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>> No. 6878 Anonymous
2nd January 2019
Wednesday 6:24 pm
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Evening, lads.

I'm after recommendations, but I can't explain exactly what I'm after. I guess it can be called pop science/maths or perhaps even science/maths humour. Something that uses concepts to explain various matters rather than "Here's 20 wacky scientific facts to boggle your brain!"

I'm considering picking up The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus by Hannah Fry and Thomas Evans.
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>> No. 6893 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 10:38 am
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It's a mildly amusing conceit - the book explains complicated bits of science using only the thousand most common words in the English language. It's a spin-off from the "Up-Goer Five" comic. Fine if you like that sort of thing, but I don't imagine it would be particularly illuminating.
>> No. 6895 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:25 am
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I think you'll probably like The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets . It's mostly average but quite enjoyable.

Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters was good, though some of the science is dated and the author's awful politics shine through (more pop sci). I really liked Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics and similarly 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time. Though humour wise I imagine We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe would be better though I haven't read it yet.

A Short History of Nearly Everything and it's unofficial "sequel" An Optimist's Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer "What's Next?" were both good.

I actually really want to read The Code Book by Singh. It's about how they deciphered hieroglyphics.

His other book I'll think you'll find it's more complicated than that is also good. It's a collection of his newspaper columns.
>> No. 6896 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:12 pm
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Reading that comic made me feel like I was being patronised by someone much thicker than me. Sky bag air, indeed.
>> No. 6897 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:17 pm
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I don't think comic/webcomic illustrators translate well into books. For example, David Squires' weekly comic in The Guardian is brilliant and topical but I've got a couple of his books and it just quite doesn't work as well.

The again, there's plenty of people who don't succeed when they try different formats; Lucy Worsley may be an excellent historian and TV presenter but her books are below par.
>> No. 6909 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 1:55 am
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The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow.


>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people


>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."


>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”

Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 17268 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:22 pm
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>Is everything you mention always well-paid?
Not him, but if they weren't people wouldn't be doing them instead of just getting a proper job.
>> No. 17269 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:29 pm
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I have just consulted my 2005 edition of the Profanisaurus Rex

>twunt n. Useful, satisfying yet inoffensive combination of two very rude words which can safely be spoken in the primmest and properest of company.

I believe that settles the matter as to the terms validity, as to its correct usage, I must agree with my learned colleague that poster >>17250 has demonstrated qualities of both a twat and a cunt in this, and other messages we can reasonably conclude to be theirs, and therefore the description of twunt is appropriate in this instance.
>> No. 17270 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:37 pm
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>Is everything you mention always well-paid?

How do you think the job market works? Do you reckon there's one specific sort of newspaper columnist/nationally published author that only gets 50p an hour?

You're accusing someone of making assumptions about Monroe's finances, while intimating that you think Monroe's finances are poor, which, unless you two are well acquainted, is also an assumption you're making.

So either explain why you think Monroe is poor (without assuming anything) or fuck the fuck off.
>> No. 17271 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:41 pm
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Calling it now, poster IS Monroe and was recommended the site by ARE LAUIRE.
>> No. 17272 Anonymous
7th January 2019
Monday 12:34 am
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Given that Taylor Swift posts on the other place it wouldn't be the strangest thing that's happened.


>> No. 62384 Moralfag
4th January 2019
Friday 8:03 pm
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If they brought back public executions do you think you'd go and watch one?
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>> No. 62419 Samefag
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:25 pm
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>> No. 62420 Auntiefucker
6th January 2019
Sunday 2:15 pm
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>> No. 62421 YubYub
6th January 2019
Sunday 3:13 pm
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You can understand though. They're getting tired of fishing cans, bikes and kitchen sinks out of canals so want to discourage people from walking along them. It wouldn't be so bad if they found at least some decent gear but it's mostly soap bar and antacids disguised as E.
>> No. 62422 Auntiefucker
6th January 2019
Sunday 3:18 pm
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>> No. 62423 Auntiefucker
6th January 2019
Sunday 3:24 pm
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I always thought there was something well sus about a bearded bloke hanging around on a boat with two ragdolls.


