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>> No. 18914 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 5:38 pm
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Department store Debenhams has officially gone into administration after the shop rejected plans by Sports Direct's Mike Asheley to save it.

FTI Consulting has now been appointed as administrators for the chain, whose shops will continue trading for now. Debenhams is expected to close 50 of its 165 stores in the future, but no timescale has been announced yet.

How come it seems like almost every high street shop is either in administration or on the brink of it?
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>> No. 18988 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 9:16 pm
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No deal is better than a bad deal, everyone knows this.
>> No. 18993 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 2:00 am
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Just ask brexiteers
>> No. 18994 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 4:16 am
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>> No. 18996 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 8:57 am
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>> No. 19029 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 1:04 am
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>> No. 425809 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 7:47 pm
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Confess, lads.

My brain has been addled from watching so much porn that whenever one of you recommends CBT I assume you're advocating a Cock and Ball Torture session.
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>> No. 425897 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 10:58 am
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I wonder if its a smell thing. I've definitely met people like that.
>> No. 425898 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 11:46 am
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Does she look like your son's girlfriend?
>> No. 425899 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 1:29 pm
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I think you might be right. Now that I think about it, I must have seen her on Instagram etc before meeting her, and don't remember going mental just looking at those. So she must just have the exact sort of pheromones that I like. I suppose that means we'd make exceptionally good children together, though I have absolutely no interest in doing that, either.
>> No. 425900 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 1:53 pm
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Do you want to give her a good old fashioned Arse Pissing?
>> No. 425915 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 12:16 am
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There is one of my missus female friends with a similar things, but with an ugly twist: it looks like everybody wants to beat and/or rape her. She always looks like she has just been scared into submission. AFAIK, every one of her boyfriends either beat her like a punching bag or raped her. I cannot deny that I feel some strange urges every time I look at her, and she's not attractive or offensive at all, there is no reason why I should feel like this. No idea, I just keep her as far away as possible and I tell the missus that I do not like her.


>> No. 18042 Anonymous
14th February 2019
Thursday 7:08 am
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Shamima Begum: Bring me home, says Bethnal Green girl who left to join Isis

On the day the caliphate suffered a mortal blow the teenage London bride of an Islamic State fighter lifted her veil. Her two infant children were dead; her husband in captivity. Nineteen years old, nine months pregnant, weak and exhausted from her escape across the desert, she nevertheless looked calm and spoke with a collected voice.

“I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago,” she told me. “And I don’t regret coming here.”

With those words and the act of lifting her niqab, a mystery ended. The girl sitting before me, alone in a teeming Syrian refugee camp of 39,000 people where she is registered as No 28850, was Shamima Begum, the only known survivor of the three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green Academy whose fate has been unknown at home since they fled Britain together in 2015 to join Islamic State.

Ms Begum may have reached comparative safety, yet she chastised herself for leaving the last Isis territory as Kurd forces, backed by the West, closed in.

“I was weak,” she told me of her flight from the battle in Baghuz, with something akin to remorse. “I could not endure the suffering and hardship that staying on the battlefield involved. But I was also frightened that the child I am about to give birth to would die like my other children if I stayed on. So I fled the caliphate. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain.”

Should someone who quite clearly doesn't regret going to join ISIS and is still sympathetic to their plight be allowed back in this country? Then again, she'd already been 'radicalised' by those closest to her in this country.
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>> No. 19023 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 2:04 pm
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Exactly. ISIS fighters in refugee camps shouldn't be deprived of nice things just because they've made poor life choices; they need something to brighten up their mundane existence.
>> No. 19024 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 6:41 pm
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This. I thought the whole shitting-all-over-the-world-and-leaving-the-locals-to-clean-up thing was supposed to have finished with the end of Empire. Unless this is part of a strategy to court reactionary voters with "look, we're bringing back the good old days".
>> No. 19025 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 10:44 pm
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We've discussed this at length; "bringing her back" is complex and risky, however you slice it.
>> No. 19027 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 11:32 pm
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Can we at least make her pay her TV licence?
>> No. 19028 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 11:53 pm
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I doubt it. She's even getting legal aid now, PAID FOR WITH MONEY TAKEN FROM HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS.


