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    @Foamhead - yeah, it's a La Niña alright. Wettest summer in Sydney since 1984. There was about a 20cm jet of water coming out of the manhole in the middle of the intersection outside my house this morning, the storm drains were so full. My wife tried to go to work, tried all 3 of the bridges, then came home. I didn't even try. Hoping the studio didn't get flooded. Nobody down there to check AFAIK. Trains were off due to the lines being underwater, and they hadn't put buses on because the roads were blocked too. I think about half of Sydney took the day off today.

    That flood sign though, that's in the Murrumbidgee River, about 500km southwest of here. They've copped it worse than us. Wagga's pretty flat so when it floods it bloody floods.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
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    Don't ask how I found these.

    The Most Awkward Pregnancy Photos Ever





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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
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    Delta Zulu - zombies versus private military contractors:

    Delta Zulu follows Clark, a freelance reporter who will be amongst the few civilians ever allowed into a Red Zone, a lawless quarantined area that still breathes war. Clark has been embedded with a team of mercenary contractors from White Shield International, one of the thousands of Private Military Companies that travel into The Zone on a daily basis to fulfill contracts for the government, large corporations, and private individuals. Clark attempts to find a story amongst a group of forgotten soldiers in a forgotten war and gets more than he bargains for.


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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
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    The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.

    It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.
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    Oh, now this is just wrong.
    The Definitive Kony 2012 Drinking Game.

    (actually pretty funny)
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
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    I think this was already posted but here's a free mash-up of Super Mario Bros and Portal
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012 edited
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    So this is terrifying.

    "Braun’s system, described in a patent approved last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is called the “Non-Lethal Weapon Mount With Modular Weapon Components.” It combines four of the most common less-lethal weapons technologies: stun guns, disabling sprays like mace, non-lethal bullets and blinding light. Users can choose from the menu of nonlethal options and unleash them solo or in painful combination in a matter of seconds."

    MEGAMAN

    Apparently it straps to your forearm circa Mega Man.

    Link.
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    @Internaut: That sounds like the grounds for an old-fashioned comic book superhero, if you ask me. "Mild-mannered police officer Bart Brownings was just one in the crowd at the Protestville police district... But that was until he came across an experimental device combining all known forms of non-lethal weapon technologies. His arm inextricably linked to the futuristic gizmo, he now fights crime as... Suppression Man!"
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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    or if we wanted to go grim and gritty- "A disgraced police officer who tried to break away from corruption only to have his wife murdered in front of him finds an experimental arm cannon being developed for riot suppression and control. Arming himself with this non-lethal battery of justice he takes up the mantle of RIOT; determined yet tragic crimefighter....probably on the streets of Detroit."
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
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    GOOD has an article about a study that apparently scientifically proves women are repulsed by beards. As I'm sure most of us are aware, this is not true for Whitechapelians, or for that matter, really most of the women I personally know. (It looks as if they really only focused on Samoa and New Zealand for their studies, in an effort to be "cross cultural.")

    However some of the things actually published in the study are hilarious.

    SUDDENLY BEARDS. THOUSANDS OF THEM.

    This beard study is wild: It's peppered with references to "the fossil record" and discusses the evolutionary purpose of lion's manes in an attempt to understand the facial hair preferences of human women. At one point, the researchers remind us that "beards do not directly improve fighting ability." In fairness, they also attempt to debunk previous scientific literature that associates men's beards "with traits such as vagrancy."
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    2.5 million views in three days. I'm just doing my part.

    • CommentAuthorarcaner
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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    Google's Project Re:Brief

    We started with four iconic ad campaigns from the 1960s and ‘70s from Alka-Seltzer, Avis, Coca-Cola and Volvo, each considered groundbreaking in its day. The advertising legends who made the original ads then came out of retirement to rethink their original “brief,” this time, using the full range of technological tools at their disposal, to reach consumers in today’s digitally connected world.




    Best to read about it at the Google blog rather than the official website

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

    I found it wonderfully interesting and inspirational.
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    Long Live The Goddam Slovakian Batman.



    So Batman Inc, it's just silly. And he looks like Grant Morrison. I love this reality.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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    The recursive logo... Is he double-Batman? Bat-Batman? Bat-Batman-Man?
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2012
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