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Naqsh-i Rustam - Incredible Reliefs of Persian Empires
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"Most people have heard of the ancient city of Persepolis in Iran. Yet just north of the metropolis of antiquity is a sheer cliff, known as Naqsh-i Rustam. Here, in the second millennium BCE, work began on a quite staggering series of rock reliefs which – even today – have the ability to awe in terms of their size and the staggering amount of work which must have been involved in their creation." - Maitani
Gorgeous. We have got to visit Iran. - Mark H
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Danger Mouse to be voiced by Alexander Armstrong -
Danger Mouse to be voiced by Alexander Armstrong
"Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse when the much-loved cartoon hero returns to TV next year. The comic actor, also known for his TV shows with Ben Miller, said voicing the character was "about as close to a dream job as you could wish for". Armstrong takes over from Sir David Jason, who voiced the eye patch-sporting "DM" in ITV's original series from 1981 to 1992. Kevin Eldon will voice trusty sidekick Penfold, Terry Scott's old character. "When I am recording the episodes, I'll be making sure that at all times my eyebrows are at least three inches above my head," joked Eldon, known for his appearances in Big Train, Nighty Night and other comedy shows." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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The Satanic Temple’s hilarious response to a pro-religion court ruling -
The Satanic Temple’s hilarious response to a pro-religion court ruling
"Last month a judge ruled that religious pamphlets could be distributed in a school district in Orange County, Florida, according to Raw Story. In the wake of this ruling, the Satanic Temple is handing out its own religious literature to Orange County schools: “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Great news.. - Arfin Kiriloğlu from Android it is actually a nice book of activities - d☭snake
OF COURSE they use WordPress... - Brent Schaus
Victor Ganata
Richard Dawkins basically throws in with the MRAs - Pharyngula
"As you might guess, the MRAs are jubilant about this. Richard Dawkins is 'one of us!', they say. Atheism is officially and asymmetrically split, with the authoritarians of the Dawkins/Harris alliance happily embracing MRAs, and the mob of the Skepchick/FtB axis standing apart, looking appalled." - Victor Ganata
What is with these "they're just faking outrage" people, anyways? - Andrew C (✔)
Well, it's certainly easier than admitting other people's experience's don't match yours. - Jennifer Dittrich
So disappointing. The Ancestor's Tale is one of my favourite non-fiction books; such a shame it has to be written by someone becoming more and more a complete tool every time he opens his mouth. - Mark H
Do authors increase their book sales by faking fake outrage? I wonder... - Todd Hoff
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BBC News - The freedivers who swim with whales -
BBC News - The freedivers who swim with whales
BBC News - The freedivers who swim with whales
"I'm floating in the Indian Ocean, six miles off the north-east coast of Sri Lanka. A sperm whale and her calf are facing me, 150ft (45m) away. I can see them swimming towards me, hissing, blowing steam and clicking loudly like a pneumatic drill. "Don't swim, don't move. They're watching us," whispers my guide Hanli Prinsloo. She grabs my hand and pulls me beneath the surface where we watch a hazy black mass materialise. Details gradually emerge: a fin, a gaping mouth, a patch of white. An eye, sunk low on a knotted head, peers in our direction." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The clicks are so powerful they can penetrate flesh and allow whales to see not only where objects are, but what they look from the inside out. In essence, sperm whales have X-ray vision. Getting "scanned" in this way is not only incredibly loud, it can also be incredibly painful. One Dare Win researcher told me how he was diving with sperm whales a year ago and attempted to push a... more... - Mark H
It never occurred to me that there were physical aspects to the clicks. I mean, not *that* physical. - bentley
12 days in Iran: Americans received with courtesy, friendliness on 1,000-mile tourist loop | INFORUM -
12 days in Iran: Americans received with courtesy, friendliness on 1,000-mile tourist loop | INFORUM
That sort of trip is on our list of things to do but I didn't know about the Trans Asia Express. Might need a bit of planning. - Mark H
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): A walkway in Jerez -
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): A walkway in Jerez
"“Jerez” is the hispanicized version of “Sherish” which was its Moorish name when the town was under Islamic rule. The English speaking world modified the Arabic into “Sherry,” Jerez being the origin of Sherry wines." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Mmmm. Sherry. - Mark H
Beautiful - Sepi ⌘ سپی
I did a little search on this town and found it beautiful and interesting, displaying a rich history and so many different faces! Reminded me that I need to see Andalusia. Now I am planning on (= dreaming of) visiting the Cádiz province. #wanderlust - Maitani
Maitani, when I visited Seville, I saw some places similar. You see a lot in Andalusia. - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Sepi, I always hoped one day I would visit Seville, Córdoba, and Granada. Now the idea is, what if I stay in a not-so-famous town which is fascinating, too, and take a few tours to other places. Sevilla, for example, is about 80 km from Jerez. Btw, Sepi, I am interested to learn which places you saw and which impressed you most. :-) - Maitani
Cadiz is just down the road. And Tarifa, the southern most point of the European continent, is just a bit further down the street :) - Eivind
Eivind, did you have any favourite place(s) in Andalusia? :-) - Maitani
Rhonda is spectacular. I loved the Pueblos Blancos and the mountains around them. Córdoba is packed full of history (pre-Arab history, as well). The ruins of Medina Azahara and, of course, Alhambra :) - Eivind
Melly - #TeamMarina
Movie time! I'm watching #TheyCallMeTrinity. Join the conversation on #tvtag
I love those Terence Hill & Bud Spencer movies. I've got a handful including the Trinity ones on DVD at home. Good memories of watching them when I was young. - Mark H
Same here. - Uli
I unfortunately fell asleep halfway through, but I was really enjoying it until then! Trinity reminds me of Han Solo. - Melly - #TeamMarina
didn't this have a sequel called "They Still Call Me Trinity"? - Big Joe Silence
Trinity Is Still My Name and Revenge of Trinity. And I think there is another that doesn't have Bud Spencer in it. - Melly - #TeamMarina
d'oh, you're totally right. i haven't seen these since the late 80s and my brain is mush from not eating in three weeks. - Big Joe Silence
^ I only knew because I read it off the dvd in front of me! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence and internationalism: Labour Pains, Labour of Love - "For the new generation, social progress is about more than trying to vote in a right-wing Labour Party every five years." -
Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence and internationalism: Labour Pains, Labour of Love - "For the new generation, social progress is about more than trying to vote in a right-wing Labour Party every five years."
