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2017-07-23 06:23 pm

Links (part 2)

Film Industry:

Director Andrea Arnold 'shocked' by lack of women in film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37551382

News:

Syria conflict: Life under siege in rebel-held Aleppo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37561618

Politics:

Megan Rapinoe - Why I Am Kneeling - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/megan-rapinoe-why-i-am-kneeling/ Although this could go under sport just as easily.

How Hong Kong's Cantopop scene went from heartbreak to protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37111554 Which could go under music.

Science:

Chasing the Sun: The woman forgotten by science - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37496677

Sport:
Football:

Tottenham Hotspur player receives damages for suffering brain damage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37541121

Sparta Prague: Players to train with women's team after 'sexist' comments -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37558116 This may be the definition of 'I see what you were trying to do but'.
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2017-07-23 06:04 pm

Links (Part 1)

Culture:

Last call: What's happened to London's nightlife? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37546558

Why is the exposure of Elena Ferrante causing such outrage? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37556183

History:

Abandoned fire station basement in Dudley rediscovered - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37553461

Germany Reunified 26 Years Ago But Some Divisions Are Still Strong -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/10/03/germany-reunified-26-years-ago-but-some-divisions-are-still-strong/?utm_term=.b6c4aa13e2c1

Miscellaneous:

The Psychology of Victim-Blaming - https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/10/the-psychology-of-victim-blaming/502661/

An ex-FBI interrogator's tips on handling debate lies - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37432146

The Real Life Monopoly Board - http://londonist.com/2016/07/the-geographic-monopoly-board

Why can some people study as they listen to music, while others can't? -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-37554681/why-can-some-people-study-as-they-listen-to-music-while-others-can-t Video not text

WTF Secret Lives Your Favorite Celebs Keep Under The Radar - http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-incredible-double-lives-your-favorite-celebrities/

Liverpool FC's first black player Howard Gayle wants MBEs changed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37572943

Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'wants right to assisted death' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37587290

Is magic's glass ceiling vanishing? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37577537

News:

Compassion fatigue and the optician of Lampedusa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37485824

How Sweden became an exporter of jihad - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37578919

Science:

Molecular Machinery: the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry -
http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/10/05/molecular-machinery-the-2016-nobel-prize-in-chemistry

Sport:

Women's Sport Week 2016: Laura Kenny on equality, hair and Elton John -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37466594

Women's Sport Week 2016: Hannah Cockroft on Paralympic prize money - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37544372

Boxing:

Tyson Fury: Barry McGuigan calls for new mental health fund for boxers -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/37570429 In which Barry McGuigan is right, as usual.

Football:

Kosovo footballers to make home debut - in Albania - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37560855

Technology:

How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37522674
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2017-07-22 07:02 pm

Halos, Shields and Fighter Jet Canopys, Oh My!

The FIA have pre-empted this post by choosing to go with the halo but I was going to write something about the plans for increasing cockpit safety anyway.

Your fears are formed by what you see.

The two most recent serious F1 accidents have featured something hitting the driver's head while they're seated in their vehicle. Understandably, this has led to calls for fully enclosed cockpits to be used in F1. The first F1 accident I remember was Gerhard Berger's 1989 crash at Imola. Which I swear is where my fear of burning to death comes from. Now, that ended happily, or at least only with minor injuries, but the main reason I don't like the idea of having fighter jet-style canopies is what happens if they fail to release.

The other problem with a full canopy is how it would be cleaned as it got dirty. If the driver is fully sealed, he can't just rip off a tear-off strip the way you can with helmets. Sure, the mechanics could do it during a pit stop. But what if it got dirty in-between times, or if the car in front sprayed oil all over the canopy because of a mechanical failure?

I suspect these problems, or something similar, are the reason why the FIA and the teams haven't even tried anything like a full, sealed canopy.

With a "shield", there aren't the same problems. The driver can get out, and I presume tear-offs can be made for them. On the other hand, objects can still bounce off and in, and something could go over and in to the cockpit. I don't think that you're ever going to be able to make any motorsport 100% safe, but I think the shield is probably the best option. It mixes increasing safety without introducing different risks or just leaving things as is of the solutions so far put forward.

