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|>>|| No. 429121
New mid-week thread.
Sitting on my balcony, enjoying the balmy nighttime temperatures, having a few Stellas. Celebrating the fact that I get to do this at 01:30 am on a Wednesday morning at the moment.
Ah, temporary unemployment.
Before you lads
lose your shit get all finger pointy at me, my next tenure as an office slave is already as good as secure and will begin in a few weeks' time.
|>>|| No. 429738
On Sunday I said to myself "you can have five whole wanks this week, no more".
I have two left and it's not even Wednesday.
|>>|| No. 429746
I'm not fat enough to call it a work out.
But wanking is dead easy, that's why I do it all the time. It's like eating biscuits or browsing imageboards.
|>>|| No. 429747
>The implication, whether intended or not, is that only men are capable of having this negative side to them that they need to keep a lid on.
That's the funny bit, men are being told they shouldn't bottle things up because it's unhealthy, but also that they need to bottle other, different things up because it's bad.
The problem with the phrase 'toxic masculinity' is that you simply can't say it without sounding combative, it's inherently aggressive, so I'm not surprised at all that every mention of it devolves into an argument. I'd also not be that surprised if this was intentional.
I don't think it'd stop every single tedious argument, but if the phrase was "phlegmatic masculinity" or "negative masculine traits" or something, it'd encourage discourse over defence. But of course none of that is catchy enough.
|>>|| No. 429751
I think it's the whole "women are good" rhethoric and dogma. If you've ever been in a relationship at all with a woman, you can attest to the fact that no, women aren't good in every way. And that's putting it mildly.
And it's the dichotomy that men telling women what to do and how to behave is sexist and patriarchical, whereas women are supposed to have carte blanche in telling men how to be and what to do. And this isn't about the simplistic demand that men must not be rapists. No man that I know is ok with rape or even condones it. But it's in many more subtle ways that very ordinary male behaviour is nowadays declared unacceptable. I guess it's not sexist to tell you what to do based on your gender as long as it's men who are on the receiving end of it.
|>>|| No. 429753
Who remembers the massive shitfit about that Gillette advert? Kind of encapsulates the whole deal really.
Fishmongery is all about getting rid of behavioural expectations for women and liberating them. Ideas like toxic masculinity are all about imposing new ones on men.
|>>|| No. 429760
That's because we do all the crime and spousal abuse though. Women just put sticks in vases.
|>>|| No. 429761
The weird little niche hobby forum I have posted on for over a decade has been down since Monday. To make matters worse, work has been dead slow, so I can't just shitpost on there like I normally would.
|>>|| No. 429762
Can anyone suggest alternatives to a desk for using a computer? I'm finding my current setup taking too much space in my bedsit. I'd like to expand my furniture collection to include a chair or maybe even a double bed, but i currently don't have the m2 to occupy any.
|>>|| No. 429763
Consider one of those little tables with castors like they have in hospitals, maybe. Or invest in a cheap laptop if it's just for shitposting.
|>>|| No. 429764
Scihub lad, how do you go about finding papers to put through the website? I was quite disapinted to find no option to browse.
Thanks for posting the link, by the way.
|>>|| No. 429765
There are loads of shows about following coppers, almost as many about ambulance crews, yet I don't think I've seen one about the fire brigade. Are firefighters really boring or something?
|>>|| No. 429766
I've caught a cold and have spent most of today so far in bed.
I should do this more often, cold or no cold.
|>>|| No. 429767
For medical research, try Pubmed. For everything else, try Google Scholar.
Other tips: If you want to see "example.com/308273987", you can just use the URL "sci-hub.tw/example.com/308273987", which saves you a click.
Sci-hub is reasonably intelligent about retrieving papers based on the URL, but it can sometimes get confused by the paywalls of some journals. The most reliable way of retrieving a paper is based on a unique identifier called a DOI. You should see it listed in the abstract of the paper, in a format like this: "10.1016/j.ajp.2019.08.003". Pasting the DOI into Sci-Hub will always retrieve the paper you want.
I may have mentioned LibGen in my previous post, but I'll mention it again just in case. It's the sister site to Sci-Hub and provides free access to nearly 4.5 million books, including the overwhelming majority of textbooks and academic books. Currently working links for LibGen include http://libgen.me and http://ambry.pw .
