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>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 6674 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 3:34 am
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It's Mortal Engines, not 'Hungry Cities'. It'll be bloody sorcerers stones next.

They're making an Artemis Fowl film too. I have absolutely no idea how that will work, I'd put money on it being a disaster.
>> No. 6675 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 2:43 pm
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Part of the reason I didn't carry on reading the series when I was younger is because of how despondent I was at the end of the first book that London was destroyed.
>> No. 6676 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 7:13 pm
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Going off on the horns of a furious tangent...
Anyone else ever get the thing where reminiscing about one thing automatically ties to a different thing because of two things happening at the same time in the past?
I first read mortal engines at the same time as listening to 40ft by Franz Ferdinand, now those two memories are stuck together in my head and a mention of the book always makes me think of that song.
>> No. 6677 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 7:13 pm
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At least it's a happy ending.
>> No. 6678 Anonymous
29th September 2017
Friday 8:15 pm
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Sorry slightly tilt this towards a cunt-off, but I was referring to the series, which is titled as such, cunt.

Upon further inspection of the Wiki, the series appears to be known to the Author as the 'Mortal Engines Quartet'. Cuntoff averted.


>> No. 26103 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 9:19 pm
/g/26103 Mobile Ad Blocker
Is there such a thing as a decent ad-blocker for Android?

It's occured to me that ads are responsible for probably half of my entire data usage. I spend more time scrolling past fucking reams of obnoxious clickbait bullshit than I do reading the actual article sometimes. Some sites are worse than others, but I can't exactly pick and choose what sites I visit based on that. Not to mention those cocking Youtube ads.

Being on a shitty tarrif, it simply angers me to think that I am wasting data so that these bastards can shovel vomit into my eyeballs. I'm actually paying for them to advertise to me. How do I stop it?
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>> No. 26107 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 11:50 pm
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I was about to say I think advertising companies should be made to pay for data that they use when sending you adverts, then it occured to me that that would violate net netrality, then it occured to me 'Is net neutrality protest actually a front for online advertising groups?'
>> No. 26108 Anonymous
27th September 2017
Wednesday 1:37 am
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Yeah, I use Firefox with NoScript.
>> No. 26109 Anonymous
27th September 2017
Wednesday 2:42 pm
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>Not to mention those cocking Youtube ads.

If you use the app Newpipe, you don't get any ads. It's a lightweight YT frontend.

As to apps, I use Adaway (needs root) blocks through hosts file I think. Also uBlock origin on Firefox.

Doesn't Brave show you its own ads though?
>> No. 26110 Anonymous
27th September 2017
Wednesday 9:16 pm
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>If you use the app Newpipe, you don't get any ads. It's a lightweight YT frontend.
At least until Google gets monopoly penis envy again and blocks it because of a "broken user experience", which is in no way whatsoever a euphemism for not being able to cream off their ad money.
>> No. 26111 Anonymous
27th September 2017
Wednesday 10:40 pm
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If you want to be really thrifty about it you could use a text-only browser. I've been surprised at how useable it's been when I've been stuck with flaky GPRS on a train or whatever.


>> No. 13607 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 11:14 am
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Good night, are Vera.
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>> No. 13609 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 7:49 pm
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>> No. 412852 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 4:07 pm
/b/412852 Why's Britain so fucked up?
I ask myself frequently.
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>> No. 412981 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 9:08 pm
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Strange line of thinking, given that maximising how much you earn in total is smarter than maximising how much you earn in benefits.
It would seem more realistic to presume they beg, steal, borrow or outright make up the hours in some time-wasting activity so that the state will keep paying the outsize cost of housing benefit to avoid the stress of being booted out of their home.

Better to have people out of work than to have anyone encouraging employers to provide precarious jobs, dragging down standards and social expectations for everyone. I'd rather pay double tax in a job-for-life to subsidize the lazy than deal with precarity.