"The delusion by many on the left, that by trying to maintain the United Kingdom (the clue is in the name) they are fighting to preserve some sort of socialist internationalism, is an astonishingly persistent one, representing the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. The UK has always been an imperialist construct, set up to protect and further the interests of the rich. There was a brief period after the Second World War when it sought to be something more. The elites conned people into participating in the bloodbath of WW1 on the promise of ‘homes fit for heroes’ and the ‘patriots’ were rewarded with more slums, a depression, and hunger marches that met with only the indifference and hostility of the UK state. Then, the ordinary folks were shunted back into the line of fire to face the Nazis. Something fundamental did happen when we opened Hitler’s death camps at Auschwitz and Dachau, and our collective humanity was stirred. Moreover, people returned in the mood to fight for... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"A march towards democracy is a process, not a destination; it’s not solely about a ‘vote’ on September 18th, or any other vote. It’s not about politicians, including ‘Salmond’ (the bogey man who brought us free prescriptions, paid higher education fees, and protected the NHS from Labour and Conservative privatising trusts – that’s also the one who hasn’t led us into war in Iraq,... more... - Eivind
We live in interesting times! I've already sent my postal vote: I'll be in Barcelona on the day. - Son of Groucho
I support the Scots' independence if that's how they vote. But if they vote that way and weaken what remains of the union then I also support doing whatever we can as England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to boost our position at their expense, whether that's through refusing currency union, implementing punitive interest rate rules, encouraging (or not standing in the way of) the rest... more... - Mark H
Scottish Independence may be a positive for the rest of the UK but don't just bite off your nose to spite your face. - Eithne Herd
I didn't say anything about supporting actions to the detriment of what remains of the UK; I said I'd support actions that boosted our position at Scotland's expense. Very much as Scotland is considering now, in reverse. Quite frankly, taking any other position would be ludicrous. So, far from biting off the nose to spite one's face it would be more like waltzing into a Harley Street rhinoplasty specialist to get something fabulous done. - Mark H
At the moment the No Campaign seems to be irritating the Scots and I fear they are actually increasing the likelihood of a Yes. I followed my head and have already voted but I fear many will vote with their hearts. Lets just hope we can have an amicable divorce if the vote goes against the union. - Eithne Herd
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The CC41 ‘Pac-Man’ Utility Label in Wartime Britain. -
The CC41 ‘Pac-Man’ Utility Label in Wartime Britain.
The CC41 ‘Pac-Man’ Utility Label in Wartime Britain.
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"Inflation for clothing had doubled from the beginning of the war in September 1939 and May 1941 and a way had to be found to make clothing as cheap and basic as possible while somehow maintaining quality. To these ends Utility clothing, together with the CC41 label, was introduced with the Utility Apparel Order initiated by the Board of Trade. The Government quickly took control of the import and manufacture of raw materials and then supplied cloth to the relevant manufacturers. Even the style of the clothing would become subject to yet more ‘austerity’ regulations and the Making of Civilian Clothing (Restriction Order) was passed in 1942. It forbade any wasteful cutting of clothes and introduced a set of instructions for tailors and dressmakers had to work to. For instance the number of pockets were regulated to comply with the “no fabric on fabric” rule, there was a maximum length for shirts and skirts. Turn ups for trousers, then very much in fashion, were simply banned. Even buttons were regulated and were restricted to three or less." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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Had a five-minute chat with Robert Llewellyn yesterday and managed not to mention Red Dwarf once.
where/how did you meet him? I miss scrapheap challenge! - Halil
He was presenting a talk on electric cars for Chichester Skeptics in the Pub. I took the opportunity between his talk and general Q&A to approach him for a prospective talk for Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub (since I co-run that) for next year. We had a chat about his current work, his schedule, and an upcoming appearance in Wales at the Festival Number 6 since I was wearing a Prisoner t-shirt at the time. - Mark H
Mary Carmen
Lunch time poll topic: do you pronounce the words Mary, merry and marry differently?
