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Mark H

Mark H

Software developer, keen photographer, Portsmouth fan, Patriots fan.
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Let’s Sneak into California’s most Beautiful Art Deco Cinemas - http://www.messynessychic.com/2014...
Let’s Sneak into California’s most Beautiful Art Deco Cinemas
Let’s Sneak into California’s most Beautiful Art Deco Cinemas
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The Paramount and the Orinda are the first two listed! The Paramount is one of my favorite places anywhere. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The BNP Attacks UKIP For Being Racist - http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwate...
The BNP Attacks UKIP For Being Racist
The BNP Attacks UKIP For Being Racist
"The far-right British National Party has branded UKIP as racist, claiming that Nigel Farage’s party backs an immigration policy that would discriminate against white Europeans." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Steve Squire, the BNP London spokesman, told BuzzFeed that UKIP proposals to limit immigration were racially biased, unlike his own party’s policy: 'UKIP’s immigration policy discriminates against white Europeans, whereas our immigration policy is non-discriminatory. We don’t pick on white people from Europe: we don’t care where you come from, black or Asian or white, we don’t want you. We think that is a non-racist position.'" - Mark H
Racist thugs upset with racist toffs. It's beautiful in a horrible way. - Mark H
Richard and Judy agree assisted death pact - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
Richard and Judy agree assisted death pact
"TV personalities Judy Finnigan and husband Richard Madeley have said they have agreed to an assisted death pact should one of them fall seriously ill. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Madeley said: "If Judy was really ill and in logical mind I wouldn't give a tuppenny if there was a risk of being prosecuted. I'd do what was right for my wife." Finnigan added: "And I'd do the same. Stuff it all! We've made ourselves give each other a pledge along those lines." Madeley continued: "If, when the time came Judy said to me, 'But what about you? What about the risk of prosecution?', I'd say, 'That's my problem, I'll deal with that, don't worry about it.'" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
My missus and I have said similar things. - Mark H
Damn, when did Richard trade Judy in for Worzel Gummidge? - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Palestinians revive earthen architecture - http://www.aljazeera.com/news...
Palestinians revive earthen architecture
"Ahmed Dawud's neighbours thought he had lost his mind. When they saw three young architects building Dawud's winter house in Jericho, in the occupied West Bank, using bags filled with a soil mix of clay, sand and gravel, they were quick to mock the 45-year-old [...] But while the architects busied themselves with Dawud’s home last year, Nesher, an Israeli company that exports the vast majority of cement used in the occupied Palestinian territories, suddenly stopped the supply for almost a month because of cement shortages in the Israeli market. A few months later, the price of cement sold to the Palestinians also increased - and Dawud’s neighbours stopped mocking his use of natural, cheaper materials." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Stringent Israeli restrictions on the import of construction materials to the occupied Palestinian territories have forced Palestinians to think of alternative ways to build their homes. Mud bricks and straw made a comeback in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2009, after a major Israeli military attack on the Palestinian territory, known as Operation Cast Lead, left 1,400 Palestinians dead... more... - Mark H
Twitter / BethEleri: OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins. - https://twitter.com/BethEle...
Twitter / BethEleri: OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins.
Jeez. - Jenny H. from Android
Such genitive. - Eivind from Android
= the way plural form of the foreign words is created in Dutch: foto's, persona's - ҀҾѦ
Greengrocer's apostrophes! The dress is green, so there you go. - Victory through semantics
Okay. Seriously quite impressed with Google. Uploaded a photo on G+ with a numeric filename. Wrote some abstract science-related text to accompany it. G+ autotagged it with "flowers" and "macrophotography" which is spot on but could only be determined from accurate identification of the image itself.
The Google Brain is learning (and scary) … - Amit Patel
Hairy
Hover Fly
Limp
Leaf Hairs
Furry Leaf
Splayed
Splitting The Atom
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Nice photos! - Jenny H. from Android
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch - http://gizmodo.com/how-ste...
How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch
"The key to games was BASIC. Bill Gates was unknown except in the electronics hobby world. Everyone in our club knew that he'd written BASIC for the Intel microprocessor. I sniffed the wind and knew that the key to making my computer good (popular) was to include a high-level language and that it had to be BASIC. Engineers programming in FORTRAN were not going to be what would start a home computer revolution." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"I knew about syntax charts and created one for this BASIC. I did not know that HP BASIC was extremely different than DEC BASIC, the one that the book "101 Games in BASIC" used and that Bill Gates had written. I figured all BASIC's were the same but HP's differed greatly when it came to strings of letters. I finished my syntax diagrams and they were complete. But I had in the back of my... more... - Mark H
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage - http://www.featureshoot.com/2014...
