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>> No. 425247 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 1:45 pm
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New mid-week thread.

I've got the feeling I was meant to look something up but I can't remember what and it's bugging me.
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>> No. 425248 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 1:57 pm
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I'm concerned that not masturbating is taking up so much of my concentration that I'd get more done if I just did it already.
>> No. 425249 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 2:46 pm
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>>425248
Get it done.
>> No. 425256 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 8:46 pm
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I've just been to Sports Direct to get a new pair of trainers but, unsurprisingly, they didn't have the ones I want in store so I'd have to order them online; I'm loath to pay their £5 delivery charge, though.
>> No. 425257 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 8:49 pm
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>>425256
But for that you do get a mug that comes pre-smashed.
>> No. 425262 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 9:41 pm
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>>425257
I suppose I could always get my money's worth if I'm having to pay for delivery and get a shelf full of Sports Direct baseball caps like that lad on /poof/ years back.
>> No. 425263 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 9:49 pm
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>>425257

I didn't get a mug when I bought trainers from Sports Direct.
>> No. 425266 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 9:58 pm
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>>425263

They've always charged a quid for it. They used to automatically add it to your order unless you un-checked a tiny hidden box, but they stopped being sneaky about it after Watchdog kicked up a fuss.
>> No. 425267 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 9:59 pm
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>>425263
You got mugged.
>> No. 425268 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 10:04 pm
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>>425256
They do in-store pick up of online orders, which I believe is cheaper than getting it delivered to your door.
>> No. 425272 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 10:18 pm
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>>425268
Click and collect is the way forward for many high street shops. Saves having to hang about all day for a courier, too.
>> No. 425276 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 10:25 pm
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>>425268
Sports Direct charge £4.99 for home delivery or click and collect.

https://www.sportsdirect.com/customerservices/deliveryinfo/deliveryoptions
>> No. 425279 Anonymous
18th March 2019
Monday 10:29 pm
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>>425276
>Every time you use our Click & Collect delivery service and collect your parcel from our own stores, you'll receive a £5 voucher to spend in store. You'll be given your voucher by our store staff when you collect your parcel.

It's basically free, but only if you want to spend more in store. Though still good for even cheaper pairs of socks and pants.
>> No. 425289 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 1:21 am
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Channel 4 really continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Just saw a trailer for their upcoming show "Mums make Porn". And not quite the milfy kind as such.

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/mums-make-porn

What can go wrong...
>> No. 425293 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 2:36 am
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The redhead looks dirty, the one of the far left just looks smelly.
>> No. 425295 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 6:47 am
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How does Amazon pricing work? There's been something I've been tracking for a little while and its price generally fluctuates between £24 and £27. The last time I looked at it and actually added it to my basket (before deciding to add it to my saved for later list) the price fluctuated several times within a couple of hours before settling at just over £25. Amazon are now running a £5 off if you spend at least £25 on qualifying items promotion today, but the price of it has now gone up to £28.
>> No. 425305 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 3:30 pm
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>>425293

Wouldn't.
>> No. 425306 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 4:02 pm
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>>425305
I'd grab her lemons IYKWIM!
>> No. 425309 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 4:06 pm
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>>425289
It can't be any worse than most professional porn, it's all got such a bizarre atmosphere.

Fake Taxi just gives me the fucking creeps.
>> No. 425311 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 4:42 pm
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I bought two doners in the morning as I couldn't be arsed to cook anything and just wanted a doner anyway. It bloody had to be this lass on the shift that is way too tight with the ingredients. The big doner wasn't that big and the small one was too small. Tasty nonetheless, if only it could be a tad larger.

Found a pack of optical discs in the cupboard. Turned out to contain that Russian crime drama series about the 90s (read: blatant glorification of the whole bratva business). The disc I put into the drive had that episode where the protagonist's ma dies due to heart attack. I never asked for this. Not now when I actually can empathise.

Moaning checked. Definitely not my best day.
>> No. 425312 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 4:50 pm
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>>425311
>I bought two doners in the morning.

If you're buying kebabs, from a shop that is open in the morning, you're going to have bigger problems than existential dread. Namely pissing out of your arse.
>> No. 425314 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 5:04 pm
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I bought a new laptop battery off Amazon last night. I'm stingy and not in a hurry so I went for the free postage option, ETA April 1st.

It arrived this morning, and I feel I should point out that I live in the countryside away from any major distribution centres. The efficiency of the Amazon supply chain is frightening sometimes. Either that or this is come kind of pre-emptive April Fool's joke.
>> No. 425317 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 5:53 pm
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>>425312
They work from 07:30 to 22:00, the traffic is almost insane in that place. Thankfully, never had any problems with their food. I know several shops though whose munchies would give exactly the effect you describe.
>> No. 425319 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 6:56 pm
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>>425314

>I feel I should point out that I live in the countryside away from any major distribution centres.

Assuming you're in the UK, most of us are probably only a couple of hours away from a warehouse no matter where we are. It only takes 15 hours to drive the entire length of the island, so I'm not that surprised.
>> No. 425320 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 7:55 pm
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Does anyone know if it matters what sort of clear plastic I use to build my greenhouse? Someone pointed out that I might need some with particular UV qualities or... something. Anyway I have no idea, I was just going to buy some transparent sheets from B&Q and cut them to size.
>> No. 425321 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 8:05 pm
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>>425320
Not really, it's all down to certain plastics degrading in sunlight. Normally people either use PVCU or acrylic.
>> No. 425322 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 8:10 pm
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>>425321
I'll look into those, cheers. The quest to find some PVCU that isn't awkwardly corrugated or some acrylic that isn't awkwardly expensive.
>> No. 425325 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 10:56 pm
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>>425314
I remember fondly the very early days of Amazon, when it was just about books - I lived in Central London, and you could order things up until about 2am and still get them that morning when you woke up. It seemed like complete magic at the time and made me spend nearly all my money on books.
>> No. 425330 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 11:14 pm
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>>425325

https://primenow.amazon.co.uk/learn-more
>> No. 425332 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 11:29 pm
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>>425325

That's how I felt about Amazon in general when I was a lad (too young to really remember it as a book shop, sorry m8).

Once Prime was a thing and I had student grants burning a hole in my pocket, it became a running joke amongst flatmates about how many fucking deliveries I got per week. Then Prime Now happened and I started ordering expensive shit just for the thrill of it arriving in under an hour. I'd just find excuses to order any old shit, like a laptop because wanted to work in the kitchen, or fifteen boxes of cornettos, because it was summer.

I know Bezos is worth a lot but I reckon at least a couple of his millions are directly from me.
>> No. 425334 Anonymous
19th March 2019
Tuesday 11:46 pm
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Been doing some more ancestry research tonight. Apparently, one of my ancestors in the 1600s was found guilty of being a witch and casting a spell on a fellow villager's water well to poison it, for which she was sentenced to death.

I can see now where my older sister gets it from.
>> No. 425337 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 12:25 am
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>>425319
It's not just the distance, no delivery driver would surely make me a priority when I'm miles away from everyone else and may parcel isn't due for nearly two weeks anyway.

I think I must've just gotten lucky, maybe some crossed wires ended up listing my delivery as more crucial.
>> No. 425349 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 4:35 pm
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I got a message from my brother, about 11 to give him a call. He told me that my niece was found dead this morning by a housemate. There's no suspicion of drugs or anything, she just passed in her sleep. She only turned 23 the end of January and I am just in shock. I've had to go home from work, I really just can't concentrate.
>> No. 425358 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 8:32 pm
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>>425349
I'm sorry to hear that lad.
>> No. 425361 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 10:41 pm
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I'm going to make biscuits tomorrow, but I'll be using raspberry jam instead of golden syrup. Don't try to stop me, I shalln't be posting again until they're in the oven and by then it'll be far, far too late.
>> No. 425362 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 10:43 pm
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>>425361

They'll go a weird colour.
>> No. 425363 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 11:07 pm
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>>425361
Raspberry biscuits?? What kind of monster are you?
>> No. 425364 Anonymous
20th March 2019
Wednesday 11:56 pm
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>>425361
Yeah what kind of monster would eat a raspberry jam biscuit?
>> No. 425365 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 1:42 am
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>>425364
That is a biscuit wih a raspberry jam filling, not a raspberry jam biscuit.
>> No. 425366 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 8:29 am
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>>425365

Semantics, lad. Semantics.
>> No. 425367 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 3:43 pm
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The melting point of jam would appear to be considerably higher than that of unsalted butter.
>> No. 425368 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 3:58 pm
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>>425367

Butter will melt if you hold it in your hand, what were you expecting?
>> No. 425369 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 4:09 pm
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>>425368
I've never held jam in my hand because of how sticky it is. It got there in the end anyway.
>> No. 425370 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 5:23 pm
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I've had my pay review at work today and, as well as a pay rise, they're introducing a performance-related bonus of up to £5,000 if I can meet 7 or 8 particular targets of £500 to £750 each; most of these I can meet just by carrying on as I am.

I've been given the option of either getting them paid ad hoc as and when I meet one of the targets or having it as a lump sum at the end of the year. I'm assuming the latter would be better as then I'd be more likely to do something meaningful with it and I'd pay much less in National Insurance but I thought I'd better check with you lads in case I'm missing anything.
>> No. 425371 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 5:28 pm
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>>425370

I'd likely choose the latter too, though HRMC will almost certainly get confused and shove you in the wrong tax bracket when that happens, so keep an eye out for that.

I'm like you, If I got a couple of hundred quid extra a month I'd just spend it on shite, but five grand in a lump is basically a savings account.

I don't like the idea of OTE pay at all though, simply because I've had experiences with companies who don't know how to set appropriate targets, essentially making their daft overblown projection for what their profit (or whatever) should look like into a pay cut for you.
>> No. 425372 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 5:57 pm
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>>425371
It breaks down into roughly one-third things I'll achieve simply by turning up, one-third things I was planning on implementing anyway and one-third things that are largely outside of my control and depend on the overall performance of the company. There's nothing that'll require me buzzing around like a blue-arsed fly.
>> No. 425373 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 6:17 pm
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>>425372
Would the lump sum payment be conditional on each of the targets being achieved?

Depending on whether they know their arse from their elbow at your work or not, the safer bet may be to opt for the ad hoc payment and then just trusting yourself to transfer it into a different account or hide it under the floorboards until you are ready to splash out.
>> No. 425374 Anonymous
21st March 2019
Thursday 7:26 pm
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>>425373
It's not conditional on meeting them all.
>> No. 425376 Anonymous
22nd March 2019
Friday 8:41 am
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>>425374
I would get that bit in writing then lad. Agree with other posters caution about OTE, it's just another form of zero hours work, for sales people.
>> No. 425381 Anonymous
22nd March 2019
Friday 12:10 pm
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>>425376

Not just sales people. I took a job with about ten grand tied to profit targets, and about a month into the job they raised those targets significantly - a 10% raise in GP targets. For context they were essentially asking me to find an extra 30k a week in profit, overnight.

I don't think they moved the goalposts specifically to fleece me, they just were being daft with their projections. But nonetheless it was basically a pay cut so I left. The sad irony being I probably capable of hitting that target, that sort of thing has been the foundation of my career. If they'd paid me the extra ten grand as regular salary I'd have happily done it, or at least tried very hard to do it. But instead I wandered off within my probation period.
>> No. 425428 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 3:54 pm
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Continuing my ancestry research. It has been blown wide open because it turns out I have shedloads of members of nobility on my dad's side as my bloodline ancestors about 200 years back. If what I have found out is true, it ties me to about a dozen different noble families from Russian nobility to Poland's Szlachta and Germany's Uradle, and then later British Peerage, all going back at least to the 1300s.

It appears that one of my dad's ancestors was a commoner who then married one of their women. His occupation is listed as that of a "registrar", which meant he was not a member of the lower classes as such, but a woman from nobility marrying a commoner was apparently still quite frowned upon and it may be one reason why our family are paupers never inherited any of the wealth that must have been knocking about in those circles.
>> No. 425429 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 4:22 pm
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midway_(2019_film)
>Midway is an upcoming American historical action drama film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Wes Tooke.

Great, once this flops no one's going to sign on for my Montgomery biopic.
>> No. 425430 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 4:53 pm
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>>425429

A.K.A "PEARL HARBOR II: THE REVENGENING"
>> No. 425431 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 5:32 pm
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>>425428
> to Poland's Szlachta
Huh, that's what I was told by my grandma once too.
One question I cannot answer in regards to that is 'so what?' It's not like that gives me any kind of privileges or makes me better in any way.
Just a curious piece of trivia.
>> No. 425433 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 7:23 pm
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>>425431

>One question I cannot answer in regards to that is 'so what?' It's not like that gives me any kind of privileges or makes me better in any way.

Hereditary nobility was always rooted in the idea of nobility of the blood, the presumption that your kin had superior hereditary qualities of character that made you a rightful part of the country's elite from the day you were born simply because your parents were nobility, and their parents before them. While questionable, you can't completely deny that certain character features can be hereditary.

Aristocratic monarchies were an exclusionary, pre-democratic concept and irreconcilable with modern forms of government as we know them today, but then again, not that much more exclusionary than today's Western elites tend to be, who like to cordon themselves off from the rest of society and favour their own kind, and who have risen to wealth and power as commoners in the last 250 years and now constitute the de facto ruling class in many Western democracies. Most people have no chance of ever becoming part of that elite the same way they rarely had the chance to be knighted or otherwise ennobled by a country's monarch. These economic elites, if not in writing then at least in fact, enjoy many of the same exclusionary privileges as the noble classes did in pre-democratic Europe.

In its own way, the system of a ruling noble class had its advantages, because tied to your nobility was not only the enjoyment of privileges and prerogatives not shared by commoners, but it was also an ethos. You were expected to follow certain codes of conduct and honour, the disobedience of which could cause you to be stripped of your nobility and all its privileges, usually for life. Rehabilitation with regards to your noble privileges, once you had lost them, was not considered possible. Unlike today's economic elites, for whom the old saying that behind every great fortune there stands a great crime probably couldn't be more true. And yet, their power is just as difficult to challenge as that of nobility in the old days.

Therefore, even if nobody in their right mind would want to undo all the democratic reforms of government of the last few centuries, it's worth noting that just because we no longer call it an aristocracy, that doesn't mean we don't still have one.
>> No. 425434 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 8:38 pm
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>>425433

It would take an absolute moron not to realise we still have an aristocracy. Even more truly so in places like the States, where wealth is the only thing about a person that matters.

All that happened during the Enlightenment was a shift of power from the inherited nobility to the newly powerful merchant wealthy, and thus capitalism was born.

At least in the old days, they didn't lie to you about being able to join their class. You were a peasant and that was that. People who somehow manage to fight their way into wealth in the modern day rarely find themselves ascending to the elites- That still takes a continuous intergenerational connection to power, money and influence before you'll be accepted.
>> No. 425435 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 9:15 pm
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>>425434

> At least in the old days, they didn't lie to you about being able to join their class. You were a peasant and that was that. People who somehow manage to fight their way into wealth in the modern day rarely find themselves ascending to the elites- That still takes a continuous intergenerational connection to power, money and influence before you'll be accepted.


But by contrast, once you were accepted into the realms of nobility, all the doors were open to you pretty much from one day to the next. There was probably still a gradient of social standing between "old nobility" and newly joined nobility, but beyond that, you were now one of them.

As you said, it was kind of a more honest system in its own way. Broadly speaking, there was no false pretense that you could make it from rags to riches.

Or as George Carlin once said, it's called the American Dream for a reason, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
>> No. 425436 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 9:56 pm
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>>425433
>>425434
I've always liked Michael Young's framing of meritocracy: a term he coined in the negative, describing a class unto itself. It's a perverse irony we now all aspire to it.)
The argument essentially went that in the past when you got your ruling position by merit of being of the upper class, you felt a sort of obligation to those lower down than you. Then, as people from the working class took leadership positions (think for example of the early Labour governments), even if their personal living situation and power improved, they still identified themselves with the working class, their concerns and their struggles. Often because they had shared them earlier in life. Through that kind of system, you keep everyone in contact with each other, and get at least some degree of caring governance. Then as we began to take a more scientific, meritocratic approach, that all changed.

It's rare that we have that kind of identity-system now. Instead what we have is an educated, mobile class of people who believe that everything they have, they've earned themselves, particularly through education and smarts. Whether they come from the rich, or have made themselves up from nothing, they have no need to feel obligation to any class. Instead they have their own social group: The meritocrats. And if they've earned everything they've got, they're entitled to what they can take, and if that screws people below them that's those fools own fault for being so lacking in personal merit. A king at least owes his position to god. The meritocrat is god unto himself.

For his words rather than mine, see:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/jun/29/comment
>> No. 425437 Anonymous
26th March 2019
Tuesday 10:32 pm
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>>425436

I think I agree with you that when people really do work their way up nowadays, it fosters a sense in them that what's theirs is theirs because they have worked hard to obtain it, and screw the lower classes who were unable to do the same, it's their own fault really for drinking beer and smoking fags all day in front of their 40'' plasma TVs. In that sense, having achieved personal wealth, however moderate, can make you quite an egotistical cunt.

>The argument essentially went that in the past when you got your ruling position by merit of being of the upper class, you felt a sort of obligation to those lower down than you.

This was part of upper class ethos. In a kind of condescending paternalistic way nonetheless, but the ruling class, noble or not, felt that the unwashed masses had no way of taking their lives into their own hands beyond the scraps earned for a day's work, and that it was therefore the duty of the aristocracy to both lead the way and look after them. Likewise, the system of mediaeval serfdom wasn't all just about exploiting poor peasants whom you legally owned for want of a better word, but a Lord of the manor also had the responsibility to look after his serfs and keep them out of harm's way. It would probably still pass as white slavery today, but again, you were responsible for the wellbeing of those below you.

Royalty today comes in different shapes and forms today than it used to, but it's still exclusionary, aristocratic royalty and it calls the shots and pulls all the strings behind closed doors like it always did. The Americans, for example, have their wealthy movie stars, singers and billionaire business tycoons. They are America's noble families, they are U.S. royalty. Just look at families like the Kennedys, the Bushes or the Clintons. Or indeed old ferret head now and his pretend real estate empire.
>> No. 425440 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 4:35 pm
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I spoke to a recruiter this afternoon. I sent them a CV. They say they've spoken to a client and can get me an interview tomorrow, but I have to provide references up-front. They still haven't named the client.

