meehawl all that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned

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With No Paddle

Venn diagrams have had quite a surge of publicity recently, trying to simplify representations of the different supra-national European organisations. I like this one, because it shows how the UK is now currently occupying...

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Celebrity Medicine

So Prince requests medical intervention from Calfornia-based addictions specialist Howard Kornfeld, not licensed to practice medicine in the State of Minnesota. Dr Kornfeld is many hours away, in California. Says can’t see patient immediately....

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Brand New They’re Retro

New Massive Attack video with Rosamund Pike weirdly channels classic Sam Neill/Isabelle Adjani ur-hentai schlock triumph, Żuławski‘s Possession Voodoo In My Blood: Possession:

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Rain Rain Rain

This is the magical time of the year when #SFBay imitates #Ireland: Everything’s green, damp & smells like socks

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Cool Jungles in Which Blurs Pursued Blurs

Reread #Vollmann’s Whores for Gloria: In the windowpanes of bars all around the blue neon Budweiser signs, reflections made cool jungles in which blurs pursued blurs. Remembered reading this with sadly gone #IainBanks in...

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Toyota Vexes Me and I Shall Have It

Changed car battery in Corolla… and then got locked out by an RFID engine immobilizer and previously unknown alarm system becoming activated after 6 years of stealth. Spent basically half a day figuring out...

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Terminal Beaches

One thing I rarely see addressed even in the most pedestrian near-future novels will be the sad, extreme lack of nice sandy beaches in our immediate future. Even before the global sea level rise,...

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Convergent Evolution

First suspected Ebola case dies in quarantine in Nigeria after collapsing in the Lagos *International* Airport. On the bright side, as is common with many highly lethal crowd diseases, this strain of Ebola seems...