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>> No. 12825 Anonymous
2nd January 2019
Wednesday 2:03 am
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How does the dole work? Could one half-arsedly apply for a bunch of jobs for the fortnightly visit to the job centre or is everything checked and verified online these days? Do they force you to accept a job if you're offered one? Basically how would one get bennies with the most minimal effort and interaction with other humans possible?
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>> No. 12849 Anonymous
4th January 2019
Friday 12:48 am
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>then perhaps you aren't actually fit for work
I don't know, according to DWP a used tampon is fit for work.
>> No. 12852 Anonymous
4th January 2019
Friday 2:35 am
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I last signed on five years ago. They had brought in Universal JobMatch, and said you have to spend 35 hours a week looking for jobs, and changed the advisor's job title to a "coach". When he told me, I had a vision of him wearing a tracksuit and blowing a whistle at me and surpressed a laugh and he looked stung.

You sign a jobseeker's agreement which says you have to visit certain recruitment sites every day and apply for a certain number of jobs every day or something. You have to go on UJM every day and log that and give the advisor access to your account. You have the legal right to not give access but then you're making yourself a target for them to fuck with you and it's better to fly under the radar as much as possible.

My agreement just said to visit the recruitment sites every day and there was an "implication" I would apply for a lot of jobs. I got a different advisor every time and they were wildly inconsistent about what is or isn't acceptable and it's harder to comply with an "implication". I think the people with one nice advisor must either be in a small place or signed on a long time ago.

In my experience, they have a stronger dislike of graduates and the middle-class because they feel you're going to look down on cleaning jobs and things.


It isn't but it's different from JSA ten years ago when you did your jobsearch on paper and the advisors were nice.
>> No. 12855 Anonymous
4th January 2019
Friday 9:50 am
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I've mentioned this here before but one of my advisors was a Chinese guy named Ming but he was a nice one and not merciless at all. He never heard me make idiotic jokes about his name though.
>> No. 12874 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:00 am
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>How does the dole work?

Watch "I, Daniel Blake" tonight at 9:45pm on BBC 2 and find out.
>> No. 12875 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 11:10 am
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The last time I tried to sign on was a year or so ago when I had just got back from bumming around Europe in the summer, I was sleeping outside and hiking so it was very affordable, even managed to land a little cash in hand work to get a little spending money, had a great time. Got back and started looking for work so I figured I'd sign on, only to be told that I needed to be living in the UK for 3 months before claiming, when I called up to ask about it and say I was a British citizen they seemed really surprised but did nothing.

Good job I had family to crash with otherwise I'd have been fucked. Fortunately I found a job within a week on my own too so fuck 'em.


>> No. 423285 Anonymous
1st January 2019
Tuesday 12:04 am
/b/423285 First post of the year, lads

Happy New Year, chaps
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>> No. 423392 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 11:17 pm
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Same, especially if you can stick an earbud in and get through some podcasts and that.

Even if not I imagine it's quite relaxing (though probably eventually quite tedious)
>> No. 423393 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:33 am
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For a uni job I can't really fault it - the breaks are decent, the pay is good, the shifts aren't ridiculous, and I get 10% off everything except cigs and fuel. 'Happy' would be an extremely, extremely strong word though.

You can at some shops, but not this one. What you instead get is the same playlist in roughly the same order of generic family-friendly chart pop, though recently I've noticed they've started throwing some 80s greatest hits type stuff in there.

I think maybe in a quieter (or better staffed) supermarket it would be relaxing, but while it's not obligatory that you stack the whole night's delivery before your shift is up, it's assumed that you will - sometimes you'll be working right up until home time. Tedious to me has an 'active' component, like you hate doing it as you're doing it - to me it's more mind-numbing - my brain just shuts off.
>> No. 423394 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 12:49 am
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>Tedious to me has an 'active' component, like you hate doing it as you're doing it - to me it's more mind-numbing - my brain just shuts off.