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
Portraits of Fathers With Their Daughters Who Have Pledged Virginity Until Marriage
"Purity balls, a relatively new American religious rite in which fathers support their daughters pledge to remain a virgin until marriage, are something Stockholm-based photographer David Magnusson was unaware of until he came across an article in a Swedish magazine just over a year ago. Magnusson explains the premise in the introduction to his book, Purity, being published this year by Bokforlaget Max Ström:" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
“A Purity Ball is a formal event where girls or young women and their fathers participate in a ceremony. The daughters dress up in ball gowns and the evening usually consists of dinner, a keynote speech, ballroom dancing, and a vow by fathers and daughters. The girls make a pledge to ‘remain pure and live pure lives before God,’ to stay sexually abstinent until marriage. Their fathers sign a commitment undertaking to protect their daughter’s purity.” - Mark H
Hmm. A true patriarchy there. Unless there's an equivalent for boys?.... - Pete
From what I know these girls will soon enough find.....alternatives that will protect, if not their virginity, but their hymen. One of the most idiotic things ever attempted, IMHO. - Uli
Also, the term "purity balls" triggered a totally different reaction from me than they had intended. - Uli
It seems a bit creepy and a huge burden for young girls and women to commit to publicly. But it's hard to interpret what's going on from the outside. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA from iPhone
It seems unfair to me to have little girls make pledges they can't really understand. - Eivind from Android
freaks. - grizabella from Android
Oo amcamınevladı, selamlar ihihiihi - H.Mar Gargarin from Android
hernesto trollemesene yeeaa! - grizabella from Android
konhuyu şurada http://goo.gl/ztM4aa incelemiştik ama o sırada hernesto mars bayiler toplantısına iştirak etmekle meşguldü - emir
Ama türkçe yazdım griza, sayılır mı ki o .) taamtaam sorry, kaçiim ben. Emmoolu, efendi ol hıa! - H.Mar Gargarin from Android
That's some medieval shit right there. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
eh ?? in which universe are these people living in ?? - Peter Dawson
This kind of creeps me out. A whole lot. - Hookuh Tinypants
Eivind: For decades, WCTU members ("temperance" being another term for "total abstinence"--from alcohol, in this case) persuaded their children, their grandchildren, whoever, to pledge to forever abstain from alcohol (and some other stuff)...usually at a VERY young age. This is worse, but it's not entirely new. - Walt Crawford
Easy to make that pledge today. Wait until these girls are 16. I bet there is some serious rebellion going on in a family so morally strict. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
The asshole in me just thinks "Well all you're doing is advertising that here's a whole crop of girls who will be totally into anal and oral." - Hookuh Tinypants
That's more the you in the asshole ;) - Pete
I find this (and some of the father's poses) creepy. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Yeah, the poses are what kind of eek me out. It's just too..."Here's my daughtersisterwife" for me. - Hookuh Tinypants
^yep - Jenny H. from Android
"purity balls" *snerk* #IAmTwelve - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I know, Walt. When I was a kid, Emil i Lønneberget made that pledge, and insisted his pig make it too, after they both got accidentally drunk on fermented cherries. - Eivind
The return of the dimpled pint glass - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
The return of the dimpled pint glass
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""It's not old men with flat caps and whippets drinking out of dimple glasses," says Dennen. "Now you've got hipsters, girls in skinny jeans and fashionable Ts, drinking craft beer. There's an appropriation of the traditional by the hipster culture. There are so many beards in Dalston, and they do love a dimple." The craft beer trend is a big, big part of the dimpled glass revival." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"A glass tankard. With handle. And distinctive dimples. To some, they resembled a sort of glass grenade. You might call it a pint pot. Or a jug. This was the traditional pint glass of yore. But in the 2000s, it came close to extinction. In 2001, Ravenhead Glass in St Helens - the last factory to make the old-style glass - closed. A fixture in British pubs since the 1920s, the dimpled... more... - Mark H
Thanks, hipsters. I do love those glasses :) - Eivind
I've got fond memories of the dimpled glass but I find the handle digs into my fingers when holding it. I prefer the nonic pint glass style. - Mark H
Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser - https://archive.org/details...
Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser
Play an emulated version of Spacewar! for the PDP-1 (1962) in your browser
"Spacewar (stylized "Spacewar!") is one of the earliest digital computer games. It is a two-player game, with each player taking control of a starship and attempting to destroy the other. A star in the center of the screen pulls on both ships and requires maneuvering to avoid falling into it. In an emergency, a player can enter hyperspace to return at a random location on the screen, but only at the risk of exploding if it is used too often." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"To emulate the PDP-1, the MAME/MESS team (who did the hard work of developing the original program that the JSMESS emulator is based on) chose to include a variety of components on a single output screen, with the round cathode-ray tube display in the left corner, the output of the printer along the bottom, and the large collections of switches and lights in the upper right. While... more... - Mark H
A bit off-topic but I’d really like to play the original DEC-10 version of Zork. - Akiva
Well, this ebay user has a base board for the machine for sale amongst some other wonderful bits of computing history so you might be able to build your own - http://www.ebay.com/sch... - Mark H
They’ve declared a world war against women - http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto...
"In Nigeria’s remote northeast province 230 female students at Chibok school are missing, kidnapped by Islamic jihadists Boko Haram. Where then is the live-blogging, the CNN crews, the flower-laying coverage and hourly updates? Is empathy finite? Can we only grieve with one set of relatives at a time: the Chinese families of flight MH370 superseded by the parents of drowned South Korean children? Maybe that’s why our news is 1,000 times more concerned with a sacked football manager than an unfolding tragedy that is Beslan meets Madeleine McCann." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Well, perhaps you take the view that Nigeria is disparate, vast and tribal. That Africa is still the dark continent of ghastly happenings — famines, Aids, machete massacres, child soldiers — which have no bearing on our own lives. Except that Boko Haram translates as “Western education is a sin” and is part of a web of jihadist movements flaring up across the world to terrorise and... more... - Mark H
"I wonder how parents in Pakistan can bear to wave their daughters off to school. Because, for the terrorists, even a segregated college is not Islamic enough: last year they blew up a bus at Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, Quetta, killing 14 female students and then, for good measure, bombed the hospital where survivors had been sent. Meanwhile, across the border in... more... - Mark H
"And as the inquiry continues into the alleged “Trojan Horse” takeover by radical Islamists in Birmingham’s schools, we hear of girls being made to sit at the back of classrooms, refusal to teach female reproduction, although it was on the GCSE biology curriculum. The idea that “Western education is a sin” is insinuating itself too into some British schools. Those who seek to restrict... more... - Mark H
I think people would care about Boko Haram's terrorism if a coordinated media effort was put to the task. The media decides what we should care about and what should outrage us. We cared deeply about the Biafra war and felt so bad for the famine victims. The genocide in Rwanda outraged us, while we were only slightly miffed about the genocide in Darfur. I am not sure what the exact... more... - Eivind
BrewDog craft ale brewery responds to the banning of one of their ales by the Portman Group. - http://www.brewdog.com/blog-ar...
BrewDog craft ale brewery responds to the banning of one of their ales by the Portman Group.
"On behalf of BrewDog PLC and its 14,691 individual shareholders, I would like to issue a formal apology to the Portman Group for not giving a shit about today’s ruling. Indeed, we are sorry for never giving a shit about anything the Portman Group has to say, and treating all of its statements with callous indifference and nonchalance." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Unfortunately, the Portman Group is a gloomy gaggle of killjoy jobsworths, funded by navel-gazing international drinks giants. Their raison d’être is to provide a diversion for the true evils of this industry, perpetrated by the gigantic faceless brands that pay their wages. Blinkered by this soulless mission, they treat beer drinkers like brain dead zombies and vilify creativity and competition. Therefore, we have never given a second thought to any of the grubby newspeak they disseminate periodically." - Mark H
"While the Portman Group lives out its days deliberating whether a joke on a bottle of beer is responsible or irresponsible use of humour, at BrewDog we will just get on with brewing awesome beer and treating our customers like adults. I’m sure that makes Henry Ashworth cry a salty tear into his shatterproof tankard of Directors as he tries to enforce his futile and toothless little marketing code, but we couldn’t give a shit about that, either." - Mark H
The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history...
