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SingularityThe Lost World. (7.2.2006, 14:39 UTC)
Scientists have discovered a previously unexplored region of Papua New Guinea. Hard to believe that this can still happen in the days of Google Earth and satellites that can see whether your roots need doing. Some of the pictures are great. The most important achievements are listed at the BBC as: A new species of honeyeater, the first new bird species discovered on the island of New Guinea since 1939 The formerly unknown breeding grounds of a "lost" bird of paradise - the six-wired bird of ...
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SingularityHurm (7.2.2006, 14:16 UTC)
Not that I'm complaining about the conviction, particularly, but how come Abu Hamza al-Masri is convicted but Nick Griffin needs a retrial? I thought it was pretty unequivocal in both cases. Anyway. Still reckon the best thing to do is to lock the pair of them in the Big Brother house along with George Galloway and the Pope.
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SingularityChronicles VIII #8 (7.2.2006, 14:10 UTC)
I've posted this now as well.
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SingularityChanging gear (7.2.2006, 14:09 UTC)
Readers who have nothing better to do than to check QC from time to time will notice change is afoot. Don't fret. The website has not been taken over by someone else. Well. Not strictly speaking, anyway. Should be interesting to see what happens with a blog belonging to a bunch of cycle messengers obsessed with crosswords, fuckwit car drivers and a reality TV show called Clown Camp ("tough on clowns, tough on the causes of clowns").
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Singularitydeathtree.org (31.1.2006, 10:47 UTC)
Felix suggests that our new web project might be too much in bad taste. It might be offensive to the victims or to their families. He suggests that perhaps we might want pictures of the dead and dying, just to be truly tasteless. You know what? If I thought, for one moment, that posting such pictures would decrease the death toll on the roads, would make people stop and think about how fucking stupid it is to get into a tonne of metal and hurtle around in it at speeds close to 100mph; or how ir...
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SingularityChronicles VIII #7 (31.1.2006, 09:36 UTC)
Next espisode now available. This may well end up being the last volume of the Chronicles, owing to lack of character participation/interest. I haven't decided yet. It's either that or I divorce the Chronicles somewhat from the fora that gave birth to them, fix the cast of characters somewhat and go from there. We'll see.
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SingularityExcuse me, but (27.1.2006, 14:43 UTC)
I just can't bear the dismal punctuation in the paragraph that came with my test results. I simply must correct it otherwise it will make my teeth hurt for the rest of the day. You scored as Lord Havelock Vetinari. You are Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork! Cool, calculated and always in control, you graduated from the assassins guild but failed a course on stealth and camouflage because the professor never saw you there (even though you attended every class). You always seem to kno...
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SingularityI had to be, really (27.1.2006, 13:01 UTC)
You scored as Lord Havelock Vetinari. You are Lord Vetinari! Supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork! Cool, calculated, and always in control. You graduated from the assassins guild, but failed a course on stealth and camouflage, because the professor never saw you there (even though you attended every class). You always seem to know what everyone is thinking, and after a conversation with you, people feel that they have just escaped certain death.Lord Havelock Vetinari94%Commander Samuel Vimes81%Greebo6...
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SingularityComing soon (27.1.2006, 11:06 UTC)
Ravenfamily has a new web project (actually we have two, but as one of them has been stalling for two years now, it doesn't count). To get it up and running I need as many pictures of roadside memorials involving trees as I can get, preferably with NGRs (ObIgnorant: National Grid References from Ordnance Survey). Please send them to the usual address. All pictures will be credited. Even better is if you can give me any information on the death toll associated with the trees and if the pictures ...
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SingularityRIP (26.1.2006, 09:29 UTC)
Last night, about twenty minutes after Frood and I got home, there came a knock on the door. Frood answered it. It was a chap from the other end of the village. He'd found a cat in his drive the previous day, he'd said. It had been run over. Did we not have two black and white ones? Frood and I were convinced both the cats had been in the previous evening, but I said I'd go and take a look because I might be able to identify the owner and I had to be sure. I really wasn't expecting it. I was ...
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SingularityYes, it's true (25.1.2006, 14:10 UTC)
I am moving to Scotland. I realise I haven't made a proper announcement yet. My last day in employment with the EA is 17th February. I start my new job, based in Fife, on the 13th March. So big changes in RF Devon. The more observant of you will have seen elsewhere on the site that I grew up in Fife, so I am moving home. I'm still a bit in shock, I think, as I only really decided to get serious about doing something about moving back up north a couple of months ago. There was a flurry of inter...
