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>> No. 27266 Anonymous
28th August 2020
Friday 5:21 pm
/news/27266 Corona thread #3
Right, now that the last corona thread is over 1,700 posts long, maybe it's time for a new one.

How long do you think it will be until we're fully back to normal?
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>> No. 30508 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:10 pm
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We're at around 100,000 excess deaths. Over 80% of excess deaths in the first week of January were at least 70 years old.
>> No. 30529 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:30 pm
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>Police discover first cannabis farm in London financial district

>The first cannabis farm has been found in London’s historic financial district, where office buildings have been emptied because of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19, British police said on Wednesday. The City of London Police said 826 cannabis plants were found in a building near the Bank of England. The police said there were reports of a “strong smell of cannabis”, which led to the raid.

>“This is the first cannabis factory in the City, no doubt being set up in response to fewer people being out and about during the pandemic who might have noticed any unusual activity,” the police said in a statement. The City of London, which is home to the world’s largest commercial insurance market, banks and fund managers, has been largely deserted since March after most employees were asked to work from home.

>During an online event on Wednesday, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said people are likely to make jokes about what the central bank’s staff have been doing. “We are now going to be the subject of endless jokes about ‘now we know what the Bank of England has been on,’” he said. “I’m sure there will be many other jokes. It is very quiet around the Bank of England, I should say.”

We shall rebuild.
>> No. 30530 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:32 pm
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>> No. 30531 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:50 pm
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God forbid we focus on actual crimes. I can't see any argument for it being illegal anymore, it's most odd.
>> No. 30535 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:59 am
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I am totally gutted by this story. Back in the day when we went to work, my office is about 100m from this site; couldn't find drugs for love nor money usually (but fifteen Pret's obv).


>> No. 441558 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 8:46 pm
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New midweek thread: chip butty edition.

Is it even midweek? The days have all blurred into one and lost all sense of meaning.
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>> No. 441748 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:17 am
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Today I spent 40 quid to order some Japanese Pot Noodles because a VTuber did an ad for the company.

I need to have a word with myself.
>> No. 441749 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:20 am
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I don't respect you.
>> No. 441750 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:27 am
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I was feeling a bit down today but thank you it could be worse.
>> No. 441751 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:28 am
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That's okay. I also don't respect myself.
>> No. 441752 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:57 am
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It's not even funk, man, what are you doing?


>> No. 5456 Anonymous
4th April 2014
Friday 3:02 am
/lit/5456 Vurt
This was really good.
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>> No. 7181 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 9:09 am
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Does anyone really have agency in classical Greek stories? They always seemed to me to just do what they were fated to do, even if they actively don't want to. I'd say Euripides' Medea has more agency than Homer's Odysseus.
>> No. 7182 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 9:20 am
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Not especially, but in general women even less so. I suppose motivation might have been a better word to use rather than agency.
>> No. 7194 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 11:16 pm
7194 Breakfast of Champions
I'm not sure what I made of this. It wasn't unpleasant to read, although Vonnegut's faux-naïf writing style wore thin at times. It's largely a meandering stream of consciousness, but most of the commentary within it is rather tame by today's standards.
>> No. 7195 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:37 am
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I enjoyed Vonnegut a lot more when I was a sullen teenlad who thought being reductionist was insightful. His books are quirky and he's eminently a very good writer with a powerful imagination since I've always found myself becoming trapped within a few pages. But under it all, there isn't a whole lot and his style can grate in excess.
>> No. 7196 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:56 am
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This is quite good.


>> No. 29826 Anonymous
6th January 2021
Wednesday 11:25 pm
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So what's all this about Americans rioting then? How come there's no American SWP representatives hanging around?
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>> No. 30527 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:57 pm
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That's not so much fetishism as sex magic. We're... not exactly innocent on that front.
>> No. 30528 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 9:34 pm
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>that the woman in question was a former cop after a year of riots against police brutality

Harris was a driving force in the War on Drugs during her time as a prosecutor in California, and her tough-on-crime stance was part of the reason why so many people, the vast majority of them non-whites, were sent to prison for what should have been relatively minor offences. In that sense, she is among those who are directly responsible for the crisis of the prison system, which disproportionately disadvantages blacks and other minorities.

