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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
A View of the Deepest Future -
A View of the Deepest Future
"To survive, Life in our Local Group needs to emigrate to the Virgo Super-Cluster. Although our Milky Way is heading towards Virgo at ~200 km/s, cosmic acceleration, from Dark Energy, is presently pushing us away from Virgo at ~1,000 km/s. Thus we need to launch towards Virgo faster than the Dark Energy pushing us away. Yet the reward is 10 trillion trillion years of Habitable planetary environments, which may well be worth intergalactic migration." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"In theory a tight white-dwarf/planet pair can be flung out of the Galactic Core at ~0.05c, which would mean a 2 billion year journey across every 100 million light-years. A white-dwarf habitable zone is good for 8 billion years or so, enough to cross ~400 million light-years. It’d be a ‘starship’ in truth on the Grandest Scale. Perhaps other Intelligences have begun their preparations... more... - Mark H
The view during the trip would be amazing. - Joe
Looked up this Spivey author. While what he writes may be true, his academic credentials are less than stellar. - Joe
He is an Electronics Design Engineer at Bangor. No PhD from what I see, but I could be wrong about that. Dabbles in intergalactic space travel theory after work? - Joe
The Ins and Outs of Aspect Ratio -
The Ins and Outs of Aspect Ratio
The Ins and Outs of Aspect Ratio
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A little bit of history describing how the various standard image aspect ratios came into use and how these have translated to the dimensions of modern sensors on DSLRs. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Good video here on History of Aspect Ratio: - Nils Sandin
"Brody House is an eclectic boutique hotel located in Budapest, Hungary. It is housed in a building originally built in the nineteenth century, and was transformed to serve its present purpose in 2009." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
In a stadium in Berlin fans are watching the Germany v Ghana game on their own couches. -
In a stadium in Berlin fans are watching the Germany v Ghana game on their own couches.
You didn't win the game Iran but you won my heart*.
(*) Recipients must be 18 or over. Prize may not be transferred. Monetary value of prize: 0.0000001p. - Mark H
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘My dear parents, I have been sentenced to death...' -
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘My dear parents, I have been sentenced to death...'
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘My dear parents, I have been sentenced to death...'
"My Dear Parents, I have been sentenced to death today, September 11 1917. Only myself and another comrade; the others have been let off with 15 years’ imprisonment. You will have heard why this has happened to me. I am a sacrifice of the longing for peace, others are going to follow. I cannot stop it now, it is six o’clock in the morning, I am being taken to Cologne at 6.30, and on Wednesday September 12 at nine o’clock in the morning I am going to be sacrificed to military justice. I would have liked to press your hands once more to say goodbye, but I will do it silently. Console Paula and my little Fritz. I don’t like dying so young, but I will die with a curse on the German militarist state. These are my last words. I hope that some day you and mother will be able to read them. Always Your Son, Albin Köbis" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The day after he wrote this letter, Köbis, a 25-year-old stoker aboard the German Imperial Navy’s battleship SMS Prinzregent Luitpold, and a fellow rebel, Max Reichpietsch, were marched before a 20-man firing-squad of sailors at the Wahr military firing range in Cologne. They were tied to posts, blindfolded and executed, in a brutal climax to a dispute that had been ignited by swedes:... more... - Mark H
I want to locate Köbisstrasse the next time I'm in Berlin. - Eivind
rutabagas! interesting. - Meg VMeg
COOL TOY REVIEW: Flashback Friday Mego Black Hole Action Figures -
COOL TOY REVIEW: Flashback Friday Mego Black Hole Action Figures
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"This week, we take a look at another science-fiction film from the 1970s....The Black Hole, Walt Disney's foray into sci-fi adventure films. It focused on a team of explorers aboard the USS Palomino, who discover the USS Cygnus a long-thought-destroyed spacecraft hovering dangerously close to a black hole (hence the movie's title). Once aboard, they meet a mad doctor and his army of robot servants, and of course therein lies the meat of the story." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I had V.I.N.Cent. Its head pushed down. - Mark H
i saw that film in the cinema. creeped me right out but i love it to this day, flaws and all. - Big Joe Silence
Saw it at cinema, too. Still one of my favorite movies. A true horror story. And, yeah, the scene between Dr. Durant and Maximillian? I dread it. - Akiva
oh yeah. - Big Joe Silence
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished? -
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
Seriously though, how did the Most Beautiful Library in America get Demolished?
