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|>>|| No. 420677
Finishing a huge pile of work so I can go on holiday next week. I shall be on here all weekend, I suspect. Expect drunken moaning late on Sunday.
|>>|| No. 420687
Have to get my car ready for MOT this weekend. It needs new brake fluid, and possibly new front wishbone bushes. The car is an S reg MGF.
Not sure about the bushes yet. They move a little bit when I stick a long screwdriver into the wishbone and try to move the bushes a bit, but they don't seem as bad yet. I think I'll chance it because that's really a fair bit of work on the MGF and requires lowering the front subframe.
The brake fluid does need a change though, I've got one of those electronic, pen-type brake fluid testers and it goes all red when I dip it in the brake fluid. I think I'll buy one of those DIY brake bleeding kits from Halford's.
|>>|| No. 420688
I wish I knew enough about cars to do stuff like this with my car. It's nearly ten years old and I've probably put as much money into servicing as the thing is worth over the last couple of years.
How do I find a garage that won't rip me off? I do feel like I might be getting ripped off.
|>>|| No. 420689
>How do I find a garage that won't rip me off?
Pot luck. I've used three different garages where I live and two of them I'd trust completely. The other, a recommendation from a neighbour, I'd avoid at all costs.
|>>|| No. 420691
I've heard various tricks for finding out if you mechanic is a cunt, but they all seem to assume prior car knowledge, things like de-gapping a spark plug and seeing if they try to charge you for an engine rebuild, stuff like that.
It seems like it's mostly luck as >>420689 says. I find google reviews and such to be mostly useless, as there always seems to be as many glowing reviews as there are ones with AVOID and SCAM in block capitals.
|>>|| No. 420692
You definitely have to be on your toes.
One thing you should never do is give your car to them and tell them to "get it MOT ready". That's just an invitation for them to charge you an arm and a leg and fuck with you any way they please. When I was a bit more naive many years ago, that's what I did, and they charged me 20 quid once to change two £1.20 indicator light bulbs.
I was able to prevent much worse, when they called me and said my tyres probably weren't going to make it through MOT, and that they were a special size that would be particularly expensive. They said it would be £120 per tyre, and that all four needed changing. So with that info, I called a Volkswagen garage (I was driving a Golf estate at the time), and the mechanic at the other end broke out laughing and said my tyre size was THE bog standard of all bog standard tyre sizes that a Golf came off the assembly line with at the time, and that any garage worth its salt was going to be able to order premium-brand tyres for a little more than half that.
My advice is that if you have any kind of technical inclination, start working on your own car. Familiarise yourself with the mechanics of it, and especially if you drive an older car, they are still usually quite easy to work on.
I've been fixing my own cars for 20 years, at first because I was at uni and didn't have a lot of money to always take my cars to the shop, but it grew from that, and nowadays, probably the only thing I wouldn't do on my own car is complicated engine repairs. Because anything that involves disassembling half your engine block and all that kind of thing is really best left to somebody who really knows what he is doing.
|>>|| No. 420698
I've had the opposite problem.
A few years ago the bushings on one of the offside suspension arms wore out, leading to an almighty rattling when I went round bumpy corners, it was coming up to its MOT and got repaired then.
When the same problem arose on the kerbside a year later, the garage said "no no no you've got loads of wear left in it", just nipped up the bolts a little, and now it's worse than ever.
|>>|| No. 420699
I've never been too worried about my garage outright ripping me off by doing unnecessary work. But it has occurred to me that they might be leaving stuff to deteriorate further so it costs more when they do bring it to my attention.
I think once I've got as much as I can squeeze out of this car, stuff it, I'll just get one of those PCP things where all the work is included and you get a new one every other year. It's not as cheap but it seems like less hassle.
|>>|| No. 420702
With PCPs, what happens if you do something daft?
I ran over a parking ramp recently, and battered the front of my (crappy) car, breaking the radiator, bumper and grille.
A bit of fixing up and it's all good enough.
I take it that the PCP terms include fixing stuff properly (invoking insurance, given the price of repairs done properly).
Then I got a stone thrown up, did for the new radiator a couple of months later. Is that another insurance claim?
While I quite fancy a shiny new car and no maintenance, I get the feeling that I should stick with running £2k cars into the ground over a few years?
|>>|| No. 420707
>invoking insurance, given the price of repairs done properly
Car insurance is increasingly becoming a racket.
A few months back my other half very slowly bumped into another car; she'd anticipated they'd set off at a roundabout when they didn't. There was a slight crack on our number plate but, from the pictures I've seen, I couldn't see any damage to their car. Nevertheless the other driver decided to claim for it on their insurance as it was a brand new car; we initially offered to pay for it but the garage she went to quotes about £1,200 for a new bumper, replacing all the rear parking sensors and all sorts of other bollocks. The total cost through the insurers came to just shy of £5,000; around £1,500 for the repairs and over £3,000 to cover the cost of a courtesy car. They must have given her a Lamborghini or something.
|>>|| No. 420709
I had something similar happen in a traffic jam on the M3 once. It was stop and go traffic, and at some point for some reason I bumped into the guy in front of me lightly. Meaning, at barely 3 mph. There were slight scratches in the plastic on the underside of the guy's rear bumper, which was an almost brand new Ford Focus estate.
There clearly really wasn't a lot of damage at all, but the guy insisted on calling the police, even though I assured him that with my name and address and insurance details, he would have all the information he'd ever need to get his damage fixed. The police clearly weren't happy that they had to drive five miles through a traffic jam for a few scratches on a bumper, and thankfully lectured the guy that this kind of thing didn't normally require police help.
We exchanged details and went back on our ways as the traffic jam cleared up. Then a few weeks later, I got a letter from my insurance saying the damage was £970. The lad had the entire bumper replaced and a new one painted, plus a courtesy car for a few days. I was livid, but there isn't much you can do when somebody decides to go that route. He apparently had the repairs done at an authorised Ford garage, and it'll always be hard to argue with them.
|>>|| No. 420712
Ask some local cabbies. Their vehicles rack up a lot of miles, and so need a lot of attention. They bring a lot of repeat business and they talk amongst themselves. They'll generally know who to avoid.q
|>>|| No. 420725
Thinking about it, why don't garages offer cashback when you dump a car with them for insurance funded repairs? or 'next service free' or something? There's clearly padding on the invoices - although, is it that they do extra work at standard rates, rather than just making shit up?
Either way, I'm surprised there's not more, rather than less, scamming involved.
|>>|| No. 420733
>Either way, I'm surprised there's not more, rather than less, scamming involved.
The possibilities for scams are indeed manifold. And sometimes, it's just a matter of how you frame certain things.
One of my friends had an old Merc that got totalled when somebody slid into his boot from behind on black ice. The other guy's insurance indiscriminately said it was only worth £4,000 in an undamaged state up to that point, and the repairs would exceed the car's residual value and the car would therefore be a £4,000 writeoff. My friend then got the help of an independent appraiser, who valued the car at £6,800 due to its very good state and extras. The repairs were then just over £5,000, and my friend got his car back almost good as new.
Now in my friend's case, the car really was plausibly worth much more than the four grand the insurance initially wanted to pay. All I am saying is, with the right appraiser, somebody could force you to pay for expensive repairs to a car you've damaged that should actually be written off for much less.
|>>|| No. 420743
I flew a kite today, first time in my life. It was actually quite fun.
|>>|| No. 420744
I remember when I was incredibly young I had one of those stunt kites with the two strings so you could steer it and that. The thing was far too big for me and pulled me over a few times. Great fun considering what a ludicrous idea they are when you really think about it.
|>>|| No. 420746
I've always wanted an MPC and have never really got around to buying one. I noticed their prices are slowly creeping up on eBay so I feel like I should get one now. Thing is it'd probably just gather dust since I have so many other things that do the same job plus more and also better, Maschine, Push 2, MPD's etc.
I almost want one just to keep it as an investment at this point, but I wonder if anyone would even give a shit about an MPC 1000 in a decade.
|>>|| No. 420748
I'd be confident in the long-term investment value of an MPC 60, but less so for the later MPCs. An s900 is also probably a sensible investment. If you didn't use an MPC the first time round, I think you'll be rather disappointed at how clunky and slow the MPC workflow is compared to Maschine or Push. There's no way I'd use one in 2018, there are just so many better options available.
If you're after a musical toy, I can highly recommend the Novation Circuit - it's the most fun I've had with a piece of gear in years.
|>>|| No. 420751
>I think you'll be rather disappointed at how clunky and slow the MPC workflow is compared to Maschine or Push.
That's what I assumed, as well. More than anything, I just wanted to 'know' what it was like - I've made hundreds of tracks that sound like they were made on one, so I might as well try it. And I do subscribe to the idea that deliberate limitations can often benefit my creativity. I find that my giant Maschine and Live libraries can trip me up and I end up spending hours just scrolling and clicking and then I give up. Sometimes I still use a cassette Portastudio for this very reason. Get ideas away from the terabytes of distractions, then build it all back into Live when I have something interesting going on.
Having grown up with Ableton (I started on Live 6) I realise nothing will ever be more useful or familiar to me than Live and Push together, Honestly I doubt I need anything else now. But I've been curious for long enough, I think. I reckon I could buy one and resell it in a month when I'm bored and possibly even profit from it. But like you say, it's probably not even worth the effort.
I hadn't even heard of the Circuit. I think I might have seen one and assumed it was yet another control surface. That does look like a shitload of fun,
|>>|| No. 420754
My circuit goes everywhere with me. Precisely for the reasons you've mentioned, I tend to come up with more ideas sitting on the train with my Circuit than I do in my studio. I once wrote an entire track on the toilet. It's just barely enough to be useful - two synths, four drums, a step sequencer and very little else.
You might also like the Korg Volca range. They're plasticky little toys that look a bit like a Stylophone, but they sound brilliant.
|>>|| No. 420755
In a hostel in Scotland, place is full of limp Euro Beta males, thank fuck I voted Leave. Off to climb mountains and do manly stuff.
(A good day to you Sir!)
|>>|| No. 420763
>Precisely for the reasons you've mentioned, I tend to come up with more ideas sitting on the train with my Circuit than I do in my studio. I once wrote an entire track on the toilet.
Yup, I'm the same. I find often I'm the least creative when I'm sat with all my toys, paralysed by choice I suppose. I used to have great fun with the Electribe iPad app, it ended up being really rather productive for me. A lot of my best work has come from just chopping stuff up and sound designing on planes and trains. I suppose that's the sort of thing I was hoping would come from the MPC, but once an idea starts to form I'll likely be annoyed that I lack the options to roll with it.
I've fiddled with a Volca and it's certainly on my list, too, that and a Circuit would probably be fairly powerful.
The big daddy of toilet tunes I would assume would be an OP-1, but I've not even seen one in the flesh and as they're pushing eight hundred quid I'm a bit scared of them. Looks like an amazing sketch pad, though.
|>>|| No. 420764
>In a hostel in Scotland, place is full of limp Euro Beta males
Aviemore? It's usually Aviemore.
|>>|| No. 420863
It's week-end for me already, clouded by the fact that I'm ill. Maybe I'll start recovering tomorrow, it was at its toughest yesterday and this night.
Came to my father's house today. He was absent; there was a blanket laying on one sofa. I covered myself with it whilst sitting there and fell out of reality in a blink for about three hours. Couldn't even remotely re-call how and when did I fall to sleep.
Gimme a bit of your cunty sun, it's annoyingly cold here.
|>>|| No. 421081
It's here it's here it's here.
Plans for my evening include cooking myself a lovely cider and black garlic risotto (just as soon as I can be bothered to get off my arse to go buy some cider), finishing off a report for work as I'm presenting at a conference in Worcester in Nov, and doing loads of fucking ironing. Even the fact that my Friday slice of chocolate banana bread from the farmer's market got crushed in my bag can't bring me down.
I bloody love ironing.
|>>|| No. 421083
Having defined weekends was the only tolerable thing about working full-time. As a Master's student, I'll be doing what I do every other day. Tons of work until I can't really focus any more, then drinking.
|>>|| No. 421088
Just remembered that lovely walk I went on was a year and half ago. My life really is an empty husk of fuck all and I should kill myself as soon as possible.
|>>|| No. 421090
Oh, I've been on plenty of walks since, but now they're just another period of time between being asleep for me to be reminded how hopeless and lonely I am. I may as well stay in bed.
|>>|| No. 421091
Just booked a week in Gran Canaria yesterday. I'm going at the end of October.
This is the time of year when the island is usually jam packed with wrinkly British, Swedish and German pensioners, but maybe there will at least be some other people there as well.
If what I have read is true, the weather is still lovely there in October, with often more than 25 °C still. What's treacherous though is the sun in the Canaries. Despite the islands' temperate climate considering their location just north of the Tropic of Cancer, you've got the searing tropical sun burning down all year long. So that even at 23 °C air temperature, you can burn to a cinder if you walk around in the sun too long without proper sunscreen. Happened to me once, I was walking less than a mile from our hotel to a supermarket and back in the mid-day sun, but it was enough to give me a savage sunburn down the back of my neck.
I couldn't go anywhere this summer because I had to make some expensive household related purchases, but I've been able to raise some money again lately as my budget for a one-week holiday. Better than braving the cold weather here.
|>>|| No. 421093
Do let us know how the potatoes with red sauce are this time. We are always agog as to their piquantness.
|>>|| No. 421097
The quality of that red sauce can indeed vary shockingly from restaurant to restaurant.
Good restaurants make mojo rojo (the red sauce) fresh and from scratch every (other) day, but you can tell when somebody uses mojo ready made from the supermarket. Because the ready made stuff tends to taste really quite bland and has far too much cumin in it. My suspicion is that much of the flavour is destroyed as the sauce is cooked to sterilise it. Fresh mojo rojo is from fresh raw ingredients and tastes like it, although it probably won't keep as long.
Fresh mojo rojo is really quite easy and inexpensive to make, which is why I don't understand that some places buy it in. All you need is fresh red chili pepper and red bell pepper, copious amounts of fresh garlic (half a head of garlic goes into about half a litre of mojo rojo), vegetable oil, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, sugar, paprika, a dash of cumin, and a squirt of lemon juice. And maybe some wheat flour, bread crumbs or corn starch to thicken it a little.
If you buy these ingredients in bulk as a restaurant, then it should cost you a fraction of the price of the ready made sauce. And your customers, at least the connaisseurs who know good mojo rojo when they see it, will appreciate it.
