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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. 429126
Are we going to have a new one of these threads every couple of weeks, now?
|>>|| No. 429127
The last one was started in March, and after 1000 posts, I figured it was time for a new one.
|>>|| No. 429128
> 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.
Are you me?
I do this even when I'm employed - shift work provides enough leeway for that.
It's very serene.
Quite, my browser (or more precisely, my ancient piece of silicon shite) doesn't handle 1000 posts threads too well.
|>>|| No. 429129
I just had some crème fraîche with oats, berries and pomegranate seeds and I think it was the nicest thing I've ever eaten. It didn't even look like a gory special effect, which porridge usually does if you add anything red and juicy to it.
|>>|| No. 429130
>I do this even when I'm employed - shift work provides enough leeway for that.
Most regular office work will not allow for that though. At my last job which ended at the beginning of this month, I was expected to show up neat and sober by 8:15 at the latest. So getting off your tits the night before until two o'clock was not something you would have done lightly.
|>>|| No. 429131
I know. That's why I don't sign for 9-5.
Having about half a month off on average I can't fathom going that route even for higher pay.
It'll be a major ballache once I get sacked. But then, I usually try to keep the emergency fund filled so I'd have enough time to find myself a position with a similar schedule.
|>>|| No. 429138
I did shift work a bit during uni. Certainly not my cup of tea. I like the stability of going to work at the same time every day. Even if you're often bored out of your mind figuring out how to kill the last two or three hours of your workday.
|>>|| No. 429139
I'd like to compliment last night's lighting storm. A genuinely beautiful event made even better by the way it cut the electricity in the surrounding area, darkening absolutely everything. Very nice.
|>>|| No. 429140
Tonight I absolutely need to fill out an application for another job. It's one of those long bastard ones as well where I've got to come up with new lies.
On the plus-side, the sunshine was actually quite nice this afternoon. You'know when the suns rays just feel lovely on your skin instead of having do a death-march on the way home like yesterday.
|>>|| No. 429162
I bought one of those Frixion erasable rollerball pens and it feels like I'm writing in the future. The ink is better than the stuff in my regular ballpoints because it doesn't produce those occasional blobs that smear across the page and it's smoother to write with, plus the ink erases about as easily as when you write with a pencil. As an added bonus the 0.5mm nib has made my squiggly handwriting quite a bit more legible compared to when I write with 0.7mm or 1mm nibs.
Regards, Pilot Pens marketing department.
|>>|| No. 429163
Can't be arsed working in this heat. I just wanna sit in the park with a four pack of cider and a book, some podcasts and maybe some female company.
Not fucking programming and spreadsheets.
|>>|| No. 429167
One more day and I have two weeks off.
It'll be like being on bennies again.
|>>|| No. 429171
I thought I had a second box of cornflakes, but it turns out the one I've just finished was the second box.
|>>|| No. 429172
Made some peach and chili pepper jam tonight to celebrate the abundance of ripe peach which can be had cheaply at the moment. Just a wild idea I had putting chili in it, but it goes surprisingly well together. Bit like that Asian sweet chili sauce.
|>>|| No. 429178
Mine includes going to work pretty at the same time. It's the weekly day-by-day schedule that varies.
I can't write with anything more than 0.5 mm. It just becomes illegible.
|>>|| No. 429182
Fuck, I wish Maplin was still a thing. Or, at least, local electronics shops. All I need is a couple of 1K resistors and some heat shrink, but now I have to order them, and wait. Thanks Jeff.
|>>|| No. 429183
Just stock up m8. Banggood will sell you a massive box of every possible value of resistor for less than a tenner. For about £100, you can have the Maplin components counter in your house.
|>>|| No. 429185
I think RS will happily ship anything next-day for free. They might get annoyed if you order a single resistor every other day for a year, but otherwise there doesn't appear to be a catch to it.
|>>|| No. 429186
For cheaper items the pricing is largely Maplinesque, i.e. they'll sell you a pack of 10 through-hole resistors for £1. RS is brilliant for more unusual components that you might only ever need one or two of, but I stand by my suggestion to bulk-buy all the basics from China.
|>>|| No. 429187
I understand that, but I don't really do enough electronics work to make having a full stock of components make sense. Plus, overnight is still a wait. I'm free today, which is why I wanted to get on with the work. Ah well, it is what it is.
|>>|| No. 429198
>For about £100, you can have the Maplin components counter in your house.
