notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-07-25

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Railway tanker X-ray, from MENA Rail News.

Railway tanker X-ray, from MENA Rail News.

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Shipping Container X-Rays, from Google Images, posted by stml (via)

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IBM Ad by bustbright on Flickr: “new electronic map will show the pilot where in the world he is”.
I’ve posted ads from that set before, but there are so many I’m sure I’ll post more in the future, too.

IBM Ad by bustbright on Flickr: “new electronic map will show the pilot where in the world he is”.

I’ve posted ads from that set before, but there are so many I’m sure I’ll post more in the future, too.

Lego Star Wars ^W Trek

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achildoftwofandoms:

Question: Why can’t LEGO do Star Trek stuff? Like, do you know how much fun I’d have putting together my very own Enterprise or Klingon bird of prey??

They’re all over LOTR and Star Wars — why not show a little love for a nearly fifty-year old franchise?

Kre-O ended up with the Star Trek licence, producing a few sets including an Enterprise and a Bird-Of-Prey. Obviously, they’re not Lego, but hey, they’re “compatible building bricks”.

Of course, nobody’s stopping you building Trek sets with your own bricks, like this (as seen in the Rockefeller Center’s Lego Store, and award-winning at that).

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“ It’s a very romantic notion to want to live some totally off-grid hunter-gatherer lifestyle, but having seen the sheer monotonous toil and graft that some of the local peasantry put into their existence, it really put me off doing the same. ”
Edward O’Toole, quoted in a Vice interview / article, Preppers Taught Me How to Eat When the World Ends (via)

2014-07-24

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frankie-roberto:

Definitive* list of regional (i.e. long-distance) destinations which are permitted to be shown in UPPERCASE on motorway signs.
For some reason seeing ‘The NORTH’ etc has always struck me as oddly idiosyncratic and somewhat amusing.
From The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs (PDF)
* NORTH EAST is also allowed, but only to disambiguate when NORTH WEST is also used.

I always liked seeing these on trips, especially The NORTH and SCOTLAND.

frankie-roberto:

Definitive* list of regional (i.e. long-distance) destinations which are permitted to be shown in UPPERCASE on motorway signs.

For some reason seeing ‘The NORTH’ etc has always struck me as oddly idiosyncratic and somewhat amusing.

From The Design and Use of Directional Informatory Signs (PDF)

* NORTH EAST is also allowed, but only to disambiguate when NORTH WEST is also used.

I always liked seeing these on trips, especially The NORTH and SCOTLAND.

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Mayflies, La Crosse, Wisconsin, from CityLab (via bluecloudsfloating)

Mayflies, La Crosse, Wisconsin, from CityLab (via bluecloudsfloating)

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toffeemilkshake:

Yeah, I’m basically still 12 so these were first things I typed into this New York Times specific version for google zeitgeist. Looks like the NYT is finally coming out of some kind of 30 year profanity hiatus.

Now I’m wondering what that’d look like for the Guardian.

toffeemilkshake:

Yeah, I’m basically still 12 so these were first things I typed into this New York Times specific version for google zeitgeist. Looks like the NYT is finally coming out of some kind of 30 year profanity hiatus.

Now I’m wondering what that’d look like for the Guardian.

2014-07-22

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likeafieldmouse (via notational):

Marco Cadioli - Squares with Concentric Circles

(Source: likeafieldmouse)

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“ The reason sickness is undesirable is not that it causes distress or discomfort but that it results in what is often called “lost productivity”. This is a sinister and absurd notion, predicated on the greedy fallacy of counting chickens before they have hatched. “Workplace absence through sickness was reported to cost British business £32bn a year,” the researcher claimed in Metro: a normal way of phrasing things today, but one with curious implications. The idea seems to be that business already has that money even though it hasn’t earned it yet and employees who fail to maintain “productivity” as a result of sickness or other reasons are, in effect, stealing this as yet entirely notional sum from their employers. ”

Steven Poole: Why the cult of hard work is counter-productive (via toffeemilkshake)

In the US there are companies that take sick days and personal time off from the same pool of days. I had fifteen total in a year, and that’s regarded as pretty generous. Of course, if I actually did have anything that didn’t physically stop me getting in to work, I’d do so - it’s better for me to sit at my desk unproductive (and possibly infecting co-workers) than lose a holiday day.

Well done for reverse incentives there, free market capitalism.

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