Yes - Pete
oui - jambina
Mary and merry are the same. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Yes, all different. - Mark H
Si - Mair-y, meh-ry and mah-ry - Marina's Godmother :-)
Close enough to the same to not be noticeable. - Jennifer Dittrich
What Jen said. - Spidra Webster
Two out of three (Mary and marry are indistinguishable). - Walt Crawford
All the same for me. - Stephen Mack
Ditto to Jennifer. - Hedgehog
Nope. - Steven Perez
All the same. - Ken Morley
Pretty much all the same. - Christa
exactly the damn same. like pin and pen - ellbeecee from Android
All the same. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Differently - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Mary is Meh-re, Merry is Mer-re and Marry is Ma-ree - Johnny from iPhone
Mm, Mary and marry about the same. Merry is different. Marie is different as well. - rönin
you are a Long Islander you know how WE pronounce it...the right way ;) - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
I didn't realize there were different ways to pronounce any of them. - Michael W. May from FFHound(roid)!
They'll all sound the same coming out of my mouth. - Jenny H. from Android
All differently. - April Russo
In my head I do .. Not so sure about my mouth. - Shannon - GlassMistress
How many times have you been summoned to jury duty?
Once I've had to show up. Once just called in. Once was breastfeeding. (And how awesome is it that they had that exemption!) - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
I'd tell you, but then I'm afraid I'd jinx it. *whispers* (zero) - lris
In Virginia, I had to show up once a week for the duration (I forget how long), but I was able to beg off after three weeks because I was moving out of state. In Illinois, Cook County gave me a postponement because I was going to be out of town, then another postponement because I was going to be out of the country, and I'm still waiting for them to call again even though it's been years. - bentley
Twice that I can remember. Happened earlier this year & got exemption because I'm self employed. - Corinne L
At least six. Served the first two times. Not needed/web checking the next three times. Not needed, but had to spend a morning in the waiting room this time. (There may have been other "not needed" cases.) - Walt Crawford
'Course, in Santa Clara County "not needed" may mean checking twice a day for a full week. In Alameda County, if they don't need you that *day* you're done for the year. - Walt Crawford
I am working on my 4th. I was to go during my vacation so I was able to postpone until February. At least this time I will be as a non smoker. - Janet from FFHound!
Now on my 8th time. 2nd summons in less than a year, too. - Anika
About 6. I've never served on a jury, though. - John (bird whisperer)
5ish, served once. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Got many notices, had to show up maybe 4-5 times, served once. It's one day/one trial. That trial lasted 3 days. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Once. They finished selection before it ever got to me. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Once. I told them that I could not be objective about a lawsuit claiming that a landlord in Bedstuy had not installed/maintained adequate safety measures for tenants, leading to someone getting shot. Because, duh. - Meg VMeg
Never. - Alix May
Once for "standard" jury duty but when i called the day before, I was told I didn't have to report. Another time I got a letter that I was on call for the year for grand jury duty, but never was called. - Galadriel C. from Android
About ten. I've never been picked. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
6 or 7 times. I've called in most times and not been selected (actually went to the physical location once), but twice now I've pleaded out because of medical issues that would make it physically hard to have the stamina to be on a jury. - Spidra Webster
Three. I got out of two because I was in my third trimester of pregnancy. The third I showed up for (Clark County, Nevada- bigtime fun), but the defendant plead while I was waiting, so that was that. - Jenny H. from Android
Once. I showed up and got routed to a few different buildings before being excused. I was really looking forward to serving too! - Brian Johns
Oh, and I only went downtown four times. The first time I was 19 & was hoping I'd get picked to serve. The other times I was all, please don't pick me, you ain't gon pay me enough to miss work! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Never and I've always been a little disappointed by that. - joey
Twice, but my cohort didn't get called in either time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Once. I let them know that I am not a citizen and therefore can't, and they quit. - Uli
Summoned maybe 12 times, reported 8 times, served 5. - Anne Bouey
0! - Eivind
2 or 3, never served. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Disappointingly, none. - Mark H
only once, many years ago when I still lived in SC. All the civil cases settled before we were sat and the criminal case plead out. That was about 15 years ago. - Jonathan Disher
RT @mikeschinkel: "The Decline of Drupal, or How to Fix Drupal 8"
RT @mikeschinkel: "The Decline of Drupal, or How to Fix Drupal 8"
Contemplating switching to Wordpress and not D8. - Stephan from iPhone
My company is an Acquia partner and the 18 months or so of Drupal I've had to endure makes me so glad I kicked up enough of a stink to get shunted back to the .Net team. - Mark H
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Global warming denial: Claims of Arctic ice recovering are exaggerated. -
Global warming denial: Claims of Arctic ice recovering are exaggerated.
