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June 20, 2024



June 14, 2024
  • Solent Forts for sale, going to auction in a few days. What kind of? Wikipedia: The Solent is a strait between the Isle of Wight and mainland Great Britain; the major historic ports of Southampton and Portsmouth lie inland of its shores. These are refurbished Palmerston Forts, originally built during Victorian times around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. More like artificial islands, and not to be confused with the Maunsell Forts built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the War, which were more like deep-sea oil rigs. The latter were home to unauthorized radio stations in the 1960s, as Thomas Dolby sang about and as seen in "The Not-So-Jolly Roger", one of the best and final episodes of Patrick McGoohan's 'Danger Man' (available in that show's 3rd season in the Internet Archive). The Principality of Sealand is also on a Maunsell Fort.

  • MotorTrend: What the Duck Is Jeep Ducking?

  • Two from Hagerty, the classic car insurance company which publishes a glossy magazine. Why Goodyear's bright idea for illuminated tires didn't shine for long. The one car that has them is the Golden Sahara.

  • More collectibles: Eater provides A Brief History of Restaurant Matches. Phillumeny: the hobby of collecting matchboxes & matchbooks.



June 8, 2024
Pachka Cigarettes Just one of the multitudes in ZIGSAM -‌- the Austrian Cigarette Collection, a major time-suck.



June 6, 2024
4x4 Van Gogh matrix Early example of a Photoshop exercise: van Gogh Nights



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June 3, 2024
a happy televison
From the influential JTB Japan in Your Pocket Series, volume 17, Japanese Family and Culture.



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May 22, 2024
Charlie Brown and Lucy in a forest of adults' lower legs
Early on, Schulz experimented occasionally with portraying adults in Peanuts. In May 1954, he did a whole sequence where Charlie Brown entered Lucy in a golf tournement (click for a scan of the whole strip).



May 19, 2024
Apologies for the long interval between updates; just not much worth reporting in Cyberspace now.



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April 17, 2024
Electra Bldg - Vancouver
Electra Building, Vancouver BC
  • It's always World X Day or International Y Day - look 'em all up at Holidays and Observances.com.

  • The Atlas of Pizza: 23 Types of Pizza (With Pictures!) #1 Neapolitan (True Italian) or #5 (New York) for me, please (but I want to try #8, the St. Louis).



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March 29, 2024
  • A link for Easter from Present And Correct: a 1968 book of Ukranian Pysanky egg designs.

  • No, you're not an excellent driver: Motonormativity -‌- The bias that leads to dangerous driving.



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March 22, 2024
  • It's a big problem, fewer people paying attention. In the Financial Times, No news is bad news and in Slate, Welcome to Me Mountain.

  • Esquire asks, Can You Go Sockless With a Suit? Should You? Now, the very idea of going sockless connotes a certain level of decade-old Millennialism that Gen Z-ers on TikTok would denounce as "cheugy". Er...how does one pronounce that? My second-language German has me instinctively saying choy-gee but the Urban Dictionary says it's chew-gee. Note that I consider going sockless a juvenile affectation, and IMO those short-short socks (which simulate this look) are feminine, I would never.

  • For some reason I'd like to have a femur similar to my own in scale, and an artificial reproduction would be adequate; but I've just learned the real thing is available for a few hundred dollars at Jons Bones. They have skulls on offer as well. Naturally I'd want to know who these bones belonged to originally; I'm guessing Jon ain't telling.

  • Directory of Cat Cafes in the USA.



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March 13, 2024
  • Occupying a mansion above Beverly Hills: the Battle Over California Squatters Rights, where I learn of Mercedes G-Wagons (which I've no doubt seen, but thought were Hummers); Step-and-Repeats, what those backdrops are called, arrays of logos (which remind me of Louis Vuitton) behind posing celebrities; and the Squatter Squad, a 'same-day squatter-removal' service in Irvine.
    (archive link since original Curbed source is part of New York magazine.)

  • De Zeen: Ten recently completed skyscrapers in New York City. That Steinway Tower, the world's skinniest supertall skyscraper and the second-tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, looks like it would snap off given strong enouugh winds.

  • Please Listen Closely, as Our Menu Options Have Changed. Rather than Customer Service Menu Hell, this is actually about daily menu recordings at a dwindling number of institutions and restaurants across the country. Reminds me of Tel-Med, a library of recorded health messages I'd listen to while killing time on-the-job in the early 1980s. IMO it's weird to label these 'hotlines' as this article does; aren't those for crisis situations, where operators are actually standing by?



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"The Boy and the Heron"
"Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms"
"Oppenheimer"
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