>> No. 4313 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 4:17 pm
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I want to fill up my tyres with air. The manual says that the tyres should be cold (i.e. driven for no more than 1 mile and having been parked for 3 hours). Given that my nearest garage is 1.5 miles away, how much would this affect cold tyre pressure?
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>> No. 4314 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 4:19 pm
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This is some weird maths homework, lad.
>> No. 4315 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 4:26 pm
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Unless you're aiming for 0.1psi accuracy, fuck-all, just do it.
If you are aiming for 0.1psi, then know that the forecourt gauges aren't rated for that, and atmospheric pressure changes far more than that, even before you do crazy things like driving up hills.
It's nice to have them all roughly right, but I suspect I'd not spot 0.5psi difference even on mad tyres like ACB10s for road use, and 1psi for regular stuff.
And that's a distressing image.
>> No. 4316 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 7:39 pm
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Ok thanks


>> No. 28324 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 8:16 pm
/emo/28324 Apprenticeship Pleb
I applied for an apprenticeship at the BBC but my application was rejected and now I just have no idea what to do. I just feel like going to bed forever. The cycle is finaly broken; try, fail, rinse, repeat. There won't be another go around, I'm in my mid-20s, I've got a wasteland for a CV and a threadbare education, before long I'll have tossed away another two years with nothing to show for it. When I remember all the chances I've bungled there is a din that runs throughout my brain and leaves me feeling half-conscious.

I've got one pair of trousers and no hope left.
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>> No. 28343 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 7:30 pm
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>If any of you recommend CBT for that I'll egg your car/pub bike.
Joke's on you. I don't have either.

So, ... maybe try CBT?
>> No. 28344 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 10:21 am
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>Sure, you post Pepe the frog comics and dig up month old posts because you're such a winner.

I didn't do either of those things you ad hominem using nutter. I have something called a memory and my browsers has this thing called find. I just typed "the BBC" into it after being on the right thread. Took me less time then it took you to come up with that witty comeback.
>> No. 28345 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 10:44 am
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So you did dig up a month old post?
>> No. 28346 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 11:03 am
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If using Google is trawling the entire internet, sure why not.
>> No. 28347 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 6:10 pm
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Lads. Stop it.

All cuntoffers below this post will be deleted.


>> No. 85279 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 8:45 pm
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I think the UK has become like one of those girlfriends that's always threatening to dump you, but never does.
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>> No. 85581 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 9:46 am
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>The legal minimum amount of time needed for a referendum in this country is 26 weeks.
Where do you get that number from? The only number that's enshrined in law is 10 weeks from announcement of the poll.
>> No. 85582 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 9:54 am
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The ever reliable source; it's what someone who follows these things told me. LSE suggest that the entire process could be shortened to 24 weeks which is why, until now, most commentators have suggested that a General Election was far more likely than a second referendum.

>Allowing one week between passage of legislation and the start of the regulated campaign, and a 10-week regulated campaign period, would take the total period from start to finish to 24 weeks.
>> No. 85583 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 10:11 am
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While I understand the point about the Electoral Commission, bear in mind that we just had a bill rushed through all stages in the Commons with a lot of debate and a number of contentious votes in a little under five hours.

Plus I think that if the decision were taken to stage a referendum on the deal, the EU would happily grant a further extension, since it would be abundantly clear what we were going to do with it.
>> No. 85584 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 7:34 pm
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The referendum seems like a catch 22, sure it would give Parliament an answer (?) but on the other it requires Parliament to actually pass a bill on having a referendum.

>Plus I think that if the decision were taken to stage a referendum on the deal, the EU would happily grant a further extension, since it would be abundantly clear what we were going to do with it.

That depends on how much we mess about. The Multiannual Financial Framework happens in 2020 and decides the EU budget commitments for the next 7 years - obviously we'd want to have fucked off by then.
>> No. 85585 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 1:28 am
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The EU has shown they've been more than reasonable. If a referendum bill is put forward and held up at the last stage for the EC to do their thing, but the statutory periods run past the Halloween deadline, they'd certainly react a lot better than they have done. Remember, the main objection from the European side was that we were asking for an extension without any hint as to what we were seeking the extension for. Indeed, I believe both Juncker and Tusk have explicitly said as much.


>> No. 425579 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 10:48 pm
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Which of these looks best, lads?

Number one's fade should actually look as gradual as all the others, I'm just shit at photoshop, so bear that in mind.
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>> No. 425793 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 1:13 pm
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Just noticed there's no battery in that kit. I knew the price was too good to be true.
>> No. 425794 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 1:38 pm
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You can buy a (very good) electric kick-scooter for about the same price. They're technically illegal to use on the road in the UK, but you aren't going to get any bother unless you ride like a twat.
>> No. 425795 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 1:51 pm
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I don't want a scooter though.
>> No. 425798 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 2:54 pm
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Honestly, they're brilliant. E-bikes aren't great for long-distance stuff, because the battery conks out after an hour or so and you're left lugging a load of useless weight. They aren't great for short-range stuff, because they're too bulky to take inside. If you get a cheap kit, the waterproofing won't be great and you risk short-circuits if you leave it parked outside; if you get a fancy bike with an integrated Bosch drivetrain, it's too nice to leave locked up outside work.

