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PostPosted: 21-01-2010 08:16    Post subject: The Good Stuff Online Thread Reply with quote

I can't be bothered to keep hunting for threads of tangential relevance every time I want to share a new site or blog posting with people here. This thread eliminates that need.

First up:
I found this distressing but fascinating blog about nursing in the NHS.

http://militantmedicalnurse.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-does-it-keep-getting-worse-total.html

More later, no doubt.
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PostPosted: 21-01-2010 12:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

And never mind blue hippies and hackneyed plots.
This is CG at work:
http://opus.fm/view/the_third_the_seventh/

Quite beautiful, very relaxing, and with the much needed feeling of space which CG doesn't always deliver.

edit: It's around 13mins long and grows progressively more epic.
High def. versions here:
http://www.vimeo.com/7809605

If you can handle it.
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PostPosted: 22-01-2010 11:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posted as a witty attack on the SNP, but just as relevant, with a few edits, to the Labour government:

From Tom Harris (Labour MP - One of the few good guys):
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/yithian/Screen-shot-2010-01-21-at-192422.png

http://www.tomharris.org.uk/
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PostPosted: 22-01-2010 17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

My most visited website [apart from FTMB goof ] is:
http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/
which is exactly what it says on the tin. Hundreds of excellent Asian Horror, many very new releases, all the Ringu movies, the Grudge and so on, I watch one almost every day but then I am a sucker for anything Japanese anyway, I'm learning the language and can then watch horror movies to practice. However they are all good. Wanted to share this for a long time, might as well now.
Go and watch! Psychout
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PostPosted: 23-01-2010 04:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dingo667 wrote:
I'm learning the language and can then watch horror movies to practice.


I'd imagine you'll have a rather idiosyncratic vocabulary. Very Happy

"The pen is in the table"?

What use is that?

"There can be no mercy!"

I'm not sure I recall the phrase exactly now, but I did, one hot afternoon, learn to say "Do not obstruct me, I'm on a mission from my god.", in Korean.
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PostPosted: 24-01-2010 12:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have some fun with David Cameron.
http://www.andybarefoot.com/politics/cameron.php

I did:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/yithian/poster2php.jpg
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PostPosted: 24-01-2010 15:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://img2.pict.com/d6/dc/8f/2622372/0/screen.jpg
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PostPosted: 30-01-2010 13:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Painfully, hilariously true:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtGSXMuWMR4&feature=player_embedded
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PostPosted: 31-01-2010 13:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fancy building a tree-house?
http://www.fubiz.net/2010/01/20/tree-house/
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PostPosted: 31-01-2010 21:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is absolutely fantastic!
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PostPosted: 31-01-2010 23:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is just a beautiful, inspired piece of architecture. Wonderful.

How about this restaurant in the trees, which was built as a temporary project:

http://www.yellowtreehouse.co.nz
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PostPosted: 02-02-2010 07:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

As we have several readers of old books on the board, please take note of my thoughts on the Classic Reprint Series printed by Amazon before ordering anything from them. Review of The King's English:

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1.0 out of 5 stars "Classic Reprint Series": Avoid like the plague, 2 Feb 2010
By Yith - See all my reviews


I shall start with the most important part of the review:
If you were to take my well-intentioned advice, you would not buy this book or any other from the 'Classic Reprint Series'.

Although not actually explained anywhere on this page, the would-be customer really ought to know that these editions are, put simply, photocopies of almost incredibly low-quality. The book itself claims to be 'remastered' (with no further explanation as to quite what that entailed), yet the result of this occult process remains a sporadically blurred, misaligned, faded and flawed text.

A few years ago, I had in my possession a 'pirate' copy of a Noam Chomsky book bought from a makeshift stall in Cambodia for around $3 [US]; I may have later traded it for some fruit, although I don't clearly recall. Anyway, it may amuse the reader to learn that this tatty-specimen, bought from a man who could scarcely read most of the words he had patiently copied page-by-page, was actually clearer and easier on the eye than that now languishing discarded on my coffee table. I should be more than happy were someone to offer me fruit in exchange for this ersatz scrap of ugliness.

Favourite faults include (but are not limited to!):
- a scored text-block due to bad cutting.
- a halo of grey dots around each and every letter: time to change the cartridge, chaps.
- the fact that this is a photocopy of the second edition - not the 'original text'.
- the fact that a University of Los Angeles library sticker has been reproduced at the end (admirable attention to detail and all that...).

But, best of all, is the caveat all these books bear:

"Forgotten Books takes the uppermost care to preserve the entire content of the original book. However, this book has been generated from a scan of the original, and as such we cannot guarantee that it is free from errors or contains the full content of the original. But we try our best!"

Does this not, in essence, say: "We do everything we can to print the entire text, but may not, actually, print the entire text". Nevertheless, I am quite sure that when you find pages missing from the 'book' (for which you have paid handsomely), it will be truly warming to know that whilst not actually checking the integrity of the scans they have bought from a third-party before selling them on in a further degraded form, the hard-working chaps at Forgotten Books are 'trying their best'.

In short, were the brothers Fowler to witness the travesty being callously visited upon their fine work, they would now be turning in their graves, which have been dampened by the former contents of Forgotten Books' collective bladder.

Please note: Forgotten Books = Amazon.co.uk
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PostPosted: 08-02-2010 09:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, slightly warped, site I came across a link to, on Cracked.Com:

http://www.spaceavalanche.com/2009/02/02/irish-sea/
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PostPosted: 08-02-2010 14:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha, very good webcomic Very Happy
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PostPosted: 08-02-2010 15:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never realised this photo existed:
http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/attacking-the-queen/
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