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Just a bloke doing silly pictures for the lulz.

The Fiend did a graffiti thing for me!
Bilbobarneybobs made me a special car on 1st May 2009!
k3b/-\b caricatured me as a 12th century worshipable stone head on 28th January 2009
Rev. Jesse. zombified me on 26th August 2008

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Most Popular Image Challenge Entries:

Celebrity Computer Games - 30th September 2019 (1st)

Merge Music - 10th October 2018 (1st) and Supergroups - 7th May 2008 (2nd) and Pop Letters - 4th April 2013 (5th)

Typo Websites - 17th September 2018 (1st)

Make Corbyn Electable - 11th May 2017 (1st)

Non Fiction Video Games - 1st April 2015 (1st)

Wrongstructions - 25th March 2009 (1st)

Real World Sci-Fi Problems - 1st March 2018 (2nd)

Buses - 23rd June 2017 (2nd)

New Landmarks - 4th May 2017 (2nd)

Roal Dahl - 16th September 2016 (2nd)

Music Sequels - 19th March 2015 (2nd)

The Censorship Challenge - 14th October 2009 (2nd)

Save Teletext - 29th July 2009 (2nd)

Invisible Extras - 11th February 2009 (2nd)

Xmas Cards - 27th November 2008 (2nd)

Kids covers adult books - 7th June 2018 (3rd)

Royal Souvenirs - 4th May 2018 (3rd)

British Films - 6th October 2017 (3rd)

Politicize Kids Books - 4th July 2017 (3rd)

Corporate Greenwash - 10th February 2010 (3rd)

Doctor Who Christmas - 14th December 2018 (4th)

Buttons - 19th October 2018 (4th)

Report Fiction - 7th December 2017 (4th)

The Queen's Hat - 22nd June 2017 (4th)

An Extra Character - 22nd September 2016 (4th)

Musical Animals - 21st July 2016 (4th)

Bigger Picture - 26th June 2014 (4th)

Impossible Weapons - 3rd November 2010 (4th)

UK TV, Hollywood Style - 18th December 2008 (4th)

Remove a letter from LPs - 20th August 2018 (5th)

Royal Souvenirs - 3rd May 2018 (5th)

Status Quo - 25th December 2016 (5th)

If America Were Still British - 8th October 2009 (5th)

Movie Mashups (The Next Generation) - 15th July 2009 (5th)

Shatner! - 3rd June 2009 (5th)

Spoonerisms - 24th October 2007 (5th)

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Recent front page messages:

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(Sun 11th Sep 2022, 11:48, More)

A bit late to the party

(Wed 2nd Feb 2022, 9:49, More)

Yikes! He's going to do it again!

(Wed 15th Dec 2021, 16:51, More)

Of course, it's the Gorna Lisa!

(Tue 30th Nov 2021, 13:35, More)


(Mon 25th Oct 2021, 11:36, More)

Matt Hancock's new office lanyards for use from July 19th

In response to twitter.com/mattcjones/status/1412691672597680130

(Fri 9th Jul 2021, 10:01, More)


(Thu 1st Jul 2021, 16:02, More)

The trouble with COVIDs...

An afternoon well spent methinks! 
(Tue 22nd Sep 2020, 16:38, More)

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(Wed 26th Aug 2020, 17:08, More)

Best answers to questions:

» How nerdy are you?

Breaking my QOTW virginity here UPDATED
...so be gentle.

In one summer holiday while doing a maths degree at university, I took it upon myself to make a rug of the Mandelbrot set.

I programmed my BBC B computer to plot the picture, and got it to calculate how many strands of wool of each colour I needed. I then went to the wool shop and befuddled the shop assistant, who's only comment was "There's a lot of black, isn't there?"

I then set about making the rug, based on a printout from the above program.

The rug itself is about a metre square, and I think it contains 10000 strands of wool, which all had to be stitched by hand, using a special hooked tool.

It took about 10 weeks to complete, and I still have it 18 years later.

EDIT: Link to pic, it's a bit fuzzy, because my phone cam is shite

(Thu 6th Mar 2008, 17:28, More)

» IT Support

I remember working for an insurance company once
The new Operations Manager was really big on being informed of when things may be going wrong, and so set up the mainframe computer to page him on a pager every time there was a system message generated.

The first night after setting this up he went to bed, presumably with the pager on his bedside table...

Anyway at 4 am the loud beeping of the pager woke him up in a panic. "What could have happened?" he thought.

Anyway he quickly got dressed, drove the 30 miles or so to the office, unlocked all the doors, deactivated the alarms and made his way to the Ops room. There he switched on the terminal to see what was wrong with the mainframe, only to be confronted by the system message that had been generated:-

"Backup completed successfully".
(Thu 24th Sep 2009, 12:58, More)

» I don't understand the attraction

Need I say more?
(Thu 15th Oct 2009, 17:45, More)

» I'm Sorry I've Written A Joke

Please help!
I'm trying to find an online tutorial for advanced makeup techniques, but all I can find are foundation courses...
(Mon 3rd Sep 2018, 22:24, More)

» Pointless Experiments

Crushing an egg in your hand by squeezing
This one time, when some eggs had gone past their sell-by date, I attempted to prove or disprove the theory that it is not possible to crush an egg length-ways in your hand by squeezing alone.

After much exertion this appeared to be the case; I could not crush the egg like this, so I then wondered if it was actually possible to crush it width-ways.

For a time it appeared that this wasn't possible either, but then I squeezed just that little bit more, and that extra pressure on the shell must have caused it to crack, and it broke.

Well I say broke, it actually exploded because of the pressure I was exerting on it, and it sprayed all the eggy goodness about 6 feet into the air, all over myself, and all over my good lady wife who was acting the part of an impartial observer to the proceedings.

I was quite unpopular for the rest of the evening.
(Fri 25th Jul 2008, 11:07, More)
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