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>> No. 407828 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 1:36 pm
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Weekend thread? Weekend thread.

How's it going, lads?
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>> No. 407832 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 2:13 pm
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>Weekend thread? Weekend thread.
Does this get on anybody else's tits?
>> No. 407834 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 2:26 pm
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>>407832

It must be hell inside your mind.
>> No. 407835 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 2:30 pm
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>>407834
>> No. 407837 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 3:22 pm
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>>407832
Whoever posts the weekend thread phrases it how they want. Them's the rules. You've had all Friday evening and Saturday morning to get in first.
>> No. 407838 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 3:34 pm
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>>407837
I didn't demand that he takes it down, did I?
>> No. 407839 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 3:41 pm
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>>407838
Has someone pissed in your cornflakes, lad?
>> No. 407840 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 3:58 pm
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>>407839
>* thread? * thread.
Warms my piss. Is that such a problem?
>> No. 407841 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 4:00 pm
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>>407832
Nah you're not alone. But can we draw this cunt-off to a close and just post about our fucking weekends please.

I'm going to see La La Land tomorrow. Looks like boring shite.
>> No. 407844 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 4:32 pm
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>>407841
Yet you're still going.
>> No. 407845 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 4:37 pm
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>>407844
His missus has him by the bollocks.
>> No. 407846 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 4:37 pm
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I am having a very restful and introspective weekend.
>> No. 407857 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 4:58 pm
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Might have a dabble with Doom later, picked it up in Steam sale but only just got round to downloading.
>> No. 407858 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 5:19 pm
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>>407838

Doing that would have made you a humourless laughing stock.

Oh wait.
>> No. 407860 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 5:21 pm
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>>407858
how would he be laughing if he was humourless
>> No. 407861 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 5:23 pm
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I paid a garage £20 to bolt the heat shield back onto my exhaust.
I'd have done it myself if I had a jack and stands and somewhere to put them, and if I could be arsed lying on my back on tarmac in the middle of January for an hour and pissing around with rusted bolts.
>> No. 407865 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 5:58 pm
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>>407858
I made a /101/ish remark. Why are you trying to turn this into a cunt off?
>> No. 407867 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 6:18 pm
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>>407861
My dad recently replaced the suspension on his car. Now theres a job that gets some respect if you don't have a press.
>> No. 407868 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 6:46 pm
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The skin has completely cracked on three knuckles on my right hand, probably because I'm not smart enough to wear gloves. It's an absolute ballache, if I have q shower or simply wash my hands they sting loads.
>> No. 407869 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 6:49 pm
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>>407868

During what activity should you have been wearing gloves?
>> No. 407870 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 6:52 pm
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>>407869
Going outside in winter.
>> No. 407871 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 7:03 pm
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>>407868
If you have cracked skin on your hands, try that o'keeffes hand cream that's advertised on TV alot. I really can't recommend it enough.
Don't worry about the price either as a single tub goes a long long way, unless you work on a building site or have really dry hands, a tub will last you years.
>> No. 407873 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 7:20 pm
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>>407867

You can try one of those DIY garages that have been cropping up everywhere the last few years. I do all my own repairs at one here in the area. You can rent a car lift hourly, and it's fully equipped with professional tools that you can rent as well, and it also has a hydraulic press, a welding kit and a tyre changing machine.

I've saved loads of money the last few years that way.
>> No. 407878 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 8:15 pm
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I got a fitbit for Christmas off a very generous relative. I'm a very casual runner but am also a bit of a nerd for the statistics.

I've become more than slightly addicted, I'm walking everywhere and jumping out of bed for runs because I'm enjoying it that much.

It's absolutely fascinating how it tracks my sleep (my restlessness through the night included to calculate how good my sleep was), my steps, my heart rate, distance, stairs, calories, everything and it even knows if I go and do exercise and automatically tracks the difference between walking around the house and doing a proper walk through a forest or something. I can update it and just see on my phone or login online for all the data.

Even being able to see my runs on a map and compare exactly where my heart rate was fastest, or where my pace dropped is absolutely unreal. It's a fantastic piece of technology and it's really amazing how having little targets to hit can motivate you when you can clearly see them.

I would wholly recommend for anybody looking for motivation or who is a casual-moderate exercise person.
>> No. 407879 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 8:32 pm
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>>407878
How does the battery life hold up? Its something that has always turned me off smart wrist technology and while I know data is out there it never seems to match up with actual experience where people fuck about with apps and the like.

Speaking of smart wrist technology, how does it handle wanking? In fact I imagine even regular sex would be interesting to see in terms of pulse data.
>> No. 407882 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 9:03 pm
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>>407879
Amazingly, I use it pretty extensively (i.e. always checking the time, checking my steps, going for runs with it tracking me, setting loads of silent alarms on it which are another great feature) and I get a good 5 days from it no problem. It's easy to forget that this is constantly checking my heart rate and also tracks my sleep automatically too. Even when you charge it you just plug it into your computer/laptop and usually have a shower, eat breakfast and it's fully charged by then. Although I agree, the concept of charging a watch constantly seems a bit unnatural to me, but after 5 days it doesn't really bother me, compared to say an Apple watch which needs charging every day for the most part.

Can't comment honestly on anything sexual with it, I guess they've considered this at some point, but it probably just registers an increased heart rate and extra calroies being burnt. I've not actually thought to check before and after.

I appreciate I'm starting to sound like a salesman for them now so I'll bugger off.
>> No. 407887 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 9:53 pm
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>>407879
The fitbit is good, but for battery life, get the Garmin Vivofit - its small and relatively low tech, but has a normal watch battery inside it and lasts a year. I've had a couple of them..
>> No. 407898 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 11:25 pm
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I am baking bread again. I've got a cracking recipe for wheat bread that I figured out myself. It's kind of a wheat and rye sourdough bread, although it's really more a white wheat bread. There's about five percent rye flour in it just for the sourdough flavours and to make the texture a bit more rustic. Also, I've added a few tablespoons of durum wheat. It makes the crust nicely crunchy.
>> No. 407902 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 11:34 pm
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I watched star wars episode iv and v with my housemates and chewed off all my fingernails and dug a splinter out of my hand.
>> No. 407906 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 11:44 pm
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My bread is done. Just got it out of the oven. What do you think, .gs?
>> No. 407907 Anonymous
7th January 2017
Saturday 11:47 pm
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>>407906
That looks great.
>> No. 407913 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 12:09 am
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>>407906
What a fine pair.
>> No. 407914 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 12:12 am
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>>407906
Lovely looking baps.
>> No. 407927 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 12:41 pm
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>>407914

They weren't baps, they were two loaves of bread, each about 12 inches long. I probably should have put a ruler or tape measure in the picture for scale.

Very tasty too. One of them is almost gone already.
>> No. 407944 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 7:59 pm
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Rate my loaf, lads.

I think it looks good from this angle, but looking at it end on it's quite short and fat, with a big muffin top. I need to get a taller tin.
>> No. 407946 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 8:46 pm
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When I find myself on PornHub I'm increasingly watching videos of pissing into women's mouths. I'm not sure what to make of this. I have no desire to piss inside my girlfriend whatsoever.
>> No. 407947 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 8:52 pm
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>>407946
>I have no desire to piss inside my girlfriend whatsoever.
Sorry, it means you don't truly love her as much as she deserves.
>> No. 407948 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 9:14 pm
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>>407944
I'd give that a solid 8 but I would like to see inside - I might upgrade it. Looks excellent ladm8.
>> No. 407949 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 9:33 pm
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>>407944

Very nice work, lad.

My problem is that I only have a gas stove, so any loaf of bread that I bake will only get heat from the bottom. It means that a golden brown crust on the top side of the loaf is difficult to achieve, and you run the risk of turning the underside of it into charcoal in the process.

I never use a tin or mould btw... if your dough isn't too wet and there is stil enough sugar in the dough for the yeast to make it rise, then you can achieve good upright loaves without a tin.
>> No. 407950 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 9:35 pm
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>>407946

My understanding of sexual intercourse as a nine year old was very honestly that the man would insert his penis into a vagina to urinate into it. And that somehow within the urine, there must have been the sperm.
>> No. 407952 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 11:08 pm
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I think they've started making toilet roll narrower. It's happened with a few brands, but I've definitely noticed each individual sheet looks longer and I reckon that'd be through narrowing the width rather than increasing the actual length.
>> No. 407953 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 11:12 pm
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>>407950
I thought this but went one step further and assumed you did it in her arse. I still live under this illusion

How I ended up straight is anyone's guess.
>> No. 407955 Anonymous
8th January 2017
Sunday 11:21 pm
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>>407953

>assumed you did it in her arse.

The ten year old me also kind of assumed that because girls seemed to have nothing there between their legs, at least nothing that was visible through a bathing suit, that they would somehow in a way piss out of their arse.

I was also dumbfounded by a rude joke that my older brother told me back then. It goes something like this - there are two women sitting next to each other in an office, and suddenly one of them says to the other, "What's that you've got behind your ear... a tampon??" ...and then the other one says, "Oh my gosh, where's my pen??"

I had never heard of tampons, and when my brother explained to me what a tampon is needed for and where it goes, it just blew all my circuits.
>> No. 407956 Anonymous
9th January 2017
Monday 12:25 am
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>>407955
Same here, I thought girls did a wee out of their bum too.

To this day I'm still not entirely sure that they don't.
>> No. 407957 Anonymous
9th January 2017
Monday 12:26 am
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Grooby released Trans6uals II this weekend. Korra del Rio, Natalie Mars, Sarah Webb and Shiri in the same scene. I am severely dehydrated and my cock looks like it has been mauled by a rottweiler. Please send help and/or Savlon.
>> No. 407972 Anonymous
9th January 2017
Monday 5:51 pm
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>>407948
It is very bready.

I tend to just eyeball everything most of the time, but this is around 80-90% white flour, and the balance is rye and spelt to give it a bit extra flavour.
It's a sort of sourdough, but between my starter living in the fridge most of the week to save time effort and money on feeding it properly, and how cold my flat is, it has an extra 1/2 tsp of dried yeast to get it going. I mix the starter and half the flour first and give it a few hours to work, then the rest of the flour and the yeast later in the day, and that seems quite a reliable way to get a decent loaf.
>> No. 407982 Anonymous
9th January 2017
Monday 10:43 pm
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>>407972

I usually let my bread starter ferment for four or five days. It's about 70 percent wheat and 30 percent rye flour. I take a cup of wheat flour plus 1/3 cup of rye, plus about half a tablespoon of salt and the same amount sugar. I also add a dollop of sour cream to it, and then about a teaspoon of yeast. And then about half a glass of lukewarm water, and then I work the dough by hand until I have a smooth, almost but not quite chewing gum like texture. The first night, I leave the starter out on the kitchen counter in a plastic container with a lid loosely placed over it. I stab the dough repeatedly with a pointed knife to keep it from overflowing as it ferments. Then the second day, I move the container with the dough into the fridge. The following days, I pinch off a bit of dough now and then to check on the flavour. After four or five days, you should have a pleasantly strong flavour of yeast, lactic acid and other fermentation byproducts.

Then after the fourt or fifth day, I put just under two cups of new wheat flour into a bowl, and again add salt, sugar, sour cream and yeast. To give the crust a crunchy texture after baking, I put about five tablespoons of durum wheat flour in the bowl. Then a crack of pepper and warm water, and then I knead the new dough until it has a texture like that of the bread starter. Which I then thoroughly work into my new dough.

I then leave everything in a bowl with a tea towel over it in the kitchen for three or four hours. Then I scrape the risen dough out of the bowl with a spatula, and gently work it into a bread loaf type shape on a cutting board covered with flour. I then transfer it to a baking tray and put a tea towel over it again for about 45 minutes, and then it goes in the preheated oven at 220°C for ten minutes. Before I close the oven lid, I throw in a dash of water. The ensuing steam keeps the crust from hardening too soon. I then subsequently lower the temperature, after ten minutes to 180°C and after 20 to 25 minutes to 100°Cm, where I keep it for another five to ten minutes before removing it from the oven. A friend who is a chef gave me this tip.

Then I take the bread out of the oven and leave it for about an hour to cool off under a tea towel before I try a first slice.

This produces really tasty wheat bread. I've made some for friends and for my mum, and they all love it.
>> No. 407984 Anonymous
10th January 2017
Tuesday 10:36 am
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Fug im working and i clear your dirty toilet Mr
>> No. 408039 Anonymous
14th January 2017
Saturday 2:47 pm
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I've bought pesto, cream and parmesan because I want to replicate a sauce from an Italian I go to, but I'm not entirely sure of the exact quantities and the order to put them in. I haven't had much luck on Google. What do you reckon, lads?
>> No. 408040 Anonymous
14th January 2017
Saturday 3:30 pm
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>>408039
Ask the Italian. Failing that, get a portion to-go then mix the stuff in various small portions until you find an analogue.
>> No. 408041 Anonymous
14th January 2017
Saturday 6:57 pm
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>>407984

I feel like we are meant to have standards, and this post did not match them.
>> No. 408044 Anonymous
14th January 2017
Saturday 11:27 pm
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I work for one of the UK's biggest PR firms, currently in my office doing PR stuff in my gym clothes

Actually enjoying keeping on top of shit

Looking forward to raving on e next weekend tho, gonna be mint
>> No. 408045 Anonymous
14th January 2017
Saturday 11:43 pm
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>>408044

If you don't start putting full stops at the end of your sentences, I'm going to start keeping on top of you with Land Rover.
>> No. 408046 Anonymous
15th January 2017
Sunday 12:00 am
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>>408045
That's no way to treat a Land Rover.
>> No. 408092 Anonymous
19th January 2017
Thursday 1:35 pm
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>>407828
Так то охуенно все.
>> No. 408098 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 9:31 am
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Morning, lads.
>> No. 408099 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 10:08 am
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>>408098

Morning m8. Up to owt?
>> No. 408100 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 1:21 pm
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>>408099
It's that difficult weekend of the year when nobody has any money left. So no.
>> No. 408101 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 2:16 pm
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>>408099
Up a ladder at the minute, fitting loft ladders.
>> No. 408102 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 2:16 pm
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I ate loads of biscuits and now I feel sick.

Also my laptop's shite so I can't games released after 2010.
>> No. 408103 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 3:11 pm
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>>408102

How old is your laptop? I've got a cpu from 2009 in my PC and it still runs everything mostly fine. Good old Core i5 750.

Which really shows how computing developments have slowed over the years, if I tried using a PC from 1999 to run, say, Half Life 2 it just would not happen.

I've just finished January exams and got a 5 hour shift at work today then tomorrow off. I'll waste it all playing games probably.
>> No. 408104 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 9:52 pm
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Scored a job interview with a potential telephone interview in the pipeline just before this weekend started.

Given my track record I feel like I'm going to fuck it up. Even after studying everything about this organisation and the technical role involved I think there's going to be a moment where they'll ask me a simple question and I'd go blank. If a fail this one it's not going to help my mood for future interviews. My best interview was the first one I had after leaving uni and it's steadily gone downhill since then.
>> No. 408105 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 10:01 pm
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>>408104

Break a leg, mate. You'll do fine.
>> No. 408106 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 10:09 pm
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>>408105
Cheers but if you've ever seen me in interviews I can mess them up spectacularly. Honestly I do wonder when interviewers will understand that not everyone has rainman savant skills where they remember obscure details when a five second google search can and will suffice in certain scenarios.

I think they'll love me. I tend to agree with the lad who said job searching is like online dating in the workplace thread. As in my online dating presence is just awful and sad as a vienetta ice cream in the rain.
>> No. 408107 Anonymous
21st January 2017
Saturday 10:19 pm
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>>408103

It's only a year old. I've no idea what's in it though, I often rest my coffee on the information sticker so it's quite illegible now.
>> No. 408108 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 12:00 am
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>>408107

a) you're supposed to remove those stickers on the palmrest
b) don't put hot liquids on your computer, it might offend a pakıstani.
>> No. 408109 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 2:02 am
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>>408103
I'm not sure that's anything to do with hardware development, but that game development has reached somewhat of a plateau because of the huge number of manhours it takes to produce a triple A title of the required graphical detail these days. Probably also the dilution of the perception of new games being graphically intense due to the resurgence of the indie market. And maybe that developments are also post-processing focused so you can turn all the settings down to low and still run the game. Maybe I'm just talking out of my arse.
>> No. 408112 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 2:24 am
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>>408109
For about a decade, high-games haven't really placed that much more demand on the CPU. It's the GPU that gets to do all the heavy lifting these days.
>> No. 408125 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 10:26 am
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>>408109

Performance scalability is in large part a side-effect of cross-platform development for consoles. The Xbox One and PS4 both run AMD APUs, so they are essentially a low-end PC. If you're developing a game to run well on consoles, your game will almost inevitably run well on older PCs.

Developers have also benefited from the consolidation of game engines. Pretty much everyone uses the same handful of engines, so there have been huge economies of scale in terms of optimisation. If your team uses Crytek or Unreal Engine, you share in a huge collaborative effort to maximise performance. You don't have to reinvent the wheel, so you avoid all the common performance blunders.

Modern games will make full use of high-performance hardware, but they'll also run fairly well on older hardware if you turn off the graphical bells and whistles.
>> No. 408126 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 10:46 am
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I'm off to see Black Sabbath tonight but I haven't got out of bed yet and could honestly just stay here all day instead.

My girlfriend's arse is pressed against me and it's giving me a right stiffy.
>> No. 408129 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 5:54 pm
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My housemate had his high school crush visiting town. I ended up fucking her.
>> No. 408130 Anonymous
22nd January 2017
Sunday 7:36 pm
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>>408129
Do tell more.

Housemate aware of it?
>> No. 408131 Anonymous
24th January 2017
Tuesday 8:10 am
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>>408130

Yes. He is. We had a chat the next day and he hasn't tried to kill me yet.
>> No. 408184 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 4:53 pm
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Baking bread again.

This time, I am trying more of a rye bread. It's going to be a roasted onion sour cream bread with about 50 percent each of rye and wheat flour. I'm currently roasting the onions. Takes a very long time, I've had finely chopped onions in a pan on the stove with a lid over it for about 30 minutes now, and they're still nowhere near done. You pretty much have to cook them first in order to remove the harshness and bitterness of raw onion, and then you proceed to actually rosting them by turning the heat up and stirring constantly until they are golden brown.

I'll keep you lot posted on the result later tonight.
>> No. 408185 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 5:18 pm
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>>408184
Sounds like a lot of fannying about when you can just go and get some packet mix when it's reduced.
>> No. 408186 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 6:27 pm
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>>408185

You remind me of one of my mates. I told him a while ago that I really enjoy cooking things like chicken vegetable stew. I told him it takes about one and a half hours to make with all the preparations, and that it's a good five to ten quid every time to get only the best fresh ingredients for it. So he said, "Why are you doing all that? They've got chicken vegetable soup at Tesco's for 99p a tin!"
>> No. 408187 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 6:34 pm
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Lads, what's that one gay protest song called? The one with the guitar.

>>408186

How much stew are you getting out of that? Because that does sound like a fairly hefty sum, depending on the portions.

Tinned soup is almost ubiquitously crap though, I might add.
>> No. 408189 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 6:45 pm
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>>408187

I usually end up making about enough for four large bowls of soup. I will have about two bowls and then freeze the rest for later. Even frozen and thawed homemade stew tends to taste better than any of the tinned crap.

Five to ten quid may seem much, but it all adds up... I use about ten different kinds of fresh vegetables (carrot, onion, shallot, root celeriac, parsnip, potato, red bell pepper, leek, courgette, tomato, etc), plus chicken breast, vegetable stock, red wine, white wine... and then chicken seasoning, garlic, and pepper... I don't think you can manage to buy all of those ingredients for less than £5. Not even close. Even if you've already got red and white wine in your fridge.

Also, again, it's the joy of cooking a fresh tasty meal all on your own. You will get none of that from tinned chicken soup at 99p.
>> No. 408190 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 6:52 pm
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>>408187

Glad to be Gay by Tom Robinson?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLc-bh_DrKw
>> No. 408191 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 7:05 pm
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>>408189
Red and white? Does that really improve it?
>> No. 408192 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 7:10 pm
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>>408190

Oingo Boingo, friendo.

>>408189

A tenner seems a lot for four bowls of soup, but a fiver seems like a bargain, I'm torn
>> No. 408193 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 7:26 pm
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>>408191

>Red and white? Does that really improve it?