Global warming denial: Claims of Arctic ice recovering are exaggerated.
"Briefly: Arctic sea ice reaches a minimum in late September every year. The overall trend for the amount of ice at that time is decreasing; in other words, there is less ice all the time. Some years there is more than others, some less. But the trend is down, down, down." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The black line is the average for 1981 – 2010. The gray region shows the ±2 standard deviation temperatures for that average; statistically speaking it’s an expected range of temperatures (it’s actually more subtle than that, but that’s enough to understand what’s going on here). The dashed line shows the 2012 ice extent, and is clearly very low, well outside the expected range. The... more... - Mark H
This post is partially true and partially untrue. Why do they have to make their own misleading charts here is the hard data. Are we incapable of interpreting it? - Eric Logan
Actually it's not their own chart it's the one that best fits the narrative. I have been watching DMI for years. the mean near average is 2001, but we are also very near 2005 numbers and multi year ice another important metric is increasing not decreasing. If you listened to what the alarmists said there was not supposed to be any as in none by now. - Eric Logan
What was the first concert you every went know mine was the Beatles......go
Peter, Paul, and Mary - Greg GuitarBuster
First without my parents was Funk on the Green, Parliament Funkadelic, One Way, Bootsy Collins...1978. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Depends on how you define "concert". Does this include the local band who plays in a bar? A show at a county fair that you see with fair admission, but you don't really care about the band? Where you pay to actually see the band? - Joe
My dad took me and a friend to see Styx on the Mr. Roboto tour. \m/ - Steele Lawman
The Kingston Trio in 1960. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Blood, Sweat,and Tears with my parents. U2 with The Pixies opening as my choice. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Huey Lewis and the News (with parents, since I was in the 4th grade, but at my insistence), first show without parents was They Might Be Giants - Meg VMeg
Fobia, a Mexican rock band. :) Late 90s, I think. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Midnight Oil. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist from iPhone
The Pixies, around 1988 - Pete
Aerosmith 1975 - Hershey, Pa - Janet from FFHound!
They Might Be Giants - Steve C Team Marina
Billy Joel, The Bridge tour, '87 I think. I was 11 or 12. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
My choice, Simple MInds, '85. Got in my first accident on the way home in the wee hours. As a kid, the parents took us to many country, bluegrass, rockabilly shows. I don't recall the first, but I saw Willie and Johnny and June a few times back then. - Michael W. May
No Doubt in 2009 - Jed from iPhone
Teddy Pendergrass, early 80s. - Steven Perez
Pink Floyd, 1988 - Steven Luckymen VMF-214
All About Eve, 1989. - Mark H
B-52s and Violent Femmes. 1991? - kendrak from Android
rush, tom sawyer tour - chaz2b
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) on his first solo tour in 1984. Reunion Arena in Dallas (RIP). rocked. - Big Joe Silence
the first concert i was TAKEN to as a child was probably Harry Chapin. sometime in the 70s. - Big Joe Silence
Pure Prairie League (also Confederate Railroad) 2000-ish Or it may have been LFO and Blaque. The PPL was more a family event, to go hangout with Craig while he was nearby. - NOT THE CRICKET
The Bangles, summer 1987. My parents may have taken me to one prior to that, but that's the first one I remember attending without parental supervision. - Corinne L
Glass Tiger (as part of a school trip). First concert on my own steam (with a buddy): Monsters of Rock, Pontiac Silverdome, 1988 - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
Modest Mouse in 1998. - Kristin
INXS, the kick tour. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Elton John in 1981. - Friar Will
I would have loved to have seen INXS live! - Marie
INXS was my second concert ever. The Tamaras of ffeed know what's good. :) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I saw INXS on that tour! SOOOOOOOO good! <3 My first big concert was the Bee Gees in 1979. - vicster: hon. canadian
Jethro Tull - Living with the Past (Aug 29, 2002) - April Russo
Ray Charles - Iván Abrego
INXS - August 1988 - Nassau Coliseum (Kick Tour?) - Yvonne Renee
Small or large? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Parliament Funkadelic #nosurprise - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Jean Luc Ponty - Kevin Johnson from Android
Mark H
Hollywood Ghost Diner | Messy Nessy Chic -
Hollywood Ghost Diner | Messy Nessy Chic
Hollywood Ghost Diner | Messy Nessy Chic
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"I‘ve been on the lookout for a truly authentic 1950s diner since I arrived in California. I finally found it, driving down Wilshire Boulevard and screeching to a halt as soon as I locked eyes on its mighty mid-century neon facade. Only one problem: Johnie’s Coffee Shop isn’t serving any coffee and waffles today … or tomorrow. At a closer look through its windows, the booths of Johnie’s Coffee Shop are empty, the counters are covered in dust and you can be sure the sound and smell of sizzling bacon is only in your imagination. Welcome to Hollywood’s ghost diner…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I remember driving by Johnnie's on several occasions. L.A. has some really cool old diners & restaurants. - Corinne L
