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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
Euro Train Tripping in the Summer of 1970 -
Euro Train Tripping in the Summer of 1970
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"At the dawn of the 1970s, it cost around $24 to travel from London to Italy. As the train went clickety-clack, rattling through the ever-evolving landscape, two strangers could strike up a conversation over a few slices of shared bologna ham and make it last for a thousand miles. A new breed of traveler was born…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
It was the 1970s. Two people would glance at each others' mood rings and immediately search elsewhere for conversation...about themselves. - Steel Penguin Slippy
HMS Dreadnought Launched On This Day in 1906 -
HMS Dreadnought Launched On This Day in 1906
HMS Dreadnought Launched On This Day in 1906
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"HMS Dreadnought, launched on this day in 1906, revolutionised naval warfare and was the flag ship of the Royal Navy’s home fleet from 1907–1911. As well as being the largest ship in the navy at it’s time, just like HMS Warrior before it, it was the most modern too. If you wanted an example of what the Portsmouth shipbuilding yard could do this ship might be it, particularly when you consider that she went to sea on 3 October 1906 for her steam trials, only a year and a day after construction began." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
For anyone who didn't see them on Facebook, cat photos from last night at my cousin's place. In order: Baldrick, Spock, Baldrick again, close up of Spock's skin, the four cats (Baldrick, Spock, Orion, and Sirius), Baldrick contented after ripping my face to pieces, Sirius.
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Baldrick and Spock are sphynxes, Sirius and Orion are orientals. Baldrick is a rescue cat, partially blind in one eye and scarred from some fight. - Mark H
Why are they? - Eivind
Philosophers have struggled to answer that question since time immemorial. - Mark H
What have they come up with so far? - Eivind
BBC Sport - Sochi 2014: Jenny Jones wins historic British slopestyle bronze -
BBC Sport - Sochi 2014: Jenny Jones wins historic British slopestyle bronze
"Jenny Jones won Britain's first-ever Winter Olympic medal on the snow with bronze in the women's snowboard slopestyle." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
This was absolutely incredible. The commentators were crying, we were crying, everyone I know on Twitter was crying. - Mark H
Yeah, I tuned in just in time to hear the sobbing. You don't get that kind of response in the X games :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
#SaturdayFF I'll be spending the evening in the company of two lesbians, drinking mojitos, and looking at their bald pussies.
My cousin and her girlfriend have two sphynx cats. As you guessed. They're called Baldrick and Spock. The cats, that is. - Mark H
x_x - Pixie
Damn, Mark! - Jenny H.
Hmm. "Sphynx" sounds distinctly Egyptian, while "bald pussies" sounds so very Brazilian. - Eivind
Eivind. >_> - Jenny H.
Baldrick - a rescue cat who apparently was treated very badly before - curled up on me and rubbed his head against mine, a sign that he really liked me. And then he grabbed hold of my ears with his claws and bit my face repeatedly which means he really, really, really liked me. I bled from many wounds. I'm going to have some awesome scabs to pick. He was, however, a lovely cat. When not near my face. - Mark H
But just imagine the fun you'll have when explaining where all those wounds originated. ;) - Jenny H.
You have a cunning plan, I see. - Brent Schaus
:D - Pixie
A chance to show off your linguistic skills in telling the tale of the tail? - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
It appears I embarrassed my love :D - Eivind
I *think* your cousin and her partner may have actually rescued a rat. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa. -
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa.
Bill Yates photographs Florida teenagers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa.
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"Photographer Bill Yates had an amazing photography project on his hands, but he just didn’t know it—for about 40 years. In 1972, Yates, then in his final year at the University of South Florida, spent seven months photographing young revelers at the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink in Tampa, Fla. He mostly forgot about the work up until recently, when he unearthed about 800 negatives from his archives and scanned them. The result is a delightful time capsule from a simpler, groovier era. “When I shot it, I was 26. I wasn't thinking about documentation. I was just seeing something that looked interesting and somewhat out of the ordinary,” Yates said." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk -
850,000-year-old human footprints found in Norfolk
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"The oldest human footprints ever found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight the sea tides that exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry – by stitching together hundreds of photographs – as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human species had passed that way." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"They walked through a startlingly different landscape from today's, along the estuary of what may have been the original course of the Thames, through a river valley grazed by mammoths, hippos and rhinoceros. The pattern of the prints suggests at least five individuals heading southward, pausing and pottering about to gather plants or shellfish along the bank. They included several... more... - Mark H
Nature giveth and nature taketh away. - Steel Penguin Slippy
This is great news for my "Out of Norfolk" hypothesis! - Eivind
Should coastal Britain surrender to the tides? -
Should coastal Britain surrender to the tides?
