Daily archives: December 1, 2010

links for 2010-12-01

  • The uniform numbers in American football are unusual compared to those in any other sport. They are displayed in more locations on the uniform than in those of other sports (on both the front and back of the jersey, on both shoulders, and often on the helmet), and on the front of the jersey, they are displayed very large, taking up almost the entire front of the jersey. Just as importantly, certain numbers may only be worn by players playing particular positions; thus the jersey numbers assist the officials in determining possible illegal actions by players.
    (tags: research sport)
  • Most people are repulsed by mould, but one artist is using it to create creepy, decaying architectural models of houses.

    Daniele Del Nero creates architectural scale models of buildings with a domestic look to them. He then dampens the exterior of the structure and applies a thin dusting of flour. The model is then placed into a transparent plexiglass case. Mould starts to grow after a couple of days and dies within two weeks, leaving behind what Del Nero describes as "a dusty spider-web which covers the model like a rambler plant".

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  • Sale by Tender – HMS Invincible

    HMS Invincible is for sale by tender. Laid down in 1973 at Vickers Shipbuilding, Barrow-in-Furness, she was completed in 1980. She is currently stable for tow, subject to buyer confirmation.
    Displacement – Current 17000 Tonnes
    Estimated metal weight – 10000 Tonnes
    Estimated metal % – 95% mild steel
    Length – OA 210m, W/L 193m
    Draught – Fwd 5.2m, Mid 5.8m, Aft 5.8m
    Beam – Extreme 35m, Ex-walkways 32m, W/L 27.53m
    Height – 46m (estimated at current draught
    Engines – Removed
    Generators and Pumps – Generally unserviceable or not working
    For fuller information, please see the General Particulars.

How to butcher Bambi

Warren Ellis has just alerted his Twitter followers to the pre-Christmas sale by a company called Martin’s Jerked Meat. I’m tempted, but I’m also stocked up with almost enough food to take me into the New Year. I am, however, interested in Martin’s butchery courses.

Starting in spring 2010 we will be running courses on skinning and butchering venison in South Wales.

Courses are available for one or two days.

The weekend course starts with your arrival on Friday evening. Saturday morning begins with a hands on lesson in skinning a fresh carcass. We will salt the skin ready for curing later on. Next, you will be shown how to break the deer down into haunches and joints with advice on the best uses of each cut.

We will be processing some of the meat for both mince and sausages which we will all make together. You will be guided through how to salt down a haunch to make a delicious dry cured venison “Parma ham” style joint of meat and we will also help you cut and package your share of the venison to your preference for easy freezing when you get home.

We will have the outdoor smoker and dehydrators on site and you will be shown how to marinate and dry the meat using both methods.

Once the meat is processed we will then prepare the choicest cuts and you will be shown how to cook them over an open fire. On Sunday we share out the meat, jerky, sausages and mince between all the people on the course.

The one day courses run from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on Saturdays and will consist of skinning the deer and breaking down the carcass into manageable pieces.You will then render the fat into tallow and make a stock from the bones before making 2 different varieities of traditional sausages. Once all of the sausages have been made they will be shared amongst all the people on the course.

Course Costs

2 Day Course: £250 (including meals, camping and a banquet on Saturday night)

1 Day Course: £130 (including meals)

Group Bookings Available. There are a number of B&Bs within easy walking distance of the course location.

For enquiries or to register for this course, please send an email to Martin.

Snow under my wheels

Snow under my wheels, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

The snow stopped, so I headed out. I couldn’t resist a short hop along the Fallowfield Loop, which is where I picked up this coating. There was also a devour into Platt Fields to photograph transformers and GIs in the snow. They’ll be uploaded later.

I was worried that the thin sheen of melt water on the roads might not be cleared by the rush hour traffic and there’d be the risk of black ice for my commute tomorrow. Then it started snowing heavily again whilst I was shopping, and that opens up all sorts of other possibilities. I may have fun just getting home later.