Posts tagged "Etc."

I feel my vague fascination with North Korea is slightly disreputable; a prurient interest in the surrealism of a failed state that 24 million real live people actually have to live with every day. 
The above is a shot of Mangyongdae, which is apparently an amusement park ten miles out of Pyongyang that is the world’s least fun fun-fair:

The rides at the park are so ramshackle that repairs are done on an as and when, ad hoc basis. To avoid the deaths of important North Koreans or overseas visitors (whose foreign currency is rather more important) local farmers are often recruited to test the rides for safety. This must be the only place in the world where a knock on the door and the words you’re going to the funfair are met with dread.

The source is a site called Kuriositas. I don’t know how reliable it is. 
EDIT:
The Daily Mail has this article, which includes this charming cutline: 

Rusting ride: Freelance journalist Alex Hoban wasn’t allowed to ride the rollercoaster at the fun fair until two men had hammered in a some screws and a group of natives had been sent on a test run.

"Natives." Freal.

I feel my vague fascination with North Korea is slightly disreputable; a prurient interest in the surrealism of a failed state that 24 million real live people actually have to live with every day. 

The above is a shot of Mangyongdae, which is apparently an amusement park ten miles out of Pyongyang that is the world’s least fun fun-fair:

The rides at the park are so ramshackle that repairs are done on an as and when, ad hoc basis. To avoid the deaths of important North Koreans or overseas visitors (whose foreign currency is rather more important) local farmers are often recruited to test the rides for safety. This must be the only place in the world where a knock on the door and the words you’re going to the funfair are met with dread.

The source is a site called Kuriositas. I don’t know how reliable it is. 

EDIT:

The Daily Mail has this article, which includes this charming cutline: 

Rusting ride: Freelance journalist Alex Hoban wasn’t allowed to ride the rollercoaster at the fun fair until two men had hammered in a some screws and a group of natives had been sent on a test run.

"Natives." Freal.

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Nov 03

Like, no disrespect to y’all who do enjoy fanfic.

Just, apparently it doesn’t contain enough bureaucracy for my liking?

smh.

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Nov 29

I’m watching Aziz Ansari talk about his cousin Harris, so why don’t you too?

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Feb 27

Ultimately, there’s just a limit to the extent to which you can get people to consume entertainment by telling them that it’s good for them.
Alyssa RosenbergThinkProgress, February 13, 2012
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Apr 07

Also, elephant of surprise.

Should be a thing.

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Apr 26

The core gay experience throughout history has been displacement, a sense of belonging and yet not belonging. Gays are born mostly into heterosexual families and discover as they grow up that, for some reason, they will never be able to have a marriage like their parents’ or their siblings’. They know this before they can tell anyone else, even their parents. This sense of subtle alienation—of loving your own family while feeling excluded from it—is something all gay children learn. They sense something inchoate, a separateness from their peers, a subtle estrangement from their families, the first sharp pangs of shame. And then, at some point, they find out what it all means. In the past, they often would retreat and withdraw, holding a secret they couldn’t even share with their parents—living as an insider outsider.

Andrew Sullivan, “Barack Obama: The First Gay President,” Newsweek, May 13, 2012

I don’t know how true this is for every gay person (here, for instance, is someone for whom it’s not true), but it’s true for at least one, so: interesting.

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May 16

Google Glass has existed for two months and I only just found out about it? I need this now.

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Jun 05

Screw Rock ‘n’ Roll is now a blog devoted entirely to dinosaur porn. (There are totally more pictures here.)

Screw Rock ‘n’ Roll is now a blog devoted entirely to dinosaur porn. (There are totally more pictures here.)

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Jul 12

This is Erin. She is great. I love her. She is my best friend.
It is her birthday today.
I hope she has an amazing day. I think she might, because this evening she is going to see Lana Del Rey.
You can wish her happy birthday, if you like.

This is Erin. She is great. I love her. She is my best friend.

It is her birthday today.

I hope she has an amazing day. I think she might, because this evening she is going to see Lana Del Rey.

You can wish her happy birthday, if you like.

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Jul 25

Found art in the spam comments folder of my work blog

lawyer:

It’s true that wolf is wowful tiger. But we need save there . because it’s our assets. family law

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Sep 11


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