Mark H
The Notting Hill Carnival
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We had a few hours to spare on Sunday when we popped up to London to see my wife's cousin and discovered very late on that the Notting Hill Carnival was taking place so headed across the city to check it out. - Mark H
It would be fair to say that my wife initially didn't like it but, after we'd been there a little while, she really grew to absolutely loathe the entire event. This, sadly, curtailed my growing enjoyment of the carnival. It was noisy, crowded, full of mostly glum-looking people, and ankle deep in filth in many places. In short: it was fabulous. I wished I'd had longer there. You'll... more... - Mark H
My complete set of carnival photos can be seen here: - Mark H
Hahaha! You're an odd duck, sir. - Spidra Webster
It would seem after years of this festival, they would know how many trash bins they would need for the crowds, and that they should be emptied regularly. Or do the trash collectors only work Monday-Friday? - Nils Sandin
Now I'm totally combing through to see if I can spot my friends. My friends who moved there, and my friends who are in town for Kate Bush were all at the carnival :) - Jennifer Dittrich
Nils: I did wonder if the lack of bins might not be for security reasons but it might actually be as simple as realising that people won't use them once they've had a few drinks and it's just as easy to send the sweepers down the road overnight. - Mark H
Wow, that was a lot of trash! I could see either reason, but dang. - Jennifer Dittrich
Be thankful I didn't take pictures of the toilet facilities. Women (and men in need of a sit down) got to queue ten-deep at the portaloos. Men had urinals set up in the street. I'd not seen them before and it was... unsettling. A bit like these - - but not quite. Imagine about a hundred on the pavement and men jostling to use them. Lovely stuff. - Mark H
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I just got laid off. Fuck.
Aw, shit. (((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
(hugs) I'm sorry. - Steve C Team Marina
:( - Todd Hoff
:( - Amit Patel
(((t))) - Julian
Damn. Sorry to hear it. - Jim: with more caffeine!
I'm so sorry. - Jed
Oh, no. :( *huggle* - Alix May
Well hell. - Kirsten
:( - Amir
Oh, crap. I'm so sorry :((( - Jennifer Dittrich
:(((. so sorry to hear that - WarLord
thanks y'all. I'm just... I dunno, kinda shocked really. I knew something was wrong, but didn't want to believe it was that bad. dang. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Damn. Sorry to hear that. Hope something better works out for you. - SAM
Oh jeez. - Joe
ow. so sorry to hear - MoTO: #TeamMarina
That sucks. - Steele Lawman
Aw, hell. I'm sorry t-ra. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: hon. canadian
Oof, I'm sorry. - Anika
Oh, I'm sorry! - Katy S from iPhone
Oh no. - Marie
Sorry - Rodfather
aw man. sorry to hear that. - holly #ravingfangirl
Damn it. I'm sorry. - bentley
:( So sorry to hear that. (((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
:((( *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm sorry. - Eric - Regulate
sorry to hear that - Shevonne
:( Sorry to hear - Me
:( I'm sorry, T-Ra. - Stephen Mack
oh wow, you gais! you are so sweet. thanks for all your comments. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm sorry, t-ra. Entirely their loss. - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope this is a only a temporary setback for you. - Mark H
😢 - Steven Perez from Android
crap-o-potamus. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oof. Bummer. Hope things turn around fast. - RepoRat
Sorry, t. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
So. very. Sorry! :( - CarlC
:( That sucks. - rönin
I am sorry - Patrick aka Damexican
Crap. - Meg VMeg from Android
wha??? *HUGS* is there anything we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
:( - imabonehead from Android
So very sorry :( - Janet from FFHound!
Oh no, sorry to hear that! - Stephan from iPhone
Oh no! I am sorry to hear this news! - Hedgehog from Android
Shit. I'm sorry, honey. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so very sorry about this! - Galadriel C. from Android
oh shit (((((t)))) - Valz 4 TEAMMARINA
Thanks again, everyone. Y'all are so good to me. I truly appreciate being part of this community. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Just saw this. Dammit, dammit, dammit. May the sucky part end soon and lead to something truly awesome. - Corinne L
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Stuff 'em, they don't deserve you - Mo Kargas
Oy. I hope it's because the universe needed to free you up for the effing fantastic plans in store for you soon. - Kristin
*hugs* - Michael W. May from Android
Damn. ((((hugs)))) - J. Marie B
Ugh! I'm so sorry :( - Jen
I hope this turn of events proves to be an opportunity to pursue something new and exciting. I know you will rock, whatever else you do. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
Thank you, boo. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
:-(. I'm so sorry. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Oh, no. :( - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Sorry to hear, let's talk I may have a project that might be interested in. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
oh Fuck! that sucks! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted. -
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted.
