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July 29, 2016

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Hal

At last, your very own jet pack golf cart.

Eerrm??? Unless there's some specific moment for it, they seem to be very enthusiastically avoiding discussing how much noise the thing makes . . .

So there I was, about to sink that forty foot putt, and Vilsham flies his *#&$_)(#&*$ phantom jet overhead!!!

Hal

Gaze manipulation.

I'm not convinced we've a got a form of progress here . . . Thirty five years on and Terry Gilliam moving magazine cut out bits comes to mind . . .

Hal

On the inhalation of “delectable air,” i.e., nitrous oxide.

Whoa, man, The Colors . . . And Godzilla rose up over the hills and my toilet bit me---Oh, wait, no, that's what I remember hearing of someone's story of taking LSD . . .

Hal

Painted ladies.

Hmmm. Definitely different from The Painted Ladies.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The true sizes of countries.

I was immediately reminded of this comic

Hal

A thread devoted to 1980s 12” remixes.

I've always been rather fond of the ultra hyperextended dance mix of John Cage's 4:33 . . . One time when sightseeing a friend's karaoke host gig, I asked if it was on the menu . . .

Hal

Wanting not to forget.

Remember, don't forget......no it's ...Don't forget, remember....Or is it Remember, don't forget...Hmmm? I forgot.

Hal

The word ‘effects’ doesn’t quite do them justice.

Ave Maria ---And that was done with the previous version of more updated software that is now free of charge . . .

Hal

And finally, I think it’s some kind of omen.

Title, post, and video reminds me of Fantabiblical . . . .

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Fantabiblical isn't a mashup of a holy book and everybody's favorite fizzy drink?

R. Sherman

The "painted ladies" constitute performance art I would actually pay to see. It's everything the "art" our host discusses on these pages is not.

R. Sherman

Re: '80s Remixes

The Soft Cell Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go remix was a staple at our house parties while I was in grad school. Fortunately, that was back in the days before feminists took over the liberal arts.

Hal

Really, really, big amphibious plane.

WTP

Re Ted's link to xkcd...oddly, or not, the personality traits associated with my personal map projection preference, the Goode Homosoline or wtf it's called, are also the ones I most closely identify with. It's The Truman Show again, I can feel it.

Hal

Fantabiblical isn't a mashup of a holy book and everybody's favorite fizzy drink?

Everybody's? Especially with the Scottish DNA, one of these days I need to get around to tracking down and finding out for myself what Irn Bru is like . . . .

David

one of these days I need to get around to tracking down and finding out for myself what Irn Bru is like

I fear what lies ahead is crushing disappointment.

David

A not entirely implausible theory about Star Trek Into Darkness.

Hal

I fear what lies ahead is crushing disappointment.

Nah: Is it Irn Bru, Yes/No. Did some get had and assessed, Yes/No.

Etc.

Hal

A not entirely implausible theory about Star Trek Into Darkness.

Ehn. A much simpler theory: Spectre, Abram's attempt at Star Trek and Abram's attempt at Star Wars are all fraternal twins---Take a known franchise, stick a ShinyThing(1) on the screen for a minute or so, move to the next ShinyThing, continue until running out of ShinyThings, roll credits.

(1) Bond, James Bond, Enterprise, single really big explosion where Main Heavy's base or Big Weapon disappears, Austin Martin, Vulcan nerve pinch, Millenium Falcon, Walther PPK, lightsaber being ignited, Etc.

David

Is it Irn Bru, Yes/No.

As a child, one of the highlights of visiting gran was that she’d sometimes purchase a bottle of pop for the occasion, which, at the time, was a rare treat. My eight-year-old self was happy to gulp down cheap generic cola, but even then Irn Bru was a pop of last resort, somewhere alongside Dandelion and Burdock.

#PrecociousPopSnob

JL

I don't get that "true size of countries" map at all. Am I missing something impressive?

Surreptitious Evil

JL,

The idea is that "normal" maps show countries in Africa not to be the enormous (stews of bad government, stupid economics and mad dictators) size that they actually are.

Anna

Roar.