This sounds sketchy as fuck to me.
>> No. 425442 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 5:28 pm
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>>425440

A recruiters entire business model relies on you not knowing which company wants you to work for them, otherwise you'd just go and contact them.

It's probably some pyramid scheme or one of them delivery companies where you have to pay them to use their vans, though.
>> No. 425445 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 5:54 pm
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>>425437

>The Americans, for example, have their wealthy movie stars, singers and billionaire business tycoons. They are America's noble families, they are U.S. royalty.

Far from it lad. They're the same as highly paid footie players over here. They are the working class rich, they spend their money on drugs and fast cars, the same things you or I would if we suddenly came into ten million overnight. They might be dripping with money but you rarely see them rubbing shoulders with anyone of actual power- If they do, they'll keep it very quiet and by necessity drop out of the "celebrity" limelight. Those who pull strings can't be seen to do so.
>> No. 425450 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 7:36 pm
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>>425442
Normally they tell you who it is before sending a CV to the client.
>> No. 425458 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 10:45 pm
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>>425428
I've started doing my family tree. One of my great-great-great grandfathers was cleared of aiding and abetting a murder but had to to pay a fine of £5 for stealing bacon.
>> No. 425460 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 11:42 pm
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I got a shitty score on my yearly performance review at work today - the lowest, helpfully termed as 'inconsistent'. I've barely had management since I started last year and had 3 different managers in the space of the last couple months. It's a job I was thrown into the deep-end on and had to catch up on my own so now I try to look after the people who have joined after me including my new manager.

What feedback I did get from the previous 2 comes down solely to "you don't ask enough questions" which directly contradicts the experience of my current manager. The fact that they were never around and explicitly told me to stop bothering other members of the team with questions when I needed someone to help me feels like a real kick in the teeth. Fortunately there were people in other teams who took the time to look after me but the fact that despite doing what I think is a stellar job given the circumstances it is impossible to get any recognition for it.

Anyway, my question is there is a team we work closely with advertised today that they are looking to fill a now vacant space. I'm tempted to apply for the job even though it's up for an initial 6 months followed by an open interview process - not secure but from the start I've wanted to work in their area anyway. The problem is when I say we work closely I mean we sit in the same space which could make for some very awkward office politics and obviously I'd get a shitty reference if I do apply.

What do you lads reckon, burn the building down?

>>425450
This has been my past experience as well. I don't see know how you can give a decent interview if you don't know the employer beforehand and the short time-frame is itself an issue. Are you sure this isn't a gate-keeper interview with the agency?

At any rate, I'm not even sure I would say this is sketchy so much as utterly negligent on the part of the agency. I wouldn't use them in future and think it only right you at least send an email demanding to know who exactly you are interviewing for because that's not only for your benefit but there's as well.
>> No. 425461 Anonymous
27th March 2019
Wednesday 11:44 pm
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>>425458
I feel like I'd trust a guy that had been cleared of aiding and abetting a murder, but if I knew that on top of that he'd stolen some bacon...
>> No. 425465 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:35 am
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>> No. 425466 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 9:55 am
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>>425465
Literally who?
>> No. 425467 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 11:21 am
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>>425465

I'd split her in half IYKWIM.

I'll get my coat
>> No. 425468 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 11:22 am
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>>425466
Mate, if you haven't seen at least one post on here about using Are Stacey's tears as lubricant to wank with then you haven't even lived.
>> No. 425470 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 6:38 pm
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A company who tried to headhunt me nearly a year ago just sent me a box full of stuff. The fancier end of products they make (food) alongside other more expensive items. I haven't had contact with anyone at that company since I declined their offer a year ago, and nobody called or emailed or anything.

I didn't even think companies here did that sort of thing at all, it strikes me as a very American gesture and I think most brits, myself included, are far too cynical to be impressed by this sort of gesture. The fact that nobody's really explained to me what it's in aid of yet feels very strange, too. I assume their recruiter will be asking me if I fancy working for them yet but as far as it goes right now I have no indication of that. The note didn't say much other than "enjoy". Very odd.

Is this normal? I've never seen anything like it, though I've never really been courted by a proper corporation before this.
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28th March 2019
Thursday 6:44 pm
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In some industries it's really common to send gifts at christmas to customers and suppliers.

But I've never heard of stuff being sent out to individuals. Possibly they've just got your name on a list of contacts and got you mixed up. Or alternatively they still have an opening for a job and they want you, in that case sending out a random "gift" with no explanation is ok, but if they specifically told you a reason for sending it, then that has legal obligations.
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28th March 2019
Thursday 6:54 pm
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>>425470
I know of a lass who wiped her boss's apple on her arse before putting it back on her desk and watching her eat it.

All I'm saying is give it a sniff before you eat any of it.
>> No. 425473 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 7:04 pm
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>>425472
Lesbians are weird.
>> No. 425474 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:05 pm
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>>425470

If you have skills that are scarce and commercially valuable, the finder's fee for an agency could run into the high four or low five figures. You may or may not be endeared by their gesture, but you'll certainly remember it. Just keeping their company in your mind is a worthwhile investment.
>> No. 425475 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:20 pm
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>>425471

>But I've never heard of stuff being sent out to individuals. Possibly they've just got your name on a list of contacts and got you mixed up.

I had considered that. It sort of makes sense if they have me on file, it's my birthday on Sunday and they certainly could have confused me with a buyer going by my linkedin etc. Even without my birthday being a factor (can't remember if they'd know my DOB or not) this is likely a good time of year for them to be reminding people they exist.

Still seems more related to the job thing though, since they sought me out in the first place, and likely do still want me over there.

>>425474

I do understand that, I still didn't think it was something people did over here. I've heard plenty of American references to getting baskets of muffins or iPads or whatever, but never anyone over here. I know we have a couple of techlads here and I imagine they might have been sent some magic swag before.

They know I turned them down to start a business, though, so I'm not sure why they think I'd be changing my mind now, unless they assume I've tanked it already.
>> No. 425477 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:29 pm
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>>425475

We occasionally get little plushies or coffee mugs and what have you in orders from our suppliers. I think the more specialist your needs, the more likely you are to get companies who keep their clients sweet with freebies.

The manager who deals with stock ordering seems to think they belong to him, as if he orders them of his own pocket, and not from the fucking NHS budget, the prick. I stole a penguin before he could get his hands on it once and he actually sent the company an e-mail asking for another.
>> No. 425478 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:32 pm
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>>425475

You sometimes have to be inventive in roping in good talent. People who know that they are good at what they do also know that they can pick and choose job offers. So by sending you a gift basket, it might give them the edge over other possible employers on a subconscious, personal level. And it also means you get to take a first-hand look at the products they make and maybe identify with those products. In a "seeing is believing" kind of way. These can all be little things to nudge you to come work for them.

The £50 or so that it cost them to send you a gift basket are probably well spent in the greater scheme of things for them. Even if they send ten people like you such a gift basket and only one of them is swayed, it still pays off.
>> No. 425479 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:41 pm
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>>425477

I was at one point responsible for buying from suppliers and we were spending about half a million a month per supplier on stock across all the sites. I never got any free shit from any of those cunts, though to be fair if I rang them and asked them for something they'd always bend over backwards. I think I might have quickly gained a reputation for being a ruthless bastard who would drop a supplier in response to a near negligible rise in unit prices, so they never bothered.

If they'd have just send me a free car or something I'd have happily signed whatever dodgy ten-year contract they'd have suggested, would have easily changed things around to require significantly more of their stock. I was quite willing and able to be as bent as a two bob note, but nobody ever asked.
>> No. 425480 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 8:53 pm
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>>425468

Stacey Dooley is fine as long as she isn't touring some shitehole African country where half the population live in corrugated iron huts along jungle dirt roads, and three fourths of the people in the village she is intruding upon with her African poverty porn are AIDS orphans, and she has a teary with the camera and repetitively complains that "it's not fair".

Other than that, yes, she makes good wank material, and I am sure she's a decent bonk. I do enjoy sex with redheads, so as long as she'll leave her social conscience at the bedroom door, I would be interested.
>> No. 425482 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 10:13 pm
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>>425480
I do not believe you've been intimate with a woman.
>> No. 425483 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 10:18 pm
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>>425482

I do not believe you've been intimate with a redhead.

Something about the genetics for ginger hair (proper ginger, fair skin and all) seems to correlate with a fanny as sweet as fresh fruit and a drive like an animal in heat.

Sciencelads, please respond.
>> No. 425484 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 10:25 pm
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>>425483
The one redhead I've been with was particularly musky in a way I wasn't fond of.
>> No. 425486 Anonymous
28th March 2019
Thursday 11:30 pm
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>>425483


>and a drive like an animal in heat

And to boot, one redhead I was with was fresh off the pill because the pill gave her thrombosis (her smoking half a pack a day certainly had nothing to do with it) and she had a copper ion IUD implanted. Not only did the IUD mean worry free sex 24/7 at even lower statistical failure rates than the pill, but when a lass gets off the pill, her natural hormone balance gradually returns. The estrogen in the pill can cancel out a lot of the trace level testosterone that women have and which is vital for a healthy sex drive, and if you take away that extra estrogen, some women can almost end up glued to your knob.

It hasn't happened to me often that my knob was literally red with soreness after a weekend together, in a way that you normally only get anywhere on your skin if you fall asleep on a beach lounger in Magaluf, but during the three or four months with her, it was a regular occurrence. It didn't end up becoming something long term between us. We were just at different points in our lives and had too little in common to build an actual relationship on. But it was really the best sex I ever had. Images of her abound in my spank bank to this day.
>> No. 425487 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 6:55 am
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I was having an interesting conversation with my other half about the gender pay gap earlier; it's that time of year when firms have to disclose theirs so we've got the usual tripe like the Graun reporting that male doctors earn more than female doctors before burying in the text that men tend to specialise more in more demanding and lucrative areas, that men tend to work more hours or that most of the ones who've been around the longest are men so they'll be the highest earners and any universal percentage pay rises will simply compound the situation. There's no evidence whatsoever that a male and female doctor doing the same role with the same qualifications and level of experience are paid differently because the whole thing is a massive distraction from what really matters.

Anyway, she was saying that you can make arguments to make anything appear sexist if you really want to. Apparently people are claiming that cars are sexist because women have to be much closer to the steering wheel due to their shorter legs and also because the seatbelts start too high up for most of them. In Sweden politicians have been arguing that using snowploughs primarily on the main roads is sexist because it's predominantly men who'll be using them to get to work whereas women will be using the side streets to drop the kids off at school or pop to the local shops.
>> No. 425488 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 7:11 am
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>>425487

There was a big kerfuffle the other day about the first all-female spacewalk being cancelled because they didn't have the right sized spacesuits. It turned out that the astronaut in question had trained in both the medium and large suits, was planning to use the large suit for the walk, but changed her mind at the last minute. One of the medium suits had been partially dismantled for servicing and couldn't be made ready in time, so another astronaut who preferred the large suit did the spacewalk instead to avoid delaying the mission. That perfectly reasonable explanation didn't stop half of Twitter from decrying it as proof that science is sexist.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-47717937
>> No. 425490 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 3:10 pm
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>>425487

>Anyway, she was saying that you can make arguments to make anything appear sexist if you really want to.

I think the problem with actual maritime issues these days isn't that the actual maritime issues that exists is being downplayed. But it's that there is a hyperactive and very loud and vocal subgroup of militant trout farmers and fisherpersons who will call just about anything and anybody sexist for things that are both beyond the common person's comprehension and their ideas about what should really be seen as constituting actual maritime issues by a level headed person.

And programmes like "It Was Alright In The 70s" on Channel4 (?) both tie into that kind of phenomenon and perpetuate it, but also lay it bare. I simply cannot take a group of early 20something hipster comedians who have no real concept of the world around them beyond the brief five to ten years that they have spent in it as adults seriously when they cringe at clips of a woman in lingerie on a grainy also-ran 1970s BBC sitcom with their mouths gaping at what they think was earth shaking actual maritime issues.
>> No. 425491 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 4:55 pm
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>>425490
>there is a hyperactive and very loud and vocal subgroup of militant trout farmers and fisherpersons who will call just about anything and anybody sexist for things that are both beyond the common person's comprehension and their ideas about what should really be seen as constituting actual maritime issues by a level headed person.
They're probably a lot less active or vocal than you think and are to a large (though not exclusive) degree being amplified by those on the right who want to make fishing as a whole look silly.
>> No. 425492 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 4:59 pm
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I was in the main SU building for my uni yesterday lunch time, and there was a group of lads wearing blue bibs with the slogan "I am a Zionist" written on them. They handed me a leaflet explaining that Israel is the most socially progressive country in the middle east, and that most Israeli-Arabs would rather live in the state of Israel than in a hypothetical Palestinian state.

I admire their bravery being so boldly pro-Israel in a university, I assume they didn't go down well as they'd moved on after an hour or so.
>> No. 425493 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 5:22 pm
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>>425491
Channel 4 is right wing?
>> No. 425494 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 5:58 pm
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>>425490

I think maritime issues of the annoying, intrusive and unnecessary type are sort of going g away. There was the phase a few years ago when they tried to go for a full scale assault of the gaming press/industry, but largely that seems to have does because surprisingly, it hurt those publication's sales to try and shovel such horseshit down the necks of a largely male audience.

I think it's safe to say it'll be a quaint memory before long, like the Occupy movement or similar. Then we'll all be able to relax and concentrate on things that actually are an issue to fishing stocks, instead of hyperbolic reactionary bullshit.

Also, some new and even more annoying brand of hyperbolic reactionary bullshit will come along to replace it.
>> No. 425495 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 7:29 pm
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I don't know if it's me being a snob/bore but towards the end of the working day it was mainly me in the office with the junior members of staff and I refused to make any effort to join in their conversation because it was just so tedious.

They laugh about how thick they are and think that not knowing things is an endearing personality trait. I'm talking about incredibly basic things here, such as what the capital city of Italy is or what an MP is. I just don't think I could lower myself to joining in and joking along; I can't stand people who boast about ignorance and I reckon I'd rather wipe my arse with sandpaper than join in.
>> No. 425496 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 8:22 pm
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>>425494

>There was the phase a few years ago when they tried to go for a full scale assault of the gaming press/industry, but largely that seems to have does because surprisingly, it hurt those publication's sales to try and shovel such horseshit down the necks of a largely male audience.

Their MO is usually that they complain that a certain group of people, be it gamers or really any social group, are too male dominated. Then they try to enter and infiltrate those groups because they believe it increases gender equality when there are no all-men groups of anyting (while all-women groups of something seem to be just fine), and then next thing they do is they say they want different, usually easier and more relaxed rules for the girls within that newly "gender equal" group.

Next to gaming, another example would be chess tournaments. You now have all women's chess tournaments, but IIRC they play according to much easier tournament rules.

I believe that just as women, men need certain social groups where they can just be among themselves. Male bonding, same as female bonding, often works best in homogenous groups of your own gender. That isn't to say you don't benefit from being in a few mixed gender social groups in your life, as a man, but contrary to what we are always told, I think there is nothing sexist about not wanting women in a few certain social groups. Especially when considering that women claim their moral right to have all-woman groups for just about anything.
>> No. 425497 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 9:06 pm
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>>425496

>Next to gaming, another example would be chess tournaments. You now have all women's chess tournaments, but IIRC they play according to much easier tournament rules.

There are a parallel set of titles for women only. Anyone (male or female) can earn the title of Grandmaster by achieving an ELO rating of 2500, with an effective ELO rating of 2600 in at least three major tournaments. The title of Woman Grandmaster is awarded to any woman with an ELO rating of 2300.

Naturally, this has been framed as a double-bind by some fisherpersons - the existence of the women's titles is sexist because it sets lower standards for women, but the paucity of women earning the non-gendered titles is also sexist for some reason.

See also the motte-and-bailey definition of fishing. fishing just means that you believe men and women are equal, unless it's convenient for fishing to mean supporting policy x. If you're not a fisherperson then you don't believe that men and women are equal, if you don't support policy x then you're not a true fisherperson, ergo if you don't support policy x then you're a horrible whale poacher.
>> No. 425498 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 9:17 pm
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>>425490
>adults seriously when they cringe at clips of a woman in lingerie on a grainy also-ran 1970s BBC sitcom with their mouths gaping at what they think was earth shaking actual maritime issues.

I miss bawdy television. The problem these days is you will see a pair of Klingon tits on telly but it will all be terribly serious.

>>425494
I'm calling it getting worse before it gets better. Unconscious bias theory will sustain it for awhile yet as the permanent neuroticism ethics takes shape.
>> No. 425499 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 9:20 pm
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>>425497
I haven't seen any of the stuff you're talking about and am inclined to think you're watching people who deliberately call attention to it for whatever reason. I can't be bothered to argue about it and further, it's so tiresome.
>> No. 425500 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 10:17 pm
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>>425497

>Naturally, this has been framed as a double-bind by some fisherpersons - the existence of the women's titles is sexist because it sets lower standards for women, but the paucity of women earning the non-gendered titles is also sexist for some reason.

Having your cake and eating it.

I can understand when women have lower competitive standards in certain sports where raw physical strength counts. Woman weightlifters will by and large not be able to lift the kinds of weight totals that some ludicrously muscular blokes are capable of. That's a given, and it would seem more peculiar to not have diverging standards between female and male athletes in those sports.

But if women are equal to men in their mental capabilities, which by and large even I think they are, then a) I'm not sure that we need different chess tournament rules for women and b) it kind of does seem like disservice to society's image of women in itself.

>I miss bawdy television. The problem these days is you will see a pair of Klingon tits on telly but it will all be terribly serious.

James Buckley said in an interview last year that even a show like The Inbetweeners could not be made today because of some people's hair trigger response today to even the mildest sexual innuendo. Just ten years on, nobody seems to be able to take. a fucking. joke. anymore.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjz8jYFiNC4

I think he is hitting the nail on the head.