>there is no escaping the fact that Senator Kamala Harris built her political career on her record as a prosecutor. In that position she oversaw the arrest and prosecution of thousands of people, mostly young people of color, for marijuana and other drug offenses.

The more things change, eh?
>> No. 30532 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:52 pm
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Who's we?
>> No. 30533 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:58 pm
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Me and your ma.
>> No. 30534 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:13 am
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Grant Morrison is immense.


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>> No. 30350 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 2:11 pm
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How do I stop intrusive thoughts about embarrassing memories?

I have a lot of them as I've wandered around in a fog of subclinical mental illness for a lot of my time, much of it brought about by periods of extreme stress, and I'm afraid I've generally fallen within the range of "avoidant" to "socially awkward" to "openly frustrated/passive aggressive cunt" over the years. This goes especially at my old workplaces.

My life is now a lot nicer, in part because of how hard I worked during that time. I see now I could have made it a lot easier on myself if I'd have just "loosened up" a bit, yet I suspect it was this "tightness" and frustration that partly served as a catalyst to push myself further on.

Sorry for the ramble, I just feel like I want to apologise to all the people I made feel unhappy or awkward due to my emotional state and/or my inability to deal with my situation, but understand that would be unwelcome.
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>> No. 30363 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:25 pm
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>This was due to stress and anxiety causing me to have homicidal ruminations which made me feel suicidal because I thought I was an Egg and a serial killer was going to hatch.

Gritty Humpty Dumpty reboot.

Sage for no help.
>> No. 30364 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:02 pm
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>Everyone has intrusive thoughts and there's a reason brains operate that way....

>Shake it off and move on with your life.

I can't speak for OPs situation but I am fairly certain you don't know what you are talking about at all.
>> No. 30365 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:17 pm
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>Shake it off and move on with your life.

What a stupid thing to say.
>> No. 30366 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:19 pm
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There's nothing wrong with what I wrote.
>> No. 30367 Anonymous
21st January 2021
Thursday 12:10 am
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Do you know what you are talking about then?


>> No. 441738 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:54 pm
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Where does the stereotype originate from that British\English woman are so ugly? It seems like usually stereotypes have some underlying reasoning or origin such as poor cooking or how mountain-people are sheep shaggers but this one makes no sense.

We're even rated as having the most attractive men.
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>> No. 441741 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 8:48 pm
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Presumably from the French. Not just because of centuries of conflict but us, but also because their women really are hotter.
>> No. 441742 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 9:29 pm
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Talking to foreign friends, it isn't usually the stereotype that they're ugly that I hear most often - it's that they're filthy slags who bang like a barn door.
>> No. 441744 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:06 pm
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>filthy slags who bang like a barn door.


My favourite foreign nationality is Czech girls. Pretty much the first thing you notice when you get off the plane in Prague is that on average, Czech women are significantly less obese than British girls. And overall looks wise, they are often several classes above the average British lass. Bit hard to describe, they just seem to take more care of their appearance, and that includes staying slim.
>> No. 441745 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:17 pm
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This happens once you hit central europe and is also true for some eastern european countries, average attractiveness just shoots up, not just the women either, even the blokes are models. And, have to say OP I've never heard anyone claim the UK has the hottest people.
>> No. 441746 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 11:37 pm
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>This happens once you hit central europe
>average attractiveness just shoots up

Yes and no. I've also been to Germany, and their women didn't strike me as broadly attractive as Czech girls.

Also though, German women are a nightmare to talk to when you try to chat with them in a pub. They just do not do small talk. On the plus side, if they have a boyfriend, they'll come right out with it. It can even be the very first thing they tell you.

German efficiency. No time wasted turning you down politely.


>> No. 1795 Anonymous
27th May 2011
Friday 6:32 pm
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ITT: Workplace annoyances.

I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
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>> No. 13675 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 11:09 am
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Came to post the same. I have to email strangers at some point when all I really want to do is sit on a couch munching a tin of chocolates and watching Home Alone.

