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"This camera adds a touch of 1984 to any social network."


Greetings Dynamic Readers!

I've just activated Dynamic View to the blog.  I've been holding off on it because it makes the side link stuff go away.
I'm thinking about how to accomodate this.
In the meantime:  Here is a picture of a keyboard.  These dynamic views encourage the visuals, you see.

great moments in wikipedia .. oh hell it's on wikipedia, people

"on one occasion ("about six years ago") Kinkade became drunk at a Siegfried & Roy magic show in Las Vegas and began shouting "Codpiece! Codpiece!" at the performers. Eventually he was calmed by his mother."



Great moments in Wikipedia album art history.

"[Laura] Nyro’s original plan for the cover was to have several ducks at her feet. This plan was scratched when she discovered that the photographer she hired was afraid of ducks."

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The New Yorker volunteers to pick up my slack!

"What do Chrysler, Rolls Royce, and girdles have in common? They've all been advertised in The New Yorker throughout the magazine's eighty-six year history. This week, our Back Issues blog débuts a new column of our vintage ads."

They even start off with an ad celebrating interesting people wearing interesting pants!  I say good for them.  And lucky for me getting a kick in my own non-interesting pants to start blogging more often.  And also lucky for me as I now have another excuse to post this:

“I can see it now: me sitting out by the fire, my trusty space squid by my side…”

Wuthering Heights: The Role Playing Game

Translated from the original French.


"In all the rules, the male gender (he, his, etc.) will be used for our examples. This of course implies the game is not suited for the feeble minds of our ladies. This work deals with such themes as suicide, despair, homosexuality and socialism for the sole purpose of entertainment."

lets go to the rules:

Once Despair reaches 90 or above, the Persona must Murder himself.
If he fails, he loses 1d10 Rage.
If Despair reaches 10 or below, the Persona is happy and spends the days doing useless but funny things.
After that, he gains back 1d10 Despair.
Oh no!:

"Some original rules were not translated; in the French version, you'll find rules about large battles, psionic powers, vampyres, martial arts and more ... "

"The Most Important Film of Our Time is Norwegian"


Love it or Argue with it?

Map of Literary Britain and Northern Ireland

I'll do both.  But the more I look at it the less arguing is merited.  Clever little map.

Astonishingly that worked.

I am testing out some software and can't delete the previous post.

So I am going to leave it.

You are welcome, the Internet!

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Offered without comment.

"A baseball fan is used to having a nut in his or her hand," said Dominic Engels, vice president of global marketing for Paramount. "We're presenting them with the pistachio, which they might not have thought of before, as a healthy alternative."

from here

spin control

Mike Sterling gives a quick rundown of comic book in-jokes that refer to one of the more startling comics titles in history:  Giant-Size Man-Thing.

But first, let's learn about soup

Separated by a Common Language will teach you about the differences between American and British conceptions of soup.

It turns out that chunks are important.

These are not the definitions of soup, but the core exemplars of what belongs to the SOUP category, from which the 'soupiness' of other foods is measured. So, each culture has soups that don't conform to these ideals, but they nevertheless have enough in common with them (e.g. being liquid, considered food rather than drink, containing vegetables) to also be called soup. The differences in the prototypes might have some effects on the boundaries of the category.

Hello folks. It's Monday Morning. Again.


It has come to this:

"Time Lapses"

Sometimes I wonder if the process of creation is more important than the creation itself.

Penguin and ease of use

I have been alerted to this deal at Amazon:

"Now, for the first time, the entire line of Penguin Classics is available in one complete collection for home, office, or institutional libraries. The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection currently consists of 1,082 titles, all great works of literature totaling nearly half a million pages."

Ok, let's get our calculators out.

1,082 titles for $13,413.30 works out to about $12.40 per book.  A quick eyeball tells me that Penguin Classics go for $8 to $13 new.  So I gotta say there's not much savings there.

Not counting the shipping, which who knows what that is (I imagine that if you order all the titles by hand, you will get the super saver shipping.) and the thought that anyone who might be interested in getting this is likely going to have a fair number of copies already...  

Still, not a bad use of a gigantic bookshelf that you might have in some empty corner of your house.