Electric scooters are absolutely effortless for last-mile transport around town. Undo one clip and it folds up small enough to take on the bus or carry into a pub. You do look like a bit of a bell-end, but they're so much fun that you won't care.

I'd rather have a Brompton most of the time, but electric kick scooters just make a huge amount of sense.
>> No. 425808 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 7:02 pm
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You ever tried to do the groceries on a kick scooter? I didn't ask about ebike kits because I wanted a scooter m8.

Having said that I was in Austin last year and they have those Lime rental scooters all over the shop, they're great, and a much better solution than owning one. Far superior to the Mobikes up here.


>> No. 63064 YubYub
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:13 pm
/iq/63064 Not respecting the military
Am I the only one who has no respect for people in the forces? People seem to hold them up as heroes, but they're mostly just thickos sent to shoot brown people to further the interests of the elite. I have more respect for the police, who are actually helping us in the UK instead of pissing around shooting goat herders in the polar.
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>> No. 63071 Are Moaty
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:05 am
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You lost me there I'm afraid. That is the worst excuse for the existence of the military I've ever heard. It's like something a comic book villain would say.
>> No. 63072 Auntiefucker
11th April 2019
Thursday 2:28 am
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DSS drunks seem to disproportionately pretend they've been in the army and until you've figured out they're lying, it really sours your perception of it like

>My god, I guess they let anyone in, and it fucks you up this badly?
>> No. 63073 YubYub
11th April 2019
Thursday 4:37 am
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I mean I respect them. I don't suspect it's a fun job, I wouldn't do it myself and it's not like they get to pick which pointless modern war they're going to fight in. But at the same time I feel like my sort of sympathy-respect (glibly: "pro soldier, anti-war") is out of fashion. As WW1/2 fall out of living memory I feel like we've drifted more and more towards an American style conception of the heroism of the armed forces, seeing war in a glorious way that's not only at odds with the bad-thing that was WW2, but also at odds with our old imperial perception of war to boot. A sort of view that saying that a war was pointless is disrespectful to the soldiers who died there, and a very subtle, almost certainly unintentional undercurrent in the tone people speak about it that a future war would be a good thing because it would give more people the chance to be heroic soldiers. Maybe my view is a bit wanky considering we did away with conscription forever ago and sympathy is a bit derisive of people's choices, but still.

Doubt I'd get on too well with most soldiers given my propensity for being a soft wanker, even if 'military equipment procurement cock ups' would be my preferred choice of category on any TV gameshow.
>> No. 63074 YubYub
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:26 pm
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it's objectively true though
>> No. 63075 Auntiefucker
11th April 2019
Thursday 3:06 pm
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Of course it isn't. the world is perfectly capible of supporting the number of people it currently has. I'm willing to believe you live in a city and never visit the countryside. There are fuck all people in most places they just horde.


>> No. 18930 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:14 am
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Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman's eye

When a young Taiwanese woman named He took herself to a hospital this week complaining of a swollen eye, she expected to be treated for a simple infection.

Instead, the 29-year-old and her doctor were horrified to discover four bees living under her eyelids, feasting on her tears. Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan described the incident as a “world first”, having successfully managed to extract all four sweat bees alive from He’s tear duct.

Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan described the incident as a “world first”, having successfully managed to extract all four sweat bees alive from He’s tear duct. Speaking at a press conference, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting said: “I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.”

According to CTS News, He, who was referred to by her surname only, had been tending to a family member’s grave and was pulling out weeds when she felt something go into her eye. Presuming it was soil, she washed it out with water but by night it had begun to swell up and she felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid. At the hospital the next morning, Hung had suspected an infection, but when he looked at He’s eye through a microscope, he saw the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her ducts, where they were feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears.
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>> No. 18946 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:37 pm
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My favourite thing about this article is that it contains the phrase "He took herself" and it's a completely valid construction.


>> No. 18574 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 5:59 pm
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>A passenger says she was left "shaking and upset" when she was told to cover up on a flight.

>Emily O'Connor said cabin crew told her what she was wearing - a crop top and high-waisted trousers - was "inappropriate" and "caused offence".

>She said the manager of the Birmingham to Tenerife flight and staff surrounded her, saying she must put a jacket on.


Also I'd like to know gs's resident I'll-shag-anything-lad on this.
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>> No. 18941 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:25 pm
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What has the date got to do with anything?
>> No. 18942 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:32 pm
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Some lads get a bit funny if you post in a thread that hasn't had a reply in a day or two.
>> No. 18943 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:51 pm
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>hasn't had a reply in a day or two
... or twenty-something. I mean, I don't think anyone would have minded had it actually been funny.
>> No. 18944 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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Bickering about it is obviously much better and isn't shitting up the board.
>> No. 18945 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:26 pm
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This is .gs, it's one of our proudest traditions.


