Sniffle XLXIV: Morning Commute Edition

A man in Perth gets his leg wedged between the train and the platform, and ERRBODY rushes to help with their own brute strength (rather than shutting the rail system down all day until men in hi-viz jackets, hardhats and walkie-talkies arrive to dismantle the thing at enormous public cost, as one would imagine happening […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Poppies

This is such a beautiful idea: Making the poppies – The Tower of London Remembers Installing the Poppies – The Tower of London Remembers Project I suppose if we did it here it would be some sort of ridiculous “crescent of embrace”, or in this case, the “imperial eagle of remembrance,” or something. Speaking of […]

Categories: History

D-Day 70

click to enlarge watch big and make sure it’s in HD Curtsy: CDR Salamander for that Stock Footage video. The best story today: [A]n 89-year-old veteran was reported missing by his care home after being told that he couldn’t go to Normandy. … Sussex police say that the man, who has not been named, was […]

Categories: War and Peace

Happy (One-Day Belated) Australia Day!

(Even if to Australians it’s been at least two days by now but never mind all that)

Categories: Science and Nature

January 24, 1984

Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh, 30 years ago today. GOD I’m old. So this is something I just noticed about a week ago, and yeah apparently it took me thirty years to notice: Before a file is actually created, it says it’s from Jan 24, 1984. Apparently it’s always done that. The Apple website is […]

Categories: Electronics

Dagmar!

Thanks and curtsies to Wheat & Weeds for posting this picture I found on Twitter the other day, because it reminded me that I really need this saved on my hard drive (I can’t count the number of times I’ve needed something from Twitter but was too lazy/distracted to have done the responsible thing and […]

Categories: History

That Scottish Diaspora

Is Red still here ever? The Independent – Like it or not, the Scots and the English are flesh and blood Inspect the details of this diluted nationalism and one thing becomes clear. It embraces, even celebrates, a cross-border world. By Boyd Tonkin The best bit: Elements of bathos accompanied the unveiling of Alex Salmond’s […]

Categories: History

We All Need A Cursing Stone Sometimes

I would put this in my front yard, and give it a little settling pat after one of my errand-running drives (as documented the other day on Twitter . . .). American Digest – The Curse Carved Into the Cursing Stone Read it. It’s very therapeutic.

Categories: History

All Things Considered, I’d Still Rather Go To Iran

I won’t, or I wouldn’t, but I’d like to: Tehran’s Street Style – The Tehran Times

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Meanwhile, In Yorkshire

If you’re in a bad mood, look at this man with his onion: Here’s the story: Digital Spy – The world’s heaviest onion – picture Peter Glazebrook’s prize-winning onion weighed in at 18lb 1oz, beating his previous record of 17lb 5oz set last year at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. … Glazebrook took a total […]

Categories: Food

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCI

The punchline is at the end: io9 – Life-Size ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter Built Out of 5 Million LEGO Bricks

Categories: Entertainment

Jan Steen: A Painter For Our Age

(Unrelated, but: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!) On Friday I went to the de Young Museum in San Francisco to see the Girl with a Pear Earring (Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis). It really is a lovely painting. Nobody seems to point out how Vermeer seems to have put the whole thing out of focus (especially […]

Categories: Art and Literature

And the 10-Day-Late Oscars Reaction!

First, I’d like to point out how humourous it is that Oscar Pistorius got bailed two days before the Oscars meaning the #oscar hashtag on twitter transitioned seamlessly from a South African court drama involving murder, corruption, money and justice to red carpet side boobs. Anyhoo, the Seth McFarlane thing can’t be reacted to better […]

Categories: Entertainment

The Photo of the Second Inauguration

Must surely be: Beyonce and Jay Z arriving at the Inauguration today, where she sang the national anthem. I mean GOOD LORD those two are cool. Click to embiggen. There’s Obama being sworn in yesterday by Justice Roberts. I think it’s a rather nice photo of the family. I’m trying to find a decent photo […]

Categories: Politics

It’s Not All Bad News

I just put this on Twitter but I need it for the external memory drive. 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year There are many things to undo you entirely, but #15 is my favourite, 3 is adorable, 5 is great, 6 I’ve seen before but is still hilarious (the smilies), 18 […]

Categories: People and Current Events