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|>>|| No. 405839
What are you lot up to?
|>>|| No. 405840
Supposed to go to see some famous musician with some internet friends this evening but I can't be bothered so I'm drinking cheap whisky instead. I'll see them all later in the week regardless.
My brother wants to buy a 4th house using our mutual bank account and I put off sending the paperwork for a couple of weeks because I was too depressed to leave the house but I sent it through today so it's probably going to be okay, I'll just have pissed off the lawyers a bit.
|>>|| No. 405842
I've beem ill for 2 weeks with a flu, which has taught me a new love of pokemon as I've clock in many many hours of play after the first time of touching one of the games in maybe 15 years. This love will be ficklely replaced when Civ 6 comes out at the end of the week I am sure.
|>>|| No. 405848
Are you fake depressed, but rich? "Oh how life is so difficult while I help my brother buy a fourth house," kind of fake depressed but rich?
|>>|| No. 405849
Sure, why not. What's the minimum income needed to not qualify as wanting to kill yourself?
|>>|| No. 405850
I've got someone from Capitas coming round tomorrow for a PIP assessment. I've had someone from the CAB help me fill in the form and I've sent off some (hopefully) persuading medical evidence. I'm shitting myself, and that's no word of a lie. Wish me luck, chaps.
Sorry for ticking whinge, but I'm really bloody nervous about tomorrow.
|>>|| No. 405852
Good on you. Be sure to ask what level of income you have to reach before you no longer quantify for mental illness diagnoses.
|>>|| No. 405853
My favourite thing to do when I'm ill and/or skiving off work is lay in bed all day playing Pokemon, and that's the main reason I appreciate how little the series has changed over the years. You can fire up any of the modern entries and feel right at home even if you've never played it since 1998.
I think it's pure nostalgia that comforts me, it takes me back to a time when I'd be off school and my mum or dad would be there to bring me soup and lemsip. Adult life is harsh and unforgiving; even if I had an other half to look after me she'd be working 43 hours a day at some purgatorial call centre while I was on death's door with the man flu, risking my very life to get out of bed and make my own soup and lemsip...
But Pokemon. Pokemon is always there for you.
|>>|| No. 405855
A net worth close to a million. Also a good amount of cash in hand.
I have been thinking of ways to kill and bury myself. The best way to do this is probably digging a grave, placing all the earth on a big tarp right next to the grave. I would tie rope to the ends of the tarp and tie the other end of the ropes to a tractor on the other side of the grave. The idea is that I blow my brains out in the grave and the tractor will pull the tarp and all the earth into the grave.
The only problem is how to start and stop the tractor.
|>>|| No. 405856
Honestly pal if you're in that much emotional anguish, then for a reasonable fee, I'm sure I can turn the tractor key and look the other way.
|>>|| No. 405857
Cool. I don't know what my net worth is but the property I own is less than 40k. I always figured it would be easiest to just go to the beach and swim out to sea until I was exhausted. Preferably in the far North of Scotland as then there's the best chance of tides taking the body as far off as South America so it's either never found or at least is found a hell of a long way off.
|>>|| No. 405858
I want to be buried, not out there in the open.
£40 sounds rubbish. Good luck mate.
I'm not joking but I'm actually saving for an empty plot of land in the middle of nowhere in Scotland. The one I want is worth £15k freehold. Once I buy it, I will have to come up with a way to maybe automate the tractor and add a timer or something.
|>>|| No. 405860
I know you're not joking lad, I'm just suggesting that it would be far less selfish to pay me to kill you and then we'd both be happy.
|>>|| No. 405876
Just had dinner.
Now moving on to a couple of bottles of Strongbow in front of the TV by myself.
|>>|| No. 405890
The best thing to remmeber lad, is that you will likely never ever see this person again, so dont hold back and make out like it's ok. It's the worst day ever and cry if you have to.
|>>|| No. 405896
Pipchap here again. Just finished my PIP assessment, it went alright.The assessor was an independent registered nurse and had experience with people with MS, answered questions about my medications and how my illness effects me and lost my balance trying to do one of the physical "demonstrations". I feel it could go either way, but she seemed very confident about my claim and has encouraged me to appeal if it all goes tits up if the DWP says "no" to my claim.
Now I've got to wait for six to eight weeks. At least the hard part is over.
That said, thanks for reading and I hope everybody's week's going passably so far, lads.
|>>|| No. 405897
Fuck me, I'm glad we check to stop any old cunt claiming it but this really is too much.
I can't stand whiners who go 'hurrr I'm ashamed to be British' or whatever over every little thing they disagree with but the way we treat people with nothing or the inability to get something really fucking disgusts me about this country. What a load of shit.