So you'll have a maximum of 2 of anything because the stock system uses an automatic min-max re-ordering level so you never sell enough to raise it and eventually go out of business because you alienate your core demogrpahic?
|>>|| No. 429295
Slighty anxious about the August.
Almost all experienced people at work will be on holiday during August. Besides the increased workload means I'm going to be the most senior wageslave there for a while.
Also 2/3 of summer are gone. Even with my rather lax schedule I feel like life just goes by.
|>>|| No. 429297
>Also 2/3 of summer are gone
So what. That still leaves us with one month, plus the occasional warm day in September.
|>>|| No. 429302
>Also 2/3 of summer are gone.
Summer begins on the solstice. We're about a week shy of halfway.
|>>|| No. 429314
Just one month.
And it'll pass by fast. Unless something shite happens of course, then it'll surely take its sweet time.
|>>|| No. 429316
I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to fish. Whenever I've eaten fish in the last few years I've found it seriously hard to breathe and it's been a really bad time.
I just ordered fish and chips.
|>>|| No. 429317
You're not supposed to eat the bones, silly!
Anyway a month after an 'assessment day' for a role at a very good company I got a callback today saying they loved me and thought I'd be perfect, now I have a telephone interview tomorrow. I'm really happy about this, the radio silence had gotten me down a bit.
|>>|| No. 429318
That's a real possibility. I've got a friend who is allergic to fish. He gets classic allergic symptoms from tiny bits of fish, which can even make it difficult for him to get chips from a chippie if they fry the chips and the fish in the same oil.
Curiously, I think he can tolerate small amounts of salmon, but not a whole salmon strip.
There is no real treatment for it, and similar to things like a peanut allergy, you're usually pretty much stuck with it for life.
|>>|| No. 429327
I almost fell victim to the missed call scam on my mobile just now.
Some obscure telephone number that looked vaguely American, but upon looking it up apparently turned out to be Jamaican, and is a known missed call scam number. They will let your phone ring once, just barely, and then your phone will show a missed call. If you then call them back, apparently they will charge you up to £5 for that call.
Just in case this happens to you lot, the number was +1 876-572-7058. I guess any number starting with 876 should be treated with caution at the moment unless you really have a friend in Jamaica.
They really almost had me, because I have a dear friend in the U.S. whose area code also begins with an 8. Would have been a bit early in the morning U.S. time for him to call me, but I guess that's why the scam works, people will think that their friend or business partner from the U.S. is trying to reach them on a different number.
|>>|| No. 429328
I'd never though about the possibility of something like this, it's so simple really. I'd like to think my phone network would warn me I was about to ring a premium rate number, but I suppose they don't.
I typically google any missed call number, but I could also see myself assuming it was a call from a partner in the US and ringing back without thinking.
|>>|| No. 429329
Seems pretty silly to leave premium rate numbers enabled when networks make it so easy to disable them.
|>>|| No. 429330
Will a UK network have international scammers premium rate numbers listed? Chances are they change weekly, so I doubt it. Also, 876 is the generic NANP area code for Jamaica, so it's not even like it's a 090x or 9xx number which will obviously be premium rate.
|>>|| No. 429331
Not sure they'd need to be compiled into a list because there has to be a standardised mechanism where they request the premium rate charges get transferred to the service operator. Though I wouldn't bet my house on whether it works in real time or after the fact.
|>>|| No. 429334
Sorry if I'm being dim but how does this number work? +1 is international code for the US, so if it's coming from Jamaica i.e. +876, why is there a +1?
|>>|| No. 429335
The US and Canada have +1 for historical reasons. Most of the Caribbean is part of zone 1 and shares a +1 prefix.
|>>|| No. 429337
I've just finished watching Chernobyl. It was decent enough, but I don't get why it's being praised as one of the greatest TV series ever.
|>>|| No. 429338
I think certain shows get shilled a lot on the internet. Maybe I'm just being paranoid but it really doesn't take much to create perceived 'buzz' these days.
|>>|| No. 429340
I don't know about Chernobyl CHEEKI BREEKI IV DAMKA, and I may well be three and a half years behind the rest of you, but I just watched Hateful 8 and I think it might have already solidified itself place as my favourite Tarantino film. I liked how he shot it in this old style, ultrawide format, but then after half a dozen quick establishing shots, the rest of the film is in a big, dark, shed, it's like a very elaborate joke.
|>>|| No. 429341
Even then there were some very nice dramatic shots where nearly every character and the whole set were in one take. Part of me hates to say it because he's what I would almost class as overrated, by now; but truly the guy is a master at his craft.