I use a bit of red wine to accentuate the more "earthy" flavours of some of the vegetables. And the white wine, I mainly use to marinade the cut up bits of chicken breast together with chicken seasoning and herbs and garlic. I then usually let the chicken marinade for three or four hours prior to making the stew. And then I sautee it just briefly for a minute, so that the meat just about turns white on the outside. And then I remove the pot from the plate and just gently put the chicken bits in the soup. That way, the chicken is cooked to the point but still juicy inside when you serve the soup.

>>408192

>A tenner seems a lot for four bowls of soup, but a fiver seems like a bargain, I'm torn

Like I said, cooking is fun for me. I personally get much more out of my £10 than just a hot meal.
>> No. 408195 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 7:44 pm
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>>408192

Oingo Boingo?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jItz-uNjoZA
>> No. 408197 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 7:53 pm
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>>408195

It's one of several slang words only I use, it means "bingo" and "everything's okay" interchangeably. I mean for people to infer from context, but usually they just stop speaking to me.
>> No. 408199 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 8:47 pm
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>>408189
Pepper in a stew? Nope.

The core things you need are onions, meat, carrots, swede, potato and shitloads of sagey dumplings.
>> No. 408200 Anonymous
28th January 2017
Saturday 8:51 pm
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>>408199

Just a very slight crack of pepper. Less than a pinch for three or four litres of stew. In that concentration, you will barely taste the spicyness of pepper at all, but it will increase blood flow to your tongue and palate and thus make you taste all the flavours more intensely.
>> No. 408201 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:23 am
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So there we are. Two loaves of rye and wheat sour cream onion bread.

I was expecting the crust on top to be a bit darker, but that could also be because I've got a gas oven and it only gives heat from the bottom.

The taste is spot on though. Really delicious. Distinct taste of rye, and a rich onion and sour cream flavour as well. Still warm, going to have some now with some Boursin cheese.
>> No. 408202 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:27 am
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>>408201

Looks undercooked or too cold an oven to me. Good try though bakerlad.
>> No. 408203 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:36 am
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>>408201
Nice try, but it's not a Hollywood Handshake.
>> No. 408204 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:38 am
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>>408202

Again, it's difficult to achieve a nice golden brown colour on top when your oven is bottom heat only. I've had this problem with other types of bread that I've tried. A friend who also likes to bake bread now and then has an electric oven, and his bread usually turns out much more intense in colour.

The inside of the bread is all done though. No complaints there.

I always start out with bread at 220 °C for ten minutes, then roughly 20 to 25 minutes at 180°C depending on the size and girth of a loaf, and then another five to ten minutes at 80°C to get the last bits of excess moisture out. This was suggested on a cooking show and it seems to work well.
>> No. 408205 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:42 am
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>>408203

>Hollywood Handshake

Hollywood wanker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGuVhRH5Ci8
>> No. 408206 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 1:51 am
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>>408205
Thanks, now I've got to go to my YouTube history and remove that so they don't make the mistake of thinking I was actually interested.
>> No. 408207 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 3:13 am
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>>408206

>Thanks, now I've got to go to my YouTube history and remove that so they don't make the mistake of thinking I was actually interested.

You should get outside more and find real friends. Seriously.
>> No. 408209 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 3:20 am
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>>408207
Whatever you say, m7.
>> No. 408210 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 3:24 am
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>>408209

The French say it better lad.
>> No. 408211 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 3:30 am
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>>408210
That's why we're leaving Europe.
>> No. 408212 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 3:58 am
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I'm coming for you Frau Merkel

Hahahahahahaharrrrr
>> No. 408214 Anonymous
29th January 2017
Sunday 9:29 am
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>>408205
Oi you. Please desist from posting these videos. He is a man with a good sense of comic delivery but a lack of real belly laughs and an annoying face and accent, also moanier than most acrobatinas.
>> No. 408215 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 12:58 am
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I've got a new boss at work starting this week. My old boss hass fucked off to another company.

I should have done the same some time ago. Our ship is sinking.
>> No. 408216 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 1:35 am
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>>408215
Important life lesson: Don't dust off your CV. Keep it updated and ready to go at a moment's notice. You never know when you might need it. I've been through two redundancies, and both times they were sprung on short notice. If I need to get looking again on short notice, it's there ready.
>> No. 408220 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 12:34 pm
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>>408216

My CV is more or less ready to be presented to other potential employers. I'd only need a couple of hours at home to iron out some niggles.

Right now, my job at this company isn't threatened... yet. They are saying they want to see how things go with my new boss that they've hired, and then take it from there. I guess what I am lamenting is the fact that our workplace morale has gone to shit. Everybody knows that we will probably be looking at job cuts in the next two or three months if things don't improve dramatically, but management keeps telling us that it might be prevented by us working harder. So we're getting it from both sides - the very real prospect of job cuts down the line, and management cracking the whip on us now.
>> No. 408227 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 9:56 pm
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>>408220
Bullshit. Sounds like spin from management. Start preparing for redundancy now.
>> No. 408228 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 10:07 pm
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>>408227
This. Whether or not you're likely to be on the line, it sounds like your ship is sinking.
>> No. 408236 Anonymous
30th January 2017
Monday 10:44 pm
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>>408228
ITZ COMING
>> No. 408238 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 8:58 am
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>>408220

ur rice:
☑ packed
☐ unpacked
>> No. 408240 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 1:28 pm
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So the new boss is starting work tomorrow. But he's already in today and he wants to have a quick word in private with each of his eight new subordinates to get to know us and learn more about what it is that we do. One of my coworkers just came back from it, and told me the new boss seems like a "nice enough bloke". They talked for a good ten minutes. My coworker was asked how long he has worked here, how he sees the company, what his own goals are, that sort of thing.

Shouldn't be that hard to make a good impression when it's my turn.
>> No. 408241 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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>>408240
That sounds pretty good.

A good boss versus a bad boss makes such a difference in how enjoyable a job is.
>> No. 408242 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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>>408240
That sounds like the kind of thing a good new boss would do. Best of luck.
>> No. 408243 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 2:33 pm
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Christ, four-day holidays do take it out of you. Been piss drunk on two of them before I realised it might be an idea to slow down.
>> No. 408244 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 2:43 pm
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>>408243

Right you are.

You're not a teenlad anymore.

Presumably.
>> No. 408245 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 4:07 pm
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>>408244

Nope, but I also haven't really slowed down since Christmas. The joys of working from home. Now I am going to have to drop down like a plane from cruising to landing. Meh.
>> No. 408249 Anonymous
31st January 2017
Tuesday 5:56 pm
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>>408245

I got drunk a few times over the holidays, but I pretty much haven't had a drop since New Year's. It's all part of my new year resolution to lose about a stone and a half. My biggest vice have been all those pints after work down at the pub, and pub grub along with them. I still go to the pub with my mates or my coworkers, but now all I will have is mineral water or coffee and a packet of peanuts or crisps. I want to lose my "non-dad dadbod" until this summer.
>> No. 408250 Anonymous
1st February 2017
Wednesday 12:37 pm
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>>408249

Maybe you should try to find somewhere new to hang out instead of punishing yourself with water and snacks. It's obvious you're not enjoying it because you talk as if it's something you have to put up with "until this summer".
>> No. 408251 Anonymous
1st February 2017
Wednesday 6:45 pm
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>>408250

It actually bothers me more that I've got a slight gut than it bothers me to go without booze and mediocre fatty food for some time.

I've also substituted my Full English every morning with two simple ham and cheese sandwiches. And two cups of coffee with milk but no sugar.

Blasphemy? Who's to say...
>> No. 408252 Anonymous
1st February 2017
Wednesday 7:13 pm
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>>408251

Lift weights. It's great. You can eat like a mad cunt if you're picking up heavy things regularly.
>> No. 408253 Anonymous
1st February 2017
Wednesday 8:16 pm
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>>408252

I already am. Got back into a gym habit and am now lifting weights again at the gym where I am a member. Next to slightly chavvy looking lateteenlads and earl20slads who think they have to make every groan while they're pushing up a barbell sound like a gorilla mating call.
>> No. 408261 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 11:08 am
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>>408253

I just looked up "Gorilla mating call", on youtube, and this is what I found:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDaHPi8HOGA
>> No. 408264 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 3:59 pm
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>>408261
How big is his cock?
>> No. 408265 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 4:18 pm
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>>408264

If Richard Herring's to be believed Gorilla's don't have very big knobs at all.

Nice arse on him though.
>> No. 408266 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 4:57 pm
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>>408265

Gorilla penis sizes are amongst the smallest in the animal kingdom...a fact which greatly pissed off a mate of mine who once bragged he was "hung like a gorilla"
>> No. 408267 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 5:07 pm
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>>408265>>408266
I remember seeing one of those infographics and I can't recall the context but a gorilla's penis is 2 inches. No clue if that's flaccid or erect, never cared to seek out further information about the genitalia of animals.

I do know among mammals descended from apes we, humans have the largest knobs on average due to many many generations of large knobbed men passing on their genes because our female ancestors are size queens just like your mum. Though again I've never cared to look into any research papers that examine if penis size is passed on by each generation. I doubt there would be a good sample size that provides a convincing argument. It'll be quite difficult to convince fathers, grandfathers or sons to participate in such a survey.
>> No. 408268 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>>408266

I once said to a lass that I had a knob like an infant... 20 inches and eight pounds...

She didn't know whether to laugh profusely or look at me with the kind of indignation that you usually get from women when you tell rude jokes about your penis in front of them. It ended up being a mixture of both.
>> No. 408269 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 8:20 pm
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>>408253
I think I've actually seen rules about that at my gym. I'm not a regular so I was really amazed and amused that they had to tell people not to make stupid noises when lifting.
>> No. 408272 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 9:13 pm
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>>408269

I'd love it if we had that at my gym (I'm >>408253 lad).

But they're pretty particular about locker room discipline, which I don't mind; they've got signs in the showers that "body hair removal" is not allowed (seriously, who the fuck shaves themselves in the shower at their gym??), and that you're supposed to dry yourself off while still in the shower area. And then there's a sign next to the lockers that says the lockers are for use during your time at the gym only, and that lockers that remain locked will be opened forcefully by staff (you usually bring your own padlock, unless you want to borrow one for a £10 deposit).
>> No. 408273 Anonymous
2nd February 2017
Thursday 10:16 pm
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>>408272
Mine has signs up about not dropping weights or making animal noises when you lift them, but plenty of people ignore them and I've never seen them enforced.

I've often considered whether to use the gym showers after playing football, not sure whether anyone would care.
>> No. 408292 Anonymous
3rd February 2017
Friday 11:39 am
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>>408273

Well there's a sign next to the dumbbell rack that you are expected to kindly put your dumbbells back after using them. But usually, people just ignore it and you've got dumbbells and barbell weight plates lying around everywhere.

What isn't smart is that the dumbbell rack is situated right in front of a series of wall mirror panels. There's a large crack in one of the mirrors now because presumably somebody was a bit clumsy while removing or replacing dumbbells from the rack.
>> No. 408296 Anonymous
3rd February 2017
Friday 7:52 pm
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>>408272
>who the fuck shaves themselves in the shower at their gym??

This is why I'm a member of David Lloyd - I only shave at the gym.
>> No. 408301 Anonymous
3rd February 2017
Friday 10:16 pm
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I've just painted all the parts of a lvingroom book shelf that I am in the process of constructing. Yes, I know, I could have bought an Ikea flat pack at half the price that the wood and paint cost me, but I felt like building something from scratch. Nothing is more zen than designing a piece of furniture yourself. And you've got the smell of freshly cut pine wood. Interestingly, the paint itself hardly smells at all. It's one of those new eco friendly water based paints.
>> No. 408305 Anonymous
4th February 2017
Saturday 9:57 am
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>>408301

>Yes, I know, I could have bought an Ikea flat pack at half the price that the wood and paint cost me, but I felt like building something from scratch. Nothing is more zen than designing a piece of furniture yourself.

Seconded.
I had a plan to build my own desk by buying an oak-countertop offcut (you can get some quite big pieces pretty cheap on ebay if you can collect), but then my parents were throwing out an old laminate counter, so I got some cheap breakfast-bar legs and made it into a desk.
It was meant to be a sort of prototype/practice run for building an oak one in future, but it's absolutely solid and I'm proud of it. It cost me about £30-40 in total, including the legs and some wooden moulding and stain to cover the cut edges.>>408301
>> No. 408307 Anonymous
4th February 2017
Saturday 11:04 am
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>>408305

When I moved into this place here, I took an old counter top board from my brother's old flat and turned it into a kitchen bar counter. For legs, I simply used four by four wooden beams. I got the idea after I picked up two old bar stools at a flea market for a fiver each. I also added another piece of counter top to give the bar counter kind of an L shape.
>> No. 408384 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 1:53 pm
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I'm just about back among the living with my cold now, having spent the last few days since Monday in and out of bed.

And already, I am being pestered with work e-mails again. Apparently, there were intranet server problems at work this week, and one of my coworkers e-mailed me that he can't find a couple of folders on our file server that I created last week. So he has asked me if I am in any way well enough to maybe come in for half an hour today and help him locate the folders. I told him it'll have to wait until next week because I am (truthfully) really still too weak to spend an hour or two out of the house, let alone concerned with work stuff.

We should start opening up our intranet to remote access from home. Other companies do. But our IT guys are a bit paranoid in that respect. We also don't use cloud services, all our data is physically stored on a dedicated intranet server at the office.
>> No. 408385 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 3:24 pm
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A new low, lads. I suddenly got the horn, massively so, so I locked myself in the bogs at work and bashed one out.
>> No. 408386 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 3:44 pm
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>>408384
Suggest some 2-factor solution lad for VPN access.
>> No. 408387 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 4:48 pm
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>>408384

> We also don't use cloud services, all our data is physically stored on a dedicated intranet server at the office.

A good idea, but I hope you have remote backups at least.

>>408386

Seconding this.
>> No. 408389 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 5:07 pm
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>>408387

If I understood our IT correctly, there is somehow a second physical hard drive on the server rack to which content is periodically mirrored. Apparently, this takes place at times when there is low server load.

We've already suggested to the IT department different ways of enabling remote access, but they keep saying "oh, you can't do that because of this and that". You can't fault them for their high security standards, I've witnessed much more lax - and sometimes outright dangerous - practices at other employers, but it kind of slows down workflow at times.
>> No. 408390 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 5:46 pm
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>>408389
>We've already suggested to the IT department different ways of enabling remote access, but they keep saying "oh, you can't do that because of this and that". You can't fault them for their high security standards, I've witnessed much more lax - and sometimes outright dangerous - practices at other employers, but it kind of slows down workflow at times.

There are only two real answers as to why they can't do it. A) they can't be bothered. B) They don't know how. And B) shouldn't count because any IT professional should have enough foundation knowledge to be able to teach themselves.
>> No. 408391 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 5:50 pm
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>>408389

Sorry to be a bore, but two RAID-mirrored hard drives sitting right next to eac other don't help in disaster recovery (fire, theft, flood, sabotage, random acts of god). You should be doing proper remote backups to encrypted storage somewhere a good few miles away from where you are.
>> No. 408392 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 6:01 pm
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>>408390
A) is a perfectly acceptable justification for not building in extra complication that doesn't reach the "MoS" in MoSCoW.

B) only doesn't count if resources are not a constraint.
>> No. 408393 Anonymous
10th February 2017
Friday 8:38 pm
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>>408391
I'll bet they haven't even tried pulling one or t'other drive out and rebuilding. If you haven't tested it, it's doesn't work.
>> No. 408394 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 11:41 am
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Mesh networking, oh god, I love mesh networking. Up to 45Mb/s now. Fuck yes. Community interwebz rock.
>> No. 408395 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 1:11 pm
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>>408394
It really does, I've got it all at work - I was thinking of buying a whole Ubiquiti setup for the house.
>> No. 408397 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 3:07 pm
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>>408393
Quite. Reminds me of https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GCK53YDcBWQveod9kfzW-VCxIABGiryG7_z_6jHdVik/pub

>So in other words, out of 5 backup/replication techniques deployed none are working reliably or set up in the first place. => we're now restoring a backup from 6 hours ago that worked

... and it was only by luck that someone thought to manually back the database up 6 hours before the outage.

>>408391
Also RAID won't help you keep your 5 9's reliability if the whole system crashes. For that you need HA redundancy at the server/VM instance level, with live replication and failover mechanisms.
>> No. 408398 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 3:14 pm
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>>408397
>±4979 (so ±5000) comments lost

I particularly like how this makes it sound like the engineers aren't sure if they lost or gained ~5000 comments during the outage...
>> No. 408401 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 3:53 pm
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I booked for Autoglass to come between 12 and 4 today. I received an automatic text just before 8 to say the technician would text when he's on his way, but I've heard absolutely nothing yet.
>> No. 408402 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 4:33 pm
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>>408401
AUTOGLASS REPAIR, AUTOGLASS REPLACE
>> No. 408403 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 5:12 pm
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>>408402
My mum always sings it as 'AUTOGLASS REPAIR, AUTOGLASS REPLACEMENT'. It used to drive me up the fucking wall.

A hairline crack turned into a great big fuck-off smile while he tried repairing the chip, which means I'll need a new windscreen and will have to also spend tomorrow waiting in for them to turn up. It's about three times the insurance excess and the same thing happened when I had Autoglass try and repair a chip about three years ago.
>> No. 408404 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 5:17 pm
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>>408395

Heh, it has taken us a week to sort out a community of 16,000 people. God I love this shit.
>> No. 408405 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 5:26 pm
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>>408403
Is that not still covered by the insurance in the same way?
>> No. 408407 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 6:58 pm
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>>408405
Apparently the excess is three times more for a windscreen replacement than it is for a repair.

I decided to do a bit of overtime last weekend as it was on double pay, but it looks like most of that has been eaten up by having to spend on my car. Both of my headlights went in the past week and I also blew the motor in my rear wiper because I'd underestimated how frosty it was.
>> No. 408408 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 7:35 pm
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>>408407
>Apparently the excess is three times more for a windscreen replacement than it is for a repair.
Does the fact that it was caused by the chap who came to do the repair in the first place not make a difference?
>> No. 408409 Anonymous
11th February 2017
Saturday 8:02 pm
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>>408408
They haven't charged me for it, at least not yet, but I think it was unavoidable as there were small cracks already there from where the stone hit.
>> No. 408421 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 12:32 am
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Starting a new job after this weekend is over. Really need this to go well so I can move out my parent's house once I finish my probationary period.

My dad is convinced I'll be able to buy a flat rather than rent in 6 months time. I don't think he knows...
>> No. 408422 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 1:48 am
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>>408421

>I don't think he knows...

My arse is more accommodating than Standege tunnel.
>> No. 408423 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 1:52 am
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>>408422

Slut.
>> No. 408424 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 10:04 am
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I saw a pigeon and two magpies this morning. It's nice to see something normal for a change, I'm a bit sick of these noisy swarms of parakeets.
>> No. 408425 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 10:11 am
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>>408424
I haven't seen many spiders this winter. Where have they all fucked off to?
>> No. 408426 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 11:26 am
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>>408425
They fly south for the Winter.
>> No. 408427 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 11:59 am
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I've just had to knock on my neighbour's door. Other people's houses smell funny.
>> No. 408428 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 1:25 pm
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>>408427

Actually I always find this fascinating.
>> No. 408430 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 1:32 pm
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>>408428
Me too - I'd love to smell my own house for the first time (actually I probably wouldn't but ykwim).
>> No. 408431 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 3:11 pm
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Clean shaved my beard off for the first time in years

I rediscovered I have no chin even after losing weight. I look like a right knob. The things I do to adhere to a dress code.
>> No. 408432 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 3:33 pm
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I'm just having my annual throat infection, so I've just been organising my books and reading.
>> No. 408433 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 7:02 pm
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I just went for a run for the first time in a week, then had a nice cheese burger. I'm so relaxed, if I didn't know better I'd say I had Lyme Disease.
>> No. 408434 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 7:53 pm
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The Countryfile weatherman looks like he's having a mid-life crisis. Doing the weather forecast in jeans, too many buttons undone near the collar, the cuffs on his sleeves rolled back, etc.
>> No. 408435 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 7:57 pm
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>>408434
You'd be the same if you were doing the weather on Countryfile.
>> No. 408436 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 7:58 pm
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And now I can see John Craven's nipples through the Guernsey jumper he's wearing.
>> No. 408437 Anonymous
12th February 2017
Sunday 8:41 pm
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>>408436
That's it now, lad. You'll see them everywhere you look. You can be laying there in your bed, staring up at the ceiling, and right there staring back at you will be John Craven's tits.
>> No. 408552 Anonymous
17th February 2017
Friday 9:25 pm
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>>408436
You'll have to write him a letter. It's the only way you'll ever get closure.
>> No. 408554 Anonymous
17th February 2017
Friday 10:39 pm
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I've just come back from a few pints down at the pub with a good friend whose divorce just got finalised today. He needed someboy to celebrate the fact that ten years wasted with what he thinks is the most obnoxious person on the planet were now formally put to an end. So he invited his brother and me to have a few pints together.

