Miserable 80s Uzbek disco music (featuring video of miserable disco). youtu.be/NpIVCcjjqLg

Wow, softplay has even made it to . I thought it would be all jeliedy eels and charabancs to Margate where they weirdly exchange lumbering think-pieces about The Issues of The Day that the writers read about in The Guardian!

Oh my word, what is it with speaker introductions these days! Most YouTube lectures you can skip the first fifteen minutes as it's some random person extolling the virtues and declaiming the CV of the speaker. Who is this supposed to benefit. Also, speakers, cut the biography crap yourself, too, please!

Also, what is it that leaves clutter everywhere in abandoned places? Is it a lack of tiny pieces of tidying over many years? Is it trespassers? Is it the weather again? I'd love just to see a time-lapse of abandoned malls or hospitals, etc. Just to see all this in action.

What is it that we do when a place is not abandoned to make it not look like an abandoned place? You know, within ten years the plaster comes off the walls, the floorboards fall through, trees grow up in the main room. Is it really about keeping the inside dry, about weathertightness from rain? Is that the main thing?

When there was first colour , there were living testcards, people who sat on a chair for hours as technicians fiddled with settings. Zsuzsanna Budapest (the famous ) was one of the first (for CBS in the US).

If you find a recipe asking for cinnamon swap it for nutmeg; use Muscavado sugar where possible; if it calls for a spirit, use rum. Pirate up your baking!

What the Apple user experience trajectory basically feels like:


STDs xenophobia 

Belgium's "Couque suisse" are somewhat like Britain's "Belgian Buns" or "Danish Pastries". I can understand it with syphilis, each country wanting to name it after some other, but these pastries are somewhat more lovely!

I have this feeling Maeterlinck's lighting director secretly hated him: "the stage is lit up with an ineffably pure, divinely roseate, harmonious and ethereal brightness"; "lit only by a vague light that seems to emanate mainly from the brilliancy of the marble and the ebony"; "A vague, milky, impenetrable light prevails".

Victoria sponge tips from the front line:

Moar: baking powder, beating, cooking time, vanilla essence, sifting

Less: oven temperature

[finally seem to have cracked it]

Ox boosted

The mysterious Pictish Beast symbol always seems a little like an embryo at about the middle to end of the first trimester. Can't even find a loon on the internet writing about that, then I realised that loon is me!😱

Men in big hats who sell cattle in Texas have their own kind of Miss World thing, judged by people with rustic beards. They have an interview round and then auction cattle while they're scored like on the ice skating. (Much more interesting / wide ranging than the video's YouTube title) youtu.be/dmd3xWy-KEE

If you're bored, the International Spy Museum have some interesting, informed videos (and some annoying ones, too!). youtube.com/user/IntlSpyMuseum

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