That's how I felt when I was washing dishes for a living. It was at a time when my brain shutting off for an evening was very welcome.

I used to jokingly call it meditative, but looking back, it actually was. I also really enjoyed a later job which was essentially opening oysters all day. Very relaxing, and just enough of a skill to feel like I wasn't wasting my life.
>> No. 423395 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 1:53 am
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Oh if its a uni job, then even more power to you. You're not going to be "happy" as you intimate, but it will introduce you to two things - most jobs have long periods of shit (there is a reason they call it work), even the ones you love and are really good at. The second important thing I learned working in supermarkets and doing uni jobs - many of the people you work with are fuckwits; it's a useful life lesson to learn how to tolerate stupid people, gladly.
>> No. 423396 Anonymous
6th January 2019
Sunday 10:34 am
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Well sod them then.
There's a rather strange trend I've started to notice at various places: the tendency to conform and to voice adherence to what would have been named at other places as 'normie values'. Do forgive me my parlance but any other more formal term doesn't exactly describe the thing.
Even the more insufferable places seem like buying it.
Quite. Add a bit of shift work in the past, that makes every day look like the other one.
I didn't mind as in general I had more days off and that mostly justified the price to pay: sometimes having to work when everybody else is celebrating.


>> No. 62370 Auntiefucker
3rd January 2019
Thursday 6:39 pm
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Seaborne Freight's the name.

Copying our terms & conditions from a takeaway website and winning multi-million pound shipping contracts whilst having no ships because we donate to the Tory party's the game.
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>> No. 62381 Searchfag
4th January 2019
Friday 4:20 am
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RYANAIR own a lot of them - you're quite right on that point. They have recently started to lease/rent them though. Their model is slightly different in that they buy hundreds of exactly the same plane type at a big discount and then kit out their maintenance and hangars to support only that type (Boeing 737/Airbus A320). Most airlines don't do this and the lease/rent market is growing rapidly - over 60% of the planes run by airlines are leased/rented.

Shipping is a different market - hardly anyone owns their own ships. The Baltic Dry Index is really the leading indicator of shipping costs and is a fascinating place to start a late-night wikiwalk. Everyone rents.

I don't doubt that Seaborne Freight are utter cunts, given their piss-poor attempt at putting together a basic website and the background of the principals and company; but lets crucify them on that, or the government handing them the contract - not on basic semantics of the market they work in and the finance models of the assets they use. It's actually a good thing that they don't own any ships, when you think about it.
>> No. 62382 Auntiefucker
4th January 2019
Friday 7:25 pm
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>Shipping is a different market - hardly anyone owns their own ships.
No, you misunderstand. A tenant might not own their home, but they do undoubtedly have a home. Seaborne does not own any ships. They do not control any ships. They do not have any ships on lease. They do not have rights to any ships. They do not have options on any ships. They do not have access to any ships. They do not possess anything remotely resembling the capability to move anything across water.
>> No. 62383 Paedofag
4th January 2019
Friday 7:40 pm
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>They do not possess anything remotely resembling the capability to move anything across water.

Nah m8, they've got it covered.
>> No. 62411 Moralfag
5th January 2019
Saturday 1:37 pm
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I think the thing that gets me is this this will all just be completely ignored and allowed to go on. I just cannot fathom this - cock up after cock up, and nothing is ever done about it. We just allow shit like this to happen. There's a media storm for 24 hours and then that's it.
>> No. 62416 Searchfag
5th January 2019
Saturday 11:46 pm
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welcome to Britain


>> No. 17145 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 3:36 pm
/news/17145 Porn sites ‘will all require proof of age from April 2019
> Masturbation is about to get a lot more complicated from April next year – with porn sites requiring proof of age before anyone can see adult content (including free sites).

> Rules for how the ban on under-18s will work were quietly passed by the House of Commons on Monday this week – and are expected to be in place by April.

> From that date, anyone who visits a porn site from a British IP address will be asked for ‘proof’ they are 18, provided either from ID such as driving licences or from age verification cards bought in shops.

