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Friday Ephemera

Spreadable beer, £7.99. // Playing with smoke and fire. // “Ginger ale, hot.” // I think this may be an advert for a cigarette lighter. // The world’s largest lunchbox museum. // Bees, birds and insects. // Low-budget Batman. // Manhattan, then and now. // A year in Hong Kong. (h/t, Coudal) // Rio de Janeiro. // Two cats and a piglet. You want one and you know it. // Gendered eggs. // Impress your peers with a silver Vincent Price ring. // The evolution of the bicycle. // The listening cloud. // “The evil influence of the yo-yo.” (h/t, Tim Blair) // This guy is faintly disturbing. // And finally, for dicentra - Doctor Who: Origins. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4



My very own ephemera! Thanks!

In return, I give you a nature photographer's outtakes:


Super families.


Super families.

Heh. I like that Galactus doesn’t like holding hands. Being the devourer of worlds and all.


"Ginger ale, hot."

According to my browser's translation... "New standard of winter! Carbonated beverages new sense of taste in the hot comes up! Refresh in stimulation of carbonate hot!"

So I'm convinced.

Simen Thoresen

JWZ posts a vid of someone pretending to risk their life playing Mirrors Edge oudoors;

His readers discuss why it is rendered, and why it can't be.

At what point do the details in a scene get so expensive to model, that it get cheaper to get a North Korean kid to perform stunts for you?


A Doctor Who documentary that's actually interesting. Good find.


A Doctor Who documentary that’s actually interesting.

Yes, it covers the evolution of the premise quite well. I also liked the inter-departmental wrangling and the Radiophonic Workshop material. As I’ve said before, I’m not exactly a fan of the series. It’s one of those programmes where the premise is more interesting than the actual thing you see on TV. And its recent incarnations have been a little too Guardianesque for my taste. Still, it’s an interesting piece of pop cultural history.


The super families are tres cute and amusing, until you look at the one of the Parkers again properly and realise quite how sad it is.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

How to run for elective office

(I don't know if you want to see the Millibands or David Cameron campaign like that, though.)

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

David, did your spam filter eat one of my comments?

Naughty spam filter!



If anyone else has trouble with comments not materialising, email me and I’ll shoo them from the electronic hen house.


"And [Dr Who's] recent incarnations have been a little too Guardianesque for my taste"

Yes - symptomatic of the make-up of the BBC in recent years, I think. They protest that they're impartial, then hire another ex-Guardian hack to edit Newsnight. But the old Dr Whos had some splendid acting - Shatner & DeForest Kelly couldn't compete on that one :) (nor could Patrick Stewart, in my heretical view)

Also: Where passenger jets go when they die


Another fit of pretentious leftwing psychodrama.

Simen Thoresen

A bored white girl buys herself a cultural experience and is mocked by BoingBoing poster;
BB commentators find that her mocking is not sufficient, and mock themselves;

No, I meant specifically white, and not necessarily American; possibly British, for instance. When you say that 'most Americans' mean white when they say American, you should actually be saying "most white Americans," because PoCs are not so likely to do that. We know we're American too; it's white people that forget.

Obviously a person of color in the same situation would still have some American privilege; but it's very different to be black and exploring the culture of what might be your own history, and one more white person stomping around another culture for some fleeting personal enlightenment. The narrative is simply a lot weightier when it's a sort of echo of colonialism and invasion.
" (from a not-obviously PoC)

Thumbs up for the psychodrama, David - we watched Indoctrinate-U again yesterday. Dated, but apparently not quite outdated yet.


This should be right up your alley, David:

Apparently music is going to become a "folk enterprise" comprised entirely of amateurs playing for passion, and this is horrible enough to warrant " the destruction of neoliberalism, of bullshit jobs and indeed of the capitalist system in general, and a world where we don’t have to fight in a rat race for scraps from the owners’ tables rather than make music". Because you know, passion is nice, and people having access to music making tools as well, but all this democracy might mean having to find a real job. And that's terrible.


The obvious answer is the destruction of neoliberalism, of bullshit jobs and indeed of the capitalist system in general,

Oh my. It would, I think, be hard to parody that level of self-flattery.

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