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September 25, 2020

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Hal

De-pouching.

The eye have it!

Hal

|| “Even at lightspeed, it would take you 8.7 hours to travel around it once.” || When women do it. ||

Cute.

Hal

Historic newspaper photos, a searchable archive. (h/t, Things)

A few years back a granddaughter of the Curies visited Cal to tell of what it was like following her grandparents into research. A local newspaper headline, in very large print:

Curies' Ancestor Says More Women Should Be In Science.

Hal

The thrill of the arts.

The thrill of the arts.

Hal

|| The thrill of the arts. || Overalls of note. ||

Cute II.

ComputerLabRat

Our betters are the clever ones.

Clever...er, I don't think that word means what that tattooed person thinks it means...
I hope that's a fake picture, but it's quite believable in today's climate.

What part of the body is that, anyways? Inside elbow?

Hal

Effective, yes, but just a tad excessive.

W'need you t' light the Fiiire.

---The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton Island, restaged for video.

TimT

”De-pouching”

I always wondered how they were born.

JuliaM

"Somehow, I’d never seen a punt gun."

You haven't lived!

JuliaM

"WandaVision."

This is....odd. I predict it'll be a smash hit or an utter stinker. I really doubt there's any chance of middle ground with this...

Mags

And finally, gloriously, a thing of beauty.

LOL Brilliant. :-)

David

Morning, all.

I predict it’ll be a smash hit or an utter stinker.

It’s… intriguing. And dense with hints.

Brilliant. :-)

She did rather steal his thunder.

David
I’ve also done poly on several different continents.

Can you guess who? Of course you can.

Joan

A moment of new-parent panic.

Lack of sleep does that. Loved the little pat at the end.

David

Loved the little pat at the end.

Yes, it’s rather sweet. You can imagine his relief at (a), not actually having misplaced the baby, and (b), avoiding the subsequent bone-searing umbrage of the dear wife.

David

How to pet a porcupine.

Via Perry.

Jacob

“Even at lightspeed, it would take you 8.7 hours to travel around it once.” || When women do it.

On Fridays I come for the juxtapositions.

David

Cute.
Cute II.

On Fridays I come for the juxtapositions.

This is my innocent face.

[ Holds up picture of adorable puppy. ]

TimT

Are porcupine or hedgehog spines that nasty? I’ve only ever seen echidnas up close and the prickles aren’t too sharp. I was under the impression from videos that hedgehogs were quite pattable...

TimT

The advance of science.

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/how-build-pringle-ringle

David

The advance of science.

Sorcery!

Hal

This is my innocent face.

[ Holds up picture of adorable puppy. ]

Oh, no, no no, This is an Innocent picture. And there's also this one, and that one, and another one . . .

Hal

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/how-build-pringle-ringle

How to balance leaves.

sH2

"Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new,"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/24/police-confiscate-345000-recycled-condoms-in-vietnam

Karl

Jamie Smith is an attorney and mother who cares about civil rights. And sacrificing foetuses to the devil. Obviously.

WTP

"The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple"

How is that not a Babylon Bee headline? They put The Onion to shame. Reality is their only serious competition.

asiaseen

sinners

nuns Benedictine - any connection with oeufs of the same denomination?

asiaseen

punt gun

Doubles as a pole for transitting

Fred the Fourth

My forgetful new parent story...
Woke at 0 dark thirty to an ominous orange glare on opposite bedroom wall.
FIRE!
I was out of bed, grabbed baby, and down to the first floor in about 3 seconds flat. Then my brain engaged and I realized two things. One, the Orange glare was from the switch light on a new power strip i had put in our bedroom that day. Hence no FIRE!
Two, I had left my dear wife sleeping in our burning bedroom. Oops.
Conversation at breakfast was ... Amusing? Yeah, let's go with amusing.

Daniel Ream

"WandaVision."

Between Pixar ripping off an obscure Canadian kids show and now Marvel ripping off that one episode of Supernatural, I'm starting to think Disney is out of ideas.

David

Two, I had left my dear wife sleeping in our burning bedroom. Oops.

I suspect that’s one of those incidents to which said wife may draw attention whenever visitors arrive. Possibly at some length. Until the end of time.

David

and now Marvel ripping off that one episode of Supernatural,

I’m not familiar with Supernatural, so I can’t say.

Governor Squid

How to pet a porcupine.

There will never be a porcupine more lovable than Teddy Bear.

David

She’s a Ph.D., you know.

fnord

Overalls:

A ______ and his money are soon _______.

Sam Duncan

“Bathing scenes.”

