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>> No. 418310 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 1:01 pm
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New week thread.

What is happening in your life?
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>> No. 418313 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 3:49 pm
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>What is happening in your life?

Maybe I should rephrase my question.
>> No. 418314 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 6:46 pm
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I'm moving house in a few weeks. It's bloody hard work just thinking about it.
>> No. 418315 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 7:48 pm
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>>418310
Not much. Couple of family members dying.
>> No. 418323 Anonymous
2nd July 2018
Monday 10:44 pm
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We are moving into new offices in the same building this week. So we literally have to schlep everything but the kitchen sink up three floors. The small things like chairs, filing cabinets and various office appliances fit in the lift, but items like two 8 ft long solid wood meeting room table tops have required four of us at a time moving each of them up via the staircase.

I'm still not exactly sure why we didn't just rent additional space on our old floor. It is nice to now be in the part of the building that borders right on the coveted rooftop terrace. But I wonder if it was worth the effort of moving everything up three floors. Then again, maybe all the coffee breaks that we will spend outside in the sun overlooking the city from now on will make it worthwhile.
>> No. 418331 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 12:17 am
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I've just hacked together a USB charging cable for my old Gameboy Advance, so I'm pretty pleased with myself.

I've got a real one coming from Amazon but I was desperate to lay in bed playing some Pokemon. I have a slight obsession for playing old games like that in the fully nostalgic way, rather than just with an emulator on my phone. The rubbish speaker and weird old front-lit LCD screen is just part of the feeling that it's missing without.

I wish I had a CRT telly so I could play megadrive games again.
>> No. 418345 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 12:37 pm
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>>418331

> I have a slight obsession for playing old games like that in the fully nostalgic way, rather than just with an emulator on my phone.

You should take a look at the Lazy Game Reviews channel on youtube. The lad there does just that in his reviews of vintage console and DOS games.

https://www.youtube.com/user/phreakindee
>> No. 418346 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 3:07 pm
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>>418345
I couldn't tolerate his voice.
>> No. 418347 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 3:29 pm
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>>418346

What's wrong with it, other than him being a Murrikin?
>> No. 418357 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 7:16 pm
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>>418323
I'm often told I'm a bit odd, but I've always enjoyed office moves and stuff like that.
As long as you haven't got arthritis or anything, and they're not asking you to do it outside of work hours with no pay, then what's not to like?
>> No. 418360 Anonymous
3rd July 2018
Tuesday 8:11 pm
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>>418357

Oh, don't get me wrong, it has been fun in its own way. The whole atmosphere has been much more relaxed than our typical workdays.

The problem is, we really have a fair bit to do at the moment, with project deadlines still before the peak of summer holiday season. We are going to have to get caught up on all of that on Thursday and Friday, and then possibly work at home this weekend. So no, technically it's not unpaid after hours work we have been doing since Monday morning, but the lost work time we will have to make up for could end up being exactly that.

Our boss has always said he'd love to have our offices adjacent to the rooftop terrace, and then the company that was in what are now our new rooms suddenly went tits up at the end of May, so my boss lost no time and phoned facility management the next day to tell them he wanted to move. There was apparently sort of an unofficial waiting list, but the other two or three competing companies inside our building either would have needed more space or less, so it worked out for us in the end. Our space situation was getting slightly crammed anyway, so now we've got about 400 sq ft more than we did on the old floor three stories down. Which should be a good fit for us at this point in time.
>> No. 418374 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 12:36 pm
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So how do you see our chances of winning against Sweden this weekend, .gs?
>> No. 418375 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 12:54 pm
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>>418310

OP reminds me of this


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNMq8XS4LhE
>> No. 418378 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 1:18 pm
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>>418375


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n2oZCAxAIw
>> No. 418379 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 4:44 pm
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>>418374

Pretty close to 0, given the way we played yesterday.
>> No. 418380 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 5:45 pm
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>>418310
Going to work and going tesco for some food
>> No. 418381 Anonymous
4th July 2018
Wednesday 9:00 pm
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Puppy chewed my glasses. Are same-day opticians appointments no longer a thing? People were offering me slots in a week's time, ffs.
>> No. 418382 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 12:46 am
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>>418381
What decade are you thinking of lad?
God help you if you want a Doctors Appointment.
>> No. 418384 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 1:07 am
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>>418382 

I still have luck oftentimes ringing up doctor's offices if they can "squeeze me in" that day. Most of the time, they will tell you you can come but that you will have to be prepared to wait two or three hours. 

Also, I have a bad back and when it acts up again and ibuprofen doesn't do the job, I go into A&E and tell them I had a sequestrated lumbar disc hernia a few years ago (that's pretty much the grand daddy of disc hernias, short of being paralysed), at which point I will get sympathetic looks from the orthopedist and all the prescription strength pain relievers I want.
>> No. 418385 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 1:21 am
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>>418381
How old were the lenses? If they were within the last year, you might as well just buy another set of specs. If you're sure for another test in the next few months, get the cheapest ones you can lay your hands on and keep them as a second pair when you get proper ones.

If you can't see well enough to get to work and do your job, call in sick as you may pose a risk to yourself and others.
>> No. 418396 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 11:00 am
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>>418385

>If you can't see well enough to get to work and do your job, call in sick as you may pose a risk to yourself and others.

Elf and safety, innit.
>> No. 418399 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 11:33 am
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>>418381
>>418382

Maybe it depends where you live. Specsavers in the Arndale Centre seems to have several available today.
>> No. 418405 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 1:50 pm
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Looking at last minute package holidays. The Canaries look tempting.
>> No. 418408 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 2:51 pm
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>>418385
Lenses must be at least five years old, and I've got old and long sighted in the meantime, hence the reluctance to dig out an ancient prescription. Christ, maybe bifocals beckon, but I really don't like that idea. I'm a shambling fuckwit at the best of times - variable lenses depending on angle strikes me as guaranteed carnage. Even wearing a hat means I forget that the world above me exists and I continuously bash my head into things. Not knowing where my arms are would be worse.
(and far from Arndale, but thanks, m80)
>> No. 418415 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 4:39 pm
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>>418408
Sounds like you're due for a test. Since you're long rather than short, if you know your prescription and can get away with it pick up some cheapo reading glasses. They're shit, but they'll get you through the week or two until your new set are ready.

Also, protip for anyone that didn't already know, collect new glasses on a Friday or Saturday if you can. I'm very short sighted, and it typically takes me a day or two to adjust every time.
>> No. 418421 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 8:48 pm
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Christ, lads.

I hope I never need glasses. They sound like a proper pain in the arse.
>> No. 418422 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 8:57 pm
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>>418421
Just get LASIK if you do.
>> No. 418423 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 9:01 pm
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>>418422

I'm blind as a bat without my contact lenses, but I would never get laser surgery.

I've had contacts since age 16 and I never really had many problems with them, so I see no reason really.
>> No. 418425 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 9:45 pm
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Got a cancellation today, so new glasses inbound.
Can't do the reading glasses thing, as my prescription is almost all cylinder, no sphere.
And hell no, to LASIK. Far too high a probability of permanent uncorrectable obtrusive damage. While my eyes may be shit without a bit of plastic in front of the, they're great when they're corrected. I've also heard enough things bounce off my lenses (or splatter on to them) that I really feel uncomfortable when not protected. Glasses forever.
>> No. 418426 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 10:16 pm
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>>418425

> Far too high a probability of permanent uncorrectable obtrusive damage.

My granddad was developing a glaucoma in his right eye as he got towards his 80s. He told me once, "Anon, your eyes are the most precious gift you will ever own. Guard them well!".

I keep remembering that. I always wear high-quality UV blocking sunglasses when the sun is out, and I switched to UV blocking contact lenses as well a few years ago. My eyesight may be shit without my contact lenses, but with them, my eye doctor has said, I have the eyes of an eagle. Apparently, around ten percent of the population have an unusually high resolution of the retina, which is what I also have. So it's a bit as if the rest of the population sees the world in HD, and I see it in 4K.

Anyway, my point is, I am far too worried that I could spoil that with botched LASIK. Everything I have heard about it so far and from the experiences that friends have told me who have had it done, nothing quite sways me to have it done on my eyes as well.
>> No. 418428 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 10:47 pm
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>>418426

The complication rate is unreasonably high for what is basically a cosmetic procedure. I'd feel like a right tit if I permanently fucked my eyes out of vanity.

>>418425

You can order a cheapo pair of glasses online for less than £20. If you need glasses to drive, it's a good idea to keep a spare pair in the glovebox.
>> No. 418431 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 11:11 pm
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>>418428

> You can order a cheapo pair of glasses online for less than £20

Depends on his prescription and his tolerance for coke bottle lenses. The minimum I can expect to pay for a pair of Chinese glasses is about £75 for glasses where the lenses jut out of a plastic frame, or £113 if I want them thin enough to be more or less flush with the frame. If i got £20 glasses the lenses would be so thick they'd probably hit my eyes.

I've also looked into LASIK/PRK but the complications worry me. Not just blindness, but the more common side effects like dry eyes and seeing starbursts and halos around light sources at night. I already have all that shit and I wouldn't want it getting any worse. I wish there were better options out there but it seems to me that we're basically stuck with ever-improving technology from the 1970s until we're advanced enough to safely replace eyes with healthy new ones growns from stem cells.
>> No. 418434 Anonymous
5th July 2018
Thursday 11:31 pm
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>>418431

>but the more common side effects like dry eyes and seeing starbursts and halos around light sources at night.

I had a swollen cornea once from overwearing my contact lenses. That is, I was working crazy hours at the time and barely got six hours of sleep at night. Which meant I often wore my contact lenses 18 hours a day. And if you do that every day for some time, a side effect can be an irritation of the cornea and then a swelling. Which isn't painful besides an occasional itching sensation, but, and this is my point, you see halos around light sources and other bright objects. It's very irritating and certainly not something I'd want to have permanently as a side effect of laser surgery.
>> No. 418439 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 10:38 am
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>>418431
>>418434

>seeing starbursts and halos around light sources at night.

I'm glasseslesslad, and I get that quite strongly. Are my eyes actually fucked?
>> No. 418442 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 12:13 pm
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I really want to fly to a certain eastern European country to make a passionate gesture to this bird (verified not a honeytrap) but there's no way I can afford it.
>> No. 418445 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 12:56 pm
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>>418442
>to make a passionate gesture to this bird
Is this what the kids are calling it now eh
>> No. 418448 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 1:17 pm
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The lesbian couple in the flat next door have just adopted a baby. They were sitting on their balcony last night with the baby, and told me they were now proud parents.

I was really only under the impression that they were flatmates up until now, not really having had much contact with them since they moved in. But a few things now make more sense.

Good on them. They seem like they will make nice parents.
>> No. 418455 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 3:02 pm
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>>418445
I decided to jerk off and watch Fringe instead. Much cheaper.
>> No. 418456 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 3:25 pm
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I've realised that corn on the cob is a perfectly good snack food.
>> No. 418457 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 3:31 pm
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>>418455

Good on you.

There is no such thing as a bad time for a wank.
>> No. 418458 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 4:05 pm
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>>418457

I fully agree.
>> No. 418460 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 4:30 pm
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>>418458


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFYZj9noPiM
>> No. 418555 Anonymous
8th July 2018
Sunday 1:27 am
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>>418310

HAD A WANK OVA GIRLS NO BRAS NO NICKAS. SAW FANNIES AND NIPS OUT FLUTTERIN BREEZE WHOOPS SAW YER BUM CHEEKY FLIRT SUMMER NIPS POKIN OUT I'M 24 HARD AS WOOD LUV SPUNK LIKE A VOLCANO
>> No. 418776 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 12:17 pm
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My Audi sat nav DVD is showing early signs of disc rot. I just tried to take a few pictures of it, but it doesn't show up well in them. So far it doesn't cause any system failures though.

I've got a factory OEM sat nav system ("Audi Navigation Plus") in my 2007 Audi A4, and the DVD is about as old as the car and in the seven years since I bought the car, I've only removed the DVD once.

I guess the inside of a car isn't a good environment for a DVD in the long run. My oldest DVDs at home that I own are movies like The Matrix pt. 1, which I bought in 2002, and it still looks good as new. Or perhaps the materials used in the Audi DVD were of inferior quality.
>> No. 418792 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 10:48 pm
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>>418776
Won't the maps be considerably out of date now? Stick an Android head unit in there.
>> No. 418793 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 11:35 pm
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>>418792

Yes, there are some roundabouts here in my neighbourhood which didn't exist ten years ago, and which are shown as the old intersections which they were until about five years ago. Also, a new tangential road was built here a while ago and when I am on that road, my sat nav thinks I am driving right across the fields that it was cut through.

The sat nav DVDs are somewhat expensive, even if you get them used off eBay. I want to keep my factory sat nav though, because it's really a very good sat nav, as factory sat navs go.

I don't like Android head units, most of them look cheap.
>> No. 418794 Anonymous
17th July 2018
Tuesday 11:46 pm
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>>418793
The sat nav DVDs are available for free from torrent websites. Most sat navs have free updates for life nowadays, so don't feel obligated to pay.

I hope you're aware of the irony of calling a DVD expensive while calling a head unit cheap looking, lad. Sounds like the epitome of the lower middle class; ~10 year old Audi, terrified of looking poor. Princess Anne probably uses a Chink knock off TomTom, because she's not a daftarse. Have a word with yourself.

Download and burn the ISO for the updated DVD and be done with it.
>> No. 418796 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 1:43 pm
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>>418794

>Sounds like the epitome of the lower middle class; ~10 year old Audi, terrified of looking poor. Princess Anne probably uses a Chink knock off TomTom, because she's not a daftarse. Have a word with yourself.


Conjecture, lad.

Baseless conjecture.
>> No. 418797 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 5:05 pm
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Fucking hell. I just got stung in the back by a wasp. I was sitting down in my seat in my car and suddenly felt a sharp burning sensation. At first I thought maybe it was just the heat from my leather seats, but then I turned around and saw that there was a wasp crawling up the back of the seat.

I guess it didn't get me full on through my suit, shirt and T-shirt, because the swelling isn't as bad as it usually is from a wasp sting. I just got home and had a look at it in the bathroom mirror.

But it still fucking hurt. Pesky little things.
>> No. 418798 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 7:13 pm
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Broke my own hand this morning. Tiny fracture on my knuckle.

Using a mouse on left-handed setup is fucking weird.
>> No. 418799 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 11:48 pm
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>>418798

One of my coworkers keeps calling it "weird" that I am left handed but still use my right hand for my computer mouse.

The really weird thing is that I've tried using the mouse with my left hand, but it really just feels unusual and anything I do with the mouse that way lacks precision, from drawing things to clicking on stuff. I guess even though I am left handed and do everything from hand writing to masturbating to wiping my arse with my left hand, decades of using my right hand with my computer mouse have conditioned part of my brain to find that pretty normal.
>> No. 418800 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 12:25 am
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>>418799
I do everything right handed except wank.
>> No. 418801 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 12:29 am
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>>418799
We had this discussion in another thread; I was taught to use a PC right handed so that's the way I always do it despite being left handed. I tried a m8's left-handed guitar and could not fathom it at all - even simple stuff was mind-boggling and just felt wrong.
>> No. 418802 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 12:31 am
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>>418800

It always takes me aback that nearly a decade of easily accessible internet porn hasn't done this to more blokes. I just imagine most lads fucking fumbling like a retard to mouse with their left hand, and slowly peck in the letters one at a time for TEEN MILF SQUIRT ORGY
>> No. 418803 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 1:07 am
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>>418802
I wank ambidextrously.
>> No. 418804 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 1:22 am
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>>418803
My hero.
>> No. 418805 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 8:45 am
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>>418802

Being left handed, my left hand has always been my wank hand since early youth. So I never had any problems using my mouse and wanking off simultaneously.
>> No. 418806 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 9:31 am
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>>418805

I started out left hand wanking, then one day I got a cramp in my arm and couldn't do it anymore, so switched to the right and have been ever since. I can't do it with the left hand to this day, some 15 years after the incident.

I don't know if I managed to wank so much I permanently damaged my arm or something.
>> No. 418807 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 1:49 pm
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>>418310
In wales for the week

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 418808 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 2:12 pm
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>>418806

My ex girlfriend actually asked me once how I do it every day, wanking off without getting carpal tunnel. To her, it felt like a real effort whenever she was wanking me off.

So I asked her, what about when she got herself off. Rubbing your G spot to climax doesn't really seem to be much less effort. She then rightly said that she never felt the need to do it up to two times a day. And that she usually used a vibrator because it was so much more convenient.
>> No. 418809 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 3:35 pm
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>>418808

That's women for you in a nutshell isn't it. Always having things done for them, never putting the effort in for themselves.
>> No. 418812 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 4:58 pm
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>>418807

Oh you poor fool.
>> No. 418814 Anonymous
19th July 2018
Thursday 5:14 pm
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>>418809

Then again, my ex wasn't like that in every respect. She was often the one who initiated sex. She often got right to the point, and would just simply lower herself onto my knob when she felt like it. And she didn't need the kind of foreplay that some women expect. You know, the types who expect to be waited on and are really just lying there waiting for the bloke to do everything.

She sometimes said maybe she was a lad trapped in a woman's body, because she kind of dealt with sex more like a bloke. It had to be fun, and when she was sexually aroused, she wanted to get her rocks off, and fast.
>> No. 418892 Anonymous
22nd July 2018
Sunday 12:45 am
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VLAMMENWAFFEN
>> No. 418930 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 12:50 pm
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Working from home today, enjoying the gentle breeze coming in from the balcony door.

I might go for a swim later on.
>> No. 418931 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 1:00 pm
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Looking for a part time job as my current workplace is closing down in September. Had an interview at a supermarket, group interview, absolutely dreadful. First 25 minutes was spent building a tower out of A4 paper as a team building exercise. As a literal autistic I failed at teamwork and didn't get the job. Such cases.
>> No. 418932 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 2:34 pm
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Had a sore throat, accidently drank some drugs I was supposed to gargle, now I don't have have a sore throat; take that, big pharma.
>> No. 418933 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 2:38 pm
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drugs
>> No. 418934 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 2:39 pm
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Why does "m*dicine" filter to "drugs"?
>> No. 418936 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 2:57 pm
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>>418931

Team building exercises during a job interview? Crafty buggers.

I applied for a job a while ago and got sent a reply that they wanted me to do an automated phone interview, these newfangled deals where you talk to a computer at the other end and not a human being, and those computers then use algorithms to analyse your answers for certain speech patterns and tone of voice and what-have-you. It said I could do the phone interview any time I liked within one week, day or night, and that all I would have to do to identify myself was to enter the identification number they had given me.

I actually called them back at a different number and asked if they saw no way of letting me do the interview with a human person on the phone, if they weren't going to give me the time of day to invite me to come to them personally.

The woman seemed a little slow on the uptake, and then said she would have to ask her boss if it could be arranged, but that they were now doing the majority of the interviews this way for positions like this one. She was going to call me back from what I understood, but all I got ten days later was an e-mail that the position had been given to somebody else.

