March 31, 2010

Cigarettes may contain pig blood

And at a stroke, four billiontytwo filthy souls were barred from Paradise.

No virgins for you smokers!

Cigarettes may contain traces of pigs' blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive".

University of Sydney Professor in Public Health Simon Chapman points to recent Dutch research which identified 185 different industrial uses of a pig - including the use of its haemoglobin in cigarette filters.
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Timbaland feat. Katy Perry: If We Ever Meet Again

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March 30, 2010


Theodore Dalrymple and self-esteem (via Quotulatiousness).

That self-esteemists mostly know that they are about as sincere as Marie Antoinette playing shepherdess is illustrated by the following: When patients pretended to confide in me that they were suffering from low self-esteem, I used to reply that at least, then, they had got one thing right: they had valued themselves at their true worth. (Of course, I used care when addressing the patients: those with higher education were less able to bear the exposure of their deception by means of irony, because their education had equipped them with stronger and more sophisticated powers of rationalization.)

Patients, students, take your pick: Your feelings about your mark are a matter of perfect indifference to me. I would, however, be happy to explain how you earned it (as I may have said recently).

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Could the feds require Americans to purchase GM cars?

Via Allahpundit, whence the question.

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War: Low Rider

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March 29, 2010

You rat bastard


Official armourer to Her Majesty the Queen, Terry English's home is filled with vintage film posters of the titles he has worked on.

He also keeps a replica of the breastplate worn by Helen Mirren in Excalibur.

I bet.

'I can remember spending six hours in Helen's dressing room, sharing a bottle of whisky and measuring her.

'She literally stripped off naked in front of me. Of course, it was strictly professional.'
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Level up

A professor at Indiana University has replaced grades with experience points.

I find this notion tempting.

Lee Sheldon is an accomplished screenwriter and game writer, having worked on TV shows like ST:TNG and Charlie's Angels as well as the Agatha Christie series of games from The Adventure Company. He now teaches game design courses for Indiana University's Department of Telecommunications. Instead of assigning his students a grade at the end of the course, he instead starts every student at 0 xp and they earn points through completing quests like solo projects and quizzes in addition to grouping up for guild projects and pick up groups. How many points they have at the end of the course determines their actual "grade."
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Shoe Polish, Japanese Version

Via Dark Roasted Blend, whence the title.

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Erykah Badu: Window Seat

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March 28, 2010

How to Build Codex's Staff

Because life is not 100% downer.

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The revolution of lowering expectations

Charles Moore argues after half a century of rising expectations, the revolution of lowering expectations is only just beginning.

This is about more than mortgages and interest rates, it is political.

At the height of our boom, it became fashionable to disdain economic growth. People forgot that the history of the world is one in which most human beings have had a very hard time. A social order which produces steadily, genuinely growing prosperity for most citizens is therefore a great and rare achievement. It was the failure of socialism to ensure such prosperity which lost it the Cold War. But if I were a Communist now, I would be rubbing my hands. The promise of liberal capitalism is that people are free to share in and accumulate the rewards of their labours, and that this, in turn, will help those rewards increase. For millions of people, this is now not happening. Every expectation of intergenerational security on which bourgeois life thrives is blocked. With the public purse as empty as the voters' pockets, no political party can see the way through this. Ministers, bankers, Parliament have all failed, while looking after themselves comfortably in the process. So the conditions are ripe for a new politics of grievance and anger. Which is where revolutions begin.

Which is fine, so long as the revolution is preceded by a word like Reagan or Thatcher. Most revolutions aren't.

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Until quite recently, England used to mean something

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Howard Jones: Pearl In The Shell

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March 27, 2010

The Turban and the Swastika

The Turban and the Swastika whole film from Vlad Tepes on Vimeo.

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Frank Sinatra: Summer Wind

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March 26, 2010

How to Write a Thriller


Ian Fleming offers advice to aspiring writers.

People often ask me, "How do you manage to think of that? What an extraordinary (or sometimes extraordinarily dirty) mind you must have." I certainly have got vivid powers of imagination, but I don't think there is anything very odd about that.

We are all fed fairy stories and adventure stories and ghost stories for the first 20 years of our lives, and the only difference between me and perhaps you is that my imagination earns me money.

Image: Ian Fleming often wrote at his desk in the master bedroom at Goldeneye.

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Base 22

Former US defense attache, Mark Stokes, now executive director of Project 2049, is probably not the most popular person in Beijing these days.