I watched the RLM review of his new one this morning while I was getting ready for work. It sounds like a very interesting meta-film about the film industry itself. I might take the other half to see it, I've never seen a Tarantino film at the pictures and I feel like that's doing them a disservice.
He clearly intends for them to be seen that way, not just on your little flat screen at home- Like the difference between playing your megadrive on the box TV in your mum and dad's living room, and an emulator on your laptop. It's just not quite the same.
|>>|| No. 429342
It turns out that "I want to lick your tit sweat" isn't sexy. Who knew?
|>>|| No. 429343
It's all about the proper wording with the lasses. Say something like, "I want to taste every drop of you off your bosom".
|>>|| No. 429344
>Say something like, "I want to taste every drop of you off your bosom".
I don't know what that means. Do I still get to lick tit sweat?
|>>|| No. 429346
I thought about that too. But you have to put it so that the way you refer to her bodily functions doesn't put her off, which is really easy to get wrong. If you say you want to lick her tit sweat, she is going to take that to mean that she's got sweat under her tits. Which isn't an attractive look in the minds of women.
I once told my girlfriend that her boobs were just the perfect size because they fit right in my hands. But she inferred from that that I was giving her to understand that her boobs were small. In all fairness, my hands aren't big. They're not small, but they're decidedly also not builder-size big.
It's always a mine field with women. Another time, I was in bed with a lass, and going down on her, I said "Nothing beats the taste of freshly showered minge". She couldn't have showered more than three hours before we ended up in bed, and her whole area really smelled and tasted great. But she was kind of offended and said, "Well I'm sorry I didn't jump in the shower before we got it on". She completely misread the half joking compliment I was giving her.
I'm sure gay guys don't have that problem. There's probably no way a line like "I want to drink your dick dry to the last drop" will be misunderstood or a turn off for your gay sexual partner.
|>>|| No. 429347
Extra mature cheddar is fucking bollocks. It doesn't melt properly, it's overpowering in a sandwich and the lactate crystals make it really gritty. What's the fucking point of it?
|>>|| No. 429351
It would probably be fine, but the production of it would be difficult.
A main component of cheesemaking is rennet, which is derived from the stomach of an animal - the interesting thing is that you have to use a stomach from the same species as you're getting your milk, and getting human stomach linings would likely be an issue.
You can, of course, use synthetic or other alternatives to rennet, but you'd have to engineer one specific to human milk all the same.
I suppose there's nothing stopping you making a ricotta out of tit milk, or a cream cheese.
|>>|| No. 429352
Most rennet today is synthetic, as the global demand for cow's milk cheese could never be met from calf stomachs alone, because you do have to kill the calf to get to the rennet. And it is only calves that produce rennet, adult cattle don't produce it because its purpose is to help digest milk as the calves grow.
Bit similar to humans, really. The default genetic makeup of our species was probably that humans weren't able to digest mother's milk, or any mammal's milk after childhood. And then as we settled down and raised livestock, humans who were able to digest cow's milk were at an advantage in times when other food was scarce, so that genetic mutation was retained, in most Europeans anyway.
|>>|| No. 429361
I think I'm going to take a wee break from the news. I'm getting a bit tired of having to be aware of things like people inadvertently adopting post-Soviet misinformation tactics, having to watch another load of journos get confused by imageboards or just suffer a sense of unease as the nation's media wait with baited breath as a leaky, old, dam threatens to destroy a town. I've been doing a more internet centric version of a trap I fell into with watching far, far too much rolling TV news a few years ago, whereby I consiously think I'm engaging in a slightly detatched, academic manner, but in reality I'm up to my chin in torrid tides of so much information I'm barely able to retain anything of note beyond a general sense of distress and anxiety.
|>>|| No. 429362
Someone else mentioned it recently but mean world syndrome is a thing. The Internet is definitely making it more common. Taking an occasional break from news and social media is pretty sensible.
|>>|| No. 429363
Someone at work has organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning but for the Alzheimer's Society. I can't even.
|>>|| No. 429427
I don't know if you all remember that girl who worked in a charity shop that found a handbag full of cash but she posts semi-nudes on her instagram now.
|>>|| No. 429429
I've just found out that somebody from my school has been in prison since last year for financial fraud. Apparently, he was the owner of a company and he took in silent partners and showed them doctored numbers regarding the profitability of his business. And when they were in and grew wise to the fraud, their money was already gone, both to maintain his lavish lifestyle and to pay off a mountain of company and personal debt. I'm not sure I understood right, but there's talk of hundreds of thousands that he made disappear like that. I'm not sure how exactly you could have hidden something like that from your business partners, but apparently there are ways.