Brave new world, eh.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0LaT6qVRpg
>> No. 418938 Anonymous
23rd July 2018
Monday 3:16 pm
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>>418934

Some mad lad started a cunt off trying to claim whatever narcotics he was taking were his "drugs", if I remember correctly.

Most wordfilters evolve naturally from cunt offs.
>> No. 418958 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 5:59 pm
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>>418938

But it also means that studying m*edicine at uni is turned into studying drugs. Not that that isn't true for some people.

And indigenous peoples have a drugs man.

You give somebody a taste of their own drugs.

And you have a drugs cabinet at home.


Not the most clever word filter, as they go. I liked when "word filter" itself got turned into "genuinely hilarious joke".
>> No. 418959 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 6:01 pm
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>>418936
This is the sort of bullshit that would stop more or less overnight if only idiots could stop playing along.
>> No. 418960 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 6:20 pm
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Having a chili risotto as we speak, made from homegrown tomatoes and chili peppers. Fucking delicios.

They're Italian plum tomatoes and Tabasco chili peppers. The weather this year has been perfect for both of them.

I can only recommend growing your own chili peppers as a hobby. It's a lot of fun. And there is something strangely rewarding about cooking a meal for yourself from ingredients that you have grown yourself. On a flat balcony in Nottingham, no less.


Simple recipe for the tomato and chili risotto:

- 1 cup of risotto or parboiled rice
- 1 small white onion, sliced and quartered
- 2 fresh plum tomatoes, diced
- one Tabasco chili pepper
- 2 tablespoons of triple concentrated tomato puree
- vegetable stock
- a hint of diced fresh garlic
- a shot of white wine
- for the adventurous, one or two sliced black olives

Boil everything together, except for the diced tomato and tomato puree. Those go in when the rice is almost completely done. Stir thoroughly, leave for a few moments and then serve. Decorate with a basil leaf.
>> No. 418961 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 6:26 pm
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>>418958
How about we filter the "m" word to "vitamins", and we filter "drugs" to "skank-pops".
Except on /A/ just filter everything to drugs.
>> No. 418965 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 8:20 pm
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>>418961
>Except on /A/ just filter everything to drugs.
I like this idea, but only literally. As in, every pattern of characters vaguely resembling a word gets filtered to "drugs". Except the word "drugs" itself, which should filter to "Russian vitamin supplements".
>> No. 418966 Anonymous
24th July 2018
Tuesday 9:33 pm
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>>418965

>Russian vitamin supplements

Intriguing.
>> No. 418996 Anonymous
25th July 2018
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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Nothing much. Watching this old video of a prefrontal lobotomy. It's bloody interesting!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPwETslJyc
>> No. 419014 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 12:08 pm
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>>418996

It's troubling to think that in its heyday, a Nobel Prize of medical science was given to the inventor of the lobotomy procedure.
>> No. 419016 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 12:14 pm
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>>419014
I'm kind of over it, to be honest.
>> No. 419018 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 12:55 pm
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I had an exam this morning, which was at one of those places where they give training to dolescum.

I have no idea how the doleys do it; being in there for a couple of hours was bleak enough, but if I had to attend a regular course there I'd be close to offing myself. The shutters on the ground floor windows were permanently down, presumably to stop them being vandalised. Every single room had at least two faulty lights which were constantly flickering, apart from the bogs which had those UV lights to stop people finding their veins when they want to shoot up. There was barely any natural light outside of the offices for the people working there. The windows they did have could only open a few centimetres so there was hardly any circulation, just lifeless air. Every five metres or so was a sign warning you not to smoke, listen to music or play on your phone whilst in the building. Almost every surface in the bogs had been blasted with piss and you could smell urine from the corridor outside. The walls were adorned with numerous motivational quotes, but they weren't legible because they were on A5 paper, the text was too small, the flickering lights reflecting on the laminated surface meant you could barely make them out and whoever designed them didn't consider what colour text to use with the various backgrounds; lots of waterfalls, rainbows and pictures of Steve Jobs. There were also posters covering Maths and English topics you'd expect to be aimed at young Primary School children; what an average is, what an apostrophe is. I'd be unsurprised if they made all the doleys write in crayon because they couldn't be trusted with pens or pencils in case they got stabby or tried drinking the ink. Everyone working there was a fat middle aged woman, probably called Sharon, Tracy or Karen, who seemed only just bright enough not to be one of the service users themselves. They barely talked to one another so there was no atmosphere in the building.

Pure despair, that place.
>> No. 419020 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 3:26 pm
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>>419014

The thing is, lobotomies worked. They were imprecise and often had gross side-effects, but they worked. When the lobotomy was first developed, there wasn't much else on offer. Antidepressants and antipsychotics wouldn't be discovered until the mid-1950s and the mood-stabilising properties of lithium were only discovered in the late 1940s. The lobotomy was one of the first treatments for mental illness that actually worked. A lot of people who were incapable of looking after themselves and had been institutionalised for decades got their lives back because of a lobotomy.

The NHS still has two specialised units (at Ninewells Hospital and University Hospital Wales) that perform psychosurgery - effectively a modernised form of lobotomy. We still regularly perform Electro-Convulsive Therapy on a small number of patients.

As someone who has been chronically and severely mentally ill for the majority of my life, I'm not completely repulsed by the prospect. At my lowest ebb, I think I might have agreed to let someone drill a hole in my skull, thread a wire into my brain and burn out part of my anterior cingulate gyrus.
>> No. 419021 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 3:30 pm
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>>419020

>At my lowest ebb, I think I might have agreed to let someone drill a hole in my skull, thread a wire into my brain and burn out part of my anterior cingulate gyrus.

Fair play, but was the procedure consentual usually?
>> No. 419022 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 3:57 pm
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>>419020

I guess you really have to factor in the level of advancement that medical science was at at the time. It's still kind of a horrific thought to have somebody operating on your brain that way, for that purpose.

My brother was a cancer patient and had a malignant brain tumor. They were able to cut it out from his cerebellum, but he had to sign papers prior to the operation that there was a chance that he would be paralysed or experience other kinds of loss of motor function. It's really a sobering experience to be told "either you agree to this or you die".

And as a family, we saw other brain tumor patients at the cancer ward where my brother spent a good deal of his time off and on. Some of them ended up in a wheelchair for life, and had to come to grips with the fact that it was the only alternative to the other option of dying from the tumor.

My brother was quite lucky in that he only had a bit of numbness in his right leg and had trouble signing his name neatly for a few months after the operation. But he very well could have turned into a paraplegic.

He did die a pretty horrible death though a few years later when the cancer came back. Fucking awful tragedy. If you've seen it once, you don't wish it on anybody.
>> No. 419024 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 5:11 pm
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>>419021

Healthcare as a whole wasn't really consensual until very recently. Well into the 1980s, the attitude was that "doctor knows best". Patients weren't really offered choices about their treatment, the treatment was rarely explained to them and consent forms were just a legal formality. It was quite common for people to be prescribed medication without being told what it was, what it did or what the side-effects might be. It was common for people to go into hospital for "an operation" and wake up after surgery with no real idea as to what had been done to them. The deference we showed to doctors was really symptomatic of the deference we showed to anyone in authority.

I don't want to sound like a cheerleader for lobotomy, but it has to be viewed in the context of the time. Mental healthcare as we know it didn't really exist until the 1970s. When Thatcher closed the long-term mental hospitals in 1983, they contained a weird mish-mash of "patients" - some of them had schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, some had fairly moderate depression or anxiety, some were learning disabled or autistic and some were just unwed mothers. They weren't really hospitals at all, just pseudo-prisons for social undesirables. A lot of the backlash against care in the community was motivated less by concerns about patient care and more about a desire to preserve the old "out of sight, out of mind" approach - people just didn't like seeing nutters in public.

Lobotomy was revolutionary because it opened up the possibility of meaningful treatment for serious mental illness, at a time when the default was to just lock people up forever. Once we had seen that serious mental illness could be treated rather than just contained, it pushed us to develop the drugs and behavioural treatments that now form the backbone of mental health care. When Moniz developed the lobotomy, it was an effort to liberate the straightjacketed inmates of lunatic asylums. The procedure was often used abusively on people who today wouldn't necessarily be regarded as mentally ill, but the same can be said of the entire mental healthcare system of the time. Lobotomy has been unfairly scapegoated for the wider failings of society.
>> No. 419025 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 5:27 pm
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>>419014
> It's troubling to think that in its heyday, a Nobel Prize of medical science was given to the inventor of the lobotomy procedure.

That's nothing m8. In 2014 Malala Yousafzai got a Nobel Prize for receiving one.

>>419024
> The deference we showed to doctors was really symptomatic of the deference we showed to anyone in authority.

Everything you said in that paragraph still goes in a pretty huge number of countries around the world, especially that last sentence. As someone who was brought up under the soft and comfy "if you don't want this procedure we have to let you go" NHS I find the whole thing both mildly terrifying and vaguely fascistic.
>> No. 419026 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 8:12 pm
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My left knee was making cracking noises at the beginning of the week, yesterday I did a long walk and now the knee cap is stinging when from about a right angle until it's straight. I hope it's just my frail body being strained and not one of those things where my knee just explodes for no real reason.
>> No. 419028 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 9:52 pm
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>>419024

>I don't want to sound like a cheerleader for lobotomy, but it has to be viewed in the context of the time. Mental healthcare as we know it didn't really exist until the 1970s. When Thatcher closed the long-term mental hospitals in 1983, they contained a weird mish-mash of "patients" - some of them had schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, some had fairly moderate depression or anxiety, some were learning disabled or autistic and some were just unwed mothers.


I think there was a BBC documentary a while ago on that exact topic. It's troubling when you think that until quite recently, locking people up like that was not only quite acceptable, but really normal procedure.

My granddad's brother had a learning disability because he fell some four to five feet out of a ground floor window and hit his head quite severely on a concrete slab below as a toddler. He wasn't a complete vegetable, but he remained on the level of a ten year old for the rest of his life, and spent much of it in such an institution because he required almost around the clock care. It was just the way things were at the time. If you weren't right in the head and couldn't look after yourself, you were institutionalised.
>> No. 419029 Anonymous
26th July 2018
Thursday 10:03 pm
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>>41902

Do you have access to a stationary bike? Generally any pain free, low impact movement that'll get blood into the joint will help you.
>> No. 419033 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 2:40 pm
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Fuckin hell, my car burns through petrol at these temperatures like it's nothing. With the air conditioning running and what-have-you.

Average mpg on my 2007 Audi A4 1.8T is around 30 to 35. But at the moment, it's more like 15 to 20. Almost like I'm driving one of them Murrikin gas guzzlers.

Or maybe it has to do with my car running some sort of cheat software like all VWs do. I don't know.
>> No. 419034 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 3:01 pm
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>>419029
Nah, it's alright now anyway.

Throat's taken a dive off a cliff though. A cold, in this weather, lads! Can you believe it! A COLD!
>> No. 419035 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 3:04 pm
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>>419028
When I worked for MIND a number of years back I met an old woman who had spent over thirty years in mental hospitals between the 40s and 70s after having sex with older men when she was a teenager, causing scandals in her town and being locked away by her embarrassed family. Her story was absolutely heartbreaking and the abuses by the staff in the hospitals she told me about were very brutal.
>> No. 419037 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 4:24 pm
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My son had his Year 6 leavers assembly this morning, it was really strange. Most of the kids were crying. Many of the parents were crying. The kids gave emotional speeches along the lines of how Year 6 had been one of the best years of their lives or how much they loved their teachers and didn't want to let them go. This was interspersed with singing overly sentimental songs or picture montages with something cloying like Ed Sheeran playing in the background. At the end the parents were hugging their kids and most of them were crying together.

Has everything gone soft? When I left Year 6 we brought in board games, we probably had the giant telly wheeled in for a bit, we ate party food, we pretended to be drunk off root beer or shandy, we signed each others shirts, we attacked each other with silly string. There was none of this cynical playing with emotions.
>> No. 419038 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 4:53 pm
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>>419037
I'm likely a bit younger than you and mine was sort of like what your son had, but no pop songs and no crying (that I remember). Just earnest, or rather forced, compliments about other students we got paired with on an alphabetical basis. Think we did the shirt thing in Year 6 too.

Dunno', maybe your lad's just going to a school worth mourning, or are a lot of the kids going to different schools? All but two or three from my primary school ended up at the same secondary.
>> No. 419039 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 5:06 pm
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>>419037

Not soft, just artificial. Blame it on reality television, social media, advertising, Americanisation, or any combination thereof.
>> No. 419041 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 5:52 pm
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>>419038
>>419039

Surely anyone who bothers to turn up for the last month of the final year is an utter mug anyway? It's even more brain dead than turning up for your last day at work before starting at a new job.
>> No. 419042 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 5:53 pm
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>>419039

My nephew has had three cap-and-gown graduation ceremonies and two proms. He is 11.

I've noticed that when kids play at being pirates or soldiers or astronauts, they invariably put on a weird American accent.

We're raising a generation of narcissistic pseudo-yanks. I blame Rupert Murdoch.
>> No. 419043 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 6:07 pm
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>>419042
>My nephew has had three cap-and-gown graduation ceremonies and two proms. He is 11.
What? What? What the actual fuck?

Is this the doing of stupid millennial teachers egged on by stupid millennial parents?
>> No. 419044 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 6:09 pm
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>>419037

Good fucking grief things like this really boil my piss.

I think the trouble is that the kind of people who end up working in primary education these days, the out of school clubs and general social kind of work like that, are soft headed baby brain pricks in the first place, barely one step above HR women. They are predisposed to saccharine sentimental bullshit by their very nature.

I always forget that I'm not a youth any more myself, so I fail to consider than many people doing those jobs, at a quite high level potentially, could be the same sorts of slack cunt I went to school with and were obsessed with all that American high school type nonsense. The types of people who listened to MCR and P!ATD and shit because it was basically Yank high school: the soundtrack.

Those people are raising our future generations. Britain really is fucked.

Anyway. On a lighter note, I'm off on what would appear to be an authentic actual date with a very nice lassie tomorrow. I mean the last three times we've hung out we've just fucked all night so it hardly counts, but I feel like I can open up to you lot- I think this one might really be something special. I'm properly infatuated with her like I haven't been over any other girl since I was, well, in high school. Wish me luck.
>> No. 419045 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 6:22 pm
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>>419044

Be sure to listen to MCR before the date to put you in the mood.
>> No. 419046 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 7:06 pm
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>>419043

Yeah, pretty much. Nobody seems to spot the correlation between an obsession with making kids "feel special" and the fact that they're all getting eating disorders and cutting their wrists as soon as they hit adolescence. They cosset and coddle their kids to the nth degree, then act surprised when reality starts to creep in and their kids don't know how to cope.

I've had a talk with the lad, because I know what his secondary school is like. He's in for a rude awakening.
>> No. 419047 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 7:17 pm
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When I was a young boy things were different.
>> No. 419048 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 7:37 pm
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>>419047
Careful, Otherlad might think you're about to break out into Black Parade.
>> No. 419049 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 8:00 pm
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>>419048

I'd have forgiven him if he'd posted the old WHEN I WAS picture too at least.
>> No. 419050 Anonymous
27th July 2018
Friday 8:12 pm
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>>419038
>are a lot of the kids going to different schools?

There's only one secondary in the town. All but two of the kids are going there in September.

>>419042
My son's only had one graduation ceremony and that was when he left nursery to go to primary school. No proms, but the school does have a couple of discos every academic year where they have photo booths and props, that sort of thing.

>>419043
>Is this the doing of stupid millennial teachers egged on by stupid millennial parents?

I've just had a look at a picture of the teaching staff. At the minute I'd say only one out of eight looks older than mid-thirties, with half of them definitely in their twenties.
>> No. 419067 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 12:57 pm
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>>419050

The current generation of schoolchildren are actually starting to be called post-millennials, for lack of a yet to be coined catchy name.

Some think that that generation, which is the offspring of the fearful 9/11, anti-daft militant wog, surveillance state, helicopter parent generation, will grow up to be yet many times more fucked up than millennials.
>> No. 419070 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 1:30 pm
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'Millenials' don't exist, it's just bullshit invented by journalists so they don't have to justify their ramblings properly.
>> No. 419073 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 1:47 pm
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>>419070

Thank you. The fact the term caught on so quickly is worrying proof of how much power popular media has over our lives.

It's also embarrassingly predictable. There's ancient Greek writing about how the younger generation of x B.C. is far too effeminate, lazy, etc.. I think it's a cognitive bias where people tend to see the characteristics they have now as those that they've always had. I'm in my late twenties and in my mind I'm still 'me', but if I look back even a couple of years honestly I'd see my capabilities and general emotional intelligence/self control have grown a lot.
>> No. 419082 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 7:59 pm
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>>419070
Yeah, the DM's got another one on the go called "Lawless London", which they add onto anything criminal happening in, well, London, obviously. If it happens in Leeds or Truro then it's just another stabbing. But now your average DM reader thinks London's a cross between Nicaragua and 28 Days Later.
>> No. 419083 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 8:26 pm
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>>419082
It's all Sadiq Khan's fault.
>> No. 419085 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 9:27 pm
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>>419082

>"Lawless London"

Didn't the DM also coin the phrase "Broken Britain", back in the day?
>> No. 419086 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 9:41 pm
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>>419085
I think David Cameron said it first and then they ran with it.
>> No. 419094 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 11:36 pm
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>>419085

Such meme.
>> No. 419102 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 1:03 am
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>>419094

Running with the daft journos theme, the fact that one person under thirty said "I'm literally a Communist" and now they assume everyone under thirty is literally a Communist is really tweaking my tits.
>> No. 419105 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 1:22 am
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>> No. 419109 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 8:06 am
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>>419102
I'll tell you why:-

>Ever since the academic and writer Ash Sarkar uttered the words “I’m a communist, you idiot” on national television, the right has recoiled in horror. The alacrity with which commentators jumped on Sarkar’s off-the-cuff comment to relitigate the cold war is deeply revealing.

>The right has been terrified that it is losing the war of ideas to the left ever since Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour deprived the Tories of a majority a year ago. Sarkar’s unintentional rescue of Marx’s vision of communism – as a stateless, classless society in which humanity is liberated from wage labour – from the Stalinist totalitarianism that followed led the magazine Elle to declare she was “literally a communist and literally our hero”.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/26/communists-capitalism-stalinism-economic-model

Historians are going to look back on the moment Ash Sarkar declared herself a communist on TV as when the tide turned and Jeremy Corbyn stormed to a massive majority, as it opened the eyes of millions.
>> No. 419110 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 8:34 am
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>> No. 419117 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 11:04 am
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My city had its Pride festival yesterday, and the main stage was on the street I work in so I saw quite a lot of it. Surprised by how young a lot of the people were. Lots of 12-16 year old girls draped in rainbow/asexual/pansexual/trans flags. That seems awfully young to be concerned about sexuality. I wasn't sexually awake until I was 18, so maybe I was just a late bloomer.
>> No. 419120 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 11:45 am
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>>419117
My little brother is 14 and never shuts up about all this tranny gay paedo beastophile shit.