"This week, the U.S. Copyright Office weighed in decisively on the side of Wikimedia, declaring in updated rules that no, you cannot claim the rights to a photo taken by a primate. (Two law professors I spoke with earlier this month said pretty much the same.) "Because copyright law is limited to 'original intellectual conceptions of the author,' the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work," the rule states. Then it gets into some pretty priceless specifics:" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit. Examples: • A photograph taken by a monkey. • A mural painted by an... more... - Jessie
Thing about elephant paintings is that those aren't just trained elephants, but the trainer is coaching them in real time in every brush stroke. If I put a brush in someone else's hand, then physically guided their hand through the entire painting, who painted it? - Andrew C (✔)
In that scenario where it's two humans, I imagine both people could claim it and the lawyers make money. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Realistically, that's just like asking who has the rights to a film—the director or the cameraman, and the answer is: you better have put something into writing before you started filming or you're going to be paying lawyers a lot of money. And since, presumably, elephants can't sign contracts either, you might be SOL. - Victor Ganata
I don't know if this would apply where there's definite human agency though. The case with the monkey is that he just left the camera out there and the monkey did whatever he wanted. - Victor Ganata
It's interesting that U.S. copyright law would apply, but I guess that makes sense if Slater wants to enforce a takedown notice on a U.S.-based organization. - Victor Ganata
I read somewhere today that there's a potential thorny issue for any photos triggered automatically since no human would have taken the shot. - Mark H
But with a case like that, I imagine it would be more difficult to prove that there was no human agency involved. - Victor Ganata
If you can argue that a human was involved in setting up camera traps then you can surely argue a human was also involved in flying to another country, traipsing through the jungle, finding some monkeys, then handing a camera to one. - Mark H
True, but if you claimed that you actually physically shot the picture (even if you really didn't) and therefore you are the author, how would anyone know? - Victor Ganata
Like if Slater didn't tell the real story and just claimed he had taken a shot (however improbably very close) of a monkey, who would've been around to contradict him? - Victor Ganata
I've been thinking about that, but part of the charm of the image is the idea that it's a "monkey selfie". - Andrew C (✔)
Mark H
Natural News Blogs Treating Ebola with Homeopathy... and it's not satire. -
"How to Make Your Own Ebola Remedy. What you need: 1. A face mask and gloves 2. Two bottles (50 ml up to 500 ml glass or plastic bottles) with caps 3. Clean water (mineral or tap water) 4. An Ebola sample: some spit or other disease product, such as blood, from a person infected with Ebola, or who is suspected sick with it. Any small quantity will do, even a pinhead. 5. An alcoholic liquid, such as whisky, brandy, rum, etc. 6. Half an hour of your time." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Up to 30,000 in need of Ebola drugs by now, analysis shows - No approved drugs exist though several are under development and the World Health Organisation last week gave the green light for experimental medicines to be used to fight the deadly disease. - Halil
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Thinking that I would want the proposal to be a complete surprise /but/ I also want to be fully involved in choosing the rings. WTH?! 😐
so...basically you want to alter the flow of time? or you want the dude to propose with a candy ring and then let you pick the ring? also engagement?? something we should know ms z? :D - Sir Shuping is just sir
Propose first, get the rings later? - John (bird whisperer)
So what you want is for the guy to invite you on a walk around town. And then take you down a street with a jeweler, and be all "Why don't we go in and look for something for you to wear for the rest of your life." Or something. Maybe it's just an offer to go in and look around, and then the guy says, "She likes it and I like her; I think she likes me and I hope she would marry me.. ? " - NOT THE CRICKET
I buy "engagement" rings on Etsy. They're just big ass gems in a beautiful setting. I need another eternity ring to stack on the one I already have. As far as the real thing, yeah, idk how that would work. Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Or you could just go shopping, and then he has the assistant ring one that you really like up, and then distracts you. Then he surprises you at dinner. - NOT THE CRICKET
I ended up getting married in a not too dissimilar way to that proposed by Jimminy. My now-wife and I were wandering through some backstreet alleys in a city famous for its jewellers and spotted a ring with a large emerald in it in the window of a store. My missus said it looked lovely but was too expensive for "just a ring" so I said "well, we could always tell people it's an... more... - Mark H
^Ok, that's adorable. :D - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
OMG, proposing with a ring pop would be hilarious! But no. I guess future man better just get to know my tastes in jewelry. Thankfully I buy my own stuff so there's plenty of examples. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I purposed with ring made of string I improvised. The gold one was being set and wasn't ready yet. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
My weapon of choice when I proposed was to get a quality diamond in a plain solitaire ring, make the proposal, then go ring shopping for a 'real' setting for the diamond. We also found my wedding band while finding the right setting for her. Win. - Ken Gidley
My live-in-girlfriend-and-co-homeowner designed a ring on and emailed me a screenshot as a "hint". - Brian Johns
If I have to send a hint I'd be angry. I shouldn't be sending hints! A frank conversation about where the hell the relationship is going is much more my thing. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Jennifer Dittrich
Sepp Blatter says MLS will adopt FIFA calendar | ProSoccerTalk -
Sepp Blatter says MLS will adopt FIFA calendar | ProSoccerTalk