Alternatively, keep the shit jobs and reform benefits so that they're a stable living on paper so long as you spend 16 hours a week building cats out of old bottles for Etsy, rather than just being a stable living if you're lucky enough to live near one of the JobCentres filled with people who help you lie on the forms rather than one of the ones with an advisor who hands you a pen containing a cyanide capsule, promises to be back with the claim form in a few minutes and then locks you in a room with YOU ARE SURPLUS FLESH daubed on the walls in goat's blood.
>> No. 412982 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 9:17 pm
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Well, yes. When you make up a completely baseless fictitious scenario that's clearly terrible it'd make sense to avoid it. Steady on the hyperbole, lad.

>Strange line of thinking, given that maximising how much you earn in total is smarter than maximising how much you earn in benefits.

They're effectively trapped. If they work full-time then they're not considerably better off. I've worked in council tax recovery and when you're sat with someone outside the court room going through the finances of how working full-time means they only have a marginally greater amount in their pocket due to the reduction in benefits it's hard to disagree with them. It's more common than you think.

Would you work more than you have to if there's no significant difference?
>> No. 412983 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 9:31 pm
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>When you make up a completely baseless fictitious scenario that's clearly terrible it'd make sense to avoid it.
Bit rich, m7.
>> No. 412985 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 2:05 am
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Welfare reduction means an effective marginal tax rate many the same as someone earning many mutiples more than them, if not more than that.

An argument for UBI actually, though im not sure what in thijk about that.
>> No. 412990 Anonymous
26th September 2017
Tuesday 7:39 pm
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I'm in Swindon.

Why is everyone so fat and ugly here? It's like being in the north. Absolute shithole.


>> No. 412958 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 12:50 am
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Lads... I need something to do to preoccupy myself with to escape the relentless existential crisis and suicidal thoughts. I'm mainly unsatisfied with my life and don't know how to fix it. Cigarettes and alcohol can only fix so much. So I thought I would make an app. A small project to fret over.

What will it be about? After five minutes of thinking, I realised I want it to be about how shite everything will be in 30~50 (maybe even 100) years time if we don't do something about global warming. It will have a slider for the years you want, graphs and such about ocean levels, weather in whatever city, etc. I might even include bogus stories about natural disasters like hurricanes, floodings, starvations, etc.

Since I don't know anything about programming other than doing one module of FORTRAN in Uni, this will be a good and long project to waste my life over.

I will start doing proper research tomorrow while I make it seem like I'm working. In the meantime, what language should I learn to make this app? Would I have to learn two different languages if I want to make apps for both Apple and Android? For those who know about these sorts of things, how long would you think it would take to learn a language and make an app from scratch? Years? Also, is there any good literature for this sort of thing? Or just books on whatever language you might think is good to have a crack at.

I will also buy a Cactus. I will name it Uncle Ouchie. "Ouch! Uncle Ouchie hurt me, mum!"
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>> No. 412962 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 11:36 am
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I don't know about programming but you can get most of the data you want from
>> No. 412963 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 12:22 pm
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You should put this in /g/, so you can enjoy a proper cunt-off about which language you should learn.
>> No. 412967 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 1:31 pm
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By default, you would have to make separate apps in different languages to cover both Apple & Android. There are cross-platform solutions, but I've yet to see one unambiguously worth recommending.

I'd recommend picking one platform (what phone do you have/for Apple, do you have a Mac) and get started there. Plunge in, start making things. Fuck the analysis paralysis; you won't know how you should've written the app until you've already done it badly.

You may be able to find decent books/literature. I'd just get stuck in with Google/Apple's respective tutorials. Work through relevant ones, whenever you come across something you don't understand either language-wise or app-wise go Google about it.

Your project sounds fun. You will learn plenty. Don't get discouraged: learning is hard.
>> No. 412971 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 2:46 pm
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Udacity and Coursera both have courses in app development. There's a fee if you want graded assignments and a certificate, but you can study their materials for free.
>> No. 412984 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 10:35 pm
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For an app that simple, given that you've seen Fortran once, full-time I think you could deliver one app within a year. Sadly, there isn't a development environment worth talking about that covers iOS and Android, so you have to go native on each - learn Objective C or Swift for iOS and Java for Android. I would just pick one platform to begin with, depends on what kind of PC you have access to at home.