Pack your wank material ladm8s, the whole thing got exactly... tossed off.
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>> No. 17220 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 7:18 pm
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Every major ISP already offers porn filtering. Either it's on by default, or you can choose to turn it on when you're setting up your WiFi router.

The mandatory age verification filtering that's about to come into force can't be turned off. You can't say "I'll have the filtering on the kids computers, but not on mine". You can't say "I'll have the filtering on until midnight, but after that it's daddy's private time". It's on all the time on every ISP. Either you hand over your credit card, trot down to your local shop for a government-approved Masturbation License or you'll have to twat about with VPNs.

What proportion of people definitely don't want any filtering ever? What proportion of people want some filtering, but only what they choose? What proportion say they want filtering, but secretly like to have a tug to Anal Acrobats when the wife is asleep? What proportion don't really watch porn, but don't like the idea of being told what they can and can't see? What proportion definitely want porn blocked 100% of the time, but aren't satisfied to just click the little box that says "please filter my porn" when they setup their broadband? Only the last of those groups stands to benefit from rigorously-enforced age verification filtering.

There are 205 ISPs in the UK. You could set up a puritanical broadband company that offers absolutely no porn under any circumstances with a remarkably modest investment. Nobody currently offers puritanical broadband, presumably because there's insufficient demand - if you want filtering, you can have it from any of the major ISPs.

Five ISPs control 95% of the UK market - BT (who own PlusNet and run the fixed-line service for EE), Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and Vodafone. Of those big five, who would decide to deliberately alienate a large proportion of their customer base to appease a small minority?
>> No. 17221 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 7:20 pm
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Technically they also don't serve pirated content but that didn't prevent the injunction machine from listing them.
>> No. 17222 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 7:28 pm
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They're already engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with court-ordered blocking. The life expectancy of a torrent or streaming site is a matter of months, but they just get another domain name and IP address when they get blocked. Some ISPs implement those blocks quite stringently using DPI, which is a bit of a faff to circumvent. Others just do the blocking at the DNS level, which is basically free to implement but incredibly easy to circumvent by changing your DNS server. Coincidentally, the ISPs that make a real effort to block pirate content also sell subscription TV services.

I stand by my prediction that most ISPs will do the bare minimum necessary to comply with the law. AAISP will probably tell the government to go fuck themselves, possibly literally.
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5th January 2019
Saturday 7:43 pm
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I'm not aware of any ISP subject to court-mandated blocking that does filtering by DNS alone. In fact, I think that method was specifically addressed by the claimants as inadequate.

As for A&A, that will depend on whether they have the resources to just pay any fines that come their way, and whether Adrian Kennard fancies being publicly pilloried for it as Clive Feather was the first time this came up. (He finally gave up the fight when the press started referring to him as "Britain's child pornographer-in-chief".)
>> No. 17224 Anonymous
5th January 2019
Saturday 7:52 pm
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I suppose the best way to go about it if their hand really is forced, is to make the "blocked" page a passive-aggressive one with instructions on how to obtain and use a VPN, and perhaps details of petitions to sign and donation details to the EFF, Open Rights Group etc.


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>> No. 4560 Anonymous
3rd January 2019
Thursday 12:01 pm
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Penrose on Joe Rogan!!!


>> No. 62369 YubYub
2nd January 2019
Wednesday 7:28 pm
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>> No. 84560 Anonymous
24th November 2018
Saturday 1:09 pm
/pol/84560 Our government isn't totally incompetent

Someone up in there's still playing statecraft properly. Even if this piece has been busted by some Anons. is a nice brief on modern disinformation tactics.
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>> No. 84726 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 11:55 pm
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Good work, comrade. 5 rubles have been deposited into your account.
>> No. 84727 Anonymous
1st January 2019
Tuesday 12:49 am
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Traditionally it's 15 rubles, actually.
>> No. 84728 Anonymous
1st January 2019
Tuesday 12:51 am
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Budgets are tight, and train tickets to Salisbury aren't cheap.
>> No. 84729 Anonymous
1st January 2019
Tuesday 4:23 pm
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Was this the last post of the year? That's somewhat disappointing.
>> No. 84730 Anonymous
1st January 2019
Tuesday 4:36 pm
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Half past two.