The ready made stuff is even sold in the souvenir shop in the departure area of Gran Canaria's airport. I think they wanted about five euros for it the last time I was there. But as souvenirs go, it's really quite shit. If you want to treat somebody at home to mojo rojo, invite them for dinner and make it fresh yourself.
See the picture for a good mojo rojo. It's supposed to have a thick creamy texture, but it's not a uniform mush and you can still make out things like seeds or bits of chili or bell pepper.
|>>|| No. 421098
I must have slept funny last night because I'm in quite a lot of discomfort with my neck. Looking at certain angles or even bending down are completely out of the equation at the moment.
|>>|| No. 421099
That's usually caused by awkward positioning or a shit pillow. The worse thing you can do is avoid those actions, FYI. Just keep stretching and do sympathetic exercises. So if you're stretching the sore side, do the other side as well so you don't lock or freeze the joint.
|>>|| No. 421100
Got back from Edinburgh yesterday. Had a whirlwind few days with a 1 in a million Swiss girl that I met whilst there, one of the special ones. Kind of beat up by going our separate ways.
|>>|| No. 421103
What the fuck is going on here lads? I actually met a Swiss girl for the first time last weekend, we were sniffing round each other a fair bit I'd say but were a both little shy and cautious. Added her on social media today and she is giving love reactions to my posts right away.
|>>|| No. 421105
The most beautiful woman I've ever seen was when I was on holiday in Switzerland. She was working on one of the trains at Montreux.
She must have been around 6 foot tall. Her blonde hair was in a couple of French plaits. Full lips. Soft skin. Thighs that could have crushed a watermelon. When she spoke in French she sounded like a Goddess. Then she realised I was English and her deep accent was truly terrifying.
|>>|| No. 421108
Trying to get with a fat Swiss art student this weekend. Wish me luck, lads
|>>|| No. 421110
As a child I had a versatile pocket knife that I think was made in Switzerland.
|>>|| No. 421112
That's all they have. Nazi gold, chocolate and cuckoo clocks; and eligible women it would seem.
|>>|| No. 421113
I had a rather nice piece of Fior Delle Alpi the other day, which is a Swiss cheese.
|>>|| No. 421116
I've started preparations for my holiday in Gran Canaria. Haven't booked a hire car yet, not sure yet what kind to get. I would like a convertible, but I had one the last few times, and what I've noticed is that when you venture to the areas where native Canarios are more among themselves, they tend to think of you as a rich tourist cunt in a New Beetle convertible, which for the average Canario equals more than two years' wages (average income in the Canaries is around €17,000/yr). A New Mini convertible would also be available, but I absolutely fucking hate the New Mini in any way, shape, or form, and I'd rather walk or take a bus than have one as a hire car.
A New Beetle can be had from Hertz or Avis via price comparison sites from about £150 to £200 for a week, so you aren't really being a rich cunt by renting one. Considering that you do get a full size convertible for that money, I think it's not too bad for one week. Especially if you get a good deal on your package holiday in the first place.
|>>|| No. 421118
As a convertible, it is. If you look at other convertibles anyway. And the New Beetle is generally much more roomy inside than you would think.
I'd never buy one for myself though. Just not a very manly car, you always kind of feel like a doctor's wife while you are driving in it.
They used to have the Volkswagen Eos for hire in the Canaries as a convertible, but when VW discontinued it in 2016, they switched to the New Beetle. I was much more impressed with the Eos really. Especially the later model years with the bold new headlamps and grille made it a sharp looking car. I feel tempted to get one here in the UK, with prices now having dropped below £15K for good 2014-16 ones.
|>>|| No. 421120
I fucking hate these Heisenbergian moments where I don't know if I'm developing a panic attack, a migraine aura, or a fucking stroke. All I can do is eat some clonazepam, an aspirin, put a few beers in the freezer and sit by the phone waiting to see if my face starts drooping or I start slipping out of consciousness.
|>>|| No. 421126
It's week-end for me and it's been a day to live so far even though nothing special really happened. I don't care; the sole fact that it's a day off feels like a rock off my chest. My previous three workdays were total and utter pile of steaming shite. Glad they're behind now.
I can't shake the feeling that nearly every shift has been SNAFU for about three to four months in a row.
|>>|| No. 421150
I used to want to join them when I was a young 'un. They're sort of like a very direct action Greenpeace.
Now that I think about it, it's a bit disturbing that not only I'd be happy to go out firing rocket propelled grenades at a Japanese whaling fleet, but that I've felt that way every since I was a kid.
I've obviously never had anything to live for that felt more exciting than blowing up whaling boats in the Antarctic.
|>>|| No. 421156
Mate this is a fantasy I had when I was thirteen, I was hardly poring over Jane's figuring out exactly what kind of firepower I could purchase from Africa in order to sink Japanese fucking ships in what would probably be a literal war crime / crime against humanity.
I assumed big men with beards and endless supples of Fishermen's Friends would deal with all that and all I'd have to do would be to load myself up with explosives and nut the smeggers to oblivion.
I was a simple lad, albeit one with latent psychological issues.
|>>|| No. 421160
I'm going to Alton Towers for the weekend. Any decent pubs/restaurants in Crewe?
|>>|| No. 421161
I'm back at uni and it's so full of attractive girls it's really distracting. I just want to bury my face in their arses. I can't focus on lectures because I'm just constantly fantasising about women.
|>>|| No. 421162
I changed trains at Crewe a few times on my way to Liverpool. In fact once I had to wait so long for my connecting train that I managed to get half pissed at a little bar/cafe place right there on the Platform. Talk about convenient.
|>>|| No. 421164
I'm halfway convinced that Crewe is just an elaborate hoax. I've been through Crewe station on dozens of occasions, but I've never actually met anyone who has lived in Crewe. I think it's just a railway terminus pretending to be a town.
|>>|| No. 421166
Maybe Crewe is our version of the Bielefeld Conspiracy.
Go on, google it. You know you want to.
|>>|| No. 421167
I am from near Crewe and spent many an afternoon hanging about in the town centre as a teenager, I can confirm it's real. It's no Northwich, but it's definitely there.
|>>|| No. 421168
I come to Britfa.gs for long and erudite posts about an area of knowledge nobody should really have that much concern for, not to google it myself and read the flavourless Wikipedia version. You have let me down tonight.
|>>|| No. 421170
I know people who at least pretend to work at Microsoft's Cheltenham office, and others who have made trips to the doughnut. No one I know claims to have actually seen anything resembling a town.
Then again, when I went to Oxford all I saw was a ring road. The lads at the company I was visiting promised that the "real oxford" was on the other side of the river, but I didn't have time to check.
I also don't recall if Oxford had a bar right on the platform because I dropped two banging Es right as I left their offices and to be honest I was just trying to do my best to find the train station before I turned into a gurning idiot.
The plot thickens.
|>>|| No. 421171
I'm not sure why you bother. These days we don't have much time for shedposting, what with all the Corbyn discussion, guilty woulds and constant cunt-offs about sexual assault.
|>>|| No. 421173
I don't know if there's any more room for further heartbreak after Judge Rinder and his husband split up earlier this year.
|>>|| No. 421179
Well lads, there is a town claiming to be Crewe approximately where you would expect it to be. However, it's basically just a great big industrial estate so I'm still suspicious.
|>>|| No. 421180
It's definitely real, a local takeaway got a mention on The Guardian Football Weekly. Why, I ordered a fisherman's breakfast from them just the other week.
|>>|| No. 421181
I don't think I'd ever get a fisherman's breakfast from a takeaway; you'd probably end up shitting out a lung.
|>>|| No. 421182
That could all be part of the plan of making people believe that Crewe exists.
A takeaway shop isn't that difficult to set up. Those who seek to perpetuate the Crewe conspiracy will certainly not stop at such a simple thing.
|>>|| No. 421184
I've had vintage red leicester cheese for the first time today. Fuck me, it's delicious. I'd written off red leicester as a bit bland and nothingy, but I've been wrong all this time. It's making me wonder which other cheeses I'm missing out on from only trying supermarket/brand versions.
|>>|| No. 421193
I reckon supermarket red Leicester is basically just mild cheddar with dye in it. Proper red lezza has a nutty quality to it.
|>>|| No. 421202
No matter what I'm watching on YouTube at the minute it's always recommending Weezer & Weird Al's cover of Africa by Toto.
|>>|| No. 421207
Somehow lately I always get recommended age old videos by Lazy Game Reviews, Techmoan or the 8 bit guy.
They're all very good youtube channels, but why does youtube recommend videos by them that are five years old?
Speaking of Techmoan, if you don't know him, he does slightly more than mildly funny puppet sketches at the end of some of his videos.
See from about 12:25 -
|>>|| No. 421209
My current favourite YouTuber is Paul Sellers. He does traditional woodworking with hand tools. His videos are quiet and gentle and oddly comforting, like a shed-based Bob Ross. I'd like to nominate him as the honorary granddad of .gs.
|>>|| No. 421210
The number of friends who've tried to kill themselves is getting close to a dozen. Some successfully, most not. Is this an abnormal amount?
|>>|| No. 421211
I guess for one thing it depends how many friends you have and how old you are.
As far as I'm aware only my grandmother succeeded in drinking herself to death. But I've seen some spectacular failures, a cousin tried to blow his brains out and is now blind. I'd say around Half my friendship group suffers some form of depression and at one point or another circles the drain.
|>>|| No. 421212
In a healthy society, yes, that would be highly abnormal. Under neoliberalism, this is what we have to expect.
>But the individual in himself is not sufficient as an end for himself. He is too small a thing. Not only is he confined in space, he is also narrowly limited in time. So when we have no other objective than ourselves, we cannot escape from the feeling our efforts are finally destined to vanish into nothing, since that is where we must return. But we recoil from the idea of annihilation. In such a state, we should not have the strength to live, that is to say to act and struggle, since nothing is to remain of all the trouble that we take. In a word, the state of egoism is in contradiction with human nature and hence too precarious to endure.
|>>|| No. 421213
That doesn't sound like a political problem but one of pure over population. Like we've entered the behavioural sink.
|>>|| No. 421214
Oh look, it's the 'highlight "overpopulation" and offer no answers' bloke, how totally useless as ever.
|>>|| No. 421216
As I made that post I was wondering if gs was really the right place to ask what normal is.
|>>|| No. 421217
I'm after a new mechanical keyboard and I've fallen down the nerd rabbit hole of agonising over which sort of switches I want.
I've only ever used blues, which are nice, but loud, and I honestly don't need a clicky key as I really don't mind hammering on the keyboard like a madman and bottoming the keys out anyway.
Anyway I'm thinking about the reds now, maybe even the silent ones, to lessen the chances of my girlfriend leaving me.
But I'm starting to suspect that the anorak hysteria around which keys are the best is akin to audiophiles and their speaker cables. Ultimately they're all going to feel and perform excellently, aren't they?
I might end up ordering one of those samplers.
|>>|| No. 421218
Statistically I believe the national average for suicide attempts is around one in nine, so unless you have a couple of hundred friends that does seem excessive.
I can think of maybe two of my 30-ish close friends who have attempted and two who succeeded.
|>>|| No. 421220
>Income inequality and health: A causal review
I think it is a false comparison to say Neoliberalism = Income inequality or to even label our society as Neoliberal because it isn't we have a very large state. Plenty of other systems will promote income inequality in the system.
look at these 2 lists.
You would presume based on your assumption that a country with low inequality would have low suicide but that simply isn't true. Slovenia has the lowest income inequality of any country in the world, but has the 6th highest suicide rate. Hungary has the 2nd lowest income inequality and the 8th highest suicide. I’m not saying it doesn’t have an effect on suicide but there are other factors that are clearly more significant.
>The impact of fiscal austerity on suicide: On the empirics of a modern Greek tragedy
That has really nothing to do with neoliberalism and everything to do with a society being broke. Another system wouldn't allow them to conjure resources they don't have or not over borrow.
>The Overpopulation Myth
I'm familiar with Dr Hans Rosling, I haven't seen him ever properly explain that over population isn't a social problem before only that global population is stabilizing, I haven't watched that particular documentary I promise I will.
|>>|| No. 421221
Reds are definitely better for gaming, but they're less than ideal for typing. Mechanical switches actuate about halfway down the key stroke, so the tactile bump has a functional purpose - it lets you know that you've actually pressed the key. If you do hammer like a madman and bottom out hard, you totally negate the noise benefits of having no tactile bump.
If you want a quiet all-round keyboard, I'd recommend Gateron browns (they're smoother than MX browns) with o-rings. The o-rings make a big difference if you habitually bottom-out. Look for a keyboard with a thick aluminium backplate, because keyboards with plastic or pressed steel backplates tend to be more resonant and rattly.
|>>|| No. 421223
Your point about income inequality not directly meaning neoliberalism is well taken, but at the same time it can be shown pretty conclusively that neoliberal policy increases income inequality. The evidence for this is everywhere, but here's an example of the IMF, of all organisations, making this connection: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2016/06/ostry.htm
That said, you have given me some pause for thought, I'll go into more below...
>or to even label our society as Neoliberal because it isn't we have a very large state
Here I totally agree with you, the United Kingdom has a massive state. The rhetoric about 'free markets' is only selectively applied. Where our government chooses to spend is a matter of policy -- it has provided massive subsidies to areas such as high-tech industry and simultaneously cut public services for decades. Particularly relevant to the point about suicide is cuts to mental health services: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38852420
>You would presume based on your assumption that a country with low inequality would have low suicide but that simply isn't true.
This is a pretty interesting observation, but you're also right in pointing out that there are certainly other factors involved. I would be willing to bet, though, that better income equality probably mitigates suicide.
I will concede to you here that maybe income inequality isn't the best example of how neoliberalism specifically increases suicidality. A better way of arguing my point may be that neoliberal policy increases a large number of the factors definitely are known to result in increased suicidality: unemployment or precarious employment, social isolation, personal debt, and as already mentioned, cuts to public services.
Researchers like Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra annoyingly don't have much in the way of their published research online, but they have an excellent book, Neoliberal Epidemics: How Politics Makes Us Sick that draws a far more convincing causal relationship than I've been able to here.
>That has really nothing to do with neoliberalism and everything to do with a society being broke.
Here I disagree again. Fiscal austerity is directly related to neoliberal policy -- not just in terms of how to handle an economic crisis when it hits, but also in being a direct cause of economic crises. Your explanation about Greece being 'another system that wouldn't allow them to conjure resources' seems a bit like handwaving, and I'd argue that the effect is very much observable in a wealthy country like the UK.
|>>|| No. 421224
I think it's been a while since anything odd or depraved has been posted to remind me what a bunch of robot moon ovens you are. If anyone starts a confession thread, we haven't had one in ages, then I'll immediately lower the tone by mentioning what I did to those toothbrushes again.
|>>|| No. 421225
I'm sat on a train with those fancy window shutters. The sun's being a cunt. Except I can't do much about it because it's a reflection off two tables down across the aisle.
|>>|| No. 421227
I've just had my arse stroked by an old-ish woman in Tesco Express.
