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Two years on from the big Christchurch quake that still casts a very very long shadow over this country. I’ve decided that this is the perfect occasion to check my emergency preparedness kit every year. I’ve been encouraging people to join me, mostly via Facebook – your Like would be welcome, but what I really want is for you to check your kit, too. Here’s the government’s advice site.

Stephanie left this in comments last week:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUL6MBVKVLI
http://stevemccurry.com/galleries/last-roll-kodachrome
A photographer called Steve McCurry took the last roll of Kodachrome film made by the Kodak factory and turned it into a special project. Well worth a watch.

What is James Bond’s actual favourite drink? A loving and exhaustive article (that still manages to mis-spell whisky). (via Pearce)

Couples switch clothes. A photo series. (via Dylan)

The extraordinary science of addictive junk food – if our biological system is like a computer, junk food makers are like hackers.

Run, Tom Cruise, Run (via David R)

Candyman: the David Klein story – feature documentary about the guy behind legendary American candy ‘Jelly Belly Jellybeans’, made by Wgtn’s own Costa Botes, music by friend of this parish Tom McLeod, and a good watch. It’s on Hulu so you’ll need Media Hint or something to watch it from outside the US. (also via David R) (Here’s my review from when I saw it at film festival – basically, a fascinating character study, very good film, but too long for me to call it great)

Dangerous Minds has the rundown on the Harlem Shake – what the meme is, where it comes from, what it means, and why the people of Harlem think it’s dumb. Sorry, Harlemites, this is bigger than you. Dale Cooper is doing it.

That writer who said those mean things about Our Kate the Princess – read what she actually said, guys. It’s smart stuff. You might not agree, but the media storm over this is embarrassing. (via Marie)

Animated GIFs that do something other than make you laugh: they look amazing. (via Tim Denee)

Strategic blunders in the Battle of Hoth. Comments are good, too.

And carrying on the Jared Diamond attacks, here’s a piece from Slate. I have never read Diamond, but to the best of my knowledge this kind of attack is absolutely in line with the general academic view on his works, but it seems like it really hasn’t escaped that sphere – I’ve seen scientists and other smart people writing off this stuff as sour grapes, even. It’s worth knowing that there’s controversy around him.

Middle-earth linguist, who created languages for Peter Jackson (starting from Tolkein’s baseline), starts a blog.

Goats yelling like humans (via Darshi, and lots of other people)

Alasdair wrote something very cool about short stories and novels and Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. If you like writing or reading or detectives, read it.

Mosh pits: just like particle physics, apparently (that’s one for all the bogan physicists out there)

Jet Jaguar, aka friend of this parish Michael Upton, has released a 3-track EP: Single-Digit High – the first of a bunch to be released this year. Listen to it, download it, pay something if you like. I’ve only listened once so far but it was good. There are beats in it. Give it a try.

you had one job

And finally, via James Dodwell – the cutting edge of fairground rides is quite scary stuff. This piece starts out a bit dry but it is absolutely worth it to see the breathtaking rare footage within.

{ 11 } Comments

  1. housemonkey | February 22, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    The one of Tom Cruise running is, to me, really interesting. As someone who has been a runner, still maintains an interest and has some knowledge of how to do it properly I’ve always thought he had a pretty good technique and looks like he could actually get up to a decent pace. Which is a marked difference to a lot of other actors playings parts where we’re supposed to accept their character is an athlete but they run like someone whose body has been tied together with string.

  2. Pearce | February 22, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    “Whisky” is the spelling only for whiskies distilled in Scotland, Wales, Canada, and Japan. “Whiskey” is the correct spelling for whiskeys brewed in Ireland.

    There is some confusion regarding whiskies brewed in the USA. Traditionally the spelling had been “whiskey,” but in 1968 the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a directive that the official US spelling was now to be “whisky”. However most American brands still refer to it as “whiskey” and that is how most Americans spell it.

    So when the article refers to bourbon as “whiskey” he is correct as per common usage, but when he refers to Scotch as “whiskey” he is incorrect. He does claim at one point that it is spelt “whisky” if you are Scottish, and “whiskey” if you are Irish or American, thus making the error that it’s not where the speaker is from, it’s where the whisky is from.

    So I would argue that it is not a mis-spelling; rather, it is an error of semantics.

  3. morgue | February 22, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Fair enough.

  4. morgue | February 22, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Of course I never thought he mis-spelled whiskey, just whisky. The word is right there on the bottle pictured in his article dammit! 🙂

  5. billy | February 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    The only Diamond I’ve read was Guns, Germs, and Steel, which seemed pretty solid… haven’t examined his latest beyond that Davis critique, and I am minded to side with Davis on principle.

  6. Pearce | February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    You mean the photo of Black & White? Oddly enough, in the paragraph underneath that photo he spells it “whisky”. 😉

  7. David | February 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    The ICR seems like a well-established hoax. But I like it.

  8. David | February 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Then I went and clicked on their Facebook page and they spoil it. Fools!

  9. morgue | February 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Pearce: “Haig and Haig — the official whiskey of Felix Leiter” followed by a photo of Haig & Haig De Luxe Scotch Whisky. What a silly thing to discuss at such length 🙂

    David: I had no idea there was an ICR site – here, folks, learn about science! http://www.icr-science.org/

  10. Chuck | February 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Lets get this commenting back to something serious! I take offence ~m at the idea that the humble animated gif never looked good till now. May I remind you of the phonepig?

  11. morgue | February 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    “Communication is divine,
    but not for swine;
    except the phonepig”

    You are correct. The phonepig GIF was perfect in its spare, elegant beauty.