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|>>|| No. 25832
The old thread is well over 30MB, so I think we're due a new one.
Some cunt threw a firecracker in front of my bike today. If I hadn't seen the little scrote and his little scrote mates running I wouldn't have noticed until it was too late.
|>>|| No. 26511
I've found this especially true in America. I took my small suitcase and big backpack into the cabin; they looked downright confused when I asked if my suitcase needed to go into the hold.
|>>|| No. 26512
Getting exactly the right, kosher size luggage for the overhead bins is a good investment if you travel a lot. I never check a bag and even with todays hassles getting on a plane, if you're not taking the piss and you're not rude, you can usually get a laptop and a little fold-over suit bag along too.
|>>|| No. 26514
I am also part of the Samsonite master race. They are the best and what all the trolley dolleys and pilots buy.
|>>|| No. 26515
The fuller story behind this is that Flybe are using turboprops on many of their domestic routes, and consequently have reduced their allowance to below the industry standard "cabin size" 55x40x20 because the bins are smaller.
|>>|| No. 26516
I want to go out for a meal but can't be arsed with all the hassle it involves just for good food.
|>>|| No. 26517
Do you not have deliveroo and that around your way? A lot of real proper restaurants deliver these days (which is an awful idea really, but great for the customer)
I don't enjoy eating out, as much as I enjoy the food, the rest of it is not usually pleasant. I'll only really go for a lunch now, alone, so I can pretend to be working on my laptop and everyone leaves me alone.
|>>|| No. 26518
Sadly no, I live outside the city centre.
In the future maybe. Not in range for Burger king deliveries either
|>>|| No. 26520
Just Eat is everywhere, but Deliveroo (and UberEats) tends to aim at 'proper' restaurants over the takeaways that make up the bulk of Just Eat's choices.
|>>|| No. 26521
I hate all this instant delivery stuff. There used to be a lovely little bookshop in Manchester a stones throw from the Arndale Centre that visited once, just before it got shut down. It was run by a bloke with one arm and a Border Collie, who probably took a back seat on most managerial decisions. Then weeks later Jeff Bezos, wearing boots of solid gold, kicked the both of them to death and had his goat legged bestie suck the entire building into the Earth, like the house in Carrie. And within 10 years his riders and drivers will be having to crowd fund their wages by making sure they have the most entertaining timeline on a social media platform liscenced to them by whichever company they work for, before being hunted down and killed by knife wielding quadcopters.
|>>|| No. 26522
>lovely little bookshop in Manchester a stones throw from the Arndale Centre that visited once
You've just described the problem perfectly. That lovely little bookshop that you only visited once. You then probably went and bought the books you actually needed from Waterstones. People are romantically attached to bookshops, believing in the old days they were all like Black Books, grumpy but kindly old folk who knew just what you should read, that were worth putting up with because they loved a book. It is bollocks.
There are, a very small number, of good independent bookshops - Tales On Moon Lane is one such place. You have to specialise, have hyper-efficient staff, a lot of stock and an almost perfect retail environment. Most bookshop owners historically didn't want to do that, which is why Jeff has stomped all over them.
|>>|| No. 26523
>grumpy but kindly old folk who knew just what you should read
That's not like Black Books at all.
|>>|| No. 26524
I'm glad book shops are dead, they're just elitist gate keepers of an arcane medium and everything in there I don't understand is confusing to me and makes me angry.
|>>|| No. 26525
I'm one of those people who is about as old as the world wide web, so I remember a time when real books were the only option, but also grew up as the web became more and more accessible. Which means I find the idea of a dusty old book shop or a personal archive of real life books very appealing, but at the time time the idea of a pocket sized device with a literal libraries worth of books on it is equally as appealing. With this duality comes the fact that I own a lot of books twice - physically and digitally. I'm not sure I'll ever make a choice one way or the other. There's a bit of technological limbo in all of us, perhaps, but I think it might be strongest in someone like myself who has childhood memories both with and without internet and mobile phones.
I may be ranting again.
|>>|| No. 26526
I actually distinctly remember reading a book about the web and technology and stuff, and them visually representing units of data as physical bookshelves. I'll have to try and find it.
|>>|| No. 26527
I used to be very proud of my extensive book collection - I learned most of what I know from it. Until I move house... then when I am lugging around a couple of hundred small boxes of books, worrying about the shelves, its just a hassle.
