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Look, we have to stop saying “girl crush” and “man hug.” We already have words for those things: they are called crushes, and hugs. This has bugged me for years and I am ready to make it a cause. Join me.

Absolutely. Also “manbag” or “manpurse”, “manscaping”. Also known as “bag” and “personal grooming” (or “shaving your balls”).

If you need to qualify that the bag you are carrying is a MAN bag and not a girly handbag for tampons, then you need to think about your prejudices.

sarahb: supervillain: This came from someone on twitter – I…



This came from someone on twitter – I can’t remember who – these people are amazing. If anyone knows who they are, tell them they have the best costumes in comicon history FULL STOP.

I’ve seen this several times now and feel very dumb for not getting it. Help Grandma out?

My buddy Brian!

laughingsquid: Star Wars Alphabet  Is it sad that I can name…


Star Wars Alphabet

 Is it sad that I can name most of these? Or sad that I can only name most of these?

Sorted: Living The Dream

Sorted: Living The Dream:


Yesterday I popped into town to fill in some forms for a job, and who should I bump into but Jeremy Fuckface Kyle. I turned round and said “Jeremy Kyle, it’s you isn’t it?” He put on his smuggest twatface, held out his hand and said “Yes, yes it is.” I took his hand, shook it vigorously and said…

Well done on seizing such a ripe opportunity. I salute and envy you.

putthison:The Shady Series, Part V: How to Clean and Maintain…


The Shady Series, Part V: How to Clean and Maintain Your Sunglasses

With most sunglasses retailing between $100 and $300, actually buying a pair can be quite expensive. So for the last installment to this series, Agyesh and I would like to talk about how to get the most out of your purchase.

The first matter is knowing how to properly clean them. The key here is to make sure you don’t scratch your lenses, as they can be expensive to replace. If you’re in a normal climate, use a soft microfiber cloth. These will be better than, say, wiping your lenses with your shirt. When these cloths get dirty, gently wash them with water, but don’t put them in the dryer, as you’ll ruin the microfibers.

If you live in a dirtier climate, you may have hard particles on your glasses. In this case, don’t just rub the lenses with a cloth. You may end up scratching them. Instead, rinse them under running water and use a little liquid soap (though not the kind with scented crystals). Once you’re done, dab (don’t rub) your sunglasses with a soft cloth.

You should also not leave your sunglasses in particularly hot environments, such as the dashboard of your car. You can warp your lenses if they’re plastic, or at least degrade the protective films or coatings. Additionally, don’t prop your sunglasses on top of your head (doing so will stretch out the temples) and keep them in their hard protective cases when you’re not using them. If you don’t like hard cases, at least get the soft ones; don’t just shove your glasses into your pockets unprotected.

Lastly, take your sunglasses to an optical shop and have them regularly adjusted. Remember, all this usage will take a toll on the temples and nose pads! Most shops will do this for free, so stop by when they’re not busy and take advantage of the service.

So that’s it. We’ve gone through how to determine quality, covered a ton of models, and discussed how to choose a pair that’s right for you. Today, we’ve also reviewed some basic maintenance tips. Remember that while they make for great accessories, sunglasses are also practical. As any optometrist will tell you, UV rays can permanently damage your eyes over time, so you need to have a good pair of sunglasses throughout the year. With this guide, now you can buy yourself the best pair.

* Original artwork above by Agyesh Madan

All useful stuff. I swap between my regular glasses and prescription shades*, so I have to bring a soft case with me.

It might be worth doing a supplement about the options available to those of us who want good quality sunglasses, but need prescription lense?

*calling them shades is alright, because it’s a tribute to David Rappaport in TISWAS.

Put This On: Why don’t developers dress better?

Put This On: Why don’t developers dress better?:


“Suits shouldn’t be allowed to this type of meetup. I definitely saw at least 5 people in suits. so lame.”

That comment was left on the Hacker News comment thread about this week’s YCNYC. I went to the meetup on Monday and was one of those wearing a tie, jeans and a blazer,…

The sense I get is that in developer culture the belief is that when someone starts wearing a suit (or jacket, or tie, or non-sneakers), it’s because they’ve given up, sold out, or they’re angling for a management job.

“If you have to dress up to get noticed, your ideas and skills aren’t doing it for you”




LUV – Imagine being Stephen Fry. Imagine being him. Imagine sitting up there, plumped on your celestial Ottoman, all velvet and omniscience and gently baroque benevolence, distractedly stroking Alan Davies’ bumhole as you regard humanity and flibble sorrowfully into your flopsywhoops.

I love both Fry and Laurie (as evidenced here) but I must agree with the bit about Hugh Laurie. I watch House exactly because it is the same every week.

But now I see that Hugh Laurie, a wealthy English man has a blues album out. I’m not big (at all) on authenticity in music, or anywhere really, but blues is surely the kind of music where authenticity is most required.

Also, this:

laughingsquid: Cat Discovers the Harsh Realities of Viral…


Cat Discovers the Harsh Realities of Viral Videos on YouTube



Flickrfs is a virtual filesystem which mounts on your linux machine like any other partition. Once mounted, it retrieves information about your photos hosted on your flickr account, and shows them as files. You can now easily copy photos from your local machine to this mount, and it will automatically upload them to your flickr account. Similary, you can copy the files from your mount to your local machine, and it will download your images from flickr.

I keep finding this floating around my drives, so I’m…

I keep finding this floating around my drives, so I’m posting it again. I made this in about 2003.