>> No. 27069 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 10:52 pm
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How are VR headsets for certain non-gaming related activities? I was thinking of picking one up while I'm in the market for a new laptop but never have the time for proper games these days so would be buying purely for everything else.
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>> No. 27070 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 11:06 pm
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If you mean porn, then they're brilliant. For everything else, they're pap - the resolution just isn't high enough to render sharp text right now.
>> No. 27072 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 2:44 am
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Porn can be fantastic, particularly PoV style scenes (to absolutely no-ones surprise) work great. You can get an idea from a certain gerbil themed site's VR section but suffice to say watching on a flat screen is no comparison to what a head set offers.

The rest depends on what you mean by "proper games". There are some lovely "experiences", aka. VR movies, available for free on Steam (I particularly enjoyed "Allumette", a version of The Little Match Girl, "INVASION!", a fun cartoon about incompetent alien invasion, and "Surge", an abstract music video). Many of the more interactive games are pretty short or can be done in bite-size sections as well.

I have a Vive and completely agree with >>27070, the resolution is good enough for games and animation (I'm sure the brain fills in a lot of the details to cover up short comings there) but text in particular needes to be cartoonishly senior-phone-sized huge to be comfortably legible. You're not going to be reading ebooks on this thing or browsing the web for text content. There are "cinema" programs that let you view a movie as if it were on a massive screen which work OK, but forget anything with subtitles and if you're really keen on 4k video: prepare to be disappointed.

Also note, for the Vive in particular it is not a portable system requiring several plug sockets and reasonably sturdy mounting for the light houses (which make a quiet but noticeable high pitched whining noise, so if you sleep in the same room as they are you'll want to power them off).


>> No. 3840 Anonymous
19th September 2013
Thursday 10:03 pm
/£$€¥/3840 Pensions
The OFT have come out and said that many old (i.e. set up before 2001) pension schemes have high charges and offer savers poor value for money. They've also suggested a cap for auto-enrolment schemes, but it's going to be an almost meaningless gesture as you'd be very hard pressed to find a provider offering auto-enrolment terms with annual management charges greater than 1% anyway.

The pension scheme I'm in at work (contribution: 5% employer, 5% employee gross) has management charges of 0.6%, which I'm alright with as it's less than I'd get if I was investing in collectives through an ISA.

However, I've put the charges and contribution details into Invidion's pension calculator for an idea of what I'd get when I'm 65, 40 years from now, and if my salary increases in line with National Average Earnings and I took the 25% tax-free lump sum I'd be looking at a pension in today's terms of 27.5% of my current salary. If I wanted a pension that would be about two-thirds of what I'm earning now then I'll need to contribute, assuming the employer contribution stays at 5%, 15% gross (12% net) of my salary every year for the next four decades. This does depend on what annuity rates will be like then and I'd also be getting the State Pension, as long as they haven't upped the age you receive it to 80 by then.

If it wasn't for the tax relief and my employer matching my contributions then I doubt I'd bother and I'd look into other ways to support myself while I'm in retirement. What about you lads? What are your thoughts on pensions? In my opinion to have any form of decent retirement income you're at the mercy of your employer offering a good pension scheme.
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>> No. 7486 Anonymous
11th March 2019
Monday 9:11 pm
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Vanguard keep promising to release a very cheap pension where you can invest into their funds. It has been a long time coming, though.
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11th March 2019
Monday 10:19 pm
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Vanguard seem overhyped to me. Fair enough if you're nearing retirement so you're better off with an equity & bond fund, but if you're younger then their pure equity funds aren't anything special so you might as well take more risk. It's letting the tail wag the dog.
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18th March 2019
Monday 12:20 pm
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Click Anonymous.
>> No. 7500 Anonymous
6th April 2019
Saturday 10:39 am
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Happy auto-enrolment increase day, lads.
>> No. 7501 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 5:44 pm
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A&Es could close or be forced to operate without enough staff because of pension rules, doctors have warned.

Experienced consultants are cutting their hours or refusing extra shifts to avoid an effective 100 per cent tax rate brought in by complex changes to pension taxation. The issue is exacerbating workforce problems in the NHS and is likely to hit patient care, experts have warned.

Under rules introduced in 2015, anyone earning more than £150,000 begins to see a reduction in the £40,000 that can go into a pension tax free each year. It tapers down to £10,000 for those earning £210,000 or more.

