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>> No. 405839 Anonymous
19th October 2016
Wednesday 2:31 pm
405839 Mid-week thread
Mid-week thread?

Mid-week thread.

What are you lot up to?
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>> No. 409968 Anonymous
26th April 2017
Wednesday 11:01 pm
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I just ate a bagel from last Friday with ham on it which was expired.

I very desperately need to go shopping tomorrow. This is no way to live.
>> No. 409970 Anonymous
26th April 2017
Wednesday 11:24 pm
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You'll be fine m8 - five days out of date won't kill you.
>> No. 409972 Anonymous
26th April 2017
Wednesday 11:33 pm
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well the bagel did taste a bit stale and dry. And the ham, well, it was sealed, in the fridge, and the expiration date was April 17.

I don't think it's going to do me any harm. Just saying that I am at a point where I have to make do with the last bits of edible organic matter in my kitchen. I am pretty much out of everything. I am going to have to do a big groceries run tomorrow night after work.
>> No. 409973 Anonymous
26th April 2017
Wednesday 11:40 pm
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Yeah, whenever I eat something past its best, I just think back to all the soldiers and ancient ancestors who ate rancid filth in order to survive, but I've got a odd ways of motivating myself.

Also, try living basically five minutes from a supermarket like me.
>> No. 409974 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 12:07 am
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I think the stomachs of prehistoric humans were more used though to eating bad food. You need to have a pretty good immune system do deal with that on a constant basis. Most city dwelling modern day human who grew up around antibacterial soap and their mums lavishly bleach cleaning every bathroom and counter top around the home, and with mass produced frozen processed food, aren't used to the kind of assault on your immune defences that a more gamey kind of diet poses.

It's true. If you want healthy kids, let them play in the mud.
>> No. 409975 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 5:32 am
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People used to get the shits pretty much constantly, often with fatal consequences. That's still the case in most of the developing world. You never get used to salmonella or e-coli, let alone cholera or dysentery. There's a great deal to be said for modern hygiene.

A stale bagel isn't going to kill you, but a dodgy bit of chicken or a dirty chopping board can easily put you in hospital.
>> No. 409990 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 3:42 pm
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Also, people used to die from things which just seem absurd to us today. A minor cut on your finger could turn into a full blown fatal sepsis. Unclean water could (and still can today, in third world countries) give you cholera, for which there was no antidote or even any kind of symptom-alleviating drugs. Many bacterial infections could also end up as chronic illnesses.

People forget that it was only in very recent times that medical science realised that there even is such a thing as germs and other harmful microorganisms. For more than 2,000 years, drugs didn't advance much in that respect since the days of Aristotle.
>> No. 409995 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 6:20 pm
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How dare you make such a germ-theory centred picture of history in my presence. Cholera was dealt with by applying Miasma theory which gave cities like London their first modern sewerage system.

Miasma theory being of course being an elaborate sniff test which is actually pretty good at telling you when something is not good for you. It also provides some idea of how food hygiene works through smoking meat etc.
>> No. 409998 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 7:35 pm
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>Cholera was dealt with by applying Miasma theory which gave cities like London their first modern sewerage system.

No lad.

>> No. 410000 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 7:54 pm
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Him again, bloody hell!
>> No. 410002 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 8:08 pm
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You know nothing, m7.
>> No. 410004 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 8:37 pm
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I thought everyone learns about how we solved cholera in year 8 history?

Also, it's pretty scary to think that were it not for antibiotics, we're really not as clever as we'd like to think in terms of medical advancement. We're still remarkably primitive, we still just basically hack at things and pour drugs on the pain; but the bolstering effect of antibiotics to stop everyone dying from the most minor of wounds has made it seem like we made a quantum leap.

And we're perilously close to pissing that advantage up the wall.
>> No. 410006 Anonymous
27th April 2017
Thursday 9:52 pm
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I'm fairly sure whatever solved cholera it wasn't year 8 history.
>> No. 410014 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 1:22 am
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Yes lad.


I dunno m8. They make them exams easier and easier every year.

The class of 1066 on their field-trip to the Battle the Hastings certainly had it hard let me tell you.
>> No. 410027 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 7:31 pm
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I was prescribed Linezolid once for a bacterial prostate infection. I'm not a bumder, although that was one of the first questions the urologist asked me. It is more likely that I would have incurred it in a moment of inattention during vaginal sex with my then-girlfriend, as the tip of my knob may briefly have rubbed against her bumhole.

