There's a new "Things I won't work with" post: a fluorinating agent 'fit to fluorinate you right into the afterlife':

blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/

Safety advice:

"...you will at all times want to be suited up like you’re going to going to spay a velociraptor."

An observation about Brexit and the financial markets: it costs money to maintain shorts and derivatives positions, and the possibility of an extension could be quite expensive to the members of the ERG who are reputed to be betting against Sterling and the wider British economy.

Short positions, in particular, can cost a lot of money if the market moves against you.

@Hairyears

Short positions, in particular, can cost a lot of money if the market moves against you.

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An observation about Brexit and the financial markets: it costs money to maintain shorts and derivatives positions, and these repeated extensions will be quite expensive to members of the ERG who are reputed to be betting against Sterling and the wider British economy.

Be warned, you can 'Fall in' and lose an hour of your life in Stålenhag's gallery pages, if you have the vivid and visual imagination that gets captured by picture after picture with a deep, dark story to tell.

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Things you shouldn't do to your fellow-commuters on the Central Line: eye contact...

@clanwilliam @PhilDyson It is the Thursday before Pentecost! Will you witness the miracle of Speaking In Tuns?

A Valentine present that rocks
Is luxury chocs in a box
It's ever so cute
As a sex substitute
And carries no risk of the pox 

A thing I love about preparing Christmas Dinner from organic vegetables is the wonderful feeling of being close to nature:

Row, Row, Rows of bloat,
Formulae down the screen:
Excel will be terribly terribly slow,
To calculate the mean!

This is an encouraging long-read from National Geographic: the World can be fed, on surprisingly little land, sustainably, and the Netherlands is doing it already:

nationalgeographic.com/magazin

Is there a collective noun for soggy snotrags in a sad and squelchy little heap?

(Not asking for a friend: I am recovering from an unpleasant lurgy and there is a gap in my vocabulary)

I hear that the giant 'Baby Trump' balloon has now been taken down.

I treasure the thought that it deflated with a long, long farting noise.

My beloved @Artsyhonker has just baked the first loaf of sourdough bread with wild yeast captured from elderflowers.

It's lovely, tart and light and zingy with an amazing perfume of elderflowers.

For those of you appalled by today's clownish absurdity from Boris Johnson: today is décadi 20 Prairial in the year of the Republic CCXXVI, celebrating the pitchfork:
twitter.com/sansculotides/stat

Out for a stroll with @Artsyhonker in Epping Forest, and I can see Cinnabar moth caterpillars - they turn up mob-handed, and some of the ragworts they are eating have been munched down to the bare stem:

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