Today in "Glistening Fatberg" news...

Walls of fat removed from London's sewers
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London's Leicester Square.

A team of "flushers" equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat. And powerful jets are being used to break it down. The operation, which began in the early hours of this morning, is claimed to be the largest-ever sewer clean-up of its kind.

The build-up is the result of years of "sewer abuse" - when anything other than water, human waste and toilet paper is put down drains - according to Thames Water.

Danny Brackley, the water company's sewer flusher, said: "We're used to getting our hands dirty, but nothing on this scale. We couldn't even access the sewer as it was blocked by a four-foot wall of solid fat."

Previously, previously.

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dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein a warning is delivered: Lords of Acid / Thrill Kill Kult tomorrow is probably going to sell out, so buy now... Also it's our anniversary.
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itunes increments skip count at random

Dear Lazyweb,

Can anyone explain to me the rules iTunes uses to decide whether clicking "Next" should update the skip count of a track? It updates it every now and then but I can't figure it out. Certainly it's not as simple as: "press Next when more than N seconds has played."

I have smart playlists that would like to rely on the Last Played and Last Skipped dates, and so far those values appear to be completely full of fucking lies.


Update: Ok, it's possible that it only marks the track skipped if you hit "next" between 2 and 20 seconds, as a few people have said, but there seems to be a whole laundry list of exceptions on top of that. For example, I think that it doesn't mark it as skipped if you have ever hit pause, or moved the playback position slider, or if you skip by any method other than the "next" button (e.g., double-clicking a later song doesn't mark the current song as skipped). But I'm not sure.

I was hoping that someone with access to the source would tell me what the fuck it's actually doing, because reverse-engineering this egregiously non-obvious behavior is not simple.

Is there any way to modify this behavior, maybe with a plugin? I want to turn off all those exceptions and the 20 second cutoff.

The problem here is that I have smart playlists that try to exclude songs that were played or skipped within the last week, and it seems that most of the time when I skip a song, it is marked as neither skipped nor played, so I keep hearing it again! Apparently I never make it to the skip button before 20 seconds, and whatever the cutoff time is for marking a song "played"... I come in before that.

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"I can't escape / This living shell / Give me some salt / And turn me to gel"

Also, Robot Apocalypse:

Also, the Old Spice guy is recording personal messages:

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