>> No. 422516 Anonymous
1st December 2018
Saturday 12:05 am
/b/422516 Christmas 2018
It's the first of December. It's that time of year again.

Open your advent calendar chocolates, listen to Andrew, put up your tree this weekend, put off the present shopping for at least a fortnight, surviving the Christmas party at work, watching shit on telly.

You know the drill by now, lads.
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>> No. 423278 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 5:26 pm
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It is though.
>> No. 423279 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 5:53 pm
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New Years day is a bank holiday m8. I should know because I seem to be the only fucker whose been at work the past couple weeks.
>> No. 423280 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 6:37 pm
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Plan ahead with your annual leave. I haven't been at work since the 20th and I'm not back at work until Wednesday and it's only cost me three day's holiday.
>> No. 423281 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 7:15 pm
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>Plan ahead with your annual leave.

But I am. While everyone else took leave over Christmas I've been doing nothing all day at work and come the annual heatwave I'll use my saved leave to take the month off with some change for messy long-weekends while the weathers good.
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1st January 2019
Tuesday 1:53 pm
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Well, that's another way to do it, aye.


>> No. 5761 Anonymous
8th October 2014
Wednesday 9:35 pm
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Evening, Mumsnet lads.

I'm running low on ideas of what to read to my son [7]. We're working our way through the Mr Gum books and if I can't think of something when we're finished my other half will probably subject him to Enid Blyton. We've read The Hobbit and all of Ronald Dahl's books for children but I don't know where to go next, possibly Harry Potter (although I've never read them so I don't know what they're like) or maybe something by Terry Deary as he's obsessed with ancient Egypt. Goosebumps?

I'd be grateful for any tips. Any books you were particularly fond of from your childhood?
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>> No. 6873 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 11:45 pm
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I think if he was on the spectrum we'd know about it by now or at least have suspicions; he has no real issues socialising and has a good circle of friends. Lots of children enjoy programmes along the lines of Impossible Engineering, How It's Made, Inside the Factory and everyone's favourite Auntie Mabel.
>> No. 6874 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 10:19 am
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I got a TV / VHS combi in my room when I was about 13 and recorded Monkey Dust on a whim one night. That was probably the beginning of the end for me if I'm being honest, lads.

Back on topic, have you thought about seeing how your lad fares with something like Ender's Game?
>> No. 6875 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 2:11 pm
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He sounds like he's got a bright future ahead of him, or at the very least a strong career in britfa cuntoffs.

I don't know if nerds still get bullied at school or not, but make sure he has a cool haircut and at least a baseline level of how football works. He'll thank you for it later.
>> No. 6876 Anonymous
31st December 2018
Monday 6:30 pm
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> at the very least a strong career in britfa cuntoffs.
That's what life is all about after all.
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31st December 2018
Monday 7:14 pm
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>have you thought about seeing how your lad fares with something like Ender's Game?

To be honest, I've largely taken a backseat with his reading choices as he's got a library card and I was choosing what I was reading myself when I was his age. I chose a few mythology books for him for his birthday/Christmas but apart from that he mainly received Magnus Chase/Kane Chronicles books because he's really into Rick Riordan at the moment. His mum chose the Alex Rider books which he's been devouring.

>at the very least a strong career in britfa cuntoffs

He'd be banned after his first post. Considering how much he reads his spelling and grammar is fairly atrocious. I don't think he enjoys English at school and he does that typical boy thing where he likes to give as short an answer as possible to questions. Maths has always been his strong point.

He hasn't been picked on, to my knowledge, although his best friend was pinned down the other week and someone threatened to stab him in the eye with a compass.


