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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history...
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
"The last decade of David Livingstone’s life did not go well for the famed Scottish missionary and explorer. In 1862, his long-neglected wife, Mary, came to join him in Mozambique, but she quickly contracted malaria and died. Nevertheless, he continued on his mission to find a navigable route through the River Zambezi. But in 1864, seven years before his famous run-in with Henry Morgan Stanley, Livingstone was forced to give up and return to Britain after most of his men abandoned him or succumbed to disease. He quickly fell from public grace as word got out about his failure to navigate the river. Eager to redeem his reputation, he returned to Africa two years later, this time in search of the source of the Nile River. But yet again, his assistants soon began deserting him, and added insult to injury by taking all of his food and medicine with them. Starving and crippled by pneumonia, cholera and cutaneous leishmaniasis, Livingstone had no other choice but to turn to Arab traders for... more... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The diary begins on March 23, 1871. Forced to team up with the Arab slave traders due to his deteriorating health, Livingstone found—to his dismay—that he was actually beginning to like these men. “The Arabs are very kind to me, sending cooked food every day,” he wrote in April. He told them about the Bible, taught them how to make mosquito nets and drank fermented banana juice with them, which he swore off in the next day’s entry." - Mark H
"On July 15, however, Livingstone was abruptly woken from his stupor. The traders—his friends—went into a busy nearby market and began randomly firing guns into the crowd and burning down surrounding villages, killing at least 300 people, many of them women and children. Livingstone had never witnessed such an atrocity before, and he was “crushed, devastated and spiritually broken,”... more... - Mark H
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected - http://www.wired.com/2014...
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected
"Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.” The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world’s first true computer. The hardware that Perot’s team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The ENIAC panels went on display at Fort Sill in late October, though some more restoration work remains to be done. The museum is in the process of obtaining a few new vacuum tubes, for example, to give the unit an even more authentic appearance. The panels will never be able to run any bona fide calculations, of course, but that’s probably for the best. Even in its heyday, ENIAC... more... - Mark H
Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't - http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/steven-...
Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't
"Remember the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter? Well, someone has gone and created a modern trailer for the film and it makes me want to 1) Watch the movie on repeat and 2) See a sequel or remake finally get made. Too bad that will probably never happen." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The only problem with a remake? It seems no one (not even Steven Spielberg) has been able to secure the rights to the film. At least that's what Seth Rogen says. Every nerd in Hollywood, Rogen included, has apparently been wanting to remake The Last Starfighter for years now. So what's holding up a remake? According to Rogen and Slash Film, the writer of the original, Jonathan R.... more... - Mark H
If it keeps Seth Rogen out of it, I'm cool with that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Probably because it was a Universal picture. - Jennifer Dittrich
YUP. *hides face in shame* - Big Joe Silence
Hey, I had to look it up (I knew it wasn't Disney, just couldn't remember the Lorimar logo.) - Jennifer Dittrich
i saw "Tron" and "Last Starfighter" in the cinema. by myself. i should know better. - Big Joe Silence
Side trivia: The star of The Last Starfighter, Lance Guest, went to the same high school I did. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... ) - Stephen Mack
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner... - http://georgy-konstantinovich-...
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner...
"Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner identity photo provided by the Auschwitz Museum, taken by Wilhelm Brasse while working in the photography department at Auschwitz, the Nazi-run death camp where some 1.5 million people, most of them Jewish, died during World War II. Czeslawa was a Polish Catholic girl, from Wolka Zlojecka, Poland, who was sent to Auschwitz with her mother in December of 1942. Within three months, both were dead. Photographer (and fellow prisoner) Brasse recalled photographing Czeslawa in a 2005 documentary: ‘She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.’" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
:( - rönin
:( - loi
L-0: Launchday Logbook - https://plus.google.com/+Samant...
L-0: Launchday Logbook
"Well, I told you that it might not be my last pre-launch logbook yesterday. I woke up a bit earlier from the planned 5-hour nap and there's no point in trying to go back to sleep, so here I am, sharing a few departing thought. The doctors will show up in about 40 min to start a series of hygiene operations: before going to space I'll be as clean as I'll ever be, outside and inside (if you get the message, I'm not going into any details here)." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Now almost everything is done. My bags are neatly packed and will be taken to their final destination by my family, the backup crew and the ever helpful ESA support personnel. Hopefully, it's all properly organized: part of the luggage will go into my landing bags, one for the nominal landing site and one for the ballistic site. Part will go home to Cologne, part will eventually find... more... - Mark H
This may not mean much to many people but Grayson Perry just tweeted me and followed me; I'm more happy than I should be.
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German town plays prank on neo-Nazis - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
"For decades, neo-Nazis have traveled to the southeastern German town of Wunsiedel, where Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was buried until 2011. The right-wing extremists march through the town in commemoration of Hess year after year, glorifying the horrors of the Third Reich. [...] Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. [...] The group Rights versus Rights (Rechts gegen Rechts) had come up with a new way to protest the annual neo-Nazi march: For every meter the neo-Nazis walked, local businesses and residents would donate $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization devoted to making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The 200 neo-Nazis had only two choices when they got to know about the plan: Either they proceeded, indirectly donating money to the EXIT Germany initiative, or they acknowledged their defeat and suspended the march. The neo-Nazis decided to pursue their plans — and participated in raising funds for an organization committed to their downfall. According to a news release by the... more... - Mark H
I cannot love this enough. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Those neo-nazis got trolled hard. - Johnny
<3 - Eivind
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle" - http://www.somethingawful.com/news...
