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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
"I am Jamie Edwards, a 13 year old amateur nuclear scientist. At the moment I am building a nuclear fusion reactor and hope to become the youngest "fusioneer". I wouldn't be doing this without the financial support from my school, Penwortham Priory Academy." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Black & White Photographs of Street Scenes in New York City in the 1970s -
Black & White Photographs of Street Scenes in New York City in the 1970s
Black & White Photographs of Street Scenes in New York City in the 1970s
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"Forget the disco era, the 1970s in New York City was all about danger. With pimps and prostitutes populating the streets, an economic collapse and a crime-filled subway system, the streets of Manhattan were gritty and dark. Check out photographer Leland Bobbe's shots of New York during a period when it hit an all-time low..." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Retrospace: Catalogs #35: House of Kesman 1973 -
Retrospace: Catalogs #35: House of Kesman 1973
Retrospace: Catalogs #35: House of Kesman 1973
Retrospace: Catalogs #35: House of Kesman 1973
"The 1973 House of Kesman Catalog is more or less a Frederick's of Hollywood style catalog. There's no nudity, just 70s finery at its zenith." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
A friend of mine belongs to Rock Choir and three of his singing colleagues (as "The Lounge Kittens") have just put together a video for their cover of Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'" -
Cool. I really enjoy watching them. :-) - Maitani
My Secret Paris Archive -
My Secret Paris Archive
My Secret Paris Archive
My Secret Paris Archive
"On the far end of Rue Saint-Honoré, where the designer shops turn into local brasseries and superettes, take a turn onto the road of the ‘dry tree’, rue de l’Abre Sec, marked by the Italian fountain of Ludovicus XVI. Look for the big blue door at number 52 where a trolley of old books will lure the wandering eye. Dip into the passageway and begin your descent into the rabbit hole…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Give a good firm push to the rickety old doors and let the aromas of ageing print curl around you. It’s the scent of more than 7 million copies of various newspapers, magazines and affairs of the press dating as far back as the old French Regime of the 15th century. The Galcante was founded Christian Bailly, the chairman of the ”Musée de la Presse”. When it first opened in 1975, it... more... - Mark H
Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained -
Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained
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"It is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years - a graveyard of whales found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile. And now scientists think they can explain how so many of the animals came to be preserved in one location more than five million years ago. It was the result of not one but four separate mass strandings, they report in a Royal Society journal. The evidence strongly suggests the whales all ingested toxic algae. The dead and dying mammals were then washed into an estuary and on to flat sands where they became buried over time. It was well known that this area in Chile's Atacama Desert preserved whale fossils. Their bones could be seen sticking out of rock faces, and the spot acquired the name Cerro Ballena ("whale hill") as a result." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Identified in the beds were over 40 individual rorquals - the type of large cetacean that includes the modern blue, fin and minke whales. Among them were other important marine predators and grazers. "We found extinct creatures such as walrus whales - dolphins that evolved a walrus-like face. And then there were these bizarre aquatic sloths," recalls Nicholas Pyenson, a palaeontologist... more... - Mark H
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy browser-based text adventure relaunches March 8 -
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy browser-based text adventure relaunches March 8
"To celebrate three decades of improbable hilarity, the BBC is re-releasing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game. The thirtieth anniversary edition will be playable in-browser and will feature improved HD visuals and some social media integration. The game will relaunch on the same day that the BBC will rebroadcast the original radio plays written by Douglas Adams, which turn 36 years old that same day. I'll wait just a moment while you reflect on how extremely old you are." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
NO WAY - maʀtha
Remember, you want the toothbrush, the analgesic, and the lint in the pocket of the robe you are wearing - maʀtha
Most importantly: FEED. THE. DOG. - Akiva
44. Telescope » The Giant Cuttlefish -
44. Telescope » The Giant Cuttlefish
44. Telescope » The Giant Cuttlefish
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"I realized a little while ago why watching nudibranchs in the water is such a surprisingly intense experience – at least to me. It’s not just the otherworldly beauty of the animals, but the fact that as you watch them – with their slow but definite passage from place to place, and their constant probing and sensing – you start to see the other things around them in a new way. Bits of sponge, tunicates, and as one goes smaller, delicate hydroids and the like – all the inhabitants of the nudi-scale world – come more clearly into view." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting -
A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting
A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting
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"The archive is a growing collection of items contributed from places that may disappear owing to the combined physical, political, and economic impacts of climate change, including glacial melting, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and desertification. Through common but differentiated collections, contributed materials form an archive of the future anterior; what will have been." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
My project manager's taking a two week break in South Africa. He flew out yesterday. He's now 28 hours into his vacation. Let's see how that's going...