And even the most raunchy Benny Hill runaround scene with a bit of tit flopping out and some butt spanking was really just meant all in good fun in the 70s and 80s when the show was made, and as pushing the boundaries of painfully dull evening entertainment of its time a little. Nobody was even remotely attempting to insinuate that women were subhuman sex objects. It was all just a big laugh, nothing more, and nothing less.

We may not realise it today (well, I do, but mainstream early 20s hipster militant trout farmers patently do not), but we live in quite dark times. Where everybody is afraid to be BRILLIANT or push boundaries or even make an innocent subversive joke for fear of having an angry twitter mob with pitchforks after them about a tenth of a second later. Our culture in that respect mirrors that of the 1950s and 60s with the BBC Green Book and all that. But even back then, people could take an BRILLIANT joke for what it was.
>> No. 425501 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 10:29 pm
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>>425500
Yeah an interview done by Piers Morgan, such a reasonable man. Fucking hell.
>> No. 425502 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 10:47 pm
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>>425501

Even if you think Piers Morgan is a tit, which he largely is, then James Buckley still has a point.
>> No. 425503 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 11:02 pm
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>>425502
Does he, though? Really? The only evidence I have is his opinion that what they were doing back then is too BRILLIANT for today's audience. Which sounds a hell of a lot like ad copy to me.
>> No. 425504 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 11:21 pm
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>>425503

The evidence would be whether or not a programme has been made in the last year or so that is based around sexual innedendo and wank jokes.

Is there? I honestly don't know.
>> No. 425505 Anonymous
29th March 2019
Friday 11:42 pm
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>>425504

Well nobody seemed to mind Rachel Riley drawing a cock and balls on Cats Does Countdown.


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>> No. 425514 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 12:27 pm
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>>425503

Ah yes, the old thing about edgelad thinking he's the only edgelad in all of nonedgeladland.

To be fair though, what rings true enough is that with all the instant Twitter mobs you get nowadays, there is a real danger of even the most benign off the wall innuendo being misunderstood by a critical mass of people to make the outrage seem many times larger than it actually is.

I read something a while ago about Twitter mobs where they said the problem isn't that people take offence and spew their discontent via Twitter, but that we've got a distorted perception of reality with these things. Considering that social media really is global now, a few hundred Twitter users voicing their anger may seem like a lot, but it really isn't, in the greater scheme of things. And the author of the article I read then said that it goes back to remnants of tribal society which we all still somehow have knocking about in our subconscious, where a hundred people wielding clubs and axes coming to your village were a real and massive threat to your kin's existence. It was live or die, and you had to defend what was yours to the death. Whereas in today's world, a hundred angry people on Twitter is barely 0.0001 percent of the UK's population and therefore not even a blip. It is only because we still subconsciously feel that an angry mob of 100 people is a lot and a real threat that we place that kind of importance on such a thing.

For companies though, even a few dozen Twitter users who are angry about one of your products can spell disaster, because it can have adverse effects of opinion leadership and negative influencing of the silent masses of consumers who will be discouraged from buying your product. You could argue that that is also because consumers think a hundred people dissatisfied with a product are a lot, but it really isn't, when you consider that some consumer products like mobile phones, cars, or certain globalised services are now marketed to target groups of literally billions of people around the world.
>> No. 425530 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 3:53 pm
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>>425494
> There was the phase a few years ago when they tried to go for a full scale assault of the gaming press/industry, but largely that seems to have does because surprisingly, it hurt those publication's sales to try and shovel such horseshit down the necks of a largely male audience.

Strange enough, a similar assault on the IT industry looks like it's been rather successful. I suspect that it has something to do with people not willing to forfeit their income unlike the gaming bollocks where you spend your cash.
>> No. 425531 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 4:00 pm
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>>425514
My favourite Twitter storm was the one about Lupita Nyong'o and Grazia magazine photoshopping her hair shorter for the magazine cover. Half of the people getting angry thought the pictures were the other way around and they'd actually photoshopped hair onto her. All they really knew was that it must be racist and they were outraged about it.
>> No. 425532 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 4:13 pm
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>>425531

I think with some people it's just a mindset. They go through life seeing dolphin rape and actual maritime issues and white privilege behind every bush and street corner. That isn't to say there is no dolphin rape or actual maritime issues. There very much still is, unfortunately. It's just that some people cannot differentiate between an unfortunate or thoughtless remark by somebody, and an actual full on mean-spirited verbal or physical attack against a fellow human being because of their gender, skin colour, or whatever else.
>> No. 425533 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 4:56 pm
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>>425532
All of it's worsened by all these echo-chambers online now though, people love 'em. As far as I'm aware we can't stop people who want to be sucked into these things from getting sucked into these things. They want a cause, a purpose and a group to belong to, doesn't matter if they're wrong.
>> No. 425534 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 5:26 pm
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Please stop giving creedance to Twitter.
>> No. 425535 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 5:27 pm
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>>425534
n2 m7
>> No. 425542 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 9:06 pm
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>>425534

I've always thought that Twitter is a portmanteau for twit chatter.

Altough they probably would have named it Twatter in that case.
>> No. 425545 Anonymous
30th March 2019
Saturday 9:42 pm
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>>425535>>425542
Did I do something other than make an embarrassing typo? I'm confused.
>> No. 425548 Anonymous
31st March 2019
Sunday 4:12 am
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>>425545

It's spelled credence. You managed to make two mistakes in one word and ignore the angry red zig-zag. Be thankful you didn't get a comedy ban.
>> No. 425606 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:07 am
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Can't sleep and just saw that there's a documentary about Joseph Fritzl on Channel5+1 starting right now.

Well worth staying up for.
>> No. 425608 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:43 am
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I saw Craig Charles do an open mike. What an odd day.
>> No. 425609 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 1:55 am
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>>425608

Is he still off his rocker?

Saw him a couple of times doing his Funk and Soul stuff in Leeds. He was off his face, lovely lad though.
>> No. 425611 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 4:48 am
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>>425609

He's off the crack last time I checked, but he has only ever been in vague proximity to his rocker.
>> No. 425615 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 6:14 pm
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Just put this year's chili pepper plants in bigger pots. Here's hoping this year will see a yield of chili peppers comparable to last year, where I had a harvest of nearly 150 chili peppers on two potted plants.

Homebase had some attractive looking strawberry and tomato seedlings when I went there this afternoon, maybe I will go back tomorrow and get a few of them.
>> No. 425620 Anonymous
2nd April 2019
Tuesday 9:18 pm
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Trying to decide whether I've recovered from being ill enough to order a pizza, or if it'll just destroy my gut. I was doing Keto before I got sick too, so my body will probably freak out either way.

Its two for tuesday though, innit.
>> No. 425621 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 12:41 am
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>>425620
Support your local takeways!
>> No. 425627 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 2:48 pm
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Hmm, I think I might have accidentally used my ex's debit card details last month. There's no other card details stored on the account, though the order page doesn't specify which card I used, it's possible I put in my own details, as I'm sure I'd have noticed her name popping up, as I did just now.

It was only 16 quid but I'm not sure I have any way of contacting her to give it back/assure her she's not had her card skimmed, no facebook or nowt. I deleted her details but if I'd been thinking I could have took the account number and sort code and sent the money, at least.

I feel quite bad about that, she probably would have had to cancel her card etc. I also assume I've committed a crime of some sort.
>> No. 425628 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 3:07 pm
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I've had my lunch 2 until 3 and I leave at 4. I'm now having a shit at work, but there's no way I'm actually going to do anything productive between now and going home.
>> No. 425629 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 4:13 pm
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Getting ready to harvest my garlics, lads.
Planted 6 cloves last year and that mad bastard of a Summer we had killed them off. But I think they grew into their own bulbs as each of the 6 plants is now its own 5-6 plants. And theyre fucking massive.

Biding my time.

No idea what the fuck I'm gonna do with them when theyre done, maybe shoulda grown an actual food instead of an ingredient. Whatever, I'll make litres of homemade Dominos garlic and herb dip.
>> No. 425631 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 7:50 pm
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>>425629

>No idea what the fuck I'm gonna do with them when theyre done

Have you checked if your area is frequented by a lot of vampires?
>> No. 425632 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 7:53 pm
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>>425629
https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_garlic/
>> No. 425634 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 9:14 pm
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>>425629

You can pickle it if you've got an abundance.
>> No. 425635 Anonymous
3rd April 2019
Wednesday 10:43 pm
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This might be the most boring day of .gs posts I've ever seen. I know I'm not helping, but there we have it.
>> No. 425636 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 2:22 am
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>>425635

I do wonder why. Were we all just busy today?
>> No. 425639 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 10:11 am
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>>425636
Maybe one of us got a job or something?
>> No. 425646 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 7:14 pm
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I wanted to go see this kepekois folk band tonight but then I found out that they're playing in a church with seating and that you can't even bring your drinks back from the bar to the main hall. I already saw the band last year at a similar venue (although thankfully drinks were allowed) and the mismatch between the energy on stage and the lack of it in the sit-down crowd was palpable. I talked to the band afterwards and they said they preferred having a lively and bonkers crowd. I think I made the right decision in skipping this event, but then again, as I type this a part of me thinks it would've been nice to see the band again despite the restrictions of the church venue. Ah well. Come see, cum saw as the French say.

It's a shame that modern folk music is the preserve of octogenarians.
>> No. 425648 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 8:08 pm
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>>425646

Le Vent du Nord?
>> No. 425650 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 9:00 pm
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>>425646
>kepekois
Beg pardon?
>> No. 425651 Anonymous
4th April 2019
Thursday 9:16 pm
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>>425650
Apparently it's chantard-speak for Quebecois.
>> No. 425678 Anonymous
5th April 2019
Friday 8:49 pm
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>>425648
Yup.
>> No. 425759 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 11:17 pm
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I just ate an expired chocolate santa that I found in the back of my cupboard. The expiration date read as March 31 of this year, so I figured there would be no harm in eating it. It did taste a bit off though. Not quite like it's supposed to taste. But I ate the whole thing anyway.

Am I going to die?
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10th April 2019
Wednesday 12:59 am
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>>425759
Yes.
>> No. 425761 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 1:19 am
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>>425759
We're all going to die, Picalad. But you are going to get there a lot quicker if you keep eating the random things you find at the back of the cupboard. Never drink anything from the cupboard under the kitchen sink those bottles mummy keeps there that look like fizzy pop are very dangerous.
>> No. 425762 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 12:15 pm
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>>425247
I am away for training seminar bollocks all week. Last night I met up with my lad because the course isn't that far away from his university. What started out as a Spoon's mixed grill and a quiet few pints soon ended up with a heavy night. I am absolutely hanging out of my arse today, struggling to keep awake during the interminably long PowerPoint presentations.
>> No. 425763 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 2:48 pm
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Having to take an ID photo for a work thing on my ageing phone has not been going well. I look like a sad egg.

I'm tempted to photoshop it but it's almost certainly some sort of daft militant wog act to doctor a photo intended for a government mandated security pass.
>> No. 425764 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 4:46 pm
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>>425761

> if you keep eating the random things you find at the back of the cupboard.

Apparently, you can eat chocolate after its expiration date. According to what it says on the Internet somebody said it, so it must be true, chocolate will mainly lose flavour over time, as well as absorb odours from its surroundings, but it should be no health hazard as such, as long as it is kept at reasonable temperatures.
>> No. 425765 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:46 pm
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Who the FUCK thinks it's fine to mow the lawn or strim at this time of fucking night? Everyone knows you have until about half six to make that sort of noise, and even that's a bit much on a weekday.
>> No. 425766 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:50 pm
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>>425765
Better than stupid o'clock on a Sunday morning.
>> No. 425767 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:52 pm
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>>425764

Chocolate often doesn't have an expiration date, just a best before. It takes quite a lot for sweets to go bad, particularly cheapo ones that are usually more sugar and oil than plant mass. Plus I've seen those lads who review old rations on YouTube eat chocolate bars that are thirty years old.
>> No. 425769 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 8:12 pm
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>>425767


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIdv_pnkHJk
>> No. 425770 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 9:38 pm
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>>425769
I'll see you and raise you.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmdLnPGZ0Rc

I got a bit addicted to this guys channel for a while.
>> No. 425772 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 10:21 pm
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Windows Update just fucking bricked my Windows 7 installation for good. It freezes on startup, not suddenly but gradually in that it just becomes unresponsive, and none of the system restore points work, and I can't identify any services or processes that could be the culprit.

So I've just backed up the important parts of my C partition and am about to give Windows the go ahead to reinstall itself.

With Windows 7 support running out soon, maybe not the worst point in time to have to do this. And the install date of the current installation appears to have been June 8, 2015. So I am sure that Windows has bunged itself up either way over the course of four years and that it will be loads faster and more responsice when I am finished.
>> No. 425773 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 10:47 pm
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>>425772
I just moved on from my February 2010 install. Windows Update... took a while.
>> No. 425774 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 10:55 pm
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>>425772
Windows tech support lad here.

There are a bunch of things you could do to try and save the install if you really needed, but a fresh install if not an issue is the quickest and easiest way to achieve what you want.

Thanks for not contacting the helpline
>> No. 425775 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 10:57 pm
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>>425770
Love that guys channel.
>> No. 425776 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:04 pm
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>>425770

"'S'get this out on a trehh..." is such a powerful meme I once said it to my mrs before going down on her, and it didn't even kill the mood.

I'm a bit jealous of the ones where he smokes a pack of 40 year old Camels though.
>> No. 425777 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:08 pm
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>>425249
I torrented Warcraft 3 and I'm literally too stupid to play it since I can't use mounts properly. I mounted it in Windows, installed everything from the 'CD', now when I try to run it I get complaints that my CD-ROM drive is empty. I though when an .iso was mounted the system already thinks it's a drive anyway?
>> No. 425778 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:09 pm
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>>425776
Absolute legend move.
>> No. 425779 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:14 pm
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>>425777
You might need a crack.

Mounted ISO isn't always a surefire way of fooling copy protection.

Have a look on google and see if there's a simple way to do it without downloading some dodgy crack first though.
>> No. 425780 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:34 pm
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>>425774

I'm almost done reinstalling now. Last bits of custom hardware drivers installed now. Still tons of Windows Updates to be downloaded, from the looks of it, and I still need to get all my third party software back on as well. Never quite sure which is best to do first, or if the two can be done simultaneously. I will probably just put the bare minimum of software on it and then the rest after Windows Update has finished.
>> No. 425781 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:37 pm
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>>425780My advice to you is when doing the Windows updates, skip the one from last Tuesday. We've had a fuckton of people having problems with it. I'd just wait till next month, hold that one back.
>> No. 425782 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:47 pm
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>>425781
By the way, posting this from a cracked Win 7 Machine that has apart from service updates required to run certain software, never has updates. I have no firewall. I have no antivirus. Still I remain uninfected.

It's quite funny I'm doing tech support for Microsoft from a cracked copy of Win 7, using a Cracked copy of Win 10 in a VM (no internet access ever) for reference if ever needed.

Earlier I went to the pub and had a couple of pints while working from my Linux Mint netbook, and relied on memory. Worked out fine.
>> No. 425783 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:52 pm
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>>425781

Could you provide a KB number for that update, so I will know which update to untick when it comes to it?
>> No. 425784 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 11:58 pm
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>>425783
KB4493509
>> No. 425785 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:15 am
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>>425784
By the way if you type this update into google images, one of the results that comes up is a picture of grumpy cat.

That should be enough to warn you off it.
>> No. 425786 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:18 am
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>>425785
I need to stop starting posts with by the way. Drunken repetition.
>> No. 425787 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:41 am
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>>425785

Fuck, I forgot to back up all my fonts I have collected over the years. I dabble in graphic design, so recovering them off the Internet one by one will be painstaking.

The computer is indeed much faster now though after the Windows reinstall. Downloading another 800MB of Windows Update now.
>> No. 425788 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:48 am
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>>425787
>Fuck, I forgot to back up all my fonts I have collected over the years. I dabble in graphic design, so recovering them off the Internet one by one will be painstaking.
I know this pain, not with fonts but with audio plugins.

Rest in peace the fonts.
>> No. 425790 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 7:01 am
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I've been up all night with toothache and I'm waiting for the dentists to open at 8 so can get an emergency appointment.

It's such a horribly consistent pain, no change in posture or position changes it. Just a dull throb that gets increasingly worse when you try to sleep since all your other sensory input dies down. Yesterday was a really good day as well.
>> No. 425791 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:28 pm
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>>425790

So how did the emergency appointment turn out?
>> No. 425792 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 12:31 pm
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>>425791

He's probably dead, it's been over four hours. I've never trusted dentists.
>> No. 425796 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 2:13 pm
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Just got home and am now resuming my Windows 7 reinstall. In addition to the 800-plus MB I downloaded from Windows Update last night, I am about to download another 935 MB, or 179 individual update files.

When will it end. But what also blows my mind is that every line of code of those 1.7 GB must have been written and compiled by somebody at some point.

300 years ago, probably all the text anybody had ever written in human history up to that point (not counting identical copies of a book) could have fit into those 1.7 gigabytes.
>> No. 425797 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 2:28 pm
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>>425796
>Windows 7
What on earth are you doing, lad?
>> No. 425799 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 3:14 pm
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>>425797

It's an older computer which likely wouldn't perform well with Windows 10 on it. Maybe I will buy a new computer next year after Windows 7 support runs out, but for the time being, I am going to keep this PC, and with Windows 7 on it.
>> No. 425800 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 3:51 pm
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I'd be surprised if 10 didn't run on just about anything still alive.
>> No. 425801 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 4:25 pm
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>>425792
I rang around as soon as places opened and eventually got an appointment for 3. I just got home a few minutes ago.

Once I'd been up and around on my feet for an hour or so the pain mostly vanished - lying down makes it worse as the blood pressure around your gums increases. So I haven't been in pain since this morning, luckily. I made it in to an important meeting at work today before vanishing off at least.