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SingularityCampag or Shimano? (25.1.2006, 13:30 UTC)
Sorry? You have to ask? There is not one iota of Shimano componentry on Shackleton. Blackbird has some Shimano cranks and a single Shimano hub, but I didn't buy them. They were lying around. Fingal is as Shimano free as I could get him without actually paying for a Royce bottom bracket. Although I will get him one of those at some point. It's the closest thing I got to religion. I'm sure it is totally irrational, but I'd rather not give money to Shimano.
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SingularityWhy fixed? (24.1.2006, 15:10 UTC)
I got asked this on the train a few months ago. There aren't many fixies in Exeter. There's Whippet, Nic and Andy from Bike Shed, Munky and me. I think I'm the only girl riding fixed in the area. Could be wrong. Doubt it. Fixie riding, although gaining in popularity, is still a minority thing, and there are very few girls doing it other than the super-cool cycle messenger chicks. I'm not really sure why I started. I only heard about the concept of fixed-gear riding about three or four years ago...
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SingularityDo you really have the hots for Wolverine? At your age? (24.1.2006, 15:02 UTC)
And why shouldn't I? You're only as old as you feel and, anyway, he's about 6 times my age. Actually I am enamoured of Wolverine because he reminds me of a friend of mine - an old friend for whom I have a lot of feelings and who is, to all intents and purposes, incommunicado and likely to remain that way (for those in the know, he's my oldest Bud). And that's all I'm prepared to say on the matter, although it does explain why I thought Hugh Jackman was hot in X-Men and but not in Van Helsing. D...
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SingularityAnd more FAQ (24.1.2006, 13:47 UTC)
What's this cross product of Tank Girl and Ellen Ripley malarkey? It's a complicated pun. Did you study any vector calculus at school? In mathematics, the cross product is a binary operation on vectors in a three-dimensional Euclidean space. It is also known as the vector product or outer product. It differs from the dot product in that it results in a vector rather than in a scalar. Its main use lies in the fact that the cross product of two vectors is orthogonal to both of them. See the wiki...
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SingularityMore FAQ (24.1.2006, 13:22 UTC)
How many tattoos do you have and what do they mean? Three so far. Don't tell my Mum. She only knows about two of them. I'm now feeling slightly unbalanced and will probably get another one for myself just to even things up. The raven tattoo has pretty obvious significance. The Pictish design is a double-disc and z-rod variant peculiar to Fife, and the third I had done is a bindrune that has so many double and triple meanings it would be impossible for me to explain it without giving the wrong id...
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SingularitySam FAQ - recap (24.1.2006, 11:23 UTC)
Just because you made the effort, I thought I'd put up the two I've had since announcing the FAQ: What is your favourite species of frog? It's a toss up between Phyllobates terribilis or P. bicolor (poison arrow frogs) and Cyclorana platycephala (the Australian Water Holding Frog). Which highlighter colour tastes best? That would be the yellow, which tastes of insipid french dressing. Not that nasty stuff full of xanthan gum you find in supermarkets, but home-made french dressing that hasn't b...
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SingularityOh, bloody hell! (23.1.2006, 14:38 UTC)
You know, I don't particularly want to become a sad Marvel fan girl (shut up Munky). I bought House of M purely because Toby mentioned Wolverine being about to rip Magento's face off. But now Logan has his memories back. All of them. The real ones. And suddenly there's Earth... what is it? 198? Whatever. And they're calling it Decimation and now I'm going to have to buy all sorts of stuff I really have no interest in just to keep up with the bloody plots in the things I am interested in. Damn y...
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SingularityOh yeah (16.1.2006, 13:30 UTC)
And on top of yesterday's catalogue of misery, today I forgot my trousers (ObUS: pants). That's not a problem a trip to M&S can solve, unlike missing pants. Bugger. By the way, I'm about to start an FAQ for my section of RF, owing to the varied and numerous emails I get from people. This means I can be even more anti-social and just direct the correspondents I don't want simply to ignore for whatever reason to the relevant section of the FAQ. Now is your chance to chip in. Maybe you don'...
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SingularitySam reviews: Dominator (16.1.2006, 11:55 UTC)
I bought this as a Christmas present for Munky. I liked Heavy Metal, although this might have been something to do with being stoned at the time I saw it. This had Alex Cox and Mark and Lard on the cover. It said it had music by Cradle of Filth. It appeared to have scantily dressed manga tottie in it and be British. How much more up Munky's street could it be without being a film of female bodybuilding cycle messengers racing fixies to a naked mud wrestling contest? Sadly it's poo. Utter dri...
