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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. 408743 Anonymous
28th February 2017
Tuesday 11:34 am
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How about:

Wank, wank... job done.
>> No. 408749 Anonymous
28th February 2017
Tuesday 2:21 pm
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I did something like this once (only less permanent) which might be of interest. Taking a leaf from Jewish Kippahs which some interpret as being a constant reminder that God is watching I put some gaffer tape around my wrist. The symbolism being like a handcuff to remind me that when I was wearing it I wasn't free to do whatever I want.

It worked for a week or two but then my wrist got used to it and the mind wondered. The end result being whatever wasn't ingrained in that two week period was forgotten about which is what will likely happen with your tattoo. The only difference being if someone else saw my tape and heard the explanation they'd just think I was a bit tapped whereas for you they will remember all the times you've been a total wanker and think you're an idiot too.
>> No. 408767 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 6:52 pm
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I've got my 2015/16 tax statement thing in the post today.

On the back is the breakdown of where the tax they've collected off me is going. Over a quarter of that is "welfare". Did the Tories decide to implement this to soften people up for when they go after scroungers?
>> No. 408768 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 7:13 pm
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I can't get over the "I want to snog you", err... fence? I'm such a fanny.
>> No. 408769 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 8:09 pm
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That's exactly why they do it.
>> No. 408770 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 8:29 pm
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It's also very misleading, as I believed the state pension was grouped under it.
>> No. 408771 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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Income is taxed. Welfare is income.
>> No. 408775 Anonymous
1st March 2017
Wednesday 11:44 pm
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>> No. 408777 Anonymous
2nd March 2017
Thursday 7:00 pm
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The state pension accounts for something daft like two thirds of all welfare spending. If we want to get this country out of the shit, we need to start doing something about these bloody scroungers.

Look at them. Laughing it up because they've just gone and spaffed all their benefits on Yorkshire Tea and Viscounts.

It's funny because I'm not just making an BRILLIANT point, the burden of pensions is literally going to cripple the country if we don't do something about it.
>> No. 408778 Anonymous
2nd March 2017
Thursday 7:34 pm
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IIRC they seemed to have a really odd definition of "welfare" which for some reason excluded the state pension but included public sector occupational pensions.
>> No. 408793 Anonymous
2nd March 2017
Thursday 9:31 pm
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Lies, damned lies, and statistics m8.
>> No. 408799 Anonymous
2nd March 2017
Thursday 10:24 pm
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>MPs take 13 minutes to double Royal family income and approve £360m Buckingham Palace refurbishment


Bloody welfare queens.
>> No. 408812 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 12:23 am
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Why isn't it increased just by 1% like the civil servants?
>> No. 408828 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 4:49 pm
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Keynesian masterstroke, just think of all the builders it'll employ right when our construction sector's taking a hit.
>> No. 408829 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 5:13 pm
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>just think of all the builders it'll employ right when our construction sector's taking a hit

Is this what the heathens outside of London really think?

>Keynesian masterstroke

The above aside, refurbishing grounds almost entirely shut off to the public is quite distinct from what Keynes had in mind. The Parthenon is the exemplar of what (Periclean, in this case) Keynesian can and should be - a project that involved all of Athens' artists, smiths, builders, tradespeople, carpenters, etc., to produce something that can be enjoyed/appreciated by the whole of society.

Doubtless, this distinction will go right over your head. I've yet to find a royalist who will succumb to reason.
>> No. 408832 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 7:03 pm
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*I need a humour transplant*
>> No. 408835 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 7:16 pm
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So we're all in agreement: Liz is a filthy dolely?
>> No. 408866 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 1:52 pm
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Agreed, that's an awful inequality. The civil service and the NHS should have their income doubled too.
>> No. 408964 Anonymous
8th March 2017
Wednesday 6:19 pm
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>> No. 408965 Anonymous
8th March 2017
Wednesday 6:46 pm
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>> No. 408966 Anonymous
8th March 2017
Wednesday 7:24 pm
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More of an OK man myself.
>> No. 408969 Anonymous
8th March 2017
Wednesday 9:37 pm
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Had a job interview today where the interviewers said they were impressed with my ability to finish the presentation I had to give on the exact stop time.

The person who would be my boss should I get the job also said to me 'you've given a really good interview, well done.' and said I was the right mix of enthusiasm, confidence and modesty and it was good to see.

Safe to say I'm in there right? I don't normally have much luck with these things but to say that in the interview is pretty nice.

Regardless, what a great chap, really cheered me up today. Such a nice feeling to leave an interview feeling happy and pleasant.
>> No. 408971 Anonymous
8th March 2017
Wednesday 10:03 pm
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Nice one, mate. Let us know if you get the job or not.
>> No. 408984 Anonymous
9th March 2017
Thursday 11:47 am
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I am about week four (or five?) into a self-experiment where I haven't had a single drop of alcohol. It just sort of happened that way, because I was sick on and off for nearly a month, even spent ten days in bed with a quite horrible flu. So now it has been about a month since I last had any beer, wine or cocktails.

I must say it has really had a beneficial effect on my health. I feel much more energetic, getting up in the morning is much easier, and I have a sense of overall well being that doesn't just stem from the fact that I have almost fully recovered from my flu.

