Category Archives: Humour

Things you thought you knew

Neil deGrasse Tyson is just superb. This video has (a) some ads that pop up that you’ll want to dismiss and (b) a microphone glitch early on so you’ll need to wait until he swaps mics. But trust me, it’s worth the effort.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra?

Amazing what technology can do with music; what it could do, even back in 2008…

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Thanks to Adrian Higgs for the link.

A more amazing grace?

I would like to propose a revision to the traditional blessing, which is a little more optimistic, but still covers all eventualities.

For what we are about to receive
We are most truly thankful.
May the Lord make us even more so.
  (Above all, if we need it,
  After we receive it.)

Always look on the dark side of life

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Lovely cartoon from Brevity.

Spotted on Facebook a while back. Shared in the free world.

The Grapes of Wrath

From ‘Art Roflmao‘. Lovely.

Star Wars as a Ken Burns documentary

A very nice short video from the Washington Post.

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(Scroll down linked page for video)

Beware!

I picture a ne’er-do-well hobbit, probably an associate of Ted Sandyman’s, who is seldom seen, but is believed to be the source of much unexplained mischief at St Catharine’s College. He goes by the name of ‘Slippery’ Underfoot…

Slippery Underfoot

People who live in glass houses…

…may want to install their lavatories elsewhere?

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Hyphenation opportunities and anthropomorphism

Italian inspired bean soup

Is it cruel of the Italians to make soup from inspired beans?

Or were the beans inspired by Italians before they were turned into soup?

Is the soup, itself, perchance, inspired? In which case, I must be heartless to consume something so sentient.

Chips with everything

Many thanks to Richard Mortier for pointing me at a great Tumblr blog: We Put A Chip in It!. Their tagline: “It was just a dumb thing. Then we put a chip in it. Now it’s a smart thing”

It’s full of videos which are most amusing. Some of them intentionally…

Screwed in a quiet place

2015-06-05_08-53-25-03This morning I composed a longish message to my nephew, James, by dictating to my watch – a procedure that worked beautifully. There then followed a brief discussion on the quality of speech recognition. I turned to my Mac – because, of course, iMessage conversations are synchronised across all devices – and I continued dictating. “It’s good in a quiet location with a good network connection!”

Sadly, this time, I did not enunciate the first couple of words quite so clearly, and the Mac cheerfully recorded, “Screwed in a quiet location with a good network connection!”.

Which might have conjured up all sorts of interesting images at the other end.

Still, I guess that’s just what they call ‘social networking’.

Now, had I instead sent the message, “It’s god in a quiet location with a good network connection!”, it would still have been amusing, but understandable, in these days of careless typists and small keyboards. It’s something we’ve adapted to, like illegible writing in the past. But, as I have a rapidly dwindling number of electronic devices in the house that do not at least claim to understand speech, I wonder when our ability to understand speakos will become as well-developed as our ability to interpret typos…

You can sing most anything…

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Came across this a while ago – not sure of the origin….

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