The Chinese government is probably unhappy about a new report by a Virginia-based, non-partisan think-tank called Project 2049 that reveals significant and previously little known details about Base 22 in the Qinling mountains in Shaanxi province, China's primary storage facility for nuclear weapons. Publicity about this new report - "China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System" - first appeared in Defense News in early March.

One can quickly understand the reason for Beijing's displeasure. Although the existence of this strategic storage complex in northwest China has been known for years, what has been said in the report about the size - 400 square kilometers, the tunnel complex inside Taibai Mountain, and the railway lines leading to this mysterious fortress is not the kind of detailed information that China is eager to share with the outside world.

Related: China's Nuclear Warhead Storage and Handling System (pdf).

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Black Sabbath: War Pigs (Live in Paris 1970)

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March 25, 2010

There is a reason they all left Canada

In which the Flea is delighted to answer a question for Ann Coulter.

At the risk of violating anyone's positive space, what happened to Canada? How did the country that gave us Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd and Catherine O'Hara suddenly become a bunch of whining crybabies?
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The VampMams: Leberwusrst Leid

Via Blame Mitchieville.

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March 24, 2010

What does a soldier receive in the IDF Kit?

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Catherine Tate: Language Translator

Watching this video is illegal in Canada.*

* If you laugh. If your job is "detecting" things for the CHRC then no harm, no foul.

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Grace Jones: Walking in the Rain

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March 23, 2010

O frabjous day


Cheryl Cole now prefers men with a pot belly.

"A guy could be in the Speedos and be ripped to within an inch of his life and I don't think I'd look again. It would have to be the Bermuda shorts and the pot belly," said Cole.
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Paloma Faith: Upside Down

Hat tip to Jeff.

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March 22, 2010

Speaking truth to sour

Via Lumpy, Grumpy and Frumpy.

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Richard The Lionheart defeating Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf

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March 21, 2010



Mythos fans will recognize the Bloop for what it is (sound file at the link).

The stars, pretty much aligned.

The Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) several times during the summer of 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown.
According to the NOAA description, it "rises rapidly in frequency over about one minute and was of sufficient amplitude to be heard on multiple sensors, at a range of over 5,000 km." NOAA's system ruled out its origin as any known man-made sound, such as a submarine or bomb, or familiar geological sounds such as volcanoes or earthquakes. While the audio profile of the bloop does resemble that of a living creature, the system identified it as unknown because it was far too loud for that to have been the case: it was several times louder than the loudest known biological sound.

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Via Dark Roasted Blend.

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DUNE: An Interview with Frank Herbert & David Lynch

There are six parts in total.

Also: Jodorowsky's Dune.

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Doctor Who Series 5 press launch trailer

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David Bowie: Life On Mars?

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March 20, 2010

Off your meds, I presume


When I first learned of objections to the restoration of a bronze statue memorializing Henry Morton Stanley I assumed such objections were based in post-colonial ideology, Congolese nativist fascism and the generalized, low-grade anti-British grievance children of British immigrants come to expect in, for example, Canada.

But it turns out Henry Morton Stanley was a psycho.

Stanley led a peculiar life, filled with name changes and hopes to make it big. Born in Denbigh, a small Welsh market town, his birth certificate designated him a "bastard". He travelled to America and by several accounts never consummated his marriage because of a great fear of women. Later a Daily Telegraph journalist with a moustache he blackened daily, he was spurred into colonial adventure with a sadistic twist. He once cut off his dog's tail, cooked it and fed it back to the dog. By the time he took on the Congo, he had already lain waste to dozens of towns on the exotic island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.
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Those magnificent men and their flying machines

On the one hand: F-35 completes vertical landing.

The Pentagon's project to build the next generation of military fighter jets cleared a major hurdle Thursday when a test version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter successfully completed a vertical landing for the first time.

On the other hand: Russia's secret fighter jet with 'human intellect'.

In terms of appearance, the T-50, or as its still known the PAK FA (Perspective complex of front aircraft), is similar to the Raptor. But it may turn out to be much better and more economical. It is impossible to compare the features of the two aircraft, since everything to do with the T-50 is still classified information.

On the gripping hand: ACLU sues government over drones.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the federal government Tuesday to learn the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings by the military and CIA.

The good bit:

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Vanessa Paradis: Divine Idylle

Both hot and beautiful, btw.

