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By TheophileEscargot (Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 09:47:36 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Consumerism, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Falls". Watching. Museums. Consumerism.


What I'm Reading
The twelfth Inspector Rebus was The Falls by Ian Rankin. Liked this one a lot better than #11: goes back to the basics of the series with a nice mix of police-procedural and puzzle-solving. Also has some good descriptions of the internal politics of the police.

I've found the next three as second-hand paperbacks, so I think the adventure will continue.

Consumerism
Bought a new hair-clipper to replace my old Remington, which did me well for twelve years or so, but is now getting decidedly uncomfortable. I think it was one of those frog-in-slowly-heating-water things: was amazed at how quick and efficient the new one was: vibrates a bit, but the hair just zooms off in a single sweep. No pain at all! Apparently Wahl is the best name in hair-clippers. Not sure why it needs to be chrome, but that model got good reviews so I chose it.

What I'm Watching
Saw Sicko on DVD. Nice bit of polemic by Michael Moore. Fairly simplistic though and doesn't have much detail on how healthcare systems work. As usual, implied that the French healthcare is a nationalized public system instead of mixed public/private, with most French people have private cover too.

Also had a UK doctor boasting of the effectiveness of the QoF points system which Dr Crippen hates so much. Still, nicely sarcastic.

Also saw Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Liked it more than the first, though some of the gags were a bit hit and miss. Pretty amusing on the whole. Stuck fairly closely to the book, though I think they could have done more with the bit where Obelix is allowed magic potion for the first time.

The only disconcerting bit about the subtitles was that they use the English character names in the subtitles when the characters speak the French names. So, it gets a bit disconcerting when Obelix is calling out "Ideefix" and the subtitles say "Dogmatix".

Museums
Saw the Wyndham Lewis Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Small but interesting: he was an early and mid Twentieth century Vorticists, so you get a good round up of literary characters like G.K. Chesterton, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and so on.

He evolved into a semi-stylized, almost Will Eisnerish style: nice to look at. Shame about the Fascism thing. Times, Times.

Also saw this year's BP portrait exhibition: seemed like a good standard again, but nothing really leapt out as outstanding.

Things I learned this week
The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades was actually a grim warning of nuclear armageddon.

Sumer Is Icumen In has a line about a farting stag.

Wolves would rather fish than hunt.

Incubators for newborns were pioneered as an attraction at the Coney Island amusement park. (pic).

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Are you gettin' good grades? by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:33:17 AM EST
When that album was new I loved it, but it hasn't aged well at all. I tried explaining the lyric of Sample the Dog to my kids. They couldn't understand why there was a fad for sampling keyboards, or why I thought it was funny.

Hmmm... Interesting. The real reason I posted this was to try out Google/Chrome. It loads pages faster than a greased pig down an airliner's emergency slide, but the javascript is buggy. Having a lot of trouble with the editor.

Thought for the day: Some people are like slinkies - Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
I thought you had a Mac? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:55:51 AM EST
Or are you running XP on it?


Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Yes to both of those, but not in this case by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:59:18 AM EST
I've got VMware and I'm running OS-X, Centos and XP - but  office machine is a Dell.

Thought for the day: Some people are like slinkies - Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
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OS-X on vmware ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:08:52 PM EST
I mean, I poked around at how to do that about a year ago and the answer was "you can, but only under very specific conditions with special hardware".. Has that changed ?


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No, no, it's a macbook. by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:14:58 PM EST
OS-X is native, the other two are running in VMs. 

Thought for the day: Some people are like slinkies - Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
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It seems that every 80s song by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 01:37:42 PM EST
Was about nucloear war...

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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Reagan had that effect on people. by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 02:16:17 PM EST
I never bought the album by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 08:35:24 PM EST
The song was on the radio all the time though.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Clippers and boiling frogs by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 01:39:55 PM EST
Hmm. You've probably got a point there. I bought mine in 1999 and have just realised that I subconsciously thought my hair was getting harder to cut because it was getting thicker. Lulz.

Time to buy some new clippers...

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It's political correctness gone mad!

The Future's So Bright by motty (4.00 / 2) #9 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 02:49:59 PM EST
I've been busking with this one. I've always seen it as extremely dark but it's interesting to learn that this is not universally how it is understood. Maybe that's why it seems to work as a busking tune - it's dark if you want it to be but doesn't have to be, so it pleases a wide range of people.


I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
thank you for the things you learned this week by yankeehack (4.00 / 2) #11 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 09:21:50 PM EST
we have a contest at work for the most obscure fact one can dig up.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
Farting is mentioned in the bible by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:18:48 PM EST
Depending on which translation you use. Judges 1:14 in NEB certainly does.


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Which is the NEB? by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 11:45:40 PM EST
I've tried the NIV and the King James, but I don't see it.
One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him [a] to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?"
KJV:
And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?


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New English Bible by Dr H0ffm4n (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 12:35:34 AM EST
Not available online...

Apparently it's the verb that translates to "dismount" which is expanded to getting off the donkey. It is only used twice in the original Hebrew and also means making the noise of breaking wind.


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