The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair
The Story Behind the Failed Minstrel Show at the 1964 World's Fair
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"Two weeks after opening day of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, a minstrel show like no other debuted on the Flushing Meadows fairgrounds. America, Be Seated!, the Louisiana Pavilion’s self-styled “modern minstrel show,” ditched the blackface and featured an integrated cast of white and black actors singing and dancing in harmony. According to a World’s Fair press release, the “all-stops-out slapstick pageant of American history” would combine the “happy flavor of minstrel shows…with original music and modern comedy skits.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Four of the show’s fifteen performers were black, and three of these were featured soloists as well as stars in their own right—Lola Falana and Mae Barnes on the swinging “That’s How a Woman Gets Her Man,” and Louis Gossett, Jr. on the man’s response, “Don’t Let a Woman Get You, Man.” One song, “Gotta Sing the Way I Feel Today,” was unabashedly mawkish, with lyrics like “Share this wonderful feeling in the air.” But the title number addressed what would have been on every viewer’s mind: race." - Mark H
Tennessee sheriff's deputy Frank Phillips FIRED after he was caught choking college student - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
Tennessee sheriff's deputy Frank Phillips FIRED after he was caught choking college student
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"A sheriff's deputy in Knox County, Tennessee has been fired after he was caught on camera allegedly choking a university student Saturday night. Frank Phillips, 47, was been found 'unsuitable for continued employment,' according to a termination notice posted Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's website." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His "Aryan Descent" (1938) - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
J.R.R. Tolkien Snubs a German Publisher Asking for Proof of His "Aryan Descent" (1938)
"As you’d expect from a man who had to create, in painstaking detail, all the races that populate Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien had little time for simple racism. He had especially little time for the highest-profile simple racism of his day, the wave of anti-Jewish sentiment on which Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party rode straight into the Second World War. [...] It didn’t take long after [The Hobbit]’s initial success for Berlin publisher Rütten & Loening to express their interest in putting out a German edition, but first — in observance, no doubt, of the Third Reich’s dictates — they asked for proof of Tolkien’s “Aryan descent.”" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Dear Sirs, Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no... more... - Mark H
Colony of pooing bats are putting people off from visiting church - http://arbroath.blogspot.co.uk/2014...
Colony of pooing bats are putting people off from visiting church
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"Bats "showering" parishioners with faeces and urine at a Norfolk church appear to have "more rights that the worshipping community", a vicar said. A 300-strong colony of Natterer's bats roost in the roof of St Andrew's Church in Holme Hale but cannot be removed as they are a protected species. Rev Stephen Thorp said the bats are "off-putting" and have made couples look elsewhere for their weddings, baptisms and funerals." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Mr Thorp, who has been the rector at the church since 2006, said the "pungent" faeces and urine from the bats in the pitch of the church roof "showers down on anybody inside". [...] "We don't want to kill or harm the bats in anyway, but we do think it's fundamentally wrong that human beings and bats should be forced to share the same indoor dwelling space," said Mr Thorp. "It's one of... more... - Mark H
Perhaps they could sell a church-branded guano? - Spidra Webster
#SaturdayFF Eivind sent me an unsolicited photograph of his nipple. Beat that suckers.
He has no self control. - Jenny H. from Android
*solicited - Eivind from Android
What-now suckers? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
SUCK! SUCK! SUCK! #FFchant - Big Joe Silence
I am so envious! :-) - Son of Groucho
Poorly Drawn Lines – Carol - http://poorlydrawnlines.com/comic...
Poorly Drawn Lines – Carol
Bike
Easter Bunny
Steeple
Medieval Building
Arched Window
Airplane
Windows
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Hackers Recover NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos - http://www.diyphotography.net/hackers...
Hackers Recover NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos
Hackers Recover NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos
Hackers Recover NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos
"The recreation process here on earth was nothing but spectacular as NASA demodulated the tapes and copied the data onto paper. Paper sometime too big to fit anything but a warehouse or a church which were rented for the sole purpose of projecting the photos and copying them. Results were grainy at best, but sufficient for making out where to land the Apollo team. After that phase the tapes were stashed and forgotten." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The drives were repaired, rebuilt and sometimes re-engineered for modern days and the framelets recovered and stitched together in photoshop. This was nothing but trivial as with any ancient technology, many parts were missing and many engineering solution that were trivial in the 60′s are not at all existing today. Over 2,000 photos were recovered this way, providing a new look and... more... - Mark H
Client mentioning how irritating it is that they can't submit a web form unless they fill in the mandatory fields. Us pointing out that that's what mandatory means and this is how the client defined it. Yes, that's the sort of day it's been today.
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