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March 19, 2010

Men are quite simple to understand, actually


Sandra Bullock's husband cheated on her with the heavily tattooed Michelle “Bombshell’ McGee, leaving David Forsmark confused (hat tip to Kathy).

With the back and forth this week between men not understanding women and women not understanding men, I’m starting to wonder if I understand the members of my OWN sex.

Leave aside the tattoos* and we are left with the question of why a man would pass over a great beauty for the charms of a seemingly lesser beauty. If he could have Sandra Bullock why would he choose to turn elsewhere?

There are two answers to this question.

The first concerns a distinction between a woman who is "beautiful" and a woman who is "hot". While the expression of this distinction is idiosyncratic to some degree, I believe the distinction itself will be immediately recognizable to most men. When it comes to sex, "hot" trumps "beautiful" every time.** Sandra Bullock is beautiful, quite lovely actually, but Bombshell McGee is hot, much more so in person, I suspect, than in her photographs.

The second answer is a bit more straightforward: Sex addiction.***

Related: Michelle McAgee teaches men how to pick up women. They like the unattainable, apparently.

* Theodore Dalrymple will never see eye to eye on the issue.
** Some lucky men are blessed to find both qualities in the same woman. But then I am in favour of tattoos.
*** In which Matt Stone mocks The Huffington Post to their face.

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Grand Theft Horse FTW

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Pomplamoose: Telephone

Hat tip to Bill.

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March 18, 2010

It will be brutal

The British enjoy a budget deficit worse than Greece.

The accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers have calculated that starting next year, Britain would have to make across-the-board budget cuts of 5 percent a year to come close to cutting the deficit in half by 2014. But because the Brown government has already declared the budgets for health, law enforcement and schools to be off-limits, cuts of up to 10 percent -- per year -- are to be expected in most areas, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. And things could even turn out to be much worse if there is no strong economic upturn during this period.
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Jedi believer wins apology after being kicked out of Jobcentre for wearing a hood

When benefits claimant Chris Jarvis was asked to put down his hood in a Jobcentre, he said he was entitled to wear it because of his Jedi faith.

'I am a Star Wars follower. It means following the way of the Jedi,' he said yesterday. 'The main reason is I want to wear my hood up and I have got a religion which allows me to do that.

'Someone with their own religious views is allowed to wear what their religion says - the Sikhs are able to carry a great big dagger. My religion allows me to wear my hood.'

I am foursquare in favour of the Jedi religion (Episides IV, V, VI, obviously; followers of "I", "II", "III" must be killed) but surely this sets a bad precedent. Imagine the next time some child rapist is caught and he claims to follow a religion where God tells you to rape children. It would be compensation next. "No such religion exists", of course, but give it time and something like that might turn up in the UK.

/angry sarcasm

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Black Eyed Peas: Meet Me Halfway

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March 17, 2010


Funny how none of the four Entertainment Tonight and Entertainment Tonight Canada puff pieces on Kirstie Alley's fatuous new weight loss show mention her Organic Liason diet food line is yet another Scientology front company.

WWTDD? comments on the scandal.

Scientology or not, Kirstie Alley obviously knows the secret to physical health, so I’m gonna do whatever she does. Although I may only do half. I don’t want to lose too much weight, too quickly. Ohh, I should take a bunch of pictures starting today to document my rocket ride to fitness!
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Gabriella Cilmi: On a Mission

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March 16, 2010

Corpus Coranicum

Jeff Black says German researchers are preparing “Qur’an: The Critical Edition”.

This is a serious business. A team of researchers at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences is preparing to bring out the first installment of Corpus Coranicum – which purports to be nothing less than the first critically evaluated text of the Qur’an ever to be produced.
What this means is that the research team is in the process of analysing and transcribing some 12,000 slides of Qur’an mansucripts from the first six centuries of the text’s existence. Once that is complete, the way is open to producing a text that annotates and, presumably, provides some sort of exegesis on the differences found in the early manuscripts.

RTWT (via Quotulatiousness).

Now about the “terrible and forbidden books” — I am forced to say that most of them are purely imaginary. There never was any Abdul Alhazred or Necronomicon, for I invented these names myself. Robert Bloch devised the idea of Ludvig Prinn and his De Vermis Mysteriis, while the Book of Eibon is an invention of Clark Ashton Smith's. Robert E. Howard is responsible for Friedrich von Junzt and his Unaussprechlichen Kulten.... As for seriously-written books on dark, occult, and supernatural themes — in all truth they don’t amount to much. That is why it’s more fun to invent mythical works like the Necronomicon and Book of Eibon.
- H.P. Lovecraft, In a letter to Willis Conover

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November 1, 4006

Sabrina Sforza Galitzia has worked out the real Da Vinci code, a clue to the end of the world as we know it.

