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BigJackBrass

@BigJackBrass@vivaldi.net

Charlatan, Humbug and Imitation Humorist.

Former sporadic cartoonist and game designer. Occasionally #Outdoorsy, sometimes #Cycling. #Ukulele torturer. #RPG player and GM at Whartson Hall. Still European. #LongCovid.

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BigJackBrass, to music
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Added to the project folder today, "After My Laughter Came Tears" by Roy Turk and Charles Tobias (1928):

https://youtu.be/7LDOlMrehn0

BigJackBrass,
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@RogerBW Very often there are alternatives, though, as with D7 and the "Hawaiian" D7, particularly if you can manage barre chords.

GayOldTime, to random
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This week in heterosexuality: John discovers that he prefers mannequins to living women

BigJackBrass,
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@GayOldTime It's like a poster for a horror movie in the House of Wax vein.

BigJackBrass, to InitialD
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The sit down version of Spy Hunter was particularly cool, not least because of the speakers blasting the theme from Peter Gunn right by your head, but the upright cabinet was far more common. I spent a lot of time playing this game very, very badly.

Time Rift Arcade: "Spy Hunter Arcade Restoration"

https://youtu.be/9j6E8zDYhbg

BigJackBrass, to random
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I really need to work out how best to digitise the 16" transcription discs I bought for the Cliff Edwards Project, given that I don't currently own a turntable capable of playing them. It would be nice to retrieve the music from them, given that it doesn't seem to be available elsewhere.

Obviously, paying someone to do it for me is an option, but not until I can scrape some funds together.

BigJackBrass, to random
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Personally, I'd suggest cleaning the food off your cat before doing anything else.

#MeanwhileInTheWorldOfAmazonReviews

BigJackBrass, to random
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@lordof1 In case you're wondering why this headline immediately made me think of you, I should point out that further into the article she says "At first, the accent wasn’t that recognisable…"

BigJackBrass, to random
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I know that the English have a reputation for unnecessarily apologising, but the postwoman just apologised for delivering a parcel and I think that might be taking it a bit too far.

BigJackBrass, to random
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Reading a news report about an arrest following the death of a man back in February, which features a rather befuddling element:

"His death was initially thought to be 'medical-related' but… [the] death certificate… confirmed he died of a shotgun wound to the neck and chest."

I'm intrigued to know what medical condition they thought caused that.

BigJackBrass,
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@RogerBW It reminds me of Robbie Coltrane as Edgar Bloodlusten on "Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee", describing a man who had been shot multiple times, repeatedly stabbed and then decapitated, ending with the question, "Was it suicide?"

BigJackBrass, to history
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It's hard not to feel that part of the problem with my homeland is summed up rather well by this object: a chair, specially made so that the visiting monarch wouldn't have to park his pampered posterior on a piece of used furniture, venerated four hundred years later.

BigJackBrass, to random
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I do think that this café might be laying on the British nostalgia theme a wee bit heavily.

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BigJackBrass,
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@pauldrye I would love to know why someone thought that the bust would be enhanced by coating it in green flock. It's quite the design choice.

BigJackBrass, to RPG
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Currently reading this history of the music hall, the British counterpart of vaudeville and precursor to variety. My favourite RPGs tend to be things like "Call of Cthulhu" and "Forgotten Futures" with a strong Victorian to Georgian (George V, that is) tone and history, but I often feel that the popular culture of the time is ignored when it should be a vital part of the world and the characters. NPCs ought to be playing records, going to the pictures, whistling the latest hits, referencing movie stars and stage actors, encouraging the PCs to read a new novel they're enamoured with—or recommending they avoid one they dislike.

A few sentences here and there, a name dropped, an encounter when shopping for sheet music or looking at the posters advertising coming acts… it doesn't take much to add to a great deal of flavour to the world and make it feel alive, rather than like those cheap cartoons where the only people moving or even present in a scene are the PCS.

Scene from the movie "Bullshot". The titular hero is attempting to fend off the advances of an attractive woman who is wearing a very revealing dress and has just put a jazz record on the gramophone. Caption: "Is this seemly, Mrs. Platt-Higgins? Playing popular music and your husband only ten years dead?"
Photograph taken in London in 1910. A figure wearing a straw boater is standing, partly obscured by an ornate lamppost, reading one of several advertising posters pasted along a wall. They include one for "The Sins of London" at the Lyceum; Madame Sarah Bernhardt and a number of other acts appearing at The London Coliseum, Charing Cross; and a travel poster advertising Blackpool by very sensibly not showing the town, but going for a painting of a smiling woman beside the sea instead.

hypnogoria, to Podcast
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FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 108 - The Monster of Lake LaMetrie by Wardon Allan Curtis

Another early tale of a surviving dinosaur but this story about a lake dwelling dinosaur takes a very bizarre turn...

https://www.hypnogoria.com/gl_lametrie.html

BigJackBrass,
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@satsuma @hypnogoria Absolutely mental, isn't it?

BigJackBrass, to random
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You've come a long way, baby.

BigJackBrass,
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@RogerBW We'll have to send Agent Marsh to slurp a few streams and investigate.

BigJackBrass, to random
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“He’s not very melodramatic, and I like his acting style. He says a lot with his expressions and with his face rather than in other ways. He just keeps it very calm.”

  • Actor Finn Little describing, apparently seriously, his "The Surfer" co-star Nicolas Cage.
BigJackBrass, to random
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It would be very easy to go overboard with this whole sticker printing thing.

BigJackBrass,
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@RogerBW I'm missing the reference, but then I only know the band slightly.

BigJackBrass, to random
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Definitely a website lovingly crafted by a human, yessiree.

BigJackBrass,
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@SJohnRoss Hard to tell in the other pics, but they're all orange.

BigJackBrass, to random
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Just enough time on my tea break to cut out a couple of the test stickers I printed yesterday and slap them on one of my ukulele cases, mainly to test for durability.

No sign of smudging as I applied them, although I've yet to test the water resistance. I'm certainly happy with the appearance: they don't look out of place with the professionally printed stickers already on the case (but my goodness that orange is bright!).

Photograph of a black rectangular instrument case with a rigid black carrying handle and chrome fixtures. A variety of colourful stickers decorate the surface.

BigJackBrass,
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@DarkestKale I do have one sitting in the images folder, ready to go.

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