Best of luck lad.
|>>|| No. 405899
Fucking this. For fuck's sake, spasticlad* has fucking MS. Give him his fucking PIP, you DWP cunts. There shouldn't even be a fucking assessment. Goddamn.
* but you're our spasticlad. Anyone else calls you spasticlad and you don't like it send 'em to be and I'll take them to a brief encounter with a combine harvester.
u ok there hun
|>>|| No. 405900
Split up with the Mrs, which has entailed me running back to the city I'm originally from. Just packed the desktop computer, midi gear and one of my guitars and got the hell out.
It's not half as bad as I thought it would be.
|>>|| No. 405901
Cheers lads, I appreciate your support.
I still receive DLA while my PIP is being processed, but no doubt that if my PIP is successful, I'll only receive a fraction of what I used to receive because I'm still "technically mobile" but my MS fatigue and unsteadiness severely limits how far and for long I can walk.
Anyway, enough of all that. I'm going to eat some chips and mayo.
I'll update the thread with the PIP decision when I receive the dreaded brown envelope.
Thanks again, chaps.
|>>|| No. 405904
On friday I went to the pub with a friend, he whipped out some coke so we sniffed some of that and went to one of his friends and played guitars and chatted for a while, then went somewhere else where we decided we'd get a train into the countryside and look for mushrooms in the morning. We did that, carried on 'the sesh', found plenty of shrooms, and headed back for around 7pm. I'd planned to go out that night anyway, met up with other friends, but found out my ticket had been sold for dramatic and harrowing reasons which I won't get into here, so I went to a free party instead. It was pretty fucking awful, definitely one of the worst raves I've attended. The music was objectively bad, like... minimal electro? just a kick, clap, one synth line, and some bass. They played some psybreaks at one point which was fun, but it was terrible, and everyone there was a complete pagan moon worshipper, which is adorable and charming at first but quickly becomes redundant when it's the only topic of conversation. I got to bed at around 1pm sunday and slept until around 11am monday.
I had a physics exam wednesday and completely fucked it up, and I have an assignment due in tomorrow which I haven't even start. I still feel depressed and my body still hurts from my 3 day weekend. I haven't done that in over a year, and I probably won't for another year. Got too much stuff to prioritise these days, and any sense of nostalgia I might have gained was lost in the bitterness I felt at the rave being so awful. OH WELL!
|>>|| No. 405905
It was a tough decision to make but it's been coming a while now. I've gone through enough breakups in the past to be able to deal with it with a minimum of fuss. Stiff upper lip and all that.
Plus it's been good to get back to thew hometown and see a few people. 7 years away and it's like i never left. Everyone is happy to see me.
|>>|| No. 405908
So your relationship also lasted seven years then?
That's a long relationship to walk away from. Must feel like the end of an era to you, no matter how far apart you and your partner felt at the end.
|>>|| No. 405910
Just got home from grocery shopping a while ago, but now I just realised that I forgot coffee and a battery for my multimeter.
So I'm going to have to get dressed again and go back down to Tesco's. I need my coffee in the morning.
|>>|| No. 405912
Back again. Turns out my multimeter didn't just need a new battery, but it's also broken. I kind of thought the "low bat" sign might explain why I couldn't measure voltages and resistances with it anymore, but now with a new battery, the problem persists. I'll pop over to Halfraud's tomorrow after work to see if they've got any decent ones on offer.
|>>|| No. 405916
>So your relationship also lasted seven years then?
No, the relationship was four and a half years. I originally went to the other city to go to uni there as a mature student, and ended up staying because I met her.
The saddest part is we were still very close, but I just wasn't able to make her happy (I'm not sure of anyone could). This in turn made me pretty unhappy. It was a horrible wrench to do it but it had to be done.
|>>|| No. 405917
It's perfectly okay to do if you've got a 240v meter, although it will probably trip the ELCB.
|>>|| No. 405918
Sparklads, I want to learn about leccy and all that. I havn't visited any of it since GCSE. Recommend a few books for a novice like me or even good youtube channels you might know of.
|>>|| No. 405919
Horowitz and Hill, The Art of Electronics is absolutely the best reference text - its one of those huge books full of stuff and you'll probably never finish it ever, but its brilliant.
I sadly don't have a recommendation for domestic electricity type works, that stuff is much simpler, as long as you don't get the colours wrong.
|>>|| No. 405920
>I want to learn about leccy and all that. I havn't visited any of it since GCSE.
If you want to do some "hands-on" stuff and are not just interested in the theoretical side of things, you can order a home electronics kit online. There are many different kinds, with which you can learn about electrics and electronics by doing your own experiments and building your own circuits.
