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Periodic desserts and The Wildhearts.
I have had a couple of links open in my browser for over a week now, so I should get round to posting them :)

The Periodic Table of Dessert. Amusing and geeky - but the chemist in me goes all teeth-gnashy. If you have no idea what the difference between a Group and a Period is, you'll love it, if you do, you'll love it for as long as you can keep your inner chemist suppressed. (Which is coming back to that little blue ewok advert of a few weeks ago... I saw a paper version of it today, so must scan that in).

fj writes I think what the world needs now is one of those really narrative country songs with that larger-than-life-story quality about how two guys grew up together and are now in love.... Made me meep, then made me laugh, then the comments made me meep again.

I wrote about the Wildhearts gig only in terms of it making me wheezy, nothing about the actual content. They played "Sky Babies"! At this point, everyone who's familiar with the Wildhearts will be going "Oh My God!!" (yes, with two exclamation marks) - for everyone else, it is a song that is ten-and-a-half minutes long, and which fans have been begging them to play at every gig since they got back together 2 years ago. It's become almost a standard joke for the audience to shout "Play Sky Babies!". And this time they actually did.

I don't necessarily identify with the main point of the song (I don't particularly want to meet aliens and go off in a UFO), but it contains some of my favourite lyrics of all time, namely:

I... I'm looking at the sky tonight
Everything clear defined, just like the last time
All ideas inside my head, anything like the real one?
I... I'm looking from the floor tonight, weary of humankind
Tired of the chains that bind
Wasting time on diatribe
And all the time the walls are closing in, I'm feeling stuck inside again
Need something more divine than suicide, more generous than faith
'Cos when I get to see a new sun arise, I'll be myself bathing on the other side
A simple way to win it with ease - I'll take a cheap seat, please!

You probably have to hear it with the music as well. It just touches a chord inside me - the depression, isolation, anger of the verse, and then bubbling over into the excitement of the last two lines. There is a hope, there is a reason to keep going. Just means something to me.

Can't believe they actually played it. Their reason for never doing so was that Danny couldn't remember the song all the way through, but with him in rehab (again)... well, I really didn't expect a temporary bass player to bother learning it, but... wow.
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gerwinium From: gerwinium Date: 19th May 2003 05:46 (UTC) (Link)
Strange, I would've thought that custard would at least have some vanilla atoms in it. Aw, well. Friend of mine also pointed me at this, which I presume is the BBC's way of keeping scientific content of programs high. And to be honest, I think there should be an element for Marzipan, it deserves one.
barakta From: barakta Date: 19th May 2003 10:19 (UTC) (Link)
I like the periodic table.

I'll add it to my collection. I'll dig out the url for my collection of funky periodic tables which I set up a while ago.

I am such a repressed chemist - shame i was terrible at it.

Right off to eat celebratory end of kim's exams gateaux.

dglenn From: dglenn Date: 21st May 2003 08:43 (UTC) (Link)
A friend of mine suggested I put together a periodic table of humorous periodic tables. If you (or someone else) is already doing that, then I don't have to. In any case, I'm certainly interested in the URL for your collection.
barakta From: barakta Date: 26th May 2003 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
This isn't 100% complete but its what I found, I'm planning on making it slightly more clever, but for the time being it remains a collection


I will be mostly offline till after I have found a flat and been in hospital, but if you have more suggestions for this site then I'll upload them after 7th June :)

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