Will I keep this up? Very likely not. But I have probably done my body some good in the last four weeks. I can only recommend a detox period like this.
>> No. 409085 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 1:50 pm
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Just had a dig around my "old technology box" in the basement.

I stumbled across my trusty old Archos 605 Wi-Fi.

It's astoundingly obsolete technology by today's standards, given that it came out only ten years ago. There isn't a thing that even the cheapest smartphone won't do today, and a million times better.

It's got a built in and battery hungry 2.5'' hard disk drive with 80GB capacity. And an Opera based web browser, but which is useless with today's web pages (I just checked a few), because Archos stopped offering updates for it in 2008. Back then, you couldn't just update it online like you do now with apps, but you had to wait for Archos to offer its own new Opera distribution for download off the company website.

You operate the Archos either with a supplied stylus pen or your fingertips, but the latter is difficult because text fields and buttons tend to be microscopic.

It has no HDMI socket and no other video-out connection, the only thing you could do was buy an additional external battery pack for another 50 quid (which I have), which featured a built in 3.5mm AV out socket and a USB socket. With that, you could play your videos on an analog TV. Which I remember was pretty neat to show your friends and family your holiday pictures and videos, but any bog standard flat screen TV nowadays comes with a USB socket where you can just plug in a USB drive with pictures and videos on it.

The Archos 605 was a cool piece of kit for its time, and mine is still in perfect working order (I stopped using it when I got my first Android smartphone circa 2011), but the sad thing is, I can't imagine any kind of use at all for it today. Even as an MP3 player for your evening jog, it's too bulky, weighs too much at well over a pound, and the hard disk drive probably won't appreciate the constant movement.

So it's a true dinosaur. Quite well engineered, in some ways the grand daddy of portable video players of its day, but like the dinosaurs, it disappeared suddenly when smartphones became the asteroid that wiped them out.
>> No. 409086 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 5:27 pm
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I interviewed last week for a position in a small, tightly run office.

One of the staff rang me today and asked me if I could send through my references as I put 'on request' on my CV.

I presumed that meant that they were then going to offer me the job, why else would an office, after an interview ask for my references if not because they wanted to hire me? Alas they just took them and never got back in touch.

Why on earth would they do this?
>> No. 409087 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 5:40 pm
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The correct response was to say "But I haven't received an offer yet."

Better still, unless those words "references on request" are on there for visual balance they are literally useless and you should remove them. Any hiring manager or HR person who assumes that not explicitly stating it means you don't have references is not in a position to offer you any job you might actually want.
>> No. 409088 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 5:40 pm
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Were these references contact details for referees, or something pre-prepared? (If the latter, isn't that kind of odd? I don't think I'd trust such a thing.)
Either way, if they're checking references, they're going to want to contact the referee. That's not instantaneous.
>> No. 409089 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 5:53 pm
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Fair enough, thanks for the advice, bit late now for this job however.

What do you mean by pre-prepared? She just asked if I could send through their contact details and that was it. I sent them and she never got back in touch.

I checked in with my referee too and he is always great at pinging emails back instantly and said he'd be happy to. As it's a small office I'm not sure why it's taking more than an hour or two...surely they only ask if I'm who I say I am and if I can be trusted to turn up at 8am on a Monday?
>> No. 409090 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 6:23 pm
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From your expecting an instant response, it sounded like you had references to forward, rather than contact details.
Last reference I gave, the employer took me out to lunch to discuss (but it was a bit specialist, and we're both in the same industry / city). I think you're fretting prematurely.
>> No. 409091 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 6:53 pm
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They probably figured that some people don't give referees much notice so have at least left you a bit of time to warn them.
>> No. 409093 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 7:59 pm
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No no, I forwarded contact details. Is this not normal? I have only ever got a reference by having somebody get in touch with somebody, never had a written statement pre-prepared or anything, I didn't know hat was a thing.

Hopefully we'll see, I'm a little eager to get back to work so I'm just hoping that they wouldn't ask for references after interview unless they wanted to give me a job.
>> No. 409094 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 9:03 pm
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Entirely normal - it's just your expectation of an instant response made me wonder otherwise.
While you might expect your referee(s) to be on a hair trigger, I'd generally be prepared to give it a couple of emails and a follow-up phone call. People can be busy / idle / cunts. HR departments doubly so.
>> No. 409102 Anonymous
21st March 2017
Tuesday 8:48 pm
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You can still be really good, but it's always possible that somebody else was just better, or likely just more experienced.

Don't let it put you off, you can never have enough practice with interviews.
>> No. 409103 Anonymous
21st March 2017
Tuesday 8:57 pm
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>I don't really know what else to do. The interviews go well to the extent that people in the interview provide great feedback, my feedback after interviews is great (you were a really strong candidate) but I never get the job.

Have you considered being gay, black, Jewish or chopping your cock off and being a tranny? I know a Nigerian lad who can't find his arse with both hands and he's been hired by universities, Adobe, and numerous other places. They always end up firing him. He's admitted to me he knows that the only reason he gets hired is he ticks diversity boxes, while still having a broad Yorkshire accent (he was born and raised here) so he's not really "foreign".