"So the journey so far. Flight arrived in Dubai, 2 hours after my connecting flight had departed. We were instructed to go to the transfers desk which when we arrived already had a couple of hundred people at it. So about 500 of us 'queued' shoulder to shoulder 15 people deep and watched the hours literally tick away until after 9 hours of waiting patiently and not trying to get upset by the queue jumping French passengers, I finally got a transfer. Refreshments during the 9 hours included a bottle of water (20 bottles between all of us), 48 cans of pop between all of us and a tray of croissants. Thankfully the dehydration stopped the necessity to go to the loo as there was no provision for that. The 10-15 across 15 person deep queue was for the first 2 hours handled by 2 crew who failed to tell anyone what was going on. That became 6 people at its height, most of which was for the first and business class passengers. Families with young children were made to queue up with everyone... more... - Mark H
Serves him right. How dare he. - Akiva
He has a lot of friends sympathetic to his plight. I'm not counted amongst them. - Mark H
He's finally arrived in South Africa. Dubai airport's fondness for randomly calling everyone to prayer along with it being filled with baggage carts with horns that just needed to be sounded and his own inability to sleep on the plane mean he's gone 62 hours without sleep according to his very recent Facebook post. - Mark H
Electric chair haunts US former executions chief -
Electric chair haunts US former executions chief
"Mr Ault remembers every detail of every execution he oversaw. "I've spent a lifetime regretting every moment and every killing” Perhaps the most troubling was that of Christopher Burger, who as a 17-year-old juvenile with borderline mental impairment had been involved in a brutal rape and murder. Burger spent 17 years on death row. Dr Ault saw him change. The troubled youth got an education, his brain developed and matured. Yes, he was guilty of a terrible crime. He was also desperately contrite. When Dr Ault described Burger's execution to me, his words were powerful, the agonised silences even more so. Two decades have done little to ease Dr Ault's burden of remorse and guilt. "His last words to me were, 'Please forgive me'. I could see the jolt of electricity running through his body. It snapped his head back and then there was just total silence... and I knew I had killed another human being."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Cams Mill Pub, Fareham, Dusk
South West Train Seats, Fareham To Fratton
Fareham Water, Dusk
Ukrainian President's now-abandoned residence -
Ukrainian President's now-abandoned residence
Ukrainian President's now-abandoned residence
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This is how they talk up north in England. Facebook doesn't yet provide a translation option for us southerners.