I've left them all in their boxes in a corner of the living room, except the cookbooks, which are out.
|>>|| No. 26528
Yep. I've moved house 7 times in ten years, it's a fucking nightmare. They're staying where they are now. I do keep my cookbooks out, too, but that's a work thing for me.
I will say I feel I absorb information in reference books much better than digital versions. I don't know why, I suppose I'm a tactile learner and turning pages is enough to do it. I think that's why I still like writing in physical notebooks, too.
|>>|| No. 26529
Books are my secret weapon. A lot of people intuitively believe that all the world's information is online, but there's vast amounts of stuff that has never been digitised. If you're willing to go digging, you can find all sorts of things that make you look like a genius.
Any public library can get you a copy of any book that has ever been published. If they can't transfer it from elsewhere in their library service, they'll get it in from another library service. If nobody has it, they'll get you a copy from the British Library.
|>>|| No. 26530
I've got books here worth hundreds of pounds each - first editions on small presses of weird arty authors - and really do value the physical object - it's comparable to serious record collecting I guess. Last time I moved house I did ditch a lot of paperbacks and charity shop mulch with some relief.
I don't use a smart phone by choice and I travel a lot, and still really value a hard copy of a book when on a train or plane - nothing like it. In the house the devices hold sway and interrupt.
|>>|| No. 26531
>Books are my secret weapon
Me too - but I think I have moved on from actual physical books. Reading is more important to me than the actual physical books. I think >>26530 is right, it is more akin to vinyl collecting now.
|>>|| No. 26532
I went once because it was shut down weeks later, and I bought two Guy N. Smith novels, I'll have you know.
|>>|| No. 26534
>it is more akin to vinyl collecting now.
Services like Spotify have disappointingly patchy coverage of many genres. For example, Emily Remler was one of the finest jazz guitarists of her generation, but Spotify only has one of her albums available to stream and even that has a track missing. There are no Crass albums on any of the streaming services. A lot of the essential dance tracks were only ever released as dubplates or white labels, so they're often missing from streaming services.
Classical music is incredibly poorly presented on services like Spotify and iTunes. The metadata has been shoehorned into a template intended for rock and pop, so it's often very difficult to search for a particular soloist or orchestra. The catalogues of online services are littered with cheap cash-in compilations, drowning out important recordings. If you're at all serious about classical music, you really need to use a specialist service like Naxos Music Library.
In any case, music has become shorn of context - search and recommendations are great, but they're not a proper substitute for a set of liner notes with a full list of personnel. Wikipedia articles on albums are often absent or factually incorrect, even for landmark recordings. Digital music services are wonderful, but they have major shortcomings that might be warping our understanding of recorded culture.
|>>|| No. 26536
Paramount books is still around if you want to see it again. It's by the Withy Grove stores.
I think this "I'm such a bookworm" bullshit is just that, bullshit. People who say "kill the kindle, buy a book" don't like reading, they like to be seen reading a book.
If they really had a passion for reading, they'd see that a Kindle allows you to have an entire library in your pocket, without felling a single tree. While it is debatable if the environmental impact of lithium and precious metal mining may be offset by a long enough reading time, e-ink displays consume minimal power, and I find a single charge easily gets me through a week or two of medium to heavy reading.
It also allows me access to books not widely available, without worrying about damaging a physical copy from a library (of which my local one has closed, anyway).
I once saw this sickening image that said something along the lines of "Escape room idea: Just an old bookshop" and all the 'I'm such a nerd' types were going "HAHA I COULDN'T LEAVE THAT IN DAYS I'M SUCH A BOOKWORM xD".
It's the same faux-luddites that post pictures of their shitty bargain bin Crosley record players on instagram, convincing themselves that what they have is better than just listening to a decent digital copy; and while a clean vinyl through a decent hifi will sound better than a 128kbps youtube rip, that's not what they are doing.
The irony, of course, is that vinyls are mostly pressed from digital originals anyway.
|>>|| No. 26537
I certainly don't judge people who use Kindles, partly for the reasons you mention. I just prefer books though. Dunno why.
|>>|| No. 26538
I have about 2,000 books in my study. I borrow three or four books a week from various libraries. I prefer to read digitally, because it's much easier to search, organise and reference. I use paper books not because I prefer paper, but because a majority of the world's useful information is still trapped on dead tree.
