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    Bring us your ontological queries. Bring us your relationship problems and the courage to be laughed at. Bring us your need to know that word, y’know the one, it’s on the tip of your tongue, what the fuck is that word, oh god oh god.
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    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012 edited

    I need to have some quality colour prints made of my artwork. Can anyone recommend a printer in Toronto who does scans and giclee prints without charging the earth?
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012

    Have heard FANTASTIC things about Toronto ImageWorks but don't know a bit about their prices. I heard it's worth it, whatever it is. All secondhand info.
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    Cheers, I'll look them up!
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2012
    I second Toronto ImageWorks.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012 edited

    Today at work I saw a 50 euros note that had been stamped with something that looks like a tiny red eagle :

    Any idea what it could mean ? Is it a code for something ?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012

    I know some shops use anti-counterfeit pens and ink to check large denomination banknotes, I guess there could be a stamp version of that.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012

    Well, I don't know what it's about but this site has loads of images of things stamped onto euro notes:

    with links to, which makes me think it's maybe some sort of tracking thing, like putting rings on birds. Or maybe they're just discussing what it is too. Little of it seems to be in English.

    Oh, I just noticed the "english" link at the top. Apparently they're put on by money changers once they've verified it's a real note. That's about the least exciting theory I can imagine... :(

    If you search for "red eagle on 50 euro" you should be able to find the same stamp as in your image.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
    Oh wow, thanks. And yes, that's kind of the least exciting explanation.

    Oh well, One day i'll uncover a real world-domination conspiracy. One day...
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
    To be fair, it's more interesting than just drawing a line across the bill like they do in the states.
      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2012 edited

    I seem to recall we have a couple of Melbournites here...

    All of a sudden I'm going to Melbourne for work this weekend. In between various commitments I'm going to have most of Saturday free. What would you recommend as must sees for an introverted nerd visiting your fair city for the first time in 20 years?

    (I'm staying near Albert Park and will be relying on public transport to get around)

    (If anyone suggests Captain Cook's Cottage I may have to shoot them)
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2012 edited

    Greetings all;

    A friend of mine had a simple meme that I'm trying to recreate as a Tumblr post: The NIN Pretty Hate Machine relationship test. The concept is simple - there are 10 songs on Pretty Hate Machine (first release). You and your potential partner each total up how many songs you personally identify with on the album. Then you compare scores to determine the percentage likelihood of your relationship being doomed.

    Unfortunately, I don't understand stats. There are two potential dimensions of analysis: ratio, and points. If you have a PHM score of 1 and your partner has a PHM score of 10, that's a .1 ratio and easy to express. However, if you identify with 5 and your partner identifies with 5, compared to a couple where both identify with 10, those are both 1.0 ratios. So the total score should also factor in as a dimension of analysis - a 10/10 PHM score with 20 PHM points total is MUCH more doomed in a Sid and Nancy way than a 1/1 score and 2 points total.

    I'm completely drawing a blank on how to express this properly in a simple easy to understand Tumblr level scale. The Doomedness depends on both the ratio and the point score. I'm guessing I really need to do it as a graph or scatter chart?
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2012
    @Fin - Seems to me that the simple way would be to use a graph where one axis is the ratio number, and the other is the number of tracks. The relationship score could be displayed as a rectangle on the graph bounded by those two numbers; the bigger the area, the doomedier it is. (There's a name for this sort of area-comparison chart, but I can't quite think what it is.)


    Isn't there a third variable here? If Person A likes 5 tracks, and Person B likes 5, should we not be taking into account the overlap of those two numbers? If both A and B identify with the same five tracks, that seems a potentially very different situation to if they each identify with a different half.

    This quantity ("collisions"), equal to the number of tracks appearing on both A and B's lists, could be shown by intensity of the rectangle's shading.

    So the worst case scenario for a PHM visualization would be a perfect square (ratio 1, score 10) of pure black (10 collisions).

    Or something.
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    Bit of an odd one. I'm trying to find writers who were blind early enough to not have visual metaphor in their style, so putting more emphasis on the other senses when they describe the world.
    To be clear I'm trying to find blind writers rather than just blind characters written by sighted writers imagining how blind people experience the world.
  4.  (10848.15)
    A somewhat sparse list to start with:
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012
    #quote source

    Hey folks, I've had the following line stuck in my head, and I can't remember what it's from. I'm thinking TV or film, but it could be from anything. The line is, IIRC:

    "That strange sense of euphoria that accompanies a bout of vomiting".

    Any ideas?
  5.  (10848.17)
    #quote source

    I recognize it to so but I seem to remember it from a book... I'll let it stew around for a little while in my brain and see what it comes up with.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2012

    I'm plannng a trip to India next february. Current plans are to fly to mumbai (Bombay) and head south towards the Kerala. Anybody has any recommendations and/or tips regardings things to see / to do / to avoid ?
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2012
    #quote source

    Fuck, I know it... fuck
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    I've spent the last couple of days attempting to learn to do a beehive or similar... just not getting anywhere (lots of videos watched, hair has been brushed out soooo many times to start again, its not clean so not that) I have really long hair but its quite fine... (and my arms ache now :-( )

    Thoughts, hints, tips? Help... thinking I might just resort back to using extensions again, but was hoping to not have a ton of extra weight to cart around whilst stage managing tomorrow night :-(