TomJ

Irn Bru is amongst the most popular soft drinks in Moscow; Barr had to fight a court case there to protect the brand.

Surreptitious Evil

Irn Bru is amongst the most popular soft drinks in Moscow

I knew Russia was screwed up but I never realised it was that bad (says the man less than 10 miles from Irn Bru Central!)

Sam

A thread devoted to 1980s 12” remixes.

Art of Noise! Sorted.

David

Art of Noise! Sorted.

Of course, now that I’ve browsed that particular thread and several of its videos, Google Play is asking me if I’d like to “relive the big hair decade” with some heavily discounted 80s compilations.

The day has taken an alarming turn.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Really, really, big amphibious plane.

Interestingly enough, "roughly the size of a 737" makes it about the same size as a Japanese SHinMaywa US-2 which it appears to be a copy of, same as a Short Sunderland, smaller than a Boeing 314 was, and way smaller than the Martin Mars that the Chinese are using to train their pilots of their latest rip-off.

The plane is roughly the size of a Boeing 737, has a range of 2,800 miles, and will be used primarily to fight forest fires or conduct marine rescue missions, according to The Guardian.

Well, there you have the reason for the lack of facts.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Damnit, left out the Beriev Be-200 which is still in service.

prog

I doubt the parachute would be much use below a couple of hundred ft (other than to shroud the wreckage).

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I doubt the parachute would be much use below a couple of hundred ft...

In another lifetime I was told a certain ejection seat would work if the plane was inverted at 200 feet. I asked how that was possible seeing as how you were being fired out by a rocket pointed at the ground. I was then told of some magic called a compensating tip up rocket that allegedly turned the seat skyward to get enough altitude that the chute would work. I asked if anyone actually tested it. I was told that if the plane was upside down at 200 feet you were probably going to die, so one didn't have much to lose by testing it right then, and that I asked too many questions.

With this thing, unlike a regular parachute, it is deployed ballistically and allegedly good down to about 20 feet. It is really quite clever the way it deploys not only up, but out and if it works as advertised, beats the alternative. Watch the video, it is pretty cool to see how it works - gets full deployment while on the ground.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Unless there's some specific moment for it, they seem to be very enthusiastically avoiding discussing how much noise the thing makes . . .

A lot seeing as how it is not really a jet pack but a ducted fan pack.

David

avoiding discussing how much noise the thing makes

But imagine the entrance you could make, at each hole, over and over again. A deafening high-pitched whine fills the air, shattering concentration within a two-mile radius, as bunker sand blows into other players’ eyes, hampering their attempts to dodge the objects and debris being scattered by the down-thrust.

Joan

'Korean tourist fined £33,000 for mid-air rampage when cabin crew asked him to stop doing yoga: Authorities said he refused to return to his seat, threatened crew members and passengers and shoved his wife... Court records said he threatened to kill passengers and was yelling that there is no god.'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/29/korean-tourist-fined-33000-for-violent-mid-air-rampage-when-plan/

R. Sherman

Kneel, peasants!

Hedgehog

Kneel, peasants!

There's a lot of bacon involved.

Pork fat rules.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Kneel, peasants!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick

Sorry, Texas, Iowa has you beat with Deep Fried Butter on a Stick.

Each serving comes with a free defibrillator.

David

I’ve always been rather fond of the ultra hyperextended dance mix of John Cage’s 4:33

The death metal version has its moments.

Hal

Google Play is asking me if I’d like to “relive the big hair decade” with some heavily discounted 80s compilations.

The day has taken an alarming turn.

Heh!!!

Oh, Just say no.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

You haven't relived the 80s until you listen to the Baby I Love Your Way/Free Bird medley. (It hit #1 in America.)

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I don't get why people say 80s Elton John is so naff.

AC1

Re: True sizes of countries...

Only way to do it properly.

http://i.snag.gy/LnwVF.jpg

Surprised XKCD forgot this one.

Spiny Norman

You had to know this was coming.

Apparently, Venezuela's "Ministry of Popular Power for Social Process of Work" assumes nobody saw The Killing Fields.

Hedgehog

Ah yes. Socialism. But next time it'll work, no doubt about it.