>> No. 62222 YubYub
19th December 2018
Wednesday 11:09 pm
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Toblerone have only gone and made themselves halal. I hope you'll all be doing the right thing and boycotting them.
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>> No. 62329 Paedofag
30th December 2018
Sunday 5:37 pm
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And the Guardian one was pretty true, other than the weeks wages bit. My Grandad got a mortgage on a house now worth 1.3 million because he walked into the bank, told them what his job was, and they gave him a list of houses he could afford and he picked one.
>> No. 62330 Samefag
30th December 2018
Sunday 6:11 pm
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>> No. 62354 Samefag
31st December 2018
Monday 5:08 pm
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The mail are just taking the piss now.
>> No. 62355 Moralfag
31st December 2018
Monday 5:31 pm
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Didn't you know? That's how news works now. No need for investigative work or analysis when you can just literally read out a Facebook conversation.
>> No. 62356 R4GE
31st December 2018
Monday 5:41 pm
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Look at all those repeating logos because they don't want to do 12 kinds of chocolate in the tub. When is the government going to stop messing about and crack down on the real criminals?


>> No. 26990 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 1:43 pm
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My last e-reader was a Kindle with a keyboard. I liked typing out notes and annotations, but the display quickly broke.

Now I've moved and left my books behind, I'm interested in buying another one.

I have a lot of .mobi files, but also a lot of PDFs. Is there a reasonably durable reader that can handle both file types?

I'd like to spend under £150, but don't really know how performance varies for these devices.
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>> No. 26992 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 2:04 pm
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Good advice, thanks. I think many of the PDFs I read use a different page size, so I may get away with the e-reader. Funky formatting is probably inevitable, even with a tablet.

Any recommendations on model?
>> No. 26993 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 3:15 pm
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Yeah agreed - I have the "normal" Kindle Paperwhite, not the posh version shown in the OP - it is simply brilliant. I love the fact it only does one thing, really well.
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29th December 2018
Saturday 3:22 pm
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Thirded. I can see much of a reason to get any of the pricier models. The Paperwhite is excellent and the form factor is perfect. Really don't understand why you'd want a chunkier, more expensive model.
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31st December 2018
Monday 9:44 am
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Another factor just popped into my head. Do either of you know of an e-reader that can handle RSS feeds and online articles?

If there were one that could handle Feedly I'd be very happy.
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31st December 2018
Monday 9:50 am
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>> No. 418566 Anonymous
8th July 2018
Sunday 11:58 am
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Lads, I've been having a think. How much do you plan your life? As in:-

• "I want to live in a nice house in that lovely village I always pass through. Here's how I'm going to achieve it."
• "The ultimate aim in my career is to be doing x.
• "I want to retire by the time I'm 60. I'm going to put away x amount of money every month to try and achieve this."
• "By the time I'm 40 I'd like to have traveled to the Azores, Japan, New Zealand and the Galapagos islands."
• "I want to learn a new language in the next two years."
• "This summer I'm going to walk the Three Peaks, go white water rafting and start training for my first 10k."

You get the idea. I have a milestone birthday later this month and, whilst my life isn't without direction, I could probably do with some more concrete end goals and how these are to be achieved.
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>> No. 423227 Anonymous
28th December 2018
Friday 9:16 pm
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That's actually something that's been discussed in a few different ways earlier in the thread.

I personally find long-term planning essential to getting the big stuff done, even when (especially when) short-term changes happen.

I guess it really depends on the nature of the goal, but I've found most things I've wanted in life haven't come about in the spontaneous way you describe.

It can happen, sometimes. You'll meet the person you eventually marry at a shit bowling themed birthday party you were thinking of skipping, or you'll be headhunted for a job you'd have never thought to apply for but fit into perfectly, etc., but this strikes me as much more rare.

Planning is for the stuff in life that requires consistent and conscious effort, things like getting fit or earning a PhD or finding meaningful work.

