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Louis Gray
Confession: I still visit FriendFeed about 5x more than Facebook. Maybe 10x.
But Google+ is where your heart is, yes? - Mark H
Google- - Maurizio
Me too! - Farzad
*sleeps on LG's shoulder* - LB's 10:19pm Name Change from Android
I am fair to all networks. I use Twitter and Google+ the most. Much of my Google+ activity is in communities. - Louis Gray
FF is a site i see in e-mails, facebook is the network of people I know. Google plus is the reason I use Android now and twitter is thrown to the history books. The community has left twitter. I'm on instead. - Richard A.
I much prefer the Friendfeed interface and feature set for information sharing and discussion over Facebook, Google+, Twitter and all blog platforms. Imagine where FF would be now if it had remained in intensive forward development and tweaking for the past few years. - Sean McBride
Why the preference? -- highest signal to noise in terms of the overall user experience. Look at how clean this page is. Look at how much information is on it. Look at how easy it is to follow conversations and add comments. I could go on and on.... - Sean McBride
But is the clean look/user experience a function of the fact that FF has been basically left alone? I enjoy the way it works, too. And I often wonder why more socnets don't adopt it's interface and feature set. And then it occurs to me that twitter and Facebook were a lot cleaner before the developers started fiddling with them. Also: it is undeniable that FF is great but it's no Google Wave ... *runs* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
@Sean, I think my allegiance to FriendFeed for 6-7 years is well documented. You also know I wish they'd had a chance to grow without being acquired. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you have always had impeccable taste in picking superior technologies. It's unfortunate that sometimes the best technologies don't prevail in the marketplace. It's enough to make a grown man weep. - Sean McBride
@Sean, please post a video of you crying to YouTube, and share it. - Louis Gray
Please -- I must maintain my dignity. :) - Sean McBride
I keep wondering if there are any far-seeing parties out there who could revive FF, bring it back from its state of suspended animation. Such a dreamer. - Sean McBride
I still have the app running telling me about new posts. - Daniel W. Crompton
Louis it's still a source of complete bewilderment to me that your friends at Google didn't buy it. Has to be one of the worst "passes" in tech history. - JSLeFanu
Only the people there know the whole story, JS. - Louis Gray from Android
Washington Post
Pre-teen girls accused of stabbing slumber party friend 19 times to please mythological creature
o.O What the hell?! - Anika
More info via the first comment on that article, including names and pictures: - Mark H
Mark H
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies -
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies
Grab a Drink, on the Sly, at One of D.C.'s Former Speakeasies
"When Prohibition came to D.C. in 1917, three years before it was enacted into law nationwide, all legal bars in the District were shutdown. But Prohibition didn't succeed in eradicating alcohol from the nation's capital. Instead, the 267 licensed saloons became nearly 3,000 speakeasies, disguised in a variety of forms, from a candy shop in the shadow of the Capitol dome to a jazz club in a drugstore basement." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Today, visitors can sample D.C.'s vintage cocktails at several speakeasy-inspired bars, including the The Gibson, Harold Black, and The Columbia Room, a ten-seat, reservation-only cocktail bar located behind an unmarked door in the back of another bar, The Passenger. All feature low lights, '20s-era decor and plenty of strong booze. But for those looking to truly venture into D.C.'s... more... - Mark H
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
There is a dead rat floating in water at the bottom of the dumpster for my apartment building. How's your Saturday been?
Better than that rat's. - Mark H
30 bucks for a new innertube and tire to fix the bike flat, 50 bucks to reup all the household supplies that decided to run out all at once, and two more rounds of towel drying the wet carpet by the door... I think I may have managed to restore some order up in here. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
3 hours of sleep last night containing the most terrifying shit-your-pants nightmares i can remember in the past decade. then i woke up and things just got worse. - Big Joe Silence
Laundry is now in progress and a sandwich has been eaten, so I do believe I will have myself a beer, tyvm. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Oh, joe. Sorry to hear that. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
thanks. i'm just glad that after all these years i no longer wake up thinking they were real. - Big Joe Silence
oh, but on the UP side, i just made a tater tot casserole and popped it into the oven. :D - Big Joe Silence
I have a chocolate chip cookie over here. Cheers! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
*toasts with a peanut m&m* - Big Joe Silence
Stephen Mack
You're filling your bottle of drinking water. Do you add cubed ice, crushed ice, or no ice?