I'm from slightly more North than you. From here, there's the Midlands, the North East, the North and the North West. I believe what you have here is from the North East. Funny thing, though, it doesn't work the other way. To anyone from any of those four regions, you and I are both shandy-drinking southern fairies. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yeah, Gill is a Newcastle lass and as northeastern as they come. And I'll kill anyone who calls me a shandy-drinker. Real ale all the way, and having visited many areas of the UK the south has the best range and quality of real ales there is to be had. - Mark H
I'm not defending the appellation, but they're a funny lot up North. And I wouldn't object if a Geordie called me a shandy-drinking poof, although I prefer fermented apple products. I've seen Geordies in vests in the arctic, headbutting polar bears and asking if they were lookin at "wor Sharon's nokkaz, like?" - Steel Penguin Slippy
They do seem to have too many things defined by three-letter words which begin with "h", however. I can never remember if it's "had on, the hoo's a-hod" or "hod on, the hoo's a-had" - Steel Penguin Slippy
I have no idea what you're talking about, but the latter one sounds more Geordie. - Mark H
It was a long time ago, and I was ver' ver' drunk at the time, but IIRC, it means "Wait a moment, the house is on fire". - Steel Penguin Slippy
Homeopathic Accident and Emergency First Aid Kit -
"Then there was the time I sliced myself in two with an industrial bandsaw at work. Luckily my left half was able to slither over to the Homeopathic Accident Kit we keep in the office, which was imbued with the memory of what I looked like before I scattered myself across a wide area, and I was back at work again after just 5 years of intensive physiotherapy. During my ordeal, if it hadn't been for these clinically proven Tic Tacs, I don't think I would have pulled through." - Mark H
I don't have a problem with herbal remedies/treatments, eg teas, tinctures etc, as long as it's used in conjunction with proven drugs, but homeopathy is a bit iffy. - Halil
$55 for placebo sugar! I usually support fleecing the stupid, but it's more than a bit irresponsible or malicious to do so when selling an emergency first aid kit. - Andrew C (✔)
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards -
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards
The Black Hole (1979) Lobby Cards
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"Courtesy of Star Kid Paul Quinn, here is a selection of colorful lobby cards from Disney's 1979 entry in the post-Star Wars cinematic space opera wave, The Black Hole. These scans are from a set of reproductions included in the 1999 special "tin box" VHS edition of the film, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I haven't seen this movie since it came out :-( - Nils Sandin
I was SO excited to see this movie after seeing the commercials and trailers as a kid (space! robots! fire!), but when it finally did come out, I was scared to death and couldn't handle it. I should rewatch it now to see how I feel about it. - Derrick
dude, I remember being terrified of this movie! so much so that I wouldn't let my dad get the lunchbox of it that he wanted b/c he thought it looked cool. I had nightmares for days about getting sucked into infinite space... *shudders* - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Was terrifying as a kid to me too, t-ra. - Micah
Some interesting background on The Black Hole: - Micah
This movie taught me as a kid that movies that I was excited about could be bad. - Stephen Mack
I got to see this movie at the cinema and it was one of my favorites. Had Black Hole coloring books and everything. I really liked how creepy and surreal it was (although, at the time, I had no clue what 'surreal' was or meant). And the Hell/Heaven sequence at the end? Oh man, the stuff of childhood nightmares. - Akiva
The ending gave hope that a Disney movie could occasionally escape the hermetically sealed tie it all up with a pretty bow wrap-up. - Micah
Can only find a German dub but this scene - - is one that really stayed with me. Not exactly typical Disney fare. - Mark H
Even more effective in the German tongue, imho. - Micah
Yeah, I still get anxious when I know that scene is about to occur. Also, Maximilian Schell died just recently, too. (But hardly in the same manner as poor Alex.) - Akiva
That film, even with its faults, is a great watch. Scared the pudding out of me in the cinema. - Big Joe Silence
Postcards from Sochi: Summering with Stalin -
Postcards from Sochi: Summering with Stalin
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"While Sochi is currently front page news as the world’s controversial Olympic host city, I thought we might take a look back at the “Florida of Russia”, when it was still a socialist holiday resort for Soviet workers hoping to experience a semblance of the utopian future they had been promised. Of course, Sochi was also once the summer playground of Jozef Stalin himself, and his vacation home still stands, perfectly preserved and untouched on the outskirts of the city– you can even visit it." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Sochi was once entirely laid out like a giant utopian park; an eden of flower-lined roads dotted with Neo-classical buildings, fountains and statues. With health being a high priority on the sanatoria’s agenda, sporting events and competition have always been a popular tradition in Sochi. Services and treatments at the sanatoria varied depending on which trade union a worker belonged... more... - Mark H
