Sunday, 21 July 2013

Entertainment stuff from the week 15-21/7/13

Hi, Beatles

I know, like the contributors to 'Private Eye', you have 'Eyes passim', but...

Here's a little (and true) story for you, told to me by last fortnight's Eye, the most marvelous 'dirty little rag' in the world.

Ernst & Young - an accountancy/consultancy/'professional services' company based in London, UK - has recently spent several million pounds on a clearly-much-needed rebranding.

That rebranding involved a change of name from 'Ernst & Young' to the "vastly superior" (as the Eye put it) 'EY'. I am inclined to agree :D

They spent a significant chunk of those millions on ensuring that "EY" would come at the top of any search in Google for those particular letters in immediate conjunction.

As you can see [click] they succeeded.

But what they did not foresee, and what the Eye took glee in revealing, is that that same term in Google Images returns some rather more interesting results...

You see, "EY" in Google Images [click] returns results for the magazine 'Electric Youth' - a magazine dedicated to, in the Eye's words "admiration of the naked male teen form".

"Ernst & Young - Quality In Everything We Do"... i'd say so! Hehe...

Who said accountancy was boring, indeed :D

Last-minute spoilers for The World's End (opened on the 19th of July, in the UK)

'The Establishing Shot: THE WORLD'S END - 60 PINTS CLIP'

'Nick Frost & Simon Pegg interview on The Project (2013) - The World's End'


Plus, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been interviewed for Dave's podcast - 'The Dave Weekly' (14:48 - 24:45)

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'SURICATE - The Superheroes Hangover'
When you party as hard as a superhero, you can end up doing a lot more than just stealing a traffic cone!

'Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch (Acoustic Version)'
I rate this higher than the album version, actually. Like :)

'"Voices In My Head P3" Tales Of Mere Existence'

'How to Become the British Monarch'
Can you believe there are people, even in Europe, who think this shash of a system should be perpetuated? It must be so embarrassing to be a human Rationalist...

'Sound waves levitate and mix floating drops of liquid'
This video's surprisingly fascinating :-D

'Cassetteboy VS Beauty Vloggers // Bad Teeth'
I never thought i'd say this, but... i want to see more of these beauty bloggers :-D

'Wine Spa' - Ripley's
Well, this certainly looks like an expensive but of fun, but the pseudomedical claims are facile:
- green tea might be a little antioxidant, but cancer-treating it is not - cancers produce their own antioxidants to prevent their own death
- sake can do no more for your skin than alcohol-containing sanitizing soaps
- coffee contains no known dermic medicine, and draws your senses' attention only by being bitter and... smelly
- red wine-related claims have been debunked, including the resveratrol nonsense, because the quantities needed to get an amount that would matter, would kill you with alcohol poisoning first!

Chocolate bath, anyone? :)

'Behind the Scenes: FIAT Body Paint Shoot'
"Excuse me while i roll-paint your face", LOL
This looks great fun to be involved in :-)
I should mention that FIAT is ripping off the work of Emma Hack. She did this kind of thing for the 'Motor Accident Commission' of South Australia. I blogged it months ago.
{And a note to the WTA: These women are strong and beautiful, and there are no sequins involved! I just wanted to point that out.}

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Word Of The Week: thixotropy -- where a fluid become less viscous (runnier) when stretched, shaken, or agitated

Headline Of The Week: 'Russians to deploy floating nuclear power plant'

Etymology Of The Week: harlot -- from old french, 12th century - "vagabond, man of no fixed occupation, idle rogue" - which came to mean 'prostitute' / 'unfaithful woman' by the 14th century

Quote Of The Week: "I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true." - Carl Sagan

Fact Of The Week: The Chinese once invented a weapon called the 'Orifices-penetrating Flying-sand Magic-mist Tube' which involved an early use for gunpowder

Acronym Of The Week: NUMA -- the real National Underwater and Marine Agency, founded by Clive Cussler, and based on his fictional version, in the Dirk Pitt adventure novels

Silly Sports Commentator Quotes Of The Week (Commentatorballs from 'The Eye'):

"When the [Tour de France] sprinters have a sniff of victory, they hold no bars" - Paul Sherwen, ITV4

"These toilet breaks do interrupt the flow" - Wimbledon Commentator, BBC

"Artificial insemination is an essential tool in the box" - Kate Humble, BBC2

{We know what you mean, Kate - we know what you mean [nudge nudge, wink wink]}

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A big thank you to Northern Vox for drawing my attention to this site. It really is hilarious, especially when read in a middle-English accent :-D

Ugg... this used to happen to me all the time. I'd go out wearing my birthday suit; my fellow tapejaras would go out wearing their birthday suits; and all of us would be wearing exactly the same. How embarrassing is that! Gah...

