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January 15, 2021

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PiperPaul

Wait for it

Where's that guy who adds rubbery, wavy arms onto video clips?

Captain Nemo

A colossal hand-bound book, with no printing, no writing of any kind, no illustrations of any kind..... 908 pages of blank paper.

Do click on the link. It's much better than it sounds, and really quite lovely:

https://twitter.com/incunabula/status/1349726353034153984

Captain Nemo

Recipe of note:

https://twitter.com/NasheedWallace/status/1349407757636665344

PiperPaul

908 pages of blank paper

Book title is "What Exists Outside of Leftist Bubble".

asiaseen

autonomous steaming technology

Reminds me of the military rations, self-heating cans of soup. Culd be life-threatening

Sam Duncan

“You want one and you know it.”

Oh, hell yes. It's like a giant one of these. Which, were I in a position to throw 100 quid away on stuff I have absolutely no use for, I'd buy without a second thought.

Fred the Fourth

Recipe...
Reminds me the recipes I ran into while studying Sam Pepys diary.
They often started something like this:
Take a Bushel of Water and a Lot of Good Beef...

rtw

It's too bad there weren't video cameras when me and my cousin (at age 3) were being interrogated after painting our family Buick. We blamed each other.

Liz

Maybe a bath.

Brilliant. Actual handwringing.

JuliaM

"You want one and you know it."

It's astonishing how often this is actually true!

David

Morning, all.

Actual handwringing.

As parent-small boy negotiations go, it’s quite a thing. I get the impression it’s not their first rodeo.

I wonder if I could adopt them.

David

We blamed each other.

I vaguely recall a similar negotiation taking place after my parents discovered that an old writing bureau, a can of silver spray paint and an unsupervised four-year-old is not an ideal combination.

I think it was the first time I saw that you could be told off by people who are trying not to laugh.

Felicity

we blamed each other

I have three boys and many stories, some of them involved the dog and many were expensive. How the youngest survived we don’t know. We regale each other with them on family occasions. The story always ends with “and that boys, is why mummy drinks”.

Em

Maybe a bath.

LOL Cutest bad guys ever.

I get the impression it’s not their first rodeo.

Definitely not. :-)

David

Definitely not. :-)

Oh, there’s history there. It’s the line, “Maybe if we think about what we’ve done…?”

Cunning yet adorable.

kfg

"You want one . . ."

As soon as I get the hobbit hole I want.

Karl

Snow in Nagano

Er....

David

Er....

Answers on a postcard, please.

John Lewis

More glamorous?

Wouldn’t have been out of place on the recent thread about A Flock of Seagulls and others of that era.

John Lewis

Snow in Nagano looks like a still from a Miyazaki film.

asiaseen

Errrr

The car on the right seems to be rather curiously parked.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Answers on a postcard, please.

You all, being yte supremacist racists, see a PoC caricature, I see a victim of yte imperialist colonial supremacism, a poor tortured soul with flash burns from Hiroshima.

I am just woke that way.

Daniel Ream

I'll ruin the joke and point out that giant-headed mascots outside businesses, even ones as small as convenience stores, are a common thing in Japan.

Karl

whale probe ambience

Well, that is more soothing than what I was listening to!

Karl

giant-headed mascots ... are a common thing in Japan

Well that Kumamon has seen better days 🤔

Daniel Ream

I have a couple of friends who live there and the Japan you see in film and TV is very different from the reality. The country is in the middle of a massive demographic crisis, it's been in an economic malaise for decades resulting in a kind of genteel shabbiness outside the major tourist centers, and it's still fantastically xenophobic.

It's a fascinating place to visit, in the same way Cuba was.

Nicholas

autonomous steaming technology

Reminds me of the military rations, self-heating cans of soup. Culd be life-threatening

I assume you've never encountered Scottish army field rations?

Novus

Well, that is more soothing than what I was listening to!

[Proffers ironic OGT handshake.]

David

Er....

Mystery solved.

Karl

Mystery solved

I beg to differ:
"Tanukis have legendarily been known to use their testicles as makeshift raincoats, as weapons, and as drums."

cayleygraph2015
More glamourous than thou.
This Rabbit has an awesome hairdo.
Eh, I'd say it's more "radical" or "tubular" than "awesome" or "glamourous".
David

been known to use their testicles as makeshift raincoats, as weapons, and as drums.

Blimey.

Mike

Today’s word is suboptimal.

Is that the built-in cigarette lighter?

Farnsworth M Muldoon

autonomous steaming technology

Reminds me of the military rations...

Users start by pouring 20 ml (0.7 oz) of water into the Heatbox...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The woke left, according to Anton Chekhov, is not civilized.

pst314

Giant cat roams British countryside.

Is it hunting killer cars?

Uma Thurmond's Feet

I love coming across things that explain things.

How to refine a font for sheet music, including an amazing program (Score) developed in the '80s.

Why the Music in Cats is worse than you thought. Including digressions about why Cats worked on stage, ALW's two ways of writing a song, how singers express themselves, and how sound engineers realized director Tom Hooper's insane idea that makes listening to the movie equivalent to applying a high-speed drill against your cranium.