"He’s not exactly a font of accurate predictions, but FIFA head honcho Sepp Blatter has a made a claim that, if true, would drastically alter the future of Major League Soccer. Blatter claims that Major League Soccer will be moving towards a European calendar. The topic itself is not new, but Blatter’s comments are, and Duane Rollins of Canadian Soccer News posted audio from the FIFA man’s Monday press conference ahead of the U-20 Women’s World Cup. And inside of that audio comes the remarks from Blatter, which comes in stark contrast to the “not in the short-term” comments of MLS commissioner Don Garber when asked about the shift to a ‘winter schedule’ in his State of the League address this December." - Jennifer Dittrich from Bookmarklet
One step closer to legitimacy. - Julian
Yeah, that's pretty much when I stop getting season tickets. My dad can't attend winter (or even late fall) games because of his health, which would be 2/3 of the season. I have no desire to sit outside in January watching a match. - Jennifer Dittrich
I can't imagine having soccer in the northeast or midwest in a winter like the past one. - John (bird whisperer)
I could see the season starting in late July / early August, and stretching to late May, to accommodate a bit of a winter break. - Julian
Alternatively, MLS could do it a bit like Liga MX. Except it's still colder here. - Julian
I just don't believe that the Euro-snobs are going to be converted any time soon, schedule change or not. The league has consistently gained in competitiveness over the last decade, and it always seems like the NextThing(tm) is what they're waiting for to give the stamp of approval. - Jennifer Dittrich
Another point in favor of the summer schedule is that there's less competition for viewership & attendance. - John (bird whisperer)
Yeah, I can't imagine that the viewership would go up when they have to compete with the full winter schedule. - Jennifer Dittrich
Someone needs to substitute Blatter permanently. It looks to me like the MLS is doing very well. What sort of idiot would want to screw with it? - Mark H
Blatter is a tool, but I do get the desire to get the leagues on at least comparably similar schedules (the transfer windows are spaced so oddly for the different leagues that it complicates moving back and forth.) That said, I love that our off season is when the EPL is in high gear, so there's stuff to watch all year long, and it makes loans a lot more viable. - Jennifer Dittrich
Eric - Regulate
Lost my grandfather today.
I'm sorry, Eric. :( - LB's never Kippled from Android
Oh, my condolences, Eric. - Anika
So sorry for your loss. - Just another Bubba from FFHound(roid)!
Sorry for your loss, Eric. - Stephan
I'm sorry to hear that, Eric. - Katy S
Very sorry, Eric. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so sorry for your loss, Eric. - vicster: hon. canadian
:( - chaz2b
Very sorry for your loss, Eric. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm sorry, Eric. - NOT THE CRICKET
My condolences to you and your family, Eric. :( - Spidra Webster
My sympathies to you and yours. - Jim: with more caffeine!
Sorry for your loss - Rodfather from Android
I'm really sorry for your loss, Eric. My condolences to you and your family. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My condolences, Eric. - Anne Bouey
Thanks everyone. I appreciate it. - Eric - Regulate from iPhone
I'm so sorry for your loss, Eric. *hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
My condolences - MoTO: #TeamMarina
My condolences, Eric. - Mark H
So very sorry for your loss Eric. - Janet from FFHound!
My condolences - Amir
I'm very sorry, Eric. - bentley
my condolences. - imabonehead
Thanks again for your thoughts. - Eric - Regulate
My condolences, Eric. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist from iPhone
I'm sorry for your loss, Eric. My condolences. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Oh, Eric. I'm sorry for your loss. - Petty LaBelle
My condolences. - Eivind from Android
Mark H
"ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months. The orbit-raising followed a month of aerobraking that saw the spacecraft surf in and out of the atmosphere at altitudes typically between 131 km and 135 km for a couple of minutes on each of its closest approaches to the planet. Before, normal operations involved an elliptical orbit every 24 hours that took Venus Express from 66 000 km over the south pole down to around 250 km at the north pole, just above the top of the atmosphere. But, after eight years and with propellant running low, the Venus Express team began a daring aerobraking campaign, dipping the craft progressively lower into the atmosphere on its closest approaches." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"This orbit will slowly decay again under gravity, but with only a few kilograms of fuel at most now remaining further altitude-raising manoeuvres may not be possible. If no further corrections are made, Venus Express will probably reenter the atmosphere again in December, but this time for good, ending the mission.In the meantime, having survived not only the aerobraking experiment but... more... - Mark H
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
my favorite British-isms from this weekend:
"naff" is another way to say "rubbish" that originally meant someone is Not Available For Fucking, but now just means anything lame. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"knickers" is only used for women's underwear (which disappointed me, honestly, bc I love the word). men's underwear are "undercrackers." - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"rude boy" is a term some are dubious of and others embrace. vaguely meaning a working class tough guy type I think. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"hunters" are a kind of wellington boot worn by snobs. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
"undercrackers", eh? i'm sad it's not "undernadgers". - Big Joe Silence
Undercrackers aren't exclusively for males but they are predominantly so. - Mark H
"fairy liquid" is dishwashing detergent based on a brand name. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
they really do call cigarettes "fags". and they really do say "punt a fag" to bum a cigarette. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
they don't really say "saucy" that much. (also a disappointment) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Never heard the term "punt a fag" used before; bumming a fag, yes. - Mark H