Oh well, 36 years to go.
>> No. 13676 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 2:30 pm
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Good job I'm off for another week, otherwise I'd've been quite late starting this morningafternoon. I've regressed into my natural night-owl sleep pattern. I may have to push on through to get synced.
>> No. 13677 Anonymous
4th January 2021
Monday 2:54 pm
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Should've booked it off from Blue Monday. This week nobody wants to work but it'll soon start picking up.
>> No. 13691 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 8:16 pm
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I was mildly rebuked today. I did a bit of work for someone last week, a bit of a favour as it's not my remit but this sort of thing tends to come my way because I'm seen as one of the most technical people in the company. The person I did the work for didn't actually do anything with it, which apparently is partially my fault as they're in senior management so I should have chased them up because of how busy they are. Nevermind the fact I had no way of knowing what happened next after my work was done as I have no further involvement in it and it's not like I have other things to do, like my actual job, and just sit there twiddling my thumbs instead.
>> No. 13692 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:32 pm
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I've been rewatching the Office US during the lockdown and I love it so much.

I also have been rereading this excellent blog which analyzes the show through the lens of Organizational Theory

I'm sure some of you lads are familiar with it, but I thought some of you would get a kick out of it.


>> No. 19768 Anonymous
6th February 2015
Friday 8:29 pm
/e/19768 What are you playing right now?
I figured I'd make an /e/ equivalent of that great, big /beat/ thread.

Recently I have been slogging away on XCOM: Enemy Within with the Long War mod. Humanity is doomed as I'm simply incapable of holding back the torrent of battleships the aliens keep hurling at me.

It's bloody fun though.
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>> No. 24767 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:30 pm
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>> No. 24768 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:31 pm
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Those are sprites. I'm no developer but I can see how it would be more difficult to code dynamic light for a 2D surface than a 3D one.
>> No. 24769 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:22 pm
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They aren't sprites, they're texture mapped planes.

Skyrim is old and the engine it's on has always had incredibly shite lighting so it'll just be to help the performance a bit.
>> No. 24770 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 6:00 pm
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Oh, are they ackchyually?
>> No. 24771 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:00 pm
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You know what really stings? I very happily played through Skyrim at 1366x768 at lower-than-low at an unstable 25 FPS in 2013, I knew it could have been much better, but it was a nice little virtual D&D, but now it's butting up against my high expectations and suffering as a result.


>> No. 11742 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 6:12 pm
/beat/11742 What you feeling right now? Part V: Bach it up
Time for a new thread.
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>> No. 12653 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 12:05 pm
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Ugh? This version? Even the thumbnail has caught him at 100% prick.
>> No. 12654 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 12:19 pm
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I think the guitars make it sound better than the Elsa version.
>> No. 12655 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 1:24 pm
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My new favourite cover version.

>> No. 12656 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 12:44 am
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Greatest hippy-hoopster song of all time.
>> No. 12657 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:32 pm
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>> No. 9430 Anonymous
26th January 2016
Tuesday 10:09 pm
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Huddersfield charity shop finally says goodbye to a shutter which lasted 26 years

That's it. That's literally it. A charity shop has replaced one of its roller shutters after having the same one for 26 years. It's all go in Huddersfield.

I challenge you lads to find a more pointless news story than this.
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>> No. 30491 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 11:19 pm
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>> No. 30493 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 11:38 pm
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If I were in charge of a slightly upmarket weekly magazine I'd devote a few pages to pictures of 'furry friends' and, if we can be arsed, stories of good boys and girls. We'd make a fortune and could probably make an intern do it for free.

And I know you're a cat.
>> No. 30494 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 11:43 pm
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If it had been a "small story" I'd have let it slide, but I consider the pieces they enlarge to be the headlines, so it seemed silly to me.

Please start letting me play with the empty tuna cans again.
>> No. 30521 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:14 pm
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>> No. 30522 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:31 pm
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1989 was sixty years ago.


>> ID: 7389f1 No. 13515 Anonymous
10th December 2015
Thursday 8:44 pm

ID: 7389f1
/shed/13515 Silly Sausage Thread
Ban appeals, supplication and fry-ups.
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>> ID: 9308ba No. 15684 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 11:35 am

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>> ID: 21541b No. 15685 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 6:07 pm

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This thread is full of mod posts to the contrary, but don't let that get in the way of a good whinge.

More generally, I don't really get why people are so worked up about the length of a ban they're just going to evade anyway, the length is more of a "this is not cricket" barometer. Permaban? What are you doing with your life.