I was bent forward looking at the reduced stuff and I felt something on my arse. I looked up and she apologised for knocking into me and she was holding her basket in a really funny way. It was definitely a hand that touched me rather than the basket and it was almost the entire way across my arse rather than accidentally bumping into something and immediately moving off.
|>>|| No. 421228
You should have winked and invited her back to your place, then had some tea and scones with her. You thought I was going to say "and then piss in her arse" didn't you? You sick fucks.
|>>|| No. 421229
>You thought I was going to say "and then piss in her arse" didn't you?
Well, no, because it goes without saying, doesn't it?
|>>|| No. 421230
>Reds are definitely better for gaming, but they're less than ideal for typing.
I've read this a lot, but my question is, is it still better for typing than a standard cheapo dome keyboard by miles, even on reds?
As it happens my research did lean me towards (MX) browns with o-rings. I'll look into Gateron, for sure.
This is all very exhausting. I'm convinced whatever it is I'll get used to it. If I can type on a Macbook Pro chiclet I can type on anything.
|>>|| No. 421239
I got recommended something called buzzfeedblue once.
I would have ignored it and moved on if not that fit brunette lass they have.
I'd buzz her blue, aye.
|>>|| No. 421246
Their true crime stuff is quite entertaining.
It does provoke the recommendations algorithm to recommend you a load of other Buzzfeed shite though.
|>>|| No. 421392
There's a woman at work and she would be so shaggable if she put some effort in.
She wears frumpy clothes and her hair is always a bit greasy and tied in a huge scrunchy that makes her look a bit council, but you can see it in her face that if she tidied herself up and took care of herself she would be eminently shaggable.
|>>|| No. 421393
Well I've bought an old turntable, some mediocre bookshelf speakers.
I bought a "spares or repairs" pioneer amp off ebay to have a go at fixing it, took the cover off, and while it does power up and seems okay, it's apparently been sitting in a puddle for a while and it's got a bit of a rust problem.
So I've set that on the "long term project" shelf, and now I've got an excuse to buy one of those shitty £20 oscilloscopes off Banggood, and other miscellaneous electronics chaff.
And I've just ordered an old Marantz amp in working condition to use now.
While I'm waiting for that to be delivered I've ordered some audiophile grade screws for the headshell cartridge (not really, they were a few quid, but the self-tapping screws that are on it now are a bodge and need to come out), but I forgot to print out a protractor while I was at work today.
(I'm probably still going to be listening to music through my PC 99% of the time, but it keeps me occupied.)
|>>|| No. 421412
I've tried Tin-eye, and Google Image Search, but I can't for the life of me find the version of this where it's been made into a meme with text along the lines of "when you've just dropped a massive pinger in the rave and your friends are calming you down" and a speech bubble from Theresa May saying "just have some water mate" that I swear I saw doing the rounds last year and it is pissing right over my weekend cornflakes.
|>>|| No. 421423
>I assumed the other two of you on .gs would understand.
I'm too autistic to muster the required empathy.
|>>|| No. 421424
"Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine" doesn't quite deliver on the initial mental image.
|>>|| No. 421425
The shitty chair in my shitty cheap student accommodation proved its shittiness by breaking. The landlords are fucking useless so my chance of getting another from them is close to nil; for the moment I've got two spanners acting as support bars but it's looking like I'll have to "rescue" one of the many office chairs that get thrown out from various buildings around me.
|>>|| No. 421426
Even if you get a new one yourself, make sure that you still put in a written complaint to your landlord. If you don't bother then they're certain to charge you for breaking it when you leave.
|>>|| No. 421427
It really annoyed me, him pretending to be shocked that chefs do coke all the time. Disingenuous fucker.
|>>|| No. 421444
And that doesn't even address the fact that you'd be forgiven for thinking that his own kind of personality can only be explained by copious cocaine consumption.
|>>|| No. 421615
Vintage hifi wanker lad here.
My newish amp finally arrived, and it's pretty good. Volume knob is a tiny bit scratchy, and the balance knob is only working on the left channel, and given that I'm in a semi-detached I can't really turn it up loud enough to be at its best.
I've listened to the grand total of 2 modern records I've got, and the shitty old classical records I bought from oxfam are shitty and old and who wants to listen to classical anyway. So now I'm back on the PC again, drunk on a pint of beer, sweeping my existential dread, my loneliness and my even bigger fear of not being lonely under the carpet for a little while longer.
People I work with have often told me I'm the most chilled person they've ever known, and I think some suspect I'm a stoner which is slightly funny because I've never even touched weed once. Truth is I think revealing my crippling anxiety is more terrifying than the anxiety itself which is an intriguing situation to be in.
Sometimes I just want to be angry with something, with anything, but the instant I ever feel I could lash out, suddenly I just feel silly and it goes.
I wish I was a cat, do cats have inner turmoil or are they actually chill? They can scratch peoples faces off and still be loved.
|>>|| No. 421616
Well that post took a neck snapping tone change.
For the mechanical problems, spray some contact cleaner into the potentiometers and give them a jiggle. Wait a few minutes for them to fully dry and you should be golden. For the personal problems,
might I suggest /emo/, lad?
|>>|| No. 421617
>Truth is I think revealing my crippling anxiety is more terrifying than the anxiety itself which is an intriguing situation to be in.
|>>|| No. 421618
>For the mechanical problems, spray some contact cleaner into the potentiometers and give them a jiggle. Wait a few minutes for them to fully dry and you should be golden.
That's the plan, I think I bought a couple of cans before Maplin went under, but my garage needs a lot of organising first.
>For the personal problems, might I suggest /emo/, lad?
I'm fine, mostly, at the moment. I've got a good sense of direction.
When I make an /emo/ thread, it's going to be about A) how do I split up with my long distance boyfriend without the guilt breaking me, B) how the actual fuck am I going to find a woman who wont be freaked out by my collection of silicone sculptures. I'm not throwing them away, they cost too much.
|>>|| No. 421619
>how the actual fuck am I going to find a woman who wont be freaked out by my collection of silicone sculptures
Fetlife or Ferzu would be a decent start
|>>|| No. 421621
I am thinking of attending the winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge next month.
Being somewhere between agnostic and atheist, the winter solstice to me has always been an event of far greater significance than the alleged birth of Christ three days later. The winter solstice to me symbolises the end of the winter darkness and the rising sun of soon to come spring. Seriously, what could be a greater cause for celebration than the fact that winter has seen its height and that the days are getting longer again.
Having said that I don't really believe in a god, I can kind of see the point of ancient cultures that worshipped the sun as their god. The sun to them must have felt much more tangible and much more real than the abstract idea of a god in heaven who never actually shows himself, and whose presence must be inferred from vague equivocal signs, if any. The Sun quite verifiably gives light and warmth and pretty much is the origin of all life itself on Earth. It would only follow that you would see it as your creator and as the supreme deity that rules over you.
|>>|| No. 421622
> the end of the winter darkness and the rising sun of soon to come spring.
While the days will get longer, winter hasn't been at its worst, there's always a lag behind the solstice. The worst winter month by temperature is January, and the worst winter weather usually happens around that time, too. So, for me, the end of that is the equinox.
|>>|| No. 421623
Fair point, but the days ever so slightly getting longer from early January really gives you something to look forward to.
|>>|| No. 421624
>Fetlife or Ferzu would be a decent start
I made a diagram to highlight the issue here.
(Seriously, thanks for the advice, mental is fine.)
|>>|| No. 421625
If a key relationship criteria is "will tolerate my intimidatingly huge collection of intimidatingly huge arse dildos", you're going to have to accept a certain level of mental slaggishness. I think you're just aiming for a sweet spot between "refreshingly dirty" and "will definitely cut your dick off".
|>>|| No. 421626
> intimidatingly huge arse dildos
Why? Just why?
> aiming for a sweet spot between "refreshingly dirty" and "will definitely cut your dick off".
|>>|| No. 421627
Please don't post such awful, trite, boring memes, if have to post any at all.
Right, you're really pissing me off now.
|>>|| No. 421630
To think. There are men out there who go their entire life without knowing the pleasure of prostate pressure. What's the matter, afraid you'll catch the gay?
|>>|| No. 421631
You might if it made you cum your pants though. In fact you definitey would, as would every bloke on the planet, and we'd be forced to start wearing nose clips as a matter of public decency.
|>>|| No. 421632
>Right, you're really pissing me off now.
Sorry, I don't make great decisions at that time of the morning. Consider that word struck from my vocabulary.
|>>|| No. 421633
Because all blokes are sex-craved lunatics who enjoy spaffing themselves in public, right?
|>>|| No. 421635
For some reason I always could relate to the Sol Invictus thing.
But then, I'm also the kind of person who, when going to sleep and accidentally seen the moon in the sky through the window, could spend about half an hour just standing there and staring at it.
It's something almost medidative to me, and I could never be arsed to meditate properly.
The mental-prudes quarter is empty, why is that?
|>>|| No. 421636
>The mental-prudes quarter is empty, why is that?
I dunno. Maybe they're all on Twitter?
|>>|| No. 421637
I can only assume the lad who made it simply doesn't know of that kind of site.
Christian dating maybe?
|>>|| No. 421643
I've agreed to go out with some previous work mates.
I don't really drink and the thought of going out annoys me since I know I won't enjoy it but I've brushed them off enough times in the past that I feel I have to go out tonight.
|>>|| No. 421644
>I don't really drink and the thought of going out annoys me since I know I won't enjoy it
Maybe this is your chance to leave your shut in days behind you.
|>>|| No. 421645
I like my shut in days, I get to spend my time how I want to.
I left my drinking days when I stopped being a youth.
|>>|| No. 421647
>I like my shut in days, I get to spend my time how I want to.
This is why .gs is in the state it's in.
|>>|| No. 421648
Jo Brand wrote a film, "The More You Ignore Me" and it's pretty good.
|>>|| No. 421672
I am worryingly infatuated with Amelia off of Chicken Shop Date. That disgusted look of hers gives me butterflies.
|>>|| No. 421687
Jesus H Chipshops, I saw a picture of her on Yahoo! news the other day (only after signing out of mail, would never go there otherwise), and didn't recognise her, and didn't know her name other than "bint off two pints".
|>>|| No. 421698
>I saw a picture of her on Yahoo! news the other day (only after signing out of mail
You've already tightened the noose around your neck by admitting to using yahoo mail in the first place.
|>>|| No. 421705
Sitting here at my parents' house attempting to fix quite persistent Windows 7 issues on their computer. I shut the computer down normally about an hour ago and I remember seeing on the screen that it said it was executing a Windows update before powering itself off.
And now an hour later, the fucking thing won't boot and the system restore tools off the Windows DVD are proving useless as well, because none of the recent system restore points seem to work.
Thanks a lot Microsoft, because naturally my parents are blaming me now because I was the last one to use the computer. It's no use telling them that Windows is just being a cunt as always.
|>>|| No. 421707
> restore tools off the Windows DVD are proving useless as well, because none of the recent system restore points seem to work
No, lad. Boot up using the rescue disk then go into patch management and remove / revert all the patches that were installed last time windows did an update.
Googling something like "revert / remove patch tuesday patches using rescue disk" or something like that should help, I hope.
|>>|| No. 421711
I got another sextortion e-mail today. The piss poor English in the e-mail is once again really somewhat entertaining.
>A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a small amount of money to unlock.
>But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and came to the big delight of your favorite resources.
>I'm talking about sites for adults.
>I want to say - you are a big pervert. You have unbridled fantasy!
>After that, an idea came to my mind.
>I made a screenshot of the intimate website where you have fun (you know what it is about, right?).
>After that, I took off your joys (using the camera of your device). It turned out beautifully, do not hesitate.
No!! Not my joys!!
|>>|| No. 421715
Who the hell has the time or interest to check their spam folder on a daily basis? Are you Yahoo! Mail lad?
|>>|| No. 421716
I occasionally check my spam folder before deleting its contents. You never know if an important e-mail got caught in it because somebody was being inept as fuck at writing a proper e-mail to you.
|>>|| No. 421720
The economy is getting tough out there in europe, I got this one from a Spanish Lad (I can tell from the vocab):
>I am the hacker who broke your email and device a several months ago.
> You entered your password on one of the web sites you visited, and I intercepted it.
>This is the security password of <my email> upon moment of hack: <*********> <--- a blank-o password I use on sites where I don't care if my account is compromised.
> No doubt you can will change it, or even already changed it.
> Then again it will not really make a difference, my personal malware updated it every time.
>Do not consider to contact me personally or even find me, it is impossible, since I sent you mail from your email account only.
> Through your email address, I uploaded malware code to your Operation System.
> I saved all of your contacts together with friends, colleagues, relatives plus a comprehensive histo ;ry of visits to the Online resources. As well I installed a Malware on your system.
> You will not be my only prey, I typically lock personal computers and ask for a ransom.
They're getting more and more common; he then started on about "sites calientes" and wanted 900 snaps in BTC otherwise he'd email all my "piquant" data to all of my contacts.
It's actually a bit of a laugh if you watch these wallets and see how many people pour money into them. There's one born every minute, I guess.
|>>|| No. 421727
>The economy is getting tough out there in europe, I got this one from a Spanish Lad (I can tell from the vocab):
My two sextortion e-mails came first from Poland and then last night from France, going by the IPv4 addresses in the e-mail source codes. Makes you wonder if these scams are all perpetrated by the same people who just hijack and use different devices, or if it's a trend that has seen many copycats.
As scams go, this is one of the morally lowest ways of nicking money off people.
|>>|| No. 421732
Oh they're definitely using "hacked email accounts and probably a vpn or tor to connect to them.
Even if it started with one person, once other people see it (and I've been getting these emails since last year, I think) the more it snowballs and pretty soon you've got dozens of different documents apparently bounced through google translate and back.
If blockchain.info is still a thing you can check the money coming into a wallet as people fall for the scam.
|>>|| No. 421733
>As scams go, this is one of the morally lowest ways of nicking money off people.
It's low-effort, low-risk, and high-reward. If you were setting out to scam people, and therefore already have low moral standards, why wouldn't you do it?
|>>|| No. 421738
A complete lack of scruples is a fairly important requirement if you want to be a con man. Or an estate agent.
|>>|| No. 421744
It probably helps to fit the clinical description of a psychopath.