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"The old Public library of Cincinnati was the sort of place you only see in a Harry Potter film; colossal cast-iron book alcoves and spiral staircases that went several stories high, checker board marble floors that shone beneath the skylight roof; a magnificent maze of books that is now lost forever." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
So sad ... stunning building!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
a friend of mine lived in Cincinnati since his teens and moved away in his mid-20s. according to him, Cincinnati wants to end up like Detroit. - Big Joe Silence
my grandmother grew up in Cincinnati. I can easily imagine her in this space - maʀtha
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall dies -
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall dies
"British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56, according to his manager. He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend, Adrian Edmonson. The duo later went on to star in Bottom and he was also known for appearances in shows including Blackadder and The New Statesman." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
No. Darn, I loved his shows. - Xabaras (G.O.)
NOOOOOOOOOOOO! - vicster: full-bodied
Rik Mayall writing back to an autograph hunter in 2008 (contains swearing): - Mark H
I missed this, 56 is so young too! - Halil
An American Werewolf in London 2nd Chess Player :o - Halil
Russia's brutalist burbs: the hinterland of St Petersburg – in pictures -
Russia's brutalist burbs: the hinterland of St Petersburg – in pictures
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In the bleak blocks and grim lives of St Petersburg's suburbs, a young generation of Russian photographers has found its muse. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
BBC News - Life in a Christian 'fundamentalist' school -
BBC News - Life in a Christian 'fundamentalist' school
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"For 29-year-old Jonny Scaramanga, who attended Victory Christian School in Bath until he was 14, the experience was "horrendous". "At 8:15 I would arrive at my 'office' - a desk 2ft wide, with dividers 18 ins tall, designed to remove 'distractions'," he said. "Every morning we had an opening exercise: reciting pledges of allegiance to Jesus Christ, God and the Bible. Next, we recited that month's scripture passage; we had to memorise around 10-15 Bible-verses each month." He said the school adopted a "fundamentalist attitude" to religion, adding: "If you believed what they believed, you were Christian. If you believed anything else, you were not Christian."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
We've had Jonny Scaramanga and James Williams (also mentioned in that article) down as speakers for our monthly skeptics talks in Portsmouth in the last year. - Mark H
I admit the CEE spokesperson managed to annoy me quite a bit with that statement. God must have placed him on this earth to test me. - Eivind
Touch Colm Meaney -
Touch Colm Meaney
Touch Colm Meaney
"No more pawing at your computer screen – now you can paw at a piece of paper and come as close to touching Colm Meaney as you probably ever will, with our new Chief O'Brien at Work print!" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I love the Chief O'Brien At Work comic strips. - Mark H
Favela life: Rio's city within a city -
Favela life: Rio's city within a city
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"According to the 2010 Census, about 6% of Brazil's population live in favelas or shanty-towns - around 11.25 million people across the country, roughly the population of Portugal. However, there could be even more living in these communities. Rocinha is Brazil's largest favela and unofficial estimates say it has up to 180,000, compared to the census figure of just 70,000. The expansion of the favelas - and their irregular and unregulated nature - means that these areas often lack basic services and public investment. But even among favelas there can be big social contrasts." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Favelas with a privileged location like Rocinha have relatively better standards than other shanty towns further away from jobs and services; and even within Rocinha there are richer and much poorer communities. The poorer areas are usually higher on the hilltop, with many houses only accessible on foot. In Rio's favelas, most homes are made from brick and cement, a majority have... more... - Mark H
Adam Lallana on favela children: "To be around players like us may be a life-changing experience for them." Long form: "I didn't really know what to expect. People said there were 100,000 people living in the favelas. That's a lot of people. But looking at this backdrop, you can see exactly why ... They get on with their lives. It's probably normal for them. To be around players like us... more... - Eivind
Our Favourite Comedian | Trev and Simon -
Our Favourite Comedian | Trev and Simon
"One night I played cards with Ben [Elton] and Rik [Mayall] (Ben insisted on giving me money for a taxi home. I insisted on refusing it. I walked the three miles home in the rain. What an idiot student.) Another night we sat chatting with Rik in the bar at The Contact Theatre (the theatre connected to the drama department). He gave us lots of advice and he even gave us his phone number (before mobiles… this was Rik’s home phone number!) and told us to phone him whenever we wanted. He also gave us a quote to use on our publicity for our first Edinburgh show. He told us to use, “My favourite act!”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"I got to meet someone in Seattle who is working on an evolution book for four year olds — this is a great idea, because I remember shopping for kids’ books and their usual idea for introducing zoology was something about Noah’s Ark. But the real story is so much more interesting!" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Well worth clicking through to view the PDF of the rough outline and sketches of the book. It looks fantastic and is exactly the sort of thing we'd probably buy children of friends. - Mark H
That's a cute book :) - Eivind
I won't share the picture here because it's quite... unsettling. However, is a link to a sex toy described by someone I follow on Twitter as "creepiest ever" and it's hard to argue with it.