Cubed ice, always. I'm surprised people keep selecting crushed ice on the work fridge. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
crushed - Mary Carmen
Cubed. Always. - Anika
Cubed. Rarely crushed. Maybe 1 out of 20. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Crushed! Depending how crushed is crushed. I prefer maximally crushed. - Meg VMeg
None because I fill it out of the tap at home or the filling station at yoga and it's just water. - joey
For drinks in a bottle (Gatorade, water, etc.), I'll do cubed. For drinks in a cup, I'll do crushed. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
No ice. The ice isn't filtered water so it tastes gross to me. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Is the water cold or room temperature? Is it summer? - Melly
Melly, let's say the water is cool and the room is warm. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Crushed whenever possible (which is never at the moment) - Soup in a TARDIS
I'd probably just have cool water. If I was feeling hot, I might add a little crushed ice. - Melly
I don’t care about the ice. I want my WATER crushed. - Akiva
Crushed ... I'm one of those terrible ice eaters. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I don't like refrigerator ice. It always tastes off. Usually bagged ice in the freezer. - Eric
None for me, thanks. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I prefer crushed ice or nothing. - Janet
It all depends on the size of the opening on the bottle. Cubes won't fit into everything. - April Russo
Cubes in a bottle, they melt slower. - Heather
Nice 15 year TiVo bottle you're showing off there... - Brian Johns
and "none", please. - Brian Johns
Sparky, that's the one every employee got from the Blue Moon Fifteen Party a month ago. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
i skip the ice and i refrigerate the bottle in advance. - Big Joe Silence
Cubed if it's for water in my water bottle. Crushed for everything else, including to eat all by itself. - Hookuh Tinypants
No ice. - Steven Perez from Android
Oh yeah - I forgot. I thought it was part of your gift basket. - Brian Johns
No ice. I used to drink room temp water when I lived in Vegas. - Jenny H. from Android
No ice. - Mark H
^ That's my reasoning for putting ice in my water bottle as well, except with running. Between the sun and the heat of my body, the water I carry gets disturbingly warm. The only exception is at the gym. For some reason ice-cold water isn't refreshing during a workout, so I just go room temp. But in general, ice in the water bottle (besides, the body burns more calories with ice water versus room temp :) - Hookuh Tinypants
Always cubes. I want the longer lasting cooling effect you get with the reduced surface area of cubes vs. crushed. - Ken Gidley
If you want a longer lasting cooling effect, fill the bottle partially and freeze it. A nice big block of ice in there would work better than a bunch of cubes, and since it's going in as a liquid, there is no issue about the size of the opening. ;) - April Russo
Winter adds bottle-shaped ice here. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
For water, no ice. For sugary drinks, crushed ice. - Amit Patel
no ice, nothing but coffee and water for me please - chaz2b
Cubed for endurance. Crushed for cooling efficiency. None for time efficiency. Preference doesn't matter. - Ross Miller from iPhone
Figure out German animal names with this handy flow chart
"Thanks to German’s propensity for compounding words, the name of most any animal is easily deducible…" - Maitani
From now on I shall use the term "shield toad" to describe tortoises. - Mark H
Should I be afraid that some of this made sense? - Betsy
Absolutely. It's our way to name things. :-) - Maitani
Our names for body parts are even weirder: uterus: Gebärmutter (giving-birth-mother), pancreas: Bauchspeicheldrüse (belly-spittle-gland), duodenum: Zwölffingerdarm (12-finger-gut), colon: Dickdarm (thick- gut)appendix: Blinddarm (blind-gut)... - Maitani
That mostly goes for Norwegian, as well. We feel the dugong look more like a sea /cow/, though, and we don't see a pig in the porpoise. On the other branch, Turkey has a completely different name in Norwegian and we named the squid (and octopus. We separate them by saying how many armed they are) "ink squirter" :) (The Swedes also thinks it's an ink /fish/, btw.) - Eivind
For the body parts we are in agreement, except we feel "life mother" is a better term for the first one :) - Eivind
I think it's due to the fact that English and German use different lexical layers for naming these items. As to the words for animals and plants we have been familiar with from our ancient farming and pastoral living environment, we all use the old Germanic names, mostly simplicia. The same holds for the body parts that were familiar to us before "modern" medicine discovered more. The... more... - Maitani
In German (and in Norwegian as well, obviously), we tended to coin new names by combining native German words to form compounds, which is partly due to the ease with which we are able to do that. At least in German, it is also due to a tradition. I don't know when it began, I think with the monastic scribes translating religious scripts into Old High German and thereby creating German words for abstract notions. One more recent creator of German compounds for Latin words was Philip von Zesen..... - Maitani
The "tradition" isn't mainly about compounds, but about creating neologisms from native word stems, e.g. "Bücherei", which was coined after Graeco-Latin "bibliotheca" by Philip von Zesen. - Maitani
Compounds like those mentioned above sound perfectly normal to native speakers of German because we rather perceive them as a whole, less as a combination of the meanings of their elements. Children who hear them for the first time often find them funny and weird. - Maitani
Mark H
This Spider Web Was Deliberately Spun to Look Like Bird Poop -
This Spider Web Was Deliberately Spun to Look Like Bird Poop
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"In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from Tunghai University and the Endemic Species Research Institute in Taiwan argue that Cyclosa ginnaga spiders’ body color and web designs are part of a strategy to masquerade as bird droppings and cut its chances of dying in a predator attack. “We provide empirical evidence for the first time that bird dropping masquerading can effectively reduce the predation risk of an organism,” says I-Min Tso, a co-author on the study and an ecologist at Tunghai University in Taiwan." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Scientists had previously observed that young C. ginnaga spiders have silvery white body coloration, and often build beautiful spirals on their webs sprinkled with leaf debris. However, it has been unclear whether these structures serve primarily to attract prey or camouflage the bugs from predators. Some have hypothesized that C. ginnaga webs might be attracting prey for the spiders... more... - Mark H
