just hate snow. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I'm such a sensitive snowflake, most of the time I rather be too hot. I like a little bit of that roasting feeling when you get in a hot car after shopping in too much ac. But I also associate hot with sick, so sometimes I can't handle being overwarm... - Heather
Too cold. I spent too many years in AZ - lost my tolerance for the heat. - Kevin Johnson
Well, given that I'm now at that Very Special Time Of My Life, I'm too cold one minute and too hot the next. I hate them both. - vicster: full-bodied
Too cold. I can always add more clothing. - Todd
Sammy says: Too cold. "I don't really like being hot." - Stephen Mack
Adding more clothing for me equals horrible discomfort. It feels too restrictive. I HATE layers. - Melly
I guess it depends on how cold it gets. I'm not going to ask what you would do when it gets too hot, assuming ac is not available. :) - Todd
We don't have a/c! Fans, water, ice packs, cold cloths, cold drinks, minimal clothing. I'll even take a quick cold shower or bath if I have to. - Melly
I prefer it too hot than too cold. - imabonehead
cold, for sure. - Bren
Too hot. - Louis Gray
Too cold. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Too cold. I've had heat stroke twice and I'm extremely prone to heat exhaustion. I'd rather shiver than start cramping and throwing up. - Jenny H. from Android
Bone chill, please. - Eivind
Yes. I'll take the cold too. Being a natural furnace, I don't need the additional outside heat. - Uli
Cold. - Mark H
Cold - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Cold - Janet
Hot - Mo Kargas
Cold. - David Lounsbury
Cold. The cats won't cuddle in the heat. - Rebecca Hedreen
Hot. Cold makes me miserable. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
hot. definitely hot. give me all the hot. - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Too hot. (I'm assuming that a. this is too hot/cold for comfort rather than too hot/cold for survival; and that b. all cooling/warming methods have been insufficient, because if they were sufficient then you would no longer be too hot/cold.) Being too hot is tiring and makes me dozy, but being too cold makes me unable to sleep. Sleep is good. - Deborah Fitchett
Too cold. As much as I hate being cold I can't stand my hair when I'm too hot. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
^I wrote that then immediately got a seat on the train and busted out my foldable fan from my purse. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Too hot, unless I'm on the court. I can sit fairly comfortably for hours, sweating, but I get in big trouble if I'm moving around - migraines, nausea, dizziness, the whole bit. On the other hand, if I get the least bit chilly when I'm sitting working - or reading, or eating, or whatever - the draft will go right through me. And I'll get colder and colder, until eventually I feel as if... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
too cold. I'll put more clothes on. - ellbeecee
is there really such a thing as too hot? - chaz2b
Too cold. You can only get so naked. - Corinne L
thats what the ocean is for... - chaz2b
On second thought, extremes in temperature don't bother me. I hate excess humidity. - Steven Perez from Android
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Why can't I shuffle Spotify playlists? Am I not seeing some secret uber hidden menu or something?
It should be right there. Desktop or mobile? - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
Bottom right is the shuffle icon on my desktop. - Mark H
On the website? I'm not using the spotify desktop app. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Sorry. When you said desktop I thought you meant the app. - Mark H
Okay. When you play, move the mouse to the top right over the album image. That brings up a shuffle icon. - Mark H
LAWDY! That's insane. Hahahahaa! Thank you!! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Intuitive design it ain't. - Mark H
Oh jeez, yeah. I had to Google that last week. It was driving me crazy. (Well, it's more of a short walk but that's another story.) - CAJ hates pants
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The return of the dimpled pint glass -
The return of the dimpled pint glass
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""It's not old men with flat caps and whippets drinking out of dimple glasses," says Dennen. "Now you've got hipsters, girls in skinny jeans and fashionable Ts, drinking craft beer. There's an appropriation of the traditional by the hipster culture. There are so many beards in Dalston, and they do love a dimple." The craft beer trend is a big, big part of the dimpled glass revival." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"A glass tankard. With handle. And distinctive dimples. To some, they resembled a sort of glass grenade. You might call it a pint pot. Or a jug. This was the traditional pint glass of yore. But in the 2000s, it came close to extinction. In 2001, Ravenhead Glass in St Helens - the last factory to make the old-style glass - closed. A fixture in British pubs since the 1920s, the dimpled... more... - Mark H
Thanks, hipsters. I do love those glasses :) - Eivind
I've got fond memories of the dimpled glass but I find the handle digs into my fingers when holding it. I prefer the nonic pint glass style. - Mark H
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Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser -
Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser
Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser
"Spacewar (stylized "Spacewar!") is one of the earliest digital computer games. It is a two-player game, with each player taking control of a starship and attempting to destroy the other. A star in the center of the screen pulls on both ships and requires maneuvering to avoid falling into it. In an emergency, a player can enter hyperspace to return at a random location on the screen, but only at the risk of exploding if it is used too often." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"To emulate the PDP-1, the MAME/MESS team (who did the hard work of developing the original program that the JSMESS emulator is based on) chose to include a variety of components on a single output screen, with the round cathode-ray tube display in the left corner, the output of the printer along the bottom, and the large collections of switches and lights in the upper right. While... more... - Mark H
A bit off-topic but I’d really like to play the original DEC-10 version of Zork. - Akiva
Well, this ebay user has a base board for the machine for sale amongst some other wonderful bits of computing history so you might be able to build your own - - Mark H
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They’ve declared a world war against women -