Anyway, I had to give a sperm sample which tested positive for enterococcus, and then I was prescribed ofloxacin, but when that didn't work, the urologist told me about Linezolid, which he said is one of the last lines of defence against highly resistent bacterial pathogens. He told me he doesn't give it out lightly, just in cases like mine where standard antibiotics no longer have an effect.

Pretty tough stuff. I have taken antibiotics a few times, but nothing ever wiped me out like Linezolid. I really completely felt like crap for a week while I was taking it.
>> No. 410060 Anonymous
29th April 2017
Saturday 9:42 am
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Agreed. When I had fairly complicated appendicitis last year I realised the same. The fact we're still just cutting bits out that go bad feels primitive, even if the methods for doing so are advanced.

I was suffering a bad infection post op, so the solution was to fill me full of antibiotics and see what happened in the course of a week. When that didn't work they tried more antibiotics.

When that didn't work, they just stuck a big needle into my gut and sucked out the bad stuff. While they used CAT scanning to guide it, and that's all very impressive, they still are essentially just draining my humours. I'd never really considered it, but yeah, a lot of drugs is very 'practical'.
>> No. 410061 Anonymous
29th April 2017
Saturday 10:59 am
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With any luck, Crispr is going to save us from the antibiotic armageddon.

>> No. 410207 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 12:56 pm
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I will be going to Gran Canaria in two an a half weeks. Ten days in a four-star hotel in Playa del Ingles.

I know Playa del Ingles well, and in my experience, the package holiday chavs tourists are all in the three star hotels. Upwards of, and including four stars, is where you find more cultured and reasonable people.

What I am most looking forward to is to go on the drive along the GC-500 to Puerto de Mogan in the west of the island again. It's one of the most scenic coastal roads I have ever been on.

Somebody (not me) has made a video:

>> No. 410208 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 2:02 pm
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Writing a pub quiz at the moment, which is a hell of a lot harder than you might expect when half of those who take part are thick and proud of it and constantly whinge at me that I should "make it easier".
No matter what I do for the intros round, there is a frequent complaint that "I wasn't around then, so how could I have ever heard that?"
>> No. 410209 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 2:19 pm
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Gran Canaria's full of nudist Krauts, lad.
>> No. 410210 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 2:27 pm
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>Gran Canaria's full of nudist Krauts, lad.

If you go into the Dunes of Maspalomas, yes, it can be.

That said, locally, the Dunes are more known as a cruising ground for gays. If two (or more) lads bumming out in the open offends you, you are best advised not to go on a hike there in the evening.

I will be at a hotel that has around 60 to 70 percent British tourists, and a smaller number appear to be Swedish, German and Dutch, judging by the reviews on tripadvisor. Which I guess is both good and bad. At least they serve a Full English.
>> No. 410211 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 2:41 pm
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Sorry mate, pardon my knee-jerk post. Hope you'll have a nice time out there.
>> No. 410212 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 3:41 pm
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I pity the lad, but take no prisoners. You have a load of morons complaining it is too hard? Right: Intro questions go on a sheet of paper to be given to each team. Then every fucking question should be on local history, culture, people, etc. It is much harder to whinge about the difficulty of questions if they all relate to were you live.
>> No. 410214 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 4:14 pm
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On the upside, if they're that daft then you probably don't have to worry about cheating.
>> No. 410216 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 5:14 pm
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Done that for plenty of rounds, but you run out of things you can feasibly do questions on when the local area is pretty boring to begin with!
>> No. 410217 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 5:59 pm
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"Hey Anon, you have loads of general knowledge, right? You should join our pub quiz team!" and all the questions are about football.
>> No. 410218 Anonymous
4th May 2017
Thursday 9:35 pm
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Buy an issue each of The Sun and The Daily Mail. That should give you enough pub quiz material, even for the dimmest of minds.
>> No. 410263 Anonymous
5th May 2017
Friday 8:34 pm
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I've bought an old(er) laptop exactly like mine off eBay "for spares". I needed a new display and keyboard. Also, the 16 GB RAM were tempting, as mine only had the factory 8GB.