She claimed to have worked out that da Vinci foresaw the end of the world in a “universal flood” which would begin on March 21, 4006 and end on November 1 the same year. Documents showed that he believed that this would mark “a new start for humanity”, Ms Sforza Galitzia said.

“There is a da Vinci code — it is just not the one made popular by Dan Brown,” she said.

Not so fast, say the comments.

Dan Schwartz wrote:

If Leonardo really referred, in 1498, to the date "November 1, 4006", he would have been using the Julian calendar, as that was the calendar then in use. On our current Gregorian calendar, the date in question would be November 29, 4006. Not that the four-week difference means that much when you are talking about the "end of the world". But Ms. Galitzia also says that the date will mark "a new start for humanity", so I guess it isn't the literal end of the world after all, is it? Any more than December 21, 2012 will be.
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Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010: Day 4

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Jacquy Bitch: The Misery

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March 15, 2010

Coffee Party Group Therapy Session

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Andrea: Nai-velik

Also: Bulgarian dancehall comin' at ya'.

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March 14, 2010

Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé: Telephone

Ladies and germs, the greatest pop music video not featuring Gwen Stefani since 1982 (hat tip to Agent Bedhead).

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Illuminating Hadrians Wall

Illuminating Hadrians Wall, from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway.

The airborne had the best overall view, but crowds who shrugged off the chill after sunset and clustered round each flare were rewarded with an awesome sense of the past. Flickering into life on the Whin Sill crags, above the twilit forest and marsh to the north, the 500 lights recreated the ancient border between civilisation and the barbarians.

The Guardian calls it a recreation. I call it foreshadowing.

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Luxist rounds up the 2010 Geneva Motor Show featuring the Italians (ace), the Germans (boring Porsches)*, the French (French) and the rest including the extraordinarily tasteless Bufori Geneva (Australian).

I particularly enjoy the Stile Bertone Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept (above).

* But I repeat myself.

More: 2010 Alfa Romeo Pandion. Images.


To celebrate the Alfa Romeo centenary, Alfa Romeo and Bertone have collaborated on this Pandion concept car. Alfa Romeo asked Bertone to make their interpretation of the 'Biscione' which is prominently featured in the Alfa Romeo badge. The name comes from a unique bird of prey in the Osprey family.

The most unique trait of the Pandion is its side windows which extend down to the front wheel arch. Like the Pandion bird, the doors open up in a gull-wing fashion.
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Paris Hilton meets Lady Gaga at the Nokia 5800 Launch

Lady Gaga is right: Stars Are Blind is a great pop record.

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Yanica & Vali ft. Aso: Dve v edno

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March 13, 2010

The Frost Report: An Understanding of Class

And: The Frost Report on Class in full (Part 1).

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By David Simon, creator of The Wire.

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Malina: Strast

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March 12, 2010

Great moments in repartee

By way of taking a poke at the wets affecting deep horror at recent remarks by Nigel Farage in Brussels, Frederick Forsyth cites Parliamentary precendent (via Andrew Stuttaford).

Over 200 years ago an outraged Lord Sandwich rose purple-faced in the House to shout at an opponent. “Wilkes, you will die either on the gallows or of the pox.” “That,” drawled John Wilkes without a pause, “must depend on whether I embrace your Lordship’s principles or your mistress.”

Terribly rude but what a put-down. We should have more like that, not less.
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Kinderwette Star Wars

Sophia Heesch identifies Star Wars figurines with her mouth.

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Brad Sucks: Making Me Nervous

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March 11, 2010

Why, yes, I would like fries with that

Reading: Today's young workers, it appears, believe they deserve jobs with big salaries, status and plenty of leisure time - without having to put in the hours.

They were found to value leisure time far more highly than older members of the workforce and were much more likely to want a job with an easy pace and lots of holidays. They were also less likely to want to work overtime.

Generation Y are much more likely than previous generations to see work as simply a means of paying the bills.

Writing: They can't read, can't write and think the world owes them a living.