"So every day for 13 days, the authors set up video cameras in front of 12 C. ginnaga webs and videotaped the action on each web. Again, they covered some spider’s bodies with black ink, concealed other spiders’ web decorations with black powder, concealed both in some cases, and left others untouched. At the beginning of each day of filming, they measured the size of the spider, the... more... - Mark H
Mark H
30s and 40s film online archive completed -
30s and 40s film online archive completed
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"An online archive of films showing snapshots of typical life in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s has been completed. The final 25 movies in the collection have been digitised and loaded onto the British Council's website. Scenes include the pubs of England, Sheffield's steel industry, London's preparations for war and a mystery for Scotland Yard's Flying Squad. British Council director of film Briony Hanson said the movies gave a glimpse of what had changed and what had not." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
World War I: Unseen Images from the front -
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
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"A viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War I that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the WWI" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo -
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
"A vast peatland has been discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat. Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Because the area holds so much organic matter it means a large amount of carbon is locked into the ground. The scientists say analysing this material, which is thousands of years old, will help them to learn more about the Congo Basin's role in the world's past and present climate." - Mark H
Math Charlton
Thought I'd give this another bash. Mark - déjà vu for you since I asked you this question years ago but any suggestions for people to subscribe to?
I'll use the friend recommender thing in a minute. Groups can be the best indicators of people to follow. You might want to look at my profile first, then look at my subscriptions, scroll down, look at the groups and see if any jump out at you. - Mark H
Aha - I got there first, Already subscribing to a few of your subscribees (?) that I recognise from last time. - Math Charlton
It might be a bit quiet in here at the moment; many people getting married and doing post-marital things, many people celebrating national days of some description. - Mark H
No worries - I imagine I'll be an occasional visitor. Do you have a link to this on your Windows phone? Also, can't get the damned Twitter/FB links to work. May have technical meeting soon... - Math Charlton
Well, the thing you've got to remember is that FriendFeed is dead. There has been no development on it for years and there won't be. Twitter links... good luck. Some people use something called Advanced Tweets which can push notifications through. However, don't assume anything will work. It's all part of the excitement. I use an app called WinForFeed on my phone. - Mark H
What's weird is that there are no notifications (on the PC) for this. So I have to check back to see what's going on. Will note the WinForFeed app for future reference... - Math Charlton
You want notifications? You've been spoiled by other social media. Your "My discussions" link provides that information but actual notifications? Ooh, no. - Mark H
Should we do a 'Kids React to Social Networking pre-2010'? - Math Charlton
Let's not. I only recently took a trip down memory lane to Excite! Chat and that was excruciating enough. - Mark H
Now that is cyber-archaeology! - Math Charlton
So, are you finding the interface easy enough to use? Any questions fire them my way. - Mark H
It's almost a process of relearning! Just having a browse to see what's going on. Then it's whine to bed and off to neck. I mean - neck the wine and off to bed. - Math Charlton
Still one of the best features - when it works, and it currently is - is the advanced search system. E.g. "archaeology likes:5" gets you public posts from people with the word archaeology and 5 likes. Nothing else out there comes close to the searching here. When it works. - Mark H
Sounds impressive - except the 'When it works' bit. I'll give it a go. - Math Charlton
It's been pretty good recently and when it does go wrong it usually gets fixed pretty quickly. The other handy thing is liking or commenting on things and then being able to find the things you've liked just by looking at your profile or searching. Beat that Facebook! - Mark H
Facebook is all style and no feeling. I thought they bought this bugger anyway? - Math Charlton
How can we be certain that this isn't just another fake Cristo account? - Akiva
Math: They did. What they wanted was the brains behind FF. These were sucked dry and the husks then discarded. - Mark H
Akiva: You don't. - Mark H
[nods knowingly] - Akiva
Math: I'll fill you in on the Cristo history one day. Suffice to say, you have a block function. It comes in useful. - Mark H
Okay. Sounds like the sort of thing that may be discussed over a pint. Or about four in our world. - Math Charlton
howdy. added. also, welcome! - Big Joe Silence
Cheers Big Joe - Math Charlton
Hi Math! And congrats Mark for persuading someone to FF. My own friends whinge about Facebook but never shift. - Spidra Webster
What post-marital things? - Melly
Hi Math! - Melly
Hi Spidra and Melly. - Math Charlton
Mark H
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
Mark H
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
Mark H
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: Rebooting
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
Mark H
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
Mark H
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
Mark H
Ooh, lovely. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
It's like Val Doonican and Mike Ditka had a woolen baby - Pete
Mark H
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: Rebooting
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
Mark H
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
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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
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
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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: Rebooting
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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
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