I had a couple of X-rays done and the teeth that were hurting are healthier than I thought. They're not dead on the inside or otherwise falling apart, I just have some erosion around the gumline which is causing heightened sensitivity. He slapped on some heavy-duty fluoride paste around the area and I'm having a checkup in a week - if the pain returns then he'll attach some permanent enamel-paste-stuff at the base of the teeth to make a permanent barrier.

Sage for the most boring post ever posted on .gs. I'm tired.
>> No. 425802 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 5:08 pm
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>>425800

This does not mean it will run well.

That said, it will probably not gum up old PCs like Vista did back in its day.

I tried to update my PC to Vista Home circa 2006 (?), and it just fucked everything up completely. So much so that I reverted to XP just days later. Vista was just not a good choice if you didn't have the proper hardware resources.
>> No. 425804 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 5:37 pm
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>>425797
What? I run 7 myself and have only a vague idea what I'd do when the 2020 comes knocking.
10 is a bit all too sure in doing exactly what it is told not to do. I'm not fond of the data collection practices either.
Even as I have several scripts and check-lists to use and make it shut up mostly, I'd rather not bother. Besides, 7 does perform alright for me.
>>425801
Congrats on having it easy.
>> No. 425805 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 5:57 pm
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>>425802
At least it wasn't Windows M.E, which give your computer actual ME. It hogged so many resources that PCs at the time they became massively sluggish.
>> No. 425806 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 6:09 pm
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>>425797
>What on earth are you doing, lad?
He's choosing the best version of Windows released to date.
>> No. 425812 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 9:09 pm
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>>425805

Windows ME was the most shit system that Microsoft ever annoyed its users with. Stability was fucking awful, driver issues were abundant, and it just looked and felt like Windows 98's retarded cousin.

I got a pirated CD with a system builders version of ME on it from a friend back in the day when it had just come out, and for some time, I thought that I had all those problems because it was an illegal rip. But one of my friends then bought a new computer at the time with an all legit copy of ME, and he had the exact same problems on his computer.

It's just the natural course of events with Microsoft. For every really quite usable, stable, well designed operating system that they come out with now and then, they seem to feel the need to get one or two shit follow ups out of their system again before the OS after that will then amount to something good again. Just look at how poorly received Vista and Windows 8 were. With Windows 10, they seem to have rolled back a few of the unfavourable quirks of Windows 8 again, but having seen both systems side by side, 7 and 10, I would always advise somebody to stick with 7 as long as possible.
>> No. 425813 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 9:21 pm
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Am I paranoid for believing Windows is moving towards a subscription based payment system? Basically everything else is doing so and the auto updates you have no say over seem like the thin end of the wedge for just that kind of thing.
>> No. 425816 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 10:10 pm
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>>425813
Windows 10 has heralded the move from a paid product towards a free one.
>> No. 425818 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 10:27 pm
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Just use Linux. For fucks sake lads it's 2019.
>> No. 425819 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 10:33 pm
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Windows gave me a free update to 10 from my cracked copy of 7 Ultimate. It was a pretty good deal if you ask me.
>> No. 425821 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 11:11 pm
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>>425818

>Just use Linux. For fucks sake lads it's 2019.


Take a minute to think about what you just said before we move on, lad.
>> No. 425822 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 11:18 pm
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>>425818
Keep your own farm animals. It's 2019 after all.
>> No. 425827 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 10:34 am
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>>425822
I do. Need to move the sheep off the hayfield onto their summer grazing, but they've gone feral over the winter. Took a week of trying to coax the wooly bastards into the barn so I could load them into the trailer - when I realised that the keys to the trailer are in the towcar, which is 100 miles away. Fuck's sake. Sheep released.
>> No. 425835 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 5:42 pm
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Still busy updating my Windows 7 reinstall. A good three GB of data so far. And counting.

Fuckssake. Seems like my Windows 7 version is proper ancient. It's a disk image on a bootable USB thumb drive that I originally downloaded directly from Microsoft. My computer originally only came with a recovery version of Windows 7 Home which was stored on a system reserved hard drive partition. And then when the cheaply made hard drive went kaput and needed replacing just after the warranty ran out, I happened upon the downloadable disk image on Microsoft's web site. It lets you install anything from Windows 7 Starter 32-bit to Win 7 Professional if you type in the correct serial number. But apparently it's a very early Win7 build, which doesn't even contain Service Pack 1. Might have to check if they offer a more up to date disk image now, but obviously too late for this reinstall now.
>> No. 425837 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 5:45 pm
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>>425822

He's right. Stop being goddamn plebs who depend on Windows-brand spyware/bloatware.
>> No. 425838 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 5:47 pm
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>>425837

>Stop being goddamn plebs

>I'm Linux edgelad, behold mah edges.
>> No. 425841 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 6:07 pm
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>>425837

I love Linux and have ran it in many forms since I was about 12, but there's still too many specialist programs that will likely never run properly, so I'm stuck with Windows or OSX for at least half of my computing time.

You can viably use Linux for gaming now, which is great, but until it runs Ableton, certain CAD programs, and Adobe suite, I'm going to have to remain a pleb.
>> No. 425842 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 6:12 pm
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>>425837
Ganoo Slash Lunicks has its uses, but it's still simply not there for serious productivity. Unsupported by Adobe CS, Altium, SolidWORKS, AutoCAD, etc, and LibreOffice is fucking useless compared to MS Office. I suppose with Google Docs, that's not as much of an issue unless you're going full FOSS. Hell, even Netflix was a bit of a pain until very recently.
>> No. 425843 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 6:24 pm
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>>425841

LibreOffice and GIMP both have their merits, which is what I use often on my Windows computer. Exporting to PDF tends to be somewhat more convenient in LibreOffice, and GIMP in its current 2.10 version, although still not a de facto alternative to Photoshop, has really come a long way.
>> No. 425844 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 6:54 pm
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Eating an apple.
>> No. 425846 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 7:02 pm
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>>425844
If it's going to take you all weekend get some lemon juice on it or it'll go all manky.
>> No. 425848 Anonymous
12th April 2019
Friday 7:17 pm
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Someone called me eccentric today, purely based on the fact that "you drive a much worse car than you can afford"

I asked them if they could understand the value in having a car you don't care about getting scratched etc but still runs perfectly well, but he genuinely seemed to struggle with that idea.

I just need to get a Defender again, people assume that's a rich person car.
>> No. 425862 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 11:17 am
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Formula E is fucking boring.
>> No. 425863 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 11:20 am
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>>425862
Do they still sound like drills and have the pit stop where they have to jump out of one car and get into another?
>> No. 425875 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 1:50 pm
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>>425848

>Someone called me eccentric today, purely based on the fact that "you drive a much worse car than you can afford"


As opposed to most people, who drive much more expensive cars than they can realistically afford without having to eat fish fingers and spaghetti all week.
>> No. 425876 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 1:54 pm
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>>425863

Couldn't be arsed watching long enough to see if they still switch cars, but they definitely still sound like drills or Jetsons cars.

I found out recently that sound is just what straight cut racing gears sound like at high speed, you'd just never know in a combustion car because of the engine noise drowning it out.

I went to a Formula E event at Silverstone last year, or the year before, I forget, and talked to some bloke from the Virgin team. Despite being a giant nerd and very much into cars myself, he did not succeed in impressing or even entertaining me with his waffle about electric motors.

I did get a Virgin Racing branded bluetooth speaker with a robot face on it from them though.
>> No. 425883 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 2:44 pm
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>>425848
I've had a similar run-in recently, replace cars with phones.
Would do the same if it came to cars too. Unless, of course, I had a sudden windfall of a fortune to afford a W221 and its maintenance.
I suspect I'd still prefer a W124/W140 though.
>> No. 425884 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 3:14 pm
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>>425848

>I just need to get a Defender again, people assume that's a rich person car.

Or a murderer's car.

https://sniffpetrol.com/2014/10/01/one-life-live-it-sticker-defines-land-rover-owner/
>> No. 425887 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 6:53 pm
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>>425884

>Or a murderer's car.

Still better than a white van. One of my mates had one for a while, mainly to transport his surfboards, and people kept asking him jokingly if he was a child snatcher or a paedo.
>> No. 425888 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 7:29 pm
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>>425887

My missus has a white van to transport her bikes around in and nobody ever asks her if she's a paedo. Typical double standards.
>> No. 425889 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 7:31 pm
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>>425887

Does he look like a paedo though?
>> No. 425890 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 9:09 pm
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>>425889

Long shaggy hair and beard stubble.

Your guess is as good as mine.
>> No. 425891 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 10:47 pm
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>>425890

If the hair is a bit greasy too, that's very paedo.
>> No. 425892 Anonymous
13th April 2019
Saturday 11:57 pm
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>>425891

How do you know this?
>> No. 425893 Anonymous
14th April 2019
Sunday 8:15 am
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>>425892

Paedos excrete a chemical that attracts children. It smells like hammers, and makes the hair look greasy.
>> No. 425927 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 4:47 pm
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Watching two pigeons outside my window in a tree competing over a female pigeon. But if I am not entirely mistaken, both males have mated with the female in the last ten minutes.

Proper dirty slag, that female pigeon.
>> No. 425929 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 4:59 pm
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How do I become less of a judgemental cunt? When it was in the news about that lad being mauled to death by a dog in a caravan one of my first thoughts was "I bet they've got a chav name like Lexi, Hayden or Jaxon and I bet their parents are proper pondscum too." When that was confirmed right on both counts it made me think less of them, like the death doesn't count as much because it's one more waste of space elimated from the gene pool. I know it's terrible to think like people such as these don't really matter, they're not real people, but it's the first thing that automatically and instinctively pops into my noggin.

>>425927
Pervert.
>> No. 425930 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 6:37 pm
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>>425929
Consciously choose to have a more open minded approach to other human beings, and especially become more open to making friends or at least connecting socially with other humans regardless of background or class. Talk to people. Try to understand their lives. Deeply question what, if anything, makes you much better or that fundamentally different to them, and be honest with yourself about your own shortcomings and strengths with the attitude that no one is perfect, and that we're all just learning to get by.

Except Bike Thief though, he's just a cunt.
>> No. 425931 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 7:14 pm
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>>425929

>How do I become less of a judgemental cunt?

>Pervert.


I can't say I have doubt that you need help.
>> No. 425933 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 7:21 pm
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>>425770
Lads could someone please explain why I've just lost 45 minutes of my life to watching a man get very excited about a freeze dried slice of pepperoni pizza

Why is he so genuinely enthuasistic about the flavour of coffee powder

Why is this such compelling viewing what is going on
>> No. 425934 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 7:31 pm
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>>425930
I'm probably tainted by the fact that I've spent too much time growing up around these kind of people to know they're the absolute dregs of society. It doesn't help that the more I read about this case, such as the fact that it was members of the public who tried to help the boy rather than friends and family in adjoining caravans because they were too busy getting hammered at 5am to even notice anything was wrong, the worse it gets and it just ends up confirming my prejudices were correct (even if that's just at a superficial level).

However, when I hear in the news about a stabbing, shooting or acid attack in London my first thoughts are generally along the lines of "I bet the perpetrators are black." When I'm proven correct I don't think less of them, I think that they're a byproduct of the culture they've been raised in where joining a gang and engaging in criminal acts helps make up for a lack of male role models in their lives, gives them a sense of camaraderie and they see it as an easy way to get rich rather than joining the daily grind; a bit like the local Asian kids who don't try hard at school because they want to emulate people they know who deal drugs and drive flash cars. I think what I'm getting at is that I find it very hard to emphasise with chavs.

>>425931
If you're watching multiple pigeon intercourse then chances are you're a wrong 'un. The mere fact that you're posting here in the first place means you're almost certainly a pervert.
>> No. 425935 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 7:56 pm
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>>425934

>The mere fact that you're posting here in the first place means you're almost certainly a pervert.

I would say that it takes one to know one, but there is probably no hope that that would alter your view on the matter.
>> No. 425936 Anonymous
15th April 2019
Monday 8:42 pm
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>>425935

That poster is also posting here so that's really a moot point.
>> No. 425940 Anonymous
16th April 2019
Tuesday 8:45 pm
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>>425929
Oh, I was under the impression that was perfectly normal, and wouldn't worry about changing.
>> No. 425942 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 2:09 am
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>>425934

When Madeleine McCann's disappearance was in the news, I wondered how the coverage would be different if her parents were called Wayne and Tracey and she had gone missing in Magaluf.
>> No. 425943 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 2:15 am
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>>425942

You only have to compare Madeline McCann's case to that one where that bird in Dewsbury faked the kidnapping of her own kid for a bit of money for a stark picture of how classism works in modern Britain.

Both of them blatantly, obviously did it,and everyone knew they did it. The McCanns got away with it and became media personalities, whereas the chavvy Northern lass was just another hate figure of the week.
>> No. 425949 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 7:13 pm
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>>425943

>The McCanns got away with it and became media personalities

Class privilege at work, without a doubt.
>> No. 425950 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 7:33 pm
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>>425949
It's because the McCann's are friends with Gordon Brown. Nothing like the establishment to close ranks and cover up a missing child.

Karen Matthew's mistake was not inviting ol' Cyclops around to share a few tinnies after Shannon had disappeared.
>> No. 425951 Anonymous
17th April 2019
Wednesday 7:56 pm
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17th April 2019
Wednesday 8:12 pm
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>>425951
I've got this album on CD. It's fucking amazing. I want a live show of it.

Get another Kickstarter going, Kunt.
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17th April 2019
Wednesday 10:12 pm
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>> No. 425969 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 2:37 am
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>>425961
I cannot believe it is Easter already.
>> No. 425997 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 3:45 pm
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>>425436
>I've always liked Michael Young's framing of meritocracy: a term he coined in the negative, describing a class unto itself.

Does the rise in the so-called meritocracy coincide with the decline of industry in this country? If you back 50/60 years then it didn't matter if you didn't try hard at school because it was almost guaranteed that there'd be a job for you for life at the local factory, down the pit or whatever. There may have been lower social mobility but those at the bottom were still able to build a nice, if somewhat modest, life for themselves where they could afford to buy a house from a relatively early age.

My Dad left school at the age of 14 and spent almost 35 years working in the same factory, a job he got because his brother worked there. I don't think he ever earned much more than £20,000 before he retired in his late fifties due to being a member of a final salary pension scheme. That was enough for him to buy a house, raise two kids, own a nearly new Rover 400 and go abroad on holiday almost every year.

Once those industries were decimated then if you didn't try hard at school or have much in the way of aspiration then you were pretty much fucked and apparently it's all your fault for not having the benefit of hindsight. Throw in some people becoming docile because of the welfare state and others believing their brilliant entrepreneurs solely because their wealth has grown due to house price rises and you can see why we are where we are now.
>> No. 426007 Anonymous
18th April 2019
Thursday 9:50 pm
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>>425997

It's all about wealth generation and the distribution thereof. Back when your dad was in the workforce, work productivity was a tiny fraction of what it is today in terms of output per man hour. With today's technology, a single worker can output ten times as much in a given time period as in the mid-20th century. This stark rise in productivity was anticipated by sociologists and futurists alike in the 50s and 60s.

The fallacy that they then committed, however, was that they assumed that all that increase in productivity and fewer man hours needed to maintain a certain level of output would mean that workers would get to spend more time off with no loss of pay. I've got stacks of old issues of Popular Mechanics in my basement still from my dad from the late 1950s to early 60s, and in them, you can read loopy visions of the future, of people barely working three days a week as early as the 1980s, and spending their income and all their free time on holidays to space stations orbiting Earth.

What went wrong was that all these increases in productivity ended up not being paid out to workers and employees, but they led to competitors undercutting each other on prices per unit on goods markets. And it kind of makes sense from an economist's view point. In industries were you have oligopolic competiton, enterprises will tend to see increases in productivity as a cost advantage against other competitors. So the price for a good goes down nearly the same way as productivity has increased. This in turn means that not only do workers not see wage increases, but as time goes by and technology evolves yet more, workers will be made redundant because machines tend to outperform human workers many times over and at much lower cost. And therefore, increases in productivity have not generated more wealth for the common worker.

Also, you have to consider the role of capital. Capital wants to see interest, and as that interest is generated through investment returns, for example from investments in factories and companies, that money then needs to appreciate as well. So what you have is an enormous feedback loop of compounded interest over decades that has made certain segments of the population obscenely wealthy in the last 150 years and especially in the globalised world of the last 20 to 30 years, but today, there is just so much capital that all of it will not appreciate unless you take chunks out of the paychecks of the people who actually generate that wealth through their own hands' work. From that perspective, every quid that is paid to workers won't go into somebody's return on investment.

And then you notice very quickly where it has been going from there. Nearly all industrialised countries in the last 25 years have seen countless "job market reforms", ostensibly to make the job markets more flexible, but what they really did was take away most of the workers' share of the wealth that they generate. And it isn't just your actual monthly pay, but also things like job security and other marks of a person's standard of living that have eroded.
>> No. 426238 Anonymous
25th April 2019
Thursday 6:35 pm
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Sitting on my balcony right now, with a waft of cannabis smell blowing by. Turns out there is a couple sitting on a balcony over 100 metres across from me, smoking a bucket.

Either that is some very strong stuff they are doing, or the wind just blows in a peculiar way today so that it carries the smell almost undiffused over that kind of distance.

I'm not sure whether a couple smoking bucket on their balcony is just a sign of the times, or an indication that this neighbourhood is going downhill.
>> No. 426239 Anonymous
25th April 2019
Thursday 6:39 pm
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>>426238
You did report them to the police, right grandpa?
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25th April 2019
Thursday 6:57 pm
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>>426239

It's everybody's duty as an upstanding citizen.
>> No. 426245 Anonymous
25th April 2019
Thursday 8:29 pm
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>>426240
I'm more of a downsitting type myself.
>> No. 426246 Anonymous
25th April 2019
Thursday 8:37 pm
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>>426245

Is that you, paraplegiclad?
>> No. 426255 Anonymous
26th April 2019
Friday 12:02 am
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>>426245

I quite like facesitting.
>> No. 426312 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 2:00 pm
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Been doing some more ancestry research.