Governor Squid

Why the Music in Cats is worse than you thought.

One might suggest that the podcaster record his digressions as separate recordings. One was amused for ten or twelve minutes, but the magic wore off after that.

Oh, wait -- did he produce an overly long, overly padded rant about Cats on purpose?! Diabolical!

(The sheet music special was enthralling, btw. Maybe my patience was tested by Cats guy because it suffered by comparison.)

asiaseen

@ Karl
I beg to differ

A subtle reference to Villa Incognito perhaps?

pst314

Wile E. Coyote shouts "We was kings!" while blowing self up.

Via the same link, French police raid Antifa bomb factory.

Karl

a subtle reference

You flatter me sir.
Alas I am more Baskin than Tom.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

I’m so old I remember Chiffon toilet paper!

Also, easily the weirdest thing on the Internet, at least I hope it is: smurf torture!

http://bluebuddies.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/1960.html

Extra-credit weirdness: it took the audience ten years to realize what the story was actually about.

David

I’m so old I remember Chiffon toilet paper!

Was it everything the adverts promised?

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

Probably not.

David

The woke left, according to Anton Chekhov, is not civilized.

Wokelings tend to disdain reciprocation, which is pretty much the foundation of being civilised, even denouncing it as, for instance, “respectability politics” and a “bad idea.”

Hence their principles, so-called, are not in fact principles, merely excuses.

David

Can endorse.

[ Wipes chin. ]

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Science !™

I think the best part is the rags stuffed in the ends of the flutes.

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

There was also a Chiffon margarine. Never tasted it—Mom was Parkay all the way.

David

There was also a Chiffon margarine.

See how far we’ve come.

David

There was also a Chiffon margarine.

It’s a bit like using Diaphanous as a brand name for lard. Promising more than it can deliver, really.

asiaseen

Chiffon toilet paper

Meanwhile, back in the Old World, Bronco and San Izal were the shiny, hard papers of choice for real people.

Rather curiously, my old boarding school had it's name printed on every sheet of the rolls.

Steve E

There was also a Chiffon margarine.

"If you think it's butter, but it's not...it's Chiffon."

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

Steve E

It’s a bit like using Diaphanous as a brand name for lard. Promising more than it can deliver, really.

Until very recently you couldn't sell yellow margarine in Quebec. It had to be coloured white. This all done, supposedly, to protect the dairy industry.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

There was also a Chiffon margarine.

Their jingle...

♫ If you think it's butter, but it's not... ♫

...phrasing is very important.

pst314

Until very recently you couldn't sell yellow margarine in Quebec.

An internet search shows that the change was made in 2008. Good grief: even Wisconsin repealed a similar law in 1967.

PiperPaul

Until very recently you couldn't sell yellow margarine in Quebec.

But you could mix in a packet of provided yellow food coloring.

Steve E

But you could mix in a packet of provided yellow food coloring.

True. My uncle was in the bakery supply business and assures me there was a black market for out of province yellow margarine. Although he never made it clear where it could be purchased. I have mental images of back doors and déppaneurs.

Steve E

...phrasing is very important.

Yes, best not to elide "it's not".

pst314

But you could mix in a packet of provided yellow food coloring.

I remember doing that as a very young child, with margarine packets smuggled across the border.

Ironically, we bought margarine partly because the Health Authorities told us it was healthier than butter. Once their findings were shown to be false and fraudulent, we went back to butter.

pst314

assures me there was a black market for out of province yellow margarine.

Anyone who traveled out-of-province or out-of-state could, if they wished, make a little money buying such goods in bulk: margarine, liquor, tobacco, etc. And more recently non-low-flow toilets and faucets from Canada to the States. One didn't have to do it in bulk--no truckloads--just a trunk full of goodies to sell to grateful friends and acquaintances. I vaguely recall people talking about this back in the 70's and 80's.

David

we went back to butter.

It is difficult to improve on butter.

[ Thinks back fondly to butter-drenched muffins. ]

Jen

butter-drenched muffins

Band name.

Daniel Ream

even Wisconsin repealed a similar law in 1967

Do not underestimate the power of the dairy lobby in Canada. You know the show Banshee? Where all the crime is controlled by a psychopathic Amish meat packer? It's like that, but with milk.

Darleen

Oops.

Steve E

butter-drenched muffins

Band name.

Martha and the Muffins. Actual band name. In keeping with a previous thread's playlist.

WTP

UCF is just down the road from me. This is funny. Looking forward to the day when we can rat our our friends and neighbors anonymously. Hey, they asked for this shit.

Lancastrian Oik

In which the Washington Post, through the efforts of Philip Bump, pleads the "Carl Douglas" * defence for Antifa &c.

*As it is known in our household- "Well, they may have been beating the living crap out of each other, but they were doing it with expert timing so that makes it OK".

semi retired conservative

butter-drenched muffins

I do believe I saw a delightful piece of adult cinema once with that very title.

pst314

defence for Antifa &c.