I can't help imagining the one in the background thinking, “I wish he'd bloody hurry up in there. I've been waiting for hours...”

“Beware of the dog.”

Ooh, Cambridge Latin Course filmstrip flashback... “Cerberus est in atrium... [BEEEEP]”

One of the things I loved about Latin at school wasn't so much the language as learning that the ancient Romans were more like modern urban dwellers than the peasants of the Middle Ages, a thousand years later. “Beware of the dog”, apartment blocks, shopping malls... it was almost like a real-life Flintstones.

“Overalls of note.”

“Eco washed”. Could've fooled me.

Not that I could ever be mistaken for a follower of fashion, but remember when Gucci was smart? They're just taking the piss now.

Daniel Ream

I’m not familiar with Supernatural, so I can’t say.

There's an episode where the two protagonists are thrust into a succession of obvious clones of popular TV shows by a malicious entity. They're the only ones who recognize what's going on, but have to play along with their "parts' in order to get out.

It's played as a comedy. Probably the best individual scene is when Sam realizes they're in CSI: Miami and tries to get the scene to end by making a terrible pun and putting on his sunglasses.

David

Probably the best individual scene is when Sam realizes they’re in CSI: Miami and tries to get the scene to end by making a terrible pun and putting on his sunglasses.

I’m not familiar with CSI: Miami either.

I’m a man of simple pleasures.

Jen

She’s a Ph.D., you know.

"Trump yard signs and other white nationalist symbols"

Er, wut?

David

Er, wut?

Yes, it’s curious how Pretentiously Aggrieved Bint #22,604 offers no specifics, let alone evidence, of “white nationalist symbols” - which you’d think she might have done, assuming her story were true and not just another low-class, attention-seeking hustle. Instead, she mentions a humdrum Trump yard sign, as if that were – and could only be - damning proof of seething racial hatred and great personal danger. And Pretentiously Aggrieved Bint #22,604 does this, proudly, while fishing for sympathy, and freebies, and while anticipating applause.

Daniel Ream

I’m a man of simple pleasures.

I'll admit that although I enjoy a clever nod to pop culture, the Family Guy-ing of everything does not seem to be a positive development in entertainment.

I've noted elsewhere that between Family Guy and meme culture, we've become the aliens from the TNG episode Darmok on the Ocean.

Steve E

She’s a Ph.D., you know.

Carey "No Es" Bueno.

Squires

She’s a Ph.D., you know.

The only Ph.D I’ve ever knowingly worked with never brought it up unless he was illustrating why he got the hell out of academia. We might never have known he had a doctorate if it hadn’t passed through the grapevine from those who hired him.

JuliaM

TimT: " I was under the impression from videos that hedgehogs were quite pattable..."

They aren't wickedly sharp like porcupine quills, no, but frankly, it's the fleas and ticks that are the worst thing...

David

They aren’t wickedly sharp like porcupine quills, no,

And suddenly, an image comes to mind of Julia busy in the kitchen with a porcupine and a rolling pin.

ComputerLabRat

And Pretentiously Aggrieved Bint #22,604 does this, proudly, while fishing for sympathy, and freebies, and while anticipating applause.

This.

Because if they didn't get all of that and more, along with groveling apologies and all sorts of boot licking pandering most of the times they tried it, they'd stop doing it.

The culture today is incentivizing this kind of behavior. It's almost as if these people are in a competition to see how utterly ridiculous they can be before someone says no.

Frankly I am surprised she got as much pushback as she did.

Sam Duncan

“She’s a Ph.D., you know.”

I take it she's not one of the 1-in-3 black people who support the President, then?

David

I take it she’s not one of the 1-in-3 black people who support the President, then?

I’m guessing not. But she is an empowered left-leaning woman who’s “terrified” and “traumatised” by a ‘Vote Trump’ yard sign.

John

“Other white nationalist symbols”.

I suspect 50 stars and 13 stripes were involved.

APL

Is it just the crosses of Saint George/Andrew/Patrick that are considered "white nationalist" symbols in the UK or is the whole flag now "double plus no good".

MC

The punt gun is a marvellous creation that I regret I've never seen in action, although I remember reading about their use in my father's copies of The Field and Shooting Times.

MC

I am surprised that Penny Dreadful still comes out to bat for polyamory, as it doesn't seem to have done her any good. As I recall, 90% of her sex life thus far has involved exploitation by nasty rapey creeps.

OTOH I remember her once writing about how she'd ended up spending time with some young republican types at some event and found them surprisingly, well, nice. (she got shot down for being honest about this) She should have married one of them.