I did reasonably well in physics at school, but for me it's also been a very long time, so I forgot most of it again. But then last year, I started building my own electronic circuits using the Arduino platform. That would probably be too much too soon for you at the moment, but that really is a whole lot of fun once you've got the hang of things a bit.
|>>|| No. 405921
Agreed - Arduino is every bit as good as they say and a cheap, modern way to experiment.
|>>|| No. 405922
The nice thing about Arduino is that it is really as complex as you want it to be. You can use it to simply make a few LEDs blink, or you can design a multi-client RF based home automation system. And very literally anything in between.
|>>|| No. 405923
What I like about it is that its really easy to get started and the tools (being PC based) are very easy to use. Just building simple circuits, as you say stuff like making LEDs blink, reading sensors or pot or whatever, is far easier on Arduino than knocking up some prototype breadboard or circuit - debugging when you're learning the basics like that is actually way easier on an Arduino.
|>>|| No. 405924
The simplicity of Arduino, if you want your project to be simple, that is, has sadly earned it a reputation as being electronics for idiots. Some stuck up professional computer programmers wrinkle their nose at novices with no electronics or programming background who now get to design their own circuits despite a still tentative grasp on the subject matter.
And it's true that Processing, which is kind of a simplified C, is a very forgiving programming language, with an abundance of ready made libraries that do all the hard work in the background which a beginner-level programmer will have no clue about.
But we had the same phaenomenon twenty years ago with HTML. Its very nature as a simple and forgiving markup language that produced decent results even if you otherwise had no clue about programming made putting your own web site together a piece of piss with just a few lines of code. And computer programming professionals scoffed at all the noobs who thought they had become web developers over night.
But it democratised programming and went a long way making the web as popular as it then became. With free hosters like geocities and the like. And the same is true for programmed circuits and Arduino today . It means you no longer need a Ph D to create your own projects. And I guess that just doesn't sit well with some of the more passive aggressive autistic computer programmers.
|>>|| No. 405925
If you go the Arduino route, get one of the starter kits that comes with a breadboard and a grab-bag of components. There are a lot of people at my Hackspace who mess around with Arduino-type projects, but most of them are lacking the kind of fundamental knowledge you'd pick up in GCSE electronics.
The skills you learn from building simple circuits with discrete transistors and 555s are essential if you're going to progress. There is a very good introductory course at the link below that covers most of the basics.
It's worth knowing that RS Components offer free next day delivery with no minimum order. God knows why, but they'll happily do free postage on 15p worth of resistors.
If you're really keen, you can do far worse than joining an amateur radio club. The RSGB Foundation course teaches a lot of really useful skills; most clubs charge nothing for the course aside from the exam fee of £27.50. Once you've got your license, you have access to a massive chunk of the radio spectrum.
There's all sorts of really cool stuff you can do with an amateur radio license. You can send messages around the world with JT65. You can bounce messages off amateur-built satellites or the surface of the moon. If you're really lucky, you might get to talk to one of the astronauts on the International Space Station.
Seconded. TAoE is a masterpiece.
|>>|| No. 405926
Have the day off today. So my laptop charger decided to fucking die. What a piece of shit, I've only had it since January.
|>>|| No. 405927
I used to work in purchasing and RS are gods.
Additional information going forward: never use DHL.
|>>|| No. 405928
My ikea bed arrived but I can't be bothered to assemble it so there's just a massive pile of wood in the corner.
|>>|| No. 405929
>>405924 with an abundance of ready made libraries that do all the hard work in the background which a beginner-level programmer will have no clue about.
Arduino's library handling is a fucking nightmare, as well as one of its best parts.
I'm hoping that the micro:bit foundation stuff will have a cleaner path from simple to more complex programming. The drag&drop graphical block editor stuff is close to zero-barrier, through a few other options to python, and then on to just treating it as a full mbed device, to bare metal with or without the RTOS of your choice.
|>>|| No. 405931
>Arduino's library handling is a fucking nightmare
This is mainly true for obscure poorly documented libraries which come with few or no examples. On the other hand, you can always take a look at the function definitions within the libraries if you're not sure how to use them.
What I find more nightmarish is when you buy bargain bin hardware components for Arduino from China. They are often knock offs of more expensive Adafruit or SparkFun components. And you get what you pay for. I bought a generic TFT display as well as an MP3 breakout off eBay, both from China for less than £5 each, including (!) p&p. And I spent the better part of a week both times to try to get them to work. Because they come "naked", with no wiring instructions and quite often also without proprietary libraries, so you will have to use other libraries that these parts are compatible with. But even finding all that out can take you days and will be fucking frustrating.
