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Something I (tangentially) helped to put together in 2004, featuring the likes of [livejournal.com profile] xurble, [livejournal.com profile] bonedancer, [livejournal.com profile] arminh, [livejournal.com profile] dave_chimaera, [livejournal.com profile] pharrap and others. They're in the credits, anyway.

Youtube Flash Thingy Behind Cut )
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Some nefarious bastard bearnapped [livejournal.com profile] goth_pooh_bear at last weekend's Whitby bash.

Should you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact his parents [livejournal.com profile] thegreatgonzo or [livejournal.com profile] thedarkfairy.

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The late Steve Irwin always seemed to be one of those nutters that the world was better off for having, and it's a pity he had to go so soon. On the bright side, there's a whole continent full of scaly beasts breathing a little easier tonight, knowing that some sandy-haired ocker in a safari suit isn't going to leap out from behind a eucalypt, put them in a half nelson and parade them in front of a camera.

An affectionate tribute )
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There are three possible ways of contracting "I would have":

  1. I would've
  2. I'd have
  3. I'd've

Which do you consider "correct", and which do you prefer?

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Odd question for the day.

For me, music (as well as many other things) falls into roughly four categories.

  • Artists whose work I comprehend (well, I think I do), and like.
  • Artists to whose work I'm indifferent, although I can understand why people like it.
  • Artists whose work I dislike, but have some kind of comprehension as to why some people like them.
  • Finally, artists to whose work I am indifferent or hostile, and cannot comprehend why they would inspire any kind of enthusiasm in anyone.

Who falls into category D for you?

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I don't have that funky LJ poll thing, so I'd like to ask for a quick show of letters.

  1. "When I see or hear a weather report in Fahrenheit...
    1. ...it makes no sense because I'm crap with numbers. Just tell me if it's hot or cold outside, okay?"
    2. ...it makes little sense to me, unless they give me a conversion in Celsius."
    3. ...I have to convert it to Celsius in my head so that it makes sense."
    4. ...it annoys me, because Celsius is more familiar to me. I still get the gist of it, though."
    5. ...it makes sense, as it's what I'm used to. What's the problem?"
  2. "When I see or hear a weather report in Celsius...
    1. ...it makes no sense because I'm crap with numbers. Just tell me if it's hot or cold outside, okay?"
    2. ...it makes little sense to me, unless they give me a conversion in Fahrenheit."
    3. ...I have to convert it to Fahrenheit in my head so that it makes sense."
    4. ...it annoys me, because Fahrenheit is more familiar to me. I still get the gist of it, though."
    5. ...it makes sense, as it's what I'm used to. What's the problem?"

1: D, 2: E in my case. You guys?

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The Haley Descrambler.

(I know it doesn't work in IE)

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Tell me a fact that I don't know, no matter how trivial.

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A couple of things I would like to see scientists research and publish reasonably public-friendly results for:

  • The psychoactive effects of different alcoholic drinks.
    I'd been told at a young age that different booze has different psychological effects; some drinks make you more prone to anger, some more to melancholy. There is - we're told repeatedly - a culture of violent, antisocial "binge drinking". This may well be down to the amount of booze being drunk; there's also the expectations of how to behave when drunk; however, has anyone bothered to check whether the content of what is being drunk is also affecting behaviour?
  • Foxes & Jackdaws.
    More species of animals are colonising urban environments. I'd never seen an urban jackdaw until a pair nested across the road from me about three years ago; now I notice their calls around town quite frequently.
    The question is (and I think I've argued this one with [livejournal.com profile] caerban before): Are the urban populations of these animals the result of a gradual invasion, or are a given city's fox (or raccoon, coyote, etc.) population likely to be from a common set of ancestors?
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I like Christmas as much as the next bloke. Really. I've plenty of happy childhood memories regarding Christmas, and I aim to enjoy myself this time 'round too. My family are basically a good lot, and as long as they respect my space we get along fine.

'Course, that won't stop me from complaining. What could? )
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