I laughed. Sorry. - Jenny H. from Android
Well, that was something. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
It's the fingers that really put it over the top. - Spidra Webster
I'm not looking - Halil
Vagina digiti! The legend is true! - Eivind from Android - Bad news: Belgium agrees to recognise homeopaths as health practitioners. Good news: it lays down some conditions for qualifying. Best news: nobody in Belgium currently meets or is ever likely to meet the criteria.
"...nobody in Belgium currently meets or is ever likely to meet the criteria." <---Let's hope it stays that way. - Jenny H. from Android
"Clinical homeopathy" LOL - Eivind from Android
Inside the UKIP Brain -
Inside the UKIP Brain
*snort* 'Basal Fawlty ganglia'. - Anika
If only UKIP were just a joke. If we don't take the increasing influence of these dangerous people seriously we will sleepwalk into a fascist state. - Son of Groucho
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How will sexbots change human relationships? -
How will sexbots change human relationships?
"Where did the sexbot come from? Humans have been using sex toys of various sorts for tens of thousands of years. The oldest known dildo is more than 20,000 years old, dating back to the Upper Paleolithic era. Unlike Roxxxy, it is made of siltstone. Dildos, vibrators, penis rings, anal beads: these have been with us, and in us, for a good long time. Computer-driven sex toys and teledildonics – those that combine telepresence and sex – date back to the mid 1970s, but they serve the same purpose as previous sex tech. They provide intimate pleasure and exploration, sexual stimulation, and in some cases, a window into one’s identity. Before they were called ‘sex toys’, doctors used vibrators as medical devices. Midwives and occasionally physicians treated female illnesses such as hysteria through a type of masturbation referred to euphemistically as ‘pelvic massage’. For centuries, they performed this massage by manual stimulation. The first vibrator was introduced in France in 1734 but... more... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Some of the newest and most intriguing sex technology veers away from traditional sex toys in a particular way: it is based around sharing and connecting. A vibrator is an individual’s device that can be shared, but some of the newest forms of sex tech were created with the express intent of sharing. By and large, teledildonics and sexbots are made for and marketed either to couples or... more... - Mark H
"If women are the model on which most sexbots are based, we run the risk of recreating essentialised gender roles, especially around sex. And that would be too bad, because sex technology has the potential to alleviate longstanding human problems, for both men and women. Sex tech can help us take on sexual dysfunction and profound loneliness, but if we simply create a new variety of second-class citizen, a sexual creature to be owned, we risk alienating ourselves from each other all over again." - Mark H
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks negative words and sounds can hurt water’s feelings -
Gwyneth Paltrow thinks negative words and sounds can hurt water’s feelings
"In the latest episode of ‘Gwyneth Paltrow states the absolute ridiculous’, the actress has claimed that saying negative things to water can hurt its feelings. The ‘consciously uncoupled’ star revealed that she follows the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, whose experiments attempt to investigate whether human consciousness has a direct effect on the molecular structure of water. His theories go as far as to claim that shouting at rice – as one so frequently does – could turn it bad." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I thought for a second there, she'd had another kid and named him Water. - Ken Morley
This has to be a hoax. Either way, I don't care. - MoTO: Team Marina
Ken, I wondered the same thing! - Anne Bouey
karıya bak euheue - moreya
If I ever met Chris Martin, I would ask him "So, at what point did you realise that she was as mad as a box of frogs?" - Slippy
Is there somewhere I can take my Homeopathy Emergency Kit to have it tested for butthurtness? I imagine that will pretty much ruin its healing properties? - Eivind
Eivind ++ - Yolanda from Android
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
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
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