Good luck lad - it's a difficult ask but I've heard worse pipe dreams.


>> No. 58720 Searchfag
25th September 2017
Monday 2:35 am
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>> No. 58721 Crabkiller
25th September 2017
Monday 7:21 am
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You could write BOOBS on them
>> No. 58722 Anonymous
25th September 2017
Monday 8:12 am
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I was actually trying to read OP's picture upside-down like

>gzEeE? I don't get it.
>> No. 58723 Auntiefucker
25th September 2017
Monday 8:13 am
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Ooh, my toggle-caps e's have been ruined.
>> No. 58724 R4GE
25th September 2017
Monday 8:08 pm
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They were the fucking best.
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25th September 2017
Monday 8:41 pm
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>> No. 24313 Anonymous
17th November 2016
Thursday 7:50 pm
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1000 posts in the old one, time for a new one.

/101/ing cockends who park across your drive when there is clearly a car parked in there.
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>> No. 25825 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 4:45 pm
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>> No. 25828 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 9:24 pm
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I keep seeing ADVENTURE BEFORE DEMENTIA stickers when I'm out and about.
>> No. 25829 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 9:36 pm
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Well, at least you remember seeing them.
>> No. 25830 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 9:56 pm
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I've had "Call me Al" stuck in my head all day
>> No. 25831 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 10:13 pm
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Let's get it out of your head and into everyone else's.


>> No. 412905 Anonymous
20th September 2017
Wednesday 1:57 pm
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>The judge also likened the offence to throwing litter on the street rather than in a bin, prompting one commentator to point out that banana peels or chocolate bar wrappers could be stashed in a pocket and dumped at any point in a gender-neutral bin.

When did bins ever have a gender? This is getting out of control.
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>> No. 412942 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 4:35 pm
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Is that your fetish?
>> No. 412945 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 4:48 pm
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No, but I would definitely lurk in a nearby shopfront using my phone to discreetly take voyeuristic photos of fit birds having a piss, IYKWIM.
>> No. 412946 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 4:57 pm
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that looks fucking grim, even for a man.
(i'm assuming it's like that all the time, not opened out for repair or something.)
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24th September 2017
Sunday 5:23 pm
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Well here's me feeling a bit thick. I honestly thought it was one of these ones.
>> No. 412952 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 7:24 pm
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So are you going to stop being a bigot now?


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>> No. 58717 Paedofag
23rd September 2017
Saturday 1:32 am
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You're just too young, best beloved. Birds prefer older men. Wait until you're over 50 and you'll get some quality minge like I did.

t. R. Don Steele
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>> No. 58718 R4GE
23rd September 2017
Saturday 2:18 am
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>> No. 58719 Samefag
24th September 2017
Sunday 6:24 pm
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>> No. 412874 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 10:16 pm
/b/412874 Skinheads
Are skinheads still a thing or has the subculture more or less disappeared?

Here in Yankeeland, the subculture consists mostly of middle aged men reliving their glory years drinking and moshing with the occasional teenage or 20-something hipster adoping a retrofashion.
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>> No. 412922 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 4:03 pm
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What's so incorrigibly foreign about talking about skinheads?

They're quintessentially British.
>> No. 412923 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 6:04 pm
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Such a lack of reading comprehension could only come a yank. My post wasn't directed at OP in the slightest, I was merely pointing out that posting to all boards has been allowed to all boards forever and that /zoo/ is more of a containment zone for foreigners that just won't stop being foreign (or it used to be, I haven't seen it in a while).
>> No. 412925 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 12:27 am
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probably comes as no shock that there are lots in the north east still.
>> No. 412929 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 2:17 pm
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That camerawork and editing is making me nauseous.
>> No. 412931 Anonymous
24th September 2017
Sunday 3:37 am
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>>412925 so did the amount of beer they paid for


>> No. 2324 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:03 pm
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How much would a little skip like this cost to hire?
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>> No. 2325 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:39 pm
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Dunno. You should probably call the number on the side of the skip.
>> No. 2326 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 7:57 pm
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Here's my research from the last big project I managed.