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle"
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"Following his takedown of the so-called science of sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson turned his attention to the possessed doll horror film Annabelle. Despite claims by the film's creators that Annabelle was "based on a true story," Tyson seemed to think the science was far from reality. In a scathing series of tweets, he revealed a number of glaring scientific flaws in the movie, which dealt with a murderous doll." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I think he's joking, right? - Shevonne
probly not even real tweets. - Big Joe Silence
Or he could be punking himself? - Todd Hoff
i can't be arsed to hop onto twitter to check his account to see if these are legit. imma go nap. :P - Big Joe Silence
When did insects evolve? - http://scienceblogs.com/pharyng...
When did insects evolve?
"Dated phylogenetic tree of insect relationships. The tree was inferred through a maximum-likelihood analysis of 413,459 amino acid sites divided into 479 metapartitions. Branch lengths were optimized and node ages estimated from 1,050,000 trees sampled from trees separately generated for 105 partitions that included all taxa. All nodes up to orders are labeled with numbers (gray circles). Colored circles indicate bootstrap support (left key). The time line at the bottom of the tree relates the geological origin of insect clades to major geological and biological events. CONDYLO, Condylognatha; PAL, Palaeoptera." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Karl Stefanovic's sexism experiment: Today presenter wears same suit for a year - http://www.smh.com.au/enterta...
Karl Stefanovic's sexism experiment: Today presenter wears same suit for a year
"Angered by the sexism he saw being heaped upon his female colleagues – and attempts to downplay it – Karl Stefanovic decided to conduct an experiment. He wore the same blue suit on air, two days in a row. Then three. A month ticked by without a ripple. Now, a full year has passed – and he is still wearing the same cheap Burberry knock-off, every morning, on Channel Nine's Today program." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Not a single audience member has asked about it, he says. Fashion commentators and other media also seem oblivious. Yet co-host Lisa Wilkinson still receives regular and unsolicited fashion appraisals, as she revealed in her well-received Andrew Olle lecture last year. ("Who the heck is Lisa's stylist?" one emailer demanded to know. "Today's outfit is particularly jarring and awful.... more... - Mark H
Well, to be fair, the suit looks pretty good on him. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
gosh! i love this man! - رامین
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design - http://www.space.com/27769-p...
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design
"Europe's Rosetta mission pulled off the first-ever soft landing on a comet Wednesday thanks to a lot of great engineering and hard work — along with a healthy dose of luck, mission scientists say. Rosetta's Philae lander successfully touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko early Wednesday morning (Nov. 12), more than 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) from Earth. But Philae's anchoring harpoons didn't fire as planned, and the 220-lb. (100 kilograms) probe bounced off the comet twice before settling onto its icy surface for good." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Philae's first bounce off 67P was a big one, sending the lander about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) above the comet's surface, Ulamec said. Philae eventually came down again 1 hour and 50 minutes later, likely about 0.6 miles away from the original landing site. (The team still isn't sure exactly where the lander ended up.) But the probe was nearly lost to space. It rebounded off 67P's... more... - Mark H
Amy Nelmes on Twitter: "My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3 http://t.co/EdAFS5lLKy" - https://twitter.com/amynelm...
Amy Nelmes on Twitter: "My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3 http://t.co/EdAFS5lLKy"
Oh, good lord. - Spidra Webster
The Daily Mail Asked If Anyone In Britain Could Make A Sandwich And You Can Guess What Happened Next - http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhi...
The Daily Mail Asked If Anyone In Britain Could Make A Sandwich And You Can Guess What Happened Next
The Daily Mail Asked If Anyone In Britain Could Make A Sandwich And You Can Guess What Happened Next
The Daily Mail Asked If Anyone In Britain Could Make A Sandwich And You Can Guess What Happened Next
:) - Jenny H. from Android
At work today we were talking about Rosetta and the Philae lander when a project coordinator piped up with a general statement about how fast the asteroid must be going. I corrected him and pointed out it was a comet. He asked about the difference. I explained.
I explained about composition and how that led to low gravity hence the potential issues with the malfunctioning downwards thruster and the possibility that the harpoon wouldn't work (sorry, I jinxed it). I explained about the way the craft was using the gravity to bring in a soft landing using basic physics. I explained about orbits and how comets lose material as it is heated by the sun and how that was already happening. He looked suitably impressed. - Mark H
He then proceeded to tell us all a little science fact we might not have been aware of: stars don't actually twinkle. He then explained why and finished it off with "so now you know something too." He did not seem to get that the stares and silence from me and some other colleagues were not the result of us digesting this amazing information and seemed very pleased to have "enlightened" us. Emails of a suitably derisory tone were deployed around the office. - Mark H
Photo I took a few days ago. He was watching a wedding take place outside. Disrupted it. Ran off with the bride and caught a bus. Quite a thing to see. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Is that a monkey? o_O - Spidra Webster
It is a close relative on the tree of life. - Mark H
The Infinite Monkey Cage Live - http://www.infinitemonkeycage.com/
The Infinite Monkey Cage Live
If you've an interest in science and comedy then Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be bringing their show to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in March with tickets going on sale in a couple of days. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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