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The naming of a boat

Just look at the grim times we’re having with the PTB, climate scam, invading hordes, SJWs, Brexit and here lands something plumb in our lap, there is a chance of cross-party, cross-politics agreement and an assertion of national character, plus Boaty McBoatface suits such a boat to a tee.

An artist's impression of the polar research ship (Natural Environment Research Council)

An artist’s impression of the polar research ship (Natural Environment Research Council)

Some of the best comments were:…

Ghost town in Moscow

Talk about culture shock – seeing these pics took me straight back as they’re typical of the newer buildings in our city as well, not just Moscow, right down to the colours:

sales office

Had to smile at the heading – Ghost Town Under Moscow.  It’s a direct translation of Podmoskovnii [oblast]. Pod means under but also means sub, as in sub-urb. It’s these little translation quirks I adored when speaking to Russians – they wanted to be word perfect but I loved the accented English and the cultural choices of language.…

How did your April Fool’s Day go?

They don’t seem to do ’em like they used to:

1: The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

1957: The respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

2: Sidd Finch

1985: Sports Illustrated published a story about a new rookie pitcher who planned to play for the Mets. His name was Sidd Finch, and he could reportedly throw a baseball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. This was 65 mph faster than the previous record.…

When Buddhism meets Judaism

#  If there is no  self, whose arthritis is this?

#  Be here now.   Be someplace else later.  Is that so complicated?

#  Wherever you go,  there you are.  Your luggage is another story.

#  The journey of a  thousand miles begins with a single Oy.

#  The  Tao does not speak.  The Tao does not blame.  The Tao does  not take sides.  The Tao has no expectations.  The Tao  demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish.

#  Breathe  in.  Breathe out.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.   Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your  problems.

#  Let  your mind be as a floating cloud.  Let your stillness be as a  wooded glen.  And sit up straight.  You’ll never meet the  Buddha with such rounded shoulders.

Deep  inside you are ten thousand flowers.
Each flower blossoms ten  thousand times.
Each blossom has ten thousand petals.
You  might want to see a specialist.…

Today’s comedy spot

Laughter-1-250x194Are you ready?  Holding your sides?  Here ’tis:

Marissa Mayer wants three more years

In that time, she plans to miraculously find a cure for Yahoo and turn everything round and everything will be fine and all that, in a way she has not been able to yet.

Further reading: Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal. Meanwhile, here’s an interesting one about a woman in charge and what became of it. [END]…

Toxic and venomous

85936962-ae82-4586-8e6c-ccedfb920bd7-485x660Unforgivable:

The world’s leading expert on European wasps walks into a record store and asks the assistant, “Do you have ‘European Vespidae Acoustics Volume 2? I believe it was released this week.”

“Certainly.” replies the assistant. “Would you like to listen before you buy it?”

“That would be wonderful.” says the expert and puts on a pair of headphones.…

Scott Adams [Dilbert] on Trump

How to Spot a Narcissist (Trump Persuasion Series)

Posted February 24th, 2016 @ 8:41am in #Trump


Donald Trump is the most famous narcissist in the world. That fact probably seems obvious to you, given Trump’s continuous self-promotion. Mental health experts agree with your assessment. Trump hits most of the checkboxes for the diagnosis.

The biggest tell for narcissism is a belief that you are better than other people. For example, if Trump believed he could run for President – with almost no political experience – and dominate the Republican party in only a few short months, that would be an example of…

Okay, wait. That one doesn’t work. Apparently his self-image was spot-on in that one specific case. It was the rest of us who got that one wrong.

But still, Trump obviously has an inflated self-image. For example, there was the time he thought he could transition from being a real estate developer to being a best-selling author of a book about negotiating, but then…shit.…

UPS maintenance

Saw this:

ups fix

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.…