The one in your photo is probably an 8-yard.


>> No. 3952 Anonymous
23rd September 2017
Saturday 11:25 am
/mph/3952 Brit/o/ Super Shitbox Racing Cup
Greetings friends.

Brit/o/ is having another meet this year, probably either the last or at least the last big one of the year as the season comes to a close. We will be returning to Shakespeare County Raceway in Warwickshire for a piss up, a bit of drag race spectating and a couple of grudge matches on the strip.

SEE! wild starlets battle ancient Brits
HEAR! the whine of a tired 4A-GE
RECOIL! from ugly Japanese cars
FEEL! the deception as you notice le bulge

We have a pretty diverse group including blacks and grills and attendees will run the gamut from know-nothing pleb to mechanical masters so everyone is welcome.

We usually keep in touch on Slack, an idea so good Nightwave took it (before the admins power tripped and shut down their own chat, which happened before they all drowned RIP)

If you want to join the Slack, post an email here (it must be valid but can be a 10minutemail hobby)

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>> No. 5505 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 11:33 am
/art/5505 DIY film scanning
Sup lads,

Anyone scan their own film? I get my 120 developed at Jessops because of their student discount, but their scans are absolutely atrocious.

Anyone have any preferred methods of DIY film scanning? I have a Digital SLR and extension tubes, but it's just lighting and keeping the film flat.

Picture is one of their scans, and I'll attach a scan I tried with my phone as the backlight just for comparison.
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>> No. 5509 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 2:55 pm
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Get yourself an old manual-focus macro lens and a light table off eBay, then follow this tutorial. If you take your time and use a half-decent lens, you'll get results comparable to a high-end drum scan.

I'd also suggest developing your own film. A basic kit costs about £60, but it'll pay for itself after about 10 rolls. It gives you a lot more flexibility and control, especially if you're using cheap film that's past its expiry date.
>> No. 5510 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 3:39 pm
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Thanks lad. I was thinking of building my own light table, but you can get them for a tenner off ebay anyway, so that's tempting. I will think about the macro lens but I already have a set of extension tubes and there seems to be a decent amount of resolution with my 50mm at f/8, and I suppose I could go even closer and stitch them together.

With regards to film developing, I don't really have access to a dark enough room.
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21st September 2017
Thursday 4:41 pm
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You need a darkroom for making prints, but you don't need one to develop film. All the developing happens inside an opaque plastic cylinder. To load the film into the developing cylinder, you use a changing bag - an opaque black cloth bag with two elasticated holes for your hands. There's a bit of a knack to it, but it's not nearly as difficult as you might imagine. A film changing bag costs about £15 and is handy for all sorts of other tasks.
>> No. 5512 Anonymous
21st September 2017
Thursday 9:39 pm
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>A film changing bag costs about £15 and is handy for all sorts of other tasks.
Like a playground?
>> No. 5513 Anonymous
22nd September 2017
Friday 8:56 am
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Max Spielmann have a student discount and do 120 if that's any use.


>> No. 11908 Raoul
21st April 2011
Thursday 6:11 pm
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>Mugshot of the day

Oh, America.
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>> No. 24043 Cockernay
20th September 2017
Wednesday 4:48 pm
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You two aren't rich.
>> No. 24044 Britfag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 5:07 pm
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Laughing at Seppos is a British tradition.
>> No. 24045 Aki
20th September 2017
Wednesday 6:49 pm
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This thread isn't as entertaining.
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20th September 2017
Wednesday 6:49 pm
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This thread isn't as entertaining.
>> No. 24047 Britfag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 7:53 pm
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You can say that again.