If someone is complaining about a range ban, say so, then we can investigate it and then mock you for whatever shit opinions got an entire range banned.
>> ID: acd590 No. 15686 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 6:15 pm

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Well my point is that if all bans expired eventually then I and other users would never be caught out by them the next time our IPs changed, which necessitates clearing our cookies and resetting our router and all this other shit in order to evade. The person who was originally banned, if they were minded to evade, have already done it, so whether the ban is temporary or permanent is immaterial to the perpetrator, but the latter bans are an annoying inconvenience for regular posters.

I trust you see how justifying the length of the ban being 'symbolic' is a bit weak in light of my outlining the real practical effects of permabans on the userbase.
>> ID: 361f39 No. 15687 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 6:45 pm

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I think we should all make an account tied to our NI number and only be able to post from that.
>> ID: 6d94c8 No. 15688 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 6:58 pm

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I would support this tbh, but only if the mods are also able to edit all my posts at will to ensure that the conent conforms with the mission statement of the board.


>> No. 9084 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 11:03 pm
/spo/9084 Fantasy Football
Any of you play Fantasy?

Got obsessed making spreadsheets for it. I imagine there's also some appeal for fans of football. Enjoying the double game week? Still in the cup? Captained Stones?

For those not in the know, you pick a team of 15 players who get points for goals and the like, and watch them disappoint you for 38 weeks.
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>> No. 9086 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:00 am
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I just realised that you explain exactly what it is in the OP, but I cannot delete the post. I will accept my shame.
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20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:02 am
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>I never fully grasped the concept of reading more than two lines into a post
>> No. 9088 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:54 am
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I generally set a team and then forget to make any changes for the rest of the season. I play a (slowly dying) online football manager game but that's about it.
>> No. 9089 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 2:11 pm
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Glad you couldn't delete it. Basically if no-one's ever explained it and you've not looked into it, it might seem a bit complicated. It's just looking at individual player performances rather than teams. If you've got a striker, say Harry Kane and Spurs concede 6 goals, it doesn't touch his points, but Spurs keeper would get negative points.

You've got a budget, players have a cost, you purchase them at that cost and then they're awarded points for a few different things, depending on their position. While it's split into 38 'Game Weeks', of arbitrary length, you sometimes have two fixtures in a GW as you can see in the screenshot.

It's mainly fun when you can chat shit with people about it. Competing for any real prizes is a bit too much, but revelling in the misery of those close to you is really fun. The reddit community is saturated with frustration and gloom, it's great.

In a mini-league with some friends of my lass, and the lowest score has to get a nipple piercing for 3 months. Last years forfeit was doing a stand-up set, which was a bit more imaginative...

Sounds healthier than the alternative. Is it like a Football Manager online kind of thing?
>> No. 9090 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 2:53 pm
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Xpert Eleven, which probably peaked around 10 years ago. It's fairly simplistic in that all you really need to do is develop your squad and set tactics for each match, but there's not too many options to get bogged down in. It's been quite neglected by its owners so there hasn't been any meaningful updates to the game in years, so it feels quite dated.

There's around 12,000 users these days, although I'd wager a fair few of those are inactive, with about half of these Swedish. The main forums were killed by overzealous moderation and a lot of the ones remaining are alt-right fruitcakes.


>> No. 430053 Anonymous
31st August 2019
Saturday 8:53 am
/b/430053 Literal "what are you feeling right now" thread
Shamelessly stealing the very excellent idea from >>/101/28964

Here is a place to post utterly inane observations about your current state of being.


I like birds but starlings are a massive noisy pain in the arse.
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>> No. 441709 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 12:28 am
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God, I miss girls. With their dead small hands and all the mad hairstyles they'd have, long, short, curly; it was grand.
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18th January 2021
Monday 12:29 am
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That is actually hilarious. I could only watch five minutes before jump-skipping ahead and realising there were no women involved; later on when it switches in to shirts/tapps off mode, you realise it's the gayest thing you've ever seen.

I also, loved the Mitsubishi reference.
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18th January 2021
Monday 8:57 am
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20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:45 pm
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Is it the overt offensiveness that you enjoyed? I've been rewatching comedies of that era and it's the first one I've just given up on. Airplane! and Naked Gun, Hot Shots, all the spoofy or Zucker et al ones, they're still holding up great to me. It just felt like it hadn't aged well. Were there any moments early on that stood out to you?
>> No. 441730 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 2:16 pm
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I think with the Police Academy films a large part of it is nostalgia. They're extremely naff so I can't imagine anyone would enjoy watching them unless they saw them as a child; they used to be on ITV all the time in the 90s. Everyone likes funny sound effects guy.

