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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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"Psychic" Sally Morgan's "revelations" about dead cyclist upset girlfriend - http://www.independent.co.uk/incomin...
"Psychic" Sally Morgan's "revelations" about dead cyclist upset girlfriend
"The dispute comes as a video has emerged online in which John Morgan, who is also his wife’s manager, verbally abuses and threatens a man who had been handing out leaflets to people arriving at one of her shows in London. [...] In the video, Mr Morgan approaches Mr Tilbrook and warns him that he is being sued for libel. Mr Morgan then makes threats including, “I’m gonna knock you out one day” and “one day you’re gonna be lifted and you’ll disappear somewhere”. Daren Wiltshear, Mr Morgan’s son-in-law, then arrives. Mr Morgan says: “Right, so I’m gonna hit you in a minute, I’m gonna knock you out.” Mr Wiltshear adds: “I’ve seen him do it, and you really don’t want him to do it.” After further legal threats, Mr Morgan says: “You know, you look pale. Are you on drugs or has someone shagged you too much? One of your boyfriends been up your arse?”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
The video's well worth watching. - Mark H
There seems to be quite a difference between insomnia - which I sometimes suffer through - and deliberately staying up through the night. Insomnia makes me tired but that's all. Right now I've had just over three hours sleep since Tuesday night on purpose thanks to work commitments and I'm feeling spaced out as all hell.
Oh, yeah - I've had that. I think part of it is that with insomnia I do spend a large amount of time at least attempting to relax. If I'm staying up that many hours in a row, there's a good chance I'm working pretty hard at something that requires at the least a good amount of mental energy. - Jennifer Dittrich
They better give you a nice relaxing vacation after this. - Anika
There will be no relaxing vacation. However, I got paid quite well and time off that exceeded that spent doing the work. It doesn't help that I've had this afternoon off and tried to get some sleep during it but I don't find sleeping in the daytime comes easy; four hours in bed probably equated to about 30 minutes of actual dozing. - Mark H
From midnight through to maybe 04:00 or possibly even later I'm going to have to babysit a code deployment for a client. We have deployment personnel but the client has insisted on having a developer present in case of any problems. I've done most of the work so work insists that that means me. I was given 24 hours notice of this.
I've already indicated that if there are any problems I'll simply tell the deployment people to fail over to the backup site because deployments are not the time and place to tinker with code so my presence is pointless. Still, here I am. - Mark H
Just before leaving work this evening the client sent an email to my project manager outlining some post-deployment tasks they'd like me to do during the day tomorrow. My manager emailed back saying I wouldn't be available but someone else could do some of them with the remainder having to wait until Friday when I would next be in. The client was shocked that I wouldn't be available the day after a large deployment. Three hours sleep in 48 is more than enough for anyone, right? - Mark H
In summary: I hate this client and I hate my work, so not a lot different from any other day. - Mark H
We weren't supposed to have to work anymore in this millennium. Our robot slaves would labor while we enjoyed the fruits. What happened? #haciendaporfavor - Eivind
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970 - http://flashbak.com/sevente...
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970
Seventeen Fabulous John Hinde Butlins Postcards c.1970
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"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the prestigious John Hinde Studio, based in Dublin, produced a series of elaborately staged photographs that were made into popular postcards - sold at Butlins holiday camps throughout the UK. In those days more than a million Britons had a holiday at Butlins every year. Three photographers, two German (Elmar Ludwig and Edmund Nägele) and one British (David Noble) took photographs to Hinde’s detailed and meticulous instructions. Each photograph utilised a large casts of real holidaymakers acting out roles in huge, beautifully lit ‘narrative tableaux’ of Beachcomber bars, gardens, outdoor swimming pools, ballrooms and snooker halls. The Somerset born Hinde sold his company in 1972 to pursue his love of painting." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mastertronic Artwork - http://www.guter.org/mastert...
