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Queen, She Makes Me

Another slice of vintage Queen at their best. I could listen to this on repeat all day and not get tired of it.
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The Machine Stops, E.M. Forster

"Few travelled in these days, for, thanks to the advance of science, the earth was exactly alike all over. Rapid intercourse, from which the previous civilisation had hoped so much, had ended by defeating itself. What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? Men seldom moved their bodies; all unrest was concentrated in the soul."

A civilisation in which everyone is hyper-connected, yet lives in isolation, their every need catered for by an all-powerful machine which actively discourages critical thinking and human intimacy.

Published in 1909, The Machine Stops was not just ahead of its time, it was disturbingly prescient in its depiction of a society which values convenience over its own humanity.
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It's hard to top this, except with another Terry Pratchett quotation, courtesy of +Lucas Appelmann 

“There is always a choice."

"You mean I could choose certain death?"

"A choice nevertheless, or perhaps an alternative. You see I believe in freedom. Not many people do, although they will of course protest otherwise. And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based.”

― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal'
 
“Vimes had once discussed the Ephebian idea of ‘democracy’ with Carrot, and had been rather interested in the idea that everyone had a vote until he found out that while he, Vimes, would have a vote, there was no way in the rules that anyone could prevent Nobby Nobbs from having one as well. Vimes could see the flaw there straight away.”

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Apparently today (May 23rd) is World Turtle Day. Enjoy!

#theturtlemoves   #worldturtleday  
Happy World Turtle Day! See baby turtles take their first few steps in pictures.
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David Attenborough's Life That Glows

This most stunning wildlife documentary I've seen for a long time, possibly ever.
Even after a lifetime of fascination with the natural world, and a certain amount of time studying it, I love the fact that it continues not just to surprise, but to leave one speechless.
Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. Anyone who has seen a firefly or a glow-worm cannot help but fall under their spell. The sea at night sparkles as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show. But why do animals produce living light? For centuries we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery, but now for the first time we can begin to reveal the a...
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"European scientists are meeting this week to consider their best option for exploring Europa, the moon of Jupiter."

We're standing at the threshold of a new era in space exploration, one which promises to answer some of the most intriguing mysteries on our own cosmic doorstep.
Unsurprisingly, the proposal for a sub-surface probe is attracting a great deal of interest, not least because it would offer the best chance of finding life in Europa's oceans.
European scientists are meeting in Paris to consider their best option for exploring Europa, the moon of Jupiter widely regarded as the most likely place beyond Earth to support microbial life.
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LOL you never know maybe Enceladus is actually an ancient spacecraft and they need to explore it like in Rendezvous with Rama :)
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Ogre Battle, Queen Live at The Rainbow '74

"Thank you, my darlings..."
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The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke by Richard Dadd

This might be a tenuous link at best to the works of Tolkien, but I'm sure it will resonate with the group. Dadd's attention to detail seems to be one of the few things he had in common with Tolkien and, given his attitude towards the Pope, he might be considered something of an anti-Tolkien.
Needless to say, the painting has inspired many other creative works, not least the song of the same name by a certain flamboyant rock band.

This work, although unfinished, is generally considered to be Dadd's masterpiece. It was painted for H.G. Haydon, an official at Bethlem Hospital, where Dadd was sent after he became insane and murdered his father in 1843.

The magician-like figure of the patriarch wears a triple crown, which seems to be a reference to the Pope. Dadd saw the Pope during a visit to Rome in 1843 and was apparently overcome by an urge to attack him.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dadd-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke-t00598

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dadd-the-fairy-fellers-master-stroke-t00598/text-summary
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+Sasha Kononova a little. I'd planned to get some writing done, but this is the extent of my writing activities today.
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Great A'Tuin seems to have gotten herself stuck. And she appears to have lost something...
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+Oliver Fels no elephants - the dream of Chelys galactica everywhere.
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Holy crap, that was intense.

#gameofthrones   #battleofthebastards  
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Vikings - Season 4

Mid-season finale? What the actual?

Get on with it, Amazon - don't leave us hanging.
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A study conducted at the University of Reading finds detailed evidence that the dinosaurs were in decline long before the K/T extinction event.

The findings also highlight the peril faced by many modern species, whose ability to recover from catastrophic events is severely compromised.
The dinosaurs — the so-called tyrants of the Mesozoic era — weren't exactly thriving during their last few million years on Earth, a new study finds.
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Full-time carer, part-time writer and not the worst harmonica player in the world. 
I enjoy reading and writing about things that don't exist, and learning about things that used to.
Apart from my family, things that make me smile include strong coffee, pygmy hippos and Wales winning at Twickenham.
Things that make me not smile are bullying in any form, wilful ignorance, and people who talk in libraries.
Circle me if you want to talk science, history, philosophy or Star Trek. If you're into reading, writing, science-fiction, fantasy, mythology, or the blues, we have much to discuss.
Don't circle me if you're going to talk about religion, politics or the Oxford comma and then get offended when I disagree with you. 
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Probably the only person in the world with an MRes in Plant Genetics and a CeMAP certificate. Read War and Peace.
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