David

OTOH I remember her once writing about how she’d ended up spending time with some young republican types at some event and found them surprisingly, well, nice.

It takes a strange kind of contortion to be in the middle of a riot by masked leftists, with windows smashed, by leftists, buildings set ablaze, by leftists, and women being arbitrarily beaten, by leftists, and to have to take cover among the rioters’ victims, i.e., conservative students, and to then claim to be “fucking terrified,” not by the masked leftists who are starting fires and assaulting random women, but by the people with whom you’re huddled for safety – and who are by all accounts, including your own, being perfectly civil, offering you drinks, and in no way threatening.

But such is Laurie’s mind.

[ Added: ]

After the riot, Laurie was careful to omit any remotely realistic acknowledgment of what had actually happened, despite her front-row view and hours of damning video footage, and while tying herself in mental knots trying to portray the organised aggressors, the ones who arrived with masks and weapons, as the victims of the drama. The same poseurs and sociopaths who tried to blind a woman for simply being interviewed about the violence she had seen, and who punched another woman for wearing a hat they didn’t like.

As so often, not just wrong, but nakedly dishonest. An inversion of reality.

Sam Duncan

“Is it just the crosses of Saint George/Andrew/Patrick that are considered "white nationalist" symbols in the UK or is the whole flag now "double plus no good".”

You're crediting the Left with logic and consistency. For reference, the current scorecard seems to be...

Cross of St. George: Bad because English.

Cross of St. Andrew: Good because Scottish nationalists are generally Lefties and Europhiles. (We pro-UK Scots aren't allowed it any more.)

Cross of St. Patrick: Bad because imperialist. (There is, to be fair, some element of truth to this. The cross of St. Patrick was really the flag of British Ireland. The traditional symbol of Ireland, although it was probably never used as a flag, was the gold harp on a blue field. Blue, not green, is the island's ancient national colour. The actual NI flag, the cross of St George emblazoned with the Red Hand of Ulster: doubleplusungood because cross of St. George.)

Union Jack: Good between 1997 and 2010, now bad again.

Oh, and the Welsh flag: Good because Labour are in power at Cardiff Bay and Wales is therefore a paradise on earth.

Hope this helps.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Cross of St. Patrick: Bad because imperialist.

Quadrupleplusungood to the leftists because it is also the flag of one of the civilized states, Alabama.

Hal

Medal for the boomtown rat who detects landmines

WTP

boomtown rat

Band name. Sucky band band name, but a band name nonetheless.

jones

TimT,

"I was under the impression from videos that hedgehogs were quite pattable..."

You clearly haven't patted a hedgehog from North Wales.

asiaseen

"I was under the impression from videos that hedgehogs were quite pattable..."

They are alleged also to be quite palatable, especially baked in clay.

Hal

Beware of the dog.

Boris despairs over Horace

. . . the Roman poet Horace, who coined such phrases as “nil desperandum” (never despair), “nunc est bibendum” (now is the time for drinking) and “carpe diem” (fish of the day).
Daniel Ream

The culture today is incentivizing this kind of behavior. It's almost as if these people are in a competition to see how utterly ridiculous they can be before someone says no.

For those familiar with genetic psychology/PUA culture, what we're seeing is a kind of mass civilizational shit test, and we're failing it.

Jonathan

Lol:


via Battle Beagle

David

what we’re seeing is a kind of mass civilizational shit test, and we’re failing it.

I wouldn’t disagree. But I’m not sure what “PUA culture” is.

pst314

...“carpe diem” (fish of the day).

I hope the linked writer was being intentionally funny when he gave that mistranslation.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"nunc est bibendum"

Latin for "Buy Michelin".

sH2

But I’m not sure what “PUA culture” is.

Pickup artist.

David

Pickup artist.

Ah. See? My innocent face.

[ Blushes like a schoolgirl. ]

WTP

No, carpe diem means Fish God. Thus the term Ichthyology. The study of the nature of Fish God. I thought everyone knew this. Jeez.

Megaera

I freely confess that I too had never seen a punt gun, but back when I was paying more attention to weapons TV (probably need to get back to that, from the looks of things...) I recall one that featured a formidable firearm from Beritish Injah called a Howdah gun, purposed for repelling attackers (presumably especially energetic tigers) while riding an elephant. Usually used only by passengers IN the howdah, not the mahout, since the kick was sufficient to knock you back more than a little. Always rather wanted one, just for the name.

JuliaM

"...(presumably especially energetic tigers)..."

They do exist!

https://youtu.be/T0kzdu_wTM0

pst314

(presumably especially energetic tigers)

That would be impressive. Physicists have not yet been able to do that even CERN.

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