Growing numbers of British school-leavers have 'attitude problems' and believe the world 'owes them a living', a Tesco boss warned today. Youngsters too often turn up late for work and interviews and fail to see the importance of dressing neatly and working with others, said Lucy Neville-Rolfe, director of corporate and legal affairs.

Many also struggle with basic maths and English as exams become easier and schools fail to properly enforce discipline.

Rithmetic: Teenagers who complete two weeks' work experience at a McDonald's restaurant will be awarded a qualification worth up to a B grade at GCSE.

Youngsters will be offered the 'certificate in work skills' for completing a ten-day programme which includes flipping burgers, serving customers at the tills and cleaning the dining area.
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Subterranean operations

As the world's superweapons projects move underground, DARPA has pondered a means of navigating through huge enemy underground bases in the absence of GPS: Sferics-Based Underground Geolocation (S-BUG).

DARPA boffins have noted that one of the few kinds of wireless signal which can penetrate underground is low-frequency radio. Unfortunately such signals are quite hard to generate at the required power levels. A network of lo-freq RF nav stations widespread enough to offer decent accuracy would probably be impossible to deploy.

But the right kind of signals are generated naturally by lightning strikes, which cause the emission of "atmospheric" ("sferic" or "spheric") radio pulses. An underground receiver could perhaps be built capable of detecting sferics from lightning bolts hitting the surface hundreds of miles away. It could be informed of the positions of the strikes over LF comms by a single specialised surface base station, similarly far off, and thus calculate its own position from sferic data coming in from several directions.
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The Jersey Shore Presents: Inglourious Basterds - The Line Up

Via Agent Bedhead.

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Gorillaz: Stylo

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March 10, 2010

A Victorian rave


It is difficult to convery the precise degree of annoyance I feel at missing out on the Thames Tunnel Tour and Fancy Fair at London's Brunel Museum.

For two days only on 12th and 13th March, the Thames Tunnel, which stretches from Rotherhithe to Wapping, will re-open to the public for the first time in 145 years to mark the end of London’s EAST Festival.

Due to unprecedented demand, tickets for the Tunnel tours have now sold out however there are still places left for the Fancy Fair, a recreation of the original 1852 party hosted to celebrate the opening of the tunnel. Audiences are promised strange and wonderful Victorian characters, cosmoranic views, aerialists, jugglers, historic food and drink and music powered by steam. As Robert Hulse, the Director of the Brunel Museum has stated, “This is not just the birthplace of the tube system, it is the site of a Victorian rave!”

Wikipedia: Thames Tunnel.

The Telegraph: Top 10: Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great surviving structures.

Posted by the Flea at 10:08 AM

Swan song

Alexander McQueen's last collection.

Sixteen outfits were 80% finished at the time of Alexander McQueen's death and were completed by his design team.


Etc: Chanel autumn/winter 2010/11 collection celebrates global colding.

More hot Wookie action.

Also: London Fashion Week's top looks for Autumn/Winter 2010.

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Cretinism on this historic level is comparatively rare

Christopher Hitchens considers one of the most astoundingly stupid and nasty documents ever to have landed on his desk.

As descendants of the Prophet, these individuals feel personally insulted, emotionally distressed and defamed by your newspaper's re-publication of the drawing. They have therefore retained my law firm and instructed me to approach you …

Not so longer ago, this sort of language would have been cause for ridicule, and the threats a cause for war. At some point, vigilantism is going to take the place where the law used to be. At the moment, it is a war of every one against every one and Danish newspapermen have been comprehensively disarmed.

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Armed Occupation Act

The Florida Armed Occupation Act of 1842 (5 U.S. Statutes 502) was passed as an incentive to populate Florida. The main terms of the Act read like public policy via Robert Heinlein.

The Act granted 160 acres (0.6 km²) of unsettled land south of the line separating townships 9 and 10 South. (a East/West line about three miles (5 km) north of Palatka and about ten miles (16 km) south of Newnansville) to any head of a family as long he satisfied the following conditions:[1]

* be a resident of Florida and not having 160 acres (0.6 km²) of land in Florida when asking for the permit;
* get a permit from the Lands Office;
* he or his heirs reside for five consecutive years on the grant ;
* clear, enclose and cultivate 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land during the first year;
* build a house on the lot during the first year;
* the land should be two or more miles away from a garrisoned military post.

The last statement implied that the person should bear arms for his own protection.

Actually, the last statement implied the new homestead is the functional equivalent of a garrisoned military outpost; a redoubt of civilization held by force against Nature and against the barbarians.