Shorter WaPo: "It's good for black people to riot, burn and murder when a black thug is shot by the police." Also: "We love Marxist revolutionary thugs."

Jonah Goldberg of the National Topsider is quoted.

Henry

From WashPo to the New York Times, that bastion of world-class journalism, whose editors saw fit to publish the following, and Twitter - in no way run by leftwing activists - thought I needed to know about it

https://twitter.com/i/events/1349409058785292289
"Jobless women selling nudes on OnlyFans are struggling to pay bills"

Darleen

Good lord, that WaPo spewing was painful.

9 months of looting, riots, cities burning, Leftwing politicians encouraging it, enabling it "who said protests were supposed to be comfortable?" because the nation REALLY is systematically racist and commits genocide against "black bodies".

But several dozen escapees from a Village People LARP session who occupy the capitol briefly are worse because this was the Most Fair and Transparent Election EVAH!!!

argh

Cloudbuster

This is strange, but that Greta doll has less of an uncanny valley effect on me than does the real Greta.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

UCF is just down the road from me.

Well, this will wipe out what the university is best known for.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Martha and the Muffins

Possibly inspired by Mojo Nixon's "Stuffing Martha's Muffins" to honor MTV VJ Martha Quinn.

And no, I'm not going to look it up to check. Why ruin innocent fun?

pst314

Can anybody provide a translation of the Japanese text accompanying that Greta doll? I have a suspicion that it would add to the hilarity.

Steve E

Why ruin innocent fun?

I'm not going to.

There were actually two Marthas in Martha and the Muffins. Martha Ladly left the band after they recorded their second album. She was a visual/graphic design/artist. She went to work with Peter Saville Associates, a graphic design firm that designed many album sleeves for Factory Records.

To really bring this home, Ladly suggested the album title "Architecture and Morality" (referenced by David in an earlier thread) to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

pst314

Laser-etched glass sculpture of caffeine molecule. Not to mention many others.

Squires

“...a massive demographic crisis [...] and it's still fantastically xenophobic.”

The latter may be the only thing preserving it through the former.

pst314

You know you want one.


EarnestCanuck

Man I dunno from legal scholarship but this is some epic digging. Delineates the crazy spread of craziness from the bones to the heart and mind of Yank jurisprudence. Thought you Thompson guns especially might like it -- the monkish rigor of this oddball #TimonofPhilly. His findings are dry as dust but pardon me fuckin' appalling. https://newdiscourses.com/2021/01/intersectionality-goes-to-court/

David

The standard trajectory.

[ Added: ]

It must be quite strange to go through life knowing that your woke pieties, on which your in-group status depend, are a complete sham. A transparent lie that’s easily uncovered, such that your own petty traps and games of Gotcha! can be turned against you. With farcical predictability.

It doesn’t sound healthy.

asiaseen

His findings are dry as dust

That was hard work. Back in the last century there was an English judge who insisted that counsel submit the gist of their case on a single side of A4 paper. Timon of Philly would do well to learn the technique. It would help him to improve the comprehesibility (if there is any) of his writing.

PiperPaul

You know the show Banshee?

No, but it certainly looks interesting. Bonus that Homelander is in it.

I will have to check it out.

WTP

Well, this will wipe out what the university is best known for.

Actually, UCF had become a pretty good computer science and engineering school. They once were known as Florida Tech (not to be confused with FIT, Florida Institute of Technology further down the road in Melbourne). Many people who worked at Kennedy Space Center graduated from there. Not that one should be as terribly impressed as that sounds but that's no reflection on the school. They have also expanded into the medical field with some success. But yes, it is all to laugh.

Lancastrian Oik

Banshee.

I second that endorsement.

It's completely nuts, but great fun

Lancastrian Oik

Britain's inevitably downmarket version of "Tanuki"- "Buster Gonad".

Daniel Ream

No, but it certainly looks interesting

It's a crime noir version of The Count of Monte Cristo, and like a more serious version of a Cohen Brothers film. Oh, and on Cinemax so lots of sex and nudity but oddly non-gratuitous.

Also there's Amish crime lords.

pst314

Also there's Amish crime lords.

Clop, clop, clop, clop, Bang! Clop, clop, clop, clop.

David

Amish crime lords.

Band name.

pst314

Amish crime lords.

Straight Outta Elkhart
Buggies in the Hood
One Upon a Time in a Cowpasture
The Pennsylvania Connection
Rural Caesar
Goodfarmers

Lady Cutekitten of Lolcat

😄😄😄

pst314

A Fistfull of Wheat Stalks

John Lewis

Martha Ladly (of Muffin fame) also played keyboard on the Associates excellent single Party Fears 2.

PiperPaul

Rumspringa Rum-Runners

Steve E

Martha Ladly (of Muffin fame) also played keyboard on the Associates excellent single Party Fears 2.

Also sang back-up vocals on Roxy Music's Avalon and was in Robert Palmer's back-up band for a short stint.

Daniel Ream

Seriously, though, check it out. Along with Justified and The Americans it's consistently solid. Fifteen seasons worth of entertainment to get you through lockdown.

Also Justified has Nick Searcy in it.

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