There are ways, Dude, you don't want to know
|>>|| No. 429430
Somewhere along my father's in-laws is a fine young chap known to the family as The Bastard. He's apparently a master of manipulation, and managed to persuade a number of family members into business ventures financed by debt, only (surprise, surprise) he pocketed the cash and left them jointly and severally liable for a fuckload of money. He's currently coming to the end of a stretch for trying the same thing on with a number of investment banks. Thankfully, in going on to fry the bigger fish, he subtly changed both first name and surname, so the family name isn't too badly sullied.
|>>|| No. 429481
That's why you should never enter a common-law business partnership with somebody. With a mind to it, they can always fuck off to the end of the world where their creditors can't find them, and leave you responsible to pay off any and all debt that's in the partnership's name.
My own uncle tried to lure my mum into a partnership, he had a salesman business for designer eyeglasses and the truth was that it was in the process of going tits up, he just wanted to have somebody to pin all his debt on while he was going to do a disappearing act. When my mum declined, very soon he upped sticks and went to live under a rock somewhere in rural France. There still are rumours that he owed back taxes from when his business was actually successful, and this was in the early 90s, when government authorities weren't as interlinked within Europe as they are now. If laying low and staying put in a French village seemed acceptable to you, you could dodge HMRC and they were none the wiser.
|>>|| No. 429502
Found the super fancy and expensive* drafting pencil I thought I'd lost or given away. Realised I can actually draw, normal pencils just suck. I know "a poor workman blames his tools" but the difference is significant. It may have something to do with me always having used mechanical pencils to draw and not having any real experience with normal ones.
*Probably cost me all of £12 when I bought it.
|>>|| No. 429503
I prefer mechanical pencils myself too. Less faffing around.
I can't draw anyway though.
|>>|| No. 429504
>Realised I can actually draw, normal pencils just suck. I know "a poor workman blames his tools" but the difference is significant.
My art teacher in school sometimes said something like, "Cavemen painted pictures with nothing more than charcoal, dust and spit that the world still talks about 20,000 years later".
He was also the drama teacher, so he kind of had a way with words like that.
|>>|| No. 429506
Today I tried 'pulled' jackfruit. I'm struggling to understand what the big deal is about it. Perhaps what I was served was a bad example of it, but the jackfruit itself was completely overpowered by the seasoning and didn't actually seem to bring anything to the meal; no flavour or texture.
|>>|| No. 429507
I don't know about the "pulled" variety, but normally it does have some texture. Not dissimilar to artichokes.
|>>|| No. 429515
It's meant to be a meat substitute. Our lass has it a lot because she's one of those shit vegetarians who doesn't really like or know how to cook with veg. It's passable, I'd say, as a pulled pork replacement with one of those saitan burgers.
I'd still say just suck it up and eat a fucking burger personally, you only live once. You don't see grown adults taking pretend cocaine or eating chocolate cigs. So why do we eat pretend meat.
|>>|| No. 429518
My mum was raving about it a month or so back because she said it was indistinguishable from pulled pork. Will have to try it.
|>>|| No. 429521
>You don't see grown adults taking pretend cocaine or eating chocolate cigs. So why do we eat pretend meat.
A variety of ethical and health reasons. I don't know if anyone takes pretend cocaine, that seems like a weird thing to say.
|>>|| No. 429522
Whenever I have a Twix I spend at least a couple of minutes pretending it's a big cigar.
|>>|| No. 429524
Several million people use electric fags - all the nicotiney goodness, with no manky smoke and vastly fewer carcinogens. It seems perfectly reasonable that people who are vegetarian for health or ethical reasons would want to re-create the taste of meat without the saturated fats or animal cruelty.
|>>|| No. 429525
Two reasons: 1) Because they exist and are tasty - vegans like junk food too. 2) When I eat out with friends, say for lunch, and we visit Byron (or some other posh burger place), it's nice that I actually get an option on the menu.