One of my great-granddads died in prison in the early 20th century. This was kind of common knowledge in our family, but what everybody tried to avoid as a conversation topic was why he went to prison in the first place. He was a somewhat well to do shopkeeper with his own shop, and I was always given to assume that he probably got done in for tax fraud or some other white-collar crime related to his business of selling men's attire.

But due to some research using online prison registers and other sources, I was able to establish that he was sentenced to prison for the repeated rape of his female shop assistant. His cause of death while in prison is listed as "inmate violence". So I take it he was beaten to death because someone found out he was a rapist. Quite a dark piece of family history, that. No wonder all the elderly people in my family prefer not to talk about it.
>> No. 426313 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 6:20 pm
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I'm not happy about this conclusion, but after seeing Netflix simultaneously recommend I watch both "Upstart Crow" and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" I'm forced to conclude the Americans are better at being funny than us. Perhaps it's not true in the long term, but for the following twelve hours that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
>> No. 426314 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 6:39 pm
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>>426313
Comedy over here has become far too reliant on panel shows. Since the final episode of The Inbetweeners was first broadcast in 2010 what British sitcoms have there been that are truly hilarious? Peep Show plodded on for a couple more series, s you've got Derry Girls but that's it.

We've moved on to comedies which are pleasant and amusing but not really funny. Catastrophe. Detectorists. Motherland. There She Goes. I enjoyed Back to Life, which recently became available on iPlayer, but it's not going to raise many chuckles my labia is moist.
>> No. 426315 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 6:47 pm
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>>426313

If those are new to you have you not watched Arrested Development either?

It's great. The multi-episode setups and payoffs are brilliant.
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29th April 2019
Monday 7:03 pm
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>>426314
What you said about the "pleasantness" is so true. I wanted to like The Detectorists, but everything was so understated that I was just bored by it. Did anyone, anywhere laugh until their stomachs hurt at any scene in that show? Smug is too malicious a word, but it gave off a vibe approaching that, as though it didn't need to make you laugh because it was doing something even better than that already.

I haven't watched Back to Life despite saying I would, but I will now you've left me with that spoilered comment, my curiosity is thoroughly piqued.

>>426315
I've seen both of them and Arrested Development, just not Netflix.
>> No. 426317 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 9:24 pm
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>> No. 426318 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 9:36 pm
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>>426314

>Since the final episode of The Inbetweeners was first broadcast in 2010 what British sitcoms have there been that are truly hilarious?

Thanks, now I feel old.

You have a point though. Even Mitchell and Web have been showing their age the last few years. "Back" was a decent effort on their part, but nowhere near as good as the early Peep Show series.
>> No. 426319 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 10:49 pm
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>>426318

Were a long way from the heyday of Spaced, Black Books, Mighty Boosh etc. What happened to our comedy? I think the last one of any true quality was The IT Crowd.
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29th April 2019
Monday 11:18 pm
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>>426319
The IT crowd really wasn't all that. Fleabag just finished airing and is significantly better. So is the Detectorists, frankly. Hell's teeth, even Toast of London makes The IT Crowd look like total wank.
>> No. 426321 Anonymous
29th April 2019
Monday 11:45 pm
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>>426319

>Mighty Boosh

Noel Fielding definitely lost his edge further down the line. Luxury Comedy was often a real cringefest and painfully unfunny.
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29th April 2019
Monday 11:51 pm
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>>426319
>heyday
>Mighty Boosh

u fuckin wot m8?
>> No. 426323 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:03 am
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>>426322

Noel Fielding has always been an acquired taste. Never been my cup of tea personally, but you can't deny that Mighty Boosh was an innovative approach to absurdist comedy.
>> No. 426324 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:12 am
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>>426323
>you can't deny that Mighty Boosh was an innovative approach to absurdist comedy

Was it really that different to alternative comedy from the 80s? Except with added lolrandumb XD for teenage girls.
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30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:36 am
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>>426321
Classic Yin/Yang comedy duo - Neither could create a decent show on their own, but together keep each other in check and on track. "(I've got a dark, fractured, paranoid sort of side to me and he had the light, sunny, simpleton feel. Together we made one whole person."). So Noel on his own is just way off in his own crazy world.

I felt Seinfeld/Larry David had a similar dynamic. Jerry on his own lacks a bit of bite, Curb is just too full-on awkward at times, but Seinfeld (the show) was a great balance.
>> No. 426326 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 1:03 am
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>>426322

If you don't rate the TV series you should really give the live shows a go. Much more impressive when you see it in that context. Sort of like the League of Gentleman, though arguably that one made the transition a lot more gracefully.
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30th April 2019
Tuesday 1:26 am
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>>426324
It was nothing like the alt-comedy of 80s, which itself can't really be pigeon-holed because it was more of a label for anything that was a break from the "my mother-in-law's a right old laplander" stuff of the preceding years than a singular style or genre.

I don't know how you can claim the Boosh, which had very clearly defined itself on stage and BBC Radio 4 long before it got a telly show, was somehow cynically concocted to appeal to the emo girls of the noughties. It sounds like you're retroactively putting that "lolsorandumb" label on a show that more likely helped usher in that kind of humour, but you can't really blame the Boosh for that anymore than you can blame Monty Python for that one lad with a pubey beard who talks you through all the sketches, ruining them before you ever even got to see them for yourself.

And speaking of Monty Python, I suppose Michael Palin's absolutely gut-bustingly funny Ripping Yarns was a "lolsorandumb" with it's absurdist stories about traversing the Andes by amphibian, and such like.
>> No. 426328 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 10:57 am
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>>426327

Monty Python never really was laugh out loud funny though. It was more a smorgasbord of subtle upper class wit committed by a bunch of liberal arts students.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_G2a2hL6U
>> No. 426329 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 11:32 am
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I'll be honest lads, I don't think Monty Python stuff is very funny at all. I understand what they were going for and how they've influenced comedy over the years, but it's always felt like a mixture of 'lolrandom' and trying too hard. It just strikes me that everyone seems to think it's a lot more clever than it actually is, but maybe that's because I'm coming from a place of viewing it in my late teens after I had already been exposed to and formed my own views on comedy.

To save you all some time in dismissing my opinion, my idea of funny is somewhere in between Always Sunny and Stewart Lee, so I would take anything I say with a large chunk of salt.
>> No. 426330 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 11:58 am
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Depends on your sense of humour really. I've always thought stuff like Monty Python, while on the face of it pretty surreal or "lolrandom", is actually quite relatable. You've got to have that style of humour though, I like the inherent sort of absurdity a lot of it involves, and the way it resembles that kind of exaggerated "what if x happened" banter I've always had with my mates. That thing where you take an ordinary situation and you just run with the tropes until you end up with something completely daft. I can picture exactly how they wrote those sketches and I love it.

Mighty Boosh is the sort of thing I think a lot of people are fundamentally put off befire they even give it a chance. By comparison, many people think The Office is the best thing to happen to comedy, but I flat out refused to watch it for a long time because it's just Ricky Gervais playing an arsehole. I don't like Ricky Gervais as an actor, he's a good comedian, but I hate that character and the style of humour that revolves around it. Even when I did watch it and didn't hate it, I still have that disdain in the back of my mind.

Basically what I'm saying is you're all just being big contrarian hipster cunts. Same reason my Mrs says she doesn't like Arnie movies, when she's objectively wrong.
>> No. 426331 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:16 pm
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Well, I've never really watched any Python which is why I just used it to compare fandoms and then segue into talking about Ripping Yarns. I do think this stuff through, y'know.
>> No. 426332 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:20 pm
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>>426329

One of my exes in my student days was from Germany, and she told me that when she was in school in the mid-90s, her English teacher was obsessed with Monty Python and pretty much presented it as THE quintessential British humour. So when my ex came over to Britain for the first time on a student exchange in the late 90s, she was a bit surprised to find out that Monty Python had long gone out of style, and that contemporary British comedy had nothing at all to do with it.

I guess it plays into sterotypes that people from one country have about people in another country. Much the same way you won't find a single person wearing Lederhosen north of the Weisswurst Line.
>> No. 426333 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:29 pm
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>>426330

>That thing where you take an ordinary situation and you just run with the tropes until you end up with something completely daft. I can picture exactly how they wrote those sketches and I love it.


You have to remember though that a good 80 percent of the humour was single handedly carried by John Cleese. As a person, he still is genuinely funny when you watch recent interviews with him. He has the genuine talent of incorporating all the self-contradicting traits of upper (middle) class Britishness all into a single character and being spot on with it. And IMO his best performances were on Fawlty Towers or in A Fish Called Wanda, and not together with Monty Python as such. Somebody like Eric Idle on the other hand, who did most of the actual Monty Python writing, never had that kind of versatility on camera. He was funny as well, but never quite as good as Cleese.
>> No. 426334 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 12:43 pm
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Do you have to be a massive prick to sit on the right most part of the screen during Politics Live or is it just a coincidence? I'm not a regular viewer.
>> No. 426335 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 3:10 pm
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>>426330

>Basically what I'm saying is you're all just being big contrarian hipster cunts.

Normally I'd take that as a spot on evaluation of me, but I'm old enough now that I don't care if I appear cool or unique, and have made a concerted effort to enjoy Python but I just don't. I do get why others do, but it'll never work for me. I feel the same about Lee Evans - he's obviously talented but I just don't find physical comedy funny.

I think my deal is that I like subtlety.
>> No. 426336 Anonymous
30th April 2019
Tuesday 6:04 pm
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Four months without fizzy drinks.

When is a habit officially 'kicked'?
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30th April 2019
Tuesday 6:32 pm
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>>426336
You'll be back.
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30th April 2019
Tuesday 6:45 pm
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>>426336

I think with food it's only about 30 days.

I'm definitely a bit sick of hearing about it now mind, it's only pop.
>> No. 426340 Anonymous
1st May 2019
Wednesday 12:01 pm
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>>426336

I have also eliminated fizzy drinks from my diet. I now only drink water and unsweetened tea and coffee with milk.

I read an article online that your body basically produces its own glucose from the food you eat, and that therefore consuming any kind of pure sugar is largely unnecessary. That got me thinking, and as a consequence, I stopped drinking pop and eating sweets. I have been able to reduce my body weight that way by about a stone since I started with it a year ago. I also eat far fewer processed foods which are known to contain shedloads of hidden sugar.

Self sage for being a preachy cunt.
>> No. 426341 Anonymous
1st May 2019
Wednesday 1:09 pm
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The lad that came to fix the chip in my windscreen looked about 16. He's presumably at least early twenties, but I'm so old now that everyone under about 28 looks like a youth now.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 1:51 pm
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>>426341
The lass who plays Lyanna Mormont is 16. Legally you could fuck her, but you'd be an absolute paedo in my eyes.
>> No. 426343 Anonymous
1st May 2019
Wednesday 2:17 pm
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>>426336
When you forget that you had even had that habit in the first place, I think.
>> No. 426344 Anonymous
1st May 2019
Wednesday 5:46 pm
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>>426341

They say you are old when policemen and authority figures seem young to you.

I got stopped for speeding a while ago, and one of the two PCs looked half my age. I'm not sure what the minimum possible age is at which you can conduct speeding stops after training, but he barely looked 20 to 21. The other PC looked more seasoned, my guess would have been late 20s. But even that seems scarily young to me now.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 6:22 pm
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>>426342

I didn't have any desire to fuck the lad from Autoglass, even after he saved my nice heated windscreen.

>>426344

I typically feel like coppers are about my age at the moment. I'm 30 so I'm sure there's plenty of younger ones, but usually everyone I interact with in authority, from coppers to bank managers to airport security tends to feel my age or older.

I fully understand why adults thought I was an idiot as a 20 year old, though. I was. They all are.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 6:37 pm
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>>426345

> but usually everyone I interact with in authority, from coppers to bank managers to airport security tends to feel my age or older.

One of my mates at uni was two years older than me and originally trained as a bank clerk before taking up economics together with me. He very convincingly looked early 30s at his tender age of 22, and he said that that was a big advantage at the bank where he used to work, and he got to do things that normally only seasoned staff were entrusted with. A lot of bank clients tend to associate maturity with trustworthiness, and are reluctant to hand their life savings over to be managed by a 22-year-old younglad who looks his actual age.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 9:09 pm
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I've just turned 29 and have noticed in the past year or so that youths of trouble-making age no longer instantly move in to take the piss out of me when I have the misfortune to be in a public space occupied by them. I don't see how anyone could credibly be a police officer out and about on the beat before they're at least at this point, probably a secondary school teacher also. Sorry if I've offended anyone.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 9:39 pm
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>>426348

It only occurred to me recently that many of my teachers would have been in their early twenties. Fuck knows how anyone of that age can control a classroom full of teenagers. I'm not surprised (and more than a little guilty) that we made so many of them cry.
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1st May 2019
Wednesday 11:37 pm
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>>426348
>I don't see how anyone could credibly be a police officer out and about on the beat before they're at least at this point

You will find out at your own peril if they are credible or not. Even a baby faced 20-year-old officerlad has the authority to pepper spray you if you threaten him.


>>426350
>It only occurred to me recently that many of my teachers would have been in their early twenties.

Certainly. One of our French teachers at school was in her early 20s, not more than that, and she told us that she was pretty much just fresh out of uni, give or take a year.

One of our maths and physics teachers at school was a former RAF engineer. He decided in his late 20s that jet fighters and the military weren't his life passion and began his school teaching career just shy of age 30, I think. Nice fellow really, always had exciting stories to tell about his time in the RAF. And you better believe that he commanded respect.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 9:14 am
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>>426353
> And you better believe that he commanded respect.
I still have a rather hard time grasping how this worked. Why we'd treat some of them decently and some like shit.
Yes, some of those teachers had some a presence of sorts, something that subliminally radiated 'you don't fuck with me, you'll regret it' [0]. Some didn't yet we never caused them any grief. And some were almost asking for trouble.

[0] I must note that these were a minority.
>> No. 426363 Anonymous
2nd May 2019
Thursday 9:24 am
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>>426362

In our school the line was drawn between teachers who actually liked/gave a shit about us and those that didn't. If they were invested in us we could tell, even if we didn't actually care about school at all (we didn't), we'd not torture those ones. I think that's all it takes. You can be a scary authoritarian, or a Rather Nice Chap, and either way if you're talking to the kids like you actually might care about them, you're onto a winner. The teachers that suffered the most at our school ranged from vicious bastards to those who were probably quite nice people really, but it was clear they had nothing invested in the kids, so they never saw any respect from us. I think noticing this dynamic myself when I was there was the most valuable thing I ever learned at school - a practical demonstration that respect earns respect.

Probably the worst teacher I ever had in terms of being a strict, rude arsehole to all of us was still someone who was listened to by the class, her deadlines respected and her advice taken. Not because we were scared of the consequences, but because without her ever saying it, it was abundantly clear that she wanted us to be better. I hated being in her lessons but still worked my arse off in that class, and followed her advice about what I should do after school. She was right, too, that fat old bitch.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:15 am
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>>426362

well that former RAF engineer turned teacher did spend a lot of time in the military, and I guess they just teach you along the way how you ensure the respect of your subordinates. He was a nice chap really, but up to a point. I can't remember him ever treating me unfairly or being too harsh, but his militaty background definitely showed in his demeanor. If you were pulling your weight in class and paying attention and making an effort, you were firmly on his good side. But if you didn't, he could remind you quite sternly of your duties as a pupil in his class.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:38 am
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>>426363
Thinking about your post, maybe you're onto something; I can't tell if it isn't just my confirmation bias though. Myself, I tended to like more those who were less tense and weren't afraid to show some humane side despite the implicitly dictated 'high moral authority' code by the school administration.
I recall one particular situation with our then-new English teacher - a bloke in his mid-thirties, obviously having mild problems with alcohol consumption. One of the class trouble-makers decided to act a bit and nag him with inane questions about swearwords - something that usually prompted several minutes of yelling and other silliness.
He didn't react the way we had been expecting him to. Instead, he gave him a nonchalant 'that's not even wrong' response, before turning to explaining how to actually swear with some semblance of class, veering into the origin of trash talk and some other interesting anecdotes and myths about it.
Needless to say, we never caused him trouble any more.

Sage because so many years have passed it almost reads like a tale now.
>> No. 426366 Anonymous
2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:59 am
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>>426363
This is basically the same method I use to distinguish between men who are not blood relatives but who I call "uncle" and men who just so happened to be friends with my dad at some point when I was a child. It's difficult to explain precisely but the ability to smell the difference was vital when I was a child.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 12:12 pm
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>>426365

I had an English teacher who was kind of a very sad case. A cynic about life itself and it showed in everything he did. He was in his mid-40s, if that, although he looked much older, and his wife had left both him and his Down syndrom daughter for somebody else, and he himself was a chain smoker who reeked so badly that you tried to avoid having to come to the front to his desk by any means necessary. He had a worryingly ashen, gaunt face behind his Coke bottle glasses, and his fingers had visibly yellowed from all the smoking (rumours were along the lines of more than two packs a day), and the sad sight was completed by his greasy, grey combover which was always held in place by plenty of hairspray. He came to school every single day wearing a suit and tie, but his suits always looked like they were 20 year old bottom price range department store ones. All told, he looked like a deeply depressed John Major.

His style of teaching was marked by a complete disinterest in whether you were playing along or not. You could have failing marks all along and he simply wouldn't give a toss. I remember several instances where he came in at the beginning of a class, sat down at his desk and simply said and did nothing for five minutes straight, with a completely expressionless face, waiting until the noise had died down on its own as we realised ourselves that from that point on it would just have been incredibly rude to not sit down and be quiet. And maybe by then then we just felt genuinely sorry for the guy. At other times, when he asked us a particularly tough question in class and nobody had any clue, he would just sit there saying nothing for several minutes, before he would finally very quietly say, "Well then, I guess we should move on now".