Anyway, it arrived today, in poor condition, save for the display and keyboard. Some deep scratches on the outer shell and paint chipped off around its edges, but I knew that and it isn't important. The most off putting thing about it though is the smell it carries. It reeks of stale smoke, sweat and beer. Like it spent the last four years in a run-down council flat. The keyboard itself is in near pristine condition, so whatever the previous owner typically used it for didn't involve a lot of typing. God only knows what filth has been going through this laptop and displayed on its screen. The seller didn't supply the hard drive, which I also knew beforehand. But maybe that's for the better. First thing I did was wipe down the keyboard and screen thoroughly with plenty of 98-percent isopropanol. That also took care of the smudges on the display.

Anyway, I was able to give my trusty old laptop a new lease of life for around 40 quid, so I'm not complaining.
>> No. 410385 Anonymous
11th May 2017
Thursday 2:29 pm
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Quiz guy here again - last week one of the participants complained that they only got 36/55 - which I explained would've been a winning score on almost any other week and was a good score nontheless, and she then complained "but we didn't win" without quite understanding what I was ultimately driving at, that their score wasn't half bad.

Sounds quite grim, halfway through that I was expecting you to say there were odd stains on the keyboard. Anyway how easy is it to replace laptop components? Is there a lot of delicate tweezing and jeweller's screwdriving to be done?
>> No. 410387 Anonymous
11th May 2017
Thursday 10:19 pm
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Might've been doing the music in a pub or something.
>> No. 410390 Anonymous
12th May 2017
Friday 12:36 am
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> halfway through that I was expecting you to say there were odd stains on the keyboard

Well, upon closer inspection, there were stains, mainly around the key edges and in the gaps between the keys. But they looked more like the usual filth that accumulates in those spaces over time just from using it, and maybe eating and drinking while it was being used.

>Anyway how easy is it to replace laptop components? Is there a lot of delicate tweezing and jeweller's screwdriving to be done?

You have to have a steady hand and a good eye, because everything is so tiny on circuit boards these days. And it's very easy to damage traces on SMD boards because they are often thinner than a human hair and thus immensely delicate. You do need a jeweller's screwdriver, and it's best to have one of those multi-bit screwdriver sets where you can change the tip. I bought a set like that last year, and it has become one of my most indispensable tools.
>> No. 410391 Anonymous
12th May 2017
Friday 1:14 am
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>Is there a lot of delicate tweezing and jeweller's screwdriving to be done?

Not that difficult, in all honesty. There are about a million screws, so it takes ages and you need a plan for how you're going to get them all back in the right place. I trace the laptop's outline on a bit of cardboard, then push in all the screws in the corresponding location. Taking a few photos of the disassembly process helps.

The thing that catches out most novices is the ribbon cable on the keyboard. Once you've undone all the screws to get the keyboard out, you need to unplug a very flimsy cable that's folded underneath the keyboard. If you're not careful, it's easy to tear the ribbon cable or rip the socket off the logic board.

Follow a teardown guide, keep your workspace well organised and you'll be fine.
>> No. 410392 Anonymous
12th May 2017
Friday 1:31 am
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>The thing that catches out most novices is the ribbon cable on the keyboard.

Yes, the keyboard ribbon cable was one reason why I needed new parts for my laptop. I have disassembled my laptop a few times, mainly to fit a different hard drive, replace a fried RAM module, and to check why my headphone socket wasn't working anymore. And in the process, at some point I must have damaged the ribbon cable of the old keyboard, because a few keys weren't working anymore. So, always handle ribbon cables with utmost care.

Well and the TFT had a few dead pixels. A 17'' display new from Sony for my laptop would have cost around £150, but now I got it for £40 together with a keyboard in good used condition.

I was hoping to also change the mainboard so I would have working headphones again, but the board inside the laptop I bought for spares had a different version number printed on it than mine. That can really throw your operating system, because with a bit of bad luck, all it will take is that one or two driver files of your current Windows installation don't fit your new mainboard, and you will find yourself installing Windows again. Also, the seller said the keyboard and display were fine, but that he was going to make no promises on the mainboard. So I didn't swap it over to my own laptop.
>> No. 410477 Anonymous
17th May 2017
Wednesday 6:52 pm
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I am going to Gran Canaria next week for ten days.

