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|>>|| No. 430053
Shamelessly stealing the very excellent idea from >>/101/28964
Here is a place to post utterly inane observations about your current state of being.
I like birds but starlings are a massive noisy pain in the arse.
|>>|| No. 432105
Cheddar. If shops around here only stock three cheeses then it tends to be Cheddar, Wensleydale and Red Leicester.
Am I meant to capitalise my cheeses?
|>>|| No. 432106
Wensleydale is always available in shops here up north, though usually only one type. I see Red Leicester just as much. I don't think there is a North East cheese though so maybe that's why.
|>>|| No. 432129
I really enjoy Red Leicester, I think of it as much better than, say, Cheddar on a sandwich.
|>>|| No. 432145
Just heard from an old friend that one of my exes is expecting. And she's now got her wedding planned for next spring, apparently.
I feel funny about this news in a way that I shouldn't. Especially because I could never see myself marrying her and having kids with her anyway.
|>>|| No. 432263
My brother has asked what I want from duty free, as he's buggering off to the east for a week. On an airplane, you see. I want to ask for a nice aftershave, but I'm terribly out of touch with all that. I'm afraid whatever I ask for will make me sound like a twat, and smell like a 15 year old trying to get his end away.
|>>|| No. 432265
Tell him to pick up a bottle of carbon sequestration to balance out the emissions of the flight.
|>>|| No. 432267
He's already offset his own footprint from the flight by getting his kids to cycle up the shop for him.
|>>|| No. 432274
I'm nearly 40 and I still don't know why using Lynx is supposed to be a bad thing or what I'm actually supposed to put under my arms instead. I'm currently using some Nivea For Men gubbins even though my mum always told me that antiperspirants were bad for you because I want to avoid the "Lynx Stigma".
|>>|| No. 432277
Lynx is what teenage boys cover themselves in, so it's associated with immaturity, being overused, and probably also just covering up the fact you couldn't be arsed to shower. Lynx actually smells fine though, obviously. Though I'm not sure I could get a whiff of Africa without being reminded of the changing rooms at middle school.
|>>|| No. 432282
I think there's a reasonable compromise to be made in using roll ons or sticks instead of aerosols. There's no evidence that the aluminium compounds in antiperspirants can be absorbed through the skin, but why would you want to inhale any of it at all when a perfectly good alternative exists.
Probably a little better for the environment than aerosols too.
|>>|| No. 432303
Is it just me or does girlfriend/boyfriend have stronger meaning than it used to? I feel like back in my day it merely denoted exclusively dating but I get the impression it is something much more long-term today. Maybe it's not the world that's changed but I've just gotten older.
I feel sorry for the alien archaeologists who are going to sift through our ruins one day and try to make sense of all this.
|>>|| No. 432304
There seems to be an increase in the number of people in long-term relationships who have no interest in getting married, anecdotally at least.
|>>|| No. 432309
On the other hand, I seem to notice a trend of people getting married in a quite small cermony without a wedding party. A couple I know got married in a tiny chapel by the sea, and only their close relatives and best friends were present for it. That was their whole wedding. And inspired by this, another couple I know are thinking about doing the same kind of thing for their wedding.
|>>|| No. 432310
There can be a lot of politics when it comes to weddings. I've known someone get ghosted by one of their closest friends for several years all because she didn't want children at her wedding.
|>>|| No. 432311
>I've known someone get ghosted by one of their closest friends for several years all because she didn't want children at her wedding.
To be honest, I don't think parents do themselves, or their children a favour by taking their sprogs to the wedding with them. When I think back to the weddings that I was made to go to when I was a weelad, I think it was for the most part fucking boring for the six- or eight-year-old me. Even if there were other kids to play with. And the weddings I've gone to in recent years, most kids there seemed to not really enjoy the whole affair either.
I can see how it's going to rub many people the wrong way if you tell them that they can come to the wedding but they can't bring their kids. But it's really not such a cunt move as it seems at first glance. Some thinking will have gone into it.
|>>|| No. 432312
Not sure I understand the mentality of the guests. I mean, by definition, as a guest you let the hosts have things their way. Especially if the event is their wedding day.
|>>|| No. 432313
At the last wedding I went to there were small children talking and whining during the ceremony itself and the speeches before the meal.
