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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 5,673

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Google image search with my photograph returns links to hair design studios

I've been playing with google image search today to find out the locations of some windows wallpaper images. It's worked perfectly so far. Naturally, I tried it using picture of myself but it can't find the source, even though I've used it as a profile picture elsewhere.

Instead, it helpfully returned links to various hair design studios nearby.

I choose to believe it's because I clearly look like someone who could've been used as an advertising model for such studios and not because google believes I'm badly in need of their services.

No, I won't share my picture, so don't ask. Just imagine Brad Pitt's o̶l̶d̶e̶r̶younger brother.

Alright call me old-fashioned, but I utterly hate this version of a great Beatles song

Cadbury have inflicted this dreadful version of the Beatles' classic "Do you want to know a secret?" on us for the holiday season through advertisement.

Am I alone in utterly detesting tuneless, shapeless, jazzy remakes of classic songs? I've heard some doozies lately.

She can't sing!! She can't hold a melody!! She has a thin, reedy voice like gas escaping from a pipe!!

What the Fuck?!

And I can't believe the comments on this video! Have they never heard proper music before? Do they really not know any better?

We're boycotting Cadbury in this household this holiday season in protest.

Jamming Barcodes (Electronicos Fantasticos)

Six years ago, I posted a dot-matrix printer playing Eye of the Tiger. Sadly, the youtube video has since been removed because of bullshit copyright claims.

Now, here's some clever young guys turning bar codes into techno music by attaching their barcode readers to a speaker rather than a cash register.

I love this commercial! (Haynes Baked Beans Astronaut Ad)

Whale sculpture stops Dutch train crashing into water

Metro train overran stop, coming to halt 10 metres above ground on huge plastic tail

A metro train that overran the stop blocks at a station outside Rotterdam has been left balancing 10 metres above ground on the plastic tail of a whale sculpture.

The metro driver was reportedly able to free himself from the train without injury after the incident shortly after midnight on Monday morning. There were no passengers onboard.

Maarten Struijs, who made the sculpture of two tails emerging from water beneath the elevated metro line, said he was surprised the sculpture had held together.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/02/all-cetaceans-go-whale-sculpture-stops-dutch-train-crashing-into-water

I would like to apologise for my next post.

I've a feeling I'm about to post something objectionable soon.

No idea what yet, but I'd like to inoculate myself from negative feedback this way. I like the idea of a freebie.

Show Your D*ck at Work [New Zealand]

9 awkward translation fails on Amazon's new Swedish site

As reported in Sweden's The Local, Amazon has just launched in the nordic nation, and all the listings are in Swedish... just, not always the right Swedish. For example, "A greetings card depicting a duckling in a field was named söta-ansikte-kuk or 'sweet-face-dick'." Oops.

After online retailer Amazon launched in Sweden on Wednesday, shoppers quickly noticed several awkward mistakes in translation. Here are some of the most eyebrow-raising, as spotted by Twitter users.

The site is entirely in Swedish, but several products appear to have had their information automatically translated, leading to bizarre descriptions.

Several products included the term våldtäkt (rape/sexual assault), likely mistranslated from English 'rape' meaning the flower 'rapeseed' (raps in Swedish).

https://www.thelocal.se/20201028/translation-fails-on-amazons-new-swedish-site


A Møøse once bit my sister...

Daycares in Finland Built a 'Forest Floor', And It Changed Children's Immune Systems

Makes sense to me. I've always believed in the hygiene hypothesis: Kids' immune systems need a workout when they're growing up or else they'll develop auto-immune disorders as their immune systems turn against their own bodies for lack of anything else to attack.

When daycare workers in Finland rolled out a lawn, planted forest undergrowth such as dwarf heather and blueberries, and allowed children to care for crops in planter boxes, the diversity of microbes in the guts and on the skin of young kids appeared healthier in a very short space of time.

Compared to other city kids who play in standard urban daycares with yards of pavement, tile and gravel, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds at these greened-up daycare centres in Finland showed increased T-cells and other important immune markers in their blood within 28 days.

"We also found that the intestinal microbiota of children who received greenery was similar to the intestinal microbiota of children visiting the forest every day," says environmental scientist Marja Roslund from the University of Helsinki.

https://www.sciencealert.com/daycares-in-finland-built-a-backyard-forest-and-it-changed-children-s-immune-systems

'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Won't Air On Broadcast TV This Year (people.com)"

Sign of the times.

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will no longer air on broadcast TV this year, but it can be streamed on Apple+. This marks the first time since 1965 that the Peanuts special won't air on TV.

Instead of airing on broadcast television, the Peanuts animated classics will be streaming on AppleTV+ as part of an expanded partnership with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, according to a press release. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will be offered on the streaming platform for free for certain dates this fall and winter.

Great Pumpkin will be available for free on the streamer from October 30 to November 1, the Thanksgiving special from November 25 to 27, and the Christmas special from December 11 to 13. But it's not just the iconic holiday specials that are moving to AppleTV+. Original Peanuts programming surrounding Mother's Day, Earth Day, New Year's Eve and back-to-school season will also be produced by WildBrain to air on AppleTV+. Included in the programming will be The Snoopy Show and season 2 of Snoopy in Space.

https://people.com/tv/its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown-stream-appletv-for-free/
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