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Jordan Harper

Miscellany, waffle, gratuitously stolen links, and much, much less.
Permanent link to 'The whole place glowed – sheets of sparks, 50 foot high. The fires never went out. It looked like hell. That’s what your Lord of the Rings is about. Tolkien was from round here. He was writing about how the industrial revolution turned the Midlands from Hobbiton to Mordor.'

“The whole place glowed – sheets of sparks, 50 foot high. The fires never went out. It looked like hell. That’s what your Lord of the Rings is about. Tolkien was from round here. He was writing about how the industrial revolution turned the Midlands from Hobbiton to Mordor.”

— <a href=”http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/19/how-the-west-midlands-black-country-inspired-tolkien-lord-of-the-rings”>How the Black Country inspired Tolkien’s badlands

Permanent link to 'It&#8217;s Nice That&#160;: Water bottles shaped like envelopes to fit into your bag. Genius! Agreed.'
Permanent link to 'To hell with that. This guy isn’t beating me. We are compiling it from his stinking code or not at all! “You don’t have to pay me anymore, Dr. Phelps, I just want lab time.” This is nerd war.'

“To hell with that. This guy isn’t beating me. We are compiling it from his stinking code or not at all! “You don’t have to pay me anymore, Dr. Phelps, I just want lab time.” This is nerd war.”

— Been there. Mick Stute’s answer to What is a coder’s worst nightmare? - Quora

Permanent link to 'Beautiful modular desk organiser: Shkatulka by Lesha Galkin.'
Beautiful modular desk organiser: Shkatulka by Lesha Galkin.

Beautiful modular desk organiser: Shkatulka by Lesha Galkin.

Permanent link to 'Uuni 2 - The portable and affordable wood-fired oven. This is amazing (via @Shealan).'
Uuni 2 - The portable and affordable wood-fired oven. This is amazing (via @Shealan).
Permanent link to 'Burning mountains &#8212; After a 3 year hiatus, I&#8217;ve decided I&#8217;m going to finish my Japan photo diary, so here&#8217;s a photo and some words from August 2010.'
Burning mountains &#8212; After a 3 year hiatus, I&#8217;ve decided I&#8217;m going to finish my Japan photo diary, so here&#8217;s a photo and some words from August 2010.

Burning mountains — After a 3 year hiatus, I’ve decided I’m going to finish my Japan photo diary, so here’s a photo and some words from August 2010.

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Digging through some old family photos this afternoon and came up these amazing shots of WWI veterans: My great, great grandfather George Worton and his son in law, my great grandfather Sam Bishop (with his dandily attired brother Jim).

Sam also fought in WWII with his son and son-in-law (my grandfather).

What a deck of cards to be dealt in life — one that I doubt very much was at all unusual.

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As a kid, I remember begging my parents to take me to Teddy Grays in Bewdley almost every weekend. Every time I think of sweets I imagine the striped awning of their shop by the river Severn.

Somehow, I’d not seen this really beautiful film made by Martin Parr three years ago about Mr Edward Gray and his sweet factory — the kind of workplace that you’d assume simply didn’t exist anymore.

Watching the team making rock is absolutely mesmerising and around the 14 minute mark you’ll see some of the most innovative typesetting you’re ever likely to see.

Via kottke.

(Source: vimeo.com)

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Finally finished Breaking Bad last night. Without question the greatest 62 hours of storytelling I’ve ever seen. Love this tribute (which needless to say, is spoiltertastic).

(Source: vimeo.com)

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I mean, really. How good is this?

(Source: youtube.com)

Permanent link to 'Best. Photo. Ever. (via Ever Wonder What It Looks Like When Your Dog Fetches A Ball Underwater?)'
Permanent link to 'I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level … I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.'

“I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level … I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.”

Lionel Messi Is Impossible — amazing article on Messi’s stats and performances. (via @owenblacker)

Permanent link to 'Picture fighting a 300-pound olympic weightlifter with the reflexes of a hockey goaltender, whose main goal is to rip your face off your skull.'

“Picture fighting a 300-pound olympic weightlifter with the reflexes of a hockey goaltender, whose main goal is to rip your face off your skull.”

What should I watch out for when fighting a chimpanzee? This could be my favourite Quora thread.

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Twilight.

Twilight.

Permanent link to 'London Bridge, St Paul&#8217;s, a double decker bus and a threat of sunset.'
London Bridge, St Paul&#8217;s, a double decker bus and a threat of sunset.

London Bridge, St Paul’s, a double decker bus and a threat of sunset.