Six degrees of Jeremy Northam

We’re re-watching The Tudors (aka. Brit Tits In Dark Bedrooms). The actor who plays Henry VIII, he’s that guy from Velvet Goldmine. The actor playing Cromwell is that guy who played a nobleman in The White Queen. Queen Catherine is the Irish woman from Orphan Black. Hey look, the ambassador is Emperor Charles from Vikings! There’s the king from Reign! There’s Bash from Reign! And that guy was on Vampire Diaries. There’s someone from Game Of Thrones. That guy was on Revenge! And there’s Superman!

What else is on?
A show about a different British royal family: The Crown! Oh look, that actor, Jeremy Northam, was Sir Thomas Moore in The Tudors. And there’s the British guy from Mad Men who hung himself. That guy looks like the Nazi, Smith, from The Man In The High Castle, but it’s not him. But that’s definitely John Lithgow.

What about Victoria? Ah, there’s the guy who actually plays that Nazi from The Man In The High Castle. And that guy played Edward VIII in The Crown – he also played Prince Charles in The Queen. There’s another guy from The White Queen.

Something not royal? Black Mirror! Well, there’s the guy who played Frankenstein™ Model 1 in Penny Dreadful. And there’s that guy who looks like the Nazi, Smith, from The Man In The High Castle, again. And there’s Anne Neville from The White Queen (and ‘The Waif’ from Game Of Thrones). And there’s the Irish woman from Boardwalk Empire. There’s what’s her name from Halt And Catch Fire. There’s young Alan Turing from The Imitation Game. There’s another Game Of Throes person.

Speaking of The Man In The High Castle: there are three people from Battlestar Galactica (all Cylons, no less – one of whom was on Heroes and The Vampire Diaries!). And one from Revenge.

It’s like there are only 20 actors, and 15 of them have played someone in a British period drama at some point.

Thelonious Monk’s List

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT A DRUMMER, DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP TIME.

PAT YOUR FOOT & SING THE MELODY IN YOUR HEAD, WHEN YOU PLAY.

STOP PLAYING ALL THOSE WEIRD NOTES (THAT BULLSHIT), PLAY THE MELODY!

MAKE THE DRUMMER SOUND GOOD.

DISCRIMINATION IS IMPORTANT.

YOU’VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG IT, YOU DIG?

ALL REET!

ALWAYS KNOW… (MONK)

IT MUST BE ALWAYS NIGHT, OTHERWISE THEY WOULDN’T NEED THE LIGHTS.

LET’S LIFT THE BAND STAND!!

I WANT TO AVOID THE HECKLERS.

DON’T PLAY THE PIANO PART, I’M PLAYING THAT. DON’T LISTEN TO ME. I’M SUPPOSED TO BE ACCOMPANYING YOU!

THE INSIDE OF THE TUNE (THE BRIDGE) IS THE PART THAT MAKES THE OUTSIDE SOUND GOOD.

DON’T PLAY EVERYTHING (OR EVERY TIME); LET SOME THINGS GO BY. SOME MUSIC JUST IMAGINED. WHAT YOU DON’T PLAY CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAT WHAT YOU DO.

ALWAYS LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE.

A NOTE CAN BE SMALL AS A PIN OR AS BIG AS THE WORLD, IT DEPENDS ON YOUR IMAGINATION.

STAY IN SHAPE! SOMETIMES A MUSICIAN WAITS FOR A GIG, & WHEN IT COMES, HE’S OUT OF SHAPE & CAN’T MAKE IT.

WHEN YOU’RE SWINGING, SWING SOME MORE!

(WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TONIGHT? SHARP AS POSSIBLE!)

DON’T SOUND ANYBODY FOR A GIG, JUST BE ON THE SCENE. THESE PIECES WERE WRITTEN SO AS TO HAVE SOMETHING TO PLAY, & TO GET CATS INTERESTED ENOUGH TO COME TO REHEARSAL.

YOU’VE GOT IT! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY, TELL A JOKE OR DANCE, BUT IN ANY CASE, YOU GOT IT! (TO A DRUMMER WHO DIDN’T WANT TO SOLO).

WHATEVER YOU THINK CAN’T BE DONE, SOMEBODY WILL COME ALONG & DO IT. A GENIUS IS THE ONE MOST LIKE HIMSELF.

THEY TRIED TO GET ME TO HATE WHITE PEOPLE, BUT SOMEONE WOULD ALWAYS COME ALONG & SPOIL IT.

Source: Lists of Note

Trump2Cash

What if you wrote some code that constantly monitors Trump’s feed and analyzes each tweet for mentions of publicly traded companies? Then, you’d immediately trade the affected stocks based on the detected sentiment: buy if positive and short if negative. The whole thing could be 100% automated.

I just finished writing a bot which does exactly that. For your convenience, it also tweets out a summary as @Trump2Cash each time it springs into action.

The Iron Harvest

During World War I an estimated one tonne of explosives was fired for every square metre of territory on the Western front. As many as one in every three shells fired did not detonate. In the Ypres Salient, an estimated 300 million projectiles that the British and the Germans forces fired at each other during World War I were duds, and most of them have not been recovered. In 2013, 160 tonnes of munitions, from bullets to 15 inch naval gun shells, were unearthed from the areas around Ypres.

Unexploded weapons—in the form of shells, bullets, and grenades—buried themselves on impact or were otherwise quickly swallowed in the mud. As time passes, construction work, field ploughing, and natural processes bring the rusting shells to the surface. Most of the iron harvest is found during the spring planting and autumn ploughing as the region of northern France and Flanders are rich agricultural areas. Farmers collect the munitions and place them along the boundaries of fields or other collection points for authorities

Iron harvest – Wikipedia

Cyborg Wingnut Asshat

Eventually, he figured out a way to splatter his viewpoints across social media without having to even feint toward thinking about them: He currently tweets more than 1,000 times per day by using an auto-scheduler, which pulls from a vast database of pre-written messages and sends them out, over and over again, in repetitive loops all day and night. As with Trump’s most vocal supporters, it doesn’t matter that some of these messages now seem woefully out of date; a meme about Hillary Clinton’s emails sent out today will still pick up retweets and replies from fellow human mimeographs. Collectively, the impressions Sobieski gets on his tweets number in the millions.

Twitter is really the worst. Next to “conservatives”, and mayonnaise, that is.