R. Sherman

@Spiny.

Right. Corvée always works so well. Of course, I'm thinking of Mao's "Great Leap Forward," which only cost 45 million lives.

Perhaps Maduro assumes nobody knows about Nicolae Ceaușescu either.

dicentra

Ah yes. Socialism. But next time it'll work, no doubt about it.

It works for the Party members, every time.

What, you meant something else?

Spiny Norman

Okay, who broke the blog?

Spiny Norman

Aaaannnd, now it's back.

Hal

Kneel, peasants!

"Recently I was lucky enough to be the 10,000th attendee at the State Fair in Texas . . .

Hal

The true sizes of countries.

Oh, Dear . . . .

I'm rather amused at the idea of Glasgow becoming the capital city of everything, but I can just hear the commentary when Prince Philip finds out that Not only does he live in Los Angeles, but he's only a short drive up the coast from Brussels . . .

Hal

Oh, and speaking of xkcd and maps, and the movable countries, I do like that the movable countries map does take into account the higher and lower latitudinal distortion . . .

However, for a map that has moving continents, I find it very odd that it doesn't seem to include Spidermonkey Island or Sea Star Island . . .

JuliaM

"Amulets on standby, people."

Yeah, I had my initial doubts about the casting, but the visuals..! And that killer last line from Ejiofor!

This one, I'm looking forward to even more than 'GOTG2'...

David

This one, I’m looking forward to even more than ‘GOTG2’...

Amulets, reality-bending, Mads Mikkelsen being evil. What’s not to like?

Morpork

At last, your very own jet pack golf cart.
Should we change Mark Twain's quip that "Golf is a good walk ruined" to "Golf is a good flight ruined"?

Fred the Fourth

The Earth time-lapse for some reason reminded me of this, from Mars:
http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/curiositys-way-forward/

If you saw the movie The Martian and scoffed at the landscapes, this might impress you.

Fred the Fourth

Farnsworth: My father, then CO of a squadron of US Marine Corps A-4s, was for some years embroiled in a lawsuit filed by the wife of a pilot who was killed by a malfunctioning ejection seat.
The A-4 has a Zero-Zero seat, that is, it can get you to safe chute-deployment height, about 200 feet, even if the plane is parked on the ground. Rockets, of course.
This pilot had just landed at El Toro Naval Air Station in southern California, and was taxiing when his throttle went to full power by itself. He was about 2 seconds from collision with a fuel truck, so he ejected. The rocket worked, but the seat failed to separate and the chute did not open, so he fell from 200 feet onto the tarmac and was killed. The plane did collide with the fuel truck, but there was no fire or explosion.
5 years of pre-trial later, with Dad as an expert witness, it was discovered that the seat manufacturer and aircraft manufacturer had never actually tested the 0-0 seat in 0-0 conditions. It had a fatal design flaw. Result was an out-of-court settlement with the widow.
Dad's last remark to me was: "If only his chute had opened. He landed right on the steps to the Operations Office; he could have just unclipped his chute and strolled in to close his flight plan."
Coda: The dead pilot's CO, upon hearing of the incident, jumped in his own A-4 and flew down. During landing approach (over ocean and beach) his engine turbine section exploded, blowing off the rear third of the plane. He ejected safely and landed on the beach.
Life in the USMC.

Nikw211

Oh, my God, just read this and weep.

David

just read this and weep.

So a bunch of spiteful narcissists ruin the evenings of dozens of random people - an action that can do nothing whatsoever to remedy the alleged injustice they claim to have been upset by (i.e., the enforcement of British law) - and they call it an “affirmative action.” I’m not sure what’s being affirmed, besides their own sense of entitlement and colossal self-importance.

Spiny Norman

Fred the Fourth,

During landing approach (over ocean and beach) his engine turbine section exploded, blowing off the rear third of the plane. He ejected safely and landed on the beach.

Back in the '90s, I worked with a retired Navy pilot who has burn scars on his back and posterior from a malfunctioning ejection system in an A-4 with a similar engine failure. The rockets fired, but the canopy didn't come off right away, so he was trapped in the plane for a second or two before the actual ejection. One very lucky guy.

