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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
"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
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
30s and 40s film online archive completed -
30s and 40s film online archive completed
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"An online archive of films showing snapshots of typical life in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s has been completed. The final 25 movies in the collection have been digitised and loaded onto the British Council's website. Scenes include the pubs of England, Sheffield's steel industry, London's preparations for war and a mystery for Scotland Yard's Flying Squad. British Council director of film Briony Hanson said the movies gave a glimpse of what had changed and what had not." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
World War I: Unseen Images from the front -
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
World War I: Unseen Images from the front
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"A viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army left behind a collection of hundreds of glass plates taken during World War I that have never before been published. The images, by an unknown photographer, show the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, destruction of towns and military leaders. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the WWI" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo -
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo
"A vast peatland has been discovered in a remote part of Congo-Brazzaville. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat. Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Because the area holds so much organic matter it means a large amount of carbon is locked into the ground. The scientists say analysing this material, which is thousands of years old, will help them to learn more about the Congo Basin's role in the world's past and present climate." - Mark H
Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer -
Man wearing pig mask and toy bobby's helmet arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer
"A man who dressed up in a pig mask, toy bobby’s helmet and hi-vis jacket was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer. Steven Peers said he has often donned the mock outfit to perform ‘comical parodies’ of Greater Manchester Police after becoming unhappy with how officers behaved during the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests. He wore it around Manchester city centre while filming sketches yesterday but was stopped by an officer near Bootle Street police station." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Father-of-four Mr Peers was held in custody for eight hours before being bailed until July – while the outfit was confiscated. He said: “My reaction to being arrested was total disbelief. I was wearing a toy hat and a pig mask and was arrested for impersonating a police officer. It’s ridiculous. “If they want to take it to court they will be a laughing stock because there is no substance to it whatsoever.”" - Mark H
That's a pretty dumb arrest. - Anika
I assume the 'Spitting Image' puppeteers will be retrospectively arrested next. Oh - wait - those pigs were journalists trying to do the police force's job. - Math Charlton
The thing that got me about this story was the implication that the cops saw themselves as pigs otherwise they'd never push ahead with the arrest. - Mark H
I'd hate to be their self-image therapist. - Math Charlton
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It will be the 20th anniversary of our first date in 2016 so I've just booked this cruise. On the actual anniversary we'll be in Buenos Aires. Stupidly excited even though it's over 600 days away.
That is a great way to celebrate! #wanderlust - Eivind
Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was -
Before the Eurostar: Remains of the Flying Rail Plane that Never Was
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"In a slight twist of fate, we might have been traveling between London and Paris in one of these thing-a-majigs– or more accurately, a propeller-driven ‘Flying Railplane‘. This fancy futurist contraption was invented by George Bennie and launched in 1930 as a prototype, designed for a more economical and rapid transport system between the two European capitals." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"When the media was invited to take a ride on the rail plane in July of 1930, they were quite taken with it, and hailed it a ‘wonderful product of British brains’. Compared to the bumps and whistling of a conventional train, traveling in Bennie’s railplane coach was luxuriously smooth and quiet. There was only one problem. No one wanted to fund it." - Mark H
Empire Edibles - Sweet treats with a hint of adventure! Everything from Gin inspired steampunk fudge to Absinthe fondants, creamy caramels and decadent delights. -
Empire Edibles - Sweet treats with a hint of adventure! Everything from Gin inspired steampunk fudge to Absinthe fondants, creamy caramels and decadent delights.
It's worth clicking through to the chocolate or fudge products on this site just to read the descriptions. E.g. for Spice Trail fudge: "Whilst hunting for Emeralds in darkest Peru, I was introduced to a remarkably warm and aromatic little berry. Once we'd established quite what the invitation to 'view the pink buds' was all about from my guides, it turned out to be the berries of the Pink Peppercorn or Baie Rose tree. Although it has a gentle warmth, like black or white pepper, it has none of the harshness, making it as close to cheap Boarding House pepper as lamp oil is to champagne. Fragrant and almost sweet, it pairs beautifully with the underlying Cocoa in the fudge to make a warming and surprisingly refreshing little delight." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I have shamed a TV presenter.
