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A coupla dopes fed carpi into a computer route planner. Carpi is in Emilia-Romagna, Don Camillo country.

When the couple arrived at Carpi, they asked for directions to the Blue Grotto!

Hey, 400 miles south down the road, turn right, don’t forget the wellies.

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Some white powder fell out of the pocket of an arrestee. He dived down on the floor and started licking it up. (It was crystal meth.) He’s been charged with tampering with evidence!

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Now this one is welcome.
One UK insurance scammer is now putting on the bottom of their ads,
“Inflation will erode the value of this offer”.

Is this a new ‘law’? Have ‘New’ Labour actually done sommat right in order to offset their awful ‘education’ cartel?

Of course, most people won’t notice the note, and if they do, they probably won’t understand it.

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Risko
I came across this interesting artist today, so I ordered the book.

The Risko Book by Robert Risko

The Risko Book
by Robert Risko

Monacelli Press, 2000
ISBN-10: 1580930727
ISBN-13: 978-1580930727

$23.10
£20.00

Other illustrations by Risko:

Capitol sings Broadway  

A page of fifteen covers from Capitol.

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CD cover art looks like it’s becoming seriously interesting at last:

Eddie Cantor in Person, Carnegie Hall concert

Carnegie Hall Concert
Eddie Cantor

originally released 1992
2 discs, live format Label: Original Cast Record
ASIN: B000004CNY

$39.98
£42.59 (import)

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paper clips - what to do when bored


1:14 mins

“Electromagnetism leaking through the floor of a Kobe train causes paperclips to dance.”

[Lead from Pink Tentacle]

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art work on the sun, computer style - modelling a sun spot

Virtual sunspot generated by 76-teraflop supercomputer. Image: NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory
Virtual sunspot generated by 76-teraflop supercomputer.
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NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory

“To create the model, the research team designed a virtual, three-dimensional domain that simulates an area on the Sun measuring about 31,000 miles by 62,000 miles and about 3,700 miles in depth - an expanse as long as eight times Earth's diameter and as deep as Earth's radius.[...] they solved the equations on NCAR's new bluefire supercomputer, an IBM machine that can perform 76 trillion calculations per second.

“.... The researchers noted, however, that even their new model does not accurately capture the lengths of the filaments in parts of the penumbra. They can refine the model by placing the grid points even closer together, but that would require more computing power than is currently available.”

The original sources at UCAR are currently unavailable:

“We're sorry, but many pages on the NCAR and UCAR websites are temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties. We hope to restore service soon. Please check back later if you experience problems loading a page”.”

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kissing in france - from xavier

The Gallic practice of social kissing is difficult to perform correctly, even for the French.

How many kisses to give in diffenerent departements. Image: combiendebises.free.fr
The results of an Internet survey made by Gilles Debunne.
Detailed results.

Here is a map, based on an internet survey on how many kisses are given in different parts of the country. But the number of kisses to give is only one of several factors in the process of attempting this common part of French greetings.

According to the following, partially tongue-in-cheek, animated cartoon , there are four components to a social kiss [une bise sociale]. The cartoon is in French, made by Arte (the arts channel shared between France and Germany).


on kissing in France [in French] 3:55 minutes

  • When: at leisure activities, sometimes in the morning at work, above all amongst friends.
  • Who: this depends on your relationship with the other person - familial, position in professional hierarchy, friend, age, social position. For instance, you do not kiss your boss (unless he/she proposes it first).
  • How: social kissing is generally air-kissing, especially when the participants are strangers (skin kissing could be misinterpreted as a intimate approach). Possibly more difficult to judge is which side first!
  • How many times: This is possibly easier to judge, it mostly depends on where you are in France (see the map above).

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“How, then, to deal with the kissing conundrum? There's no point looking to the continent, where social kissing, despite its prevalence in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Greece and even staid old Switzerland, is subject to absurdly complex laws. In Belgium, for example, the rule is one kiss, unless there is an age gap of at least 10 years, in which case it's three. In Spain it's generally two, starting with the right; and in Germany it's none, except between consenting family members and very close friends (and no one can tell what exactly constitutes "close".)

“France is the really tricky one: depending on who you are, who you're kissing and where you both happen to be, anything between one and four kisses is de rigueur. Class-wise, the French upper class plump for two pecks; anything more is vulgar. Women will embrace both men and women they have never met before; men will likewise kiss women, perhaps after asking first ("On se fait la bise?"). French men only kiss other men, on the other hand, if they know them very well. Then there are the regional variations.” [Quoted from guardian.co.uk]

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There is a long and detail analysis of kissing in France in La Depeche. Here is a translated extract:

“WHO AND HOW TO KISS

“We kiss? Okay, but how? "In France, doing a social kiss amounts to rubbing cheeks, or touching the cheek of the other with the lips. Noisy or ostentatious kissing is rare, "says Dominique Picard. It is often the preserve of old aunties, champion of endless smooches.

“It has nothing to do with a connotation of intimacy, whether being more or less in love, or of strong affection.

“Indeed, in Latin, there are three words for kiss, the osculum for a friendship kiss on the cheeks, basium for an affectionate kiss on the lips and suavium for a kiss of love and passion.

“Rather than the cheek, some prefer kissing on the hand. Jacques Chirac was a fan of hand-kissing. Beware, the lips of the man must not touch the skin of the lady. Other faux pas (indiscretion) to avoid is kissing a gloved hand.

“Who kiss who? "As with all rules of politeness, the person who is in a superior position has the initiative over the type of relationship that should be had. It's your boss who say: ''I propose that we use tu and toi [se tutoier - using the intimate form of you, rather than using vous], that we are called by our first names, that we kiss".

“And if you are kissed on the mouth, don't be offended. It's because the person is Russian. Or else in love.”

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profit from yellow lines

“Workers lifted my car, painted yellow lines under it and put it down... then the wardens came and towed it away”

“It took a further two months and the involvement of her local MP Kate Hoey to make the council back down and waive the fines, which by now totalled £2,240.”

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the origins of presley’s dance style?


Al Jolson - Toot Toot Tootsie, 1:52 minutes

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Jailhouse rock, 3:02 minutes

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for endless hours of fun
[requires Java to be installed]

This one is bits of the 1918 flu, in several types of view. You can drag the model to change the position of the 3-D views at the website. The site has tens of thousands more protein models.

jmol view, a type of ribbon view. Image:  RSCB Protein DataBank
jmol view, a type of ribbon view. Image: RSCB Protein DataBank

webmol surface view. Image: RSCB Protein DataBank
webmol surface view. Image: RSCB Protein DataBank

KiNG view, a type of wire view. Image: RSCB Protein DataBank
KiNG view, a type of wire view. Image: RSCB Protein DataBank

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