I just hope I won't say one day that the person I will someday marry was ten years of my life wasted. It's a sad thing to even think about. I'm single at the moment, but surely there will come the day when I will have to decide if I want to spend the rest of my life with a certain person. Or at least promise that to them, with no guarantee that I won't come to hate that person's guts a few years down the line.
>> No. 408555 Anonymous
17th February 2017
Friday 10:57 pm
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>>408554
>He needed someboy to celebrate
What a nonce.
>> No. 408556 Anonymous
17th February 2017
Friday 11:06 pm
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>>408554
10 years is a long time - I'm not sure you can stay that long if they're truly "obnoxious" but at the same time, I can imagine how painful divorce is and the tendency to dissemble very strong.
>> No. 408558 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 12:28 am
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>>408556
Are you saying AWALT?
>> No. 408559 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 2:22 am
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>>408554

A friend of mine is getting divorced. She's talked quite a bit to me about it, but basically in the course of two weeks she went from - distraught her marriage was falling apart (her words) to unsure if she should break it off or try some more, to leaving him and being sad about it, which honestly seemed to last about three days. Now she seems happier than ever and talks about leaving her husband as if it happened years ago, not days.

I honestly don't know what to think. I don't really know the guy, but I can't help imagining him distraught at home while she's off out having the time of her life. I wonder if he saw it coming. I wonder if he's happy and relieved like she is. I hope so, but I doubt it.
>> No. 408562 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 2:36 am
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>>407828
I want to die
>> No. 408569 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:13 pm
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Had seven bags of shopping delivered today but they only charged me for five plastic bags. #winning
>> No. 408570 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:32 pm
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>>408569
With mine, they usually just guess how many they've taken off me. I'll hand over five or six, and the driver will just say there's eight or ten there. Once the driver clearly double tapped and didn't care, since I gave him 6 and I got rebated for 66.
>> No. 408571 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:33 pm
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>>408559

>distraught her marriage was falling apart (her words) to unsure if she should break it off or try some more, to leaving him and being sad about it, which honestly seemed to last about three days. Now she seems happier than ever and talks about leaving her husband as if it happened years ago, not days.


Seems a bit like the five stages of death right there.
>> No. 408572 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:46 pm
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My knob proper smells of my girlfriend's fanny. We're not doing it that often, about three or four times in the past fortnight, but when I go for a piss I get a clear whiff of her minge.
>> No. 408573 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:50 pm
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>>408572

She may require medical attention.
>> No. 408574 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 1:56 pm
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>>408573
I think it's because she's fat. There was a period last year where she was right yeasty and the entire bathroom would funk after she'd been to the toilet.
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18th February 2017
Saturday 2:07 pm
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>>408574

So do you have to roll her in flour to find the wet spot?


>>408573

>She may require medical attention.

not necessarily. Substandard personal hygiene can leave a lass smelling like a decomposing squid even if she's otherwise in good health.

Nastiest thing I've ever done was go down on my then girlfriend at Glastonbury. We were camping there in my brother's old VW Passat Estate, which meant we had an acceptable amount of privacy to get sexual at night. Well, after two days and nights without even the most basic personal hygiene, and after half a bottle of wine, she said she'd really love it if I went down on her. I was drunk enough to also think that would be a good idea. I otherwise really liked the taste of her minge, when it was freshly washed, but after two, almost three days of not showering, it was really pretty nasty. Just like a tin of tuna that's been open in your fridge for over a week. I tried to wash the taste down with a bit of beer before I went to sleep, but then the next morning I still had that fishy unwashed taste in my mouth, to the point that even my girlfriend said, "Eww... I'm sorry I made you do that last night!"
>> No. 408576 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 2:24 pm
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>>408575
Haven't you posted that exact story before?
>> No. 408577 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 4:03 pm
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>>408576

I think last time they were camping in the Scottish highlands.
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18th February 2017
Saturday 5:45 pm
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>>408577
Maybe its true, they travel a lot and his girlfriend has a really stinky clopper.
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18th February 2017
Saturday 6:32 pm
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>> No. 408580 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 6:33 pm
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Jeez, this site got fucking brutal.
>> No. 408582 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 8:05 pm
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Thinking about going on holiday this spring. One of my new coworkers told me that she goes to Fuerteventura with her husband every now and then, and that the Canary Islands are beautiful in spring.

I could probably afford a week in a four-star hotel, but I'm not quite sure yet if I want to go on my own. I'd love a holiday, it's been almost two years since I went somewhere. But I can't think of anybody who would go with me. Seems like kind of a boring thing to do, travelling on your own.
>> No. 408583 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 9:10 pm
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>>408582
I did it in my early 20s when I got fed up with trying to organize a holiday with other people and while it worked for me I think you're going about this the wrong way. What do you think you will do once you arrive? And for a whole week in a place that mostly gets family holidays?

I did city breaks in hostels where as soon as I arrived I started drinking to meet people. The other time was spent checking out the museums, nobbing prostitutes and doing drugs. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea you should just try spending a week at home binge watching tv shows - maybe book your holiday in the summer so you can tan in the garden.
>> No. 408584 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 9:23 pm
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>>408583

Don't get me wrong, I tend to be a sociable kind of guy; but in my experience, either from holidaying with a girlfriend or my mates, people who were travelling alone always kind of seemed like weirdos to me or us. Did they appear weird because they were travelling by themselves? Or were they travelling by themselves because they were indeed weird?

I've read a few travel tips about the Canary Islands tonight. What I inferred is that Fuerteventura may not be the best place to go on your own because besides stunning beaches, it doesn't really offer much else. Apparently, Gran Canaria has loads more to do and see for somebody like me, and Las Palmas with a population of 380,000 is a vibrant modern city with all the amenities.

Can any of you otherlads confirm this?
>> No. 408585 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 11:04 pm
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I took the missus to see Bianca del Rio at the Troxy in greater London tonight. It's been great; don't turn your nose up at a drag act, they're hilarious.
>> No. 408586 Anonymous
18th February 2017
Saturday 11:07 pm
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>>408584
This. You'd be better off going to the Azores if you want to go somewhere alone if you're after that sort of thing.
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18th February 2017
Saturday 11:57 pm
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>>408584
>Did they appear weird because they were travelling by themselves? Or were they travelling by themselves because they were indeed weird?

A little from column A and a little from column B. Its exactly like when you wander off in club and start talking to strangers, some people are a bit weird about it but then they tend to be the sort who feel the need to put on an act.

Obviously smoking makes these things allot easier.
>> No. 408591 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 8:36 am
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>>408587

I dunno. I've had a cracking 15 years of traveling by myself, and everyone I meet in hostels is either by themselves or traveling with one other person. Anyone who thinks this is odd is probably a boring piece of shite, IMHO. This is how you backpack. It gives you flexibility, and you form ad-hoc groups in different location. Perfectly normal.

It has the added benefit that rather than sticking with your mates you actually meet people from different places, and get invited out to visit. And get laid.
>> No. 408592 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 12:07 pm
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>>408591

I had the misfortune of witnessing two American backpackers on a train last summer. They were pretty rough and sweaty looking and they were really quite smelly, and they felt like it was a good idea at some point to take off their shoes and let the stink of their trainers-clad feet waft through the carriage. They were occupying a whole booth of seats with their various belongings, and they were talking to each other loudly about their philosophical takes on British people (not rude at all, with so many people having to listen to their drivel). And then one of them got out his phone and started talking, no, screaming to what must have been a friend back home in America about the fact that they had spent a week in London and were now on their way down to Cornwall.

Just an all-around unpleasant experience. But in true British fashion, most of the onlookers on the train were just quietly rolling their eyes and sighing annoyedly. If they could muster a reaction at all.
>> No. 408596 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 2:49 pm
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>>408592

>>408591

These would be an example of people I would refer to as cunts. I have been in fucking warzones and can still occasionally have a wash. Taking my shoes boots of in a public place is not on.
>> No. 408603 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 8:02 pm
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I've got terrible ball ache in my right testicle (I'm >>399815). I don't know if I'm going to have infrequent tender/aching bollocks for the rest of my life or not, I think this is one of the potential side-effects.
>> No. 408605 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 8:33 pm
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>>408603

That's your manhood bemoaning that it is no longer.

self-sage for shitposting
>> No. 408607 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 9:01 pm
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>>408596

> I have been in fucking warzones and can still occasionally have a wash. Taking my shoes boots of in a public place is not on.

In my personal opinion, Americans on holiday are among the rudest and most ignorant people you can meet. Forget about Brits getting pissed off their tits in Magaluf. That's unfortunate and can paint an ugly picture of us as a country, but nobody holds a candle to the kind of air of perceived superiority that many Americans have.

I was in Punta Cana once, and while you had a wide variety of nationalities among hotel guests, it was always Americans who stuck out like a sore thumb in the kind of exuberant condescension with which they treated waiters and other hotel staff. Let alone the cultural ignorance of the typical overweight Midwestern housewife who for whatever reason ended up in a foreign tropical country and was out of her depth even realising that hotel guests from other countries might have different cultures. One such woman complained to pool staff with an immense sense of entitlement about some Italian women who were sunbathing topless alongside the hotel pool. I distinctly heard her complaining that she couldn't use the pool with her ten-year-old son, and all because some Italian lasses were doing what they do on their neighbourhood beach back home in Italy every other day. Another conversation I overheard was two American college lads who had a waiter get drinks for two topless women who were 50 feet away down by the pool. They were assuming that them being topless was a sure sign if there ever was one that they would be up for a quick shag with just about anybody.

In summary, avoid Americans on holiday. They're a fish out of water in the worst kind of way as soon as they venture one step outside their own country.
>> No. 408608 Anonymous
19th February 2017
Sunday 9:01 pm
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>>408603
>I think this is one of the potential side-effects.

Fuck that shit. Are you stuck with it forever now?
>> No. 408609 Anonymous
20th February 2017
Monday 6:36 am
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>>408608
I guess so. This is the first time it has ached in months, but the aching was dreadful yesterday evening.

Had a quick look in the weekend thread my vasectomy post was from - around this time last year we had that lad who kept updating us on the driveways he'd been laying.
>> No. 408621 Anonymous
21st February 2017
Tuesday 8:44 am
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>>408603

Do not worry, I had the snip too and it hurt like a motherfucker for some weeks. After that, it never bothered me again. Best choice I ever made.
>> No. 408622 Anonymous
21st February 2017
Tuesday 9:03 am
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>>408621
His was a year ago, if you read the thread.
>> No. 408623 Anonymous
21st February 2017
Tuesday 9:21 am
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>>408622

oops
>> No. 408671 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 7:19 pm
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I've had intermittent stinging pains around my left kidney all day.

I've got no history of kidney complaints.

Should I be worried?
>> No. 408672 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 7:34 pm
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>>408671

It's probably muscular, but if you start getting stinging pains when you go for a pee or if the pain's worrying you in general, go and see the quack.
>> No. 408674 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 7:48 pm
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>>408671

How do you know it's you'r kidney?

I reckon it's either terminal cancer, a stone or pregnancy.
>> No. 408675 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 8:10 pm
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>>408674
>I reckon it's either terminal cancer
Yaay! Finally, I can die without having to kill myself!
>> No. 408676 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 8:29 pm
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>>408674

>a stone

I thought that only happens if you don't drink enough?


Funny anecdote - we had a teacher in secondary school who was actually called Mr Kidney. And every so often, he had to take a leave of absence due to kidney stones. I guess it sort of ran in his family, and also, he was a slightly older fellow, and age apparently doesn't make that condition any better for you. He was also our biology teacher, so as you can imagine, we talked about kidneys at great length in his class. He died a few years ago. But not of kidney problems.
>> No. 408678 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 8:54 pm
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>>408675

>Yaay! Finally, I can die without having to kill myself!

The eyes lad. Sartre had them. Windows to the soul.
>> No. 408679 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 9:04 pm
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>>408678
Looks like a cross between Marty Feldman and Steve Buscemi.
>> No. 408680 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 9:08 pm
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>>408679

"One eye at t'chippy and one eye coming back wi' t'change."
>> No. 408682 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 9:33 pm
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>>408678
Could he see more than normal eyed people?
>> No. 408684 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 10:26 pm
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>>408682

His eyes pointing in different directions, a bit like a chameleon.
Since Sartre has snuffed it, we could ask a chameleon...
>> No. 408685 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 11:46 pm
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>>408684

PBUH
>> No. 408686 Anonymous
25th February 2017
Saturday 11:48 pm
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>>408684


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw
>> No. 408687 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 12:08 am
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>>408684
Those eyes look like they are just holes. Do they lead to the lizard's brain?
>> No. 408688 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 12:34 am
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>> No. 408690 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 1:08 am
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I had spicy mushroom ramen again tonight from the Asian take away place here where I live.

Fucking delicious. But it also produces farts a few hours later that are so nasty and foul smelling that they should fall under the Geneva Convention.

It's basically a helping of stir fried ramen noodles with generous amounts of shiitake and Jew's ear mushrooms, red bell pepper and onion, all in a savoury chili and garlic sauce.
>> No. 408691 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 7:39 am
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>>408690
What's it like, living in a takeaway place?
>> No. 408692 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 8:52 am
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This whole weekend has been ruined by a cold and I know its going to be one of those that lasts for a good 2 weeks. Anyone who has had it recently able to tell me the cure for this one?

My plan is to stuff my face with garlic today seeing as how yesterdays chocolate binge didn't work.
>> No. 408693 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 10:51 am
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>>408692

Suffer, my friend, suffer. I have had fucking three of the bastards over the past three months.
>> No. 408694 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:00 am
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>>408692

Disclaimer: We've likely had different viruses, we have different bodies and environments, 'I'm not a doctor, but...', etc.

My advice to people with colds or common infections is always the same: take control of stressors as much as possible. In my opinion, vitamin supplements are for general health and won't have much of an effect after the fact, herbal remedies and home cures can alleviate some symptoms and are a nice distraction, and medications can be a good glass-breaking emergency measure if you really need an analgesic or a bit of pain relief, but these things are the 5% on top of the 95% of what you should really be concerned with.

The reason I say this is that I think we tend to underestimate the effect that our hormonal state has on our health and wellbeing. Any feeling of frustration or urgency will cause stress, which will release cortisol and basically inhibit your immune system from functioning. There's a tonne of literature out there on cortisol and the immune system if you're interested.

People who are very frequently stressed are in a semi-permanent state of compromised immune function. This is anecdotal, but this is something I see evidence of everywhere. Friends, colleagues and family members who seem to take weeks to recover from a cold and so on. People who don't take time away from work rarely recover fully or properly; in their state combined with just getting over one infection, they'll pick up another variant or have a second bout.

Basically: get in quality sleep, avoid alcohol and caffeine, stay off work, and do everything within your power to minimise stress.

There's another interesting point that will only apply to the /fat/lads. Though recreational exercise obviously counts as a form of stress, the hormonal response is quite different, therefore the above doesn't quite apply. If you're a fit person, there's some quite interesting research out there suggesting that moderate to high intensity exercise with adequate rest periods can be beneficial. The entire idea is that the net effect of the exercise reduces cortisol:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7558530
>> No. 408695 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:35 am
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>>408694
> avoid [...] caffeine

Interestingly the Sudafed I picked up contains caffeine. Have I uncovered a conspiracy?
>> No. 408696 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:45 am
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>>408695
Paracetamol taken with caffeine has been proven to work much better than paracetamol alone.

Sudafed is essentially a medication that lets you keep on working through a cold or flu, rather than something that's going to help you get over it any faster.
>> No. 408697 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:53 am
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>>408695

I think it's more appropriate to say avoid coffee. Because coffee affects your digestive system and can put stress on it when you're already struggling to fight the flu germs.

But crystalline caffeine shouldn't be a problem. In cold and flu medications, it is generally used to offset the effect of certain active ingredients that can cause drowsiness.


>>408692

>My plan is to stuff my face with garlic today seeing as how yesterdays chocolate binge didn't work.

Have your local shaman mix you a potion with dried gourd and powderised elk hooves.
>> No. 408698 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:54 am
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Went for drinks with a nice girl off Tinder on Friday night. It was apparently her first time meeting someone from a dating app. We ended up going back to her place and having drunken/stoned sex, something I only thought happened for 'normal' people.

Had a cosy Saturday morning with her where we both said we'd like to see each other again. I quite like her, but she has borderline personality disorder, so I don't know if this was just a fleeting one night stand for her, or if she actually wants more. I don't really know what to expect.

I saw her distance had changed on Tinder since which I guess means she's still looking to meet other people. I sent her a text this morning but she hasn't responded. Oh well.

Sage for sounding like a clingy teenlad.
>> No. 408699 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:54 am
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>>408696

Exactly this. And I would argue that trying to work through sickness is a bad idea.
>> No. 408700 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:56 am
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>>408698

Just be glad it happened and move on, I know it's shite but you need to protect yourself.
>> No. 408701 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 12:14 pm
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I like to have a cheeky port or sherry when I have a cold.
>> No. 408702 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 12:20 pm
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>>408698

>I quite like her, but she has borderline personality disorder


Walk away.

No, seriously. Unless you're somebody with a very strong personality yourself, being with a borderline partner or even just having a fling with them can turn into one gigantic mind fuck. I've been there, and it just completely did my head in.

Sex with somebody with borderline personality disorder tends to be amazing. Best sex I ever had. We did things together that are still the most prized memories in my spank bank ten years later. But it comes at a price... when you realise that that person is just a fucking mental head case.
>> No. 408705 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 9:51 pm
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>>408702

>Walk away.

I can't agree with you there.

Run. Don't collect your personal belongings, don't look back, don't return to the scene. Run as fast as your legs will carry you and don't stop running until the road signs are in another language.

Girls with BPD are basically satan with self-harm scars.
>> No. 408706 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 10:04 pm
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>>408702>>408705

Every time some Anon here finds a attractive, crazy, girl, two or three other lads show up and immediately tell him it's a terrible idea and he shouldn't go near her. Before immediately telling him that the crazy women they've been with were the best sex they ever had and they can't stop thinking about it. You fella's have really got to get your messaging straight, because you're confusing a lot of people.

I'm just going to tell you to marry her, lad, just to dissent.
>> No. 408707 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:19 pm
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>>408706

>You fella's have really got to get your messaging straight, because you're confusing a lot of people.

I don't think my message from >>408702 was that confusing at all.

I expressly said that borderline lasses are fucking mental head cases, and that you should only aspire to dating one if you have a very strong and resilient personality yourself.

Yes, the sex was amazing. But again, be prepared to pay a price.

My borderline lass was also taking morphine due to a car accident a few years earlier that had left her with one smashed vertebra. It thankfully didn't affect motor function, but It meant that sex without the morphine could occasionally be painful from the rhythmic thrusting. So when we were doing it, she was quite often high as a kite both from her neuroleptics and her morphine. It also tended to increase her sexual appetite even further.

If you want to have amazing sex involving kinky shit beyond your wildest dreams, go find somebody like that. Just know that you are making a pact with the devil.
>> No. 408708 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:28 pm
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>>408702

Seems a bit harsh. She's a good person - a nurse who also spends a lot of her time volunteering. Doesn't she deserve someone to be there for her or should everyone walk away? From the reading I've done, abandonment seems to be a big issue for those with BPD.

Not that it matters to me, I'm convinced she's not interested in anything further with myself.