I remember reading about all the lovely Soviet Dachas along the coast of Abkhazia. It sounds like a lovely piece of coast altogether, climatewise :) - Eivind
Denmark bans religious slaughter -
Denmark bans religious slaughter
"Denmark's Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals. European Union regulations require stunning before slaughter, but permit member states to allow exemptions for religious slaughter. Under the new law, Danish slaughterhouses will no longer be able to apply for an exemption to pre-stunning. The move has been opposed by Jewish and Muslim religious leaders in Denmark, who have argued that the ban constitutes an infringement of religious freedom." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"However, defending the government's decision, Mr Jørgensen told Denmark's TV2 television that "animal rights come before religion". [...] Denmark joins a growing list of countries, including Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, where religious slaughter is prohibited." - Mark H
It's wrong to say religious slaughter is prohibited in Norway. Sharia meats are produced here, and they're good enough for most Muslims, it seems. I have the impression that most Muslims don't have a problem with the pre-stunning. At least not until theologians decide to make a stink of it. Like when a conservative council that claim to speak for all Norwegian Muslims "banned" Sharia... more... - Eivind
yazık güya ileri gelişmiş bir devlet.. - Abra Palavra!!!
burası şu karikatürlerin çıktığı ülke değil mi? deyyuslar - o k y
Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers! -
Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!
"In the U.S. Attenborough is perhaps best known for the Life on Earth series that was broadcast on PBS in the 1980s, on the other side of the Atlantic he is an institution, recently winning a BBC poll to find the greatest living British icon. His work has often been diluted for an American audience, with his masterful narrations for Planet Earth and Life re-recorded by Alec Baldwin and Oprah Winfrey before they were broadcast on the Discovery channel. There have also been accusations that the U.S. network sought to downplay climate change in the shows. In fact, Attenborough says he has finally grown sick of America’s attitude to climate change." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"He has less time for those who deny the existence of evolution, however. “Every society in the world has found it necessary to produce a story to account for the fact that humanity is on earth,” he said. “The Australian Aboriginals think that the first humans were regurgitated by a great rainbow serpent in the sky, the people in Thailand think the beginning of the world was a huge pool... more... - Mark H
Good lord I love him. - Heather, 30k Camper
One of the greats! Sadly, we won't have him much longer! - Son of Groucho
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation? -
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation?
The Paracas skulls: aliens, an unknown hominid species or cranial deformation?
"Sources of dubious (and not-so-dubious) news on the internet have been getting very excited for the past week or so about some skulls from Paracas in south-western Perú. According to these sites, the skulls have been shown to have DNA that proves them not to be modern Homo sapiens but something else. Depending on the slant of the site, they are the remains of either an unknown but earthly species or aliens. Some sites make comparisons with the Starchild Skull, which has been touted as a human/alien hybrid. So just how reliable is the news?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Just when you thought that this story couldn’t possibly take off, Brien Foerster managed to put out a release on his Facebook page on 12 February 2014 hinting about initial results from his DNA tests. This is what has set the internet of dubious news stories talking excitedly. This is what Brien Foerster quotes: 'Whatever the sample labeled 3A has came from – it had mtDNA with mutations unknown in any human, primate or animal known so far.'" - Mark H
"Now, this statement troubles me. For a start, there is the skeletal morphology. This morphology shows that the owners of the Paracas skulls were Chordates; more than that, they belonged to the sub-phylum Vertebrata (or Craniata), as they possess a bony vertebral column; more than that, they were members of the superclass Tetrapoda, as they possess four independent limbs; more than... more... - Mark H
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture -
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture
Flooding in Britain - Photos - The Big Picture
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"Weeks of extraordinary wet weather has lead to disastrous flooding in Britain. The area has seen the most rain in almost 250 years. Homes and farms have been flooded for weeks in southwest England with worries of more rain to come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Like the future, there is enough rain, it's just not evenly distributed. - Todd Hoff
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