You're totally right that there's a hell of a lot you can get done by just actively participating in the world. But maybe planning is a process of exclusion, as well -- to decide you want a certain kind of future means deciding against others.
>> No. 423241 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 3:47 pm
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As someone who wasted a year before getting my current job I can empathise. Still, you've gotten yourself back into the system now which is a much bigger deal than you might think and now have that base to work on your goals. I Hope the new job goes well anyway.
>> No. 423264 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 3:51 pm
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Not really.
I do wish for some things and I do put some effort into it [0] but I can't control the whole process. And it isn't like life hasn't shovelled shite in my face at times multiplying the major part of work by zero.
Too chaotic.
Also, that old 'beware of your desires for they shall come true' adage makes sense now.
Definitely idiosyncratic but not like it doesn't make any sense.
For some reason you reminded me of Bucky Fuller.
> Simply put, you have a general idea about where you want to be headed
Actually this is how I see it too.
This year I've got the position I'd been aiming for. I'm coasting along now, thinking where I should jump next.
If you've got weights right in your room, go for it lad. They're just the best for getting into shape - always nearby and you don't have to drive/go anywhere.

[0] On a very tangential note, I'd like to have a fancy house somewhere near the town's centre and something like W124/W126/W210/W212 - I like the cars of that period - to drive but at my current place of residence that would cost an awful amount of money.
>> No. 423271 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 8:46 pm
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I'm going to see how much of this shamanistic Toblerone I can polish off, and see where I go from there, really.
>> No. 423272 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 8:54 pm
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Have you managed to successfully de-halal it?


>> No. 420674 Anonymous
28th September 2018
Friday 5:39 pm
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Weekend thread: low sun being a cunt edition.
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>> No. 423260 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 1:52 pm
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>see if you can get more off them

I've already got about 19.5kg more instant mash than I know what to do with. Why would I want more? I don't want to be going round the markets flogging bags of moody mash. My life is complicated enough without getting hassle off the council inspector about use-by dates and fucking EU labelling laws.
>> No. 423262 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 2:31 pm
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Well, if you have enough of it leftover you could just let it all loose from a tall hill on a wet and windy day. I'm sure local residents will see the funny side once they set out on their surreal morning commute.
>> No. 423267 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 6:07 pm
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If you cook all the mash and freeze it you can get around the law. Then you can just carve mash chunks off and stick it in the microwave to sell to students. Open a trendy mash bar, like people have done with cereal and crisp sandwiches. Give your neighbour 5% off the top to keep delivering you the goods, and once you've sold about half of your original haul you can likely afford a mash assistant to make the mash for you. Then you can concentrate on menu design and marketing (I can help you with that, my rates are scalable) If you're in a studenty area you could absolutely command about £3 per bowl of mash, that's three grand of pure profit per sack. You'd sell that in a fortnight at the very least in a populated city.

Once we've sold probably three or four sacks of short dated mash, your profit margin will likely allow for an overhaul of the premises, and the use of real, live potatoes, at which point the quality and perceived value of your operation will increase exponentially.

At this point you would hire an experienced chef to perfect the mash menu and start aiming for your first mention in the Michelin guide. While doing this we'd also be shopping for other locations and putting in place a plan to expand the business as a chain, or talking with food producers to strike a deal to sell an instant version of your famous mash in shops.
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30th December 2018
Sunday 6:21 pm
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>> No. 423269 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 6:44 pm
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When I was in primary school they used to do mash potato with cheese on top as a rare treat. Do that.


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>> No. 4558 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 7:24 am
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I still can't believe they named a planet Ur Anus.
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>> No. 4559 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 2:41 pm
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You know what we should rename it?

Also, awful thread.


>> No. 23560 Anonymous
16th November 2016
Wednesday 6:49 pm
/emo/23560 Minor angst and existential dread, Mk. I
We tend to have a lot of repeated threads here, but I also get the feeling people don't tend to post in /emo/ unless it's a big issue.

With this in mind I suggest that we have a thread for stuff that's got you down a bit and you need to get off your chest, without it being major enough to make an entire thread devoted to it. We can also use it as a go-to for minor relationship advice, work problems, social drama, and things like that.