I don't get what the halo is supposed to do. I'm sure I'm missing something, and I'm sure someone with more engineering know-how can explain it to me. It seems to offer very little extra protection while reducing the driver's field of vision. I don't think the central column visibility issues will be as bad as it looks (see also how quickly you can get used to seeing through mesh in a fencing mask). However, I've no idea how it's supposed to prevent objects entering the cockpit. It seems to only be capable of preventing things if they're on a trajectory that crosses over the halo pillars and bars.

The FIA have gone with the halo over the shield. I'm sure they have their reasons. I'm sure they are good reasons. It would be nice to know what those reasons are because from the outside, it looks like a ridiculous decision.
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2017-07-16 10:35 pm

Links (Part 3)

Economics:

The Real Cost of Fast Fashion - https://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/these-asos-workers-are-paying-the-true-price-of-your-order?utm_term=.cyOe4kYOA#.xpdW0N15b

Ford and other firms to miss Paris Motor Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37486174

Healthcare:

Young women at 'highest mental health risk' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37504679

History:

World War Two spy's row with wife 'almost ruined D-Day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37483023

Miscellaneous:

The reality of life as a disabled clubber - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37383822

US presidents can have everything - except the car keys - http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-presidents-can-have-everything--except-the-car-keys-20140506-zr5we.html

A world without Down's syndrome? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37500189

What's it like to be the child of a survivor? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37434266

Teesside's last blast furnace closure made men cry - what happened next? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37488281

Journalist Noor Tagouri to become first Muslim to appear in Playboy with a hijab -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37483996/journalist-noor-tagouri-to-become-first-muslim-to-appear-in-playboy-with-a-hijab

Eight times Terry Wogan made us cry with laughter -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2pWR5yl7srfqNWYHwHj0Nsq/eight-times-terry-wogan-made-us-cry-with-laughter

Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37469662

Counterfeit drugs: 'People are dying every day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37470667

News:

Colombia Farc ceasefire: The man who photographed a little-pictured war - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37494029

California ends statute of limitations for rape over Cosby case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37504919

Thai women take dip in the road in pothole protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37485461

Syria war: The toy smuggler bringing bags of joy to children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37481761

Will and Kate's Canada tour highlights First Nations fury - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37489827

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi: The vandal of Timbuktu - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37438360

South Asia's 'disposable women' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37472233

Politics:

The transgender Republican trying to change her party - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37256151

Science:

Hawaiian bees are first on US endangered species list - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37530284

First 'three person baby' born using new method - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37485263

Sport:

Football:

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: An imperfect love story - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/arsene-wenger-s-20-years-at-arsenal-an-imperfect-love-story_sto5883781/story.shtml

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: How will he be judged? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37408155

Golf:

Arnold Palmer: How golfer defined sports marketing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37472934

Technology:

Customers 'bewildered and fearful' about use of their data - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37476335
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2017-07-16 09:25 pm

Links (part 2)

Architecture:

Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37522660

Healthcare:

Frank Pantridge, the 'father of emergency medicine' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37540915

James Lind: The man who helped to cure scurvy with lemons - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37320399

The hidden trauma of being torn during childbirth - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37506001

Miscellaneous:

10 Bars at the End of the World - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/essential-guide-to-bars-at-the-end-of-the-world Should it worry me that I have been to one, and past another.

Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates -
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/

Will Brexit be a boon for tourists? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37349820

Do the clothes we wear define us? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37488811

Plastic bag charge: Could fee be applied to other packaging? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504109

The magpie that saved a family - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37519032

Louis Theroux: Looking back on Jimmy Savile - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37517619

Languages:

What a stupid Scrabble article taught me about Welsh - https://medium.com/@1ngi/what-a-stupid-scrabble-article-taught-me-about-welsh-bc4f315490c9

Music:

A summer with Blossoms: 150 gigs, 45 festivals and two weeks at number one -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37493716/a-summer-with-blossoms-150-gigs-45-festivals-and-two-weeks-at-number-one

Politics:

Whistle-blower who took on Spain's ruling elite - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37543182

Why Our Wonderful NHS Is So Close To My Heart - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-serwotka/nhs-conservative-party_b_12329644.html?1475586040&

Science:

Right Hand, Left Hand, Either Hand - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/09/28/right-hand-left-hand-either-hand Containing one of the best explanations of chirality I have ever read.

