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  • Patrick has muscles in places where other men simply do not have places.

    Rob Smyth has written a fine piece commemorating the England cricket team's 1986 tour of the West Indies. As it happens, for a various reasons this was the last England tour not to have been televised, so even those of us who were paying attention couldn't see the carnage.

    The funny thing was that some folks thought England had a decent chance of coming away with a result:

    It was only 18 months since the West Indies had won 5-0 in England, but the common perception was that they had aged and England had matured. The argument for England said they had the best batting line-up in the world (in 1985 they averaged a whopping 52 runs per wicket, miles clear of everyone else), and the best spin-bowling attack too. (Two Tests were to be played at Trinidad, which usually took spin.)

    […] By contrast, the Windies had an inexperienced captain in Viv Richards, and an ageing team with six regulars in their thirties. In 1985, they had even lost a Test match.

    Yeah, whatever happened to that I.V.A. Richards guy?

    I did like this anecdote from the comments describing just how good the West Indies were:

    alanrusbriger 10h ago

    Great article. I seem to remember an England player of 80's vintage being asked out in Australia some years after he'd retired who would win if the great West Indian team described above played the then all conquering Australian side containing Waugh, Warne, McGrath Ponting, Gilchrist et al. He paused and said that it would be pretty close, but the Australians would shade it… Mind you, Clive Lloyd is 65, Viv Richards is in his mid 50's by now and Joel Garner doesn't bowl except on special occasions. If the two sides faced each other at their best Australia would be lucky to make the fourth day.

  • To Make a Book…

    Craig Mod describes a vital stage in producing his latest book; namely, walking the book…

    Deciding to make any book is an act of creative faith (and ego and hubris, but these aren't all exclusionary). But before Dan and I sold any copies of Koya Bound, we walked atop the pages that would become the book, not really knowing if there existed an audience for the book.

    Koya Bound isn't the first book I've worked on that involved the floor. And I'm definitely not the first person to walk on books or lay them out like this.


    The ability of the physical world  -  a floor, a wall  -  to act as a screen of near infinite resolution becomes more powerful the more time we spend heads-down in our handheld computers, screens the size of palms. In fact, it's almost impossible to see the visual patterns  -  the inherent adjacencies  -  of a physical book unless you deconstruct it and splay it out on the floor.

  • This Organism Is Restricted Intellectual Property

    In the middle of a MetaFilter thread in honour of the soon-to-end Orphan Black,1 and in particular of the astounding skill lead actress Tatiana Maslany has spent the last few years playing clones of her character imitating other clones of her character, an inspired suggestion, insired by a different BBC show's recent casting news:

    […] a show involving many different incarnations of one base archetype, all with different personalities and lots of peril and running and sci-fi tech? BBC, your female Doctor Who #13 was right there all along, as were #14 through #22.

    posted by delfin at 8:24 PM on August 11 [3 favorites +] [!]

    [MASLANY exits the TARDIS. She is covered in blood and holding a bloody butcher knife.]

    MASLANY: "Hello. I'm The Doctor."

    [DALEKS flee in terror]

    This needs to happen.

    posted by zarq at 8:29 PM on August 11 [9 favorites +] [!]

    If Tatiana Maslany has moved on to bigger and better things a few years from now and the BBC can't afford to cast her as The Doctor, perhaps we can get her on the show in a more limited guest role. When Chris Chibnall decides that it's time to give us a regenerated Missy, Maslany would be a fun bit of casting. I'm now imagining an extremely pissed-off Missy-in-Helena-mode going after The Master to get revenge for his being such an unredeemable bastard to her and The Doctor in The Doctor Falls.

    1. I have to admit to having dropped Orphan Black somewhere during season 3, when it looked to me as if a combination of irregular scheduling and the complications of the plot they were unfolding as the Clone Club's world expanded were going to render keeping up with the plot ramifications for the various characters more trouble than it was going to be worth. But regardless of the way the plot was thrashing around, Maslany's performance(s) and her ability to switch from character to character remained absolutely solid and there's a little part of me that wishes I'd made more of an effort to keep up.

  • What if Wes Anderson made S'mores?

    What if Wes Anderson decided that we all need instruction on the proper way to prepare S'mores?

    A question to which we now have an answer…

    There are a series of these from the same food artist / director, David Ma, featuring tributes to the style of various directors (Quentin Tarantino, Michael Bay,Alfonso Cuaron), but I enjoyed the Anderson one best.

    This could run and run. Yum…


  • Fish farms, from on high

    I love Bernhard Lang's aerial pictures of fish farms off the Greek coast; something about the contrast between the rugged, fractal nature of the coastline and the symmetry of humanity's attempts to farm the sea really appeals to me.



    [Via Colossal]

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