Mastertronic Artwork
Mastertronic Artwork
Mastertronic Artwork
"I was fortunate to be able to preserve a small collection of some of the artwork used to create the covers of Mastertronic computer games. They were painted onto board and then photographed to form the backing artwork on top of which were overlaid the company logo and graphics for the game title and details. In our early days the artwork was framed and kept in our offices - later on as the pictures piled up they were slung in a cupboard and forgotten. I took them before they went in the skip when our offices moved." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London - http://flashbak.com/picture...
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London
Pictures of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market in the City of London
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"During the 19th century Billingsgate market, situated in the south-east corner of the City of London, was the largest fish market in the world. Originally just a general market by the riverside a 1699 Act of Parliament made Billingsgate ‘a free and open market for all sorts of fish whatsoever’." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The first actual Billingsgate Market building was built on Lower Thames Street in 1850 but it soon became too small and was demolished in 1873. The new building known as Old Billingsgate Market, and the one that still exists today albeit without the market, was designed by the city architect Sir Horace Jones and opened for trading in 1877. The new building was twice the size of the original and incorporated the Billingsgate Stairs and Darkhouse Lane." - Mark H
"Billingsgate market, which had long been seen as rather anachronistic while it was situated in the City of London, ceased trading in 1982. It was reallocated to the Isle of Dogs where it still continued to be run by the City of London Corporation and for which they pay an annual ground rent made up of “the gift of one fish”. The writer George Orwell worked for a short while at... more... - Mark H
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building. - http://abandonedplaces.livejou...
Abandoned Places - Battery prison Tallinn. Hospital and administrative building.
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#SaturdayFF Today I watched a 2011 recording of Cendrillon by Massenet filmed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, this being the first opera not sung in English I've ever watched all the way through. Subtitles helped. A lot.
It was a far more captivating experience than I really imagined it would be, helped by some great performances from the cast, inventive set design, and some wonderful outfits. It also triggered a slight welling of tears in my eyes when the spell is lifted that allows Prince Charming and Cinderella to see one another, a testament to the great acting. - Mark H
So there you go: I quite like opera as it turns out. - Mark H
When I was a kid, I used to love watching the operas that PBS aired. A friend of mine is a trained opera singer and she took me to a few shows. I found I liked watching it on TV a lot more. - Anika
Yes, I can't imagine rushing to see an opera any time soon without really knowing the story inside out otherwise a lot of it would be completely lost on me. For now the TV is a much better option. - Mark H
The pleasure at seeing someone I used to go to school with posting on Facebook out of the blue was immediately tempered by then seeing him share a couple of posts from two horribly right-wing racist groups.
I've had that same thing happen a couple of times. I figure sometimes those folks fall out of your life for exactly that reason. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh, I'm sure he's just disillusioned with the establishment. Even if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck. - Eivind
The posts he shared would seem to indicate he's disillusioned with muslims rather than the establishment. - Mark H
So it would seem, but I keep being told that what /seems/ like right-wing racist shit is...not. It's just a protest, people protest. - Eivind
People in general don't seem to be protesting against the establishment; they seem to be protesting against whatever it is they've come to believe they should be protesting against from constant bombardment to the same old messages from the media sources they've aligned with and the similarly-unthinking mass of friends they associate with. - Mark H
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Where did you shoot these? - Anika from Android
The Bishop's Palace Gardens in Chichester. They're formal gardens at the back of Chichester Cathedral. - Mark H
They're very pretty flowers. So my next (easily searched if I wasn't so lazy) question is what the pronunciation of 'Chichester'? - Anika
Chich to rhyme with snitch; ester to rhyme with wester. - Mark H
Minecrafting with OS OpenData | Innovate | Ordnance Survey - http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/innovat...
Minecrafting with OS OpenData | Innovate | Ordnance Survey
Slippy might appreciate this; mainland Great Britain in Minecraft. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Danger Mouse to be voiced by Alexander Armstrong - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
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
The Satanic Temple’s hilarious response to a pro-religion court ruling - http://www.salon.com/2014...
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
http://thesatanictemple.com/wp-cont... it is actually a nice book of activities - d☭snake
OF COURSE they use WordPress... - Brent Schaus
BBC News - The freedivers who swim with whales - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
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
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