Also, most people are simply suckers for a good lie. And many will believe whatever they want to believe, they will throw all caution to the wind, and they will fall even for the oldest scams over and over again. Just read this here:
>They wrote back and forth, starting chatting on the phone, and a relationship blossomed. Her new love interest had a son who was studying at a university in England, and the man said that he was looking to retire to Sweden. They made arrangements for a trip to meet in person there. However, before heading to Europe, Johnny needed to take a side trip to Nigeria for a job interview.
>That’s when things took a turn.
>Maria received a desperate call from Johnny. He and his son had been mugged, the son had been shot in the head, and they were in a Lagos hospital without any money or identification.
>They desperately needed funds transferred into his British bank account to pay for medical expenses and a lawyer, and Maria eagerly obliged.
>Several thousand euros later, she realized that she had been had.
|>>|| No. 421745
As someone who often refuses to press the button at a zebra crossing because it will slow motorists down, just knowing psychopaths exist (and are probably running the world) fills me with horrible despair.
|>>|| No. 421749
I deliberately put zebra instead of pelican because I knew it would annoy pedantic cunts like you.
|>>|| No. 421755
As a child, the police would always warn us every autumn to avoid the psychopath in the park. Something about the leaves making them particularly slippery.
|>>|| No. 421767
I thought mentalbreakdown lad was back for a second, then I realised what you'd done there. Bravo.
|>>|| No. 421783
Don't worry, I'm still here, just lurking until Friday comes and I can have another half pint of beer and breakdown again.
|>>|| No. 421887
It's fucking windy and it's just blown some of my electricity away. I'm not sure if my old hard drive is going to cope with many more powercuts.
|>>|| No. 421889
I invested in a UPS with 30 minutes go go gadget juice. Basically gives me enough time to shut down gracefully. Cost the best part of 200 snaps though, so it's not for everyone. I'm just sick and tired of replacing hard drives in my desktop. They're not fucking cheap, and the data on them is often a pain in the arse to replace.
|>>|| No. 421890
Never thought of this as a song about unemployment.
Always thought he was just being his usual self loathing cunt and celebrating the bitter sweetness of being a socially awkward misfit kind of exactly like .gs.
And maybe something about armageddon in Southend.
All that said, I think this year's single "Spent The Day In Bed" by him was the best thing he has recorded in well over 20 years.
|>>|| No. 421893
That's just happened in my village and knocked out the half of it that I don't live in. Might pop round to see if anyone needs some candles.
|>>|| No. 421948
(one of the) mental breakdown lads here.
Thanks to the advice of some folk in this thread, I've somehow landed a date with a person describing their gender basically as "trans/both".
I love you bastards.
|>>|| No. 421958
I'm finally watching the last Hobbit film. Fuck me, what a mess.
|>>|| No. 421961
It's so bloody boring, isn't it? I'm watching They Shall Not Grow Old right now. Heartbreaking stuff.
|>>|| No. 421962
Spent all day having a proper tidy up and beginning to fix up my old iON turntable. There's a persistent 50Hz hum, which today I found out caused by the transformer. For now, I've used two silicone earphone covers as makeshift o-rings to reduce vibration caused by it.
By the look of it, everything works from an 18V DC after rectification. I plan on getting an 18V DC plug and jack off eBay and soldering the supply wires onto the rectifier output, and then tearing out the current AC -> cleanup -> transform -> rectify setup.
I've lubricated the cue mechanism, as it was getting stuck below the tone arm and not actually lifting it up, and other times would get stuck on the crusty old grease and then launch the tonearm up.
Next thing is to get the power supply sorted, and then probably add a ground wire leading out so I can connect it to my amp. Then I'll drill two holes leading down to the speed adjustment pots so I don't have to tear the thing apart to set the speed - that, or put two twist pots on the side somewhere.
Then I'll put a decent cartridge on there, the GrooveTool on there is still on the 10-year-old original stylus, and any replacements I've found online have been of really poor quality. I'm thinking an OM-5E; I borrowed a m8's (thank fuck for P-mount) and it sounded so much better.
I've been hunting around eBay for a decent direct-drive Technics or something for a while but now is really not the time, what with all the hype, so I might as well make this one the best it can be.
|>>|| No. 421963
>decent direct-drive Technics
They're silly money, as everyone thinks they want to be a superstar DJ.
|>>|| No. 421964
They're silly money because they're aimed at the actual superstar DJs who use them, or more accurately, used to. There's also the unfortunate fact that analogue musical gear tends to never really depreciate, despite it being a lot less relevant these days.
I'm not entirely sure if it's even possible to use vinyl, or digivinyl like serrato, in even a moderate club setting, let alone a big festival stage. Even my local club has a Funktion one soundsystem that is far too powerful to use something so vibration sensitive. I've played there before and it shook one of my hard drives to death.
The future is pad grids, not only are they cheap, vibration proof, and visually interesting, once they're plugged into Ableton Live or your weird homebrew Max patch, as intended, your DJ set is suddenly more of a composition you can work on, while still retaining freedom to improvise.
I've no idea who this woman is but it illustrates my point quite well:
|>>|| No. 421965
I'll likely be accused of engineering a cunt off because of this, but I've been thinking long and hard and have come to the decision that Lebkuchen is much better than Stollen.
|>>|| No. 421966
>I'm not entirely sure if it's even possible to use vinyl, or digivinyl like serrato, in even a moderate club setting
Course it is mate. Club culture is a lot older than CDJs and Traktor. You put the decks on concrete blocks, you put the concrete blocks on halved squash balls, job's a good'un. As long as you're sensible about your monitor levels, you won't get feedback or skipping. Valve Sound System always played out on vinyl and they were brutally loud.
|>>|| No. 421967
Sure, but if you're on the same bill as a couple of other more modern acts, then the very best you can hope for is making everyone on crew hate you.
|>>|| No. 421973
As an analogue musician of the instrument playing variety but who also dabbles in electronic production, could you explain a bit of what those funny looking Lights Out toys enable you to actually do?
I feel like they definitely push a DJ's set into the realms of actual performance rather than just playing a mix off your laptop to impress a bunch of plebs who don't know better. But I'm still not sure entirely how.
I've seen youtube videos where producers make it look really fancy pushing the buttons and the lights all flash but I've no idea if it's actually impressive or just something redundant they're doing to look flash.
|>>|| No. 421976
The first caveat is that ultimately, they're just MIDI controllers, the pads are just buttons that you can program to do absolutely anything, so it's impossible to boil it down exactly, but the most common use case is as a way to trigger clips in Ableton Live, and typically these controllers are designed primarily with that in mind.
If you're not familiar with Live, the thing that sets it apart from other DAWs is 'session view' which allows you to assemble a grid of samples, loops, midi tracks, effect automation, you name it, into little clips, and trigger them individually, much like an old school sequencer/sampler. I'm sure you can imagine the possibilities of that alone, then you add in one of these grid controllers and suddenly you have a physical way to trigger and control all those little clips.
This is a random video I found that I think makes a pretty intuitive example of how it works in it's most basic form :
A DJ set in Ableton could look like anything from literally just full songs stored in clips that you can crossfade between, to cut up phrases and parts of the songs in your set, to entire deconstructions and midi additions, like playing an interactive version of a traditional producer remix. And you can do all of that, at the same time. The controller just makes it feasible to control in real time, though much like finger drumming, they've become an outright skill in themselves.
This is a fantastic performance on the first model of Launchpad, before they had multiple colours and shite. It should give a pretty good idea to a musician or anyone else who can pick out the different phrases he's triggering:
|>>|| No. 421977
>I've seen youtube videos where producers make it look really fancy pushing the buttons and the lights all flash but I've no idea if it's actually impressive or just something redundant they're doing to look flash.
While the flashing lights are typically functional visual feedback as seen in >>421976, the more modern devices do have the ability to do all sorts of flashy patterns to look good too. I've noticed there's a lot of performers who will program their own lightshows, so they like to make the pads do crazy reactive patterns while they trigger stuff. I feel like that would get very confusing, personally, but I suppose electronic musicians have been dabbling in visuals for decades, so I'm not going to be too bah humbug about it.
|>>|| No. 421984
Speaking of all this, I've had an idea for a "new" way of DJing: .MOD files. There is software released in the past couple of years available for the old Amiga 500/1200s that allows you to DJ using .MOD files, but of course these are limited by their relatively short sample length and 26KHz sample rate.
I've looked around and I haven't found any modern equipment to do the same thing, but think of the possibility - each file essentially being a container for 4 WAV/MP3/whatevers, with as much metadata as you want.
The player I imagine to be like the picture, it would allow a whole new world of mixing.
|>>|| No. 421988
I was able to sample some Dresden Stollen on a business trip to Germany a few years ago. If I remember correctly, Dresden is where Stollen first originated, and Dresden Stollen may only be produced by certain members of the local Dresden bakers guild. We spent an afternoon at Emile Reimann's bakery just across from Dresden's famous rebuilt Frauenkirche church, and their stollen was amazingly delicious. They told us they also mass produce it for supermarkets in Germany. It is slightly more coarse and a bit less sweet than the stuff that Lidl have in the UK, but with loads nore flavour. If you ever happen to go to Dresden around Christmas time, it's definitely something you should try.
|>>|| No. 421990
Traktor Stems, m8. It's the flagship feature of the world's most popular DJ software.
|>>|| No. 422032
FRIDAY NIGHT BRITFA.GS
LADS LADS LADS
|>>|| No. 422036
A long estranged mate who was always terrible with money has only gone and cancelled his plans to come over because he has no money. Can't say I'm shocked, but as it was planned for a while I thought things might be different as it's my best bud's birthday tomorrow and having him there would have been a nice surprise. Oh well.
|>>|| No. 422044
Amazon sent me a motorcycle lift instead of a set of dumbells and weights. I'm probably just going to flog it on eBay rather than complain seeing as it retails at about a tenner more than the weights would have.
|>>|| No. 422045
Remember that eBay take 10% of whatever you sell your thing for, and you probably aren't likely to get retail value for it. That'll probably wipe out that extra tenner.
|>>|| No. 422046
That did occur to me, but then I checked the tracking on my weights and it says they haven't even been delivered, so now I don't know what to make of it.
|>>|| No. 422049
I ordered one USB A to B cable when I was at uni, and Amazon sent me a box of 100. They didn't seem to notice so I started selling them on eBay, made about six hundred quid, cheers Jeff.
|>>|| No. 422063
Haven't heard this track for a long time.
The little coffee shop just across the street from the place I live had it playing when I came in. Probably the reason why I spent a tad more time there and about one coffee above my usual morning dose.
The owner is a proper lad too.
|>>|| No. 422236
>>421948 here again.
I missed last weeks update, but don't worry I didn't get raped and buried in the woods.
It was a guy, obviously, but nothings going to happen between us and now I've got a real life friend and it's not weird at all. Which is a good start I guess.
|>>|| No. 422272
Just downloaded GIMP 2.10 and playing around with it. I have to say I am impressed.
Previous versions used to be a pretty shit poor man's Photoshop, but 2.10 just really feels quite well thought out. From what I've read, it is based on a whole new engine, which among other things can do 24 bit colour depth per channel. Still no full CMYK support though from the looks of it. Conversion plugins seem to exist, but native CMYK support is one of the things where Photoshop undoubtedly still has the edge over GIMP.
But still, the new GIMP looks a million times more sleek and professional than its predecessors. If you are looking for a graphics suite but
are a skint pauper don't want to spend any money, GIMP could be your friend.
|>>|| No. 422275
Just how big is current Photoshop distribution?
I still pretty much make do with the 7th or 8th - or maybe the first CS, don't recall exactly - version. Enough for my meagre needs.
I remember trying CS3 when it just came out and I wasn't impressed - it was a bit bloated and came with a lot of stuff that was of no use to me. That was many moons ago and I had a 80GB disk so free space wasting was an issue, yes.
|>>|| No. 422279
>I still pretty much make do with the 7th or 8th
The newer Photoshop versions are really nothing that the layperson will ever need. They are jam packed with professional tools, but if all you want is just to tidy up some of your smartphone pictures, then Photoshop Elements is already plenty.
One problem with switching to GIMP is that while the general layout of the interface may be quite similar, the way you get to doing particular things can be vastly different. This is why PS users generally say they hate GIMP. Not only do menu items have entirely different names for the same thing and appear in completely different submenus, but the whole workflow can be completely unlike PS. And when I switched to GIMP from PS7, it was the same for me, to the point where I would shout and scream at my screen because GIMP was just being a willfully thick cunt as far as I was concerned. But once you've overcome that initial hurdle, then GIMP can be a very efficient and potent graphics tool. And then when you think that you get around 75-80% of Photoshop's functionality and it doesn't cost you a penny, then you begin to like GIMP more and more every day. The general consensus on the web now seems to be that the new GIMP 2.10 is a very noticeable step towards direct competition with Photoshop.
|>>|| No. 422290
Photoshop is a lot like Excel and Powerpoint - you only need to learn about 10 things that you do most often to get value out of them; there will always be hundreds of features that you won't go near.
Agree in spades with >>422275 that Photoshop stopped being useful after about v7 - back in the day I used to actually pay for it (!!) but soon stopped when I realised the upgrades weren't worth the cash.
|>>|| No. 422293
>Agree in spades with >>422275 that Photoshop stopped being useful after about v7 - back in the day I used to actually pay for it (!!) but soon stopped when I realised the upgrades weren't worth the cash.
I used to work for an ad agency, and they often gave us employees older software licences so we could work from home. So I got a PS 7 licence at some point and thus had an all legal PS on my computer at home. At the office, we were already working with the first Adobe CS versions.
When I stopped working for them, they asked for their PS7 CD back and the registration code. They didn't say anything about me deleting PS from my computer, so I kept using it for a number of years until my hard drive broke and I bought a new one.
Adobe now has much more convenient subscription price models than they used to have. Fifteen years ago, a proper full version of Photoshop 7 would cost you around £800 to £1,000. And when PS7 was phased out, the going price for a used PS7 full version was still up to around £250 on eBay.
Back then, Photoshop was really the undisputed leader of the pack in image editing software. But there are much more affordable alternatives nowadays, so in many lines of cretive work you don't actually have to have Photoshop. What still sets PS apart though is that if you really want to go pro, and if you're a professional photographer or somebody who otherwise has a job where they have to make photos look as stunning as possible, then Photoshop really still offers a kind of functionality that the others don't.
|>>|| No. 422294
That, and Lightroom. There's nothing quite as good as Lightroom for processing and editing CR2/RAW/DNG files. Darktable is quite simply wank in comparison.
|>>|| No. 422295
I may have to go to Cardiff next week. It's not certain yet.