'Stop Smoking!'
Look at all the stuff you could afford if you kicked your nicotine addiction. Annoying, huh.

'Girls Love Parkour!'

It looks like Suarezident Evil's got himself a job outside football:

“I knew my vast knowledge of [insert alternative here] would pay off for me one day.”
This is what all geeks are hoping they'll get to say, pretty much all of the time :-D

Well... that's more explicit than i was expecting :-D

Bwahahaha. And now i want a chance to say that line :-D :-D

What if.... :D
{via Lizzy}

I give you cartoonwarp. Cartoon comedy with a cartoon attitude:

'Gordon Brown - Elephant in the Room'
It might not be topical, and it might be provincial, but it sure is funny. If you don't know who any of the people on the panel are... they're all as cartoon as presented here ;-)

'David Starkey - Rude History'

'David Cameron - Big Society gaff'
{For those who need context: Gordon Brown had previously met a supporter with whom Labour Party policy disagreed. He forgot he was all miked up, and mumbled cantankerously at her unexpected questioning, in the car, as he left. In this case, the embarassment stems from the old woman being a bigot, and from Cameron agreeing; in Brown's she was not, and he disagreed. So now you know. Oh, and Nick Clegg's the guy who made a coalition with the Conservatives, so everybody blames him for everything that goes wrong.}

'David Attenborough's - Primate Crisis'
{The characters have changed; the politics has not. Anglicans are still becoming RCs because it's more conservative; and the laity's still more bigoted than the bishops, in the Anglican Church. And David Attenborough has adapted perfectly to an environment of 3D monsters... like you'd expect.}

'Barcode Inventor Checks-Out'
A greater man than you would have thought... and no he didn't put the devil's number in barcodes - they're spaces.

'Death & Sex'

"Have you met someone like this? If you haven't, you probably are them."
{Who said that? And about what? ...everyone and everything!}


'The Darkness- English Country Garden Live at Rock in Rio (EDITED)'
I'd never seen this before. An interesting rendition of a 2nd album song :)

'The Darkness- Love is only a feeling (Behind the Scenes) HQ'
Scary place to film. They are rock stars, though - what are you gonna do? :)

'The Darkness- is it just me (Official Video)'
I love this video so much. Richie in a dress is just delightful :-D :-D

'Save Me by Queen - Beautiful Freddie Mercury Interpretation HD'This is from the Rock Montreal gig. So now you know.

'Queen Extravaganza made its debut on American Idol...'
{You'll need to turn the sound up for this one -- but boy is it worth it!}

'Queen Extravaganza - Marc Martel "Bohemian Rhapsody"'

Cool Science videos from the RSC:

'Floating Sinking Bubbles'
Because the film of a bubble is a permeable membrane, bubbles filled with hydrogen and carbon dioxide fall and then rise back up again!

'Fountain Experiment'
As the ammonia dissolves into the water, the pressure in the flask drops, causing atmospheric pressure to push water in, resulting in the fountain. When the ammonia has been sufficiently absorbed, the pressure equalises and the fountain stops.

'Luminol fountain'
How about trying that again, but with luminous products?

'Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide'
Under different conditions, and with different catalysts, hydrogen peroxide decays to supply oxygen-containing foam at differing rates.

'Magic Drinks'
Different combinations of reactants produce solutions that look like various drinks. Don't drink them, though!

'Non-burning Note'
Paper or a five pound note burns in a flame, but not when soaked in water. Ethanol burns well, however, so what happens when a note soaked in water and ethanol is put in a flame?