In he English? I hear English people say it like that so often, I assumed that was their pronunciation. - Anika
He's Northern Irish. I've heard it pronounced darter - which I hate but accept as an alternative pronunciation - but never datter. It's always been dayta to me. - Mark H
I pronounce it 'numbersandshit' - Pete : Team Marina
You're a northerner. It's not your fault. - Mark H
lol - YvonneM
I'm from the Midlands you fucking sailorgobbler, get it right. - Pete : Team Marina
Seriously, I've always said it as 'day-ter' - Pete : Team Marina
The midlands... being north of the beautiful south? Making you a northerner? QED. - Mark H
The south...being north of the south pole...making you a northerner. Also, there is no beautiful south, so your logic is based on an illusion. - Pete : Team Marina
When I hear it from them here, it's more like 'DAH-tah". I've heard the other iterations, to, but 'datter' seems more common. I wonder if it's just English people working in America. Or maybe we hear differently. - Anika
I just realized 'day-ter' is how Patrick Stewart pronounces the android's name :D - Victor Ganata
As a true northerner, I can fully vouch for the fact that Pete definitely isn't one. Though i'm never quite sure why he's so proud to come from the Midlands ;-) And yes, it's day-ter. I mean, why would anyone argue with Picard? :-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
♫♩ Miiister Crawley, what went on in your head? ♪♬ - Eivind
So the invisible "r" is not silent? - Janet from FFHound!
I never noticed it until Pete spelled it out :) - Victor Ganata
there's also those who pronounce "idea" to rhyme with "dear" with a strong "r" at the end. - Alfonker Tapir
People from Brooklyn add a strong "r" to the end of aqua. Midwest US adds the "r" to wash. Damn if "r" isn't the poison ivy of letters! - Janet from FFHound!
I've been hearing "idea" as "I, dear" from a Melbourne native - Alfonker Tapir
And then there's "draaaww-ring" :-) - Nils Sandin
Stakka Bo - Here We Go -
Been listening to some Euro music to get me in the mood for voting when I get home from work. Happened upon Stakka Bo who I hadn't heard in ages and I remembered this video/song with fondness. I had something of a crush on the model lip synching to the track. Thought I'd track her down online to see what she's up to these days. Yeah, late diagnosis of Asperger's, hanged herself years ago. So that was pretty depressing and I wish I'd kept my creepy online stalker ways in check. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Making Sense of Chemical Stories -
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
Making Sense of Chemical Stories
"People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Detox is a ridiculous health concept promoted by those with little knowledge of nutrition, and offers no health benefit for the short term it is used. The enduring myths associated with this silly concept makes the public ambivalent to their normal diet. The concept of ‘detox’ is a marketing myth rather than a physiological entity" - Mark H
First drinkable sunscreen created -
First drinkable sunscreen created
First drinkable sunscreen created
"Osmosis Skincare claim their product, named Harmonised H20 UV protection, can provide sun protection up to factor 30. Those who make the product, which is available to buy, claim that once the elixir is ingested, molecules of the product vibrate on the skin to cancel out 97 per cent of UVA and UVB rays." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Dangerous bullshit. - Mark H
Those molecules will have to osmose quite a long way before they can perform their UV-be-gone dance on the skin. - Eivind
Yeah, but your piss will be *super* safe - Pete : Team Marina
"The company founder’s blog (linked to in the Daily Mail piece, because I’m not sending him traffic) goes into much more detail and also has a questionable approach to science, much like how Godzilla has a questionable approach to architecture. It includes such claims as some people experiencing no benefit from the product, which is very odd for a sun block." - Eivind
I'm sorry... vibrate? Vibrate on the skin. So why not just SLATHER IT ON?! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
To be fair to Osmosis Skincare they do point out (after several clicks to get to the page) that it may provide "little to no protection if UV Water is your only form of protection" (a bit like my Homeopathic Anti-Headache Water which works best if swallowed with two Ibuprofen) and they then go on to list the one or two (or maybe more) medications that are borderline useless: - Mark H
It strikes me that the "scientific" basis for UV Water--"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" is at least as plausible as the basis for homeopathy. Although, fond as I am of placebos (where $$ is good, because you're more likely to believe it will work), sunburn protection might not be the ideal place for them. - Walt Crawford
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