I fucking hate it.
>> No. 419121 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 11:54 am
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>>419117

Teenage girls have been describing themselves as bi to seem vaguely interesting for at least 20 years this is nothing new.
>> No. 419122 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 12:11 pm
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>>419117
You mean, you never even had interest in pornography until you were 18?
>> No. 419123 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 12:46 pm
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>>419122
Yeah never masturbated until I was 18.
>> No. 419125 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 12:51 pm
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>>419121

I think this gender bending fluid sexuality what-have-you isn't helping youngsters grow up into adults who will be happy with themselves.

Life is confusing enough as it is when you grow up, and being told practically since preschool that there are actually ten different genders or that homosexuality, bisexuality or pansexuality is the norm really distorts reality for the younguns.

About 90 to 95 percent of people end up identifying clearly as male or female, and only about ten percent of the population are non-heterosexual in any way, shape, or form.

It's well and good that there is awareness that things like transsexuality or homosexuality exist. But it has turned into an implicit assumption that the majority of people, pardon the pun, bend that way.

I'm an oldlad who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, so I'm not going to even begin to try to understand the modern world anymore. But to me, this modern day gender wonderland that is being created is a mere echo of radical fishing and can trace its origins back to the days when fisherpersons sought to destroy the traditional family because they saw it as the root cause of gender based oppression.

And now they are trying to do away with conventional concepts of gender and sexuality. Not because these things exist, but because they still have this idea that heteronormativity, as well as standard gender definitions are the devil.

It's all a giant reeducation programme that is only going to leave a whole generation confused about their own sexuality and gender.
>> No. 419126 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 1:02 pm
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>>419125
Sounds like some reeducation might actually help you m8. There is no giant fisherperson conspiracy, and you actually have no idea what is being taught in schools so you shouldn't be commenting on it.

>>419117
You are a late bloomer m8, I started wanking when I was 10.
>> No. 419127 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 1:20 pm
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>>419126

So now you're actually defending reeducation.

Which sort of proves my point.
>> No. 419128 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 1:21 pm
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>>419127
CHECKMATE COMMIE!
>> No. 419131 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 2:08 pm
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>>419125
>Not because these things exist
That is what social disruption is. If it exists, whether it works or not, change it. See if it can be done better (in principle), but never admit you were wrong if it can't, as that undermines the cause. Double down, undermine the opposition, rally people behind you in a binary Us vs Them confrontation.

I hate to be that guy, because I'm a card carrying yid, but the tribe has a lot to answer for as the Torah encourages us to do this. You see every corner of society employ these tactics now, left wing or right.

Social disruption will definitely kill us all off. I'm fucking certain of it. Disruption in the technological sense, innovation of ideas, etc, is the only thing that gives me hope.
>> No. 419133 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 2:20 pm
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>>419131
I notice the bignoses are making noises about Labour having excluded a couple of examples from their definition of anti-Semitism, one of which is comparing contemporary Israel to the Nazi regime. The trouble is that this particular example seeks to conflate the Jewish faith with the modern state, and in doing so immunise Israel from criticism. The recent law on national identity is particularly concerning, but apparently if you dare point out that it very blatantly enshrines Jewish supremacy or dolphin rape against Arabs you're a raging anti-Semite.
>> No. 419134 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 2:38 pm
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>>419133
Most of them are raging anti-semites though.
>> No. 419135 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 2:48 pm
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>>419125

How many teenagers have you actually talked to recently? From what I can see, they're doing just fine in that respect. They're more open about their sexuality, they're better educated about consent and sexual health, they're far less homophobic and far less constrained by gender norms.

When I was a lad, the only acceptable displays of emotion were football-related. You could cry if your team just got knocked out of the FA cup, but you weren't allowed to cry if your girlfriend left you or your dog died. You were weak, you were soft, you needed to man up. If you were the slightest bit effeminate, your life was made a living hell. If you were gay, your only choice was to get the National Express to London at the earliest opportunity and never come back.

I didn't learn to actually deal with my emotions until well into my thirties, because the only coping techniques I'd learned growing up were drink, violence and blaming everything on brown-eyed people. Teenage boys today seem far more able to communicate their emotions and support each other. They don't seem afraid to ask their mate "You seem a bit down, do you need to talk?". They aren't afraid to hug each other.

Honestly, I find it astonishing. They're like aliens from a more advanced civilisation. They're infinitely more mature than me and my mates were at that age.

What I worry about is the immense pressure they all seem to be under. They all seem to feel like they're not good enough, they all seem to think that everyone else is cleverer and funnier and richer and more beautiful than they could ever be. They all seem to be worrying about careers and house prices and pensions at an age when all I cared about was cider and fingering. They're acutely aware of how unfair our society is and how easy it is to fall through the cracks. They seemed resigned to a perpetual state of decline, where things just get more difficult and more competitive with every passing year.
>> No. 419137 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 4:03 pm
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I think I've knackered my mum's notebook. She wanted me to reformat it and I attempted to do so, but for some reason it's not reinstalling Windows 8.1. I had to download something and mount it or whatever to a USB, which I don't understand because I never had to do that when I did essentially the same thing to my own computer several months ago, or another laptop about a year before that even. Basically I'm a thick fucking failure of a son who never passes up an opportunity to make my parents think I'm retarded, which I am so I'm committing suicide once I get this fixed.
>> No. 419138 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 4:19 pm
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>>419137
I work in IT for a living - protip: never work on your own families computers; nearly always ends in tears, they never stop bugging you and they don't pay on time..
>> No. 419139 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 4:30 pm
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>>419135
Their entire life revolves around what they want to stick their penis in and telling everyone to celebrate it.

They can fuck off.
>> No. 419140 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 4:36 pm
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>>419138
No, thank you, I intend to take every available opportunity to denigrate and embarrass myself infront of my parents.

>>419139
Why don't you fuck off and open your own wrists, you rancid cunt.
>> No. 419142 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 4:55 pm
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>>419140
Are you some disgusting tranny mutant abomination or what

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 419145 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 6:08 pm
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>>419142
No, I'm just angry and taking it out on the nearest div.
>> No. 419149 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 7:30 pm
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>>419135
>They all seem to be worrying about careers and house prices and pensions at an age when all I cared about was cider and fingering.

Actually quite sensible if you think about it; wages haven't noticeably matched inflation for a long time, everyone is aware that there hasn't been a thing as a "job for life" for decades and they're all going to be stuck renting until their 40s. They've probably seen their parents go through redundancies late in their working lives, and their elder siblings stuck with 28k of debt for trying to get an education. It's actually quite impressive that we haven't started seeing more riots like there were in the early 80s, especially in urban areas. I can't blame them for banding together under any flag which represents solidarity and resilience in the face of such pressures, be that a rainbow one or trans pride. The flip side of it is, as you say, this generational insecurity based on the incessant pervasiveness of social media; I honestly have no idea how their culture is going to turn out, but one thing we can be sure about is that it's certainly not going to go away, if this ad campaign is anything to go by.
>> No. 419150 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 8:04 pm
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>>419149
>wages haven't noticeably matched inflation for a long time

Is this looking at wages alone or the overall remuneration package? If you discount public sector workers due to their enforced pay freeze then I wouldn't be surprised if overall remuneration had gone up due to millions of people now being enrolled in workplace pension schemes and the like.
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29th July 2018
Sunday 8:45 pm
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>>419149

It's perfectly sensible, but there's something inherently tragic about a sensible teenager. They should be doing regrettable things at house parties, but they're too afraid of it coming back to haunt them - scars fade, but social media never forgets. They have every right to be marching or rioting, but I think they saw what happened to the tuition fee protesters of 2010 and the rioters of 2011. Peaceful protest will be ignored and direct action will be punished with gross disproportionality, so there's no point in fighting back.

>>419150

Most workplace pensions are far less generous than they used to be because of the defined benefit crisis. Your employer might pay three or four percent of your salary into a defined contribution scheme, but that's little compensation for a decade of below-inflation pay increases.
>> No. 419152 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 9:44 pm
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>>419151
Around 84% of employees are now in a workplace pension scheme. Prior to auto-enrolment that was around 45%, with the highest growth amongst the under 30s; going from around 36% to around 79%.

That's around an extra 11 million people now in a pension scheme who weren't before and almost certainly wouldn't have been in one now without auto-enrolment. Defined benefit pension schemes have been decimated, but they were decimated well before 2012; the question still stands whether employers paying pension contributions for millions of additional workers has helped seen wages flatline but has actually made their overall remuneration package improve.
>> No. 419153 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 10:38 pm
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>>419152
So those 16 year olds DO have something to look forward too.
>> No. 419154 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 10:44 pm
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>>419153
Yeah, funding the pension industry as it strips the value out of these contributions over the decades.
>> No. 419156 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 10:57 pm
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>>419154

So how do we fight Big Pension?
>> No. 419158 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 11:20 pm
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>>419152

The minimum employer contribution for automatic enrolment is 2% of salary. Adding an employee to a contributions-based pensions scheme is equivalent to a one-off pay rise.
>> No. 419159 Anonymous
29th July 2018
Sunday 11:51 pm
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>>419158
Bearing in mind that real wages have grown by about 1.5% since 2005 and the sheer number enrolled, it's not insignificant.
>> No. 419161 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 1:44 am
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I'm only mid thirties and I honestly doubt that the state pension as we know it will exist by the time I'm ancient enough to collect it (and assuming I allow myself to become that ancient). Enforcing mandatory workplace pension schemes was an exceedingly transparent way of the government letting itself off the hook for when the national pension fund goes down the drain sometime in the next 10-20 years.

We're a sinking island cut adrift from a fetid continent and left to be buffeted left and right by the winds of listless revolutionary change (for the worse) until the rich have everything and the rest of us eat shit and die.

It's days like this that I really wish I hadn't gone and given up drinking.
>> No. 419162 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 1:46 am
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>>419159
I don't know. A lot of firms will just do the minimum 3% employer with no matching.
>> No. 419163 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 1:56 am
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>>419161
>national pension fund

No such thing. Bloody good job the state pension is gonna hit its end, people should be responsible for themselves.
>> No. 419165 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 2:16 am
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>>419163

> Bloody good job the state pension is gonna hit its end, people should be responsible for themselves.

I absolutely agree, I just wish I could claim back all those NI contributions destined to a destitute system and invest them in something worthwhile. Like a good sturdy rope.
>> No. 419166 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 8:12 am
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>>419161
Under the old State Pension system you'd have a basic amount and then you could accrue an additional amount on top through SERPS, the State Second Pension, etc. Basic + Additional = Entitlement.

Under the new system you start with a higher amount than the old basic State Pension, i.e. they've already factored in some additional State Pension, with years deducted for being contracted out. Base - contracted out years = Entitlement. They've flipped it on its head.

They've effectively capped the amount which could be accrued via the additional State Pension schemes. This cap is much lower than many workers would have accrued under the old system, very low earners should be the only ones better off, especially as they got rid of contracting out. Many people in this industry called auto-enrolment out as shifting the additional State Pension from the government to the individual. The meagre contribution rates under auto-enrolment mean that many will be lucky just to get the same level of income in retirement they'd have received under the old State Pension system.

I doubt they're going to get rid of the State Pension, with the population aging it'd be political suicide to even suggest means testing it. What people seem to forget, particularly those who focus on the "overly generous" triple lock, is that £160 per week is absolute peanuts and you won't be able to live off it alone.
>> No. 419167 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 8:47 am
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>>419166
Nor should you be able to.
>> No. 419168 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 1:15 pm
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>>419167
Do go on.
>> No. 419169 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 3:51 pm
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>>419166

> What people seem to forget, particularly those who focus on the "overly generous" triple lock, is that £160 per week is absolute peanuts and you won't be able to live off it alone.

If you're currently 65 years old and unemployed, you get £73.10 a week in JSA. As soon as you turn 66, you get £163 a week in Guarantee Pension Credit, even if you've never worked a day in your life. It's still not a huge amount of money, but it's enough to live on given that you'll also be entitled to housing benefit and council tax reduction.
>> No. 419170 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 5:15 pm
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>>419168
Don't know what more needs to be said.
>> No. 419174 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 7:46 pm
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>>419170
Fine, but if you're not going to explain yourself then you are for all intents and purposes officially an idiot and therefore wrong about everything.
>> No. 419175 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 8:22 pm
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>>419169
Technically you're eligible for Pension Credit the moment a woman reaches State Pension age, so for men and women at the minute it's about 64 years and 5 months.

What has barely received any coverage with all the WASPI nonsense is that accelerating the State Pension age increases also means that men are having to wait longer until they can claim Pension Credit. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the changes have resulted in the number of women aged 60 to 62 in poverty rising from 14.8% to 21.2% whereas in men of the same age bracket it has increased from 23.4% to 29.5%.

Old men are far more likely to be single and in poverty, but this gets glossed over. Women have also had far more awareness of how the State Pension age changes affect them; the IFS found there has been no change in material depravation for women as they've had ample time to prepare for this.
>> No. 419176 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 10:50 pm
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Peach season is in full swing. My local Tesco's had whole punnets of peach with about eight or ten delicious, fully ripe peaches for £1.29 tonight.

It must be the weather down in Spain this year. I've never seen such good peaches at such a bargain price.
>> No. 419177 Anonymous
30th July 2018
Monday 11:09 pm
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Trying to sort out some time in the US with family but it looks like my mum can't afford the flights let alone anything else, and when I took her up on it she bitched at me for 'getting involved in our finances'.

Yeah, that's because I'd end up paying for fucking everything when you run out of credit you fucking trollop.
>> No. 419178 Anonymous
31st July 2018
Tuesday 9:22 am
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How long does it take food to fully pass through your system? I had Indian on Friday night and I'm still leaking curry farts now.
>> No. 419179 Anonymous
31st July 2018
Tuesday 10:03 am
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>>419178

I've found anything with onions tends to set me off for at least three days.
>> No. 419180 Anonymous
31st July 2018
Tuesday 12:47 pm
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>>419178

It depends on you personally, but for most people, it's anywhere from 18 to 24 hours.

It could be that the Indian food irritated your digestive system; in that case, it can take longer to calm down.

What produces the most foul smelling farts I have ever witnessed is that spicy mushroom ramen I sometimes get as take away from the Asian place in my neighbourhood. It's chock full of onions and shiitake and Jew's ear mushrooms, together with a hefty dose of red chili pepper, and a few hours later, your arse lets off farts that smell so bad, they are probably banned under the Geneva Protocol.

Fucking delicious though every time.
>> No. 419184 Anonymous
31st July 2018
Tuesday 6:23 pm
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>>419180
The worst farts I ever had were when I started taking MSM supplements.
Oddly though, after that first day, I can take them any time and my colon is perfectly content and sulphur-free.
>> No. 419192 Anonymous
1st August 2018
Wednesday 12:38 am
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>>419184

>and my colon is perfectly content and sulphur-free


Fair play to you, m3t. That must be a great way to be.
>> No. 419247 Anonymous
1st August 2018
Wednesday 6:02 pm
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I've adopted a cat but other than coming out to mew at me and jump around my room a bit at night, she spends the rest of the day hiding in the most unfathomable of places. She's so good at completely disappearing that I've affectionately named her Madeleine McCat.

Take that, Boaty Mc Boatface.
>> No. 419249 Anonymous
1st August 2018
Wednesday 6:31 pm
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>>419179
I have recently started hanging out with a lass who has some kind of acid reflux issue that means she can't eat any food containing onions, garlic or chilli, and furthermore can't consume much alcohol. I'm absolutely stumped on what to make her; my wooing efforts usually involve cooking for them, and failing that getting her pissed enough to find me attractive. If you have any good recipes to pass my way then please do, cheers lad
>> No. 419250 Anonymous
1st August 2018
Wednesday 6:33 pm
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>>419249
Plain white bread garnished with crushed up Rennie?
>> No. 419252 Anonymous
1st August 2018
Wednesday 8:33 pm
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>>419249

Sounds like a keeper.

I only dated a lass who had vesicoureteric or bladder reflux.

She got very painful bladder infections all the time until she was diagnosed by a specialist and had surgery.
>> No. 419265 Anonymous
2nd August 2018
Thursday 11:52 am
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I'm at home and in and out of bed. Somehow, I managed to get a cold in this lovely summer weather.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmAi9XmlIo
>> No. 419267 Anonymous
2nd August 2018
Thursday 12:02 pm
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My grandma's just been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. She was a nurse so she's not particularly freaking out about it, outwardly at least. As she said herself there's not much cause to worry or panic when you already know the outcome. Amazing woman, really, it's a bloody shame.
>> No. 419269 Anonymous
2nd August 2018
Thursday 12:42 pm
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>>419267

A friend's mum died from bladder cancer, very likely due to decades of smoking. She was also a nurse, and she also seemed to take it in a matter-of-fact kind of way.

As my friend later told me though, she did have her private moments where she just completely broke down and said she was fucking scared to die. Kind of because she had seen people die from cancer at the hospital where she worked.
>> No. 419273 Anonymous
2nd August 2018
Thursday 6:10 pm
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>>419249

The lass I'm seeing is a vegetablist mate, count your blessings. I've basically just fed her pasta with red sauce any time she's come at mine.

I'm letting it slide though, because last time she was over she squirted half way across the living room. I'm going to put a tape measure down next time and see how far I can push it.
>> No. 419276 Anonymous
2nd August 2018
Thursday 7:34 pm
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>>419273
> I've basically just fed her pasta with red sauce any time she's come at mine. I'm letting it slide though, because last time she was over she squirted half way across the living room.

You should really check the sell by date on your Dolmio, mate.
>> No. 419278 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 5:30 pm
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>>419273
Careful if she's on the ragu.
>> No. 419279 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 8:44 pm
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>> No. 419280 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 8:54 pm
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>>419279

Mama mia!
>> No. 419281 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 9:03 pm
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>>419279
When'sa your Dolmio day?
>> No. 419282 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 10:08 pm
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>>419281

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcTLKQ2x6p0
>> No. 419283 Anonymous
3rd August 2018
Friday 10:58 pm
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Had to deliver some papers to my boss's home tonight. He lives in a huge five-bedroom house outside town, but boy is it fucking ugly. Supposedly, the house was designed by an award winning architect. But looking at it, I kind of wondered if that award was a bit like a Golden Raspberry for architects.

This is what happens when people with too much money have no clue about good design. It looked as if somebody who couldn't really be arsed cut holes in a giant shoe box.
>> No. 419284 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 11:45 am
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More shit at work. I maintain the leave schedule at my department - mostly for the benefit of putting my own shifts where I wish them be. A co-worker rang me yesterday, saying that some other co-worker told him he's going on vacation at September and that he's settled the matter with me already. Except that's bollocks, he didn't.