The sex wasn't spectacular anyway, or maybe that's because I'm quite mediocre at it/don't really enjoy it anyway.
>> No. 408709 Anonymous
26th February 2017
Sunday 11:35 pm
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>>408708

Nobody said a person with BPD can't have endearing qualities or is less of a human being than somebody without all those daemons. That's a whole different facet of their personality, which can have little to do with how they are as a romantic and/or sexual partner.

"My" borderline lass could be a very sweet person, and was well liked and had a big enough circle of friends. Dealing with people on that kind of basis was seldomly a problem for her, to the point that my mum commented repeatedly that I was bringing home "such a lovely girl for once".

But actually being her romantic partner, if just for a few weeks, was an entirely different story.
>> No. 408710 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 2:33 am
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>>408695
Sudafedlad: you should know phenylephrine does not work. It's a bullshit no-better-than-placebo substitute for the real stuff, pseudoephedrine, which is only available over-the-counter in limited quantities because it can be used to make methamphetamine. Chuck the fake meds and ask your pharmacist for the good shit.
>> No. 408711 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 7:10 am
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>>408708
>She's a good person - a nurse who also spends a lot of her time volunteering.

Lad its a dating app.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCLizTg9nWo

I can confirm though that putting your dick in a crazy is a wonderful. You shouldn't of course but you're young so fucking up your life for an orgasm is what you do.
>> No. 408713 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 11:31 am
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>>408711

>Lad its a dating app.

You mean people lie on tha intarwebz?

How can they do that??


>I can confirm though that putting your dick in a crazy is a wonderful.

So now our little micro survey stands at two to one. Two accounts of great sex with a nutter, one of mediocre sex.

Keep 'em coming.
>> No. 408716 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 2:25 pm
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>>408713

I've been having a right laugh at these last few posts because I've slept with a fair few mental lasses but they make me remember one in particular. Kinkiest most drugs-depraved sex I've ever had; there are things that girl let me do to her that are quite literally illegal under Grand Moff May's new regime. I honestly think that she would have let me chop her head off and fuck her neck hole if I'd only suggested it. Other than that though she was completely deranged, and the drugs didn't help much. Wild random mood swings, eight hour crying fits, enough fantastical guilt trips to fill a lifetime of summer holidays, and more self harm scars than two dozen emos.
>> No. 408719 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 4:04 pm
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>>408716

You're really painting a picture there.

My mental lass (the one who was taking morphine for her car accident injury) told me now and then that she had about enough morphine tablets in her night stand to kill herself if it all got too much. She didn't normally use that as a threat when we had an argument, but it always felt like that was hanging over us. The possibility that she might actually take her own life.

A few weeks after we broke up, one of her friends actually told me that she did try to kill herself a few years earlier; apparently, she was going to jump off a railway bridge onto a dual carriageway with heavy traffic 80 feet below, but was spotted by police at the last minute. Somehow, she never told me that, but in a way, maybe that was for the better.

Maybe that should have been a consideration when doctors prescribed her all those morphine tablets to take home following the car crash. I seem to remember that they have to ask you those things when you are given any kind of medication that is quite capable of killing you. But oh well.
>> No. 408720 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 7:57 pm
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I used to go out with mad birds when I was younger. Got to about 30 and decided to give them a swerve - best thing I ever did. Normal women are much more fun to be around.
>> No. 408723 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 8:51 pm
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>>408720

>Normal women are much more fun to be around.


I've found that single women over 30 are by and large anything but normal.

Sheer desperation often gets the better of them with every additional year that passes. And that usually doesn't simply mean they're an easy shag.
>> No. 408724 Anonymous
27th February 2017
Monday 9:48 pm
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>>408711

I dunno, I saw her nurse's uniform hanging up in her room. Unless it's just a prop for the kinky BPD sex we've heard so much about...
>> No. 408840 Anonymous
3rd March 2017
Friday 11:22 pm
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Nothing bad has happened today, in fact it's been a pretty good week. However, something deep inside me just feels sick with misery.
>> No. 408845 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 12:35 am
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Had a first date and it went fairly well. Kissed the girl, ate some pizza, probably have a second date set up already.

I should really stop complaining about Tinder I do fairly well off it all things considered.
>> No. 408867 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 2:12 pm
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Was going to get my hair cut today because I have no time during the week due to work. Barbers is closed even though they only close on Sundays. The nearest barbers after that one is a 20 minute train journey. I do dislike being in a suburb type village where there's nothing but one barbers, an assortment of shitty takeaways and a single newsagents.
>> No. 408868 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 2:17 pm
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>>408867
It could be worse. You could be without the shitty takeaways. Seriously, I'm in a suburb but somehow the nearest chippy is in another county.
>> No. 408869 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 2:40 pm
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>>408868
Just eat and the like have made takeaways a lot better. The fact I can pay on card and not leave the house is nice.

Considering the nearest cash machine is a 20 minute walk too. At that point it's easier to cook.
>> No. 408870 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 5:13 pm
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Locked myself out the house. Whole load of other shit ensued. Might get far worse and have the police involved.

4 hours later, I'm back in.


What a fucking day.
>> No. 408871 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 6:44 pm
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I was witness to some absolute Bridezillas moments today.

One of my mates is getting married this spring and I am his best man. I will also be their chauffeur. We sat together today to talk about a few details of the big day. So far, so ordinary. But enter the bride to be, and today turned into a complete clusterfuck, with her getting all emotional at even the smallest of things that haven't been taken care of or were not to her satisfaction. "Carnations as flower arrangements? (said with a tone of shocked disbelief) This isn't a fucking funeral!! How can you think carnations will be a good idea??".

There are legitimate concerns, and there's psychotic. I feel deeply sorry for my mate. You could not pay me enough to get married to a lass like his fiancé. And it makes me question the concept of marriage all in itself. Either way, he is getting married to somebody who is more and more turning out to be the most self-centered insufferable git person on the entire planet. I almost want to scream at him in slow motion "Ruuuuuuuuunnnn!!!", like in some cheesy action movie.
>> No. 408872 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 6:52 pm
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>>408871

I don't even know what a carnation looks like.
>> No. 408873 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 7:20 pm
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>> No. 408874 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 7:21 pm
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>>408872
It is a very beautiful flower. My favourite alongside sunflowers and daisies.
>> No. 408876 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 8:08 pm
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>>408872

Look on t'carnation tin, lad. There are illustrated carnations on there.
>> No. 408880 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 11:06 pm
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>>408876

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

>> No. 408881 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 11:33 pm
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There's some sort of chain of charity shops called "Geranium shops for the blind" which seems odd to me I mean how many geraniums do they need?
>> No. 408882 Anonymous
4th March 2017
Saturday 11:49 pm
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>>408881

A while ago, I found myself wondering, what's the point of going on holiday if you're blind. The Costa Del Sol might smell and sound different from Brixton, but still...

I also imagine that being on a plane as a blind person is many times more terrifying than for somebody who has eyesight.
>> No. 408883 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 12:06 am
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>>408882
You can feel the sun, eat and try new things, enjoy the holiday atmosphere... It's not all about the view.
>> No. 408886 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 2:13 am
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>>408883

You can sit under a sun lamp eating tapas and playing with duolingo for a fraction of the price. If my wife was blind I'd probably just do that and pocket the holiday money.

>>408882

> I also imagine that being on a plane as a blind person is many times more terrifying than for somebody who has eyesight.

Probably the stupidest thing I ever did was ketamine on a plane.
>> No. 408895 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 10:44 am
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>>408881
Marketing flowers for the blind seems a bit snarky to me. Like offering lullabies to the deaf.
>> No. 408896 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 11:36 am
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>>408895
They can smell them.
>> No. 408897 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 12:01 pm
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>>408886

>Probably the stupidest thing I ever did was ketamine on a plane.

We went on a family holiday once, and my older brother took a medication against motion sickness during the flight. It was a long-haul flight to Sri Lanka, so he really must have been munching them away. He was fine during the flight, but then when we got to our hotel, that afternoon he started seeing things and hallucinating. When I came into the room one time, he looked at me terrified and swore he thought I was the devil incarnate.

It later turned out that the motion sickness drug he was taking could lead to hallucination and other psychoactive effects if taken by children in overdoses. My brother was twelve, so he wasn't a small child anymore, but he was really out of it. Luckily, the effects wore off over night and the next day he was back to normal again.
>> No. 408898 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 12:17 pm
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>>408896
I was talking about the blind, not poofs.
>> No. 408902 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 3:40 pm
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Some weird ideas about blind people in this thread.
>> No. 408908 Anonymous
5th March 2017
Sunday 7:19 pm
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>>408902
Well it's not like they can read them, anyways.
>> No. 409028 Anonymous
11th March 2017
Saturday 9:16 pm
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Every time I go back to my uni town, I just think "Why the fuck did I ever leave?" How sad would it be for me, a grown-ass graduate, to move back after less than a year in That London? Basically, when does it become unacceptable to shark on undergrad girls?
>> No. 409029 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 12:23 am
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I may have inherited my dad's heart condition.

I'm 35 and am beginning to get palpitations under stress that feel like a vice tightening around my chest, and occasional stinging sensations in the heart region.

My dad will be 61 in April and has the heart of a 75-year-old. He told me that's how it started with him. Also in his mid-30s. I've got an appointment with a heart specialist next week for some tests.
>> No. 409030 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 12:30 am
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>> No. 409031 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 12:35 am
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>>409029
Are you going to kill yourself if the doctor gives you bad news? Are you mad at your mum or dad for bringing you into the world?
>> No. 409032 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 12:48 am
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>>409029
>My dad will be 61 in April and has the heart of a 75-year-old.
Does the 75-year-old know?
>> No. 409034 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 1:40 pm
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>>409031

No, not really.

But it looks like heart problems indeed run in our family. At least on my dad's side. My granddad died of a heart attack at age 78. My uncle on my dad's side is 65 and has a similarly weak heart as my dad, although it's not quite as bad.

I guess I got the good hair from my mum's side (not a hint of hair loss or grey hair at age 35) and the bad heart from my dad. You win some, you lose some.
>> No. 409035 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 4:13 pm
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My ISP has informed me that they're doing essential maintenance this weekend and likely next weekend. All I want when I'm not at work is to slob out and play video games and binge Netflix.

Oh and with there being a little bit of sun all my neighbours have decided to do loud outdoor things like mowing the lawn, chopping wood and let their dogs bark.
>> No. 409036 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 6:43 pm
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>>409035

I would draw a line when they start sacrificing goats in the back garden.
>> No. 409037 Anonymous
12th March 2017
Sunday 7:06 pm
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>>409034

Oh, do piss off. I'm early 30's and all the men in my family die from heart attacks at 50. 78? Christ, I would literally kill for that innings.
>> No. 409039 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 1:50 am
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>>409037

You want sympathy because your genes are even more shit than mine?

50 is slightly young though for fatal heart problems. Do you live in Scotland and subsist on a diet of deep fried Mars bars?
>> No. 409040 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 1:51 am
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>>409037
50? Count yourself lucky. My family have to reproduce before 30, before the ol' ticker gives out. Got to pass on those genes, though.
>> No. 409041 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 11:38 am
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>>409040

>Got to pass on those genes, though

Perhaps yours shouldn't be passed on. This is not even meant as an insult.

One of my friends adopted her child, because schizophrenia runs rampant in her family, with people having killed themselves in almost every generation. It mostly affects male family members, but then again, one of her aunts has spent most of her adult life in and out of psychiatric care.

Oh, and my friend has also had one miscarriage, which was so traumatic that she didn't want to run the risk of it happening again. On top of everything else.
>> No. 409042 Anonymous
13th March 2017
Monday 3:56 pm
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>>409039

Sympathy? Hah. I have adjusted to my limited lifespan.
>> No. 409061 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 2:19 am
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I think the girl I like is about to spend a long weekend getting railed by professional athletes. I mean, I've got nice calves, but if I start busting them out before April I'm only gonna' look desperate.
>> No. 409062 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 2:40 am
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>>409041

> Perhaps yours shouldn't be passed on. This is not even meant as an insult.

I was honestly looking forward to becoming a leaf node in the tree of life; finally extinguishing the flame of life that's been within me for nigh on 4 billion fucking years. Sadly, it was not be, as my cunt of a wife forced me kicking and screaming into the bizarre mirror world of forced fatherhood.

Nonetheless, I look upon my son and I have to assess thusly: If (as it appears to be) he has half of my good looks and intelligence, and half of the base nastiness and animal cunning of this mother then he'll be the biggest lady killer since Fred fucking West.
>> No. 409063 Anonymous
17th March 2017
Friday 11:27 am
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>>409062

>Sadly, it was not be, as my cunt of a wife forced me kicking and screaming into the bizarre mirror world of forced fatherhood.

Had something similar happen among my friends. Their relationship was circling the drain, but she didn't want to give up a future as the prospective wife of an orthodontist with a burgeoning private practice (my mate now makes up to £10,000 as take-home during a good month, although it can vary to some degree). Well, she secretly went off the pill, as some women do, and their daughter was born some ten months later. She was hoping that this was going to convince him to stick with the relationship and marry her, but they were just too far gone, and separated for good the following year. But what is going on now is a fierce child support battle in which she has taken him to court twice already because she feels she is entitled to more monthly payout than some people will ever receive as wages for their own hard work. She is an absolute sponge, and has hardly worked at all since they split up. At the moment, she entirely lives off the two grand that she is getting from him a month. And that's already close to double the minimum requirement, because my mate is a generous guy who thinks his daughter shouldn't suffer just because her mum is a cold hearted lazy money grubbing bitch.

Just a cautionary tale. Be careful who you stick your knob into.
>> No. 409076 Anonymous
19th March 2017
Sunday 2:20 am
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>Just a cautionary tale. Be careful who you stick your knob into.

https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/
>> No. 409081 Anonymous
19th March 2017
Sunday 8:03 pm
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I received a PayPal Chargeback email for an item I sold on eBay. I've still got the postage receipt with tracking code, even got the proof of delivery with signature that's viewable online.
Maybe I should get in touch with this lad and ask him what's the craic, or should I just let PayPal sort it out (ha!).

I'll distract myself later by watching Operation Good Guys.
Thanks for the tip >>407828, it's even funnier than I remember.
>> No. 409083 Anonymous
19th March 2017
Sunday 11:36 pm
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>>409081
I work for a small business that sells through ebay, and both ebay and paypal support are usually very helpful from my perspective. You have the proof of delivery, just be polite to the phone support people and they shouldn't reverse the charge unless the item is being returned and you verify that it has been returned in the original condition.
>> No. 409084 Anonymous
20th March 2017
Monday 9:13 am
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>>409083

Or they ask some fuckwit in Texas to take a sledgehammer to a Stradivarius without contacting the seller, valuers or indeed anyone but some fucking retard.
>> No. 409098 Anonymous
21st March 2017
Tuesday 10:40 am
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>>409063

This is why we need more women to be fisherpersons.
>> No. 409107 Anonymous
22nd March 2017
Wednesday 1:38 pm
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>>409098

> This is why we need more women to be fisherpersons.


You will find that many fisherpersons see nothing wrong with this scenario. He got her pregnant, and he's got a sumptuous income. Why should he not be made to pay through the nose. What's the point of still pursuing self-actualisation if you can just have an estranged ex partner with deep pockets bankrolling your lifestyle. Men earn too much compared to women anyway, y'know.
>> No. 409148 Anonymous
22nd March 2017
Wednesday 11:17 pm
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>>409107

No, that is not a fisherperson sentiment.
>> No. 409243 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 2:44 pm
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My gossippy neighbour is annoying the royal fuck out of me. She has lived in the flat next door with her boyfriend for about a year. Late 20s couple with great ambitions, a bit like a modern day Marcy and Steve from Married with Children.

I have jokingly called her the building's GCHQ, because she always wants to know everything about everybody, and is completely oblivious to this maybe being perceived as nosy or downright rude by others. She will tell you when the lady downstairs takes her dog for a walk, or when the lad upstairs has put too much stuff in the wheelie bins again.

I have stopped even telling her anything about my private life, as she has seemed to take great delight in hearing all the juicy details about who I have been going out with, or even how my career is going.

A while ago, I had a job interview, coincidentally at the same company where her boyfriend works, albeit a totally different branch. So one day on the balcony, I told them that I had had a job interview at that place, and she looked at me almost with diasppointment and then said, "Why didn't you tell us??".

I fucking hate her, and I hate having to make nice with her. Because another thing she does is that she always complains to her boyfriend when people are less polite with her than I am, and just don't take her shit. And I don't want that kind of bad vibe here where I live.
>> No. 409244 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 2:54 pm
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>>409243
She is clearly looking for some excitement in her life. Why don't you give her a few inches of it tell a few little lies that will keep her mind turning at night?
>> No. 409247 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 4:33 pm
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>>409244
>She is clearly looking for some excitement in her life

This. I work(ed) with a woman who would not shut up the entire time she was in the office. Always really tedious shite, like that she had pie last night with rice but her partner doesn't like rice so he had it with chips instead. Almost non-stop between 9 and 5. Usually exactly the same pointless witterings are repeated to several different people during the day.

Her first husband was very controlling of her, like making her account for every penny if she went to the shops and forbidding her to contact people, and her current partner spends most evenings playing on his Xbox rather than actually spending time with her so I can see why she does it.

I was placed on gardening leave yesterday, which means for the next 5 weeks until I start my new job I'm going to be paid not to go to work.
>> No. 409248 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 4:39 pm
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I'm stuck at home all weekend because I'm on call. I can't even go visit my mum because the journey will involve being unable to work for longer than the time limit I have to respond. I wouldn't mind so much if there was a serious risk of being called out, but we've been called out twice in six months, and one of those was by accident. I also wouldn't mind so much if I was paid a decent rate for being on call.
>> No. 409249 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 5:14 pm
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>>409247
My mate had gardening leave for six months cos he was moving to a major competitor. He didn't really want to leave, he just wanted to force the company's hand for higher pay.
>> No. 409250 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 8:25 pm
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>>409248

Doctor? Firefighter?
>> No. 409251 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 8:34 pm
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>>409244

I strongly believe that neighbours shouldn't fuck, at least not when one of them is in a steady relationship. Also, IMO she isn't attractive enough to risk it. I am not going to upset delicate balances in this building any further by getting it on with a 6/10 while her boyfriend is out with his mates.

I must admit though that I used to rub one out now and then over that early 30s single mom/MILF who used to live on the top floor. She was smoking hot, with a toned body which put that of many women ten years younger to shame. She actually met somebody on eHarmony, and they have now moved in together into a bigger place. Kind of a shame that she's gone. Besides being very fuckable, she was just an all around pleasant person.
>> No. 409252 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 9:32 pm
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>>409249
If I'd known they were going to put me on gardening leave I'd have never negotiated my notice period down from 12 weeks. Oh well. I'm probably never going to have this much time off work in a row until I retire.
>> No. 409253 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 10:47 pm
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>>409252
On the one hand, you're getting seven weeks less than you would have got before. On the other, you're going to be on your new (hopefully) considerably higher pay for those seven weeks.
>> No. 409254 Anonymous
25th March 2017
Saturday 11:53 pm
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I've been writing up a detailed abstract on my thesis. I shouldn't be doing this as the work isn't finished but I wasted 6 hours on the train last week because my supervisors couldn't understand a section I sent over so this is to help them.

Apparently they read my work 4 times but not once did they think to look over any of the previous work/plans I've sent to get the context which they missed (and to which I explained pretty fucking quickly). I'm not even sure how much they paid attention when reading it because they tried some points that were clearly explained within the section itself and furthermore dared to claim that I didn't know what I was talking about even on fundamentals.

The icing on the cake was when I arrived in the meeting being told that they were 'very cross with me' and had spent the previous half-hour bitching about me thinking they would just eat my alive. Needless to say I am fuming.

The lesson here is if you apply to do research and don't get the supervisor you wanted don't assume that they guy you get is a well decided fit. Instead you get the jackasses.

>>409251
Well in my defence I struck that bit out. What you really should do though is have a little fun while you teach her a life lesson. Maybe drop some hints that the woman upstairs is a reptilian.

Sure she will laugh at first but then the woman upstairs will start sunbathing every-morning and regenerating a lost limb. Perfectly normal stuff until the suspicion is there.

>>409252
What do you plan on doing with all that time?
>> No. 409273 Anonymous
26th March 2017
Sunday 10:08 am
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>What do you plan on doing with all that time?