Sci-hub and LibGen are in a bit of a cat-and-mouse game with various authorities and do sometimes get blocked by ISPs. One useful tool to circumvent this blocking is to change your DNS provider to 126.96.36.199; this will also provide a slight improvement in the speed and privacy of your web browsing experience. Full details on how to do this are at the link below.
|>>|| No. 429768
>Are firefighters really boring or something?
Pretty much. Improvements in fire safety mean that fires are much rarer than they used to be. In many areas, it's quite common for an entire shift to go by without a call-out, which is obviously less than ideal if you're a TV production company. Most of their work these days is preventative - putting up smoke alarms, doing fire safety checks in public buildings, making fire and rescue plans for tower blocks, that sort of thing. In rougher areas, you get a lot of bin fires and other petty arson.
If you were to do a fly-on-the-wall series about firefighters, most of the "action" would be extrication procedures following road traffic accidents, which are simultaneously boring and gruesome. Even if the production company were lucky enough to get a decent fire, there's the practical issue of how to film it - you can't send a camera crew into a burning building.
|>>|| No. 429769
That makes sense. The reason the thought occured in the first place was because I was walking past the local fire station and saw that they'd ran a hose up to the roof and appeared to be spraying some parked cars, just keeping their hand in, I imagine.
|>>|| No. 429770
Just think if you can remember the last time there was a fire around where you live. It just doesn't happen that much anymore.
Bad car accidents really seem to be one of the main things that firefighters get called out for. There was an accident near here a while ago where a lorry had crashed into a roadside ditch and against a tree. The lorry's diesel tanks on the side of it somehow got ruptured in the crash and there were dozens of litres of diesel fuel seeping into the soil, so they had firefighters with special equipment trying to contain the spillage or something.
|>>|| No. 429771
Basically. My grandad was a fireman, and even thirty years ago when things were less safe, the actual task of putting out a fire is, as he said "quite a lot of standing around pointing at things" and as >>429768 points out, the most exciting parts happen in a building filled with pitch black smoke, so good luck filming that.
Firefighting, particuarly in big fires, is actually quite interesting, in the way that we shed nerds find stuff interesting - there's a lot of calculations to be made about water flow, air flow, structural weight, spray patterns, etc. It'd make for a lovely dry BBC Four doc, but not much else.
My grandad has some stories from back in the day, he was an RAF fireman for a while and dealt with lots of crashlanded spitfires and stuff, and also was a regular fireman back before there were procedures for each and every scenario - he told me he once had to work out how to cut a man's leg free from a clutch pedal it had been stuck under in a crash, and they were not far off deciding to chop the leg off when my grandad had the idea to cut the pedal with an oxy torch while dousing the metal in water so as to not melt the poor bugger. Worked, too, but I imagine that sort of creativity and obvious danger is frowned upon these days.
I also work at a civilian airport myself now, and the fire lads there have quite literally the most boring job I've ever seen. They have to drive up and down the runway occasionally, and sometimes park near a plane to watch it for a bit. The most action most of them have ever seen, besides bin fires or the oven at the Greggs putting out a bit of smoke, is occasionally having to park near a plane that's come in too fast to see if his brakes set alight. They never do.
|>>|| No. 429772
Even bin fires should be rare now at airports, as most of them now have smoking booths, and open fire isn't permitted anywhere outside of those areas.
|>>|| No. 429773
Some of this stuff might actually be pretty interesting. A fair chunk of people still don't know that they can get smoke alarms fitted and checked by the fire service, and having someone walk through an inspection can give the viewer something to think about in their own home.
As for the burning building problem, body-worn or helmet-mounted cameras are becoming a thing, not least for the fire service themselves to learn and improve. The crew ride along and when onsite they set up at a safe distance, but the editor can splice in video captured by the service's own cameras.
|>>|| No. 429776
I think I have skipped dimentions Mandela Effect style.
I remmber back when I was a child in my mums car regularly listening to an Elvis tape that had a version of 'Hallelujah' on it, it was excellent, because you know it was Elvis and Elvis really knew how to fucking sing.
So I went to look for the song onling the other day, and it turns out in this universe that song was written in 1984 which is obviously is after his death.