Can you lads recommend any good bars or cafés there? And what else can you do there during the week to have a bit of fun in the evening?
|>>|| No. 422296
I've been needing to re-stain my fence and shed, but the past couple of weekends the weather has been shocking. I need at least 3 dry days to do it all, but I want to get it done before we get anymore frost, otherwise the wood is going to start splitting.
|>>|| No. 422299
If I start a Patreon will you lads pay me to keep posting here?
|>>|| No. 422301
Depends, are you any good? When's the last time someone awarded you the POTD/POTM/POTY?
|>>|| No. 422317
.gs are at it again, offering something I didn't know about. Thanks mate, I'll check that thing out.
I wouldn't go as far as claiming that it stopped being useful. To me, yes - upgrading offered really diminishing returns. To someone more proficient getting CS might make sense.
Way back I found a CS5 re-packaged by some Russian pirate into a mini version - just a photo editor without all the useless [to me] things. It was about 80-130 MB big and a breeze to work with when they fixed the Text tool bugs. Then I migrated to Linux for a few years and had to make do with GIMP but that's another story.
I have to note that >>422279 is right about GIMP.
|>>|| No. 422407
>Way back I found a CS5 re-packaged by some Russian pirate into a mini version - just a photo editor without all the useless [to me] things.
I came by Macromedia Flash MX in a similar way, back in the day. I was a web developer with serious ambitions back then, circa 2004, and could not have afforded working with a pirated version. At the same time, a full version of Flash MX was really quite expensive, and I spotted a place on eBay that sold the update version of Flash MX at around 150 quid or so, together with a slightly dodgy full version of Flash 3. The Flash 3 CD was merely in a paper sleeve with a serial number on a sticker on the back of it, and the printing on the top of the disc looked a bit off, but I was assured that it was an original. Good enough for me.
It's kind of a shame that Flash got such a bad rep the last couple of years. For what it was, at its time, it was a pretty powerful tool to create dynamic web content, and it produced very small file sizes, which mattered in the early 2000s because not everybody had high speed Internet yet.
The real problem was that Flash's native script language ActionScript became more and more complex and allowed a whole host of ways of inserting malicious code into a web page. This was a design flaw that they maybe could have avoided by setting certain limits to what ActionScript could do. But they didn't, and Flash increasingly became a security risk. But the real death knell was probably when Apple decided to no longer support Flash on the iPhone and youtube switched to HTML5.
|>>|| No. 422412
The complexity of Flash was partly deliberate, because it stymied efforts to build compatible tools and players. Microsoft did something very similar with the old Office document formats prior to ISO/IEC 29500. It gave Adobe a dominant market position for interactive web thingies, but it also gave other companies a compelling interest in abandoning the format.
|>>|| No. 422414
> Microsoft did something very similar with the old Office document formats
"Old" Composite Document File Format documents work almost like a FAT file system in a file. The idea was to make working on them almost impossible for any layperson or small company that wasn't going to invest a sizable amount of time and money into reversing the system and building a replacement engine - unless they purchased MS Office (which used to cost an absolute mint). It also made file access a fast as shit on computers that weren't exactly fast, back then (it's the same reason MS built their own heap allocator for Office <= 2010 - because the Windows heap implementation prior to LFH was just too slow for office, even with the FAT32 document format).
People did eventually reverse the protocol and introduce them into things like Apple's iWork, Openoffice and so on, although MS eventually releasing the document format specs no doubt helped a lot.
Sage for rambling. I need some more tea.
|>>|| No. 422415
>The complexity of Flash was partly deliberate, because it stymied efforts to build compatible tools and players.
There were simple third-party software tools though with which you could make simple animations and save them as Flash files for browsers (*.swf). Granted, none of them offered the level of functionality as Macromedia/Adobe Flash.
I think what killed Flash in the end was both that it was a wide open door for malicious code and that in the case of streaming video, technology had simply moved on. HTML5 makes it far easier to stream video directly in your browser using HTML and script languages than before. And Flash was always a usability nightmare. If you didn't have one of the latest Flash versions installed or if for example your employer had Flash deactivated on your work PC, menu bars could be immaneuverable, so as a good web developer, you had to create an additional non-Flash version of your site, which meant double the work.
Another reason was also that Flash was just overused for pointless intro screens and all kinds of silly moving bits and bobs on web sites. Tastes have definitely changed in that respect. Today's web sites are much more pared back and static again in a way. Appealing visuals are achieved much more with good typography and simple, large photos.
|>>|| No. 422416
You were all warned about walls of comp-sci text outside /g/ before lads, you have a board for this.
|>>|| No. 422418
Point taken. I thought we were just doing some superficial tech banter here, but you are of course right.
|>>|| No. 422419
I actually considered making a thread in /shed/ demanding this but decided against it.
|>>|| No. 422420
It's probably best if someone just starts a 'cars' thread on /mph/ and then let them use it as they see fit.
|>>|| No. 422425
I see no "comp-sci" here. Get back to us when someone starts comparing O(log n) complexity of various algorithms.
Seriously though, this was all "average computer user" level stuff especially if you compare it to the serious talk about rotary motors and what not the carlads are getting into in the "Week" thread.
Sage for being miserable git
|>>|| No. 422435
Both are inappropriate uses of the respective threads, lad. Both types of autists have their own boards, so stop being apathetic whingers and make threads about what interests you.
|>>|| No. 422436
In both cases here, though, the discussion came out of natural conversation. The car stuff only went in depth when someone asked a question, and went from there.
The original comment about GIMP might have arguably been better as a new thread, but I'm not really against the conversation that followed, either, it felt just as relevant as anything else we've nattered about in this thread.
I do want us to use the boards properly, but I get the sense that the car discussion would never have happened at all elsewhere, and the computery one would have likely been much shorter in /g/. What I'm saying is I've no idea how to fix that.
|>>|| No. 422437
> What I'm saying is I've no idea how to fix that.
There is no way to "fix" it beyond breaking the board's natural "nattery" culture.
I wonder if >>422435 is the same pillock who had multiple tearies when drugs were brought up in weekend threads a few years ago; I mean shock fucking horror - people do drugs at the weekend, people use computers and cars during the week and want to natter about it to like minded people.
It's not as if the week/weekend threads actually have a topic to begin with - they're general purpose talk about what's going on in your life threads.
If I jumped into a thread in /fat/ to spam 30+ posts about the technical ins and outs of my new workout tracking app I might get your point, but in a week/weekend general I feel like anything pretty much should go unless the conversation is definitely and definitively moving towards a single divisive topic, at which point it's better taken to its respective board before the inevitable cunt-off begins.
|>>|| No. 422438
Or one of the many lads who complained not long ago about inaccessible discussions on computers and computer programming in /shed/, maybe? Nice strawman, regardless; points for effort. Niche board discussions aren't "natural natter" to 99% of the population.
It's not hard to make a thread, go make a thread now. I'm sure you'll get replies, but you're obviously too cripplingly insecure to put yourself out there and say "discuss this with me" for fear of rejection... on an anonymous imageboard... for a reason unbeknownst to anyone as /g/ is one of our most used boards.
This is yet more evidence for why these generals are complete wank.
|>>|| No. 422440
>The car stuff only went in depth when someone asked a question, and went from there
Couldn't someone have asked a question to start a new thread on /mph/?
|>>|| No. 422441
You lot are only complaining because it's GIMP. I don't know why there is an overwhelming prejudice against open source software here but it's pretty nasty at times like this to be honest.
|>>|| No. 422442
>I'm sure you'll get replies
This is the thing, I'm not sure you would.
There's more discussion about mechanical keyboards in one of these weekend threads than there is on the /g/ post about mechanical keyboards, and the latter was there earlier. I lurk here enough to know that specific topic threads on specific boards just don't get the same replies as the week/end threads, so it makes sense that people are more willing to contribute their thoughts here.
I don't necessarily think this is a good situation, but it's the one we're in. Clearly encouraging people to make new threads doesn't work, so we could start moderating the week/end threads more heavily, moving applicable posts from here and reposting them as new threads on relevant boards, but my instincts tell me that wouldn't be effective. I'm not against trying, though.
|>>|| No. 422443
I too have noticed the insidious creep of anti-open source here. I've mentioned it a few times but just get shouted down. I worry that it's so subtle that it's affecting people's attitudes without them even realising.
|>>|| No. 422447
>Yeah - we're all in the pocket of Big Software.
And they post on anonymous image boards to discourage people from using open source.
|>>|| No. 422451
Why would I be comparing two O(log(n))s? Complexity is always measured by scalability, you can't split hairs there.
Appropriately the box was labelled 'autism'
|>>|| No. 422532
To ask somebody who popped in a 'general bants' thread at the right time? Seems mildly counter-productive, given that I didn't seek to derail the thread - the conversation happened naturally and fell into oblivion just exactly.
Now if I had something I'd like to have a proper discussion about, I'd go to the right board. That's only reasonable.
|>>|| No. 422537
An MP has resigned from Labour because she gave her son a £50,000 job despite him being convicted for drug dealing and then getting caught out lying by saying she didn't know of his crimes when she appointed him when it turned out she'd written a statement of character to the judge. When a journalist confronted her about this she threw a bucket of water over them and threatened to smash their face in with a baseball bat.
I've had a look at the resignation statement on Twitter and the majority of the replies are showing solidarity or complaining about journalists [having the audacity to ask the judge who wrote the reference letters for her son]. I do not understand blind tribal loyalty. If someone was caught out being dishonest and became aggressive when they were called out on it then they wouldn't get my unwaivering support.
|>>|| No. 422538
>and the majority of the replies are showing solidarity or complaining about journalists
Would I be correct in assuming that this is a coloured lady?
|>>|| No. 422539
>I've had a look at the resignation statement on Twitter and the majority of the replies are showing solidarity or complaining about journalists
Well, duh... it's their Twitter, who do you think is following her? Her supporters. It's like when people host Twitter polls over some matter of opinion and low and behold, ninety-percent of your followers agree with you.
|>>|| No. 422541
Yes. I know the likes of Kate Osamor and Fiona Onasanya have been up to no good, but it does feel like black politicians, particularly female ones, are under a greater degree of scrutiny and expected to behave to a higher standard than others. Diane Abbott and Dawn Butler are hardly the only MPs to spout bollocks, but they seem singled out for it.
I don't browse Twitter often, but most of the time when I see people responding to a Tweet they're disagreeing and hurling insults. Then again, I guess certain people in the public eye are lightning rods for that sort of thing
|>>|| No. 422543
I misread this the first time and now I've learned I have much more sympathy for judges than for journalists.
But more importantly I can't stop wondering: why was there a bucket of water nearby? There's something inherently comic about it. Until disillusioned, I'm going to imagine an MP carrying a bucket of water everywhere they go just in case they ever see a journalist.
|>>|| No. 422544
I'm not trying to be a bleeding heart or a contrarian here, but I genuinely imagined she'd be white - I think that probably just says more about what I imagine the default politician to look like than anything else, though.
>I can't stop wondering: why was there a bucket of water nearby?
I had imagined they'd tried to corner her outside her house, it's the only thing that makes sense. It's also pretty funny if that's the case.
|>>|| No. 422557
My other half has said that all granny smith apples are picked around October time and are then kept in giant chilled units, where they stay fresh all year round, before being delivered to the shops as and when required. Is she having me on?
|>>|| No. 422558
Apples, and most fruit and vegetables, are very often stored in a chilled, modified atmosphere environment which prevents the propagation of ethylene, which is the primary factor in ripening fruit. Most of the fruit we buy is months old, and apples in particular can be stored this way for almost a year. I don't know for sure that all granny smiths are picked in October, but there's no reason they couldn't be.
|>>|| No. 422559
The self-service tills in Poundland (at least) have been given Santa's voice, and it makes terrible Christmas puns. It's even more obnoxious that you are probably imagining.
|>>|| No. 422560
The other month they were doing an Elvis voice for some reason. They were painful to use.
|>>|| No. 422563
I know that apples in particular require a special kind of atmospheric environment to stay fresh for a year. This largely means that the air they are stored in must be oxygen free or have at least a very low oxygen content. Therefore, those warehouses usually have signs warning you that the air in the storage areas is not safe to breathe.
|>>|| No. 422907
I had far too much coffee tonight.
It's 3 am and I am wide awake like it's early evening.
|>>|| No. 422914
I had two cups of espresso at 6 pm yesterday but slept rather well.
At times, I'm lying wide awake until it's 2 am, even if I hadn't drunk any coffee. No idea why, possibly stress.
|>>|| No. 422929
I had two large mugs of strong coffee between 9pm and 11pm. I was doing some Arduino programming and things sort of got out of hand.
|>>|| No. 422937
I think Guru Larry and Kim Justice are shagging, although I'm not sure about the logistics.
|>>|| No. 422946
God I fucking hate LAWWY's voice. The mixture of the Jonny Woss R's and heavy breathing just make any video of his completely fucking unwatchable.
|>>|| No. 422951
There's a lot of Youtubers have weird speech impediments like that. If it's not the Ws for Rs, it'll be ve inability to say TH sounds and saying V instead. Sometimes vey have bofe at once.
|>>|| No. 422953
Probably there was a discussion at an American psychiatric conference some time in the early 2010's where they floated the idea of telling their young charges with speech impediments to vlog for self esteem.
That or a more cynical marketing push by parents all reading the same marketing books to make their kid's character seem unique/brave/flawed.
|>>|| No. 422955
>That or a more cynical marketing push by parents all reading the same marketing books to make their kid's character seem unique/brave/flawed.
Just what the world needs. More special snowflakes.
And books on self marketing for kids.
Not being able to understand the modern world anymore increasingly feels like a badge of honour if like me you are from a generation which grew up almost entirely without the Internet as we know it today.
|>>|| No. 422956
I don't really see what's so strange, confusing, or surprising about parents pushing their kids into entertainment.
Is it just that you don't understand what YouTube is, or have you managed to miss the last few decades of Macaulay Culkin and Jackson family types?
|>>|| No. 422959
What I mean is how it is done today. When I was a proper younglad, we didn't have youtube or anything like that. Social media as it were quite plainly didn't exist. Meeting people online was limited to Internet forums that were newly popping up everywhere at the time, or to chatting with people via ICQ. But these were usually people that you had first met and gotten to know in real life.