I'm a bit limited as I've got kids, so won't be able to do too much apart from when they're off for Easter. I'm also going to be a bit fucked financially next month because my employer is going to take all my exam fees for the past two years off my final pay and that's going to be at least £1,000, possibly nearer to £2,000, but the net amount won't be so bad if it's before tax, NI, pension, student loan, etc.

I've got a couple of CII exams next week so I'm planning on doing a bit of extra revision this week. My other half is on maternity leave so I think she's been drawing up plans to redecorate and do up our front garden. There's also a few old friends who've said they want to meet up for a pint so I'll also take them up on their offers.
>> No. 409278 Anonymous
26th March 2017
Sunday 10:35 pm
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I spent my weekend doing work, mainly. Had a meeting and did some stuff, my "boss" wants us to do a social media push including on twitter so I spent much of today making absurd and nonsensical memes to post automatically through the week. It feels like we're supposed to spend more time, thought and effort on advertising the product than on the product itself.
>> No. 409282 Anonymous
27th March 2017
Monday 12:10 am
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The older I get, the more I enjoy my everyday little passive aggressive moments.

I was just driving home an hour ago, and I was approaching a school zone when suddenly some bell end in a Volkwsagen Touareg came up behind me and I saw in the rear view mirror that he was in a real hurry and at some point practically less than two feet behind me. He kept swerving his car, trying to overtake me. Illegally, on a narrow two-way residential neighbourhood main road.

I wasn't having any of it, so then we were coming up to the school zone, I slowed down to precisely 20 mph and kept those 20 mph for the whole one mile of the school zone. I could tell he was getting livid, and there were too many obstructions and cars coming our way from the opposite direction, so he had no choice but to wait for the end of the school zone. Right after the school zone, the road became wider with two lanes per direction, and he took the opportunity to make a point of pulling up from behind me and then doing a kickdown and pretty much accelerating to what seemed like 60 mph. In a 30 zone, mind you.

If middle age means you start to enjoy pissing people off like that, then I am whole heartedly looking forward to it.
>> No. 409283 Anonymous
27th March 2017
Monday 1:10 am
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>>409282

I did something very similar, but at the end of the low speed zone I accelerated off as fast as I could just as he was about to get the presumably satisfying overtake past me. I bet it was like someone stopping you mid sneeze.
>> No. 409284 Anonymous
27th March 2017
Monday 9:20 pm
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>>409283

You have to be careful not to piss off those boyracerlads too much though. One time, I was travelling on the M4, and there was a big-engined, lowered dark Mercedes full of Mideastern looking young chaps no older than 23 or 24. They kept changing lanes and were just driving recklessly, and one time while I was changing lanes, they nearly crashed into me sideways because the driver very suddenly also wanted to move over into the same lane.

I saw in my rear view mirror that they were gesturing at me wildly. I happened to have my big old Canon EOS camera in the passenger seat, so when they were pulling up next to me, I took the camera and pretended I was taking a picture of them. The driver abruptly stepped on the brakes, but then they proceeded to pull up to me again, and made very menacing hand gestures as if they were going to kill me or beat me up. It was really an "oh shit" kind of moment. Then I saw that an exit was coming up, and that a police car in another lane was getting ready to take that exit. So I took that exit together with the police car, and tried to stay as close to the police as possible. I'll never forget the dirty looks the lads in the Mercedes gave me. It may have been a close call for me.

Moral of the story: take the piss out of people a little bit every day. But be careful and don't overdo it. There are people who won't get the joke.
>> No. 409285 Anonymous
27th March 2017
Monday 9:45 pm
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>>409284
Might just be Asians. Once I was driving through Dewsbury and a couple of Asian twenty-somethings in a tuned up Corsa tried pulling out of a side street in front of my car, almost causing a crash. I gave them the old Nescafe shake and they proceeded to tailgate, regularly hold down their horn, repeatedly slow down to build a gap before rapidly accelerating and slamming their brakes on at the last minute and trying to get their car alongside mine whenever there was no oncoming traffic.
>> No. 409286 Anonymous
28th March 2017
Tuesday 10:25 am
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>>409285>>409284
This is why you need a dashcam these days lads.
>> No. 409305 Anonymous
28th March 2017
Tuesday 9:05 pm
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>>409286
I think dash cam and GPS tracker are the way to go - I've got a tracker for 20 quid, they are amazingly cheap now. Whats the best/cheapest dash cam that has long/big enough storage that I don't have to worry about it?
>> No. 409306 Anonymous
28th March 2017
Tuesday 9:37 pm
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>>409305
Most dashcams have an SD card slot, so you can stick in a 64GB card and get a few hours of 1080p recording.

This guy has a pretty good collection of reviews, sorted into categories:
http://www.techmoan.com/what-is-the-best-dashcam/
>> No. 409310 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 1:25 am
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>>409305

GPS trackers are useless. They're one of the first things car thieves will try to disable. It may tell you where your car is after some teenlads have taken it for a joyride, yes.

But professional car thieves who steal cars for a living know in which spots car manufacturers put those GPS trackers, and they can also sniff out aftermarket GPS trackers with special electronic detectors costing barely ten quid. And if you think you are being clever by installing it in a particularly inaccessible location in your car, they will just tear up your panels , linings and upholstery until they find it. So that if police get your car back after all before it gets shipped off to another country, it will be a dog's dinner.
>> No. 409314 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 3:31 pm
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>>409310

I actually talked with a coworker about this the other day. He's an electronics geek, and we came up with the idea to install a "decoy" in your car, an aftermarket GPS tracker that's somewhat easy for the car thieves to get to, and which car thieves will then remove and think they've disabled all your GPS tracking. But what you do is that you install a second device in another spot in the car, and which only activates itself every 15 minutes or so.

You could build the second GPS tracker as an Arduino circuit which will be dormant almost all of the time, but then fires itself up every 15 minutes, quickly sends one text message with the car's GPS coordinates and then goes right back to sleep. That way, it will elude a GPS tracker detector, unless you are really unlucky and they go over your car with the detector within the 10-second window during which your hidden GPS tracker sends its one text message.

You will have to put the Arduino in complete sleep mode, so that a GPS tracker detector will also not detect the electromagnetic field of the circuit itself. And maybe add some metallic shielding as well.
>> No. 409315 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 3:37 pm
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>>409314
For what it's worth, mobile networks really hate you joining and leaving their networks like this. It's one of the metrics that you have to meet, if you're rolling out an M2M product.
You won't care as a one-off, though.
An Arduino waiting for a wake interrupt from a real time clock will be essentially undetectable, RF-wise, metal can or no.
>> No. 409316 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 3:53 pm
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>>409315
What's an Arduino? Is it just a Raspberry Pi?
>> No. 409317 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 3:54 pm
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>>409315

Or you could make it so that you put the car's ignition lead on one of the interrupt pins, and then have the ignition act as a wake-up interrupt. You then activate the tracking device with a remote control every night when you leave your car on the curb, just like the power lock remote control in your key fob. The Arduino will still be in sleep mode, but if the car is started during the night by thieves, that wakes up the circuit and sends a text message with the coordinates every five minutes. And if the car is then parked again by the thieves, it sends one text message every 15 minutes.

This would mean that your Arduino circuit really only connects to the mobile network if the car is actually stolen. You'd still be out of luck if they just tow your car. Then again, you could include an accelerometer tilt sensor in your circuit for a few quid more.
>> No. 409324 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 7:51 pm
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>>409316
Much less compute power, but somewhat easier to attach this sort of hardware to, and will take less power. Fucking horrendous toolchain, though. 'Educational' in many senses of the word.
If you like making electronic stuff, it's easy to make derivative boards based on Arduino, and impossible to do so for Raspberry Pi, as you can't get the parts a Pi is made from.
>> No. 409325 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 8:44 pm
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>>409324

>Fucking horrendous toolchain, though.


The biggest gripe I have with Arduino is missing or dodgy libraries for accessory parts, or just generally poor documentation. I bought a TFT display from China off eBay, and it took me literally two days to find out on the Internet how to hook it up to my Arduino. It was mentioned nowhere that you needed 1K resistors inline on four of the pins, and which pins actually needed to be connected, and how. And then I still needed another day or two to find the correct libraries for it, and only that just by coincidence.

It was only four quid including p&p, so I guess you get what you pay for. But I now only buy brand name boards and breakouts, with good proper documentation and OEM libraries. Not having to pull your hair out while getting something to work more than makes up for the extra ten quid you will spend.

For simple circuits that switch a few things on and off, or to control LEDs and for rudimentary data logging, Arduino is still the way to go compared to the Raspberry. Especially, as you said, because standalone circuits without an Arduino board are very easy to implement. But for more complex projects, like advanced data logging or multimedia, the Raspberry is your better choice.
>> No. 409326 Anonymous
29th March 2017
Wednesday 11:49 pm
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>>409325
Why don't you just look to see if the information is readily available before ordering and then if it is you can get the cheap one?
>> No. 409329 Anonymous
31st March 2017
Friday 10:03 am
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>SoC discussion

I'd pre-ordered an NVIDIA Jetson TX2 with the student discount, and it was shipped a week early. I'd worked late so I was sleeping during the day when it arrived, but my gf was up and when the delivery driver buzzed she unlocked the door downstairs - oh and he apparently asked "what floor", and hearing "4" he didn't come up and signed the delivery himself.

Fast forward an hour or so, girlfriend goes downstairs to pick it up and sees the box but decides to get groceries and a coffee too while she's downstairs. When she's back 30 minutes later, the box is gone. Parcelforce says "lol it's signed?? we'll get back to you", NVIDIA says "we'll ask Parcelforce" and the police say "why are you bothering us with this shit you retard".

Moral of the Story: Should've gotten a Raspberry Pi.
>> No. 409345 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 1:51 am
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>>409326

The problem is that these Chinese knock off components are so poorly documented that you can't be sure beforehand if you'll have the right drivers and libraries. Sometimes, they change chipsets or other things in mid-production, so a library that was working with a breakout board from one batch may be useless for one from the next batch.

And then there are libraries that sort of work, but in a flaky manner. They support one thing, but may not support another, or whole function declarations are completely different from what you would have expected or what is canon.

If you buy components from places like Adafruit or SparkFun, you get proprietary OEM libraries that were specifically designed for the item you are ordering. You'll pay ten quid more for them versus the knock offs, but then again, not only do you get OEM libraries, which people need to get paid to develop, but the Adafruit stuff is usually simply better engineered. Build quality is very noticeably better. Also, the Chinese stuff tends to be at least one generation behind, for example on things like TFT displays or audio shields.

You get what you pay for, in the end. If you feel you absolutely must save 20 quid on a project because you're a tight git, then order the Chinese rubbish. But if you can afford it at all, go for the brand name stuff.
>> No. 409349 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 12:34 pm
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>>409345
Chinese rubbish makes sense if you're building hundreds+ of that shit, and the one time you'll spend figuring out what's what will pay out in scale

Not really much point to it in personal projects
>> No. 409350 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 1:17 pm
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>>409349

In that case, it might even be better having your design custom built in China. There are places online in China that will fully build your circuits for you at a fraction of what you pay here in Britain.

Downside is that these factories usually only process bulk orders. Like, if you want to have upwards of 1,000 units of your product built or something. So it's only a viable option if you are really developing tech gadgets for profit. It'll be no good for your one-off flower pot watering circuit.

One thing I have been toying with is a livingroom illumination circuit which would consist of red green and blue ultra bright LEDs, which would be behind a 7ft by 4ft panel of white opaque plastic above the livingroom sofa. And then you could either toggle the light hue with a control panel, or maybe let it auto-adjust itself depending on daylight conditions. You'd just have to come up with bits of code that dial the red green and blue LEDs up or down using some sort of PWM algorithm.
>> No. 409351 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 1:34 pm
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>>409350
>One thing I have been toying with is a livingroom illumination circuit which would consist of red green and blue ultra bright LEDs, which would be behind a 7ft by 4ft panel of white opaque plastic above the livingroom sofa. And then you could either toggle the light hue with a control panel, or maybe let it auto-adjust itself depending on daylight conditions. You'd just have to come up with bits of code that dial the red green and blue LEDs up or down using some sort of PWM algorithm.


Is this for mood-lighting, or do you want to achieve white light? If you're trying for white light, you probably want to read up on how colour-rendering-index (CRI) works.
Also, if you're going for a 7ft x 4ft panel, you really don't need massively bright LEDs because you can fit in so many lower powered LEDs into that amount of space.

You can get reels of RGB and white LED strip lighting and drivers for next to nothing off Ebay, it's worth buying a few sets just to play around with.
>> No. 409354 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 3:34 pm
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>>409350 There are places online in China that will fully build your circuits for you at a fraction of what you pay here in Britain.

They can be frustrating to use. I still get my stuff built in the UK (on PCBs sourced overseas, unless I'm in a 2-day hurry).
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1st April 2017
Saturday 3:57 pm
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>>409351

There's a cocktail bar here where I live that has a pretty spectacular looking arrangement of these translucent white plastic panels that emit a diffuse light which changes gradually within the space of a few minutes through different shades of pastel, basically.

I asked them where they got these lighting fixtures, and they said something that they were custom made for their cocktail bar, and that they altogether cost around £2,000 to have made and installed (ok, we're talking about a dozen of these panels all around the bar). I just thought it might be a nice idea to have something like it in my own livingroom, but without the hefty price tag, by building it myself.
>> No. 409367 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 10:06 pm
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>>409356
The links below should be everything you need to make an A4 sized prototype.
(I'm not sure how translucent the perspex sheet will be, you might need to sample different types. And I haven't checked the measurements of the frame.)
The RGB strip has pre-programmed modes that will automatically cycle through colours like you described.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Colour-Perspex-Acrylic-Sheet-Plastic-Material-Panel-Cut-to-Size-A5-A4-A3-A2-A1-/201121042564?var=&hash=item2ed3bf9084:m:mio3EsvgrXmIqP7Vf07s70w
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deep-Art-Picture-Frames-in-9-Colours-Wooden-Black-White-Brown-Natural-New-/290837060907?var=&hash=item43b73d5d2b:m:mzraEwB9fANE2IhIuoozzpw
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5Meter-RGB-Color-Waterproof-16-Changing-Mode-3528-Flexible-300-LED-Strip-Kit-Set-/301450248899?hash=item462fd5c2c3:g:VuMAAOSw0vBUkOvz
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-12V-2A-Power-Adapter-Transformer-Extension-Line-For-3528-5050-LED-Strip-Light-/291306448721?tfrom=301437158496&tpos=unknow&ttype=price&talgo=origal
>> No. 409369 Anonymous
1st April 2017
Saturday 11:10 pm
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>>409367

Interesting. I will have a look.
>> No. 409372 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 12:31 am
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I just watched the film "Arrival".

Am I the only one who is utterly disappointed by this vein of sci fi movie with every new one that comes out? It seems that in recent years, we have had a few really quite ambitious sci fi flicks about spaceships, aliens and other planets and what-have-you, but they simply try too hard. They want to be philosophical, thought provoking masterpieces, and aren't content with shooting for anything less than that. But what they deliver is an ungodly hodgepodge of Eastern philosophy, existantialism and any number of other similarly half cooked concepts.

It was beyond me how movies like "Interstellar" received such high critical acclaim, when all they do is just spend two hours all over the place and absorbed in plotless philosophical self-masturbation. And I am sorry, but "Arrival" is hardly much better. Yes, we get it, we all need to spend more time talking to each other and less time fighting wars, or planning to shoot alien spaceships out of the sky.

But I really like sci fi/alien movies better which aren't so fraught with pointless drivel but are a little more "hands on".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCbfMkh940Q
>> No. 409379 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 6:07 am
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>>409372
I quite liked Interstellar.

I did watch it after taking a fairly heavy dose of a ketamine analogue, and it seemed a perfect fit for that. The irony of these intellectual sci-fi movies is that they're much more fun if you just let all the trite symbolism and pop-science/pseudo-philosophy just wash over you and enjoy the ride. I expect to do the same with Ghost in the Shell; based on the first impression reviews I've skimmed, I have absolutely no intention of watching it sober.

(For my sins, I did genuinely enjoy Source Code and Inception, conceptually. Even if they take themselves too seriously and wander into needless complexity and cringeworthy pretension, they remain a refreshing break from the endless comic adaptations that make up the bulk of the rest of action sci-fi releases.)

Another proper Alien movie would be nice, though. In Alien Isolation, putting the "game" bit aside, they managed to nail the human characters and emotion pretty well, and if a videogame can do it then Ridley needs to pull his thumb out of his fucking arse and make a good one. Or get Cameron back on board, if he can ever escape the mess he's got himself into with the Avatar films.
>> No. 409382 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 9:28 am
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>>409379

Whynon earth anyone thought a live action remake of GotS was necessary is beyond e. Hollywood really has run out of ideas.
>> No. 409383 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 11:51 am
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>>409372
Have you seen Contact? Arrival is like a 2016 version of that.
>> No. 409384 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 1:46 pm
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>>409383

Contact was shit as well.

Jodie Foster was quite alright in it, but even she couldn't keep the film from being a major disappointment.


>>409379

>Another proper Alien movie would be nice, though.

There is one in the works. Alien: Covenant is coming out in May.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2316204/

Very sadly, without Sigourney Weaver. It's like Terminator without Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pointless.
>> No. 409388 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 6:09 pm
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Lads, I had a window whose locking mechanism became jammed shut a couple of months back. Its fixed now but the poor ventilation has led to the formation of black mould in a really awkward corner to get to on the ceiling.

Its a 5 minute job to fix of course but I can't be arsed. Do you think I could just leave the window open and the problem will solve itself? Perhaps I could even angle a mirror to reflect sunlight onto that corner.

>>409372
I think the problem with discussing science fiction is that the setting is just a tool to explore other themes but for cultural reasons they get a common label. Predator has less in common with Gattaca than it does Die Hard for example.

The real problem once this is accepted is that the action genre is stuck in a rut while films that are supposed to make you think or at least give fancy visuals still sell. Chris Stuckmann may not be the go-to on filmmaking but he puts together good arguments as to why this is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eac0lXfMs9c

Arrival was of course also trash.
>> No. 409389 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 7:39 pm
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>>409388
It's not really a problem of the genre, but of the audience. If you compare the focal points of Solaris, the recent film, to that of the book, they're totally different thematically.
>> No. 409392 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 9:37 pm
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>>409389

"Starship Troopers" also comes to mind. The book has been seen by many as overtly and unashamedly promoting militarism and fascism, while the movie unmistakably satirizes them (although the latter was probably lost on many of the core audience who saw it).

Would you like to know more?
>> No. 409393 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 10:18 pm
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Drowning my sorrows after my team took what was a great opportunity to win some silverware and utterly shit the fucking bed. Granted, the ref contributed after calling a player onside for making a retreat that was positively Stalinesque, but the fault really lies with the team for failing to take advantage of the opposition being a man down for half the match.
>> No. 409395 Anonymous
2nd April 2017
Sunday 10:20 pm
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>>409392
>"Starship Troopers" also comes to mind. The book has been seen by many as overtly and unashamedly promoting militarism and fascism, while the movie unmistakably satirizes them (although the latter was probably lost on many of the core audience who saw it).

The movie is barely related to the book at all, the original script was completely unrelated, the screenwriter had never even heard of it. It was only after the script was complete that someone pointed out some similarities, and so they got the right to use the name for the film, and they changed the characters names and other details here and there to make it more in line with the book.


On the subject of the book, I think anyone who says it "unashamedly promotes" militarism and fascism doesn't really get the point Heinlein was trying to make, (particularly so if you take it in context of his full bibliography.) Part of the message is promoting what could be considered the exact opposite of fascism; all the races and nations of Earth become perfectly united once humans start to travel outside the solar system. Through most of the book, the reader is assuming the main character is American, his Filipino ethnicity is only revealed (in an off-hand and insignificant way) later in the book.
The most significant message in the book shouldn't be seen as a promotion of militarism, but instead it is an argument against pacifism. War is seen here as the lesser of two evils, considering that the enemy they are facing is impossible to communicate with and sees humans as nothing other than food.
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2nd April 2017
Sunday 10:53 pm
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>>409395

>but instead it is an argument against pacifism. War is seen here as the lesser of two evils, considering that the enemy they are facing is impossible to communicate with and sees humans as nothing other than food.


Yes, but that's kind of an unconvincing argument though. Because at least so far, we haven't been visited by any aliens, let alone ones that were superior to us or were threatening to disrupt society as deeply and gravely as the alien invaders in Starship Troopers or maybe Independence Day.