The caller then proceeded with hinting that he too wants a vacation in September and moreso, with a few free days before and after [0]. Both lads work here for about 6-7 months. The whole leave schedule had been made in advance - in April - as it had to be. Both of them said they won't be taking vacation in this year (weren't eligible back then plus some other specific things about working at this company).

I'm fairly annoyed. I've already had enough ballache with this schedule. I don't like the first lad trying to cut corners - and it wouldn't have worked anyway. I don't owe anything to the second one besides what's in the contract.

Frankly, I could tell them both to fuck off - I have the boss's word stating that everybody not in the schedule by the 1st of May would have their vacations after October. And if the affair is exactly the way it seems to be, I'm pretty willing to go that course.

Sage, this probably belongs to /101/.

[0] It's a shift job, something like 3 days work, 3 days off. Under normal circumstances I usually make the schedule exactly that way so in addition to 14 days of paid leave one gets about 3 days off before and 2-3 days after. Just a small boon, I don't really have to do it.
>> No. 419285 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 11:55 am
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>>419284
>Sage, this probably belongs to /101/.

We've got an entire thread dedicated to workplace annoyances >>/job/1795.
>> No. 419286 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 12:04 pm
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>>419285
That's even better.
Bloody hell, it has more than 3000 posts now.
>> No. 419287 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 12:12 pm
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>>419284
>Both of them said they won't be taking vacation in this year (weren't eligible back then plus some other specific things about working at this company).

Excuse me?
>> No. 419288 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 1:05 pm
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>>419287
In my country you can claim your full vacation after you've clocked at least 6 months at the current workplace. If you haven't, the length of your paid leave will be proportional to the time you've worked.

Regarding the company specifics, it's a shift work. When somebody goes on a paid leave, his co-workers basically work more for the same pay. Thus the vacation time is usually split in a way where you have about 2 weeks paid leave and you receive monetary compensation for not using the remaining 2 weeks. But do mind the remark I had made in my previous post about additional days off. With those in picture at the end of the day you'd have about 20 days off plus financial compensation (about 50% of monthly pay).

Schedule-wise all this jazz means we try to queue up our vacations so we spend the least amount of time possible on overtime. In theory, the two persons from above post could take about 10 days of paid leave, no monetary compensation. Back then they decided it wasn't worth it. Now they try to back off their initial decision. If they do, that would lead to more headache with schedule maintenance for me and more overtime for the rest of the team.

P. S. If you were actually hinting at my shite command of the language - I'm sorry.
>> No. 419289 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 2:50 pm
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>>419288
>In my country

Oh.

I was hoping we had a juicy case of broken laws here.
>> No. 419290 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 3:06 pm
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>>419289
Do you mind elaborating a bit? Like, forget the part about different country. I'm mildly curious as to what'd have made it juicy had the whole thing been happening in UK.
>> No. 419291 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 4:25 pm
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>>419289

Even here you might not be entitled to paid holiday if you've only worked there a few months.
>> No. 419292 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 4:41 pm
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>>419291
You should do. The minimum entitlement, excluding bank holidays, is 20 days for a full-time worker so that works out as 5 days accrued per quarter.
>> No. 419293 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 4:47 pm
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>>419291

It's perfectly legal to have contractual restrictions on when you can take your statutory leave, as long as you actually get it. They aren't required by law to offer you any choice whatsoever about when you can book your holiday.

Compulsory overtime must be paid and must comply with the Working Time Directive, but this is flagrantly disregarded by most employers of salaried workers. "Voluntary" overtime is the norm for many office workers - you're not contractually obliged to work late or come in on Saturday, but your career will come to a screeching halt if you refuse.
>> No. 419294 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 6:06 pm
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>>419293
>"Voluntary" overtime is the norm for many office workers - you're not contractually obliged to work late or come in on Saturday, but your career will come to a screeching halt if you refuse

Not necessarily. I do know of people who have pretty much made themselves unpromotable because they've made themselves so indispensable in their current role that it'd be too much of a ball-ache to replace them properly.

I don't think I've ever worked unpaid overtime in my life. I'll either get paid for it or I'll have the time owed to me.
>> No. 419296 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 7:50 pm
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>>419291
Wrong.
>> No. 419297 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 9:19 pm
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>>419294

>Not necessarily. I do know of people who have pretty much made themselves unpromotable because they've made themselves so indispensable in their current role that it'd be too much of a ball-ache to replace them properly. 

This is a fact that is often overlooked. Sometimes, you don't get promoted although you do such a terrific job, but because you do, and are therefore irreplaceable.

The only way out is then to apply for a higher position at a different employer. When word gets around, that might also make your current employer realise what they have in you. But then again, that's not something you should bet on.

If your career at your current employer just isn't happening despite your outstanding efforts, it usually means it's time to move on of your own accord.
>> No. 419298 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 9:20 pm
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>>419296

Thanks for the facts and references lad
>> No. 419299 Anonymous
4th August 2018
Saturday 11:58 pm
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>>419298

Your entitlement to statutory holiday pay accrues from the day you start work. They don't necessarily have to let you use it when you want to, but they have to ensure that you can use your full 5.6 weeks within the year. You can opt to take pay in lieu of leave, but they can't compel you to take it instead of time off. If you quit after three months, they owe you 1.4 weeks worth of holiday pay.
>> No. 419300 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 1:17 am
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>>418310
Last day of the holidays today for me. Wondering how to make best use of it, other than staying up late and getting drunk.
>> No. 419301 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 2:42 am
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>>419300

> other than staying up late and getting drunk

This is .gs

send noodz
>> No. 419318 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 4:40 pm
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Got a fly infestation on the ground floor of my house. Dozens of flies in the kitchen, then slightly less in connected rooms. Emptied the bins, done the washing up, changed the cat's food, so none of those seem to be the origin. Don't know if a mouse or something has died underneath my kitchen cabinets and eggs were laid in its body and they're all hatching. Phoned pest control, told me there's nothing really that can be done except spraying them with insecticide and hoping for the weather to get cold again. Ordered one of those fly zappers they have in kebab shops so hopefully that helps.
>> No. 419319 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 4:44 pm
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>>419318
They will be breeding somewhere. Do your best to track them down. I had an infestation and eventually found a load of pupae under the edge of the carpet in my understairs cupboard once. Hoovered them up and I didn't see any more of them.
>> No. 419321 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 4:55 pm
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I think they're coming from underneath one of the cabinets. I can only take the base off one of the cabinets, but I found some empty pupae so assume they're coming from under there. But as I can't remove the base of the other cabinets I can't access it properly.
>> No. 419329 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 7:08 pm
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>>419321
>found some empty pupae
Good lad. At least now you know where to spray the fuck out of.
>> No. 419334 Anonymous
5th August 2018
Sunday 11:46 pm
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>>419318

>Ordered one of those fly zappers they have in kebab shops

Those are fun. Been thinking about getting one just to hang it on my balcony at night and watch insects die.
>> No. 419335 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 2:14 am
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>>419334
Stop killing insects. The insect population has collapsed over the last n years, it's fucking tragic and the ramifications for the environment are vast.
>> No. 419336 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 6:20 am
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>>419335
It's because there's too many wasps eating all the other insects. We need a waasp cull.
>> No. 419337 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 6:23 am
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>>419336
It's because people are replacing their lawns with astroturf. The insects don't have anywhere to live so they're coming into peoples houses instead.
>> No. 419339 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 10:14 am
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>>419337

>It's because people are replacing their lawns with astroturf.

Who is? I honestly don't know a single person who has done that.
>> No. 419340 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 11:23 am
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>>419339

I know a couple of people who have - but they've spent a fuck tonne of money on the nice stuff that doesn't just feel like plastic. It's pricey enough that they probably just could have hired a lawn bloke to look after their real grass for 20 years and still been better off.

I dug my lawn up years ago and stuck patio and decking down, don't regret that at all. All my insects still live in the surrounding bushes and that though.
>> No. 419343 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 10:54 pm
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>>419340

As you said, it makes little sense financially.

Also, I don't like the general look and feel of artificial things, just like plastic flowers and that.

I live in a flat anyway, so it's not a decision I will have to make in the foreseeable future. But I do have astroturf on my balcony floor. To me it's really more like an outdoor carpet though. Makes the whole balcony feel a bit more cosy. And as my balcony is only about 45 sq ft, a roll of decent quality astroturf was only about £50.

But again, I would still never put Astroturf in an entire back garden in lieu of real grass.
>> No. 419344 Anonymous
6th August 2018
Monday 11:01 pm
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>>419343

The two I know who had it done had relatively large patches of grass, so I sort of understand just not being arsed to look after a real lawn, and the expensive stuff looks pretty good, but yeah, I still agree with you.

I do like the balcony idea, I might have to nick that. I like it when they put it down in rooms in festivals and stuff like that, and I have a friend who has his campervan carpeted with it, really does make the place feel quite welcoming.
>> No. 419354 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 1:16 pm
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>>419344

>I do like the balcony idea, I might have to nick that.

https://www.diy.com/search?Ntt=astroturf

Prices go all the way up to £150 and more for a 2x2 metre roll. You kind of get what you pay for, but you can still get decent quality for around £50. Look for special offers in-store.
>> No. 419371 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 8:52 pm
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Fuck. I just got stung by a wasp. I was going to throw away some overripe fruit sitting on the kitchen counter and there must have been a wasp at the bottom of an apple that I was grasping.

This is the second time in ten days that one of the buggers has stung me.
>> No. 419373 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 8:59 pm
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>>419340

>I dug my lawn up years ago and stuck patio and decking down, don't regret that at all.
>> No. 419374 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 8:59 pm
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>>419371
I have a bite on my leg, I think it's a horsefly.

It looks like a generic 'insect bite' for the most part, red pimple, but the end has gone white/marple (the white I expected, the marple I did not) and I have a big 4 inch circle around it that's red.

Dunno what it is, but horsefly bites seem most similar from googling.
>> No. 419375 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 9:07 pm
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>>419374

Horsefly bites hurt like fucking hell. They can be more painful still than wasp stings.

We were on a family holiday in Corsica once and went swimming in the Fango River which is famous for its scenic beauty and crystal clear water, and somehow that place was buzzing with horseflies. Everyone of us got about four or five bites.

Quite a traumatising experience when you're a weelad.
>> No. 419385 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 10:26 pm
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Everything is depressing the fuck out of me, so I've decided to just watch a load of old rave videos. In hindsight, they all look so wholesome and innocent.

This is the most absurdly 90s example I've found so far:


>> No. 419389 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 10:40 pm
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>>419385

>1992

Now I'm depressed as well.

1992 was the year I turned 18 and pretty much spent the entire summer clubbing and off my tits. And taking the odd hit of E now and then.

Do people still say "E"?

You kind of lose touch with young people's lingo as you enter middle age.
>> No. 419394 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 10:56 pm
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>>419389

>Do people still say "E"?

No. Even if you just say "ecstasy" they look at you and go "wot, you mean MDMA?" As if they're somehow different.

This seems to be relatively recent, as I was 3 in 1992. Kids these days.
>> No. 419396 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 11:28 pm
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>>419389

1989 -1992 never been a music generation since. Everyone is so controlled these days bruh.

Remember seeing this on the telly and thinking 'fuck, the mongoloids are taking over'.

End of days


>> No. 419397 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 11:53 pm
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>>419394

Generic statement among early 90s ravers:

"We got fucked up on some E this weekend at that warehouse rave, bruv, I'm telling you! It was tits!"
>> No. 419398 Anonymous
7th August 2018
Tuesday 11:58 pm
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>>419397

My mates and I still called it E in 2005ish when we were young. But all younguns at work that weren't born much earlier than that insist on calling it MD. Or even 'molly' like the yanks.

The coke's better these days though.
>> No. 419400 Anonymous
8th August 2018
Wednesday 12:13 am
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>>419394

There was a major MDMA shortage around 2009, so pills ended up with all sorts of shit in them and the demand collapsed. There had been a niche market for crystalline MDMA, but it became dominant during the drought because it was seen as a safer and purer product. Even after supplies returned to normal, nobody wanted to risk getting a bad pill. A generation of clubbers grew up with crystal MDMA as the norm. "Ecstasy" meant nothing to them, because many of them had never even seen an E.

Pingers have made a comeback in the last couple of years, but the manufacturers have over-compensated for the bad image by putting in massive quantities of MDMA. Average strength has quadrupled since 2009 and seized pills are regularly testing at close to 300mg. A lot of people assumed that these new mega-beans were just like the shit ones from a few years ago, so things got really ugly until the message got out.
>> No. 419401 Anonymous
8th August 2018
Wednesday 12:17 am
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>>419398

Brought up a generation of monglords that are ckueless as fuck, well done.
>> No. 419452 Anonymous
8th August 2018
Wednesday 8:56 pm
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>>419398

Remember those stories in the Daily Mail about the drug vernacular of younguns, and the DM telling concerned parents how they could spot a drug problem that their offspring might have, just by the way they would talk.

Well, we took the piss out of it by deliberately talking like that when we knew our parents could hear us. Although our actual drug consumption was really very, very modest and none of us were full on addicts at any point.

Didn't end well for one of my mates though. His parents were the epitome of DM readers and did a full blown intervention at home one night. It took about an hour or so of swearing that it was all just a joke before they believed him.
>> No. 419453 Anonymous
8th August 2018
Wednesday 9:28 pm
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>>419452
Maybe he shouldn't have been such a degenerate.
>> No. 419454 Anonymous
8th August 2018
Wednesday 9:43 pm
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>>419401
>>419453

Aww, teenlad's had a fight with his dad. Go look at your meme frogs and go for a wank, you'll feel better.
>> No. 419455 Anonymous
9th August 2018
Thursday 12:45 am
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>>419454
COOL KIDS ZONE

WOKE NIGGAS ONLY

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 419460 Anonymous
9th August 2018
Thursday 11:50 pm
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>>419455

This post was on here nearly 24 hours before you decided to ban the lad.

What gives?
>> No. 419461 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 1:03 am
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I just logged in and checked the report list. It wasn't cleared, so I assume I was the first person to log in and see it would be the answer to your question.
>> No. 419462 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 1:38 am
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>>419460
I can only assume someone cocked up the mods' leave and had them all booked off on the same day again.
>> No. 419463 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 6:41 am
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MODS ARE IN MAGALUF! POST UNAPPROVED SHEDS!
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10th August 2018
Friday 11:53 am
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>> No. 419466 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 12:43 pm
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>>419463

>POST UNAPPROVED SHEDS!

You must lead a very exciting life.
>> No. 419467 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 1:04 pm
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>>419466
You must decidedly foreign.
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10th August 2018
Friday 6:06 pm
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>>419463
GET A LOAD OF THIS FILTHY SHED.
>> No. 419470 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 6:16 pm
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>>419469
It's a good honest shed though.
>> No. 419471 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 6:35 pm
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>>419469
Would.
>> No. 419472 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 6:55 pm
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>>419469
Path needs a good jet wash though.
>> No. 419473 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 6:58 pm
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>>419472
Is that the shed equivalent of a good arse pissing?
>> No. 419474 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 8:21 pm
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I had to put an old shed out of it's misery last week lads.
>> No. 419475 Anonymous
10th August 2018
Friday 8:56 pm
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>>419469

That looks like something from Benefits Britain.
>> No. 419476 Anonymous
11th August 2018
Saturday 12:02 pm
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>>419284
I actually managed to settle the whole thing in a moderately satisfying way. Not too good but not as bad is it could have been.

That laddie I had accused of cutting corners, thankfully wasn't. More like being tired (frankly he had a fair share of trouble at work too, about a month ago) and scared he'd get taken for a ride regarding his paid leave. I had a talk with the boss who showed me an IM log on the topic.

I ended up putting them both on schedule too. Spent about half a day adjusting everything, gave myself two additional days off in September. A-class PITA. But considering some other news I heard two days ago and the overall direction the department seems to be taking, maybe I should heed the /job/ folks' warning and abandon the ship.

Sage for office bollocks. Now it's about time to open that cognac bottle.
>> No. 419483 Anonymous
11th August 2018
Saturday 1:42 pm
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>>419476

>I had a talk with the boss who showed me an IM log on the topic

Don't tell HR
>> No. 419493 Anonymous
11th August 2018
Saturday 11:25 pm
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>>>419473

I've just pissed all over my legs in my bathroom cos it was dark and got splashback from the rim, had to get the mop out. Was wearing shorts so just a quick wipe with a wt tea towel. I reckoned perverts would pay for this, Reckon I should set up my piss dungeon on Adult work. Gimp mask 30 quid from ebay, let people get pissed on in my dungeon 50 quid a wazz.
>> No. 419496 Anonymous
11th August 2018
Saturday 11:43 pm
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>>419493
I already had a wank at the thought of it and cleared my head, good luck with your other possible clientele though pissboi.
>> No. 419499 Anonymous
12th August 2018
Sunday 12:38 am
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>>419496

Shut door toilet lock in after piss extra £20
Solo dirty toilet in the dark in my gimp mask as commander extra £100
Clean my toilet covered in pss / scat £100
>> No. 419508 Anonymous
12th August 2018
Sunday 9:07 am
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>>419493

My mate was telling me this is a whole scene, there's blokes that like to piss in grey sweatpants specifically.
>> No. 419509 Anonymous
12th August 2018
Sunday 9:17 am
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>>419508
How does he know so much of the scene?
>> No. 419510 Anonymous
12th August 2018
Sunday 9:57 am
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I've got a bad feeling it's going to be one of those "blink and you miss it" Sundays.

>>419508
I just avoided doing exactly that.

A friend of mine told me one of his uni mates got paid to do some rich bloke's house keeping in his undies, week in, week out. He was at such pains to stress "it wasn't sexual" I began to think it was him.
>> No. 419511 Anonymous
12th August 2018
Sunday 10:48 am
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>>419509

He might be into it himself, or perhaps it's just something that's mentioned often on Grindr.
>> No. 419588 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 12:38 am
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I think the gay lad who works at the supermarket round the corner here has a crush on me. He seems to be very happy to see me every time he's working the till and I queue up to pay for my purchases. And disappointed when I happen to be in a different queue.

And yeah, he's very probably gay. He's one of those effeminate gays with a very girly demeanour. Nice chap really, can't say bad things about him. But I just don't swing that way.
>> No. 419589 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 12:44 am
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>>419588

Well, it's nice to know you have options if you suddenly turn gay.
>> No. 419590 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 12:49 am
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>>419589
Toxoplasmosis is known to temporarily alter your sexuality, which is a bit mental.
>> No. 419591 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 1:14 am
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>>419589

I doubt it will happen.

Just not my kind of thing.
>> No. 419592 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 1:48 am
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>>419591

Don't let your doctor put you on Cabergoline.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352747/Parkinsons-drug-ReQuip-turned-gambling-gay-sex-thief-says-married-father.html
>> No. 419594 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 2:10 am
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>>419588

There's something very flattering about that, possibly even more than when a woman is into you. I'm not quite sure why I feel this way, I think it might be because most gay lads I've met tend to be quite good looking, or at the very least work on their appearance more than many straight blokes.
>> No. 419598 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 11:15 am
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>>419594

> or at the very least work on their appearance more than many straight blokes.