Breaking the limit triggers a penalty tax rate. However, while high earners in the private sector are able to adjust their pension contributions, the way NHS pensions are structured means health service staff cannot. Their tax bills are based on factors including the calculated increase in pension pot value, rather than simply earnings, meaning that all NHS staff earning over £110,000 — a third of consultants — are potentially affected. Doctors report receiving huge unexpected tax bills after they have worked extra shifts or received a small salary increase, often based on good performance, which effectively means they have worked for nothing or even paid to work.

It's almost as if the government should stop tinkering with pensions and leave them alone.


>> No. 22775 Anonymous
1st April 2019
Monday 5:21 pm
/e/22775 Pronouns in games

I don't mind this at all but I wish it would have some actual function rather than being there for the sake of it.
If you had cosmetic affects for instance, If I could choose my pronoun to be xer and I play some 'girl' with masculine features and that voice trans have then yea think this would be interesting.

What think?

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 22797 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 8:53 pm
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>but at the same time you shouldn't moan about having LGBT culture 'rubbed in your face' simply because it exists (as a lad did above).

Whilst that is true, sometimes it purposefully is. I usually consider that something to do with the insecurity of the person who insists on the rubbing in their own identity more than anything whenever I've seen it. Kind of like how American Atheists seem to revel in an adversarial to Christian position.Among groups like the fet scene there is definitely regularly the obnoxious righteousness that goes with that kind of psychological insecurity, where the stance of indifferance isn't good enough for people.
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8th April 2019
Monday 9:53 pm
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Indeed, but I think in general it's easy to read things as an attack on LGBT stuff when in reality it is just somebody saying that's not really their thing. Which, as we've agreed on, is fine. The phrase he used was "rubbed in his face" but I didn't take that as a moan at LGBT people, just a general way of expressing it was like having a bit too much mayonnaise on his chips for his liking.


Of course, but not everything has to be for everyone. It's just as valid for a straight bloke to go "no thanks, it's a bit gay for me" as it is for a gay lass to go "nah, it's not gay enough for me". Generally though I think if people are placing so much weight in their sexuality and how it defines them as a person, I feel they would be able to make bigger gains by putting their self-esteem in healthier things, than by the token gesture of having a game call them xe.

You don't hear me complaining that furries are under-represented. We still have to make the yiff mods ourselves damnit.
>> No. 22799 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 11:02 pm
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I've avoided getting involved with this why can't we just talk about our RP adventures and Ventrue being best? and I don't know your LGBT resistance HQ but I used to frequent a gay-bar every month or so because I had gay friends. It was awkward at first but eventually I made friends with the other regulars and we got drunk and had a laugh as friends do.

This sounds more like the place you're going to is just full of dickheads who base their identity on being the other or you've not gotten to know anyone and therefore unconsciously see them as the other. I'd hazard the latter but there's always one person writing in the guardian. I mean, you're presumably a lovely couple so how is that different to any other bar? If you went with your boyfriend what would be different?

That said it's neither here nor there. We're talking about a game whose plot centres on an underground society of vampires and blood-magic. Although the franchise has a complicated relationship with sex it is generally assumed that vampires lack a sexual impulse and gender norms are irrelevant when you're a blood-thirsty predator. Pronoun choices are by extension irrelevant but there's absolutely no reason to tout it in this day and age unless they're going to make it a core part of the plot (which would ruin it) or otherwise use it to try and cover a bad game (the typical option).
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9th April 2019
Tuesday 12:12 am
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That's mostly why it feels disingenuous, which was my point. Neither of us are the type to talk to strangers, so why are we there exactly when we could be anti-social in any pub we like?

It's because she doesn't want to feel like she's sold out by taking the dick.
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9th April 2019
Tuesday 12:19 am
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>We're talking about a game whose plot centres on an underground society of vampires and blood-magic. Although the franchise has a complicated relationship with sex it is generally assumed that vampires lack a sexual impulse and gender norms are irrelevant when you're a blood-thirsty predator. Pronoun choices are by extension irrelevant but there's absolutely no reason to tout it in this day and age unless they're going to make it a core part of the plot (which would ruin it) or otherwise use it to try and cover a bad game (the typical option).

From what I remember of Masquerade, a young vampire has been dead for 25-50 years and usually several hundred, some of them living for thousands, slow to adapt to society as they become more reclusive, and becoming consumed by their bestial nature they hardly seem the sort to be on the cutting edge of progressive. They also referred to the ruler of the city as 'the prince' regardless of sex because such concepts were irrelevant to them.


>> No. 28221 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 10:37 pm
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I fucked it up in a couple of months. I was overly sensitive and revealed an ugly side to myself.