The Kindle store purports to have over a million titles, but most of it is complete junk. I'm not talking about bad romance novels, but stuff that's just autogenerated from Wikipedia articles or literal nonsense churned out by Markov chains. Pages upon pages of fake books with fake reviews.
|>>|| No. 26539
>but because a majority of the world's useful information is still trapped on dead tree.
It might just be a difference in what we class as useful information, but I don't find this to be true. There's plenty of shite on there, yes, but it's not hard to spot (and can read previews on amazon anyway)
I think it can work both ways with book rarity, I've been able to get some material, often for free, that I'd have had to pay hundreds for a physical copy of. There's a growing trade in pirated textbooks if that's your thing, though I understand not wanting to steal content too.
|>>|| No. 26540
I steal content willy-nilly, mainly from sci-hub and libgen.
The problem with relying on digital text is that it massively over-values recency. Stuff that is out of copyright is widely available digitally, as is stuff that was published in the last decade or so, but there's a huge gap in the middle. If you only read digitally, you're at the whim of whichever cheeky monkeys are illegally scanning old books.
|>>|| No. 26541
My phone has gone through two full charges today, and now I'm down to 13% and the train I'm on doesn't even have charging points at the seats.
Play a really tiny violin for me, lads.
|>>|| No. 26543
Far too long. I'm visiting Scotland, and have been taking photos more or less all day (I managed to put it away for a bit on the train back to Glasgow from Balloch), and also the weather has been decidedly un-Scottish, so it was on almost full brightness pretty much until sunset.
|>>|| No. 26545
I've recently moved back to my home town of Wallsend, and it's really odd how everyone really gives a shit about Sting because he was born here? Three separate people have engaged me in conversation today because he was talking about the shipyards or something, and it's in the local paper as well.
I can't imagine he's set foot in this town for about three decades. Just let him go.
|>>|| No. 26546
I used to know a girl who was taught by him, when he was a teacher. That's all I have.
|>>|| No. 26547
Don't they have anything else to talk about? Like how the Metro station is bilingual in English and Latin? SVGGESTVS I - NOLI FVMARE
|>>|| No. 26548
He used to deliver milk to my mate's nan or something.
I do like to tell people about that. They're never impressed.
Their Metro map used to be Latin version too, but it was probably confusing for people so they got rid of it.
I did think it was fitting that they photoshopped the Job Centre to be latin too.
|>>|| No. 26550
Whenever I'm in Sheffield I see loads of people wearing Def Lepard shirts, as though they weren't shit.
People like their local heroes I guess- I won't have a bad word said about Jane McDonald.
|>>|| No. 26551
I feel like there should be a name for the disappointment you feel at finding an over-stewed cup of tea that you began to make an hour ago but got distracted by something on the internet half-way through.
Always feel a bit gutted and disgusted about having to pour it away.
|>>|| No. 26554
May I suggest Teadade.
A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic remorse for an undrunk cup of tea.
|>>|| No. 26557
The CUNTING upstairs neighbour (who spends hours a day shouting into his phone) left his alarm going off for an hour between 3.30 and 4.30am this morning. After violently knocking on his door for 5 minutes, I figured he must not have been in.
I leave a note from him and email the landlord, and I get a knock on my door from the landlord this morning having a go at me for "not sorting it out". What the fuck else was I supposed to do? Boot his door in?
|>>|| No. 26558
I think there's a law somewhere that says if you live in an upstairs flat, you have to be a massive knob.
It's not just limited to being noisy either, the knob above me also likes to leave his SUV parked a whole foot away from the kerb making it a struggle to get out of the drive. And also manages to put the wrong coloured bin out half the time.
|>>|| No. 26560
They've even used a cover from an artist nobody here has heard of to save money on the royalties.
|>>|| No. 26561
I've just realised that my fridge has a dial that goes low, medium, to high, but I actually don't know if it means temperature or power/energy used - normal fridges go 1 to 5 with 5 being the coldest, don't they?
I feel like this might be a stupid thought and low is obviously low temperature, but what if it isn't?!
It's integrated too so I have no fucking idea what brand it is to look up the manual, either.
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