If you don't want to fully chop your cock off, go the Jewish route. You'll only have to slice a bit off then.
>> No. 409104 Anonymous
21st March 2017
Tuesday 9:12 pm
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Why not just black-up? It's not like they are allowed to question your race and on the way back home you can stop by the dole-centre and get yourself a 4 bedroom council house.
>> No. 409105 Anonymous
22nd March 2017
Wednesday 3:07 am
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I'm meeting up with a uni 'support officer' tomorrow to see if I'm mental. Wish me luck lads
>> No. 409106 Anonymous
22nd March 2017
Wednesday 11:51 am
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>I don't really know what else to do. The interviews go well to the extent that people in the interview provide great feedback, my feedback after interviews is great (you were a really strong candidate) but I never get the job.

People say these things all the time, and they very usually mean diddly squat. Turns of phrase like that sound nice enough so that you will think they are nice people, but they are also non-committal enough that you can't say "Hang on, you signalled me that I was going to get the job" after the fact.

One of the fads in HR in recent years has been to let off failed applicants gently, the idea being that there's a possibility that you will meet again, either because you will be working for their direct competitors, or because you will be a good fit for one of their other positions in the future. And because companies do care about their reputation among jobseekers nowadays, because they believe it better enables them to attract the best employees.

As far as you are concerned now - don't get your hopes up too much when somebody says something like that after an interview, and learn to read between the lines. People are usually much worse liars than they think they are. You can tell somebody all sorts of nice things and act like you mean them, but somewhere between the lines there will be the dead giveaway that they're not being honest.
>> No. 409596 Anonymous
11th April 2017
Tuesday 12:29 am
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Well pleased with myself tonight, having successfully soldered severed traces on a cracked SMD circuit board.

Hand soldering SMD boards is the holy grail of soldering. You are operating at the limits of the physically possible. And with a good magnifying glass and a miniature torch.
>> No. 409598 Anonymous
11th April 2017
Tuesday 1:22 pm
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Well done that man.
>> No. 409604 Anonymous
11th April 2017
Tuesday 11:33 pm
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I am going to have to redo it at the weekend. I managed to fix the biggest issue with the forward and back buttons. This circuit board is from the front panel of a car radio. These two buttons work again now, which is a big improvement. But apparently when I removed the lacquer (the white coating in the picture) from the traces with fine sand paper, I made some of the broken traces worse and didn't solder them back together properly, although it looked that way under my magnifying glass.

One of my mates gave me a tip today and he said I should use clear tape, the strong kind that you use to tape up parcels, and carefully tape it over the traces one at a time so that only one particular trace is exposed at any one time. And then try again to apply a good amount of solder to it. If done right, he said, the clear tape will act as a barrier and keep the liquid solder in a narrow line on top of the exposed copper of the broken trace.

I am going to have to try to do that this weekend. I found a place online that has a whole new unused front panel to my car radio, but at a price for which I can almost buy the whole radio new.
>> No. 409605 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 7:45 am
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I'd be soldering wire over the traces, rather than just building up solder (which is a bit brittle and shitty for this)
Best kind of wire is just individual strands from a bit of flexible wire taken apart, if you can. Preferably not something supremely cheap and modern, which may be copper covered aluminium, and solders about as well as a chicken. Definitely not wire from earbuds.
>> No. 409606 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 7:46 am
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Next door's house has just been placed on the market. It's been sold by one of those We Buy Any House type companies where they buy it within 24 hours at a reduced price for cash.

I don't know why, but I'm taking it slightly personally.
>> No. 409607 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 11:18 am
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I'm moving house at the moment, and it's grinding along unbelievably slowly. If some bugger offered me cash tomorrow, I'd be tempted. Don't hate your neighbour. Hate your new neighbour...
>> No. 409612 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 6:33 pm
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I'm moving house via bus with a broken shoulder. Hefted at least 250 kilos yesterday.

I could have just called a taxi but I am a stubborn bugger.
>> No. 409614 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 7:28 pm
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Buses don't have shoulders.
>> No. 409615 Anonymous
12th April 2017
Wednesday 7:29 pm
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Congrats lad. The problem with this country is that there aren't nearly enough stubborn buggers left any more.

My Grandad was the stubbornest bugger your were ever likely to meet (it helps that he was Scottish) and I always strive to be as stubborn (but slightly less buggery) as he was.
>> No. 409619 Anonymous
13th April 2017
Thursday 3:15 pm
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I don't know. Being stubborn is one reason why my life is such an /emo/ mess.

I might open up an emo thread one of these days to explain.
>> No. 409620 Anonymous
13th April 2017
Thursday 4:49 pm
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Do it, you'll feel better for spilling your guts.
>> No. 409621 Anonymous
13th April 2017
Thursday 5:59 pm
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98% of weight now at a friends and a trolley down to the new place to move everything over the weekend. Trolley because I don't actually live in the UK anymore.

But yeah, 75% of shit done, because I am stubborn, rather than a pussy. This has set be back 2 quid so far. 4 quid for the taxi, makes a princely total of 6 quid to move house.

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