When it comes to dumb 80s comedies See No Evil, Hear No Evil is very unappreciated, in my opinion.


>> No. 5883 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 5:52 pm
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Why do a lot of people seem to rave about Nando's?

My friends think I'm a freak because I very rarely eat Subway or Nando's; as far I can tell it's just, not especially good quality, grilled chicken that has been marinated in peri-peri sauce. Am I missing something here?
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>> No. 14027 Anonymous
20th December 2020
Sunday 3:06 pm
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Nobu had tempura foie gras on the menu at one point.
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20th December 2020
Sunday 5:16 pm
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Imagine I posted the "always has been" astronaut meme.
>> No. 14094 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 7:49 am
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>Brexit robbed me of my chance to try Nando's sauce, says British expat

Not even Nando's sauce is safe from Brexit.
>> No. 14095 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:55 am
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That's not very contumelious.
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20th January 2021
Wednesday 10:59 am
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Is this headline about it cheeky enough for you?


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>> No. 91916 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:42 pm
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Has there been one single actual advantage of Brexit yet?
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>> No. 92013 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 4:07 pm
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In most companies I've worked at, I was able to simply not sign the opt-out, but one particularly scummy place wrote the opt-out into the contract and stated that you could opt-in on three months' written notice.

tl;dr capitalists are cunts.
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19th January 2021
Tuesday 6:50 pm
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For me it's paradoxical that back when I was given the opt-out I worked 9-5 and then fucked off. Now that I'm in an established job where it's never in the contract I probably do work in excess of 48 hours some weeks just because the place would fall apart if I didn't.

Managers and specialists of the world, unite! The workers will be lost without their chains!
>> No. 92015 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 9:39 pm
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It's averaged over 17 weeks, so as long as it's not constant it's fine. I've had people say "we need it otherwise you can't work out of hours", only for me to say (1) I don't particularly want to work out of hours, and (2) even if I did I'd need to basically work 7-day weeks for 4 months straight to break through.
>> No. 92017 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 10:32 pm
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Stock up on Jelly lads.
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20th January 2021
Wednesday 5:40 am
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The trial is the most expensive option in the long run ("Trial" is £53.00/month, "Digital" is £33.00, "Print" is £31.20). I think they know exactly what they're doing.


>> No. 28571 Anonymous
17th May 2019
Friday 1:05 am
/101/28571 Minor Rants and Piss-Offs, Mark VIII
It appears largethreadmodlad has also locked the previous iteration of this thread; Mark VIII it is, then.

I take perfect care of my nails. I don't bite them, I cut in the standard flat formation every 3-5 days, and scrub under them in the shower. So why the actual fuck are my cuticles bleeding? Putting the plaster over to catch the blood means I can't play my bass properly, and that pisses me off.
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>> No. 31377 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 6:23 pm
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It seems unfair to be as heavy-handed as usual for that while the delete button isn't working for everyone.
>> No. 31378 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 6:25 pm
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I sometimes have to post and delete a post 2 or 3 times before it's vaguely up to scratch so yeah not being able to delete is gonna make it difficult.
>> No. 31379 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 10:01 pm
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I am one of these shitted-grammar low-life posters. I guarantee that tolerating the errors in these posts is less annoying than having multiple posts attempting to clarify and improve the situation in the absence of a working delete button

>> No. 31380 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 10:54 pm
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If you double posted with a correction the modz would just delete the first post for you.
>> No. 31381 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:26 am
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I phone post almost as much as I do from my PC these days, and on a phone it's a right ballache to go back and correct errors when the cursor just won't go where the fuck you want it to. Sometimes I just give up.

However, I promise I always proof read my posts when I have a physical keyboard to work with.


>> No. 30345 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 12:37 pm
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This is something of a meta-thread, though the topic is of some personal relevance to me as well.

I've been increasingly led to the thought that Asperger's and autism spectrum conditions are tremendously overdiagnosed. Without even going into the conversation about whether it's a useful set of characteristics to label, if there are physiological markers, etc., I think even according to existing criteria many people are mistakenly lumped under the category for reasons that are more properly related to increased chronic stress and anxiety, as well as more intense emotional isolation than ever.

