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    Had to come to ClientCo today. I don't like Mondays, but a little light reading helps

    • How to Stop a Lethal Virus - Maryn McKenna on the scientists attempting to create a better flu vaccine: ”The problem is that the virus is constantly mutating. The antibodies we produce against this season’s hemagglutinin will not necessarily protect us against future strains of the flu. But what if a vaccine could be made from a part of the virus that never changes?”

    • A list of London’s fictional tube stations - ”London has many disused tube stations, but also a lot of tube stations that never existed, other than as celluloid imaginations — these are the fictional tube stations that have graced TV and film.” Excellent bit of research by Ian Mansfield.

    • The Peep King’s Legacy: A Family Portrait - Rachel Inberg’s grandfather was a pimp and pornographer, portrayed in David Simon’s new HBO series The Deuce. Here she recalls life growing up in a grossly dysfunctional family: ”He is the origin of my trauma, a monster of Godzilla-esque proportion (if Godzilla smoked crack cocaine and spoke with a 1930s gangster intonation)… He didn’t care much for me or my sister—we didn’t have breasts and were too young to plausibly work for him, so he ignored us.”

    • Xenu’s Paradox: The Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard and the Making of Scientology - "Alec Nevala-Lee, author of Astounding, a forthcoming book on the history of science fiction, digs into the writing career of L. Ron Hubbard, gaining new insights into the life of the controversial founder of dianetics and the origins and nature of Scientology itself." An interesting look at Hubbard’s writing career.

    • Morse Code Palindromes - "There are 706 ambiguous Morse palindromes (Morse strings that read the same backwards as forwards), which create a total of 420 distinct dot/dash sequences. Here they are listed in descending order of length of the Morse string."

    • Why is Mummy so Sad? - Important work from Guy Kelly: ”An Existentialist children’s story, aiming to explain the ideas behind Sartre’s Being and Nothingness to an audience of under-sixes. Why the hell not?”

    • The 100 megapixel Moon - "Artist Seán Doran has been making something of a name for himself by taking astronomical data from various space missions and processing them to make utter, jaw-dropping gorgeousness… the latest piece I saw from him is… an incredible 10,000 x 10,000 pixel mosaic of our nearest cosmic neighbor, the Moon.”

    • What Happened When I Drank A Ton Of Beer And Tried To Run A Marathon - "I drank a lot of pints, logged a lot of miles, dug up some scientific studies, and called a few Olympians to find out." For science, naturally

    • Looking inside Taito C-Chip - An ongoing project uncovering the secrets of the Taito C-chip used in a number of 1980s arcade games.

    • Life Inside the RVs of Silicon Valley - "In Silicon Valley, one of the wealthiest regions in the United States, some people have been forced out of permanent housing and into their RVs. This past summer, we met ten of the area’s mobile residents." Wonder how long Google would last if these people moved away and there was nobody left to serve their coffee?



    And as autumn starts to bite, why not fend off the cold with norrahe’s sweetcorn and bacon chowder

    Happy invoicing!

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    Fictional tube stations is brilliant.

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    I was a huge Sci-Fi fan when I was a kid in the '70's, what I remember of the stories in the now out-of-print books and magazine articles about Ron L. Hubbard was that he was a deeply unpleasant man and disliked by his peers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    Fictional tube stations is brilliant.
    And incomplete. It misses out Hayne Street in Disneyland Paris...
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    And incomplete. It misses out Hayne Street in Disneyland Paris...
    From the page https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/201...tube-stations/ : -

    This is a mock up of a Holden style tube station that can be seen at DisneyLand Paris, which is itself a mock-up of the Hollywood studio tours that show people around their stage sets. The use of this design for the Reign of Fire section is doubly-strange as the film references the DLR, not the London Underground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cojak View Post
    I was a huge Sci-Fi fan when I was a kid in the '70's, what I remember of the stories in the now out-of-print books and magazine articles about Ron L. Hubbard was that he was a deeply unpleasant man and disliked by his peers.
    There was a program on Scientology last night. The doctrines, if they can be dignified by the name, sound like a lot of cranky contrived pseudo-scientific bollox from start to finish
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    From the page https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/201...tube-stations/ : -

    This is a mock up of a Holden style tube station that can be seen at DisneyLand Paris, which is itself a mock-up of the Hollywood studio tours that show people around their stage sets. The use of this design for the Reign of Fire section is doubly-strange as the film references the DLR, not the London Underground.

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    tut it was under Other notable mentions rather than the alphabetical list above

    At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ansit_stations it mentions that the scene is based on a scene in Reign of Fire (1992) where the tube station didn't have an actual name...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    There was a program on Scientology last night. The doctrines, if they can be dignified by the name, sound like a lot of cranky contrived pseudo-scientific bollox from start to finish
    His science fiction was no better, all fecking alien giant insects and ray guns and bolloks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    There was a program on Scientology last night. The doctrines, if they can be dignified by the name, sound like a lot of cranky contrived pseudo-scientific bollox from start to finish
    So, basically the same as all religion then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybiro View Post
    So, basically the same as all religion then?
    Pretty much, i suppose
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