I am fucking ecstatic about it. This is my first holiday in two years, and it's well deserved. Loads of shit been happening in my life, and now finally I've got the time and the money to spend ten days in a four star hotel in Playa del Inglés, just doing fuck all, enjoying the subtropical climate and lying in the sun.
>> No. 410482 Anonymous
17th May 2017
Wednesday 9:59 pm
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>First holiday in two years

Lucky cunt.
>> No. 410483 Anonymous
17th May 2017
Wednesday 10:05 pm
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I really want to visit there - supposed to have very nice dark skies and good astronomy.
>> No. 410491 Anonymous
18th May 2017
Thursday 4:01 pm
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if you'd had my kind of life in the last two years, you wouldn't call me a lucky cunt.


>supposed to have very nice dark skies and good astronomy.

Well there are two observatories in the Canary Islands. One in La Palma and one in Tenerife. But close to the major urban areas, you will have about the same amount of light pollution at night as in most other developed cities.
>> No. 410493 Anonymous
18th May 2017
Thursday 5:34 pm
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I'm off to Macau tomorrow. Just for food and the Maritime Museum, but hey, it is a way to kill a day.
>> No. 410539 Anonymous
20th May 2017
Saturday 5:45 pm
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Hit the casinos m8, you'll lose a week.

And maybe a kidney or two
>> No. 410541 Anonymous
20th May 2017
Saturday 6:01 pm
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A friend of mine died yesterday aged 36.
She'd been diagnosed with Lung cancer about 6 weeks ago, been passed from pillar to post. It was in one lung, then both, then given different life expectancy's between a year and two, but made clear it was terminal. Yet she passed in her sleep in a Hospital bed, having been waiting for a week because there were no beds in the Cancer unit, thus her Chemo was delayed over and over. I still don't know exactly what happened and it doesn't feel real yet.
>> No. 410543 Anonymous
20th May 2017
Saturday 6:35 pm
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That's awful, I'm sorry to hear that. Take care m8.
>> No. 410546 Anonymous
20th May 2017
Saturday 6:54 pm
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Stay strong mate. Go talk to your family and any mutual friends. My condolences.
>> No. 410555 Anonymous
20th May 2017
Saturday 10:40 pm
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That's just awful, mate.

I lost a very close family member to cancer when he was only in his late 20s.

Cancer is just an all around horrible disease. You hear and read a lot about other debilitating or even terminal illnesses and how hard they make life for those who suffer from them. But what you don't hear often enough is that terminal cancer is still the grand daddy of them all. Even HIV patients nowadays have a better long-term prognosis than people with certain cancers.

What I am saying is, stay strong, lad. Your friend isn't suffering anymore.
>> No. 410578 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 2:01 pm
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That is awful. My condolences.

I really wish The Tories would stop fucking up the NHS. Give it all the money it fucking needs and more, the money it would take to fix things is a trivial percentage of GDP.
>> No. 410579 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 2:42 pm
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Get your chequebook out mate.
>> No. 410581 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 2:49 pm
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If I had the money, billions upon billions of pounds and earning similar, I'd personally fund the NHS to keep it out of private sector hands, by mitigating cuts by donating to the affected NHS Trust.

I hate that NHS funding is a political issue.
>> No. 410582 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 2:56 pm
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You can always do your little bit. Go on, just a few thousand.

The NHS is a cancer on this nation psychologically.
>> No. 410583 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 3:51 pm
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Lung cancer has a very poor long term survival rate as it is, because it almost universally tends to be very aggressive and spreads profusely to other parts of the body.

It's a fucking disgrace that people are kept waiting to receive chemo, but it probably had a very limited effect on her eventual prognosis.

What's disgusting though is the thought that maybe somebody was kept waiting because it was known that they quite probably wouldn't have long either way, and that that would make it alright to save a few quid by not admitting them to chemo. Yes, depending on the details, a cycle of chemotherapy can cost £100K and more. But in the greater scheme of things, there are much more serious ways in which NHS money, and loads more than that, is wasted.
>> No. 410586 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 9:26 pm
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Did she smoke? Not jumping on a high horse, I'm just getting a bit paranoid since I've been smoking nigh on a decade myself.
>> No. 410588 Anonymous
21st May 2017
Sunday 9:59 pm
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90 percent of lung cancer patients are or were smokers. So theoretically, that still leaves room for a benefit of doubt.

I don't judge people who smoke, after all, I smoked for well over a decade myself, and at the end before I quit, I was up to over a pack a day.

I just keep suggesting nicely to people around me who still smoke to think about quitting. Even if some of them think I am a cunt. I like to think that I am still not as bad as some of the more preachy former smokers that you can meet.

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