You're essentially saying pacifism is bad because it will be useless against malevolent aliens. Or by extention, I'll let you have that, against a human enemy as well who just can't be reasoned with. But so far, any and all wars and armed conflicts have been fought between humans on this planet. Humans who, in spite of themselves, should at least have a shred of reason and sensibility. Even the two Cold War superpowers who were very realistically capable of ending the world with their vast stock of nuclear weapons in the end realised that a full blown nuclear war between them would have led to and solved nothing.

As long as wars are fought between human beings and on Earth, any war is a failure. A failure of the human spirit, a failure to utilise the one thing that sets us apart from all the other species on this planet. The capability for reason, cooperation and complex critical thought. And even if you said, what if there's a group of human enemies who are so hell bent on destroying another country and all life in it that it becomes an existential threat to that country which cannot be reasoned with, I once again say that war is failure. And maybe even your need to point to a potential, and as yet unrealistic alien threat to give validity to your argument is a failure to carry a rational debate about militarism and pacifism.
>> No. 409400 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 7:18 am
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>>409395

Heinlein was a fascist fucking cunt. All his books are designed to be imagines as full of blond haired, blued eyed good little Aryan soldiers. Sorry mate. You notice that fucking *every other* sci-fi author publishing at the time had pretty unsubtle clues as to the ethnicity of the protagonists? There was a reason for that.
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3rd April 2017
Monday 8:04 am
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>>409400

He was probably closer to being an early ancap. I know the alt-right flirts heavily with the "libertarian" and "anarcho"-capitalist camp, so that might seem a nit pick, but fascism is inherently corporatist and ancapism is inherently individualist; both creeds take it to polar extremes, and I don't think they're reconcilable. Heinlein was an individualist, I think he just tried to describe alternate possible configurations for human society that would "work", which is the job of a good sci-fi author.
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3rd April 2017
Monday 9:13 am
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>Yes, but that's kind of an unconvincing argument though. Because at least so far, we haven't been visited by any aliens, let alone ones that were superior to us or were threatening to disrupt society as deeply and gravely as the alien invaders in Starship Troopers or maybe Independence Day.
>> No. 409404 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 9:26 am
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>>409396
>You're essentially saying pacifism is bad because it will be useless against malevolent aliens.
It's a deliberately extreme situation to illustrate the point. It's a response to people who said the Americans should never have joined the wars in Europe, and should have turned the other cheek to Pearl Harbour. He doesn't promote militarism at all in my opinion, he promotes pure and unadulterated pragmatism.
He also speaks a lot about the subject of pacifism on an individual level too. He shows completely contrasting attitudes towards violence between situations in developed and lawful societies, and societies at pioneer/wild-west like states of development.

>>409400
>Heinlein was a fascist fucking cunt. All his books are designed to be imagines as full of blond haired, blued eyed good little Aryan soldiers
(Apart from all the red-heads he writes about.)
It's not so much that all his characters are blond and blue-eyed, I feel that it's more that the race of his characters is so completely irrelevant to him that he glosses over it. There are exceptions where race is deliberately the focus of the plot, such as where a family has a black man as a paid servant, the main character treats him as a member of the family, leading to a lot of arguments with his wife (a drunken slob) who tries to treat him a slave. (Slavery is something Heinlein speaks very very strongly against.) And other examples such as starship troopers, where the main character is Filipino.
(He also writes a lot about incest and consensual noncing of daughters, but that's neither here nor there.)

>He was probably closer to being an early ancap. I know the alt-right flirts heavily with the "libertarian" and "anarcho"-capitalist camp, so that might seem a nit pick, but fascism is inherently corporatist and ancapism is inherently individualist; both creeds take it to polar extremes, and I don't think they're reconcilable. Heinlein was an individualist, I think he just tried to describe alternate possible configurations for human society that would "work", which is the job of a good sci-fi author.
I agree with this. His vision of an ideal society was one where the government gives every citizen is given enough money to lead a comfortable life whether they work or not, all work becomes voluntary. But most of his stories are set closer to reality, corporatism is mostly portrayed as something unwelcome and unsavoury, but generally effective at improving the well-being of humanity in the right circumstances.
>> No. 409405 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 10:02 am
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>>409404

>It's a deliberately extreme situation to illustrate the point.

If you need to illustrate your point with a situation so extreme it's not very likely it will ever happen and is for all intents and purposes quite removed from reality, then you are really shooting yourself in the foot though. Because it doesn't lend validity to the point you are trying to make at all.


>It's a response to people who said the Americans should never have joined the wars in Europe, and should have turned the other cheek to Pearl Harbour.

Well, and just where was the U.S. when Hitler rose to power and started discriminating against Jews pretty much right from the word go, and had a series of racial laws passed as early as 1935? Where were the later Western allies when Hitler invaded Bohemia and the Sudetenland, as well as Austria and incorporated them into the Reich?

Chamberlain's appeasement bid was too little, too late. The world had been letting the lunatics run the asylum in Germany for too many years and was really quite unfussed about Hitler. All the while ignoring that he was preparing his military for war at least from the mid-1930s onward. Also, many Americans, mostly Wall Street bankers, made loads of money collaborating with Nazi Germany. It is thought that George W. Bush's grandfather Prescott Bush owed much of his wealth, which laid the foundation for his family's power and influence, to financing businesses in Nazi Germany. Even Henry Ford made money off the Germans with his factory in Cologne.

There are many ways you can cripple a country and deter it from attempting world domination. If the rest of the world had been more determined to wield all its diplomatic pressure in unison, just maybe WWII could have been prevented altogether. And to call it pragmatism to send your armies quite some time after the shit has hit the fan (the U.S. did wait until Pearl Harbor to join the war at all!) can well mean ignoring the fact that you failed diplomatically because you didn't try hard enough. And even when WWII started, the U.S. government continued to stay out of it deliberately because they knew that going to fight another war in Europe was going to be a very unpopular decision, just 20 odd years after many Americans had given their lives in WWI.

No matter which way you slice it, war is always human failure, a failure of humanity even before the first shots are fired. War isn't the continuation of diplomacy by other means. It is the result of a complete failure of diplomacy.
>> No. 409406 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 10:43 am
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>>409405
Isn't all sci-fi satire "a situation so extreme it's not very likely it will ever happen"? Why can we dismiss Heinlein's world but not, say, Orwell's or Huxley's?
>> No. 409408 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 12:58 pm
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>>409405
Alien invasions have already happened, look at the colonisation of the new world.
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3rd April 2017
Monday 1:01 pm
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>>409392

>while the movie unmistakably satirizes them (although the latter was probably lost on many of the core audience who saw it).

And, indeed, on many film critics, who panned it as mindless, low-brow pulp.

Paul Verhoeven films are always a good barometer on whether or not someone is worth listening to.
>> No. 409410 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 1:10 pm
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>>409379

(I know it's bad manners to double past but I've read the thread backwards so whatever)

Ghost in the Shell was actually really good, I went to see it with the mrs this weekend. I think I'd say I actually prefer it to the source material; the neckband will tell you it lost a lot of philosophical depth, but I would respond that it's worth it if you get more relatable dialog and characters, as opposed to that awful forced writing you tend to get in anime. Besides which, you're kidding yourself you believe the original wasn't style over substance to start with.

It has a few scenes that will make gain like an idiot though in the attention to detail they've paid; some of the shots are identical to the original artwork. And they sealed the deal for nerd cred when the non-cyborg cop, who barely features as a character, nevertheless uses the same firearm he was meant to use in the anime.

I'd give it a solid 8, don't listen to the snobs.
>> No. 409411 Anonymous
3rd April 2017
Monday 2:27 pm
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>>409409

>And, indeed, on many film critics, who panned it as mindless, low-brow pulp.

To me, Starship Troopers has always been a very enjoyable film on many levels.

For one thing, of course, I like the subtle yet glaring satirization of the above mentioned militarism and fascism. It always gives me a chuckle how unflinchingly boastful the movie is in that respect.

But also, it's just very entertaining. It doesn't aim for lofty ideas about existentialism and philosophy which have fallen so resoundingly flat on their face in "Arrival" or "Interstellar", but it is just a good old Alien shoot-em-up.

And the CGI and other special effects were also top notch for its time of circa 1997/98. It is also an interesting time capsule in terms of how the Internet's visual aesthetics began permeating films and other works of art in the late 1990s.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_7FaWnlhS4
>> No. 409414 Anonymous
4th April 2017
Tuesday 11:08 am
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>>409406

>Isn't all sci-fi satire "a situation so extreme it's not very likely it will ever happen"? Why can we dismiss Heinlein's world but not, say, Orwell's or Huxley's?


Tricky, that one. Life has indeed been imitating art to some degree. George Orwell probably had no way of foreseeing just how a surveillance society as portrayed in "1984" would take shape in detail in our modern world, and that the Internet would make it such a piece of piss for governments to constantly keep a close watch on their citizens. But I think what made him anticipate it in a more roundabout way was the general nature of politics, which you didn't need to be a genius to protract into the future, and the historical precedent of Germany's totalitarian fascist government which had ceased to exist just three years before he wrote "1984", as well as totalitarian currents in the post-war Soviet Union, but also in Western democracies, e.g. the Un-American Activities Committee.

And then you have sci fi authors like Arthur C. Clarke, who made a baffling amount of predictions about the future which then materialised. Clarke foresaw satellites (the Clarke Orbit is even named after him, in which many geostationary satellites are located today) as well as the Internet. Was Clarke a true visionary, or were there just a lot of geeks among scientists who were fans of Arthur C. Clarke's works and took them as inspiration for the directions in which they pushed 20th century technologies?
>> No. 409415 Anonymous
4th April 2017
Tuesday 7:45 pm
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Old lads, was Josh Snow always this dippy and weird, or is he just going a bit senile?
>> No. 409416 Anonymous
4th April 2017
Tuesday 9:47 pm
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>>409415

Which one is he? I always get confused with people called Snow, there are so many of them. Dan, Jon, Josh, Peter, Jon...
>> No. 409419 Anonymous
4th April 2017
Tuesday 10:31 pm
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If any of you lads like speculative sci-fi then try John Brunner:

Stand on Zanzibar, a novel set in 2010 about overpopulation

The sheep Look Up: set in 2014 about air pollution

The Shockwave Rider: a book mainly about how how his vision of the internet can be used to spy on us.

All really good reads, though SoZ is by far the best due to the structure of the book and the world building.
>> No. 409427 Anonymous
5th April 2017
Wednesday 6:52 pm
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>>409416

Damn, it's never nice finding out you've made such a basic mistake. Especially a day after the fact; like I started keeping caltrops in my shower.
>> No. 409622 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 11:14 am
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I hate seasonal holidays. And the fact that today is Good Friday is neither here nor there for me.
>> No. 409623 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 12:22 pm
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>>409622
Good Friday is possibly the most boring public holiday of the year.
>> No. 409624 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 2:29 pm
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>>409623

And what's so good about it anyway. Never understood why it is called that.

When I was little, I also couldn't get my head around the meaning of Boxing Day. This was not helped by my older brother telling me every year that it was called Boxing Day because it was the one day of the year where he was allowed to punch me and nobody could do anything about it (it never occurred to me that maybe the same would apply to me punching him, but there you go, he was four years older and quite aware that I was very easy to tease).
>> No. 409625 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 2:48 pm
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>>409624

It's called Good Friday because it's the day Jesus sacrificed himself to save the world.
>> No. 409626 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 2:54 pm
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I left everything until the last minute again so I get to spend a weekend busy which probably isn't all that good for my health considering all the coffee I'll drink. Any tips on becoming one of those people who does things well in advance?

>>409624
>And what's so good about it anyway. Never understood why it is called that.

Nobody is sure. They think it either means good as in holy or has been a corruption of God Friday.
>> No. 409627 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 3:24 pm
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>>409625
And give us all a bank holiday weekend.
>> No. 409632 Anonymous
14th April 2017
Friday 5:41 pm
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>> No. 409636 Anonymous
15th April 2017
Saturday 1:22 am
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Tonight is the first night in well over three months that I am having a noteworthy amount of alcohol. I was going through a period of bad luck where I was stricken with severe influenza for a few weeks, then with a bad stomach flu, and subsequently I had bronchitis for two weeks. And during all that time, those three months, I had less than half a dozen pints all put together. It was undoubtedly no unhealthy side effect of me being sick all the time, but tonight, I felt like having a bit more to drink. Got home from the pub with my mates a while ago, and now I am having a bottle or two of Stella in front of the TV with my laptop on my sofa.

Can't say I really missed it, but it was of course fun knocking back a few again tonight with my mates.
>> No. 409638 Anonymous
15th April 2017
Saturday 2:32 am
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>>409636
Sounds like you had a Good Friday.
>> No. 409647 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 10:35 am
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>>409626
Which itself is a contraction of TGI Friday.
>> No. 409648 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 11:13 am
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>>409647

Which itself is a constriction of TFI Friday.

I'll get me coat.
>> No. 409650 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 12:44 pm
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Well then, happy Easter to you, .gs.
>> No. 409651 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 2:11 pm
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We're all going to die in nuclear fire apparently. Might as well commit sudoku.
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16th April 2017
Sunday 5:10 pm
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16th April 2017
Sunday 5:16 pm
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>>409651
Do you think this was printed before North Korea's deadly new missile exploded on the launchpad?
>> No. 409661 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 7:17 pm
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Herroh fom prace of FEEHDOM

I am bes leadA evah. Jus like Fiddle Castro. We do same thing but no studen like me. Go studen bah u see Fiddle face but no mah face. Why studen, u fukink stupit?

Join me as Fiddle dead now.
>> No. 409662 Anonymous
16th April 2017
Sunday 7:46 pm
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>>409661
I'm moaning this post for being unfunny but thank you at least for reminding me of the most I've ever laughed in my life, which was watching Team America in the cinema with the ladm8s when I was 16 or so. For a child of the 9/11 generation it was perfection. Fuck yeah!
>> No. 409685 Anonymous
17th April 2017
Monday 11:07 pm
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>>409662
Time to dig out the DVD for a rewatch.
>> No. 409686 Anonymous
17th April 2017
Monday 11:21 pm
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>>409651

Only the Daily Mirror would afford an announcement of eight pages of Easter puzzles nearly as much space on page one as the news that there might very realistically be a nuclear war.

Hey, you need to have something to keep your mind off the end of the world while you're inside your nuclear bunker. Might as well be Easter puzzles.
>> No. 409715 Anonymous
18th April 2017
Tuesday 2:10 pm
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>>409686

It won't involve us so it isn't a real problem.
>> No. 409726 Anonymous
18th April 2017
Tuesday 4:20 pm
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>>409715

Ignorance is bliss.
>> No. 410022 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 5:39 pm
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I'm bored and unfuckable at a train station and it's only going to get worse from here, lads.
>> No. 410029 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 8:07 pm
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>>410022

Yeah but at least you are aware of it.
>> No. 410036 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 9:13 pm
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>>410029

Yeah, I'm aware I'm going to get prostate cancer, it doesn't make me happier about it.

I've just been angry and lonely and horny all week. It's crap.
>> No. 410039 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 9:24 pm
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>>410036

That's why god invented fat lasses. Get yourself down to 'spoons, get a few jars down your neck and do something you'll regret in the morning.
>> No. 410046 Anonymous
28th April 2017
Friday 10:28 pm
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I will be going on holiday soon and just got my suitcase out of the basement. The inside of it has really absorbed that typical stale, mouldy basement smell. I don't want my clothes to smell like Joseph Fritzl when I go on holiday. So I just febrezed the hell out of it, hoping that that will take care of it. Online sources recommended anything from applying diluted peroxide to leaving a few sachets of baking soda in it for a few days. But I must say I like the smell of Febreze.
>> No. 410055 Anonymous
29th April 2017
Saturday 2:10 am
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>>410046
Air it out lad.

You shouldn't leave clothing stagnant for too long regardless, it'll go mouldy.
>> No. 410082 Anonymous
30th April 2017
Sunday 2:36 am
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I think I might take up low level alcoholism, like in that Mitchell and Webb sketch.
>> No. 410101 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 4:23 pm
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>>410082

That can lead you on a dark path though.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIRtfIrNOZU
>> No. 410102 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 4:51 pm
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>>410101

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4lTazX3asg
I prefer this one.
>> No. 410103 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 5:16 pm
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Because I doubt I'm the only one who watched Line of Duty and it's too late for a thread about it on /v/...

After the finale I don't understand why Steve was attacked by one of the balaclava men when he was going to meet Huntley's husband. He phoned Jimmy. Jimmy phoned a balaclava man on a burner phone. I don't get why.
>> No. 410104 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 5:37 pm
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>>410102

>IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16

Jesus, how old is this clip?
>> No. 410106 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 5:45 pm
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I just noticed that one of my neighbours in a flat across from mine has taken the cat net off her balcony. She had a cat net all around it which spanned the whole height of her balcony up to that of the person living above her.

Did the cat find its way past it and plunged to its death? Did it get run over? Did it die of old age? It didn't really seem very old.

Shut up already, brain.
>> No. 410107 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 6:19 pm
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>>410106

Maybe it is in your fridge?
>> No. 410108 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 6:19 pm
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>>410106

Maybe it is in your fridge?
>> No. 410110 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 7:28 pm
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>>410104

More than ten years. The first series of That Mitchell and Webb Look aired in 2006.

You can now legally shag someone who was born in the year 2000. Here's a list of things that happened that year:

The Real Slim Shady
Who Let The Dogs Out
Can We Fix It?
Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta
Concorde crash
Fuel protests
Harold Shipman sentenced
Ken Livingstone elected mayor
Nokia 3310
Gamecube
Playstation 2
LimeWire
Pentium 4
The Weakest Link
Trigger Happy TV
Big Brother
Da Ali G Show
The Sims
CounterStrike
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Quake III Arena
Pokemon Yellow

OH GOD I'M SO OLD.
>> No. 410111 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 7:50 pm
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>>410110

What I find oddd is how mentally I place those events at different periods. Like I assume pokemon yellow, and Red Alert to be slightly older and The Sims and
Ken Livingstone elected mayor to be more recent. It's only when I think about events in my life at that time I start putting them all in the same place.
>> No. 410113 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 8:48 pm
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>>410110
By my reckoning, for the next few months at least, Brass Eye is fair game, except for Paedogeddon, which is underage.
>> No. 410114 Anonymous
1st May 2017
Monday 11:04 pm
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>>410113

>Paedogeddon

Anybody remember the anecdote of some thug vandalising the front door to a doctor's practice because it had a sign on it that that doctor was a paediatrician?

We're doomed as a species. And that isn't even pondering the fact that somebody, however dim, would not only mistake a paediatrician for a paedophile, but actually think that a nonce would advertise the fact that they are a nonce with a sign on their front door.
>> No. 410120 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 1:34 am
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>>410110

Stop it please. There's a fit 16 year old at work and the fact a person I'm physically attracted to is too young to remember 9/11 or has ever used a telephone box is causing me great existential pain.
>> No. 410121 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 1:41 am
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>>410111

I'm the same. If you'd asked me to put those events on a timeline, I'd have put the fuel protests about five years after Bob the Builders hit song.

To be fair I was 11 then so my memory is probably hazy
>> No. 410124 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 8:35 am
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>>410114
>>Anybody remember the anecdote of some thug vandalising the front door to a doctor's practice because it had a sign on it that that doctor was a paediatrician?

We're doomed as a species. And that isn't even pondering the fact that somebody, however dim, would not only mistake a paediatrician for a paedophile, but actually think that a nonce would advertise the fact that they are a nonce with a sign on their front door.

There are several incidents like that. I experienced a similar situation about twelve years ago online when a man became angry at my use of the word oxymoron. He thought I was calling him a moron, which in hindsight would have been accurate, and made all sorts of angry threats, the best of which was promising to beat me into the gutter if I ever came to Wembley.
>> No. 410127 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 9:16 am
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>>410124
> but actually think that a nonce would advertise the fact that they are a nonce with a sign on their front door.
Even their craftiest plans at evasion fall through. Reverse psychology and all that.
>> No. 410128 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:44 am
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>>410120

Well she is 16. That is the age of consent. If she wants, she can fuck anybody from 16 to the end of the physcially possible human lifespan.