Do you lads have any thoughts on this?
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19th January 2021
Tuesday 4:47 pm
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Agreed. At the high-functioning end, loads of people self-diagnose as autistic just because they're a bit socially awkward. Not knowing what to say at parties is not a medical condition, we've just been conditioned by the media to believe that everyone is extroverted and quick-witted. You're not autistic, you're just a bit of a berk.

At the low-functioning end, a lot of people who would have previously been diagnosed as learning disabled are being diagnosed as autistic, probably out of some impulse towards false hope. There are autistic geniuses, but there are no learning disabled geniuses; pretending that your kid has autism allows you to overlook the fact that they have an IQ of 55. There might one day be a cure for autism, but there's no cure for being terminally thick.

There was a big wave of badly-raised chav kids with a bit of foetal alcohol syndrome being misdiagnosed with autism, but now they're usually misdiagnosed with ADHD, ODD or PDD-NOS.
>> No. 30347 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 6:44 pm
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High-functioning autistic people are a special bunch who can often learn to live with their condition and have successful lives and careers, if they're raised in the right way.

What seems to happen very often now is that instead of being pushed into situations that are difficult and stressful for them, giving them the chance to learn how to cope and thrive, many more kids are being wrapped in cotton wool and so denied the chance to learn.

I'm definitely at least a borderline case myself, I was never diagnosed but very much mothered too much which allowed me to get by for too long without developing better social skills and self reliance, but at 18 I left home and made my own way and that set me back on the right course.

The problem is that if you tell people nowadays that kids with autism just need to be kicked out into the world, you get people screaming "ableist" at you, but that's completely missing the point. High functioning autists aren't disabled they just think differently and arguably better in many ways, but they need to learn how to interact with a world full of normals to reach their potential and you can't book learn those skills.
>> No. 30348 Anonymous
19th January 2021
Tuesday 8:33 pm
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I get what you're saying, but think you might also be succumbing to survivor bias, here. I don't have any data, but I imagine there are likely examples of people "on the spectrum" being pushed out into the world as you describe and failing to become resilient, perhaps experiencing trauma, getting their psychological makeup categorised in some other way, and falling through other social safety nets as a result.
>> No. 30349 Anonymous
20th January 2021
Wednesday 1:22 am
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>if you tell people nowadays that kids with autism just need to be kicked out into the world, you get people screaming "ableist" at you

Not to be a cunt but your post reads like the sort of detached and casually ignorant Mail-esque shite my parents are always coming out with, and I always have to ask them "How the fuck do you two know, you've not been anywhere or spoken to anyone beyond this street and the local for the past ten years."

I'm reasonably certain that a lot of the apparent prevalence of autism and such in kids has more to do with cynical parents attempting to abdicate responsibility for their kid being a little shit at school, than it does to do with kids these days being wrapped in cotton wool.


>> No. 23364 Anonymous
13th November 2020
Friday 1:13 pm
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Let's get all femanista for a bit, lads. I was just scrolling down the list of IMDb's Top 250 - which are still all excellent films - and I was struck by just how male the list is. You have to go all the way down to The Silence of the Lambs before you get a lone female protagonist, and even then more people remember that film for Anthony Hopkins than Jodie Foster.

So I want to broaden my horizons - what are your favourite films about and starring women? I'm talking about ones that are mainly women in the cast - don't just say the Alien films.

For instance I liked The Help. I found Little Women mediocre, though.
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>> No. 23447 Anonymous
10th December 2020
Thursday 6:49 pm
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I'm loving the entertainment nuggets per hour system of grading entertainment.

But what about suspense scenes? They become less suspenseful at speed. And what of action scenes? They move often move too quickly to really appreciate what's happening.

