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Bohemian Rhapsody, translated by Google.

nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (50)
nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (50)


The Propellerheads, Take California

ETA: Bonus Track:


Puffy Amy Yumi, Teen Titans Theme
nelc: "If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to" (50)


Alison Moyet & The Buggles, Slave to the Rhythm, live.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZPSrwedvsg

Warning: contains depictions of violence towards women-shaped collections of pixels. At least that's what I told myself to get through it, which is kinda what Sarkeesian's talking about, I guess.
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I forgot to blog about this the other day, but Mrs W at the Chinese takeaway had her laptop stolen from behind the counter on Wednesday night.

A customer came in while I was waiting for a delivery, a little the worse for drink — slow and slurred, rather than outright unsteady and incomprehensible — looked at the menu and gave his order. Mrs W gave me the delivery at around the same time, so I went off at that point.

When I got back, Mr and Mrs W and the Chinese students who'd been eating at the tables were stirred up and agitated. Mrs W asked if I'd seen the customer with her laptop; apparently I'd just missed him. The students said that the guy had picked up his food and bolted, saying he had to catch a taxi, and then Mrs W had noticed the laptop was gone. It's a small place, only three permanent staff, including Mr & Mrs W, with a delivery driver or two, and Mrs W often leaves the counter unattended while she's helping out in the kitchen.

After a short fruitless look around outside, I called the police and reported it, and an hour later a pair of officers turned up to take statements. It turned out that one of the students had taken a picture of his mates when the customer had first come in, and there was a fuzzy lo-res image of him in the background.

Anyway, fast-forward to yesterday: The police phoned me up to look at their video identity parade and Mrs W got her laptop back. So today I went up to the station.

I'd never heard about this before — I must have missed the relevent episodes of The Bill — but the old-style live line-up behind one-way glass seems to have gone. Instead, the officer shows you a video of the line-up, one face at a time, with the participants looking at the camera, then turning this way and that. He shows the line-up twice, then you have the option to go back and look at particular members again, or I guess the whole thing again. Then he asks if you saw the perp in the line-up and which one it was.

The background changed a few times behind the heads, so I'm guessing that the ringers all came out of a Home Office video library with only the suspect taped (disked?) the other day. I wonder if they're ordinary civilians or suspects for other crimes?

Hopefully, the police have the guy bang to rights with his fingerprints all over the laptop and everything and he'll cop a plea, so I won't have to appear in a witness box in court (because that went so well the last time I had to do it).
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Video of people (volunteers) being punched in the face at 1000 frames a second.
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Video of people (volunteers) being punched in the face at 1000 frames a second.

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