Sport:

Daniel Wilkinson death: 'Too many are being lost to cardiac issues' - experts -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37347490

Cycling:

Rio Olympics 2016: Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten on horror crash -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37550889

Rugby League:

Jack Smith: Ex-Royal Marine shot on duty in 2010 becomes full-time RFL referee -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37551996

Technology:

Is the world wide web a waste of water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37471911
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2017-07-16 08:49 pm

Links (Part 1)

Archaeology:

He was murdered 1,400 years ago - http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/murdered-1400-years-ago/

Food:

Around the World in Pancakes - http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/05/pancakes-around-the-world.html

History:

Laws and Original Order - https://www.foiman.com/archives/2437

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre. -
https://www.vox.com/2016/10/4/13147306/434th-gregorian-calendar-anniversary-google-doogle

Where are the blue plaques for black and Asian people? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37450922

Blundeston Prison: Inside Reggie Kray's old prison cell - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37449347

Languages:

Maltese Phrases You Just Can't Translate
- https://lovinmalta.com/malta/maltese-phrase-you-cannot-translate At least in part because I love the sub-title 'Well, you can... but you'll sound crazy.'

Miscellaneous:

Life on the road as a female lorry driver - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37236082

M6/A38: Why so many road works into Birmingham? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37473710

The MI5 spy who saved children from a UK bomb attack - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504999

Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37439797

Politics:

More Wealth, More Jobs, but Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/business/economy/more-wealth-more-jobs-but-not-for-everyone-what-fuels-the-backlash-on-trade.html?_r=1

Science:

The leap second: why 2016 will be exactly one second longer than expected -
https://www.vox.com/2016/7/12/12148980/leap-second-2016

How We'll Tackle Diseases That Are Becoming Untreatable -
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/antibiotic-resistance-bacteria-disease-united-nations-health/

Sport:

What You Don't Know About Being a GM - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/jim-rutherford-what-you-dont-know-about-being-a-gm/

The NFL Is Losing to English Football in the Export Game - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-30/the-nfl-is-losing-to-english-football-in-the-export-game?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%253D=socialflow-twitter-business

Figuring out fatigue: A tired brain can hinder performance as much as a tired muscle -
https://www.si.com/edge/2016/09/27/mental-fatigue-sports-tired-athlete-brain-training-warriors-leicester-city

Motorsport:

Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2018 - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-e/mercedes-to-enter-formula-e-in-2018_sto5892535/story.shtml This is big news.

Statistics:

McKenzie: The real story of how Corsi got its name - http://www.tsn.ca/talent/mckenzie-the-story-of-how-corsi-got-its-name-1.100011

Technology:

These unlucky people have names that break computers - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160325-the-names-that-break-computer-systems Not so much her name, but my Mum once caused problems because her father's DOB was 1909 and the pulldown box at her job's HR system only went back to 1920. It was hilarious.
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2017-07-15 09:19 pm

(no subject)

(Trigger warning for mental health. And my evil ex-boss.)

I know that ex-boss did one heck of a number on me, but I hadn't realised how much of one till this job advert came over the wires. It's at a good university and I know the boss is good people (I know some of her old PhD students and I know her from conferences). The job is not quite perfect for what I want.

And I nearly didn't apply for it because all my brain was doing was "OMG, what if you get it. You'll only let her down."

So I took my brain aside and had a word. I told it that the way to look at it was it was win-win. When even the worst thing that could happen is getting a job, it's not a bad deal. At least it gets me out of the clutches of the job centre. (The best case scenario is that awesome Prof emails me going "your ex-boss has given you a really bad reference, just a heads up". Which I don't think he would, but I repeat my usual thing of never having been able to get a read on him.)
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2017-07-15 08:26 pm

100 Things Related - Now With "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)" added

Image under the cut )

After the directors, writers and actors, there were no links between TMNT and the other films. The connections are:

Garrett Warren who was a stunt/fight coordinator for this and Avatar.

Joel Negron who was an editor on this and the Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, called The Mummy 3 on the figure for space reasons.

David Leitch who was a stunt/action coordinator for this and Wolverine: Origins.

Apparently there are people out there with very specific and very in demand skills.
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2017-07-13 11:03 pm

Book Review - The Forgotten Army by Brian Minchin (Doctor Who)

An Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond book set during the Long Night.

It's a fun book, with a nice line in good ridiculous and some wonderful descriptions. There's a wonderful bit at the beginning of the book that makes New York seem as alien and awesome as a completely different world. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, but that might just be me.

But the real stars are the Vykoids, who are just the most glorious, impossible-to-do-on-TV (or impossible to do well) villains. They're just ... listen, I know they're actually horrible and mean but I too am short so I am taking notes. They're just so well done.

In terms of continuity, there's a nice call back to the Daleks of Manhattan, and a wonderfully sinister reference to Nile penguins who I presume )

Librarything Suggestions )

I think a couple of those are lurking on my to be read pile.
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2017-07-10 04:59 pm

Crochet

I have photos of the crochet.

First, following the instructions )

The second is after advice from [personal profile] st_aurafina

You'll notice that this one is flat )
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2017-07-09 02:34 pm

Links

Architecture:

Notes from Holland - http://spacing.ca/national/2016/09/12/notes-from-holland/

Healthcare:

Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37451773

The doctor who wants to make his town better - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37338995

Literature:

Seamus Heaney: A fitting home for a much-loved poet - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37439655

Miscellaneous:

Making Sense of Modern Pornography - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/making-sense-of-modern-pornography

Redcar steelworks: Health fears over steelworks clean-up - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37439583

Garbage City: The scavengers making a fortune from other people's rubbish -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37453169

Maria da Penha: The woman who changed Brazil's domestic violence laws - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37429051

One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37429043

Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37411167

Politics:

The race for North Carolina's early votes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37453539 From before the last US election

Can you be politically active if you have young children? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37417174

Science:

Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them. -
http://fusion.kinja.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-could-wipe-out-the-worl-1793862023 I think this is excessively optimistic on the GMO animals front but interesting nonetheless.

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? - https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/20/man-v-rat-war-could-the-long-war-soon-be-over

Sport:

Arnold Palmer obituary - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37469392

Horse racing:

Frankie Dettori: Jockey recalls 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot 20 years on - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/37416300

Rugby:

World Rugby’s zero tolerance on head injuries is not just a pipe dream -
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/sep/25/world-rugby-head-injuries-sean-ingle Refers to other sports as well.

Ben Ryan: Pacific Islands becoming rugby's 'Wild West', says ex-Fiji sevens coach -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37340730 The man's got a point

Technology:

Is artificial intelligence permanently inscrutable? - http://nautil.us/issue/40/learning/is-artificial-intelligence-permanently-inscrutable

Meeting Cellebrite - Israel's master phone crackers - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37441109
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2017-07-08 06:03 pm

Mama Do - Why motherhood doesn't have to be the end of Serena Williams's career

The minute Serena Williams announced that she was pregnant, various journalists dusted down their "is this the end of (famous sportswoman)'s career" articles.

This is annoying for a variety of reasons.

The first is that it really is always the same article, with just the name of the sportswoman and the sport changed.

The second is that, if Serena chooses to come back, it's not the end of her career. Sportswomen can, do and have achieved after having children. For instance, Olympic silver in the heptathlon, generally regarded as the most physically demanding of the athletics disciplines. Or you know, being the Flying Housewife.

But I suppose they don't play tennis. Like oh, Kim Clijsters, who won the US Open after giving birth, and she's not the physical force that Serena is.

Those are sport or related reasons. The remainder of the reasons are more society based.
The social construct of "the perfect mother" appears to exist only to make all mothers feel bad. (Any mothers reading this, you are amazing.) The perfect mother, she does not and cannot exist.

More than that, the extreme self-sacrifice that this ridiculous construct demands, that a mother no longer has her own life outside that of the identity of mother isn't safe or healthy for the mother, her children or any attendant partners.

Reporters and journalists are intelligent people and shouldn't be buying into it or propagating it.

There's also this weird idea that Serena (or any other woman) will be so overcome by the awesomeness of having a child that she will not be interested in pursuing her career. I don't have children, but my mother would like to tell you that this is nonsense. I have her permission to quote her.

The interesting double standard is that it's assumed that no man would be so distracted by having children that he'd want to stop his career. There's no "will Murray stop playing tennis now that there's a second mini Murray on the way?" articles. If kids are so all-consumingly awesome, you'd think both parents would be affected.

Every woman's choice is different, and it is her choice.

I realise journalists have to fill up the column inches so how to earn their pay. Maybe next time though write about a British (change nationality as applicable) junior that's doing good rather than digging out the old "is this the end of (famous sportswoman)'s career" article again.
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2017-07-08 04:48 pm

100 Great Scenes In Not So Great Films - 19 - The start of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The Case For The Prosecution:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has this problem that it lacks the courage of its convictions. There's the cartoon style opening (which is amazing) followed by the worst 20 minutes of the film. The problem seems to be that there's no belief in the idea of the Turtles. Trust me, the audience know that man-sized mutant turtles is a ridiculous concept, we don't need the film tipping a hat to it.

