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Alas Smith

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 21:21 by John Sinteur in category: News

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RIP Mel Smith, British comedian, actor, writer, director and producer. First coming to fame in the ground-breaking Not The Nine O’Clock News he went on to make Alas Smith And Jones with Griff Rhys-Jones. He produced many theatrical productions and directed several films including The Tall Guy and Bean. He also played the albino in The Princess Bride. (Previous)
Not The Nine O’Clock News – Darts
Not The Nine O’Clock News – Gob On You
Not The Nine O’Clock News – Headbanger
Not The Nine O’Clock News – The Devil, is he all bad?

Alas Smith and Jones – Sperm Clinic
Alas Smith and Jones – Football Results
Alas Smith and Jones – Grave

Mel and Kim – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree


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44 years ago

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 20:32 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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NASA Rejection Letter to Woman in 1962 Was Blunt: No Girls Allowed

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 19:09 by Paul Jay in category: News

NASA_letter

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Currently making the rounds around the ol’ Internet is a very heartwarming letter NASA sent to a young boy who wanted to be an astronaut . Unfortunateley, it wasn’t so long ago the agency sent quite the opposite type of letters to women.

 


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Giant Robot Storms San Diego Comic Con 2013

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Janet Jackson’s husband fired Marte Dalelv

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 14:34 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)

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Billionaire Wissam Al Mana, husband of famous popstar Janet Jackson, signed the letter of resignation for Marte Dalelv (24) after she reported being raped in Dubai.

The 6th of March this year Dalelv reported a colleague for rape while on a business trip in Dubai. Earlier this week, Dalelv was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted for having extramarital sex, drinking alcohol without permission and giving false statement to the police.

«Unacceptable and improper behavior»

Ms. Dalelv received a letter from her employer Al Mana Interiors three weeks after she reported the rape, informing her that she was suspended from her position, effective immediately.

The ninth of april she got a new shocking letter: Her contract was terminated due to «unacceptable and improper behavior». This time it was the company’s managing director, Mr. Wissam Al Mana, who himself signed the letter.


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Chaconne from Bach’s Partita no. 2 for violin, on the hammered dulcimer

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Amazing performance! One of my best friends is a really good hammer dulcimer player. I forwarded this to him – I think he will enjoy it! 🙂 FWIW, we also have a hammer dulcimer in our instrument collection. The collection takes an entire room in our house, so when we have jam sessions (a regular affair in our home) and someone wants to play one… 🙂 We also have a plethora of fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass fiddles, a 36 string Veracruz harp, and a number of Mexican guitars from guitarron to jarana to requinto, along with a lot of rhythm instruments (drums of various sorts including an Irish bodhran, a Sioux hand drum, tambourines, maracas, bones, spoons, …), and some instruments that only an archaeologist might recognize. Oh, and there is a “steppy (sp?) tune” – a small, portable dance floor of about 2 ft x 3 ft in case someone wants to do some buck dancing! So John, if you ever get to Chicago, do stop by and enjoy! 🙂

  2. I only play triangle, and badly at that!

Google Caught Red-Handed Ripping Off an Apple Patent Graphic

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 12:15 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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Copycats just can’t help themselves. It’s an addiction to want to be so much like their competitor that they’ll do anything to blur the lines between their competing products. They’ll resort to ripping off their competitors whenever possible and/or just repeat the lie loud enough that they’re the inventor of something – just to give the public the distinct impression that it’s actually theirs. Recently Google has tried to mimic the MacBook Pro with Retina to blur the lines and now they’re thinking of adding presence technology to their Chromebook Pixel. The problem is that they just ripped off one of Apple’s granted patent figures to an embarrassing point that you have to see for yourself. I appreciate Google for their efforts on Google Glass and other projects – but let’s get real here. Sometimes copying is like getting a pie in your face. You just look stupid. Even Google could do better than that.


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Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to be given posthumous pardon

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 10:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon.

The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to “chemical castration”.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, a government whip, told peers that the government would table the third reading of the Alan Turing (statutory pardon) bill at the end of October if no amendments are made. “If nobody tables an amendment to this bill, its supporters can be assured that it will have speedy passage to the House of Commons,” Ahmad said.

The announcement marks a change of heart by the government, which declined last year to grant pardons to the 49,000 gay men, now dead, who were convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. They include Oscar Wilde.

Ahmad told peers: “Alan Turing himself believed that homosexual activity would be made legal by a royal commission. In fact, appropriately, it was parliament which decriminalised the activity for which he was convicted. The government are very aware of the calls to pardon Turing, given his outstanding achievements, and have great sympathy with this objective … That is why the government believe it is right that parliament should be free to respond to this bill in whatever way its conscience dictates and in whatever way it so wills.”


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  1. It’s about farking time! All those 49,000 people should likewise be pardoned, and their families apologized to for the egregious behavior of the state! Just my (not so) humble opinion… :angry:

  2. I agree. We can be glad that these oppressed communities united and took political action to advance the struggle to make themselves free. If it had been up to governments nothing would have happened.

    The horrors and oppressions of the past are important lessons. Governments care or pay attention only when there are votes or money in it for them; The War on Drugs, The War on Terror, The War on Illegal Immigration to name only a few.

World’s slowest-moving drop caught on camera at last

Posted on July 20th, 2013 at 10:12 by John Sinteur in category: News

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How long would you be willing to wait for a drop of the black stuff in Dublin? After 69 years, one of the longest-running laboratory investigations in the world has finally captured the fall of a drop of tar pitch on camera for the first time. A similar, better-known and older experiment in Australia missed filming its latest drop in 2000 because the camera was offline at the time.

The Dublin pitch-drop experiment was set up in 1944 at Trinity College Dublin to demonstrate the high viscosity or low fluidity of pitch — also known as bitumen or asphalt — a material that appears to be solid at room temperature, but is in fact flowing, albeit extremely slowly.


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  1. And I’m some grad student (or more than one) will spend the next 4 years analyzing that drop and write voluminous papers on the subject! 🙂