Technology changes, and society changes. Kids today have ways of communicating with each other globally that my generation simply didn't have at its disposal. That's a given. But what I really find unsettling is that so much of a person's private life is shared with the entire world nowadays. This used to be limited to famous actors or rockstars, and even their lives only got divulged piecemeal by all the tabloids. But nowadays, you can just become a youtuber out of nowhere, your fame based on nothing but the fact that you have a few thousand subscribers who think you are famous, and off you go telling the world about last night's poo you had.
I've always been a very private person, in that I don't like to tell people much about myself, neither online nor offline, except maybe in anonymous settings like indeed image boards. I very much value my privacy that way, so it just seems bewildering to me that young kids nowadays invite the whole world into their bedroom with their youtube posts.
If that makes any sense.
|>>|| No. 422962
Their business, innit. Being a "personality" is the quickest route to fame, these kids have just cut the tabloids and reality TV producers out of the equation. There are plenty of popular YouTubers who are more-or-less anonymous - CGPGrey and Exurb1a spring to mind.
|>>|| No. 422965
I see where you're coming from, but I don't buy into the idea of vlogger fame being an inherently bad thing. People buy into personalities, they enjoy watching other people live interesting lives, or even just talk engagingly about a relatively normal existence. The internet has made it possible for anyone enigmatic enough to make a living out of being a storyteller, and I don't thing that's a bad thing at all, I don't even think it's a new thing. It's a modern form of a Diarist, or even those mundane Catherine Cookson or airport novels where nothing really happens. Those examples are fiction of course, but it's the same idea.
I just don't buy into the idea that it's bad or indicative of our crumbling society that we're inclined to popularise people who are engaging personalities.
I'm a private person too, but nobody is expecting or forcing either of us to post vlogs. You might not identify with the things these vloggers say, but demonstrably, a great many people do. Again, you don't see many introverts on these channels, but you should remember that extroverts exist, and this is a fantastic outlet for them. I'm willing to bet the kids who do post vlogs are utterly confused as to why you'd bother posting here, because nobody will ever know it was you who did the clever post. It's easy to forget that not everyone is like you, though that's another reason I think YouTube is a fantastic way to broaden your idea of what humanity looks like, at least the admittedly majority of relatively well off first world westerners who vlog.
It's still sad that Jake Paul or Ricegum are so popular, though.
|>>|| No. 422966
>I'm willing to bet the kids who do post vlogs are utterly confused as to why you'd bother posting here, because nobody will ever know it was you who did the clever post.
Important point. To sum up your post, it's indeed all about attention, and people craving it. And in that frame of mind, a clever post would be wasted if it isn't directly attributable to you.
Maybe that's what I really take issue with. It's all become about self marketing. About marketing yourself, about your market value in the attention economy of our time. Maybe a person you will never get to know personally by name has the cleverest things to say that you'll ever read. But a person's worth as a human being should not be determined by their market value in the attention economy.
|>>|| No. 422967
I feel it gets a bit dystopian when you get onto the axis of commercialising basic human interaction, though my example is really a different issue.
I've been reading a lot of stories on Twitter recently, some fiction, mostly history, but almost inevitably in the middle there'll be a bit where the person posting them goes "And by the way, here's my Patreon/Ko.fi!" and it just sets off some sort of sense of wrongness to me, because it's the kind of thing I can-and-do post for free elsewhere just to kill an afternoon, and it's not like i'm some Tarq who whouldn't benefit from an extra fiver, it's just a mix of something that would never occur to me and - as previously stated - something that makes me recoil when the idea arises.
I guess it also just sits wrong with me to have people getting paid on the basis of socialisation, since the people who'll need help the most - the poor and unpopular/boring will be double fucked.
It's very tiring, but I can't really be a grumpy old Luddite about it. Half because I'm not that old, and half because I don't think there's any alternative or agency involved.
|>>|| No. 422969
Do you feel the same way about a busker's hat? Is it really so wrong to ask people to contribute financially to support something that they like?
|>>|| No. 422970
I'm a bit dumbfounded by how easy it is for some youtubers or social media "personalities" (to use the latter term very lightly) to basically get a free ride in life. Granted, Big Consumer Goods isn't just going to get involved with any mong who has two subscribers, his parents not among them, and uploads atrociously unwatchable videos getting hundreds of down votes. You have to already have some amount of weight in the attention economy to be able to attract business from sponsors. But it's the fact that if you play your cards right and just surf the influencer wave, you can make more money a month talking into a camera while sat on your bed that most people will earn working a senior 50-hour office job.
To corporate sponsors, I would imagine that this is a dream come true in terms of reaching target audiences, getting peer testimonials and paying fuck all to have what is basically a 10-minute advertisement produced, filmed and edited by the influencer themselves on their laptop at home. Which will also be why some companies will pay handsome sums to influencers, which will still be a small fraction of normal advertising budgets. And that is counting the staff that needs to be paid at the company's end to oversee its influencer marketing activities.
Just saying that these are strange times. And I'm also no luddite. I even happen to have an economics degree and know more than many people about marketing. Even spent some time working in online marketing in the widest sense in the early noughties, when that was really still quite a new thing altogether. But really before the social media revolution took off in any way.
I'm probably a bit like a football player who had his heyday a long time ago and now just scratches his head at the way the game is played today. You'll still have twenty-two people on a football pitch chasing a ball and attempting to score goals, but that's where the similarities end to the kind of footie you used to play.
|>>|| No. 422972
>I'm a bit dumbfounded by how easy it is for some youtubers or social media "personalities" (to use the latter term very lightly) to basically get a free ride in life.
I hear this a lot and I'm dangerously close to defending Jake Paul here, but my response to this is if it's really that easy, why don't you do it?
It's hardly a difficult job, but you need to be a skilled people person (I concede this can be natural in some) and a half decent editor - it's a lot of work and spent time. And speaking as a performer myself, the energy you put in to being 'on' can be significant.
I wish it was just as easy as sticking a camera in front of my face and pressing record, but I know I won't rake in millions if I do that.
|>>|| No. 422973
After messing about with video editing software to try and make the most simple of things I have a lot more respect for people who manage to do even just a little bit less simple things with them. There is a lot of shit to learn and it's not intuitive to.
|>>|| No. 422975
As I said, you are not going to get that coveted free ride just being a mong whose skill set is really such that he shouldn't be posting videos in the first place. You have to have garnered some clout, and as with anything, if you have a knack for it, if you are talented that way, it will come easier.
But in the end, all that many really seem to do is prop up a camera in front of their bed and then spend the better part of ten minutes just engaging in unflinching praise of whatever product they are told to wave into the camera that week.
Either way, with the millions of youtubers out there, as a company it's very probably going to be rich pickings spotting just three or four of them that you need and who show promise as a good fit for your brand and with the right people and editing skills already in place.
For the sponsoring company, as I said, the appeal will be a tight focus on an intended target group, peer effects, and the externalisation of advertising costs. The most elaborate TV ads which won't necessarily have an equally tight target group focus can cost several hundreds of thousands of pounds to make and broadcast. But if you tell a youtube influencer to advertise your product for you and take some 80 percent of the actual work off you, the ten grand a pop that you will pay them are small change for your advertising department, while it will go a long way for some 20-year-old who still lives with her parents and can't believe her luck.
|>>|| No. 422976
That's a fair point, but imagine if your colleagues at work held out the busker's hat every time they made a particularly funny joke, you know? You can understand it for someone who's an actual Content Creator* but when it's just a blog or whatever... Come on.
As for Youtubers, I often lament about how if I'd thought of it ten years ago I'd be a million-earning Let's Play-er or whatever. But I didn't, and even if I did, I'm too socially awkward to go about promoting myself and generating the hype you need to make it big.
* Ugh. That term makes my hairs stand on edge. Like calling cleaners Sanitation Personnel or whatever, only more pretentious because in this case it's often self applied.
|>>|| No. 422981
>As for Youtubers, I often lament about how if I'd thought of it ten years ago I'd be a million-earning Let's Play-er or whatever.
It's not easy peasy coming up with THE next big thing and then cashing in on it when it takes off and spending the rest of your days living off the millions you've made.
Internet platforms of all kinds have been launched by the thousands over the years, all of them hoping to make it big. A good 80 percent never come to full fruition, and of the remaining 20 percent, only a handful then end up becoming the huge household names that they are today.
As often with these things, you have to be in the right place at the right time, and spot the one thing that you think the world is missing. Youtube became big because until the early 2000s, what was missing was a convenient way of sharing video online. It may seem rudimentary to us today, but showing a friend a video involved sending them a low-res file via e-mail, often still many megabytes in size with the video codecs of the day, and at a time when many e-mail services had a 5 MB limit for incoming mail. Alternatively, you could upload the video to your web server or an ftp server and then post the link, but it was messy and few people did. And then there was still no guarantee that the recipient could watch the video, because maybe their computer was missing the required video or audio codec.
So youtube's stroke of genius was being the first web site which offered a comprehensive platform where you could upload videos and then just e-mail your friends a link. And accessibility solely required installing the Flash plugin, which many browsers already had as standard anyway.
With markets as tight, diverse and fragmented as they are today especially in the online world, I would speculate that it has become much more difficult to spot that one big thing that's still missing. There are still people who launch online services that are then bought up and make them millions, but it's just not as easy anymore.
|>>|| No. 422982
When you're really good at something, it tends to look effortless. It's the amateurs who make it seem like hard work. Talking to a camera for ten minutes about fuck-all while being engaging and entertaining is unbelievably difficult. If you try it yourself, it quickly becomes apparent. Have a gander at some YouTubers with a handful of subscribers and you can see the immense gulf in skill between PewDiePie or Jake Paul and their legions of imitators and wannabes.
|>>|| No. 422984
YouTube weren't the first online video site, nor did they do anything particularly unique. Google wasn't the first search engine, Facebook wasn't the first social network. Being in the right place at the right time didn't save Myspace, Bebo, AskJeeves and AltaVista from their dismal fates. The devil is in the details - most dominant businesses do a thousand things very slightly better than anyone else, which adds up to an insurmountable advantage. If you get complacent and stop building on that advantage ("defending your moat" in venture capital jargon), some upstart will come and steal your lunch.
|>>|| No. 422985
>Do you feel the same way about a busker's hat?
I usually want them to bugger off to be honest. More seriously, I don't think that's the best analogy. Socially, it's more like going to some kind of club for musicians to hang out and play together, and then having a hat for if they like your playing, with that being the way to express genuine appreciation for their playing because you've got to give something up, and then naturally, by proxy, the richer musicians can give more money and so express 'more appreciation' despite it representing a lower percentage of their income surrendered, and then musicians try to get the attention of the rich musicians so you drag things quickly in a rather grim direction involving convoluted analogies and the elimination of a space for a musical conversation of would-be equals in favour of one weighted heavily towards those who've already been blessed in some way by life.
|>>|| No. 422991
>Socially, it's more like going to some kind of club for musicians to hang out and play together, and then having a hat for if they like your playing
Honestly, it's more like taking a pile of your CD's to sell in the pub. People who don't offer any sort of extra content for their patreon are few and far between.
|>>|| No. 422992
If an analogy is worth convolution, it's worth run-on-sentencing as well.
>Honestly, it's more like taking a pile of your CD's to sell in the pub
I considered that a great analogy until I realised you probably mean because you were playing in the pub, not just sticking them on the table as a 'hint hint' while having a normal in-pub conversation.
|>>|| No. 422994
>until I realised you probably mean because you were playing in the pub
Well yeah, I was working off your 'musician club' analogy.
I still don't think there's anything wrong in trying to make a living off your talent. The very strength of a crowdfunding solution like Patreon is that you don't have to compromise your art to appeal to a market - you find a market you could never have found pre internet, and ask them to contribute to your continuing endeavours.
|>>|| No. 422999
It's true that youtube wasn't the first video platform service. Few people are ever first to do anything. But they were the first ones who took an idea that was trending in the market and provided a carefully thought out solution to the problem of easy video sharing that had mass appeal.
It's often not the first market pioneers that really get to cash in the most on a fledgling market. Aside from the general risk associated with attempting to enter a market as the first mover due to the many unknowns you will face, the added risk comes from would-be competitors following suit and spotting chinks in your armour and offering a rival product in a market that you have established, but doing it better than you. And with less risk, because some market determinants are now known.
This was the downfall of Myspace. facebook stole Myspace's thunder because it carefully observed that while there was a profitable market for providing community platforms for social media profiles, which Myspace was first to capitalise on to a notable extent, there were many things wrong with the user experience that Myspace delivered.
It's worth noting that youtube didn't happen as a garage project taken on by a few younglads on a homebrew web server, mind. The three founders of youtube were former PayPal employees and thus presumably well connected in the industry, which no doubt helped them secure almost $20 million in venture capital funding that were invested in the budding company pretty much from the word go in 2005-2006. With the kind of server traffic that even modest user access would have caused, this was from the beginning not something you could have done even with a handful of rented AOL web servers in a server farm somewhere. This needed proper infrastructure costing indeed millions from day one to have any kind of scalability at all as its user base was going to grow.
So unless you would have been able to acquire millions of pounds of venture capital, it wasn't a case of "Why didn't I think of that back then".
|>>|| No. 423000
That's all very true, but at the same time I've always had this feeling like it's more luck than anything. Facebook are the biggest thing in the world right now, but I daresay their time will come to an end just like Myspace did; and they weren't huge business masterminds to take that particular competition down. They made all the right decisions as well as having the right placement, but I can see most of those decisions being basically good fortune- It's not like they made some great insight into the zeitgeist of the time, it's just that the stuff they tried just so happened to catch on and work out well.
It's the same with most big success stories I feel. People like Elmo Musk or Geoff Benzos hit it lucky somewhere, and then the rest of their success is based on the pure brute force of their existing wealth. One or two differences could have put them somewhere else entirely. If you put Benzo Boy in charge of Amazon today, from the position he started in, there's every chance he'd fuck it up the wall and be penniless within a year.
|>>|| No. 423001
>It's the same with most big success stories I feel.
The problem with success stories is that you only get to hear them about people who have succeeded at something. You don't often hear much about people who have failed, especially in the early stages of something.
There are some people who had big dreams and big plans to make a fortune off an idea, but at some point it then all fell apart and now they're probably on benefits in a council flat somewhere with a mountain of debt. Maybe the idea was wrong, maybe they simply didn't have the business acumen, maybe they just hired the wrong people to help them. Or any number of combinations of those things.
|>>|| No. 423005
Well not solely luck. As the Romans said, fortes fortuna adiuvat. Fortune helps/favours the brave. Most people who have succeeded in life did so due in no small part to dogged determination and hard work. The likes of Richard Branson or Alan Sugar put their back into building their empires from their youth and kept at it relentlessly.