So now I only buy Adafruit, Sparkfun and similar. Their stuff costs ten quid more, but it just saves you a whole lot of hassle because with them, you get bespoke libraries, good example sketches, and good how-to tutorials. And also, the cheap Chinese stuff is often one generation behind Adafruit. The TFT display only has an SD card slot, whereas Adafruit's displays now all have MicroSDHC. Also, the screen resolution on the latest Adafruit TFTs is much better.
|>>|| No. 405932
I should point out, before anyone starts a Go Fund Me page or something, that about half an hour after posting this I realised the electricity had gone entirely when I angrily tried to make a coffee.
|>>|| No. 405933
>I should point out, before anyone starts a Go Fund Me page or something
I wouldn't think anybody was going to. You are overestimating .gs.
|>>|| No. 405936
>people run out of tea a week before dole day
Poor sods. You mean they don't even have 99p for Lidl's cheapest tea?
|>>|| No. 405937
"This is Terry. Terry is 28 years old and has to walk 3 miles to the nearest Lidl in the hopes of getting fresh tea bags with the last 99p he has left, only to find out when he gets there that they've sold out. For just two quid a month, Terry, and literally hundreds like him, would never have to suffer this indignity again."
|>>|| No. 405938
Yes... we should start a charity.
And call it the NSPPP (National Society for the Patronisation of Poor People). And then run TV adverts.
|>>|| No. 405939
Maybe they will come up with better adds for poor people, instead of having the same useless and annoying format.
|>>|| No. 405942
I woke up drunk at 23:00 and ate a whole packet of halloumi.
|>>|| No. 405944
I made authentic Canarian mojo rojo tonight. I will be having it in a few minutes with papas arrugadas, which are "wrinkly potatoes". Their skin gets wrinkly because you cook them in extremely salty water, like, over 100g of salt per pint of water. You use smallish new potatoes and then eat them with the skin and the mojo rojo sauce on top (see photo). It's a popular tapas dish throughout the Canary Islands.
Most online recipes for mojo rojo are quite different from the way the stuff tastes when you order it in a restaurant in Gran Canaria. So I had to reverse engineer my very own recipe, which is about as close to the real thing as you can get. And it seems to hit the spot... the last time I made some for a party, a whole pint of it was gone in an hour.
|>>|| No. 405950
Well, here it is... I think my attempt looks reasonably appetising.
The consistency is a bit more coarse and thin in the picture above; but good mojo rojo is smooth with a very fine and slightly thick texture. That's how they made it at the four-star hotel in Playa del Ingles where I was staying anyway.
|>>|| No. 405951
Not to piss on any parades or anything but you realise that Mojo Rojo basically translates to "red sauce", right?
I've had a zillion version of patatas/batatas bravas all over Spain and beyond and they've mostly all been shit except for this one Catalonian speaking restaurant a few minutes walk from Park Güell in Barcelona. Those were pretty ace.
|>>|| No. 405954
Your ignorance amuses me.
Papas arrugadas con mojo rojo is one of the signature dishes of Canarian cooking. And your standard patatas bravas are different in that the papas arrugadas are cooked in what is pretty much a salt brine, at over 100 grams of salt per pint of water. The salt draws water from the potatoes, so their skin wrinkles during the cooking process. Before serving, you let the potatoes dry off for a minute or two in the pot without water, which gives them a salty crust.
Canarian "red sauce" consists mainly of red bell pepper, plenty of fresh garlic, red chili pepper, as well as salt, sugar, paprika, lemon juice, cumin and dried tomatoes. Pretty much every restaurant there has its own recipe for mojo rojo, but by and large, they all taste similar. Some even add a bit of finely ground almond.
|>>|| No. 405975
That looks really horrible, edible but horrible. If I hadn't eaten for a day I'd give it a go. Looks nasty.
|>>|| No. 405977
Well that is just what papas arrugadas looks like. Do a google image search and you will see. I don't think my version of it looked particularly repulsive.
|>>|| No. 405994
It's usually served as an entree or as tapas. Not as a main course, no.
I've suggested the dish to a Spanish/Caribbean tapas bar that I sometimes go to. One of the owners even said he remembers it from a holiday in Tenerife. They showed interest, but so far haven't put it on their menu.
|>>|| No. 405996
Yeah this sounds like an excuse to eat hot salty roast potatoes. I'm not sure the precise makeup of the sauce matters.
|>>|| No. 406003
> I'm not sure the precise makeup of the sauce matters.