"In Nigeria’s remote northeast province 230 female students at Chibok school are missing, kidnapped by Islamic jihadists Boko Haram. Where then is the live-blogging, the CNN crews, the flower-laying coverage and hourly updates? Is empathy finite? Can we only grieve with one set of relatives at a time: the Chinese families of flight MH370 superseded by the parents of drowned South Korean children? Maybe that’s why our news is 1,000 times more concerned with a sacked football manager than an unfolding tragedy that is Beslan meets Madeleine McCann." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Well, perhaps you take the view that Nigeria is disparate, vast and tribal. That Africa is still the dark continent of ghastly happenings — famines, Aids, machete massacres, child soldiers — which have no bearing on our own lives. Except that Boko Haram translates as “Western education is a sin” and is part of a web of jihadist movements flaring up across the world to terrorise and... more... - Mark H
"I wonder how parents in Pakistan can bear to wave their daughters off to school. Because, for the terrorists, even a segregated college is not Islamic enough: last year they blew up a bus at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta, killing 14 female students and then, for good measure, bombed the hospital where survivors had been sent. Meanwhile, across the border in... more... - Mark H
"And as the inquiry continues into the alleged “Trojan Horse” takeover by radical Islamists in Birmingham’s schools, we hear of girls being made to sit at the back of classrooms, refusal to teach female reproduction, although it was on the GCSE biology curriculum. The idea that “Western education is a sin” is insinuating itself too into some British schools. Those who seek to restrict... more... - Mark H
I think people would care about Boko Haram's terrorism if a coordinated media effort was put to the task. The media decides what we should care about and what should outrage us. We cared deeply about the Biafra war and felt so bad for the famine victims. The genocide in Rwanda outraged us, while we were only slightly miffed about the genocide in Darfur. I am not sure what the exact... more... - Eivind
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BrewDog craft ale brewery responds to the banning of one of their ales by the Portman Group. -
BrewDog craft ale brewery responds to the banning of one of their ales by the Portman Group.
"On behalf of BrewDog PLC and its 14,691 individual shareholders, I would like to issue a formal apology to the Portman Group for not giving a shit about today’s ruling. Indeed, we are sorry for never giving a shit about anything the Portman Group has to say, and treating all of its statements with callous indifference and nonchalance." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Unfortunately, the Portman Group is a gloomy gaggle of killjoy jobsworths, funded by navel-gazing international drinks giants. Their raison d’être is to provide a diversion for the true evils of this industry, perpetrated by the gigantic faceless brands that pay their wages. Blinkered by this soulless mission, they treat beer drinkers like brain dead zombies and vilify creativity and competition. Therefore, we have never given a second thought to any of the grubby newspeak they disseminate periodically." - Mark H
"While the Portman Group lives out its days deliberating whether a joke on a bottle of beer is responsible or irresponsible use of humour, at BrewDog we will just get on with brewing awesome beer and treating our customers like adults. I’m sure that makes Henry Ashworth cry a salty tear into his shatterproof tankard of Directors as he tries to enforce his futile and toothless little marketing code, but we couldn’t give a shit about that, either." - Mark H
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The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair -
The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair
The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair
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"Two weeks after opening day of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, a minstrel show like no other debuted on the Flushing Meadows fairgrounds. America, Be Seated!, the Louisiana Pavilion’s self-styled “modern minstrel show,” ditched the blackface and featured an integrated cast of white and black actors singing and dancing in harmony. According to a World’s Fair press release, the “all-stops-out slapstick pageant of American history” would combine the “happy flavor of minstrel shows…with original music and modern comedy skits.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Four of the show’s fifteen performers were black, and three of these were featured soloists as well as stars in their own right—Lola Falana and Mae Barnes on the swinging “That’s How a Woman Gets Her Man,” and Louis Gossett, Jr. on the man’s response, “Don’t Let a Woman Get You, Man.” One song, “Gotta Sing the Way I Feel Today,” was unabashedly mawkish, with lyrics like “Share this wonderful feeling in the air.” But the title number addressed what would have been on every viewer’s mind: race." - Mark H
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Tennessee sheriff's deputy Frank Phillips FIRED after he was caught choking college student -
Tennessee sheriff's deputy Frank Phillips FIRED after he was caught choking college student
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"A sheriff's deputy in Knox County, Tennessee has been fired after he was caught on camera allegedly choking a university student Saturday night. Frank Phillips, 47, was been found 'unsuitable for continued employment,' according to a termination notice posted Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's website." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His "Aryan Descent" (1938) -
J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His "Aryan Descent" (1938)
"As you’d expect from a man who had to create, in painstaking detail, all the races that populate Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien had little time for simple racism. He had especially little time for the highest-profile simple racism of his day, the wave of anti-Jewish sentiment on which Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party rode straight into the Second World War. [...] It didn’t take long after [The Hobbit]’s initial success for Berlin publisher Rütten & Loening to express their interest in putting out a German edition, but first — in observance, no doubt, of the Third Reich’s dictates — they asked for proof of Tolkien’s “Aryan descent.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Dear Sirs, Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no... more... - Mark H
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