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"The British Isles are more edge than middle. We are never more than 75 miles from the sea. It protected us from invasion, it gave us an empire and then it became fun. Unlike those flood gurus, the Dutch, whose nation depends on protecting just 451kms of coast, the UK has an indefensible 17,381km (far more than Brazil or India). Despite this, we have fortified it ferociously: 45.6% of England's coast is buttressed with sea walls, groins or artificial beaches, compared with just 7.6% of Ireland. Most erosion is on a geological timescale (the 10,000-year-old east coast is regarded as recent, and is still adjusting to current sea levels) but scientists believe it is likely to worsen. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last year increased its projections for sea level rise. Some climate scientists predict a global rise of between 0.7 and 1.2 metres by 2100. Nearly a million homes in England and Wales could be at significant risk of tidal flooding by the 2080s." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"New kinds of coastal adaptation must be judged when the going gets tough. The largest managed realignment scheme on the open coast in Europe was completed late last year at Medmerry, West Sussex. Like most locals, Alan Chamberlain, manager of Medmerry Park holiday village, was horrified when the Environment Agency proposed punching a hole in the sea defences and "letting the sea go".... more... - Mark H
No. Britain will fight the tides. They will fight them on the beaches. They will never.... surrender. - Johnny from iPhone
There's parts of England who've been doing that for decades: The Isle of Wight, for example. We should just take a leaf out of Blackgang's book....Move everything inland a little bit every few years and rope off some paths. Hell, half the fun of that part of IoW now is seeing how far the Chine has moved over the years :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
The Nazi murder law that still exists -
The Nazi murder law that still exists
"The long arm of Nazi law reaches down even to our own times. The Third Reich might have been destroyed but its legislation on murder remains in force. Some of Germany's most eminent lawyers say it perpetuates injustice, and must be scrubbed out. A surviving statute from 1941 means that women who kill their abusive husbands are more likely to be jailed for murder than husbands who beat their wives to death." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"According to the German Association of Lawyers, the Nazis decided that a murderer was someone who killed "treacherously" or "sneakily" - "heimtueckisch" is the word in the law and it remains there today. This means that a man who beats his wife over many years, finally killing her, is less likely to be convicted of murder, with a mandatory life sentence, than to be convicted of... more... - Mark H
I think he’s a Taurus. -
I think he’s a Taurus.
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts -
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
Sex Sells Tobacco: 10 “Smoking Hot” Vintage Adverts
"THE STORY of tobacco in advertising is a long and winding tale. At some points it has targeted children, at others it has tried to sound like a health food. The specter of cancer has loomed over the product for decades, and advertisers have done their best to divert your attention from the elephant in the room. Tobacco advertising has been overtly sexist and overtly pro-woman (i.e. Virginia Slims); it will be anything you want it to be in order to gain your love and trust. Indeed, we could talk all day about the dubious practice of selling carcinogens, but let’s focus on the one tactic that tobacco peddlers have relied on most. Here are ten fantastically sexy and sexist vintage ads for your viewing pleasure." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Over the top, wow. - Eric - Watch Me Now
It's not necessary to reach back as far as these ads. Sex was still being used to sell tobacco in the 80s and 90s. Probably still going on now (though I'm not as aware of tobacco advertising lately). - John (bird whisperer)
Mannensmaak! - Eivind
The Real-Life House of Oz -
The Real-Life House of Oz
The Real-Life House of Oz
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"In 2009, Kat and her partner purchased ‘a janky old farm’ house near Woodstock, NY next to a pond inhabited by snapping turtles. They began a major renovations project on the traditional 19th century home both inside and out. Kat (and her ‘ninja house elves’) painted murals on every exterior surface of the house, while inside, customised DIY furniture was added little by little; countertops made out of pennies, shrines built around toasters and that sort of thing" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
The Zoological Times Table -
The Zoological Times Table
Imperial walkers were obviously based on the "Tortape". - Ken Morley
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes -
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
The Beautiful Liquid Sculptures Of Ronny Tertnes
"Norwegian Photographer Ronny Tertnes has a way with water. While his camera is pretty basic: Canon EOS 7D + 100mm f/2.8L macro lens and a couple of strobes. Combined with the Splash art drip kit and a vast knowledge of manipulating liquids, Ronny takes photos that make water seem as easy to manage as clay." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Flash Gordon (1980) Hawkmen Teaser Art -
Flash Gordon (1980) Hawkmen Teaser Art
"I may be mistaken, but I believe that this poster by artist Philip Castle was the first piece of publicity art released for the Mike Hodges-directed Flash Gordon feature film in 1980. I remember seeing this art of Vultan's Hawkmen attacking the war rocket Ajax, in Starlog and other genre fan magazines months and months before the film's release. I assume that it was a piece of repurposed pre-production art. In any case, I'm glad I finally found a decent scan of it." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
22-0 is just three scores. It's still anyone's game.