Quite predictably, he died from lung cancer just a few years after I left school. Kind of still breaks my heart thinking about him because he was such a deeply sad person.
>> No. 426369 Anonymous
2nd May 2019
Thursday 12:52 pm
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Got a trackball. I used to have a Logitech Marble, but without a scroll wheel or middle click it was basically useless. This is a newer thumb type one and it's very difficult to get used to.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 9:57 pm
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>>426369

I've tried many different designs over the years, but somehow I've always come back to a bog standard wireless laser wheel mouse. It's just a simple design that is the most practical and versatile to use. My current model, altough not noteworthy whatsoever, is a Logitech M215. I think it was ten quid last year at a Curry's sale or something. It works well, and is inexpensive to replace.
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2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:25 pm
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>>426371
I have an Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, one of the best mice ever made. The Marble trackball is still the best input device I've ever used. It was also really good for FPS games, I sometimes still use it for GunGame or other games that don't need a scroll wheel. My ideal one would be one with a scroll wheel/middle click under the thumb.
>> No. 426373 Anonymous
2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:43 pm
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My new neighbours have settled in quickly. Already acting like they're on Jezza and stinking up the stairwells with Chiesel.

So I'm playing Adham Zahran / Akufen / NHK yx Koyxen / Shinichi Osawa / Sutekh with the subwoofer on so they can at least know that their neighbour is a twat with taste.

I am saving "Winnipeg is a Frozen Shithole" and "Higgins Ultra Low Track Glue Funk Hits 1972-2006" for when they scream at me on the way in from work.
>> No. 426374 Anonymous
2nd May 2019
Thursday 11:52 pm
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>>426371

I really think I prefer The ClitNipple TrackPoint to anything else, real proper laser mouse included. There's obvious downsides, I don't think it'd be fun to game with one, but it's just such an accurate, neat, and intuitive little pointer. I'd be lost without one on a laptop now, and I don't think I'd say no to one on a desktop keyboard either - I'd pay good money for a mechanical board with a trackpoint in it. (though not the $300 wanted for the one production board currently available with one)
>> No. 426375 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 12:38 am
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>>426374

I love trackpoints, but they badly aggravate my RSI. The ThinkPad Compact USB keyboard isn't mechanical, but it's bloody good for a membrane board, as you'd expect from Lenovo.

I'm pleased as punch with my Logitech G305. I was skeptical that a wireless mouse with several months of battery life could perform like a high-end gaming mouse, but it really does - the tracking is indistinguishable from my Zowie FK2. It's a small mouse and won't suit a lot of palm grippers, but the shape is bang on for claw or fingertip grip.
>> No. 426376 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 12:44 am
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Finally got a comment featured by The Guardian, lads. I'll have my own column by the autumn at this rate. It was only a year since they warned me that my posts were being especially monitored because of how often I was calling people "wankers" too; I've come so far.
>> No. 426377 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 1:16 am
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>>426376

There are no bad epithets; just bad epithees. You just took a greater risk while sussing this out.
>> No. 426378 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 1:39 am
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>>426374
You can get the IBM Model M13 with a clit. I can't say I'm a massive fan of them though, I often found their speed either too slow move across the screen or too fast to be accurate.
>> No. 426380 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 8:45 am
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>>426377
I have no idea what you meant by this, but it was late so I'll assume you were drunk and feel much the same way about it as I do this morning.
>> No. 426381 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 9:48 am
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>>426380

I think he's trying to say that as long as you insult the right people, you can get away with it. Not sure what the risk involved in commenting on the Guardian's website is, mind.
>> No. 426382 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 9:52 am
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>>426376

Quite right, once you were telling truth to the wankers in power. Now you've become a sell out wanker. Theres nothing worse than someone who actually succeeds.
>> No. 426383 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 11:02 am
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>>426381
Oh, I see. I think it had mostly just been people who obviously hadn't read the articles but were clearly being arsey about them anyway.

I'm quite in agreement that I shouldn't be calling people wankers on the Guardian website anyway, I'm just a mardy cunt sometimes.
>> No. 426384 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 12:35 pm
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>>426378
Since when was it acceptable to use gendered language and foster an IT environment hostile to women around here?
>> No. 426385 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 12:38 pm
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>>426384
What are you trying to satirise with this post exactly? You've clearly taken a very long run up to this joke, but I don't see a landing zone.
>> No. 426386 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 12:56 pm
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>>426385
Whoooosh.
>> No. 426387 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 1:16 pm
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>>426385

Not them but there is a poster in these parts that anytime someone says something like IYKWIM and sometimes with no clear promting at all seems to get on their soap box and campaign to clean up the internet for the sake of the fairer sex.

Their post is exactly in the structure used here. No debate no argument just a blunt moral statement that some evil is allowed to perpetuate here. They are taking the piss by doing it in response to the mention of a keyboard clit.
>> No. 426388 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 2:04 pm
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>>426387
Interesting. I don't think it's me but I have no recolection of seeing posts like that, but I can't remember what posts I made yesterday, so who can say?
>> No. 426389 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 2:27 pm
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>>426374

Track points are shit though if you do things like graphic design on your computer. Ideally, for graphics and especially for illustrations, you should use a pad with a stylus anyway, and most professional graphic artists do. But a good mouse can get 70 percent of that kind of work done, at similar quality. Track points are just completely useless in that respect and the times I have used one for Photoshop stuff, it turned out pretty awful.
>> No. 426390 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 2:30 pm
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>>426387
>Not them but there is a poster in these parts that anytime someone says something like IYKWIM and sometimes with no clear promting at all seems to get on their soap box and campaign to clean up the internet for the sake of the fairer sex.

That's me. I haven't pointed it out in a while because the alt-right woman haters seem to have fucked off after shitting the place up for a while.

A fair number of the posts objectifying women or posting IYKWIM are also by me. That's different from woman hating.
>> No. 426391 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 2:39 pm
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>>426390

Show us your tits
>> No. 426392 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 3:15 pm
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>>426391
IYKWIM
>> No. 426393 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 3:24 pm
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>>426392
AITTYD.
>> No. 426394 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 3:26 pm
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>>426393
RHLSTP!
>> No. 426395 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 3:49 pm
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>>426394

EIEIO.
>> No. 426396 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 4:18 pm
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>>426395

STFU Donnie.
>> No. 426397 Anonymous
3rd May 2019
Friday 7:17 pm
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Just got back from the Asian supermarket down the street where I bought an all new assortment of Asian sauces and condiments. Eating some homemade - not instant - ramen as we speak.


I got violently sick last weekend when I made some homemade chop suey with some oyster sauce which, it turned out, was six months off. It got so bad, I almost went to A&E. Spent the evening at home with severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

So I've thrown away all my old Asian sauces, just in case the other ones were off as well.
>> No. 426422 Anonymous
4th May 2019
Saturday 10:18 pm
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>>426394
That'll never catch on.
>> No. 426457 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:17 am
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Trackball update: My thumb motor control has definitely improved, but I still prefer the normal mouse for precision stuff, as I'm still finding it difficult to accurately trace stuff in say, Photoshop.

I've found one which is pretty much what I want (i.e. the index finger trackball with a scroll wheel, rather than the thumb trackball) on Amazon, but it's £50, and I don't really have that sort of cash to be throwing around right now. Maybe when I have more stable income I'll give it a go.

I am enjoying the fact I can use the wireless thumb trackball from bed, though.
>> No. 426460 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 8:14 am
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I don't get ill often, so my current not-quite-throat-infection is strange to me, because it mostly seems to be bothering the bit where the nose tubes meet the neck holes, rather than the throat proper, if you follow.

All I know is that Marmot liver tasted spectacular and I don't regret it for a minute.
>> No. 426461 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 8:28 am
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>>426460

I have that exact same ailment, and also don't often get ill. How very odd. Maybe we've all been poisoned by the shadowy britfa elite.

It's very unpleasant though, isn't it? I haven't found a way to relieve it yet, either. Cold and flu tablets seemed to work a bit but not enough. Considering something drastic like buying Fisherman's Friend.
>> No. 426462 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 11:12 am
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>>426460

Marmot Liver? Time to get a checkup for the Buboes.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/06/mongolian-couple-die-of-bubonic-plague-after-eating-marmot
>> No. 426463 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:14 pm
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>>426462
It's almost like that was the joke.
>> No. 426464 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:44 pm
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>>426463

Not everybody is as familiar with bodily orifices as you, Quincylad.
>> No. 426465 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:52 pm
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>>426462

>Authorities have warned people against eating raw marmot meat

How the fuck can you arrive at the conclusion that that is a good food source.
>> No. 426466 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:52 pm
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Did the Ancient Greeks use Roman numerals or did they have their own number system?
>> No. 426468 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 12:58 pm
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>>426466

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_numerals
>> No. 426480 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 5:17 pm
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>>426468
They also invented gayness.
>> No. 426481 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 5:33 pm
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>>426468

They must have had a proper shit time with algebra.
>> No. 426498 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 7:55 pm
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>>426480
Arguably their greatest contribution to humanity.
>> No. 426500 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 8:00 pm
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>>426481
Algebra hadn't been invented yet. They were still doing maths mainly by geometry, which is why Elements is such an important text.
>> No. 426501 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 8:02 pm
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>>426480

>They also invented gayness.

So that's where ARE George got it from.
>> No. 426509 Anonymous
7th May 2019
Tuesday 10:50 pm
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I had loads of fried mushrooms with onion for dinner tonight. Now I'm farting worse than a Ukrainean peasant.
>> No. 426530 Anonymous
8th May 2019
Wednesday 3:57 pm
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>>426509
Do be careful not to have any Russians around.
They'll tell you it's their gas.
>> No. 426542 Anonymous
8th May 2019
Wednesday 6:07 pm
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Really getting into minimalism. Nothing extreme like throwing out everything but two jumpers and my laptop, but just making sure my living spaces are clean, clutter free and relaxing to walk into.

Even started archiving emails when they're read so my inbox looks clutter free and is empty unless I've had a new email.

It's surprising how good this has been for me. I sleep much easier now.

Weird post I know but I encourage you lads to look into it.
>> No. 426543 Anonymous
8th May 2019
Wednesday 6:12 pm
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>>426542
>Even started archiving emails when they're read so my inbox looks clutter free and is empty unless I've had a new email.
But now your archive folder is all cluttered.
>> No. 426544 Anonymous
8th May 2019
Wednesday 6:24 pm
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>>426543
It's not cluttered, it's stored and it's doing its purpose. I know you're joking but just in case you're not.

Imagine it like a pile of papers on your desk, every time you look at your desk you can see all the past assignments and everything else you've worked on, sometimes papers you haven't completed with ones that you have done, all mixed together.

I've basically grabbed all the completed work and put it in a filing cabinet so if I need it it's there, but nicely filed and not in my desk.

Instead of arriving at work and seeing that mess I see a clean desk ready to tackle whatever is the most important thing, similarly to when I open up my emails.
>> No. 426563 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 12:08 pm
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>>426542
Been there already.
It takes just one case of home repair to appreciate not having tonnes of useless shite around.
>> No. 426564 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 12:23 pm
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>>426543
Out of sight, out of mind.
>> No. 426568 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 3:32 pm
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Just happened upon a site called thispersondoesnotexist.com. It aims to generate random hyperrealistic pictures of people who don't actually exist. The AI framework behind the site can create images that will even fool state of the art face recognition software. Really quite unsettling.

https://thispersondoesnotexist.com
>> No. 426569 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 3:37 pm
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>>426568
Why's it "unsettling"? You can reserve image search the "photo" and figure out it's fake in seconds.
>> No. 426570 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 3:41 pm
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>>426568

This thing has a problem with hats.
>> No. 426571 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 3:43 pm
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A really big problem.
>> No. 426573 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 3:48 pm
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>>426570
If my hairline wasn't knackered I'd get that do.

>>426571
And she looks she's in a old film back when they'd just get white women to play "Arabs".
>> No. 426574 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:02 pm
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>>426571

I think it's quite fetching.
>> No. 426575 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:03 pm
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Haven't you come across the ones where they have some kind of demon standing next to them yet?
>> No. 426576 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:05 pm
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>>426575
Is this Hide the Pain Harold's daughter?
>> No. 426577 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:06 pm
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>>426569

If you think you're being catfished, the first thing you should do is reverse image search and see if the profile photo has been nicked from somewhere else. This GAN allows identity fraudsters to create a limitless number of photorealistic images that seem plausible precisely because they aren't stolen from somewhere else.

The important concept is how these faces were created, using something called a Generative Adversarial Network. This technique pits two neural networks against each other, one generating faces and the other recognising faces. The two algorithms effectively train each other without human supervision, in an arms race of improving generation and recognition.

With recursive training, you could generate multiple photos of the same non-existent person, creating an entire gallery of that fake person attending fake weddings and hanging out with their fake friends. With an order of magnitude more processing power, you could map those faces onto an existing video using a variety of Deepfake techniques; with another order of magnitude, you could spontaneously generate completely fake videos. GPT-2 can already write believable fake statuses and tweets. We are worryingly close to being able to create entirely fake people with entirely believable social media activity, autonomously spreading rumours about politicians and scamming lonely divorcees out of their alimony.

The technology is really weird and brittle right now, but it's plausible to believe that we're now at the ZX Spectrum stage of AI development - it's a weird gimmick for nerds that doesn't do anything useful, but within 30 years it will transform society in ways we can't yet imagine.
>> No. 426578 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:07 pm
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>>426575

There are certainly demonic things happening, possibly even worse than psychedelic puppies.
>> No. 426579 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:11 pm
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>> No. 426580 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:12 pm
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>>426578

I'm kind of happy that person doesn't exist.
>> No. 426581 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:14 pm
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>>426575

Totally would.
>> No. 426582 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:16 pm
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>>426581

It looks like she's spoken for.
>> No. 426583 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:17 pm
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I like their glasses/no-glasses hybrids.
>> No. 426584 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:17 pm
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I've been smashing F5 for a while now, writing mundane captions for those few worthy images. Idle fun.
>> No. 426585 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:19 pm
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racist
>> No. 426586 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:21 pm
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This guy looks exactly like my old maths teacher.

Always wondered what happened to him.
>> No. 426587 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:22 pm
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>>426585

>racist

Did somebody blink?
>> No. 426588 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:22 pm
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>>426587

I think it hybridised it with winger eyeliner.
>> No. 426589 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:24 pm
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>> No. 426590 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:26 pm
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>> No. 426592 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:27 pm
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My father loved the sea. He said: "The sea is a filthy bitch who will fuck you with a smashed beer bottle".
>> No. 426593 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:27 pm
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>>426590
>> No. 426594 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:28 pm
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>> No. 426595 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:30 pm
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>> No. 426596 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:31 pm
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What's the score with the little galaxies on some of these?
>> No. 426597 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:31 pm
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>> No. 426598 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:31 pm
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This guy looks like a shit Noel Gallagher impersonator.
>> No. 426599 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:32 pm
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>>426596

I think it's an earring/not-earring.
>> No. 426601 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:35 pm
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>>426599

It's messing with the spacetime of this bloke's cranium, though.
>> No. 426604 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 4:57 pm
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>>426577
Ah, I see, fair enough. Consider me unsettled.

>>426589>>426590>>426595
Doubly so, even.

You should probably put the images in a collage, a alot of them will get lost, like tears in the rain, if you dump them one by one.
>> No. 426605 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 5:10 pm
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Could I get a knock on the door for looking at these? I'm feeling uncomfortable.
>> No. 426606 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 5:16 pm
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>>426590

I don't know why that one kind of looks like an album cover.
>> No. 426607 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 5:21 pm
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>>426606

Google's Visually similar images doesn't suggest a specific one.
>> No. 426611 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 5:55 pm
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There seem to be many pictures of white European, Mideastern or East Asian people. Other ethnicities appear underrepresented.



This calls for an angry letter.
>> No. 426612 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 6:01 pm
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>>426611

Just a reflection of pesky western demographics innit
>> No. 426616 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 6:24 pm
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>>426611

Hey we've made a huge technological break through! We've managed to create an algorithm capable of generating a random human face. Our sample didn't include many black people though because they don't live in the bay area where I got my data so it can't do them maybe someday it could.

Tomorrow's online woke headline: new computer software is racist!
>> No. 426618 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 6:46 pm
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Woah, not only do we have randomly generated photo-real faces, but this lad's inventing his own fictional clickbait to be upset about. What a time to be alive.
>> No. 426620 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 6:57 pm
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I'm just posting this because I am enamoured and also confused: is that a neck brace, or is she just really comfy? There is also a NEBULA a bit like a peacock feather pattern threatening her right mandible. These nebulae seem to feature in a few images and it is concerning.
>> No. 426621 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 7:05 pm
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>>426616

>new computer software is racist!
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9th May 2019
Thursday 7:41 pm
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This was ages ago.
>> No. 426624 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 7:53 pm
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>>426607

Maybe I'm thinking of this.
>> No. 426625 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 7:58 pm
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She wears glasses while keeping a spare pair on her head?
>> No. 426626 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 7:59 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 8:01 pm
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Severed head
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9th May 2019
Thursday 8:01 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 8:02 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 8:03 pm
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>>426601
>> No. 426631 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:07 pm
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>>426577
I'm thinking believable NPCs in online videogames. Especially VR. you don't know who's a player and who's not. Scary.
>> No. 426632 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:10 pm
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Witness protection program.
>> No. 426633 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:14 pm
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Having seen what peculiar morphed hats it comes up with, I wish they would make thispieceofclothingdoesnotexist.com
>> No. 426634 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:23 pm
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>>426633
What about thisporndoesnotexist?
>> No. 426635 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:27 pm
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Or the "name anything in this photo" which recently went viral.
>> No. 426636 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 8:32 pm
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My favourite thing about >>426635 is that a lot of the people responding to it (on twitter) seem entirely unaware of its nature and actually try to make sense of what it shows.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 8:46 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 9:38 pm
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>>426605

ummm...
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9th May 2019
Thursday 9:40 pm
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>>426633
>> No. 426640 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:42 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 9:44 pm
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>> No. 426642 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:47 pm
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Fatboy Slim?
>> No. 426643 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:49 pm
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>>426628

Why do only Asian ones come out looking cartoony?
>> No. 426644 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:57 pm
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Some of the faces really look like respectable people. It'd be a doddle to set up a scam web site offering some sort of dubiously priced consultant services, and stick a few pictures on it of white middle aged men in suits. Who don't really exist, ergo what way of telling will you have if it's a legit business or a scam.