>> No. 25093 Anonymous
8th July 2017
Saturday 10:47 pm
/emo/25093 010 something nice thread
We have the whinging thread in 101 and the minor angst thread here, how about a thread for small things that have happened we're happy about?
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>> No. 25668 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 11:48 pm
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>> No. 25669 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 12:15 am
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I have three folders: 'Uncategorised', 'Misc.', and 'Everything Else'.
>> No. 25671 Anonymous
20th September 2017
Wednesday 5:23 am
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I'm going to go to the Freshers event today. I'm going to make friends. They won't even notice my odd voice or complete lack of personality. By February of next year I will be living independently and will be dating a woman who I might even marry, should I wish it, just as soon as she's seen what a fully grown-up-bloke-man I can be.

All of this and more will come to pass under the guidance of Our Goddess Eris.
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20th September 2017
Wednesday 11:48 am
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>They won't even notice my odd voice or complete lack of personality.

That's par for the course, you're a fresher. You've all got odd voices and no personalities. Speaking as a former mature student, you're all absolutely ludicrous specimens. If you don't have a ridiculous self-imposed nickname, blue hair and some crap patter about your gap yah, then you're well above average in the "not being a bellend" stakes.

>dating a woman who I might even marry

Definitely don't do that. Settle for someone for cuffing season if you want, but get yourself back on the market in April. Don't squander your prime shagging years on the first girl who shows any sort of interest. You're surrounded by nubile and slightly naive girls who are intoxicated by independence and Yaegerbombs. Make the most of it.

>a fully grown-up-bloke-man

Ha! You will look back on your university years with a deep, profound sense of embarrassment; if you don't, you've made a terrible mistake. Students are supposed to be annoying little gobshites who cut about town in a leopard-print onesie, drink cider out of a welly boot and have cringeworthy conversations about Sartre and house music. If you don't make a complete tit of yourself, you'll miss out on most of the fun. Embrace the cringe.
>> No. 25673 Anonymous
20th September 2017
Wednesday 12:07 pm
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Good luck lad. I wouldn't rely on the Goddess to provide you with anything other than chaos though. That is more her purview. Maybe if you were planning to drop acid before going.


>> No. 58664 Anonymous
15th September 2017
Friday 12:18 pm
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This would never of happened if the 5p carrier bag charge wasn't brought in.

There's no way a filmsy old carrier bag could of supported the weight of a makeshift bomb, but these newfangled durable bags are so durable they can be used to hide explosives in plain sight.

Yet again the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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>> No. 58712 YubYub
19th September 2017
Tuesday 9:10 pm
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It does happen sometimes. The thing is, because of their patriarchal ways, men are the ones who go and fight.

I forgot I was on /iq/ for a second.
>> No. 58713 YubYub
20th September 2017
Wednesday 6:49 am
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I couldn't vote for a politician who can't recite the price of a pint of milk or a loaf of bread off the top of their head.
>> No. 58714 R4GE
20th September 2017
Wednesday 8:06 am
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Absolute joke that people still eat white bread. Shit's poison.
>> No. 58715 Moralfag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 8:07 am
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Since when did casual bread dolphin rape become acceptable around here?
>> No. 58716 Samefag
20th September 2017
Wednesday 10:36 am
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This has always been a rice packing website and it will remain so as long as I draw breath, grain-traitor.


>> No. 26036 Anonymous
4th August 2017
Friday 3:15 am
/g/26036 PAYG Sim
Looking for a PAYG micro-sim card with the most amount of data for your money.
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>> No. 26037 Anonymous
4th August 2017
Friday 5:01 am
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>> No. 26040 Anonymous
4th August 2017
Friday 10:18 am
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Yeah I have a GiffGaff SIM they are pretty reasonable actually.
>> No. 26041 Anonymous
4th August 2017
Friday 11:21 am
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Internet in shock as users recommend Giffgaff without spamming referral links.
>> No. 26102 Anonymous
19th September 2017
Tuesday 8:53 pm
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Plusnet have a 5GB a month deal for the same price as Giffgaff's 2GB plan (£10).


