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American Beauty (1999)

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Infinitely more surreal than I remembered it being the first time round!

 

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Choke (2008)

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Watching http://www.imdb.com/rg/em_share/title_web/title/tt1024715

You might not think the best way to spend your first day of freedom after a lengthy incarceration would be to immediately resume stalking the tranny hooker who knocked out six teeth and had you put away to begin with…        That’s how I roll.

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Rebel Architecture on Aljazeera

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Watching ‘Rebel Architecture’ on Aljazeera… The role of architectural design in a range of situations, for sustainability, on water, at scale and potentially as a weapon.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/rebelarchitecture/

Some cross-cutting disciplines are highlighted, such as Forensic Architecture (which TBH I had never thought about), and some have parallels with the computing industry, i.e. User Experience Design, Security.

‘A Traditional Future’ followed a team of University students designing the smallest unit of earthquake-resistant family housing and implementing a project to educate the populace to build these structures. Sustainability was not only found through materials, but also through the self-reinforcing educational process, hands-on practice and community spirit. The students themselves could not assist with the builds due to security constraints, so used a remote ‘Train the Trainer’ type process to disseminate the knowledge through local ‘Artisans’.

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BTRA Truck Racing Championship @ Donington

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A handful of me vids below from Redgate a.k.a. turn 1 at Donington Park – the sight of ten of these beasts bearing down on you at the end of the straightaway is an immense experience. With the voice of a pissed off power station, and the scent of the freshly smouldering remains of an arsonist’s portfolio…

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(and here’s gaz11h’s vid from 2010 that quite succinctly demonstrates the aural violence and terrifying pace of the BTRA Trucks)

And for some tunes to get you in the mood for Trucking, how about a spot of Surrender The Coast…

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Courgette Cake

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Nigella’s Courgette Cake – better than carrot cake? I’m there! ;-P http://mixandfold.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/courgettecake.html

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James May’s Cars of the People

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Watching James May’s Cars of the People – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0467lbh

fiat 500, who would have thought :-P

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The Cutting... Shiney :-)

Sunroof Before the Rain

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Updated the seal on Golf mk2 sunroof by reusing the plastic innards and covering with velvet…. Might as well attack the rust while we’re there too; Interesting colour match, but after a good coupla hours of blending and cutting, it’s not bad. Reinstalled just in time for some kind of Guernsey Hurricane :-o

Thanks to Automotive Touch Up dot Com for the directions – http://www.automotivetouchup.com/spray-paint-directions.htm – and to JohnnyPhenomenon for the ghetto sunroof tip – http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?4227493-Phenoms-Howtos-Sunroof-gasket-seal-rebuild-for-only-10 – and to FBF for the quick sunroof removal guide – http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=33684.0

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On Learning

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He that lives in a college, after his mind is sufficiently stocked with learning, is like a man, who having built, rigged, and victualled, a ship, should lock her up in a dry dock

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Edmund Burke – The Annual Register (A View of the History, Politicks and Literature of the Year), 1758

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On the Benefits of Long Grass

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Second only to a pond, nothing is more beneficial for the ecology of your garden and the health of the wildlife in your area, than long grass

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Gardeners’ World BBC2, August 01 2014

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Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers

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At this moment they are the only two people on Earth

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A Day out in Sark

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Sunshine, pushbike and Sark… Nuff said :-D

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Sightseers

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2023690/

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 Killers have never been this close-knit

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Valhalla Rising

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Watching Valhalla Risinghttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862467/ – Brutal!

Eirik: God brought us out of that mist for a reason. We claim this land in His name!

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Kare: How do we do that? We’re half starved. Three men dead, one missing.

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Guarana Antarctica

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Randomly picked up a six pack of these at Waitrose… after imbibing three cans over an extended game of cards i can honestly say that it kept me up all night. I haven’t even remotely considered sleep as an option :-o

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guaran%C3%A1_Antarctica

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Nuclear Fusion

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Thanks to CIGPE for a very interesting presentation on the Joint European Torus nuclear fusion experiment http://www.efda.org/2013/05/jet-the-joint-european-torus/

Some very interesting issues around the economies of maintenance at large scale… 20k millisieverts per hour and an 800c reactor vessel after 1 month of cooling anyone? Not to mention 16kg of tritium injection per day (current total global sales = 0.2kg per year)  :-P

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Time for a visit methinks :-D
http://www.efda.org/jet/

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