If that makes it alright for a middle-aged git to obsess about her is quite another question.

That said, I was stumped the other week when I drove home one of my parents' oldest friends and her granddaughter. She is 17, and at some point, a song by Oasis came on the radio. So I said "Man, those were the days... I was a big Oasis fan!". And then the 17-year-old said, "What's Oasis?"

You begin to understand deep time once you've knocked on the door of middle age. You get an appreciation for the fleeting nature of time, and the fact that you really only live once. Every generation leaves its own mark, most of which is then forgotten again by the following generations.
>> No. 410130 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:48 am
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>>410128
My brother's girlfriend who is, if not older than me, at least my age, with a degree in music, had never heard of the Rolling Stones. I don't think it's just a question of age for people to be ignorant about some glaring things, occasionally.
>> No. 410131 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 12:02 pm
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>>410130

Agreed, I guess. And I think it's unforgivable to not know certain bands with such a lasting influence on pop music. Even if Britpop was before your time and you have barely been given to understand that it was a fad in the 90s which only lasted half a decade, if that, I don't see how you can actually not have heard of Oasis.

Not knowing the Rolling Stones is certainly the bigger insult to music history, but again, you should at least be aware of the biggest frontrunners of a musical movement such as Britpop in the late 1990s.

Also, if something lik this doesn't still give you goose bumps, then maybe music isn't for you to begin with:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q
>> No. 410133 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 12:26 pm
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>>410131

It depends what you're into, I suppose. I was one year old when The Charlatans hit the top 10, but I could still talk to you for hours about britpop and the five decades of influence that led up to it.

But if someone named the most impactful dance music producer in history, I might not even have heard the name.
>> No. 410134 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 12:56 pm
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>>410133

>But if someone named the most impactful dance music producer in history, I might not even have heard the name.


I think that is also because the music scene is becoming ever more fragmented. In dance music alone, you've got about a dozen different sub-genres.
>> No. 410137 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 1:38 pm
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>>410134

True. Touring in bands a decade ago showed me that you'd have subgenre divides even on the local level. I'd have thought the internet (myspace at that time) would have brought music communities closer together, but it just seemed to dig even deeper ruts for that specific niche they liked.

I wonder if it's any different now. It's hard to tell since I'm an old man who doesn't go to gigs anymore.
>> No. 410138 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 1:38 pm
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There is an exercise in who is your kingmaker that dictates the artists you are aware of.

Essentially if you don't know an artist exists how are you ever going to know? 1. 'Something tells you' - be it a friend, a magazine, the news, the radio. 2. ‘You need to listen to them’. Either in a live or recorded format. And that means that the industry does a certain level of self-selection.

This gives kingmakers a certain level of power to make or break musicians and define the zeitgeist. And this has definitely lead to corruption. For example the US charts aren't an objective exercise you can sell the most records and not reach number 1.

The problem in recent history is that the old king makers are dead. People don't listen to the radio like they did, and even if you do, the music isn't as current and cutting edge as it used to be, and anybody can now load their song onto YouTube, and sound cloud. The only difference now really between a successful artist and an amateur is how many people are willing to listen to their music.

If there is a new kingmaker I'm not sure I've found it. Getting into the news seems to be important which is why Kanye West being such an utterly embarrassing shit show is probably the finest marketing move of the 21st century. There are lots of better artists then him. But I'm not sure I'd be able to name them.
>> No. 410139 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 1:45 pm
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>>410138

For me, it's spotify. It recommends music based on what I already listen to. It's lead me down some great paths. It really reminds me of being a 16 year old poring though Artrocker and Pitchfork for the newest/obscurest bands.

I can just pick a song and get it to generate a playlist of stuff it thinks is similar. I'm sure the other streaming music services do the same thing. It's great.
>> No. 410142 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 3:39 pm
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Just woke up with pasty crumbs on my shoulder. What is even happening?
>> No. 410143 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 3:51 pm
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>>410138

>Essentially if you don't know an artist exists how are you ever going to know? 1. 'Something tells you' - be it a friend, a magazine, the news, the radio. 2. ‘You need to listen to them’. Either in a live or recorded format. And that means that the industry does a certain level of self-selection.


A few nights ago, the Depeche Mode documentary "101" was on TV again. And it revealed two fundamental truths about the music business and how it has changed since the Internet.

In "101", Martin Gore, the creative mind behind Depeche Mode for much of its career, was filmed going into a local record store in Nashville, Tennessee, to sample some of the local country music. He bought audio cassettes (this was in 1988!) of various different local country music acts to listen to them during moments of downtime on the tour bus. And at another point of the documentary, he said that Depeche Mode were really kind of a niche band in the United States, and that turnouts at venues were greatly depending on whether local radio stations had been intruducing listeners to Depeche Mode beforehand. He said that Depeche Mode tended to do well in areas where DJs had been playing their music on the radio.

So, two obvious things - the Internet makes it vastly easier for bands to become acquainted with other kinds of music today, and it also means that the process of gathering a following has also changed drastically. But I guess in the end, in a way, the Internet is just a big record store and radio station all in one. Everything is just on a much more vast scale now.
>> No. 410145 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 4:53 pm
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>>410143

The bigger change IMO is the inverted economics of the music business. In the 80s, bands toured to promote their record. Today, they promote their record to sell gig tickets. Touring used to be a mildly profitable or break-even exercise that sold a ton of albums, but today it's the cash cow of the industry.

Record company accounting has always been dodgy, but today it's basically impossible for an act to make a living on record sales unless they're Adele or Ed Sheeran. A lot of household names make literally nothing on an album launch because of the dominance of streaming and piracy. On the other hand, live revenues have gone absolutely mental. Arena acts charging £65 for mediocre seats are the norm rather than the exception; mid-level acts touring Academy venues and arts centres are charging twice what they used to for tickets.

It's why you don't see one-hit-wonders any more. Stock Aitken and Waterman could make really good money with a load of no-marks selling novelty records, but today it's a completely pointless exercise. The only reason to release a record is as a promotional tool for live gigs.

This economic inversion has had all sorts of weird effects. Ultra-niche acts with tiny followings can make a comfortable living as long as their fans are loyal enough to keep buying tickets. They don't need any promotion if they can build their following organically by word-of-mouth. Breaking a new act into the mainstream has become much harder, because there's no equivalent of Top of the Pops or the chart show. The music economy has become increasingly polarised - there's a cult underground, there are arena megastars, but there's not a lot in between.

A band like Depeche Mode couldn't exist today. There's just no room in the industry for that kind of breakthrough act. The charts were democratic in a way that radio playlists aren't. Playlisters select tracks that they think will appeal to an imaginary office worker, rather than selecting what they genuinely believe to be the best new releases.

On balance I think that the situation is an improvement for musicians, but I do worry about the future. The income of the music industry is dominated by old acts that were established before Napster. Innovation is happening, but it just doesn't have the opportunity to reach the mainstream. I'm not sure that the next generation of teenagers are going to have the opportunity to hear music that's relevant to their lives.
>> No. 410147 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 5:40 pm
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>>410145
Whose life was Bohemian Rhapsody relevant to? I pass kids on the street and they're listening to what sounds like some sort of grime hiphop stuff that was recorded in their mate's shed.
>> No. 410148 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 6:19 pm
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>>410145

To be fair, all the younger lads I went to school with who had bands are now the dominant players in their scenes in the UK. But they got there but giving their music away for free and touring. They are setting pretty goddamn pretty for guys in their late 20's.
>> No. 410150 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 6:23 pm
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>>410142
Have you just turned 30?
>> No. 410151 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 9:26 pm
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>>410150

32. But these guys have been comfortably living off music for a decade.
>> No. 410152 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 9:50 pm
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>>410151
I was replying to pastycrumblad, not you.
>> No. 410154 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:02 pm
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>>410145

>A band like Depeche Mode couldn't exist today

Depeche Mode got their first big break on Top of the Pops, btw. They famously travelled by commuter train from Basildon to the BBC studio with their keyboards and other cumbersome gear in tow to do their TV appearance.

There's another thing that doesn't quite exist in this way anymore. Back in those days, an appearance on TOTP could simply instantly over night make your career. There were a considerable number of previously unknown acts who rose to near instant national fame. Gary Numan is one example. He was a loner, unknown even to the majority of the synthpop scene and its most knowledgeable insiders. And that all changed after TOTP.

It's hard to think of anything that can similarly boost your music career today. An appearance on TOTP wasn't just coveted, it was THE biggest chance you ever got to make yourself known to wider audiences.
>> No. 410155 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:08 pm
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>Anybody remember the anecdote of some thug vandalising the front door to a doctor's practice because it had a sign on it that that doctor was a paediatrician?
I'm fairly sure I read an article about how this was an urban myth and no such event was ever confirmed to have happened.
>> No. 410156 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:21 pm
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>>410155

>I'm fairly sure I read an article about how this was an urban myth and no such event was ever confirmed to have happened.

You stand corrected.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/aug/30/childprotection.society

>Self-styled vigilantes attacked the home of a hospital paediatrician after apparently confusing her professional title with the word "paedophile", it emerged yesterday.

>Dr Yvette Cloete, a specialist registrar in paediatric drugs at the Royal Gwent hospital in Newport, was forced to flee her house after vandals daubed it with graffiti in the middle of the night.

>The word "paedo" was written across the front porch and door of the house she shared with her brother in the village of St Brides, south Wales.
>> No. 410157 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:30 pm
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>>410156
How do we know the graffiti wasn't intended for the brother?
>> No. 410159 Anonymous
2nd May 2017
Tuesday 11:51 pm
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>>410156
Fair enough.

There is this to contradict it slightly: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/a-tale-told-too-much-the-paediatrician-vigilantes/
but it's mostly downplaying the "angry mob" story, rather than claiming the graffiti never happened.
>> No. 410161 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 12:10 am
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>>410154

John Peel used to get massive listener numbers on Radio 1, playing all sorts of weird nonsense. He personally listened to every demo he was sent and played anything that he thought was interesting. There's a long and illustrious list of bands who owed their career to John Peel. These days, unsigned acts have been relegated to the very fringes of the BBC radio schedules.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzRnffFq__Q
>> No. 410162 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 1:09 am
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>>410161
Quick, someone daub "paedo" on his gravestone.

(He actually did fiddle a few teenagers, but they were all up for it and it was the 70s so nobody cared.)
>> No. 410164 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 12:03 pm
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>>410162

>(He actually did fiddle a few teenagers, but they were all up for it and it was the 70s so nobody cared.)

I think some of what has surfaced is really cases of false memory syndrome. Yes, some TV personalities did abuse teenagers, who were legally children, and coerced them into sex by use of their position of power or authority. Prison is the right place for them, and they have been getting what was coming to them.

But if somebody was of legal age back then and, at that moment in time, was up for it, then that should be the end of it. You shouldn't just get to reframe it as rape thirty or forty years after the fact, let alone with legal consequences. I have read stories of middle-aged housewives whose adult lives turned into complete clusterfucks, for one reason or another, and they blame it all on that one afternoon in the 70s where they willingly had sex with a randy TV personality. That isn't just a refusal to accept responsibility for your own actions in life, which you had decades to turn into something fruitful, but it is also showing the middle finger to actual victims of sexual abuse.
>> No. 410165 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 12:08 pm
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>>410164

Peel really is bang to rights - he married a 15-year-old and bragged about bedding schoolgirls. That doesn't diminish his brilliance as a DJ and his importance as a promoter of new music.
>> No. 410166 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 12:23 pm
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>>410165

Well, Bill Wyman went out and had sex with Mandy Smith when she was just 14 and he was approaching his mid-30s. If stories were to be believed, she actively pursued him. But even so, she was legally a child, and I'm not really sure how Bill Wyman was able to avoid prison.

Mandy Smith herself is kind of messed up in the head these days. I think a few years ago she became a radical Christian and is now campaigning for abstinence and tougher age of consent laws.

That's another thing about that generation. They had it all, they had all the wild sex and free drugs and outlandish parties and whatnot, but now they're in middle age hell and want to make everything tougher for young people. Almost like the Baby Boomers.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOW7gKmixA
>> No. 410167 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 12:50 pm
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>>410166
I'm not sure we should be judging the past by the standards of today. Evidently at least some of that sort of behaviour was considered acceptable at the time, even if not entirely legal. "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."
>> No. 410168 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 1:17 pm
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>>410167

Right... just look at how attitudes have changed towards the death penalty and corporal punishment in schools.

Or just take environmental pollution. My granddad has told me that when he was younger, every Saturday there would be queues of people with their cars on the river bank near where he lived, where they would go to give their cars a hand wash with water from the river and plenty of soap and other cleaning products. On busy days, that section of the river was frothing with all the soapy water from people washing their cars there. Nobody really gave a thought to what it was doing to plant and animal life in that river. But it was the mid-60s, so it was alright. I guess.
>> No. 410169 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 1:48 pm
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>>410167
Attitudes towards "acceptable" sexual interaction with minors crept in with the sexual liberation of the 60s/70s but got shot down pretty quickly at the time, and rightly so; it was a simple case of taking liberalisation too far, without concern for the consequences. See the legalisation and fairly rapid re-criminalisation of porn involving minors in Europe at that time.
>> No. 410170 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 3:08 pm
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>>410169

The pendulum does swing both ways over time. With the Sexual Revolution, sexuality was suddenly a free-for-all. Across the Western world, many sexual behaviours were suddenly decriminalised within the space of just a few years. Homosexuality became legal in the late 60s in Britain, and so did pornography, cohabitation between unmarried couples, and a few other things.

I'm not sure where I really stand on pornography being illegal under the age of 18. First of all, sexually explicit pictures of persons above age 16 were legal in Britain up until the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. Rags like The Sun probably owed half their readership to 16-year-old Page Three girls.

On the other hand, I think there is no real harm in saying that maybe you should have to be 18 before you can be a commercial porn actor or actress. Or even have topless pictures of you printed in the yellow press or published online. The big question that arises, though, is what you do with sexual pictures of 16- and 17-year-olds. They are old enough to have sex. With each other, and with legal adults. By indiscriminately making nude pictures of them a sex crime, I don't think you are helping anybody. Some countries, including the U.S., have seen what that leads to in its extremes, which is that you have hundreds of teenagers with a criminal record, some of them having to register as sex offenders for life, because they took naked pictures of their 16-year-old partners. Which they never planned to share with anybody, and just keep for personal use.

So some countries have now adopted "personal use" clauses in their criminal codes. Meaning if you are an underage couple and you have taken nude pictures of yourselves, they are legal for you to own for as long as you don't show them to anybody else.

And I think that's not a bad idea. No commercial porn under 18, but also not branding people as sexual criminals for owning naked pictures of their teenage sweetheart.
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3rd May 2017
Wednesday 5:05 pm
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>>410170
To this day I continue to find it bizarre that you can legally commit a sex act that you cannot legally record in any way even with the consent of all concerned.
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3rd May 2017
Wednesday 6:30 pm
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>> No. 410178 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 8:40 pm
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>>410174
I think you should be able to have sex with people who are 16 years old and I don't care if you ban me for it.
>> No. 410179 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 9:08 pm
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>>410178

I think they're more worried about indecent imagery than your daft opinion, ladm8.
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3rd May 2017
Wednesday 9:15 pm
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>>410178
We have had a zero-tolerance policy for discussions on anything relating to lowering the age of consent from day 1, for good reasons.
>> No. 410181 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 9:24 pm
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>>410180

Can't you just think of some daft word filters like you do for every other controversial topic?
>> No. 410182 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 9:49 pm
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>>410181
The word filters aren't there to prevent you discussing them, it just makes otherwise tedious conversations mildly amusing.
>> No. 410183 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 10:03 pm
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>>410182
They do have the beneficial side effect of discouraging such discussions.
>> No. 410184 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 10:16 pm
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It's difficult to discuss age of consent issues calmly because a) it always brings out all the bona fide paedos who want it lowered to whatever age they fancy the most, and b) in light of what has been happening the last few years, well, it's not like many people will welcome such ideas with open arms in the first place. And despite your own best intentions, you will make yourself look like a nonce sooner than you know.

I agree that we must tread very carefully on .gs. Because the paedos have a sixth sense for any kind of online web forum/image board debate on the issue. They will home in on you, out of nowhere, faster than you can ban them, and spout their noncery. I know, because as a younglad, I used to be a mod for a (now defunct) general political debate forum, where you could debate anything from the government's tax plan to motorway speed limits and foreign policy. Everytime somebody started a topic in any way related to age of consent or teenage sex, suddenly you had people arguing that an age of consent of sixteen was just as arbitrary as twelve, and whatnot. Very difficult to stay on top of something like that as a mod, once it's in full swing.

So let's leave it at that now on here and get back to other stuff. The mod has my sympathy.
>> No. 410185 Anonymous
3rd May 2017
Wednesday 10:27 pm
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>>410182

I know.
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3rd May 2017
Wednesday 10:27 pm
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>>410184
I say we raise the age of consent to at least 100. That should settle the debate for once and for all. By the time anyone's able to do it legally they're neither inclined nor equipped to do it.
>> No. 410296 Anonymous
7th May 2017
Sunday 2:41 pm
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I am sitting in the livingroom of my flat with the balcony door open, and there's an immense waft of somebody smoking weed coming in right now. I have tried to locate the source, but whoever is getting stoned isn't doing it on any of the other balconies.
>> No. 410324 Anonymous
8th May 2017
Monday 9:01 pm
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I ate two apples and suddenly am feeling quite depressed.

Apparently six apples from ASDA are 7 recommended servings, I'm not quite sure how this is supposed to work.
>> No. 410330 Anonymous
8th May 2017
Monday 10:41 pm
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>>410324

An apple is 1.1666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 servings of apple. Nothing odd about that.
>> No. 410331 Anonymous
8th May 2017
Monday 10:53 pm
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>>410330
Protractors are not cutlery.
>> No. 410943 Anonymous
3rd June 2017
Saturday 11:17 pm
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I've just spent three hours completely stripping down a fishing reel, cleaning and regreasing it. I've also tried to breathe new life into the bearings, but to no avail.

It's a large German made Balzer reel which cost me the best part of 70 quid, so it's only reasonable to try to keep it in good nick, especially after it has suffered a few punishing weekends on the Yorkshire coast for a bit of North Sea fishing.

Problem is, the Krauts have put completely non-standard bearings in their reel. A polite e-mail I wrote them has been returned in clunky English advising me that spare parts are only delivered to wholesale buyers and authorised dealers, and that they do not give specifications out to end customers.

So I had to measure every bearing while taking the reel apart, and they've got measurements such as 8.5mm/13.75mm/3.75mm (inner diameter/outer diameter/width). There are places online which sell stainless steel bearings of many different diameterss, but they only go by whole millimetres. So I kind of don't know where to get them from now.

Really makes you feel like James May in The Reassembler, doing this kind of thing.
>> No. 410964 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 8:59 am
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>>410943

You're saying you're not James May?
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4th June 2017
Sunday 9:13 am
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>>410943
How accurately are you measuring them? There's a slim chance that they could actually be in imperial sizes as weird fractions of inches.
>> No. 410967 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 9:51 am
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>>410943 http://www.carterbearings.co.uk/custom-made-to-order-bearings/ might try this lad. Could be very expensive but a last resort. I also know there are custom made ceramic ones out there. Have you tried eBay?
Also, while I think about it, http://www.brt-bearings.co.uk/ Iv'e used these chaps before they might be able to help.
>> No. 410974 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 1:07 pm
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>>410964

You would be surprised how intricate fishing reels have become. I've got an eggbeater reel from my dad, from the mid-1980s, and when you open it, it only has a handful of moving parts inside. And no bearings. Modern day reels like my Balzer often come with as many as five or six bearings, and their inner workings are many times more complex. I've got another reel which has non-linear spool motion, which means that the line gets wound on the spool in a kind of konical shape. This is supposed to make casting smoother. You really find yourself marvelling at the way that reel manufacturers nowadays are pushing the boundaries of mechanics.


>>410966

I've got a slide gauge. But not one of those fancy digital ones. And it was only eight quid at Halfraud's. So it could be that its accuracy is limited.


>>410967

My limit would probably be somewhere around £30 to £35 for all bearings. Above that, it is beginning to make more sense to buy a new reel altogether. And they are going to have to be stainless steel/salt water proof bearings, which would probably make it even more expensive to have them custom made.
>> No. 410990 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 7:09 pm
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>>410974
Try this, https://simplybearings.co.uk/ they do imperial sizes. might help.
>> No. 410992 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 7:31 pm
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>>410990

None of his measurements are close to any round fraction of an inch, unfortunately. Either his measurements are badly off, or they really are weird sizes.