Fred the Fourth

Spiny:
Yeah, the A-4, also called Heinemann's Hotrod, was a nifty little thing, with amazing maneuverabilty and more performance from that tiny engine than was really possible. IIRC Heinemann was responsible for the design principle "Simplicate and add lightness" (though maybe I'm confusing him with Kelly Johnson of Skunk Works fame).
For instance, there is no starter on the A-4. You relied on the ground crew to have a motorized device like an enormous electric drill, that plugged into a socket on the plane, to get the engine spool up to start RPM. If you were flying to a field where they might not have one, you had to remember to make someone in your flight pack one in the tiny "cargo" compartment, so as to avoid having to make embarrassing phone calls at departure time.
(Hmm. 20 seconds on Google indicates that no one really knows who originated that phrase. It's attributed to Stout and Chapman, as well as Heinemann.)

Fred the Fourth

just read this and weep
So, yeah, the "activists" get the restaurants shut down by creating a health code violation. Yay for them and their so-brave action. Do those bozos imagine Byron is going to continue to employ / pay staff during the shutdown? Are THEY going to reimburse the staff for their lost wages? Were those special organic & sterile insects, or are the activists going to take responsibility if someone is "unexpectedly" injured by their act?
But imagine how pumped they're going to be when they breathlessly relate the story of their direct action during their next group political circle-jerk. That makes it all worth while.

Hal

Hmmm. A question for the general memory.

Name me a:

British or appearing to be TV miniseries. Televised in the early to mid 1970s. Victorian Or So, mebbe Edwardian. Features multiple entrances into rooms where someone would grab both doorknobs of a set of double doors and swing both doors wide open while barrelling into whatever the next room. Something about the Rothschilds, or some major financial family comes to mind.

---I've just floundered through a bit of Googlemancy and gotten nowhere. Any ideas?

Rich Rostrom

David: the alleged injustice they claim to have been upset by (i.e., the enforcement of British law)...

I agree that the "activists" are nasty, self-important gits. But the article disclaimed protest against the law, or even the enforcement of it - the target was the behavior of the restaurant management, which comes across as really sleazy: hiring illegal aliens and then turning them over to the authorities en masse.

If they could only both lose...

David

the target was the behaviour of the restaurant management, which comes across as really sleazy

Well, we don’t know the full story. Or I don’t, anyway. I did hear that the Byron burger chain may have been duped as part of an organised scam targeting multiple employers with fraudulent papers, etc. And I haven’t seen evidence that the chain, or any particular managers, were aware of any law-breaking. Again, I don’t know the full story. And neither, I should think, do the so-called ‘activists’. But it occurs to me that anyone who learns that he’s been employing undocumented migrants – i.e., employing people illegally - has little choice but to do as instructed by the Home Office and/or police. To do otherwise – to warn the illegal employees in advance of a raid – is a criminal offence and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

See, for instance, this, and the post above it.

[ Added: ]

Short of further information, to launch childish vigilante attacks on several restaurants, and their customers and staff – staff who will have had to clean up the mess and who will likely lose earnings during any shutdown for health code violations - is simply arrogant and delinquent. And yet the ‘activists’ will doubtless imagine themselves as radical and heroic.

Chester Draws

If you are pro-immigration then it seems to me that defending illegals is counterproductive. It tends to set people's backs up against legal migration.

If the workers are illegal they should be deported.

If the authorities acted improperly, then protests should be directed against them.

Jen

And yet the ‘activists’ will doubtless imagine themselves as radical and heroic.

*raises hand* Can we just deport the 'activists'?

David

*raises hand* Can we just deport the ‘activists’?

These people, “The London Black Revolutionaries,” are claiming responsibility for the cockroach releases. Their Twitter feed is pretty much what you’d imagine.