A lot has changed in the world in 170 years. There has been a bigger change in our souls.

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Lynching Republicans

Otherwise known as the forgotten supressed history of the Democrat party: following the Civil War, 1300 white Republicans and 3500 black Republicans were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan (via Mitchieville).

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Mr. C The Slide Man: Cha-Cha Slide

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March 09, 2010

Meet the Gribble


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In a whirl of limbs and with eyes bulging, the woman is helped to a squat in the ramshackle shed and starts cackling maniacally like a terrified chicken.

"Kaaaa! Ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka," she screams and stutters, her right arm bent in front of her.

In related news: Tears, joy greet Michaëlle Jean in Haiti.

Governor General Michaëlle Jean is flanked by husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin at Ste. Trinité Episcopal Cathedral, where she was baptized.

Je me souviens: Les felquistes.

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Happy Winners

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Gramophonedzie: Why Don' t You

Hat tip to Jeff.

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March 08, 2010

Depeche mode


Future tense: Haute Macabre features Gareth Pugh Fall / Winter 2010 at Paris Fashion Week.

Present tense: Jean Paul Gaultier collection debuts at Target ([ˈtarːgeɪ] n).

Past tense: Alexander McQueen wins posthumous fashion design award.

Too soon?: Gareth Pugh is front runner to take over Alexander McQueen's fashion label.

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Chinese Guy's Official Music Video

Peter Chao is one of only a handful of public figures who truly understands the place of multiculturalism in Canadian life.

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Peter Bjorn And John: Nothing To Worry About

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March 07, 2010

Isaiah 49:16

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On your bike

Uneuropean language at Bild reminds us of Germany's work ethic.

Tabloid Bild newspaper has written an open letter to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, telling him he was visiting a country where, unlike his own, people "get up early and work."
"No one here has to pay thousands of euros in bribes to get a hospital bed. We don't give pensions to generals' daughters who can't find a husband ... Taxi drivers give receipts and farmers don't get billions of euros in EU subsidies for non-existent olive trees," the newspaper thundered in its Friday edition.

Yet another sign the People may be fed up with the Party.

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Weapon of Mosquito Destruction

I have been dreaming about one of these since my childhood (via Jonah Goldberg).

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Sam Prekop: The Afternoon

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March 06, 2010

I want to drive my car on my television

While Tim Rogers is finally fed up with Japan I suspect I could stick it out for a bit. For one thing, I have no problem with sarcastic office participation. I much prefer the Japanese understanding of the practice as pure, empty ritual; for its zen, if you will. The cheerleaders at my old hospital job expected me to pretend to be happy and somehow to mean it (hat tip to Quotulatiousness).

A friendly word of advice to the author: If you are a vegetarian, non-smoker you need to move back to San Fransisco for anyone to respect your particular complaints. The Japanese do not owe you a living, let alone your brand of righteous, masturbatory puritanism.

The game design thoughts are fascinating, however.

Maybe you know the story about how Gran Turismo got started because Kazunori Yamauchi, on his first day in the Sony Computer Entertainment offices, wrote out a sample game design idea consisting only of the words "I want to drive my car on my television." What you may not know is that this is more or less the way many Japanese companies have been doing everything creative for maybe fifty years. Occasionally, I'll be out eating dinner with friends, and young people at a nearby table will be talking about opening a business. This is really common: it seems like they have no idea what the company is going to be. Okay, this happens in the West, too — BioWare got started from the idea of making medical software. Well, sometimes, Japanese companies don't even start with that much vision. They're just companies. Who knows what the products have to be? There's a lot of at-wall shit-flinging. Sony, back then, were requiring all employees in the Computer Entertainment division to fill out a Game Design Idea Submission form every single day. What's most intriguing is that — every time I've ever talked to a Japanese businessperson about a product that was actually monstrously successful, it seems that the one thing the boss respected most about their proposal was how it was worded so simply. For example, Kazunori Yamauchi hadn't even filled out the form completely for Gran Turismo's proposal. (If this idea morbidly amuses you, try Kobo Abe's novel Kangaroo Notebook, in which a company man simply writes "Kangaroo Notebook" on a proposal form, exciting his boss's interest and turning his life into a stressful hell. (Among other things.)
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The First British Hydrogen Bomb

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Dan Balan: Chica Bomb

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March 05, 2010

Meet Dr Who's new sidekick


InStyle profiles Karen Gillan, the new Who Companion (that last one is nsfw).