The Beyond Meat burgers are (expensive but) very good, for example.
|>>|| No. 429527
What are the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats? I realised when I was looking at a packet of cashew nuts yesterday that I really should learn the difference between the two. I'm pretty sure I've looked it up a few times before and have then forgotten.
|>>|| No. 429529
One of you guys has a food dehydrator, right?
What kind of thing should i look for in a decent but affordable unit? The tray in front ones look pretty cool.
|>>|| No. 429531
I have this one and it works perfectly well. It's just a bit of a pain to clean the inside (the trays can go in the dishwasher).
|>>|| No. 429532
This really pissed me off and still pisses me off now. The faux outrage of the Chancellor eating a burger a few quid more than a McDonald's. Heaven forbid.
The worst part was all the journalists in London newspapers writing it as if they don't spend £7 on a shit rice pot for lunch.
|>>|| No. 429535
It was indeed a silly story, but made a meal of - sorry - due to George Osborne's extreme personal unlikeability and arrogance which led to him being hated even by his own side and usually sympathetic journalists and to the collapse of his political career.
|>>|| No. 429537
>You don't see grown adults taking pretend cocaine or eating chocolate cigs.
Does speed and chocolate fingers count?
|>>|| No. 429538
Today I learned that there is a councillor in my city named Randy Conteh.
|>>|| No. 429544
I just did what most ear nose and throat specialists duly advise against and had a gentle prod around the more inner parts of my ear canals that you don't normally get to as part of your personal hygiene regimen, with about a dozen Q tips, to remove ear wax. I was shocked at the amount of wax I was able to remove, much of it almost black in colour, so it would have had to be in there for quite a long time.
I noticed an instant improvement of my hearing on both ears. Especially in the higher frequency range.
|>>|| No. 429545
My sinuses are FUBAR. I can't remember the last time I breathed properly out of my left nostril and my left ear regularly does this thing where I can hear the wax being moved around by passing blood, it's so loud it keeps me up at night. Then it won't happen for two weeks and I so I don't speak to a doctor about it. The one time I did I had a cold and she just said it was that; it was about three years ago.
Wait this isn't /101/.
|>>|| No. 429546
Can you go to an ENT specialist to have your hearing checked "just because"? Or do I have to pay it out of my own pocket if I've really got nothing wrong with my ears and just want to know how my hearing measures up out of curiosity? Or should I go to a hearing aid shop? Really kind of curious after all my ear wax mining tonight.
|>>|| No. 429548
My thought process is that hearing aid shops would be as much inclined to give you a free hearing test as Specsavers are to give you an eye one - it's step number one in selling their product.
|>>|| No. 429549
Your GP can refer you to an audiologist if you're concerned about your hearing. If it turns out that you need hearing aids you can also get them on the NHS, but you'll only get a fairly basic model. Some high-street opticians and audiologists do offer free hearing tests, although they'll try and flog you a very expensive pair of private hearing aids if you have even a hint of hearing loss.
You can perform a basic but effective self-test using a pair of headphones and a tone generator (link below). Play a tone at about 400Hz, turn down the volume until you can just barely hear the tone, then increase the frequency in increments of 1000Hz. Hearing loss almost always affects the high frequencies first, so the difference between your hearing sensitivity at low and high frequencies is a very useful indicator of hearing loss. A healthy young adult should typically be able to hear that quiet tone up to about 15,000Hz, gradually tapering off with age.
For reference, a cassette tape typically has no useful response above about 8000Hz and a land-line phone has nothing above 4000Hz; your hearing has to be pretty bloody awful before it affects your ability to understand speech. If you can still hear birdsong, you're probably OK.
|>>|| No. 429552
>A healthy young adult should typically be able to hear that quiet tone up to about 15,000Hz, gradually tapering off with age
I used to be able to hear the 15750 Hz tone emitted by old-style CRT monitors. But I must have lost that ability, because now when I am at my parents' who still have a tube monitor as their livingroom TV, I can no longer hear it.
I found an app this morning which really answered most of my questions:
It's a free professional hearing test app which measures your hearing using your headphones. I've apparently got some slight hearing loss in the 4000-8000 Hz band, but I can't say I've really noticed.
|>>|| No. 429553
I did a medical quite recently, including a hearing test, and the bloke said I had the hearing of a 16 year old, so I was very pleased with that. He also said I had the eyesight of a 40 year old, so at 30 I suppose that balances out.
I can hear my neighbours' bird scarer thing in their garden sometimes.
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