One of my exes went to a gay pride parade once as a spectator, and she said she was stunned at some of the men she saw there, and that she felt that it was almost unfair that she didn't have a chance with any of them.

She said some of them were so handsome and well groomed and meticulously dressed that they were "any woman's wet dream".

I care about my appearance as a straight man as well though. Even when I just pop around the corner to my newsagent's, I make sure my hair looks right and my clothes are clean and look decent. You will not see me outside the house in a track suit ever.
>> No. 419599 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 11:21 am
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>>419594
>I think it might be because most gay lads I've met tend to be quite good looking, or at the very least work on their appearance more than many straight blokes.

I'll try to bear this in mind when I get asked if I'm gay for the millionth time.
>> No. 419600 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 11:46 am
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I just killed a wasp again with my trusty tin of bug spray. Pesky buggers keep flying into the room.

Is it just me, or are wasps particularly aggressive this summer? I can't remember them following you around like they seem to do this year. I've been stung twice this summer.
>> No. 419604 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 5:40 pm
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>>419510
I'm pretty sure I read that on b3ta qotw some years back.
>> No. 419607 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 5:58 pm
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>>419600
Yes, the TV said so so it must be true.

https://news.sky.com/story/wasps-surge-worst-in-recent-years-as-hot-weather-grips-uk-11467195
>> No. 419609 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 6:24 pm
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I apparently just got Laurie Penny banned from a Facebook group with no real effort or work on my part, so I'm quite pleased with how my day has ended.

I apologise in advance for the self-aggrandising, martyring thinkpiece she's going to write about it now.
>> No. 419621 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 11:53 pm
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>>419607

>"Bizarrely, adult wasps cannot digest the food they catch because their gut is so constricted by their thin 'wasp waists'," the charity adds. "Instead the workers chew up the prey and feed it to the larvae. In return, the larvae produce a sugar-rich spit that the workers can drink.

Yummy.
>> No. 419622 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 3:27 am
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>>419609

Jesus, I forgot how much I hated her. Good work lad.
>> No. 419625 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:42 am
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Never had a problem with a wasp. They're loud and clumsy and look cool, which basically makes them dogs, which almost everyone likes.
>> No. 419626 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 3:18 pm
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>>419609

She is one of the most socially awkward people I have ever met she seems to have a mix of anxeity and living in her parents shadow. I feel like her politics are a direct result of this insecurity, and what she really needs is a sensitive lover to hug her and tell her she's done good and they are proud of her and she doesn't need to fight anymore.

Of course that is my interpretation of why most femmarxists behave the way they do, so this could be a projection. Maybe I have a 'fuck them back to sanity' fetish.
>> No. 419629 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 7:46 pm
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>>419626
>On the comments section of a website following politicians and journalists, it's been proposed that she be stoned to death - "my favourite would be a Public Hanging or Decapitation ... Perhaps she should be Circumcised, only sew up her mouth." She's been trolled and stalked, sometimes afraid to leave the house, eventually calling the police and moving to a safe house. A photograph of her head has been pasted on pornographic images and posted online, alongside cartoons of her being beaten up.

As much as we all enjoy bants about Are Laurie, the above paragraph might be usefully re-read applying a bit of empathy.
>> No. 419630 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:20 pm
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>>419629

If every person who ever had their head badly photoshoped onto pornographic images had a complex about it we'd never hear the bloody end of it.
>> No. 419632 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:28 pm
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>>419629

The very idea of Laurie Penny getting her clit cut off gives me a proper stonk on. I know it's wrong but I don' care. Goof grief.
>> No. 419633 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:38 pm
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>>419629

I'm sure your heart doesn't bleed for Piers Morgan and Katie Hopkins and they get that level of abuse on a daily basis.
>> No. 419635 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:48 pm
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>>419633

It's an innate hazard of being a professional irritant.

Speaking of hounding on social media, does anyone know if Bobby Madley is really a dog carpet-bagger?
>> No. 419636 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:52 pm
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>>419633

Or for Baron Trump after that image of his father being decapitated was published.

Heartless fucking commie bastards.
>> No. 419637 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 8:54 pm
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>>419635
> It's an innate hazard of being a professional irritant.

Translated: I like Laurie Penny but I don't like Piers Morgan or Katie Hopkins so I'll apply one law to one and another law to the other two. Because I'm a fucking idiot.
>> No. 419640 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:03 pm
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You see this sort of mentality in the comments section of the Guardian a lot; abuse is completely unacceptable, unless it's made against people I don't like because they deserve it as then it doesn't count.
>> No. 419641 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:04 pm
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>>419635

>It's an innate hazard of being a professional irritant.

You mean like Laurie?

The only difference is she's paid to irritate people you don't agree with.
>> No. 419643 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:24 pm
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>>419633
I don't really like that shit either. It's a fucking ugly side to human nature dumping on people they don't know who has an opinion different to theirs.

"We have observed that most of the trouble in the world has been caused by ten to twenty percent of folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus."
>> No. 419644 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:31 pm
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>>419641

I think that Laurie Penny is also a professional irritant.
>> No. 419645 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 9:42 pm
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>>419644

So you empathise with Piers too or not?
>> No. 419648 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 10:03 pm
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>>419645

I don't really give a toss about any of them.
>> No. 419650 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 11:04 pm
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>>419648

Why are you answering questions clearly asked of >>419629? Do you not understand how imageboards work?
>> No. 419652 Anonymous
17th August 2018
Friday 11:41 pm
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>>419645
I have no real memory of anything Piers Morgan has ever said, nor of any hate campaigns about him. Can picture his annoying face for sure.

Laurie Penny and Katie Hopkins, both of whom seem to have somewhat controversial opinions which are poles apart and both of whom might be seen as professional trolls of a sort, have both been subjected to horrible abuse by wankers who use that dumping on a stranger to make themselves feel better. Like the 'hang him now' fb comments on crime suspects accounts when they are in the news or the priceless ones on carpet-bagger buster videos.

Hate Week, 1984. My objections aren't about left/right politics, more about the depressing ugliness and stupidity of the human condition.
>> No. 419654 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 2:44 am
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The problem of all the moaning about abuse is it's usually a civility thing with a bit of deference to your social betters.
A government minister is allowed to make policy changes that will outright kill people and that's fine because it's done in a dry and boring voice, but call 'em an cunt on Twitter and you're the disgusting human being. A journalist is allowed to demonize your entire city, but call them a posh twat and you're the bad guy.

I mean some of it like editing people into porn is a bit different and bizarre, but half the abuse on Twitter is no worse than the kind of thing everyone used to say in the pub. It's not even that I'm defending that on principle either, I just don't see why we should sympathise with the rich and powerful because the weak and average had the gall to express their angry opinions. If it bothers you that much, take another round-the-world holiday.
>> No. 419655 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 7:00 am
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>>419654
>A government minister is allowed to make policy changes that will outright kill people and that's fine because it's done in a dry and boring voice, but call 'em an cunt on Twitter and you're the disgusting human being

The problem seems to be that we've lost the art of debate. People are increasingly concerned with viewing things in black and white. They want to paint anyone they disagree with as 'the other' because they believe this means their views can simplistically be dismissed. They're more concerned with superficial put-downs. They're more obsessed with earning brownie points within their tribe than actually trying to convince others round to their way of thinking; all they want is perceived moral superiority. They want to parrot image macros on social media rather than having to think for themselves.

Nuance is completely dead. Too many people these days have no idea how to actually construct a reasoned argument or to be able to challenge someone else's viewpoint in a meaningful way. If someone has a different viewpoint it's because they're evil or stupid.
>> No. 419658 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 10:46 am
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>>419655

>People are increasingly concerned with viewing things in black and white. They want to paint anyone they disagree with as 'the other' because they believe this means their views can simplistically be dismissed.

Personally I believe this has always been the case, it's just a lot more obvious because of the brevity of online communication.

All of the debates of yesteryear were the same thing, just wrapped up in a bit more manners and decorum.
>> No. 419673 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 8:46 pm
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>>419655
At this point I've gone full circle. Wasted a ton of time learning political history and economics only to realise nobody else on earth is going to reciprocate and even people in politics have no clue what they're talking about, just winging it, following fads and the party line. The world has too many people who could give you a full rundown on some tedious minor policy nobody will remember in 5 years time when the new government gets in / old government u-turns, but who think that our loan from the IMF was to cover the government's budget deficit, that Scotland has had two independence referendums and that Labour could never win on a remotely unilateralist manifesto and who go out and write articles, think-tank papers and god-help-us vote on that basis.

So stuff it. Why have a reasoned debate with them when all they're going to do is spout received wisdom and nonsense? The only real answer is if you've got an audience to play to instead, and any serious discussion would just bore that audience. Why give someone historical evidence their position is wrong combined with economic theory and the experience of other countries when they're not going to care, not going to give a thought provoking response, and it's not any more enjoyable for me than calling them a pyramid nosed freak with a haircut like a palm tree who wouldn't know a good idea if someone rammed the white paper for it down their throat? At least that's briefly cathartic, might get the audience on-side, and might make me forget that after assembling a raft of positions I could defend like Stalingrad, I'm going to have to put them all on the shelf to vote on an emotive basis anyway.

I appreciate everything I just typed looks like pure arrogance and maybe it is, but the important take-away from it is that I'm an utter mug who wasted his spare time and only got heightened blood pressure out of it. That's not smart, that's stupidity in depth. I put in a time and effort to figure out that the best approach to take is the one everyone else takes naturally and instinctively. At least digging a hole just to fill it up again would've built muscle...
>> No. 419675 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 8:50 pm
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>>419673

3/10

Make your moan more concise next time lad
>> No. 419677 Anonymous
18th August 2018
Saturday 9:38 pm
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>>419675
On the one hand I did a pretty terrible job and forgot most of my main point, on the other hand it was cathartic to type out, so on balance we can't really say whether it was a good or bad idea to post it.
>> No. 419701 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 1:12 pm
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>>419655

I think what has gotten lost in the younger generation with all the militant trout farmers, snowflakes and safe space proponents is the idea that somebody does not have to agree with you. No matter how fervently you believe that your opinion, and your opinion alone is the path of true virtue, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that others won't be swayed, and more than that, that they might actually have the odd well thought out argument to counter your position.

That is the problem. "Agree to disagree" has been supplanted by the idea that anybody who disagrees with you is a threat to, and an open attack on everything you stand for and believe in. And so they try to censor you, they kick up Internet shitstorms and start and angry mob with torches and pitchforks, just because you may have said something that was mildly controversial and not in line with what they consider received wisdom.
>> No. 419710 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 3:43 pm
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>>419701
Guess that has something to do with just how easy it is to form a circlejerk on the Net.
>> No. 419711 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 5:30 pm
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My life is one of panic. My place of work is relocating and laying off 90% of the staff so I'll be without a job in two weeks. Applying for all the part time jobs I can, had a few interviews, but failed due to me being too autistic to engage with the team building exercises and jump through the correct hoops. My PIP claim has spent over 6 months being processed with no time frame given to actually get a decision. Student loan is reduced unless I send evidence that I'm sufficiently ill enough to justify them giving me extended funding, but can't send the letter off until my care coordinator gives me a letter as evidence I asked for three months ago and still haven't received. I'm pretty much completely reliant on my girlfriend subsidising me for the foreseeable future.
>> No. 419712 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 5:50 pm
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>>419711
>can't send the letter off until my care coordinator gives me a letter as evidence I asked for three months ago and still haven't received
I bet you could have done ten times more to make yourself an itch that they'd feel more inclined to scratch.
>> No. 419713 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 5:53 pm
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>>419712
She's been off for three months, and they didn't give me a named replacement until two weeks ago. So for three months I had nobody responsible for my care, and therefore nobody who could write me a letter.
>> No. 419714 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 5:56 pm
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>>419711

I quit my last job because it was very obvious to me that the company I worked for was going to go tits up in a short while. I had been unhappy with my job for some time, but when it became more and more obvious that our finances were reaching breaking point, I quit of my own accord. And saved myself the nerve wrecking limbo that my coworkers then found themselves in a short while later, when they had to decide who was obsolete and who wasn't.

I was able to live on my savings. I always keep about the equivalent of three months worth of my basic monthly expenses in a separate savings account, ready to be withdrawn immediately when the situation requires it. That way, even a sudden job loss means no threat to my immediate standard of living, provided that I find adequate work within the following three months again. So far, this has proved a good approach, and I have never had to become dolescum in my life.
>> No. 419715 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 9:40 pm
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>>419714
How can you be such a wreck yet have such pride?
>> No. 419716 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 9:51 pm
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Throwing up all day on my fucking day off.
>> No. 419720 Anonymous
20th August 2018
Monday 11:50 pm
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>>419716
If it's leave rather than shifts, you should be able to get that back.
>> No. 419721 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 12:18 am
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>>419720
Shifts, unfortunately.
>> No. 419723 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 12:47 am
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>>419714

I don't understand people who refuse to go on the dole.

It's good for your NI contributions and tax sheet as well as giving you a bit of cash you know? Besides there's the fact that you're paying your bloody taxes so you are damn well entitled to that money.

If it were more survivable, I'd go on jobseekers for exactly long enough to get a refund of all the tax I've paid since 2008.
>> No. 419727 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 2:12 am
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>>419723

It's supposedly somewhat unethical to go on the dole while you have any kind of savings at all. I'd also need to be on the dole for about a decade in order to recoup what I pay HMRC in the average year. Cunts.
>> No. 419728 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 2:57 am
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>>419701
People don't have to agree with you, but you don't have to put up with them either. I see it as a supply and demand problem. There are what, 7 billion people on earth? And like half of them have the internet nowadays. Why put up with imperfection? Why play pretend civility when you can call someone a massive idiot, add them to the enemies list and then move on to possible person of interest #3,199,999,999? It's not like in the old days when you didn't want to make enemies you didn't have to because since you share the same town you might meet them on a night out and wind up with a broken nose. What's someone in Arkansas going to do if you mock their view rather than being civil and having a discussion, pray you get hit by a bus?
Not saying that's a good thing mind you, just seems like a quick economic-sounding explanation.
>> No. 419729 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 8:44 am
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>>419720
I should add that they are night shifts, and as a result of my sleeping for about 13 hours yesterday in between slates of vomiting, I now can't get to sleep meaning that my shift tonight is going to even fucking worse.

Thank fuck I'm leaving next Sunday.
>> No. 419737 Anonymous
21st August 2018
Tuesday 11:40 pm
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>>419728

As you said, the Internet makes it all too easy to call somebody a cunt and not face repercussions. I really don't think that's a good thing, because it kind of brings out the worst in people. If you don't want your face punched in backwards, then there are certain things you just cannot say to somebody in person. And that's good not just in the interest of self preservation, but because it also ensures a certain degree of civility, as you rightly also said. Just because on the Internet you will practically never run out of new people to insult, doesn't mean that's how you should behave online.

Like I've also said before on here, I think what has also gotten lost with social media is the idea that when all the people around you strongly agree that you are a massive insufferable cunt, then they might have a point, and it is you who should think about changing your ways. Nowadays, it's all too easy to just find other massively insufferable cunts like you online, and get a feeling that you are not alone, and that maybe all the rest of the world are the real cunts. There are no more reality checks that come with having to fit in with a group of "normal" individuals.

Or simply put, in the old days, you were the village idiot, and that was that. Today, you can find other village idiots online and pretend you are no village idiots after all, and that it's just a mean world around you.
>> No. 419764 Anonymous
25th August 2018
Saturday 10:13 am
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>>419715
Easy. Used to know numbers of people who were like that. Hell, I am guilty of it too.
>>419737
> Today, you can find other village idiots online and pretend you are no village idiots after all, and that it's just a mean world around you.
And in some cases that's good thing because sometimes you get to be painted as an idiot for nothing. Or for some meagre oddity like being socially awkward.
I still agree with the overall point of your post.
>> No. 419771 Anonymous
25th August 2018
Saturday 2:37 pm
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>>419764

>And in some cases that's good thing because sometimes you get to be painted as an idiot for nothing. Or for some meagre oddity like being socially awkward.

Well, to some degree, I guess you are right. But again, just maybe you are simply a fucking hopeless complete cunt, and affirmation from other fucking hopeless complete cunts is not what you should be seeking.
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25th August 2018
Saturday 3:30 pm
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>>419771
Right. And let's leave it at that.

I took a minor detour for a bun and a cup of coffee on my way home. Out of luck: the bakery was out of buns and that small shop that serves coffee was simply closed.

On a second thought I should have guessed that it might be closed though.
>> No. 419784 Anonymous
25th August 2018
Saturday 10:47 pm
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I have a new laptop. I'm going to repurpose the old one. I've finished backing up the things I think I need to preserve, but I've imposed a 12 hour waiting period on the deed itself because I've almost certainly forgotten something, just like every time I've done something like this.
>> No. 419792 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 12:10 pm
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>>419784
At least you learnt from it.
Last time I happily nuked the /home partition, thinking I'd saved everything important elsewhere. Wrong.
Thank fuck it wasn't anything that important.
>> No. 419808 Anonymous
26th August 2018
Sunday 2:15 pm
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>>419792
I even took full disk images in case I need to go back. And right now, an hour after kicking the install process off, I've just remembered something I've missed, FFS.
>> No. 419859 Anonymous
27th August 2018
Monday 4:30 pm
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I had a weird dream last night. I was on some sort of sightseeing trip with a few dozen other coworkers, and it included a helicopter tour around the city, for which we were divided up into three different large helicopters.

The two other helicopters ended up crashing into each other when they tried to land again, with no survivors. The only people that survived were the ones on my helicopter, which remained unharmed.

So then for the rest of my dream, I ended up not shutting up about the fact how incredibly lucky I was that I was in the one helicopter that didn't crash.

Didn't want to bring up the old "dreams" thread here again, so I'm putting it in the week thread.
>> No. 419866 Anonymous
27th August 2018
Monday 11:15 pm
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>>419859
i almost never remember my dreams in full, and i think it's because when i do remember parts of them, the scenes are in a sequence but the links between them don't make sense - it's just non-sequitur again and again and so what it all amounts to is a chain of unrelated events. I don't know what any of this could mean but it makes me a bit sad. I think my brain is fucked.
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27th August 2018
Monday 11:15 pm
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>>419859
i almost never remember my dreams in full, and i think it's because when i do remember parts of them, the scenes are in a sequence but the links between them don't make sense - it's just non-sequitur again and again and so what it all amounts to is a chain of unrelated events. I don't know what any of this could mean but it makes me a bit sad. I think my brain is fucked.
>> No. 419877 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 4:03 pm
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>>419867

Had a weird one last night again. I have to go to London at the end of this week, and in my dream, I was already in London, and parking my car somewhere around the city. But then when I came back a few hours later, my car was gone. And I was desperately walking around the area looking for my car, and pressing the power lock button on my key fob hoping that my car's indicators would light up somewhere in the sea of parked cars around me.


