Long slow swim to end the week…

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Long slow swim to end the week. Bill Viola video earlier. Good combo.

Moss from the IT Crowd (Reading Post)

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Moss from the IT Crowd (Reading Post)

The Sartorialist posts a picture of Moss from the IT crowd in shorts

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The Sartorialist posts a picture of Moss from the IT crowd in shorts

The decline of cooking and the rise of watching people cook

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To all you amateur bloggers out there (using headlines like “Check this out” or “Interesting”, Jason stirs up a proper headline (while I’m dishing out a cliché).

The decline of cooking and the rise of watching people cook

YouTube – ~THIN LIZZY~ JAILBREAK

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YouTube - ~THIN LIZZY~ JAILBREAK

Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak. In deed, followed steps 1-12 for “Easy instructions on how to install PurpleRa1n” and then instead of step 13 (using ultrasn0w) I followed the instructions for PurpleSn0w. This at purplera1n.net.

BBC SPORT Swimming | Brilliant Biedermann beats Phelps

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Biedermann wore a 100% polyurethane swimsuit which has been worn by all but one of the individual swimming champions in Rome. Phelps wore a part-polyurethane costume. The German strongly hinted that he may not have won gold had it not been for his suit. “I hope there will be a time I can beat Michael Phelps without the suit of course and I hope that it could be next year or the next two years but I also think it’s not all about the suit,” he added. “Of course they make a difference but I work really hard with my trainer so it’s one of the things which is important to the swimming and also to the training.” In total, four world records fell on Tuesday to take the total at these championships to 15.
BBC SPORT Swimming | Brilliant Biedermann beats Phelps

Mad Men illustrated Flickr set

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Mad Men illustrated Flickr set

Sand art by Andres Amador | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

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Sand art by Andres Amador | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Poker finances 2009, update 26 July.

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Nothing much to report, haven’t played much live apart from the badly structured £50 Pot-Limit Omaha at the spring festival and a NLHE event were I was staked by poker buddies David Flusfeder and Mat Gibson. Will be playing more in the autumn though, as the £30 round-of-each is now on Wednesdays.

I’ve also dropped a few quid at Pokerstars, leaving me with a zero balance for online so far. I am unlikely to play more online though; there’s no way I am giving Pokerstars my passport number.

As of Sunday 26 July 2009.

  • Live Tournaments. Winnings: £2155 Staked: £60 Entrance fees: £807. Tips: £105. Overall: +£1303
  • Live Cash. £0
  • Online. Cashouts:£103. Deposits: £103. Overall: 0
  • Bottom line: +£1303

BBC – Adam Curtis: It Felt Like a Kiss – The Film

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This is the whole of the experimental film, It Felt Like a Kiss. It was the basis of the show I did in Manchester with Punchdrunk. The show may well come to London - but probably not till the end of the year.
BBC - Adam Curtis: It Felt Like a Kiss - The Film

Artist sells his life (for £110K) | The Guardian

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Artist sells his life (for £110K) | The Guardian

Living without money (kottke)

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Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit).

Living without money (kottke)

Examining the latest threat to Spiral Jetty – Modern Art Notes

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Examining the latest threat to Spiral Jetty - Modern Art Notes

BBC SPORT | Fina bans hi-tech swimsuits from 2010

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In other news, IAAF bans spikes from sprinters’ shoes.

BBC SPORT | Fina bans hi-tech swimsuits from 2010

West ignores lessons of Soviet humiliation in Afghanistan – Times Online

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The Soviet forces were in the seventh year of their nine-year war in Afghanistan and had lost about 12,000 men. Akhromeyev, a hero of the siege of Leningrad in the second world war, had been summoned to explain why a force of 109,000 troops from the world’s second superpower appeared to be humiliated, year after year, by a band of terrorists.

Akhromeyev explained about the rough terrain, insisted the army needed more resources – including additional helicopters – and warned that without more men and equipment “this war will continue for a very long time”.

He concluded with words that sound uncannily resonant today, in the eighth year of Nato’s war: “About 99% of the battles and skirmishes that we fought in Afghanistan were won by our side. The problem is that the next morning there is the same situation as if there had been no battle.
West ignores lessons of Soviet humiliation in Afghanistan - Times Online

20 ‘weapon dogs’ belonging to teenage gangs seized in dawn raids – Times Online

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The police are actually doing something about these dogs then (destroying them is the term used for ending their lives). Would be good to get them off the streets of South London as well.