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SingularitySam reviews: The Descent (16.1.2006, 10:35 UTC)
As I said, we watched The Descent at the weekend. It was the second time of watching for me, as I had previously rented it when Munky and Frood were off enjoying themselves at a Mika Bomb gig (I was too ill to go). Bastards. Standard melange of conflicting characters -- with the twist that they're all girls, my gods, what a shock -- go down into a cave where they meet some creatures straight out of a D&D Monster Manual (I'll take 3d7 Kobolds, please Bob). Cue running and screaming, guys in mo...
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SingularityGrrrr rant snarl (16.1.2006, 10:01 UTC)
I'm ticked off. OK, so that's a minor understatement. Yesterday I went to take a rented DVD back to the shop (The Descent, if you must know). It's... what? All of 6 miles, give or take. Here is the catalogue of woe from that short ride. Attacked by dog. This was apparently my fault for not riding around pinging continuously like a bat with crap sonar or making whooshing noises like a jumbo jet so that dog and owners could hear me coming from behind. Singing loudly apparently doesn't count. ...
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SingularitySuch a waste (9.1.2006, 13:37 UTC)
Catching up on the Chronicles in preparation for writing the next episode (this Volume is taking one helluva long time) and I came across a speech given by Cuddy in #5. It was one I'd forgotten about. "But given our collective worship of the car, death is inevitable, don't you think? The cult of the car is a death cult, Priestess. They are fuelled on compressed corpses that require their followers to invent new reasons for killing the inhabitants of the countries where those corpses are to be f...
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SingularityYou said it yourself (9.1.2006, 13:35 UTC)
"You get to 4% and, on any trip in a car, you see a cyclist," says Lougheed. "Drivers start to use the left-hand mirror more. They get used to cyclists being part of the traffic. And cycling becomes a stronger part of street culture and fashion. It's seen as cool." So says the Cycle Officer for Darlington, which, along with Exeter, is one of the six cycling demonstration towns. It's a great thought, and an admirable ambition. Sadly I can't help but think that the portion of the budget they wil...
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SingularityWas the road that did it! (9.1.2006, 09:22 UTC)
I am trying to stay calm about the fatal crash in North Wales yesterday. It's very difficult to stay calm when the police are already saying that the car was "not travelling at excessive speed" and there are questions about what the cyclists were doing. I have already seen reports in which it is specified that the cyclists were riding two abreast and were wearing helmets - like that would have done them any good when a car broadsided them at 50mph. What happened to appropriate speed for the con...
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SingularityJust had to share (29.12.2005, 13:12 UTC)
The final issue of Secret War is out at last. I have it at home. I'm saving it, enjoying prolonging the anticipation. I hope to hold out until the weekend, when I can lie in bed and savour it over a nice cup of tea. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you've been hiding under a rock, or are a DC fan. Secret War is the simply magnificent Marvel team up penned by the great Bendis and inked by the genius Gabrielle Dell'Otto. Now a piece of original artwork by that man would be worth havin...
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SingularityThank you, Mrs Turner (15.12.2005, 08:58 UTC)
I had a response from Mrs Turner, roughly along the lines of: "Thank you for your email. I have forwarded it to my husband. He is delighted by your solidarity." It was in txt spk, which surprised me. I have translated it so that my readers are not subjected to that sort of nonsense. At least Mrs Turner would appear to have a sense of humour. I'm not sure whether or not the anti-compulsion campaigners are still winding up for a full mail assault. On a completely unrelated note, I broke my CatE...
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SingularityThe unbearable heaviness of helmets (12.12.2005, 13:13 UTC)
In her commentary on new Tory leader David Cameron, Times Newspaper correspondent Janice Turner makes the ultimate mistake of mentioning cycle helmets and worrying about her husband when he goes out without one. Cycle campaign lists were immediately alerted and a full-scale mail assault ordered. Anything that suggests helmet-free cycling is risky is anathema! Heresy! It must be stamped out immediately! But read the article. Properly. I think the clue is in the header. So here is my own respons...
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SingularityI can't breathe (9.12.2005, 14:30 UTC)
Sadly, no one else in the office understands what I'm talking about. They have led such sheltered lives. Chuck Norris killed Mcgyver by making a set of nun-chucks using newspaper, two toothpicks, a womans weave, and a 3 legged dog.
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SingularityTop thirty facts (9.12.2005, 09:13 UTC)
A random selection of facts about Vin Diesel from the top thirty (once I've stopped laughing sufficiently to copy and paste): "There is no "I" in team. There are two "I"s in Vin Diesel. Fuck you, team." "When Vin Diesel was born, the nurse said, "Holy crap! That's Vin Diesel!" Then she had had sex with him. At that point, she was the third girl he had slept with." "Crop circles are Vin's way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the fuck down." "Vin Diesel is not lactose into...
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