I'm not saying they should be banned, but most events would objectively be better off without them.
|>>|| No. 432314
Also, when parents get together with other parents, it's a pissing match on a good day. Especially with their kids in tow. Attending a function without their
lifestyle accessories children and thus being less able to brag about them would do some parents some good.
|>>|| No. 432319
I'm a full grown adult and weddings bore the piss out of me. Have a party if you want to waste money celebrating your relationship, don't make me wear a suit and sit through hours of tedious rituals.
I'm not saying they should be banned, but most marriages would objectively be better off without them.
|>>|| No. 432321
Is it just me or are KP peanuts soft? I've been eating spicy peanuts from the asian supermarket for a while and just bought some KP assuming they'd be the same without the spice but they're not. They have no bite to them.
|>>|| No. 432324
I've had good fun the last two or three weddings respectively, each time targeting one of the bride's perennially single friends who was feeling down that night because her friend was getting married and she was single with no hope of it changing in the near future.
Contrary to belief, they aren't always complete munters. One of them was really proper fit and we had a snog. Things went a little south when we then met a few days later and we realised we had next to nothing in common. But hey, as far as pity snogs, I could have done far worse that night.
|>>|| No. 432351
Champagne or sparkling mineral water can be very nice for the digestion. The hell with Coca-cola etc though.
|>>|| No. 432379
I was about to post about this separately, but would like to join in with your celebrations if that's okay.
It will be two years in January since I've had an alcoholic one. Whilst I do feel better health-wise, and I make a prat of myself far less, I do get bored a lot more though. Particularly around these times of festivity when all friends, family and colleagues are out getting arse-faced.
I wouldn't trade (almost) two years of sobriety for one night of debauchery, but I just want it out there that the temptation arises occasionally.
|>>|| No. 432395
I'm not sure, but I've noticed it too. A while back I met a lass who I really liked, so I said (in a somewhat less cringe-worthy way) that we should be girlfriend and boyfriend. What I meant was "let's be exclusive to each other", what she thought I meant was "start making plans for our wedding, looking for houses for us to buy, and making plans for me to be a stay at home dad so you can continue your career where you earn literally one tenth of what I do".
Maybe it was because she was a fair bit younger, maybe it was because she was mental.
|>>|| No. 432400
I don't think I've ever asked a woman outright "Will you be my girlfriend". I've always hated that wording, so the times when it came to establishing just what exactly me and a lass were, my workaround would always be something like, "I guess that means we're together now", or "I wouldn't mind if we got a little deeper involved". That sort of thing. Maybe I'm just not romantic, but "Will you be my girlfriend" has always made me cringe.
|>>|| No. 432403
> Maybe I'm just not romantic, but "Will you be my girlfriend" has always made me cringe.
Quite. As I said, I didn't use those exact words but the general thrust of what I said was along the lines of we should no longer just be two people who shag but should be somewhat officially a couple, which is to say I might call her my girlfriend and vice versa.
Anyway, her interpretation of the whole thing was quite different to mine, which would have been fine in a romantic comedy but was fucking miserable in real life.
I've always maintained that the British don't really date, we just get sambuccad up to the point where it's obvious that we both want it (otherwise, why on else would we still both be there drinking however many hours later?).
|>>|| No. 432404
>why on else would we still both be there drinking however many hours later?)
|>>|| No. 432411
If she was a millennial or younger, I think it's sort of come to mean that by neccessity. I think me and my mates were of the last generation who lived the dream of moving out in our late teens/early 20s and spending a few years getting up to sitcom drunken mates antics; and even then we were late to the party and it cost us more than it should have. I feel as though the younger generation coming up today are consciously aware from the word go that in order to comfortably fly the nest, or gain any sort of real foothold in life, you've got to have found someone to split the bill with already.
Slowly but surely I think we'll end up like Japan, with young people who can't functionally court one another at all. Online dating is the first step towards it, for those of us who still have some sense of social liberty it's fine but you do notice a lot of people treat it like a job application. Give it another ten or twenty years and they'll be marrying the first person they move in with for the sake of ease and just not taking to each other until retirement.
|>>|| No. 432412
> If she was a millennial or younger
I've really lost track of what all these generations actually mean but she was born mid 90s so I'd say end of the millennials / first of the gen-z's border, I guess.
