Requesting permission to engage, over

It has been a strange week on the home front. So rather than delving into that, we’re going to jump right into what’s collected here. Hopefully it’s not too heavy.

There’s loads about the NSA, which up until now has been avoided as a topic of discussion, but it’s everywhere of late, so the smarter side of it is here also. A couple of music videos, some things about games — virtual and tabletop, horoscopes, a couple of anomalies in the natural world, how glass measures up in nature, something about translators, the questions a slave gets asked by modern people, Monty Python Lego sets, ornithopters that actually work, optical illusions, a Lord of the Flies scenario, the rush to create secure email, a video about a fox, and a nice little finisher with job applications with a twist. First up though is an artist’s collaboration with her daughter:

You know Ollie, I have a song about that

This group is out of sorts again – far more comics and humour than other stuff. Perhaps that means there’s been nothing worth noting. Or maybeit’s a frame of mind issue. Whichever the cause, this is how we are doing it.

Scattered through this post are the gamification of edumafication, K-pop and animals, bookface and typeface, candid snaps and computer-aided surgery, abandoned homes in middle-class America, pop singers mixing with fascist dictators, coffee – not even once, remote identification and peaks of crazy, philosophy and icecream, paperclips and pickup lines, artistic towers and swimming pools. And some other stuff. Wade in and enjoy: