Thursday, October 8, 2009

The three-toed duck-billed rhinopotamus




83 comments:

tincanman said...

OMG, I've been hacked!
Who posted this, really?

Blimpy said...

seriously?

a real rhinopotamus said...

Groar!!
Grunt!!!!

*paws ground, dimly sees Tincan*

*charges*

*Pokes tinny with sharp bit of nose, then tramples him into the savannah dust*

Recycle Rhino says said...

It makes it so much easier to collect scrap if you flatten Tin first ...

tincanman said...

@ Blimpy
nah, 'twas me. I fess up.

a zero trash rhinopotamus said...

Anyone want to buy a trampled tin -um- thingy?

Marconius7 said...

Good thing you have a thick skin, Tinny!

tincanman said...

Marconius, a few weeks ago he threatened to come after me with a slide rule. I emailed Prince Charles to ask him to email back if Nilp is the kind of architect he doesn't approve of and no reply so I've concluded he's the warm, fuzzy friendly organic kind.

A Cowardly Lion said...

I'm buying flat Tin futures ... how many have you got?

TatankaYotanka said...

Are those three-toed duck-billed rhinopotammi joined at the hippo?

ToffeeBoy said...

@ tincanman - that is SO me and you - I just don't remember anyone taking a picture when we were out there on the Veldt ...

nilpferd said...

Oh, sorry- is my Rhinopotamus bothering you?

Bad Rhinopotamus!! Get off Tin right now!!

It was actually a folding ruler, by the way.. more momentum, like Nunchucks.
Engineers use sliding rulers..

tincanman said...

Engineers use sliding rulers.

You people have such great t-shirts. I went to uni and all I got was a dumb t-shirt. 'Suppose I should have enroled or something.

TatankaYotanka said...

Is this the open topic for tonight , seeing as how they had to close down RR early 'cos of what DsD said?

If it gets too crowded feel free to join me at the topic below, I'll be serving tumbleweed twiglets and dips later.

TatankaYotanka said...

Definition of a sliding ruler ..

Prince Charles on skis.

tincanman said...

a) he's not a rule
b) he'd probably fall off

---
what did DsD say to get the blog closed?

treefrogdemon said...

He buked Bob Dylan again.

nilpferd said...

That's a sliding knob, not a sliding ruler.

Abahachi said...

Us ancient historians have deranged megalomaniac rulers who marry their sisters, make their horse a consul and smother dinner guests in rose petals.

Have you seen that DsD's new avatar has got hair?!?

nilpferd said...

Typical engineers. I could tell you stories..

TatankaYotanka said...

Architects and their stories; after the first three, aren't they all the same?

DarceysDad said...

Um, yep, it has Abahachi, but then that pic IS almost old enough to drink alcohol in its own right!!

I may well change it again soon; as it was that was my third attempt. Both the first two transgressed GU T&Cs, one on copyright, and both for featuring children (I thought my moniker kinda allowed for pics of me and Darcey, but no.)

Like this thread today - made me smile.

Thanks.

nilpferd said...

TY, how many damn stories can you fit on the back of an envelope, then?

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tincanman said...

wow, TY sure can type fast!
It's all Greek to me though

gordonimmel said...

[Rising to the bait]

@nilpferd, you, being an architect can, I know, fit any number of building designs on the back of an envelope.
Luckily you have engineers with their 'modern day sliderules' (aka computers) to make sure your design stands up.

@everybody else, sorry. This is an age-old dispute which seems to have spilled onto t'spill. A bit like Catholic/Protestant, Right wing/Left Wing, Pete/Jordan. And basically we're lost if we can't slag each other off.

Anyway, off now to see what all this pics is about.

nilpferd said...

Ha ha, I knew that would get a bite, GI- I'm actually not really the back of an envelope type, but we do of course enjoy riling our engineers.. But I fully sympathise. I'm also more of the sort of architect who points out to the HVAC engineer that he's put his ventilation ducting where his drainage lines should be, and that the two really ought not to be mixed..

Chris said...

Oh dear, I do hope TB and tfd time their future RR posts well. That gaping nilpferd gob wouldn't even notice them disappearing down it ;-(

nilpferd said...

I think that should have been a "z" in sympathise. But since I use so many "z"'s in German, I try to compensate with "s"'s where possible when writing English. Just so you all know.

Makinavaja said...

A list for rain is up

lambretinha said...

The A-list is out (not in list form, though, but the article). No new topic so far, though.

nilpferd said...

Gaping Gob?! Cheers!

Chris said...

...and with him talking about getting a bite...:-o

nilpferd said...

I tend to swallow things whole, if possible.. your little medallion won't even touch the sides...

DarceysDad said...

Re Rain - DsD A-lists for the third week in the last four! Woo-hoo. I take back some of the things I said about PaulMac ...

... did I just say that out loud?

Anyway, I can't find any giveaway for what tonight's topic is. Anyone else found it?

gordonimmel said...

Not a bight for me in the A-List this week..... again.
Ah well, I can console myself with my self-made list taken from all the drop box noms...

@nilpferd, yes, I have known many an architect who second-guesses where a wall or column needs to be. I assume that you are one of those. Unfortunately too many of the big name architects seem to want to defy gravity......(I won't name them for fear of their lawyers...)

ToffeeBoy said...

... and yet another blank week for me. I think I'll go off and whine for a while ...

TatankaYotanka said...

Did I say stories .... pffft ... I meant storeys of course. Sorry if there's been any unpleazantness.

tincanman said...

This seems like a good time to ask a question that has long perplexed me: Could the big bad wold really and puff and blow little bo peep's house down? (Or whoever's house it was).

For argument's sake, lets assume an average-sized non-asthmatic wolf. I don't want to get sidetracked by pedantry.

TatankaYotanka said...

Toffeboy, .. never one to fudge the tissues

nilpferd said...

I normally get on quite well with our structural engineers, hospital design doesn't bring huge demands on load bearing components, usually fire protection regs force us to close out fairly small compartments anyway, they might as well carry the building as well. The HVAC/E colleagues are more stretched, they are the ones we usually end up feuding with, with their "we'll sort it out on the building site" attitude.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ tincanman - actually, that's not really true is it? You do want to be sidetracked ...

nilpferd said...

Does the wolf smoke?

tincanman said...

well, yes. I don't want people counting how many A lists I got

TatankaYotanka said...

Depends how close you can get to its tail with a bengal match ...

ToffeeBoy said...

Does anyone else know the children's book, The Three Little Wolves And The Big Bad Pig. It was one of the MissToffee's favourites when they was liddle piggies themselves ...

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Little-Wolves-Big-Bad/dp/068981528X

treefrogdemon said...

My toad is bigger than his hippo.

nilpferd said...

I liked this version of the three little pigs tale ... and I never swallow toads, especially orange ones.. if anybody chooses a bottle of Bruichladdich as their Avatar it will be down the hatch, though..

Justine Thyme said...

The chill out zone is now available on the lower storey for all engineers, frogs, architects and varieties of 'potami ... in the hope that a pre- mff fracas can be avoided

Scatter cushions have been spread and Mr Luke Haines is gently humming, in linen, just for you darlings xx

DarceysDad said...

@ Nilpferd re Three Little Bops -

"Nice!"

gordonimmel said...

@tincanman, I've got and (more importantly) know how to use all sorts of computer programmes which determine the wind load on buildings(see my earlier conversation with nilpferd)
Now, could you just please confirm....what is the orientation of the building (relative to polar north) that the big bad wolf wants to blow down, what is it's altitude above sea level, is it on an exposed slope, is it in the middle of the countryside or in the middle of a town, how far is it from the sea, has the wolf had any pneumatic illness in the past and could it pass a breath test?

That's all I need to know and for a small fee of 2 A-listers I can answer your question by saturday.

TatankaYotanka said...

Can you factor in internal wind load? Might be important where RRers are concerned ;)

ejaydee said...

Did you nom When The Levee breaks Gordon? You may have received early payment:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/08/readers-recommend-songs-rain

gordonimmel said...

Internal wind load is often a significant element to be taken into consideration on structures (I'm not kidding either) but as long as we're not all inhaling at the same time at, say, the inclusion of a Kylie song in the A-List it shouldn't be a problem.

DarceysDad said...