I've had a car stolen from me in real life once, and I can tell you it is an immensely unpleasant experience. From the shock that somebody decided to just steal something from you that he had no right to take, to dealing with police and the insurance company. The biggest kicker was that the insurance at some point began insinuating that I might have had something to do with the disappearance of the car, because I was only able to present two keys to them, and not a third key that they felt came standard with my car from the factory, but which I could then prove was not given to me by the previous owner because he had simply lost it a few years earlier.

The police later apprehended a gang of car thieves that had been pretty active in my neighbourhood right around the time my car got stolen, but I was one of a handful of cases where they didn't have enough evidence to blame it on them as well.

In the end, I was compensated for the value of my car by the insurance, and they paid out a decent sum, one which I may have had to struggle trying to get from a buyer on the used car market. Still didn't make it right. I loved that car, and was never going to sell it anytime soon.
>> No. 419879 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 6:03 pm
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>>419877

Had a motorbike stolen once. It was discovered a few months later with foliage growing over it after they'd abandoned it in a field area. Not sold for profit, not stripped for parts, my commuter vehicle that I used to get back and forth work was just taken for a joyride, maybe two. Then it was left to be ruined.

Cunts.
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28th August 2018
Tuesday 6:09 pm
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>>419879

Having a car nicked is such an awful feeling. I work on my cars myself, so even though I got a good amount of money from the insurance, I still lost countless hours of blood, sweat and tears, not to mention a car I had tweaked and perfected to fit my exact needs. It was like losing an old friend.
>> No. 419882 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 7:22 pm
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I witnessed something today that was a bit... off. I was at Crich Tramway Village and the wheelchair accessible tram was at the station. The tram was about half full; there were an old couple on board and a family with a child in a wheelchair. However, there must have been at least twenty people waiting at the station who decided not to hop on and instead wait for the next tram; the teams are generally 10/15 minutes apart. Admittedly this tram isn't as nice as the other models they had running, but seeing so many people deciding to wait for the next tram rather than share one with a child with disabilities made me feel quite uneasy.
>> No. 419884 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 7:55 pm
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>>419882
That does seem off, you’re right. The naive streak in me wants to assume you’re mistaken, but I have noticed of late that a decent number of people do have a problem with disabled people.
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28th August 2018
Tuesday 8:03 pm
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>>419882

I could understand, though not necessarily condone, them doing so if the kid had a disability that caused them to make a lot of noise or such. But I feel like you'd have mentioned that if this was the case.

I've noticed much more subtle and minor versions of what you're saying, though. Just the sense that people want to 'get out of the way' of people with disabilities. I'm not sure what drives that, a refusal to acknowledge the disabled? A fear they'll have to help them if they get too close? It's very odd.

I just think about my grandparents here, not really disabled but certainly frail enough that the fear of nobody bothering to help them onto a bus would keep them from leaving the house if they didn't have immediate family to help.
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28th August 2018
Tuesday 8:27 pm
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28th August 2018
Tuesday 8:49 pm
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>>419884
It's the type of place that's largely popular with the elderly or families with small children (given names like Magnus and Iona) who probably didn't want their precious kids in the vicinity of anyone with a disability. Plus it's in Derbyshire and they're a bit odd around those parts in the first place.

>>419885
He sporadically rocked back and forth, but this wasn't a frequent occurrence and he seemed compos mentis. Definitely no wailing or anything else to mark him out as at risk of carrying out an unpredictable outburst.
>> No. 419889 Anonymous
28th August 2018
Tuesday 8:52 pm
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>>419880

>not to mention a car I had tweaked and perfected to fit my exact needs.

That's kind of what hurt me the most (I'm >>419877 lad). I put a fair amount of money into customising it, added some factory options and a sound system and whatnot. This took time and effort, and my car was my baby. It was the best car I could have imagined owning at that point in time. And then all it took was some dickheads who somehow got it into their heads that they could steal it and do God knows what with it.

Somebody at the police told me that UK-spec RHD cars usually end up getting stripped for parts, because on the one hand, it is more difficult to get a whole stolen car out of the British Isles and into mainland and Eastern Europe, and on the other hand, there is no demand for RHD cars in the destination countries where these cars then end up. So in other words, my beloved car with all the parts I installed was probably stripped by the car thieves like vultures descending on an animal carcass. It still kind of fucking makes my blood boil that somebody thought he could just do that to something that belonged to me. You won't see me going to his family's shit two bedroom flat in a grimy tower block on the rough side of Warsaw and wreaking havoc on its interior.
>> No. 419905 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 12:23 am
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>>419884
>>419885
>>419888

It's just plain awkwardness, lads. I'm not condoning it but I find it a bit unbelievable that you lads are so utterly unable to empathise or comprehend.

They didn't hate the poor kid, it's just the fact that they don't want to have to go through the whole charade of trying their best to pretend like they haven't noticed anything abnormal and not making eye contact just in case they think you're staring at their spacker kid and give you a mucky look back as if to say "What, he's just disabled, you monster".

It's only the same reason a straight bloke is going to stay clear of an LGBT tranny people bar. It's a minefield if you're not used to it. You can have the best of intentions but you're going to get somebody's pronouns wrong and look like a tit, and that's an uncomfortable atmosphere.

It's not something those people should be proud of at all, but it's not hard to understand why.
>> No. 419909 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 7:58 am
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>>419905
Sure, but 10/15 minutes wait. I wouldn't've thought spaccer-avoidance is worth such a trade. Maybe a few minutes I could understand, but to inconvenience yourself for 10-15 minutes is huge price to pay.
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31st August 2018
Friday 8:12 am
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>wouldn't've
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31st August 2018
Friday 12:13 pm
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Went on some business today that involved a lot of driving around the city and there was nothing but this car (provided by company I work at).

I will have to reconsider my prejudices against SUVs. That extra space in there is a godsend.
>> No. 419914 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 12:30 pm
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>>419912

There's a very good reason it's a running joke that they're loved by fat americans, and school run mums alike. They're a pleasure to drive, have every conceivable creature comfort, and like you say, the space in them is fantastic.

A fully kitted out Patrol, Range Rover, Jeep, etc, is certainly worth the price, fuel cost, and inevitable mechanic's fees.
>> No. 419915 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 12:58 pm
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Finally heard back from PIP. I expected to just scrape the standard rate of daily living, but got the enhanced rate plus standard mobility. Getting £3k on Monday for the back payments accrued since I applied. Good start to the month.
>> No. 419917 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 1:17 pm
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>>419914
Well, I'm not fat, not even close to it but I do have long legs. And that makes life miserable for the backseat passenger behind me if I'm the driver of a small to medium four-door car.

I also would like to try driving a Crown Vic. Some of my mates from across the pond say it's just as spacious but not a SUV.
>> No. 419919 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 4:31 pm
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I had fillings put in today and I'm beginning to understand why people hate the dentist. My mouth felt perfectly fine and has done for the many years since I last went to one. Now I am in agony, and have been told I'll be in pain for weeks. I feel like I'd have been better off not going. It might have been years before my teeth hurt this much on their own if ever at all. The cost to benefit doesn't make any sense to me.
>> No. 419921 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 7:19 pm
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>>419917

>Well, I'm not fat, not even close to it but I do have long legs.

So do I. I'm 6'1'' and I have very long legs also. But I drive an older model Audi A4 saloon, and nobody sitting behind me has ever complained that they didn't have enough room sitting behind me.

I used to work across from a school's front entrance, and from my office window, you could closely watch the convoy of mums dropping off their kids every morning. The general rule seemed to be that the tinier the woman driver, the bigger her Chelsea tractor. My coworkers and I used to joke about that often. We kind of speculated that the petite women in the big cars were the trophy wives of well to do husbands. Which would kind of make sense. In any case, you didn't see many overweight chav mums behind the wheel of a Land Rover or an M class Mercedes.

Also, if you really have to, you can do a school run with three kids in a Golf. Or even in a Fiesta. That's what the parents of my friends did anyway when we were in school. That is, if your parents could be arsed to give you a lift at all. My parents always thought that it was mainly my brother's and my own responsibility to get to school on time, not theirs. Unlike today's pampered kids, we were still taught self reliance from an early age.
>> No. 419922 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 8:10 pm
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>>419921
You've got to drive your kids to school these days because if you let them walk they'll get ran over by another parent dropping their kids off. You can't trust those loons near your own kids.
>> No. 419923 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 8:41 pm
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>>419922

https://www.schoolhousemagazine.co.uk/q-and-a/age-children-walk-to-school-alone/

I read an interesting essay a while ago that tried to make a connection between the post-9/11 surveillance society we live in, and the fact that parents tend to have outsize worries about their child being safe.

Can't find it now. Anyway, it argued that it is usually mums who kit their kids out with GPS trackers and who constantly want to keep in touch with their offspring via smartphone and whatsapp, and that when surveyed, women in general also show the highest acceptance of government surveillance measures against ordinary citizens. Men are much more willing to take a step back in that respect, and they are much more suspicious of government surveillance.

The article then also argued that mums are conditioning a whole new generation of future young people and adults to think that mass surveillance is ok. Because they pretty much grew up with it being normal in their households, with all the mentioned GPS trackers and phone surveillance that their mums exert on them.
>> No. 419925 Anonymous
31st August 2018
Friday 11:36 pm
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>>419923

My dad has younger kids with his second wife, and he has an app that tracks their phones. It was bizarre to me that you'd even think of doing that, but perhaps I'd feel differently if I had two daughters. The eldest is 16 now, I just imagine how I'd have felt being spied on like that at 16.

It was his idea as far as I can tell. I couldn't help but notice, as he proudly showed me the app, that he has his wife on there, too. Presumably she has her own app with him on it, but I didn't ask. She's closer to my age than his, so I understand why he might want to buck the trend of distrusting surveillance if it means he gets to see where his wife goes when she works away.

Very odd concept to me, though, tracking your family like that. It's not even my distrust for the government, more that I think it's a bit sinister for even a private citizen to do that sort of thing to their own family. But I suppose I'm old enough to remember going out of the house with just some change to call home, or walking/cycling to school instead of being driven there.
>> No. 419926 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 12:01 am
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>>419923

I've said that for years, a good majority of what's wrong with our society today is thanks to paranoid mums. Wrapping their kids up in cotton wool their whole lives, and then suddenly packing them off to uni scarcely able to cook a frozen pizza unsupervised.

>>419925

There's insecurity issues there I think. I bet she still cheats on him and just leaves her phone in the hotel room, the plonker.
>> No. 419927 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 12:22 am
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>>419925

It's the curse of modern technology. Twenty-five years ago, if you wanted to track somebody's every move, you really had to invest in some proper spy tech, and even then, it wasn't accurate down to the street corner. Now all that technology comes standard with even the most basic budget smartphone, but just because you can, doesn't mean you should. What is the merit in being able to track your kids 24/7. So you can watch them not get kidnapped just like 99.9 percent of all children who ever lived?

And it's the same on the government level. In a healthy democracy, a government must tolerate the fact that it doesn't know everything about its citizens, including where they are and what they are doing at any given point in time. Otherwise, what is really the difference between Britain in 2018 and a whole bunch of communist Eastern European countries up until the late 80s. Those governments were quite keen on knowing everything about their citizens, and they had entire government agencies devoted to spying on their own citizens.

You cannot simply excuse everything with militant daft woggery, although admittedly it has been a godsend for the security industrial complex the last 17 years. No daft militant wogs have ever managed to take away basic civil liberties from ordinary people to such an extent as supposedly democratic governments around the globe have done since the early 2000s. GCHQ even know what you wanked to three weeks ago, for fuckssake.
>> No. 419928 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 12:46 am
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>>419926

>There's insecurity issues there I think. I bet she still cheats on him and just leaves her phone in the hotel room, the plonker.

You're almost certainly right. I've got a bit of a sixth sense for this sort of thing, after being a serial fanny hound in my younger days. You can just tell when someone's up for a bit of playing away. She works away four nights a week, what can you do.

>>419927

You're dead right. It's even more interesting for my dad, he lived through the worst of the Troubles over in ireland, you'd think he'd have a healthier distrust of authoritarian measures.

>What is the merit in being able to track your kids 24/7. So you can watch them not get kidnapped just like 99.9 percent of all children who ever lived?

Well, exactly. And maybe this is too pragmatic a view when it comes to kids, but if someone's kidnapping them, the first thing they're going to do is chuck that phone out of the window.

My half sisters seem well-adjusted enough, but I'm sure this sort of helicopter parenting will lead them quickly enough to rebellion. I'm expecting the older one to try and buy drugs off me any day now.
>> No. 419929 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 8:10 am
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>>419925
>My dad has younger kids with his second wife, and he has an app that tracks their phones

My other half has this for our son's phone, ever since he started walking home from school by himself in year 5. It's only about a mile or so away but I think she started getting paranoid because we have seen him dawdling down the road glued to his phone without any street awareness so he could quite easily get it nicked off him and also because he does things like, shock horror, going to play in a park with his mates or taking a long detour to the shops to buy some sweets rather than coming straight home.
>> No. 419930 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 1:40 pm
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>>419921
But A4 isn't really short, is it?

I don't even want to think about having three kids. My sister has two. I don't know how she manages.

My father would give me a lift to school occasionally, if he'd have to drive somewhere along the route. But that was in a shite [0] Soviet saloon.

[0] Back in the day I didn't think it was shite. Nor do I do these days. My old man had actually tuned it to the point that the controls would feel as though you drive some old Benz or else. I've driven the same model but owned by some other person - it felt like shit. But it's still a Soviet-era vehicle with all the consequences.

>>419923
I wouldn't go as far as blaming mums here. But I was noticeably flummoxed when I saw the amount of CCTV cameras at schools and kindergartens. Certainly makes that 'school = prison' point resonate more to me.

I have most assuredly heard and witnessed that helicopter parenting doesn't grow a self-reliant person.

The amount of shit people have on their phones is unnerving too. Some of that shit gets smeared on you too if you want/have to, as Schneier put it once, 'participate in society'. Unless you go full Stallman mode.
>> No. 419937 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 5:16 pm
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>>419930

>I wouldn't go as far as blaming mums here. But I was noticeably flummoxed when I saw the amount of CCTV cameras at schools and kindergartens. Certainly makes that 'school = prison' point resonate more to me.

It's really one of those "how did we ever live without them" phaenomena. Except, well, we used to live quite well without them indeed. One big reason that is always cited is that cameras prevent school violence, mainly pupil-on-pupil. But if the rest of the real world is anything to go by, then CCTV tends to only have the effect of pushing violence into the corners where there isn't any CCTV. The areas that you have your cameras trained on are safer, but violence as a whole does not necessarily go down. So the kids will now get beaten up inside the bathroom stalls, where you can't possibly justify putting cameras if you don't want to come under suspicion of attempting to create kiddie porn.

And again, cameras in schools are one more way that children are conditioned into believing that mass surveillance is normal. Not to mention that it's kind of an expression of distrust against pupils, but also teachers.

And another thing - there seems to be a weird kind of peer pressure among mums to keep tabs on your kids. The girlfriend of one of my mates is friends with a group of women (a statement greatly contradicting itself right there on several levels) who all have children of primary school age. And she said the way they talk about monitoring their offspring, it's almost as if they'd point fingers at you for being a bad mother if you refused to also track your children on their smartphones. As I've said before, my impression is that women are much more susceptible to peer pressure than men, and apparently that can also include pressure to keep your kids under watch.

The road to hell, as always, is paved with good intentions.
>> No. 419938 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 6:10 pm
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>>419937
>cameras prevent school violence

That's utter crap.
>> No. 419940 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 6:51 pm
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>>419938

As I said, it's not a strong argument. Kids will simply go and beat each other up where there aren't any cameras.
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1st September 2018
Saturday 6:58 pm
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>>419930
>Unless you go full Stallman mode.
Everybody knows you never go full Stallman mode.
>> No. 419942 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 7:49 pm
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>>419940
Yeah, I know you weren’t supporting the idea. The cameras are only going in hallways and classrooms though, so the age old “by the gates at half three” or they’re going to have genuine psychological issues and not give a monkeys.
>> No. 419943 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 8:14 pm
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>>419940
or the dumber ones will beat you up on camera.
I really struggle with the 'cameras stop crime' theory. Except when it's compulsory bodycams on coppers, and they're not strangely broken / off at interesting moments.
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1st September 2018
Saturday 8:42 pm
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>>419943
And don't forget that "happy slapping" was a thing.
>> No. 419947 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 9:20 pm
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>>419943

>Except when it's compulsory bodycams on coppers

I think those are actually a good thing because they also prevent police brutality. But as you said, they seem to mysteriously fail whenever an act like that is in question. Must be an AI kind of thing, that the cameras know when to look away.

But seriously, I think they do buffered recording, meaning that the last 60 seconds or so are continuously saved to flash memory and then erased again, so that the copper has to actively press the stop button at any time if an offence has just been commited within view of the camera, so that the last 60 seconds won't be discarded. Which would kind of also explain why they don't record footage of cops beating people.
>> No. 419949 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 9:46 pm
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>>419947
So you have no idea how they work or what they're for.
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1st September 2018
Saturday 10:08 pm
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>>419949

Used the word 'actually' -

seems legit
>> No. 419952 Anonymous
1st September 2018
Saturday 11:12 pm
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>>419915
Nice one.
My Missus is awaiting her appointment for the every couple of years Reassement. We've already accepted a 0 points and having to fight in court again to get her back on it. Presently standard daily and Enchanced Mobility which we get the car through.
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2nd September 2018
Sunday 12:31 am
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>> No. 420006 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 12:40 pm
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>>419937
>your mates girlfriend and her gaggle of mums

Fucking ridiculous, but I can absolutely believe that line about "it's almost as if they'd point fingers at you for being a bad mother if you refused to also track your children on their smartphones". I've recently started seeing mention of this kind of attitude from other women in FB groups where - especially with the Americans - this kind of tracking software is just accepted as part of parenting now and any dissenting voices are met with "you'd understand if you were a parent". All it makes me think of is that Bill Bailey bit about "speaking as a motherrrr" and how glad I am that I am most likely barren after finally finding cysts the size of 50ps on my ovaries. The one people speaking any sense in these groups are the Europeans, who calmly describe how their children still go to play in parks unsupervised and with their mates as long as it's on the walk home from school. That kind of attitude is practically unheard of from Brits and it saddens me no end. I just want to move to Iceland more and more every day.
>> No. 420009 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 2:52 am
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It looks like I've managed to lose yet another SD card in my Raspberry Pi. Thankfully just last week I managed to get /etc under source control, so I shouldn't have too much work to do to get it back up if I need to reimage it.
>> No. 420011 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 2:00 pm
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My new battery for my Samsung S5 mini arrived in the post this morning.

When comparing the two batteries, I noticed that the old one looks kind of slightly "bulged out".

