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Tiny pony twerking [20190716|20:53]
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[the weather today is |dat ass]


My friends, I have had an absolute shocker of a day at work. Therefore, I must share with you the thing that is lifting my spirits (apart from the nice ale I'm about to drink): A video of Minipony scratching its butt on a fence. Bow chikka bowbowwww!

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Week in Review in phone photos [20190715|09:20]
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[the weather today is |ill]

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On Monday, I discovered a couple of tiny paintings of Norfolk that I did years ago - each of these canvases is 3” x 3”. The children demanded that they be put up in their room.

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Caturday has tiny fangs [20190713|18:13]
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[with a hint of |The cure]

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Telstar reminds us that he has fangs.

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Disintegration LDN 2004-2019 [20190709|20:20]
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[with a hint of |william basinski]

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I've been clearing out the conservatory after neglecting my art supplies pretty much since we moved in here seven years ago.

One of the things I discovered was that some of my works in progress had been water-damaged.

At first I was upset. One single thing made up for the loss of some precious memories: the discovery above.

Those of you with very long memories might recall that when I first moved to London, almost fifteen years ago now, I started quite a number of art projects. I completed some, others were left hanging after I found a job I could throw myself into wholeheartedly. This is one that I never finished. The plan was to take my little Lomo Supersampler film camera up and down every street in central London (using the A-Z to track where I took the photos), and select small but significant landmarks to represent a section of the grid on the OS map. I picked things that weren't obvious or permanent, like the Natural History Museum, but rather a piece of graffiti or a pub sign, something more ephemeral.

The water damage virtually erased some of the original photos. Others are intact. The effect is much more interesting than when all of them were identifiable.

I still have quite a few prints for other sections that I could use to fill in the blanks, carefully filed away in a small plastic storage tub. I'm now torn over whether to do this. Do I use them? Do I take another set of photos fifteen years later, fill it in, and stash it away in the attic, badly wrapped, for another seven years? Or do I leave it alone?

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Caturday: Telstar waking up from a nap on the roof of the wood shed [20190622|22:57]
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[the weather today is |relaxed]

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Saw something fluffy on the wood shed.

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Friday's Unscientific Poll: What We Do in the Shadows, revisited [20190621|23:23]
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I may be a teensy bit obsessed with this show.

Poll #2093685 What we do in the shadows: Nadja's best lines

Which of these are Nadja's best lines?

“Now, I wonder if anyone here looks yummy scrummy bummy for you to murder with your mouth right now, hey?”
1(25.0%)
“If me and Lazlo were to ever have had a child, I like to imagine it would look like him* - small and hard.” *stuffed armadillo
1(25.0%)
“How are you supposed to be a strong, thrilling, powerful warrior and lover with a name like Jeff? It is like a weak ejaculation. Heh-heh-heh-heh...Jeff.”
1(25.0%)
“Darling, please, listen to me. We are in a room full of pure arsehole. You can do no wrong, honestly.”
1(25.0%)
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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Job references [20190614|22:18]
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Poll #2093531 Job references

When applying for jobs, I have experienced the following

Prospective employer requesting to contact my references before offering me the job.
2(13.3%)
Prospective employer requesting to contact my references after offering me the job, but before I had accepted.
1(6.7%)
Prospective employer requesting to contact my references after I had accepted the job.
3(20.0%)
Prospective employer not contacting my references at all before I began employment.
6(40.0%)
I like ticking boxes!
3(20.0%)

Of these options, I have most frequently experienced the following:

Prospective employer requesting to contact my references before offering me the job.
0(0.0%)
Prospective employer requesting to contact my references after offering me the job, but before I had accepted.
0(0.0%)
Prospective employer requesting to contact my references after I had accepted.
2(33.3%)
Prospective employer not contacting my references at all before I began employment.
4(66.7%)
I also like radio buttons!
0(0.0%)
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Friday's Unscientific Poll: What We Do in the Shadows (TV) [20190607|21:51]
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To summarise, What We Do in the Shadows is a television show about a group of vampires, modern and ancient, trying to survive together in a rickety house on Staten Island. It is currently airing on BBC 2 and is available on iPlayer and it is completely making my evenings right now.

Poll #2093379 What We Do in the Shadows

What are the best things about this show?