I guess you need to incorporate variable rate x E in your calculations. Maybe we can make a proposal to Netflix about constructing a variable video speed controller that adjusts videos to the optimum speed for a viewer for any given moment based on level of enjoyment from previous videos watched.
>> No. 23448 Anonymous
10th December 2020
Thursday 10:12 pm
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I find drama/comedy/entertainment in general just doesn't work sped up for me. (If it's so badly directed or edited that I need to change the speed, it's rubbish that's not worth watching to begin with)

But factual stuff, product reviews, etc. on youtube I'm regularly speeding things up, to around 1.25 to 1.75x depending on what sort of thing is going on and how fast the person is speaking.
I struggle with 2x speed, really just because of the audio quality making it to much effort to listen to.
>> No. 23503 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 1:55 pm
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OP here, I saw Three Billboards the other day. It's a very good film, but I as I suspected I certainly wouldn't include it in this thread. The protagonist is a woman but all the principal supporting characters are men, as might be expected when it's about a woman's relationship with the police. Rockwell, Harrelson, Dinklage - it's a very male film.
>> No. 23504 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 2:53 pm
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What speed did you watch it at though?
>> No. 23505 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 9:25 pm
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What an odd conclusion to come to from watching half an episode. It is actually nothing like that.I personally enjoyed it, though it is oddly paced. It's worth a watch imo and better than most stuff I've seen from Netflix.

HOWEVER, if you're going to watch one thing on Netty, then I'd recommend Unabomber. It's a really addictive show about a good-guy obsessive trying to profile the Unabomber from his cryptic letters and actions. Really watchable.


>> No. 4253 Anonymous
18th February 2019
Monday 6:32 pm
/mph/4253 Car and bike official weekend thread but also weekdays
Okay might as well try and be polite and keep the oil out of the other megathreads.

Welcome to the motor one. In an attempt to actually get people to post in it, tell me about the car you really want and could feasibly afford. Right now I'm really thinking a lot about a big square 80s Merc as we've been talking about them. Even a Lada would be fun as fuck.
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>> No. 4502 Anonymous
18th September 2020
Friday 9:15 pm
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That's a fine looking vehicle for the money.
>> No. 4503 Anonymous
19th September 2020
Saturday 1:24 am
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I've lately become a little bit fascinated with really old cars.

It's interesting to see sow much has changed and yet how much remains the same, and I always find it a little bit enchanting when pre-WW2 tech and machinery is still serviceable and usable today. It feels like it comes from an altogether different era of history.
>> No. 4539 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 1:14 pm
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I'm afraid my Meriva has sensed my thoughts about its 'spongy' steering and decided to throw one of them EPS failures at me.

Luckily it's only popped up when I was parking at work this morning, and hadn't decided to spontaneously fix itself when it came to going home so I had a very invigorating drive home. Works the muscles.

Now I'm not sure what to do. I know Merivas have EPS problems as a matter of inevitability but I can't say I've had any prior issues with it, and I'm not sure if the previous owners did either. Most people describe it as being intermittent but mine just seems to have fucking given up completely, I start the car and the EPS light is either already illuminated or the steering wheel will have a spasm then turn off the EPS to save itself.

Main problem with this is that it's expensive to fix and I have no money (that I want to spend on a car). I also like my slow, ugly schoolrun car and wasn't planning on ditching it any time soon as I only do a few thousand miles a year.
>> No. 4540 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 1:31 pm
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You could stick it up for sale for very slightly cheaper than one with working EPS and hope for the best, people with the inclination to do their own work might see it as a decent investment. It's a long shot but you lose nothing by popping an ad on gumtree really.

Other than that there's not much you can do - pull the EPS fuse and the car will continue to operate without power steering quite happily, though it's probably not the most pleasant ways to drive around.
>> No. 4541 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 7:04 pm
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I drove my old car with dead power steering for a full year and a half before I flogged it. I eventually got used to it, and whenever I'd get in someone else's car and eventually my new new car, it felt like driving a light and weightless cloud. I think it was actually giving my arms a bit of a workout too, I had slightly better muscle definition that's gone away since.


>> No. 13192 Anonymous
22nd January 2020
Wednesday 5:53 pm
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This is going to be our food review thread.
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>> No. 14089 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 2:11 am
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Not horrendous, although I wouldn't get it again as a full meal like it claims to be, it feels like something you'd have 3 of 4 bites of as a small garnish.

My house smelt like dirty drain water for hours after, as well.
>> No. 14090 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 6:19 am
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What is it?
>> No. 14091 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 10:09 am
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Cabbage/sauerkraut stew with mushroom. It was a lot cabbagier and less stew-y than I expected.
>> No. 14092 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 10:29 am
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>My house smelt like dirty drain water for hours after, as well.
>a lot cabbagier

I bet it smells like a bus full of Geography Teachers now, heh
>> No. 14093 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 10:42 am
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You usually eat that sort of thing with a serving of potato.


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