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1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 1 reply · +3 points

Here's a kewl interactive image of the periodic table of the elements, showing and describing the thing(s) in which humans use or encounter each element. https://elements.wlonk.com/ElementsTable.htm

1 day ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 1 reply · +2 points

Who are the two people portrayed on the right?

3 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +3 points

As with some commenters above, this is the only Discworld book I've never read. It didn't interest me. We'll see if Mark makes it more interesting. I expect so.

How, exactly, could you consume your own cranium?

It would be nice if we could *choose* whether to "bother to blush."

4 days ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +2 points

I still haven't watched this, and should do so; my library has the DVD. I looooove Peter and the Wolf, and always have. That whale short sounds awesomesauce, aside from the end. I enjoy any nature imagery, and watched the "Claire de Lune" version of Blue Bayou that Mari linked to -- nice, if more blurry than I'd like; egrets are among my favorite birds and I've traveled long distances for a possibility of watching them -- so I'd like to see why the "Blue Bayou" version is less appropriate. All I know about the standard Casey at the Bat poem is a parody(?) poem in the Prairie Home Companion, which didn't think much of Casey either and involved him crossing the grass and scratching his ass.

5 days ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +12 points

The society-changing power of TotM's music is heartwarming for some readers, but "jarring" (as TV Tropes puts it) for others. In our world, many (if not all) demographic groups have contained widely-lauded artists, geniuses, and heroes...but most of their people continue to be treated with dehumanization, discrimination, and abuse.

"One down, one across. She has won, and I am cross." Good one.

I enjoyed the book much more this time around, with Mark reading it, than I did the first time I read it.

Snuff won the 2012 Bolliger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was nominated for the Locus Award and Prometheus Award. According to Wikipedia, it's also "the third-fastest-selling novel in the United Kingdom since records began, having sold over 55,000 copies in the first three days." I don't know why, as it was published only a year after I Shall Wear Midnight.

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 2 replies · +7 points

I would have thought the revelations about tobacco plantations might have reduced Vimes's enthusiasm for cigars, even if he couldn't quit them. He stopped this particular smuggling operation and is working toward making goblin exploitation less socially-acceptable in this region, but someone somewhere is still growing the stuff.

I thought I asked this last time and then it got deleted, maybe for being a spoiler by asking a question that the book doesn't answer unless it maybe answers in a later book and I forgot: Jvyy Wrgueb erznva n fzvgu, nf jryy nf orpzvat n pbccre?

When Young Sam was studying thd local livestock (and their poo), I forgot to remind Vimes of his belief in Thud! that Young Sam would never sncounter living specimens of the animals featured in Where's My Cow? (He apparently assumed his wealthy son would never have cause to visit Ankh-Morpork's stockyards and slaughterhouses, and forgot about the hippos on the Ramkins' urban estate.)

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +6 points

My own mind bounces between catastrophizing and utter denial, with little middle ground. I'm looking with dread at the weather forecast for the parts of Belize where I'll shortly be taking my One Big Diving Vacation in a timespan when there's currently a 40-50% chance of thunderstorms on many of the days, and bouncing between "Oh no, oh no, most of my dives and on-land adventures will get cancelled and I'll be lucky if I can go in the ocean at all, or else the thunderstorms will come suddenly while I'm out somewhere and I'll be in grave, terrifying danger of getting struck hy lighting" and "No, the future weather isn't known with certainty and until it's actually happening I need to try and forget that forecast and believe there will be no thunderstoms and nothing will go wrong." (I'm incessantly anxious about a heckuva lot of things where this trip and preparation for it are concerned)

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 1 reply · +6 points

I'm very fond of finding and studying periwinkles on the Maine coast, where (European) common periwinkles are a wildly abundant Invasive species, far more abundant than native periwinkles and perfect for experimental field studies by someone who lacks the vision for observing more elusive animals. But I've never had the occasion to eat them, though I see they're a major fishery in parts of Europe. I would eat them if given a chance, but it's gotta take a lot of labor to get much sustenance from them. They're such tiny little doobers.

1 week ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'Snuff': Pa... · 0 replies · +10 points

"Needs must as Lord Vetinari drives" is apparently a situational equivalent to our saying "Needs must as the devil drives," accepting the necessity of an undesirable action.

1 week ago @ http://markspoils.blog... - Weekly Shenanigans · 0 replies · +3 points

The only part of this one I've ever watched is the theme song, included in a Disney Sing Along video,* whose MC inaccurately says that "caballero" is a widespread term for "cowboy." I always thought the song was kind of sweet, if raucous. Your description (and Mari's) reveals the film to be so weird that I might watch it someday. Maybe. I've lost my taste for films, perhaps because they're more of a physical and emotional drain than they used to be. I have Shrek Forever After out of the library for the second time and still haven't gotten around to watching it, and I *love* the Shrek films.

The Aracuan Bird might be named after the aracua, aka the East Brazilian chachalaca, a bird species with a very different appearance but a somewhat similar vocalization: https://youtu.be/4DNm2QsPto4

*Offhand, I recall at least eight Disney creations for which I've only watched a musical number or two in a Disney Sing-Along video -- Snow White, Figaro and Cleo, The Three Caballeros, Old Yeller, Zorro, Bed-Knob and Broomstick, The Mickey Mouse Club, and "A Cowboy Needs a Horse" from the It's a Small World of Fun! collection of shorts. *thinks* I believe I've seen more bits of The Jungle Book than the songs in those Sing-Along collections, but don't recall ever watching the whole film. Huh.