'Reaction of Chlorine with Hydrogen'
Is the activation energy of this reaction really so low that a camera flash is all it takes to get it going? It looks like it!

'Reaction of Fluorine with Hydrogen'
Fluorine - the most reactive element on the Periodic Table - needs no activation energy at all to react with hydrogen!

'Ethyne and Flying Food Cans'

'Sublime iodine'
Sublimation of iodine and solidification onto a surface above creates the most wonderful iodine crystals.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Entertainment stuff from the week 8-14/7/13

Hello, kitties

It has just come to my attention, via the Skeptic Zone podcast, that the 'Australian Christian Lobby' has been taken over by some cat ladies!

...well, their website has.

...well, the domain name '' has.

"We stand for love, marriage equality and lots of tummy rubs" says Grandmaster Hilary.

It's all been quite a hoot. Well, a mew, i suppose :-P

Hear the full story, from the cult leader's mouth, in this interview with Maynard:

'Cat Ladies Take Over Australian Christian Lobby: Maynard Interviews Grandmaster Hilary'

It would be rather ironic if the ACL condemned their actions on the grounds of deception, given that their raison d'etre as Christian propagandists is to convince people that the worship of a 2000-year-old half-dead half-deity that fertilised an adolescent girl to birth itself, so three decades later it could kill itself in order to 'forgive' its creations for the mistake it made thousands of years earlier when it entrapped their soon-to-be-immensely-inbred ancestors with a magic garden, magic tree, and talking serpent which resulted in the proliferation of a fictional crime called sin that is still around because this deic suicide failed... [deep breath] ...then you can live forever in a fictional place called heaven where nothing fun happens and you just lick God's arse for eternity.

...and that believing and complying with all of the above would be a good idea, even if it were true.

Frankly, if you're going to expect people to swallow that then you should expect people to play you around :-D

Secondly, and this will have to be next week's 'Headline Of The Week':

'Russians to deploy floating nuclear power plant'

Oh, yeah!

Actually, this is not unprecedented - nuclear powered ships and submarines have been around for 50 years and have demonstrated themselves to be as safe as you like.

The ship is called Akademik Lomonosov, and will be used to provide power to remote settlements where the construction of a local, land-based power station would be highly problematic.

Weirdly, the ship will not be able to drive itself, even though it will be able to power a small city of 200,000 people with 70 MW of electrical energy... I'm sure they have a reason for that... ?!

It will have a displacement tonnage (mass) of 19,500 tonnes, which will make it about this big. Cruise ships weigh upward of 65,000 tonnes and oil tankers more than 200,000 tonnes (empty).

I can see Greenpeace screaming, as i write :-D

The World's End airs on public screens, for the first time, on the 19th. So excited. More spoilers!

'The World's End - Pegg and Frost Featurette'

'Worlds End featurette'

Have you got any plans for dinner at all?

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, mucking about on The One Show:

Another trailer (with different content, of course), on Digital Spy:

The main characters. You might notice a theme to their surnames ;-)

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You might remember Meytal Cohen - i posted a video of her drumming Boh Rhap, back in February - well, she's just received full funding for her first album! This is her first music video - 'Breathe'.
You can read more about her story, on Kickstarter, here:

'The Internet Music Video (Official)'
I might be slightly late - but this is great :-D

Oh my goodness - this is awesome! I must get me some iron wool :D
'FWS - Burning Iron'

'Gourmet insects: Four dishes filled with grubs'
I've wondered whether people are more squeamish about eating insects than eating mammals, because they can see the whole animal when it goes in their mouth. With mammals and birds, they're at least headless and furless and sometimes unrecognisable from their source. Empathy has always been the bain of a carnivorous diet - that's probably why humans' ancestors shifted to omnivory.