Could the old battery have exploded if I had kept using it or something?
>> No. 420012 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 3:51 pm
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>>420011
Quick answer is yes - when batteries start expanding like that they are generally on the way out.
>> No. 420013 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 5:04 pm
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>>420009

Lost how? Physically?
>> No. 420014 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 5:33 pm
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>>420006

One of my female friends had a daughter three years ago, and she says spending time with other young mothers is "a fucking nightmare 90 percent of the time", because they will always try to find flaws in your parenting, however minute, and whether real or just perceived, and rub them in your face. Like, "What, you allow your kids THAT? That would never happen in my house!". Or, as she told me, one time, she really got kind of a pricey, upmarket coat for her daughter, just because she was in a good mood and had some extra money to spend, and the other mums were like, "Do you really have to spoil your child so early on in life? You could have used the money to buy better food for her, seeing that she's a little bit small for her age!"

My personal take on it is that a lot of the time, mothers are inherently deeply fucking unhappy about their situation, and that the rose tinted glasses they had on when they envisioned motherhood have been replaced by the cold hard reality of no more sleep, no more sex life, drooping breasts, and having to juggle part time employment with raising your bundles of joy who do nothing but test your patience to breaking point. And so, anybody who just vaguely appears to have it a bit easier than you must be put down so that you feel less shit about your own life.

I'm probably being an unfair cunt here, but that is my personal observation, from seeing many friends and coworkers who have started families.
>> No. 420016 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 6:19 pm
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>>420006

>and any dissenting voices are met with "you'd understand if you were a parent".

Oldest rhethorical trick in the book. Shutting somebody up by telling them they aren't X or Y and therefore have no idea.

Best way to answer: "Even if I was X or Y, I don't think I'd ever possibly understand". Or "I don't think even your fellow X or Y people would understand". That way, you are calling into question their overall common sense. That will at least throw them off their game a bit. They will probably still be adamant that you don't understand, but at least they will look less superior and you will feel less stupid.
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5th September 2018
Wednesday 6:22 pm
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>>420016
I don't think that works if there's a whole group of them telling you the same thing.
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5th September 2018
Wednesday 7:09 pm
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>>420017

Just act assertive.

And don't associate with whole groups of like-minded cunts in the first place.
>> No. 420019 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 7:53 pm
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>>420013
Corruption. Tried changing something only to be told the filesystem was read-only. Syslog shows it happened around 5pm last Friday. Thankfully Tesco had SanDisk cards discounted - £7 for 16GB, and had the image building while I did the shopping (courtesy of https://github.com/drtyhlpr/rpi23-gen-image).
>> No. 420020 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:28 pm
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>>420014

>My personal take on it is that a lot of the time, mothers are inherently deeply fucking unhappy about their situation

Same goes for dads, I think it's just a parent thing in general. I call it the Cult of Parenthood. Do you ever notice how they constantly tell you how rewarding and fulfilling parenting is? How you'll"meet the right person one day" and "change your mind eventually" desperately trying to suck you into a mirror of their own personal purgatory?

What boils my piss is how people become parents and the make passive aggressive posts moaning about how nobody visits them anymore. "You find out who your real friends are!" they say. My real friend was you before you selfishly popped out a kid. Of course I don't visit anymore, I can't sit down for fucking Fisher Price and everything is covered in snot. Get a babysitter and come to the fucking pub.
>> No. 420021 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 8:47 pm
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>>420020

>My real friend was you before you selfishly popped out a kid. Of course I don't visit anymore, I can't sit down for fucking Fisher Price and everything is covered in snot. Get a babysitter and come to the fucking pub.


I'm not sure who the real cunt is in this scenario, tbh.
>> No. 420023 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 10:31 pm
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I've started brining my chicken before cooking it and the results have been astonishingly tasty. From now on I'll be brining all my poultry. Brine for the Brine God, salt for the Salt Throne.
>> No. 420024 Anonymous
5th September 2018
Wednesday 11:38 pm
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>>420023
How does it taste different, or is it a texture thing? Also what's your procedure?
>> No. 420025 Anonymous
6th September 2018
Thursday 10:35 am
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>>420011
May I ask how old is [i]your[i/] phone?
What about the display quality, have you noticed any drastic changes to, say, colour reproduction, over the time you've had your mobile?
>> No. 420026 Anonymous
6th September 2018
Thursday 10:38 am
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>>420025
Obviously it should have been 'your'. Can't kill the original post, don't want to re-write it and bother the mods with killing it.
I don't even have fat fingers, what a shame.
>> No. 420028 Anonymous
6th September 2018
Thursday 11:37 am
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>>420024
It gives it a richer and deeper flavour and makes it far more succulent. I used the brine in this recipe:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/thomas-keller-amazing-brined-roast-chicken-3trt9bxpjv0
>> No. 420029 Anonymous
6th September 2018
Thursday 11:40 pm
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>>420025

No, I'm not aware that the display has changed in any way.

I applied a PVC screen protector right the day I got it, and it's still the same one. I bought a packet of three, I think, but I can't for the life of me find that packet anymore. Anyway, some say it diminishes the display's perceived quality, but I think it's better to have a piece of PVC foil over it that you can swap, rather than scratches accumulating on the actual phone screen itself over time.


>>420026

>Can't kill the original post

Yes you can. Just click on the word "Anonymous" in the top right corner of one of your posts. That leads you to a page where you can press a button to delete your post. It's also how you can report other people's posts if you are somebody who gains gratification from telling on people.
>> No. 420030 Anonymous
6th September 2018
Thursday 11:45 pm
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>>420028

Agreed.

I always make a brine, well more precisely a marinade actually, from fried chicken seasoning (the orange/reddish powder stuff), and then freshly chopped sage, rosemary, thyme and oregano. Also, some fresh garlic and if I happen to have it, some fresh chili pepper. Rub it in, then add a few tablespoons worth of white wine per chicken breast. Turn over repeatedly over the course of maybe three hours.

And then fry like you would any chicken breast, and prepare to be fucking amazed.
>> No. 420031 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 6:55 am
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>>420028
Can you post that so I don't have to log in?
>> No. 420032 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 4:37 pm
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Just repotted a cactus.

Fuckin' glochids everywhere on my skin now. A tip I found online said to rub them off with scotch brites. I'm going to have to go to the shop in a little bit.
>> No. 420033 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 5:19 pm
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>>420032

Duct tape, PVA glue or wax hair removal strips usually work well. I often use duct tape for getting little splinters of carbon fibre out.
>> No. 420034 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 5:52 pm
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>>420033

Just found an old used scotch brite under the sink. It did the trick.

I should really clean the cabinet under the kitchen sink one of these days. It's quite filthy. But being a bachelor, I can't really be arsed. That's what I like about being single and not having a live-in girlfriend of any description. You can let things like that slide, and it's ok. Nobody gets on your arse about cobwebs under a kitchen sink or dust on top of a cupboard.

Now, if I could just find somebody to wank me off every other day...
>> No. 420035 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 6:34 pm
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>>420034

I can tell you've never had one, because the truth is most lasses are more horrible slobs than men.

When my ex was living with me there was a little corridor of visible floor leading to my side of the bed, every other surface was covered in her shite.
>> No. 420036 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 7:03 pm
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>>420035

On the contrary. I lived with one of my exes for two years, and she was really on the OCD side. It was very important to her that the whole place was always spick and span, and she would no tolerate dust on cupboards or even door frames. And leaving a pizza box and beer tins on the livingroom table just barely over night until the next morning after a lads night at our place meant hell to pay. And all that kind of thing. One of the reasons, but not THE reason we broke up and she moved out was indeed that we had different ideas about cleanliness.

And I had to tolerate all her tacky, overly girly ideas about interior decoration. Our livingroom looked like a page cut out of a women's magazine, with silly nicnacs here and pointless clutter there.

The real reason we broke up was that we had simply grown apart, like many couples do. And it turned out that living together, we just annoyed the fuck out of each other in a way that you just don't do while everybody still has their own place and you can go home if the other person gets on your tits at any given point. Moving in together was really the worst thing we ever could have done for our relationship.
>> No. 420038 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 7:11 pm
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>>420036

I think in contexts like this it's fine to just admit it- You realised you didn't fucking like the bitch and she didn't like you.

That's how it was with my ex at least. She might have occasionally got on my tits before we lived together, but once they move in it really is unavoidable. You are forced to realise every little thing that you plain dislike about them, and if it's not outweighed by the things you do like, it's never going to last.

It was the first time I actually manned up and did the dumping mind you. All my previous relationships had to grind right down to the bloody stumps before they ended. I feel a bit better knowing in future, I'll recognise those little habits and annoyances and be able to chuck them before I waste too much time on it.
>> No. 420039 Anonymous
7th September 2018
Friday 8:00 pm
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>>420038

The first warning sign, in retrospect, was that I was no longer happy to see her. At times, even the prospect of her coming home in an hour or two really annoyed me.

Towards the end of our relationship, she was taking classes Tuesday and Thursday afternoon after work. Which meant that when I came home, usually just before 6 o'clock, I had around a little over two hours to myself in our flat. And when it got to 7:30, I would often find myself thinking "Shit, only another half hour before she comes home". I was not happy to see her after a long day, but really thought the two hours Tuesday and Thursday night were precious time that I had in our flat without her getting on my tits. I was looking forward to those two hours twice a week, and not to coming back home and being with her. It began to feel kind of like a causal day at work while the boss, or some really annoying coworker isn't in, if you know what I mean.

Well, and those were also often the two hours that I could spend wanking in front of the computer and then delete all traces of it again in time. As things grew more tense between us, the sex was naturally also becoming more infrequent. Up until we did break up, I had been subsisting on occasional half hearted handjobs from her for three or four weeks anyway. Really the "ok, let's get this over with so he'll stop bothering me" kind. While she herself hardly wanted anything done to her anymore at all. All of the stress of work and extra classes, you know. In reality, she was probably simply just as tired of me as I was of her at that point.

Anyway, that's one advice I'll always give. If you notice that you are no longer happy to see somebody again, or for them to come home at night, and if that persists, then your relationship could really be in trouble.
>> No. 420055 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 1:23 pm
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>>420029
No, I can't, lad. I tried. Passwords do not match. Something went wrong with the browser, I think.
>>420036
> Our livingroom looked like a page cut out of a women's magazine, with silly nicnacs here and pointless clutter there.
Bloody hell.
>> No. 420080 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 7:07 pm
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>>420036
>Moving in together was really the worst thing we ever could have done for our relationship.

You say that, but it sounds like the best thing for your relationship - it was how you found out you're not compatible. I have broken up with people after long trips, thats another good way (short of living together) that you find out whether you're actually in tune with each other - people show their true colours on long-distance travel.
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8th September 2018
Saturday 9:00 pm
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>>420080

A trip to Ikea is another good litmus test. If you can buy a Billy bookcase and assemble it without having a screaming row, you're probably OK.
>> No. 420089 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 9:10 pm
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>>420080

You're not wrong. I once dated a lass for about one and a half years, and then at some point we did what most couples do, we went on holiday together for the first time. We spent two weeks together, 24 hours a day, in Marbella. And it ended in disaster. Up until that point, we had been seeing each other three, sometimes four days a week, but we always had plenty of time between that, so we'd have stuff to talk about when we saw each other again. Also, this was during our wild partying days, so a lot of the time, we were out with loads of friends so there were few dull moments between us.

And then, with all that removed and just us two being left to ourselves in Marbella, it suddenly became painfully apparent that we barely had anything to really talk about at all. So a lot of that time was actually spent in silence and boredom, from lying on the beach together during the day to sitting on the balcony of our holiday apartment every night after dinner. There was just no keeping a conversation going with her.

It's not that easy to get bored in Marbella, but that's what actually started happening. After about a week, we were really annoying the fuck out of each other, plus we had markedly different interests, it turned out. She wanted to go shop for designer clothes and makeup and perfume all the time at night, while I was happy just taking a quiet romantic stroll on the beach. I wanted to book us for a fishing/boat tour, she just wanted to keep working on her tan on the beach during the day. I wanted to experience some culture and visit the hinterland, after all we had a hire car out front for most of our two weeks. But she just couldn't be arsed. We then happened to befriend a couple our age a week into our holiday, so that at least took the edge off the worsening mood between us. But the damage was done, and got worse whenever we were alone again.

Things got so icy between us after that holiday together that we broke up not much later. And really to this day, we are not on speaking terms. Many years later. Looking back, it was always going to end that way.

By stark contrast, during one of my following, more long term relationships, our holidays together were really our happiest memories. Because we were on the same page, and a holiday was always an adventure to us, where the idea was to explore the area, meet the locals and experience the culture. While still spending our fair bit of time just doing fuck all on the beach during the day or shopping for clothes and cologne at night. Our holidays weren't the death of our relationship, but something that brought us even closer together. And I really still enjoy thinking about those holidays and looking at old pictures of it, although the relationship itself has also been over for a long time.
>> No. 420102 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 11:56 pm
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>>420089
A shame that what sounds like simply having different interests meant that you couldn't remain civil after the relationship ended.
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9th September 2018
Sunday 12:22 am
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>> No. 420127 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 11:30 am
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>>420102

I think it was just a matter of the gloves having come off. We both realised that we really didn't care at all for the other person, and that we had spent one and a half, nearly two years just pretending that we were a happy couple. When in reality, we were so irreconcilably different that it was kind of a miracle that we ever got together in the first place.

It's worth noting that for both of us, that was our first serious relationship, or at least as serious as it could have gotten during the time we had together. I think a lot of the time, you kind of go into your first relationship pretty clueless, with no real idea about what makes an adequate romantic partner for you or what a healthy relationship is really like. And then by and large, if you are lucky, you live and learn from that and are more and more equipped with every following relationship you go through to tell if a person is right for you or if it's probably not going to work out.
>> No. 420135 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 5:49 pm
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>>420039

That's exactly what it got like for me too. I was staying up far too late and ending up tired at work, simply because the only time I had any time and space to myself was after she'd gone to bed. And then naturally she started whinging that I never came to bed with her at night any more, and there's just no polite way of telling a girl that no, you know you don't, for the good of your own sanity.

I mean when I look back on it I was never all that greatly infatuated with her, I was there more for the logical reasons that she's got her shit together in life (job, car, etc), unlike most of my other partners. I was perhaps just hoping I'd develop stockholm syndrome like one of those Tiger Wife blokes and think I actually did like her, when really just about the only thing we had in common whatsoever was liking Bojack Horseman.

The only lasting bitterness from it all is that we really tried to resolve it. We talked for hours about the issues we had, but it just went in one ear and out the other for her. I tried to reason that if she left me the fuck alone more often, I might feel up to doing stuff with her more often too. Conversely she argued I just had to put more effort in and things would get better. So you can see there was never really going to be a compromise there was there.
>> No. 420136 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 7:29 pm
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>>420135
I'm sure you're a very nice bloke and all, but it's odd that she could be so desperate to spend all of the available time with you. I'm sure someone's got some theories on that so I'll throw it to the room.
>> No. 420137 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 7:50 pm
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>>420136
She's a nut. She's crazy in the coconut.
>> No. 420138 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 7:59 pm
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>>420136

Just very clingy, which is after all how the conversation got started.

All I can figure is that some people just don't cope well when left to their own devices, they struggle to find ways to occupy themselves and so must keep themselves in company around the clock. The polar opposite to an introvert, really, but not exactly an extravert- They just need somebody around to feel safe and calm. A lot of people are like this, but they avoid issues because they balance their time differently, they will spend a lot of time with their family and friends as well as their significant other.

However, in our case, we were both overworked millennials with family and friends spread out far and wide, she couldn't just nip out down the street for a cuppa with her nan or whatever. She only really had me to provide company, and obviously that was too much for me to take.
>> No. 420139 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 8:33 pm
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>>420138 She only really had me to provide company

Isn't this what cats are for? (since it sounds like you were probably both too busy to do justice to the superior pet species).
>> No. 420140 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 8:43 pm
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>>420086 A trip to Ikea is another good litmus test.

Turns out, herding sheep into a trailer (and failing) is a stern test of a relationship.

Those woolly bastards beat us, but we're still talking. Well, talking again. Fuck me, it was hard work and frustrating. Strike me as the sort of thing teamwork training courses could use, just to show you that sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you're simply fucked. You can get close, but close counts for nothing.
>> No. 420141 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 10:09 pm
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>>420140
>A trip to Ikea is another good litmus test.
>Turns out, herding sheep into a trailer (and failing) is a stern test of a relationship.

I really have no idea what goes on inside IKEA.
>> No. 420143 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 10:23 pm
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>>420141

>I really have no idea what goes on inside IKEA.


A lot of customers inside IKEA really tend to look quite miserable. Especially couples and families.
>> No. 420144 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 10:27 pm
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>>420139

If only our landlord allowed pets and I wasn't deathly allergic to those little bastards, maybe the relationship would have been saved.
>> No. 420147 Anonymous
9th September 2018
Sunday 10:36 pm
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I don't think a trip to IKEA will work as a test for my current partner, as we both absolutely love anything Scandi and flatpacked and turn every trip into a challenge to see how many pot holders and bamboo tongs we can shoplift on our way through. (I always win, by the way. We now have 4 silicone mats too many but they're a medal for my light-fingered prowess.)
>> No. 420151 Anonymous
10th September 2018
Monday 2:18 pm
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One of my coworkers announced today that he will be getting married. To his male partner.

I was kind of unaware that he was gay, not having had much to do with him at work so far and he's still kind of new here. He started at the beginning of July or something. But yeah, a few things about him make more sense now, including the fact that he always looks like he just got back from a fashion show. Snazzy, flawless suits, meticulous grooming, perfectly toned body, that kind of thing.

Well good on him. Glad to see some people still have some romance in their lives. Unlike me, being just a sad, lonely old sod.
>> No. 420167 Anonymous
10th September 2018
Monday 7:51 pm
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>>420039

It's depressing that about half of my marriage was exactly like that. From the being annoyed when she was going to be home in an hour or two, to the feeling almost like a day at work when the boss is out of the office when she wasn't around.

> While she herself hardly wanted anything done to her anymore at all. All of the stress of work and extra classes, you know. In reality, she was probably simply just as tired of me as I was of her at that point.

Not saying it was the case in your relationship, but it's statistically quite likely that in reality she was getting a length somewhere else during those "extra classes".
>> No. 420169 Anonymous
10th September 2018
Monday 9:35 pm
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>>420167

>Not saying it was the case in your relationship, but it's statistically quite likely that in reality she was getting a length somewhere else during those "extra classes".

We did talk about that when we had that talk where you break up and with that then out of the way, you get to ask some honest questions before you say your goodbyes and leave. If you know what I mean. I think everybody's been there. Anyway, I asked her if she was actually seeing somebody behind my back and if that was the reason she didn't want to have sex with me anymore. She swore to me that that was not the case, and that I should have got to know her better than that during our relationship. Either she was a good actor, or her facial expression of feeling hurt by my question was real. Who knows. She said she just genuinely didn't feel like she loved me anymore, and that she was not going to have sex with somebody that she didn't have feelings for. I guess women are that way. Me, I would have had no problem bonking her full-on the day before. And that was although I was about as tired of her as she was of me. But oh well.