>> No. 13129 Anonymous
8th August 2017
Tuesday 8:02 pm
/news/13129 North Korea and the inevitable even bigger mess, maybe
So what's happening with North Korea, in you pair's opinion? Frankly, I'm not convinced they even have a nuclear weapon, let alone the miniaturised warhead that's been reported, from a single source, today. However, I'm wildly cynical and hopelessly gullible in equal measure, so what do I know?
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>> No. 13591 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 12:36 am
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Stop talking bollocks lads. I can't wait for nukes to start flying.
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18th September 2017
Monday 12:37 pm
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I should remind you that any attack on China (or NK if it matters) would also be conditional upon Seoul's consent as would even having American forces stationed in the North. While North Korea is undeniably somewhat of an asset for China it is also an incredible strategic liability these days which is why we can see China increasingly assenting to international sanctions that even a few months ago would've been unthinkable.

Without wanting to repeat myself, you have to consider the long-term impacts of North Korean belligerence for instance in Japan's debate over a more forward defence posture or public support in South Korea for nuclear deterrence. These are bad developments for China and it demonstrates that this isn't such an easy strategic calculation. Indeed, the opinion stated the Global Times (the mouthpiece of the regime) is that China will be neutral in the event of a North Korean first strike drawing at least one clear red line.

Anyway, to move back to the topic of the thread we have seen over the past few months the US gaining increasing leverage over the North through international sanctions and flyovers by nuclear bombers. This I think is eventually where this will end with a negotiated climb down, at the moment Kim is demanding an end to all joint-exercises in return for a promise to end nuclear tests, that isn't going to happen but as time goes on the US is gaining more and more leverage to make its own demands.

>They're already facing chronic threats on their borders with Russia, India and laplanderstan

There is literally only one of those that represents a chronic threat. China settled its border with Russia in the 90s and laplanderstan is a long-term ally which while somewhat unstable represents no threat to China itself and is a grateful anchor to it's silk road.

You' know we will probably look back on this in a few years time and be amazed that we ever took the POTUS twitter account as a place for serious policy announcements. I guess he is at least helping the American gutterpress industry.
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18th September 2017
Monday 8:51 pm
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Who knows, maybe it will set a precedent. I can certainly understand a desire to bypass the media and speak directly to the people, even if this is the worst possible manifestation of that sentiment.
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19th September 2017
Tuesday 12:47 am
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That is probably the only game-changing part of the Trump presidency in my view. He's fucking useless, but in the future, many leaders will feel like they can use social media with no filter whatsoever. That's the cleverest part of what he has done.
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19th September 2017
Tuesday 2:08 am
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Let's not pretend it was clever.


>> No. 25624 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 4:28 pm
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I feel like I'm having a bit of a crisis lads. Long post incoming and you'll have to forgive me if I can't quite artciulate myself as well as I would like to; my brain has been a little foggy lately.

I've had a niggling feeling for a while that I don't feel quite right, and to say I feel disatisfied with myself and my situation would be an understatement. Not that things are bad, I have it much better than a lot of people, but recent events have kicked my mind and anxiety into overgear. I'll explain as best as I can.

About a week or so ago I found out that my dad might be losing his job. The decision is about a year away, there's a good chance that he won't, and even if he does, my parents own the house, have savings etc, so this would hopefully hold them over until he gets something else (he is 59 though and it's the North East so the job market isnt exactly great). I feel confident in him. This doesn't stop me from worrying however - I've always been a worrier. Now, some of this worry is for the obvious reason that I am concerned about my parents. But secondly, it really threw me back because it felt as though a pillar was crumbling. My dad has worked this job since before I was born, it's what I have always known. All the stability and privision is because of that, all the nice things me and my sister had were becuase of that. I'm sure loads of people change jobs (I've had a bunch already), so I don't why this is having such an impact. Since he told me about the situation, my mind has been racing with childhood memories and guilt, I really can't explain why. It does however, feel that my younger years are closing in, one constant I have always known may be coming to an end.