'Gordon Talks Gusset'

'SURICATE - Le Syndrome Post-Rupture' (Post-breakup Syndrome)

'SHARKNADO - Official Asylum Trailer - TOO VIOLENT FOR TV??'
At first, i wan't sure whether this was a serious trailer or a comic horror... but, it turns out, IT's REAL!
(The programme - not the sharknado :D)

'Cat Drug Problem'

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Word of The Week: demitasse -- a small cup, commonly used to serve Turkish or espresso coffee

Headline Of The Week: 'Cat runs for mayor of Mexican city'

{This is in keeping with my headline story, but can it really be true?!?}

Expression Of The Week: "chicken chaser" -- a nickname for very-low-powered mopeds, with power fit only to chase chickens up a lane

Etymology Of The Week: mutate -- a back-formation from 'mutation' which is from latin 'mutare' meaning 'to change'; hence the relation to 'mutable' which means 'liable to change'

Quote of The Week: "A good audience is like good cuisine: it takes just one dick in it to ruin it" - Marcel Lucont

Fact Of The Week: Pope Pius VII was crowned using a papier-mâché tiara, because Napoleon's army had destroyed all the Papal tiaras when they ransacked the Vatican

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'Transparent BluRay Player'

'Steepest Race in Europe' - Ripley's

'Grammar Girl: Readers Share Their Funny Errors'

'Family Guy Peter Griffin "live action"'
Eh - he's not bad - but i want to see Stewie and Brian...

'Turks & Caicos'
Gorgeous islands. But does that look like an economic powerhouse, to you? They have a 90/100 score on the Financial Secrecy Index, as billions-worth of industry is registered on those tiny islands!

Beautiful pareidolia:

'Funny Beer Bottles'

'benedict cumberbatch'

'Best Pareidolia Ever?'

‘Skull Or Flower - You Decide!’

‘Monster Illusion’

‘The Celica Troll’

‘Evil Plotting Boxes’

‘Mr. Angry Mop-Head’

‘Shocked And Surprised’

‘Faces Everywhere’

All of these videos should be seen in full screen, at 1080p

'Earth As You've Never Seen It'
Stunning shots of Earth, from the Landsat satellite

'Galapagos: Realm of the Giant Sharks'

'Tour of the Moon (our One and Only)'

'The View from Space - Countries and Coastlines'

'Part I: High-Res Images of Cities at Night (from ISS)'

'Part II: High-Res Images of Cities at Night (from ISS) '

'Black Marble: Unprecedented New Views of Earth at Night from Space'

'Earth Morphing Before Our Eyes'

'Surface of the Sun As You've Never Seen It'

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Entertainment stuff from the week 1-7/7/13

Hi Nakedarklings!

Today marks 10 years of Permission To Land :) :)

In 2003, the world had its first chance to become familiar with The Darkness - its powerful guitar sounds, its moving melodies and its seering vocals, provided by the 'truth larynx' of Justin Hawkins.

I have a YouTube playlist of them, which is here and available for your perusal:

Give me a 'd'... give me an 'arknessforever' :D

I suppose, being a Rationalist, i would have to concede that the NHS, which celebrated its 65th anniversary two days ago, should receive greater acclaim.

It is the best healthcare service in the world, after all. And no, America, yours is nowhere near as good. With the NHS, you don't have to be rich to get treatment.

Happy Birthday NHS!

Series 59 of ISIHAC is here! Episode 1 is on iPlayer, if you can hear it:

If you want to hear more zany humour from Graeme, Barry and some others who also appear on Clue, then Series 2 of Hamish and Dougal has been airing recently:

A curious observation that i made, this week, regards an advert i saw for the UK holiday camp company 'Butlins' (Click the link to see the ad)

Secondarily-curiously, the advert that they uploaded to YouTube appears to have been monetarized which means... you have to watch someone else's advert before you can watch theirs #-S

The observation of curiousness that i made is not that the smallprint states "Bognor Regis resort shown" even when it's an animation; oh no no...

It's the music.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Tap - it's The Trololo Song - we all know that. We were there. We heard the song; we sang along; we got a t-shirt with the lyrics on it.

But wait!

The actual name of that song is... and please bear in mind that this song is being employed by a holiday camp that you deliberately leave home in order to enjoy...

'I'm So Glad To Finally Be Back Home' LOL

Presumably, Butlins is either unaware that the song is called this; or they are aware but thought no-one would notice.

Well i did, Butlins! I did.

So shove that in your trololouge and smoke it!!


On the subject of recreation, here's a heads-up for you:

Nude Recreation Week starts tomorrow!

