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Late again (fighting with internet access):
Why shouldn't the rear get a look in too?
I was drawing from a tiny model skull that's the "bead" on the end of a knitting needle.

Link-y OTD

Jun. 9th, 2017 08:46 am
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Is to an embroidery.
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Soon, I'll be off to vote (not something Newspeak would let me say, I'm sure).
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Not my design, this comes courtesy of Alexander Rusch (chart here):
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Took the picture:
Piece of stone with the shadows just right.
Didn't get round to uploading it.
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Little time today, so I grabbed what I could from my desk. Plenty of different hardnesses of pencil and some graph paper:
Flat Skull Drawn on Graph Paper with Shadow Leading to Vanishing Point


Jun. 3rd, 2017 03:22 pm
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Just out of interest, dear reader, have a question or two:

1. Is your earworm only occasional or pretty much constant?

2. Are there triggers that start your earworm?

3. Can you hear more than one track simultaneously?

4. Does your earworm play you particular tracks or arrangements of whatever tune it wants to irritate you with?

5. Does your earworm have a playlist?

Or, do you not have an earworm and not understand what the heck I'm going on about?

(For extra credit, what is the cure for a month-long infestation of early Chris de Burgh?)

Link-y OTD

Jun. 3rd, 2017 10:05 am
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Cats in the Office


Jun. 3rd, 2017 09:15 am
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Feel a bit embarrassed about this, bearing in mind the length of time over an even greater number of years that I've been involved in tech pubs, but it's only just occurred to me why keycaps fonts are so called. If I'd ever thought about it, which I probably did (OK, I know I did) I'd've put it down to the capital letters they mostly are. While I dusted off the keyboard on the downstairs desktop this morning, it suddenly occurred to me that they were keycaps because they were the actual caps to the keys on the keyboard.


Jun. 2nd, 2017 11:55 am
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From The Guardian, Ian McEwan:
Many of us believe the EU remains the most extraordinary, ambitious, liberal political alliance in recorded history. It has overseen unprecedented peace and prosperity for 70 years. It is the dream trading bloc, to which we still have privileged access. Against the historical background of centuries of bloodshed, it is a heroic project, the closest embodiment on the planet of an open, free-thinking, tolerant polity forged between nations once at war. At the same time, it has preserved national differences – take a drive from Slovenia to Lisbon or Lübeck. At the human and cultural level, the EU is far richer, more diverse and benignly complex than the continental US. Where it needs reform, where it needs to evolve, we should be there to help turn that heavy wheel.

Bye, bye lj

Jun. 1st, 2017 07:41 pm
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I'm sitting here watching the entries flicker through their enscramblement on lj.

I was going to flounce off on the 15th anniversary of my first post there, but I've been tinkering with pictures and links, and... Either I go or I don't. So, no x-posts, no nothing into the site; I'll turn off commenting if I can (it was a spam comment today that got me to make the decision); there's a pointer over to here; and there let it stand.

The weird thing about electronic vandalism is you don't get your fingers dirty (and in fact can wander off and have dinner).
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No dandelions or burdocks were harmed in making this concoction: or not that I could detect.

Not recommended, unless you have a copper-bottomed pan to clean. (Or is that HP Sauce?)

May 2017

Jun. 1st, 2017 01:47 pm
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- The Opposite of the Big Bang by Nathan J. Bezzina (DSF)
- Sexbot Sunday Jigsaw Puzzle by Leslie J. Anderson (DSF) -- didn't live up to its title :-(
- Clickbait for Paranormals: Six Amazing Secrets from a Ghost's Guide to Getting Ghouls by Sarina Dorie (DSF)
- Nothing Between the Stars by R.W.W. Greene (DSF)
- Sweetlings by Lucy Taylor (
- The Simulacra by Lavie Tidhar (
- Innsmouth Legacy: “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys (
- The Librarian by Kat McNichol (
- Fears Like Kafka by Chris Vander Kaay (
- Snail Mail by Steven Fischer (DSF)

- Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss (WBC May)

- The Multiverse As Muse by Jordana Cepelewicz (
- Overwatch Incest 'Shipping Tests The Limits Of What's Permissible In Fandom by Gita Jackson (
- Here's How Much Tesla's New Solar Roof Could Cost by Daniel DiClerico (
- The 6 Most Surprising, Important Inventions From World War I by Simone M. Scully (
Visual and Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Making Decisions by Edward R. Tufte (

- It's Blue not Grey! hat
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Nearly missed that Channel 4 was showing this (I don't watch enough TV these days to see the adverts for upcoming shows).

Uncomfortable viewing.

I think actually seeing the "execution" of the convicted rapist made me think more of its similarity with Orwell's Two Minutes Hate.

It looked confusingly like an episode of Star Trek:TNG or an off-world episode of one of the Stargates. It's the colour-coded clothes, of course, which are entirely part of Atwood's book. But there's a reminder of the colour-themed costuming that often occurs in sf on TV. And I'm not just thinking of uniforms, here, but the whole "look" a particular culture is given, which is always a bit too neat and tidy (a bit like historical dramas where all the costume and furniture is absolutely of the date of the show, rather than the usual mishmash of old and new that most people live with and in) and often colour themed.

More Beers

May. 29th, 2017 07:07 pm
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Swapping Thursday for Friday (or vice versa) meant I didn't go to the beer festival. So, in the spirit of further exploration, I bought two more gluten-free beers, this tie from Waitrose.

Saturday, I drank a bottle of Againt the Grain from Wold Top Breweries . Very refreshing, reminding of my dad's homebrews from years back.

No ill effects apparent.

Sunday, I drank a bottle of Celia from Carlsberg.

A very nice lager I think, even if I'm not really a lager drinker. But it's hot and sweaty weather at the mo', so I appreciated it.

No ill effects apparent today.

I'm beginning to feel confident that avoiding gluten (in beer, anyway) is the way to go.

This is the first of my catching up on the week/weekend posts.
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Of my father.

So Friday evening, I rang him up and had a conversation.

I also dreamed of headlice.

I'm still scratching my headpuzzling over how to react to that one.

This is the first of my catching up on the week/weekend posts.
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What could be more Thomas Hardy than a gig at an ex-granary followed by a night near Stonehenge and the inauguration (installation? whatever... it involved the town crier and much food and drink) of one's father-in-law as a free-person of Beaminster?
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She might be tiny; she might be timid; but somehow yesterday evening she spirited part of a guinea fowl carcase upstairs without us noticing. Fortunately I confiscated it before she came to any harm.

Black and white cats have all the evil.


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