Is the guy in the picture a former HSBC branch manager now offering independent investment advice, or just an image file created by a computer algorithm? Your guess is as good as mine.
>> No. 426645 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:58 pm
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>>426639

Pic + bike helmet?
>> No. 426646 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 9:59 pm
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>>426643

I suspected these were loading a bit too quick to be generatrd on-the-fly.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:04 pm
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>> No. 426648 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:07 pm
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>>426647
It's that bald Finnish downy kid in drag.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:08 pm
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>>426644

Some have recognisable components, like Julian Rhind-Tutt here.
>> No. 426650 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:08 pm
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>>426647

Really looks a bit off, this one.
>> No. 426651 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:09 pm
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You can tell it's not real if you look closely but it wouldn't be hard to fix it
>> No. 426653 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:11 pm
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>>426650

Fuck you. I have doughnuts growing out of my head.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:19 pm
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>>426640

Don't tell me it's not representing squids in my face.
>> No. 426655 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:19 pm
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>>426654

That wordfilter is oddly apt in this thread.
>> No. 426656 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:23 pm
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>> No. 426658 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 10:29 pm
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I like how it smooshes baseball cap logos into indistinct weirdness.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:33 pm
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I see this type of hat is quite popular in the parallel universe where these people live.
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:34 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:36 pm
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9th May 2019
Thursday 10:57 pm
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>>426662

Is this supposed to be a hat, or a cross between an ASDA plastic bag and a bathing cap?
>> No. 426665 Anonymous
9th May 2019
Thursday 11:01 pm
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>>426662

>Ha ha. I have put a Christmas Decoration on my head.
>> No. 426667 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 11:22 am
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>We are the truth masquerading as perversion. We are going to lie to you, make up incredible stories of prowess and power, and you will join in and love it.

>The world is your playground, my friends. Enjoy it, and enjoy this story as much as I do. We've been talking about this for so long that it doesn't seem so strange anymore. You and I, the people you worship and worship to this day, must stop lying to yourselves for the sake of it. Stop being the hypocrites.

>I don't care if it turns out that the world of football is a hellhole or not. You know what I'm just gonna say: Fuck that.

>(And yes, if a football team ever wins a Super Bowl, I will actually watch it. I don't care how horrible the game is, the result is irrelevant. When the Patriots went up 27-3, I could swear if I held my nose I'd vomit. It'll probably take me two weeks.)

>So that's what we're talking about here, guys.
>> No. 426668 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 11:42 am
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I think I've found Maddie.

Somebody tell their parents that she lives on as an image file created by an AI.
>> No. 426669 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 11:46 am
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>>426668

Maybe she was AI in the first place, hence the peculiar artifact in her iris.
>> No. 426670 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 11:58 am
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>>426669

Great. So in essence, millions of taxpayer money and criminal justice resources were wasted on the hunt for a missing image file.

Next time, do a fucking backup.
>> No. 426671 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 12:29 pm
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>>426618

It is based on a true story of a Facebook friend rant about facial recognition software being racist, because it couldn't tell Chinese people apart.
>> No. 426672 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 12:53 pm
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>>426671

I think I read somewhere that white Europeans really actually have the biggest statistical variance of facial features and traits like hair colour and skin complexion etc. among the world's major ethnic groups. It's still a step on from statistical data like that to say black, Asian or whatever people all look the same, and that is often construed to be a racist statement, and perhaps rightly so. But the statistical evidence does seem to point towards the fact that facial features tend to be more homogenous among East Asian and sub-Saharan African people.
>> No. 426673 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:21 pm
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>>426672

I remember reading that people recognise people they barely know mostly from their hair colour and style. Bald men are harder to distinguish from each other.

The other week I was walking to Sainsbury's and there was this black girl walking towards me and I glanced at her and she was lowering her hand and I got closer and she said hello while looking disgusted at me. I smiled and said hello back. She must have been waving. Oh shit. That was my neighbour and I didn't recognise her.

I still wasn't sure but the day after I took in a parcel for her and she came and got it wearing a navy coat like the girl from the day before but she seemed cool that time.

When I was at college there was a bald lecturer and and bald technician and I thought they were the same person for the first month and one's about a foot taller than the other.

I'm terrible at remembering faces. I was dreading seeing a black neighbour outside in case I blanked them and now it's happened.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDHMjO7UbMo
>> No. 426674 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:27 pm
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>>426673
Just tell her you have face blindness.
>> No. 426675 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:31 pm
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>>426667

That does sound exactly like something purps would say
>> No. 426676 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:33 pm
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>>426674

I think she might have taken it as oops-sorry-I-was-miles-away. I was actually looking at her facebook pictures after, trying to memorise her face.
>> No. 426677 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:37 pm
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>>426673

>Bald men are harder to distinguish from each other.

I've noticed that since shaving my head fully. I often get mistaken for other people's bosses, as a lot of executives seem to be bald men with beards. I've had a few conversations over the years where I'd slowly realised the person talking to me isn't just being nice and talking to me because I'm the new consultant, it's because they think I'm their CEO.

Racist, innit.
>> No. 426678 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:40 pm
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>>426672

>But the statistical evidence does seem to point towards the fact that facial features tend to be more homogenous among East Asian and sub-Saharan African people.

Even if this wasn't the case, I don't think it's unreasonable to understand that if you don't spend a lot of time within that particular race, you might not be as good at distinguishing their specific features. I'd not be surprised at all if all Asian people think white people look the same, even with our apparently more diverse faces.
>> No. 426679 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 3:58 pm
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>>426678

Probably a fair point.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y1o8910Xs4
>> No. 426680 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 4:12 pm
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>>426679

I don't really see how people get those two mixed up, except when Fishburne was bald for The Matrix, which is further proof of otherlad's hairstyle theory.
>> No. 426681 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 4:24 pm
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>>426680

Also, Laurence Fishburne doesn't hold a candle to Samuel L. Jackson in terms of coolness. Jackson is just about the coolest brother in the Universe.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo5jnBJvGUs
>> No. 426682 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 4:31 pm
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>>426681

Aye, but Fishburne's daughter does porn.
>> No. 426683 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 4:31 pm
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>>426681
Jules is cool. Not Sam.
>> No. 426685 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 4:52 pm
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>I'd not be surprised at all if all Asian people think white people look the same
I can confirm that with some, I haven't met all of them this is not only true but they're surprised when they find out we think the same of them.
>> No. 426686 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:00 pm
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>>426685
I heard a story, that may or may not be true, about a group of black criminals in the US who could nick just about anything from Chinatown because they cottoned on that the Chinese couldn't tell them apart.
>> No. 426687 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:21 pm
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>>426685

Can you tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean people? Find out here!

http://alllooksame.com/app/quiz.php?tid=1
>> No. 426688 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:22 pm
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>>426644
He's clearly broken his glasses, and can't afford a new pair so he's glued on the left arm off an old pair to fix them. I wouldn't trust him with my money.
>> No. 426689 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:24 pm
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>>426687
I got 4/18. I just assumed the uglier ones were Chinks.
>> No. 426690 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:26 pm
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>>426644

We'll have to start scrutinising financial sites to see if the people have one of their teeth right in the middle of their mouth. It's a good job Tom Cruise didn't go into that line of work.
>> No. 426691 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:28 pm
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>>426687

Hmmmn.
>> No. 426692 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:32 pm
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>>426687

I got seven, every single one I got right was Chinese. This makes sense because I'm from Newcastle where there's an appreciable Chinese community, so I was able to work out those ones. I can't quite explain how I knew that, other than that they reminded me more of the people I know/meet up here.

I think this is enough to convince me it's all about how long you've spent with different races.
>> No. 426693 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 5:33 pm
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>>426692

One of the two I got right looked much like my old housemate who was Chinese-Malaysian.
>> No. 426694 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 7:22 pm
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I got 7. One of the ones I got wrong was the spitting image of a Chinese-Malaysian woman I know but it says Korean.

I think a lot of the time when I try to guess, I take how they dress and groom themselves into account. It's hard to give examples as it's mainly subconscious but Koreans dress far more like Americans, the Chinese are often much more simple* in their choice of clothing. What throws me off about this thing is they're all Asian Americans, so they have none of those things to go on.


*Simple as in a more minimalist fashion, it's not that they're all poor.
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10th May 2019
Friday 7:29 pm
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She looks like she'd be a filthy deviant in bed.

Her left eye looks a bit off though.
>> No. 426696 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 7:32 pm
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>>426694

>What throws me off about this thing is they're all Asian Americans, so they have none of those things to go on.


I was thinking "this is weird, they all just look American" too.

That definitely throws this experiment. You can spot a yank a mile off.
>> No. 426697 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 7:38 pm
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>>426696

At least it does demonstrate that the similarities or differences are cultural rather than genetic.
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10th May 2019
Friday 7:39 pm
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>>426696

>You can spot a yank a mile off.
>> No. 426699 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 7:43 pm
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>>426698

They don't even look American, the faces I mean. I reckon they're from somewhere Euro.
>> No. 426700 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 7:48 pm
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>>426699

Spend one Saturday afternoon in summer near Piccadilly Circus or Trafalgar Square, and you will see droves of Murrikins who look 101% like that picture.
>> No. 426701 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 8:31 pm
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I've definitely been asked for directions by septics looking very similar to them.
>> No. 426702 Anonymous
10th May 2019
Friday 9:16 pm
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>>426701

One of my mates used to work in a souvenir shop right across from Westminster Palace for a while. He told me that Americans would always ask particularly stupid questions. Like, what time did the Queen come out every day at Buckingham Palace. As if there was some sort of timed schedule that the Queen was adhering to in presenting herself to the public as part of some sort of show for tourists. I guess if your only grasp on the concept of monarchy is that it must somehow be like the daily Main Street parade at Disneyland, then that's a fair question to ask.
>> No. 426754 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 2:37 pm
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>>426673

Imagine how difficult the game Guess Who would be if the characters were all Chinese.
>> No. 426755 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 2:37 pm
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>>426754

and what is that one doing to my coke?
>> No. 426756 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 2:42 pm
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>>426755

Mysteries of Old Peking was hilariously racist.
>> No. 426757 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 2:44 pm
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>>426756
My money is on Dun Wong.
>> No. 426758 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 4:39 pm
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We had a thread about Multicultural London English years ago. it's interesting how they talk the exact same in Toronto.


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>> No. 426759 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 5:46 pm
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>>426696

I think there is probably an element of 'they identity as Asian' but have mixed heritage to a few of them. When you are looking for specific distinguishing features it buggers it up a bit.

Mind you I can't say Europeans would be much easier if you integrated them into different cultural attire.

My mother (God bless her racist heart) taught me a full proof way to identify forgoing exchange students from appearance.

If they are attractive and stylish they are Italian
If they aren't attractive but stylish they are French
And if they are neither they are German.
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13th May 2019
Monday 6:08 pm
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>> No. 426770 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 9:22 pm
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White people look really quite similar too, you know. We just spend far more time looking at each other than we do other races, also I'm going out on a limb to say we generally live in more developed countries so we end up buying more diverse types of clothing and many different kinds of dumb haircut. A Chinese paddy farmer isn't choosing between his Yeezys or his Vans each morning. Do the kids still wear Vans? I'm literally 100 years old now, I have no idea.
>> No. 426771 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 9:49 pm
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>>426770

*>A Chinese paddy farmer isn't choosing between his Yeezys or his Vans each morning.*

You might be surprised. Internet shopping is now the norm even in the most rural and remote parts of China, thanks largely to JD.com and Alibaba's extensive drone delivery network. That rice farmer may well have a wardrobe full of knock-off Yeezys and knock-off Vans.
>> No. 426772 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 9:57 pm
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>>426770

It's a bit daft to consider China a rural backwater. They have an enormous middle class, even if the rural bits are still dirt poor in a lot of cases.
>> No. 426773 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 10:14 pm
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>>426771
Yeah, but they're still farmers.

>>426772
That's why I was sure to be specific about rural China and didn't just say "Chinese".
>> No. 426774 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 10:45 pm
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I used to work with a Czech woman and she'd be able to tell from someone's accent whether they were Hungarian, Slovenian, Polish, Lithuanian, Belarusian, etc. whereas they all just sounded like Slavs to me.
>> No. 426775 Anonymous
13th May 2019
Monday 10:54 pm
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> even if the rural bits are still dirt poor in a lot of cases.

One of my friends visited China last year and told me that in the most rural areas, people by and large still live like we did in Britain in the 19th century. They may have buses that stop by the village twice a week, and some villages even have rusty old tractors, but that's about the only luxury. Naturally there is no mobile phone reception, and a lot of times they don't even have electricity. And if they do, their grid consists of some solar panels and a car battery.

I think the solar panels and car battery combo is actually quite popular in the more remote rural areas of Africa as well, and there are foreign aid organisations that specifically equip villages with them so they will at least have a little bit of electricity. I guess twelve volts is better than nothing. A decent size car battery should keep a light bulb and a flatscreen TV running for an evening until the battery is recharged the next day.
>> No. 426800 Anonymous
14th May 2019
Tuesday 9:29 pm
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Gave my flat the first proper clean in months tonight. Some of the corners were really quite dusty with cobwebs and everything.
>> No. 426842 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 12:53 am
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Pilots are all fucking boring. As my grandma would have said, they've got no craic about them at all.
>> No. 426849 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 2:02 pm
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>>426842

I'm not sure that I'd want an exciting pilot.
>> No. 426853 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 2:29 pm
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I just shooed away a door to door salesperson who rang the doorbell of my flat from the entrance downstairs.

He said over the intercom that his name was "Mr. Fuller" and that he was "with the gas company".

So I said, "Which gas company is that?". And he said, "Well, it's not British Gas, but we work together with different gas suppliers to offer you the best prices on the market for natural gas".

So I said, "So then you're not really with THE gas company, are you?". That took him a second to process, but then he said, "Erm, no, but if you could let me in, I could tell you about our special offers for you today".

But I just said, "Maybe somebody else will let you in, but I'm afraid I will not".

Fucking salespeople. At least be honest about what you are pitching. I'm sure they screw over plenty of unwitting old nans with the line "I'm with the gas company". Isn't there somewhere that you can report these people for false advertising?
>> No. 426857 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 3:31 pm
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>>426849

But that's how some great yet risky shows got commissioned!
>> No. 426860 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 4:03 pm
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>>426849

This is a fair point. It must be a boring job anyway, even a bus driver can't read a book or have a nap half way through the journey.

Cabin crew aren't really as fit as they should be these days, either. Equality has ruined the aviation industry. Though female pilots are usually less boring. Hmm.
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17th May 2019
Friday 5:19 pm
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Been getting back into my Minecraft FTB server.

It's weird to think there is almost a decade's worth of buildings scattered across this map.
>> No. 426891 Anonymous
17th May 2019
Friday 7:39 pm
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>>426890
On making this post, I had no idea that Mincefaff turned 10 today. Wow.
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17th May 2019
Friday 8:39 pm
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Eating a Snickers and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate at the moment.

Life is fucking great.
>> No. 426894 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 11:36 am
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>>426687
You ever notice that you may have a type but so does everyone else?

I've always had preference for Asian women* but for whatever reason they just don't seem to like me. Same as brunettes for that matter. I'm not taking the piss here but big chested and nerdy blondes definitely like me. My initial assumption was maybe I was just loosing my cool but looking back on using dating apps and going to singles events gives the same results.

Either of you two have a similar experience?

*My first girlfriend was Asian and I guess it started when Miho Hatori was playing Noodle in Gorillaz. I feel the need to qualify this because I'm fully aware of the stereotypical white guy with an Asian fetish. I don't even live with my parents.
>> No. 426895 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 11:48 am
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>>426894

> white guy with an Asian fetish

Well it worked out for The Zuck.
>> No. 426896 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 1:09 pm
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>>426894
I lost my virginity to a fat girl.
>> No. 426897 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 1:36 pm
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>>426896
It doesn't count if you can't feel the walls of the vagina when you're inside them.
>> No. 426898 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 1:38 pm
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>>426894

I do find that slim, tall brunette women are the subset of women that are most likely to be into me, despite me not being that into them most of the time. I've turned down 'stunners' according to my mates, but that sort just don't do much for me, at least not compared to the short, blonde, massive tits crowd that I go for - though luckily a few of those women still want to shag me, so I get by.

More interestingly I've had quite a few lesbians attracted to me, I've heard more than once something like "I'm gay but I'd definitely shag you" and have indeed shagged women who insisted they were otherwise fully gay. I try not to think about the implications of that one - maybe it's my tits.
>> No. 426899 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 1:49 pm
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I just looked on an old USB from when I was at uni about a decade ago that included my 'political writing'. Christ I was a fucking nutter, it makes me uncomfortable reading it now. I never realised how much I had changed. I don't know if I should keep it as a reminder of how far I've come or if I should destroy it in case someone finds it in the event of my death and uses it to create an inaccurate portrait of me now.
>> No. 426900 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 2:16 pm
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I've caught some bad cold. It drives me nuts; I really want to crawl into some dark and chill place and just not exist for a few days.
It's bollocks. I managed to weather through the whole winter whilst my mates, colleagues and relatives had been falling prey to the ailment. Then it's spring and I got some shite flu at the beggining of the March. Now this fucking cold near the end of the bloody May.
Fuck me.
>>426899
What did you write mate? Were you a commie?
An anarchist?
>> No. 426901 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 2:34 pm
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>>426899
You've got to post the highlights now, unless it's "I am absolutely going to make an attempt on this public figure's life and those NWO buggers won't stop me!" and could get GCHQ all hot and bothered.

I've been keeping a written journal of basically nonsense and dreams since the beginning of the year. None of it's violent or deranged, but my handwriting is both of those so it still looks like the scribblings of a madman.
>> No. 426902 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 3:08 pm
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It's probably just the usual "everyone who voted Tory must be evil" teenlad bollocks.
>> No. 426925 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 4:24 pm
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>>426902

I was always different, in that my parents always voted Conservative, and I had a feeling pretty early on that Labour was about taking away other people's money, of which we as an upper middle class family had a very decent amount. I never subscribed to the old saying that if you're not a socialist at age 20, you have no heart. The second half of it always rang more true, meaning if you're still a socialist by age 40, you've got no brain.