20 ‘weapon dogs’ belonging to teenage gangs seized in dawn raids - Times Online

BFI | Creative Archive Licence Group | Free Video Clips

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Welcome to the BFI’s pilot site featuring video clips made available for free download to users in the United Kingdom under the innovative Creative Archive Licence, to stimulate creative re-use for non-commercial purposes.
BFI | Creative Archive Licence Group | Free Video Clips

Words used in English that I have to look up: eldritch

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eldritch

unearthly, alien, supernatural, weird, spooky, eerie

eldritch - Wiktionary

Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content: Scientific American

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Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content: Scientific American

Older lady telling train shuff…

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Older lady telling train shuffle story to some banker. Banker replying - “He must have been with another bank then”.

On my way from London Bridge. …

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On my way from London Bridge. Fatality on the line Victoria way. Two train shuffles at Victoria, hour long wait. Saddle up to get home then.

Squashed Philosophers- Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein

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Via the Lone Gunman.

Squashed Philosophers- Condensed Plato Aristotle Augustine Descartes Hume Marx Freud Copernicus Hobbes Sartre Ayer Sade Wittgenstein Einstein

Borders To Close Flagship Oxford Street Store – Londonist

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Borders To Close Flagship Oxford Street Store - Londonist

myfreedamn.com (Rin Tanaka)

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Via A continuous Lean’s piece on Harley Davidson vintage clothes. Looks like the magazines might be sold just around the corner from where I work.

myfreedamn.com (Rin Tanaka)

Evil vending machine at Victor…

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Evil vending machine at Victoria Station. Two quid fifty in, no M&Ms out. http://twitpic.com/9xf7j

Music Ally | Blog Archive » Trent Reznor says digital music innovation isn’t just for big stars

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Music Ally | Blog Archive » Trent Reznor says digital music innovation isn’t just for big stars

Bruce Mitchell, the real Mr Manchester | Music | The Guardian

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A rare interview with a brilliant drummer. Whenever I see Bruce (next time will be the King’s Hall in the autumn), I think of him as the eccentric English uncle I never had.

Bruce Mitchell, the real Mr Manchester | Music | The Guardian

Plan A: swim, pint , Gliss gig…

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Plan A: swim, pint , Gliss gig.
“Plan” B: Pints at Shaston Arms, White Horse, The Clachan.

Plan B wins. Well Steve was over from NZ.

Woman, knackered at Victoria. …

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Woman, knackered at Victoria. http://twitpic.com/9twdg

Plan:swim, then Gliss. Fact: S…

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Plan:swim, then Gliss. Fact: Shashton Arms, then White Horse

Review: National Gallery iPhone App – Londonist

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Review: National Gallery iPhone App - Londonist

Brian Eno explains Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks | Science | guardian.co.uk

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Why is there pedal steel guitar in the Apollo composition?
When director Al Reinert approached me about doing the Apollo music – which ended up in the 1989 film For All Mankind – he told me there was music on the moon shot. Every astronaut was allowed to take one cassette of their favourite music. All but one took country and western. They were cowboys exploring a new frontier, this one just happened to be in space. We worked the piece around the idea of zero-gravity country music.
Brian Eno explains Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks | Science | guardian.co.uk

Stage diver at White Denim gig…

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Stage diver at White Denim gig. http://twitpic.com/9q3je

#oneandother : art ? Guy doing…

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#oneandother : art ? Guy doing tai - chi. That is all. http://twitpic.com/9pph1

At French House for a half or …

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At French House for a half or three, then White Denim and tomorrow @Gliss?

Guinness thirst in Nigeria expands Diageo market – Times Online

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These days, Nigeria drinks more Guinness than Ireland and observers think it is only a matter of time before it overtakes the UK as the world’s biggest consumer of the black stuff. Nigerians drink 15.8m pints of Guinness — 1.1m more than the Irish and about 5m fewer than the British.
Guinness thirst in Nigeria expands Diageo market - Times Online

The swimsuit wars, Nike has given up high-end swimming kit (Evening Standard)

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There was actually something to read in last week’s Evening Standard ES Magazine. Edward Helmore’s article showed how the swimsuit has gone hi-tech and left a company like Nike in its trail. The battle for bodyshaping, fish-scaled, wear-only-ten-time swimsuits is now just between TYR and Speedo (with Speedo looking the strongest to this hobby swimmer) - an incredible 108 swimming world records were broken last year.

The swimsuit wars, Nike has given up high-end swimming kit (Evening Standard)

Frank Zappa: Rock journalism is people… – The Quotations Page

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Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.

Frank Zappa: Rock journalism is people… - The Quotations Page

Making a Mark: Review: David Hockney – A Bigger Picture

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Three years of Hockney condensed into one hour. Good summary from Katherine Tyrrell on the programme.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 



Making a Mark: Review: David Hockney - A Bigger Picture

WOEBOT: 10 Unfamiliar Beatles Tracks

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WOEBOT: 10 Unfamiliar Beatles Tracks

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