> I think me and my mates were of the last generation who lived the dream of moving out in our late teens/early 20s and spending a few years getting up to sitcom drunken mates antics; and even then we were late to the party and it cost us more than it should have.
Likewise. When I was 21 I could land a 4x minimum wage job and fuck off the hell far away from home, split a stupidly (relatively for the time, the same place would cost maybe three or four times that today) expensive flat with some mates and basically live a 24/7 party during my early twenties.
(Obviously none of this was particularly intelligent, if I'd taken the stupid amount of rent I was paying and even half the money I spent on alcohol and retarded clubs every week and thrown it in a savings account..... but then I wouldn't have the stories, right?).
> consciously aware from the word go that in order to comfortably fly the nest, or gain any sort of real foothold in life, you've got to have found someone to split the bill with already.
I feel you could be right about that. She was always on about how she wasn't going to leave home until she got married, and harping on about how she felt she hadn't achieved anything because everyone she went to school with had either got married or had a kid (as if being a single parent is somehow desirable). Maybe I was just the mad bint's meal ticket.
Sigh and sage. It's too early to think about this kind of thing. I need a drink.
|>>|| No. 432424
>but you do notice a lot of people treat it like a job application
Sadly, I think we're now seeing this as a standard. Because just like an HR person at a company, you get to choose between about two or three dozen, well, applicants, and you are only going to have a limited time to concern yourself with each one of them. And being spoiled for choice that way IMO also means that you are less willing to let something run its course and get to know the person better while not being put off by annoying quirks they may have and that are apparent from the beginning. Why invest all that time, when you can just as easily move on to the next person. But I maintain that it's merely an illusion of choice, and that it gets you no further in finding the right person for you than in the old days.
I remember a time when online dating consisted of putting an ad on some local events web site in your area, and then you would wait impatiently for three or four people to e-mail you. And the odds were against you in the first place if you were a lad writing to a lass with a very attractive photo of herself. Even that was kind of radical in the late 90s to early 2000s, because growing up, when I was a weelad, putting an ad in an actual paper looking for a partner always had kind of a connotation of desperation attached to it. You had exhausted all the ways of finding a partner within your social circles, or you were just too ugly or too messed up in the first place to find somebody among them, so that was your last straw. Kind of funny how that has changed. But like I said, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, and finding Mr. or Ms. Right to me seems no easier than back then. Just the parameters of it have changed.
|>>|| No. 432747
Could I tap into the internet myself? As in, not being reliant upon an ISP and getting internet straight from the source?
|>>|| No. 432750
Do you have to do that? Why can't you just put one in your house? Where does the datacentre get their Internet from?
|>>|| No. 432762
A DC (Data Centre) is a facility designed specifically to host server and networking equipment. They typically charge a monthly co-location fee, for which they provide electrical power, a high-speed network connection and space in a rack for your equipment. The websites you visit are hosted on servers sitting in data centre racks; the network connections between these data centres and internet service providers are what makes the internet work.
The data centre usually has a dedicated high-speed fibre connection to the nearest internet exchange point. The exchange point is a data centre full of switching and routing gear, used by ISPs and other companies with very high bandwidth needs to connect their networks together. These inter-network arrangements are negotiated between companies; larger networks tend to operate mutual peering at no charge, but this isn't universal, especially if there is a significant asymmetry in the direction of the traffic or the market power of the two operators. Internet exchanges are themselves linked together through peering agreements with other internet exchanges.
|>>|| No. 432763
I just beat my best 5K time.
Sub 22 minutes by about a quarter of a minute. Very proud of myself and yes this is a humble-brag.
|>>|| No. 432765
Also I think I was sped up and enthused having realised how big my cock is immediately beforehand.
|>>|| No. 432769
It's a strange realisation to come to before going on a long run; what made you believe this? I mean, I like running in Lycra as much as the next man but..
|>>|| No. 432770
I think you've identified the reason. I don't even have a massive cock, but I'm forced to confront the entire mass of my genitals every time I put my cycling shorts on.
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