they felt "pulled pork" was a terrible thing to call food, as it seemed a vulgar phrase. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Mark, maybe it wasn't "punt." It was another p word though that caught me off guard and became yet another conversation about lexicon. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Could it have been pinch a fag? That would be a fairly common thing to say over here. - Mark H
ah... yeah, maybe. there was a lot of beer involved, you see. I'm trying to document from shoddy memory. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
overall I adored the melodic effect of ending statements in a question so that conversations have a kind of upbeat tempo regardless of the topic. that was infectious. I'm probably still doing it. "I couldn't rightly help myself could I?" "Lovely morning isn't it?" "They've done a smashing job haven't they?" - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
oh, and saying "spectacles" instead of glasses. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "petrol". looking for a "petrol station to grab some fags" in Burlington was a fun errand. needless to say I did all of the direction asking on that one. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "dodgy". I was so pleased to learn dodgy is a real expression. I love that word. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
and "trainers" instead of sneakers. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
O hai! Was wondering how you got on ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
the naff etymology is likely... naff ;) - Pete
I'm still laughing at your discovery of fairy liquid... For hands that do dishes can feel as soft as your face.... - Marina's Godmother :-)
T-ra, I've heard something similar, like "pont a fag" before. - LB's never Kippled from Android
Helen, we watched an insane film at the house night before last that mentioned it a lot. Can't remember the whole title... "Mr Jolly something something Next Door" I think? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Ken Morley
Day 11 - Strained and transferred to carboys
I'll top them up once the water I'm boiling cools. #plumwineproject - Ken Morley
I've learned something new tonight: carboy, which I'd never heard of, is another word for demijohn. - Mark H
I also learned something new.: "The word carboy is from the Persian qarābah (قرابه), from Arabic qarrāba, 'big jug'." :) - Ken Morley
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
American-isms the Brits loved from the weekend:
"THAT TAMARA IS FOIN!" - MoTO: #TeamMarina
"y'all" and "ain't" were big hits and made funnier by them having such difficulty pronouncing them. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
what? we say ain't all the time. - Pete
"mutherfuckin cocksucker" was funny for some reason, though that doesn't strike me as particularly American. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
B: that one didn't come up. Pete: really? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
our gallon is smaller and so are our pints. so the joke was that was surprising because isn't everything supposed to be bigger in America? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
biscuits and gravy was a novelty. their "biscuit" is a scone I think, so what we call a biscuit was a treat at brunch. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
not sure if "koozie" was really an unfamiliar word to them or if they were just teasing me for bringing one. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
something being "shitty" was funny bc of the way I said it I think, like "shiddy" without enunciating the t's at all. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Tamara: yes, though where I come from it sounds like 'ent' or 'int' - Pete
That's because you don't pronounce things properly up nor... er, in the midlands... Pete. - Mark H
They're from Oxford mostly and still live in that area. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Hehe. The Black Country equivalent of ;ain't; is 'bay' as in 'I bay doin' that' - Pete
Mark H
A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War -
A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War
"Clay lost to Polk by only 30,000 votes, which suggests that there was limited support for annexation (in fact it was primarily rooted in the south). Yet President Tyler interpreted Polk's victory as a mandate for expansion, which prompted him to push through annexation as one of his final acts, with help from expansionists in Congress. If Clay had won the election, Tyler would not have annexed Texas, and the United States would not have entered into war with Mexico – at least not in 1845. Had Clay won, we might assume that the nation would have avoided annexation, and by extension war with Mexico." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Texas may have become part of the US even without the Mexican-American war. - John (bird whisperer)
Mark H
Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams? -
Are there two stranger Tweeters than Richard Dawkins and Gerry Adams?
"Back in the 1980s, Richard Dawkins was a respected Oxford University Professor, and one of the world’s leading voices on evolutionary biology. After crafting several brilliant tomes that explained the origins of life to lay people, he became well known in the wider world too. The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The Blind Watchmaker transformed the public’s understanding of science and taught them a lot in the process. Dawkins was on his way to being a national treasure, in the same way that David Attenborough is today." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Meanwhile, over in Northern Ireland Gerry Adams was a hugely divisive and infamous figure. In 1983 he became the President of Sinn Fein, and a thorn in the British government’s side. He was also alleged to have had links to the IRA, and has even been alleged to have been involved in one of the group’s murders. In short, he was viewed by the British establishment as one of the most... more... - Mark H
"Almost every day, there’s a new Dawkins-related furore, where he has said something controversial and the masses of Twitter have reacted. Today, for example, he has been offering his opinions on rape." - Mark H
"So what about Gerry Adams? Surely such a renowned firebrand would be taking to Twitter with all sorts of inflammatory rhetoric? It turns out he really likes rubber ducks." - Mark H
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