Hedgehog

It is revealing that the people who are most opposed to the enforcement of immigration laws and thus, by extension, in favor of unchecked immigration, are people who believe that they have nothing to fear from it and everything to gain. They are usually educated and in jobs that are hardly likely to be taken over by migrant workers or undocumented aliens; they live in places where the cost of living is high, in large part due to the laws and regulations that they favor, and where the availability of an undocumented work force allows for business activity to still occur at reasonable prices (not least through the decrease in wages at the bottom of the income scale that is caused by the presence of a large pool of workers willing or forced to work at a pay that is below the legal minimum); and often they themselves employ personal staff, in the form of gardeners and maids and such, whose qualification to work in the country they inhabit they do not check too closely.

Manhattan's Upper West Side, in a nutshell.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And yet the ‘activists’ will doubtless imagine themselves as radical and heroic.

Nailed it - We shut down Byrons Burgers yesterday. When they attack one of us. It's an attack on all of us.

Yeah, "attacked", and being a Person of Pallor leftist wanker is being "one" of the illegal aliens.

TomJ

I am certain the attack on the burger bars must have broken some law or other, but not sure which. It doesn't seem like criminal damage as such, but that's the nearest I can think of.

R. Sherman

FLOTUS? FLOTUS!!!! Hell, yeah!

Fred the Fourth

R.Sherman: I dunno. Sarkozy had Carla Bruni (after divorcing Ciganer-Albéniz). How'd that work out?

R. Sherman

@Fred IV,

My comment is predicated solely upon the aesthetic involved, especially considering the alternative, towit, POTUS in a Mao Jacket with a First Husband who looks like he's ready for next season's Walking Dead.

Alice

And yet the ‘activists’ will doubtless imagine themselves as radical and heroic.

"Would the people boycotting Byron rather see the company break the law, thus making them inadvertent supporters of people traffickers, not to mention liable for hundreds of thousands of pounds of fines, which would no doubt lead to the firm having to lay off migrants and others working in its restaurants?"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/the-boycottbyron-mob-dont-want-facts-on-immigration-just-righteo/

AC1

BTW I'm counter Boycotting Byron's. Next few business lunches we're going in there.

David

We shut down Byrons Burgers yesterday. When they attack one of us. It’s an attack on all of us.

As so often, the display of presumptuous outrage overrides any interest in due process or the facts of the matter. Indeed, the facts of the matter may be irrelevant to the exercise, which is often little more than an opportunity to make radical noises in front of one’s friends, indulge in a spot of exciting vandalism, and then congratulate oneself. See, for instance, this example of Laurie Penny’s grandiose disregard for evidence.

And should the facts of matter ultimately prove unflattering to the ‘activists,’ to their assumptions and to their chosen form of ‘protest’, none of this is likely to impede their rush to judgement and “affirmative action” when the next cause comes along, and the one after that. Each of which will most likely be abandoned in favour of something shinier and more fashionable, leaving someone else to clear up afterwards.

Fred the Fourth

R.Sherman: Well, when you put it that way...

Hedgehog

Fred: "Well, when you put it that way...

Given that we are now and have been for quite a while at the point where we choose presidents on the basis of the image we create of them and not on the basis of the policies they claim to support (quick: Obama got elected because (i) the country wanted a third-class academic with no actual experience in anything meaningful but who is afflicted with a '70s obsession with the struggle against colonialism, or (ii) because he provided an opportunity for people to feel good about themselves and show that they weren't racists - honest; some of my best friends are African Americans; look, I even voted for one), is there any other way to put it? On one hand, the tangerine tornado with the bombshell wife; on the other, the pantsuit prevaricator with the syphilitic husband. What, exactly, is the question?

Hedgehog

When they attack one of us. It's an attack on all of us.

Yeah, "attacked", and being a Person of Pallor leftist wanker is being "one" of the illegal aliens.

That struck me as well. It's not just that the self-proclaimed tribunes of the people aren't exactly keen on the people themselves, except when they can use them as an excuse for their preening self-regard. It's also that the people thus ostensibly represented by these tribunes don't for the life of them want to have anything to do with these wankers.

Charlie Suet

I don't understand why the police seem all too keen to arrest people for wearing mildly offensive t-shirts, but criminal damage while clutching Socialist Worker banners seems absolutely sacred.

I support the right to protest, but when it impacts on other people's rights to this extent it starts to look rather foolish.

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