I really like her, but she requested space and I want to respect that.

J know it was a new relationship anyway but we connected in so many good ways. I feel like we could have built something lasting.

It's been a couple of days. I sent a message earlier just to ask if she'd be up to talking. No reply.

How do I stop myself feeling like shit about this? How do I prepare myself for the bad news she may not want to see me again? Should I just put it out of my mind? How?

I think I need to spend time with friends but everyone I get on with is away. Fucking shit.
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>> No. 28263 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 1:02 am
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>How do I stop myself feeling like shit about this? How do I prepare myself for the bad news she may not want to see me again? Should I just put it out of my mind? How?

By becoming a cold hearted cynic a bit more with every day that passes, and slowly dying inside in the process.

But to give a bit more hands-on advice, if she doesn't answer your messages, then you're kind of beating a dead horse. "Wanting space" is unfortunately the classic way of telling you that she is at least unsure how she feels about you at this juncture. Yes, she might come back around and realise what she has in you. But my gut feeling is that your odds aren't so good on this. And if you say

>J know it was a new relationship anyway but we connected in so many good ways. I feel like we could have built something lasting.

then I kind of read into that that she said things that gave you to understand that the relationship is now on ice. Somebody who really loves you probably won't do that.

Then again, I made a grave miscalculation once by completely ghosting somebody who, against the odds, was really starting to realise she wanted me back, after shooting me down in a quite humiliating way in front of my friends previously when I begged her to come back to me.

But again, my gut feeling on this, lad, is that your odds aren't good and that it's best to move on. If after a couple of days she still shows no signs of wanting you back, it's no use praying for a miracle.
>> No. 28268 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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Thanks friend. It's surreal after being so intimate with her, but she's more or less dropped me like a stone since my last post.

I have started talking to different girls, which may not be the healthiest way to get over it, but they are interesting in their own right. It's just nice to remember that there's more chances at happiness.
>> No. 28269 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 5:23 pm
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>I have started talking to different girls, which may not be the healthiest way to get over it

I reckon that's a perfectly good way to get over someone, especially for a chap talking like you do. You'll learn soon enough that nobody's that special, really. Lots of women are lovely and you'll form bonds with them you'll never want to break, but at the end of the day, people are people, and there's no such thing as 'the one'.
>> No. 28313 Anonymous
5th April 2019
Friday 12:01 pm
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Agreed. There really is only one way to sort out a broken heart in the long run, and that is to find somebody new that you will fall in love with. And the more time you will spend thinking about that new person that you have fallen in love with, the less time you will think about your ex. And that's generally a healthy way to be, as any therapist will tell you.

>at the end of the day, people are people, and there's no such thing as 'the one'.

Thinking can make it so though. I remember having a conversation with a friend a while ago on the issue, and we agreed that, bleak and unromantic as it may seem, there isn't "the one", not for anybody. There isn't that one person that you are destined to meet and must keep looking for even if you spend your whole life doing so. All that you can hope for is that there are a few people on this planet who are a very, very good match for you, and that you will run into one of them in your life. And from meeting that person, the illusion can then arise that you have met your soul mate, your missing half, of all the people in the world. But in reality, it's an illusion, amplified by you wanting to believe that that is the case.
>> No. 28321 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 3:56 pm
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I don't quite get why that's bleak.
Then again, I'm a lack-lustre sod so who am I to judge?


>> 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. 18909 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 7:51 am
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>If you have to apologise for mistaking someone who looks like a man for a man

They're probably more needing to apologise for saying "erggh" in response, you blinkered pillock.
>> No. 18910 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 8:00 am
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Nobody actually says 'erggh' in real life conversation and noises like that can be highly subjective; one person's 'erggh' can be another person's 'ahh' or 'ohh'.
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8th April 2019
Monday 8:20 am
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>> No. 18912 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 10:57 am
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hmm. 🤔
>> No. 18913 Anonymous
8th April 2019
Monday 10:59 am
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>> No. 2130 Anonymous
31st March 2010
Wednesday 11:01 am
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Are there any 'resting actors' out there?

I'm back up to about a litre of whisky a day again. :(
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>> No. 8259 Anonymous
23rd February 2019
Saturday 12:00 am
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Today I woke up at 2pm, dawdled for as long as I could, and went to get booze around 6ish. My attempts to force myself to be sensible have backfired as I bought a "small" amount of booze which is about to run out. The last offy within walking distance closes/stops serving booze at midnight but I won't be rushing out, I'll be suffering through the alkie's worst nightmare, a waking hangover. Because I deliberately sat here and fucked around typing this post when I realised I might just about have enough time to still rush there.

If I hadn't done this I would have bought maybe 6 cans of stella, 6 cans of desperados, probably a bottle of WKD because they've been on special offer for ages and they offer a great deal of sentimental value to me, plus a little bottle of some kind of cleanish tasting vodka that I could nip at my bedside between lapsing in and out of consciousness between now and Sunday morning by which time I'd be back at the off-licence looking for more. This would have cost me a lot of money that I probably need for bills and stuff but would happily spend on booze anyway.

>> No. 8260 Anonymous
23rd February 2019
Saturday 12:58 am
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12 cans between now and Sunday isn't much of a habit lad. Talk to your GP, get on naltrexone and get clean (if you want to). Naltrexone can take a habit down from 24 cans a day to 6 cans a day in under a week, even in a hardened alkie like me, you just need to want to stop. 6 cans is practically social drinking.
>> No. 8261 Anonymous
23rd February 2019
Saturday 1:58 pm
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I drink cans on Champions league nights almost exclusively these days and feel anxious about if 4 will do me till the footy ends, which does make his habit seem small fry, but he could be a she or just be alcohol intolerant.

On the topic of quitting though, I don't know how I manage to keep it just to 4 once a week as I used to have a 6 a night weekday habit and a two bottle of bourbon weekend one, but I do (for now) and motivation to stop is definitely the key. I didn't get a prescription to help me quit, I never asked for help actually, I just weaned myself down over the course of two years. I get anxious if I don't have alcohol in the house, but don't drink it unless there is football on. I don't know how I conditioned that aversion, but it's powerful.

Sage for rambling.
>> No. 8262 Anonymous
6th April 2019
Saturday 11:24 pm
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I've been drinking so heavily this past week that now on this fifth day of heavy drinking I don't even feel drunk after 8 pints of beer. I just feel like myself but with a slightly cloudy head and a massively bloated belly. Pretty annoying because I would usually be pleasantly sloshed by now. If I continue this way then I'd have to supplement the beer with spirits, but fortunately my body is self-limiting in the sense that it can't handle them without protesting through debilitating heartburn.

I guess this is a sneak preview of the frustration of bonafide alcoholism and it's time for me to take a long break again, perhaps permanently.
>> No. 8263 Anonymous
6th April 2019
Saturday 11:40 pm
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Drink lots of water and try to eat something before you fall asleep. You might be in for some nasty withdrawals otherwise.


>> No. 28270 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 1:39 pm
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Hey lads, I'm what you would call a late bloomer likely to have (free) sex for the first time this weekend. Can you give any advice on doing the sex? I finally got my life in order these past couple years and recently met a lovely girl but being an effective virgin at 31 I'd like to give this the best possible shot so I don't accidentally put it up her bum or something.

You all seem like you know your way around a woman so I thought I'd best ask here rather than trusting Google.
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>> No. 28301 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 12:21 am
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We've been on 5 dates and always split the bill.
>> No. 28302 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:27 am
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Then why are you complaining about wasted time and money?

Backround info might help, lad. Like what's her ethnicity, etc. Surely after 5 dates you would know if she was religious? Has she ever brought it up? 5 dates is a good sign, you've shared a kiss, she obviously enjoys your company.

Make a move. Make overt gestures of intimacy, hold her hand when walking, tell he she looks beautiful and kiss her when you meet again. That shows you're keen and also that you want further intimacy, which lowers the bar. 5 dates is also long enough for a house date to be appropriate and if she agrees then that is a good sign she is keen on being alone with you. Make her dinner, make her laugh, make sure you have plenty of wine. Be confident. Tell her you are having a great time, be flirtatious; caress her hand, say "Stay over." Instead of "Do you want to stay over?" The question is implied, but it's more direct. Haggle, but don't coerce. If she offers to help with the dishes flick bubbles at her, stuff like that.

Just make it clear you want to be more intimate and look for ways to ignite a moment of passion, which should easily bring things to a head.
>> No. 28305 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:05 pm
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I mean let's be honest mate if you're five dates in and there's not enough chemistry to be sending each other naughty pictures from the work toilets, you might want to look elsewhere. I'm not saying the lad above isn't giving good advice. He absolutely is. Very good advice which you should definitely listen to- But allow me to offer a different point of view.

In every serious relationship I've ever had, sexual chemistry and flirting about it has been present from the very start. That unspoken acknowledgment that you'd definitely fuck each other's brains out is the foundation of any lasting intimate partnership, in my view. I don't think I've ever been on a date with someone if that wasn't already the case- What's the point if you're not clearly both attracted to one another? It seems like a very businesslike approach to love.