You can still fail despite all your hard work. But to a certain extent, hard work can reduce your risk of failure.
|>>|| No. 423007
So far as I see it, it was more or less inevitable there would be a Virgin records, Virgin Atlantic and Amstrad, or at least companies that filled those market niches. Sure, it's possible that they might not be part of a Megabrand like Virgin, but that's of marginal importance. So when it comes to what those companies did, they deserve very little credit for their products and services being invented (for want of a better word). Where the personal life advice comes in is: Lots of things are functionally inevitable, if you want loadsamoney try to make sure you're the one who that inevitability is channelled through.
I forget if that came out of my understanding of history (which works similarly) or out of a refusal to be sycophantic towards CEOs for overseeing the creation of things what we use a lot like.
|>>|| No. 423009
> But these were usually people that you had first met and gotten to know in real life.
I remember trawling through the Net, talking to people I'd never met and wouldn't have met IRL anyway. Some of them I still talk to.
Again, about 9/10 of my ICQ roster were folks I'd never met in the meatspace.
The more I think about the more I see another emerging pattern of division: the way people use the Net in regards to people. The first part uses the Net to talk to people they already know IRL. The other part uses it to find new acquaintances/friends. There's also a third, fourth, fifth ad nauseam part that blends the two in various proportions but those aren't as interesting to watch.
> But what I really find unsettling is that so much of a person's private life is shared with the entire world nowadays. This used to be limited to famous actors or rockstars, and even their lives only got divulged piecemeal by all the tabloids. But nowadays, you can just become a youtuber out of nowhere, your fame based on nothing but the fact that you have a few thousand subscribers who think you are famous, and off you go telling the world about last night's poo you had.
The fame bit applies to the rockstar just as much.
I don't see a problem here. If someone decides to broadcast their life on the WWW, that's their ballache.
Private persons should be more concerned about what Schneier calls 'public-private surveillance partnership', that is, all the corporate and government data miners and busy-bodies out to strip them off their last shreds of privacy.
The knobhead 'I've just laboured a giant shit, I'm gonna call it Brian' youtuber isn't the enemy here.
> they enjoy watching other people live interesting lives
This I don't get. I'd rather try to make my life more interesting.
Taleb's writing is very captivating innit?
I can't appraise his economics skills properly but he surely knows how to write.
|>>|| No. 423010
Your logic seems to be something like "someone had to survive this fight to the last man standing, so I had no respect for the one gladiator to survive out of the thousands who took part". It's not about credit for inventing the things, it's about beating out the competition.
Not to say virgin's existence is a sum good but your approach is a little strange to me.
|>>|| No. 423011
Unless I'm making (or taking) bets, it's of little functional difference who survives.
>It's not about credit for inventing the things, it's about beating out the competition.
I wouldn't say that. It's an approach that strongly clashes with the Elon Musk cult, which is just a slightly more extreme version the general way we talk about product development and for that matter political leadership.
|>>|| No. 423012
>So far as I see it, it was more or less inevitable there would be a Virgin records, Virgin Atlantic and Amstrad
Not really, no. On the face of it, Virgin Atlantic was just another airline, and Amstrad was just another computer company. All that Richard Branson and Alan Michael Sugar did was compete in an already established industry respectively.
That isn't to say that you can't be good at that, or that you can't do it well or introduce ways of doing it that are new to the industry. Just that it wasn't "inevitable" that there would be Virgin Atlantic or Amstrad.
> It's not about credit for inventing the things, it's about beating out the competition.
Pretty much my point.
|>>|| No. 423014
Virgin Atlantic wasn't really just another airline, their business model targeted a specific niche in the early days, inspired by Laker Airways. That specific niche was inevitably going to be filled. So far as Amstrad had a specific niche, that too would've been filled. In both cases, most likely by an alternative similar company. It's the natural colleague of the view that you'd still have telephones if one of the inventors never existed and you'd still have Thatcherism under an alternate name had Thatcher been hit by a bus in 1968. I'm not saying fate is predestined, just that history is almost always bigger than one man.
Your reward for beating the competition is money flowing to you by virtue of your victorious position. You aren't going to get my respect just for that because without you, my life would still be more or less the same. Personally, in both politics and industry I tend to respect the defeated defender of inevitably doomed causes over the smart man who swam with the tide. It almost always makes for a much better story and a much greater test of character.
|>>|| No. 423015
Functional difference? If some person won a fistfight with a bear I'd respect them for it despite it making no functional difference to me or anyone outside their immediate circle. I'm not sure the argument here.
|>>|| No. 423016
> I'm not saying fate is predestined, just that history is almost always bigger than one man.
There is a theory in innovation research that posits that great inventions, or even scientific discoveries are rarely the work of one single individual or one single company, but rather that at the time of the innovation or discovery, there was an undercurrent of people working on similar things all pertaining to the same problem.
For example, in the early days of automobiles, it wasn't just people like Gottlib Daimler and Carl Benz who could take full credit for "inventing the car", as it were. Many other inventors at the time were working on the idea of a self-propelled passenger vehicle, sometimes building upon each other's ideas incrementally.
Likewise, Tim Berners-Lee didn't "invent the world wide web". There were several ideas floating around in scientific circles at the time of how to conveniently share information between different computers and computer users. It just so happened that his idea for a web page markup language and the concept of hyperlinks turned out to become the winning ticket due to its elegance and ease of use.
Or if you take chemistry, the discovery of the Periodic Table was not the work of one single person, but it was the culmination of the work of an entire generation of scientists.
|>>|| No. 423017
Generally: History doesn't concern itself with random fist-fights and I don't concern myself with things that aren't - and will not be - history, with exception to things that affect me directly.
Frankly I think we're talking about different things but I'm not sure I want to go through the messy process of disentangling why.
I'm no respecter of rank as it is, but there's a world of difference between "I respect Steve Jobs for fighting to a high position and keeping it" and "I respect Steve Jobs because he gave us modern smartphones and without him we'd all be stuck with Nokia bricks and blackberries." I am merely apathetic to the former, my disdain is directed towards the latter.
|>>|| No. 423018
Steve Jobs didn't even do that. He built up a cult of personality. The sad fact is that success stories are subject to survivorship bias, and the fruits of said success usually end up with the shameless self-promoters rather than anyone that actually contributed to the success. With very few exceptions, the people who "beat out the competition" did so with a lot of unacknowledged help. For instance, Google is likely to have a substantial advantage when it comes to autonomous vehicles not because they've done anything better but because they'll have bought an outfit working in the field and leveraged the free labour of millions to train their vision systems. The guy behind Uber advocates for uncontrolled free markets because unregulated markets do not punish him for cheating his way to success.
|>>|| No. 423033
>Steve Jobs didn't even do that
The first iPhone didn't really bring about anything new as such, you also have to remember. There were already phones that could access web pages, there were phones on which you could receive, compose and send e-mail, listen to music or take, manage and send photos. There were even feature phones which had what would become known as apps.
I guess the big selling point of the iPhone was just the way all these functions were integrated into a new, convenient format. And of course you had a growing Apple cult following spawned by the iPod a few years earlier that was just going to splash out on whatever Apple was going to throw at them, and at any price.
But there was also no telling that it was going to be the all-encompassing disruptive new invention that it turned out to be for the mobile phone market when it first came out. Complaints after its launch included outrageously expensive mobile phone plans for the iPhone, patchy data transfer, poor retail availability and few actually useful apps.
I think as has been said, the time was just right for somebody to come along and repackage existing technologies into one monolithic convenient piece of technology. And Steve Jobs naturally did not do this alone. He may have spearheaded the project, but without a whole staff of engineers, designers, software developers and market researchers, it would have been impossible for him to deliver the iPhone.
|>>|| No. 423036
>But there was also no telling that it was going to be the all-encompassing disruptive new invention that it turned out to be for the mobile phone market when it first came out.
A lot of us in the industry were really freaking out about the iPhone, as much out of fear as admiration. It was clear that they had put together something very special. Nokia's senior engineers had a crisis meeting on the day of the iPhone launch; many of them say that they knew the company was finished within minutes of picking up an iPhone. The really crucial components in the iPhone - the screen and touchscreen digitiser - were genuinely radical products designed in collaboration between Apple and their ODM partners and were miles ahead of any commodity components at the time.
There were other engineering teams who could have built an iPhone in 2007, but there was only one manager with the vision to ask for one. There were a hundred different huge engineering problems that had to be solved to bridge the gap between an HTC TyTN and an iPhone. Jobs had the monomaniacal zeal to solve all of those problems in one massive binge and build something radical.
He made some compromises that seem perfectly normal now, but seemed practically insane at the time. The market norm was for phones that could survive multiple hard drops and last for a couple of weeks on a charge; Jobs delivered a phone with a huge fragile glass screen and a battery that could barely last a day. Organisations representing blind people vociferously protested the iPhone because it had no buttons; within a couple of years, it was being heralded as the biggest breakthrough for blind people since Braille.
The iPhone was like Mo Salah turning up at a Sunday league match. The iPhone wasn't a bit better than what came before, it wasn't even a remarkable improvement, it was so much better in every way that it became an entirely different category of thing. Engineers outside of Apple knew how they did it, in the same sense that your high school physics teacher could explain how the Apollo moon landings worked.
Apple had been working away in secret for years and leapfrogged the rest of the industry, instantly making every other mobile phone obsolete. Microsoft tried and failed to stay in the smartphone business, Samsung tried and failed to build their own mobile OS, Nokia went bust, Blackberry went bust, Motorola got sold to Lenovo - it was a bloodbath. Google spent billions buying up companies and patent portfolios to create a credible rival.
I think Jobs was a cunt, but he was an utterly remarkable cunt. To a huge extent, the rest of the tech industry has spent the last 30 years copying ideas that seemed obvious right after Steve Jobs had made them a reality. Exactly the same arguments can be made about the original Macintosh - it wasn't all that different in any specific way to the computers that had preceded it, but as a complete entity it was a radical departure that became the template for everything that followed.
|>>|| No. 423037
I think what a lot of people miss is the fact that what Apple really did, is put all those things into the hands of normal cunts.
Steve Jobs is the man you have to thank for the way 49 year old HR bints at your office know what memes are. These people didn't know or care what a motion sensor was, they didn't really want to read their emails on the bus, in the late 2000s the internet was still a novelty to a lot of people. But once they had it, one he'd snuck all that functionality into their pocket under the guise of being the coolest, most stylish new status symbol everyone needs, they realised they very much did want it. Up until then, you had to be a nerd to care about whether your phone had WiFi or not- You were probably already the type of person who had those weird precursor devices like PDAs and netbooks. The iPhone sold that to teenage girls and your mum.
And that's how we find ourselves in the mess we are in today. This is why the floor has fallen beyond what we every believed possible in terms of political discourse, conspiracy theories, social media outrage over out of context remarks. Normal cunts saw the internet, it's culture, and decided that they wanted in. It's only been downhill from there.
It was a total fluke, of course- Imagine if they had fucked the design up just a bit and people thought it was ugly. They nearly did. Imagine if they never saw sense and tried to keep blocking Youtube. Imagine if Flash had fought back and stayed a dominant platform. Things could have gone differently, but here we are- Apple is regarded as one of THE big players in tech, but they have basically sat square on their arses since the iPhone. They had the right idea at the right time, and it's unlikely they'll pull off anything that big again.
|>>|| No. 423038
Apple in the last 20 years or so has been surfing an improbably long wave of pioneering groundbreaking consumer product innovations. Whether you like Apple or not, you have to give them that. From the first iMac (which many people back then still thought was shit) to the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, it was just disruptive innovation after disruptive innovation.
Except most disruptive innovations, if you go by economics textbooks, imply that the disruptive innovator starts as a bit of an underdog and at least initially offers products that are somewhat inferior to the competition. It is only when the product quality of those newcomers begins to exceed minimum customer needs that they become a threat to existing competitors. One example could be Japanese cars, which at least in the beginning were really not as reliable and technologically advanced as the Western competition.
Apple, on the other hand, came out swinging every time by making its products many times better from the word go than those of existing market leaders. Their strategy wasn't to subvert the existing market at a steady but moderate pace, but to blow everybody else out of the water with one fell swoop with products that were light years ahead of everything that existed.
>Up until then, you had to be a nerd to care about whether your phone had WiFi or not- You were probably already the type of person who had those weird precursor devices like PDAs and netbooks. The iPhone sold that to teenage girls and your mum.
That's not unlike the automobile though. In the beginning and for the first 20 years or so, cars were a pursuit of wealthy enthusiasts, as you had to be to afford a car in the first place, and oftentimes, the really well to do would hire a full-time mechanic-dash-chauffeur the same way they had servants for their kitchen and living quarters. And that was actually the only way you were able to keep a car running, because cars at the turn of the 20th century were really high maintenance vehicles that required a lot of specialist knowledge. What really broke new ground for them especially after WWII was that they became so easy to manage that anybody with a few hours of training could safely operate a car and even have a grasp of what to do when it malfunctioned.
|>>|| No. 423039
"disruptive innovation" is part of that set of corporate speak that makes me sick a little in my mouth every time I read or hear it.
There are people who speak and think like that, and I can't fathom it.
|>>|| No. 423041
The term is gratuitously over-used by wankers, but some things really do deserve the label. If you've got a New York taxi medallion or you've done The Knowledge, Uber is pretty bloody disruptive. If you own a bookshop, you're very lucky to have survived the rise of Amazon. Netflix killed Blockbuster and hundreds of independent rental shops. The entire history of the mobile phone is divided into two chapters - before and after the iPhone; several multi-billion dollar companies didn't survive that watershed.
Most businesses are just one of many competitors. Most companies are aiming to incrementally grow their market share by offering slightly better products or slightly lower prices than their competitors. That's not how Silicon Valley operates - because of the structure of venture capital investment, they want a near-monopoly or nothing; the only way to achieve that is with a massive, radical leap that quickly wins a massive proportion of the market. The whole model is high-risk, high-reward; 98% of their investments are a total loss, but they'll make billions on the other 2%.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of Apple shares in 1998, they'd now be worth £160,000. If you had bought £1,000 worth of Tesco shares in 1998, they'd now be worth £1,000. That's the difference between "disruptive innovation" and business as usual.
|>>|| No. 423042
Disruptive innovation is taught by Rabbis, it's not just a Tech term. We have an inherrent responsibility weaved into our childhood teachings that encourages us to push for disruptive innovation in a sociological comtext, to never be happy with the status quo. Can we make society better? This works, but can it be done better? Not even necessarily better, simply can this survive being attacked.