Everyone gets down from time to time, let's put some Sisters of Mercy on and wallow together for a while.
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>> No. 27864 Anonymous
22nd December 2018
Saturday 3:28 pm
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I'm not a Christian, but I have a sincere love of Gospel music and a deep affinity with the African American church. They really do see themselves as being at war with a shapeshifting monster - the devil. The world is full of hardship and cruelty, especially if you're a black American; they're fighting the good fight against those indignities, with god on their side. It's a mindset that allowed them to survive through slavery and Jim Crow and a succession of transparently racist presidents over the years. I think that the literal belief is essentially risible, but the metaphor is rather beautiful.

If your life feels empty and goalless, do something about it. Get off your arse and do something kind for someone who is suffering. Take up the sword of compassion and become a warrior against the monster of indifference. Ring up your local food bank or homeless shelter or hospice and ask them if they need volunteers. You'll feel better for it, I promise.
>> No. 27889 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 3:26 am
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Of you lads who are married, or who intend on marrying; without wanting to seem suffering Sour Grapes I do hope that the love stays alive, because this divorce process had suddenly become quite harrowing.

Despite the fact that I initiated this divorce, despite the fact that I would do everything exactly the same way again; going through the flat I'm about to give up, the last flat we shared together, knowing that I'll be moved out within a week, splitting everything into piles of hers and mine. Well, it's been pretty fucking miserable.
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29th December 2018
Saturday 12:44 pm
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Sounds painful and difficult, I don't think there is an easy way to do these things, keep on slugging through, you have my sympathy.

I have a friend who avoided breaking up for years because they didn't want 'the hassel' I couldn't live like that.
>> No. 27894 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 6:35 am
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Well, today was the first actual 'good' day. Every light was green on the way to work, it was a relaxed shift, and I got out bang on time meaning that I missed the beginnings of rush hour (getting out at 6:00 vs even 6:05 makes a huge difference), and am now at home having a post work beverage.

May be of little coincidence that I have had basically no social interactions outside of work stuff.
>> No. 27895 Anonymous
30th December 2018
Sunday 6:36 am
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Also, just noticed >>27835 below my original post.

Are you still with us, lad?


>> No. 16895 Anonymous
13th December 2018
Thursday 6:18 pm
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>The periphery of a Taylor Swift concert is as thought out as the show she presents on stage. Beyond the traditional merchandise stands, there are often dedicated selfie-staging points and staff distributing light-up bracelets. When Swift performed at the Los Angeles Rose Bowl venue on 18 May, fans could watch rehearsal clips at a special kiosk.

>What they didn’t know was that a facial recognition camera inside the structure was taking their photographs and cross-referencing the images with a database held in Nashville of hundreds of Swift’s known stalkers, according to a Rolling Stone report.

Who the fuck would stalk Taylor Swift?
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>> No. 17136 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 10:05 pm
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>studenty feminist types who think they've figured out the solution to every problem with the world.

The worst kind there is.
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29th December 2018
Saturday 10:17 pm
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>If you're referring to the study I'm thinking of

I was thinking about an arrogate of hundreds of studies over the last 50 years. Not all science has been perverted by political agendas just yet.
>> No. 17138 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 10:36 pm
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This thread has got really shitty in a real hurry and I sincerely regret my involvement.
>> No. 17139 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 10:37 pm
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It's that insidious creep again.
>> No. 17140 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 10:41 pm
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they photoshopped her face so she looks sillier
take that
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>> No. 423230 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 1:35 am
/b/423230 ITT: Your life changes forever.
Stare into the face of Seinfinity, and you will know truth. Only through the magic of Seinfinity can one hope to gain true knowledge of the universe. The secrets of all existence lie within this thread.
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>> No. 423237 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 12:37 pm
423237 The Economics of Seinfield
Not OP but this is a website that uses seinfield clips to explain economics concepts.
>> No. 423238 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 12:46 pm
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If we're just sharing Seinfeld stuff then there is a pretty good visual novel adaptation you can play:
>> No. 423239 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 1:03 pm
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> a pretty good visual novel adaptation

>> No. 423242 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 4:28 pm
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I've never managed to get into this show but are amusing.
>> No. 423243 Anonymous
29th December 2018
Saturday 7:33 pm
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>You have an hour to make it more interesting.

So how is it more interesting now?


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