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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
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Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
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About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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The amazing colour changing card trick

Richard Wiseman is an interesting guy. I highly recommend his book Quirkology on quirky phenomoma. This is a classic youtube video, if anything can be said to be a classic in that relatively new medium. Be sure to watch it to the end. It isn't what you think it is....

Epic Emotional | Liquid Cinema - Aeterna

This music was used in a Mercedes commercial, the Sam Harris Waking Up podcast as well as others.

Unaired 'All in the Family' pilot (1968): Justice for All

I think this is pretty close to the actual pilot later, but of course, other than Archie & Edith, the cast is different and the house looks different. The family is called Justice (not Bunker)



A second pilot: Those were the days (1969) was also not picked up



Interesting to see these embryonic efforts to produce this show.

All in the Family was a remake of the British (far harsher and less sentimental) Till Death us do Part.



Well, they don't make them like they used to.

Big disconnect between the singer and the voice

Do you visualise the singer when you hear a song for the first time? I do, and I'm often spectacularly off the mark when I later actually see what they really look like.

The prime example of this category is, of course, Amy Winehouse, a twenty-something Welsh girl who sang with the voice of a 50-year old black woman from the Mississippi delta.

Here's another example:

I like this song, but I pictured the singer as a big, bearded, biker-type who rolls his own cigarettes. Imagine my surprise to hear that voice coming out of a 22 year-old beardless boy:

Did you know Euro 2016 is exactly two weeks away only?

I think I'm suffering a bit of football fatigue and I think the tournament has too many teams anyway (best 3d place finishers -- yuck!!!), but maybe I'll get excited once it gets started. Predictions in the next post.

Groups

Group A
Albania, France, Romania, Switzerland

Group B
England, Russia, Slovakia, Wales

Group C
Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine

Group D
Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey

Group E
Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden

Group F
Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal

Group Stages

Friday, June 10
France vs. Romania -- Saint-Denis (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Saturday, June 11
Albania vs. Switzerland -- Lens (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Wales vs. Slovakia -- Bordeaux (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
England vs. Russia -- Marseille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Sunday, June 12
Turkey vs. Croatia -- Paris (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Poland vs. Northern Ireland -- Nice (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Germany vs. Ukraine -- Lille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Monday, June 13
Spain vs. Czech Rep -- Toulouse (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Rep of Ireland vs. Sweden -- Saint-Denis (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Belgium vs. Italy -- Lyon (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, June 14
Austria vs. Hungary -- Bordeaux (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Portugal vs. Iceland -- Saint-Etienne (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, June 15
Russia vs. Slovakia -- Lille (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Romania vs. Switzerland -- Paris (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
France vs. Albania -- Marseille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Thursday, June 16
England vs. Wales -- Lens (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland -- Lyon (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Germany vs. Poland -- Saint-Denis (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Friday, June 17
Italy vs. Sweden -- Toulouse (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Czech Rep vs. Croatia -- Saint-Etienne (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Spain vs. Turkey -- Nice (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Saturday, June 18
Belgium vs. Rep of Ireland -- Bordeaux (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Iceland vs. Hungary -- Marseille (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Portugal vs. Austria -- Paris (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Sunday, June 19
Romania vs. Albania -- Lyon (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)
Switzerland vs. France -- Lille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Monday, June 20
Russia vs. Wales -- Toulouse (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)
Slovakia vs. England -- Saint-Etienne (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, June 21
Ukraine vs. Poland -- Marseille (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Northern Ireland vs. Germany -- Paris (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Czech Rep vs. Turkey -- Lens (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)
Croatia vs. Spain -- Bordeaux (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, June 22
Iceland vs. Austria -- Saint-Denis (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Hungary vs. Portugal -- Lyon (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
Italy vs. Rep of Ireland -- Lille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)
Sweden vs. Belgium -- Nice (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Saturday, June Saturday, June 25

Round of 16 kicks off

Happy 75th Birthday, Saddam Hussein!

Oh no, wait! That's actually Eric Cantona, and he's turning 50. What the hell happened to him?



Eric Cantona turned 50 on Tuesday and is still doing what he has always done best: playing the part of Eric Cantona to a T. For Manchester United fans still digesting the end of the soured Louis van Gaal era and the imminent arrival of José Mourinho, he has a simple diagnosis of what has gone wrong.

“They miss me,” Cantona says, playful but serious at the same time. “I think they have lost something. You can feel it. But it’s difficult to come after someone who has been at the club 25 years. Even if you are a great manager, the fans still feel the philosophy of Ferguson.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/may/24/eric-cantona-mourinho-manchester-united-guardiola

Dr Henry Heimlich uses Heimlich manoeuvre for first time, aged 96

I had no idea this guy was even still alive. Cool story.

The 96-year-old surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich manoeuvre recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his retirement home.

Dr Henry Heimlich told the Cincinnati Enquirer in an interview on Thursday that he has demonstrated the well-known manoeuvre many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking.

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Heimlich said it made him appreciate how wonderful it had been “to be able to save all those lives”.



http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/27/dr-heimlich-performs-heimlich-manoeuvre-for-first-time-aged-96#comments

I've got hiccups

Can someone please say something scary. (hic)

Claudio Ranieri: We're in the Champions League, man!

This is great. Claudio Ranieri finally abandons his cool reserve and admits they're going for the title.



I was just listening to the BBC's 5 Live Daily, and they had a different take on this interview. They thought this was actually planned and deliberate on Ranieri's part to settle the mood at LCFC. I think they might be right: there was very noticeable tension last week against West Ham after Vardy was sent off, which didn't lift until the equalising penalty. Terrific management by Ranieri!

What a great story this is. I've been trying to explain how big and unlikely this whole thing is to people who aren't fans of this sport, and I just can't think of an American equivalent -- a #16 seed winning the NCAA? No, that's just a tournament.

Redbone - Come and get your love

This song has been featured in a recent Sky Fibre ad. I knew I recognised it but couldn't place it. It turned out to be a Redbone (remember them?) hit from 1974 and also featured in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie (which I didn't see).

Catchy little song, though I'm having trouble making out all the words ("what's the matter with your hair" ? )

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