I kind of want it to be true, that she did tell me the truth. Then again, one of my mates had a girlfriend for a few years who just seemed like the most innocent little angel, but then left him for somebody that she had been fucking behind his back for almost three months. All that talk that she was glad to be with somebody who wouldn't cheat on her like all the other guys before became meaningless when it transpired that she herself had been cheating on my friend in really the worst kind of way imaginable.
>> No. 420389 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 12:17 pm
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My neighbours just came back from a caravan trip to the Netherlands and northern Germany, and as thanks for looking after their flat while they were gone, they got me a big pack of Frisian tea. Apparently, Frisia, along the North Sea coast of Germany, has a tea culture that rivals ours and people hardly drink coffee there at all, just tea. They said some Frisians told them they drink two litres of Frisian tea a day.

Anyway, so being an avid tea drinker myself, what they got me was a 500g pack of Bunting Grunpack tea, which they assured me was about the most popular brand there.

What does it taste like? It's a strong, full bodied tea that smells delicious even when you open the pack to have a whiff. I'm not sure what to compare it to, I would say it's definitely got a strong Assam flavour and maybe a hint of Darjeeling.

I'm impressed. Didn't think ze Germans could have come up with a tea that rivals the best supermarket brands you can get here in the UK.
>> No. 420398 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 8:43 pm
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I'm hopelessly trying to think of some kind of online video I could make that's not hacky as hell, which basically means no reviews or games. However, my lack of any real skills or stories, or resources for that matter, rather leaves me up shit creek. Not that my shitbox of a laptop wouldn't render even the briefest segment of HD video in less than a week anyway.

I'm not trying to get internet famous, by the way, I'm just trying to flesh out my editing skills and build a portfolio of sorts.

>>420389

Frisians are more Dutch than anything, so don't be giving Jerry too much credit.
>> No. 420400 Anonymous
18th September 2018
Tuesday 9:29 pm
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>>420398

I think Frisia is actually split evenly between the Netherlands and Germany, having been a Germanic kingdom long before present-day Germany and the Netherlands existed.
>> No. 420403 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:59 am
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My Sister couldn't book a caravan that allowed dogs so I got lumped with him for the week, but he's honestly no bother and now my wife is in love with him (despite being hestant in the beginning). I think I might be getting a dog, lads.

She wants a medium sized dog that wont run into the nearest hedge and never come back, I was thinking some sort of retriever. Maybe wait until the spring and get a rescue.
>> No. 420404 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:25 am
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>>420403

When I worked for a charity, I sometimes had to walk the dog of a patient who had just had an accident that put him in a wheelchair. He could no longer keep up with the dog, so every other day, one of us charity workers walked the dog for a bit after lunch. Meaning, one of us helped him cook his lunch and then sat down and had lunch with the chap, and walked his dog afterwards. But that's a different story. Anyway, Golden Retrievers are pretty lively dogs, and they really demand much from you. I usually walked her along some fields, and whenever she spotted something worth going after in a field or just felt like putting me through my paces, she was really a handful to keep under control. Despite their moderate size, they tend to be pretty strong and vigorous dogs, with a very strong pull on the leash.

Something to consider maybe. Or maybe that particular dog was just a bit hyperactive. Who knows.
>> No. 420405 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:28 am
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Get a greyhound. They're the best, with their big dopey loveable faces. Lots of them get dumped when they can no longer race.
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 12:15 pm
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>>420405
If he's looking for a dog who won't "run into the nearest hedge and never come back", and ex-racing Greyhound is probably a bad idea, as lovely as they otherwise are.
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 12:24 pm
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>>420405

Looks like they make good meme dogs.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 420409 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 12:49 pm
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>>420408
>meme dogs

Qué?
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 12:53 pm
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I'm a fan of shar-peis I've had a dozen of them, they are medium sized, and very cuddly, they purr and murmur, they tend to be quite a protective dog, and will regularly patrol looking out for and theives or squirrels that might be planning a home invasion. The draw backs are that they are an expensive dog to buy (£500 low end £4k high end), and that sometimes the puppies need to get their eyelids tacked because of excess skin I've only had that happen once in 12 dogs though. Life span is usually 10 years but I've seen them go 17.
>> No. 420411 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:05 pm
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Had to have a mole removed. Have to wait three to four weeks to find out if it's cancerous or not. Convinced I have bowel cancer due to having stomach ache and loose shits for the past four weeks. Might be due to withdrawing from an antidepressant (started taking reduced dose about four weeks ago), but current mindset is convincing me it's cancer. I don't want to die.
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19th September 2018
Wednesday 1:49 pm
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>>420405
We had a whippet as kids, she was great. I have a feeling a rescue Staffy might be a bit of risk, due to the reasons why one might need rescued, but as my Sister got this one as a puppy he's well trained and properly socialised around people and other animals so he is just a normal dog, it's opened that as an option whereas before I'd have probably passed.

Pic is his grindr profile picture, obviously.

>>420410
Missus grew up with gun dogs that her parents took to crufts every year, so she is weird about dogs with congenital issues. They had a blue English setter and they have this thing called setters itch which gives them constant hives, she swears never again so if the eye thing is common she would never go for it. I really like thise dogs though.

I personally always wanted a German Shephard, as my Gran had one as a guide dog when I was small and he used to pin me between his paws and lick me when I annoyed him.
>> No. 420414 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 2:04 pm
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It's got a bit warmer since the last week thankfully. Means one last batch of scantily-clad lasses before autumn claims its full reign.

I took a 3 hours long walk today, aimless mostly. It was okay; would have been absolutely enjoyable if I had slept more than 4 hours before.

Now about some time for fried eggs and some bread with sheep milk cheese.
>> No. 420428 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 9:22 pm
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I decided not to shave for a few days, and to be quite honest with you the results have been pathetic and dissapointing. I wasn't expecting a Brian Blessed-esque eruption of facial fur, but I'm seem to remember lads in Year 9 having more of a tache than this. Honestly, if someone asked me face to face the last time I'd shaved I'd have to lie and tell them "thirty-six hours", which, despite being a lie motivated by shame, is actually what confidence looks like.
>> No. 420429 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:04 pm
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>>420428
It's not all golden having fast-growing facial hair. With a moustache, I look like a mashup of Peter Sutcliffe and an archetypal carpet-bagger. I can just about get away with not shaving every day, but by 48 hours it's not a pretty sight.
>> No. 420430 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 10:27 pm
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>>420429
It's not just that it's slow, but it's patchy and seems like it's all over the place colour wise. But you're probably right, I'll miss my 15 seconds of shaving when it's gone.
>> No. 420433 Anonymous
19th September 2018
Wednesday 11:00 pm
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>>420428

I used to have five day stubble as a younglad often. Especially during uni, when meticulous grooming wasn't as important as it later became with a proper job and the need to look presentable. My beard has also never been dense enough to grow a full beard that would have been worth keeping.

Now that I'm no younglad anymore, I keep a clean shave because I don't like the fact that my beard hairs have increasingly turned grey.
>> No. 420457 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 8:52 pm
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I fancy pizza but I can't decide if I want to spend the extra two quid on a 14" over a 12".

Meanwhile, my subconscious is nagging me to seduce the ex for a fuck and it's getting tiresome.
>> No. 420459 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 8:58 pm
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>>420457

Quick maffs innit. A 14" pizza is 36% bigger than a 12" pizza by area. Unless the 12" pizza costs £6, the 14" is better value.
>> No. 420461 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 9:16 pm
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>>420457
Go large or go home.
>> No. 420462 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 9:18 pm
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>>420459

I ordered the 12" based on a meme I'd seen earlier in the day saying "IF A £1000 TV IS ON SALE FOR £750 YOU DID NOT SAVE £250, YOU JUST SPENT £750."

I feel slightly betrayed now that I realise the same logic flounders when applied to pizza.
>> No. 420468 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 10:29 pm
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>>420462

> "IF A £1000 TV IS ON SALE FOR £750 YOU DID NOT SAVE £250, YOU JUST SPENT £750."


It's all a matter of your view point. If you wanted a TV that normally retails for £1,000 because you felt it best fit what you were looking for in a TV, but they happen to have it for £750, then you did save 250 quid on a purchase you were going to make anyway. And you will have a better utility-to-price relation than somebody else (who has the same utility function as you) who spent 1000 quid on the same TV.

If you are buying that TV just because its price went down, then there is a chance that you will not get that same kind of utility from your spent money or the goods you have bought with it. Especially if a less expensive (and probably smaller) TV really would have suited your needs better, maybe one for £500. That big TV for £750 may even cause you lost utility. Due to tying up the porton of your money that you wouldn't have had to spend, for which you will have opportunity costs because that money was spent on the big TV you didn't need instead of spending it on something else that could have given you more utility.

People ask me why I studied economics. This is why. To be a condescending cunt and lecture people on .gs about microeconomics.
>> No. 420469 Anonymous
20th September 2018
Thursday 10:31 pm
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>>420462
The meme doesn't even make sense, it assumes the person who bought the TV didn't actually want a TV at all, you undoubtably wanted a pizza.
>> No. 420532 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 11:18 pm
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>>420468

The age-old question: does marketing satisfy needs or create them?
>> No. 420534 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 11:49 pm
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>>420532

It depends on the kind of goods. People need food and drink and clothes, and you would never say that marketing gave them the crazy idea that they don't have to live like a bunch of Ethiopians during famine season.

But once those basic needs are met and people have increasing income to spend, then they become more and more susceptible to the siren song of product marketing.
>> No. 420535 Anonymous
21st September 2018
Friday 11:57 pm
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>>420534
>People need food and drink and clothes, and you would never say that marketing gave them the crazy idea that they don't have to live like a bunch of Ethiopians during famine season.
I read an article somewhere that managed to list a recipe for all the human food needs from things like cow dung and random oils that we need to survive. So yeah it is sort of marketing. You don't have to starve, you just have to eat shit.
>> No. 420536 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 12:03 am
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>>420534
>But once those basic needs are met and people have increasing income to spend, then they become more and more susceptible to the siren song of product marketing.


I feel like you set the gap too broad there, I don't need a lot of things like say chairs but they make my life more comfortable. There are many things that quite litterally sell themselves because they improve our lives.

Equally as tacky as it is, I wouldn't say there is a problem with marketing making people want something, I think marketing becomes sinister when it start convincing us we need something we actually don't. The 'best' marketing doesn't try to make you feel better it tells you need to fill a hole in your character you never had before. You ugly behind the times smelly bitch.
>> No. 420537 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 12:03 am
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>>420534
But marketing creates additional needs surrounding even those basic ones. Pringles are what popular, party throwing, pretty people eat, Smart Water, err, makes you smarter or something? All that kind of guff and nonsense. Advertising is just horrible and I wish it were banned in public spaces and more heavily regulated on TV and online.
>> No. 420539 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 12:53 am
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>>420536

>The 'best' marketing ... tells you need to fill a hole in your character you never had before.

This.

There was no such thing as body odour until deodorant was invented. That was just how everyone smelled. There was no need to cover it up, until somebody had a product to sell that did that.

Just look at Americans and their obsession with perfectly white, straight teeth. Their oral hygiene is objectively, measurably worse than even stereotypically bad British teeth, but at least they look pretty. Because that's what the adverts tell them matters.

Advertising isn't about making you aware that a thing exists. Advertising is about brainwashing you into believing that thing has any use to you whatsoever. Advertising is about making you believe that thing is indispensable.
>> No. 420540 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 1:03 am
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I read a thing on anarchistlibrary or some website like that which railed against using deodorant and cologne and I can't find it again but you probably can with those keywords if you can be bothered but the number of girlfriends who've seemed genuinely just into how I smelled as a person after healthy exercise and not after I sprayed myself with some bullshit expensive chemicals... okay so the article went to the extreme of not washing so much which was dumb but it had some really good points.
>> No. 420541 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 1:21 am
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Rory Sutherland makes an incredibly persuasive defence of marketing as a means of creating intangible value.

We enjoy wearing a designer pair of jeans much more than a supermarket own-brand pair of jeans, even though both require the same amount of material and the same amount of labour to produce. Branded headache tablets work better than own-brand tablets, because the brand value makes the placebo effect stronger. Rather than making more stuff (and using more resources in the process), marketers can make existing stuff more valuable.


>> No. 420544 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 1:55 am
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>>420540

I'm a bit of an outdoorsy person and have been on trips where I didn't really wash, save for the occasional dip in a river, no soap or anything, for weeks on end. I expected to stink but once you've done it once you realise you don't.

I've also gone a few days without showering in the height of my hardcore cheflad era, since I didn't leave the restaurant for about five days during one christmas. I was good friends with the GM so wanted to be a cunt to her and made her whiff my pits, but she just looked confused and said "what the fuck, you smell fine?!"

In both cases I was active all day, sweating constantly. Maybe that's the key, don't give any sweat the chance to stick around, just keep pumping more out? Thinking about it, I do seem to smell worse after an hour in the gym than I do after 6 hours out cycling, despite the latter being significantly more work.

My feet stink no matter what I do, mind. I have to throw away trainers long before they're worn out.
>> No. 420545 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 6:39 am
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>>420544

Then why do some people just fucking stink like they've never even heard of a shower before?
>> No. 420546 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 7:51 am
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>>420545
I think that's to do with not washing. I used to work with someone with terrible B.O. and he just didn't shower or wash his clothes frequently enough.
>> No. 420548 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:29 am
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Everyone has their own distinctive mix of skin flora, some people just have more stinky bacteria living in their pits than others. I shower daily, but I have found I actually smell better when I don't use shower gel- I figure it somehow messes up the natural harmony of microbes and makes me smell worse.

I don't remember where but I vaguely remember reading something about bodily odour being pleasant or unpleasant is less to do with you, but more how "compatible" you are with the person who's smelling it. Pheremones and shit. If a bird is attracted to you she'll always say you smell nice.

My last girlfriend would still suck me off straight after I'd got home from work and hadn't had a shower in three days. I'd have that real nasty ball sweat smell, and it only seemed to turn her on more. Meanwhile if she didn't shower, she melt like onions and I wanted to puke, which presumably shows how much more attracted to me than I was to her.
>> No. 420556 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 12:03 pm
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>>420546

Some people just have lax personal hygiene habits. One of my friends at school really didn't seem to value a daily shower in the morning before coming to school. Fine, some people shower in the evening and not in the morning, but the issue with him was that he really only showered a few times a week, if that. It was sometimes a bit of a struggle having to sit next to him and getting over the fact that he smelled really quite bad some days. Every so often, somebody would make an honest comment about his body odor, but he would just say that he felt that showering every day was unhealthy for your skin.

Me, I am very particular about personal hygiene. Daily showers with shower gel, proper deodorant and a bit of cologne slapped on just to have that bit of extra scent are just part of my standard morning routine, without which I would probably only leave the house in an emergency. And I generally put clothes in the wash when I have worn them a full day or two half days. I especially don't like the way jeans get kind of "gamey" when you've worn them for a whole day and put them on again the next day.
>> No. 420569 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 6:17 pm
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>>420556
I always viewed showering in the evening as somewhat backwards. You're about to go to bed anyway, and most people sweat buckets in their sleep, then you get up and start your day without getting all that grime or weird sleep-grit out of your eyes. It just doesn't seem the nicest way to go around and interact with people, covered in last night's dirt.
>> No. 420570 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 6:40 pm
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>>420569

Personally I'm just not a morning person. I rarely get up early enough to have breakfast, let alone shower and watch the news or whatever all you other freaks do.

I roll out of bed, go for a dump, wash my hands and face, have a cig and a coffee, then get dressed and go to work. I usually shower when I get in from work to get rid of the day's sweat and grime.
>> No. 420571 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 6:42 pm
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>>420569

Exactly. When you get up in the morning after something like six to eight hours of sleep, you really aren't that fresh. Just the same way that you don't smell that fresh if you've showered in the morning and now you're coming come home in the evening. Also, I think that typical "bed smell" is almost worse than your "office sweat" smell.

It's amazing though when you talk to older generations about what personal hygiene was like some 60 or 70 years ago. My nan told me that when she was young, bath day was once a week, typically at the weekend, where you would take a full bath, and during the week, you would only do a "cat bath" and clean your armpits, groin and face with a wet towel and a bit of soap. Deodorant apparently wasn't as widely used 60 years ago. If you could afford it, you would mask your stink with perfume or cologne.
>> No. 420578 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 7:51 pm
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>>420571

>It's amazing though when you talk to older generations about what personal hygiene was like some 60 or 70 years ago.

Half that ladm7. I remember in the late 70's to the early 90's all you had was a bath, no shower apart from that thing which had suction cups to attach to the taps. Sunday night was bath night but this was for the whole family - the immersion boiler was switched on for a couple of hours on the cheap lecky rates and that was it. Bath was about 5 inches of water with Epsom salts and hair was washed with Vosene using the shower attachment.
The only heating was from the gas fire in the living room, I remember having baths in the 80's with a thin layer of ice inside the bathroom window. I went for a piss one morning and it blasted through surface ice in the toilet.
For daily washing you had a flannel wash - this involved a sink of tepid water, Shield soap kept on an octopus sucker pad thing and a flannel. You cleaned most of yourself with this most days. Sometimes there was only enough money for the lecky meter to run one bath to be shared by the household, as I was the last in line the water was like soup but baths were a treat in those days.
>> No. 420583 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:14 pm
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>>420578

Most of the stink of BO was masked by the stink of fags and coal smoke.

I remember when you could still smoke on planes. Halcyon days.
>> No. 420584 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:27 pm
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>>420583
Nightclubs were infinitely better before the smoking ban.
>> No. 420585 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:32 pm
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>>420578

Bit lower working class though. I grew up in the 80s as well and we had hot showers every morning, and could take hot baths whenever we felt like it.

The only time our parents would get a little upset was when we took overly long showers and were told to stop wasting water. The same applied when we wanted to take a full bath instead of a shower every day or every other day.
>> No. 420586 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:37 pm
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>>420578
This post has actually reminded me of some of the less than luxurious living conditions we had when my insane dad chucked us all out when I was a wee lad. I remember living in a particularly shitty bedsit for a few months where the avocado green shower didn't work properly, must've been in the early 90s. As I was only small it was more than enough for me to wash my bits over a washing up bowl full of hot water out the kettle and then wash my face and brush my teeth etc. in the sink. I think I remember worrying about going to school like that thinking that people would be able to smell that we didn't have a proper bathroom anymore but no one really noticing. It also didn't have a washing machine and my mum, God bless her, washed all our clothes in the kitchen sink and then put them through some kind of manual clothes spinny machine that looked like a pedal bin to get the water out before hanging them all from the doorways to dry. Mums, eh? They really do hold the world together when you're young don't they. Go ring your mum and tell her you love her.
>> No. 420587 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 8:50 pm
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>>420586
Not if they die.
>> No. 420588 Anonymous
22nd September 2018
Saturday 11:34 pm
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