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Word 23 (cont'd from @krinkle):

Ronseal (adj.)

of something to do precisely as one would expect from its outward description.

e.g. "a Ronseal deal", "a Ronseal solution".

The phrase entered British vernacular after the 1994 TV advertising slogan "It does exactly what it says on the tin", by wood paint manufacturer Ronseal.

Voordat Bassie en Adriaan bekend werden als clowns, hadden ze succesvolle acrobaten carriere onder de naam The Crocksons.

25 jaar lang (1955-1980) traden ze op als The Crocksons, en tourden o.a tien jaar internationaal, in Amerika, en werden bevriend met Siegfried & Roy.

Als clowns duo waren ze eigenlijk minder lang (ong 20 jaar van 1978 tot 1997, afscheid in 2003).

In deze 1975 clip, voorspelden wat ze later zouden bereiken, en best goed ook!

Cautionary Tales on Monopoly, by Tim Harford.

The game's origin story, about the discredited people that created Monopoly, and how canonical and parody gameplay switches places.

Podcast references:

Related article, more recently:

From The Economist:

Official world COVID-19 deaths: 5.3m.
Excess deaths: 17.9m.

Excess deaths naturally adjust down for overcounting (not lead cause), and upward for undiagnosed cases (no health coverage or no space/time) and the many tragic deaths from other illnesses that couldn’t be treated in crowded hospitals.

It's easy to criticise a country's counting methods. Some of that is valid (counting is hard), but mostly it's a distraction. The numbers are clear.

The US now has a *plan* for providing free at-home rapid Covid test: people pick vendor from central list, order, deliver, and reimburse via health insurance.

Meanwhile, in the UK, a simpler program has been up and running for well over a year where you simply click twice online and you get a test kit mailed to anywhere in the country (no account, no name, no questions). Uses private vendors transparently. The tests can also be collected or in-person "while you wait".

International expressions for something that happens rarely:

* Once in a blue moon (English).
* Once in a Hungarian year (Czech).
* Once in a Russian year (Polish).
* Once between the harvest of grapes and the harvest of pears (Spanish).

* Every death of a pope (Italian: "ogni morte di papa").


H/T @ladsgroup

I wasn't sure what to expect. Was Marc going to colour in his political views on-air? Was he going to attack cancel culture? Or defend it?

I was quickly pleased to realise it's neither. 'Twas rather a refreshing depolarizing chat about what stuff means, what's changed, and what hasn't changed throughout the 1900s and late 1800s. History matters. Not to justify actions today, but to understand what worked, what didn't, what got better, and what hasn't (yet).

Sir Ian McKellen, CBE.
Dame Judi Dench, DBE.
Sir Paul McCartney, MBE.
Willem de Klerk, OMG.


I mean, is there anything you *wouldn't* do to be awarded an Order of Mapungubwe Gold?

I love Australian humour, but my facial muscles aren't used to laughing this hard. Such high quality writing. Hard to appreciate all the nuance in just one sitting 😉


Unvaccinated Mom Wants To Know If You're Coming Home For Covid This Year. "After all, Grandma's going to be here, and contracting this disease together could be the last time we get to see her."

-- from , via .

The Great Pyramid of Giza, from a new perspective.

Alexander Ladanivskyy flew a drone with a high resolution camera over top of the Great Pyramid. That alone is an amazing perspective. Such a recognizable icon if there ever was one, but never from this perspective.

Ladanivskyy then got very very close up! It's easy to forget how big the Pyramid is. Of course it's not a straight-edged triangle, but have you really thought about it?

A dark gray-brown Bean goose flying upside down was snapped by an amateur photographer near the Dutch town of Arnhem. The maneuver, called whiffling, is when geese roll their body upside down and twist their neck and head 180 degrees around to its normal position.

The goose flying upside down is "simply showing off", experts say.

Relax with this bean rub.


> If you need a little break today, may I suggest watching this video of a single kidney bean that belonged to Charles Darwin being meticulously cleaned for conservation?

Video from Cambridge University Library (@theUL@birdsite).

Beached whale removal went well...

This epic tale took place in 1970 in Portland, Oregon, USA. For background (and lessons learned), the Wikipedia article is a good starting point:

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Software engineers: “you can’t patch it at runtime! It’s too hard and risky”

Civil engineers:


In 1930 the Indiana Bell building was rotated 90°. Over a month, the structure was moved 15 inch/hr, all while 600 employees still worked there. There was no interruption to gas, heat, electricity, water, sewage, or the telephone service they provided. No one inside felt it move.


🌍 Map of the Internet

An epic work of art by Martin Vargic, featuring over a thousand websites on a fictional map, organised by topic and sized for traffic scale (logarithmic). Some regions to look for:

* Protocol Ocean.
* Gulf of Linkrot.
* Viral Valey.
* Sea of Netizens.
* Append: Major launch dates.
* Append: Broadband speeds by country.
* Append: Most expensive domain sales.

Full size graphic (19 MB) at


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🌍 Global Internet infrastructure map

A map of the cables laid on our sea beds, connecting the various landmasses on our humble planet.

See also: #webperf #peering #ixp #internetaccess #isp #cdn

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