I've tried listening to other versions and they are piss poor in comparison, because you know, they are sung by people who aren't Elvis, and it only makes me miss the Elvis version harder.
|>>|| No. 429780
I finally got around to watching that Queen biopic everyone was talking about a few months ago. Very mediocre movie. I didn't know it was possible to make Freddie Mercury's life story so bland and formulaic but they somehow managed to pull it off.
I once heard something about a rule that goes "90% of everything is shit" and I'm starting to think it's true, buf if it really is true then it would probably make more sense to just avoid consuming media altogether and engage in meaningful hobbies instead of trying to find the 10% of stuff that's genuinely enjoyable.
|>>|| No. 429781
>"90% of everything is shit"
Except for shit. That's 100 percent shit.
Wasn't there some sort of cup of tea in a teapot kind of controversy about the portrayal of minorities in that movie, in the form of some generic Twitter outrage? Something about the actor who played Freddie not having been cast ethnically correct?
But yeah, one of my friends who likes their music but probably wouldn't quite consider himself a die-hard fan of Queen told me similar things, that it's just a very bland film as a whole.
|>>|| No. 429782
>cup of tea
Really? A word filter for that?
What if somebody wants to talk about the Shakespeare play of that name?
|>>|| No. 429784
I don't know about that, because even the experience of watching a shit film can mean you come away with something. The Mummy 2017 is a stinker of film, but I can have a different kind of fun figuring out why, and it means when you do see an film of actual quality it brings said quality into sharper focus.
|>>|| No. 429785
>I once heard something about a rule that goes "90% of everything is shit"
That's called 'Sturgeon's law' and thats actually the defense argument. Sturgeon was a sci-fi writer in the pulp era and was tired of being asked why 90% of sci-fi is crap at a time where people poked fun of sci-fi and it's fans a lot, to which his response was "Using the same standards that categorize 90% of science fiction as trash, crud, or crap, it can be argued that 90% of film, literature, consumer goods, etc. is crap"
>buf if it really is true then it would probably make more sense to just avoid consuming media altogether and engage in meaningful hobbies instead of trying to find the 10% of stuff that's genuinely enjoyable.
90% of hobbies are crap and everything is meaningless.
|>>|| No. 429786
A lot of the nature of the film comes down to the rest of the band being in control. Originally Sacha Baron Cohen was on board, but he wanted to focus more on Freddie and less on everyone else but Brian and Roger weren't having any of it.
|>>|| No. 429787
In my dimension, Elton John is dead and Boy George was outed as a paedophile.
I'm also not sure if I've told you lot this before. Maybe that was before I crossed over too.
|>>|| No. 429788
I can tell the differeance between 2 songs that contain the same word but otherwise sound nothing alike. I've been looking into if maybe 'Hallelujah' was based on an older song he recorded a version of but no luck. There is also no reason I would have been exposed to any of the other version of the songs, my Mother never had cutting edge taste in music.
I could well believe both of those, what years did these events happen?
|>>|| No. 429790
>Doesn't make it any less true.
I didn't say it did I was just sharing a factoid.
>It's easier to find a hobby to enjoy than to find a good film.
If you believe that good for you, that means you will have a very short road to findinh happiness.
>Please leave my johnson alone.
Ve vil cut off ue Jonsen!
|>>|| No. 429791
One of the other key details of the 90% of everything is crap mantra is no one disagrees with it, bu there is hot debate over what that 10% is.
|>>|| No. 429800
> the chemical that makes flowers smell nice is the very same chemical that makes shit smell like, well, shit.
I knew that. It's mainly used in flowery smelling perfumes, which in the end means predominantly women's fragrances.
Bit ironic, with women usually being so easily offended by bad (toilet) smells and everything.
|>>|| No. 429804
They were recent, maybe 2014-2016?
I think my Elton died in place of this timeline's George Michael.
|>>|| No. 429805
THE BORG ARE EVERYWHERE! YOU CAN'T SEND ME BACK! WE WON'T GO, DAMN IT!
|>>|| No. 429806
>I think my Elton died in place of this timeline's George Michael.
I think I prefer this timeline. Elton John really puts the "sick" in sycophant.
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