For some reason, they therefore mess with the Turtles backstory so that April is given more reason to believe in them. Like seeing them wouldn't be enough. (By the by, anyone who complains about Megan Fox's April O'Neil is doing it for weird, no-good anti-Megan Fox reasons. She actually does an awesome job.)

They also mess with my boy Mikey. Who is a goofus, sure, but he's not a goofus like that. And it's totally Raphael propaganda.

(If you're after a rec for good recent Turtles (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1877889/?ref_=nv_sr_3), I think the most recent version of the Turtles is the best since the cartoons of my childhood. I caught one by accident and wondered why there was unexplained anime styling. And stayed for the second one. Then realised I was looking forward to some more the next day. It's Donatello-centric, but not in a bad way.

The second of the new Turtles films is also a much better "Turtles" film.)

I feel bad being mean about the film, because the seven year olds in the cinema with me at the time loved it. So it's totally a hit with the intended audience.

The scene itself:

Which I can't find. Because people would rather clip the somewhat anaemic end fight. (Oh yeah, the anaemicness of the fight scenes should go in the prosecution's bit.)

Instead, have the music video for Shell-Shocked, the most excellent end tune.



Why the scene is so good:

It makes the Turtles look cool. They move stealthily. They fight with speed. And style. With the correct styles for the weapons. It's just so well done.
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2017-07-05 06:44 pm

Crochet Question

I may be slowing defeating the crochet demon but I need to know, is it supposed to lie flat? When I do squares they come out ... ridged. Are you supposed to not turn or turn the piece at the end of each row? I think it's one of those obvious questions that are too obvious for the crochet magazines to mention.
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2017-07-02 03:39 pm

Links (Part 3)

Dance:

The performers proving age is no barrier to the stage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37321767

Data Visualisation:

RANDOM FOREST TUTORIAL: PREDICTING CRIME IN SAN FRANCISCO - https://algobeans.com/2016/08/25/random-forest-tutorial/?utm_content=bufferff041&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Maps and Data Visualisations with R - http://spatial.ly/r/

Film Industry:

Hollywood trans roles under fire - again - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37312338

Food and Drink:

The fishy ingredient in beer that bothers vegetarians - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37350233

History:

Documents 'shed light' on Scotswoman killed at Auschwitz - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-37350918

Miscellaneous:

Want to age well - how about never retiring? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37307347

The north/south weather divide on hottest day of year - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37358456/the-northsouth-weather-divide-on-hottest-day-of-year

The strange story of a seized Hanjin ship and its lonely crew - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37335614

Can India really halve its road deaths? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37362728

Sport:

Football:

Football's biggest prize returns - but all its flaws are on show -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/champions-league/2015-2016/football-s-biggest-prize-returns-but-all-its-flaws-are-on-show_sto5851921/story.shtml

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: Alex Zanardi wins gold on eve of 15-year crash anniversary -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37368133

Technology:

Tank at 100: Baptism of fire, fear and blood - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37302722

Theatre:

Race play's 'universal' message - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37295732
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2017-07-02 03:17 pm

Links (part 2)

Books:

The Custodian of Forgotten Books - http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-custodian-of-forgotten-books

Business:

Silicon Valley Brits: 'We had to leave the UK behind' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37417758

Culture:

The night the clubs fell silent (for a minute) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37378138/the-night-the-clubs-fell-silent-for-a-minute

Health:

St John's Wort 'stops emergency contraceptive pill working' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37375388

History:

Broadside ballads: When the news was spread through song - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37386026

The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160905-the-pilot-who-stole-a-secret-soviet-fighter-jet

Miscellaneous:

Solitude, Space Junk and Sea Monsters: the Eerieness of Point Nemo - http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/solitude-space-junk-and-sea-monsters-the-eerieness-of-point-nemo

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37171964

The Free-Time Paradox in America - https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-free-time-paradox-in-america/499826/

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States? - https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/ Title should be 'why do American Tourists visit ancient ruins everywhere except the United States?'

