"I didn't know that cheese burns so well," he said.

Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel

About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese -- a delicacy known as Brunost -- caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway, last week.

The fire raged for five days and smouldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said.

The tunnel -- which is said to be badly damaged -- is likely to remain closed for several weeks, they added.

"We can't go in until it's safe," geologist Viggo Aronsen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we catch a thief!

On Saturday, a customer caught some guy with his hand in her purse! When she confronted him -- with her phone in his hand -- his big idea was to throw it on the floor and claim she had dropped it.

After she told security, our staff caught the guy, and as they were escorting him outside he kept trying to "adjust" his shoes and socks to cover his attempts to ditch his other loot.

The girl who spotted him is pressing charges, so the cops took him away. Hooray!

At the end of the night, an unusually large number of phones had been turned in to lost and found. Go figure.


Exterminate all rational_ebooks.

Apparently "@jwz_ebooks" is a thing that has happened.

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PSA: SmugMug

Dear Everybody:

SmugMug is really, really, really terrible. It's one of the worst photo gallery user interfaces I've ever seen. It is just fantastically incompetent.

Please stop using it.

Sincerely, The Internet.

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Escape From Tomorrow

I always knew those princesses were up to no good.

They go to Epcot, and Spaceship Earth is prominently featured and even blown up at one point. It feels like someone saw "Eraserhead" and said, "Hey, why don't we get that guy to shoot an infomercial for the Magic Kingdom to get more families to come?" and this is the oh-so-not-what-they-wanted result. It is a magnificent, impossible nightmare.

It is not possible that this film exists. It is not possible that they shot long scripted sequences on the actual rides. It is not possible that I just saw a film in which it is suggested and then shown that the various Disney princesses all work as high-priced hookers who sell their wares to wealthy Asian businessmen. It simply cannot be true.

I grew up in Florida, and I have been going to Walt Disney World my entire life. I worked at that park. I've been there as a child, as a teenager, as an employee, and as a parent. I've done Disney sitting on my father's shoulders, and I've done the Disney parks with my kids sitting on my shoulders. It is a huge part of my DNA, and I can tell you that there is no way Randy Moore pulled off what I saw tonight. It is a film that should not exist by any rational definition.

I have checked The Pirates of the Caribbean Bay dot SE, and it's not there yet.

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Update: Oh, I tried to watch this, and it's absolutely terrible. I didn't make it halfway.

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Fundamentals of Teletypewriters Used in the Bell System, 1938

BSTJ 17. In case you were wondering why we used to have stop bits. Or why your modem has that noisy, spinning wheel inside it.

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Go home, evolution, you are drunk.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we dazzle your razzles.

After seeing it in action for a couple months, I wasn't really happy with how Room Four turned out. It was just too plain and unfinished looking. So I set the minions on a new project: paint the whole thing in dazzle camouflage, floor to ceiling. It's that sweet spot between Cubism and Naval warfare!

The trick is to point a video projector at the wall, then trace it. But it's going to take weeks. They've gotten one small section finished so far, and I love it. With all the mirrors in that room, it's going to look amazing.

It might be a little reminiscent of the Keith Haring mural that used to adorn the walls of the lounge. History!

Dazzle Ships, in addition to being the best album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, were military vessels early in World War II that were painted not to conceal but to confuse: with these overlapping stripes, it was very hard to estimate size, range and heading. This was a big deal before the invention of Radar. Here, watch this informative video on Naval Fire Control Computers from 1953:

A related pre-Radar trick were the Sound Mirrors, which incidentally is a really good song by Clock DVA. But we don't have any of those. Yet.

We're also hanging miles of dark red curtains in Above DNA. I really like how that room looks all white, but what I don't like is how much time and money it takes to keep it clean. It gets scuffed so much we were repainting it almost weekly, which is just too much work.

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album cover for my notional Witch House band:



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Great ways to begin the day:

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