So if you like to get your gongs out and wave them in the breeze... or just not bother to get dressed sometimes... you now have an excuse :-D

And if you like to get your fuzz hot while tanning in the summer sunshine, then this is your chance :-)

...and that neatly/unkemptly segues into this memory of Hot Fuzz :o)

...and to the latest in the Shaun-Fuzz-End trilogy.

'The World's End Viral Video - Newton Haven (2013)'

A clip from The Graham Norton Show containing an exclusive ‘The World’s End’ clip

And here are some posters for the film:

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CCPGrey has another video to make your head hurt:

'The European Union Explained'

''Born Free' Brian May Kerry Ellis Venue Cymru Llandudno 29 06 13'

''Can't Help Falling In Love' Brian May Kerry Ellis Venue Cymru Llandudno 29 06 13'

'Chernobyl exclusion zone wildlife: Przewalski's horses, june 2013'
Reintroduced in 1998, this species of wild horse has been maintaining itself around the minimally-irradiating modern lands of Chernobyl... until poachers caused thier populations to turn downward in recent years. Man is more dangerous than radiation!

'GOLDEN SHOW - Street Magic'

What did the Irish media just call Bieber?!
I can't believe they said that!
His skin's far too smooth and hairless to be likened to a scrotum...

This is how daytime TV goes, in the UK :-D
That's Katie Hopkins, btw - she withdrew from season three of 'The Apprentice' over money for breeding - and hopes to be a Conservative Party MP one day.
She seems adequately qualified [smug grin]
[Video source] (6 mins)

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Word Of The Week: banquette -- a small footpath, on the inside of a wall or rampart; or an upholstered bench or footbridge

Headline Of The Week: 'Man Stumbles Upon Reptile Near Sewer, Offers Gator Aid'

Superhero Of The Week: River-Path-Indecent-Exposure-Man

Expression Of The Week: "just like downtown" -- pertaining to an event that's gone well, as planned; like life downtown, in a city; which city isn't specifically known

Etymology Of The Week: disappointed -- from 'disappoint' meaning 'to lose an appointment' (a position of office) and through the later meaning of 'disappoint' - to fail to keep an appointment'; hence why the opposite of the modern 'disappointed' is not 'appointed'

Quote Of The Week: "Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks; "they are only animals"." - Theodor Adorno

Fact Of The Week: Denmark has an award called the Order Of The Elephant, which is almost-exclusively bestowed on 'royals' or Heads of State; the design comes from the badge of the religious confraternity called the Fellowship of the Mother of God

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'What R U having?'
They look so happy. It's two daughters in one, guys; two daughters in one :D

On marriage and oranges:

Dogs that look like their owners, dressed up to look even more like their owners:

How to kiss - a brief guide:

Joke's on you - energy is always conserved!

The 'Hell's Kitchen' hall of fame :-D

I've been catching up on Myles Power's Science videos on YouTube. Here are some pretty things he's uploaded:

'American Animals with Sally Le Page'

'American National Parks'

There is a lot more scientific stuff, of course. Here's his channel URL:

Catching up on puns since the start of April:

What make-up sex looks like:

Speed dating for numbers:

Traditional gender rolls. They're going to be in tatters when i'm done with them!

What is artificial light made of?

Rather macabre humour:

Fetch me an 'acne carriage...

Finnish hymn!

'So Many Gnomials'

This pun's made me all key-sy {queasy}

Do you think these guys'll let me in if i wear swede shoes?

My undies-closed secrets are the ones you really want to see ;-)

'Now I'm Sad AND Hungry'

I'm sure there's a joke about plugs, in here, somewhere... maybe i can't find it because i pushed it in too far

So i put it in reverse, your honour, pushed a little hard on the pedal, and then they all went down like...

Tripping on acid. Best done barefoot. Apparently.

Neil before me!!!

If you want a thing done well... leave it in the microwave overnight :-P

This shit's got legs on it! :-P

What's the cube root of tree? Well, this is:

Easy come, easy go; little high, little low; any way the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me; to me...

Where are Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb, though? Oh yeah - they're atheists :o)

I've got a feeling; all these years I've been wandering around; wondering how come nobody told me; all that I was looking for was somebody; who looked like... you??? I've got a feeling...