Every dance is a kind of fever chart, a graph of the heart

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look! it’s a graph of marilyn’s shampoo! isn’t it pretty! you should see it happen – it’s even more pretty!

the colour key is:
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

cool huh? you can get one here
or see a whole bunch of them here

The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it

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this is a bit of a weird one but apparantly we are well on our way to having a potteresque invisibility cloak for real… of course this is the royal ‘we’ as it’s got naff all to do with me – i barely understood the article!

hmmm, what would i do with an invisibility cloak? infilitrate mattel HQ and greenlight that much longed for line of ‘hedwig’ barbie dolls? (and no, not the owl, the other one)

‘invisible’ spice girls
image by davebloke
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ride that black horse, baby

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after reading this post (and subsequently leaving an overly large comment!) i felt compelled to post a courtney tune here too. i toyed with many great tracks both solo and with hole (sunset strip being one of the greatest contenders – a fantastic hooky pop rock classic really worth a listen) but decided not to settle for the ‘easy’ option. so here is ‘life despite god’ from ‘america’s sweetheart’ – a raw, uncompromising, bluesey bloodlet of a song that i think is possibly her most acomplished work to date. janis + dylan + hole = life despite god. pour a drink, turn the lights down and give it a whirl…

[audio:god.mp3]

No man is an island (except for HRH Roy Bates)

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why i have never heard about this before i don’t know – but now i am completely obsessed with the utter weirdness of ‘sealand’. to quoute wikipedia:

“The Principality of Sealand is a micronation (a self-declared but unrecognised state-like entity) that claims as its territory the artificial island of Roughs Tower, a former Maunsell Sea Fort located in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England, at 51°53?40?N, 1°28?57?E, as well as territorial waters in a twelve-nautical-mile radius. Sealand is occupied by family members and associates of Paddy Roy Bates, who styles himself as H.R.H. Prince Roy of Sealand. The population of the facility rarely exceeds five, and its inhabitable area is 550 mē.”

and from the official website:

“Sealand was founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain. The island fortress is conveniently situated from 65 to 100 miles from the coasts of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. The official language of Sealand is English and the Sealand Dollar has a fixed exchange rate of one U.S. dollar. Passports and stamps have been in circulation since 1969, however, contrary to many misleading websites and news articles, Sealand passports are not for sale, and anyone offering such are selling forgeries. Within a radius of 500 miles of Sealand live more than 200 million people who enjoy some of the highest standards of living in the world. This area also encompasses the financial, industrial and cultural heart of Europe”

talk about micronation.

they even have their own flag.

truly bizarre and yet – somehow- strangely admirable.