It is a pretty tasty sauce though. If done right. I would give you my precise reverse engineered recipe, but then again, something tells me you would not appreciate it.
|>>|| No. 406010
Not him but I might be interested.
I had salted potatoes Lanzarote when I visited, don't think they came with any sauce though. They were interesting, alright to have a small number occasionally but I couldn't eat a lot due to the massive saltiness. Their blood pressure must be through the roof if they eat them regularly over there.
|>>|| No. 406020
ok for what it's worth, here it is:
Canarian Mojo Rojo sauce
- 2 large red bell peppers
- 1 large, medium-hot red chili pepper
- three to four sun-dried tomatoes
- 50-75g of triple concentrated tomato puree
- 1/4 bulb of fresh garlic
- about 7 tablespoons of olive oil
- about 3 tablespoons of regular vegetable oil
- three tablespoons of white wine vinegar
- two teaspoons of sugar
- one small teaspoon of salt
- one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika
- a dash of ground cumin, to your personal taste
- one teaspoon of ground almond (alternatively, one or two peeled whole almonds). We really just want a faint hint of almond in our sauce.
- 2-3 tablespoons of plain wheat flour
Skin the bell peppers, remove the seeds from them, as well as from the chili peppers and the dried tomatoes, chop everything up a bit and put it in a blender together with the chopped garlic, the oil, the vinegar, the tomato puree and the lemon juice. Put your blender on the highest setting and leave it there for a few minutes, until everything has a fine, smooth texture. Now add the sugar, the salt and the cumin to your taste. Finally, add the wheat flour, bit by bit, with an egg beater. Whisk until the flour has completely dissolved. Leave in the fridge for an hour before serving.
Salt crusted papas arrugadas are also fairly simple to make; take about half a kilo of small new potatoes (not much bigger than golf balls), clean them gently with warm water, and then place them in a pot with about a litre of water. Add just under 200 grams of (sea) salt to the water, and boil the potatoes until they get soft inside but still have a bit of "bite". Then drain the water and leave the potatoes in the pot on the plate for a minute or two (with the heat turned down) so they can dry off and develop their wrinkly, salty crust (but make sure they don't burn). Shake the potatoes in the pot gently a few times to remove excess salt before serving.
|>>|| No. 406052
I wasn't suggesting that papas arrugadas are the same as patatas bravas, merely that as I've had the latter in a hundred places and every one has been different, that it should surprise you to find a bunch of different recipes and variations for the latter.
I have never had papas arrugadas, but they sound very nice and I will definitely try some if I ever wake up finding myself mysteriously stranded on Chav Island.
|>>|| No. 406063
And you have been there personally how many times to know this?
Or are you like one of those people who think Birmingham is a chav shithole, but they've actually never visited anywhere near it?
|>>|| No. 406064
Not him, but I can confirm that Birmingham is, in fact, a chav shithole. It's not as bad as Newcastle, but it's certainly up there.
|>>|| No. 406067
Well what do you think you will see if you go to the touristy parts of those islands? If you think you'll meet cultured upper-class Brits in Playa del Inglés, then what a shock, you will be utterly disappointed (some of them, you might find in Meloneras or Pasito Blanco). And yes, parts of Playa del Inglés will seem worse to you than Magaluf.
But have you been to Tejeda, Agaete, or Arucas? No? Well, I thought so. You were staying put with the three star all inclusive package holiday chavs that you complain so much about.
|>>|| No. 406068
I think I might need to stop taking speed so often, but it is just so gosh darn fucking cheap.
|>>|| No. 406120
The trouble is finding good speed, which is to say relatively pure amphetamine sulfate. Even the darknet markets are awash with utter crap; "ooh but if I buy an ounce it's only 6 quid a gram", but that's no good when you're honking a gram of the stuff a day to even feel anything.
|>>|| No. 406124
I heard this from some Polish guys at an after party not long ago. They were saying 'whizz' is just shit that keeps you awake - that's all I'd ever considered speed to be for, keeping you up. And they said good speed should give you a bit of euphoria.
|>>|| No. 406125
Actually now you mention it, way back when I started buying drugs off the original darknet markets I remember speed used to make me feel pretty damn good; now it's mostly just body load and bruxism. Perhaps I've just ravaged my brain so much over the intervening years that it's simply got no happy chemicals left. Who knows, really.
|>>|| No. 406127
Just made a resolution to start losing weight. I now weigh 14 stone and a half, at 6'1. I know that that still doesn't mean I am grossly overweight for my height, but I wouldn't mind weighing about a stone and a half less, like I used to. Most of it is stomach fat, so it's kind of becoming a burden on my lower back.
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