And when you look at many people who were glowing socialists in their youth, quite a few of them now have pretty decent incomes and have built careers for themselves, and they are in a position where they themselves can get on the business end of Labour's take-from-the-rich stance. But oh, that's different, they have worked hard to get where they are now in life. Tax the old money, people who were born into privilege, and leave us alone.
>> No. 426927 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 5:06 pm
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>>426925
>Tax the old money, people who were born into privilege, and leave us alone.

It's already been taxed.
>> No. 426928 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 5:11 pm
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>>426925

>Tax the old money, people who were born into privilege, and leave us alone.

Except you'll disagree with that too when you've got kids of your own.

That's different, you'll say- Just because you're middle class doesn't mean you're going to spoil them, right? Why shouldn't you be allowed to start them a savings account, move into an area nearer school, maybe buy them a nice car for their 18th, pay for their uni costs if they get good grades... That's just what any good parent would do, isn't it? That's not privilege.

I'd still be a socialist if I was on minimum wage or the CEO of a business; but then I'm a much harder line of socialist than your average Graun reading ponce. It would actually make me feel quite genuinely guilty to have more money than I need to live comfortably- The one time in my life I inherited money, it was barely enough for a deposit on a two bedroom semi. You get kids out there whose parents will spend that on a birthday present- But I felt utterly ashamed of it.
>> No. 426930 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 5:30 pm
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I don't like the underclass. I've been out for a walk in the woods today and it was somewhat spoiled by the presence of a chav family. Their seven unruly kids screaming and shouting at one another whilst the parents ignored them and stared at their phones. Their poorly trained dog who was barking constantly and loudly. Fuck's sake. The woods are one of my calm places. I like listening to the woodpeckers. I like smelling the wild garlic. I like admiring the bluebells. I thought chavs had containment places on Sundays, like car boot sales and carveries stacked sky high with black puddings, so everyone else can escape from them.

I know there's a lot of focus on alleviating poverty, but there should as much (if not more) focus on raising paupers to have decent manners, show people common courtesy and to stop being fucking shameless feral scumbags.

That said, I also detest the proper middle class as they're insufferably smug. If everyone was lower middle class like me then everything would be alright.
>> No. 426931 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 5:48 pm
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>>426928

Different people have different amounts of personal assets and wealth. It has always been that way. Because some people in life just succeed where others don't, or were in the right place at the right time, or they were indeed born into wealth without their own doing.

Inequality of wealth distribution is only a bad thing if as somebody who comes from poverty you have no way of acquiring wealth, however modest, for yourself through your own effort. Otherwise, what is the point of putting your back into your work and your career, taking on challenges and risks that other people don't, when at the end of it, you don't have more than the other person who just bumbles through life never attempting to make something of themselves. On the other hand, we as a society should always make sure we enable people who come from a more humble family background to move up the social ladder.

But even if your wealth stems from the fact that you were simply born into affluence, that's fine also. I really do not have a problem with somebody who has inherited more money than they can ever spend. People like that just simply exist, and you will go through life a lot less miserable if you just accept it and don't complain that they have it so much easier than you.
>> No. 426932 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 5:48 pm
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>>426930
I think you have to pick a side, or forever be a weirdo outsider.
>> No. 426934 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 6:25 pm
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>>426930

>focus on raising paupers to have decent manners

I think manners are really THE telltale sign of your upbringing. You can get a good education and/or make shedloads of money even if you come from poverty, but the kind of manners, or lack thereof, that were instilled in you from your early childhood through your formative years are really what defines your social interactions and marks you as a member of a particular social strata. From about the middle class upwards, people, and parents, know the importance of good manners and how much further they get you in life, while among the lower classes, what counts more is elbows and self-assertion. Just look at any episode of Jeremy Kyle to see the extreme bottom dregs of this phenomenon.

People from working class backgrounds often say that no matter how much they move up the social ladder, there is always what seems to them like a secret code of social interaction among upper class people that they have no way of getting in on. You may make just as much money as them and be just as high up in your company's hierarchy, but there's always a kind of residual feeling that you don't fully belong with them.
>> No. 426935 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 6:32 pm
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>>426934
Aren't you suggesting that the "secret code" is "being polite"?
>> No. 426936 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 6:37 pm
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>>426935

It's part of it, but it goes far beyond that.
>> No. 426937 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 7:32 pm
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>>426934
>Just look at any episode of Jeremy Kyle to see the extreme bottom dregs of this phenomenon.

What's boiled my piss most about the Jeremy Kyle furore is how Guardian writers have assumed the participants are representative of the typical working class person when the reality is they're utter scrotes who are reviled more by the working class than anyone else.
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19th May 2019
Sunday 7:36 pm
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>>426937

When you're petite-bourgeois but pretending to be proletarian, it's convenient to pretend that the lumpenproletariat are actually the proletariat.
>> No. 426939 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 8:03 pm
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>>426937

That's why I said they are the bottom dregs of the lower classes. People with more children than teeth, who can't put together a coherent sentence beyond "Oi! Fuck off!", and who have never held down a decent job in their life. They're not representative of the working class, they are unwitting paupers who were hired for shock value to be on a poverty porn format.

Jeremy Kyle boils my piss too though. IMO he's just a judgemental arsecock who uses society's weakest to feel good about his own self-righteousness.

These people need genuine help, not a TV show host having a mental wank over every single one of them.
>> No. 426943 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 10:00 pm
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>>426931

You know what lad, after more than a decade and a half your well written and succinct explanation of why it's perfectly fine to be rich has persuaded me. I'm cured of my socialism, all thanks to you, and now I can go out and become a buy-to-let landlord entirely guilt free, just like I've always wanted.

>>426934

My favourite part about being a not entirely dirt poor working class person is when I get to make posho cunts feel uncomfortable with my apparently uncouth and oblivious demeanour. In reality I know exactly what's up I just like to make them feel awkward. It works in reverse too, where you bring poshos to a dive of a pub in the town centre and watch them squirm when a bloke in a football shirt starts shouting about something.

Really though the class system is the fucking worst thing about this country. At least the Indian caste system is explicit about the fact you're worse than excrement, in this country you're supposed to figure that out yourself.
>> No. 426944 Anonymous
19th May 2019
Sunday 10:05 pm
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>>426943

>I'm cured of my socialism, all thanks to you, and now I can go out and become a buy-to-let landlord entirely guilt free, just like I've always wanted. 

Ah, good on you, lad.

Come over here and let's hug it out... there, there...
>> No. 426949 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 1:47 am
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>>426943
You come across like a garden variety twat, maybe that's why you make people uncomfortable. You sound like the Drunk Guy Who Knows How The World Works™ who everyone else at the house party wishes would just fuck off.
>> No. 426951 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 9:15 am
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>>426949
It's not the lads fault he has actual political beliefs and not just a symptom of his age.
>> No. 426952 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 9:38 am
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>>426949

House parties are for twats.
>> No. 426953 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 10:07 am
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>>426952

Say that to my face you cunt.
>> No. 426957 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 11:07 am
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>>426931
>Inequality of wealth distribution is only a bad thing if as somebody who comes from poverty you have no way of acquiring wealth, however modest, for yourself through your own effort. Otherwise, what is the point of putting your back into your work and your career, taking on challenges and risks that other people don't, when at the end of it, you don't have more than the other person who just bumbles through life never attempting to make something of themselves

Great point. Once capital accumulation is out of the picture everyone just sits on their arse: that's why socialist countries have never, say, won the space race or developed a vaccine for lung cancer.
>> No. 426958 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 11:08 am
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>>426952
Communist parties are for twats.
>> No. 426959 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 11:24 am
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>>426957

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04lcxms/cosmonauts-how-russia-won-the-space-race

I quite enjoyed watching this.
>> No. 426965 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 12:22 pm
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Saw this logo and immediately thought of y'all for some reason.
>> No. 426966 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 1:02 pm
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>>426965

>y'all

Lad.
>> No. 426967 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 2:10 pm
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>>426957

Well the important thing is that they were able to at a state level blow billions on missile tech whilst average people failed to be delivered the basic necessities for living and because of the nature of the economy had no one to turn to for help but the mafia.

Imagine praising the virtues of an economy where you might starve despite 'putting your fair share' in.
>> No. 426972 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 3:28 pm
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>>426967

>at a state level blow billions on missile tech whilst average people failed to be delivered the basic necessities for living and because of the nature of the economy

Kind of hate to burst your argumentative bubble there, but the U.S. today has a defence budget that eclipses that of all other nations on Earth combined. While at the same time, a full 13.5 percent of American citizens were below the poverty line in 2015. Meaning, the income they earned was inadequate to lead a bare minimum lifestyle where basic needs were consistently met.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_the_United_States

Sadly, even without the level of government military spending of the U.S., the UK fares even worse, and you read numbers online around 17 percent of the population.

But the point is that capitalism is no guarantee that all the people will live in prosperity. In fact, the argument goes that if you removed all the institutions from a capitalist system that exercise some form of wealth redistribution and act as a counterbalance against monopolisation or other forms of economic overconcentration, then capitalism itself would implode almost like a black hole and you would have only about a handful of people owning nearly all of a country's wealth, while vast swaths of the general public would live in poverty.

So we have the curious empirical observation that neither socialism nor capitalism are in the long run viable without government and institutional intervention.
>> No. 426973 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 4:03 pm
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>>426972

>While at the same time, a full 13.5 percent of American citizens were below the poverty line in 2015. Meaning, the income they earned was inadequate to lead a bare minimum lifestyle where basic needs were consistently met.

The definition of "a bare minimum lifestyle" is a moving target. In the 1960s in Britain, you were officially poor if you shared an outside toilet with another household. By the late seventies, you were poor if you still had an outside toilet. By the late 80s, you were poor if you didn't have central heating. By the late 90s, you were poor if you only had one television.

Soviets got an equitable share of fuck all; Capitalist Americans got the leftovers from the finest banquet. Given the choice between being a poor American and a poor Russian at the fag-end of the cold war, it's an absolute no-brainer. There's no substitute for productivity. A society can be deeply inequitable and still provide an enviable standard of living simply by being really good at making stuff. Conversely, a society is always fucked if they're bad at production, no matter how just their economic system. The soviets were consistently shit at making stuff, almost entirely for political reasons.
>> No. 426974 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 4:23 pm
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The lazy assumption that inequality drives innovation has always grated.
Especially when it comes to culture, I've always been partial to the alternative hypothesis that social mobility of the working class drives change and innovation.
Though really the way we blandly assume that "providing incentives for people to innovate" must translate into large scale monetarys reward is also grating. So far as I know most scientists don't go into the field because it looked like a quick and easy way to make a few hundred grand.

I'm not jumping to the immediate opposite conclusion, that we need full communism and the abolition of money that goes with that. It's just a remarkably unhelpful mindset even when you're trying to fiddle around the edges of a capitalist economy, or even run a business.
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20th May 2019
Monday 4:40 pm
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>>426973

You sort of have a point, but at the same time we have people in the US and UK who have full time jobs yet still rely on food banks. Yes, they have a telly and a phone they wouldn't have had in the 70s, but they're also picking up tins of beans from a charity to feed themselves.
>> No. 426977 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 4:43 pm
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Arguing about "capitalism" and "socialism" in the wholesale is almost as pointless as arguing that red is better than blue, or vice versa. It's just intellectual wanking for people who can't be arsed to become policy wonks, or, in the case of many right-wing talking heads, a lazy scare tactic to make people think a higher national wage is the same as the Holodomor.
>> No. 426978 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 5:03 pm
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>>426974

People need a motivator, some people are happy to do things for the 'great good' and that is truly wonderful but highly rare.

Most people however, who require some level of direct benefit to themselves as a motivator. That isn't to say just money but they need something that they can observe as a direct result of their hard work paying off. Be it someone saying thank you, some level of recognition, reward in heaven, or having more than they started with in some way.

I think this is not just social conditioning to expect a direct effect, but a fundamental element of our self actualization. species that just do pointless busy work die out, there needs to be a pay off. You need to know your work had some form of impact, or at the very least is acknowledged.

>So far as I know most scientists don't go into the field because it looked like a quick and easy way to make a few hundred grand.
Scientists largely are driven by recognition I'd say, what makes them happy isn't more money but everyone being impressed with how smart they are. If they all decided to sit down one day and read a books about self empowerment we're fucked.
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20th May 2019
Monday 5:15 pm
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>>426978

IME most scientists just didn't want to leave uni. Some are genuinely motivated by a deep curiosity or whatever, but most just find academia to be a relatively comfortable niche. Nowt wrong with that particularly, it's just an observation.

>>426974

It's not about incentives, it's about allocation of capital. If there's any amount of skill in making money, you'd expect to end up with a handful of exceptionally rich people, simply because they're really bloody good at making money. Because they're very rich, they get to choose how that money gets invested - which companies get started, which factories get built etc. That's quite a useful trait in an economic system. People with a demonstrable ability to profitably employ capital get to make decisions about ever-increasing amounts of capital.

Social democratic redistribution is mostly fine, because it doesn't fundamentally alter that mechanism of capital allocation unless tax rates are insane. The problem comes when the state has too much power (or exclusive power) to make decisions about the allocation of capital. You almost inevitably get grotesque amounts of waste and corruption, because none of the central planners have skin in the game. If an entrepreneur or the idle son of an aristocrat make some really bad investment decisions, they go broke; if a bureaucrat makes some really bad investment decisions, they get a bit of a slagging in Private Eye.
>> No. 426980 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 5:28 pm
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>>426967
I wasn't praising the virtues of anything, my subliterate friend, I was pointing out the objective fact that the removal of the profit motive has not historically been associated with a cessation of civilisational progress.

You should be aware though that living standards in the Soviet Union were increasing at a meteoric rate at the same time that their space programme was at its height. In the 60s caloric intake was similar to that of the US. They suffered famines decades before in the 20s and early 30s. Assuming that that was the state of affairs for the entire 20th century is about as dumb as hearing about the blitz and assuming London was under aerial bombardment for the last 100 years.
>> No. 426981 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 5:30 pm
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>>426978

I'd say neither of you know what a scientist actually is or does in the real world. Science is a much less lucrative career than most people would imagine, and all the scientists I know got into it for much the same reasons as folk end up hairdressers or RAF aircraft mechanics or anything else you can imagine. People just sort of bumble into a job.

I've always sort of been on a bit of the wishy washy optimist side of the spectrum. I think even if you had a socialist utopia with a full citizens income and nobody had to work, people still would, simply because a great many of them have nothing better to do. Sure a lot of people would fuck it off for a life of drugs and tits, but most of those people already are; lots of people would give up their day job to become artists and musicians and what have you as well. But the majority of the population wouldn't know what to do other than work. All they do when they're not at work is watch telly and eat. People are simply not as high minded as these types of discussion give them credit for- They'd still put in the effort to be good at their job because that's how the majority of people define themselves.
>> No. 426982 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 6:04 pm
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>>426980
Well once Stalin had killed off a million or so, there was more food to go round.
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20th May 2019
Monday 6:11 pm
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>>426975
>we have people in the US and UK who have full time jobs yet still rely on food banks

Is it commonplace for people in full-time employment to be reliant on food banks or is this a case of embellishing one-offs and anecdotes to try and make extremes seem the norm?

For example, the rise of in work poverty is often brought up. This is households were at least one adult is in employment, but the people who bring it up often distort this to make it sound like a couple working full-time on minimum wage would be in poverty. You won't find them because they don't exist. Even when the Guardian recently ran a sob story about in work poverty they couldn't find anything beyond a household with one adult working 18 hours per week; the majority of households classed as being in in work poverty are working the bear minimum to qualify for tax credits.
>> No. 426985 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 6:13 pm
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Stabbed me self in the finger with a lino cutter. Proper deep gash, goes right across the pad. Bleeding a lot. Finger still bends though, haven't nicked anything important.
>> No. 426986 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 6:14 pm
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>>426973

>The definition of "a bare minimum lifestyle" is a moving target. In the 1960s in Britain, you were officially poor if you shared an outside toilet with another household. By the late seventies, you were poor if you still had an outside toilet. By the late 80s, you were poor if you didn't have central heating. By the late 90s, you were poor if you only had one television.


Yes, but there we go then, that's exactly my point. If you're consistently unable to afford the kinds of things that are the bare minimum of the standard of living that society considers acceptable in your country and in your historic time period, then you are poor. In the Middle Ages, even most castles only had one or two communal pit toilets. By the 1800s, if you had running water anywhere near your flat or house, you still had it made. Some villager in sub-Saharan Africa today who lives in a corrugated iron hut with his wife and four kids probably thinks a council flat in the rough part of Birmingham is heaven. Which goes a long way explaining why so many immigrants still come to Europe and the UK. Even with a shit job mopping the floor and toilets at Nando's, you're able to afford a standard of living in the UK that some middle class people in Africa struggle to maintain.
>> No. 426987 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 6:53 pm
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>>426984

https://www.jrf.org.uk/data/workers-poverty
>> No. 426988 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 6:53 pm
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>>426981

>I'd say neither of you know what a scientist actually is or does in the real world

Poorly researched. Does not demonstrate conclusion. Do not publish.
>> No. 426991 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 9:02 pm
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>>426987

It's no secret that the working poor have become a social class of their own.

One of the most deplorable developments of the last 20 years or so. In the old days, if you had a full-time job of any description, you were usually paid enough to be able to lead at least a modest lifestyle that met all your basic needs. These days, you have people working microjobs or they do freelance which barely pays their expenses.

It's the gig economy as it's called. Companies love it because it means no more fixed costs of keeping staff employed when demand is slow. Total flexibility. While the employment histories of many workers and employees become increasingly chaotic.
>> No. 426992 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 9:10 pm
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>>426898
>I do find that slim, tall brunette women are the subset of women that are most likely to be into me
>short, blonde, massive tits crowd that I go for

Then we clearly need to exchange details on whatever it is we do that attracts women.

Curiously I have the same situation on the lez thing which seems common for internet people now that I think about it. In my armchair I'd say they can respect an awkwardly non-threatening bloke