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Long Overdue Phligm Phlagm Part 1

I haven’t done a Phligm Phlagm post since April. (Sorry, I’ve been really busy…) We have some catching up to do. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and / or are informed by these links:

The maths (and beauty) behind a perfect 147. Make sure you watch Ronnie O’Sullivan’s five minutes and 20 seconds 147 – one of the all time greatest accomplishments in any sport.

This is the sort of thing that should be in that Alanis Morrisette song instead of "rain on your wedding day".

Few people regularly make me as angry as this incompetent, ill-informed, hypocritical, leftard.

Great myths of British politics, number 745: "The NHS is the most efficient health system in the world". (According to the OECD, only Ireland and Greece could make greater savings from more efficient healthcare systems.)

Even among countries with similar healthcare systems, the UK's is "below average". (So can we please stop this “envy of the world” bollocks?)

"My obsession with a fictional Football Manager megastar." (I had to put this in quotation marks to make it clear that this wasn't me...)

Diane "divide and rule" Abbott tutting that the "Tories harp on about Mid-Staffs". (Yeah, cos it’s not as if 1,200 people dying because of neglect in a state-run hospital is something politicians should be concerned about…)

"We're a class project."

A Greek God Family Tree

Student union backs excluding white people from 'anti-racism' events.

RIP Yeoman Rand.

PwC is going to ignore graduates' A-level results when recruiting. (This surprises me. When I was being recruited as a trainee chartered accountant, and when I was recruiting trainee chartered accountants, it was generally accepted that A-level grades were the best indication of future success in ACA exams, far more so than class of degree.)

George Digweed, the greatest British sportsman you've never heard of.

You know those really expensive very large Lego Super Star Destroyers? What if you dropped one from a great height? And filmed it. At 1000fps.

10 typographic mistakes everyone makes (and which life is far, far too short to care about.)


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Jun. 11th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
The typographic mistakes article gave me flashbacks to my Ph.D. After I'd submitted my very first draft of my very first research on my very first chapter, my supervisor covered it in red ink and explained all of the typographic and punctuation errors. He told me, in no uncertain terms, that my success as his student depended on the mastery of the distinction between the hyphen, the en-dash, and the em-dash.

That set the tone for the next five years. I passed my viva simply to spite him.
Jun. 11th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
I wonder precisely how many great writers have been obsessed with typography.

My guess: precisely none.
Jun. 12th, 2015 08:50 am (UTC)
That paper about health care systems is very interesting. Very clearly presented and very informative. Well done for that one.

(Others interesting too.)
Jun. 12th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
The Greek god family tree is very nice.
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