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    @Steerpike -- No, that's not the one. I have a feeling that someone once upon a time made a mixtape that had the Nirvana
    !! I think I was getting it confused with a Lagwagon song called Sleep

    And yes, I've spent much too much time trying to figure this out...
    And it just came on my cd player.
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    We have a late-middle-aged intact tomcat - called Bolts cos he's got big nuts - who we took in last year. He's a stray, I found him emaciated and nearly blind, living in a crate outside a welding shop next door to a studio where I rehearse. Vet reckoned he was a couple of weeks away from death. He's still got terrible teeth, terrible breath and those big old nuts because with 3 kids to feed my charity can't extend to operations at this point.

    Being intact, he sometimes gets a bit... uh... excited when he's sitting on my wife's lap. Never happens on mine, so I assume people hormones and cat hormones are close enough that he's getting confused. And when that happens, he leaks a little. And then flies, momentarily.

    One thing I've found that he totally hates is Glen20, the spray disinfectant. If he's misbehaving all I have to do is show him the can now and he quits it. If I spray somewhere then he'll refuse to even enter that room all day.
  3.  (10597.43)
    -The cat's old, and...well... vomiting can be a sign of major health problems, in addition to stress. Get kitty to the vet!
    If the vet finds no major problems, there are motion-activated sprayers you can use to give the cat the idea t hat your place isn't his.
    Best of luck.

    -Getting kitty fixed:
    A lot of vet offices have payment plans or certificates where you can get a tom fixed for free or hardly any money. There are also a lot of different ways to get a tom fixed without major surgery (There's an injection to the balls they can get) - so it can't hurt to see what options your vet has.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
    A wander up Tottenham Court road might be of some use here, lots of camera and electronics shops, including at least one that had a huge display of tripods in the window last time I was passing.
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    @roadscum - cheers. I thought that might be the way but I was hoping someone was in the know about a good, specific place I could drop into to. I'll take the T.Court road option.

    Cheers again, squire.
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2012
    Free things: The Register (sarcastic British tech news site) goes with the rather unkind "freetards".
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    The loonier right-wing blogs are carrying a story claiming that a lawyer for Obama has admitted that his birth certificate is a forgery. Does anyone know anything about the court case they're describing, without the insane Tea Party spin?
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    Who the fuck cares? The kinds of people who believe this story will not be persuaded otherwise by any spin-free presentation of the facts behind it.
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    Obviously I care, or I wouldn't have asked. It always helps to know the facts behind this kind of junk, in order to debunk the twats who spread it.

    In my case, I have to contend with teabaggers amongst my extended family, and I'd like to be armed with facts when they inevitably start touting this as proof of their paranoia. So, if anyone here has a good knowledge of current affairs and US politics, I'd like to hear from you.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012

    Hi all,

    Work is sending me and a couple of colleagues to Montreal for a week. I wondered if there were any recommendations for eats, arts, bars, comicbookshops and anything else cool from folks with boots-on-the-ground experience of the place.

    Any help?



    People who only consume free entertainment? Free TV, radio, libraries, Project Gutenberg, etc? = Freeloaders (AmIRite!?, huh?... no, clearly)
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012 edited
    Greasemonkey: debunked.

    With video of what the laweyer actually said - also thisis a somewhat conservative site so it may have some added credibiity.

    As a more general note: there's excellent debunking of most Birther claims here.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
    @finagle #freestuff

    I'd never thought that it needed a name, but I am one of those people.


    While we're at it: and are pure gold.
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    Its been my experience with the many rightwingers in my life that banging your head against a wall doesn't affect the wall, it just gives you a headache. And with that, I'll drop it. :/
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2012
    @finagle #freestuff

    The 99%?
  9.  (10597.55)
    Kosmopolit: cheers mate, that's exactly what I was looking for.

    Jason: It depends. I was successful in dealing with the Truther business. I'm dropping it too, subject closed.
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    'Teeension fellow Whitechaplers,

    I have managed to requisition myself a roughly-1950s-era 1937 pattern "Gas Mask bag" (with the two pockets inside & some googling I think it's actually a haversack) to use as a satchel and, well, I know this might sound daft (seeing as how it's an object made for use in combat and all) but I was wondering does anybody here know any particular maintenance 'Do's-&-Don'ts' when it comes to cleaning & otherwise looking after cotton webbing based items?
    My cursory Googling on it has led me to mostly historical info and/or further auctions for more stuff.
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012

    So, after trying the Blus from friends in NYC and another brand while in Chicago, I have the bug and think I'd like to invest in a good e-cigarette. The problem is that a lot of them don't ship to the US, which is frustrating because even if I get a particular one I have my eye on, I still don't know if I want to pay international shipping.

    SO! Do any of my fellow Canadian friends know of any good e-cigarette kits to pick up? Ideally I would like something with flavours (vanilla, clove and mint in particular) and have cartridges in varying strengths (sometimes I like something light and sometimes I like to feel like my throat is burning).

    So help?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
    #Patently absurd

    I have an idea which I think is workable and could actually make some money.

    It's fairly obvious and I'd like to find out if it's patentable and check if there's any prior art.

    Is there any way to do that which is fairly easy and doesn't cost much money?
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    to quote the conservation of tapestries available on google books "cotton does not react as quickly as other fabris to seasonal fluctuations" which Just look after it the same way you would any vintage cotton clothing and don't use it as your drinking bag
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    #Patently absurd

    Prior art published in one country is prior art in all countries. Also, if the invention has been disclosed anywhere, you cannot get patent protection except, perhaps, in the U.S. Rules governing patent grants vary from country to country.

    There are firms, especially in India, who claim to do effective prior art searches very inexpensively. You can probably find them online.

    If you want to do it yourself, a Google search can often uncover a great deal of "prior art" information. But if you want to investigate patents and published applications, there are FREE patent search engines at most countries' patent office websites:

    USPTO website for U.S. patents and published applications: "" You'll need to download a special viewer to read and print the documents. As an alternative, you can read or print just the text, then look up the interesting documents on Google Patent. Most patents worldwide have a counterpart in the U.S.

    CIPO (Canada): ""

    European Patent Office: "" has documents from most countries. You won't be able to print or view the entire document.

    European Patent Register: "" European regional patents. I don't recall whether you can view or print the entire document.

    WIPO (International or PCT applications): "" You may have to poke around to find the functions that you want, but I believe that you can retrieve the entire document.

    Japan also has a search engine, but it's a ball-breaker.

    I suggest that you start with the U.S. or the first-listed EPO search engines, then follow the trail. Patent searching can be very time consuming.