It sounds like one or probably both of you are a bit shy about it all. But the absolute worst thing you can do is end up in bed with a lass you've never even sent a flirty text about eating her muff to. You've no idea how awkward it is to get things started when there's no momentum there in the first place. Start it gently but you need to turn up the flirt- Make some slightly dirty jokes,ask her some suggestive questions that get her mind onto those subjects... I assure you, you might think she's prudish but under the surface nearly everyone has a pervert.
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3rd April 2019
Wednesday 12:05 am
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She's from a strict Christian background and is a sensible girl.

>Then why are you complaining about wasted time and money?

Because going to a restaurant or spending all night at a bar isn't cheap.

I think you might have hit the nail on the head with chemistry. We get along fine but it's like we see eye to eye on things rather than this being anything else. If we didn't call it dates and end the night with a kiss you could just as easily say we're hanging out as friends. This doesn't feel like other relationships where we've just been able to natter for hours and have that certain tension you can feel.

Maybe I'll try taking her out one more time to something out of our comfort zone and see if it breaks down barriers. My flats tiny. Then if it's still nothing I'll break it off.
>> No. 28311 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 11:44 am
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Why don't you take her on a date that doesn't cost a lot of money?


>> No. 28283 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 10:47 am
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At work most of my colleagues are at least double my age. Often at less busy times they engage me in conversation to pass the time. However, they regale me with boring stories that don't go anywhere or physical complaints e.g. moaning about their knees or neck pain. I tend to zone out during these conversations with the occasional nod or "yes" as I can't be bothered to listen to these pointless tales.

Unfortunately, sometimes they can go on for 15-20 minutes. And I can only get them to leave if I stop responding and stare at the floor. I am conscious about addressing the issue as these are my superiors and I don't want to be rude to them. What's a nice or polite way of not having to sit through their conversations?
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>> No. 28289 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 1:07 pm
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I feel like there must be some sort of lateral thinking solution to this. Like 'souring the milk'

if they engage you in conversation like this drop at the end of it 'Oh by the way could you help me with this boring task', that might put them off engaging you.

Or you need to set yourself up as someone who they don't want to engage in that way because they don't see you as the sort of person who there is value in doing that with. Maybe start talking to them enthusiastically at cross purpose like you don't understand, or are caught in your own narrative or misunderstanding the emotional tone of their story. If telling these stories to you becomes hard work for them they will stop without you having to confront.

The other more virtuous option I have for you is to try steer the conversation into other topics and see if they connect with you over those. They might fill the space in future with talking about shared interests rather than boring stories. Try randomly bringing up your hobbies ideas or interest to them you might strike gold.
>> No. 28292 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 7:59 pm
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That seconds option actually sounds quite entertaining.
>> No. 28293 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 8:00 pm
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I used to be really bad at talking to people older than me too, but at some stage (probably getting older myself) I realised that they are people too, and as old and boring as they seem now they too were young and exciting once. You just have to find out a bit more about who they really are, under the boring old fart exterior.

Some people really are just boring old facts, of course. There's one bloke at work I couldn't hold a conversation with if you paid me that wasn't just about the weather. But I think it's worthwhile developing small talk skills just to make your day less awkward in that regard. You just have to reply with questions- Don't just say yeah, oh, cool, yeah. Keep them talking for a bit, and then they feel like they've been listened to and tend to go away of natural causes.
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2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:40 pm
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Thanks for the well thought out responses. Unfortunately I can't be bothered with it all and as per >>28284 I've handed my notice in. The whole work environment, this notwithstanding, has become toxic in general.
>> No. 28307 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 2:36 pm
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I like it when they start telling the names of all the different roads they took to get to a place, that's my favourite.


>> No. 23869 Gasthief
24th August 2016
Wednesday 4:19 pm
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GLORY to Ukraine!
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>> No. 23976 Stalin
2nd April 2017
Sunday 12:58 pm
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Слава Украине! Пошёл нахуй, Тарас.
>> No. 23997 Clog
1st June 2017
Thursday 3:24 am
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>> No. 24178 Gasthief
28th February 2019
Thursday 1:55 am
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Поцелуй мою залупу
>> No. 24179 Raoul
28th February 2019
Thursday 7:15 pm
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хохол на хуй.
>> No. 24191 Gasthief
1st April 2019
Monday 11:09 am
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The results of the 1st round presidential elections are... interesting.


>> No. 11711 Anonymous
1st April 2019
Monday 9:52 am
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Found this on another board and it's bloody wonderful.
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>> No. 11712 Anonymous
1st April 2019
Monday 10:13 am
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I went through a small phase of this sort of stuff a while back.

Bought this chap's album on bandcamp:

And GoGo Penguin, who perhaps aren't jazz, but who knows.


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