No he didn't, ejay. He nommed Zep's Fool In The Rain, I nommed The Rain Song, and I think it was lambretinha that nominated When The Levee Breaks

gordonimmel said...

@ ejaydee, no I only donded that Led Zep track. I was only first with 'Fool In The Rain', which I noted you belatedly took a liking to.

ejaydee said...

Indeed I did! Led Zep does the carnival!

gordonimmel said...

BTW, WTF am I doing still awake at this time of night?
My appearance on last week's MMF (for all the good it did me in the A-Listers All Timers List) was a one-of which I regretted until Monday.
So, will you all please stop making such interesting conversation and let me get off to bed before it gets so close to midnight that I think 'Aw, what the F...

nilpferd said...

The law of gravity is exerting a pull on my eyelids, this combined with my longitude of 09 13, 32 E, ie an hour ahead of most of you, means it doesn't take much of a wind to get this hippo horizontal at the moment..
sleep well..

DarceysDad said...

Hey Gordon.

Aw, what the F... you can kip at ours on Saturday afternoon whilst the girls are playing, and DarceysMam pumps FrauImmel for information on beating the school selection system in Calderdale.

Come on man, you've made it this far - stay up and I'll slip some extra heat into Saturday's teatime curry just for you ...

... OK and for me too!

tincanman said...

Yes, the children will be up early as usual AND I have the pleasure of their company ALL day as teachers are off developing professionally.
Nite all - has been a slice

DarceysDad said...

And I'm catching you in that all-time A-listers league table.

When's Marconius going to update the A-listings since July?

TatankaYotanka said...

Just how loud is a hippo's snore? Nite, nite and don't let the tuned dampers bite.

TatankaYotanka said...

gordonimmel ... isn't that an anagram of I'm'r gold lemon?

TatankaYotanka said...

Ahh tcm ... I have passed beyond the joy of insect days.

DarceysDad said...

@ TY - Gordon as a "gold lemon"?

Cider@speed>keyboardresilience=£9.99→eBuyer

gordonimmel said...

@Darceysdad, nope won't be able to sleep, I'm going to be getting you to use the ion thingy I lent you to 'record' some of my vinyl for my Cd for the RRNorth Social. And I'm not sure that frauimmel wants to recollect her Calderdale education experience. Either way who's going to be trying to control our three girls whilst all this happens.

@ Tatanka, it might be but, er,?....I never was any good at anagrams.

TatankaYotanka said...

Sorry Gordon ... just spiralling off into nonsense; just part of my pre MFF prep ... not personal :)

steenbeck said...

I didn't get any in the A, I'm going to go wine for a while.

ejaydee said...

Don't let the playa haters win SteenDog, they can't bring down the Champ!

steenbeck said...

I just really like songs about the rain.

Did you get 2 in, Ejay? and 2 good ones, too!

ejaydee said...

For what it's worth, I loved your songs. Ahem, I got 3 in I think.

steenbeck said...

Oh, yeah, I just read it again and figured that out. It's hard to tell sometimes without the list. 3 good ones!

ejaydee said...

Kinda peeved there's no room for Jorge Ben and The Prisonaires though...

steenbeck said...

The Prisonaires! I forgot about that one. I loved the Jorge Ben, too. It must have been hard to pick this week, they were all so good.

ejaydee said...

Hey Steen, there's a Tom Waits interview in the F&M section:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/oct/08/tom-waits-gives-devil-due

lambretinha said...

*Peeks in* Nothing yet?

lambretinha said...

Lazy songs!!!!!

Exodus said...

What's all this about a wolf? Tin said the 'big bad wold' - those hills can be nasty buggers when they're riled, mind...

Catcher said...

My new favourite show, the Hiphopopotamus vs. the Rhymenoceros
(I have a weird crush on Mel, help me!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk

beeeMac said...

@catcher - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catcher said...

I know, I know, I can't help it!

I wish I'd seen this show before the Songs in french week, I really hope someone nommed this, it made me laugh to the point of pain:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5hrUGFhsXo&feature=related

steenbeck said...

Those were really funny! I've never seen Flight of the Conchords, but now I plan to get the dvd. The woman that plays Mel is on the Daily Show sometimes.