Common People

What the Pulp song really needed was a cover version by William Shatner (with Ben Folds).

And what that cover version needed was a fan video made up of Star Trek clips.

Thank you, Internet…

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This is from the 2004 William Shatner album Has Been.

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Axonometric station maps

You what what?

Axonometric projection is a type of parallel projection used for creating a pictorial drawing of an object, where the object is rotated along one or more of its axes relative to the plane of projection.

Got it now? No. No, you haven’t.
And so, because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s a picture.


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It’s an axonometric representation of Wood Green Underground Station. So now you can see what I mean.
Ian Mansfield of documents the results of a Freedom of Information request to TfL. They were obliged to hand over axonometric representations of all the stations on the London Underground, which he shares on the link above.

Look, Wood Green is a simple station, out of town (so not too deep) (12.8m) and on a single line, perfect for illustrating what an axonometric map is. Get into some of the bigger stations though and things get complicated:



or Canada Water:


I suppose that these will mean more to you if you’re a Londoner, or if you used to live there. And not all the stations are shown (indeed, there are actually only 120 out of the 270 on the system), but it’s still quite fun to look at.


Just me then.

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Flying tonight

Actually not. In fact, by lunchtime, I’ll be where I need to be, geographically speaking. But there’s no link like a manufactured tenuous link, so here’s an insurance ad from SA involving aeroplanes for your perusal/enjoyment.

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Very good. The jury is still out on this insurance company, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not sure quite how the South African Constitution allows for them to choose to insure one gender but not another (and then, what of those individuals identifying as transgender?).
The only reasons I haven’t delved deeper into this are:

a) There are many more, more important abuses of the Constitution going on, and we shouldn’t distract the experts from their work on those, and
b) It doesn’t really affect me very much. I’m just curious as to how it works and as to what happens when someone starts “1st for Whites”.

In the meantime, the ad people have free rein to stereotype blokes as much as they like, a free rein which they are using… freely.

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Travel time

Commitments in places that aren’t Cape Town mean that I’m not around to blog today. But never fear: I saw this situation arising some time ago and I have pre-prepared a pre-prepared post for you.

(Before you get too excited and thankful, it’s not very good)

Since I’m travelling today, I thought we might do something geographical, so herewith the wikipedia page of the Extreme Points of Earth.

It tells you interesting things like where Point Nemo (so called because people are always trying to find it) (possibly, anyway):

The Pacific pole of inaccessibility (also called Point Nemo), the point in the ocean farthest from any land, lies in the South Pacific Ocean at 48°52.6?S 123°23.6?W, which is approximately 2,688 km (1,670 mi) from the nearest land (equidistant from Ducie Island in the Pitcairn Islands to the north, Maher Island off Siple Island near Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica, to the south and Motu Nui off Rapa Nui in the north east).

I’m not going anywhere near Point Nemo. Unless things all go a bit MH370.


The most remote airport in the world from another airport is Mataveri International Airport (IPC) on Easter Island, which has a single runway for military and public use. It is located 2,603 km (1,617 mi) from Totegegie Airport (GMR; very few flights) in the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia and 3,759 km (2,336 mi) from Santiago, Chile (SCL; a fairly large airport).

I’m not going anywhere near there either.

All in all, it’s pubquiztastic stuff though. So get learning, because I’ll be organising a test just as soon as I am back.

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Not the big, rumbling wall of snow coming down the side of a mountain with the sole intention of killing you, but rather the Australian electronic music group who gave us this in 2000:

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TIL that the manufacture of this sort of musical composition is called “plunderphonics” – the ‘theft’ of various soundbites and samples and their amalgamation into some sort of musical collage.

Plunderphonics is a term coined by composer John Oswald in 1985 in his essay Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative.

Must have missed that one. Sorry, John.

Either way, this is a great example of it, as was this earlier in the week.

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