'It's a pretty terrifying role, but a huge privilege to be part of an iconic show. I'm following in a long line of great actresses who have played the companion, so it's quite daunting. I'd love to sit down with them and have a good chat about it.'

I gather the TARDIS has also undergone some interior remodeling.

Related: The Chanel 2.55 Handbag.

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An excessive interest in demonology

Mike Potemra is troubled by news of Satanic sects at the Vatican (ahem), or rather by the high probability the news suggests an otherwise respected exorcist has gone "off the emotional rails" by drawing attention to the problem.

This is a mistake. I have no clue if Satanic sects are particularly active at the Vatican at the moment (too busy in Canterbury, I would have thought) but accusing an exorcist of an "excessive interest in demonology" is not only unreasonable in itself but is also bad for the brand. Do you think anyone would watch Omen or The Exorcist or, at one time, Madonna if it they used Quaker iconography (ahem)?

They would not.

Posted by the Flea at 07:47 AM


Typealyzer lets you assesses your blog using Myers-Briggs personality types and a text sample from your front page.

Take the Flea, for example.

ENTP - The Visionaries

The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and anticipate trends. They often have sophisticated language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good analytical ability.

They enjoy work that lets them use their cleverness, great communication skills and knack for new exciting ventures. They have to look out not to become quitters, since they easily get bored when the creative exciting start-up phase is over.

Fortunately, I think this blog is still in the exciting start-up phase.

Update: A friendly reminder of the real Myers-Briggs Personality Types made relevant.

For example.

ENTP: The Mad Scientist

The ENTP, like the ENTJ, is charismatic, outgoing, and intelligent. ENTPs are often quickwitted, clever, and genial; they typically display a highly organized, rational cognitive ability which makes them natural scientists and inventors.

ENTPs are creative, complex people who seek to improve their understanding of the natural world, usually by building armored fifty-story-tall robotic monsters with iron jaws and death-ray eyes, or by creating genetically mutated plagues that spread unstoppably across the land, turning all who are contaminated into mindless zombie drones. They are less likely to want to conquer the world than to destroy it utterly, reducing it to nothing but slag and rubble--though this is often merely a side-effect of their pursuit of knowledge.
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IDF Field Intelligence Corps Showcases Weapons and Methods

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Émilie Simon: Bedford Avenue Sessions - Rainbow (Session 1)

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March 04, 2010

Mylène Farmer: Peut-Être Toi

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March 03, 2010

Rihanna: Rude Boy

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March 02, 2010

Know your Reapers from your Global Hawks


Or your Demons. The Complete UAV Field Guide.

For example.

BAE Systems

Class: Autonomous
Habitat: Defense giant BAE Systems laboratory in London
Behavior: The Demon flies with no fins and almost no moving parts, so it rarely needs repairs. Software makes it partially autonomous.
Notable Features: The entire body of the craft is shaped like a wing. Dozens of thrusters situated on its top and bottom shape airflow, replacing the work typically done by tail fins and ailerons. Onboard software varies the strength of each thruster to control pitch, side-to-side movement (yaw) and roll. BAE Systems engineers hope to begin test flights this month.
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Après moi

Mark Steyn considers a West hoping to fend off the final collapse just long enough to live out its retirement benefits.

What's happening in the developed world today isn't so very hard to understand: The 20th century Bismarckian welfare state has run out of people to stick it to.
Posted by the Flea at 08:27 AM

Ellie Goulding: Starry Eyed

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March 01, 2010

Eurocopter Blue Edge rotor blade noise reduction

"The good news is that there is no such thing as silent, stealth black helicopters. The bad news is that, thanks to Eurocopter's noise-canceling Blue Edge rotor blades, there soon will be."

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Owned the podium

Just reporting the facts, you understand.

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at Barbican Centre, London

French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways.

For his installation in The Curve, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.
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Ads that have disappeared

Once among the missing: The classic Ferrero Roche "Ambassador's Party" ad was lost then found.

Still among the missing: The Wunderbar chocolate Viking on the beach ad... "It's Wunderbar!"

Also, a relax with (Passion) Flakie ad I never saw but is wanted by the GF of the Flea.

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Wes Anderson's Spider-Man

Hat tip to the Sister of the Flea.

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David Christie: Saddle Up

With a shout out to Ben, who will wish he found it first.

David Christie - Saddle Up
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Posted by the Flea at 11:42 AM