Nadja's face
1(14.3%)
Nadja's hissing
1(14.3%)
Nadja's general scorn for everything
1(14.3%)
Lazlo's vulva topiary
0(0.0%)
Nandor's hairstyles
0(0.0%)
Nandor's ponderous, pompous dismissiveness
1(14.3%)
Colin's terrible, awful, entirely appropriate nasal drone
1(14.3%)
Colin's feeding expression
0(0.0%)
Guillermo's devotion to Nandor
1(14.3%)
Nandor's complete and unacknowledged dependence on Guillermo
1(14.3%)

Here are the other things that are wonderful about this show (may contain spoilers)

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Political thought of the day [20190523|08:50]
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Are the newspapers not getting bored with repeatedly predicting the imminent demise of Theresa May?

She's been supposedly on the verge of leaving for months, if not the entire term of her leadership. And yet there she stays, seemingly immune to all attempts to unseat her, like a lich queen glued to her throne, whilst the allegedly human ministers gurn uselessly in her toils, unable to deliver the fatal headshot or destroy the final horcrux or whatever the hell it would actually take to get rid of her.

Meanwhile, we continue to lurch toward zombie Brexit, every single one of us sick to the back teeth of the whole omnishambles.

Possibly related: I voted in the European elections today.

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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Eurovision 2019 [20190517|22:00]
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The final of Eurovision 2019 is on tomorrow night!

Poll #2092805 Eurovision 2019

Will you be watching the Eurovision 2019 final tomorrow night?

Yes, this is my jam
0(0.0%)
No, this is not my cup of tea
2(100.0%)

I will be rooting for

Albania - Jonida Maliqi - Ktheju Tokes
0(0.0%)
Azerbaijan - Chingiz - Truth
0(0.0%)
Belarus - Zena - Like It
0(0.0%)
Cyprus - Tamta - Replay
0(0.0%)
Czech Republic - Lake Malawi - Friend of a Friend
0(0.0%)
Denmark - Leonora - Love is Forever
0(0.0%)
Estonia - Victor Crone - Storm
0(0.0%)
France - Bilal Hassani - Roi
0(0.0%)
North Macedonia - Tamara Todevska - Proud
0(0.0%)
Germany - S!sters - Sister
0(0.0%)
Greece - Katerine Duska - Better Love
0(0.0%)
Iceland - Hatari - Hatrid Mun Sigra
0(0.0%)
Israel - Kobi Marimi - Home
0(0.0%)
Italy - Mahmood - Soldi
0(0.0%)
Malta - Michela - Chameleon
0(0.0%)

I will be rooting for (part 2):

The Netherlands - Duncan Laurence - Arcade
0(0.0%)
Norway - Keiino - Spirit in the Sky
0(0.0%)
Russia - Sergey Lazarev - Scream
0(0.0%)
San Marino - Serhat - Say Na Na Na
0(0.0%)
Serbia - Nevena Bozovic - Kruna
0(0.0%)
Slovenia - Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl - Sebi
0(0.0%)
Spain - Miki - La Venda
0(0.0%)
Sweden - John Lundvik - Too Late for Love
0(0.0%)
Switzerland - Luca Hanni - She Got Me
0(0.0%)
UK - Michael Rice - Bigger Than Us
0(0.0%)
Australia - Kate Miller-Heidke - Zero Gravity
0(0.0%)

I think the act most likely to win is:

The act I would most like to see win is:



Most disappointing early exit: Armenia's Srbuk "Walking Out". Why is this not in the final? WHY?

Second most disappointing early exit: Romania's Ester Peony "On a Sunday". See above. In fact, there are several acts from the first semi-final that I would happily have seen ditched in favour of these.

Favourite performance: Iceland's Hatari. Leather corsets! 1990s industrial EBM! Rage-singing! Yes please, this sort of over the top business is the whole reason I got into watching Eurovision. Well, that and the excuse to drink silly cocktails and shout at the television.

Favourite song: Norway's Keiino, "Spirit in the Sky". Apparently it was the most downloaded song on Spotify in the UK after the second semi-final. Two of those downloads were from this household. We are enthralled by the fantastic vocal stylings of Sami rapper Fred-Rene Buljo.


Please share your own witterings with me in the comments!
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