>>410974

If you're using a vernier caliper, are you sure that you're reading it correctly? Vernier scales are a bit weird and counter-intuitive.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNdkYIVJ3Vc
>> No. 411011 Anonymous
4th June 2017
Sunday 9:58 pm
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>>410974 I've got a slide gauge. But not one of those fancy digital ones. And it was only eight quid at Halfraud's. So it could be that its accuracy is limited.

Measure some known things. Drill bits are quite good for this. Coins, too.
>> No. 411218 Anonymous
10th June 2017
Saturday 3:03 pm
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Fishing reel lad here.

I took a chance and ordered a set of stainless steel bearings off eBay from a seller of model kit parts which were near enough the required size. They are all 8x14x4 mm, and they fit almost perfectly, although you can tell that at least one of them is about one millimetre too wide. But that doesn't seem to have any detrimental effect.

So I guess my slide gauge/Vernier caliper for 8 quid from Halford's just doesn't have that kind of precision, or I have been doing something wrong.

Anyway, I paid £12.00 including p&p for four stainless steel bearings, and I think that's a good deal. Getting the OEM bearings from the manufacturer in Germany, one way or another, probably would have cost considerably more.

The fising reel is now turning smoothly again, although you can tell that the teeth of the main gear are damaged. The lad at the fishing supplies shop here where I live told me the mistake that many people make is that when they snag their line in the water, on a rock or a tree root or something, they pull on it "with the reel". Apparently, standard fishing reels aren't built to handle forces like that, and the die cast main gear will wear its teeth out.

He told me the best thing you can do when you notice it's (badly) snagged is that you put the fishing rod down altogether, put on some gloves and pull on the line with your hands. I will have to try that next time.

Also, but I already knew that, the best way to reel your line back in is to repeatedly pull up your rod, and then while lowering it again, wind the loose section of line that that has created onto the reel. This minimises the drag force on the reel and the reel will thank you with an increased lifespan.
>> No. 411225 Anonymous
10th June 2017
Saturday 5:42 pm
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>>411218
You need to make a thread in /uhu/ about this lad.

Would subscribe to your newsletter.
>> No. 411233 Anonymous
11th June 2017
Sunday 12:23 am
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>>410992
I found this video very useful and informative. Thank you.
>> No. 411238 Anonymous
11th June 2017
Sunday 3:58 am
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>>411225

There really isn't much else to tell; I've cleaned and regreased the internal moving parts of my fishing reel, and replaced the bearings. Done.

That said, are any other fishing lads on here? And if so, how and where do you fish, and what kinds of fish?
>> No. 411430 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 1:36 am
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I went into an off licence tonight to get toast for tomorrow's breakfast. I got harrassed by a group of 20-year-olds hanging about inside. They told me not to forget the baby food. And sanitary towels for my wife.

I'm just a lonely middle aged lad who forgot to buy bread in Tesco's tonight. I did not deserve being taunted by lads very nearly half my age.
>> No. 411432 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 1:57 am
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>>411430
That doesn't really sound much like harassment. If you were there for that it'd be a helpful reminder, you could've just said "Cheers lads", they wouldn't know anyway.
>> No. 411437 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 2:48 am
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Lads. In drunk.

Waheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey.
>> No. 411442 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 3:20 am
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>>411432

Well it was the way they said it. Not with a tone of "May we kindly suggest remembering to get baby food and towels". But it was more like, "look at that greying balding loser, what's he doing in here on a Saturday night, doesn't he have middle aged people stuff to get back to?"

I actually said "No, I'm alright lads", while deliberately trying to sound disappointed that they were picking on such an easy target.
>> No. 411443 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 3:21 am
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>>411430

Should have asked if they'd forgotten their nappies and nutted the biggest looking one right in the cunt first move they made. The only single advantage to being 30+ is that you can fight down shiteing 20-something kids with ease. Wait until you're 40 and they sense your weakness like hyenas.
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18th June 2017
Sunday 3:32 am
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>>411437

Aki sed he bummed you
>> No. 411456 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 1:43 pm
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>>411443

On the other hand, you know that divine justice will be waiting for them once they hit 35 or 40+ and become the butt of jokes themselves. Ignorance is truly bliss. While it lasts.

I took a psychology class in school, which mainly dealt with developmental psychology, and I remember jotting down notes one day about middle age. Our teacher, only in his early 30s himself, told us the biggest problem you will have in middle age is the fact in itself that you are middle aged. Now that I am in early middle age myself, I am beginning to understand this in a way that you just aren't capable of at 17.

It's occasionally quite sad when you have to remember that your wild days are behind you, where you would hang out in clubs till the break of dawn, chat up - and sometimes take home - young women, and drink improbable amounts of alcohol like it was nothing. Your middle-aged body and mind become increasingly incapable of doing any of those things. And that will mostly be alright with you. Most weekends, you will simply be glad to have a few hours of down time at home in front of the TV where nothing happens and nobody wants anything from you.

And then when you think of all the opportunity that was right in front of you when you were a younglad. At my age, for better or worse, you will already have gone down a certain irreversible route in your life, and you will have decided not to follow certain opportunities while you decided in favour of others, which then may or may not have come to fruition.

Another bullet point I remember from that psychology class was that the older you get, the more central it becomes to be able to look back and be happy with the life you have led. For better or worse. But I'm not really 100 percent there yet.
>> No. 411457 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 1:49 pm
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>>411437 here again.

Went to a club for the first time in ages. I must be turning into an old fart, because I've never noticed before the number of young people who spend half the time on the dancefloor actually on their phones texting or whatever.
>> No. 411458 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 1:52 pm
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>>411456
>you know that divine justice will be waiting for them once they hit 35 or 40+
Or they may not, which is just as good.
>> No. 411459 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 2:01 pm
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>>411457

>>411456 lad again.

My nephew has told me that too. I think it's quite autistic behaviour. You're there in a club to enjoy yourself there and then, not to spend that night incessantly fidgeting with your smartphone.

My "core" clubbing age was during the mid to late 1990s. Just around the time when mobile phones became widely affordable to young people. Maybe it was simply because you couldn't do much of anything with a typical 1990s mobile phone back then besides call somebody, for which the middle of the dance floor was kind of the worst place to be for obvious reasons. But we didn't do any of that nonsense. Very occasionally, you would see somebody break out their phone in the lounge area adjacent to a dance floor, but that was about it.

I think it's borderline autistic behaviour to spend your whole time in the club just looking at a stupid smartphone screen.
>> No. 411460 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 2:43 pm
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>>411456

I was basically born middle-aged. I've always liked cups of tea and pottering about in the garden and early nights. I've always liked blazers and classical music and being sensible with my money. I've always liked feeding the ducks and buying old tools from car boot sales.

I'm not exactly thrilled about my receding hairline and lower back pain, but approaching middle age has largely been a blessing. I used to be a weird old man in a young man's body, but now I'm just an old man. I don't get funny looks when I say that I'm taking my BSA Bantam to a steam rally. My peers are more than happy to have a quiet pint in a quiet pub.
>> No. 411461 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 2:54 pm
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>>411460

One thing that really grew on me at the dawn of middle age is indeed gardening.

I live in a flat myself, but there is a big garden behind my parents' house which needs frequent attention. My parents are both in their 70s and struggle to keep the garden in shape, so I gradually started taking charge about ten years ago. I now often spend entire Saturdays mowing the lawn, cutting back trees and bushes, and tending to flower beds. I would have found all that fucking boring as a 20-year-old lad, but nowadays, I genuinely love doing this kind of thing. Gardening is such a soothing activity. You do something productive, you're out in nature, you often see instant results, and it gets your mind off problems. And I make my parents happy, because they get to enjoy a well-kept garden without having to do all of the hard work themselves anymore.
>> No. 411474 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 5:22 pm
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I've just moved into a place with a huge garden. It's an insane amount of work - the sellers stopped doing anything to it except cutting the grass a couple of months before moving,
Ah well, self inflicted, It'll be nice when it's back under control, but at the moment, it's hack & slash. Also, the peach tree in the greenhouse is looking poorly. Dropping leaves and small fruit. Some kind of spiderweb bastard things living in folded up leaves.
>> No. 411476 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 5:36 pm
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>>411474

If it gets too much for you, rip out some of the stuff at the back of the garden and turn it into a wildflower or cornfield meadow. They're cheap as chips, piss-easy to sow, require practically no maintenance, look great and have tons of eco cred.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=436
>> No. 411477 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 5:52 pm
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Yeah, it sort of depends h\\ow much effort we're prepared to sustain.
The far end is apple orchards - it's tempting to keep goats there like the previous owners did. I'm sure we can catch up - it's just a bit overwhelming with all the moving, catching up, tooling up and learning stuff simultaneously. Probably doing the wrong things the hard way, of course. Next year, right things, the right way...
Just grumbling, really, I fucking love it here.
>> No. 411480 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 6:12 pm
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>>408044
Give me job! I design things. Should do, at least.
Also I am foreign, that makes me cheap & eager.
>> No. 411481 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 6:21 pm
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>>411474

Neglect is always your worst enemy in gardening. When you haven't done something in a while, haven't cut back bushes or trees or haven't taken good care of the lawn or the flowers, your garden can turn into wilderness before you know it.

As plant growth tends to be logarithmic the same way as cell growth, the longer you haven't done anything, the faster it becomes even worse.
>> No. 411504 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 8:15 pm
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>>411477
>it's tempting to keep goats there like the previous owners did.

Where is your house? Albania?
>> No. 411506 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 8:24 pm
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>>411504
It's more a smallholding than a house, to be fair. Norfolk, so kind of like Albania except that they get better broadband.
I have, quite comprehensively, packed my rice.
>> No. 411507 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 8:25 pm
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>>411481 As plant growth tends to be logarithmic the same way as cell growth, the longer you haven't done anything, the faster it becomes even worse.

Yeah, hence the hack&slash, and sort it out later. It ain't tidy, but it ain't taking over any more. Much. The lack of rain has also backed things off a bit.
>> No. 411531 Anonymous
18th June 2017
Sunday 11:06 pm
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>>411506
Is it expensive to buy something like that?
>> No. 411544 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 8:06 am
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>>411531
Depends what you want and where - as ever.
This is the one I didn't go for -
https://www.ruralscene.co.uk/properties/ar4527/
£500K gets you 10 acres, nice house, big barn. That one's less agricultural than I went for. So, not cheap as such, but that doesn't buy you much in some cities.
You can get a ramshackle house and few acres for much less, and if you want to live in the arse end of Wales, much much less. Rural bits of Europe can be cheap, too.
>> No. 411550 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 10:43 am
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>>411507
Do you mean logistic?
>> No. 411571 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 6:07 pm
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>>411550
I think he means exponential.
>> No. 411577 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 9:55 pm
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I've always lived in a tower block with no garden in sight anywhere. I moved into a small semi-detached a couple of months back and it has a garden. The landlord is an old woman so she has all these weird potted flowers, herbs and plants all over the place. Since it was so hot, I just keep the windows open for most of the day now. I realised that the flowers and herbs give off this great, strong smell at dusk and dawn. I fucking love it. I sit outside at dusk nowadays and just relax there.

I wish I knew more about gardening.
>> No. 411579 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 10:46 pm
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>>411577

Get yourself to /eco/ mate
>> No. 411581 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 10:50 pm
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>>411544

That's a bit of an eye opener. It's amazing how expensive the property is around here. I'm not surprised to see grotty city centre flats sell for 400k, but you couldn't even get a house that big in half the Yorkshire dales areas I've been looking at. Maybe it's because it's national park land.
>> No. 411589 Anonymous
19th June 2017
Monday 11:45 pm
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Never knew how much an acre was. I'm a visual kind of person and someone once told me that a football pitch is 1.5 acres. Ten acres seems massive. Must be expensive to take care of all that land.
>> No. 411595 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 11:18 am
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>>411589

The hectare is a much better unit. 10,000 square metres, or an area of 100 x 100 metres. Even if you're not much of one for metric, it's piss-easy to visualise and reason about. An acre is the area of one chain by one furlong.
>> No. 411597 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 2:08 pm
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>>411595
Also, if you want to sponge off the farm dole everything is in hectares.
>> No. 411598 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 2:31 pm
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Turns out we get farmdole on the new place. £1400 a year. Feels odd, man.
>> No. 411601 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 3:43 pm
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>>411597
We won't be sponging off the EU soon. Those cunt farmers will go back to being poor and maybe stop cutting down trees and flooding everywhere.
>> No. 411603 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 4:04 pm
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>>411456
>And then when you think of all the opportunity that was right in front of you when you were a younglad. At my age, for better or worse, you will already have gone down a certain irreversible route in your life, and you will have decided not to follow certain opportunities while you decided in favour of others, which then may or may not have come to fruition.

> Another bullet point I remember from that psychology class was that the older you get, the more central it becomes to be able to look back and be happy with the life you have led. For better or worse. But I'm not really 100 percent there yet.

This was fairly difficult for me to read. I am, finally, starting to realise that large root cause of a lot of my sadness is that I am almost entirely unable to look back on my life and be happy with it.

I have always been a melancholy sod who tends to tends to overplay my failures and overlook my triumphs, but I really can't help feeling that I've painted myself into a corner where, as you wisely point out, I've gone "down a certain irreversible route in [my] life" and it's really, really not the route I wanted to go down at all. This leads me to an unenviable position where not only can I not look back and be happy with my life, but I also can not look forward with any real sense of hope, joy, or purpose.

Bugger.
>> No. 411614 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 7:30 pm
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Well this certainly motivates me to continue with my mature student adventure at the ripe old age of 27.
I'd hate to be in my late 30s and not have given it a shot.
>> No. 411618 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 9:19 pm
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>>411614
I went into uni as a mature student and now at the same age as you I feel like I have missed out on so much. Admittedly it's just how different postgrad has been but I guess no matter what you do you end up with regrets.
>> No. 411619 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 9:25 pm
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I just failed a fucking access course at the age of 22. I might kill myself.

It was in fucking media. What the fuck is my problem?!

Fuck!
>> No. 411621 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 9:28 pm
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>>411618

>>411618

Yeah, there will always be regrets but I figure the worst would be the feeling of never having tried to achieve something.

Currently working minimum wage with very little prospect of anything interesting or fulfilling happening in the near future without a change of course, I've got to do something to get out of the rut.

>>411619

I'm going to be a bit of a dick here and suggest that you didn't apply yourself. When I was getting bad grades in my (just completed) access course it was down to not putting in the work. If you were having problems you should have asked for help or told somebody! Have you any chance at resits?
>> No. 411622 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 9:54 pm
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>>411621

I fucked up massively in a really stupid way on my final project, twice. I could have tried harder, but I get so despondent and the way in which I messed up almost drove me mental. I kept thinking I was the only person who was actually real and anything and everything that happened around me was just a reflection of my inner turmoil. I didn't try as much as I could, but I don't know, I just don't care about anything ever. Nothing and no one really interests me. And when I do start mucking stuff up I feel too ashamed to ever ask for help, but my entire existence feels like a permanent embarrassment sometimes. There were no exams, it was wholly practical course.

I've been in contact with local mental health services, but that was weeks ago now. I supposed to get a call today I think, but it never happened.

Actually thinking about this shit is actually quite upsetting.
>> No. 411624 Anonymous
20th June 2017
Tuesday 10:21 pm
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>>411622

Are you sure media and the like is for you? I had similar sounding problems first time round in uni and had to drop out (I also have a few (actually a lot of) mental health issues) but after a few years I considered getting back into education.

Those few years were important and I figured out what I wanted to learn. In my case I decided that the arts/media really weren't what I wanted to study academically as I was happy enough pursuing them in my own time.
So I went for Maths & Physics with my mind on studying engineering afterwards.
The thing is I wasn't great at maths and physics in school, so I had a lot of doubts about pursuing it again, but studying again after so many years I think a lot of the pressure that was present in school was absent and I found the subjects much more approachable and understandable.

I definitely had problems motivating myself for my old artsy degree so I kept that in mind when I was studying again. Maths is a very different beast to art though, I always had difficulty deciding on subject matter for arty subjects but with maths you have a set number of topics you just have to learn. Still found it difficult to get into the swing of revision but I managed to push myself eventually. It's hard work if you're a bit scatterbrained or ADD in your thought patterns, but seeing my grades starting to take a dip helped motivate me to try harder. Just my thoughts on the matter. I don't want to be a complete dick but sometimes all it is is forcing yourself to learn to work harder.

For reference my mental health has been plagued by weird anxiety like symptoms since I was in primary school, which made getting a job difficult when I was older. I've only consistently worked for a couple of years now (at age 27), and at times it has made me feel like complete shit as I try to navigate the shitty world of normie social interaction. It's worth it in the end though, so long as you're capable of looking at it as a learning experience and really working on improving your social skills (or even just your social mask). People are shallow on a lot of levels that make social skills and presentation of yourself a very vital skill to work on.
>> No. 411626 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 2:42 am
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>>411621

I knew a few mature students at uni. Yes, there were times when we were making rude jokes about them, but what did we know, being 20 and still all wet behind our ears. They stuck out like a sore thumb at our parties, if they came to them at all. On the other hand, it probably wasn't easy mingling with people ten years younger than yourself. But looking back on it now, they really were a lot more mature than us. And one thing they could always give you was advice about the job world out there, which was very useful for somebody like us "regular" students, who had seen nothing but the insides of classrooms up to that point.

All in all, uni is certainly a life experience. If you succeed at it, it will teach you ways of thinking which you simply didn't know before. And I wouldn't think that it can't be that way anymore for you at 27 or 28. It almost doesn't matter what you choose to study; unless you are a complete prat* to begin with, it will have its effect on the way you see the world, and that effect will very likely last for life. No matter what kind of career path you will then follow after uni.


(* One of my mates was a complete prat before uni and is still a complete prat now, with his law degree long in his pocket. The closest you could describe him would be that he is a real life version of Gaz from Two Pints of Lager, who in a stroke of improbability passed law school and now works as a solicitor)
>> No. 411635 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 11:57 am
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>>411624

I definitely like the subject. I think I made a mistake in choosing what I did for my final project, I just wasn't as invested as I thought I would be and it required a lot of travel and organisation and whatnot. Also I have no real friends so I didn't really have anyone to help me out as a favour.

Anyway, my tutor just told me I passed, which is a fucking joke, but is also the worst grade I could have achieved, and means I very much won't be going to uni ever. Cool.

I think I'm going to try to teach myself a lot of new editing stuff and maybe keep writing proposals, scripts and the like, because it was only ever the production itself that made me want to curl up into a ball and die.
>> No. 411639 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 1:38 pm
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>>411635

Was it an Access to HE diploma? What was your final grade? The situation probably isn't as bad as you imagine.
>> No. 411640 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 3:19 pm
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>>411639

It goes pass, merit, distinction. I understand that only the latter two give you a way into uni.
>> No. 411642 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 4:11 pm
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>>411640
Bollocks. Russel group onwards might turn their noses up but I assure you somewhere nice like Chester won't care.
>> No. 411643 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 4:21 pm
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>>411642

I hope so. I'm definitely underachieving in life.

Oh, also I lied about having a C in English to get on the course, so I need to sort that.
>> No. 411645 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 4:44 pm
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>>411640

The overwhelming majority of access courses are based on the Access to HE Diploma. These courses include 45 graded credits, each graded at pass, merit or distinction. If you're on one of these courses, what counts is the aggregate of all your grades, not just the grade for your final assignment. Talk to your tutor to confirm exactly what qualification you're being awarded and what your grades are, then check the UCAS website.

>Oh, also I lied about having a C in English to get on the course, so I need to sort that.

A lot of less-selective universities don't care about your GCSE grades, especially if you've got a qualification with an equivalent Key Skills component.
>> No. 411648 Anonymous
21st June 2017
Wednesday 4:59 pm
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>>411645
>A lot of less-selective universities don't care about your GCSE grades, especially if you've got a qualification with an equivalent Key Skills component.

I can personally confirm this having gotten into (and finished) university without any GCSEs. The reference I got from a passed employer was incredibly shitty as well so I guess nobody cares to look into that either.

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