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March 11, 2011


John D

Alligator sausage? You first.

The Egypt photos are great btw.

carbon based lifeform

Bill Bailey's rather nifty guide to the orchestra.

Worth watching just for the jazzy Belgian 'Doctor Who' theme.




If a theme tune can survive that kind of restyling, it’s probably a good one.

Shame the actual programme’s not up to much.


It's more than a little disturbing that the huntsman spider on that ID chart link is animated!


M&S underwear now comes in fours sizes: small, medium, large and big man.

Everyone thank God.

Dr. Westerhaus

I had some alligator sausage in New Orleans years ago, and it was quite tasty - so much so that it was too much like 'normal' sausage, and I wasn't sure how much alligator I was actually getting - so the next evening I had an alligator steak - which was also delicious. And despite my reservations, it wasn't some kind of half fish/half meat thing, but all meat - very much like guilt-free veal...;)

Brian Micklethwait

Can somebody please explain why the bridges look the peculiar way they do?


Can somebody please explain why the bridges look the peculiar way they do?

If you go into Google Earth (perhaps also maps.google.com - haven't tried) and search for millau viaduct you will get a road map of the bridge environs in southern France. The map can be changed to satellite view and tilted. In this view the topographical features are shown as if you were there in a plane. That reveals nearly the same picture. Buildings such as the bridge are superimposed on a layer. That layer can be switched off. The roads themselves are on a different layer and clearly the roads "follow" the contours creating the illusion.



It seems the effect is an imperfection of the Google Earth software itself, the particulars though escape me:

“The images are screenshots from Google Earth with basic colour adjustments and cropping. I am collecting these new typologies as a means of conservation--as Google Earth improves its 3D models, its terrain, and its satellite imagery, these strange, surrealist depictions of our built environment and its relation to the natural landscape will disappear in favour of better illusionistic imagery. However, I think these strange mappings of the 2-dimensional and the 3-dimensional provide us with fabulous forms that are purely the result of algorithmic processes and not of human aesthetic decision making. They are artefacts worth preserving.”

Then there’s the issue of claiming a basically unretouched bug in someone else’s software as one’s own artwork.


"Space Hoppers in Venice"

Are space hoppers smaller than they used to be? I remember them being much bigger.

Ted S., Catskills, NY

I don't mind if my dog gets wet; I just wish there were something easy to do to prevent it from getting incredibly muddy.



"Are space hoppers smaller than they used to be?"

Yes. The one I had (in the 70s) was like this.

Pavlov's Cat

Ta for linkage,
Be careful of the Marmite Cashews they are incredibly 'more-ish' I've cut back to a pack a week now and think I've got it under control, honest.


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