The Painstaking, Secretive Process Of Designing New Money - https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063512/the-painstaking-secretive-process-of-designing-new-money

Why Luck Plays a Big Role in Making You Rich - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-01/why-luck-plays-a-big-role-in-making-you-rich

The village building homes for young families - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37374308

Why Americans don't take sick days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37353742

Music:

Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37355216

Politics:

5 Ways Losing The Presidency Sucks Even More Than You Think - http://www.cracked.com/article_24315_5-ways-losing-presidency-sucks-even-more-than-you-think.html

Science:

Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created -
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/scientists-reveal-most-accurate-depiction-of-a-dinosaur-ever-created

University study will examine long-term health of rugby players - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37362461

Grasshoppers - the new sushi? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37352190

Technology:

How do you charge your phone when the sun doesn't shine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37257242
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2017-07-02 02:52 pm

Links (Part 1)

History:

A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37368941

The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37344210

Miscellaneous:

Jackie Chan Hasn't Seen His Original Stunt Team In Decades. Then Realizes They're All Standing Behind Him -
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/5652/Jackie-Chan-Hasn-t-Seen-His-Original-Stunt-Team-In-Decades-Then-Realizes-They-re-All-Standing-Behind-Him#ugifL6ClkjGbLl85.99

Why is the US 'tampon tax' so hated? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37365286 Ever get the feeling the headline was written by a man? There is trying to remain impartial and then there's this.

World's oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, to hold bar mitzvah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37375629

Music:

These are the last 10 tracks Carl Cox played at his Space residency in Ibiza -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37417532/these-are-the-last-10-tracks-carl-cox-played-at-his-space-residency-in-ibiza

Skepta: Seven things you should know about the 2016 Mercury Prize winner -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37381581

Science:

Is India in the throes of a fever outbreak? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37415781

Sport:

Rachel Atherton: 'I don't need an Olympic medal' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37362656

A fresh chance to banish the curse of Mayo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37378935 Of course they lost, because they are Mayo.

Football:

Head injuries: Football's continuing failure highlighted yet again by treatment of Anthony Martial -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/head-injur_sto5863136/story.shtml

Naismith earns Goodison cheers despite helping sink Everton - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/naismith-earns-goodison-cheers-despite-helping-sink-everton_sto5867173/story.shtml

Olympics:

Rio Olympics 2016: How last-second gold changed taekwondo fighter's life -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/taekwondo/37428292

Paralympics:

Gold medallist welcomed back from Rio – with gold wheelie bin - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/all-sports/le-buzz/2015/gold-medallist-welcomed-back-from-rio-with-gold-wheelie-bin_sto5863226/story.shtml

Rio 2016: The people who fix broken legs at the Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-37385671

Rugby League:

Women's Rugby League World Cup to be held alongside men's - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37348745

Leigh Centurions: Journey from despair to Super League delight - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37350474

Rugby Union:

Saved from the dark side: how Hong Kong’s rugby ‘Pigs’ are giving Philippine street kids a chance -
http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/2020234/saved-dark-side-how-hong-kongs-rugby-pigs-are-giving-philippine-street

Snooker:

German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38874907 Yay! and Finally!

Writers:

My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/13/my-grandfather-cast-a-spell-over-my-childhood
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2017-06-30 10:26 pm

Music Meme

Day 1 - A Song You Like With a Colour In The Title.

It was going to be Red Haired Mary (Clancy Brothers version), but I kept having this feeling I'd forgotten something.

Something turned out to be



Blue Monday by New Order, mostly because I've got it filed under "How does it feel?" in my mental jukebox.

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2017-06-27 05:24 pm

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Friends, Romans, wrestling fans - I need a quick overview of DDT Wrestling for a friend of mine.
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2017-06-26 07:16 pm

Another Meme Rerun

Pick a number from the list and I'll answer it in the comments.

1 - Your current OTP
2 - A pairing you initially didn't consider but someone changed your mind
3 - A pairing you have never liked and probably never will
4 - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t
5 - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what
6 - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom
7 - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it
8 - Do you prefer characters from real action series or animated series
9 - Has the internet caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why
10 - Name a fandom you didn't care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr/your social network sites
11 - How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom
12 - Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for
13 - Your favorite fanart or fanartist
14 - Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor
15 - Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of
16 - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)
17 - A ship you’ve abandoned and why
18 - A pairing you ship that you don't think anyone else ships
19 - Show us an example of your personal headcanon
20 - Do you remember what your first fanwork was?
21 - Self-rec: What's your favorite fanwork you've created?
22 - Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping
23 - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms
24 - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms
25 - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
26 - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go