Chance Favours the Connected Mind

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Accidental Simpsons Shoes

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Planning on being a Simpsons character for Halloween this year?

Uselton Shoes

You can buy these Simpsons shoes at Aldo. In the Women’s Section.

I know!

Simpsons Couch

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Mario as Mister Fahrenheit

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Readily Available

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Me: In June 1915, Walter Kirke, deputy head of military intelligence at GHQ France, wrote in his diary that Mansfield Cumming, the first chief (or C) of the SIS was “making enquiries for invisible inks at the London University.”
Me: what do you think Cumming was considering as an invisible ink
Me: hint: it is in his name
The Beau: i already knew that
Me: In October he noted that he “heard from C that the best invisible ink is semen”, which did not react to the main methods of detection. Furthermore it had the advantage of being readily available.
Me: that last sentence is my favourite
The Beau: every man his own biro

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Duetto buffo di due gatti

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I love any piece of music that pauses for laughter.

Duetto buffo di due gatti (Humorous Duet for Two Cats) by Robert Lucas de Pearsall.

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The 1962 Atlantis World Fair

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Atlantis has beaten R’lyeh in a bid for the 1962 World Fair. It’s a shame, but the resulting website is a monkey’s dream.

Atlantis World Fair

Go there and enjoy.

Who said we need flash for complex interaction design? Adobe, that’s who.

BTW, side note: I want to include the following quote about R’lyeh, because it is the greatest.

Without knowing what futurism is like, Johansen achieved something very close to it when he spoke of the city; for instead of describing any definite structure or building, he dwells only on broad impressions of vast angles and stone surfaces–surfaces too great to belong to any thing right or proper for this earth, and impious with horrible images and hieroglyphs. I mention his talk about angles because it suggests something Wilcox had told me of his awful dreams. He said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours. Now an unlettered seaman felt the same thing whilst gazing at the terrible reality.

– The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft

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Ines Sainz and the Most Harrassed Sports Reporters

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The Bleacher Report has a list called Ines Sainz and the Most Harrassed Sports Reporters. It tells the stories of ten female sports reporters who have been harrassed by members of the sports community, including their media colleagues. It is a serious examination of the issue, which is good to see, especially on the internet where the deck tends to be stacked against women’s issues.

Of course, this sympathy is almost instantly undermined by the rest of the content on the site.

Here’s Page 1:

Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz, a reporter with the network Azteca, is having claims she was sexually harassed by several members of the New York Jets when she attended one of their practices investigated by the NFL.

Allegedly, Sainz had footballs thrown at her by a Jets coaches, and then was called at inappropriately by several members of the the Jets team when she entered the locker room.

Sexual harassment is no laughing matter, and it’s a threat female reporters face on a daily basis in the world of sports. Here is a list of 10 of the most harassed female reporters of all time.

Here’s Page 11:

Lisa Olson

Olson’s story is one of the saddest in sports history. She was a reporter for the Boston Globe, covering the New England Patriots in 1991.

One of the players deemed Olson a “Looker” or someone whose eyes do not stay up in the locker room. General manager Pat Sullivan watched her interview Maurice Hurst and determined she was acting professionally, so he allowed her to stay. Tight end Zeke Mowatt approached nude and began doing inappropriate things directly in front of her, as did several other players.

Olson called it “mind rape”, Patriots owner Victor Kiam called her an untelligent female dog.

Olson was taken off the Pats beat, and the team was fined by the NFL, but the damage had been done. Olson got hundreds of threatening phone calls and letters, and was eventually forced to take a job in Australia to get away.

She has since returned to the States, and currently writes for AOL Fanhouse. But she remains the worst example of sexual harassment in the history of sports reporting.

Here’s page 12, linking to the next slideshow on the site:

The Hottest Cheerleaders In Baseball

The Hottest Cheerleaders In Baseball! Check out those gams!

And here is the Sports & Pop Culture Links section, directly next to the story of Lisa Olsen.

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