The second thing that happened is that my very good (perhaps best) friend just got engaged and asked me to be best man. Now I'm very happy for them both and it was even because of me they met, so its kind of crazy seeing the whole thing from start to finish. But this also knocked me back - my friends are getting married. Again, I'm happy for them, they are a great couple. It just blows my mind that the guy I met when I was 18 is now getting married. I was speaking to my parents about it and they assumed that me and my girlfriend would be next, as though they wouldn't find it odd, as though I'm at that age already. The concept of physically aging doesn't really bother me, I've never been a looker and I've been losing my hair since 22, but to be considered the age for things such as this and that I should begin settling down blows my mind a little. This all probably sounds quite standard to a lot of people here, that I'm scared of growing up. I get that. But I am struggling with it, and combined with what I mentioned in the paragraph above, I've barely slept all week as silly as it sounds.

A third point is my girlfriend. I do like her and probably do love her, I certainly care about it. But, can't help feel that long term we really aren't suited to one another. The other night something happened that not only confirmed this but also frightened me. Sex has always been a bit of a hot topic with us. Other than when we first got together, my desire for it has been quite low, certainly much lower than hers (I'm not sure why, I don't really masturbate much either, other than to help me sleep). This causes frequent arguments becase I don't always want to have sex, to points where she can get quite nasty. This has always bugged me, as if it were the other way around and I was getting so angry because she wouldn't sleep with me I can't imagine all of the names that would be thrown at me! Anyway, the other night I was concerned with what my dad had just told me and I really wasn't in the mood, so, she gets upset and angry as usual. This time however, she gets more confrontational and complains that I'm just lying in bed (I just wanted to try and sleep at this point), eventually, she grabs a knife from the kitchen and holds it against her wrists so that I would react. This honestly frighened me, and I had the worst panic attack I can remember having as a result. It was unexpected and it was a mean thing to do just to get a reaction out of me. Ever since then, I feel that I have been mentally detatched.

Lastly, I still get that teenage urge of selling my things in a panic and moving to another country (an old, sort of friend got a work visa for Canada and I feel jealous to be honest). I've had a bunch of different jobs (even a proper, sort of respectable grad job at one point, but fuck wearing a tie and shirt and sitting at a desk 9 - 5). At the moment, I get by (cover expenses and save a little) working a bunch of different jobs in the arts and I've decided to have a go getting a video production business off the ground, nothing special right now just some freelance editing gigs to test the water. The thing is, I'm 26 and as mentioned above, I feel like everyone is waiting for me to get a proper full time job and settle down. Conversely, I feel as though I'm waiting for my life to start getting exciting and interesting.

The above has been a bit of a messy post, but like I said my head has been all over lately. I apologise for spelling and grammatical errors, or if it doesn't make sense.

I just want to chat to some of you guys about it, any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated. Constructive advice especially, I've tried counselling in the past a few times and it was pointless, it didn't give me any sense of what to do next.
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>> No. 25635 Anonymous
14th September 2017
Thursday 8:18 pm
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>It's the kind of behaviour that can quickly escalate into something much more sinister.
Like what? Taking uncomfortably long and hot showers?

My girlfriend once nonchalantly told me that she cut herself because of me. I told her to cut her wrists if she really means it. She hasn't said anything as stupid as that since.
>> No. 25653 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 9:40 pm
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Sorry lads, I've been working away this weekend so I've just seen the responses. Very much appreciate all the advice though.

Aren't they all?

I've calmed down a fair bit since then regarding my dad, especially since having a chat with him. Worst case, I can help him find something when the time comes or at least put him a CV together, applying for jobs is a fair bit different than it was 30 odd years ago.

I think my anxiety did steep from seeing him having a vulnerability. Despite my age, I still sort of see my dad as a bloke who can just get on with anything and have it sorted, him being in a predicament seems so odd to me.

I'm not envious that my friends are getting married, I think it's a bit of a risk these days, it's just the idea of them moving on and settling down - I want to do the opposite, I know that 26 isn't old but it doesn't feel young either. It's easy to disregard what people think of you, but it's hard to not give a fuck sometimes.

As for the lass, I probably should. Deep down I sort of feel that I'll see it to the end and suffer the misery instead of nipping it in the bud. Other than the incident I mentioned previously, things are fine with us, so it makes it very difficult.