Shush your face and keep getting coffee drunk. - Kristin
I definitely need to get drunker to appreciate Bruno Mars. - Mark H
It's just four scores. It's still anyone's game. - Mark H
It's just five scores. It's finely balanced. - Mark H
DRINK! - Kristin
This game just turned in Denver's favour. I'm on the mango shots now. They are not good. - Mark H
I think when they look back at video of the game Denver will be fairly pleased with the first eleven seconds. - Mark H
Today's NFL Quarterbacks If They Were Bald -
Today's NFL Quarterbacks If They Were Bald
"Back in the day, it seemed like the NFL had a lot of older, and therefore balder, players. These days, it's all about good-looking signal callers who can shill for cars and deodorants and Uggs. That got us thinking, what if the modern NFL quarterback looked more like the regular Joe passers from the '60s and '70s?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Our Super Bowl snack selection -
I'm envious of those Krispy Kremes. And that Strawberry Cheesecake Jam n' Cream looks good too. - Akiva
What time will it air there? - Anika
Kick off is 23:25 here, I think, so it's close to 03:00 Monday morning finish. - Mark H
I think one of the donuts has a crush on you. - Eivind
Sky or C4? - Pete
Eivind: follow the link and you'll see it's already been promised to Pea. - Mark H
Pete: Sky most likely since that's where we've watched all the rest of the season's games. - Mark H
And which team do you favour? - Pete
I want a good, close game that goes down to the wire and, ultimately, for Denver to edge it. - Mark H
Wrong answer, chief. - Akiva
talk about a sugar rush - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
British "News" Program Censors Mohammad Cartoon While Covering It -
British "News" Program Censors Mohammad Cartoon While Covering It
"Channel 4 News has begged the question in classic form: it has censored a cartoon right at the start of its coverage of a debate about whether the cartoon should be censored. It has blacked out a depiction of Mohammed right at the start of putatively covering a debate over whether the few should be able to demand that the many not depict Mohammed. It has yielded to claims of offense right at the start of a discussion of whether society should yield to those claims of offense." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Jesus and Black Hole" - Mistaken Identity
They put a burqa on Mo. - Eivind
The black egg of Islamophobia: - Eivind
BBC News - UK floods: January rain breaks records in parts of England -
BBC News - UK floods: January rain breaks records in parts of England
BBC News - UK floods: January rain breaks records in parts of England
"Early figures suggest parts of England have had their wettest January since records began more than 100 years ago. The Met Office said much of southern England and parts of the Midlands had already seen twice the average rainfall for January by midnight on Tuesday - with three days left in the month. And it is warning of more rain, as well as snow and high winds, for much of the UK in the coming days." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
As the map shows, it's been a bit wet where I live. - Mark H
Kronies | They're Konnected! -
Kronies | They're Konnected!
Kronies | They're Konnected!
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"Big G and the Kronies are ready to take on any competitive threat to their power. They’re out to steal your customers with superior products and crush your profit margins with competition." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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