It's why we've annoyed people in the past. Hitler had some strong feelings about it, I believe.
|>>|| No. 423045
>"disruptive innovation" is part of that set of corporate speak that makes me sick a little in my mouth every time I read or hear it.
That's probably because middle management and above types tend to run with these buzzwords without a deeper understanding of their underlying meaning. They will just follow the crowd on every new and already overused concept that comes down the track. While the science behind those concepts is often really sufficiently unassailable and offers reasonable advice on how to profit from them.
|>>|| No. 423046
>Normal cunts saw the internet, it's culture, and decided that they wanted in. It's only been downhill from there.
I've never liked this narrative even if I still agree with the practical conclusions. Some of the most prolific creators of Geocities pages were American OAPs. The majority of normal people were online by 2007.
What smartphones - in concert with other developments around the same time - really achieved was to increase the amount of time the internet was used, to discourage long-form forum discussions in favour of shorter twitter-style arguments, to encourage using the internet to communicate with people you know in the same fashion you used to send a text message. When it comes to conspiracy theory shite and the rest of it. Blaming the people is an easy way to escape blaming the technology. The technology may work as designed, but it guides people down a very undesirable path because it's the best one for showing them adverts.
Increasingly I feel the internet needs a year zero. I don't think the EU's 'meme ban' was it, but I often found myself playing devil's advocate for something like that, something that takes a sledgehammer to the way things are done now and forces an alternative order on the internet, hopefully one dominated less by the ad-men and suggestion algorithms and more by literally anyone else. (But always, always, always I must add, with about a week's notice so I can pirate a lifetime's worth of good films and telly first just in case the new order is even worse than the status quo.)
|>>|| No. 423048
>What smartphones - in concert with other developments around the same time - really achieved was to increase the amount of time the internet was used,
I think this is really what it boils down to. In the days of yore, some 20 years ago, going on the Internet was something that you did when you got home (not every workplace computer had an always-on Internet connection in 1998), you had to turn on your big beige desktop computer with the bulky CRT and establish a 56k dial-up connection. And then you logged off again and that was your time spent on the Internet. Maybe an hour or two at a time, but no more than that per day.
Nowadays with smartphones, you are really online 24/7 whether you want to be or not.
>hopefully one dominated less by the ad-men and suggestion algorithms
I find those suggestion algorithms particularly annoying on my youtube app. It keeps throwing cat video suggestions at me just because one time two weeks ago I searched for "funny cats" and watched a clip or two.
|>>|| No. 423049
Labour MP who lied to avoid speeding charge compares herself to Jesus
The Labour MP found guilty of lying to police to avoid a speeding charge has compared herself to Jesus and Moses in a defiant message to her colleagues.
Fiona Onasanya, 35, was suspended and urged to quit the Commons by the Labour Party yesterday after her conviction for perverting the course of justice. The solicitor lied “persistently and deliberately” to police about who was driving her car in an attempt to avoid penalty points after it was recorded at 41mph in a 30mph zone near Thorney in her Peterborough constituency.
But in a message sent to other Labour MPs on various WhatsApp groups this morning and leaked to The Times, Ms Onasanya hinted she would not quit, saying this was instead “the beginning of the next chapter” of her “story”, as it was with Jesus.
|>>|| No. 423054
>Ms Onasanya hinted she would not quit, saying this was instead “the beginning of the next chapter” of her “story”, as it was with Jesus.
Hmm, those are some very strategic looking quotation marks.
|>>|| No. 423055
It's almost as if they're quoting the exact words she used to describe the situation in their reporting.
|>>|| No. 423056
I was going to go to Stonehenge this weekend for the winter solstice celebrations. But I got caught up in too many other things again.
Attending either a summer or winter solstice at Stonehenge has long been one of my dreams. Any of you lads interested in going there for next year's summer solstice?
|>>|| No. 423058
What, and waste the longest day of the year sitting in traffic out and back rather than shitposting from a park bench while off one's tits on white cider?
|>>|| No. 423061
As I understand it, both the summer and winter solstice rituals at the site start in the early morning at sunrise. So you'd probably be done there before noon and you'd have the whole rest of the day to do whatever. Probably feel knackered though from getting up so early. But maybe the druids will have some good mead or some drugs or something.
The official winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge are on Saturday. Apparently, sunrise in Wiltshire that day will be at 08:09 am. So you'll probably have to get there by 6am at the very latest to avoid most of the traffic.
> DATE AND TIMES
>Saturday 22 December 2018
>6am: Limited car parking opens
>7.45am (approximately depending on light levels): Monument field opens
>10am: Monument field closes
>Access to Stonehenge for Winter Solstice is free and is subject to the Conditions of Entry. Please read these before deciding whether to attend. Stonehenge is in a field on Salisbury Plain and the weather in December will be cold and wet. Even if it isn’t raining, the ground will be wet from the dew and there may also be frost. Sensible footwear and warm, waterproof clothing is essential. Please note, parking charges apply.
|>>|| No. 423062
Not sure if it's just personal preference but assuming the exact quote was "This is the beginning of the next chapter of my story", I'd prefer re-wording the article to include the full quote, or going "This is the beginning of the next chapter of [her] story" over cutting up the quote.
|>>|| No. 423078
>Illegal drugs are still illegal at Stonehenge as they are anywhere else. The police will be on site during the access period and will take immediate action against anyone breaking the law.
|>>|| No. 423117
So this is what I missed today by not being able to go to Stonehenge.
Worth driving to Wiltshire from London in the middle of the night? Your guess is as good as mine.
|>>|| No. 423118
The crowds would ruin it. Better to find some obscure site to go and take drugs with just a few people. There's no lack of standing stones or burial mounds in these isles, can't be too hard to find someplace that'll retain the magic.
|>>|| No. 423120
>The crowds would ruin it
To me the crowds would kind of be the point of going there. It may all seem a tad too happy-clappy in the video clip, but I'm sure being there in person, the atmosphere at sunrise could be quite something to take in.
I find crowds like these also good to practice my social anxiety compensation skills. I like to throw myself into cold water at times, in crowds of perfect strangers all on my own, because that way I get a feeling that not all hope is lost with me. Even a bit of lively small talk with a random person can make you feel like people value your company.
|>>|| No. 423121
Grand but you can talk to strangers any day. If you're making the trip to standing stones to bask in the pageantry and mysticism of pagan solstice rituals, a few hundred people standing around in parkas, wooly hats and mittens is going to ruin the whole thing.
|>>|| No. 423127
Now, now. You will be old too one day.
Fun fact: Stonehenge is not an actual henge.
As per the archaelogical definition of a henge.
|>>|| No. 423128
They may be different beasts but they serve the same function. Fuck's sake, lads. You really will argue over anything.
|>>|| No. 423130
This was actually discussed on QI once. I think Stephen Fry asked the question "Can you name a henge", and they all fell for it.
|>>|| No. 423146
It's the bisexual furry mental breakdown lad back again, it's been a while.
So after swearing I'd never go with a guy again. I think I've fallen for that guy who put his gender down as "both".
Met him a few times, but the trouble is he's even more socially awkward than I am, and chronically depressed, and pretty much hasn't left his bed at all since he finished work.
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK ME AND MY STUPID HEAD
|>>|| No. 423147
Welcome back lad - you know exactly what we're going to say to support you - Consider if you are truly mentally and emotionally capable of supporting a partner with their own mental health issues.
|>>|| No. 423154
Testing based on my suspicions:
Consider if you are truly mentally and emotionally capable of supporting a partner with their own mental health issues.
|>>|| No. 423155
Someone needs to dig out the first instance of that wordfilter, because it's automatic PoTY material.
|>>|| No. 423162
Consider if you are truly mentally and emotionally capable of supporting an apparently shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc with their own mental health issues.
|>>|| No. 423166
Some idiot woman let her dog loose on me. I knew something was off just from the first sight of her, not the slightest idea what exactly though. Just a gut feeling, confirmed when she said, 'Give me money [back], or I'll release the dog' and started to unmuzzle the bloody animal.
I am unsure if she's addled or had someone nick a tenner from her for real. She definitely called me 'a bandit'. I'd vouch for being barmy, though when the police involved - they popped out of nowhere - she claimed that she wouldn't have released the dog if I had started backing off.
Too bad I didn't hear clearly what she told me when she began to approach. No sane individual would let loose their dog without properly assessing the situation. I doubt she's blind enough not to recognise that I'm not the person she'd been looking for. And her speech delivery was just too calm for someone being distressed over a stolen tenner.
|>>|| No. 423169
Just popped down Tesco for some Croissants and witnessed scenes of chaos.
|>>|| No. 423171
Yes. I remember the Horror Channel, the free channel on Sky had all kinds of stuff like that.
|>>|| No. 423173
Right, I think it was called Zone Horror first and then CBS Horror. They also had Zone (later CBS) Action, where they repeated old episodes of COPS every day.
And I got into CBS Drama for a while, where they reran the entire original series of Dallas.
There are a bunch of free to air channels on BSkyB/Freesat that you don't normally take notice of. There's even a whole handful of religious channels on there, like the God Channel or the Shamanism Channel.
The God Channel used to be fun to watch when I came home from a night out off my tits looking for something mentally unchallenging to wind down to before going to bed. There's just something about sneering at "y'all" simpleton redneck TV preachers that makes you feel just the right amount better than everybody else. At least when you've come home after eight pints.
|>>|| No. 423228
Well great, my plans for new years eve just fell through. The party I was going to go to got cancelled and my few other friends already have plans for something else where I can't tag along.
|>>|| No. 423232
Go to an escape room on your own with a bottle of vodka and as soon as they lock you in, start drinking until you pass out.
|>>|| No. 423233
Watch Talking Pictures, it will change your life.
I'd say the majority of the .gs userbase spends their New Years at home making noise complaints so you won't be alone. Normally I just put a film on.
|>>|| No. 423234
>I'd say the majority of the .gs userbase spends their New Years at home making noise complaints so you won't be alone.
Who can forget the usual contest to make "last post of the year, lads"?
|>>|| No. 423235
They've got CCTV in those rooms, they'll chuck you out if you start boozing and/or shagging.
Don't judge me for knowing that.
|>>|| No. 423236
I don't think they care too much about whether you follow the rules. I've done one steaming drunk where you were only meant to use the equipment they provided you with but used the torch on my phone the entire time and they didn't give a shit.
|>>|| No. 423240
Good news, I just managed to secure myself another party for new years eve.
It's going to be a bit of a drive, about an hour from here, but it is better still than staying home and feeling miserable.
|>>|| No. 423245
I won't do it over New Years Eve, but I'll make a point of taking a team where we've all dropped a bunch of clonazepam and quietapine and start drinking vodka or gin out of water bottle the moment we get in there.
If nothing else it'll make for something to tell the grand kids.
|>>|| No. 423246
My neighbour who works in the kitchen of a psychiatric hospital has given me a 20kg sack of short-dated instant mash. I dunno what to do with it, might just tip it all in the pond. Any ideas?
|>>|| No. 423247
Eat some? A bit of sausage, mash, some onion gravy? Magic.
You could also freeze some, but twenty kilos? Bloody Nora.
|>>|| No. 423248
That'd make at least 60kg of mash, maybe more. Dump it in the pond immediately, or maybe a local swimming pool.
I suspect dried instant mash is the sort of thing that never actually really goes off, so you could just keep it and probably have a decent year or so of mash.
Or you could start a fetish website where women (or men, why not) wrestle in the stuff. Or you could launch a YouTube career by remaking Bodger and Badger episodes. The world is your oyster now.
|>>|| No. 423249
Get on YouTube with this video :
World's biggest Mash pool - 60kg INSTANT MASH in SWIMMING POOL
Don't forget to try and swim in it!
|>>|| No. 423251
Actually now that I've done a bit of fag packet maths, based on the recommended values for Smash - 180g of Smash takes 900g of water, meaning it's actually, what, 110kg of potential mash on your hands?
That's fucking mental. I'm a cheflad and I can't even visualise that much potato. It's probably at least six large wheely bins.
|>>|| No. 423252
>you could launch a YouTube career by remaking Bodger and Badger episodes
I could get behind this. You could also invite the local homeless for a decadent mash potato party. Feed the needy whilst letting them have some much needed fun.
|>>|| No. 423257
You could just sell it. Smash is 73.2p per 100g on ocado, that's at least £400 worth. Just knock up some labels on a printer.
|>>|| No. 423258
It's short dated, so you'd have to discount that by around a third. Plus you'd have to set up a market stall or something to sell the mash, with all of the logistics and added costs that entails. It wouldn't be worth the effort.
I reckon you should go back to your supplier, OP. Presumably you're not the only person they are trying to offload the instant mash on and they may have more they want rid of; see if you can get more off them.
|>>|| No. 423260
>see if you can get more off them
I've already got about 19.5kg more instant mash than I know what to do with. Why would I want more? I don't want to be going round the markets flogging bags of moody mash. My life is complicated enough without getting hassle off the council inspector about use-by dates and fucking EU labelling laws.
|>>|| No. 423262
Well, if you have enough of it leftover you could just let it all loose from a tall hill on a wet and windy day. I'm sure local residents will see the funny side once they set out on their surreal morning commute.
|>>|| No. 423267
If you cook all the mash and freeze it you can get around the law. Then you can just carve mash chunks off and stick it in the microwave to sell to students. Open a trendy mash bar, like people have done with cereal and crisp sandwiches. Give your neighbour 5% off the top to keep delivering you the goods, and once you've sold about half of your original haul you can likely afford a mash assistant to make the mash for you. Then you can concentrate on menu design and marketing (I can help you with that, my rates are scalable) If you're in a studenty area you could absolutely command about £3 per bowl of mash, that's three grand of pure profit per sack. You'd sell that in a fortnight at the very least in a populated city.
Once we've sold probably three or four sacks of short dated mash, your profit margin will likely allow for an overhaul of the premises, and the use of real, live potatoes, at which point the quality and perceived value of your operation will increase exponentially.
At this point you would hire an experienced chef to perfect the mash menu and start aiming for your first mention in the Michelin guide. While doing this we'd also be shopping for other locations and putting in place a plan to expand the business as a chain, or talking with food producers to strike a deal to sell an instant version of your famous mash in shops.
|>>|| No. 423269
When I was in primary school they used to do mash potato with cheese on top as a rare treat. Do that.
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