Regarding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I like it in theory, I tried it, and it did nothing for me. Neither did regular counselling and couples counselling felt like a bigger waste of time - couldn't help but feel the bloke was trying to pin all of the problems on me.
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>> No. 25655 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 10:59 pm
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>Despite my age, I still sort of see my dad as a bloke who can just get on with anything and have it sorted, him being in a predicament seems so odd to me.
If you're 26 then yeah, it's certainly time you started seeing your dad as a regular human being with flaws and all, not an infallible font of ability and security.

>Other than the incident I mentioned previously, things are fine with us
She grabbed a knife and threatened to cut her wrists because you wouldn't have sex with her, and you mentioned she has been "quite nasty" about your sex life in the past. Try and put yourself in the shoes of people reading this. Imagine a friend told you that, what would your reaction be? I'm as loathe as the other posters here to trot out the usual "dump the crazy bitch" rhetoric, but that is seriously worrying behaviour and at the very least you two need to sit down and talk it out. Communicate your concerns, and make sure you let her do the same. Try and listen.

Good luck mate, hope it all works out, especially that video production business you mentioned; even if you're just thinking seriously about getting that sort of thing off the ground then you're ahead of most of your peers in terms of ambition and maturity.
>> No. 25657 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 12:15 am
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> I feel that my situation would be improved if I just had the balls to be honest with myself

There you go, thats a great start. Look in the mirror - take responsibility for your own life, it's all your fault. I find this to be the most liberating idea, because if you take responsibility for something, you can fix it.

Dump the mad bitch.
>> No. 25658 Anonymous
18th September 2017
Monday 10:11 am
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>which is a highly treatable problem

...if you can get treatment for it. I've been waiting about a year now.


>> No. 4261 Anonymous
16th September 2017
Saturday 8:59 pm
/lab/4261 Strong weed.
Has anyone tried this and can they attest to its strength? I wouldn't mind trying it for its intense psychoactive properties.
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>> No. 4277 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 1:07 pm
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>>4276 I was about to take the piss but this is a good read.
>> No. 4278 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 2:40 pm
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>How did weed get so much better so quick?

The internet. It became much easier to learn how to run a hydroponic grow, buy the equipment and get quality seeds from the Dutch seedbanks. If your grow ran into problems, you could post photos of your sickly plants to the uk420 forums and get a fast and informed response. All of a sudden anyone could have a go at growing weed and stand a very good chance of success.

Homegrowers and small commercial growers proliferated wildly, undermining the market for imported hash and weed. The gangs who had imported cannabis either gave up and focused their efforts on class As, or started their own growing operations.

The crap Thai stick disappeared, but so did the good Lebanese hash, because the economies of scale of importing cannabis collapsed. Most of the resin products on the market today are domestically produced super-strength varieties - butane extracts, bubble hash etc.
>> No. 4279 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 2:53 pm
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> Any idea on what the magic truffles are like?

"Truffles" are just the part of the mushroom that grows under the earth. Due to the Dutch being a bunch of massive autists a technicality of language only the above-ground bit of the mushroom was banned so people started selling the truffles instead. I had a 20g box of Tampanensis for my first go and had a cracking time, but if I were to do it again I'd start with 5g the first time, 10g the next and so on. Definitely don't go all macho bravado and eat a whole of box of "Dragon's Dynamite" or whatever the latest nuclear-grade truffles are though unless you want to spend six hours in hell (or you've got a of experience of this kind of thing).

Super sage for /A/ leaking into /lab/.
>> No. 4280 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 3:23 pm
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>>Most of the resin products on the market today are domestically produced super-strength varieties - butane extracts, bubble hash etc.

Never been able to get the stuff but I suspect it's going to be expensive.
>> No. 4281 Anonymous
17th September 2017
Sunday 3:26 pm
4281 OP
>>Super sage for /A/ leaking into /lab/.

Seemed like the most appropriate place. Tell purple I apologise.


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