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 "Legendary author Maya Angelou dies" http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/

I've got nothing clever to say about this sad news but my world feels poorer for her passing.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Totally NOT Secret Santa
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:12:07 pm »
The real bitch about being a broke, friendless, atheistic Scrooge at Christmas time is when you see the perfect Crimbo gift for someone you don't actually know, and who almost certainly wouldn't be comfortable receiving a gift from you, you are totally buggered. UNLESS you are a Peedee faghag in which case you know just what to do . So here ya go Cain, here's a little something for you

http://www.philosophyfootball.com/offers/


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Aneristic Illusions / Trolling like the Tories
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:29:45 pm »
If this is how they deal with a simple thing like replying to an MP's letter then I can't help feeling that they are losing the plot. Ministry of Silly Walks anyone . . .?

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MP says letter from No 10 used false name and signature
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13364121

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Principia Discussion / /observation
« on: July 21, 2010, 01:42:49 pm »
I met the Buddha on the road
He was shagging a ladderback chair.
I carefully considered whether I was obliged to kill him
but, on balance, I decided that he was dead in the water anyway.
So I just went on my way -
But I've never looked at chairs in quite the same way . . .

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Aneristic Illusions / Hang it all
« on: May 06, 2010, 11:47:30 pm »
Wow - the UK election finally got a bit interesting . . . they are predicting a hungish sort of Parliament with the Tories having the biggest vote but not enough for a clear win. The interesting bit,though, is the hundreds of people queuing in the rain for hours and then being locked out and refused a vote, because they ran out of ballotpapers or somesuch bullshit - and not just in one constituency, currently they are saying its at least 5. The excitement may give me the vapours . . .

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Bring and Brag / Think Pieces
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:28:07 pm »


needs a title . . .


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Techmology and Scientism / Kids want Nobel Prize for science
« on: March 13, 2010, 12:03:47 pm »
Unfortunately many of them seem woefully underqualified . . .

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8565258.stm


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One in 10 children thinks the Queen invented the telephone, a survey of children's science knowledge suggests.

Others gave credit for the invention to Charles Darwin and Noel Edmonds.

One in 20 of the 1,000 pupils polled thought Star Wars character Luke Skywalker or Richard Branson had been the first to set foot on the Moon.

Some 60% of nine- and 10-year-olds thought Sir Isaac Newton discovered fire, the survey for science campaign Birmingham Science City found.

Despite these misconceptions, more children want to win a Nobel prize for science than the X Factor.

 :horrormirth:

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In fact, nearly 70% of nine and 10-year-olds would like to be famous for winning a Nobel Prize in science, yet this drops to only 33% among 11 to 15-year-olds.

I will never see Newtonian physics in the same way again - or the Queen, come to think of it . . .

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Aneristic Illusions / Hypocrisy is the new black
« on: March 09, 2010, 12:53:43 am »
Or should that be - hypocrisy is the new black pink

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/03/anti-gay-senator-im-gay


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Techmology and Scientism / Physicist seeks God, send info to . . .
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:56:07 am »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/mar/07/vlatko-vedral-interview-aleks-krotoski

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Vlatko Vedral: "I'd like to explain the origin of God"

Quantum physicist Vlatko Vedral thinks he has found what the universe is made of: information.

My partner just linked me this piece with the comment, "its a bit simplistic" . . .

I love that when I watched the interview he describes himself as a physicist, therefore a simpleton. I also love any scientist who takes a wrecking bar to the whole idea of binary opposites. [as an anthropologist I didn't actually cheer when I heard that Claude Levi-Strauss had died but I am filled with anticipation for the destruction testing of his ideas about binaries; The Raw and the Cooked anyone?] No I am not an intellectual Luddite some of my most delicate work has been done with a wrecking bar, they are also good for finding cracks and gently prying til you let the light in. 

also - The first 10 mins or so of the video will feel quite homely to the locals round here


tl;dr version;- the universe is made of information and just needs a bit of uncertainty to power it . . .

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / 21stC Dawn Chorus
« on: February 02, 2010, 05:21:50 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/willgompertz/2010/02/40_wild_birds_play_a_gibson_le.html

I used to keep zebra finches but they never rocked like these guys . . .


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Aneristic Illusions / Pact with the Devil? Bad news says Pat Robertson
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:15:15 am »
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/sns-dc-robertson-haiti,0,1175550.story

how can Amurrica expect to be taken seriously as a world power when it demonstrates this level of moronic superstitious crap on a daily basis? I just want to keep banging my head against a wall until the pain goes away


 aaaaarrrrrrghh!!!





edit for orphan ellipsis

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Happy Fucking Xmas spags
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:07:50 pm »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8423340.stm

Rage Against the Machine is this years Christmas no 1!!!

well, fuck me sideways . . .

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In LMNO's thread Fact check, plz Roger said
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Silly English people.    :lulz:

No wonder you had to hire Germans to run your country.


Hereís something to give you  a laugh Roger -I'm not actually sure that there has ever been an English monarch of the Kingdom of England. The Neanderthals came over then there was the tribal times, then the Romans [Italian] then the dark ages - more tribalism. The Angles and Saxons were germanic, the Normans were French, King Arthur was mythical. Our favourite hero king, Richard the Lionheart didnít speak English and hardly set foot in the damn country, his evil brother John did deign to live here and was repaid for that ridiculous affectation by revolting Barons who made him sign Magna Carta.  The Tudors were Welsh, the Stuarts started out Scots and ended up Dutch and when they ran out of Dutchmen we were taken over by the Germans, from Hanoverians  [the people not the horses] to our current deeply beloved Saxe-Coburg-Gothas. Oops sorry I meant the House of Windsor. Are you still laughing because it really is utterly giggleworthy. Oh, and then there was Monty Python, which is just about appropriate I suppose

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / WoW just WoW!
« on: November 26, 2009, 10:32:45 pm »


http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/26/depeche-mode-martin-gore
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In one of this year's loonier lawsuits, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore has been subpoenaed by an American videogamer and asked to testify on the subject of "alienation". Erik Estavillo is suing the makers of World of Warcraft, alleging that the game has alienated him from the real, orc-less world.

According to the San Jose, California resident, World of Warcraft is a "harmful virtual environment" and its developers follow "sneaky and deceitful practices". Despite this, Estavillo admits he "relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life". He just wants World of Warcraft to cost less money. And to stop making him so sad.
and the guy is a real trier too
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The gamer's past grievances, all unsuccessful, include a suit against Microsoft, claiming a broken Xbox 360 caused him undue stress; a claim against Sony, alleging they violated his First Amendment rights by banning him from their network; and a claim against Nintendo, arguing that by blocking certain Wii software they interfered with his inalienable right to seek happiness.

this guy has made my day

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